Wedding Speech and Toast Advice for the Parents
Here's the way to offer best wishes to the new couple
By Cynthia Myers
The parents of the bride and/or groom are often asked to give a toast or say a few words at the wedding. Here is your chance to publicly offer good wishes to the happy couple. One parent may speak on behalf of both mother and father, or each may contribute a toast or short speech. Though speaking on such an important occasion may make you nervous, proper preparation will make the task easier and more enjoyable.
- What You Need to Know
- Wedding-related joke or anecdote
- Amusing or heart-warming story about the bride and groom
- Above all, be yourself.
Begin with a joke or appropriate humorous quotation. Avoid anything off-color or anything that might be taken as an insult, especially by your child's new spouse or her family. It's best to leave out sex, politics and religion. You can tell an amusing story from your child's past, as long as it's not too embarrassing. Or you can search reference books for quotes about marriage or amusing jokes about marriage.
Talk about the bride and groom as a couple. You might mention about when you first met them as a couple or share a story about something they've done together. Keep the stories light and amusing, and reinforce the idea that they are made for each other and meant to be together. If you can't think of a story yourself, ask friends and other relatives for their input.
Add a few thoughts on their future or advice for marriage. This could be something you have learned in your own life or words of wisdom from a philosopher or a famous person. Again, keep your words positive, upbeat and nonoffensive.
Close with well wishes for the couple. Wish them a long and happy life together or a future that fulfills all their hopes and dreams. Or say that you hope that the happiness of this day only grows in the future.
About the Author
Cynthia James is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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