After witnessing what some may consider a handful of Toast disasters (lol), I've decided to give a little advice on how to give an appropriate Wedding toast.
First, remember to breathe! No need to be nervous, the Bride & Groom have entrusted you to not only be a part of their big day but to allow you to participate freely in their reception and this is an honor to say the least. When you're ready to actually give your speech, you'll need to get everyone's attention so if there is no dj or MC to announce the toast, feel free to say something along the lines of"Excuse me everyone, if I could have your attention for a moment. I'd like to take a few moments to say a few words about our bride and groom."
Next is to introduce yourself-"I am so & so"...I mean, wouldn't it be nice if people could focus on what you were saying instead of whispering, who the heck is that anyway?
Compliment the Bride & Groom and try to remember to thank the host of the event (if not the same)
By now, you should be about Mid speech where it's generally a good idea to tell a funny story about the bride & groom. Here is where we proceed with extreme caution!!! Under no circumstance should you mention an ex, tell an "r-rated" tale, insult either the bride or groom or get too long winded. Instead, try to tell a story about the positives of their relationship, how they met, etc.
Now we're almost there and approaching the end of your speech. Feel free to end your toast with a wish or traditional toast, which are both always a safe bet. Also, remember to raise your glass (and remind the guests to raise their glasses) and drink to the Bride & Groom! (Otherwise, you'll have a bunch of really upset catering staff who can't clean the tables b/c of half full toasting glasses).
To be on the safe side, try not to write your toast last minute or in the bathroom just before you go on...instead, try to take notes and practice so on the big day, you can add yet another seamlessly effortless event to the checklist.