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Traditionally, the best man offers the first toast. Friends should keep their toasts to three or four minutes at the most, which will give family members and other attendants more time to propose their own.
Weddings and the events surrounding them elicit so many toasts from well-wishers that whole books are devoted to the subject. But there's no reason to feel intimidated. As with all toasts, it's more important for the sentiments to be heartfelt than eloquent.
Here's a toast to love and laughter and happily ever after.
"Look down you gods, and on this couple drop a blessed crown." -Shakespeare, The Tempest
May your wedding days be few and your anniversaries many.
May you two grow old on one pillow
Here's to the bride and the groom!
May you have a happy honeymoon,
May you lead a happy life,
May you make a bunch of money soon,
And live without all strife.
Down the hatch, to a striking match.
May you live as long as you want to and may you want to as long as you live.
To the happy couple.
May all your troubles be little ones.
Here's to my mother-in-law's daughter,
Here's to her father-in-law's son;
Here's to the vows we've just taken,
And the life we've just begun.
"Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward in the same direction." (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
Let your love endure beyond the last sunset.
May your love be added, may it never be subtracted, may your household multiply, and may your hearts never be divided!!
Here's to the groom with bride so fair,
And here's to the bride with groom so rare!
Here's to marriage: one soul in two bodies.
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 in one – here’s to you!
Health and a long life to you.
Land without rent to you.
A child every year to you.
And if you can't go to heaven,
May you at least die in Ireland.
Here's to a sweetheart, a bottle, and a friend.
The first beautiful, the second full, the last ever faithful.
Look down you gods, and on this couple drop a blessed crown
May "for better or worse" be far better than worse.
May God be with you and bless you.
May the best of your yesterdays be the worst of your tomorrows
May the future hold your happiness,
May the future hold your health.
May your heart hold your love, and may your arms hold your babies, yet to come.
Here’s to your future happiness together!
May the light of friendship guide your paths together.
May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home.
May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips,
a twinkle from your eye.
A toast to love and laughter and happily ever after.
Toasts to Second Marriages
Here's to second marriages, which Samuel Johnson described as "the triumph of hope over experience."
- Mike Lininger, Editor, Etiquette Scholar
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