Funny wedding toasts, in my opinion is important because it makes the wedding event more special and memorable. Click here to see how I created my speech. There are those that say that humor should not be injected in such an important part such as a wedding speech. However, I beg to differ because I have sat and bore witness to many boring speeches. I know that they were heartfelt but nevertheless….the wedding toast was not entertaining. And yes, it was memorable all right. But in a negative way. I remember those speeches as being boring and bad.
But many of us are not born comedians. And many of us, especially me have a warped sense of humor. What I consider funny will definitely not be considered humorous by others. That is why it is important to research and “borrow” from different sources.
Another tip for your wedding speech toast is to refer to a resource and change or tweak it in such a way to make it more personal. Click here to see the resource I used. What I mean by that is that something associated with the bride or groom should be interjected within that humorous passage. For example, if you are using a funny story about golf, you need to make sure that the bride or groom plays the sport.
In my case, my brother is a computer nerd. In my funny wedding speech, I talked about how my brother was infatuated with video games and computers his whole life. I told the audience that my brother started walking with a computer mouse in one hand and a keyboard in the other. I also spoke about how I was worried about my brother was so much into video games, that I became worried that he would not have a social life. Then, that led me into the next segment about how he met this girl and suddenly computer games were not important.
Most importantly, I led the audience on an emotional roller coaster. I started the wedding speech with humor, then I talked about how my brother and his bride met. Then I added that as a big brother, it was my duty to impart some marriage tips. Then I gave some funny wedding tips such as, “The honeymoon is the last vacation a man takes before he starts working under his new boss……the husband can do anything he wants in the marriage, so long as he agrees with his wife.”
You can sprinkle humor and funny stories throughout the speech but I feel that the most important thing you can do is not end with humor. You should end on a more serious note. I ended my speech with a quote from John Keats and then wished the bride and groom good luck and a prosperous future.
As you write and practice your speech, refer to other funny wedding toasts and remember, that as you practice, put yourself in the audience. Imagine how they would react to your speech. Ask yourself….would this speech be remembered far into the future? Or will it be forgotten at during the next song of the “Chicken dance.”?
Hopefully, you have time to craft your speech. It is my hopes, that you take it seriously enough to set a goal to make it the best toast that anyone in the room has ever heard. Click here to shortcut your speech prep time.