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10 Tips to Give the Perfect Toast

Raising your glass in honor of an anniversary couple can be just as daunting as doing the same for a newlywed couple. In fact, it can be even more of a challenge since they've spent so many years building a life together and you have to cram it all into a short speech.

If you're looking at your potential toast with apprehension, stay calm! With a few pointers, you can deliver a memorable and romantic toast that will have everyone raising their glass in celebration. 


Top 10 Anniversary Toasting Tips


Begin your toast when everyone has a drink in hand, most toasts are done with a sparking wine or champagne, but a mixed drink, tea, water or soda are acceptable alternatives. 

Avoid drinking too much before you toast and remember to speak slowly and clearly so everyone can hear you.

Keep your toast short, simple and to the point. Anything over a minute and a half will have a greater potential to cause the audience to lose interest and become distracted. 

Focus on the couple, retelling the story of their courtship and wedding.

Focus on your relationship with them, highlighting events and memories from their marriage that have special meaning to you.

Interject humor, sharing 1-2 anecdotes about the wife and the husband individually, taking care to be respectful of what they will find funny. 

Remember to make eye contact with the couple and with your audience.

Always stand up to give your toast - even if you are seated at a dinner table.  No matter how crowded the room, you want to make sure everyone knows who is speaking.

Always remember to raise your glass in your right hand.

End on a high note and finish your presentation with a clear toast, for example “To the happy couple” so that all guests know when to sip.

Most of all, remember why you’re giving this toast, both the purpose behind it and your role. It’s a privilege to be chosen to commemorate such a special milestone and having the happy couple request that you do the honors is definitely something to take confidence in when practicing!


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