Toasting Etiquette

5 Tips for Giving a Toast

Posted by Liz Taylor Dec 21, 2011

I am honored and thrilled to be the Matron of Honor at my sister’s wedding on New Year’s Eve. I’m looking forward to giving my speech to my best friend and toasting the lovely couple. If you have special plans or parties to attend over the next two weeks, toasting the guest of honor or the host with wine or champagne may be expected. Here are my five top tips:

1.)    Mentally prepare what you are going to say so you don’t fumble over your words. Remember that a toast should be short and sweet.

2.)    Don’t clink your glass with a spoon, knife or fork. Your guests might have crystal stemware that can’t handle the pressure.   

3.)    The host toasts first by standing and raising his or her glass.  The guests should respond by taking a sip of their drinks. When raising your glass, keep it at eye level.

4.)    The person being toasted does not drink to himself.

5.)    After the toast, the person who is being toasted rises, shakes the hand of the person who just toasted him or her, or gives a hug and says “thank you”.

Enjoy the holidays and may 2012 bring you love, health and happiness!

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