Let’s say that you find yourself in the position of having to write and deliver a wedding toast at the rehearsal dinner. If you’re more than a little nervous and uncomfortable before a crowd of strangers, then pick and choose some of the pointers I’m providing. Above all, don’t be scared because no one will remember anything you say on the morning of the wedding. They will be searching for their bottle of Advil. Another major starting point is to remember NOT to say you’re the father of the bride. You’re the father of the groom. Father of the Bride is a movie with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Don’t do this because you’ll seem uneducated and culturally illiterate…you’ve plenty of time for that in your speech. Feel free to jot down any of these tips to help you get through this inept experience.
–Check your new sport coat and locate any place that can hold at least four air-sick bags. Hold one in your left hand throughout the speech.
–Take three Valium before dinner and two more during dessert. Wash them down with a healthy mouthful of Jamison.
–Locate the bride and find out her name. At all costs, avoid having any words with a member of the bridal party. Otherwise, MeToo will be all over your tail and you’ll end up on a filler segment on CNN.
–Order food that can be chewed on for a least ten minutes; a) It makes it appear as though your actually eating and, b) It kills time.
–If anyone bothers to to talk to you, just nod a lot and agree to everything.
–If you are forced into a conversation just drop the names Fermi, Dostoevsky and Pliny the Elder.
–Locate the nearest men’s room. Go there frequently to be sure you’re wearing a shirt.
–Avoid taking Ex-Lax for least four days prior to the wedding. If you’re having problems “down there”, see a specialist immediately.
–Wear a Depends. It helps avoid peeing into a champagne flute.
–Have five copies of your speech taped to the bottom of your chair in the rare case of your original catches fire.
–Always, always open a speech with a joke. I suggest an original and hilarious one:
“I just flew in from Boise and boy are my arms tired.” It’s original and funny.
–Ask that all cell-phone and recorders are collected at the entrance. Their contents can be used in a Court of Law.
–Get a haircut at least four months before the event. Otherwise it may appear unkempt.
–In your speech DO NOT quote JFK. Nobody present (except the bartender) will know who you are talking about.
–If a joke falls flat, fall to the floor and yell “Heimlich!!” and “I’ll see you soon Grandma.” (Adds drama.)
–Be a man…be an example for your son. Have four Jack Daniels doubles before dinner. It will calm your shaking hands.
–Don’t mention any of your war wounds you got at Iwo Jima in ’45.
–In your speech, do not mentioned anything about your son’s life that occurred anytime before he was twenty-eight years old.
–Avoid mentioning Betty Ford more than twice and don’t confuse her with Betty White or Betty Crocker.
–It will be unexpected and perplexing if you read your speech on a cell phone. Use paper notes. The elderly diners will respect that.
–If anyone’s cell phones rings while you’re speaking: a) Stop, b) Stare at him or her for at least ten minutes, c) Make a mental note of the offender. Have a few “friends from Queens deal with them later.
–Disregard any remarks when you request a bib from the server. Vomit stains will raise issues with the Tuxedo Rental Agency.
—At all costs, avoid using the following terms:
a) Philadelphia divorce lawyer.
d) Child support
f) Crimes of Passion
g) Condom wholesalers.
So, there you have it. Relax and enjoy this joyful occasion.