Free Wedding Toasts: 10 Traditional Toasts

Choose a traditional toast to give at a wedding.

Toasting begins when all the guests have drinks in front of them. If a special beverage, such as champagne, is being used for toasting, the bride's glass is poured first, then the groom, the maid of honor, other guests at the head table, with the best man being the last to have his glass filled.

Toasts are usually made to the bride and groom, individually or as a couple, to the bridesmaids, the bride's parents, and sometimes to the guests. The person being toasted never drinks during the toast, but waits until everyone has sipped from their glasses. While the person giving the toast will stand, the one receiving it will remain seated.

The first toast to the bride and groom is offered by the best man, standing and lifting his glass high to get the guest's attention, then placing his glass on the table. A short speech may be given, ending with the toast to the newlyweds. A toast may be the toaster's own words or one of the many traditional toasts that have been used over the years.

1. To the bride and groom. May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.

2. Join me in a toast to the bride and groom. May their joys be as bright as the morning and their sorrows but shadows that fade in the sunlight of love.

3. Let's drink to love, which is nothing unless it's divided by two.

4. May your love be modern enough to survive the times and old fashioned enough to last forever.

5. May you be friends to each other as only lovers can; and may you love each other as only best friends can.

The father of the bride, speaking also for the bride's mother, may choose to give a short speech welcoming the groom to the family and thanking the guests for their attendance at the marriage of their daughter. At the end of his speech, he will offer a toast to the bride and groom and perhaps to the guests.

6. When children find true love, parents find joy. Here's to your joy and ours, from this day forward.

7. Let us toast the health of the bride; Let us toast the health of the groom, Let us toast the person that tied; Let us toast every guest in the room.

Another traditional toast is to the bridesmaids, given by the groom, best man or maid of honor. A brief speech may be given, thanking them for being an important part of the wedding day, followed by the toast. It seems that there is no traditional toasting to the groomsmen.

8. To the bridesmaids; We admire them for their beauty, respect them for their intelligence, adore them for their virtues, and love them because we can't help it.

And not to forget the toast that the bride and groom make to one another. The traditional order is that the groom thanks his best man after the first toast, toasts his bride, then she responds with a toast to her groom.

9. In the words of Robert Browning, Grow old with me! The best is yet to come.

10. Today I have married my best friend. To my wife ( or husband).

Toasting can go on throughout the reception. Toasts may be given to or by the bride and groom, the parents of the newlyweds, the bridesmaids, the groomsmen, or any of the family and friends assembled as guests. Toasts should be in good taste. Avoid comments about past marriages or relationships. Don't tell stories that only you and the bride or groom understand. Remember that parents, grandparents, and perhaps children are listening so avoid off-color or risqué comments. No profanity. No references to honeymoon activities. Keep comments positive and up-beat. If public speaking doesn't come easy, practice before the actual event. Maintain eye contact with the person you are toasting. Don't make critical comments about your speaking ability. Don't scratch or fidget while speaking. Goes easy on alcoholic beverages before speaking. Remember that you're among friends and family, so relax and enjoy toasting.

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