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Chloe Beck Blog

  • Writing the Perfect Groom's Speech.

    Getting married is one of the most important events in a person's life, and it's quite normal to want everything to go just right.

    It's not just about one day, it's about you and your loved one committing your whole lives to one another.

    Marriage is about adopting each other's traits, values, and all importantly each other's family.

    So, the last thing you want to do is make a mess of the groom's speech and spend the rest of your married life trying to make up for it.

    Every aspect of a wedding takes careful planning and that includes the groom's speech, so make sure you dedicate some serious time and thought into it, unless you want to be reminded of how terrible it was for the rest of your married life.

    To ensure that doesn't happen, or at least give you a slight nudge in the right direction, keep reading for a guide on how to write the perfect groom's speech and save yourself a lot of heartache (and earache) later on.

     

    Structuring the Groom's Speech

    The groom's speech is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself to your newly adopted family and for that reason alone you want to make sure you get it right. It's also a chance for you to show off your beautiful bride and let everyone know how you two first met and the love story of how you got together.

    Not everyone's used to public speaking, and in many cases, this is the only time you'll ever have to do it. It may seem a little daunting to begin with, but with a little preparation (and maybe alcohol) you should be able to pull it off.

    Remember during the speech that it's not just coming from you, but from your wife as well, so a good way to start it off is with the words, "My wife and I..." It will the first time you will have addressed you both as husband and wife and is a nice touch.

    When preparing the groom's speech you also want to make sure that you thank both sets of parents, the best man and bridesmaids, and anyone else that's made a special contribution or been an extra special help on your big day.

    If you want some extra brownie points pay particular attention to both mothers during the speech. If you can make the mother's cry by being so very sweet and sincere in your speech, it will be plain sailing from here. Any presents that are to be given out to the bridesmaids or best man is usually done at this point too.

    And, you may want to consider getting a dig in now with the best man before you hand the reigns over for him to embarrass you completely. During this part of the speech try to thank as many people as possible as they will appreciate the mention, particularly those have traveled far and wide to be there for your big day.

    But keep it reasonable. The washing up staff and barman really don't a thank you.

    If you have any jokes or anecdotes in mind that you were hoping to tell now is a good time to throw them in. It will lighten the mood a little and get them ready for the best man's speech, which traditionally follows the groom's speech.

    However, don't have any jokes that are too cheesy as this could quickly sour the mood. Often it's better to share a funny moment or two that you and your now wife experienced while dating. Once everyone's had a little giggle, reign them back in with a special message and a toast to your new, beautiful wife.

    End the speech with another thank you to everyone in general for coming together to celebrate this special day with you. Then, take a deep breath, be prepared to get made fun of wholeheartedly, and hand the floor over to your (so-called) best man.

    And you can now sigh a big sigh of relief as your job in the speech department is now finished.

    Groom's Speech Example

    My wife and I would like to thank you all for coming and celebrating our special day with us. We know that some of you have travelled a long way to be here, so we hope this day is as enjoyable for you as it is for us. It really wouldn't be the same without you all present.

    We'd also like to take this opportunity to toast all those that can't be here with us today but are in our hearts and thoughts. So, ladies and gentleman, please raise your glasses to absent and lost family and friends.

    A massive thanks goes to both our parents, for all the support emotionally and financially, and for all the patience you've displayed in getting us here and making this dream come true. And thank you, (wife's parents) to welcoming me into your home and your family.

    To our mothers, we have a little gift (hand out gifts) to show our thanks and appreciation. I would also like to thank the ushers for getting me here in one piece, when at one point it looked like that might not be the case (hand out gifts).

    Next, we would like to say a big thank you to our beautiful bridesmaids.

    Thanks for helping (wife) organize the hen do and for all the help you've given today in making this day so very special (hand out gifts).

    Now, on to the main star of the show, my gorgeous, new wife. Firstly, I would like everyone to know just how very lucky I feel to be standing here today next to this incredibly beautiful woman. She is my rock and my savoir, and I could not imagine my life without her. (You may want to include a short story about how you met/got together, or a funny moment you experienced at this point).

    In all seriousness, (wife), you are my soul mate and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you. So, can everyone please raise your glasses and toast my beautiful wife...Mrs...(wife).
    I've known this man since I was knee-high to a grasshopper and can remember when....(throw in an embarrassing moment about best man before giving him the floor).

    A lot of what he says is completely false, but please feel free to laugh at his anecdotes in order to humour him. It now give me great pleasure to pass you over to my best man, (best man's name).

    Top Tips for Writing a Good Groom Speech

    Although the above is a great example of a groom's speech, you will still want to personalize it and make it your own. So, the following are just a few top tips and points to remember when putting it all together.

    1. Plan, plan, plan. I can not stress this point enough. Yes, there may be lots of other things going on in the lead up to the wedding such as choosing the venue, meeting with the caterers, and of course, the stag do, but you need to make time to allow for planning of the groom's speech. I don't want to scare you, but the best groom speeches can take months of planning to get just right. At the end of the day, you only get one shot at it, so preparing in advance what you're going to wow your guests with in your big speech is vital.

    2. Tell a story about the best man. Traditionally, the best man will follow you in your speech, and traditionally the best man will embarrasses the life out of you. So, why not get in there first and get something funny in about him. And maybe let everyone know to teach everything he says with a pinch of salt before handing over the floor.

    3. Be careful with the jokes. Everyone likes an entertaining speech, especially coming from the groom himself, but unless you're a stand-up comedian, jokes don't usually work. So, it's best to stick to funny stories instead.

    4. Don't forget your manners. make sure you remember to thank everyone that's important, especially yours and the bride's family. Make a point of mentioning both the mother and father in law in particular for extra smooth sailing.

    5. Share the love. It's a wedding, so folk are going to want to know how you two crazy lovebirds got together. Make them laugh or make them cry, but most of all make them feel a part of it all.

    6. Short and sweet is best. There's a few different speeches to get through, so it's hard to keep everyone's attention for too long. As long as you get in how beautiful your wife is and lucky you are to have her as well as a few thanks to family and friends who've helped, you'll be fine. A groom's speech that goes on for more than 10 minutes is just no good as half of it will be forgotten.

    7. Rehearse it. Once you've got it all put together you just need to start rehearsing it. Do it a few times first on your own, in front of the mirror, if it helps. You'll start to remember parts the more you read it and the words will soon begin to flow naturally. When you're feeling more confident, have a go at reading it in front of your best man or parents to see what they think and if they have anything to add.

    8. Enjoy it. The most important thing of all is to try and enjoy the moment. Just relax and don't rush it. Your guests want to hear what you have to say, so take a deep breath and deliver it with pride because this is one of the best day's of your life.

    Groom Quotes

    Not every groom opts to have a groom quote, but some choose to throw one in there. What I will say about groom quotes is that if you do choose to have one, make sure you understand it and that it means something to you. Here are a few examples to get you going if you are thinking of including one in your groom's speech:

    - To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.

    - You don't marry the person you can live with... you marry the person you can't live without.

    - A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.

    - Faith makes all things possible. Love makes all things easy.

    - When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

    - Once in a lifetime you meet someone who changes everything.

    Hopefully after reading this guideline to writing the perfect groom's speech you now have a pretty good idea as to what you want to include in yours. The most important things to remember are to plan your speech well in advance of the big day and to keep calm when delivering it.

    If you can nail those two things everything else will fall into place. A wedding is a day to be enjoyed for years to come and the last thing you want to do is worry about the speech. So, follow these tips and rest assured all will be ok.

    And, if worse does come to worst, and you really can't come up with anything, then you can always buy or copy a speech from the internet. But be warned, if your newly wed wife does ever find out, the marriage could be over before it began!

  • wedding favour history

    Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Favours
    Choosing from our large range of wedding favours , you can add that special magic touch to your wedding day. Your guests will run out of words to describe your glorious occasion and they will forever remember what an amazing day they had helping you celebrate tying the knot.

    Through the decorations and the food and lets not forget the brides gown, will have the guests oozing oohs and aahs during the entire function, something as small as wedding favors will tug at their heartstrings and your function will forever be notched in their memories.

    So if you are new to this, you might be wondering what in carnation wedding favors are. No, it is not back door dealings. Wedding favors are gifts that are given to the guests who attend the function. This is done as a sign of appreciation for coming through and making your function the success that it was.

    History of the wedding favours
    Wedding favors have been around for a really long time, as far back in time as the sixteenth century in England. Back then, the newly married couple would give their guests knots made out of lace and ribbon as a favor. This would signify the love bond between the two with the guests as the witnesses to this bond.

    Since then, wedding favors have gone through a myriad of changes but still maintain the same purpose of letting the wedding guests know that they are appreciated and valued. After all, they took time out of their schedules, sometimes entire weekends, so that they could come and celebrate with you.

    Turning away from the knot of lace and ribbon, European aristocrats – especially from Italy and France – used to give all the guests who turned up a bit of sugar. This treat was presented in a trinket box. Sugar? You might be wondering. Well, back then, sugar was not as ubiquitous as it is today where people are trying as much as possible to eliminate it from their diet.

    Back then sugar was scarce and was viewed as a sign of affluence and prosperity. It is for this reason that wedding favours in the form of sugared treats were reserved for the aristocrats. The aristocrats and royalties encased their trinket boxes containing the sugared treats in precious stones, further cementing the status of the sweet wedding favor as a thing for those who are well off and can afford both sugar and bejewelled packaging for a large number of people.

    You should remember back then, weddings were a communal affair with entire villages showing up or entire royal families. There were intermarriages between the royal families of the European kingdoms so this was always a grand affair. These sugared treats were known as bonbonnieres. Throughout the subsequent centuries, many changes occurred throughout the face of Europe.

    Wars came and went, land was divided and carved up in different ways, but one thing always remained constant. People still fell in love and got married. Sugar became more of a common commodity. The happiness of people at a wedding ceremony did not wane one bit throughout the centuries and the so called ordinary citizens also started giving out bonbonnieres to their guests.

    When sugar had become too common, people came up with more innovative ways so that their weddings can be different from the ones they attended the week before or the previous month. Wedding couples started handing out almonds to the guests who turned up for their matrimonial celebrations. To kick this a notch further, the almonds were now dipped in sugar or any other sweet topping.

    The combination of the sweet top and the bitter almond is said to represent the essence of marriage. Marriage is generally a sweet thing, enjoyable for periods of time, but there does come a time when the relationship is put to the test. During these trying times, the union might not be so enjoyable. It is this period that the almond symbolizes.

    These coated almonds are known as Jordan almonds. In the period during which they first made an appearance as wedding favors, Jordan almonds were given out in batches of five. This number 5 had a pretty special meaning. Since the wedding ceremony was viewed as a lucky occasion back then, the couple at the center of things found it prudent to share some of this luck with their guests who had managed to make it to the function.

    The 5 Jordan almonds symbolized fertility, health, wealth, happiness and longevity. Today, wedding favors have been adopted into many a culture on the face of the earth, with each choosing how to give their guests their treat. There are couples who place the favours at each table in front of every guest whereas others prefer to have one table that has all the favors.

    Attached is a card bearing the name of the guest and their table seating. Some couples also find it more convenient to hand out the wedding favours personally to their guests as they receive their wedding gifts from them. It boils down to what is more convenient for you on the day. How to choose your wedding favours When choosing your wedding favors, it is quite important that they match the theme of your wedding.

    This is so that everything is in sync on your big day. It just would not make sense to have wedding favors that depict a summer beach theme when the wedding is based on a winter scene. This marching of the scenes also helps your guests distinguish your gift to them from the many others they are likely to get from the other weddings that they might attend.

    The colors of your wedding favors should also either compliment or match the overall theme colours of your wedding. One way to do this is to package the favors in tulles or boxes that are coloured in the appropriate way. Even though the purpose of the wedding favours is to appreciate your guests, it does not make sense to break the bank in a bid to have out-of-the-way items or overly elaborate gifts for your guests.

    You need to stay in budget so that the core part of your ceremony can still run along peacefully. If you have a large wedding ceremony, you should scale down on the amount you spend on the favors whereas if your ceremony is small and intimate gathering of close friends and family, you can splash on them, something they will truly remember and bring you closer.

    Another thing to have in mind is the fact that it is better to go simple when choosing a wedding favor. Many people tend to go all out and get their guests something that seems awesome in the store, but awkward and cumbersome when the guests receive it. Such kinds of wedding favours are bound to find themselves in the attic or the garage of the guest once they return home.

    You should find something that will appeal to your guests, something that is simple and can be comfortably added to the home décor of your guest. With wedding favours that are ideal for your invited friends and family while at the same time staying in your overall budget, you are bound to have memories of your day sealed into your minds as well as those of your guests.

    The different styles of wedding favors we offer Now that you have come along with us on the journey taken by the wedding favour through the ages, we put before you the ideal wedding favors from which you can choose to make your day a truly special one. A day that your friends will be happy to recount with a smile on their faces when their grandkids inquire about that piece on the mantel.

    Anniversary favors are gifts that you can share with your close friends and family when you are celebrating annual milestones achieved in your marriage. They can be as special as you need them to be because an anniversary is as special an achievement as they come.

    Bath favors are usually toiletries that are specially made to give a lasting impression. Scented soaps, lotions as well as bath wraps are especially appreciated when offered to your female guests. Do you have avid readers in your circle of friends?

    Bookmark favors can go a long way in ensuring that they always remember your wedding. These can be personalized with romantic quotes, date of the wedding or even a picture of the couple.

    Bottle openers can also be used as wedding favours. They have the added advantage that they are usually handmade and this makes them loved by your guests since they perceive considerable effort and thought put into it.

    Bottle stoppers are also highly personalized and are, therefore, a great kind of wedding favor. Heart shaped thank-yous at the top of a lovely bottle of wine make for some great after dinner conversations about your wedding.

    One common wedding favour is the candle. Candles can be highly personalized and they do add greatly to the décor of your guests’ house, be it the living room or in the bathroom.

    Choice crystal favors are great because they can be put up anywhere in your guests’ house and still look awesome. This is one wedding favor that should be considered because the crystal simply looks amazing especially when it catches the light.

    Breakfast or dinner will always remind your guests of your gratitude that they came through for you on your special day. This is because you will have given them coasters as a wedding favor.

    Fan favors are especially awesome if you have a summer wedding. So every time that your guests try to cool down, they’ll have a memento from your wedding to do so.

    Keychain favors are something so simple yet with a lot of meaning attached to them. Gifting your guests key chains personalized with a portrait of the couple or quotes from the big day are a sure to make them feel special.

    Lantern favors are an extremely awesome way to let your guests know that their presence at your wedding was very much appreciated. These kinds of favours will be hung in a special place in the house and they will greatly add to the décor. One just cannot go wrong with mirror favours.

    Pocket mirrors might not only be for the ladies in your party but the gents as well. Every time they feel like checking themselves out, they will be reminded of your gratitude, making them feel loved and special.

    Perfectly plain favors are the kinds that do not have any frills or personalization on them. These can range from small plain jars of confectioneries or plain pocket mirrors. These embody the theme of “sometimes less is more.”

    Personalized favors come in all shapes and sizes. These can have the names of the couple, the date of the wedding and sometimes the picture on the wedding day. These kinds of favours are valued because of the time and effort as well as thought that goes into making them.

    Photo frame favors are a common kind of wedding favour. The frame can be personalized in any way or it can just be plain. One never goes wrong with the photo frame because it will always be in plain sight.

    Practical wedding favors are those that are usually handmade by the couple and given to the guests. The sentimental value of these can never be underestimated.

    Ready-made favours are the kind that are gotten from a shop or supplier and given to the guests the way they are. These are great if you have your hands full with the other aspects of your big day.

    Containers are a great gift to your guests. They could be useful for them in their respective homes or they could be put on a table just to enhance the aesthetics of the room. Either way, they will be appreciated.

    Glass candy jars are a simple way to show appreciation. They do look good on your day at the tables and if the guest has a sweet tooth, then that is an added bonus.

    Just like glass jars, mint tins are one way you are sure not to go wrong. These can be in any kind of shape and design and contain goodies in the form of mint.

    Trinket box favors would also be put in this category, with the added advantage that they have striking designs.

    Towel favours are a very personal kind of gift. The couple’s names or the venue of the wedding and date can be embroidered onto them for that personal touch. This is one gift that your guests will really appreciate.

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