If you're a member of the wedding party, you can make the biggest and best impression on everyone at the wedding reception -- by giving a professionally-prepared and totally personalized wedding toast or a wedding speech.

Delivered by the best man, a bridesmaid, or a maid of honor, a wedding toast or speech can convey all the emotion, the good wishes, the humor and the personalized flavor that the occasion warrants. A short toast (which can offer all the charm of a vibrant poem) or a wedding speech (up to 4 or 5 minutes in length) can be a great forum for the bride's parents, the groom's parents or anyone who wants to make a statement with delightful -- and memorable -- impact.

Take the example below. Kirsti, a Norwegian asked for my help in creating a memorable speech for the occasion. She is a long-standing friend of the bride's parents and was asked to compost a toast in English to thank everyone for attending as well as mentioning the delicious Norwegian food.

She also wanted to draw a connection between Norway and America. You will note that I have made a little toast in the first paragraph and then the speech starts in the second. The speech closes with another toast. I hope you enjoy this as much as Kirsti has. She said, "Dear Amy, "Thank you so much for this wedding speech. It is fantastic! I only hope I can get through it without crying! You did a wonderful job! "

Just give me lots of wonderful information regarding the bride and groom and I will create a speech which will be lovingly remembered by all.

Whether a best man's toast, bridal speech, banquet speech or toast to the parents, a customized speech from Poems To Go will be a great touch to your special day.

My speeches run from 1 to 5 minutes in length or can be longer to suit your needs. Please get in touch by emailing me at: amy@PoemsToGo.tv

A Wedding Speech Example

Kirsti:

I thank you all so much for this opportunity to speak on such a wondrous occasion. Before anything else , I want to give my best wishes to Kristine and Christopher. You make such a lovely young couple in every way, and I wish you only happiness, happiness, health, success, satisfaction and a long, rewarding, joy-filled life (toast).

My husband, Dag, and I are long-time friends of Christine's wonderful parents, Else Marit and Ole Henrik. Indeed, they are our closest and dearest friends. So naturally we have had the pleasure of knowing Christine - and her two big brothers -- ever since they were all, well, yea high to a reindeer.

All the time, our 3 kids would play with their 3 kids. In fact, it was because of the children that Dag and I and Else and Ole got together in the first place. We have been special friends for years and years, both in town and high above it all - because their mountain cabin is right next to ours. Our families have had many laughs, many good times. And we look forward to many more in the years ahead.

Kristine was always a delightful little girl. And she's grown up into such a lovely, bright, outstanding woman. She was always impeccable in taking care of her health and her fitness and her looks. Clearly, she has done a great job of it and makes a most beautiful bride.

More recently, we have had the wonderful pleasure of getting to know Christopher. He is a charming young man and I tell you, as I look at these two, at this lovely young pair of newlyweds, I can see only goodness coming out of your love for each other, your happiness together. It's a pleasure to see.

Kristine is a law student. And Christopher is an economist. They are bright and hardworking and altogether personable. Though they are NOT, I must say, original. Let me tell you why. This model of a union of brains and brightness between a Norwegian and an American happened another time, just last year, in fact.

I refer to the 2004 winners of the Nobel Prize for Economics! The winners last year were Finn E. Kydland, a Norwegian, and Edward C. Prescott, who is as American as apple pie. These two men received their joint Nobel award for, and I quote, "contributions in dynamic macroeconomics."

What this Macroeconomic stuff actually means is another story, for another speech altogether. In fat, as far as I'm concerned, it's an adventure trying to balance the check book. So while I don't dare attempt to make an interpretation of dynamic economies, I WILL focus for a moment on the joys and fruitfulness of beneficial unions between a Norwegian and an American. For these two, for Kristine and for Christopher, the particular dynamics are far more MICRO than MACRO. By that, I mean a union of two lovely souls, two warm hearts, two most engaging and personal spirits. For you two, it's my pleasure to create a new category in Alfred Nobel's lexicon. I hereby declare Kristine and Christopher co-winners of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Enduring Love and Happiness. (toast)

It has really been a pleasure to get to know Christopher. Among other things, I have learned how much he loves Norway and, in particular, how much he loves Norwegian food. This is very relevant for me because, as the last speaker here tonight, I must follow a time-honored Norwegian tradition which is this: At a wedding, the last one to speak must "close" the dinner - by speaking a little bit about the wedding celebration, about the meal and about the hosts. I am only too happy to fulfill my uniquely Norwegian obligation.

First of all, I want to thank our hosts, Else Marit and Ole Henrik for doing such a, well, as you Americans might say, such a bang up job. They have been planning Kristine's wedding for over a year, and while the preparation was a lot of fun, it was also a lot of hard work. Else Marit might be annoyed at me for saying this but I'm going to say it anyway. She was a little bit nervous in anticipation of these festivities. That's how much she wanted everything to work out so well, so beautifully for her little girl's wedding. I think that Else Marit and Ole Henrik did a marvelous job and it's my true pleasure to acknowledge them now.

As for the food we have enjoyed tonight, please note that the menu consisted of classic Norwegian fare. For instance, the salmon.. the halibut dishes that you most certainly enjoy in America as well.

Then there was the pepper-fried reindeer with berries. We Norwegians love it, and we call it enebaer. I hope you Americans called it delicious. And for Christopher, especially, I hope you call it a delectable introduction into your knowledge and, we hope, your love of a culture and a tradition and, most important, a family that welcomes you with open arms and open hearts.

You know, Christopher, we Norwegians like to think of ourselves as a proud, practical people. But most important, we are all about family - and about families staying close. This is nothing new to you because the same applies in America, of course. And Christopher, it's easy to note the same closeness in your own lovely family. Now, you and Kristine are becoming a family of your own. And, in the process, you are each becoming a part of another family. Kristine with yours. And you with Kristine's. Family love means boundless love and care, support and devotion - though, I must admit, at times that love can be a bit misguided. That reminds me of a little story that I'd like to tell in closing. A s tory about the enchanting nature of family love. It's a Lena and Ole story. Now, you folks from America should know that Lena and Ole are two charming, enduring folkloric figures, a long-time man and wife around whom we Norwegians have created hundreds or even thousands of funny and heartwarming tales. Lena and Ole are beautiful in that they are make you laugh. They also remind you about what it's like for all of us as marvelously imperfect human beings on this earth. In that way, Lena and Ole are universal. But enough of that. Here is the story:

Ole, Lena, and their son Sven went for a winter walk in the woods. At first, they had a great time. But after walking deeper into the woods, they discovered that they were lost. Soon it was getting dark and cold and they were getting scared.and hungry. Somehow, they found themselves with no food, no shelter and no hope whatsoever. But at least they were together as a family. Finally, Ole dug down into the deep snow to look for nuts or berries or anything else to eat and..he found a lamp. When he rubbed it to get the snow off, a genie came out.

The genie says, "I am da great genie of the North and I can grant each of you vun vish."

Ole says, "I vish I vas safe and warm and back on my farm." Poof! And Ole was gone.

Lena quickly says, "I vish I vas safe and warm and back on my farm with Ole." Poof! And Lena was gone.

Sven just sat there in the snow and looked very sad.

"Sven," asked the genie, "vat is it dat YOU vish for?"

Sven says, "Gee, I'm so lonely, I vish mom and dad ver right back here wid me."

Kristine, Christopher..now YOU are family. And may your love live on forever. With all my wishes and love to you both. To our wonderful new friends from America, thank you for making the trip, and for making this wedding even more special. And finally to eternal friendship, and to Else Marit and Ole Henrik, thank you so much for a wonderful, lovely, altogether perfect celebration on the occasion of Kristine's wedding.

Kirsti

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