Wedding Toast Examples for a Speech They'll Remember

Don't worry about crafting the perfect wedding speech. We've got your covered with some perfect examples for every situation.

Updated May 30, 2023
guests toasting bride & groom on wedding day

Don't stress if you're not sure what to say in a wedding toast. A few great wedding toast examples can inspire you to finally tackle writing yours. A wedding toast is nothing more than a short speech, and you can easily modify examples of wedding toasts to reflect your feelings and the personality of the couple.

Whether you're the best man, maid of honor, parents of the bridal couple, bride, or groom, getting up to speak at a wedding can be a bit of a stress bomb. The key here is preparation. Get inspired with the perfect wedding toast examples for your situation, spend a little time practicing in front of the mirror, and then get up there and wish the couple well. You've got this.

Start Off With a Short Wedding Toast or One-Liner

Knowing how to start a wedding toast can be a little tricky. After you introduce yourself, it's not always easy to transition into giving the toast. That's where a one-liner can come in handy and help you set the tone. Try one of these examples:

  • Tonight, we get to eat cake! But first, I have a few things to say about two very special people.
  • Hi everyone! There are a few thing Jessica asked me never to bring up in public, so I thought I'd start with those.
  • I'm here to talk to you for the next 45 minutes. No, actually, I'm going to keep this short.
  • I'm beyond honored to be here sharing this important moment, and I just have a few things I want to say.
  • What a lucky thing it is to meet your soulmate. I'm so happy for these two!
  • Join me in raising a glass to the happy couple. To a lifetime of shared experiences and love!
Need to Know

Use wedding day toast examples to begin writing your own toast. No matter what your role in the wedding is, use a short toast to jumpstart your own ideas. Adding personalized names and details easily helps you turn a sample toast into a customized wedding toast speech worthy of any bridal party member from the best man, to the maid of honor, to parents.

Best Man Wedding Toast Examples

best man giving a wedding toast

If you're the best man, you have to do a lot more than stand there looking suave in your tux. You also need to give a toast at the wedding reception. This doesn't have to be long or super involved, but it should be nice (bonus points if it's funny too). Examples can help you give the perfect best man toast. Substitute names and details for the italicized text.

Wedding Toast About Shared Memories

Good evening, everyone. Tonight, we are all here to honor Name and Name. As the groom's best friend/brother/cousin, I feel honored to be standing next to him on such an important day in his life. We have gone through so much together in life, and I cannot imagine being anywhere but here on this special occasion.

Discuss one to two memories for a few minutes.

Groom, you have such a love of life, and I am so happy that you have found a wife to share that love with for the rest of your days.

Talk about specific traits of the groom and the bride.

Tonight, we celebrate the union of our two wonderful friends, Name and Name. Let us raise a glass in high hopes of happiness for many years to come!

After applause, introduce the maid of honor for her speech.

Best Man Toast Example With Funny Story

Good evening. I just want to say that this has been a wonderful day! I'm so happy to be a part of such a joyous celebration of the love that Name and Name have for each other. I have to admit, I never thought I'd see Name happier than the year his football team won the Super Bowl (or insert other instance of sports team win), but Name, you have made him the happiest I've ever seen him. As Groom Name's brother/friend/cousin, I am so grateful that he found you.

Insert a humorous story about your relationship with the groom and finish with a heartfelt wish for the couple.

Bride and Groom, I wish you the best life has to offer, and I know the two of you will continue to love and support each other. Join me in raising your glasses in a toast to Name and Name, may you forever be as happy as you are tonight.

After applause, introduce the maid of honor for her speech.

Quick Tip

You can't go wrong by telling a hilarious but kind anecdote about the groom if you want to give a funny wedding toast. Think about a time you got into an embarrassing situation together or managed to get out of trouble.

Best Man Wedding Toast Quotes

Including a quote can help you sum up your best man wedding speech or start your toast:

  • "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." - Maya Angelou
  • "Grow old with me. The best is yet to be, the last of life for which the first was made." - Robert Browning
  • "Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls." - Khalil Gibran
  • "May she share everything with her husband, including the housework." - Unknown Proverb

Maid of Honor Wedding Toast Examples

maid of honor wedding toast

Find the perfect words to honor your girl with these sample maid of honor speeches. You don't have to say a lot, but it's really nice if you make it special. Make your maid of honor or matron of honor toast personal by adding details and names where there's italicized text.

Maid of Honor Sample Toast About Good Qualities

Thank you, Best Man. As Best Man said, we have gathered to honor the wedding of Bride and Spouse. Bride has been such a wonderful friend/sister to me throughout the years, that I cannot in good conscience let her marry anyone who does not deserve her - and Spouse, you more than deserve Bride.

Include specific reasons why you are happy about the wedding, such as personality traits or a certain incident from their relationship.

These two people have committed themselves to one another today, and I know I consider myself a lucky person to be honored by being included in their wedding day. This is truly an occasion to celebrate, so let's raise our glasses and toast to a life full of love. Congratulations, Bride and Spouse!

Maid of Honor Welcome for New Spouse

Thank you, Best Man. Bride, we grew up together and I've never been happier for you than I am tonight. As your sister/ best friend/cousin I know how much you love Spouse. And Spouse, I've watched how you dote on Bride and truly care for her. I'm thrilled to welcome you into our family/our circle of friends and wish both of you the very best that life has to offer.

I have to share a short story about Bride. Insert a short story about you and the bride. You can tell a humorous one or you can share a deep emotional sentiment you want to share with everyone that reflects your relationship. Once finished, conclude your toast.

Please join me in toasting the best couple I've ever known, Bride and Spouse! Heartfelt wishes for a happy and abundant life together!

Example Wedding Speeches From the Couple's Parents

parents toasting at wedding

Toasting gives the parents of the couple a chance to offer an official welcome and share their joy at this happy occasion with family and friends. You can personalize these wedding toast examples by replacing italicized text with specific names and memories.

Watching Them Grow

Today, I am honored to count Name as a member of my family. I have watched Name grow from a small baby to making his/her/their way into the world.

Talk about a couple of memories from childhood.

Of course, I realized that Name was no longer a child when she/he/they met the person seated next to him/her/them at the table. Name came into my son/daughter/child's life and has not only loved my child as I did but helped him/her/them become the person she/he/they are today.

Incorporate a few specific traits of the couple's relationship that stand out.

Your love is obvious to anyone who looks at you. We all have faith renewed in love as we gazed upon you two tonight. Your mother and I/We love you both forever. Congratulations!

Always Be My Little Girl

Letting your daughter grow up is the hardest thing a father can do. Bride, you will always be my little girl, but you've grown into such a beautiful and accomplished woman. When you first introduced me to Spouse, I was immediately relieved because I could tell he/she/they truly love you. All my worries about you growing up and leaving home vanished when I first shook hands with you, Spouse. I know you will cherish, love, and honor my little girl the way she deserves. Welcome to the family, Spouse. I wish you, Bride and Spouse, all the happiness a father wants for his daughter and her partner. I love you both!

Lifetime of Love

When Groom told me that he'd found the love of his life, I was overjoyed for him. And, when I met Spouse, I could see that Groom was the love of her/his/their life too. My joy doubled beyond anything I expected. Today was a magical day and your mom/your dad and I are so happy we could share your special day with you and everyone here. You know what's in our hearts and how much we love you both. May you have a lifetime of the same kind of joy and love that your mother and I/father and I have. We love you!

Wedding Couple Toast to Guests Examples

grooms toasting at wedding

After everyone else has finished giving their wedding toast, the couple may stand and say a few words. This is usually a much shorter toast than those made by the wedding party and should include heartfelt thanks to the wedding party, parents, and guests who helped them in their lives and with the wedding itself. This is a quick and easy wedding speech to make.

Thank You to Everyone Who Has Helped Us

Today, we are honored to stand before all of you and pledge our love to one another. Our lives have only been enhanced by the love brought into it by all of you. We especially want to thank our parents for everything they have done.

Wedding couple each takes the microphone and separately thank parents.

We also want to thank everyone who has helped us on our journey together.

List anyone who has made the day possible, such as clergy members, special relatives, or friends.

Finally, we want to thank everyone who has joined us today. We know some of you traveled long distances to be here, and we thank you all for your sacrifice to celebrate with us. You all are truly special to us, and we would not be here without everyone in this room.

Thank you all for your love and generosity. We love you all. Cheers!

Thank You for Supporting Our Dreams

First of all, we want to thank all of you for coming here tonight and sharing in our happiness. It means the world to both of us that each one of you is here. We want to first thank our parents. We would not be the people we are today without our parents' love and guidance.

Insert individual thank you to parents by taking turns. Keep this part short but sincere.

Now, we'd both like to thank everyone who has helped us over the years and supported our dreams. It was so important to us that we share our joy with you on this special day. Thank you for choosing to celebrate with us.

Insert an individual thank you to people important in your lives. You should keep it short and simple, and then end with a toast to your guests.

To all of you, thank you! We love you all!

Groom to the Groomsmen Toast

To my best man and groomsmen, thank you for being here today. I couldn't have made it to the wedding on time without all of you. You are my best buds, and sharing our happiness with you today made our wedding more complete. Each of you has a special place in my heart and Spouse's heart. We look forward to having a lots of barbecues and making more memories together with you as we continue to share our lives.

Bride to the Bridesmaids Toast

To my maid of honor/matron of honor and bridesmaids, each of you knows my heart and what your friendship means to me. Without you, I would never have gotten my hair and makeup done in time today. You are my best friends. You will never know how it made Spouse and me feel having you here today to share in what is the biggest day in our lives. We are both blessed to have each of you in our lives. We are so excited to be starting our lives together with such amazing women on our side. Thank you so much, and I love each of you dearly!

Quick Tip

If you're nervous about giving a wedding toast, try to keep it short and memorize what you're going to say. This will help keep some of the stress at bay.

Wedding Toasts for Each Other

Toast your new spouse with a few well-chosen words. These toast examples can help you get inspired.

Toast to the Bride

Bride, the first time I saw you, I was thunderstruck. I knew I had to get to know you, and the more we were together, the more I was overwhelmed by your personality and intellect. I couldn't believe we liked the same things, or that you were not only beautiful on the outside, but gorgeous on the inside. I'm so lucky that you love me, and I promise I will cherish you every second we have together. I love you.

Toast to the Groom

Groom, when I first met you, I was so impressed. You are handsome, smart, and funny, but most of all you are the kindest person I've ever known. You have spoiled me with your thoughtfulness and tender caring for my well-being. I never have to worry about whether you're going to be supportive about anything I choose to undertake because you give me unconditional love and support. I am so blessed to be married to you, and I shall make it my mission every day to show you just how much I love and appreciate you. I love you!

Customize a Wedding Reception Toast

Customizing a sample toast for a wedding is a great way to spark additional thoughts, some touching and some humorous, that will truly personalize the toast you plan to give at the wedding. Write down a few thoughts, practice giving the speech, and it is sure to go off without a hitch.

Wedding Toast Examples for a Speech They'll Remember