The Best Man Toast is always a highlight of many wedding receptions. This is an honor but being asked to ‘deliver the spoken goods’ in such a visible public setting can also make some people feel as though they have been ‘put on the spot’. If speaking out in public causes your heart to pound then you should make sure to prepare for your debut ahead of time.
A little practice beforehand is the key to delivering that special, ‘and seemingly impromptu’ best man toast. Even if you have to refer to a page of notes your delivery can still be refreshingly informal if you just let yourself loosen up as you get ready to let the spotlight shine your way.
Try rehearsing in front of a mirror at home or even record your speech and then listen to how it sounds. There is no need for you to get too worked up if you do not sound as professional and polished as you had hoped. You were asked to give the best man toast because your friendship is something that is highly treasured.
Best Man Toast – Be Yourself
All you need to do is to be yourself and speak from your own heart. Remembering to be yourself is a mantra that you can say beforehand and this should help you ease your anxieties; although it also pays to keep in mind that a little ‘practice makes perfect’ speeches too.
A few other quick tips could help you get your speech off on the right foot. Okay, for starters you should make certain that everyone has a glass at the ready when you are about to begin the toast. Timing is everything and you do not want to catch everyone off guard when your speech is about to take place.
Just a quick check of those around your table should be sufficient, and you can even have a few of your own friends help you with this task. The glasses of those in attendance may need to be filled prior to the toasting ceremonies. After all the fewer interruptions you have the more at ease you will feel as you toast the happy couple.
Best Man Toast From The Heart
Your “best man toast” should ideally have a feeling of spontaneity but don’t be afraid to use a note card if you must. In some instances nerves get the best of a speaker and you could read exactly what you have written. If this should happen try to relax as much as possible and remember that the sentiments are more important than the individual words you are saying out loud. The main consideration to keep in mind is that your toast should always be heartfelt and in good taste. This is not the time to try out that old Andrew Dice Clay routine. If you and the groom experienced some Vegas moments at parties in the past, then let those moments stay in ‘Vegas’.
You can certainly inject some humor into the best man toast or you can choose to simply talk about a memory or two that happen to share with the happy couple. Keep it short, wish the bride and groom health and happiness, smile during the toast; and you will find that these things alone will be more than enough to make a good impression on everyone in attendance.