Take My Sweater: The Toasts

One of the parts of our wedding that I looked forward to the most were the toasts. I always love listening to the toasts at other people’s weddings, and I was so excited to hear what our loved ones would say to us on one of the biggest days of our life so far.

Daddy Cardigan was up first”¦


He started with the most important thing—letting everyone know that the Aggies were up in the Cotton Bowl against LSU by a couple of points.

Unfortunately, that didn’t last for long. But let’s not get into that.


He talked about how he had been dreading this day for years—the day that both of his daughters were officially married. He talked about how he couldn’t imagine anyone ever loving either of his daughters more than he did.

But then he went on to say that after reflecting on his own wedding day and his marriage to my mom, he realized that he loves her more than anyone else possibly could—more so than even her parents. He said that he sees that same love in Mr. Cardigan and I and that he knows I’ll be well taken care of and very loved by my new husband.


It was a wonderful toast, and it was very touching to hear such sweet words from my usually not emotional father!


And then, it was Sister Cardy’s turn.

Now, I don’t know if you’ve gathered this through my many mentions of her throughout my time posting on Weddingbee, but my sister and I are very close. She’s my best friend in the whole world, and I can’t imagine having a better sister.


She started off her speech by telling the story of how a few weeks after I was born, she asked my parents if they could take me back and get a different baby that didn’t cry so much.

She wasn’t too keen on having a little sister at first.


But then, she went on to talk about how we’ve grown to be so close and how much she misses me now that I don’t live in the same city as her.

She admitted that she’s very glad my parents didn’t end up getting rid of me.

And, of course, the ugly cry face made an appearance.



Up next was Mr. Cardigan’s brother (and best man).


Mr. Cardigan’s brother lives in Hawaii, so I haven’t had many opportunities to get to know him very well, but he gave a very sweet speech toasting our new life together.


And finally, my new husband went up to say a few words thanking everyone for coming and supporting us, and to thank our parents for all they helped us with. Looking back, I’m not sure why I didn’t go up there with him!


.Mr. Cardigan couldn’t resist sharing his favorite story of how when we very first started dating, Daddy Cardigan told him (completely seriously) that he was allowed to date me, but it couldn’t turn into anything serious.



And with that, the toasts were finished, everyone was almost done with dinner, and it was just about time to cut the cake!

Mrs. Cardigan

Wedding Date:
January 2011
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  1. candy apple Member
    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:47 pm

    First of all, you do NOT have an ugly cry-face – mine is way worse! 😉

    Second, that toast of your daddy’s is so sweet!! Love it.

  2. starfish Member
    starfish 1902 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:48 pm

    I agree, your dad’s toast soudns adorable and I love that Mr. Cardy got up too!

  3. snowcone Member
    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:58 pm

    this gets me so excited for our toasts! sounds like you had great ones :)

  4. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:59 pm

    Aw, Daddy Cardigan’s speech was the sweetest! Made me tear up!

  5. mssocks Member
    mssocks 1336 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:02 pm

    Your sister’s toast made me cry sooo hard! Everyone gave such good speeches!

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    vintagemodernbride 437 posts, Helper bee @ 4:24 pm

    LOVE your ugly cry face picture. made me laugh. your sister’s toast was sweet though and made me tear up.

  7. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:44 pm

    Your “ugly cry face” is soooo much more beautiful than mine! All of the toasts at your wedding sound so sweet.

  8. earrings Member
    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:47 pm

    Um your “ugly cry face” is beautiful. Seriously, could you get any prettier?! Those toasts were very touching to read about.

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    lisamarieloves 19 posts, Newbee @ 5:20 pm

    Ahhh… I love sisters!! I am best friends with my sister, too. If I had your “ugly cry” face, I would cry all the time!

  10. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:51 pm

    Those are such heart felt speeches. I LOL’ed at your sisters.

  11. tartlet Member
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:28 pm

    Such sweet toasts! My sister worked a comment in her toasts about how she used to change my diapers. 😉 Gotta love big sisters!

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    Kcoleybear 683 posts, Busy bee @ 9:46 pm

    Love the recounts of the post. I totally understand the whole college football thing. I am just praying that when the ND schedule comes out they have a bye that week. Some how I don’t think we will be that lucky and that they will be playing USC that day. If this is the case then they’re will probably be pictures of both the FH and I checking scores on our phones.

  13. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:51 am

    So sweet. LOL at it not turning into something serious!

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    peachybride 124 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:42 am

    Man, I just love how your reception space looks in every single post. SO gorgeous, and your valiant efforts on the napkins TRULY paid off and were well worth the amazing yellow pops in the pictures!

  15. funnelcake Member
    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:44 pm

    Awww (I’m awwing at the last one where you kiss) so so cute. And Cardy, you ooze glamour even when you are making your cry face! Such a beautiful bride. :)

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