Monica Sullivan, president of the Walnut Creek chapter of Toastmasters, says anyone delivering a toast should keep it short.
She says shes been at weddings where speeches last as long as 15 minutes, but adds a good toast shouldnt run longer than three minutes.
Secondly, while giving a toast, keep in mind that grandparents and co-workers will likely be attending the wedding, so avoid embarrassing stories about the bride or groom.
Also, dont wing it. Sullivan says when people wait till the last minute, It doesnt come off as polished.
Finally, she recommends if you give a toast, drink moderately beforehand, because alcohol will loosen your inhibitions and your lips while delivering a speech.
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