Good morning lovelies!
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One of the things we love about weddings is how filled with love and support each event is. There is nothing better than when you can clearly tell just how much a couple’s guests really love them, and when you can truly see that the couple is super honored by each guest’s’ presence. It is so cool to see guests crazy excited (and sometimes even very emotional) for the newlyweds. They are happy for you, so it is super important to make your guests feel special as well. We suggest that the couple take a few moments to say a brief, yet meaningful “thank you” to their guests for all the love and support. We get that there is a lot happening on your wedding day and fitting in a toasts to your guests might seem tricky. Today, we’re sharing our thoughts on the subject and what has worked for our couples. So without further ado…
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The Cake Cutting
About 97% of our couples say a few words thanking their guests right before the cake cutting. At this point in the event, most of your guests will be dancing or snapping a shot in the photobooth. Nothing programmatic has occurred in a while and the troops may need a bit of rallying. It has been our experience, that the voice of the people getting married over the microphone is the perfect way to get everyone to gather (which is great, because then you aren’t awkwardly doing your cake cutting while people aren’t paying attention). We also like it here because it offers a bit of transition time. Earlier in the evening your wedding VIP’s were pouring out their love to you. Now, after a bit of dancing, it is nice to turn the tables and let them know how much you love them as well. Finally, we suggest doing it before you cut the cake because no one wants to have a serious moment thanking their loved ones with cake in their hair or smeared on their face. Not a great look.
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The Grand Entrance
Another option is to toast your guests right after you have made your grand entrance. Before everyone sits and dinner is served, we suggest having someone give a welcome speech. We normally recommend that a parent or great family friend do this, but sometimes because of relationships, family dynamics, and/or drama in general, it is best to leave everyone out of it and have the couple say a few words welcoming their guests to the reception and thanking them for their presence. All eyes are already on you, so this is a painless time to take the mic and say a few words.
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Your toast doesn’t have to be long, just make sure that you thank your guests and that they know how appreciative you are! Lastly, we also highly suggest you saying something meaningful at your rehearsal dinner to your friends and family who made this happen. Now you have all the deets into the perfect toast, so get out that pen and paper, jot down your ideas and happy toasting!
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