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October 2021

Wedding speeches were once reserved for the father of the bride and the best man. These days, the speeches can be customized to the couple’s preferences. For example, while the bride doesn’t need to give a toast at her wedding, many will opt to say a few words of thanks during the reception. If you want to speak at your wedding but are intimated by the thought of getting up in front of a crowd, this simple guide will help you deliver a heartfelt toast your guests will love. Who does...

As the mother of the bride, you’re sure to have a few sentiments you’d like to share with your daughter and her new spouse on their special day. If you’re overwhelmed with the thought of putting your feelings into words, take a deep breath and read on for a simple guide that will make writing your speech feel like a piece of cake. What is the mother of the bride speech? The mother of the bride speech is an important moment in the festivities. Whether you’re speaking at the bridal shower, rehearsal...

You’re getting married, and it is time to select the bridal party and the all-important maid of honor. Of course, your best friend is a guy, so you wonder, can you choose him to be the man of honor? Absolutely! The pandemic has given couples a free pass to be creative in their choice of ceremony traditions and practices. Brides are inspired to choose a man of honor as a way of including a brother or best friend in a key role on her special day. What is a man of honor? A...

Your daughter is getting married. So many emotions are running through your mind…and heart. The Father of the Bride speech is beginning to loom over your head, and your anxiety level is mounting. Don’t let that happen. Here is a simple guide to the Father of the Bride speech that is sure to be a stress reliever. What is the father of the bride speech? The father of the bride speech traditionally occurs at the opening or conclusion of the toasts performed during the wedding reception. It is a personal preference and...

Many couples reach a point in their marriage when they look to reaffirm and recommit their life and love to each other. Renewing your wedding vows is simple and easy and can be planned with a bit of professional help and guidance. What is a wedding vow renewal? A wedding vow renewal ceremony is a celebratory ceremony for a married couple to reaffirm their love and commitment to each other. Renewing your vows can be performed simply as an afternoon event in a backyard garden or as an extravagant evening affair of...

Choosing the right wedding officiant is essential and knowing what to ask them is crucial to discover if you are a match. The officiant sets the tone and reflects the emotions and feelings between you and your spouse. It is imperative that you all ‘click’ to enjoy the experience of creating the vows and reciting them on your wedding day. What should I talk to my wedding officiant about? Be open and honest with the officiant. Share your history as a couple and all the aspects of a wedding ceremony vital to...

The maid of honor speech is relatively new to the wedding reception experience and should convey a heartfelt sentiment to the happy couple. The good news for the maid of honor is that there are no set rules for the maid of honor speech. The best man speech seems to carry a bit more weight, and with that, slightly more pressure. The maid of honor speech should engage and enlighten the wedding guests to the newlyweds as they made their way from two separate people into one couple. Sharing your bird’s...

Gentlemen, you do not want to be the best man who delivers a cringeworthy best man speech, do you? You are asked to speak at a wedding for someone significant to you. A wedding day is arguably one of the most important days in a couple’s life. Whether it is their first wedding or a renewal of their vows, you want your best man speech to be memorable in a good way. How long is a best man speech? We have all been at weddings or events when the speaker overstays their...

Our first date is the calendar date I celebrate most because without that first date, there would be no wedding date, no anniversary, no birth of our children. May 14, 1986, is when my life started when I bought a new dress. Thirty-five years later, and I can still picture that dress and almost every moment of our date. I bought a new dress Chip, you asked me out on a Wednesday night for dinner and a movie, so I bought a new dress. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I...

A love letter is an intimate method of communicating one’s true feelings. It takes time, thoughtfulness, and effort to pen a love letter. While somewhat intimidating, you are writing your true feelings to the person you love creating a bond more significant than words. The recipient has most likely heard the stories, experienced your passion, but now hold in their hands a keepsake statement of your love that they will hold dear forever. How do I write a love letter? You are about to express your feelings for the person who arguably...