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Information About Honeymoon Glossary

Airport tax: This is usually included in the price of your airplane ticket. However, some overseas airports charge this tax separately to the ticket. Many a honeymooning couple has been caught out in the Philippines or another airport, having spent all of their local currency, only to find that they cannot board their flight without handing over cash for the airport tax. Make sure to research every airport you will be flying through and read your ticket carefully to see whether or not you have already paid the airport tax required.

B & B: Abbreviation of ‘Bed and Breakfast’. A small, quaint style of accommodation, which usually involves a room in a cottage, or townhouse, and a home-cooked breakfast. Local B & B accommodation is popular for couples on a ‘mini-moon’ whilst honeymooners in Europe might choose to stay in a B & B for a cosier, more affordable style honeymoon.

Booking confirmation: Any bookings made online will come with a booking confirmation reference code, usually via email. You will need to print this page out and present it at the desk at the airport, hotel and/or car rental office.

Frequent flyer points: The points which are accrued on certain types of credit cards. You may be able to use your points to help pay for your honeymoon airfares or accommodation.

Honeymoon: A short holiday where a newlywed couple getaway to spend some quality time alone, right after the wedding.

Honeymoon cruise: A trip on a cruise liner to the destination of your choice. Many couples enjoy the onboard entertainment and luxurious rooms just as much as they enjoy exploring the tour destination spots.

Honeymoon lingerie: Special, seductive underwear which is reserved for surprising your husband-to-be on your wedding night and honeymoon.

Honeymoon package: A combination of airfares and accommodation with affiliated airlines and resorts, which offer a significant discount to newly-married couples.

Honeymoon registry: A special registry which is set up by an engaged couples whereby wedding guests can choose to help fund the couple’s honeymoon rather than purchasing a wedding gift. Some guests may choose to donate towards the honeymoon fund in addition to purchasing a gift.

Honeymoon suite: Usually one of the most luxurious and expensive rooms in a hotel or resort. This room is reserved for newlyweds and usually has the best view and easy access to the hotel’s facilities. Honeymoon suites book up fast so make sure to plan ahead to avoid disappointment.

Mini-moon: A small honeymoon which is taken by couples who are on a tight budget or have time restraints due to work commitments. A mini-moon is usually taken in a local hotel for a couple of days and then a longer, more official, honeymoon is taken on the couple’s first anniversary.

Traveller’s cheques: Fixed amount cheques, pre-printed in the bride or groom’s name, which can be exchanged into local currency in most countries. These days, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted, so traveller’s cheques are less commonly taken on honeymoons.

Wedding lingerie: The white undergarments which the bride wears under her wedding dress for the duration of the ceremony and reception. She may choose to wear this lingerie to surprise her husband on the night of their wedding but most brides choose to wear different, sexier lingerie on the wedding night and during the honeymoon.

More Information About Honeymoon Types and Their Ideal Destinations

No matter what type of trip you choose or where you go, your honeymoon should be an unforgettable experience to fantasize about for the rest of your life. We’ve created a list of honeymoon destinations to suit just about any type of experience you’re wanting, and will certainly leave a long- lasting impression!

Exotic

Exotic honeymoons are made up of the stuff that has inspired generations (and we’ve got the art, poetry, prose, music and film to prove it!). Prepare to completely immerse yourself in a new culture, a new way of thinking, and completely unfamiliar experiences. This is one honeymoon that you’ll truly never forget.

Some of the most popular exotic locations include:

  • Egypt
  • Mexico
  • Indonesia
  • Czech Republic
  • Peru
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Thailand
  • Belize
  • Phillipines
  • Malaysia
  • India
  • Vietnam
  • Japan
  • Iceland
  • West Indies
  • Lebanon
  • Turkey
  • Israel
  • Uzbekistan

 

Romantic

If you’re considering taking a more laid back and romantic holiday, your honeymoon is obviously the best opportunity of your life to do so! These locations offer incredible scenery, plenty of contact with the local culture (should you wish to leave the bedroom), as well as some of the finest spas, restaurants, private pools and beaches on earth.

  • Hawaii
  • The Maldives
  • Fiji
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Italy
  • France
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • Bali
  • The Caribbean
  • French Polynesia
  • Seychelles
  • Australia- Lord Howe Island
  • Patagonia
  • Hint: If you’d like to consider the absolute easiest and most fuss- free holiday imaginable, consider booking a cruise or organised tour to the destination of your choice. There are hundreds of these tour/ cruise companies, and thousands of destinations to choose from. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is your luggage!

 

Adrenaline

If your idea of an ideal holiday involves bold travel and the highest possible levels of adrenaline, we’ve picked out the perfect holiday spots for you! Although you can have a eye-watering,skin- tingling experience just about anywhere in the world, we’ve picked out destinations that offer truly unique experiences.

  • Kathmandu- Trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp
  • Mexico (Cenote Ojos)- Cave diving
  • Australia (Great Barrier Reef)- Scuba Diving
  • Spain (Pampalona)- Running with the bulls
  • USA (Alaska)- Heli- skiing
  • Costa Rica (Monte Verde Cloud Forest)- Zip lining
  • Turkey (Mount Baba Dag)- Paragliding
  • Spain (Sierra Nevada, Granada)- Hang gliding
  • USA (St George, Utah)- Rappelling
  • Zimbabwe- White water- rafting along the Zambezi
  • Switzerland (Lauterbrunnen Valley)- Paragliding
  • New Zealand (Queenstown)- Ledge jumping
  • USA (Dugango, Colarado)- Zip lining
  • Nicaragua (Mombacho Volcano)- Canopy Tour
  • China (Macau Tower)- Bungee jumping
  • Australia (Gold Coast)- Sky diving
  • South Africa (Bloukrans Bridge)- Bugee jumping (the world’s highest bungee jump)
  • New Zealand (Lake Taupo)- Sky diving
  • Argentina (Barlioche)- Hang gliding
  • USA (Six Flags Adventure Parks)-Rollercoaster riding (Kingda Ka- the world’s fastest and tallest roller coaster)
  • New Zealand (Sky Tower, Auckland)- Base jumping
  • Guatemala (Rio Usumacinta)- Rafting, waterfall visits
  • Jamaica (Mystic Mountain)- Rainforest bobsled

Cheap as Chips

Travelling between Australia and just about anywhere else in the worl is one of the most expensive flights money can buy. So if you’re planning on holidaying overseas, it pays to make the rest of the trip as cheap as possible. For breathtaking holidays without the enormous price tags, check out these destinations.

  • Domincan Republic
  • Ethiopia
  • Laos
  • Nicaragua
  • Syria
  • Thailand
  • Sri Lanka
  • Cambodia
  • Uruguay
  • India
  • Vietnam
  • Czech Republic
  • Portugal
  • Hungary
  • Ukraine
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • Fiji
  • Bali

Whatever you decide, remember to try to take in as much of this holiday- as well as this very short time of your life as newlyweed honeymooners- as possible.  Make your experience worthy of your honeymoon!

Tips To Planning your Honeymoon

While plenty of emphasis is placed on the wedding plans, the task of planning your honeymoon often doesn’t get quite the same attention to detail. But considering that the honeymoon will last far longer than the wedding, and that it’s one of the only occassions where you can indulge yourself for weeks on end, it probably should get a little more attentiveness! We’ve mapped out (yes, four sentences into the article and I’ve already resorted (ha! again) to puns) the fundamental tools you need and actions to take when planning your once-in-a-lifetime trip!
Planning your trip
Work out a suitable budget for your honeymoon. Remember to include all the expenses. These will include: airfare, accommodation, car rental, meals, souvenirs, sightseeing trips and taxes. You might be able to subsidise a few costs with any frequent flyer points you might have stored up. Use these points for your air fares, car rentals or hotel room upgrades.

Once you have decided on your destination, be sure to book your plane tickets and accommodation. Make a note of all reservation and receipt numbers so that you will always have a point of reference if anything goes wrong. You might also want to set up a manila folder in your filing cabinet or a folder for all the paperwork relating to your honeymoon. Include a list of phone numbers for all the places you will be staying during your trip and all other related services.

Requirements
If traveling overseas, you’ll need a passport. Make sure yours is valid and remember that the names on your plane tickets must match the names on your passport. When booking your plane tickets, be sure to use your maiden name.

There may be visas required for certain destinations so be sure to apply for these if you need to. You may need to meet certain pre-requisites before traveling overseas. For example, if you are traveling somewhere exotic, you may need to have vaccinations before you leave. Be sure you know what is required of you for the trip.

Final Preparations
You might need to buy luggage. Also purchase any travel accessories you might need. These could include: electrical adaptors, film for your camera, batteries and sunscreen.

Organise your credit cards and make sure they are valid. You’ll need to have enough money or travelers cheques for the trip. It is a good idea to purchase some currency of the country you are visiting. It is always a good idea to have a little cash on hand when you arrive.

Make sure that all your reservations have been confirmed and give a copy of your itinerary to a friend or relative. Include a list of phone numbers so that you can be reached in a case of emergency.If you are going away for more than a month, arrange to have your bills paid and make sure any outstanding bills have been paid for.

Make sure any pets are taken care of while you are away. Ask a friend to keep an eye on your house and to stop by to water plants and pick up any mail. Alternately, you can get your mail forwarded to a friend or relative’s house for the duration of your trip.

Should Know About The Emergency Kit

Be prepared and understand that minor emergencies can and do arise. Don’t panic however – if you are well prepared these situations won’t amount to more than a slight disturbance. Prepare yourself a wedding ’emergency kit’ and you will be able to handle any problems with style and grace.
Some things to include
Your emergency kit can include anything you think you might need on the wedding day. Some ideas include:

An extra pair of pantyhose is always a good backup to have. If you do find a snag or run in your stockings, dab some clear nail polish on it to prevent it running further. If the damage is beyond repair, simply put on your spare pair.
Safety pins will come in handy if you get an unexpected tear. They will also come in handy if you want to quickly bustle up a train.
Pack an emery board. If you break a nail, you can quickly file it down. You might also want to include some nail polish so you can touch up your nail colours if necessary.
A needle and thread is extra handy in case you need to do some emergency sewing. You’ll be glad you have this if some beading or sequins on your gown become undone.
In case of small cuts, pack a few band-aids that match your skin tone. If the cut doesn’t require a band-aid, pack tissues. These will also come in handy when you cry.
Bad hair days do happen! A small bottle of gel or hairspray will help tame your hair. Bobby pins and clips are also good for a quick fix.
Keep your smile bright and breath fresh with a travel size toothbrush, toothpaste and some breath mints.
Pack your purse and make sure you have a little bit of money for emergency phone calls etc.
Aspirins are a good idea to save you from any headaches you (or your bridesmaids) might have on the day.
Tuck a few crackers or cookies in a small plastic bag. You might be too busy to eat during the day. If you feel faint or lightheaded, have a bite. A small bottle of water is also a good idea. Do not pack juice, as this could spill and stain your dress.

Know More About Honeymoon Checklist

Before you go on your honeymoon to that tropical island getaway, pay a quick visit to your pharmacy. You will need to shop very carefully to get all the things you will need. Brides that will fly to their honeymoon destination have quite a struggle with airline limitations, so let’s have a look at your shopping list.

  • Airline boarding passes
  • Other train/ bus/ ferry/ boat tickets needed
  • Passports
  • Visas
  • Driver’s license
  • Credit cards/ ATM cards
  • Phone call cards
  • Money, traveler’s cheques
  • Confirmation of hotel and activity bookings
  • Phone numbers of emergency contacts, doctors, and credit card companies
  • Photocopies of all important documents, including passports, cards, traveler’s cheque documents, prescription and vaccination documents, medical/ holiday insurance with details of what this covers.
  • Photographs of the contents of your luggage, in case your luggage is lost.
  • Maps of destination
  • Guidebook
  • Translation dictionary
  • Leave with someone at home: a copy of all photocopied documents, your itinerary, your contact number whilst travelling, along with a copy of your life insurance and wills.

Toiletries

  • Prescription medication, in its original bottle
  • Travel- sickness pills
  • Pain killers
  • Sleeping pills
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Small hairbrush
  • Small bag of makeup including: lip balm, mascara, tweezers, an eyebrow pencil, mineral foundation, concealer, roll-on deodorant
  • Face moisturiser
  • Antibacertial wipes/ hand sanitiser
  • Personal hygene items

Valuables

  • Camera
  • Video camera
  • Valuable jewellery
  • Mobile phone
  • Music player
  • Tablet
  • Laptops

Comfort

  • Light jumper
  • Travel pillow and blanket
  • Eyemask
  • In- flight reading
  • Sewing kit
  • Change of clothing, including undergarments
  • Travel umbrella
  • Ear plugs

Checked Luggage

Toiletries (Continued)

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Hair Dryer/ Straightener
  • Hand/ body lotion
  • Ear buds
  • Cotton pads/ swabs
  • Shaving cream and razors
  • Nail file/ clippers/ scissors
  • Tooth floss
  • Self tanner
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair straightener
  • Hair curler
  • Insect repellent (depending on your destination)
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Glasses
  • Bandaids
  • Antihistamine
  • Antibacterial ointment/ wash
  • Antacids
  • Diarrhea medication
  • Swiss army knife (for emergencies)

Electronics

  • Chargers for all electronic items
  • batteries
  • Camera tripods
  • Memory sticks/ film for camera

Essential Clothing

  • 3 pairs of shoes: 1 pair of walking shoes, one pair of neutral casual shoes, one pair neutral smart shoes
  • Minimum 3 pairs of socks
  • 3- 7 pairs of underwear
  • 2-3 bras (including one sports bra)
  • 2-3 pants
  • 2-3 skirts
  • 2-3 pair shorts
  • 3-4 casual tops
  • 2-3 shirts
  • 2-4 dresses
  • Lingerie
  • Slippers
  • Raincoat/ poncho
  • Evening wrap/ jacket
  • Evening bag
  • Day bag/ backpack
  • Light bag for souvenirs

Extras for Warm Weather

  • 1- 3 pairs Swimming costume
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking shoes/ boots
  • Binoculars
  • Books
  • Sun hats
  • Wildlife guides
  • Books
  • Mosquito netting
  • Compass
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Sunscreen
  • Flip flops
  • Beach bag
  • Swimming costume cover- up
  • Water shoes

Extras for Cold Weather

  • 2-3 heavy jumpers
  • 1 heavy, waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof pants
  • Waterproof socks
  • Boots
  • Thermal underwear
  • Beanies/ warm hats
  • Neck warmers/ scarves
  • Mittens/ gloves
  • Goggles
  • Ski boots
  • Skis (consider shipping these items to your hotel ahead of time)
  • Snowboards
  • Ski bag
  • Ski lock

Romantic Extras

  • Candles
  • Scented body oils
  • A romantic music mix
  • Bubble bath mix
  • Blindfolds
  • Feathers

Travel Tips

  1. Limits on the quantity of liquids, aerosols and gels apply only to you hand luggage, not your checked luggage.
  2. All liquid, gel and aerosol containers need to be kept in a clear, plastic bag that is resealable, like a sandwich or freezer bag.
  3. The bag’s four sides must add up to no more than 80cm (such as 20 x 20cm or 15 x 25cm).
  4. One bag is allowed for each passenger
  5. Containers larger than 100 milillitres will not be allowed on the plane (even if only partially filled).
  6. If you need to save space in your luggage, consider using vaccuum bags. These can either be purchased online or at storage stores, or you can simply use large sandwich bags and compress them yourself.
  7. Buy combination products to take with you, like shampoo and conditioner in one and body cream with 30+ sun screen already mixed in. You’ll save both space and time with these products.
  8. Most shops have ‘ready to fly’ product lines especially packed to pass inspection. You can buy these with confidence or simply decant some of your normal product into 100ml clear plastic bottles. That way you know and trust what you have with you.
  9. Any chronic medication you may be on must be accompanied by a prescription from your doctor. This include birth control pills. If it is in a liquid, gel or aerosol form, it may be exempt from usual flight laws related to liquid.  Some countries will not allow certain medicines in and you may be left without it. Also make sure you have enough to last you at least the length of your trip!
  10. Pain tablets should be left in their original package. Always bring something for headaches that you know works well as in foreign countries you may end up struggling to find medication.
  11. Find and mark on your map where the Australian Embassy is. You never know what could happen, and it really is far better to be safe than sorry here.
  12. Research the ariports you’re travelling through. Find out where your gates will be, how much time you’ll have between flights, and what activities are available.
  13. Speaking of which, travelling via Singapore? Pack your swimming costume in your carry-on luggage and take a dip in their rooftop pool.
  14. Adjust to your new time zone quicker by forcing yourself to stay up and sleep when the locals do, from the minute you get off the plane.

Now you can jet set with the peace of mind that you’ve prepared and packed everything you could possibly need!

Know More About Civil Celebrant

Wedding celebrants are a fantastic resource for those who prefer to be married without a single religious affiliation. Because their primary use lies in their legal import and free of religious restrictions, they’re often associated with ceremonial flexibility and ease. If you’re considering hiring one, or perhaps multiple celebrants for you big day, make sure you’ve thoroughly thought through the following considerations.

The cost of being married by a civil celebrant is generally around the same price as being married by a religious minister.
Civil celebrants are the perfect solution if you’re marrying someone of a different culture or religion, as they provide a religiously unbiased ceremony.
They can also, however, be more accommodating if need me. They’re usually willing to incorporate religious passages and traditions from multiple cultures and religions.
On a similar note, if you are marrying someone of a different faith and would like two separate officiants to represent each of your religions, you’ll find it far easier to find two celebrants who can cater their services to suit both your needs than two religious officials to preside over an inter-religious ceremony.
Couples who do not have particularly strong religious ties often opt for celebrants as they do not feel they need the blessing of a religious institution, or evenaffiliated with it in any way.
A civil celebrant enables you to personalise your wedding by writing your own vows and even, on some occasions, planning what is said and what happens for the entire ceremony!
They may be more flexible than a religious official in marrying you wherever you choose (depending on your religion and the beliefs of you religious official).
Generally speaking, it’s faster to organise a celebrant than a religious official, as there are more available and religious locations are popular destinations for wedding ceremonies (meaning that they get booked further in advance).
When choosing a civil celebrant it is important to tell them what you want and be confident that they can deliver what you have in mind. As civil celebrants are more flexible in their approach, it’s even more important that you remain clear about what you want to happen on the day. From personalised vows to incorporating faiths a civil celebrant may be the alternative you have been looking for.

Some Tips for Writing your Wedding day Vows

When writing your wedding vows, you can be as creative as you want. You have the choice to stick to traditional words or you can write your own. If you’re stuck for ideas, read below for some vows you might like to use or adapt.

Wedding Vow Example 1:
I, (name), take you, (name), to be my (husband/wife), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, so long as we both shall live.

Wedding Vow Example 2:
(name), I have lived with you and I love you. Today I give myself to be your husband and I take you to be my wife. Whatever life may bring, I will love you and care for you always.

Wedding Vow Example 3:
I ask everyone here to witness that I (name), take you, (name), to be my lawful wedded (husband/wife). I will love you, trust you, believe in you as you are, be honest with you, encourage you, support you in your endeavors, care for you and above all else, respect you as a person of equal worth, and with equal rights and responsibilities – in sickness as in health, for better for worse, through all our life together.

Wedding Vow Example 4:
I come here today, (name), to join my life to years before this company. In their presence I pledge to be true to you, to respect you, and to grow with you through the years. Time may pass, fortune may smile, trials may come; no matter what we may encounter together, I vow here that this love will be my only love. I will make my home in your heart from this day forward.

Wedding Vow Example 5:
(Name), with free and unconstrained soul, I give you all I am and all I am to become. Take this ring, and with it my promise of faith, patience, and love, for the rest of my life

Wedding Vow Example 6:
Two flames, one light. (Name), I offer you this ring as a sign of life, and myself as your (husband/wife). Let us walk together always, and let us always walk towards the light.

Special Tips for Toasts and Speeches

Chances are that if you’ve made the effort to look up ‘tips for speech making’, this area isnt quite your forte. Yet. But have no public-speech-related fear! As it turns out, the gap between total amateur and being able to make a speech comfortably isn’t as wide as you’d think. All it takes is the right information and some practice (really). Read through and incorporate our tips to instantly up the ante and surprise the audience when it comes time to make your speech or toast.

When it comes to any form of public speaking, be it a wedding or a conference, the most important thing is to know your audience.
The first component of this is to decide on which tone is most appropriate for your speech. If the affair is a formal one, a speech rooted in humour or sentimental nostalgia might not be the most appropriate. If you’re not sure about the overall tone of the wedding, write your speech how you feel most comfortable, and make adjustments (such as how you address the audience, which jokes or memories you pull or add to the piece, etc) in the half-hour before you’re due to deliver it.
Find out in advance what aspects or points you need to cover. Just as importantly, find out if there are any awkward areas or topics that you should avoid and adjust your speech accordingly. Knowing your audience will help you determine what to say and how to say it.
Don’t rush your speech. The most important rule of good public speaking is to breathe, centre yourself, and try to relax as much as possible.

Make sure the microphone is at the right height before your start your speech. Far better to address the issue first than to soldier on looking awkward or without being heard.

Make eye contact with your audience. Your audience will be more receptive to your speech if you have strong body language, a major component of which is solid eye contact (even if this is onyl held at the beginning of the speech). It will also help you to think of the individuals you are addressing, who happening to be sitting in a group. Many find looking at the audience and thinking about them in these terms helps to relax them. If you find that you can’t quite focus on your speech while making eye contact (a very common complaint), either find a spot on the wall opposite you to continually look at, or scan the space a few inches above the heads of the crowd. No one will be able to notice, we promise.

Don’t slouch. It’s scientifically proven that standing up straight makes you feel more confident and self assured, and your audience will see the difference. Stage presence counts for a lot. Good posture will also help you to project your voice.

Do your best to appear relaxed and natural (ish). If you can, try to look at certain individuals when making your speech as opposed to staring into the back wall. If you make eye contact with people, your speech will be a lot more intimate. Smiling will give the impression that you are at ease. Fake it ’til you make it, baby!

Your speech should be prepared beforehand. Make yourself speech cards with large writing and print clearly. You might even want to use a highlighter and make pauses and paragraphs so that you can see these at a glance. There’s nothing worse than standing in front of an audience, waiting for the perfect off-the-cuff speech to come to you, only to crash and burn publicly.

Watch your language. Not the sweary bits- that should go without saying- but in terms of your use of phraseology. Make sure your language is clear and helps you to get your ultimate points across. Also, try not to repeat the same phrases or specific words multiple times.

If there are guests at the wedding that are particularly conservative or whom you don’t know well (and there are bound to be), try not to include crude jokes into your speech as you do not want to offend anybody. But if the wedding is an informal do where everyone uses that sort of language to humourously express themselves, let ‘er rip! Whatever will add to the joy of the celebration.

Unless you’re the bride, groom, or part of their immediate family, aim to have your speech run under 5 minutes. If you speak for much longer than this, your audience will probably get bored. To ensure you get the timing right, literally time the speech! After you’ve written a draft of your speech that is approximately the right duration, revisit it every now and again and update is as you see fit.

There’s no need to learn your speech by heart. A better option is to become familiar with the speech so that you will speak naturally when giving it. Have your speech cards handy so that you can glance at it from time to time as a refresher. Practice really does make perfect.

Try not to drink too much before it’s your time to speak. On the flip side, if you get very agitated ahead of public speechmaking, perhaps a glass (or two, tops!) of champers might help relax you. Remember that your aim is to deliver your speech as well as possible, and to act in a way that aims to see that goal through. Use your discretion.

On the same lines, always visit the ladies’ in advance to making your speech!

If you can, and if it’ll help, find a private corner of the function (toilet stalls are absolutely fine) just before giving the speech. Use whatever methods you know help calm you down- some like to revert back to a hobby, like sitting down to knit for 5 minutes, other like to do something repetitive, like chewing gum or brushing their hair, whilst others like to spend some time doing a crazy little dance to get all the nervous energy they can out. Don’t worry about accidentally being found out- simply tell your surprise audience that you’re about to give a toast and you’re working out your nerves. They’ll understand, I promise.
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that you have, in the grand scheme of things, a fairly small role and responsibility- though that’s not to say that it’s not significant! Remembering this should alleviate some pressure that everyone inevitably feels before public speaking. As long as you’re expressing your love and well wishes for the happy couple, the way you say it is a very secondary factor. Any positive speech, no matter what the delivery turns out to be, always serves to enhance the event. So remember to plan ahead, loosen up, speak confidently of love, and you absolutely can’t go wrong.

Know More About Wedding Speech Running Order

The typical running order for wedding speeches can vary depending on religion or culture, or even personal preference. The main objective in this portion of the wedding is to make sure that the guests are in a position to properly pay attention to, and actually enjoy the speeches. So, generally speaking, the speeches are held toward the end of the meal.

Wedding Speech, Microphone, Wedding Reception
Running Order
The running order of wedding speeches is usually as follows:

Guests arrive for drinks
Guests are seated
MC introduces the bridal party and welcomes the guests
Meal is served
Speeches are held
Cutting of the cake
Bridal waltz
Guests invited to dance
The farewell
It’s important to remember, however, that this order is flexible and can be changed. If another order happens to suit your needs better, feel free to switch it up. It helps to think out loud and discuss your options through with your wedding planner/ coordinater or family and friends to work out the best logistical option.

Speech Order
The order of the speeches themselves is similarly dependent on your personal preference. But for the sake of making sure they all run smoothly, decide on an order before the speeches are begun. Traditionally, speeches are made in the following order:

Father of the Bride
Father of the Groom
The Groom
The Bride
The Best Man
Individual Speeches
Each individual’s role and speech generally covers these basics:
Master of Ceremonies:

Controls the order of speeches. He calls for the guests’ attention and either introduces each speaker in turn or just the first speaker.

The Bride’s Father

(Or close friend or relative of the bride’s family) speaks first.The bride’s father will propose a toast to the newlywed couple. What he will speak about will depend on each situation, but he might include:

Welcoming the guests and thanking them for joining both his and the groom’s family
How proud he is of his daughter/family member/friend, often including stories of her growing up and their family life
Welcoming his new son-in-law and the groom’s parents to his family
Advice and well wishes to the couple
Thanking everyone who helped to organise the wedding, including all paid employees
Proposing a toast to the couple at the end of his speech
The Groom

Traditionally speaks next. His speech could include:

Thanking the guests for their attendance
Thanking the bride’s parents for allowing him to marry their daughter, welcoming him into the family
Thanking everyone who contributed to the wedding
Thanking and complimenting the bride, emphasising how lucky he is to have married her
Paying tribute to his own parents- refering to his upbringing, moral guidance, and opportunities given to him through his family
Thanking the page boys, flower girls, ring bearers, and bridesmaids
Thanking his best man, a brief discussion of how important his friendship is to the groom
Thanking his groomsmen for their help in preparing him for the wedding, as well as helping the day to run smoothly
Thank everyone for coming, for their kind wishes and gifts
The Bride

Though not mandatory, the bride may choose to make her own speech. This can vary from a few short words thanking her guests for attending, and how lucky she feels on this day, to her own full-blown version of the groom’s own speech.

The Best Man

Officially, his duty is to reply on behalf of both the groomsmen and the bridesmaids. His speech is traditionally the most casual and fun, and generally includes:

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
If there are to be other toasts or additional speeches to be made, they are done so now. These are generally much shorter, and are ordinarily given in the following order:

Toast to the parents by the MC or groomsmen not the best man
Father of the bride
Father of the groom
Groom or Groom and Bride together
Best man
The Master of Ceremonies will then finalise the wedding speeches by encouraging the guests to enjoy the rest of the evening. We suggest you do the same!

Should Know Wedding Speech Dos and Don’ts

Whilst being asked to deliver the all-important wedding speech is, of course, an enormous honour, it can also be unbelieveably stressful. What if you’re not interesting enough? Optimistic enough? Funny enough? Poignant enough?

The good news is that severe public-speech-related jitters are incredibly common- studies have shown that public speaking is the top reported fear among adults, even beating out death itself. Bizarre. But a great wedding speech doesn’t have to be the cause of anxiety. Just follow these simple sets of ‘dos and don’ts’ for a fail-safe speech that will absolutely delight the bride and groom.

Do:
Plan your speech. A certain amount of spontaneity is definitely allowed, and you certainly don’t have to write your speech out word-for-word, but you do want to have all of the main points and examples planned out in your head. Before the big day, practice your speech for a friend to make sure you’re comfortable. Wedding photographers everywhere will tell you that some of these spontaneous moments provide some of the most lasting and memorable pictures in your wedding album.

Don’t:
Drink too much before your speech! At most wedding receptions there’s usually no shortage of alcohol – which can seem like a quick and easy way to calm your nerves; however, this method doesn’t usually end well. Have a social drink if it’s appropriate, but save any “heavier” drinking for after you’ve put down the microphone.

Do:
Introduce yourself to the audience. Remember that there’s likely a large group of attendees who have no idea who you are. Avoid the temptation to jump right into the body of your speech, and take a second to mention your name, and relationship to the bride and/or groom.

Don’t:
Tell embarrassing stories. Especially if you’ve known the bride or groom for a very long time, you might be tempted to wax nostalgic about the time the groom ended up locked out of his apartment, completely naked – but these stories aren’t usually received as well as they’re meant. Save the embarrassing anecdotes for private conversations, not for the stage.

Do:
Keep it brief. Considering how much you’ve likely sweated over your speech, it can be difficult to remember that it’s actually not the main event at the wedding reception. Also remember that time feels different when you’re under pressure; so your experience at the microphone might not accurately reflect the experience of a listener. When in doubt, shorter is always better.

Don’t:
Tell inside jokes or ‘you had to be there’ stories. The fact that you’re speaking at the wedding means you likely have a particularly close relationship to the bride, groom, or both. It’s wonderful to make your speech personal, and direct it to the wedded couple; just make sure it’s not so peppered with inside references that it’s not understandable to the rest of the wedding guests.

Do:
Make eye contact, and broadcast your voice. This is particularly important if you’re at a formal wedding, where the wedding party is seated separately. Look around the room, and make eye contact with other guests – not just the bride and groom. Although in your speech you might be speaking directly to the bride or groom, e.g. “I remember when we would sit around fantisizing about our dream weddings…” it’s important to acknowledge the other guests.

Don’t:
Mention past loves or old flames. Although this should go without saying, it’s a surprisingly frequent occurrence. The wedding speech isn’t the time to bring up the bride’s old boyfriend – keep your speech narrowly focused on the couple.

Do:
Include both the bride and the groom in your speech. If you have a particularly close relationship with either the bride or the groom, it’s easy to give a speech that’s unfairly one-sided. As much as possible, give equal attention to both the bride and groom.

Don’t:
Let your emotions run wild. Weddings are incredibly moving events, and during the very best speeches it’s perfectly acceptable to shed a quiet tear of joy or two; but remember that there’s a fine line between a tastefully authentic speech and a blubbering mess.

Do:
End the speech with the customary toast. Keep the toast itself short and classy. Wish the bride and groom love, luck, and happiness in their new life together, raise your glass, and bring the speech to an end.

In short, when being asked to prepare a wedding speech, make sure to keep some if not all these points in mind; they could just make a difference between an awkward and a great and lasting wedding speech that will be talked about not only that day, but for years to come. Oh and just one more piece of advice: Do remember to have fun with it, after all, it is a wedding!

*In case this isnt clear, this is meant to be read in as sarcastic a tone as one can possibly manage, depending on your particular vocal range.