We love pink wedding bouquets here at Team Wedding. Hot pinks are for bold, hip and fashion-forward brides. Unconditional love and passion both emote from using such a feminine and vivacious color, not to mention they have quite the artistic, daring appeal in the floral department.

Let’s get inspired with some hot, hot pink bouquets!

pink wedding bouquets,Vibrancy is the theme of this beautiful pink bouquets arrangement and there is a “hot” flavor that radiates.

pink bouquetsEven a daring pink wedding bouquets shade can be simple and sophisticated, with a touch of bridal flair.

pink wedding bouquetThis pink wedding bouquet has incredible texture and incredible life.

pink wedding flowers

Although pink is typically a super girly color, you can take that girlish charm and make it cool and eclectic.

hot pink bouquetsMixing hot pinks into a fall-inspired bouquet is easier than you may think!

pink flower bouquetThe pink steals the show in this colorful arrangement, don’t you think?

hot pink wedding bouquetsSuch a beautiful, summertime piece of art. And the pops of white only enhance the contrast of the refreshing, hot pink!

hot pink bouquets weddingsTaking various shades of rich pinks and this hot pink wedding bouquets makes for a formal, sophisticated look.

pink bridal bouquetsAll the various sizes of flowers make this not only interesting but a smart style too.

pink wedding bouquetsThis one is certainly a stunner. Unique, vivacious and definitely memorable with the inclusion of rich pink and black to set off its femininity.

all photos via Style Me Pretty and Green Wedding Shoes

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r&b wedding songs

John Legend serenaded his beautiful wife Chrissy Teigen when the couple married at Lake Como last September. Not only did the R&B crooner perform, the legendary Stevie Wonder sang ‘River in the Sky’ at the reception. Nice. Let’s check out a few great tunes if you’re all about playing the best R&B wedding songs list!

‘Let’s Stay Together,’ Al Green

The R&B legend cranked out a string of soulful hits before retiring to become a minister. “Let’s Stay Together” remains a fan favorite, and has been covered by non other than Tina Turner. A great r&b wedding song for a first dance, as it’s about–wait for it–staying together, no R&B wedding playlist should be without a little Al!

‘I Say a Little Prayer,’ Dionne Warwick

One of Warwick’s most beloved hits, this R&B wedding song found a new audience in 1997 when it was featured in the famous restaurant sing-along scene from My Best Friend’s Wedding. With lyrics like “Forever and ever/You stay in my heart and I will love you/Forever and ever/We never will part,” it’s pretty gosh-darn appropriate for a wedding!

‘Son of a Preacher Man,’ Dusty Springfield

Arguably one of the most soulful singers of the ’60s, the legendary Dusty Springfield has a hit list full of wedding-appropriate songs, including ‘Wishin’ and Hopin,’ which was also featured in My Best Friend’s Wedding! ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ remains her most recognizable hit, and certainly works if your hubby was the only boy who could ever “reach you.”

‘I Knew You Were Waiting For Me,’ Aretha Franklin and George Michael

What R&B playlist is complete without the Queen of Soul? Franklin’s ’80s smash with George Michael is a perfect wedding song, as it’s all about overcoming obstacles and ending up with the one you love, who was always waiting for you. “When the river was deep/I didn’t falter/When the mountain was high/I still believed/When the valley was low/It didn’t stop me, no, no/I knew you were waiting/I knew you were waiting for me” make wonderful wedding lyrics, plus this song will definitely get everyone up and moving! Other Franklin hits ideal for weddings include ‘Day Dreaming’ and ‘Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Going to Do).’

‘The Way You Look Tonight,’ Frank Sinatra

Ol’ Blue Eyes knew a thing or two about love songs, and certainly had his fair share of romantic relationships, including his famous marriages to Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow. ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ is one of the most romantic songs, well, ever, and is ideal for any wedding. After all, the way you look in your wedding dress is certainly worth singing about!

‘Uptight (Everything’s Alright)’, Stevie Wonder

One of the legend’s earliest hits, ‘Uptight (Everything’s Alright)’ is another great tune for inspiring dance moves, and certainly fits a wedding with lyrics such as “She’s a pearl of a girl” and “She says no one/is better than I/I know/I’m just an average guy/no football hero or smooth Don Juan.” Besides, Wonder is another must-have for any R&B wedding playlist, and offers many wonderful, romantic hits to choose from in addition to ‘Uptight.’

These are just a few suggestions for the ultimate R&B wedding playlist! What are you favorites?

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How to Plan Your Ceremony Music

The wedding ceremony music tends to be softer, usually classical wedding music or ballads. There should be about five songs played as a prelude when the guests are seated, then a special song when the mothers of the bride and groom are seated.

There are two songs during the processional, one when the bridesmaids enter, and the most dramatic as the bride walks up the aisle. The most joyous music is played in the recessional, when the bride and groom leave together.

The Prelude: When guests start arriving at the ceremony location. Classical wedding music can be most appropriate here.

  • Complete Wedding Ceremony Music Package – T Carter Music
  • Sheep May Safely Graze – T Carter Music, Serenade Classical Collection
  • Highland Serenade – T Carter Music
  • Greensleeves – T Carter Music
  • Ave Maria – JS Bach
  • Air on the G String – JS Bach
  • Minuet in G – Mozarte
  • Someone To Watch Over Me – Wedding Music Central
  • Greensleeves – Set Your Wedding to Music
  • Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony – Andante Con Molto – Ludwig Von Beethoven
  • Prelude in C – Wedding Music Central – Bach
  • The Wedding Song (There is Love) – Set Your Wedding to Music – Laura Creamer
  • Canon in D – T Carter Music, Highland Serenade
  • Canon in D – Pachbels – Set Your Wedding to Music
  • Arioso – T Carter Music, Highland Serenade
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – T Carter Music, Serenade Classical Collection
  • Arioso – JS Bach
  • Minuet – Celtic
  • Caribbean Blue – Enyale
  • Waiting on a Woman – Brad Paisley
  • Romanza – Andrea Bocelli
  • Ave Maria – T Carter Music, Serenade Classical Collection
  • Collection of Prelude & Interlude Songs – Wedding Music List
  • Four Seasons Winter – Vivaldi For Your Wedding Ceremony
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach – For Your Wedding Ceremony
  • Lasia Ch’io Pianga – Handel – Wedding Music Central
  • Ode to Joy – T Carter Music

The Processional: When the bridal party and the bride make their entrance. Classical wedding music is traditional here.

  • Air on the G String – JS Bach
  • Minuet in G – Mozart
  • Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony – Andante Con Molto – Ludwig Von Beethoven
  • Canon in D – T Carter Music, Highland Serenade
  • Canon in D – Pachbels – Set Your Wedding to Music
  • Arioso – JS Bachl
  • Minuet – Celtic
  • Bridal Chorus – (Here Comes The Bride) Lohengrin – Wagner
  • Here She Comes – Wedding Music Central
  • Wachet Auf / Cantata No. 140 – T Carter Music, Serenade Classical Collection
  • Processional in D (Canonin D Major) – New Wedding Tradition Vol II
  • Ave Maria – Bach via Wedding Music Central
  • Con Te Partiro – Set Your Wedding to Music
  • Four Seasons Winter – Vivaldi For Your Wedding Ceremony
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach – For Your Wedding Ceremony
  • Lasia Ch’io Pianga – Handel – Wedding Music Central
  • Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride…) – T Carter Music, Serenade Classical Collection
  • Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke – For Your Wedding Ceremony
  • Processional & Pre-processional Songs – Wedding Music Central
  • Ode to Joy – T Carter Music
  • Walk With You – Edwin McCane
  • Canon in D – Celtic – T Carter Music

The Ceremony: When the bride and groom are married

  • The Wedding Song (There is Love) – Noel Paul Stookey
  • As We Break This Bread – Ray Allair
  • This Ring – T Carter Music
  • Yours, Mine and Ours – Wedding Music Central
  • If You Do – Colin Raye and Karen Taylor-Good via Wedding Music Central
  • New Wedding Ceremony Songs – Wedding Music Central
  • Celtic Wedding Music Collection – T Carter Music
  • Grow Old With Me – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • When I Say I do – Matthew West
  • I Wanna Show The World – Jennie Walker & Tommy Faragher
  • The Butterfly Waltz – Piano Wedding Masters
  • Fields of Gold – Wedding Music Artists

The Recessional: As the bride and groom walk back down the aisle and out of the ceremony site.

  • The Wedding March – Mendelsson – Wedding Music Central
  • Air on the G String – JS Bach
  • Minuet in G – Mozart
  • Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony – Andante Con Molto – Ludwig Von Beethoven
  • Canon in D – Set Your Wedding to Music
  • Arioso – JS Bach
  • Minuet – Celtic
  • The Wedding March (The Bridal March) – T Carter Music, Serenade Classical Collection
  • Spring – Vivaldi – Classcal Wedding Traditions
  • Ave Maria – Bach – Wedding Music Central
  • Four Seasons Winter – Vivaldi For Your Wedding Ceremony
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach – For Your Wedding Ceremony
  • Lasia Ch’io Pianga – Handel – Wedding Music Central
  • Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke – For Your Wedding Ceremony (Princess Diana’s Recessional)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Classical Wedding Traditions
  • A Little Night Music – New Wedding Traditions
  • Ode to Joy – T Carter Music
  • La Rejoissance – Handel – Classical Wedding Traditions
  • Hallelujah Chorus – Handel – Classical Wedding Music Traditions
  • Wedding Recessional Songs – Wedding Music Central
  • Fit To Be Tied – T Carter Music
  • Fit To Be Tied – Acoustic Version – T Carter Music
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classical wedding music

The wedding ceremony music tends to be softer, usually classical wedding music or ballads. There should be about five songs played as a prelude when the guests are seated, then a special song when the mothers of the bride and groom are seated. If you’re looking for classic wedding music, this is the post for you.

Classical Wedding Music

  • Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke
  • Sinfonia from Cantata 29, BWV 29  by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G major: Prelude, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Prelude to Te Deum by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • Allegro from Trois pièces brèves for Wind Quintet by Jacques Ibert
  • Rondeau from Abdelazer by Henry Purcell
  • Alla Hornpipe from Water Music, Suite in D Major by George Frideric Handel
  • Rondeau from Sinfonies de fanfares by Jean-Joseph Mouret
  • Air On the G String, from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Prelude and Fugue in E-Flat Major, “St. Anne,” BWV 552 by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Variations on a Shaker Melody from Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copeland
  • Nocturne from a Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn
  • Movement Nos. 3 & 4 from Excursions by Samuel Barber
  • Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque by Claude Debussy
  • Chorale from Jupiter from The Planets by Gustav Holst
  • “St. Columba’s Tune,” Traditional
  • Vltava from Má Vlast by Bedřich Smetana
  • The Flower Duet from Lakmé by Léo Delibes
  • Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major by Franz Schubert

 

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Wedding Planning Tips

When it comes to the wedding plans, it’s just too easy to get overwhelmed and stressed. It’s pretty obvious what to do first and what the important steps are right up front: the dress, the venue, the date! But there are also some super important, yet subtle chores you must get done and organized before the big day comes flying in. And unfortunately, they are incredibly easy to look over and forget about. Here are 5 forgettable, yet essential planning must-do’s that we don’t want you to ignore. Take a peek!

1. The Marriage License – Get it and don’t forget it.

You’d think that this aspect of the wedding planning process was unforgettable, but it’s such a small part of the overall process that you’d be surprised how many brides and grooms forget to get it, let alone bring it along with them to the ceremony. Look within your jurisdiction to see the rules, regulations and timeline for when to go and grab the license. Then BRING IT TO THE CEREMONY so your officiant can sign it and, well, make it official for you!

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2. Guests – Remember them.

Too many times couples forget to think about favors or even the guest book! Yes, this day is all about you but it’s also about planning a special day for all of your loved ones to enjoy. If you feel like favors are important to you and all of those family and friends coming to celebrate – then don’t forget to have them ready. And, if you want everyone to sign in and have a piece of guest memories for yourself – figure out what you’d like them to “sign.” Both of these areas are perfect for using a bit of creativity and outside-the-box thinking.

Wedding Planning Tips

3. Post-Wedding Transportation – Get some.

Yes, you need a way to get from the reception to the honeymoon suite. Whether it’s a rad getaway car, the limo that dropped you off at the ceremony, your personal rides or a trip up the elevator to the night’s hotel room. Make sure you not only know how you and the groom are getting away from the party – but the bridal party too. Lots of brides spend the night before with their girls (and the groom with their guys) make sure everyone has a way to get home, and get home safely.

Wedding Planning Tips

4. The Cake, Flutes & Knife – Who will grab them?

There are several things you’ll need a buddy to grab and take home with them. You’ll want the top of your wedding cake, the knife you cut your cake with, your champagne flutes, guest book and possibly a host of other nooks and crannies. Whether it’s your mom or your maid of honor, give someone trustworthy the job to get all of these important pieces of the big day and get them home safely.

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5. A Big Thank You – during and after.

Not only should you be sending thank you notes as soon as you get home from the honeymoon, but I feel as though it’s necessary to get up in front of the crowd and thank your loved ones for coming and all those that helped the big day happen. You and the groom should definitely make a nice nod to everyone who organized, financed, planned and came to celebrate!

Wedding Planning Tips

 

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Romantic first dance songs

The first dance is reserved for the bride and groom, and this music is “their” song (first dance wedding song). When choosing a romantic first dance son, you know it when you hear it. You can’t help but smile because it’s just so darn perfect. Here, in no particular order, are 15 of our all-time favorites. Have a romantic song idea? Share it in the comments below!

15 Romantic First Dance Songs

  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley Listen
  • “Never My Love,” The Association
  • “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” Stevie Wonder
  • “It Had to Be You,” Frank Sinatra
  • “Make You Feel My Love,” Adele
  • “Chasing Cars,” Snow Patrol
  • “Everything,” Michael Buble
  • “Steady as We Go,” Dave Matthews Band
  • “Crazy Love,” Van Morrison
  • “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
  • “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding
  • “When You Say Nothing At All,” Allison Krauss & Union Station
  • “Lucky,” Jason Mraz
  • “Amazed,” Lonestar
  • “Unforgettable,” Nat King Cole

first dance songs

The First Dance

Here are some great songs for the bride and groom. The “first dance” is likely the most popular part of a wedding reception. Every guest waits in anticipation to see the lovely couple take their first dance together. First dances are always the signal to all guests that it time to get the party started. Some couples like to pick a traditional song, others like to pick a special song that means something to them and more recently there is even a trend towards all out dance showcases by couples who do all sorts of fun things. Whatever the choice, we hope the list below is a good start for finding the perfect song for your first dance. Personally, at Team Wedding we recommend choosing a song that really is yours. Digging deep into what speaks to your love and relationship can be beautiful. Please take your time with this and try not to focus as much on how well you will dance the song. If it is your song, it will come through. I invite you to trust yourselves that it will be perfect regardless of your dancing skills or not!

MORE: See our Ultimate Guide to Wedding Music and other  Definitive Wedding Guides.

Top 10 First Dance Songs

  • UNFORGETTABLE – Nat King Cole
  • A MOMENT LIKE THIS – Kelly Clarkson
  • ONLY YOU CAN LOVE ME THIS WAY – Keith Urban
  • TAKE MY BREATHE AWAY – Berlin
  • EVERYTHING I DO, I DO IT FOR YOU – Bryan Adams
  • AMAZED – Lonestarn
  • I WANNA GROW OLD WITH YOU- Adam Sandler
  • ALL I NEED TO KNOW- Kenny Chesney
  • ANGEL OF MINE – Monica
  • DANCE WITH ME- T Carter Music

Some Other First Dance Wedding Songs Listed by Genre

Congratulations to all of the couples who were engaged on Valentines Day! Now the planning and research begins, including the search for a perfect song to share your first dance together as husband and wife. For some couples, this will be a no-brainer, as it will be the song when you shared your first kiss. For others, the decision will require careful consideration. In addition to considering the lyrics and tempo, you should also select a song that reflects your personal musical taste and that fits the mood of the event. To that end, we have listed 50 songs across ten musical genres. Listed below is the name of a given musical genre in bold, followed by five key picks immediately below. Good luck in finding the perfect song for your special day!

Modern First Dance Songs

  • I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  • Marry Me – Train
  • The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
  • 1,2,3,4 – Plain White T’s
  • Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

R&B/Soul First Dance Songs

  • First Dance As Husband and Wife
  • Lost Without You – Robin Thicke
  • P.D.A. (We Don’t Care) – John Legend
  • Through the Fire – Chaka Khan
  • By Your Side – Sade
  • Always and Forever – Heatwave

Classic Rock First Dance Songs

  • If I Should Fall Behind – Bruce Springsteen
  • Faithfully- Journey
  • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  • Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
  • In a Little While – U2

Alternative Rock First Dance Songs

  • You are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  • Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop – Landon Pigg
  • Fade into You – Mazzy Star
  • Such Great Heights – Iron & Wine
  • Slave to Love – Bryan Ferry

80′s First Dance Songs

  • The Drive – The Cars
  • Heaven – Bryan Adams
  • Nothing Compares to You – Sinead O’Connor
  • Take My Breath Away – Berlin
  • Crazy for You – Madonna

70′s First Dance Songs

  • Colour My World – Chicago
  • I Just Fall in Love Again – Anne Murray
  • More Than a Woman – Bee Gees
  • How Deep is Your Love – Bee Gees
  • Rock Your Baby – McRae

Country First Dance Songs

  • Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not – Thompson Square
  • Amazed – Lonestar
  • Lost in This Moment – Big & Rich
  • Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
  • I Swear – John Michael Montgomery

Oldies First Dance Songs

  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
  • I Only Have Eyes for You – The Flamingoes
  • I Will – The Beatles
  • We Have All the Time in the World – Louis Armstrong
  • The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

Reggae First Dance Songs

  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face- Marcia Griffiths
  • Our Time Will Come (Reggae Version) – Amy Winehouse
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love (Cover) – UB40
  • Cupid – Johnny Nash
  • Baby I Need Your Lovin’ (Cover) – Delroy Wilson

Latin First Dance Songs

  • Hero – Enrique Iglesias
  • Por Siempre Tu (I Turn to You) – Christina Aguilera
  • My Baby You – Marc Anthony
  • Mi Buen Amor – Gloria Estefan
  • You Sang to Me – Marc Anthony

 

MORE: See our Ultimate Guide to Wedding Music and other  Definitive Wedding Guides.  

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The Bridal Party Introduction

There are no hard and fast rules to follow when choosing a song for the entrance, but some songs are more popular than others. Don’t forget that the announcement of your bridal party can set the tone for your whole reception. Whether it’s fun and festive or formal and orderly, the introduction lets guests know what to expect for the remainder of the evening. No matter how you set the stage for your big night, there is a traditional, simple way to announce your bridal party.

Top 10 Bridal Party Introduction Songs

See the full list of Bridal Party Introduction songs…

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Country Wedding Music Favorites

Country music is rich with love songs filled with pledges of undying love and devotion, perfect for couples on that most special of days. At Team Wedding we dug deep and found the all-time best country wedding songs and wanted to share them with you. So get out your hankies as we travel down that musical, rose-strewn path with some of the most romantic matrimonial tunes ever recorded.

 

Country Wedding Music

 

Bridal Flat Shoes

Not every bride has to walk down the aisle in mile-high heels. This is your day and you can choose to wear anything from chic stilettos to comfy converse sneakers. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the best colorful, fun and real-life bridal ballet flat beauty.

Bridal Flat ShoesA bit of glitz in a comfortable package works for every bride.

Bridal Flat Shoes

Add a bit of quirkiness under that skirt!

Bridal Flat ShoesOr add a bit of blue underneath!

Bridal Flat ShoesDressing yourself with some bows will only add that much more girlish charm to your ensemble.

Bridal Flat ShoesChoosing a pair of flats with a subtle, flesh-tone color will not only create comfort but a sophisticated look as well.

Bridal Flat ShoesWe sure do love a pop of color and a bit of unique, eclectic style to boot!

Bridal Flat Shoes

But even a more traditional approach can have a bit of whimsy style, without breaking any ankles.

Bridal Flat Shoes

A bit of 1920′s glam adorns this beautiful pair.

Bridal Flat Shoes

Even these earthy, cut-outs can be fit for the right kind of bride.

all photos via Style Me Pretty & Green Wedding Shoes

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When throwing a wedding, it is essential to understand the etiquette involved with hosting out-of-town guests. It is important to remember that many friends and family will travel miles to celebrate the happy event, so they deserve a proper welcome. Here are some tips to make everyone feel at home and comfortable.

1. Welcome Gift Bags

Even though money may be tight, it is essential to create a “survival” welcome bag for out-of-town guests. It will be a small trinket that shows appreciation for traveling in for the wedding. Besides chocolates, lotions or other luxury goodies, it is smart to include maps of the area, a list of local attractions, menus from recommended restaurants and driving instructions to the wedding location. It’s easy to gather this information and present it when guests arrive, and it will be a pleasant surprise that will alleviate stress from people who may be tired and hungry.

2. Invitation to the Rehearsal Dinner

Some couples wish to host an intimate rehearsal dinner that includes the bride, groom, immediate families, attendants and the officiant. However, others decide to expand the event and invite out-of-town guests. Written invitations make the celebration more organized. It is essential to include all details about where and when the dinner will occur.

If a couple is excluding out-of-town guests, it is polite to give them a list of local restaurants that will fit individual tastes. If there are a limited number of guests, it may be even better to make reservations ahead of time for a particular spot.

3. Lodging

A common rule of wedding etiquette is that the bride and groom are responsible for arranging lodging accommodations for their respective out-of-town guests. If guests are not staying with family, the bride and groom can help defray hotel expenses. However, wedding guests are ultimately responsible for lodging costs.

When suggesting hotels, it is important to offer at least three choices that are no farther than 30 minutes from the wedding and reception location. The options should list hotels near the airport, in a downtown location and a more secluded area. The list should also include the approximate prices as well.

It is important to book as early as possible to make sure rooms are available. Also, guests with special needs must be considered. If a large group of guests will be staying at the same hotel, it is essential to speak with the manager and arrange for a group rate.

4. Post-Wedding Brunch

To end the festivities, it may be a nice touch to host a post wedding brunch. It is a great opportunity to thank guests for traveling and bid a proper farewell. If the couple has already left for the honeymoon, the parents or maid of honor should oversee the event.

A wedding can be a very stressful time. However, it is essential to consider the guests and ways to make them as comfortable as possible. Accommodating out-of-town guests does not need to be difficult. The above tips should help ease the burden and make the event as enjoyable as possible.

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wedding trends

Some wedding trends endure, while others fizzle out- and thanks to Pinterest (follow us here), we can see them all. All the time. Yet seeing such trends with a few mouse clicks has resulting in wedding professionals and brides constantly feeling the need to go bigger, better, and yes, sometimes crazy. However, because all of the trends are out there, the result is often a heck of a lot of underdeveloped ideas. Throwing together several trends without any reason or fluidity does not result in a cohesive, charming aesthetic. It just looks…odd.

So the big question is this: if you want something timeless, classic and still uniquely you, is it even possible to go through the endless trends you see on Pinterest and various blogs?

The answer? YES!!

A great rule when utilizing trends is to use them sparingly. Yes, huge number and letter balloons are cool, but you may want to reserve them for a few photos rather than using them as table numbers or filling the entire reception hall with them. And yes, floral crowns are beautiful, however staying away from anything too large or colorful is a great way to avoid overkill.

A wedding should be a reflection of who you are at this time in your life. And while some trends may make wedding photos look dated, there’s still a way to incorporate trends and create something timeless.

Regardless of the trend (or trends) you want to use for your big day, remember to look at the big picture. Don’t be afraid to think outside the proverbial box! Remember and repeat the following words: Just because you see something on Pinterest doesn’t mean you need it in your wedding. If you see something you like, make an adjustment so it works with the style and theme of your wedding. Pinterest should be a source of inspiration, not a die-hard guide for your nuptials.

It’s your wedding–make it about you!! Have fun!

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We all love a beautiful, crisp and white wedding gown, and we love the creamy, silky ones too. But, the colorful ball gowns are lighting a fire in the wedding world. From blushing tulle to blue chiffon, take a peek at some of our favorite finds!

Peach Wedding Gownvia

Dramatic and beautiful, this feminine beauty is sure to make a scene down the aisle.

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Glowing in lavender, this pick is one of the most gorgeous gowns we’ve ever seen.

Blue Wedding Gowns

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Perfect for a winter wedding, this crystallized blue dress will take the cake.

Green Wedding Gownvia

For something a bit funkier, but still wedding-worthy, try out this Oscar de la Renta.

Taupe Wedding Gownvia

If you’re looking for more of a subtle shade, take a look at this beautiful, taupe Vera Wang.

Blue Wedding Gownvia

Bring retro style and modern shades into account and walk down the aisle in this sexy number.

Pink Wedding Gown

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A more modern, contemporary look can be seen in this blushing gown.

Colorful Wedding Gownvia

For our more artistic brides, this one is for you!

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Selecting a wedding favor for your guests to take home is a task you will enjoy. The favor says ‘Thanks for celebrating with us’ while sending them off with a little token of appreciation. You can have sentimental, fun, or out of the ordinary wedding favors. Most people prefer to have a consumable or edible wedding favor. They have enough key chains and flask lying around the house. Give your guest a personalized treat to remember the night. These 17 edible wedding favors are sure to leave them with a good taste in their mouths.

1. Candy Table with to go goodie bags

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2. Jar of Honey favor

3. Miniature Bottles of Champagne favor

4. Coffee Beans favor

5. Your Favorite Tea favor

6. Small Box of Chocolates favor

7. Jams or Jellies favor

8. Jar of Chutney

9. Cake Pops

10. Donuts favor

11. Macaroons favor

12. Bottles of Lemonade favor

13. Tic Tacs or Mint favors

14. Small Hot Sauce Bottles favor

15. S’more Kits favor

16. Caramel Apples favor

17. Miniature Pies favor

Place a label with a thank you, your wedding date, and your names on each package. If you buy the items in bulk you may be able to get a discounted rate. Also, your local baker or local shop may be able to put the items in small packages with the labels already in place. Giving your guests a sweet treat is a great wedding favor option.

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June equals the arrival of summer wedding season. This is a time of excitement and anticipation for many, including plenty of joyful dancing, gorgeous bouquets and Champagne-fused hookups with friends’ brothers. For others it’s a time of dread, filled with poufy dresses, bad weather and cringe-worthy toasts.

That said, want to avoid embarrassing yourself at a friend or family member’s wedding or worse, embarrassing the heck out of the bride and bridegroom? Check out a few helpful hints for what you should and shouldn’t say in a wedding toast:

Don’t Mention Exes

This is not, we repeat, not the time to mention anyone’s exes. The bride’s, the groom’s, the mother of the bride’s, yours…just don’t do it. It’s a surefire way hop on the Embarrassment Train.

Also Avoid Anything To Do With Sex

Much like exes, now is not a good time to talk about sex. This is a wedding. Even if it’s a super-casual wedding, it’s still a wedding. Save the sex talk for individual conversations during the reception, if that.

Refrain From Recounting Tales Of Long Ago

General toast etiquette says avoid stories that predate the bride and groom. As comedian Ali Wentworth says, “I don’t care about what the bride did in camp in the summer of ’74 or what the groom did on that hilarious trip to the beach in high school,” she said. “When I hear those stories, I start eating my salad and talking to the person next to me.”

Don’t Go Off-Script

Avoid tangents. Tangents are not your friend. No one is interested in stories that “kind of” have to do with what’s going on, or involve your pet cat.

It’s Not About You

This is not the time to talk about your job, or how you’re still looking for a boyfriend, or anything else that’s about you. Talk about the bride and groom–only! Another way of making it about you is using the toast to apologize for past wrongs. Think Anne Hathaway as sister Kym in Rachel Getting Married. Not good.

Avoid Marriage Jokes

Yes, plenty of marriages end in divorce. No, you shouldn’t make any marriage jokes, especially “Marriage is an institution, but who wants to live in an institution?’ Not classy.

Speak To the Room, Not For the Room

Don’t hold your glass till the end, don’t stand there with pages and pages of notes. “I’m thinking: ‘Oh, my God! We’re only on Page 1,’ ” says Wentworth of someone with a lot of notes. “ ‘We have two more pages to go.’ ”

She added that an good toast is told to the room, not just the couple. “You tell it to the room,” she said, “but don’t speak for the room. When I hear, ‘We all love you so much,’ I go: ‘Whoa! Speak for yourself. I’m on the fence about these people.’ ”

Booze+Toast=Ugh

Avoid getting too intoxicated before giving your toast. This is often disastrous, especially if you start giggling or blubbering. Once you give it, feel free to get as smashed as you want.

What You Should Say

Go for the 3-2-1 formula: first talk of a funny or heart-warming story, then move on to how the couple is meant to be, then say something like, “May you have a life filled with love” or “May you always find joy in.”

Use these tips and you’ll be golden!

 

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Wedding Themes Ideas

So many thoughts and ideas run through a bride’s head once she settles into the planning process. Add those anxious worries, brainstorming sessions and all the Pinterest pins in the world and you’ve got brides everywhere going crazy instead of enjoying her time dreaming and organizing her perfect celebration. But we’re here to  make it a little bit easier for you. We’ve compiled a quick list of the most trendy-worthy wedding themes for you too take a look at and be inspired by!

1. Rustic.

Probably the most popular theme for the past few years, rustic weddings have been popping up all over the world! From barnyard celebrations to plantation parties, there’s something very relaxed and welcoming to a rustic wedding … done right, of course! And don’t worry, even if you’ve book the biggest barn in town, you can still make it bridal-worthy with some billowing fabrics and pastel shades.

Rustic Wedding Themes

2. Beachy Destinations.

You may be having a beach-themed wedding and not be near a beach, but the transformation that can come with good planning can make it seem that way. Whether you’ve decided to take the family on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to celebrate your love or create a beach away from the shoreline, a sea-themed wedding is definitely in style. Just be sure to think about your fashion choices when planning this theme, because ball gowns don’t go well with sand!

Beach Wedding Theme

3. Garden.

Bouts and bouts of flowers and a possible “I do” among bunches of rose beds, garden weddings have a certain whimsy appeal that’s perfect for the springtime. If you love color and love lots of feminine, delicate touches, a wedding day held in a garden setting may be just right for you! Wildflowers, lots of greenery and a flavorful, cultural meal make for an easy day for celebrating.

Garden Wedding Themes

 

4. Vintage.

The best part about a vintage wedding is that you can choose from a host of different decades that suit your couple style. Lately, rustic themes have been confused with vintage themes, but don’t get your styles wrong! There is more to old-age spirits than burlap and wood. Instead, think about Hollywood glamour and mod fashion when planning your big day!

Vintage Wedding Theme

5. Edgy.

Eclectic vibes and funky touches, go with your everyday style and try to create a hipster wedding. A bit of edginess never hurt anyone and it’ll definitely make a splash and memory with all of your guests. When it comes to your wedding, you need to think outside-the-box and stop planning everything inside-the-box. It’s okay to have a theme that doesn’t fit inside the confines of a traditional wedding.

Eclectic Wedding Theme

 

 

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Choosing a photographer is one of the first wedding planning checklist items that many couples tackle first. Capturing the moments, details, wedding party, family, and guests is a must-have. But which shots are most important? That’s up to you. Don’t assume that your photographer knows what you want. He or she will likely have a pretty good idea of the classic shots, but it’s important to clarify what matters to you. One thing to consider is the photographer’s style: wedding photography checklist can help ensure that your wedding photos don’t come back to you without a single photo of your parents, or of the groom’s face as the bride walked down the aisle toward him.

When you sit down to create a wedding photography checklist, it can be overwhelming, as there are so many possible shots. To help you choose, we’ve created an organized list of shots that are most common, as well as a few unique ones. Print this out and take it with you when you’re meeting with your photographer, and be sure to get a copy to your photographer before the big day.

Getting Ready

  • Bride having her hair styled and makeup applied
  • Bride’s gown (hanging, draped, etc)
  • Still life shots of the bride’s shoes and accessories
  • Close-up shot of the wedding bands
  • Detailed shots of the bouquets
  • Candid shots of the bridesmaids getting ready
  • Mother buttoning the bride’s dress
  • Mother fastening the bride’s necklace
  • Mother or maid of honor pinning in the veil or flowers
  • Full-length shot of the bride in her gown, looking in mirror or out window
  • Bridesmaids reacting to the bride in her gown (candids or staged)
  • Father seeing the bride in her gown for first time
  • Bride and mother portrait
  • Bride and father portrait
  • Bride pinning corsage and boutonniere on mother and father
  • Groom getting ready with groomsmen
  • Groomsmen putting on boutonnieres or ties
  • Bride and groom leaving for the ceremony (separately)
  • Other:
  • Other:
  • Other:

Bridal Party

  • Portrait of bride, full length
  • Portrait of bride, close up
  • Portrait of groom, full length
  • Portrait of groom, close up
  • First look
  • Portraits and candids of bride and groom
  • Bride and bridesmaids, group shot
  • Bride with each bridesmaid, individually
  • Bride and maid of honor
  • Bride with her mother
  • Bride with her father
  • Bride with her parents
  • Bride with her parents and siblings
  • Groom and groomsmen, group shot
  • Groom with each groomsman, individually
  • Groom and best man
  • Groom with his mother
  • Groom with his father
  • Groom with his parents
  • Groom with his parents and siblings
  • Bride and groom with flower girl and ring bearer
  • Bride, groom, and bridesmaids
  • Bride, groom, and groomsmen
  • A few shots of the bride and groom with the entire wedding party
  • Other:
  • Other:
  • Other

Family Portraits

  • Bride with bride’s parents
  • Bride and groom with bride’s parents
  • Bride with bride’s siblings
  • Bride and groom with groom’s siblings
  • Groom with groom’s parents
  • Bride and groom with groom’s parents
  • Bride with groom’s siblings
  • Bride and groom with groom’s siblings
  • Both families combined
  • Bride and groom with bride’s grandparents
  • Bride and groom with bride’s extended family
  • Bride and groom with groom’s grandparents
  • Bride and groom with groom’s extended family
  • Bride and groom with groom’s entire immediate family
  • Bride and groom with bride’s entire immediate family
  • Bride and groom with both sets of parents
  • Other:
  • Other:
  • Other:

Ceremony

  • Exterior and interior shots of ceremony venue before guests arrive
  • Groom and officiant waiting at the front
  • Both sets of grandparents being escorted down the aisle
  • Both mothers being escorted down the aisle
  • Bridal party walking down the aisle
  • Bride and her escort waiting to walk down the aisle
  • Groom’s expression as bride walks down the aisle
  • Bride and escort walking down the aisle (from the back, and also the front if second photographer)
  • Bride being given away
  • Bride and groom together at the front
  • Both sets of parents watching the ceremony
  • Wide shot of the front from the guest’s view
  • Wide shot of the guests, from the couple’s view
  • Ceremonial moments such as candle lighting, readings, etc.
  • Close-ups as bride and groom exchange vows
  • Close-ups as bride and groom exchange rings
  • The kiss!
  • Close-up of the bride and groom as they are announced
  • Bride and groom as they greet/hug guests
  • Bride and groom leaving ceremony venue
  • Other:
  • Other:
  • Other:

Reception

  • Exterior and interior shots of reception venue before guests arrive
  • Still life shots of centerpieces, menus, decorations, signs, table settings, favors, place cards
  • Bride and groom’s place cards and chairs, if decorated
  • Wedding cake
  • Hors d’oeuvres and special drinks
  • Main meals
  • Guests arriving
  • Guests signing guestbook
  • Entrance of bridal party
  • Entrance of bride and groom
  • Close-ups of friends and family making toasts
  • Head table
  • Cutting the cake
  • Bride and groom feeding each other
  • Bride and groom mingling with guests
  • First dance
  • Father-daughter, mother-son dances
  • Dancing
  • Musicians or DJ
  • Bride and groom kissing
  • Signing the marriage license
  • Bouquet toss
  • Groom getting bride’s garter
  • Garter toss
  • Getaway car
  • Bride and groom leaving
  • Other:
  • Other:
  • Other:

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Photography checklist PDF

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At Team Wedding we have never met a person who doesn’t love cupcakes. There’s something so nostalgic and childlike about unwrapping a cupcake. Maybe that’s why people both love wedding cupcakes – they are fun and familiar. It is no wonder then that a popular recent trend that continues to grow in popularity is wedding cupcakes. Specifically cupcake wedding cakes. Often, a cupcake wedding cake is arranged in a cupcake tower, with a cute stand and the yummy selection of cupcakes stacked perfectly.

Like any other wedding cake, wedding cake cupcakes can be decorated to complement your theme and the sky is the limit in terms customization. The great thing about cupcakes of course is that they taste amazing and you can have some fun mixing and matching the flavors for your guests.

These small confections also add a fun touch to your wedding reception with the added bonus of being slightly more affordable than a traditional wedding cake. Cupcakes cost between $1.50 and $2.00 each, whereas a traditional wedding cake costs $4 and up per slice. Of course you can go nuts with cupcake wedding cakes too by opting for elegant cupcake liners, elaborate stands and upscale decorations.

We scoured the internet trying to find some amazing cupcake wedding cakes. We found dozens of cakes but managed to narrow it down to 23 cupcake wedding cakes pictures we had to share.

Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Guide to Cakes and our Wedding Cake Pictures for even more inspiration.

Perfect rustic cupcake idea here. Timber blocks, natural and muted colors scheme with gorgeous flowers for pop.

Pretty, pink and tall. That describes this cupcake tower. Love the top of the cupcakes.

Elegant and stately. This shows how wedding cupcakes can be combined with a traditional cake to create a very sophisticated look.

Beautiful colors and textures on this cupcake wedding idea. Love the mix of solids and stripes. Very fun.

Take the time to read the little chalkboards on this cupcake wedding cake. Yep, same here. We want to eat every single one.

We love, love, love the individual signs on each cupcake on this wedding cake.

The “I want to eat” everything cupcake wedding cake. This is so tempting.

Pretty in pink. This great cupcake wedding cakes picture shows you how to have some fun taking photos of your cake too.

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Winner of the cutest cupcake wedding cakes competition for sure. What isn’t there to love on this wedding cake.

Probably the cutest wedding cake we’ve ever seen. Check out the flowers that sit atop the wedding cupcakes.

Black and white wedding cake shows how you can combine a traditional cake with wedding cupcakes to create an elegant wedding idea.

Purple, peach and a barn table. There is just something about this wedding cake of cupcakes that screams “fun wedding”.

Cupcakes can be pretty and this cake proves it. With flowers, natural colors and beautiful little bows, this cupcake wedding idea is awesome.

Different shades of purple really make these wedding cake cupcakes stand out. We love the different patterns on each cupcake too.

Pink and fabulous. This wedding cupcake idea is all about the decorations on top of the cupcakes themselves. Very pretty.

This mix and match cupcake wedding cakes picture shows you just how fun and vibrant a wedding cake can be when you go the cup cake route.

This white and black cupcake wedding cake is huge, with its five tiers. Love the simple colors, very elegant.

This cake does a fantastic job of mixing elegant traditional wedding cake style with the fun of wedding cupcakes.

Nothing says rustic wedding more than bare timber. This cupcake wedding cake looks stunning and would be perfect for a country wedding.

All vanilla giant cupcake with matching cupcakes.like the way the purple flowers are tumbling down the giant cup cake.

We love this cupcake wedding cake with purple theme and cute bride and groom figurines. It perfectly captures the fun of cupcakes wedding cakes.

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Best Man Speech

READ: Example Best Man Speeches & Ultimate Guide to Wedding Speeches & Toasts.

Giving a best man speech is a little like being asked to kiss the Queen; it’s a great honor but nobody really wants to do it! If you have been asked to speak at a wedding, don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it looks. As long as you speak from the heart, and keep it simple and sweet, your best man speech will go perfectly. 

Best Man Speech Structure

The best man speech format is pretty straightforward. The first part of the speech is geared towards getting guest attention. Ideally, the best man should have a great one liner to open up the best man speech. See our best man one liner examples for some inspiration. The next step is to introduce yourself personally and explain who you are for those who don’t know you. Make light of the occasion, maybe talk about the location, the idea of marriage or something regarding the ceremony. These are all good opportunities for amusing asides.

The next part of the best man speech structure is focusing on the groom. Being specific, this is the chance to poke some fun at the groom. Talk about your relationship with the groom, offering guests a funny and entertaining version of how you first met, your first impressions and why you’re still good friends now. Remember, it can’t all be comedy, you need to something nice about the groom. 

Next, time for the bride. Don’t poke fun at her. Talk about how gorgeous she looks, how much you like her as a friend. This is a great time in the speech to talk about why the newly married couple will be so great together.

At this stage you’re coming towards the end of the speech. Get ready for your toast (see example best man toasts). You might want to give the bride and groom some sage advice, potentially an amusing observation about marriage. Finish finish up with a light-hearted toast to the bride and groom.

MORE: Example Best Man Speeches & Ultimate Guide to Wedding Speeches & Toasts.

How To Write A Best Man Speech

Start off by writing down thoughts freely about the bride and groom and your relationship to them.

  • How do you know them?
  • Why did they choose you as best man?
  • How would you describe each of them? What are the first five adjectives that come to mind?
  • What was the groom like before he met the bride? How has he changed knowing her?
  • How did they meet? How did the groom tell you about her?
  • If you are married, you may wish to think about marriage advice you’ve received or have learned.
  • Are there any particularly amusing anecdotes that illustrate who the bride and/or groom is?
  • Read through this gallery of sample classic wedding toasts and highlight any that seem particularly appropriate to you.

Once you’ve done that, it’s time to craft those ideas into a heartfelt and entertaining toast. You should have a great framework with which to work.

MORE: Example Best Man Speeches & Ultimate Guide to Wedding Speeches & Toasts.

Best Man Speech Tips

There are some easy to follow tips when preparing your best man speech. Follow these for a seamless and great best man speech:

Be Prepared & Invest Time: Plan your speech ahead of time. Write it down, get ideas and start thingking about it early. There is nothing worse than a best man who walks into the wedding thinking he is going to speak off the cuff. It is obvious when you do that and it normally sucks, so don’t.

It Is About Your Friend & His Wife: It is so easy to come up with jokes and poke fun at your close buddy for 10 minutes. That’s no fun for the rest of the guests and while you’ll enjoy it, it doesn’t focus on what’s important, which is that your buddy just married the woman of his dreams. Think of stories from you and your buddy’s past that show what a great guy he is and remember that the e goal of the speech is to celebrate the couple and make them look good.

Stay Sober(ish): Liquid courage is great in moderation. Sure, have a few drinks to calm your nerves, but don’t go crazy early and be messy for your best man speech. It is a pretty simply rule, but just make sure you’re not sloppy drunk.

Open Strong: There is no shame in using a one liner to get things going. It is important that you have guests excited and you build the confidence to deliver an amazing best man speech. Once you have your opening line down, then immediately thank all the guests who made the day possible. Single out the bride and groom’s parents by name, and offer a toast to them for not only putting on the wedding but for raising two fine people. Start your speech like this and you’ll be the best man everybody loves.

Be Yourself (Unless You’re an A**hole): No need to get formal or try to be someone you’re not. And there’s no need to follow these instructions exactly either. Simply use them as a guide and be yourself. Let it flow naturally. Use your natural voice and mannerisms. Make it personal and sincere and say things from the heart and you should be golden.

Tell A Nice Story & Make A Connection: The ideal way to structure a best man speech is to find a connection between a story about your friend and your support for the couple. Share a story about how your friend would always lament that he would never find a woman with x,y, and z qualities, but how he finally did in his new bride. Or tell a story about the moment when you were hanging out with the couple and you realized your friend had found his match. Another good angle is to talk about the way that the bride and groom balance one another.

Don’t Talk About The Groom’s Exes: Keep your speech on topics that aren’t controversial, offensive, or embarrassing. Don’t talk about the groom’s past girlfriends. This is an easy tip to follow, just use some common sense.

No Inside Jokes:  This is a key rule, yet very hard to execute. You and your friend have stories, inside jokes and things only the two of you (or a select few of your friends) know about. Now isn’t the time to bring that stuff up. Think about the audience and ensure that whatever you talk about is something that most people can relate to.

Short is Sweet: Everybody hates long speeches. There will be a bunch of speeches and the best man speech is normally last so guests will be eager for you to finish so they can grab another drink or have a dance. Aim for no more than 7 minutes, max.

End With A Toast & Quote: Don’t reinvent the wheel. There are hundreds of wonderful quotes about marriage, love and weddings, not to count the Irish toasts you can use to end your speech (we’ve assembled some example toast quotes you can use). Find one that wraps the speech up nicely and leaves people feeling the warm and fuzzies.

Best Man Speech Dos & Dont’s

It is important to be aware of the things you need to do in order to deliver an amazing best man speech and things that you need to stay away from at all costs. There arent’ that many, but you better pay attention. You must understand that best man speeches are a very popular source of entertainment for weddings today. The more suitable you can make the best man speech for the occasion, the better.

DON’T: Milk it and make it about you. Remember, it is about the bride and groom, not you. A great best man speech should be less than 7 minutes and should focus on the couple.

DO: Limit Anecdotes. If you do decide that an anecdote is worth relating – and some definitely are – make it the centrepiece of your speech, not one of several stories that get lost in the mix. Also, only use stories that a relatable to most people.

DO: Be funny, but not that funny. The best man gets to poke some fun at the groom, but remember this is his day. Don’t destroy him in front of 200 people. Balance friendly digs with praise and well-wishes. A good best man speech is all about balance.

DON’T: Mention Ex Girlfriends. Yep, second time we’re mentioning this one on the same page. There’s a reason. Stay away. If you can’t see why talking about your buddy’s exes on his wedding day might upset some people (not least the bride), then you’re an idiot.

DO: Compliment the bride. No making fun of the bride other than to point out her poor choice in companion as a husband. It is REALLY her day so don’t mess with her. This is how best men go missing and get hurt bad.

DON’T: Swear. The language you and your buddies use when telling stories may be appropriate over beers at a BBQ, but not at a wedding. You’re addressing a lot of guests from a wide range of backgrounds and ages. This isn’t the time to push it when it comes to langauge.

DON’T: Read from a piece of paper the whole time. Practice your speech, learn it and get comfortable. Learning your speech may not be your idea of fun, but it will make all the difference in how the guests perceive you. Can’t remember the whole speech, then work on the stuff that really makes a difference, the opening line and the closing toast. 

DO: Go out with a bang. It is pretty easy to get the opening line right, but as the speech ends you need to be ready to go out hard. It’s your closing comments that people will remember clearest. Speak up, stand tall and deliver that final toast with gusto.

DO: Choose a short and sweet story. Don’t tell 5 minute stories. If it can’t be told in less than 30 seconds, toss it out. Stories that require a lot of background (no matter how funny or relevant) just aren’t going to keep people’s attention.

Best Man Speech Examples… see them here

 

MORE: Check out our Ultimate Guide to Wedding Speeches. Everything you need to know about wedding speeches.

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Best Man Speech Examples

Read: Ultimate Guide to Wedding Speeches and Guide to Best Man Speeches.

The is a lot of pressure on the best man to perform. We also know it is hard to put pen to paper without some inspiration. That’s why we pulled together some example best man speeches. These great best man speeches should provide a great baseline of ideas for you to get those creative juices flowing. We tried to be thorough, pulling together serious best man speech examples, short best man speeches that get to the point, best man speech one liners you can include, best man speech quotes that always get a rection, funny best man speeches and best man jokes with a final dose of best man toast ideas you can use to finish your speech. We hope they help.

Best Man Speech Sample

Best Man Speech Sample 1

Good Evening. My name is (Best Man) and on behalf of (Groom and Bride), I would like to thank you for attending this blessed event today! I have the honor of acting as Best Man tonight, and am thrilled that I am with these two wonderful people as they begin this new chapter in their lives.

(Bride and Groom) have each walked many miles to be here together today, and this wedding is a joy to behold. I can speak for everyone in this room, when I say we all wish you the happiness that you deserve. We are so glad that you have found one another, and this day is a reminder that the best is yet to come. Congratulations, (Bride and Groom)!

Best Man Speech Sample 2

What a whirlwind of a day! In the afternoon we were trying to get all the beautiful bridesmaids, all the handsome groomsmen, not to mention the stunning bride and the dashing groom, ready for this day of celebration. I have to say, Stuart (groom) was surprisingly calm and collected–as if he knew what he was getting himself into.

Myself, I may appear to be relaxed right now but I was frantic in the morning. It was my job to dress the groomsmen and let’s just say they are not exactly black tie guys. Do you know how many times I had to explain to the groomsmen that you can’t wear black Converses with tuxedos?
Stuart on the other woke up at 6 a.m. and was fully dressed and ready to go. I even thought that he might have slept in his tuxedo just to make sure that he was firing on all cylinders.

You know Stuart has always been a man of uber intensity. When he knows what he wants he decides to go get it. I remember when we were kids, one day he decided he wanted to get this awesome 250CC Honda dirt bike. However, his parents were not the type to spoil Stuart as they wanted to instil certain values in him. Stuart worked odd jobs, landscaping in the pouring rain for £3 an hour, mowing grass in the cold Manchester summers. For an entire year he worked his tail off for that dirt bike and eventually he bought it. That’s the kind of guy Stuart is, when he knows what he wants he does whatever he has to do to get it.

I remember that look in Stuart’s eyes after his first date with Laura. Man – how could I forget! I never knew what the word smitten meant until I saw this radiant glow shine off from his eyes. I looked at him and said, “another bachelor bites the dust.”

I think he knew from that night that he wanted to be here today, because he had met the perfect woman. It was love at first sight–well it wasn’t really first sight, but perhaps love at first date. These two have had that magical type of romance that I thought you only see in the movies.

I know I don’t have to tell them to cherish this day, and of course to cherish each other. I don’t have to tell them how special their relationship is, that they need to nurture and care for it. That they have to respect and care for each other, protect each other, love each other. I know these two, and I know that they know full well what they need to do, and what they’re going to do. So everyone, raise your glasses high. Join me in wishing these two wonderful souls a continued life of love, magic and most of all true friendship for the rest of their lives. (source

Short Best Man Speeches

Short Speech Example 1

On behalf of (Bride & Groom), I’d like to thank everyone for attending this beautiful wedding today. My name is (Best Man’s name), and I am the Best Man. I have to tell you, once (Groom) met (Bride), I knew it was all over for him – he was completely smitten. He walked around in a daze with a goofy look on his face and seemed to spend a lot of time on the phone, talking in hushed tones. But seriously, I have never seen (Groom) so happy and content. I wish you both the best of luck and a life together filled with health, happiness and joy. Congratulations, (Bride & Groom)!

Short Speech Example 2

David & Anita. The truest meaning of marriage is the magic of being needed by just one person. The two of you have come together to share your lives and realize your dreams. Today you are husband and wife. This is day one of a great adventure and I’m honoured to be able to share it with you. Remember that great opportunities to help each other seldom come… but small ones will surround you everyday.
I toast you… and wish you a long marriage filled with love and above all, laughter. (source)

Example Best Man Toasts

These example best man toasts are great to use as the end of the best man speech.

Best Man Toast Example 1

As the best man, it’s my turn now to make a toast. My name is (Best Man’s name), and I’ve known (Groom) since fourth grade. Wow. That’s a long time. Back then we were more interested in transformers than girls. Then it was sports rather than girls. But, sure enough as the seasons change, there came a time when we were more interested in girls than anything else. After watching (Bride and Groom ) fall in love, I can say, now I know all those years of transformer and sports training were worthwhile – (Groom) will always have the transforming ability to say ‘Yes Honey’ and the Olympic endurance to say ‘Yes Honey’ for year, after year, after year. Here’s to the Bride and Groom!

Best Man Toast Example 2

I’d like to propose a toast to the bride and groom. May today be the beginning of a wonderful new and long-lasting chapter in their lives, and may they always love, honor and cherish each other, just as they do today.

Best Man Speech Quotes

Example Best Man Quotes 1

I thought I’d write the world’s greatest Best Man toast. I spent hours researching on the Internet, seeking wedding poetry, vows, Tibetan wisdom journals, and even ESPN, looking for the critical insight that only a Best Man can provide. Alas, all to no avail. So all I can say is this. I cried when (Groom) told me that he was going to ask (Bride) to marry him, and the next week I cried when I heard the answer was yes. My heart bursts with joy, because (Bride and Groom) are truly made for each other.

Example Best Man Quotes 2

(Bride and Groom) – I would like to begin with a speech. A wise person once told me that magic happens at the most unexpected moments. I would have to disagree. Today has been planned for months and months, and it was still filled with magic. I’ve known (Groom) for many years, and I’ve never seen him happier than when he is with (Bride). And I haven’t seen (Bride) without a smile when she and (Groom) are together. This magic that makes them happy today is love. Love, however, isn’t always simple. You will fight and disagree, but as long as you love each other this magic will never die. May the rest of your lives be filled with magical moments. Congratulations!

Best Man Speech Jokes

Best Man Joke 1

I did some research on the internet into weddings. I looked at the three key elements of the wedding service itself:
The Aisle ‐ it’s the longest walk you’ll ever take
The Alter ‐ the place where two become one
The Hymn ‐ the celebration of marriage
I think Sarah must have done the same research as I did, because as she was walking past me, I’m sure I heard her whisper Aisle…altar…hymn, aisle altar hymn. “I’ll alter him”

Best Man Joke 2

There’s been much clap trap about “I’m not losing a daughter but gaining a son-in-law.” My sympathies to (Name), the Father of the bride, for trading his daughter for (Groom) as his son-in-law. I spent four years in college with (Groom), and I assure you, I know who’s getting the better end of the trade!

Best Man Speech Opening Lines

Getting your best man speech off to a great start is the key to building momentum and getting guests in the right mood. Do it right and you will have everybody ‘with you’. Get it wrong and you will hear silence. Here are some opening lines you can use to get off to a strong start.

  • I read somewhere that a best man speech shouldn’t take any longer than it takes the groom to make love. So ladies and gentlemen – I give you Mr and Mrs Owen. (Take drink and sit down).
  • Ladies and Gentlemen: you are all about to witness a unique event in history. The very first and very last time that my wife is going to let me speak on behalf of both of us. 
  • My speech today will be like a mini-skirt. Long enough to cover the essentials but short enough to hold your attention!
  • I didn’t really know where to start so I thought I’d do some internet research. After a couple of hours I‘d found some really, really good stuff. But then I remembered that I was supposed to be writing a speech.

Best Man One Liners

It always settles the nerves when you get a laugh so here’s a few best man speech jokes and one liners to give you a bit of inspiration.

  • It has been a very emotional day ……..as some of you must have noticed that even the cake is in tiers.
  • Good afternoon ladies and gentleman. If there is anybody here who is feeling worried, nervous or apprehensive, you’re either me (because I am) or you just married Bob Mountain.
  • I am actually a little nervous doing this, but I feel a bit comforted by the fact I have actually rehearsed this speech in front of a live audience at the local old peoples home, … I think it went well,they all peed themselves anyway.
  • During the service today I couldn’t help thinking its funny how history repeats itself, I mean it was 30 years ago David and Pam were sending their daughter to bed with a dummy………and it’s happening all over again today.
  • For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Ollie and for those of you that do … well I apologise. My full name is actually ‘Ollie would-you-like-a-drink’ For those of you who I chat to in the bar later, I’d appreciate it if you could use my full name.
  • I decided to look up Dan’s date of birth on the Internet to see what momentous events took place on his birthday. Unfortunately nothing much seems to have happened. Although the nurses on the ward where Dan was born still refer to that day as Ugly Thursday!
  • So where do I start with Marc? Well for starters he’s…Handsome, Witty, Intelligent, He’s Char… Charm…. Sorry…Marc …. I’m having trouble reading your handwriting, you can tell me the rest later.
  • Now I did ask for a microphone but was told one wasn’t available. So if you can’t hear me at the back, the silence from the people at the front should re‐assure you that you’re not missing out on anything.
  • Leading up to today John and Jane were having an issue with the seating plan. Who would sit comfortably in here & who would have to get up and stand during the speeches so we decided to use wedding present list, biggest presents at front and work it back from there.
  • I’ve also spoken to some of Mike’s work colleagues who tell me that his nickname at work is ‘The God’, its true, apparently he makes his own rules and if he does any work it’s usually a miracle.
  • Don’t worry my speech won’t take too long today, because of my throat. Sarah has threatened to cut it if I go on for too long. And Tom has threatened to cut it if I mention anything about the bachelor party in Vegas. 
  • For those of you on the Bride’s side who are just getting to know him; here is some advice. Never let him date a member of your family.
  • Someone once said that marriage is a 50/50 partnership, but anyone who believes that clearly knows nothing about women or fractions!
  • The trouble with being the best man at a wedding is that you never get to prove it.

More: Ultimate Guide to Wedding Speeches and Guide to Best Man Speeches.

 

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Father of the Bride

Typically the father of the bride or groom has the hardest job when it comes to delivering a good wedding speech, having to cover a lot of ground. First off he will usually address the guests, welcoming everybody to the wedding and then thanking individuals who helped put the wedding together. The father of the bride or groom may also talk more casually about his feelings and relationship with his son or daughter. He will also have to welcome the bride or groom and his new in-laws in to the family. As you can see, there is some heavy lifting for great wedding speeches to happen, and for the father of the bride or groom in particular there is a lot to cover in a short period of time.

Father Of The Bride Speech Preparation

Prepare to open the reception with your speech. Traditionally, the bride’s father speaks first. Yep, you’re up first, so you need to be ready. Begin by welcoming the groom’s immediate family into your family, and then welcome the guests, friends and other attendees. Open with, “On behalf of (mention your daughter, her new husband, your wife and your other children) we welcome (name the groom’s family) into ours.”

Father Of The Bride Tips

  • Love and support: A father-of-the-bride speech can be given in many different ways. You can start with an inspirational quote, tell a joke or talk about meeting your son-in-law for the first time. Whatever approach you take, be sure that your overall message shows your love and support of the couple. As the head of the family, your speech will be seen as a blessing on the marriage.
  • Sentiment and humor: When writing your father-of-the-bride speech, you may choose to be sentimental, humorous or a little bit of both. Just be sure that your comments won’t embarrass your daughter or son-in-law. A little laughter is okay, but this is a wedding, not a roast. Find the words to express your feelings in a heartfelt way, and don’t be afraid to show how much you care.
  • Reflections and the future: Your father-of-the-bride speech is a great time to reflect on the past and look toward the future. Talk about the joy you had in raising your little girl, your pride in her as a grown woman, and your hopes for her happy life with her new husband. Sharing a special moment from your daughter’s childhood can be a great approach, especially if you tie it to an expression of your continued support in the future.
  • Delivery tips: When giving any speech or toast, there are some simple tips which will help you pull it off with confidence. Be sure to speak slowly and clearly, and make an effort to look around the room so everyone will feel included. If you are worried about forgetting your speech, write it down on an index card — just be sure to look up from reading to make eye contact from time to time. Finally, relax and focus on the joy of the moment.

Father Of The Bride Speech Structure

The most important thing to think about when you structure your father of the bride speech is to think about time. You don’t want your speech to be too long. Your aim should be no more than 5 to 6 minutes. Write that down so you can remember as you’re going along.

Next, write down the topics you plan to cover during your you want to cover in the speech. Basically, as the father of the bride you need to cover the following; welcome everybody, say thanks, mention the bride’s early years, talk about what an amazing woman she has beomce, how she met the groom and introduced him to you, how you love the groom and welcome him into the family, some marriage words of wisdom and finally a wedding toast. Breaking down the speech into those bite-sized chunks makes it easier to write.

In terms of tone, your father of the bride speech should be light-hearted and introspective. You can add some humor as well, but make sure you balance any funny stuff with sincerity and loving comments about your daughter and her new husband. Oh, and don’t forget to address your daughter directly during your speech, the best time is when recollecting how she’s grown up to be an amazing woman. Face her and tell her how proud you are of her.

Don’t forget that your speech is also made on behalf of the bride’s mother. Where possible, use the term “we” and “your mother and I”.

Wedding Speeches Father Of The Bride Dos & Don’ts

  • Do: Plan your father of the bride speech ahead of time
  • Do: Make sure you welcome everyone to the wedding and introduce yourself
  • Do: Celebrate your daughter’s life and achievements and how wonderful a person she has grown up to be
  • Do: Talk honestly about your feelings on this special day
  • Do:  Tell your daughter that you love her
  • Do: Say nice things about the groom (no matter what you really think)
  • Do: Propose a beautiful and heartwarming toast to the new married couple
  • Don’t: Talk for too long. It is a wedding speech, not a state of the union addrees
  • Don’t: Talk about yourself (you’d be surprised how often we see this)
  • Don’t: Embarrass your daughter. Stay well away from bed wetting and old boyfriend stories
  • Don’t: Raise the dead in detail. Discussing beloved relatives who have passed away can be upsetting
  • Don’t: Posture or assert youself. You’re daughter has another man in her life, don’t be an alpa male today
  • Don’t: Bring up the ex-wife in a negative light. If you’re divorced, now isn’t the time to take a jab. 

Father Of The Bride Short Speech Example

‘When Sarah was a little girl, she used to lift her dress over her head and pretend it was a veil. Fortunately, she’s acquired a bit more finesse since then, and today she is the most beautiful bride I have seen since I married her mother more than 30 years ago. I am so proud that my little girl has grown into such a beautiful and accomplished woman.’

‘I’d like to thank John’s parents, on behalf of the bride and groom, for their generosity. Without it we would not be all sitting down to such a lovely meal in such a beautiful hotel, and I’m grateful for them for helping to make this day so special for my youngest daughter.’

‘What can I say about John? Quite simply, Sarah couldn’t have chosen better. He’s everything I would have looked for in a son-in-law and I’m delighted that he’s joining our family.’

‘I don’t want to bore you with how happy I am today, so I’ll finish up with the traditional toast said from the heart. Ladies and gentleman, I give you… the bride and groom.’

(source)

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Writing speeches is hard which is why we pulled together a list of example father of the bride speeches that can provide some inspiration. We tried to cover a good mix of traditional father of the bride speech examplesfunny speech examples and some father of the bride toasts you can use. See example father of the bride speeches here.

MORE: Check out our Ultimate Guide to Wedding Speeches. Everything you need to know about wedding speeches.

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More: Our Ultimate Guide to Wedding Speeches and our in-depth Guide to Father of the Bride Wedding Speeches.

On her wedding day, your daughter starts a new chapter in her life. She has grown up and she is starting her life with a new leading man. The best father of the bride speech will come from the heart. Use your experience, joy of marriage and the love you have towards your daughter as the inspiration for your father of the bride speech. To help you get your creative juices flowing, we pulled together a collection of wedding speeches for the father of the bride that we liked.

Father of the Bride Wedding Speech

As I look at my daughter, the bride, I can’t help but reflect on all the years I was lucky enough to watch her grow and become the beautiful woman she is today. She captured my heart on the day she was born, and I became more and more in awe of her as the years passed by. She’s my little girl, my princess and my ray of sunlight, and no matter what her age, she’ll always be those things to me.

But today as I watch her marry a wonderful man, I’m filled with pride and am confident that she and (Groom) are about to embark on a wonderful journey filled with the love and happiness that can only come as man and wife. May the two of you always treat each other with love, compassion and kindness.

I ask you to join me to today in congratulating the bride and groom and wishing them all the best for a long and happy life together.

Example Father of the Bride Toast

I raise my glass to toast my daughter, (Bride’s name). She’s dreamed of this day since she was a young girl, and now her dream has come true, complete with her very own Prince Charming. (Bride & Groom), I wish you much love and happiness in your new life together.

Example Wedding Speech For The Father of the Bride

Hi, I’m (Father’s Name), (Bride’s) father. I have been waiting for this moment for twenty five years, and I must say that it is one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do. Although it is overwhelming to give your daughter away, it is so satisfying to know that she is marrying one of the greatest men I’ve ever met. If I had to choose someone for her to be with, I would not pick anyone else.

(Bride) has always been the type of person to find a good quality in everyone. Even when she was a little girl, she had such a large amount of compassion that it blew me away. From the time she was old enough to go to school, (Bride) made friends with every single person in her class. It didn’t matter if one child was not popular, or if the other was too quiet, she found the best in every student that year. It surprised me that she was so sensitive, yet made people feel like they had known her for years.

Since she has always had that quality, I was not surprised when she went into nursing. She thrived off of the fact that she could help people and save their lives. From that moment, she worked more for other people than herself. I always wished she would find a husband so she could do more for herself. Luckily, I introduced (Groom) to (Bride) when he started working for my company. I wanted someone who was just as warm hearted as her, but still had a great work ethic and a sense of determination. Even though (Bride) was appalled at the fact that I, her father, set her up on a date, I think she can thank me for it now. After all, I am the perfect matchmaker!

(Bride), although I have been cringing at the thought of letting you go, I could not be happier for my little girl. I have watched you go through school, around the clock internships, boyfriends, and breakups, and now I know that it was all worth it. I only wish the best for the both of you, and I know that you will have a beautiful marriage that will never once waiver.

(Groom), I am confident that you will take care of my daughter. You have been a dear friend and co-worker of mine for years now, and since day one my impression of you has not once changed. Thank you for treating my daughter like gold. I know in my heart that you will be the perfect match, regardless of what happens later in life.

For this reason, I would like to make a toast. (Bride and Groom), may the future bring you happiness, wisdom, and children so I can be a grandfather! But in all seriousness, I give you my whole hearted blessing and I know you two will last a lifetime. I am so happy that this day has finally come.

Congratulations (Bride and Groom)!

Father Of The Bride Toasts

A toast to my daughter. She was a gift from God and I will always be grateful to have been given the honor of being her father. May God continue to bless her and her new husband and grant them safety, love, and happiness all the days of their lives.

Father Of The Bride Speech Example

As I look at this beautiful woman before me in the lovely wedding gown, I can’t help but reflect on the girl she was and the woman she has become. She became “Daddy’s Girl” on the day she was born and has always been a princess to me. All through her life, she has brought joy to her mother and me, and while not every day has been perfect, the love I feel for her has been.
And today, she has joined hands with a wonderful young man, and in addition to the the sparkle I have always seen in her eyes, today I see a love and joy there beyond anything I have seen thus far. She and [Groom] today have completed each other as they become a new family unit.

Please join me today in wishing [Bride] and [Groom] every happiness possible and a long and joyful life together as husband and wife.

(source)

Best Father Of The Bride Speech

Marriages, like births, mark a new beginning. The day I drove home from the hospital after [Bride] was born was a new beginning for me. To be the father of a daughter seemed a bit overwhelming but anticipation for her life and for our relationship helped me overcome my fears and work hard to be a father worthy of such a daughter.
Today, we stand at another new beginning as [Bride] and [Groom] start a brand new family. Like me, they are probably filled with a feeling of being a little overwhelmed at it all, but those feelings will melt away in large part as they anticipate their new life together and as they build a relationship that will stand the test of time.

Be true to each other always; share your joys and your burdens; love much and laugh much; be each other’s best friend. Always speak well of one another, even in private. And when things don’t go well, forgive as often as it is required. Married life is an adventure and you embark today on that adventure together. Even though you are individuals, your covenant today makes the couple more important than either of you separately.

One day, if you are fortunate as I have been, you will stand in awe of a new life entering your family. That will be another beginning, filled with apprehension and anticipation. Bring to that relationship the same level of love and commitment you do to your marriage, and you will find joy beyond compare.

So today, your friends and family surround you as you begin something new and marvelous. Remember your promises, keep them with all your heart, and you will have that sense of joy and wonder that exceeds all you have heretofore known. With all my heart, I offer you my congratulations and warmest wishes as you begin the latest adventure life has to offer.

(source)

Funny Father of The Bride Speech

A funny father of the bride wedding speech for you to copy:

‘This is an important day for me… as I resuscitate my bank account and hand over Sarah’s spending habits to someone else.’

‘The good thing about weddings is that, as father-of-the-bride, you can show everyone how generous you are. I wanted to give you all an itemised bill so that you could see for yourselves how much these flowers cost, but Angela told me that it was not the done thing… as she slid into her astronomically-priced hat!’

‘Seriously, I have looked forward to this day for years. Sarah makes a stunning bride, John is a good man, and I wish them every happiness for the future. If they are even half as happy as my wife and I, then they will be very happy indeed.’

‘Marriage is an important commitment, so much so that you need a mortgage to pay for it! But it takes more than that. It needs patience and compromise, and I should know – I’ve been patiently compromising for years!’

‘Bob’s just looked at his watch, which is the signal that he needs a drink, so, ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding. I give you… the bride and groom.’

(source)

More: Ultimate Guide to Wedding Speeches and Guide to Father of the Bride Wedding Speeches.

 

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Let’s be honest: weddings can be overwhelming. But weddings aren’t nearly as overwhelming as the actual wedding budget, unless perhaps you’re Kim Kardashian and $10 million is pocket change. But on the off-chance that Kim’s wedding budget totals more than your total lifetime assets, here are five simple steps to prioritize your wedding budget.

Make a list of everything

Really, everything. This is your first step. Don’t create a budget yet, which is itemized and includes pricing; rather, brainstorm every category or expense that you can think of. Some ideas to get you started: Attire, Accessories, Reception, Food, Photo, Video, Officiant, Bridal party gifts, Rings, Transportation, Ceremony, Flowers, Other decoration, Stationary, Tips, and Miscellaneous. Next, create mini lists beneath each item of what each category might include. For some items, you can list out possible options, such as Hors D’oeuvres and drinks, Light refreshments, Cake and  ice cream, Multi-course meal, Buffet, or BBQ under the main category of Food. For others, such as Rings, you can simply write Bride’s wedding band and Groom’s wedding band.

Rank your list based simply on how much you care

Now that you’ve written out every category of expenses that could eventually go into your formal budget, it’s time to rank everything. First, rank the large categories. How important are the design and materials of your save the dates, RSVPs, invitations, programs, and menus? If you care less about paper materials than you do about your videographer, rank accordingly. Once your categories are ranked, start ranking the mini lists within each category. For example, say you’re invitations are incredibly important to you, followed by your programs, but your save the date is less so and you’re fine with online RSVPs. You probably won’t even do menu cards. So rank in that order. During this step, you’ll also want to cross out any categories or mini list items that you simply won’t be including. If you still have four food options and aren’t sure which to choose, keep them—you’ll figure that out in the next step.

Price items

Now that you’ve ranked items, it’s time to price everything. First, for each larger category, decide the amount you’re willing to spend. Do the same for the remaining mini list items, where applicable. Now’s the most time-intensive part of this process: start searching for options that fit within your budget! If feeding your guests a multi-course meal is going to go way over your ideal food budget, you might want to pick one of the other, cheaper options. Or, if food is pretty high in your ranked list, just write down the amounts and look for items lower down the ranked list that can be skimped or eliminated. At the end of this step, you should have your final, comprehensive wedding budget—researched, ranked, and ready to guide the rest of the planning process!

Be flexible

These last two steps aren’t actually steps, but rather reminders as you plan the wedding. You might want to go through your final ranked, priced budget list and denote items or categories that you’re willing to budge with, and items and categories that are absolute must-haves. Be flexible with the ranking, too—things might change during the process.

Prioritize your wedding 

This simply means that at the end of the day, if you’re a Mr. & Mrs. and your friends and family showed up to celebrate with you, the whole endeavor was a success. Although it can be easier said than done, try to remember to prioritize the wedding—not the wedding details. And have fun!

Happy planning!

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Groom Speech Examples

Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Guide to Wedding Speeches and our awesome Guide to the Groom Speech 

We get lots of feedback from readers that it is all well and good to provide a guide for the groom writing their speech, but people really want real groom speech ideas that they can use for inspiration. Real life groom speech examples are faster to digest for most. It is much easier to get started when you can see what others have done before you and we understand that. That’s why you will see below we found some great examples of groom speeches. You can see from the list that we tried to cover different grooms speech examples. Everything from funny groom speech, the best groom speech we could find, short groom speech examples, groom speech jokes, groom speech quotes and more.

Traditional Groom Speech Example

This groom speech example is more traditional in nature. It hits all the right points and is a safe play for a groom.

Ladies and Gentlemen: I would like to thank Steve for those sincere words and both Bobbie and Steve for the love that they have both shown me, not only in preparation for today, but from the first moment that we met some two and a half years ago.

I don’t know who was more surprised that first night when Marcella brought me home without warning, when they were sitting there all ready for bed in their satin bath robes and Steve in his Snoopy slippers.

Anyway, quickly moving on, I did have a speech all worked out for this occasion, but, of course, now that I’m a married man, Marcella has insisted that I read from the one that she has written for me.

So here goes:

On behalf of my wife and I…I suppose I’m going to have to get used to that, I would like to start by thanking everyone here today for sharing our very special day with us. Thank-you for all the wonderful gifts and cards that you have given us, we are very touched at your generosity. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing how Steve has managed to gift-wrap the Wheelbarrow! 
We have both been very nervous about today and it means a great deal to us that you are sharing our day with us, and we hope that you are enjoying the occasion every bit as much as we are.

Most people on their wedding day describe it as the happiest day of their lives. That worries me because it implies that as from tomorrow there’s a lifelong decline ahead, so I’m making the most of today. However, I’m so happy today that even days less happy would still be blissful.

I would like to say a special thank-you to those of you that have travelled some distance to be here today. It is quite a humbling experience to realise that you have friends and family that care so much for you. And I do genuinely mean that.

(source)

Groom Speech Sample

This groom also took the traditional route. This sample groom speech is a little longer in nature.

On behalf of my wife and I, we’d like to thank you all for coming here today and sharing our special day with us. There are times when it’s good to be surrounded by people who are important to you, and for us this is one of those occasions. We hope that you’re enjoying it every bit as much as we are and we’d like to thank you for your kind wishes cards, presents and support.

We must say we’ve been really impressed by the number of people that have rallied round to help us in preparation for today, if you’re not mentioned by name and that’s most of you, please be assured that Kate and I are very grateful.

David and Maggie, thank you not only for your hospitality this evening and your kindness, but for also giving me your very beautiful daughter. I promise I’ll take good care of her and of course do everything she tells me to, even if it involves golf! I must confess I did actually try it a while ago, and during one lesson with the local pro I asked him whether he had seen any improvement since my last lesson. And he said “er… yup, that’s a much better haircut”. 
So Maggie, we have a present here for you.

I also want to say thank you to my parents who put up with me for all these years, you have both been there for me when I’ve needed you and given me a wonderful start in life and I’m very fortunate and proud to have you as my mum and dad. I’ve a present for you here Mum, as a thank you.

I can imagine that Neil, my best man is getting impatient to make his speech soon. Now many people don’t know that Neil suffers from a rare medical condition which causes him to invent fanciful stories. He really does believe these stories to be true and I thank you for humouring him during his speech.

I am absolutely delighted to be able stand here today with Kate, I never knew what was missing in my life before I met her. Kate has been a t source of friendship, support and love. Of course I’ve no doubt that she is going to tell me afterwards that the only thing missing in my life at the moment is golf, although I am still waiting for her to explain the attraction to a game that consists of a lot of walking, broken up by disappointment and bad arithmetic.

And finally, the bridesmaids, thanks for calming Kate nerves and helping in her preparation today. I’d also like thank you for getting her to the church in one piece and on time, you’ve done a brilliant job. We have a small gift for each of you as a token of our appreciation.

Well, that’s it from me for now, but, before I pass you over to my best man, Ladies and Gentlemen, please stand and lift your glasses and join me in a toast to bridesmaids

(source)

Best Groom Speech – short

This is a short speech but gets to the point quickly. Love the simplicity.

Firstly, I would like to say thank you to Bob and Karen. Thank you for you beautiful daughter Amy. Your contribution to today has been amazing. I want to thank you for taking me into his family, it really has meant a lot to me. Most importantly, thank you for raising such an amazing and beautiful woman. Doesn’t my wife look amazing today. Wow, called Amy my wife. Feels weird.

Secondly, I’d like to thank all of you for coming today. It is amazing to feel all this love and friendship. Thank you for your good wishes and for joining us in our celebration. Also thank you for your gifts, I am sure all of these will help us in our new life together, so thank you.

Also thank you to the bridesmaids, you all look amazing. Today wouldn’t have been the same without you helping my beautiful bride through today. So thank you.

Finally, to my wife. I just want to say a massive thank-you for always being here for me, making me happy, and marrying me. I love you.

For those of you who don’t know, us men do have dreams of our wedding day when we are younger. They may not be about the same as you women, about dresses and big churches, but nevertheless we do have the dreams. When I was younger, my dream was to marry a beautiful woman, and be happy for the rest of our lives, have a family and to have a nice home. This is what I wanted from a marriage. When I met Amy I knew that she was different. She made me laugh in different ways, and the feeling of happiness I get when I am around her cannot be described. Wife is more than I could ever have hoped for. I love you honey.

There are so many good times that Amy and I have enjoyed together, days out, holidays and nights out with friends and family. But like all couples we have had lows. Fallings out, family bereavements and arguments between ourselves. But all these factors have made us who we are today. A strong couple, who work brilliantly together.

Finally, I would like to say thank you again to all of you for celebrating with us today.

And could you all please raise your glasses to my beautiful wife, the one I love, Amy.

Funny Groom Speech Examples

The most fun we had in researching this topic was reading through funny groom speech examples. A funny groom speech can really get the guests into the mood. Our of all the funny groom speeches we researched, this one stood out as our favorite.

Distinguished guests, guests of no particular distinction, relatives young and old, friends, freeloaders, hangers on, gypsies, tramps, thieves and anyone else who may have wandered in, you are all about to witness a unique event in history. The very first and very last time that my wife is going to let me speak on behalf of both of us. However, it is a privilege and an honour to do so. I just hope that, so soon into our married life, I don’t let Sue down.

My speech today will be like a mini-skirt. Long enough to cover the essentials but short enough to hold your attention! To be honest I didn’t really know where to start so I thought I’d trawl the internet. After a couple of hours I‘d found some really, really good stuff. But then I remembered that I was supposed to be writing a speech. Before I start, there will be plenty of toasts over the next few minutes so please make sure that your glasses are charged.

Firstly, we’d like to thank Philip for his kind words and good wishes. And to thank him for paying for this lovely reception …(pause and look at him) What? I thought you said…….No I’m only joking – you don’t need to find the key for the padlock on your wallet!

It’s lovely to see so many of our family and friends here today to help us celebrate the happiest day of our lives. I know that some of you have travelled a long way to be here and that means a lot to us. It really wouldn’t be the same without you all. It’d be a darned sight cheaper, but that’s not the point. Thank you all for your very generous gifts, and a special thanks to those of you who have given cheques. No, we really are grateful for those, especially as we’ll be using the details on the cheques to set up direct debits paying our bills for years to come. Who said that identity fraud is a bad idea?

Unfortunately, it’s not been possible to have everyone we love here with us today, but we know they’re here with us in spirit and they’re not only in our thoughts today, but more importantly they’re with us in our hearts. So, with them in mind, would you please all stand, raise your glasses, and join me in a toast to absent family & friends.

(To absent family and friends)

I’d also like to sincerely thank Sue’s mum and dad, Val and Peter, for making me feel like the son they never wanted – sorry, the son they never had, right from day two. Day one was a bit rough, but I *think* they’re over it now. Her brothers, too, have never made me feel anything other than welcome and I thank them for that.

It can be very difficult when two families come together but we have been extremely lucky. Sue’s children, Philip and Emma, have welcomed me into their family and my children, Molly and Emily, have welcomed Sue into theirs. We all get on so well, and that is a rare thing indeed. And something that has been made possible by all of our children. So I’d like to propose a toast to Philip, Emma, Molly and Emily.

 (To Philip, Emma, Molly and Emily)

My Dad has helped me enormously over the years and has seen me through thick and thin. Mainly thick, if I’m being honest but he’s been there for me and I hope that I have done him proud. I really couldn’t have asked for a better father and I thank you for everything that you have done, not just for me but for me and my wife. Thank you.

There is an unwritten rule of wedding etiquette that states that nobody should look more handsome than the groom and I’d like to thank our ushers Steve and Peter for sticking to that rule to the letter. They have both lent an air of ‘nightclub bouncer respectability’ to their roles and I particularly admired the way they searched the ladies’ handbags and frisked the men as they came in with such discretion and subtlety. I’m not quite sure that saying “You’ll sit where you’re ruddy well put” was really in the spirit of the day, but we’ll let that pass. Thanks to both of you.

I have known Richard, my Best Man, for nearly seventeen years now and throughout that time he has been there for me when it matters and is always ready with an encouraging word, and a welcome bottle of Rioja when things are going badly. And, if I’m being honest, when things are going well. I’d like to thank him for all his help in organizing the stag do, and for creating the table plan for us. But, most importantly I’d like to thank him for being a true friend. However, there is something that I need to make you aware of. Rich suffers from a strange condition that occasionally causes him to drift in and out of weird, strange flights of fantasy. He has been known to make up fanciful stories, absolutely believing them to be true. Anyway, it’s only right that I advise you all of this ahead of his speech. As I say, he is a true friend and I wouldn’t want you to go upsetting him, so if you could bear with him, even join with him on his journey of make believe, I would appreciate it.

Apart from my wife, there are three other beautiful ladies here today. Sue’s daughter Emma and my daughters, Molly and Emily. We’d like to thank them very much for being such wonderful bridesmaids. So, please stand and join me in a toast to the bridesmaids.

(To the bridesmaids!)

Finally, I would like to thank my wife – I think I’m going to enjoy getting used to saying that – for agreeing to marry me and for making me the happiest man in the world. I think you’ll agree that she looks absolutely gorgeous today and when she walked up the aisle, she took my breath away.

They say you don’t marry someone you can live with – you marry the person who you can’t live without and I think that sums us up perfectly. Now if I had to single out one thing about why I love Sue so much, it would be the fact that she makes me happier than I ever dreamed I could be. And I intend to spend the rest of my life making sure that the reverse is also true. I know that Sue has put a huge amount of effort into making today perfect and I think that she has done that, and more. Having lived with Sue for a couple of years now, I have learned a valuable lesson – when I’m wrong, admit it. When I’m right, keep quiet! Seriously though, I never have a problem finding the words to express my love for Sue, but if I start then I probably won’t be able to stop. Suffice to say that, Sue, I love you so much and I can’t wait to grow old with you. Ladies and gentlemen, please stand and raise your glasses to my wife, Sue.

(To Sue!)

Now, I’m not going to stand here all afternoon and bore you all with a load of stale old jokes. That’s the Best Man’s job! So, without further ado, I’d like to hand over to Richard.

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Short Groom Speech Examples

“Ladies and Gentlemen, friends and family on behalf of my beautiful wife and myself, thank you very much for being here today. I can safely say it wouldn’t have been the same without you all…although it would have been cheaper.

More specifically, I’d like to thank Jerry, my new father-in-law for all the kind words and wishes.

In addition, I’d like to thank both Jerry and Jan for all their kindness in the last 2 years and for keeping a straight face when they heard I had proposed to their daughter. I’ve always chosen to assume those were tears of joy, Jan.

I would also like to thank mom and dad, Beth and Lee, for all their love and support growing up. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be standing here now. Thanks for the ride, guys.

Thanks to Ross my best man who’s been a speech is, we might even stay friends.

I’d also like to thank Jen’s bridesmaids, Grace and Zoe, for keeping her calm over the last 24 hours or so and of course for being such good friends to her all this time.

Which blove, support, friendship, trust and a million other things. Basically, thank you for being you.

So with no further ado and depsite my better judgement, I’ll hand you over to Ross.

Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Guide to Wedding Speeches & our awesoe Guide to the Groom Speech 

Groom Speech Jokes

Here are some fun quotes you can use in your wedding speech. These groom speech jokes should be used sparingly, remember that the idea is to add some humor, but not go overboard.

  • “My speech today will be like a mini skirt, long enough to cover the essentials, and short enough to hold your attention.”
  • “I planned to do a very short speech today but someone reminded me that this would be the only opportunity that I would have with my wife and mother-in-law in the same room and not get interrupted, so I may be some time!!!”
  • My ex-girlfriend and I would like to thank you all for coming today…..
  • “Komrades, we gather here on the brink of our greatest attack”. Then say “sorry- wrong speech”
  • ‘And so, without further ado, let me ask those of you who still can to stand up and join me in a toast…’
  • ‘And so will everyone now please raise their glasses – and themselves…’
  • ‘And so, in the words of my ex-girlfriend, “I’m going to leave you now…”’. 
  • A wise man once said to me… If you love her, let her go. No… Wait. Sorry. Got that wrong. A policeman once shouted out at me … If you love her, let her go and come out with your hands up! Yeah that was it. 
  • “When I sat down with my wife-to-be to sort out the seating plan, we decided to place those who had given us the best presents closest to the top table. So <insert names here>, if you can hear me at the back, many thanks for the oven glove.”
  • “When I proposed, I got down on one knee – then the other, and asked <brides father> ‘Please pay for the wedding’ He said yes and the rest is history”
  • I’m a bit nervous… this is the first time I’ve had to make a Groom’s speech 
  • Thanks to everyone that offered their advice when I told them I was getting married. The comments ranged from “Well done” to “about time” and “What are you doing you stupid fool!”
  • When thanking the best man… “Thanks for what you said… and more importantly for what you didn’t say”
  • We’d like to thank our parents because… quite frankly we wouldn’t be here without them
  • Tradition says we should give flowers, but Andrea and I wanted to give you something more permanent. So we are getting you a tattoo each! 
  • Thanks Dad for the kind words. I hope $20 was enough.
  • I have to thank you both (Father of the bride) & (mother of the bride) for bringing up such a beautiful and intelligent daughter. I’ll leave you to argue over which trait comes from who. 
  • (Father of the bride) has written out a receipt for me, it says: 
  • “Received one daughter in perfect condition, fully guaranteed, fully warranted. Comes complete with all extras. Keep topped up with expensive jewelery, and fine wine.”
  • But not to be outdone, (Father of the groom) has a receipt to give to (my wife), it says: 
  • “Received one son, sold as is, no refunds under any circumstances. We’ve changed the locks so you’re stuck with him.

Groom Speech Quotes

  • May your love be like the misty rain, gentle coming in but flooding the river.
  • Insomuch as love grows in you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.
  • We never live so intensely as when we love strongly. We never realize ourselves so vividly as when we are in full glow of love for others.
  • To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage. 
  • Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
  • Night and day you are the one. Only you beneath the moon and under the sun.
  • Marriage is like a golden ring in a chain, whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is eternity.
  • “My heart is ever at your service.” – William Shakespeare
  • “You don’t marry the person you can live with… you marry the person you can’t live without.” – Unknown
  •  “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.” – -1 Corinthians 13:7
  • “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” – Mignon McLaughlin
  •  “Grow old with me. The best is yet to be –the last of life which the first was made.”

Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Guide to Wedding Speeches & our awesoe Guide to the Groom Speech 

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Groom Speech

The groom’s speech is a big part of the wedding experience for everybody, and for good reasons. This is really an opportunity for the groom to share with all guests, family and friends just how much he loves, appreciates and is excited to be the husband of his new wife. It is also his chance to say thanks to everybody in his life, perhaps while also showing his personality and funny side too. Yep, the groom has a lot of work to do during his wedding speech.

Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Guide to Wedding SpeechesSee example groom speeches here.

The Best Groom Speech Covers A Lot Of Ground

Like we mentioned, the groom’s speech has a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time. The most important part of the groom wedding speech by far is to acknowledge his new wife in front all of the wedding guests. That is what makes a grooms speech so meaningful. We like to see the groom focus on his wife. How they met, how much she means to him, why he loves her so much and sharing just how excited he is about the future.

The groom wedding speech must also thank the people involved in making their wedding a memorable occasion, thank the parents of the bride for his for his daughter and for welcoming him into their family. The best groom speech also thanks guests for being there to support the bride and groom and for all their good wishes and gifts. Finally, the groom speech says thanks to specific people who helped organize the wedding and thanks the bridal party.

Nice-to-have elements of the groom speech (if there is enough time) include mentioning family who couldn’t attend the wedding. The groom can also have a go at his best man in a lighthearted fashion, maybe mentioning some memories of the two terrorising while single and young.

We’ve assembled some awesome groom speeches here to help you get started.

How To Write A Grooms Speech

You could just get up and ramble for 10 mins or you could plan ahead and write your groom speech ahead of time. You guessed it, we’re fans of planning ahead. Let’s start with the basic groom speech structure when you sit down to write. This is an easy starting place:

  • Thank your new father-in-law; make a fun joke
  • Thank you bride’s family for their warm welcome
  • Thank your family for their love and support; add a funny anecdote about your childhood
  • Thank the bridesmaids, praise their beautiful appearance and give a toast
  • Thank your best man; add a funny (clean) story
  • Thank anybody else who helped during wedding planning
  • Thank your new wife for her love, support and encouragement.
  • Talk about how excited you are about the future.
  • Give the microphone to your best man

 

The tone of your speech needs to balance sincerity and humor. Spend some time thinking about how you want to deliver the speech. With the above key points written, think about how you can add a touch of humor to them. Humor helps make the speech entertaining for sitting guests and relieves some of the pressure felt standing in front of a crown. Keep the humor appropriate and positive. Nobody wants to hear you giving off color jokes. A joke or two and maybe a few one liners is perfect. Here are some examples jokes and humor you can use.

While good groom speeches will have the audience sharing a laugh, a great groom speech should also include some heartfelt moments too. Don’t be afraid to add in some heartfelt comments about how you feel about your new wife and your family and friends. The easiest way to do this is to think about your new wife. Talk about your feelings for your new wife, remember how you first met and why you wanted to marry her. An easy technique is to address that part of the speech directly to her and tell her how happy she has made you, how you can’t believe your luck, and how you’re looking forward to building a future together. Use specific anecdotes, such as the moment you realised you were in love and would be with your now wife forever. Also, don’t forget to tell her again how beautiful she looks.

Time is the other issue with the groom wedding speech.  Avoid a long speech at all costs. Remember that typically several speeches will take place so you want to take up too much time and you definitely want to avoid boring all the guests. While your speech should have substances, keep it short and sweet for the best results. You have a lot to say and can’t spend 20 minutes doing so. When you sit down to write your groom speech, the hardest part will be fitting in so much into such a short space of time. Once you start writing, coming up with ideas and things to say won’t be the issue. It is going to be difficult to weave all these elements together in an original, memorable way and doing so while being very concise. 

Dos, Don’ts & Maybe’s for Groom’s Wedding Speech

  • Do: Thank their guests for attending, particularly those who have travelled from far and wide
  • Do: Mention any special guests (i.e. elderly relatives)
  • Do: Thank their new in-laws (particularly if they are hosting the wedding)
  • Do: Mention their own parents – this is an opportunity to thank them for all those years of help and support
  • Do: Talk about the bride, in a way that balances warmth with a little bit of humour
  • Do: Introduce the best man
  • Do: Finish with a toast to the bridesmaids
  • Don’t: Spend more time building up the best man than the bride
  • Don’t: Waste too much time thanking people who’ve been paid to do a job (e.g. caterers or planners)
  • Don’t: List so many ‘thank yous’ that the speech resembles a school register
  • Don’t: Talk for too long. Generally I recommend 10 minutes as an optimum speaking time
  • Don’t: Forget this is a celebration of love, not an opportunity for a 10 minute comedy stand up routine
  • Maybe: Mention any friends or family who have made huge efforts in organising the day
  • Maybe: Say thanks to the flower girls, page boys and ushers
  • Maybe: Talk about those who are not able to be there on the day and relatives (grandparents) who has passed
  • Maybe: Acknowlegde a friend who has been a source of strength or inspiration over the years

Groom Speech Tips

  • Focus on your wife: We know you love your best ban. We know you want to talk crap about him in front of lots of people. Just remember what your wedding is about. It is about you and your wife. Less jokes, more love.
  • Yes, call her ‘my wife’: We recommend you do this early in the groom speech. Mention ‘my wife and I’. Do it right and you wil It will always receive a warm clap and will help set your nerves.
  • Say thanks as a couple: Most grooms start their speech by thanking their guests for coming and thanking everybody involved. Remember to ask your wife if she wants to thank somebody and ensure you speak on behalf of both of you.
  • Be nice to your in-laws: Thank your father-in-law for his words of wisdom after his speech. Mention that you are thankful to both parents for allowing you to marry their beautiful daughter. This is a good time to tell the bride or the first time how stunning she looks.
  • Use humor, but not too much: Inject a little humour into the speech, but don’t feel the need to force it. It should be a balance of serious and heartfelt with some humor mixed in. It isn’t a chance to make jokes at the bride’s expense or include smutty jokes or do 10 minutes of stand up comedy.
  • Prepare for the speech: By this we mean that you should stay somewhat sober for your speech. We also mean that you should take this seriously and spend time writing the speech and practice.
  • Dedicate part of the speech to your wife: The most important part of a grooms speech is the part where he talks about his feelings for his new wife. Address this part of the speech directly to her and tell her how happy she has makes you, how you can’t believe his luck, and how you looking forward to building a future together. Use real anecdotes where you can.
  • Compliment your wife: Make sure you tell your wife how beautiful she looks. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tell her in front of a large collection of your friends and family, so make the most of it and make her feel amazing.
  • Keep it clean: Make sure you don’t use bad language or distasteful content. Anything that could cause offense should be left out.
  • Make eye contact: The more meaningful parts of your groom’s speech will be more powerful if you actually make eye contact with your wife.
  • Avoid lists: Boring. Period. Lists suck and they are dull. Your guests will walk out on you (maybe).
  • Thank your parents: Thank them for everything, for making you the man you are today. The lessons, the homework help, the advice. Overall, the support in every aspect of your life.
  • Cross reference: This is an easy one to forget. Check with your best man that you aren’t repeating things.
  • A simple toast: End the speech with a toast to your wife.

Groom Speech Examples… see them here

Writing speeches is hard which is why we pulled together a list of example groom speeches that can provide some inspiration. We tried to cover a good mix of traditional groom speech examples, funny groom speech examples, groom speech jokesshort groom speech examples and more. See example groom speeches here.

MORE: Check out our Ultimate Guide to Wedding Speeches. Everything you need to know about wedding speeches.

 

 

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Quick— name five blue wedding flowers. Stumped? Don’t feel bad. The color blue works well with so many wedding styles: depending on the shade, it can be stately, fresh, light, innocent, or glamorous. But which blue flowers are actually a natural blue? Several, actually. Here are our top eight blue blossoms. And even if you’re main hue isn’t blue, don’t leave yet! Several of these flowers work well as accents—especially if you’re still searching for the perfect “something blue.”

Anemone

Anemones are one of the most elegant and stunning blue blooms. There are two types of anemone that come in blue: one a rich, mouth-watering sapphire with a black center, and the other a ruffle of white petals with a navy center that makes stunning statement blue flower bouquets.

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Lisianthus

Lisianthus blossoms are large and silky, and usually white, but blue-tipped Lisianthus blossoms, greenery, and white accent blooms make impossibly elegant arrangements. These are some of our favorit pictures of blue flowers.

Tweedia

Tweedia grow in white, pink or powder blue, and their sprays of tiny, star-like blossoms are the perfect accent for any bouquet. They also make adorable boutonnieres. Blue flowers like this have a certain richness to them.

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Cornflower

If you’re looking for the quintessential blue wedding flower, the country wedding blossom, look no further: it’s the cornflower. Sweet, spunky, and vibrant, they particularly shine in late summer or early august weddings, when fields are turning gold and skies are still blue.

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Delphinium

Tall and stately, yet still charming, delphinium make gorgeous centerpieces or oversized bouquets for your blue wedding flower. They blend well in blue-themed bouquets, but can also hold their own quite well.

Ageratum

Every family has that one quirky cousin who never seems to need anyone’s approval and has no difficulty simply being herself. In the flower family, that’s Ageratum. Bohemian and full of spunk, periwinkle or sky-blue ageratum blossoms are the perfect accent blossom for the bride who’s always danced to the beat of her own drum.

Hyacinth

Hyacinth, on the other hand, is the older sister in the flower family. Traditional, unassuming, and beautiful, hyacinth also happens to smell absolutely heavenly. Don’t have just a blue wedding flower that looks magnificent when you can choose one that smells great as well.

Hydrangea

A classic wedding blossom, hydrangea come in hues of green, pink, white… and blue! They make beautiful bouquets all on their own, but play nicely with other flowers, too.

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While we’d love to let everybody run amuck and simply talk for hours, there is some wedding etiquette speeches need to follow. The speeches at the wedding reception are an enjoyable part of the day, so if you’re one of the privileged people who will be giving a speech or wedding toast, here is some advice on what you should aim to cover during your time in front of guests. The list below is a guide to the “who says what” of wedding speeches.

Father of the Bride Speech

  • Welcome guests
  • Thank guests for attending
  • How proud he is of his daughter (potentially includes a story)
  • Welcomes new son-in-law and the groom’s parents to family
  • Marriage advice
  • Thanking everyone who helped
  • Propose a toast

Groom Speech

  • Thank the guests for attending
  • Thank bride’s parents for allowing him to marry their daughter
  • Thank everyone who contributed to the wedding
  • Complimenting his wife and how amazing she is
  • Thanks his parents for being great.
  • Thank bridal party
  • Thank his best man
  • Thank guests for coming, for their good wishes and gifts

The Best Man

  • Complimenting the bride and groom and wishing them a lifetime of happiness together
  • Thanking the groom for asking him to be best man at his wedding
  • Describe any funny stories about the groom (without mentioning anything too raunchy or any past relationships)
  • An informal speech or story about the bride and groom, and why they’re well- fitted for one another
  • Reading out any words from relatives/ particularly good friends who were unable to attend

Bride Speech

  • The bride is lucky, she gets to do whatever she wants. The bride’s speech can be anuthign from a short “thank you” to guests, family and friends or a full on speech. She can have a similar version to that of the groom.

Maid of Honor Speech

  • Why should it only be the groom’s best friend who gets to tell funny stories and sweet sentiments? We recommend that the maid of honor have a similar speech in format to that of the best man. It can be similar to the best man’s but with her own personality and style.
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At some point while planning your wedding, you’ll probably look up from your to-list or spreadsheet and think “Aw geez. I forgot about that whole other event I have to plan” – the rehearsal dinner. The good news is, despite what your mother/cousin/step-grandfather says, you don’t have to have a rehearsal dinner. If your resources (money, time and energy) are stretched crazy-thin by the wedding, skip it. If you want to have one, it doesn’t have to be “a rehearsal dinner” unless that’s what you want. There’s millions of ways to throw a pre-wedding event, and most of the options are pretty darn fun.

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Why Have a Rehearsal Dinner?

A rehearsal dinner puts all your people in the same place–something that may never happen again! Obviously you want to spend as much time with them as you can, and, well, everyone needs to eat! The main point of a rehearsal dinner is to focus on all the special people in your life who want to hang out with you and vice versa. When done well, rehearsal dinners are a bright spot in the craziness that is the pre-wedding week. It’s a few blissful hours where you don’t have to juggle logistics among 15 other things, as most big activities take place at the wedding, such as cake cutting, first dances and cocktail hour. However, the one activity you may want to think having at your rehearsal dinner is toasts. Toasts are a great way to a) have people who won’t be speaking at your wedding say a few words, and b) enjoy toasts in a more intimate, low-pressure environment.

Make your rehearsal dinner the official start of wedding festivities! Avoid wedding prep after the rehearsal starts—if it’s not done at that point, it’s not important, and the dinner is a good time to start relaxing and enjoying the fact that you and your partner are doing something wonderful while being surrounded by everyone you love.

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Should the Dinner Match the Wedding?

While rehearsal dinners are usually less formal than weddings, there are definitely cases where the reverse can work–think a big, intimate sit-down dinner the day before your wedding and a picnic or other casual affair on your actual wedding day. Basically, you can use the rehearsal dinner to fulfill any part of your wedding fantasy that isn’t happening the day of. You can also just use it to get people together and introduce them to one another. Options can include:

  • The Traditional Dinner: The most traditional rehearsal dinner format features everyone present at the rehearsal (wedding party, officiant, immediate family, and all partners of these people) at a restaurant for a lovely meal directly after the rehearsal. Sometimes the guest list is expanded to include extended family or guests from out of town, although with so many people doing the destination wedding thing, “out of town guests” can mean most of your guest list. This format is generally the most formal, however you can opt for a more causal affair if desired.
  • The House Party: A totally fun option, house parties allow key players (family, wedding party, close friends) to hang out and get to know each other better before the big day. Other affordable ways to have a rehearsal dinner at your house or a friend’s house include taco trucks, barbecues and deli-catered party trays. Think about how would you normally feed a large group of people, as it’s probably a fabulous option for a pre-wedding dinner at home.
  • The “We’ll Be Here, Come Drink a Beer”: Probably the easiest (and definitely cheapest) pre-wedding event option is to pick a convenient bar and let people know either on the invitations or wedding website. Say where you’ll be and when, and if anyone wants to stop by for a drink you’d love it. Make it clear it’s not hosted, or pick an establishment with affordable pitchers, then let everyone pick up the tab if they want additional drinks.
  • Additional Options: Other options include field days, wine tastings, pool parties, softball games, bonfires—really, any group activity works as a pre-wedding group shindig!
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Wedding planning can make things seem more complicated and stressful than they really are, and this can certainly include the rehearsal dinner. But remember, it doesn’t have to be like that! If you can create a ”small party/dinner/gathering with our favorite people” and go from there, you’ll end up with a lovely event that’s neither expensive nor stressful. Good luck, and have fun!

 

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Wedding Speech Order

The order of wedding speeches at a wedding are traditionally as follows:

  • Guests arrive for drinks or cocktail hour
  • Guests are seated at their tables
  • MC introduces the bridal party and welcomes the guests
  • The main meal is served
  • Speeches and toasts happen towards end of the meal
  • Cutting of the cake ceremoney
  • First Dance
  • Guests invited to dance
  • Farewell

None of this is fixed in stone. It is your wedding so make it your own. Remember to think from a guests standpoint too as you plan the wedding speech order. You want to make sure people are entertained and not bored.

Order of Wedding Speeches

The wedding speeches order can also be very personal. The most important goal is to make sure that whatever the order, ensure you have it set before the wedding. The last thing you want is people fumbling because they’re not sure whos next. People giving wedding toasts and speeches are nervous enough. We’ve seen two approaches to wedding speech order:

Order Option 1

  • Best Man gives his speech
  • Maid (or Matron) of Honor gives her speech
  • Father of the Bride gives his speech
  • Parents of the Groom give their speech
  • Groom gives his speech
  • Bride gives her speech
  • Any other Guests of Honor give their speeches

Order Option 2

  • Father of the Bride gives his speech
  • Parents of the Groom give their speech
  • Groom gives his speech
  • Bride gives her speech
  • Any other Guests of Honor give their speeches
  • Maid (or Matron) of Honor gives her speech
  • The Best Man gives his speech

For more on wedding speeches read our ultimate guide to wedding speeches and toasts.

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Wedding reception music: to DIY or not to DIY? Before we delve into the pros and cons of each, let’s note that your wedding doesn’t have to feature a dance floor. Plenty of excellent parties don’t have dancing, and a wedding reception is a party! It can be just as fun and fabulous without dancing.

If you do want dancing at your reception, there’s three ways to make this happen: create a playlist on your iPod or MP3 player, hire a DJ, or hire a band. We’re not going to talk bands, because, well, they’re a whole other thing. So let’s discuss DIYing your wedding reception music vs. going the professional wedding DJ route.

Wedding DJ or iPod?

Trying to decide between creating a wedding playlist or hiring a wedding DJ? Think about the following stuff:

  • If you’ve envisioned your wedding as a “killer dance party” then find yourself a super-awesome DJ. This also works if you want music, but don’t have the time or the energy to create a several-hours-long playlist.
  • If you and everyone else wants to dance, but it’s not a huge priority, or you have VERY strong opinions about music, start creating a wedding playlist.

Yes, there’s still exceptions. If you know exactly what you like to dance to, and plan on shaking your money-maker all through the night, you’ll be just fine if you can’t afford a DJ. However, if you’re not a hardcore dancer but still want dancing at your reception, a DJ can create a spectacular dance party.

DJs have one huge advantage over iPods-they have a wide selection of music at their fingertips and can make immediate adjustments based on the crowd’s mood. A quality, experienced DJ will read the crowd and keep them moving–they can switch gears seamlessly when your crowd is more Britney Spears than Rolling Stones (or vice versa). They can also troubleshoot technical issues easily and adjust volume levels among speakers, music and microphones for the ceremony, toasts, etc. Good DJs also provide tips on how to set up the dance floor, volume for different points during the night, and music flow. They’re there to make the party happen, and the best ones are extremely good at it!

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How to Hire a Wedding DJ

So, you want a DJ? How do you hire one? Some of the best are actually club DJs who do weddings on the side. They want to make people dance, not focus on embarrassing/cheesy announcements and games.  A good DJ asks for “no play” lists from the clients, as well as short “must play” lists. They then base the rest of their selections on what these lists say about your taste in music, and combine that with their own knowledge of what gets a crowd going. But remember, if you want to tell the DJ every single song to play, go with a playlist. It’ll save you money and the DJ’s time.

How to Build a Wedding Playlist

Let’s say you decided on a playlist. Check out a few tips for making it rock:

  • Create playlists for each part of the day. If possible, create playlists for the pre-ceremony, processional, recessional, cocktail hour/dinner, first dance and dance party/reception. Separating playlists for ceremony songs is particularly important because it prevents your recessional music from starting following the end of your processional.
  • Delete all non-wedding playlists from the device. This makes it extra easy for a bridal party member to hit “play” and find the right song.
  • Have a backup! You might even consider a second backup as well. After all, electronics fail sometimes, such as a dead battery or a power cord shorting out. Prepare for this—if you’re running your music on an iPod, use your iPhone to back it up, and do the same thing with a laptop. A  minimum of two fully charged devices, along with their power cords, is best.
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No matter what you choose in terms of wedding reception music, remember to think about your guests. If they’re a dance-loving crowd, chances are they’ll boogie no matter what. If your guests don’t like dancing, they aren’t going to care what option you went with. The bottom line, however? Get out there and dance like no one’s watching! Some of the best weddings are those where the couple is out getting down all night long.

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The natural aroma and whimsical texture of a lavender flower is certainly refreshing and attracting. Not to mention, these buds mean “feminine,” “royal,” and “elegant;” all quintessential bridal-worthy words. Why not think a bit outside-the-box and stray away from traditional? Let’s get inspired by some lavender wedding wonders with these organic, beautiful lavender bouquets!

Lavender Bouquets Ideas

Mix this fairy-tale bloom with a preppy appeal, wrapped up in a striped ribbon for a beautiful lavender wedding bouquet.

Lavender Bouquets Ideas

These beautifully scented flowers can even be dressed in a more traditional fare for lavender wedding flowers that rock.

Lavender Bouquets Ideas

Sometimes it’s nice to add a bit of lavender into a mix of lush flowers. The design could use a bit of royal pop and fresh scents.

Lavender Bouquets Ideas

Simple and rustic is always a nice choice, especially since the style is still steadily climbing in popularity.

Lavender Bouquets Ideas

Lavender comes in a variety of purple shades, the more subtle, pastel tones may be my favorite!

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But the rich, warm pure purples definitely pack a punch as well in this lavender wedding bouquet.

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And then there’s some stalks that come in a blue-hued form, they’re gorgeous too, don’t you think?

Lavender Bouquets Ideas

It’s really nice how these flowers can stand alone, without a lot of fuss.

Lavender Bouquets Ideas

Tied up with a piece of twine, this eclectic choice is such a unique way to celebrate being a bride.

Lavender Bouquets Ideas

But we must mention again the texture and interest lavender can add to an arrangement!

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It’s touchable and molds within any season or style genre.

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Nail Health Beauty

A wedding band, holding each others’ hands while walking down the aisle, showing off your bouquet, giving friends and family hugs & handshakes and not to mention lots and lots of photographs capturing each and every memory; your hands and wedding nails are an integral part of your wedding day, so treat them as such. Just like with your hair, skin and body, you may want to take the months leading up to the celebration to become healthier in every form and fashion. Here are some tips to start the madness and ensure your wedding hands and wedding nails are perfect:

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1. Manicures, please:

If you can budget it, start getting monthly or bi-monthly manicures to your wedding nail health. You’re less apt to pick, pull and bite off your nails if they’re painted and pretty. It’ll also help moisturize your cuticles bends and hands, especially when you’re having a winter wedding – the worst time of the year for cracked knuckles and red patches.

2. Go Natural:

Obviously this is completely opinion-oriented and based on your personal-preferences, but so long are the days of long, fake acrylics. Go with gel nail polishes or your natural length. It’ll be easier to upkeep, handle and you won’t have any uncomfortable moments during the wedding or honeymoon.

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3. Coconut Oil:

Invest in coconut oil. Just like with your skin and hair, coconut oil will help your nails too. Use this on your hands daily for at least 3 months leading up to the big day. Trust me, you’ll thank us later when you don’t have one dry patch or rough cuticle in sight. This is our secret tip for wedding nails that are healthy and beautiful.

4. Vitamins:

Yes, even your nails can benefit from your vitamins. If you never took vitamins before, then this is the time to start doing so. The right kind of multi-vitamins can help your nails grow longer, your hair look shinier and your skin clearer and glowing.

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6. Check the Shade:

You may think you know the color you want to go with on the day of, but don’t go without trying it. First, try it out on your nails and see how well it goes with your skin tone. Then hold your digits up against your wedding dress and make sure all three colors mesh well together and make for the perfect wedding day palette. Wedding day nails require the same dress rehearsal as the rest of the outfits.

7. Don’t forget:

The primer! Whether it’s paint on the walls of your house or paint on your nails, a strong foundation is a necessity for a smooth transition and solid coating. Make sure you manicurist doesn’t nix this integral part! My personal favorite primer? Butter’s Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat, worth the extra in price because it’s such a top-notch product.

8. SPF:

Just like your face and the rest of your body, rub some SPF on those hands too! Just like the sun and tanning beds can cause wrinkles in your face, your hands can get wrinkles too and no one wants that. Care for your hands everyday for a graceful, soft touch when it comes time to celebrate.

Nail Health Beauty

 

 

 

photos via Style Me Pretty

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Hannah and Cory’s wedding was the first of many to come. You see, Hannah was the oldest of 6 sisters, and was going to be that one that set the bar for all her younger sisters to come. Set in the Upstate of South Carolina, Hannah and Cory held their wedding ceremony at the church they grew up in, Seneca Baptist Church. After an emotional ceremony, everyone gathered at Keowee Key Country Club.

Set on top of a of a hill overlooking the gorgeous hills of the famous golf course, Hannah and Cory danced the night away with their friends and family surrounding. Hannah mentioned that, “The day was all a blur, and we are so grateful to have stunning images of some of the most important moments of our life!”

With the wedding photos gallery taken and put together by J Jones Wedding Photography and the gorgeous backdrops of Keowee Key Country Club, there’s plenty to pore through. This wedding looks like a special occasion and a ton of fun were had by all. To see the full photo shoot from Hannah + Cory’s Wedding, check it out here.

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At Team Wedding, we’ve already shown brides how to save money on a wedding gown by buying preowned wedding dresses and better understanding wedding dress lingo. It appears that H&M outdid us and decided that brides should be able to buy a brand new wedding dress for less than $100. That’s right, it is crazy talk Monday, did you say less than $100? If you don’t break the budget on your wedding dress, you can join all the fashion bargain shoppers and for just $99, buy your wedding dress from H&M.

The dress isn’t in stores just yet, availabke in late March both online and in stores. Getting its ideas from vintage 1930s glamour, the white flowing gown has a natural, fitted waist and beaded floral embellishment along the collar bone. We think it would be great for a vintage or hollywood themed wedding. The dress features a gathered detail that cinches at your waist and is supposedly super comfy and light.

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And it isn’t just the wedding dress either, because H&M also released perfect bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner or reception dresses for less than $50. H&M is doing brides across the world a huge favor by offering such an affordable H&M wedding dress. 

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Of course, H&M isn’t the first big name to recently offer more affordable wedding gowns. Zac Posen, designer to the stars, teamed up with David’s Bridal to create a line of high fashion yet affordable wedding gowns. We say “keep it up” big brands, keet it up.

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White tulip bouquet

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Flowers play a big role in the overall wedding experience so picking the right florist and having faith they will deliver perfectly is vital. You should be thinking about flowers about eight months before the wedding. First step is to know your flower budget. Assuming that is done, now it is time to begin scheduling consultations with florists. Apart from standard questions around payments and deposits, there are some other questions you need to ask any prospective florist.

Here are the 8 questions we recommend:

  • Do you have experience with this type/style/size of wedding?
  • What is your work style? Are you comfortable directing and making suggestions? Do you prefer detailed guidance?
  • Based on my wedding, what set of floral arrangements would I need?
  • Do you have a look book that includes bouquets in my color palette?
  • How many other weddings will you be working on around my wedding date?
  • Which flowers would you recommend based on the time of year/season and color palette?
  • Can the person who will create the arrangements put together a sample bouquet for me?
  • Which flowers can be substituted to better fit my budget?

Also, some florists offer a complimentary toss bouquet or bride bouquet – be sure to ask!

A lot of other questions will come to mind as you meet with various florists. Ask everything you need to make sure that you come away with a clear understanding of what that florist can do to make your special day even more special.

Once you’ve selected your florist, you will want to schedule a trial run about two to three months prior to the wedding and will then want to finalize your flower choices about six weeks prior, before the florist places the final floral order.

Congratulations, bride-to-be!