MEANING - toast (t st) n.
a. The act of raising a glass and drinking in honor of or to the health of a person or thing.
b. A proposal to drink to someone or something or a speech given before the taking of such a drink.
c. The one honored by a toast.
Toasting to the bride and groom is a wedding tradition that still remains intact today.
It’s a chance for close friends and family members to congratulate the newly married couple.
It also gives the couple the opportunity to thank their guests for joining them on their special day.
Wedding toasts are one of the main elements that make a wedding memorable, so it’s important to get it right.
• EVERYONE/GENERALLY USED: Here's to the prettiest, here's to the wittiest, Here's to the truest of all who are true, Here's to the neatest one, here's to the sweetest one, Here's to them, all in one - here's to you.
To the Groom
• Here's to the groom, a man who keeps his head though he loses his heart.
To the Bridesmaids
• A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Here's to these beautiful bridesmaids.
• We admire them for their beauty, respect them for their intelligence, adore them for their virtues, and love them because we can't help it.
To the Bride
• May she share everything with her husband, including the housework.
Wedding Toast, From the Groom to the Bride
• She knows all about me and loves me just the same.
Wedding Toast, From the Parents of the Bride and Groom
• It is written: when children find true love, parents find true joy. Here's to your joy and ours, from this day forward.
To the Gathering
• Let us toast the health of the bride; Let us toast the health of the groom, Let us toast the person that tied; Let us toast every guest in the room.
To the Bride and Groom
. Look down you gods, and on this couple drop a blessed crown.
• Remember that if you ever put your marital problems on the back burner they are sure to boil over.
• Happy marriages begin when we marry the one we love, and they blossom when we love the one we married.
• My greatest wish for the two of you is that through the years your love for each other will so deepen and grow, that years from now you will look back on this day, your wedding day, as the day you loved each other the least.
• It don't matter where you get your appetite, as long as you eat at home!
• May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.
• Marriage: A community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves - making in all, two.
• May the roof above you never fall in and may you both never fall out.
• To the lamp of love - may it burn brightest in the darkest hours and never flicker in the winds of trial.
• May 'for better or worse' be far better than worse.
• The man or woman you really love will never grow old to you. Through the wrinkles of time, through the bowed frame of years, You will always see the dear face and feel The warm heart union of your eternal love.
• May you have many children and may they grow mature in taste and healthy in color and as sought after as the contents of the glass.
Traditional Order of Wedding Toasts
In the traditional order of wedding toasts, the toast to the bride comes first. Many people believe, after all, that this is the bride's special day. So it only makes sense that the bride is toasted first. This toast is typically made by the best man, but can also be made by a relative or friend. In recent years, the toast to the bride as been replaced by a toast to both the bride and groom.
Once the toast to the bride is complete, the groom rises to respond. The groom's response will include words to the bride, which are often an affirmation of the first toast. The groom then thanks the best man (or whoever proposed the first toast) and also thanks the parents attending the wedding, both his and his bride's. The groom's response closes with a toast to the bridesmaids.
After the groom finishes speaking, the best man responds. The traditional response of the best man is to thank the groom on the bridesmaids' behalf. The best man's response can be followed by the toasts of others, including ushers or close friends.
The traditional order of wedding toasts is closed out by the father of the bride. His job is to thank all of the wedding guests on behalf of him and his wife. He then announces the commencement of wedding festivities.
Non-traditional Order of Wedding Toasts
Of course, tomorrow's traditions are defined by those who break the traditions of today. Non-traditional wedding toasts have been more popular in recent years.
Non-traditional orders may start out with a toast to the couple by a master of ceremonies. This can be followed by a response from the groom that includes thanks to the MC and the wedding guests, then a toast to the bride and so on...
At this point, several different things could happen, which is the beauty of non-traditional weddings. The father of the bride may propose a toast, or the master of ceremonies may introduce others who want to toast the happy couple. At some point, the toasts will end and celebration will begin.
References : freeweddingtoasts.com, about.com & essencemag.com