An Insider’s Guide: How to Give a Great Wedding Toast from Evelyn Clark Weddings

Some of the perks of being a wedding planner include the fact that I get to listen in on the heartfelt wedding toasts from my couples’ closest family and friends. These toasts are often funny, touching and sweet, and give me insight into aspects of my clients’ lives that I did not have.

Wedding Toast Tips from Evelyn Clark Weddings | Photo by Kyla Brown Photography

Photo Credit: Kyla Brown Photography

Unfortunately, wedding toasts can also be awkward, lengthy or just plain uncomfortable. I’m sure we have all been there when a toast starts going terribly wrong or terribly long, leaving you squirming in your seat. Of course, these are never the intentions of the wedding toast-er. Nerves and inexperience are the culprits when it comes to bad wedding toasts, so I have collected a few of my best tips to help avoid those awkward moments and help you for making a great wedding toast.

Wedding toast tips from Calgary wedding planner Evelyn Clark Weddings

1. Bring a glass up with you to do your wedding toast.

Simple, but most people actually forget this part! You can’t do a toast without a beverage in your hand, so please remember to bring one. This glass can also give your hands something to hold onto so that you are not fidgeting with a pen, paper, etc. Also, don’t forget to actually ask everyone to toast the Bride and Groom. Along the years, the “toasts” have become synonymous with “speeches”, and many people forget that the purpose of the toast is to declare a collective sentiment to the Bride and Groom, wishing them well in their marriage.

2. Remember that the main idea behind a wedding toast is to honor the Bride and Groom.

While it is all fun and games to subtly mention how the Groom tamed his former wild ways when he met the Bride, please try to refrain from playing any cliché games à la “please return the Groom’s house keys to him right now” and have a parade of women dropping off keys into a bucket, in addition to telling any “wink-wink, nudge, nudge” stories about the Groom’s Bachelor days. These kinds of clichés or games can create awkward moments for everyone because of the negative connotations. Or, worse, they can go over flat if guests do not quite understand the “game” or the inside-joke stories. Instead, focus on simply speaking from the heart and speaking about positive things…leave the song & dance for another time.

3. Keep the toast Short & Sweet.

This has been said and gone over so many times, I feel like I shouldn’t list this tip. However, keeping your toast short is probably one of the most difficult concepts when it comes to wedding toasts. I think that the there is a misconception that if your toast is short, that means you didn’t put any effort into writing it. This is simply not true. In this case, being succinct and the Quality, not Quantity rule applies. While your toast should probably consist of longer than 3 sentences, if it takes you longer than the amount of time to recount 1 story about the Bride/Groom, then your toast is probably too long.

4. The wedding toast is not about You.

Anyone remember that cringe-worthy scene in the movie “Bridesmaids”? (I practically had to leave my living room, I was so embarrassed). Often, toast-ers use their toast as a time to recount their relationship with the Bride or Groom. While sharing 1 or 2 short anecdotes about your time together is fine, you do not need to use your toast to prove how close you are to the Bride and/or Groom. If they have asked you to do a toast at one of the most important days of their lives, we already know that you must have a close relationship with the Couple of Honour…you don’t need to assert your friendship/relation status by going through a detailed timeline of your relationship.

5. Practice your wedding toast.

So simple, right? Unfortunately, procrastination usually takes over, and you are scrambling to write your toast the evening before the wedding, leaving you…no time to practice. It is just like when you were in school and had to do any public speaking assignments. If you don’t practice, you are not able to gauge how long your toast is, how fast/slow you are speaking and if your toast even makes any sense.

A good trick I picked up from my Classical piano performance days is to record yourself delivering your toast — most Smartphones have a recording app. Knowing that you are being recorded will help create a similar feeling of performance (when all 200 wedding guests are staring at you for your toast). This helps you learn how to control your nerves. Replaying your recordings will allow you to pick up, and fix, any issues like speaking too fast or mumbling your words. Trust me, by the time you actually get up to do your toast, you will feel a lot more at ease!

Finally, if you are completely lost on where to start with writing your toast, here is a good formula to stick to if you are at a loss for what to say:

A Beginning:

•Thank the Hosts of the wedding for a fantastic Reception (be it the Bride/Groom and/or their Parents)

•Briefly describe how you know the Bride/Groom or Couple

A Middle:

•Explain why the Bride/Groom is so incredible (this can be 1 short story)

•Explain why the Bride and Groom make such an incredible couple

An End:

•Invite everyone to toast and declare your wish for their wonderful marriage/long future together/etc.

Use these tips and you should be on your way to creating a wonderful, meaningful wedding toast. Brides and grooms, don’t forget that these rules apply to you too when you are making your own toast!

 

Expert Wedding Planner: Evelyn Clark Weddings

Evelyn Clark Weddings is a Calgary based wedding firm known to create memorable, once-in-a-lifetime wedding experiences for their couples. They are available wherever your love takes you. 

  

Last week we shared a gorgeous Fairmont Banff Springs wedding from Alan Maudie Photography and Shannon Valente Weddings. Today we’re sharing the lovely details (you can see Part 1 here). It’s a beautifully photographed, classic wedding. Throw in a ‘castle’, stunning mountain scenery, gorgeous flowers and a seriously delicious looking sweets table and you know it’s going to be a stunning!

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So much prettiness!

The couple chose a classic color palette of white, navy, and  gold, with pops of marsala. The combination proved to be a perfect fit for the room and complemented the elegant architecture.

The head table decked out with greenery and lace linens, made for a dramatic focal point. The roomed glowed under the soft lighting! Every detail was perfect.

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This basketball hoop was for the couple’s ‘kissing game’; so clever! I’m guessing the couple had a lot of kissing to do with plenty of pro basketball players in attendance!

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Such a beautifully styled sweets table full of decadent desserts for Melanie and Nathan’s guests to enjoy!

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From the Bride and Groom / Favorite Wedding Details from their Fairmont Banff Wedding: 

1. The sweets table. A lot of work went into our gorgeous cake, but the sweets table went far and beyond that, including cake pops, cookies, cupcakes and candy as part of the dessert. Custom signs and flower arrangements finished the look.

2. Our Flowers. Lyn (Flower Artistry) did an absolutely amazing job creating just the look we (and Mel’s mom, Janice) had in mind. We asked Lyn for loose, elegant arrangements, with lots of greenery, red and blush tones, and she more than delivered. 

3. Our basketball hoop. The family is big into sports. We (Melissa and Nate) both played professional basketball (and Melissa’s brother plays hockey for the Calgary Flames). Instead of the usual clinking of the glasses, we spray-painted a full-sized, children’s basketball hoop navy and gold and had guests try to make a trick shot to make us kiss.

4. The Castle. Since the wedding was at the Banff Springs we wanted to play up the castle aspect with lots of grand centerpieces, gold accents and even castled themed items for the Photo Booth.

The Honeymoon:

After the wedding, Melissa and Nate, accompanied by some honeymoon-crashing friends, headed up to Kalamalka Lake for some post-wedding relaxation. Melissa had to start studying nearly right away for work, so it gave Nate plenty of time to plan their real honeymoon. Later, in November, the couple took off for a month in Southeast Asia, including stops in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Hong Kong.

 

Fairmont Banff Wedding Creative Team: 


Venue: Fairmont Banff SpringsPhotography: Alan Maudie PhotographyPlanning / Design: Shannon Valente WeddingsFlowers: Flower Artistry ; Rentals: Special Event Rentals and CDM Consulting GroupCake/Sweets: Whippt DessertsStationery: Blank Page DesignsHair and Makeup: Mountain BeautiesReception music and lighting: Pez ProductionsCeremony music: Allegra String QuartetLimo: California Dream LimosBridal Gown: Novia Mia Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo, Aidan gownGroom/Groomsmen: Forman’s Fashion Group.

 

Thank you to Banff and Calgary wedding planner Shannon Valente Weddings for sharing this beautiful wedding with us! We wish Melissa and Nathan many happy travels and a beautiful future together. Thank you for letting us share in your special day!

  

Today we are sharing this gorgeous Fairmont Banff Springs wedding from Alan Maudie Photography and Shannon Valente Weddings.

 

It’s such a beautiful wedding that we thought we would share it in two parts (so be sure to check back on Monday)! Melissa and Nate’s wedding is classic elegance at it’s best! The photography is simply stunning and the entire wedding is designed and styled to perfection!

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What I really love is about this wedding is how the couple has woven in their love for not only their family and friends but also their shared interests. This wedding is so beautiful, but what really makes it special is that the couple has personalized it with meaningful details. It’s everything a wedding should be! The couple is surrounded by dear friends and supportive family members who traveled from all over North America to share in their special day.

The Fairmont Banff Springs, or the “Castle in the Rockies” as it is sometimes called, along with the Canadian rocky mountains, was the backdrop to this heartfelt affair. The couple embraced the “Castle” theme and played up it’s best features in grand fashion! The venue’s Mount Stephan Hall was transformed with flowers from Flower Artistry.

The bride was stunning in her  Novia Mia gown as she cascaded down the aisle.

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Sneak Peek – Elegant Fairmont Banff Springs Wedding Part 2

Here’s a glimpse into the couple’s oh so pretty reception room. We’ll be sharing all the gorgeous photos in our next post! Trust me, you will want to come back on Monday for all the pretty details!
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Melissa and Nate’s Wedding Story

How the Couple Met:

In the Spring of 2010, Melissa graduated from university and decided to continue her basketball career in Langen, Germany, a town of about 35,000. At that same time, Nathan was finishing up his 3rd season of professional basketball overseas, and he too found himself signing a contract with the men’s team in Langen for the upcoming season. After meeting in the gym, the two quickly became inseparable and spent two years together playing basketball and traveling through Europe before moving back to North America.

Engagement story: 

Melissa’s parents have a cabin on Lake Kalamalka in British Columbia and Nate gathered both sets of parents (and the siblings who could make it) for a weekend at the lake to pop the question. Thinking they were all there to show Nate’s American parents around, Mel couldn’t figure out why Nate wanted to go out to the dock alone but allowed herself to be dragged out there with a bottle of wine. Nate got down on one knee and proposed, an image captured on camera by all the family looking on from afar.

From the Bride and Groom /  Favorite Wedding Moments:

1. The entrance and introduction of the wedding party.  We met playing basketball, and both have past teammates in our wedding party, so we thought it would be fun to announce the wedding party like a basketball team to the Chicago Bulls theme song. Our emcees did amazing “scouting report” descriptions of the bridal party.

2. The morning of the big day. Our bridal party and parents came from all over North America to be part of our big day. Given that we only see some of these people a few times a year (if we’re lucky!), we both really enjoyed having some time to catch up, relax, and celebrate before all the madness.

3. The champagne toast. We were a bit worried about having the ceremony outside (rightfully so, seeing as it snowed the night before!) but we also wanted to include some of the beautiful scenery in our wedding celebration. After the ceremony, we went out onto the terrace overlooking the mountains and did a champagne toast while mingling with the guests and taking some pictures.

Banff Wedding Creative Team: 


Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs; Photography: Alan Maudie Photography; Planning / Design: Shannon Valente WeddingsFlowers: Flower Artistry ; Rentals: Special Event Rentals and CDM Consulting GroupCake/Sweets: Whippt DessertsStationery: Blank Page Designs; Hair and Makeup: Mountain Beauties; Reception music and lighting: Pez Productions; Ceremony music: Allegra String QuartetLimo: California Dream LimosBridal Gown: Novia Mia Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo, Aidan gownGroom/Groomsmen: Forman’s Fashion Group.

  

This summer Banff wedding is one of those weddings with so much pretty! Seriously. I see a lot of weddings and this one is packed with so much lovely and is beautifully photographed by RARAA Photography. I am so excited to share this wedding with you! Every photograph is simply stunning. From the gorgeous couple to adorable kids, to the loving families, and the breathtaking mountain scenery, it’s the epitome of the perfect summer wedding in the mountains. I dare you not to love it as much as I do!

Banff summer wedding from Raraa Photography

Evanna and Daryl were married at the Presbyterian church in Banff, Alberta this past July. With family and friends present, on a perfect summer day, the couple said their heartfelt vows.

After a day of frolicking through wildflower meadows, canoeing and visiting some popular spots in Banff, the couple joined their guests at the Banff Park Lodge for their fun wedding reception. Could their day be any dreamier? There is just so much gorgeousness in this wedding. There is so much I could say about this wedding, but photos tell the story much better than I! Enjoy!

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From the bride:

What do you love most about each other?

We love that we have so many common interests and share passions for traveling and the great outdoors. We balance each other’s personalities and play on each other’s strengths. Evanna loves that Daryl has a great sense of humor, always makes her laugh and maintains a positive outlook on life. Daryl loves that Evanna is very organized and helps him overcome stressful situations pertaining to his work.

Tell me the story of the proposal.

On October 4, 2015, we shared our first pumpkin spice latte of the season and went for our favorite walk through the Edmonton river valley to admire the fall foliage. Near the end of the trail, Daryl got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

What was your first date?

Denny’s (LOL)

What’s your favorite thing to do together?

Camping in the summer and skiing in the winter.

What was the most memorable part of the wedding day?

Canoeing down the Bow River

Banff Wedding Creatives: 

Photography: RARAA PhotographyCeremony:St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, BanffReception: Glacier Salon at the Banff Park LodgeFlorist:Flower Hounds of BanffMakeup Artist:Linda J. Sahoo; Hair:Botega HairDJ:NRG Music ProductionsCupcakes:JK BakeryWedding dress:Essence of Australia from The Bridal BoutiqueBridesmaid Dress:The Bridal House.

Other Locations:

Getting ready: Banff Park Lodge; Bride and groom photo locations: Norquay Lookout, Lake Minnewanka, Banff Fire Hall, Two Jack Lake, Banff Springs Surprise Corner, and canoeing at the Banff Canoe Club.

Wedding date: July 2, 2016. Bride: Evanna Doring; Groom: Daryl Beaton
Thank you so much Rara for sending us Evanna and Daryl’s amazing summer Banff wedding! We wish both a lifetime of happiness!!
  

We are so excited to share this rustic Banff wedding that took place at the beautiful Buffalo Mountain Lodge, and was immepeccably photographed (as always) by Modern Photography.

Rustic Banff Wedding at Buffalo Mountain Lodge | Modern Photography

Brent and Darus’s had a heart-centered wedding in Banff, Alberta, surrounded by family and friends. It was everything you’d expect from a rustic wedding in Banff: tall trees; beautiful mountain scenery, and a charming lodge.

The intimate ceremony took place in the Wainwright room at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. The room features high ceilings and exposed wood beams. The couple chose simple, rustic decor to complement the space. With smiles from the grooms and the adorable ring bearer and flower girl, not much else was needed!

For the reception, the space was tastefully decorated with dark wood chivari chairs that contrasted the light wood timber beams of the Wapiti Longhouse. Wildflowers in mason jars with wood tree slices were used for the centrepieces. I love that the couple personalized the wedding with their love of wine, by making table numbers utilizing wine bottles. Saved corks became their initials. Their cleverly designed “guest book” was made from reclaimed wood and personalized with a plaque with their names.

As always the photographs from Modern Photography are stand outs! With a mix of fantastic outdoor portraits of the couple and their wedding party, and candid images capturing the love and emotion of day. You won’t want to miss this one!

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From Modern Photography

“The day was relaxed and casual and I really liked that it seemed very fitting for these guys. They wanted a party and they wanted to celebrate with their friends and family. Brent and Darus and their wedding party wore custom suits and the grooms had monogrammed shirts.
The ceremony was held inside the lodge and officiated by the lovely Nomi Whalen accented by trees and an arch provided by Special Events Rentals in Banff.  I think picking a venue with its own wine cellar and an amazing menu was a superb choice. Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff, up on Tunnel Mountain is simply stunning. Minimal decorating is required as the simple elegance of the lodge is perfect the way it is.
One of my favourite parts of a wedding is the speeches.  I love hearing stories and seeing the connections. Darus and Brent’s family and friends certainly delivered and I think we were all wiping away tears. What followed was a mass exit to the wine cellar to sample some beverages and a wild night of dancing.” ~ Sarah | Modern Photography 

 

Rustic Banff Wedding at Buffalo Mountain Lodge Credits:

Photographer – Modern Photography; Venue: Buffalo Mountain Lodge; Ceremony – Wainwright Room, Reception – Wapiti Room, Florals: Alpine Flowers ; Rentals (linens, chairs, pergola, trees) – Special Event Rentals (Banff); Photo booth – Sillybooth www.sillybooth.ca; Officiant – Nomi Whalen (Canmore); Rings – Davidson & Co. (Calgary); Conference Coordinator – Kerrie-Lynn Carter (Buffalo Mountain Lodge).

Thank you to Sarah for sending us this wonderful wedding, and to Brent and Darus for allowing us to share in your special day! Wishing you both much happiness.