wedding reception

  • How to Give Wedding Toasts

    Shot of a young man giving a toast and speech at a wedding reception

    What would a wedding reception be without the traditional wedding toast? It’s like having a wedding cake without the icing. The wedding toast is a profoundly moving gesture, as it conveys to the bride and groom the heartfelt wishes of everyone who attended the wedding.

    The wedding toast is usually given first by the best man, then the father, the groom and the bride, and then followed by those who would like to give a toast. Versions may vary, however.Other traditional sequences of wedding toasts also follow the best man as the first one to give the toast, followed by the groom who says a few words to his bride, parents, family, and members of the wedding party.

    After which, the groom is then followed by other people such as family members or friends who also want to give a toast, and then lastly, the father of the bride who thanks everyone for attending the wedding.

    On the other hand, a nontraditional manner of the sequence of wedding toasts starts off with the emcee toasting the bride and groom. This is followed by the groom saying a few words to the guests and his bride, followed by the bride giving a little speech to her parents and in-laws, and finally, the father of the bride thanking everyone who shared this special day with them.

    The Actual Toast

    Ever since a monk named Dom Perignon invented champagne, it has since become the number one drink during wedding toasts. So before performing the wedding toast, make sure that your own glass as well as the glasses of other people (most especially the bride and groom’s) are also filled with drink. Stand next to the bride and groom when giving your toast, and using a spoon, tap your own glass in order to get people’s attention. Raise your glass using your right hand held straight from your shoulder, and then you can begin the wedding toast.

    Wedding Toast Tips

    Preparing the Speech: Practice! Giving a wedding toast, albeit a short one, in front of so many people can be quite a nerve-wracking experience. However, it doesn’t really have to be, not as long as you come prepared. Write your speech down so you would know exactly what to say.

    Let it come straight from your heart, so that you would be able to convey the sentiments you want to impart to the couple you are toasting. You can also try showing it to someone for comment so that you can get feedback in improving on your speech. Remember to keep on practicing until you feel confident and comfortable enough to deliver it in front of a crowd.


    Keep your wedding toast brief and straight to the point, since you wouldn’t want to divert attention away from the happy couple. Nobody wants to listen to an extremely long speech, so remember this word—K.I.S.S. (Keep It Short and Simple). A good measurement of a wedding toast is around 3 minutes.

    Giving the Speech In giving the wedding toast, speak loudly and clearly especially if you don’t have a microphone, so that people would understand what you’re going to say. Talking loudly gives you a certain presence, and now that you have the audience’s undivided attention, it’s important to hold it by not mumbling your words. So remember to talk slowly, because this is not a race to get you to finish your speech as fast as you can. Remember, people actually want to hear what you have to say.

    Make Eye Contact & Smile! Having your speech or cue cards printed out is indeed a great help in giving a wedding toast, but remember not to read it straight out from beginning to end. Make eye contact with the audience, so that they would feel that you really are speaking to them. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the most important detail of all: Smile! This is a joyous event, and your smile should actually say so!

  • How To Find A Cheap Las Vegas Wedding Chapel

    So you’ve decided to get married in Las Vegas but you’re not sure how to find a cheap Las Vegas Wedding chapel? Thanks to the power of the internet, researching Las Vegas wedding chapels is a lot easier than it used to be.

    What sort of wedding ceremony do you want? You can have a drive thru wedding starting at approximately $80. Or you can have a simple (and cheap) wedding chapel ceremony. There are so many wedding chapels in Las Vegas you’re spoilt for choice!

    Why not go to a search engine and type in the phrase “Las Vegas wedding chapel” or “cheap Las Vegas wedding chapel” without the quotation marks. Have a good look at the top 30 results. Visit the websites of any wedding chapels and make a note of what they offer for the price. If they have a 1-800 number and you want to ask them a question, call them (so you save money on long distance phone calls).

    After completing this process, you should have a good idea of exactly what you can get for the amount of money you want to spend. If you’re not satisfied with your results, then try a different search engine. Don’t forget, a Nevada wedding license costs $55 and you have to factor that into the cost of the wedding ceremony.

    Another way you can find a cheap Las Vegas wedding chapel is to go to the online yellow pages and look up the listings for Las Vegas wedding chapels. However, in most cases there will only be a simple listing for the wedding chapels with an ordinary phone number.

    There are plenty of online Las Vegas discussion boards. Go to a search engine and type in “Las Vegas discussion board” and then post your question about trying to find a cheap Las Vegas wedding chapel.

    If you follow the suggestions above you should be able to find a cheap wedding chapel that you’re happy with. But your wedding day is a day to remember and sometimes it’s advisable to spend a little more on the wedding ceremony to ensure that you’re happy with it.

    Trying to save a few dollars too much could mean the difference between a happy wedding day and a not so happy day if the wedding chapel you choose solely on the basis of cost turns out to be a mistake.