There are two key occasions where you’re expected to say thanks: the rehearsal dinner and the reception. Of course if you love an audience, you’ll probably be begging for more speaking engagements. But in terms of your wedding, you need to focus.
Rehearsal dinner toast
A barest of bare bones rehearsal dinner toast consists of:
- Thanking your fiancée for picking you.
- Thanking your parents for this event and for being there for all these years.
- Thanking your groomsmen for their support (or lack thereof).
- Thanking the bridesmaids for their support (or at least fiancée diversions).
- Thanking everyone for coming.
Feel free to thank others, share a family anecdote and extend loving praise to your fiancée.
Do thank everyone.
Do express love and appreciation to your family, especially your mom.
Don’t give a graphic recount of the bachelor party.
Don’t take too long. You still have another toast to give at the reception.
Don’t lament over the one that got away.
A barest of bare bones reception toast consists of:
- Your appreciation and love of your new wife.
- Your appreciation of your wife’s parents for hosting the wedding and sharing their daughter.
- Your appreciation of your family.
- Your appreciation of the bridal party.
- Your appreciation of your guests for joining in the festivities.
- A sappy comment on your commitment and devotion to your wife and your new life together.
- A toast to your wife.
- Kissing your wife.
Do give a PG-rated toast.
Don’t drink too much before your toast. After your toast, it’s fair game.
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