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Wedding toasts

October - 11 - 2011

Wedding toast is a major events at a wedding reception given by the best man to the bride and groom. However,all the wishes of happiness,health and good luck can be offered by any of the guests. In some cultures there are actually specific phrases that are offered at a toast. At the end of the toast,drinking glasses are toughed lightly together thus finishing the wedding speech with a sound.

The toast is given in honor of the newlyweds at the wedding reception. Weather the spoken words are religious,spiritual or personal they show the affection of the person giving the toast to the couple and also sever as a wish of happiness and long life together. It is another way of saying good luck on their new life as a married couple. The toast usually ends with the clinking of glasses filled with champagne but it is not a must.

History

Some of the early dates go back as far as the greco-roman times when the host of the wedding would drink from the wine cask in order to prove to the guests that is was not poisened. It is said that the gesture refers to putting a piece of bread in the glass of wine in order to gather the sediments that gather on the bottom of the glass(custom in England) or to mellow the strong taste of wine(custom in Rome).As time has passed by the toast has been resumed to wishes of good luck and health as a regularly part of the wedding reception.
When should the toast be given

The wedding toast is traditionally given by the best man at the beginning of the reception. During the reception anyone,like family members, family or friends can give a toast at any time. How long the speech lasts it is up to the individual giving it,it can last from a few word to a long one that takes up to 10 minutes.
Types of wedding toasts

Wedding toasts are always verbal but they can vary according to the wedding tradition. Some toasts are have specific cheers according to the language. The speech can follow after the toast or it could just be a short and funny toast.

Examples:
• A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Here’s to these beautiful bridesmaids.
• Here’s to the groom, a man who keeps his head though he loses his heart.
• It is written: when children find true love, parents find true joy. Here’s to your joy and ours, from this day forward.

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