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The perfect toast

20 Jul 2011

The perfect toast

The speeches are probably one of the most anticipated elements of any wedding. Will the groom pull off that joke about the bride’s mother? Will the best man drag the appropriate skeletons out of the groom’s closet? But raise eyebrows can be appeased with a heartfelt toast.


As John Keats once said “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”. Here’s to you, my beautiful bride.

Never above you, never below you, always beside you.

Every day you look lovelier and lovelier, and today you look like tomorrow.

Father of the bride…

It is written: when children find true love, parents find true joy. Here’s to your joy and ours, from this day forward.

Happy marriages begin when we marry the one we love, and they blossom when we love the one we married.

May the best of their past be the worst of their future.

Best man…

Let’s drink to love, which is nothing - unless it’s divided by two.

May you live as long as you like, and have all you like for as long as you live.

May (Bride’s name) share everything with her husband, including the housework.

Making the most of the bubbly

Choose it yourself. Don’t leave it to the caterers, they’re looking to make the biggest margin on their wines, you might end up with a huge bill and a wine that tastes like paint stripper.

Not everyone will have the same tastes, so provide a selection from champagne to rose and sparkling wines, of course not forgetting orange juice for the kids.

Buy a bottle of each of the wines you are interested in, get a bunch of friends together and taste your way through them.

There is no such thing as a free lunch, so when a wine merchant offers to take back what you don’t drink, you are paying for it somewhere. You’re better off negotiating a good deal in the first place, that way you can budget exactly how much it’s going to cost you.

The normal retail price of a bottle of wine includes a margin for handling, display etc. Expect to get 10-15pc off for a bulk order.

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