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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

Wedding Websites for the Groom

groom-450There are probably a million websites out there that cater to the Bride and everything she needs to know to plan the wedding of her dreams.  But what about the Groom?  Doesn’t anyone care what he’s going through?  How he feels about this whole planning process?  More and more Grooms are getting involved in the wedding planning and need a place they can go to see what other grooms are feeling, share stories, to know they are not the only one having to deal with a stressed out fiance.  That’s where these websites & blogs come in!

There ARE other Grooms out there going through the same thing!  In my research for different wedding ideas to post on our blog, I continually run across websites and blogs for the Grooms.  Here are just a few of the ones I have found. 

themanregistry.com – TheManRegistry.com is an online resource for grooms and is the internet leader in grooms wedding tips and wedding advice for grooms. The website features a specialized wedding gift registry featuring hundreds of wedding gifts tailored toward grooms, including electronics, barbecue grills and accessories, bar supplies, tools and outdoors gear and items from favorite sports teams.

groomsadvice.com – is the blog for themanregistry.com

groomgroove.com – the web’s best roadmap for a groom’s trip down the aisle, including speeches for the Best Man, Best Man duties, and more!

groomsonline.com – GroomsOnline has been the Internet’s most-trafficked wedding planning website specifically designed to meet and exceed the needs of modern-day grooms in the United States. GroomsOnline’s offerings include knowledgeable advice and tips, bachelor party information, wedding day checklists, honeymoon planning tools, groom’s apparel suggestions, music selections and more.

thegroomguide.com – in the wedding planning process and women are expecting more from us. We were all alone, until now. Finally, we have a resource for our every move. Don’t screw it up! Do it right the first time! Let TheGroomGuide.com take you through it all without a hitch. Visit us often for updates and new features!

groompower.com – Welcome to GROOMPOWER, the groom advice website.  Our advice guides are designed for grooms who want maximum information with minimum fuss.  Whether you’re planning your honeymoon or choosing your best man, wondering what to wear or writing your speech, you’ll find the answers to your questions right here.

templeofgroom.blogpot.com – A groom that loves planning his wedding!

What is the role of the best man?

Ever wonder how and why your soon-to-be hubby made his decision for THE BEST MAN? Is he still thinking about it? Could there be a toss-up between his best friend and a relative?

Generally the best man helps the groom throughout the wedding day with anything he needs (including getting him to the ceremony on time and sober), but there’s more to the tradition of the best man, and Tom Santilli of Examiner.com has some great insight into this important wedding tradition.

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