Ask Sid: Toasts?

August 27th, 2014

Toasting

Question: Would you share your top 10 toasts? I could also use one for a rehearsal dinner for my son’s wedding too.

Answer: Not big on memorized rigid toasts. Prefer to personalize something to the actual person or specific occasion. I would suggest you do the same for your son’s wedding. However there are hundreds of proven popular ones on the web that you could use or adapt by just googling wedding toasts. When I practised law I used Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew: “And do as adversaries do in law, strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends”. Now older and more philosophical I like Robert Louis Stevenson: “A bottle of good wine, like a good act, shines ever in the retrospect”.

I often finish with a short one word toast in a specific language so my top 10 go to are simple:

1. Cheers  English
2. Chimo  Eskimo
3. A Votre Sante France
4. Prost German
5. Cin Cin (Chin-Chin ) Italy
6. Skol Sweden
7. Kampai Japan
8. Salut (Sah-Lud) Spain
9. Gan Bay China
10. Yass-Ooh Greece

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August 27th, 2014

2 Responses

  1. This evening’s wines are “proof,” as Benjamin Franklin said, “that God loves us and wants to see us happy.”

  2. My favorite wedding toast to the bride and groom is:

    “May your daughters be as lovely as their mother;
    And may your sons be as lucky as their father!”

    Wimberly Miree

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