One of the duties involved in giving the perfect best man speech is to give a toast to the newlyweds – you’ll have to ask everyone to raise their glasses and drink to the happy couple and their future together. It’s the ideal way to end a best man’s speech.
We’ve got some great toast examples for you to use.
The Traditional Toast
Sometimes the traditional way is the best – play it safe with a classic and heart-warming toast like one of these…
“Please join me in raising a glass to the happy couple – to [NAME] and [NAME]”
“I’d like you all to join me in wishing the new Mr and Mr/Mrs [NAME] all the wealth, health and happiness in the world. To the newlyweds!”
“To my best friend and his beautiful bride/groom: the new Mr and Mrs/Mr [NAME]”
“Please make sure your glasses are charged and join me in toasting the new Mr and Mrs/Mr [NAME]. Ladies and gentlemen, to the [bride and groom]!”
“They say you don’t marry the person you can live with, you marry the person you can’t live without. That sums up [NAME] and [NAME] perfectly. To the happy couple”
“Here is a toast to a perfect couple – to a long life together filled with happiness, adventure and lots of wonderful memories.”
“To [NAME] and [NAME] – here is to a lifetime of love and happiness”
“Raise your glass and join me in a toast to [NAME] and [NAME] – may you always be friends as well as lovers”
The Funny Toast
If you’ve peppered your speech with lots of best man jokes, continue in the same fashion and finish with a funny best man toast. Here are a few examples to give you an idea.
“For one more time, I’m going to ask everyone to charge their glasses and – for those who still can – stand, and raise a glass to the newlyweds”
“Part of the best man speech involves a toast and for me, the best kind of toast is French toast. So, buvons à ce couple heureux”
“Please can everyone join me in toasting two young – well, quite young anyway – people in love. To the [bride and groom]”
“To the two things that make a great marriage – having a good sense of humour and selective hearing. To [NAME] and [NAME]”
“Before we raise our glasses to the happy couple, I’d like to make a toast to wives and lovers everywhere – may they never, ever cross paths!”
“To [NAME] and [NAME] – we all knew [NAME] had found the one when he/she started spending more time with [NAME] than he did playing on his/her Xbox!”
“[NAME] and [NAME], before I finish, I’d like you to turn to face each other. You’re now looking into the eyes of the person who is statistically most likely to murder you. To the happy couple!”
The Toast with a Quote
If you really want to wow the guests and have a wedding speech ending that will resonate with everyone, go a bit elaborate and look to include a quote. We’ve got some inspirational quotes about love and marriage to inspire you.
“I would like to end on some wise words from Socrates: ‘My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.’ To the bride and groom!”
“Here’s one of my favourite Oscar Wilde quotes: ‘The man who says his wife can’t take a joke forgets that she took him.’ To [NAME] and [NAME].”
“Before we raise a glass to the newlyweds, I’d like to share a Pauline Thomason quote with you: ‘Love is blind – marriage is the eye-opener.’ To the happy couple!”
“Here’s a poem by Ogden Nash to finish on: to keep a marriage brimming with love in the loving cup, where you are wrong, admit it, and when you are right, shut up! To [NAME] and [NAME]”
“To [NAME] and [NAME] – here’s an Antoine de Saint-Exupery quote to finish on: ‘Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.’”
“Before we raise our glasses, I’d like to share this Mignon McLaughlin quote with [NAME] and [NAME]: ‘A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.’”
Make sure you read our guide to overcoming wedding speech nerves to ensure you deliver your speech flawlessly!