Who toasts whom
Wedding toasts can be a very personal way to celebrate one of life's most memorable occasions. Generally, the best man should act as toastmaster, preparing a list of the order in which each person will make a toast. Beyond the best man's toast to the couple and the groom's toast to the bride and her family, there is a more formal "etiquette" protocol you may or may not choose to use at your rehearsal dinner and wedding reception:
At the Rehearsal Dinner:
- The best man toasts the bride.
- The bride toasts the groom.
- The groom toasts the bride's mother.
- The bride's father may toast the groom's parents.
At the Reception
- The best man toasts the bride & groom.
- The groom toasts the bride & her family.
- The two fathers toast the bride & groom.
- The bride & groom toast each other.
Toasting may take place any time during the reception, however it is most commonly done when the wedding party is seated or after the cake cutting ritual. The bride and groom may remain seated when being toasted. Following the toasts, the best man may read aloud any congratulatory letters received.