10 big wedding toast don'ts!
Don’t be afraid to roast the bride or groom but know when enough is enough
There’s a fine line between poking fun and being vulgar. So, don’t talk about how drunk they got at college and what trouble they used to get into. For starters it’s unoriginal, but mainly because grandma and the in-laws are in the audience too.
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-- By Jamie Miles
Don’t tell private jokes
It doesn’t matter how funny you and five other of your friends think something is, if half the audience doesn’t know it, you’re excluding them and they’ll stop listening.
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Don’t dwell on touchy subjects
Don’t tell us how your friend is like your sister (Maids of Honor, this one’s for you)
Don’t just use adjectives to describe the person you are talking about
You need to backup your descriptions with stories. The more specific you are the better the speech.
Don’t be overly sentimental
Try for at least 70% humor and storytelling. When was the last time you left a wedding talking about an amazing speech that was all tears and ‘I love yous’? If you think back over all the time you’ve spent together you’ll find the juicy details about your friend and the humor.
Don’t speak for longer than 5 minutes
It’s always better to leave the guests panting for more than wishing you’d stop.
Don’t get hammered at the open bar
If a glass of wine or a shot of tequila gives you a bit of confidence then go for it. But no more than one until you’re done!
Don’t talk about yourself
Yes you’ve shared hundreds of adventures with your best friend or sibling, but you are best man or maid because all those stories make you an expert on them. Look through your speech and count the ‘I’s.
Don’t let nerves get the better of you!
You’re about to deliver the best gift to your friend you’ve ever given them – it’s exciting and you should be looking forward to it. If you spend the whole speech freaking out, you’ll regret it afterwards and you only get one chance so enjoy every moment of it.
Special thanks to Victoria Wellman, co-founder of The Oratory Laboratory.