The bride and groom have said their "I Do's," and now it is time to head to the reception and celebrate. However before the celebration begins, wedding toasts need to be given by the maid of honor and the best man. Speeches can be hard to write, especially when you are writing about someone you really care about and love, who just got married. You want to try and say everything you can that expresses just how much they mean to you and how you are so happy for them. However, there are a few do's and don'ts when it comes to writing your toast. 

1. You want to talk about the couple and your friendship. You want to share with all the guests  stories about the newlyweds, but you do not want to share stories that only you and the newlyweds know.

2. You want to keep the toast short and sweet. Try and limit your toast to around 5 minutes, not less and definitely no more. If you make it longer than 5 minutes you will start to lose your audiences interest and just be standing there rambling on and on. 

3. Grab your audiences attention by starting your toast off with a joke, this will help lighten the mood. However, you will want to keep the joke clean, remember there will be a lot of family present at this wedding.

4. This toast is more important than you think it is. You will want to practice your toast a couple of times before the actual wedding, and it will help if you try practicing in front of a mirror or a couple of friends, just not the bride and groom. Since this toast is important you will want to also write your toast on a note card so you have it to reference back on during your toast, you do not want to just go with the flow, with your speech.