Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Wedding Season Tip: How To Avoid A Bad Toast

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Wedding season is upon us and a speech expert has some advice for maids of honor and best men who want to keep from getting burned while delivering a toast at a wedding.

Monica Sullivan, president of the Walnut Creek chapter of Toastmasters, says anyone delivering a toast should keep it short.

She says she’s been at weddings where speeches last as long as 15 minutes, but adds a good toast shouldn’t 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, don’t wing it. Sullivan says when people wait till the last minute, “It doesn’t 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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