Giving Amazing Toasts

Speeches and toasts at Rochester weddings are often fun and upbeat but many times the ones giving these toasts can be quite nervous. We here at Kalifornia Entertainment always give the toast-givers some pointers and suggestions before everything, to help ease their anxiety or stress. We know that all eyes will be on you during this time and it’s obvious that you want your toast to be remembered but not for the wrong or awkward reasons. So we put together some advice on how to give amazing toasts below:


How To Give Amazing Toasts

Give Amazing Toasts

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Kalifornia Entertainment has ushered in family and friends for many, many toasts, and we’ve pretty much seen and heard it all. While some may think their speech or toast came out perfect or that there were no hiccups, if you don’t think about what you’re saying, it can come out all wrong. Especially after a few drinks and cocktails.

These tips will help you stay organized, and deliver a strong speech and toast that everyone will remember for a lifetime!


1. Start With The Obvious – Couple’s Names: It’s recommended that you lead off your toast by working in the couple’s names, to remind everyone of why you’re there. It might sound strange, but even a statement as simple as, “Isn’t it great to be here celebrating ____ and ____” can focus everyone in on the couple, which is the goal of a powerful speech lead. You don’t want to launch right into a million stories and realize later that you never addressed them by name.

2. Share Why You’re Connected To The Couple – This could be a funny (but always appropriate) story from early in their relationship. You could share the moment that you knew they were the perfect match. It could be when one of them confided in you that they wanted to get married. Whatever the thing is that makes you feel drawn to this couple, a toast is a great way to establish why you were chosen to give this toast, and make everyone feel all warm and fuzzy at the same time.

3. Watch Your Time & Don’t Drag It Out – It sounds strange, but speak in short sentences. Coming to a full stop more often will change the tone of your voice, which can make your toast sound more interesting, and make it easier for listeners to follow along. Also, keep your toast a reasonable length of time so you can hold everyone’s attention the entire time! Remember, people are hungry and the longer your toast goes, the longer guests will have to wait for their food.

Give Amazing Toasts

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4. Be Careful Not To Embarrass Anyone – Even if a story is very funny between you and the bride and/or groom, that doesn’t mean it will translate well to a room full of their family and friends. Different ideals and values can run through one family, so knowing the couple well does not mean that you know the bride’s great aunt well, especially if there are kids at the wedding. Keep your toast Rated G for everyone!

5. Seek A Way To Stand Out – Sometimes a really emotional story is the thing that will make your toast stand out. Other times, showcasing a talent that you have may be a good way to make your toast memorable. One word of advice though: be sure that you keep the focus of attention on the couple. You may be a fantastic singer or rapper, but be sure that your intentions for working those skills into your toast are to honor the event and not to bring more attention to yourself.

6. Be Sure That Your Toasts Flow Well Into The Reception – A quality MC, like Kalifornia Entertainment, will help introduce you to everyone in the room and be sure that guests remain seated and quiet so the couple can receive the full scope of what you’ve planned.

 

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