How to Toast from the Bridal Cup
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Toasting with the Bridal Cup

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The German Wedding Toast

Toasting with the bridal cup is a great way to add some fun to your wedding ceremony toast.

The best man starts the toastMany people choose to read the story of the bridal cup to their guests as it is an inspiring story of love. Others prefer to use their own toasts and if you want to add some extra fun to your toast you can do the "Who Rules the Nest" toast explained below.

Traditionally, the wedding toast is initiated by the best man and performed during the reception dinner.

When toasting, the best man should stand up with his glass raised as he speaks. If you are offering champagne at your wedding, this would be done after eveyone's glass was filled.

Next, he would let everyone know that he has a special toast for the bride and groom. If you are of German heritage, you can mention that it is a German tradition that stemmed from centuries ago in Germany.

Hold the bridal cup upside down to fillThe bride and groom then stand up and the best man or groom himself holds the bridal cup upside down so that the large skirt becomes a cup. Pour champage or beverage of your choice into the hollow skirt end. Fill the large skirt end with champagne


If you are going to read the story of the bridal cup to your guests, then you should have someone else fill the cup as you read. In these pictures, the groom was filling the bridal cup while the bestman read the story to the guests.

After the large skirt end of the bridal cup is filled, the smaller swiveling cup needs to be filled. Because the smaller top cup swivels, it will already be upright. Carefully fill the small cup. Now that you have both cups filled, you are ready to perform the bridal cup toast!

Toast from the bridal cup togetherThe bride and groom must stand closely together facing each other with just enough space for the cup between them. The bride takes the smaller cup in hand while the groom holds onto the larger cup.

At the same time and together, the wedding couple raises the cup up and to their lips to drink. You must be careful here to not spill a drop because if you can drink without spilling a drop, love, faithfulness and good luck will be yours forever!

If you want to really add some fun to your special wedding cup toast you can do a fun German toast called "Who Rules the Nest". It's a toast enjoyed by most women and you will see why!

"Who Rules the Nest" is a popular wedding toast performed with the bridal cup and it's the perfect opportunity for the maid of honor to step up!

Who Rules the Nest ToastJust before the bride and groom drink from the wedding cup the maid of honor stands and announces that whomever finishes first without spilling a drop will rule the nest!

Of course, we all know since the bride has the smaller cup, she will be the winner! As you can see in the picture to the right, the bride is already finished while the groom is still drinking. She looks happy, doesn't she?

Surprised groomAs an added bonus, performing this toast will present a perfect opportunity to grab some entertaining pictures of the groom...

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