Celebrate the happy couple with a memorable toast

Making a wedding toast is definitely an honor. It can also be a little stressful and sometimes tricky to find the right words to say. A memorable toast celebrates the happy couple and wishes them well in their life together, while sharing a little of their love story, as well as your own connection to the bride and groom. That might seem like a lot to say in only a few minutes. But while what you say is important, it’s really about speaking from the heart.

Here are a few tips for saluting the newlyweds in a toast they’re sure to love.

Share your joy

Think about the reasons you’re so happy to be part of their special day. Maybe their love inspires you. Or you’ve known the bride or groom since childhood. Perhaps they were a part of your wedding or have been there for other significant events in your life. Tell them why it means so much to you to be there on their big day.

Draw from the ceremony

Was there a moment in the ceremony that made you tear up? Did you laugh out loud at something that captured exactly who they are as a couple? Were you deeply moved by their vows? If you’re planning to improvise your toast, the ceremony itself is a wonderful starting point for inspiration.

Tell a story

While the wedding ceremony will no doubt capture some of a couple’s history, their love story is made up of countless other moments along their journey. Did the groom confide in you when he realized he had feelings for his partner? Maybe you were there when they met and remember their first impressions of each other. Or perhaps you were at that concert, that party, that cookout where it was suddenly clear they belonged together.

Whatever words you use to honor the newlyweds, be sincere. Keep it brief (under five minutes). Be complimentary and appropriate, especially when using humor. And don’t forget to offer a wish for a future that’s filled with good.