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Top Five Things You Should Never Talk About in a Wedding Toast

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Bad wedding toasts are so common, it's almost like a tradition. And one mistake a lot of people make is getting nervous and drinking before their speech, which can make things a lot worse.

But even sober, wedding toasts are pretty easy to screw up. Here's a list of the top five topics you should never talk about in a wedding toast.



Backhanded Compliments



People do this all the time: They're just joking, but they say something like, “Wow, I can't believe someone like FRANK landed someone like YOU.”

Now Frank might think it's funny. But the bride's side of the family might be offended, because you're suggesting she just married a loser.




Anything about Your Own Failed Marriage



There's no way to bring it up without embarrassing yourself. It just makes you seem kind of pathetic.




Hard Times in the Bride and Groom’s Relationship



A lot of people want their toast to be funny, which is fine. But make sure it's a toast, not a roast. If they broke up ten times before they finally got engaged, leave that detail out.


Lewis Whyld/WPA Pool/ Getty Images
Lewis Whyld/WPA Pool/ Getty Images





That includes saying something nice like, “Wow, this must have cost a fortune” The thing is, if it LOOKS like it cost a fortune, it did. And at least one person in the room is probably stressed about it.




The Bride or Groom’s Past Relationships



Don't do it, even if you're saying something nice. Comparing your friend's new spouse to some reject from five years ago might get a laugh. But it also might make things uncomfortable.

Someone's wedding day should be about their NEW relationship, not their old ones.


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