Let’s be honest…
A lot of people clench up when they have to make a toast. We’ve created a nice wedding toast script to take the heat off for your Chicagoland wedding.
Wedding receptions can be especially stressful because the best man and maid of honor often put too much pressure on themselves. They overcompensate by having an extra drink or two and … well, you know how that can go: downhill fast.
We can help.
We’ve created a nice wedding toast script.
Obviously, your toasters aren’t going to use this word for word. But it’ll help them get started.
It’ll channel them in the right direct using the guidelines we wrote about in last week’s blogpost [“How to nip wedding toast disasters in the bud.”]
Ultimately, it takes the heat off since this script lays down some nice parameters for them. Remember: the point of this wedding toast script is simply to help them get started. It is their personal experience with you, and the way that they convey it, that ultimately makes the difference.
Read this wedding toast script and let me know what you think:
“I am truly honored to toast the marriage of [Bride’s Name] and [Groom’s Name].
I’ve never been one to pay any attention to people who claim that they can predict the future. But guess what, I’m going to predict the future: I see a happy, fulfilling married life stretching out before you two, and I could not be happier.
Looking out at this great group of your family and friends who’ve come to witness this watershed event, I can see that they agree with me.
The truth is, I don’t need a crystal ball to know that good things await you in your married life, because I know [Groom’s Name].
[Provide personal anecdote]:
We met when we were in college. We had nothing in common. I’m short, he’s tall. I’m a Packers fan; he’s a Bears fan. I’m really good looking. And he’s … well, he’s even better looking!
But we both had this thing for rock climbing. I tell you what, if you want to get to know someone, go rock climbing with him.
I don’t know how many times we went out. It’s a lot. One time stood out. We were walking on a precipice some twenty feet above a lake. We heard some splashing in the water below. Suddenly, some kid started screaming like I’ve never heard screaming before in my life. His dog was in the water … and apparently drowning.
Now I thought that God had hard-wired the dog paddle into every dog ever born. But this one must have been a mutant, because it was going down for the last count.
Before I could even fully process the situation, [Groom’s Name] made a mighty leap into the lake below. I’ve got to admit, I couldn’t have done it. But he did. Within seconds, he had the scared pup in his arms and back onto dry land in minutes.
You should’ve seen that kid’s face. I’ll never forget it. I’ll never forget what you did that day.
[Bring bride into the toast]:
Now, imagine what a guy like that would do for a friend. Even more, imagine what a man like that would do for the woman he loves.
I can attest to the fact, [Bride’s Name], that [Groom’s Name] loves you more than anything … or anyone he’s ever loved in his life.
When he spoke that line in the vows about loving you even in ‘sickness and in health, in good times and in bad,’ well he meant it.
And since I’ve gotten to know you and discovered what an incredibly wonderful person you are too, [Bride’s Name], I know you meant those vows every bit as much as [Groom’s Name]. You are a beautiful person on the outside, but even more importantly, on the inside.
Some people would say that it’s destiny that brought you together. Well, I would suggest God had something to do with it. Yes, I maintain that the creator of the universe surely pulled some strings to bring you two together, because you are so right for each other.
[Close by telling the audience specifically what they’re supposed to do]:
On this day of celebration, I ask each of you to raise your glass and join me in paying tribute to Mr. and Mrs. [Couple’s Last Name].”
To reiterate, you obviously can’t use this wedding toast script exactly as written. Come up with your own anecdote. Make it warm. Use it to highlight the class, the integrity, and the character of the subject of your toast.
Good luck, and cheers!
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