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Tips for an amazing wedding toast

As maid of honor, best man or family member involved in a wedding– you might be planning on giving a wedding toast this year. Here are some tips on what to do – and what not.

1 Keep it short. A good toast shouldn't be longer than 3 minutes. You can time or record yourself while practicing it. This way you will be sure about the length of your toast. Nothing is more boring for guests than listening to speeches, where people are rambling on for ages – even if some aspects of your speech might be hilarious to you.

2 Rule of three. Find 3 points you will be stressing during your toast. For example: you could open with how long you have known the couple for, what you think makes them amazing together and what you wish them for their future. This way you encompass the past, present and future – nice!

3 Practice it. Practice exactly what you are going to say, how you are going to say it and where you will put the emphasis. You can also practice it with a microphone (or your hairbrush) – this way you won't feel nervous about talking into that thing. Also, if you know exactly what you are going to say, your voice will sound much stronger, people will understand you better and respond to you more positively.

4 Memorize it. This is optional – it doesn't really matter whether you have something to remind you of what you want to say. But it always looks better listening to someone give a toast without reading it from a card or piece of paper. People like you to look at them, when you are talking to them. So keep that in mind when preparing your toast.

5 Stay positive. Even if you are known for your sarcastic wit, listing negative aspects of the couple or the institution of marriage as a whole will not come off as cool, but rude and insensitive. Encouraging the couple with your positive outlook on their marriage will make them happy and make you look good in front of the guests.

6 Beware of the champagne. Having a few glasses of champagne before the wedding might be dangerous for your toast. One glass can give you confidence, but more than that might make you reckless and go off track. Remember there will be a video of your speech, so you don't want to be caught saying things on video that you cannot take back later.

If you would like to work with me on giving the perfect toast – send an e-mail to info@thevoicecoach.be. I offer one-on-one coaching sessions per Skype or in person (if you live in the Brussels area).

Sonja Nannan




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