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 just right:

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

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.

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.”