I followed this format and it went down a treat!!!
2 glasses of champagne Max before hand. I had 1 too many and had to ask for a glass of water before we entered room as I couldnt read my notes!! Luckily I had practised it and new it off by heart, which I really really recommend!
Thank (new)FIL for toast and kind words.
small gag if you can carry it off:
e.g. Thank you *** for proposing the toast and for those kind words.
I had also planned to do a short speech but then this is probably the only time in my life I will get to speak on behalf of *wife*, so I am going to take my time an enjoy the moment…..
You will be glad to know that my speech will actually be a bit like my kilt, JUST LONG ENOUGH TO COVER THE ESSENTIALS!
-GENERAL THANK YOU
“MY WIFE AND I”…….…. (CHEER) etc etc
We would like to thank you all gifts and coming etc
-THOUGHT TO FRIENDS and FAMILY WHO COULD NOT JOIN US (If any)
-THANK NEW IN-LAWS
for wedding if they are paying, for support if not * for bringing wife up to be person she is today
-FIRST TIME YOU MET HER PARENTS
insert funny story if you have one
-THANKS TO YOUR PARENTS
for support, putting you through university, putting up with you etc.
**TOAST: TO THE PARENTS
-MENTION 2 SPECIAL LADIES
**TOAST: TO THE BRIDESMAID
-THANK USHERS AND STAG DO GOERS
-INTRODUCE YOUR WIFE
e.g. "I've become so tangled up in thank you’s … that I still haven't mentioned the most important person here." My beautiful Wife
I knew you would look wonderful today and you took my breath away when you came down the aisle. I want everyone to know how lucky I am to marry someone so beautiful, intelligent, kind and genuine.
-HOW WE MET
-SO I PROPOSED
e.g. Well now after almost 2 years of planning the day is finally here.
We have lived together for a long time now,
But I need you to know that I haven’t actually married the women that I want to live with,
I have married the women that I can’t live without. (Aaahhh)
**insert slushy poem/song lyrics that she likes
**TOAST: TO WIFE
**INTRODUCE THE BEST MAN
Sit down and drink