Milwaukee Weddings - - Content - - KRIS­TINE HANSEN

A lit­tle ad­vice be­fore tak­ing the mic.

RAISE YOUR GLASSES AND… pre­pare to per­spire. Wed­ding toasts can wet the palms of even the coolest cu­cum­ber, put fear in the hearts of the new­ly­weds, and make even your crazy un­cle blush. But they don’t have to. Whether you’re a bride with ex­pec­tant ears, or a best man about to take the mic, the best ad­vice is to know the cou­ple – and the crowd. Danielle Swital­ski strove for “light-hearted hu­mor” at her friend Sarah Sanchez’s wed­ding in early 2016, dish­ing on their “first un­der­age shot in the al­ley to­gether,” plus that time they or­dered every­thing on the Wendy’s dol­lar menu. She closed by ask­ing guests to raise their glasses to “a rare and in­cred­i­ble love and a life­time of firsts.” Sheila Jul­son Thomp­son was sur­prised when, at their 2014 re­cep­tion, her hus­band – lo­cal mu­si­cian Doug Thomp­son – ser­e­naded her in a per­sonal toast: “He then opened the mic for other mu­si­cians in the au­di­ence,” she says. Oth­ers, like Mary Briggs-sed­lachek and her wife, who mar­ried in July 2015, made it po­lit­i­cal. “As [we] were thank­ing our guests for com­ing, we asked ev­ery­one to toast the United States Supreme Court for mak­ing our mar­riage hap­pen,” she says. What­ever you do, don’t pull a bait-and-switch like Mary Kelly’s now-hus­band did. “A bit drunk at his bach­e­lor party, he told his grooms­men, who then told the brides­maids, that he didn’t want wed­ding toasts. Then he didn’t re­mem­ber it,” says Kelly, who re­fused to can the toasts. “Every­thing was off-the-cuff. The pic­tures of my face when my tipsy maid of honor is telling 150 of our clos­est fam­ily mem­bers and friends about my par­ty­ing col­lege years were pretty price­less.”

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