I received an email recently from a soon to be FOG (Father of the Groom) with some questions about the rehearsal dinner. As offering a “toast” is a big part of the wedding tradition, I thought it would be helpful to share some toasting tips:
Whether it’s a wedding, business function or birthday party, there are many opportunities for a toast
- In most cases, the host will be the only person at the table to rise. At large gatherings, however, the host may ask everyone to rise.
- The best toasts are those that are brief, light and dignified. A touch of humor is usually always a great addition as well.
- Immediately following your comments, pick up a glass, look directly at the person you have toasted, raise your glass and nod. Then take a small drink from the glass.
- The audience will usually respond with “Here, Here!”
- The person being toasted remains seated and does not drink with the other guests – this is considered self-congratulatory and inappropriate – but maintains eye contact and offers a visual thank-you by a symbolic bow of the upper body.
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