Wedding toast ideas to get you started

You end your toast by asking everyone to raise their glasses and saying a charming, funny or meaningful sentiment out loud for everyone to echo

Once everyone is seated for dinner, it's customary for the wedding hosts, best man, and maid of honour to make brief toasts. On occasion, the groom will address his bride and the guests during the reception with a brief speech.

Writing and delivering a toast that stands out from the rest and connects with the audience—many of whom are unfamiliar faces, visitors, and individuals you've just met—can be frightening when there are so many speakers to choose from (and might never meet again).


Even if you have a general idea of what you want to include, it’s always helpful to try out a few prompts as you begin the writing process. Here are a few brainstorming prompts to get the juices flowing:

  • When did you first hear about your friend’s future spouse? 
  • For siblings, parents, or childhood friends, what was the betrothed like as a kid?
  • What makes you most grateful for your relationship/friendship?
  • What do you remember about meeting your friend’s future spouse for the first time? 
  • What does each partner bring out in the other?
  • Why do you think the newlyweds will have a great marriage?
  • What does true love mean to you, and how does the couple show or share that?
  • What do you think is the key to a happy marriage?
  • What are your main hopes for the couple’s new life together? 


How can you craft a toast, if you're the one giving it, that honours the newlyweds and illuminates them as a couple? How long should the toast be, what should you say, and how can you make it all fit together?

The good news is that coming up with a memorable toast is very doable. Being sincere is the key to giving an excellent speech. Choose genuine tales that are uplifting, pleasant, and appealing rather than wasting time detailing some specialised recollection or inside joke that will be difficult for the audience to relate to or understand. You can also download our app from the playstore or visit our website.