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How to Give a Better Wedding Toast

Holding the Microphone

The top of the microphone is where the majority of the clarity is projected. Don’t be afraid to hold it close to you. No, we can’t hear you when you hold the microphone by your hip. Stop doing that.

Don’t hold the microphone upside down or grip it by the top. Both will make it sound like garbage. Instead, hold the microphone towards the middle, with the top of it resting right around your chin.

Speak up!

If the microphone sounds quiet, it’s likely not the DJ’s fault. We can control the EQ of the microphone and make you sound amazing. But if you talk very softly, we have to turn up the gain higher, making the microphone more likely to feedback. Speak loudly and confidently. Not only will this command the attention of your audience, but it will help be sure anyone from grandma to the youngest child can hear you clearly and enjoy your speech you worked so hard on.

Jokes

You’ve likely been to a wedding with jokes of poor taste. Bride bashing is not only disrespectful, but it won’t really deliver an applause. I recommend you choose your jokes, and test them with your friends to make sure they don’t hit any sensitive subjects. A wedding is not a roast, you will get the best response by telling jokes that are family friendly, and generally funny. Avoid telling lengthy stories. I recommend shortening the details and focusing on the point of the story rather than telling every small detail.

Timing

Two to three minutes is roughly what you should aim for. If you talk for this long, the audience will remember almost all of your speech, which will make it more memorable. On top of this, keep in mind that after speeches come the dinner. If you take 50 minutes with a speech, this means all the guests are waiting to eat, and the venue, bride and groom, and hungry guests will all be unhappy with you.

Breathe

Public speaking can be nerve racking. Maybe it isn’t your forte. If you are nervous, you will talk faster, which leads to confusion in your crowd. Before you speak, and each time you change your point of focus in your speech, take a breath beforehand.

Talk Slowly

Talk slower than normal. Naturally your adrenaline will kick in and your speed will increase with the excitement of the moment. Try and talk slower than what sounds good to you in the moment, it will compensate for the speed that comes naturally from nerves and allow you to sound clear and crisp.

I hope this helped you with your toasts, and cannot wait to hear how they turn out on the date of your event. If you have individual questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at the form below.

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