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Make Your Wedding Day Even More Special By Writing Your Own Vows

Author:  Gregg Hall

The trend these days is to have a wedding celebration that reflects the personalities of the two people involved. To this end, you may want to consider including vows that you have written yourself as part of the wedding ceremony. While the traditional vows may be beautifully written, that does not necessarily mean that they are the right ones for the two of you.

The first thing to think about is what you really want to say in your vows. While the deep affection you and your beloved have for each other is the reason you are entering into the honorable estate of holy matrimony, you might also want to include such concepts as friendship, hope, peace, respect, kindness, patience, loyalty, and a shared future.

You might also want to include a passage about welcoming your new spouse into your family and becoming a part of theirs. Your desire to have a family of your own might be a part of the thoughts you express to each other as well.

Look at some sample vows for inspiration. The librarian at your local public library should be able to suggest some books for this purpose. If you are working with a wedding planner, he or she may be able to suggest some good sources of information as well.

Reciting your vows is not like an exercise in public speaking in that it needs to last for a certain amount of minutes or have a specific word count. Use as many or as few words as you need to express the promises you are making to your spouse. This is your day and no one is going to think it amiss if your vows are wordy and flowing or brief and to the point.

To that end, some couples find it helpful to try to write their vows together, while others would feel more comfortable working individually. This is also a case where no one solution is inherently better than the other; people just need to determine what would work best for them.

If you like the wording contained in traditional pre-written vows but want to add your own personal touch, ask the officiate you have chosen whether you can have a combination of the two at your wedding ceremony. In this way, you are not breaking with tradition by including the standard vows, but you are making the celebration of your wedding a more individual one by adding whatever thoughts you want to share with your chosen one and guests.

If your goal is to have a wedding that is truly a reflection of your personalities, then writing your own vows is one way of ensuring that your wedding day will be as unique as the devotion the two of you feel for each other.

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Today’s Bride Announces 2010-2011 Bridal Show Schedule

CLEVELAND OCTOBER 2010 SHOW
Sun, Oct 17, 2010
Embassy Suites, Independence
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, OH
Doors Open:  10am – 4pm
Fashion Shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, & 2:30pm

AKRON/CANTON OCTOBER 2010 SHOW
Sun, Oct. 24, 2010
Sheraton Suites
1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Doors open: 10 – 4pm.
Fashion Shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, & 2:30pm

Each event has OVER 80 Exhibitors, Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Battle of the Grooms, Make-Over Bride, Prizes, Discounts, and Giveaways!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last)
$10 Admission.  Purchase Tickets online at http://www.todaysbride.com at 50% off!

AKRON/CANTON JANUARY 2011 SHOW
Sun, January 9, 2011
John S. Knight Center, Akron, OH
77 E. Mill St., Akron, OH
Doors open: 10 – 5pm.

Fashion Shows: 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm, American Commodore Tuxedo Dancers, latest fashions in Bridal gowns, Veils, Mother-of dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and more!

Over 150 Wedding Professionals to help you plan your BIG day!  Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Gallery of Reception Table Ideas, Gallery of Wedding Cakes, Portrait Gallery, Prizes, Discounts, and so much more!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last).
$10 admission.  Purchase tickets at 50% off by registering at www.todaysbride.com

CLEVELAND JANUARY 2010 SHOW – Now 2 Days!
Sat. & Sun, January 15 & 16, 2011
I-X Center, Cleveland, OH
One I-X Center Dr., Cleveland, OH
Doors open: 1/16/11 from 4-8pm
1/15/11 from 10 – 5pm.

Fashion Shows on Sunday:  11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm, American Commodore Tuxedo Dancers, latest fashions in Bridal gowns, Veils, Mother-of dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and more!

Over 200 Wedding Professionals to help you plan your BIG day!  Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Gallery of Reception Table Ideas, Gallery of Wedding Cakes, Portrait Gallery, Prizes, Discounts, and so much more!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last)
$8 parking, $10 Admission. Purchase Tickets at 50% off online at www.todaysbride.com.

Money Can’t Buy Love: Northeast Ohio weddings still going strong despite economic downturn

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by Jennifer Boresz on January 20, 2010

Weddings tend to boom during decade years.

Who knew?

My fiancé, Brian, and I sure didn’t plan to get married in 2010 for any particular reason. It’s just the way things worked out. But bridal vendors throughout Northeast Ohio are hoping others will also choose this decade year to plan their big day. It would give their businesses a boost, following a not-so-great 2009.

It seems that just about everyone has been impacted by the struggling economy. Even though some couples in 2009 worked within a budget to throw the weddings of their dreams, others decided to postpone their big days. A decrease in wedding funds may delay plans, but bridal vendors can count on one thing: People will still continue to fall in love and get married.

This Friday night (January 22, 2009)  at 8:30 on NEOtropolis, we’ll talk about the economic impact of Northeast Ohio weddings. If you think about it, just one wedding — one single day — touches many different vendors. By having your wedding here in the region, instead of a “destination wedding” out of the state or even the country, you’re actually helping the local economy.

According to the Wedding Report through the Bridal Association of America, the average U.S. wedding cost more than $30,000 in 2009! (Now I’m not saying everyone pays that much, but can you imagine the impact thousands of weddings have on Northeast Ohio businesses each year?)

Here are some interesting statistics from the same 2009 study that I thought you might enjoy:

17 months = average engagement time

169 = average number of guests

26 = average age of bride

28 = average age of groom

2,326,485 = numbers of weddings in the United States (a 2.37 percent increase from 2008)

I’m proud to say that since Brian and I are both native Northeast Ohio residents, we are using all local vendors for our June wedding. We’re even incorporating elements from the Lake Erie shore into our centerpieces and decor to reflect the region we love.

What about you? Are you a bride or groom who is planning a wedding? Will it take place in the region? Or, if you’ve been to a wedding recently, did you notice that it was less extravagant due to the economy? What stood out? And who are your favorite Northeast Ohio vendors?

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See Today’s Bride’s own Jim Frericks and Jennifer Fyffe discuss the outlook for the Northeast Ohio bridal industry on this episode of NEOtropolis.

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January is Bridal Show Month!

January is a very busy month for bridal show producers, including Today’s Bride.  We are the largest Bridal Show producer in Northeast Ohio for over 20 years, bringing newly engaged couples hundreds of wedding professionals all in one place!  It’s one-stop-shopping for all your bridal needs.

This Sunday, January 17th will be our largest show of the season at the IX Center in Cleveland.  Over 200 wedding professionals will be on hand, from florists to teeth whitening, Bridal gowns in Henri’s gown showroom to photobooths that will add additional craziness and fun to your reception.  It’s all here!  Beautiful fashions shows highlighting this seasons most sought-after gowns will be at 11:00, 12:30, 2:00 & 3:30pm, brought to you by Henri’s Cloud Nine with fashions from Henri’s, Expressions Bridal, David’s Bridal, Dora’s Bridal & Formal and more!  For the Mother-of, beautiful gowns from Peneventures will also be featured.  Don’t forget to check out the American Commodore Tuxedo dancers showing off the latest in formal attire for the groom too!  They are sure to rock the show!

Doors will be open from 10am to 5pm.  Admission at the door is $10 but you can get a $3 off coupon or buy tickets online for 50% off by pre-registering at www.todaysbride.com.  Parking is $8.

To help you prepare for the show, check out our bridal survival guid by clicking here.  Come to the show excited and prepared!

Wedding Speeches – Structure & Etiquette

In this article we offer help with structuring a wedding speech and the required etiquette . We also explore the traditional order that is followed as well as a link to our other example wedding speech pages on the site.

We hope you find these few hints useful for your planning and delivery. 

The Father of the Bride
In keeping with tradition, it usually falls to the father of the bride to kick off the speeches.

father-bride-100The father of the bride’s speech should be primarily about his daughter. Times they have shared, memories, when she was younger and how he feels about giving her away. The easiest way to write this speech is to say it from the heart. If you say how you feel you cannot go wrong with this speech.

Key points to include in your speech:

  • You welcome everyone to the wedding and the groom’s parents into the family
  • Say how beautiful the bride looks (you then have the chance to recount a story about when she was younger)
  • Welcome the groom into the family
  • Offer some advice or words of wisdom about married life (often a good place to tell a joke or two)
  • Thank anyone who has made the wedding special (caterers, vicar, etc.)
  • Propose a toast to the bride and groom
  • If you do not have a master of ceremonies you will then need to introduce the groom to speak.

Click on the highlighted text to see some example Father of the Bride speeches


The Groom
The groom’s main objectives in his speech are to talk about the bride groom-100and her family.  Start by welcoming everyone into the family, and it’s often good to make a point of praising people who have come out of their way to be present.  Continue by saying how excited you are to join them and how you love their daughter.  This should be an easy thing to do, all you have to say is that she is the love of your life; you could even say how you met. Keep it real and to the point and you will have a winner every time. Always compliment the bride’s mother, it’s an all round winner. Nothing too heavy, though. Just a simple ‘you look amazing, and thank you for everything’ is all you need to say.

Key points to include in your speech:

  • You thank the bride’s parents for raising such a nice daughter (historically this was to thank them for giving you her hand in marriage)
  • You give some thanks to people who have made the wedding or reception special
  • You say some nice words about the bride
  • You propose a toast to the bridesmaids
  • You also thank the best man for coming and you have the option to say a few brief words about him
  • If you do not have a master of ceremonies you then introduce the best man to speak.

Click on the highlighted text to see some example Groom’s Speeches


The Best Man
best-man-100The best man’s speech should be light hearted and funny. It is the high point of the speeches and often a much-anticipated part of the wedding, so no pressure!

Make sure that you compliment the bride and the bridesmaids. You must also welcome and introduce the parents of the bride and the groom.

After this you should tell a funny story about the groom. Note: do not mention anything hurtful towards the bride or anything she does not know about!!

We would recommend always telling a story that actually happened, they are often funnier and more convincing.

Key points to include in your speech:

  • You start by thanking the groom for asking you to be his best man
  • You tell a few funny stories about the groom
  • If you know the bride, you may be able to tell a few anecdotes about the bride (be extra careful about this)
  • You have the option to read out a couple of cards from people who were not able to attend (be brief on this as it can be a bit boring for the audience)
  • If you like you could propose a final toast to the bride and groom – wishing them happiness in their life together
  • If there is no master of ceremonies you will need to introduce the next speech or cutting of the cake or thank the audience and invite them to carry on with enjoying themselves.

Click on the highlighted text to see some example Best Man Speeches

The above speeches are in the normal order for a wedding. They are the main speeches of any wedding. However, in the last few years and thanks to television it is now popular for the Maid/Matron of Honor and the Bride herself to say a speech. If you are interested in these, the layouts are below.


The Bride
bride-100There is no traditional formal structure to a bride’s speech – mainly as in the Victorian past it was only men who were expected to speak. However, as a guide we would recommend the following structure.

The bride mainly thanks people for coming and gives gifts to the bridesmaids, people who helped and flowers to both parents.  She has no need to say a massive speech as this has been done for her.  Just a simple thank you is all you have to do. If you do want to say a few more words we recommend just saying how happy you are and how happy you have been since you met your husband.

Key points to include in your speech:

  • Thank everyone for coming
  • Highlight any people who would like to have come, but were unable to come due to poor health
  • Possibly tell the story of how you met the groom (if appropriate)
  • Tell an amusing story
  • Any special words that you would like to say
  • Since there is no formal structure, you should make sure that you have told the master of ceremonies where you would like to be featured.

Click on the highlighted text to see a sample Bride’s Speech


Maid/Matron of Honor
bridesmaid-2-100This is also a very simple speech. The aim of this speech is just to say a little bit about the bride and how beautiful she looks. Look at it as a female version of the best man’s speech that doesn’t need to be funny. Start by thanking the bride for giving you the honor of being the Maid/Matron of Honor, followed by a short story about her and finishing by saying how happy you are for her that she has found someone to spend her life with. It really is as simple as that!

Here is a sample Maid of Honor speech for you