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  The Best Man's Tradition
of Toasting The Couple

Being the best man at a wedding is a time honored tradition, but we all know the most stressful part is the prospect of giving the best man wedding toast to the couple at the wedding reception.
 
It is traditional that the Best Man raises his glass to the wedding couple at the reception. As the Best Man, you should take pride in this practice and congratulate the man who has told the world how much he loves and respects you when he made you his Best Man.

Giving a sincere toast to the bride and groom at the reception can be a little nerve racking, especially if you dated the bride, to be, in high school.....anyway, you're not looking forward to speaking in front of hundreds of people. I have some tips to help you pull off a memorable toast! Tips for a hangover will soon follow.

It is traditional that the Best Man raises his glass to the wedding couple at the reception. As the Best Man, you should take pride in this practice and congratulate the man who has told the world how much he loves and respects you when he made you his Best Man, even though you may think you're the best man! Forget that last part and continue on.

Giving a sincere toast to the bride and groom at the reception can be a little nerve racking, especially if you're not looking forward to speaking in front of hundreds of people. I have some tips to help you pull off a memorable toast!

Your toast should be respectful - remember that the bride and groom's entire extended family are present, not just fun-loving friends that may appreciate an over-the-top toast. You'll want to be entertaining, brief and appear comfortable when you have everyone's attention.

The toast will have three parts:

1) An opening - thank the appropriate people and how wonderfully the event has been, remark on how beautiful the bride and groom are.

2) The middle - you can tell a short story or anecdote about your relationship with the bride.
NOTE: If you had a past relationship with the bride, do not show it in your speech. Wars have started this way.

3) A closing - end your toast with a thoughtful wish or blessing for the couple and their new life together

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