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| Ceremony & Reception: La Pont Couvert, Tremblant QC | Catering: Choice Harbour Raw Bar and Seafood | Hair: Showpony Hair | Make-Up: One Fine Beauty | DJ & Lighting: DJ Ole | Photographer: Anne-Marie Bouchard Photography | Florist: Bloomfields Florals | Cake: Girl with the Most Cakes | Stationery: The Secret Ink | Planner & Styling: Kennedy Event Planning |
| Ceremony: Shaw Centre | Reception: Trillium Ballroom, Shaw Centre | Dress: Allure Bridals | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair: Showpony | Make-Up: Two Chicks + Lipstick | Men’s Wear: Coppley | DJ: DJ Jon Deck | Photographer: Laura Kelly Photography | Florist: Flowers Talk Tivoli | Decor: Sage Designs | Linen + Rentals: Groovy Linens | Cake: ThimbleCakes | Stationery: Hashtag Paper | Floral Wall: Plenty of Pretty | Planner & Styling: Kennedy Event Planning |
| Ceremony: Roof Top, 150 Elgin | Reception: Winter Garden & Performance Court, 150 Elgin | Catering: Beckta Dining & Wine | Dress: Norde Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: With Love Bridal | Hair: Top Knot Hair Styling | Make-Up: Ottawa Make-Up Artists | Men’s Wear: Hugo Boss | DJ & Lighting: Oxygen Entertainment | Photographer: Anne-Marie Bouchard Photography | Florist: Erin Carmichael, The Design-Co | Decor: Amy & Jen | Linen + Rentals: Groovy Linens | Cake: Serendipity Cakes | Stationery:Wishtree Stationery & Design | Officiant: Exceptional Ceremonies, Keith Langille | Planner & Styling: Kennedy Event Planning |
| Ceremony: St. Patrick’s Basilica | Reception: Glebe Community Centre | Catering: My Catering Group | Dress: Handmade Bride | Hair: Curly Hair Designs | DJ: DJ Tdot, Studio 44 | Photographer: Phillipa Maitland Photography | Videography: Cloud in the Sky Videography | Florist: Ottawa Flowers | Rentals: Chez Lili | Linen + Decor: Sage Designs | Lighting: Ottawa Special Events | Cake + Favours: Osso Sweet | Transportation: Telsa | Planner: Kennedy Event Planning |
| Ceremony & Reception: Andaz Hotel, Byward Market | Officiant: All Seasons Officiant | Dress: Sinders Bridal House | Bridesmaid Dresses: All That Glitters | Hair: Show Pony Hair | Make-Up: One Fine Beauty | DJ: Oxygen Entertainment Group | Photographer: Laura Kelly Photography | Florist: Ottawa Flowers | Linen: Groovy Linen | Decor Rentals: Party Time Rentals | Cake: Osso Sweet | Backdrop: Plenty of Pretty | Stationary: Paperless Post | Planner: Kennedy Event Planning |
Speeches given at wedding receptions have become a standard facet of modern weddings. Whether you are the bride, groom, part of the wedding party, or honoured guest, if you find yourself tasked with giving a speech it is important to prepare well in advance.
Typically, the speeches take place during the dinner reception, scattered amongst the various courses of food. The timing and length of each speech will vary depending on what the couple requests of their speakers as well as the speakers’ own speaking style. The following are the typical speeches that a couple may want spoken at their own wedding:
Best Man and Maid of Honour Speeches
Being asked to be the best man or the maid of honour is a special honour and it usually means that the bride and groom consider those two people especially significant in their lives. Thus, it’s no surprise that the best man and maid of honour speeches share commonalities. Often the first speeches of the evening, these words are both light hearted and sentimental. Tips on how to give good best man or maid of honour speeches include: staying sober enough to give a good speech, using humour, keeping the speech short, becoming a good story teller, leaving ex-partners out of the picture, and ending the speech with toasting the couple. These two speeches really give an opportunity to the couple’s nearest and dearest friends to share a bit of their history together, to engage the guests in some light-hearted stories, and to send the couple off on their new life together. For examples of best man and maid of honour speeches, click here and here.
Parents of the Bride and Groom Speeches
The parents of the bride and groom speeches have in the past been scheduled for the beginning of the reception. Typically, the host of the wedding speaks first, as a way to welcome the guests and get the party started. Traditionally, when weddings have been paid for by the bride’s family, the father of the bride would represent the host and would be the first speaker of the evening. However with modern couples choosing to pay for their own weddings, or have other means to help with the wedding budget, the timing of the parents’ speeches are now slotted at different times during the reception – to the couple’s preference!
Each family now has the opportunity during their individual speeches to welcome guests, to thank people for attending and sharing in their child’s special day, and to welcome their new child-in-law into the family. It is during this particular speech that a bit of parting wisdom can be given to the happy couple; perhaps advice about a healthy marriage, or advice to the groom about how to please his new wife! For examples of parents’ speeches, click here and here.
Toast to the Bride and Groom
Often, the bride and groom will also make a speech to their new partner in life. These speeches give guests a glimpse into the relationship of the couple – the content and the way in which they give their speeches to each other can be very endearing and often a highlight of the reception! The couple might choose to talk about how they met, why they love their new partner, or about their future together. For examples of bride and groom speeches, click here and here.
Couple’s Thank Yous
The couple’s thank yous are given by both the bride and the groom and is usually a chance for the couple to formally thank all the people in their lives: their bridal party, family, guests, and other important people that helped play a part in their special day. For an example of a wedding thank you speech, click here.
No matter how many speeches the bride and groom decide to include, it is the content and delivery of those speeches that add personality to the wedding reception. May your wedding receptions include many memorable moments including some unforgettable speeches!
Congratulations! It’s your turn to get married and you find yourself newly engaged and begin to imagine who you would like to be standing next to you on the big day. One way to make your experience as enjoyable as possible is to surround yourself with a great wedding party – but how do you choose who will to be a part of the big day?
If you want to still be friends with your wedding party throughout the planning process and long after your wedding day, there are a few considerations you might want to take into account. Here are some helpful tips:
Those you choose to be a bridesmaid or groomsmen should be people who are in your life in more than one way. These are the people who know you well, have seen you through multiple situations and challenges, and will be able to unconditionally support you through your tough wedding planning days. These are people that would be included in an autobiography detailing the last 5 years of your life.
Be Aware of Group Dynamics
You should think about the way you interact with your different friends and think about how they might interact as a group. The individuals chosen to be part of your wedding party need to be as much a team player as someone who stands out to you as a significant friend. While you may get on splendidly with one person, if this person is unable to compromise or communicate effectively with others in a group setting, this dynamic will make it difficult for the group to make decisions. As the bride or groom, you should also be ready to intervene as a proactive ringleader, should the need arise. You want to be able to sort out any issues between your wedding party members before the big day.
One thing that needs to be established with your wedding party are your expectations: what is expected of them on the wedding day and in the days, weeks, and months leading up to the day? It seems standard these days to assume that bridesmaids are responsible for helping the bride through various steps of the wedding planning process. Depending on the bride, the involvement of her bridesmaids may range from minimal or involved in every step of the way; but beware for one to perceive their involvement as minimal compared to another could cause confusion amongst the group. The same can be said for the groom and his groomsmen.
Be Open and Communicate Clearly
As the bride or groom, it is important to be open and communicate effectively with your core group of friends. If you are experiencing challenges, being open to your wedding party may help you get the support you need to resolve and overcome those challenges. Communicating effectively, whether in person, over email, or by telephone will help you to stave off all kinds of misunderstandings.
As your day nears, you and your wedding party will get busy. Within this age of technology, it becomes increasingly easy to stay in contact with people over various mediums; however, because your bridal party are important people in your lives, you don’t want to lose touch – make sure to stay connected! Continue to see your bridal party together or individually – this will ensure that your ties stay strong even as you become progressively busy in your wedding prep.
Don’t Be Jealous
You find yourself being asked to be part of your close friend’s wedding – what an honour! – only to find that you have to share this honour with other people. It’s no wonder feelings of jealousy may arise – perhaps you thought you were your friend’s (bride or groom’s) closest confidante and the realization that there are other people in your friend’s life may be a challenging realization to swallow. Rather than to focus on the other relationships, focus on how you can best work together with everyone to make your close friend’s wedding day the best it can be!
Voice Opinions Early and Be an Active Member
As the planning of wedding activities begins, make sure that you voice your opinions early on in the process or as soon as you have concerns to share. You don’t want to wait until just before the bridal shower, bachelorette, or bachelor parties to provide your suggestions or feedback to the rest of the group. You agreed to be a member of the wedding party, and so with your membership comes certain responsibilities – one of which is to be an active and engaged party member!
Focus on the Positive: On the Bride and Groom
As the plans for pre-wedding and wedding activities begin to take form, you may find yourself disliking suggestions from other wedding party members. Rather than to try and steer the planning process in the direction that you see fit, try and come to a compromise and try to focus on the positive: your friend is getting married! It is their day to shine, and while you may not get along or agree with the others, you have the opportunity to play nice and show what a team player you are wanting nothing less than to help your friend have the most amazing wedding experience ever!
Whether you decide to have a small or large party it is valuable to seriously consider those important people that will make up your wedding party. At the end of the day, these are the people (along with your wedding planner of course!) who will help you on your most exceptional day!
Getting Married this Spring? Let’s Talk!
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| Ceremony: St. Anthony’s of Padua | Reception: Horticultural Building, Landsdowne Park | Caterer: Westin Hotel | Cocktail Band: Tim Bedner | DJ: Oxygen Entertainment Group | Photographer: Fleischer Photography | Videographer: Elle Be Films | Florist: The Design Co. Florals | Linen: Groovy Linen | Decor Rentals: Party Time Rentals, Joe’s Prop House | Cake: Denis “The Cake Guy” | Espresso Caterer: Concept Espresso | Gelato Caterer: Stella Luna | Stationary: Wishtree Invitations + Stationery | Make-Up: Lyz Plant | Hair: Jessica Awad | Planner: Kennedy Event Planning |