If you need ideas for a speech or toast you are giving at a wedding reception, get started by reading through the classics. Keep it short and sweet. The guests will be entertained by your toast rather than put to sleep. Fathers of the bride traditionally have a speech, too. You can find some good starting prompts for that speech in these poignant sayings.
Take a look at these wedding toast examples and ideas for you to include with your heartfelt sentiments about the happy couple.
How to Write Your Own Toast
Take time to prepare your speech and toast. Before you write anything down, think about whether you want it to be funny or more of a traditional toast. Once you have that nailed down, you'll be able to find or write the best toast to match the tone you want to present. Here are the steps to create a basic template for a wedding toast:
The best way to start a toast is to quickly tell the audience who you are and your relationship to the couple.
Say a Thanks
Thank the couple and let them know it's an honor that they are letting you toast them. Graciousness is always a way to grab the audience's attention.
Explain the Toast
Have a quick sentence or phrase handy explaining the theme of your toast. A couple of ideas include "How they met," "The proposal," or something along the lines of "Manhattan" (where they met, for example).
Add at least two short memories that support the overall theme of the toast. For the sake of time, don't make it any more than three to five memories. Remember, keep it clean, respectful, and make it so the audience feels they're included in this trip down memory lane. If you are naturally funny, it's perfectly acceptable to add humor into your speech and toast.
Wrap It Up
Congratulate the couple on their nuptials, applaud the occasion, and finally ask everyone to join you in a toast to the newlyweds. Then, drink up!
Tips to Make a Great Toast
Making a great toast is a fine art that you can learn quickly by considering these tips:
- Prepare what you want to say beforehand and practice a few times.
- Use a card or paper with your speech and toast written on it; it's not necessary to memorize it.
- Keep the toast short. Don't go over five minutes long for your speech and toast.
- Don't get too personal; if you offer too many private jokes, you'll lose the audience.
- Include both halves of the couple in your speech and toast, not just the one you may have the personal relationship with.
- Be yourself, smile, and act confident even if you have to fake it until you make it. But do yourself a huge favor and give the toast before you have a toast.
Read on to learn more about what you can say in a wedding toast, from the many traditional toasts that have been handed down over time to more modern and funny quotes about love, wealth, luck, and more. You can even use these wedding toast quotes in cards for the couple.
About Lasting Love
"May your hearts be as warm as your hearthstone."
"May your joys be as deep as the ocean and your troubles as light as its foam."
"May your love be modern enough to survive the times and old-fashioned enough to last forever."
"May all your hopes and dreams come true, and may the memory of this day become dearer with each passing year."
"May I see you gray and combing your grandchildren's hair."
"May there be a generation of children on the children of your children."
To the Bride or Groom
"My wish is that your marriage will be a thing of beauty and a joy forever, always as beautiful as you are today, [Bride]. And may the loveliness of your marriage increase with each year. Here’s to the bride and groom."
"Here's to a sweetheart, a bottle, and a friend. The first beautiful, the second full, the last ever faithful."
"Here's to the groom, a man who kept his head even while he lost his heart."
For Health and Wealth
"May your heart be light and happy. May your smile be big and wide. And may your pockets always have a coin or two inside."
"May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold. And at the end of all your rainbows may you find a pot of gold."
"May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies, and quick to make friends."
"May you have love, health, and wealth, but most importantly, may you have the time to enjoy them all."
Playing With Words
"May you both live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live."
"May you live each day like your last and live each night like your first."
"May you get all your wishes but one, so you always have something to strive for."
"May 'for better or worse' be far better than worse."
"May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past."
"May we never forget what is worth remembering and what is best forgotten."
"May you be friends to each other as only lovers can, and may you love each other as only best friends can."
"May the most you wish for be the least you get."
"May the best of your yesterdays be the worst of your tomorrows."
For Good Luck
"May the future hold your happiness. May the future hold your health. May your heart hold your love, and may your arms hold your babies yet to come. Here’s to your future happiness together!"
"May the joys of today be those of tomorrow. The goblets of life hold no dregs of sorrow."
"May the joys you share today be the beginning of a lifetime of great happiness and fulfillment."
"May there always be work for your hands to do. May your purse always hold a coin or two. May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane. May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you. And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you."
"May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door."
"May you see each other through many dark days and make all the rest a little brighter."
"May your glasses be ever full. May the roof over your heads be always strong. And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead."
With an Irish Twist
"For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way. Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day."
"Health and a long life to you. Land without rent to you. A child every year to you. And if you can't go to heaven, may you at least die in Ireland."
"May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your hearts be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright happy hours that stay with you all year long."
Blessings for the Couple
"May your heart be warm and happy with the lilt of loud laughter every day in every way, and forever and ever after."
"Let your love endure beyond the last sunset."
"May you grow old together on one pillow."
"May the light of friendship guide your paths together. May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home. May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips a twinkle from your eye."
"May thy life be long and happy, thy cares and sorrows few; and the many friends around thee prove faithful, fond and true. May your voyage through life be as happy and as free as the dancing waves on the deep blue sea."
"Look down, you gods, and on this couple drop a blessed crown.”
"May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward."
"May God be with you and bless you."
"But rich or poor, quick or slow, may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward."
"May the blessings of light be upon you, light without and light within, and in all your comings and goings, may you ever have a kindly greeting from them you meet along the road."
Toasts That Rhyme
"Here's to the groom with the bride so fair, and here's to the bride with groom so rare! Here's to marriage: one soul in two bodies."
"Here’s to the prettiest, here’s to the wittiest, here’s to the truest of all who are true, here’s to the neatest one, here’s to the sweetest one, here’s to them in one, here’s to you.”
"May your love be added. May it never be subtracted. May your household multiply and may your hearts never be divided!"
"Here's to health and prosperity, to you and all your posterity. And them that doesn't drink with sincerity, that they may be damned for all eternity!"
"May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door."
"May you have food and raiment, a soft pillow for your head. May you be one hundred years in heaven before the devil knows you’re dead."
"Here's to the new husband and here's to the new wife. May they remain lovers for all of life."
"[Groom], take [Bride]'s hand and place your hand over hers. Now remember this moment and cherish it because this will be the last time you'll ever have the upper hand!"
"May your refrigerator always be filled with Budweiser, and may all of your ups and downs be under the covers."
"Here's to the bride, may she share everything with her husband, and that includes the housework.”
Advice to the Couple
"To keep your marriage brimming with love in the wedding cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it, and whenever you're right, shut up."
"May the love you've expressed to each other today always be the first thoughts during any trying times in the future."
"A good marriage is at least 80 percent good luck and finding the right person at the right time. The rest is trust."
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."
"Never forget what is worth remembering and what is best forgotten."
"Remember the love you feel today. Look back on it daily and measure how much it has grown."
"May you never lie, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie with each other. And if you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink with us for we all love you and wish you both the love and happiness of which you deserve."