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03: Wedding Toasts 101: Do’s & Don’ts

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Cheers to no more shitty wedding toasts!

SHARE THIS WITH YOUR MAID OF HONOR & BEST MAN (or anyone giving a toast at your wedding!)

Does anyone else hate sitting through a cringe-worthy wedding toast? Or maybe you are the bride or groom and you’re worried that your best man or maid of honor are going to go off the rails and embarrass you. Or if you’re like my husband last year and you’ve been asked to give a toast yourself and you have no freaking idea where to even start. Luckily I have the guy here who’s going to help us.

Pete Honsberger has been to a lot of weddings. He’s seen the good, the bad, and the embarrassing when it comes to wedding toast. It’s his personal mission to enhance the quality of these speeches worldwide. Not only has he been to a million weddings, he’s also been a serial groomsman, toast giver, and consultant to friends and family on their own toasts. His book, Wedding Toast 101, has sold over 5,000 copies and can be found anywhere books are available online, as well as Barnes and Noble stores worldwide.

In this episode we give you the simple fail-proof components for a kickass wedding toast.

  • 5 pillars to a amazing toast.
  • The key mistakes people make.
  • A better way to start your toast.
  • The best way to end your toast.
  • How to make your audience laugh or cry (or both!).
  • Technical tips to stear clear of (and give you better options).
  • An exact outline to start, write and deliver your toast.
  • Successful toast examples to copy.

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Wedding Toasts:
Do's & Don'ts

This Episode's Guest

Pete Honsberger


Wedding Toasts 101 – The Guide to the Perfect Wedding Speech

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    Robin Sloan, The Uncorked ProjectVerifiedRobin Sloan, The Uncorked Project

    Here's my story: I photographed a wedding where the FOB unexpectedly passed away 3 months before his daughters big destination wedding. They cancelled the destination wedding, but ended up having a more casual Chicago wedding at the last minute. The bride felt that her dad would want them to have the wedding, but it was such an emotional day. At the reception her brothers asked the DJ to play a special song and each took turns dancing with the bride... and then all the important men in her life cut in and took a turn dancing with her instead of a Father/Daughter dance. It was the sweetest, kindest thing I have ever seen. What a way to honor her father.

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Q: Is there really a wedding mark up?

Do you feel like the industry charges more “because it’s a wedding” and they know it’s an emotional purchase?

Do companies think that they can charge more for weddings since the bride and groom may be willing to spend more on their dream wedding?

Hey wedding pros – is this higher price tag justified? Why? Do you charge more for your service if it is a wedding?

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    Robin Sloan, The Uncorked ProjectVerifiedRobin Sloan, The Uncorked Project

    I have been asked this so many times... does the wedding industry inflate prices when they hear it's a wedding?

    Here is my honest answer (as a former wedding photographer)... NO. Did I charge more for a wedding than a 50th birthday party or a family portrait session? Yes, absolutely. I charged A LOT more for a wedding.

    Was I taking advantage of the emotional sell? Absolutely not.

    The main reasons I charged more for a wedding were: the unseen amount of work involved in the 12+ months leading up to the wedding, the skill level needed on the day, the INTENSE pressure to create perfect "portfolio level work" no matter what the reality of the situation- but mostly it is to compensate for the time AFTER the wedding in post production.

    Little known fact about wedding photography - the real job is sitting at a computer editing photos. Photographers spend many hours behind the computer carefully selecting and editing photos. They make adjustments, crop, and adjust colors to ensure each image it's best. Don't forget the time it takes for batching, renaming, importing, exporting and uploading the photos and preparing them for delivery.

    Do you think this justifies why photographers charge more for weddings than for other types of shoots?

    AvatarCody Pettengill

    Couldn’t agree more! And on the videography side its an absolute ton of data + editing discipline.

    Its a double sided coin- weddings are extremely high pressure but also high reward when we nail it.

    Our products (photo video) in particular are the only thing that genuinely will last forever . Having fun and ALSO nailing the product is worth the price of entry and frankly more.

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