If any of you readers out there happen to be the best man, maid of honor or any other brave soul looking to say a few words at some upcoming nuptials, I’ve put together a list of topics you should plan to avoid when you have everyone raise their toasting flutes in honor of the happy couple.
I found an article in The New York Times that suggested that you keep in mind that these big day speeches are not about the person giving them … they’re supposed to be directed at the bride and groom! So this is not the time to make sure everyone in the room knows you are single. Instead, focus on providing guests with the top 10 reasons the newlyweds are perfect for each other. Put the resume away!
While I’m sure you all may have heard people give rambling, long-winded speeches that recount every insignificant childhood memory. A word to speech-givers: Keep it short and sweet. Long speeches, while a nice idea in they can seem, are likely to have a few slip-ups in terms of politically-leaning comments, which may make you more than a few enemies with other guests.
Finally, no matter how clever you may think a double entendre you slip in may be, don’t do it! Great Aunt Mabel is likely more clued in to modern lingo than you think, and the ring bearer and flower girl? They likely have smartphones that will teach them the meaning of your term within seconds.
What has your experience been with wedding day toasts gone bad? We’d love to hear your horror stories (who doesn’t enjoy a good horror story?) and tips of your own that you’d like to contribute. Leave a comment!