Diane Warner's Complete Book of Wedding Toasts, Revised Edition: Hundreds of Ways to Say Congratulations!

Diane Warner's Complete Book of Wedding Toasts, Revised Edition: Hundreds of Ways to Say Congratulations!

by Diane Warner

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Overview

-- The Best Man Brings Down the House with A Hilarious Story
-- The Bridegroom Recites A Touching Poem
-- The Father of the Groom Gives An Eloquent and Emotional Toast

This can happen at your wedding! Diane Warner's Complete Book of Wedding Toasts ensures that the perfect speech enhances your reception. The author's guidance and foolproof tactics make any person seem like a seasoned speaker. Your wedding toasts will be beautifully and eloquently presented, no matter what the orator's experience. Diane Warner gives hundreds of sample toasts that can be used by anyone who is responsible for delivering heartwarming words at a wedding. The examples provided can be altered to incorporate personal anecdotes relating to the couple. The book also gives step-by-step advice on creating toasts from the heart and tips from augmenting the toast with body language, humor, and inflection of voice and other ways to make a lasting impression. This truly one-of-a-kind wedding book guarantees that you, the bride and groom, will be delighted by the toasts given at your own wedding. Look for a new edition in Fall 2005.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564148155
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date: 01/15/2006
Series: Wedding Essentials
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 602,954
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author


Diane Warner is the best-selling author of 22 books, including Diane Warner's Contemporary Guide to Wedding Etiquette, Complete Book of Wedding Toasts, Complete Book of Wedding Showers, Complete Book of Baby Showers, Diane Warner's Big Book of Parties and How to Have a Big Wedding on a Small Budget. Diane also writes for magazines, newspapers and Web sites. She is a popular speaker and radio and television guest. She has made over 100 national radio and television appearances and can be seen regularly on HGTV and The Discovery Channel. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her author-husband, Jack.

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CHAPTER 1

Traditional Toasts for the Bride and Groom

The toasts included in this chapter are basic and simple, and may be exactly what you were hoping to find, although the trend today is toward more personalized wedding toasts. However, if you decide to adopt one of these traditional toasts as your own, deliver it in a dignified way with as much sincerity as possible.

Traditional toasts to the bride

Ladies and gentleman, please stand with me as we join in the traditional toast to the bride: health, happiness, and all the best life has to offer. To ____________.

* * *

It has been my pleasure to know ___________ (the bride) all her life, and no one is more delighted than I to see her marry ___________ (the groom). Ladies and gentlemen, please join with me in a toast to the bride: here's to your happiness, today and always.

* * *

_____________ , there was never a bride more beautiful and radiant than you are today. Best wishes for a joyous married life, full of good health and happiness.

Traditional toasts to the bride and groom

Ladies and gentlemen, please stand with me as we raise our glasses in a toast to the bride and groom. ___________ and __________ , we wish you a lifetime of health and happiness.

* * *

A Finnish bride wears a golden crown during the ceremony and then during the reception that follows she is blindfolded and surrounded by all the unmarried women. Whoever the blindfolded bride crowns will be the next to marry.

I feel honored to have been asked to give the traditional toast to the bride and groom on this momentous occasion:

__________ and ____________ , may your lives be filled with joy, good health, and a lifetime of happiness.

* * *

___________ and ___________ , I toast you. May your joys be many and your troubles be few, with only success and good health following you.

* * *

To the happy couple: May your future be filled with wine and roses.

* * *

May all your days be as happy as the ones before. __________ and __________ , I toast you.

* * *

An Australian tribesman kept it very simple: He became "engaged" by shooting a barbless arrow through the leg of a maiden and then became "married" by removing the arrow after he carried her to his home.

Please stand and join me in this traditional toast to the bride and groom: May the most you ever wish for be the least you ever receive.

* * *

Ladies and gentlemen, it is now my pleasure to propose a toast to the happy couple: To love, which is nothing unless it's divided by two.

* * *

Here's to the husband — and here's to the wife; may they remain lovers for life.

* * *

It is thought to be good luck for a bride to sew a strand of her own hair into her wedding gown.

I toast you, __________ and ___________ , as I wish you all the luck and happiness in this world. May God bless your marriage, and may you have a happy and contented home.

* * *

It is now my honor to toast the bride and groom. To ______ and ______ , two very nice people. I wish you good health, happiness, and a wonderful life together. Congratulations.

* * *

Join me in a toast to our newlyweds: May the happiest day of your past be the saddest day of your future.

* * *

At a Dutch wedding the bride's cake is often topped with a windmill and the groom's with a pair of wooden shoes; girls dressed in Dutch costume distribute tulip and crocus bulbs to the guests.

Please join me as we propose a toast to the happy couple: Our good wishes go with you for happiness and a long and prosperous life.

* * *

May all your troubles be little ones; may all your troubles be small; may all your troubles be light as air; may you have no troubles at all.

* * *

I would like to propose this toast to _________ and ________ wishing them joy and happiness in their future together.

* * *

There is a Jewish belief that 40 days before a child is born the name of the child's ordained mate (the zivuk) is announced by God.

Here's to ___________ and ___________. I wish you every success in your future and every happiness in your marriage.

* * *

Here's to the bride and groom. May you have a lifetime of love and an eternity of happiness.

* * *

In Great Britain it is still considered good luck when a black cat crosses a bride's path on her way to the church.

__________ and __________ , I toast you: May you always be as happy as you are today.

* * *

It is an honor and pleasure to be asked to toast the bride and groom. Please stand and join with me: ______ and _______ , we wish you long life, good health, and a prosperous future.

* * *

We all raise our glasses to you as we toast your future. May the joy and happiness of this day remain with you throughout your married life. God bless you both.

* * *

When a Korean bride and groom marry, ducks are included in the wedding procession because they mate for life.

Here's to the health of the happy pair;
May good luck follow them everywhere;
And may each day of wedded bliss Be always as sweet and joyous as this.

* * *

I wish you health and I wish you wealth. May fortune be kind to you, and happiness be true to you for as long as you both shall live.

* * *

Let us toast to the health of the bride;
Let us toast to the health of the groom;
Let us toast to the person who tied;
Let us toast to every guest in the room.

* * *

May "for better or worse" be far better than worse.

* * *

It is an honor to be with you here today to witness your marriage ceremony and to share your joy. __________ and __________ , my heartiest congratulations, and may all your troubles be little ones.

* * *

When Princess Elizabeth married the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947, their wedding cake was 9 feet high and weighed 500 pounds. It was made with four tiers supported by silver pillars.

A toast to love and laughter and happily ever after.

* * *

__________ and __________ , may your love be as endless as your wedding rings.

* * *

May the road you now travel together be filled with much love and success.

* * *

After a Chinese wedding ceremony, the groom's parents host a tea service where the bride and groom pay tribute to their families. First, they bow to heaven, then to their heart, and then to their ancestors. Then, they bow to their grandparents and parents, serving each tea. In return, they receive jewelry and money.

__________ and ___________ , congratulations on your wedding day, and my sincere wishes go with you both.

CHAPTER 2

Contemporary Toasts to the Bride and Groom

The toasts found here are examples of the contemporary phrasings being used today. They are more creative and personalized than the traditional toasts and have a lovely conversational quality about them that speaks straight from the toaster's heart.

Many of these toasts are appropriate as written, but those that give quite personal details about the couple should be used for inspiration for your own words.

* * *

During the 18th century and much of the 19th century, any toasts offered to women were called "sentiments."

Contemporary toasts to the bride and groom

To precious moments of togetherness, countless hours of sunshine and laughter, days of indescribable joy and celebration. May each morning be a happy surprise as you awake in each other's arms to discover that you love each other even more than the day before. To our newlyweds!

* * *

___________ (the bride), I've known you since the day you were born. I'll never forget that morning when your Dad and I wore a groove into the hallway outside the delivery room as we paced away the hours. And when the nurse laid you in your Dad's arms, I cried just as hard as he did. You were an incredibly beautiful baby, __________ (the bride). Over the years I've kept tabs on you — noting all your accomplishments, from your first piano recital to your graduation with honors from USC. And weren't you a lucky girl to choose that school, because that's where you met this guy. (Looks at groom with a smile.) I can't imagine what you saw in him — just because he happens to be a handsome attorney with a bright future, and just because he happens to adore you. I've only known you for about a year ________ (the groom), but I've got to say that even if ________ (the bride) were my own daughter, and I feel as if she is, I couldn't be more pleased with her choice. I'm proud and happy for you both and I wish you a future filled with all the joy you both deserve. Here's to __________ and __________.

* * *

To Fate that brought you together and to Love that will keep you happy forever. Congratulations and God bless.

* * * It's a Dutch tradition for a bride to carry a special handkerchief on her wedding day for catching her tears. This handkerchief is later passed down to the bride's eldest daughter for good luck.

What is true love? Lasting love? It's the kind of love we see between _______________ and _____________. Their love is unselfish, caring, and giving, and they have one of those rare love relationships that touches all our hearts — reminding us of what true love should be. ____________ and ____________, we toast your love, and we wish you joy and happiness in your married life. To ____________ and ________________.

* * *

I would like to propose a toast to ______________ and ______________. Your ceremony was filled with some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard. My wish for you is that your marriage will be as melodic and harmonious as the music we've heard today. May the music of your love overcome any discords that come your way. To a lifetime of joy and harmony.

* * *

A toast to _____________ and _____________. May you never be too old to hold hands, and may you say "I love you" every day.

* * *

It is a Belgian tradition for a bride to carry a handkerchief embroidered with her name; this handkerchief is eventually framed and displayed in the couple's home until the next family bride adds her name and carries it down the aisle.

[Holding a pair of scissors.] I would like to propose a toast to _____________ and ____________ . I have here a pair of scissors. As we all know, there are two separate blades on a pair of scissors, but unless they work together, they are worthless. Although you are two unique individuals, may you have the joy and harmony of working together like a well-oiled pair of scissors. May all your dreams come true. To ____________ and ____________ .

* * *

______________ and _____________, today is the start of something wonderful, a brand-new life, a beautiful beginning. Here's to a future filled with romance, delight, sharing, laughter, and great adventure as your love grows with each day. To your beautiful beginning!

* * *

It is estimated that 90 percent of American grooms wear wedding rings.

Mark Twain said, "It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech," and it takes me even longer than that. __________ (the groom), when your parents asked me a month or so ago if I would like to offer a toast on this joyous occasion, I felt honored. And indeed it is an honor to toast you on this your wedding day. But like Mark Twain, I struggled with my thoughts because there is so much I would like to say. To begin with, I must tell you that when I heard you were engaged, my heart leaped with joy — I was so sure you two were meant for each other. Not only because you have so much in common — your compassionate hearts, your love of nature, and your shared interest in the field of medicine, but because your differences complement each other so beautifully as well. While __________(the groom) is researching on the Internet for hours at a time, I'm sure ____________ (the bride) will slip into her studio and enjoy time at the easel, creating another one of her delightful watercolors. Then, you'll come together again for one of those quiet times you've come to love as you walk hand-in-hand through the osprey sanctuary in back of your apartment. Oh, don't look so surprised — we know about those walks (as he smiles at the bride and groom). And just watching you two, it's easy to see how deeply you love each other. In fact, your love spills over and touches everyone around you, which is why it's such a joy for us to be here today. We will all leave here today with a new softness in our hearts and a fresh love and appreciation for our own spouses, all because of you. I wish I had the eloquence to express the joy I feel for you today. All I can say is this: __________ and __________, hold tight to each other and celebrate your love every day, and may each new day bring more joy than the last.

* * *

____________ and ______________, today is the first day of the rest of your life. A life filled with joy and adventure as your love encompasses every aspect of your lives. Your partnership will be amazing. Every one of us here who knows you as individuals can't wait to see what you accomplish together as a team. We promise to encourage you and support you along the way, and we'll always be there for you when you need us. To __________ and ___________.

* * *

An African bride in Kenya or Nigeria often braids her hair for her wedding day, forming the braids into a crown-like adornment on top of her head.

To a couple destined for a world of success, not only in life, but in love. Congratulations and good luck, my friends!

* * *

Please join me as we toast __________ and ____________. May your life together be filled with joy, bathed in love, and nourished by each other's care.

* * *

The most extravagant toast ever recorded was that offered to Marc Antony by Cleopatra when she dropped two perfect pearls into her wine and drank them down. The extravagance of her toast outweighed the cost of all the other banquet expenses combined.

_________ and __________, my dear friends, I speak from my heart when I say: May you have the strength to change those things that can be changed; may you have the patience to live with those things that cannot; and may you have the wisdom to know one from the other. My prayers and best wishes go with you both!

* * *

I would like to propose a toast to _________ and _________. What a perfect day — your wedding day! You've waited a long time for this, and it all went off without a hitch. In fact, the ceremony was truly glorious and this reception is an occasion we'll remember for years. I've never seen two people so in love — in fact, your love casts a glow over all of us. My wish for you is that as you look back on this day, and as you face your future together, your love will continue to glow for all the years to come. To a blessed life as husband and wife.

* * *

The peace of God came into my life when I wedded her.

— Alfred, Lord Tennyson

___________and _____________, today is a day of new beginnings. First of all, this is the day you embark on your new life together as husband and wife. This is also the day you establish a new home together, filled with laughter, joy, sharing, and compromise. You will also experience new family relationships, not only as your own unique family unit, which may expand in the years to come as you have your own children and grandchildren, but new relationships because today you have also become part of each other's families. Please stand as we toast _________________ and _________________. To new beginnings.

* * *

As we toast you, _________________ and _______________, I'd like to suggest a recipe for a happily married life: Take a pound of tenderness. Mix it together with a tablespoon of joy and a cup of laughter. Add a pinch of patience and a sprinkling of kindness. Simmer slowly, watching carefully so that it never comes to a boil. Strain it through a sieve of tolerance, and you'll have a pudding as sweet and lasting as your love. Please raise your glasses. To ________________ and ________________.

* * *

I can say without reservation that this has been the most beautiful wedding I've ever attended, and never have I seen a couple more in love than you. I toast you and your marriage: May your love be modern enough to survive the times, and old-fashioned enough to last forever. God bless you!

* * *

____________ and _____________, everyone here joins me in this toast as we wish you a lifetime of happiness. May your love grow stronger with each day, and may your marriage be kept safe and sheltered beneath angels' wings. To ____________ and _____________.

* * *

A rice cake is placed on the heads of the Tibetan bridal couple, thus conveying life, health, and wealth.

We are so honored to be here with you today, to share your joy and to bask in your love. This is a very special day, _______________(the wedding date), your wedding day, the day you have looked forward to for so long. And to think that this is only the beginning — just imagine that! I wish you a lifetime of love, a happy home, and great success in all you do. May you share equally in each other's love, and may all your troubles be little ones. Congratulations to our newlyweds!

* * *

A toast to the bride and groom: May all your tomorrows be promises come true.

* * *

I'd like to recite something written by William Shakespeare hundreds of years ago — see if you don't agree with me that he could have been writing __________'s and __________'s love story.

"No sooner met, but they looked;
No sooner looked but they loved;
No sooner loved but they sighed;
No sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason;
No sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy."

(Continues…)


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Table of Contents

Introduction,
Chapter 1 Traditional Toasts to the Bride and Groom,
Chapter 2 Contemporary Toasts to the Bride and Groom,
Chapter 3 Toasts by the Best Man,
Chapter 4 Toasts by the Father of the Bride,
Chapter 5 Toasts by the Father of the Groom,
Chapter 6 Toasts by the Groom,
Chapter 7 Toasts by the Bride,
Chapter 8 Toasts With Religious Variations,
Chapter 9 Toasts With Ethnic Variations,
Chapter 10 Toasts Inspired by the Classics,
Chapter 11 Humorous Toasts,
Chapter 12 Special Toasts,
Chapter 13 Theme Wedding Toasts,
Chapter 14 Original Wedding Toasts,
Epilogue,
Bibliography,
Index,

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