Does giving your upcoming wedding toast have you worried?  Don’t agonize over it!  Consult Pete Honsberger’s book Wedding Toasts 101 because he is an expert in the art of the perfect wedding toast.

Arranged in a manner that is easy to comprehend, this book is brimming with plenty of advice, suggestions, and examples.  Divided into three parts, the book’s organization makes it easy to retain the information contained in it.

The first part is introductory and explains some of the challenges to giving a toast as well as some practices that should be avoided.  The second part contains the fundamentals which is the core of the wedding toast itself.  Honsberger divides the wedding toast into five cogs, as he analogizes, and explains their relevance and function within the toast.  The third and final part is a toolbox, as the author calls it, containing tips for extraneous situations that might occur.

Asking key questions about your relationship with the bride, groom, or both will set the tone for your wedding toast.  The following excerpt explores your relationship with the couple and convey the meaningful accord that all of you share.


Asking Key Questions

When thinking about how to work this cog into your toast, there are a few helpful questions you can ask yourself. In a broader context, honest exploration and discussion of these questions with the bride or groom ahead of time can lead to a healthier and more rewarding relationship with that important person—and their significant other.

  • How do you feel about this person now versus in your past interactions?
  • What was your reaction when they asked you to speak on this special day in their life?
  • How will your interactions with this person shift now that they are married?
  • Where do you see your relationship with this person heading?
  • What does this couple have the potential to accomplish in their married life?

Excerpted from WEDDING TOASTS 101 by Pete Honsberger. Copyright © 2019 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.


This book is highly organized and replete with information regarding wedding toasts.  It is perfect for anyone who has the honor of giving a toast on behalf of the bride, groom, or both.

This book was provided to me by the publisher for review.