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Wedding Speech Tips

 

Weddings are full of tradition. From elements like walking down the aisle, to the first dance, to the meal and the throwing of the bouquet, it’s wrapped up in loving rituals that punctuate every part of the day.

The speeches are an integral part of the wedding, but it can often be the one element that brings with it lots of nerves for those who are speaking.

The key thing to remember is, that you don’t have to follow any set rules when it comes to the speeches. This is your wedding day, so make the speeches happen in a way that you wish them to and in a way that puts everyone at ease.

Here’s some tips on how to make the speeches go smoothly for your big day.

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

Throw Out the Rule Book

This is key. There are of course so called ‘rules’ when it comes to wedding speeches; in reality these are just more like traditional guidelines than anything else, but there is no reason why you have to follow them at all. Why not just do it differently? Have the speeches in a way that suits you and your bridal party. Often speeches happen after or before a meal in the main room itself. However, why not rip up the rule book and have an informal speech or two at the pre-reception? That way there’s less pressure, it’s less formal and it will be done and dusted before the meal even begins.

 

Seek Help/Practice

The old saying goes that practice makes perfect and this certainly true when it comes to the speeches. Not everyone is going to be comfortable or familiar with public speaking, indeed many of us aren’t these days, so taking on a wedding speech albeit in a room full of family and friends can be scary to say the least. Practice is going to take the edge off the nerves so don’t skimp. There’s no such thing as too much practice.

Use mirrors, video yourself, practice in front of someone you trust, and consider contacting organisations like Toastmasters.

 

Take Notes

Embrace whatever style you like for your speeches. In other words, don’t be afraid to have some notes or cue cards on standby to help you. Not everyone is happy to speak off the cuff in front of a room of people, so having a few backup notes can settle the nerves. That being said, do try and lift your head out of the notes, pick a point in the room and look at it, or catch the eye of someone close to you and deliver the speech to them.

 

Who Speaks?

Again there are old fashioned thoughts on who traditionally speaks at a wedding, but today, those rules are very much a thing of the past. Anyone you wish can stand up and say a few words including the bride and mother(s) of the brides! Don’t be afraid to do it your own way! Also consider that some people may not feel comfortable speaking and you shouldn’t force them to do so.

 

Be Respectful

While you might think your jokes are absolutely hilarious, often it’s a good idea to try and keep the jokes both clean and non-offensive. A wedding is full of a cross section of people – young and old from all walks of life and while your long embarrassing story about the groom might be one you adore, it might not be suitable for the speeches. Keep it respectful at all times, but of course inject some personality into it too. Balance is the key and if in doubt ask someone in the bridal party for their thoughts. Don’t just wing it!

 

Inject Some Fun

Finally, ice breakers are a great way to settle nerves all round, both for those speaking and for the tables/guests. You could encourage guests to lay bets on how long the speeches will be or outline how to play the ‘thank you’ game. Essentially each guests puts a fiver in a pint glass and each time the word ‘thank you’ is said the glass moves on place to the left. Whoever is left with the glass at the end wins the pot.

Blush Wedding Theme

Tones of blushing pinks are a match made in heaven for wedding day décor. From invites, to the attire, to the ceremony, to the reception, there is nothing that this stunning colour palate will not suit. It instantly evokes an atmosphere of beauty, etherealness and romance.

For some brides and couples it might seem like an obvious choice and indeed, some couples like to shy away from traditional colours, but just because something is considered a classic, doesn’t mean it can’t be contemporary or on trend.

Indeed, this year’s Pantone Colour of The Year is ‘Living Coral,’ a beautiful take on traditional pink or blush.

We take a look at ways to include blush in your wedding day décor.

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

The Dress

If you really want to make a statement then why not consider going for a blush wedding dress? It has become a growing trend in recent years for brides to look beyond the traditional colours of white, creams and ivories for dresses and instead seek out gowns with a hint of blush. If that seems like a step too far, then why not dress your bridesmaids, or flower girls in blush and don’t forget to add some blush accents for the groom and/or groomsmen too.

 

Complimenting Colours

Blush by itself is a beautiful colour, but when you put it alongside some complimenting and contrasting colours, that’s when you hit décor gold! Think of pairing blush with golds, greys, greens and crisp white for a really incredible visual feast for the eyes. Also don’t be afraid to reinterpret the colour blush, with varying degrees of vividness. A pop of hot pink alongside ethereal blush will look stunning.

 

Flowers

A pop of blush in your wedding flowers can be both classic and contemporary. If you want to give it a modern twist then try and pair with lots of greenery for a fantastic contrast. Tall candelabras and elegant blush flowers will work amazingly well for a formal feel, as will rustic style wooden boxes filled with blush blooms and interspersed with candles for a more casual style.

 

Décor

Blush works wonderfully well in so many ways around the wedding venue. From accents of blush ribbons on menus, to paper pom poms, chair sashes or draping, to blush pink floral centrepieces, interspersed with pops of gold and lots of candles of differing sizes. To really add that touch of romance consider using uplighters with degrees of blush and or fairylights to set the ultimate tone for the night.

How To Style Long Wedding Tables

When it comes to wedding receptions, the traditional set up has often been for a long top table for the bridal party, with round tables through the rest of the reception set up.

But while the old classics are tried and tested go-to’s for a reason, that doesn’t mean you have to stick to it.

As the taste in venues has changed in recent times, with many couples going for more laid back, rustic venues, the demand for long tables has increased and it’s not hard to see why.

Whether going for a room full of long tables, one big long table or a mix or round and long, they are something you should consider for your wedding day décor, both for their convivial nature and for their eye catching impact.  

Here we look at options and ways to style them to the max. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

Chairs

There’s no hard and fast rules when it comes to matching chairs to long tables, but there’s no denying that a long table set up certainly evokes a more laid back, relaxed style for your reception. Think village hall chic, no set table plan, people sitting and chatting where they feel most comfortable and a really intimate feeling. With that, often the best chairs to match can be bistro style or Chiavari chairs. Keep it simple and leave them naked or if you want to add an extra layer of chic why not add some tasteful draping or even streamers?

 

Florals and Garlands

Long tables love long garlands. They are a match made in heaven. Whether you decide to go for long lush greens paired with crisp whites, or florals with pops of colour interspersed along the way, it’s all about that overhang at the end. A long contrasting coloured table runner is also a great addition, as are the odd tall focal points, such as blossom trees or candelabras to bring a really visual counterpoint to the finished look.

 

Finishing Touches

There’s no limit to the amount of finishing touches you can add to your long tables. If you want to keep to a budget paper pieces such as pop-poms interspersed with your garland can look really well, as can economical yet rustic chic wooden boxes and slices. Candles of differing sizes lined along the centre line will look absolutely show stopping, as will lanterns.

 

A Mix of Long/Round

The exact type of table set up will often be dictated by your venue, so when viewing options be sure to ask what is and is not possible in terms of the space.

The style of venue will often be a factor too. Barn or lofty style venues generally work best with long tables. It also depends on what look you’re after – formal or relaxed.

Bear in mind that often a contrast looks more eye catching than uniformity, so consider a mix of round and long.