Before I met my husband, I didn't think I would have include toasts at my wedding. However, once I met my husband and his family, I knew I HAD to have toasts at, not only my wedding, but also our rehearsal dinner... and also parties leading up to the big day.
Here is why you should prioritize toasts around your wedding.
You guys! I even had speeches at my bridal shower - that is how into speeches I got leading up to the wedding. I am so excited to share why I love them so much.
A wedding has so many thoughts, magic, worries, love, importance, hopes, and dreams that surround it. It is really easy to get lost in that and not stay present and enjoy each and every second. Not only that, but the day can kind of become you, your partner, the vows, and then partying and going away to the wedding night. All of this is very exciting - especially the wedding night. ;)
However, there is something so precious and special about stopping what you are doing, sitting there, and listening as people you love stand up in front of a room of guests and show their support, love, and fond memories of you.
You don't have to have all the toasts at the wedding reception. I kept our toasts to the best man and matron of honor at our wedding. However, we had, I think, nearly ten of our loved ones make toasts at the rehearsal dinner. And then my adopted mom made the most precious toast at my bridal shower. I liked it better that way, personally, because I felt able to outwardly show my emotions for my bridal shower and rehearsal dinner - I was worried about crying and ruining my makeup at the wedding. Haha
There are moments in your life that you will always remember, and the toasts at my bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and wedding are moments I will hold near to me always.
Don't rob yourself of hearing a toast from a loved one, but also don't rob your friends and family the joy of being able to express their love for you.
It isn't about the toast itself, it's about the ones you love most in life get up and publicly celebrate, love, and support you. Have toasts around and at your wedding - you will not regret it!