Manner Monday: Toasting Tips

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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.

Please visit my previous Manner Monday tips for more information on Toasting and How to create a meaningful toast.

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