Wedding Toast

Find tips, examples, quotes and samples on how to say, write and express your congratulations during your wedding toast to the newlyweds. Anxiety usually sets in when we sit down to write a wedding toast as we are unsure how it will come across in front of a large audience.  This is usually why it is so hard to find the appropriate words that share your wishes to the bride and groom in front of all their family and friends.


7 Tips to Help You Write Your Own Wedding Toast:

1.   Start off by introducing yourself and how you know the couple.

2.   Mention how much you enjoyed the ceremony, if you were touched by their vows or the elegance of the ceremony or even the uniqueness of the ceremony.  Make some special comment on the proceedings.

3.   Make a positive comment about the bride and grooms relationship.  How special they are to have found each other or what a great couple they are.  A memory you have of the couple could always be told here too.

4.   You could always insert a joke if you are a comedian but make sure it is respectful of the couple.  Toasts should always be a warm and personal tribute to the couple so keep it clean, sweet and brief.

5.   A quote or poem could always be read on their behalf.

6.   End on cheerful note by congratulating them or wishing them well.  Express your hopes for them in the future.

7.   Hopefully youve remembered a glass to cheer to them!  You can say to the bride and groom or use their names instead of bride and groom and then Cheers!

10 Wedding Toast Etiquette tips:

  1. Dont give a toast when you are drunk.

  2. Make sure what you say and short and sweet.

  3. Never bring up past relationships.

  4. Make sure you look presentable before going up in front of all those people.

  5. Dont release any future plans the couple may have confided to you and dont predict they are going to be doing things in the future that you are not sure about. 

  6. Keep costs and wedding gifts out of the toast.

  7. Avoid talking about your own marriage unless you have a positive and helpful tip for them.  ie. to cherish and love each other from now and forever.

  8. Always practice your speech before hand and let someone else read it to make sure if sounds alright.

  9. Be confident

  10. Smile - be friendly. 

It is always easier to write a toast when you have an example to take a look at first.  We have written a toast for your convenience hoping that it will give you inspiration to assist you to write your own toast.  Giving a toast or speech at a wedding is a nice way to express your congratulations. 



27 Wedding Toast Examples:


  1. Hello,

My name is Jane Doe and I have been a close friend of the bride and grooms for about 5 years now.  I am also lucky to be Donnas maid of honor.  I would first of all like to say to the bride and groom how beautiful it was to hear them vow their love to each other.  It was a beautiful ceremony to say the least. 


Donna and Chris have been together for almost as long as I have known them.  They have always shown love and affection for each other through this time and I have never thought they were anything but perfect for each other.


I have a short poem that I feel best describes this day.  Today is a day you will always remember- the greatest in anyone's life. You'll start off the day just two people in love and end it as husband and wife.  And with luck, all your hopes, and your dreams can be real, may success find its way to your hearts.   Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys, but today is the day it all starts.


Congratulations Donna and Chris and I wish you all the love in the world.  Let raise our glasses and toast to the newlyweds Donna and Chris.  Cheers!


Love you guys!



After looking over this example toast, if you are still having trouble finding the right words, feel free to use this sample toast, make a few changes in order to make it your own. What a nice way to tell the newly married couple how happy you are for them! Here are some more ways of sharing your congratulations:


  1. May this be the start of something amazing!
    Retirement Sayings

  2. When two people fall in love and promise to love each other forever and ever... // ...the only real thing to say is, May you live happily ever after.
    Wedding Card Messages

  3. Loads of happiness, love and laughter being sent your way.
    Engagement Wishes

  4. Every wedding says the proverb, makes another, soon or late. Never yet was marriage entered in the heavenly book of fate but what the names were also written of a patient pair who wait. Whose will be the next occasion for the flowers, the feast, the wine? Thine, perchance, fairest maiden, or, who knows it may be mine.
    Marriage Poems

  5. Congratulations on getting this far. May your day continue to follow your dreams and may I say how incredible proud your _______ would be to see you today. Wish You Were Here

  6. The lady we love and the friend we trust. Love Quotes

  7. We are so grateful that you are in our lives.
    What To Write In A Thank You Card

  8. Wishing you both the best good mornings any couple could have and may they last your entire marriage.
    Good Morning Wishes

  9. God, the best maker of all marriages, combine your hearts in one, your realms in one.

    Wedding Blessings

  10. Allow me to congratulate you both on taking the next great step in your lives. Wedding Messages

  11. I couldt wait to raise a glass to you both on your wedding day and hear all the great things people have to say about the two of you, and here we are!
    What To Write In A Wedding Card

  12. To Be One With Each Other
    What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen each other in all labour, to minister to each other in all sorrow, to share with each other in all gladness, to be one with each other in the silent unspoken memories?
    George Eliot (1819-1880)
    Wedding Poems

  13. Wishing you many blessings in love, faith and family!
    Happy Birthday Blessings

  14. We've holidays and holy days, and memory days galore;

    And when we've toasted every one, I offer just one more.

    So let us lift our glasses high, and drink a silent toast.

    The day, deep buried in each heart, that each one loves the most.

    Author Unknown
    Merry Christmas Wishes

Funny Wedding Toasts

  1. Its been a long time coming, but the two of you have finally made the commitment the rest of us have been watching from afar as patiently as possible! You should have known we are not very patient people! Engagement Wishes

  2. Ive always wanted to toast to you brother but was starting to think this day would never come. But hey, better late than never so heres to the best brother a gal could ever ask for!
    Happy Birthday Brother

  3. When wealth weds wealth in the game of life, by cynics it is stated, tis not for love, but man and wife each wish to be cheque-mated.
    Wedding Messages

Irish Wedding Toasts

  1. Here's a health to all those that we love,

    Here's a health to all those that love us,

    Here's a health to all those

    That love them

    That love those

    That love them

    That love those

    that love us.

    Irish Wedding Toast

  2. Heres to thee and me an aw on us! May we nere want nought, none of us! Neither thee nor me nor anybody else, aw on us = nawn on us.
    Old Toast
    Wedding Vows

  3. May you have the unspeakable good fortune to win a true heart, and the merit to keep it.
    Wedding Blessings

  4. May good fortune follow you all your days, and never catch up with you. An Irishmans Toast
    Irish Blessing Quotes

  5. May all your joys be pure joys,

    and all your pain be champagne.

    Author Unknown
    Happy Birthday Blessings

Wedding Toast Quotes and Sayings

  1. Celebrate this season with a toast to great family and friends with a great glass of champagne.
    New Year Wishes

  2. Marriage the happy estate which resembles a pair of shears; so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in apposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
    Marriage Quotes

  3. Marriage The gate through which the happy lover leaves his enchanted ground and returns from paradise to earth.
    Marriage Wishes

  4. Wedlock - May the single all be married and all the married be happy. Love to one, friendship to many and good will to all.
    Wedding Quotes

So as you can see, writing speeches does not have to be difficult.  All you have to do is follow a few simple steps and you will have your own personal toast to say to the newlyweds. 


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