The Art of the Toast

I've produced so many weddings by now that I have excellent instincts about the art of wedding production.  One of the "rules" I have for most couples is: 2-4 toasts, max. Designate those articulate and funny individuals to toast in advance.  Tell me who is toasting.  I'll schedule the time for the toasts and cue the toast accordingly so that the caterer, photographer, cinematographer and DJ/band are all ready for them.  No "open mic" toasts.  Keep the toasts less than 5 minutes each.  Keep them clean.  Simple enough.

Sometimes rules are meant to be broken.  And I'm absolutely thrilled that my clients from this past Saturday's wedding broke my rules of toasting.  The gentlemen who live in Manhattan brought about 52 friends and family from literally around the world to Boston to celebrate their wedding (the Massachusetts economy thanks them).  It was a beautiful, classy wedding, with live Brazilian jazz all evening - and no dancing. 

Throughout the amazing three course meal at Radius, there were toasts - 11 in all, starting and ending with the grooms.  I have to say that those 11 people were among the funniest, sweetest, most generous and affectionate toasters I have ever heard.  Which is not at all surprising because the grooms are funny, sweet, generous and affectionate and it's only fitting for them to have such a great community of friends and family.  So 11 toasts, all brilliant and everyone had an amazing time.  And I'm thrilled to have my rule broken.

I should add that it's become a gay wedding tradition for the bride/bride or groom/groom to toast each other and their guests.  Jen and I are planning to toast our guests with mead, based off the Celtic mead toasting tradition but updated, of course, for our gay wedding.

I can't wait to show you the photos and tell you more stories from this urban chic wedding later this week.  Here's a hint...

Any other tips for toasting from out there?

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