Here are a few simple tips to help you through your next wedding toast.
1. Keep the alcohol at bay. Even Dean Martin sipped apple juice when performing.
2. Don’t wing it. Think about what you are going to say long in advance. Then write it down.
3. Keep it short and simple. No more than three minutes.
4. Don’t rush it. Speak slowly and loudly enough for everyone to hear.
5. Tell one story about the bride and groom. An embarrassing anecdote may be funny — but this may not be the time to share it. Try to say something the couple would enjoy hearing. It’s their day, not yours.
6. If you want to get fancy by staging a skit, singing a song or performing some elaborate dance, be careful. Most of us dance more like “Seinfeld’s” Elaine than the Jackson Five’s Michael. And remember who are the real stars of the show.
7. Have fun. Think of giving a toast as a great opportunity, not a burden.