Having a drink can help calm your nerves, having more than one can move you into embarrassing anecdote territory.
If you're not used to public speaking, don't try to wing it. Think about what you want to say, write it down and practice it. If it will make you feel better, bring note cards, but don't write out the whole speech.
This is not the time to tell "funny" jokes about how hard marriage is, or to make allusions to the couple's sex life. Remember, not everyone at the wedding is part of the inner-circle, so try and avoid overly personal remarks. These remarks will work better at a more intimate rehearsal dinner or bridal shower.
If you're the maid of honor, best man or other guest try this formula:
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