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Writing the Perfect Best Man or Made of Honor Speech

Nov 22, 2013

Being the best man or maid of honor is a huge honor, and an important part of any wedding. If you’ve been lucky enough to be granted one of these titles, the next step is planning what to say in your speech. Many people are frightened of public speaking, and some just can’t write a powerful speech.  It’s important that you suck it up, straighten up that men’s tuxedo or bridesmaid dress, and deliver the best speech possible. 

Here are a few tips on how to write the perfect best man or maid of honor speech:

  1. Remember you were chosen to be the best man or maid of honor, so it’s important to be yourself when presenting your speech.
  2. Keep it short! A general rule of thumb, keep your speech under 5 minutes. Say what you need to say, make it personal, but don’t lose sight of your underlying message and go off on a tangent.
  3. Write your speech well in advance, and practice it often. You should be able to recite your speech at the ceremony without reading from a paper.
  4. When the time comes, the first thing you should do is introduce yourself and your relationship to the bride and groom. Some guests at the wedding may not know who you are, and introducing yourself will help them better connect with you during the speech.
  5. Keep it classic and traditional by thanking the parents and guests.
  6. Share a joke.
  7. Tell a story about the bride or groom. Make it sweet, funny, heartfelt, sentimental and meaningful. This should be the bulk of your speech.
  8. Expand on the bride or groom’s virtues. Tell the audience how loyal and special they are to you, and how this will secure their marriage.
  9. Propose a toast!
  10. End the speech with a favorite quote.

Being the best man or maid of honor is a truly special designation, and something the bride and groom will remember forever.


How to Create a Winter Wonderland Wedding

Nov 8, 2013

Summer and spring weddings may be popular, but there’s something to be said for a winter wedding. Just imagine how romantic it would be to exchange vows as the snow falls down around you and your groom. Here are some ways to make your winter wedding one that everyone will remember. 

Picture Perfect Photographs

No matter when it is, you’ll remember this day fondly through memories and photographs, but just imagine the adorable photograph opportunities! Write your names and the date in the snow, and stand in the distance, exchanging a kiss.

Deck the Bridesmaids

That’s right; before you deck the hall, dress your bridesmaids in beautiful dresses that reflect the colors of the season. Think, red bridesmaid dresses, soft blue bridesmaid dresses, and green bridesmaid dresses.

Seasonal Snacks

Candy buffet tables are the latest trend for wedding receptions. This season, treat guests to delicious seasonal snacks by creating a make your own hot chocolate bar or a s’mores bar.

Dazzling Décor

Set the mood for the wedding reception by placing candles on all of the tables. Hang icicle lights from the ceiling to create a shimmering effect over the dance floor.

What are some of your favorite winter wedding ideas? Let us know in the comments below.


How To Preserve A Couture Wedding Gown

May 31, 2013

The big day has come and gone and that beautiful dress that you’ve spent so much time looking for is now hanging in your closet. Maybe your daughter will wear it one day? Maybe your mother said the same thing, but there’s no way you would wear your mom’s wedding dress! It has yellowed, it’s dingy, and time has not been kind to the detailing. This is because your mother didn’t preserve her wedding dress properly. Thankfully, with a few simple steps, you can preserve your wedding dress so it will be as white and vibrant as your wedding day. 

  • Cleaning – There are people who take care of couture wedding gowns for a living, utilize them! Search your area for gown preservationists so you get the proper cleaning of your dress. Don’t rely on your run-of-the-mill dry cleaner.  Gown preservationists will properly clean your gown to get out any unsightly stains caused by food, champagne or that wedding cake that your husband thought it would be cute to cover your face with. If these stains are left on the dress, they can oxidize and discolor your beautiful dress.
  • Packaging – So your dress is clean, now it’s time to make sure it isn’t affected by the elements. Making sure that the dress is wrapped in the proper material is a must. A white, acid-free tissue paper will work nicely. But remember, colorful tissue paper can stain the dress is it gets wet and regular tissue paper can destroy your gown due to its acid contents. Just remember, don’t wrap or seal your dress with plastic! It can cause permanent wrinkles and trap moisture.
  • Storage – Don’t hang your dress on a wire or wooden hanger, over time, gravity can wreak havoc on a dress, especially a heavier one, use a hanger built for larger garments like a padded plastic hanger. Keep in a temperate, dry area. Don’t put your expensive dress in the basement or attic where humidity and temperature fluctuations destroy all your hard work.

There you have it! Make sure you take your dress to someone who knows about dresses so your dress can get the proper care. And if you want to take a trip down memory lane, make sure you have clean hands before you touch your dress!


Fit for a Royal Wedding!

Apr 25, 2011

Be your own princess

Be your own princess

If you’re following the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton like us, you’ll see there is a lot of speculation and rumors. We’re just dying for more details of the princess-to-be’s wedding dress!

Here’s what we have heard:

  • The designer of the royal wedding dress is a relative unknown, Sophie Cranston.
  • The dress is an ivory, satin and lace number done in a Renaissance style.
  • There will be a ten foot train and pearl button detail like Princess Diana’s dress.
  • The bride will be wearing pearl and diamonds jewelry, borrowed from the Queen.

We’re not the only ones eagerly awaiting a peek at the ivory lace wedding dress that Kate will be walking down the aisle in. Apparently they’ll be keeping the groom hidden away from any live camera broadcasts as well, so there’s no chance of glimpsing the bride before the wedding.

What traditional customs do you plan on following? Will you be borrowing something old or not letting the groom see your dress until the ceremony?

Would You Have A Christmas Wedding?

Nov 27, 2009


Long gloves at a winter wedding are an elegant touch!

Long gloves at a winter wedding are an elegant touch!

While I was reading all the Black Friday ads yesterday, I started fawning over a lot of the elegant Christmas decorations that were on sale. I started to look for pieces that might make good wedding décor, when I realized that many of the samples in the ads would look amazing at a Christmas wedding!

But would you even want a holiday wedding? There are a lot of downsides. Many guests might not be willing to travel or take time off so close to Christmas and New Years. There’s also the danger that they might not be able to make it if there is inclement weather to worry about! You’d also have to be ok with you anniversary sharing the spotlight with Christmas each year.


Perfect for a Christmas wedding!


But if none of those are a concern for you, I think a Christmas wedding would be fantastic! You could deck out your ceremony and reception in fragrant greenery and twinkle lights. Christmas ornaments would make easy and affordable favors. You could even display them on a Christmas tree!

I also love the dresses you have available to you for a winter wedding. Long sleeves or long white gloves make a sophisticated statement. I’d love to see the Justin Alexander 8467 pictured here at a Christmas wedding.

What do you think? Has anyone else been to or is planning a holiday wedding?