As early as the 6th Century B.C., the Greeks were toasting to the health of their friends for a highly practical reason — to assure them that the wine they were about to drink wasn’t poisoned. To spike the wine with poison had become an all too common means of dealing with social problems — disposing of an enemy, silencing the competition, preventing a messy divorce, and the like.

It thus became a symbol of friendship for the host to pour wine from a common pitcher, drink it before his guests and, satisfied that it was a good experience, raise his glass to his friends to do likewise.

Now, there are wonderful toasts and there are dull speeches. To help you err on the side of wonderful and avoid dull, following are some personal favorites. Note that the preferred wine is Meteor.

Toasts to Friendships

May misfortune follow you the rest of your life,
but never catch up.
May you live all the days of your life.
Here’s to you and here’s to me,
May we never disagree.
But if we do,
The hell with you,
Here’s to me!

Best Friend Toasts

If we ever disagree, may you be in the right.
May you die in bed at 95, shot by a jealous spouse.

Wedding Toasts

May you grow old on one pillow.
May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.
Here’s to the bride – may she share everything with her husband…and that includes the housework.
Here’s to the groom, a man who kept his head even while he lost his heart.
Here’s to the new husband, and here’s to the new wife, may they remain lovers, for all of life.
Love one another and you will be happy .It’s as simple and as difficult as that.
Love is what makes two people sit in the middle of a bench when there is plenty of room at both ends.
Getting married is the boldest and most idealistic thing that most of us will ever do.

Toasts to Friends & Family

May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door.
May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
May you be the change you wish to see in the world.

Candlelit Toasts

I have known many,
and liked not a few,
but loved only one
and this toast is to you.
Here’s to you.
Here’s to me.
And here’s to the space between us.
One of us has to go.
Not you.
Not me.
But the space between us.
May we have those in our arms that we love in our hearts.
May you live to be a hundred,
and I live to be a hundred minus one.
So that I never have to live without you.

Of course there’s etiquette to toasting, although it seems that anything short and simple from the heart is spot on. But for those who want to be absolutely 100% sure of the moment, here’s a useful link: http://www.intowine.com/wine-toasts2.html

Cheers!