All in the Family Wedding Toasts - Wedding Compass

The role of the wedding toasts can vary depending on the person who is giving the toast

Author: Laurie Snyder

While traditionally the father of the bride toast the newlyweds, more mothers of the bride are grabbing the mic and some of the spotlight for themselves. The format for both is similar, with the father’s toast more humorous, the mother’s more sentimental.

Wedding Toasts Michael Jonathan Studios


Your role is to welcome guests and single out any special honorees, such as the bride’s grandmother or great aunt. Formally welcome your new son-in-law to your family.

As parents, you have unique memories of the bride. Incorporate your feelings about her when she was first born and as she grew. What are your feelings about the beautiful bride you see before you now? An amusing anecdote from her childhood can illustrate the woman she has become. Avoid embarrassing stories of any kind.

Share your personal thoughts about the bride and groom, their relationship, and your interactions with them. How did they meet? What were your first impressions of him? How did she tell you about him?

Compare toasts prior to the event so you aren’t telling the same stories. Keep your speech between three to five minutes. Relax, and enjoy your moment in the sun./p>

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