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Swansea Wedding Reception Planning: Reception Toast Etiquette

Swansea Wedding Reception Planning: Reception Toast Etiquette

When it comes to planning a wedding and reception at a local MA wedding and banquet facility, there are a lot of do’s and don’ts for the couple to have to remember. However, there are just as many rules of etiquette for guests, bridal party members, and other honored guests. If you have been asked to participate in a wedding at a South Coast event venue this year, whether that includes handling details for the bridal shower, professional event planning for the ceremony, or helping with decorations for the reception, it pays to take some time to learn about those hard and fast rules out of respect for the bride and groom.

One of the most emotional, touching, and inspirational moments at the wedding reception, outside of the father-daughter dance, cutting the cake, and tossing the bridal bouquet, is the toast to the bride and groom. Traditionally done by the best man and occasionally also done by the father of the bride or the father of the groom, this is a truly honored task. That being said, it can also come with a lot of pressure to perform and provide a speech that will set the tone for the rest of the reception. So as everyone else is running around taking care of all the Swansea wedding reception planning, you should be working on your speech.

“It’s a Toast, Not the Great American Novel!”
As you begin to write your toast in advance of the big day, make sure to take into consideration how long it will take to give the speech. Most professional event planning experts recommend that you keep a wedding toast to under three minutes, however, some have been known to drone on for much longer. As long as the couple and their guests are entertained or at least touched by what you have to say, you might be able to get away with more. That being said, as you write your toast, still try to keep it at under three minutes.

“Practice Makes Perfect!”
It is also a good idea to practice your toast ahead of time. Everyone thinks that most of these wedding toasts are spontaneous or impromptu, but the truth is that the best ones are not only planned out but they are usually practiced as well. Stand in front of a mirror or make a video of yourself doing the speech so you can critique your delivery and hear how it sounds before the big day at the MA wedding and banquet facility.

“Speak Strong and Confidently!”
If you practice speaking strong, loudly, and confidently, you won’t need a microphone to be heard, unless the couple has invited thousands of people to their special day. It is always better to speak on your own without any audio aids to ensure that your heartfelt sentiments and wishes are heard. Speak with the South Coast event venue about the best place to stand for acoustic purposes, as many locations do have areas that carry sound better than others. The wedding planner may have ideas on where they want you to stand, so make sure to inquire about the acoustics as part of the overall Swansea wedding reception planning.

“Wait Your Turn!”
If you are not the host of the event or if you were not expressly asked to give a toast, wait until everyone else has delivered a toast before you stand. In most situations, the professional event planning team will schedule wedding toasts to occur during the dessert course of the meal. If there are champagne glasses out on the table, this usually indicates that a toast is planned. If you aren’t sure and want to confirm, you can always seek out the wedding planner. Don’t bother the bride, groom or members of the wedding party. The wedding planner or on-site coordinator for the venue can usually assist.

Plan Your Special Day at Venus de Milo
If you are looking for the perfect South Coast event venue to host your wedding reception, consider the world-famous Venus de Milo. We are the premiere MA wedding and banquet facility in Southeastern Massachusetts and our facility is perfect for all of your Swansea wedding reception planning needs. Give us a call at 508-678-3901 to schedule a tour of our facility or to find out about availability for your special day.

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