Unlike the Best Man Speech, the Wedding toast should not last longer than 20-30 seconds, and never longer than a minute. It honors the bride or bride and groom (typically but not exclusively, since the best man speech is already given) and is usually sentimental and maybe a bit humorous. Here are some examples: "Here's to the bride - may she share everything with her husband...and that includes the housework."
"May thy life be long and happy, Thy cares and sorrows few; And the many friends around thee Prove faithful, fond and true. May your voyage through life be as happy and as free As the dancing waves on the deep blue sea."
"May your love be added, may it never be subtracted, may your household multiply, and may your hearts never be divided!!"
"(Groom), take (Bride)'s hand and place your hand over hers. Now, remember this moment and cherish it... because this will be the last time you'll ever have the upper hand!"
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Find the appropriate entry point for the toast, stand and tap a glass with a spoon, then wait (patiently, smiling) while the group settles down.
Use an introduction that matches the couples' style, and adds a little humor. If no one laughs, do not apologize..just carry on into the body of the toast.
Conclude with your approval of the union, and wish them a lifetime of happiness. Don't mention children unless you discuss this with the couple first. A good source of public speaking tips can be found at www.toastmasters.org
Just be yourself and welcome the new bride into the family. If you like, you can tell about the first time you met her or the first time you knew she was right for your son. Plain and simple is always better than formal and awkward. You will probably know at least half the people at the wedding anyway, so just speak as if you were speaking to those you know.
I am a father. I know when my daughter gets married I'll be nervous, but speaking from the heart is the key. You must have a special story about your child that is special or just some fatherly advise is the way to go!