Six Must-To-Avoids When Toasting The Bride or Groom
Fumbling a wedding day speech can become an unpleasant memory that overshadows the entire wedding event. As we all have learned from You Tube, oftentimes it’s the mistakes and bloopers that are the best-remembered moments of the day. While some become cherished bits of harmless humor, these six caveats are the slip-ups that may prove unforgivable.
Comprehend with these concerns during a wedding speech.
A typical wedding is a family affair with all ages represented. Your words should be appropriate for all audiences, from children to the elderly. Use care to avoid bad language or off-color references.
2. Out-of-Place Stories
This day is intended to be a holy day for the bride and groom as they embark into the realm of holy matrimony. Keep your remembrances out of the gutter and elevate them to a lofty level in keeping with the day. Now is not the time to remember barroom antics or close encounters of the weird kind. Keep your anecdotes clean enough to present in church or to a room full of third graders.
As the bride and groom come together this day, the last thing they need to be confronted with is ghosts from their past. Leave all former boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, and wives (and all of their kin) out of today’s proceedings. Everyone deserves a fresh start.
4. Iffy Humor
While humor has its place in wedding day speeches, carrying it too far can prove disastrous. Contributing to the mood of a happy occasion with a well-placed joke is welcome; taunting and teasing will not be appreciated. This is not a roast, it is a day when the bride and groom should be honored and lifted up, not humiliated.
Below are some other important considerations you must include in your wedding speech.
5. Get Your Act Together
Before you stand to present your speech, make sure you have finished chewing and swallowing. Eating, drinking, or sucking on a piece of candy while you are speaking is in bad form. Take a deep breath, stand up straight, and – as your teachers always instructed you – enunciate. Giving this speech is an honor: act like it.
6. Watch Your Fluid Intake
Most weddings include offering alcohol to the invited guests, and it’s all too easy to overindulge. Whether you are slated to present a lengthy speech or have been invited to give a simple toast, hold your drinking off until after your presentation. If you are well disciplined, you can limit yourself to two glasses, or ask a friend to check on you just before the moment has arrived. A good friend could get you a nice hot cup of black coffee that might very well save the day for all.