Wedding toasts are easily the most nerve-wracking speeches to put together next to the eulogy. But they don’t have to be. Your goal is to honor the occasion of marriage and the couple getting married. The audience is hoping that you’ll only speak for about 5 minutes so you don’t have to come up with too much material.
Many speakers build up wedding toasts in their head to something big but remember there are others giving speeches and after a few hours of drinks and dancing, not too many will remember the exact words that anyone said.
Think of your wedding toast as a way to say what you’ve always wanted to the happy couple. You don’t have to say everything and your time on stage will go faster than expected.
Use the following wedding toast prompts to help craft a memorable speech on the big day:
How to use the prompts:
Each prompt is a jumping-off point meant to help you generate ideas for your toast. You don’t have to include every single answer in your toast but instead look at each one as an opportunity to find the heart of your speech and what you want to say. To get a speech around 5 minutes, you’ll need about 675 to 750 words, or around 1 to 2 pages single spaced in a Word doc. Look to past speeches on YouTube for inspiration (for both the right and wrong way to do a toast).
A few more tips:
For more advice on similar speeches, get my upcoming book, “Toast: Short Speeches, Big Impact.”
Eddie Rice is an executive speech writer, who has worked with CEOs, college presidents, government officials, and business owners. Let him help you tell your story. Your words can move your company and your people to action; they can make the difference between a lackluster or thriving culture. Need help on your next speech?
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