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First, I have to thank my new father-in-law Bob for his kind and great words. Bob, I agree with you: Your daughter is the most beautiful and rarest of treasures. I'm thankful that you were such a good father to Karen. Judith, I owe you thanks for being such a tremendous role model. I'll be spending the rest of my life with a stellar human being thanks to you and Bob. You brought out the best in Karen and allowed her to flourish. I will always be in your debt.

Mom, Dad, you certainly did your best as parents, though, as I'm sure everyone will agree, I was not as good a student as Karen. I know, though, that I owe my best qualities to you, and without those, I would not have earned Karin's hand in marriage. Thank you.

I want to take a moment to talk about my wife. I never thought I could find someone so perfect to be my partner. Plus, she has that amazing knack that everyone who knows her relies on, that way of guessing what you need even before you need it.
Wedding Toast Speeches are important cultural events and, when done well can leave a lasting positive impression.  So it's a good idea to look at sample speech and get an idea of what a good/great speech should sound like.  The one below should do just that.

Note:  The speech below is one given by a groom, if you're looking for a different kind of wedding toast speech, go to the main wedding speech section and make your choice.
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Wedding Toast Speeches
Wedding Toast Speeches: Example

My wonderful friends and family, on behalf of my beautiful wife and I, I'm very happy to welcome you to our reception and to thank you for sharing this day with us.
It's like she's a mind reader, isn't it? Judith, when you told me how Karen brought home fish the same day you discovered that the refrigerator had broken, taking your salmon down with it, I thought it was just a lucky coincidence. It was only about a week later, though, that I left an uncapped pen in my pocket. I knew I couldn't get home for a new shirt before I had to be at an important dinner meeting. What was I to do? Then Karen arrived like an angel of mercy, carrying fresh shirts with her. She had picked up my dry cleaning "just to save me a trip."

I knew then that the knack was real. More than that I knew Karen was even more special than I had suspected. I had an insight, suddenly understanding that this wonderful woman -- my wife, my partner, my life -- this woman has that knack because she's so connected to those she loves. It's a strong connection, reliable, and it means she is always there for us. While she stood there holding my dry cleaning, I suddenly understood what a real bond was and I realized, too, that I had only been muddling through life before Karen. As my partner, she elevated me.

Karen, I'm so humbled that you chose me. I'm proud to be your husband and ecstatic! Seeing how beautiful you are today, knowing you're even more beautiful within, I understand that I'm the luckiest man in the world. I will always do my best to prove your faith in me.

I'm also lucky that Karen's closest friends supported her choice in me and I'm glad to see them here today, supporting my wife as her bridesmaids. Thank you, ladies. You have made this day all the happier by taking care of Karen and making sure she could fully enjoy the day. Your attentiveness to her needs shows me what great and loving friends you truly are. You have our gratitude and friendship forever and we expect you to attend every anniversary party!

Will everyone please join Karen and I in a toast to her beautiful maid of honor and bridesmaids? Here's to them, sweet flowers of friendship in the garden of life.



Wedding Toast Speeches:  Notes

Groom speeches are usually slightly sentimental.  It's okay if they contain humor, but it should never be off color or not in keeping with the spirit of the day.

Largely, it acknowledges parents and the wedding party. If there are to be several speeches, the father of the bride has usually spoken first, the groom following him, so the groom has to address what the father has said right away.

The groom is usually speaking for himself and the bride as a unit, and toasts the bridesmaids for helping his wife, who he has complimented in his speech. He's supposed to be besotted, after all, so the groom has to make sure to publicly honor his wife and his love for her in words.

One important aspect of the groom's speech, which could even be regarded as its primary purpose, is that of honoring the parents.  In most cultures, children honor parents and grandparents during weddings by publicly acknowledging them and thanking them for for their parentage.

A wise groom will take time to write down stories and anecdotes which describe the best qualities of the parent in question.  This is a great way to honor them, and the groom/bride speech is the ideal place to do this.

If you're looking for more tips and advice on writing Wedding Toast Speeches, as well as links to more speech samples, then I highly recommend you sign up for my Getting Them Laughing mini E-course.  It'll allow me to send you short and informative e-mails to help you as you prepare for your speech.