9 Ways To Cope With Wedding Speech Nerves

9 Ways To Cope With Wedding Speech Nerves

If you’re not used to public speaking, then making a wedding speech can be very daunting. With this in mind, I have prepared a few important tips to help you overcome your nerves and deliver a great wedding speech. 1. Remember these people are on your side. They aren’t secretly hoping you’ll mess things up. The reason you’re there giving a speech is because you are connected with the people there, and so are the audience. Bearing this in mind, you can rest assured that anything you say in your wedding speech will be listened to and respected fully.  Also, people listening to speeches at weddings are wanting to laugh as this breaks the  tension. So any vague attempt of a joke will get you a response. 2. Practice your wedding speech thoroughly. The more your practice, the less nervous  you’ll feel on the actual day. Remember to practice the intonation of your voice and the  pauses. By showing you’ve put effort into your preparation, any mistakes you may make  on the day will be easily forgiven. 3. Learn your speech by heart. Whenever you have some spare time, in the car on the  way to work, in the shower or wherever…practice your speech. Repeat it over and over  again as many times as you can before the big day. You will feel much calmer on the big  day as you’ll know the whole speech inside out. 4. Remember to breathe. As simple as this sounds, it is often overlooked. Practice where you’ll take a breath in the speech, and learn to breathe correctly. Diaphragmatic breathing, as used by singers...

Top 10 wedding trends for summer 2015

Countdown to a great wedding: Fairmont Chicago wedding specialist Alice Fay shares the top 10 trends for weddings this summer: 1. Craft cocktails: Brides and grooms are interested in featuring creative, custom cocktails. Bitters are a must, and old-school drinks with a modern twist are also popular. Giant ice cubes are a big hit, especially with bourbon drinkers. 2. Beer pairings: Microbrews are very popular in the Chicagoland area as well as other locales around the U.S., so brides and grooms are displaying their favorite labels and pairing them with casual items such as mini pretzel bites, a custom bar mix or passed hors d’oeuvre paired with a mini sampling of the appropriate brew. 3. Pre-ceremony libations: A trend that is becoming more common is greeting guests of an on-location ceremony with a mini glass of bubbly or a non-alcoholic, festively garnished flavored sparkling water. 4. Notable quotables: Thoughtful quotations pertaining to the specific couple about their love story, relationship, favorite movie or song quotes can be printed or written and placed in a frame, on a napkin or on a chalkboard and displayed for all to see and chat about during the reception. 5. Finger foods for cocktail hour: Buffet lines and carrying around plates during cocktail hour are becoming outdated. Instead, serve smaller, passed bites on fun, printed cocktail napkins (maybe with a notable quotable on it!), and why not pair a tiny version of a signature cocktail or favorite microbrew along with them. 6. Coursed dinners: It’s on trend right now to serve a coursed dinner that allows guests to sit, relax, enjoy the beautiful centerpieces and table...
Engagement Season

Engagement Season

It is engagement season. Here are some helpful tips on sizing for your ring. Call us and let us help you plan your special day. 912.509.0342 #Savannahweddings #weddings #Weddingplanner #diamonds Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...
A Brief History Of The Bridal Veil

A Brief History Of The Bridal Veil

Since mediaeval times, Anglo-Saxon and Anglo Norman women’s attire included veils. The tradition of wearing a veil was part of most married women. Historically unmarried girls wore no veils. The veil had a practical purpose for it had covered the woman’s hair, their neck and the chins. Veils had served a functional purpose, protecting women’s skin from wind and sun damage. By the 15th century, hoods become prevalent, and veils became less widespread. Historically, brides wore their hair flowing down their back on their wedding day to symbolize their virginity, now the white veil is often said to symbolize purity. The bridal veil may have a place in mythology. Ishtar, ancient Goddess of Love, came from the depths to me her betrothed; the vapors of the earth and sea covering her “like a veil”. According to folklore, the tradition of the veil changed to include a blusher after Jacob was tricked into marrying his beloved Rachel’s sister, Leah, who was distinguished under the full veiling. It seems there is much to be said for scrutinizing the bride before it is too late! The development of the wide loom and silk tulle in the 19th century gave women a sheer covering that enhanced their attractiveness. The wedding veil signifies modesty, privacy, youth and virginity. That way of thinking still has significance on bridal etiquette, as only a first-time bride wears a veil. Remember, your bridal veil supposed to complement your bridal gown. The most popular colors are white, diamond white, and ivory. Diamond white is an excellent choice if your bridal gown has a sheen. The lifting of the veil at...
Something Different – Succulents

Something Different – Succulents

Being originally from the desert or Palm Springs,  California, I have grown up loving cacti and it’s off shoot succulents. In botany, succulent plants, also known as succulents or sometimes fat plants, are plants having some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. Succulents are grown as ornamental plants because of their striking and unusual appearance. (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Succulent_plant) As a wedding flower succulents bring such exotic charm and creativity to any aspect of the wedding.  Examples how succulents can be used as: Bridal Bouquet Boutonniere Corsage Wedding Favors Wedding Cake Flowers Centerpieces Ceremony Floral Try something different. Try a succulent! Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

11 Ways To Make Your Wedding More Beautiful On A Budget

I LOVE these 11 Ideas that we’re posted on Buzz Feed on how to make your wedding beautiful on a budget. 1. Want some decorations that will last awhile? Make some thrifty coffee-filter flowers! You wouldn’t expect them to be so beautiful, but they are! Learn how to make them here. 2. If you’re keen on having real flowers, try using baby’s breath. Baby’s breath is more affordable than traditional wedding flowers, and they can create a whimsical atmosphere at your party. You can get them fresh or preserved. 3. Recycle old glass jars. It may be clichéd to use them, but gosh, do they make things pretty. And they’re reasonably priced! Place baby’s breath in them and hang them with twine. You’ve got a wonderful rustic wedding already. 4. Turn a cheap piñata into something fabulous with tissue paper petals! A cute way to add more florals to a bright, summer wedding. 5. Make your own cake topper with just wire! If you’re crafty, this is a fun way to make a unique topper for your wedding cake. There are also many places online that make custom ones to your liking. 6. A creative way to showcase the bride and groom’s initials is with a marquee light 7. Headpieces don’t have to be expensive! A handmade floral headband is the perfect accessory for a blushing bride. 8. Consider buying a used wedding dress. Chances are that the person selling it to you only wore the dress once (on their wedding day)! So if the dress fits, why not wear it? You can get it professionally cleaned and altered before the big day. 9. Everybody loves a good photo booth. Renting an old-timey photo booth can get pretty...