A 50th wedding anniversary is a joyous occasion that often is marked with celebrating, parties and special toasts. The act of giving the toast is an immense honor and should do justice to the commitment and love shared by the couple. Make sure the theme and tone of a toast meshes well with the tone of the celebration. Always practice a toast a few times beforehand in front of someone else to work all the kinks out before the momentous occasion.
There are volumes of quotes on love available in famous poems, classic literature, films and songs. For example, a quote from Robert Browning reads: "Grow old with me! The best is yet to be. The last of life, for which the first is made." Choose a quote that fits the couple, or search their favorite movie, song or author to find a quote for the toast. After the quote is read to the couple and the crowd on hand, offer your wishes for many very happy years to come in the couple's marriage.
If the couple has a spirited sense of humor, consider using a funny quote or some humorous wishes for the couple's next years of marriage. Use a funny quote or blessing from a favorite author or film, or create your own. For example, end the toast by saying, "here's to Mary for putting up with John for all these years," or, "Here's hoping Mary doesn't trade John in for a 65-year-old stud." Make sure the jokes are appropriate and match the tastes and sense of humor of the couple. If you are unsure, it is best to remain avoid the jokes.
Honor the couple by retelling an old family story or tales from their marriage. Use a story about how they first met, how they became engaged or a story about their wedding. Tie in a more recent story, such as the birth of their first grandchild or great-grandchild, to round out the toast if desired. Offer wishes for all of the guests to experience a love like theirs and hopes that their children and grandchildren will use the inspiration of 50 happy years of marriage to find similar love in their lives.
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Michelle Barry graduated from Salve Regina University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Since then, she has worked as a reporter for the Wilbraham-Hampden Times, an editor for Month9Books and Evolved Publishing, editor and has spent the past seven years in marketing and graphic design. She also has an extensive background in dance.