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Gearing up for an upcoming wedding where you have give a wedding toast? It may be good to do your homework and check out some of the legendary wedding speeches that people have laughed to, cried to, and even cringed at. Whether it's to learn what to do or what not to do, watching movie wedding speeches is a great way to pregame for your shinning moment. Here are the top five wedding movie toasts you just have to watch.
Who can forget the epically awkward engagement toast battle between Kristen Wiig and Rose Byrne's characters in this funny flick? It's clear both want to showcase how much the bride means to them and how amazing their friendship is with one another, but it quickly morphs into a competition between members of the bridal party — and the focus of the bride is lost. This is one of those speeches that teaches you what not to do, especially if you're giving a co-maid of honor speech.
2. Wedding Crashers
While the movie, in general, is an epic adventure of two guys who crash weddings to pick up chicks, the speech given by Rachel McAdams' character at her sister's wedding is actually quite moving and emotionally perfect (once she lays off the cheap jabs at the newlyweds' superficiality). Her toast includes an unforgettable quote — albeit stolen from Owen Wilson's character — that many have used in their wedding toasts since, "True love is the soul's recognizing of its counterpoint in another."
3. Four Weddings and a Funeral
One of the most endearing and beautiful lines from any movie wedding toast comes from this movie when Hugh Grant's character says, "I am as ever in bewildered awe of anyone who this kind of commitment that Angus and Laure have made today. I know I couldn't do it and I think it's wonderful they can."
4. The Five-Year Engagement
This movie can be relatable to those with — what else? — super long engagements and a wedding that feels like it's never actually going to happen. But the wedding toast in this movie uses a dose of humor that gets the audience laughing, a technique that all good wedding toasts should try to tackle.
Editors note: We couldn't find the toast anywhere online, so you'll just have to watch it the old fashioned way — by renting the DVD or streaming on Netflix.
5. The Hangover Part II
In The Hangover Part II, Alan (played by Zach Galifianakis) gives quite the awkward speech that both makes the audience cringe and seems like it doesn't have much of a focus or a point. It's a great example of what not to do in your groomsman toast... ever.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.