Digital DJ Tips Platinum Facebook Group member Todd asks: “Have you ever been asked to give the toast at a wedding? The couple wants me to give the only toast at their reception, but I don’t even know them personally. Do you have any suggestions or ideas?
Digital DJ Tips Says…
Well, that sounds like a bizarre request if ever there was one! Why would you want someone who doesn’t know you to give a toast at your wedding reception? Never mind the only one. The whole point of wedding toasts is that they are sincere and filled with amusing and heartwarming anecdotes. Anyway, what should be remembered is that you are being paid by them and it isn’t any skin off your nose to do it.
It doesn’t matter what you say, just make it nice. It is always going to come across as impersonal and fanciful. That being said, have you raised this with the bride and groom in your meetings? It might be a good idea to find out if there is anything specific they want from you. Make sure that you are adequately prepared, don’t just turn up and attempt to “freestyle” it. Public speaking can do weird things to even the most confident of us and you don’t want to choke at the crucial moment.
Over in the Facebook Group, Mario posted a great (and most importantly succinct) template speech that he uses when asked to do the same: “Ladies and gentlemen, please stand, as we toast for our guests of honour, who are truly grateful to have you all as their honourable guests. As we stand here united on their special day, let us raise our glasses in celebration of the love of these two beautiful people. Cheers!”
It’s simple and covers all bases (thanks, Mario!) we would say go with something like that. They can’t expect much more from you, surely? We wish you good luck, Todd. Don’t forget to come back and let us know how you handled the toast and what the reaction was.
As the DJ, have you ever been asked to give a toast at a wedding? Would you ever decline to do it? Would you add anything to Mario’s speech? Let us know in the comments below…