A Wedding Toast
To the groom:
You are one of the strongest dudes I know. Also one of the kindest. Thank you for being my beta. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for being an awesome dude and a fairly competent DM. You’re not your bride, but you’re far better than that douchebag who executed Lemur and me just to prove a point. You’re passionate about politics and social issues. Even if we don’t agree, you speak your mind in a way that makes sense and invites debate. You are an all-around decent human being. Thank you for being one of my best friends, and thank you for inviting Lemur and me to share your day.
To the bride:
You are one of the kindest, sweetest women I know, which is pretty fucking awesome because I know some wonderful women. Because of you, I met some wonderful women last weekend. Because of you, I’ve felt included in several groups I would otherwise think I don’t belong. Because of you, I have grown in my confidence as an intrepid adventurer. You are the best DM we’ve ever had. Your groom is the second-best DM we’ve ever had–not too shabby. Thank you for being one of my best friends, for staying close and still giving me my space, and for still wanting to hang out even now that you know all of my deepest, darkest secrets. Thank you for inviting Lemur and me to share your day.
To wedded bliss:
It’s not easy. I’m not going to lie and say it’s always bliss. You are a compatible couple. You are good together. You started as friends, which I consider to be the hardest part, and the most rewarding.
Stay friends first, a couple second. Too often, we let the burdens of coupledom bring us down. Remember that you love each other for what you brought to the relationship, so don’t kill that with “couple” responsibility.
Be better together. Choose the road that’s best for both of you, if there is one. If there isn’t, choose separate ways. People who think you can’t have your own life after you’re married are doing it wrong.
Continue to be yourselves. You’re already doing a great job of maintaining individuality. Don’t ever lose that. You are both fantastic individuals and you are both my friends for different reasons. I see you as “bride,” and “groom,” not “Bridengroom.” That is as scary as it sounds. Don’t become that.
Reach out when you need help. We are always here. We love you both, and we will continue to love you both, no matter what. Thank you for being our friends. Thank you for being great together. You are a wonderful example to everyone who sees you. Thank you for creating a higher purpose for existence and sharing that purpose with the universe.
Love really is all you need.