best wedding toast

YouTube bursts with self-proclaimed ‘best wedding toast ever’ videos. Few are. Most are bloated, meandering wrecks. One of our own favorites was but 65 seconds long. However, it would be pretty hard to top Lin-Manuel Miranda’s. Mr. Miranda is the composer and star of the epic Broadway musicals, “Hamilton”  and “In the Heights.” Yet on…

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joint wedding toast

The Knot surveyed wedding couples and learned that having a champagne wedding toast was the second top food trend at weddings, followed by a dessert bar, and late night snacks. Only the timeless wedding cake topped it. Legend has it that this tradition traces back to Shakespearian England days. Guests would dunk stale toast into…

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wedding toast disasters

It is so easy to blow a wedding toast. We hear a lot of mediocre toasts every month and a lot of really bad ones. Occasionally, we hear a gem. If you’d prefer to deliver a wedding toast disaster, here are 10 tips: 1. Make it long Most toasts are way too long. Ten minutes…

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length of a wedding toast

A good wedding toast makes the bride and groom and their guests laugh and cry in a matter of minutes, so the perfect length of a wedding toast is just a few minutes. When you see eyes begin to glaze over, you know that the length of a wedding toast is too long. You can…

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movie wedding toasts

The best wedding toasts make your audience laugh and cry. Here’s the rub: it’s harder to make people laugh than cry. Not everything is funny. So Owen Wilson’s advice to Rachel McAdams in “The Wedding Crashers” (above) is spot-on: speak from the heart, make e’m cry, and your wedding toast will be a winner. Let’s…

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one minute wedding toast

How many bad wedding toasts have you heard? Too many! Long toasts get boring fast, and frankly, most toasts ARE too long. It’s simply hard for an average Joe to pull off a scintillating toast that dazzles your guests. So what do you do? Keep it short by making a one minute wedding toast. The…

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joint wedding toast

Wedding celebrations soar to new heights when graced with dazzling toasts. Sadly, most toasters are inexperienced and their efforts sputter. Some weddings suffer because they allow too many toasts. A good way to tighten up your upcoming celebration is to utilize a joint wedding toast. Let’s say you want your best man and maid of…

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toasting etiquette

How times have changed! We came across an old etiquette guide from the 19th century called Dunbar’s Complete Handbook of Etiquette. In that era, toasting etiquette didn’t allow women to make toasts. Here’s an excerpt: Before the ‘healths’ (toasts) are drunk, the wedding cake should be cut and handed round. The order of the healths…

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wedding jokes

The wedding toast is an art form. Most best men at weddings aren’t experienced at the art form, which is why we blog on the subject so often. Wedding jokes make a nice ice breaker if you are ever assigned the honor of raising a glass in a wedding toast. The best jokes are clean-cut.…

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lousy wedding toast

DJ Brian Anderson has heard more wedding toasts than Elton John has eye glasses.  We’ve heard some good ones, and boy, we’ve heard some bad ones.  I heard another lousy wedding toast recently and found myself muttering, “It doesn’t have to be this way.” Wedding couples DESERVE a scintillating wedding toast.  They are ENTITLED to a…

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