When it comes to a wedding, one of the most important parts are speeches, which are usually said by the groom, the bride, their relatives and their close friends, who know them and who have spent moments in their company. Never forget that both the groom and the bride want a special wedding, which also represents the most significant event in their whole life and which is meant to join their destinies together forever.
In order to obtain a proper speech, it is very important to take care about some essential details and aspects of it. Remember that, as the stepfather of the bride, you played a main role in her life and you are one of the people who determined her to become a special person. Assume your role and express the deepest feelings you have for her, but also for the man she has chosen and show them respect. You will see that, if you take into account some factors, your speech will become even greater and more appreciated by your stepdaughter.
In the first place, the introduction is the most important part of a speech. It is the presentation of your feelings and thoughts about the bride and the groom and it should be well-formulated, in order to impress the people around you. “My beloved daughter and my dear son” could be the introduction you need for your speech. Do not forget to use appropriate words, which can reflect your true feelings expressed in a correct manner.
The second thing you must take into account is the content of the speech. Usually, when it comes to stepfather of the bride wedding speech, it should mainly reflect the influence you had over your stepdaughter and her improvements and evolution through the years. Talk about the most significant moments (her first good grade, her first exam, the first time she called you “daddy”) and try to evoke the moments you spent near her and in the company of your future son. It is a proper way to create a relaxing atmosphere that will captivate the guests. Use natural words in order to obtain the effect you want. Show everyone your pride for your stepdaughter and the respect for the man she loves.
The end of the speech is also extremely important, because it decides the final impression you will make in front of the people. It is recommended to end with a phrase that can express your best wishes for the couple, along with your support. “You will always have my support, my dears” is a very nice manner to show your love and feelings for both of them. Do not try to use sophisticated words or to wish them a lot of things. Keep your final phrase simple and direct.
When your speech is finished, drink a glass of champagne in honor of the couple and do not forget to hug every of them and eventually kiss their cheeks as a love gesture. You will be surprised about the result you will obtain.
Many people talk about your wedding day being the happiest day of your life. What they do not talk about are all of the problems that can happen along the way in those short 24 hours. One problem is that you may spill on your wedding dress. Let’s be honest, there is a possibility you will be getting some sort of stain on your dress. A solution to this is to have some tide to-go in the reception area or around you at all times.
Another problem that can happen with your dress is that it can rip. If you are transitioning from house to the church, or the church to the reception venue, you are most likely going to be getting in and out of cars. It is possible that your dress can get stuck in the door and rip. It is also possible that someone may step on your long train (if you have one) and it can rip. An easy fix would be to keep a roll of fabric tape around you in addition to the tide to-go stick.
Another issue that can happen on your wedding day is rain. The weather is something that is completely out of any human’s control, but I have found ways that can solve this issue. With being around so many weddings that have been rained out, you always need to make sure to have a backup plan. You need an indoor venue backup in case the forecast is not what you want it to be. If everything is planned outside and there is no available indoor venue, make sure to have a tent set-up available if need be at last minute. I have been to so many weddings that actually turned out perfectly even though the rain tends to come in unexpectedly. The only reason they turn out as perfect as they do are because we always have backup plans.
If you are having a wedding during an iffy weather situation, I would always be prepared with large umbrellas. I would make sure to get a lot of them, and provide them for your guests. The umbrellas can actually make a really cute photo opportunity as well if everyone is carrying the same umbrellas or are color coordinated with your wedding theme. Something to not forget about is to make sure to provide them for your wedding party. The wedding party should have colors that complement their dress scheme so that just because they need to hold umbrellas, they are doing it in style since there are photo opportunities at all times. The best photos are never planned ones.
Well, your dig day is here and you’ve been reassured that everything is in place and the ceremony will go smoothly. As confident as you are in the venue staff, wedding planner, caterer, florist and photographer, you’re not too certain of some of your wedding guests. It can be stressful thinking that the unpredictable or unpleasant, predictable behavior of your guests can leave a black eye on your wedding day memories. As full as your family and friend’s lists are full of interesting characters, let’s hope you don’t have many of the following worst wedding guests:
Crazy Mother-In-Law. Yep, the one sobbing uncontrollably and is quick to point out flaws in everything from the bride’s dress, to other guests and in-laws to the ceremony to the newly established marriage.
Inappropriate Father-in-Law. Father-in-laws don’t tend to be as emotional, but they can still show their displeasure. They can prematurely take advantage of the old man leniency exception when they blurt out inappropriate comments, remarks and jokes. After their tirade, they may spend the rest of the ceremony in a peaceful slumber, letting the special occasion pass him by.
Emotionless Dad and Girlfriend. It is forbidden for your dad and his girlfriend (if your parents are separated or divorced) to show any emotion or any hint that they are enjoying themselves.
Emotional Mom. Some moms can’t conceal their emotion and will cry at every moment of the wedding. To better cope with their emotions, most will either turn to exerting control over your wedding or turn to the bottle to drown their emotions.
Bridesmaids-Zillas. You genuinely love and respect your bridesmaids. However, the emotions and responsibility of the day and their coveted positions can make them act strangely out of character. Some may become demanding, entitled monsters while others accept your request to be your bridesmaid either out of obligation or some other ulterior motive.
Maid of Honor (Privilege). You’ve picked your best friend whom you’ve known nearly since birth as your bridesmaid. You’ve placed confidence and trust in her. However, she isn’t bridesmaid material. The pressure may cause her to go on a power trip where she will manipulate, constantly complain about everything, make excuses for things, make unsolicited remarks, crave to be the center of attention and put her wants and needs before the bride’s.
Fraternity of Groomsmen. You have a unique bond with the men in your wedding; so much so that you’re like brothers. As close as you are, you know they love alcohol nearly as much as your friendship. This means they will likely have their fill by the time their speeches come about. You just hope they don’t share X-rated blackmail-like speeches.
Not Your Brother’s Keeper Best Man. Your best man has always had your back and he won’t let you down this time by telling everyone in attendance of some of your deepest, darkest secrets and mistakes that shouldn’t be repeated in front of children.
Obnoxious and Obscene Siblings. Oh, yes, you can’t forget your brothers and sisters. While they are grown up, technically speaking, they still think and act like irresponsible, sex-hungry teenagers with their “significant others.” You just hope nobody catches them making out, getting drunk or stones in the parking lot.
Unpredictable and Unruly Extended Family. You have a large extended family, meaning you don’t know everyone very well. You are, however, worried about some unpredictable, unruly behavior. After all, you don’t want desperate cousins flirting and making out with your groomsmen, gossiping aunts pressuring you to call off the wedding because they someone who will be a better spouse, unruly children running around screaming bloody murder and drunk uncles. In a way, you figure if it gets too bad, your wedding could be made into a book or movie.
Who’s That and Other “Random” Guests. Are these guests your great grandma’s second cousin twice removed that you “had to” invite, a “date” of one of the guests or a random guy who just crashed your wedding for some free booze and cake and flirting opportunities?
An elegant wedding car makes it possible to create a stylish and sophisticated entrance to and from your wedding venue. Beyond the great look of the wedding car, they are also appreciated for offering a convenient form of transportation that will make sure you arrive at the venue on time. Let’s take a look at the main things involved in organising the perfect transportation:
Make the right choice
The actual process of choosing your wedding car can be quite daunting because there are many different things that need to be carefully considered.
Theme – Firstly, the chosen vehicle should be able to match the theme of the wedding to make sure it doesn’t look out-of-place. The preferred car model can include the modern, modern classic, classic and vintage. Every car will have its charm, but it is still important to base your decision on the all-round theme of the wedding. Also, it is necessary to consider the colour of the vehicle, as well as the decorations, such as the flowers and ribbons.
Size – the preferred size of the wedding car will relate to factors like the number of passengers and the type of bridal dress. It the bride is wearing a big or long dress, it is essential to make sure there is enough interior space. Additionally, it is worth considering the comfort level, especially if travelling for the longer distance.
Maintenance – make sure to only use a service that regularly maintains and services their fleet of vehicles. This will help to avoid the disappointment of a breakdown on the way to the wedding venue.
Budget – the cost of booking the chosen car will depend on a variety of factors. The cost is influenced by factors like the type and class, time of year, and extra packages ordered. Also, the overall distance to reach the wedding venue and reception will have an impact on the total cost.
How to book?
The process of booking your wedding car isn’t something that can be left until the last-minute because there are many things that need your attention.
Cars available – any decent company will have a decent size fleet of vehicles to choose from. It can help to see the various cars in person to avoid any disappointment at a later date. Also, if you do make the arrangements in person, this may make to easier to specify your needs to make sure you are getting what you really want.
Early booking – ideally, the wedding car should be booked as early as possible. For the busy summer period, the can be as early as six months before the date of the wedding. Also, the early booking is important when looking to book the vintage car because there is a limited supply of these vehicles. There is likely to be more flexibility if you intend to book a standard limousine, Mercedes or town car.
Weather – the chosen car should match the expected weather for the time of the year. While it can be tempting to book a convertible there is the risk of unexpected showers on the day, or gusty winds that will ruin the bride’s hairstyle. A soft-top convertible can make a practical compromise to minimize the potential issues.
Overall, it is essential to use a company that is well established, very reliable and offers the affordable prices. If you take the time to do your due diligence on the available options, you shouldn’t have too much difficulty finding a wedding car that matches the specific needs.
1. Tote Bags
Perfect for any season and oh-so useful, personalized tote bags make excellent wedding favors. Plain tote bags are inexpensive, and they are easy to customize yourself, should you wish to make your own wedding favors. Short on time? Some wedding shops offer personalized totes, but they will cost you more than if you design them yourself.
Having the ideal summer wedding? Candies and chocolates might not be the best wedding favor to leave for guests in the hot summer sun. Sunglasses are a great way to keep your guests comfortable and to remind them of your special day for years to come. A plus? Frames come in a variety of styles and can be personalized in so many ways. You are limited only by your imagination! Like tote bags, sunglasses can also be personalized professionally by many wedding and party vendors.
3. S’mores Kits
Perfect for weddings in late summer or early fall, individual s’mores kits are another creative alternative to more conventional wedding favors. These can be as basic or as decadent as you prefer, and thus they can work for any budget. All you need are some graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate bars and cute craft supplies to make these adorable and unforgettable gifts for your guests.
4. Candy in Personalized Wrappers
A bit more on the traditional side, personalized candy wrappers and candy seem to be mainstays when it comes to wedding favors. From those oft-present Jordan almonds to the more modern chocolate bars, this is another easy and inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your wedding. Why mess with a classic? Choose your candy and pick out those personalized candy wrappers. It’s a great way to make an impression on wedding guests with a sweet-tooth, and it also makes for a well-appreciated shower or bachelorette party gift.
5. Individual Bath Salts
Do-it-yourself bath salts are all the rage these days. Whether they are for personal use, a Christmas gift for a relative or birthday gift for a relative, chances are you’ve already got a recipe or two on one of your Pinterest boards. Individual bath salts are a unique and affordable way to pamper your wedding guests. Luxurious, little jars of bath salt also make wonderful bridal shower favors.
6. Hangover Rescue Kits
Hangover rescue kits or “cures” are a must-have if your guests will be drinking. From a personalized bottle of water, to a hangover remedy-packed kit, you can make this wedding favor as simple or as complex as you like. As with the other do-it-yourself ideas, this concept is flexible and budget friendly. Hangover rescue kits also make great bachelor and bachelorette party favors!
7. Individual Hot Cocoa Mix
Planning a winter wedding? Get your guests in the comfy, cozy mood with these individual hot cocoa favors. With some jars, craft supplies and some ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, you can create some of the most memorable wedding favors possible! You can customize the ingredients for different hot cocoa flavors, and you can decorate the packaging however you like. If you like the concept but don’t have the time for a do-it-yourself project, some vendors sell personalized hot cocoa packets.
8. Lip Balm
Personalized lip balm is another out-of-the-box concept for a winter wedding favor that offers a lot of flexibility. If you’re going for more expression or you are looking to save some cash for the honeymoon, you can make your own lip balm favors in a variety of different flavors and scents. As with the other ideas above, you can also buy personalized lip balm or do-it-yourself kits from vendors, should you need to save yourself some time and energy. Either way, lip balm can be an interesting and practical wedding favor for your guests.
You probably already know that sachets are little bags of perfumed flowers or aromatic herbs that people typically place in drawers or closets to make the space smell pleasant. What you might not know is that these herb and flower-filled pouches make creative wedding favors as well. As with sunglasses or totes, these unconventional wedding party favors can either be bought or made at home.
10. Travel Kits
Whether you’re having a summer or winter wedding, a homemade travel kit can be a useful and memorable wedding favor that doesn’t break the bank. This idea is highly versatile, as the kits can be made in a variety of ways on virtually any budget, and it’s the perfect favor for a destination wedding.