Prepping for the honored tradition of a wedding toast? Our team knows it’s not always as easy as it looks – and we are here to help. We’ve shared some toasting advice in the past – traditional and fun toasts you can easily personalize – now, we’re offering some etiquette advice…

Wedding Toast Advice
{Photo by Chris Joriann Photography}

Anna Post, the great-great-granddaughter of the famed Emily Post, shared her thoughts on the etiquette of toasting in her column in Inside Weddings magazine.

Her best advice is to prepare: “Be sincere, and unless you’re a stand-up comedian or a politician, don’t try to wing it.”

Anna says the most important part of toasting is giving the appropriate toast at the right event – the engagement party, the rehearsal dinner and the wedding dinner.

The Engagement Party
Anna says it’s proper for the father of the bride to welcome guests and make the first toast of the evening. It’s also a plus if the father of the groom can give one himself later in the evening. It’s common for the bride and groom-to-be to also raise a glass at the end of the night to thank their friends and family for attending.

The Rehearsal Dinner
The host of the dinner, usually the groom’s parents, is normally the one to speak first. Since you do not want to bog down your wedding night with toasts, the rehearsal dinner is the perfect setting for family members and friends – other than the maid of honor and best man – to speak. As Anna says, this is also a time when longer toasts and stories are welcome.

The Wedding Dinner
After a welcome, traditionally from the bride’s parents, the best man gives the first toast. Then, the maid or matron of honor gives a companion toast. Anna says these two are the most formal of all toasts and should be kept brief; a great speech should not take longer than a few minutes and can be effective in only a few lines. Keep in mind that it matters most what you say – not when or how – and you can never go wrong with short and sweet.

Anna’s top tips for making your toast a “shining success” …
• Skip pointless stores about the couple’s childhoods – anecdotes are okay, just keep them relevant to the occasion.
• Be sure not to talk about yourself instead of the couple; this is the time to check your ego at the door.
• Keep mum about any past problems the couple may have had, and never reference any of their old flames.

Cheers!

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With a perfect fairy tale beginningLauren met her prince charming at The Breakersthere’s no surprise the couple choose their favorite Palm Beach resort as the locale for their dream-come-true wedding.

Real Wedding: Lauren & John
“I grew up around property with my family,” Lauren shares. “I always imagined getting married at The Breakers when I was a little girl!”

Enjoy a look back at their magical day with images by Scott Clarke Photography

Real Wedding: Lauren & John

Real Wedding: Lauren & John
Real Wedding: Lauren & John

Real Wedding: Lauren & John   Real Wedding: Lauren & John
Real Wedding: Lauren & John
“Our favorite memory was probably our First Look along the sea wall,” Lauren says. “It was such a special moment and the setting was absolutely perfect.”

Real Wedding: Lauren & John
Real Wedding: Lauren & John
Real Wedding: Lauren & John
Real Wedding: Lauren & John
Real Wedding: Lauren & John
Real Wedding: Lauren & John
Real Wedding: Lauren & John
Real Wedding: Lauren & John

Congratulations Lauren & John!

Wedding Venue & Catering: The Breakers, Sascha LaGreca / Decor & Design: Design Studio at The Breakers Ceremony: Gold Room / Dinner: Mediterranean Ballroom / Cake: The Breakers Cake Shop / Photography: Scott Clarke Photography  / Entertainment: Rock with U, Ross Bielejeski

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Known best for his modern style, bright hues and stylish stilettos (that are actually comfortable!), we’re excited to share the news that shoe designer Paul Andrew recently released a new bridal collection.

Wedding Shoes: Paul Andrew Bridal

The new capsule collection features five lovely heels now available on Andrew’s site, Net-a-Porter and StyleBop. With ivory satin, blush mesh, hand-embroidered organza flowers and a lucite block heel, the Bijoux open-toe bootie (above right) is our favorite.

Wedding Shoes: Paul Andrew Bridal

“Friends kept asking me to make their wedding shoes because they wanted to be able to dance at the reception,” Andrew told BRIDES before the launch.

After being named 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award winner, Andrew has quickly gathered a following of shoe-loving celebrities… And he can definitely add us to the list!

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Since they began dating, Tarra and John have been celebrating special occasions and enjoying staycations at The Breakers. When it came to planning their wedding, there was no question they’d say “I Do” at their favorite Palm Beach resort.

Real Wedding: Tarra & John
“When it came to choosing a venue for our special day, it was either The Breakers or The Breakers,” John shared. “There was no substitute!”

Enjoy a look back at Tarra and John’s stunning wedding with images courtesy of Muñoz Photography

Real Wedding: Tarra & John
Real Wedding: Tarra & John
Real Wedding: Tarra & John
Real Wedding: Tarra & John
Real Wedding: Tarra & John
Sweet moment: Since The Breakers has always been a special place they shared together, John proposed to Tarra in front of this very fountain in The Palm Courtyard!

Real Wedding: Tarra & John
Real Wedding: Tarra & John
“Walking out onto the Ocean Lawn to see the beautiful altar and my husband…” Tarra gushes of her favorite wedding day moment.

Real Wedding: Tarra & John
Real Wedding: Tarra & John
Real Wedding: Tarra & John
Real Wedding: Tarra & John
Real Wedding: Tarra & John
Real Wedding: Tarra & John
Real Wedding: Tarra & John
Real Wedding: Tarra & John

Real Wedding: Tarra & John

Congratulations Tarra & John!

Wedding Venue & Catering: The Breakers, Kym Bichon / Decor & Design: Design Studio at The Breakers, Aime Dunstan Ceremony: Ocean Lawn / Reception: Mediterranean Courtyard  / Dinner: Mediterranean Ballroom / Cake: The Breakers Cake Shop / Photography: Muñoz Photography  / Videography: Senderey Video, Ruben Senderey / Entertainment: Elan Artists, The Social Band

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