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Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.
With heartfelt words from friends and family - starting with the best man, of course - you'll no doubt be toasting the future at your wedding reception.
So, how do you ensure a memorable wedding toast?
- First things first. The toast traditionally takes place at the end of a speech. In the past, the best man went first, followed by the groom, who responded with a thanks to his parents, his in-laws and, of course, to his bride. The bride may make a toast, followed by the bride's parents. These days, most people are less strict with tradition, and may choose to give the honour of the first toast to the father and mother of the bride.
- Bring on the bubbly! Whether you serve it throughout the reception or just with cocktails, on request, during dinner or simply with the cake for a toast, everyone loves champagne or good sparkling wine at a wedding celebration. One case of champagne contains around 70-75 glasses, so for a toast you will need one case for 75 guests. For those who don't like champagne, wine, a mixed drink or a non-alcoholic punch will do the trick (but never toast with coffee, tea or water).
- Best foot forward. Give the toast front forward, facing the crowd. Hold the glass in your right hand, straight from the shoulder.
- Prepare the toasters. Ensure the toast makers know in advance that they'll be asked to make a toast. Ask them to be short and sweet, and specify the tone (no cheeky anecdotes or inside jokes).
- Keep it simple. Simple toasts work best, such as "Can I ask the newlyweds to be upstanding as I propose a toast to Mr and Mrs Durand. May the love you feel today be present always, forever and a day..." If the toasters feel nervous about what to say, direct them to the internet - there are hundreds of ideas for toasts available with a few keystrokes.
- All rise to the occasion. According to the rules of polite society, everyone should rise except the toast recipients. This is sometimes impractical, particularly if there are a number of toasts. There is one rule to remember: the recipient of the toast never raises his or her own glass - it's considered similar to applauding yourself.
- Cherish the cheers! Make the moment even more festive with beautiful crystal, glass or silver-plated toasting flutes. Pink Frosting has a range of elegant flutes and toasting glasses that are ideal for all special family occasions, and will surely become treasured keepsakes for future generations.
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