Speeches and Toasts
Wedding toasts were originally a French custom. Bread was placed in a wine glass and passed around to the guests. The first person to reach the bread was expected to enjoy good luck. Traditionally, toasts are given by the following three males of great importance: the father of the bride, the groom, and the best man. The order of these toasts varies culturally, and today can be determined by the bride and groom themselves, together with their families. Anyone may propose a toast at the ceremony. Most people proposing a toast will want to have time to prepare and rehearse their speeches, so the persons giving the toasts should be approached well before the wedding day. The groom and father of the bride usually give very thoughtful and emotional speeches, while the best man often chooses to be rather comical, and perhaps not always tasteful. If this is of concern, discuss this beforehand to prevent any embarrassment. Speeches should be short, sincere, and discriminating. Humour, in good taste, is priceless!