Cape Cod Wedding Maid of Honor proposing toast
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Cape Cod Wedding Toast Tips by Tom Tuttle
Cape Cod Wedding toast ideas. How to propose a toast to the bride and
Some have the wonderful gift of
knowing just how to propose the perfect toast.
They know how to use right amount of
humor, heartfelt words, and most importantly when to stop.
However, most speakers do not
possess this gift.
Here are a few suggestions aimed at
those looking for ways to increase their chances of presenting a great toast.
Couples have shared with me that
they have actually made these suggestions mandatory reading for certain family
members whom they have asked to toast at their wedding.
Experience has shown me that the
best toasts are often delivered by those who AVOID speaking too long, trying too
hard to be funny, or who just feel obligated to entertain whenever they get
their hands on a mic.
Take any suggestions you like and
leave the rest. Cheers! -TT
Less Is More - The guests are really enjoying the toast, then it gets longer and longer and
begins to nosedive. At this point, they either have zoned out or are turned
off because it was toooo long. To avoid going overboard with your
toast, you might keep in mind advice Jimmy
Durante offered his students. The late comedian/singer would tell
up-and-coming comics and entertainers to "always keep em' wanting more."
Unfortunately, many toasters do not understand this concept and equate a
longer and more comprehensive toast with a "better" one. They do not seem
to understand that they could be more entertaining and effective if they
kept it short and sweet.
How long should my toast be? -
Every great toaster, entertainer and presenter knows when to stop. That is
the big difference between the pro and the person who proposes one or two toasts
in their lifetime. What do the pros do? Usually a pro will stop after a
heartfelt point has been made, or after a big laugh. The best toasts are
shorter, not longer, and are usually between 3 to 5 minutes. When in doubt,
remember what Jimmy Durante used to say.
There Is No Accounting for Taste
- What may be pleasing or funny to one person may be offensive to another. It's
often better to err on the side of being conservative and understated with your
words, than trying to come across as an edgy, hip comedian. Remember, many
comedians have a team of writers who spend considerable time coming up with
material. You are proposing a wedding toast, not doing stand up comedy. Guests
may laugh at a few of the things you are saying, but what are they really
laughing at? You? Or what you are saying? What worked to make the
"Wedding Singer" movie successful and entertaining will likely be
inappropriate at your wedding. Do
you want to risk it?
What shall I say? - In this
Internet age you can find all sorts of witty things to say (note resources
below). However, there
is nothing better than a toaster speaking from the heart, using their own words, and sharing highlights of
their relationship to the bride and groom. It is best to try to resist the
temptation of doing what many toasters do, which is to elaborate on the "bad
boy/girl" days gone by went you "hung out" together and did naughty things.
After witnessing more weddings toasts than you might imagine I have found they
often go over better when they focus on positive aspects of the bride and groom.
It is best to avoid trying to get a laugh by resorting to "there is something
that many of you don't know about the bride/groom" approach. Why risk
embarrassing the bride and groom? You might ask yourself how you would
feel if your maid of honor or best man proposed an embarrassing type toast at
Save your best
comments, (funny, happy, or poignant) until end -
Every great speaker knows the art of saving the show stopping comment until the
end. It always leaves the most lasting memory on your audiences if you can
save your strongest, funniest, greatest remarks until the last sentence or two.
When everyone is laughing, or crying if poignant, then it's time to end on that
note. Resist the temptation of novice speakers to keep going when you have
your audience in the palm of your hand. Remember, as Jimmy Durante used to
say "always keep 'em wanting more."
Wedding Toasts - Other Considerations about Longer
How is the chef doing? -
Often the last thing on the mind of a person proposing a wedding toast is the
preparation of the food they will eventually be eating. If a toast, or series of them, takes
20 minutes, chefs have told me that this can actually cause the food in some
cases to be overcooked, or to at least delay the dinner service. A lot of
care has gone into the meal choices and so it is important to make sure to stay
within the time allotted for the toasts by the reception coordinator.
Longer Toasts Means Fewer Songs
- You would think that common sense would prevail, but sometimes it does not.
I will not say how much time the longest toast I have witnessed took.
However, I will say that it was long enough to significantly reduced the number
of songs I had time to play, which translated into less dancing.
Fear of Public Speaking
If I am afraid to get up at your
wedding and propose a toast what shall I do? - Remember, even the best
entertainers in the world have some fear before they perform. The difference
between a pro and the novice is that the pro, learning through years of trial
and error, has found ways to channel their fear to help them perform better!
Here is one important exercise for those who struggle with fear of proposing a
toast. Take a moment to collect your thoughts. Go off to a place where you can
be alone if necessary. First, take several deep and full breaths. Breathe from
your "belly." if possible. That means breathing diaphragmatically. See if
you gradually begin to *Breathe and Feel your Fear. Try to actually get more
comfortable with that uncomfortable feeling in your stomach of those pre-toast
jitters. Try to see fear as your friend, not your enemy. You can use it to
your advantage. There are many more exercises available, but I have found
working with breath to be one of the most powerful and effective tools
available. Experiment with it and see what you think. It works!
Ask yourself what is at stake?
What is the worst thing that can happen? - At the wedding reception, try to
remember that you are in a room with many loving and caring people, so how bad
can it be? Why would you be fearful in this situation? Because, it is a
perfectly natural, human response to be nervous
when speaking in public. Why? Simple. It is because we want it to go well.
Remember, even if your toast does not go as well as you would like, it is
extremely unlikely you would be booed. Usually wedding audiences are extremely
empathetic, gracious and forgiving of toasts that are not perfect. Actually the
toasters I have seen, who best connect with their audience, are those who are
somewhat shy and vulnerable. This is because the audience can more easily
relate to them than they can to the "egotistical" overconfident speaker.
Remember, everyone who toasts is a little nervous, and that a little fear can
work in your favor because it can inspire you to be better prepared.
Free Wedding Toasts & Free Sample Wedding Toasts
(You can use these free toasts as a guide and customize them to suit your
situation. Note brevity!)
Fear it and Feel It
more about getting comfortable speaking before groups -
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