8 Steps To A Perfect Wedding Toast

Giving a wedding toast that hits all the right notes and leaves nobody cringing (especially the bride and groom!) is the ultimate goal for e

Toast Time? Here Are My Biggest Pet Peeves

The emcee says it’s time for so-and-so to make a toast. There’s a subconscious pause as everyone in the audience braces themselves for what

Can Brides and Grooms Influence Their Own Toasts?

When Marshall Field’s became the first department store to launch a bridal registry in 1924, weddings were relatively low-key affairs. Today, weddings are big business-- $60 billion to be exact. In fact, the average American couple spends an estimated $30,000 on their wedding, with much higher budgets in metropolitan areas like New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia. Weddings have taken on a life of their own, with couples putting each and every detail of their big day und

What's Your Tagline?

You have been asked to make a speech. Whether it’s for your brother’s wedding, daughter’s Bat Mitzvah, grandma’s 90th birthday or your boss’ retirement party, you will be standing in front of a group of people who will be listening to what you have to say. A common question I hear again and again is: Where do I start? First, remember that you should talk for no more than five minutes. If you can keep it to three, even better. Like James Roosevelt said, “Father gave me the