Forget fashion catastrophes and in-law awkwardness. One of the biggest wedding-related fears seems to consistently be the toast-for those giving the toast, of course. Speaking under pressure isn't easy for everyone (it very well may not be easy for ANYone), and a speech like a toast requires a bit of forethought. If you're gearing up to give the perfect wedding toast, here are some tips that might do you well to look over before standing up to put in your two cents.
First thing is first, make sure the glasses are all full before giving the toast.
Raise your glass with your right hand, straight from the right shoulder. (When the tradition of toasting first began, extending the hand straight from the shoulder was important because it verified to guests that you were coming in peace and not concealing weapons.)
Toasts should never be made with tea, coffee, or water. Wine, champagne, or non-alcoholic similar beverages are accepted instead.
The toasting beverage should be served to the bride first, then the groom, then the maid of honor, then the parents, then the best man.
The toast should end with some sort of indication to the guests of what to say. Example, "Lets toast to the love of Mary and Joseph. Mary and Joseph!"
If you are the person receiving a toast, do not stand, raise your glass, or sip your drink. You simply smile and nod.
Toasting doesn't have to be a huge production, but skipping over the important traditional aspects of the toast can cause uneasiness for those involved. Base your toast on these ground rules and you should be fine!