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What makes a good engagement toast?

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Engagement toasts should be in-keeping with the spirit of the occasion, meaning lighthearted, fun and short. Like any speech, an engagement toast should also take into account the audience. In other words, it is best to avoid potentially offensive or embarrassing jokes, and particularly in-jokes that only the engaged couple are likely to understand.

It is a good idea to start with memories of the couple's relationship as it developed. Whilst remaining positive, the toast might cover one's first impressions of the pair, their engagement and their suitability for each other.

Anecdotes are always a good addition, but they should be kept short, relevant and tailored to the audience.

Often when searching for the right words, it turns out that somebody else has said already said them. Some quotations worth repeating in an engagement speech include the following:

  • "Marriage is the golden ring in a chain whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is Eternity" (Kahlil Gibran)
  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people" (Victor Borge)

The engagement toast should end with extending an invitation to the other guests to raise their glasses in congratulations to the betrothed, wishing them all the best of luck and success for the future.


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