Wedding Tap Wednesday

Vendor tip-bits

Here Come the Girls

Vow Inspiration

From this day forward,

You shall not walk alone.

My heart will be your shelter

And my arms will be your home.

Simply the Guys

The basic phases of a groom’s speech

Phase one: Thank your new father in law for his speeches and for the bride’s family for welcoming you to the family. If you can, try and get in a quick gag during the opening of your toast to relax yourself and your audience.

Phase two: Thank the bridesmaids, ushers, etc. and propose a toast to the bridesmaids. Compliment the bride’s parents on the great day and their hospitality. Thank the mothers and reply to any comments from the father of the bride during his toast

Phase three: Thank your parents for making you the man you have become (this also helps shift some of the blame!). Also thank the bride’s parents for all their help with the wedding, creating their daughter and welcoming you to their family. Remember this is also a MASSIVE day for all the parents.

Phase four: Tell people a little of how you and your new wife first met and the journey you have taken that has brought you to this moment.

Phase five: Thank your best man and if you can warn your audience about the gags you know he’s about to shoot at you. This is your chance to draw first blood.

Phase six: You should reserve the last words of your speech to declare publicly how your bride has made you feel today, what she means to you and thank her for all she is soon going to have to put up with

Planner Perfect

Rules to a happy marriage;

  1. Never both be angry
  2. Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire
  3. If one of you must win the argument let it be them
  4. If you have to criticize, do it lovingly
  5. Never bring up mistakes of the past
  6. Neglect the whole world rather than each other
  7. Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled
  8. At least once every day say one kind or complimentary thing to each other
  9. When you have done something wrong, be ready to admit it and ask for forgiveness

Ghosts of Weddings Past

A perfect take on a modern wedding

A perfect take on a modern wedding

Wediquette

Invitations

Not everyone knows how they should write their wedding invitations so here is something to remember when you design your invitations.

 

When Bride and Groom are the hosts of the wedding you begin your invitation with;

Miss Joanna Smith and Paul Jones

Request the honor of your presence

At their wedding

 

When the Bride’s parents are the hosts of the wedding you will begin the invitation with;

Mr and Mrs Simon Smith

Request the honor of your presence

At the marriage of their daughter

Joanne

to

Mr Paul Jones

 

When you have Divorced Parents as the hosts of the wedding you will begin the invitation with;

Mr Simon Smith and Mrs Jane White

Request the honor of your presence

At the marriage of their daughter

Joanne

to

Mr Paul Jones

Perfect Palettes

Perfect blend of black and orange for a urban take on an autumn wedding!

Perfect blend of black and orange for a urban take on an autumn wedding!

Vendor tip-bits

Prep Shots- Bride & Groom

  1. The Dress- Hanging or Draped
  2. The North Window Shot- Bride facing out northern most window
  3. Bride walking down stairs
  4. Bride looking out (window or door)
  5. Maid of Honor & Brides Mom- zipping up dress
  6. Bride applying make-up
  7. Bride with bridesmaids and mothers
  8. Brides with her parents (and grandparents)
  9. Groom fixing hair
  10. Grooms father & best man- attaching boutonnière to lapel
  11. Groom checking time
  12. Groom with Grooms men and fathers
  13. Groom with his parents (and grandparents)
  14. Bride’s transport –Groom’s transport
  15. Bride exiting transport –Groom exiting transport

Wedding

  1. Groom waiting at altar
  2. Church wide shot (with & without guests)
  3. Bride walking down the aisle (side profile & front)
  4. Father giving away the bride
  5. Groom over the brides shoulder (& vice versa)
  6. Holding hands- bride & groom
  7. Bride & Groom kiss
  8. Bride and Groom leaving church (receiving line)
  9. Various pictures of brides family and wedding party at the ceremony space
  10. Bride and groom leaving ceremony location

Reception

  1. Reception outside shot
  2. Wedding party entering the reception
  3. Food shots (cocktail hour, drinks, etc.)
  4. Shot of each table full of guests
  5. Shots of Bride & Groom with an without family
  6. Bride & Groom portraits
  7. Bride & Groom with wedding party
  8. Bride & Groom hands and Ring portraits
  9. First Dance
  10. Father/ Daughter dance
  11. Mother/Son dance
  12. Bouquet toss
  13. Garter toss
  14. Cake cutting
  15. Bride & groom feeding each other cake
  16. Misc. Guest dancing
  17. Bride & groom eating
  18. Father of the bride’s toast
  19. Best man and maid of honor toasts
  20. Bride and Groom’s speeches
  21. Centerpieces & bouquet/ decorations
  22. Guestbook & signatures
  23. Small children dancing with Bride & Groom
  24. Bride & groom’s parents dancing (and grandparents)
  25. Guests waiting for grand exit
  26. Exit shot
  27. Bride & Groom “just married” vehicle – driving away

Here Come the Girls

5 simple style steps for Mother of the Bride

  1. COMFORT IS KEY! The golden rule for the mother of the bride’s outfit is “be true to yourself”. You should wear something that makes you comfortable and makes you look good; you want your daughter to feel proud of you, after all.
  2. RECRUIT HELP! If the bride has a color theme in mind, it is important that she includes you in it. If the bride is not available to go shopping, I would recommend you take a good friend whose taste you respect or even if you’re close with a bridesmaid. A second opinion is invaluable.
  3. USE YOUR HEAD (OR NOT)! Hat or fascinator? If protocol requires it- or if you love wearing hats and they suit you-then why not? If the wedding is more informal, and you never wear hats, then why make yourself feel- and possibly even look- awkward on such an important day?
  4. SPEND WHERE IT COUNTS! Treat yourself to professional hair and make-up- though do make sure that they bring out the best of you and not turn you into someone no one recognizes!
  5. BUY’N’DYE! Your daughter’s wedding is a great excuse to splash out on some designer shoes, like Louboutin’s classic ‘simple pump’ in ivory ($615 brownsfashion.com). You could then dye them to match the color of your outfit.

Simply the Guys

Now fellas this isn’t just any suit you’re choosing. It’s the outfit for your big day! We all know that your mom will have a dozen framed and laying around the house so you don’t want to mess it up.

Get measured!

Bets leave this to the professionals and seek a tailor. First decide whether you want to buy, rent or even have a suit custom made.

Know the formalities!

Unless you’re a seasoned attendee of the Oscars, you’re going to be dealing with the unknown, so make sure you’re clued up on how to knot your tie, bow tie or cravat so you don’t have a last minute panic on the big day. (Don’t worry we’ve got some tutorials for you)

Don’t forget the details!

Make sure your collar is stiff, your cuffs have cuff links and your cummerbund is color coordinated, if you are having them of course. Socks need to be thought of- Sponge bob square pants socks are not going to cut it, however a polka-dot or stripe could be fun for the photographs.

At the last minute!

Don’t do it!

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