I recently had to give a best-man-type toast/speech. While there's a wealth of advice on this topic on the web, it takes some time to get past the useless (to me) lists of two-sentence pithy / memorable / funny / touching / famous / witty / etc. quotes to get to guidelines on how to give a toast that is more like a speech. Here are the sites I found useful in no particular order:
- Wedding Speeches. Includes many pages with suggestions and guidelines.
- The Perfect Toast
- Wedding Toasts and Speeches. Similarly good; has many advice articles and allows one to pay to have a toast written.
- About.com has many pages about giving toasts. Most are useless. Here are the good ones:
- I Rise to Toast the Bride and Groom. Has honest, personal opinions (with which I sometimes disagree).
- Introduction to Wedding Speeches and Wedding Toasts. Has an interesting list on how toasts vary depending on the speaker's relationship with the couple.
If you attended the B and C's wedding in 2007 and want a copy of my speech (or at least the written copy of what I intended to say), just ask.
Addendum: I later found another useful advice column: Modern Manners Guy's How to Make a Wedding Toast. This should go in the list above but I prefer to keep separate the list of columns I read before my speech and after.