Humorous Wedding Toasts – How to Get the Effect You Want From Funny Wedding Toasts

So pretty soon you, someone you know, someone you love, or someone who’s just a big part of your life will be getting married. You might be expected to speak, or maybe this is all your idea, but for whatever reason you’ve chosen today to try your hand at humor. That’s a damn good call if you ask me… as long as you’re careful. Think of humorous wedding toasts as trying to show off on a diving board: It’s either going to look really cool and everyone will admire you for it, or you’re going to fall into an embarrassing belly flop (A.K.A. awkward silences will follow).

Now that the scary stuff is out of the way, how about a little encouragement, right? In this article I hope to have compiled some advice you may find helpful when integrating humor into a wedding toast and even shown you where you can find professional guidance and examples for that perfect “humorous wedding speech” you’re hoping to deliver.

Using the past. Whatever history you have with the bride and groom (or if you are the bride or groom), one great strategy you can implement are the “Do you remember?” type statements. These help to establish a friendly mood and atmosphere and usually can help as a ‘this-next-part-will-be-really-funny’ type of setup. Make sure you specify who the “Do you remember?” statement is directed at, as it will help to weed out awkward pauses that can ruin a good joke. Do this by making eye contact or gently gesturing towards the target of your question.

Using Respect And Taste. Whether this day is ‘the big day’ for you or someone you know, remember your audience. Gauge what is appropriate as a whole (remember you may not know everyone present) and use discretion within your jokes. A great way to do this is to make fun of someone but then follow it with a statement about how much they have changed, matured, or grown. This gets you your laugh, as well as letting everyone know that you are in control of the delivery of your speech. It usually has the added effect of engaging your audience because it will cause them to reflect on the change in the person to whom you are referring.

It is important to note that if you are not the bride or groom you should keep their marriage as the subject of your speech. If you are the one getting married, it is perfectly fine to poke fun or reflect upon yourself in your speech, but is usually more effective to target others.

OK this one’s kind of a bonus item. With all of these guidelines and expectations, it can be hard to know exactly what you’re supposed to do. Save yourself the guesswork, and the possibly the embarrassing mistakes that come with being new to speech writing, and get yourself a little Wedding Speech Help.

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