The pocket-sized manual, Wedding Words: Toasts, is a good introduction to the general topic of wedding toasts.
One: Elements of a Toast
Two: The Main Event: Reception Toasts
Three: More Celebrations: Toasts for Other Times
Four: Writing a Toast
Five: Delivering a Toast
Six: Toast Etiquette
Seven: Words to Inspire
Quotes From the Book
“The best toasts are the ones where all the advance preparation makes the end result seem breezy and unrehearsed. Even if you are very talented at speaking off the cuff, nerves might kick in during your actual delivery, leaving you with your mouth open and guests wondering when to take a sip of champagne.”
“DON’T apologize at the beginning of your toast for your ineptitude in public speaking. This just starts your toast out on the wrong foot.”
As is common with these types of books, only a handful of pages are dedicated to preparation and presentation. Most of the book is focused on etiquette, quotes, and special scenarios.
Wedding Words: Toasts is compact, so it’s an easy book to carry around and skim while you’re waiting for your latte. It includes some suggestions on the outline of a typical toast. So, if you need a head start with your outline, it’s a good reference.