Wedding Toasts

After the cocktail hour, everyone went inside and ate the amazing meal that the chefs at High Hampton prepared (seriously, one of the best meals I’ve ever had!). After dinner, my dad led off the toasts. His toast was touching and sweet, as was that of my lovely Maid of Honor, Meredith.


See how we are so touched by their thoughtful and loving words? But because it’s us, we couldn’t get married without someone poking a little fun… My grandfather started out telling a sweet story from my childhood about learning how to fish (it involves me thinking cleaning a fish required soap and water…), but ended with a zinger at my expense (having to do with a certain tattoo I have on my back…). It was fabulous.


Brian’s brother and Best Man, Justin, had the guests all falling out of their chairs with his “letter from Brian” — I asked Justin to send it along so I can share it with you… The best part is that right before he stood up to talk, he told Brian and I to “just go along” with whatever he said — that’s when we knew this was going to be good.




I don’t want to write your speech, but here’s what I think you should say. First of all, try to be gracious and thank everyone for coming.

Mention that Natalie is a beautiful bride. Natalie, you look truly stunning

Obviously, you don’t have to comment on my appearance, because that would be weird, and let’s face it, I always look good! There was an exclamation point at the end of that sentence. Hopefully he was joking…

Try to throw in a few good stories, like the time Natalie was the beer pong champ at the McClave’s, or maybe just mention how long Natalie has stuck by my side over the years despite the fact I’m always on the road and that I’ve never had a real job. Natalie, you deserve a medal!

As far as topics not to mention (PAUSE! then look up at Brian and step away)…

Don’t refer to the window incident at Davidson. Dad is still mad about that. And no stories about the bachelor party, although if you want to mention how I mentally destroyed Peiffer on the golf course, or how Case had to apologize to everyone, for partying, feel free to do so. Also, for the love of God, whatever you do, don’t mention the time when…


Maybe I should skip that part

Anyway, even though you’re really bad at relationships and aren’t even remotely close to getting married, I will remember your speech and will get revenge if necessary. Don’t forget that. Thanks B, I won’t…

And if you can be subtle about it, try to mention my blog — I could use the hits.



The toasts were all amazing, even if there were some laughs at our expense — I think being able to laugh at yourself (and with your partner!) can only lead to a happier, more functional marriage!

Toasts were such a special part of our wedding celebration — who spoke at your wedding or who are you hoping will speak at yours?

{photos by the most wonderful Angela Stott}