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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Wedding Toast Etiquette

So, the wedding reception is going fabulously well. Your guests are relaxing, enjoying the food and drink, and admiring the style and décor of your event. Sounds like it is the appropriate time to propose a toast!

Photo from thebrideguide.com.

The purpose of wedding toasts is twofold.

The traditional toasts given by the best man and maid of honor (and sometimes others who wish to express their thoughts) are meant to pay tribute to the newly married couple and wish them a lifetime of happiness. These toasts should be brief, respectful, and only contain stories and references that everyone will understand and appreciate! Now is not the time for private jokes, inside stories, and reminiscing about the bride’s or groom’s wilder days!

After the toasts from the attendants and guests, the groom and bride also traditionally take the floor. Their toasts serve a different purpose, as theirs are presented to express gratitude to the guests and to each other. Again, the content of these toasts should be basic, heartfelt, and sincere. The message should be meaningful to all at the reception and should not contain any cryptic content.

Etiquette tip: the person making the toast should always stand. The couple being toasted is not required to stand while they are being toasted.

If you are the bride, it is completely acceptable to pre-plan toasts. Talk to your best man and maid of honor about what is appropriate for the occasion. They will not feel like you are being bossy; they will most likely be grateful for the gentle guidance! Most people are not asked to give toasts very often, so making expectations clear will be helpful for everyone.


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