Wedding Speeches

In medieval times, the sound of bells was thought to scare off the devil. The devil was thought to frequent festive occasions, especially weddings, so the guests would clink their glasses, which sounded like the ringing of bells, to make sure no evil would come their way

The actual clinking of glasses also came from medievel times. A common way to kill an enemy was to offer him a poisoned drink. To prove to the guest that a drink was safe, the host would receive a small amount of the guest's drink in his own glass, and both would drink at the same time.

If the guest trusted the host, rather than pouring some of his drink into the host's glass he would simply clink his glass against it. Although offering a poisoned drink is no longer a popular way to kill someone, the custom of clinking glasses still remains!

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