Toasting at a rehearsal dinner is usually started by the groom’s father; or the person hosting the dinner. They start off by welcoming guests and saying a few words followed by the best man and maid of honor toasts. If the bride’s mother and/or father want to make a toast, they would go next, followed by any siblings of the bride and groom.
8 TIPS FOR REHEARSAL DINNER TOASTING
- Take the time to write something special before the wedding weekend. Practice it a few times. Just don’t wing it!
- Introduce yourself and tell everyone how you know the bride and groom.
- Keep it short and sweet. 1-3 minutes max.
- Don’t drink too much before you give your toast. You don’t want to make it awkward for everyone present.
- Hold the mic close enough to your mouth. A few inches away is perfect.
- Don’t breathe into the mic.
- Don’t tell embarrassing stories or inside jokes. Be nice and keep it positive.
- Speak to both the bride and groom, even if you don’t know one of them that well.
- End the toast strong by raising your glass and wishing the couple a lifetime of happiness.
To end, the groom will usually say a few words, or the groom’s father can end by thanking everyone for coming.