Here's to the happy couple! PART 2

So, you've been asked to give a toast at a wedding. This is an honor, and let's be honest, slightly terrifying.

What in the world will you say?! As someone who was fortunate enough to be asked to give a toast at a wedding, I can completely identify. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Three Tips for the Toast:

  1. Toast, Don't Roast. Be appropriate. Remember, you are at one of the most important events in the couple's lives, in front of all of their family and friends, and keep your comments in line with that. There's no need to recall ex-girlfriends or ex-boyfriends, or any drunken escapades or one-night-stands. Keep it classy and share stories that are appropriate for the couples' boss, co-workers, grandmother and your mother to hear.
  2. Short and sweet is never a bad thing. You want to keep your toast on the order of 2-3 minutes, and typically no longer than five minutes. Remember you probably are not the only one giving a toast, and a lot of times, dinner won't be served until after the toasts are completed. Also, in my experience, when toasts go over a few minutes in length the person giving the toast is usually rambling and not really saying much of anything.
  3. Practice makes perfect. Be sure to take a few minutes to write your toast ahead of time. This gives you a chance to try your speech out on a friend of spouse before showtime, and it lets you get comfortable with what you've chosen to say. You'll find it easier to look up from your notes and make eye-contact with the guests of honor when you've had time to practice.

More tips to come! Stay tuned!

Here's to the happy couple! Part 1

Ah, the wedding toast. One of the key pieces of any reception, and one of the biggest sources of anxiety for those asked to deliver them. Fear not! In the coming weeks I will share some tips to help you with your wedding toast, and for the bride & groom, a couple of pieces of advice as you choose who you may want to deliver a toast or speak on your behalf at your reception

To get us started, let's look at the WHO.

Who usually gives a toast at the wedding? Traditionally speaking, here are the basics:

  • The Best Man- typically goes first
  • The Maid/Matron of Honor- typically follows the Best Man
  • The Couple- if the couple chooses to offer a few words at their reception, they will usually follow the Maid/Matron of Honor
  • The Parents- Traditionally the Father of the Bride will offer a toast to the couple and a thank-you to guests and the Groom's family. The Father of the Bride would then be followed by the Father of the Groom if the couple elects for him to speak as well.

As with other traditions in the wedding world these days, the rules are that there aren't really that many rules any more, so if you want to skip having anyone do a toast, you can certainly do that, or if you want to have someone else do the toast, that's okay, too. The only thing I warn against is "open-mic" toasting, but we can get into that in another post...

Shavawn & Chris - Married!

We rang in the New Year with Shavawn & Chris and their friends and family who had come from all over the world to share in their wedding day.

Shavawn did an AMAZING job planning her wedding. She had an incredible vision for her wedding and it was so exciting to see it all come together so perfectly. I actually couldn't believe how smoothly everything went! I rarely see things happen according to schedule at a wedding, but these guys were on time or early for every single part of the day. It gave us so much time to play with photos and locations. Not to mention the hour we had with the Bentley to take photos! (If you are looking for a Bentley for your wedding, contact Grace Limousine. It is BEAUTIFUL.)

There were so many beautiful details at the wedding, and the cake... OH. MY. THE. CAKE. It was the Times Square ball dropping over the New York City Skyline. I have NO idea how Jacques pulled it off, but it was spectacular!

My other favorite part of the wedding was at the end of the night. They had the Times Square countdown live-streamed into the reception and as a surprise for their guests, had a huge confetti drop when it hit midnight. It was beautiful and so much fun!

(Click here to see the rest of the wedding.)

As always, without the rest of the vendors, I wouldn't have nearly as many beautiful things to photograph, so if you like what you see in the photos, here's the info on the rest of Shavawn & Chris's wedding day team.