Wedding Toast Dos and Don'ts

Want to personalize your day without spending a penny? Focus on the toasts. Although etiquette suggests an order (best man, maid of honor, groom, bride, bride's parents, groom's parents), Martha Stewart Weddings Editorial Director Darcy Miller says just do what feels right to you! Here are her dos and donts after you've decided on order.

Do Speak From the Heart
Be genuine, and say what you truly feel, whether you opt to be funny or serious.

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Don't Leave Writing to the Last Minute
Take a weekend, well in advance, and check it off your list before things get busier.

Do Address Everyone in the Room
Speak to friends, your in-laws, your family -- and, of course, your new spouse!

Don't Have Too Many Speeches at the Reception
That's what the rehearsal dinner is for! And space all toasts throughout dinner.

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Do Commit it to Paper (or iPad)
And practice outloud! This will make you more comfortable and also give you an approximate length.

Don't Forget the Hard Copies
You'll want to keep them in a scrapbook that you can cherish for years to come.

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