Devon Wedding Venue. OUR TOP 10 TIPS FOR TOASTING THE HAPPY COUPLE

Having to deliver a speech at a Wedding Breakfast can be a daunting prospect.  However, here at Lakeview Manor, our stunning exclusive wedding venue in Devon, we are happy to help you by outlining our top 10 tips for toasting the happy couple, which we are confident will assist you with both the preparation, and the delivery of your speech on the day.  

1. BE PREPARED

Don’t leave writing your speech until the last minute.  It’s easy to think ‘there’s plenty of time to do it yet’ but is also easy for the time to fly by, and before you know it there’s only a couple of days until the wedding!  So our number 1 top tip is to ‘start early’, you really do not want to be ‘winging it’ on the day.

2. KEEP IT BRIEF

Your speech should be of 2 – 4 minutes duration with 5 minutes being the maximum.  Don’t forget other people also have to do their toasts as well as you, and the Bride, Groom, and guests will not want to have to sit through an hour of everyone’s toasts!

3. INTRODUCE YOURSELF

Open you speech with your name, who you are, and how you know the Bride & Groom.  The guests will want to know.

4. WHEN IN DOUBT LEAVE IT OUT

Be nice, keep it positive, light hearted and add some humour.  Do not talk about exes, or be tempted to drop in any embarrassing stories.  Don’t forget the guests listening include the most important family members of the Bride & Groom.

5. BE SINCERE

Make sure you are sincere in your speech.  Include why are happy for the Bride & Groom, and what you wish for them in their future life together.

6. BE YOURSELF AND BE NATURAL

Don’t try to deliver your speech in an unnatural style, be yourself and use your natural sense of humour.

7. ADDRESS BOTH THE BRIDE AND THE GROOM

You may well have known the Bride or the Groom since childhood, but don’t make your speech entirely about your lifetime friendship, and what things you got up to!  Some reference if appropriate is fine, but overall your speech needs to focus on them becoming a couple.

8. TELL STORIES THAT EVERYONE CAN RELATE TO

It’s no use telling a humorous story if it is a ‘you had to be there’, or only certain guests will resonate with it.  If everyone can’t get the point then leave it out.

9. REHEARSE, REHEARSE, REHEARSE

You can do this in front of a mirror, or by videoing yourself.  Also try your speech out on some friends and work colleagues for their feedback.  If you can deliver the speech without having to read it from paper it’s so much better.

10. DELIVER WITH CONFIDENCE

Do not drink too much alcohol prior to delivering your speech so that you mess it up.  Speak clearly, address the whole room and remember to smile.  End by raising your glass and asking everyone to join you in wishing the happy couple a lifetime of happiness together.

Good luck from all the team at Lakeview Manor.  We look forward to welcoming you on the special day at our stunning wedding venue in Devon.