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To make an event more memorable, have it at an unusual place, such as an abandoned church or a leech hatchery. Find the perfect location with this Groupon.
- $199 for a four-hour rental of an event space ($400 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.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 14, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1/person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Available between the hours of noon & 9PM, 7 days a week May thru Sept. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays Oct. thru Mar. Not valid on holidays or special event days. Must provide credit card information for damage deposit. Food & beverage available for additional charge. Responsible party must be 25 years of age. Located at The Electric Boat Company on Lake Union. Boat rentals available on site for additional charge. $75 non-refundable cleaning fee not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.