What You'll Get
- $470 for Select from 3 exclusive party packages ($999 value)
Wedding Toasts: Dos and Don’ts for the Big Day
Weddings aren’t just a big day for the bride and groom—members of the bridal party are often expected to give toasts. Read up on wedding-toast etiquette before raising your glass.
Engagement parties. Rehearsal dinners. Wedding receptions. At any of these events, at least somebody—whether the couple’s parents, the maid of honor, the best man, or even the bride and groom—will need to give a toast. These tips can help ease the anxiety of giving a memorable speech:
- Tell Inappropriate Stories: Above all, a toast should be casual and celebratory, more a commemoration of a joyful moment than a Friar’s Club roast. To that end, avoid sharing any potentially embarrassing anecdotes or memories that predate the couple—especially when it comes to their exes.
- Crack Jokes About Marriage: Though a little humor is fine—and most audiences expect a joke or two—jokes at the expense of marriage are off limits. Like in any other situation, the old “Take my wife, please!” line will draw more eye-rolls than guffaws. And besides, the day is all about honoring marriage, not tearing it down.
- Make it About You: A toast is no time to hog the spotlight. No one wants to hear the speaker solicit dates, talk about their own good deeds, or read off their entire résumé to potential employers in the audience. Keep the focus on the happy couple.
- Keep it short: There’s no reason why a toast should run more than two or three minutes. It’s even fine to cap it at just a few lines, giving people a chance to finally find out what’s at the bottom of their tables’ Cracker Jack boxes.
- Rehearse: Unless you’re an all-star ad-libber, it’s best to write the speech ahead of time and practice reading it aloud until you’re comfortable doing so. Feel free to bring along notes, but remember to address the entire room and not the paper in front of you.
- Be Yourself: Amid all the expectations of the big speech, don’t try to force yourself to be funny—or even to be poignant. Speak from the heart and be genuine and the love will come through. Still, save truly personal messages for a private conversation.
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A Chat with Desta
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Desta is an affordable luxury concierge service for Bridesmaids and Maids of Honor, as they create memorable, pre-nuptial, experiences for their "bride-to-be" Our speciality? Bachelorette Parties and Bridal Showers. We take time to customize each package to your liking, to ensure you joy.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
At Desta we are inspired by happiness. Plain and simple. We live to bring ease into the life of Bridesmaids and Maids of Honor, as they create customized memorable, pre-nuptial, experiences for their "bride-to-be". We have a passion for perfection which we bring to each and every client.
What do you love most about your job?
At Desta we love the word "yes", and we get to say every day to our Bridesmaid + Maid of Honor clientele. Whether its making a last minute agenda change or taking on the challenge of a unique themed party, the answer is always "yes".
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"It's obvious that you love what you do".