Raise Your Glass: The Ultimate Guide on Opening Lines and How to Start a Wedding Toast

The first few seconds of a speech will tell an audience whether your speech will be great or about to bore them.



Jul 5, 2023
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When it comes to giving a wedding toast, the first few words you say can set the tone for the rest of your speech.

Introduce Yourself

First, we recommend introducing yourself and your relationship with the couple. People in the audience may not know you and it's important for everyone to understand who is speaking.

Opening Lines

After introducing yourself, you can say a line to grip the attention of the audience. Oftentimes that line can be as simple as thanking everyone for coming. Here are some great opening lines for a wedding toast that will also grip the attention of the audience:

"Love is not something you go out and look for. Love finds you, and when it does, ready or not, it'll be the best thing to ever happen to you."

"Here's to the happy couple, who've proven that true love is possible and that fairy tales do come true."

"As I look at the bride and groom today, I am reminded of the words of Leo Tolstoy, 'All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.'"

"Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do. And today, we celebrate the love that [bride/groom] and [bride/groom] have for each other, and the love they will continue to do for each other."

"I've known [bride/groom] for many years, and in that time I've never seen them as happy as they are when they're with [bride/groom]. Today, we celebrate the love that has brought them to this moment."


In addition to these opening lines, it's important to remember that a good wedding toast should be heartfelt, personal, and meaningful. Share your own memories and experiences with the couple, and talk about the qualities that make them a great match.

Here are a few tips to help you craft the perfect wedding toast:

  1. Keep it short and sweet.
  2. Speak from the heart and make it personal.
  3. Tell a story or a joke to break the ice.
  4. Practice your toast beforehand to avoid getting nervous.
  5. End your toast with a toast to the happy couple.

A great opening line for a wedding toast sets the tone and captures the audience's attention. It should be heartfelt, personal, and meaningful. Remember to keep it short, speak from the heart, tell a story or a joke, practice, and end with a toast to the happy couple. With these tips in mind, you'll be able to give a toast that the happy couple and their guests will remember for years to come.

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