Posts Tagged ‘Toasts’

The 5 Funniest Wedding Speeches from Movies & TV

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

When it comes to weddings on TV or in the movies, there really is only one reason to watch: hilariously awful wedding toasts. Here are five favorites that stand out:

1.) Drunk Luke Wilson in ‘Old School’

Best Line – “True love is hard to find. Sometimes you think you have true love and then you catch the early flight home from San Diego and a couple of nude people jump out of your bathroom blindfolded like a damn magic show ready to double team your girlfriend.

2.) Michael Scott Toasts Bob Vance and Phyliss on ‘The Office’

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Best lineVintage Michael Scott is at work in this toast from ‘Phyliss’ Wedding’. “Webster’s Dictionary defines ‘wedding’ as the fusing of two metals with a hot torch. Well, you know something? I think you guys are two metals… gold medals”

3.) Steve Buscemi as the Screw-up Little Brother  Toasting Big Brother in ‘The Wedding Singer’

Best Line - “Why can’t you be more like your brother? Harold would never beat up his landlord”

4.) Parade of  Creepy Toasts at the Culhane Wedding on Hugh Laurie Hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’

Best Line“OK I got it. It was 27 years ’cause I wasn’t factoring in my Dodge Aztec.”

5.) The Wolfpack Members Enjoy a Pre-Bachelor Party Toast in ‘The Hangover’

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Best Line – “Hello. How ’bout that ride in? I guess that’s why they call it Sin City. Hahaha.” (video here)

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Which famously funny wedding speeches did we forget about? Let us know in the comments.

Great Moments in Best Man History: Matt Foley SNL Wedding Toast

Monday, May 24th, 2010

‘Ol Matt Foley took some time away from his van to toast this couple on their wedding day. Enjoy!

Tips for Writing a Memorable Groom Speech

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
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Groom wedding toast advice from Simon Daykin:

Homer Simpson once said…”If I could just say a few words…I’d be a much better public speaker.”  I have grooms come to me all freaked out over their reception speech.  Truth be told, honestly, it ain’t that bad.   Most of us I’m sure had “speech day” in school growing up yes?  So you got through that and you will get through this as well.  Plus, this is you speaking to the women you love and the people who helped you get to this point in your life.  So this week I wanted to open up my vault of wedding planning advice and bestow upon you my “quick and nasty” tips for writing and giving a great speech.

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Play it smooth and compliment the bride and bridemaids on looking great.

Don’t Make Me Get the Soap

Keep it appropriate!  There may be kids in the audience.  Even if there aren’t any kids, odds are your grandparents may be in attendance and you don’t want to make a fool of yourself in front of them, not to mention your parents…oh and your new wife’s parents.  So no foul language, no dirty jokes or stories and let’s not make this a drinking game…”but…um”.  Tell a nice story about how you met and fell in love with your wife.  Regale them with tales of your best man and groomsmen, but keep it PG, PG-13 tops!  Don’t talk about the wild time you had at your stag or how you got left in Mexico and all you got “was a lousy T-shirt”.

You Look Mah-vel-ass…

Make sure you mention (a few times at least) how good your bride looks, and why stop there?  It never hurts to mention how good the bridesmaids look and mention the maid of honor as well.  Have your mum and the mum of the bride stand up, introduce them again and say how great they are and how good they look that night.  Mention the bride’s family, your family, maybe tell a little story about how you met your new wife’s family and how your family molded you into the grand man you are today.  Funny stories always keep the crowd in the palm of your hand.  Just don’t drone on, and on, and on, and on, and…you get the idea.

Thank Them All

Seriously, thank everyone!  Thank your Bride, both the families, the wedding party, the people who drove 3 hours, hell, thank the people who drove 5 minutes if you have any, the people who got on a plane, the hotel staff, the person who did the flowers, the cake designer, the guy who drove the cab to get your drunk groomsmen back to the hotel the night before, thank the DJ or band (even if it’s ahead of time.)  Thanking the hotel and serving staff is a great way to ensure that everyone’s glasses are filled,  and that the service is great for the rest of the night.  You get the idea, thank them all.  And if you can, thank your wedding planner.

Simon’s Gutsy Groom Advice

So now you know what to include in that speech of yours.  So when you have it written, practice delivering it in front of the mirror a few times.  Time it out to make sure you don’t hit the 15 minute mark, people will get bored.  Once you have the timing down, add in some great hand gestures and make up cards that have the MAIN talking points on them.  Hints not full sentences guys.  Run through the speech again with your new cards and you’re good to go.

Try to lay off the sauce until you have delivered your speech.  That is not to say you can’t drink at all, but don’t get right pillared!  You spent a lot of time on that speech and the last thing you want to do is slur your way through it.  So unprofessional!  Plus you’ll look like a classic fool in front of everyone and I don’t want any of Grooms looking silly.  That just won’t do.  So be cool…a wee nip of courage is OK, but not so much that you feel you can invade a small country or rob a bank.

So if you read all the way to this: here is the short list……

* Appropriate story about how you met your Bride
* Thank your groomsmen
* Mention how good your Bride looks
* Mention how good the bridal party looks
* Mention the Bride’s family in some way
* Mention your family
* Thank all parties involved in the wedding
* Mention all members of the audience that travelled
* Thank the hotel and their staff
* Pound chest twice and toss up the peace sign….just wanted to see if you were paying attention.

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Simon Daykin is an award winning event designer, planner and groom stylist with Fire Fly Occasions. Simon strives to get grooms involved in the wedding planning process and have their opinions heard. He understands that grooms can get left out or pushed out of the planning process so he’s here to help. You can connect with him further on Google+.

How Do You Choose Your Wedding MC?

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Our groom style and planning expert Simon Daykin of GutsyGroom fame stops by to share some tips on choosing the all-important wedding mc

If chosen correctly, your wedding mc will keep ther reception and wedding toasts running smoothly

If chosen correctly, your wedding mc will keep the reception and wedding toasts running smoothly

Now that the two most important people in the wedding have been confirmed (That would be you and your bride) it’s time to choose the person (or people) who are going to run things from behind the podium.

The Master of Ceremonies (or MC as they’re often called) is quite important because they will be the one(s) making sure the introductions are done and the speeches run on time. But they also tell the funny stories about you and your bride to keep the audience warmed up between speeches. Other than the wedding planner, they run the show for those few hours they are up there at that podium.

But they can also kill the atmosphere, embarrass you or your bride and generally screw up the whole thing.

Choosing An MC Is As Important As The Wedding Colors Were To Your Bride

I want to give you some tips on choosing your MC because there are certainly some things you need to think about when planning your wedding. Take note, pay attention and choose wisely.

Who Knows You, As A Couple Best?

Did a mutual friend introduce you to your future wife?

Has there been someone there every step of the way from the first date to the wedding day?

Is there someone who right away springs to your mind?

If the answer is yes, odds are you have found a pretty great MC. Usually your first choice is the best. It is very important to pick an MC that knows both you and your bride. Sometimes this can mean having 2 MC’s, one from your side and one from the brides.

Hey You, Potty Mouth!

It is important when choosing someone who is speaking at one of the biggest days of your life to be sure they will perform appropriately. Make sure the MC follows a few simple rules.

1. No swearing- This just isn’t the time or the place for the f-bomb.
2. Keep the stories clean. If there are some off color stories to be told, do it at the stag or another function. Red faces of laughter are fine, not of embarrassment.
3. Don’t get hammered- I’m not saying they can’t drink, but drink in moderation. After they’ve done their duty there’s hours left to party.
4. Unless it’s a pre-arranged joke…keep your pants on! – I only mention this because we’ve seen it happen before. It’s not so funny when only a few people get the inside joke.

You need to choose a person who you can trust to obey these rules and not think it would be funny to go up there in front of your family, and your new family and launch into a profanity laced tirade about how much fun spring break in Mexico was back in the day.

Respect, Respect, Respect

It is important that, no matter how good the friend is to you, they must also respect your bride.

Having a buddy get up there and make fun of your bride, your relationship or how no one thought you guys would ever last is not cool. This goes as well for the bride’s MC if you are someone on her side do it.

If you’re really worried about who you’ve chosen after reading this article you could have final say on any stories or speeches your MC is giving. You want to remember the day for how special it was, not for the off collar things said that only one person in the room thought was funny.

One Too Many for the Bridal Party?

Is there a person you wanted in your bridal party but you just couldn’t swing it?

Well, now you can invite them to be part of the wedding as your MC for the evening’s festivities. It will include them in the evening, make them feel very special and get them involved in all the parties (yes, you should be inviting your MC to the stag, the wedding party dinner and yes, they should get a thank you gift as well).

So a last word of advice, after you have chosen your fantastic MC, and they have accepted. Sit down with them to knock a few ideas around. Let them know what you expect of them and let them know you are available if they want to run any ideas by you.

The Wedding MC: A great read for all aspriring mc's

The Wedding MC: A great read for all aspiring mc's

I recommend you purchase this book to give them some help if it’s their first time as an MC:  The Wedding MC: A Complete Guide to Success for the Best Man or Event Host by Tom Haibeck

Best Men: Score Brownie Points with Your Toast

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
Classiness is the key to best man and groomsman toasts.

Classiness is the key to best man and groomsman toasts.

I had the pleasure of accompanying my husband to his best friend’s wedding in Juneau, Alaska this past week. The hubby not only officiated the ceremony (apparently in Alaska anyone can marry a couple) but also was the best man.

A bit of advice to all the men out there writing best men or groomsman toasts for friend’s weddings…choose your words wisely. You may be tempted to go the route of recanting tales of past exploits, drunken debauchery, and general guy shenanigans. Though they seem like a good idea when you’re talking toasts with your friends, the groom’s family, fiancée and fiancée’s family may not appreciate your story of mistakenly marrying a cocktail waitress in Vegas.

The one who you can really impress with your toast-making skills is your very own lady. My husband’s witty & sentimental toast, made me fall in love with him all over again. It also helps that he mentioned me a few times in the speech…Cheers!

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In addition to serving as OneWed’s VP of Marketing, Jennifer Napier is a guest contributor to the GroomsAdvice blog offering a little local flavor for the grooms. You can connect with Jennifer on Google+ and Twitter.

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