Glasses are raised, poised to hear the toast that will honor the newly married couple. “Down the hatch” doesn’t quite cut it.

Here are some suggestions for getting it right:

Do it in a way that is most comfortable for you. You may remain seated.

Don’t mix toasts with other messages.

If you are in a position, such as the best man at a wedding, where you might be called upon to make several toasts, it is a good idea to have a few short toasts memorized.

Check the context of your toast if it is quoted from a known poem or prose work.

Make sure the toasts you are delivering are appropriate to the group at hand.

Don’t push somebody who is not so inclined to propose a toast.

Here are a few toasts appropriate for weddings:

“Here’s to you both, a beautiful pair, on the birthday of your love affair.”

“Let anniversaries come and let anniversaries go, but may your happiness continue on forever.”

“Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.”

“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”

“A toast to love and laughter and happily ever after.”

“Here’s to the husband, and here’s to the wife; may they remain lovers for life.”

“Look down you gods and on this couple drop a blessed crown.”

“May their joys be as bright as the morning, and their sorrows but shadows that fade in the sunlight of love.”

“May you grow old on one pillow.”

“Insomuch as love grows in you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.”