Lots of Brides have a dream of a White Wedding. Whilst there is no guarantee of this outside there are several things you can do to ensure it all goes smoothly inside.
Winter weddings bring with them their own challenges – not just from the weather!
Here are a few tips to help you create the winter wonderland you dream of whilst ensuring you have covered all the bases in advance:
1. Take out wedding insurance and make sure it covers cancellation due to adverse weather conditions. Not all policies include this.
2. Don’t hope for a beautiful sunny day in November! Expect rain and then celebrate the sun if it makes an appearance, and remember, even summer weddings get rain.
3. Make sure you have a wrap or shrug to keep you warm if you are lucky enough to manage some outdoor photos no one wants to look like they are freezing to death.
4. Don’t be frightened to have the right footwear – there are some funky bridal wellies (or weddingtons as they are known) out there now. Whilst no one expects you to wear them all day they would certainly be a talking point and your feet will stay lovely and dry.
5. Make a feature of the early sunset and use fairy lights, candles and other lighting effects to create a lovely warm feel to your reception.
6. A candle light wedding ceremony can be very romantic, the soft glow of candles illuminating the church as you make your way down the isle. It can also create some beautiful photo opportunities.
A winter wedding can be every bit as wonderful as a summer one as long as you are prepared.
There are lots of gags that get laughs at weddings but when speech writing you should decide if you are including the jokes to get a big belly laugh or whether you are aware that they are heard at almost every wedding that takes place!
Counting down the top 10 most used (yet still funny) are:
10. The last time I addressed a room full of people like this I was in court
9. (upon standing to start your speech) Ladies and gentlemen let me tell you that not the first time today I have risen from a warm seat with a bit of paper in my hand
8. If im the best man then why has she married him?
7. (ask the bride to place her hand on the table and the groom to place his on top) Enjoy it as it’s the last time you will have the upper hand!
6. The bride and groom arranged the seating plan in accordance with the value of your wedding present. So thanks to Dave at the back there for the oven gloves!
5. (groom) said his credit card was stolen but he decided not to report it because the thief was spending less than (Bride) did.
4. The most effective way to remember your wedding anniversary is to forget it once!
3. None of you will know this, but I’ve actually congratulated the groom already. I said to him, ‘Well done! You will always look back on today as the happiest and best thing you’ve ever done.’ Fitting words, I thought, at the end of a fantastic stag do
2. I have a card here for you from some guests that couldn’t make it ‘ Dear (groom) we are sorry we couldn’t make it to day hope to see you soon from all the girls at the velvet lounge’
And drum roll please in first place:
Its been an emotional day – even the cake is in tiers!
And some terrible toasts to finish:
To our wives and girlfriends, may they never meet.”
“To my best friend and his beautiful new bride – May all your ups and downs be in the bedroom.”
“I’d like to thank Mastercard and Visa, without whom this would never have been possible. I really do mean it when I say the bride and groom will be in their debt forever.”
“ A toast to the most important people here today – the bar staff”
“ words of wisdom – never go to bed on an argument – stay up and fight it out!”
Fairy Godmother’s Top 5 Tips
1. Remember to eat something – you will be so engrossed in hair, make up and getting ready that eating will be the last thing on your mind. Stress affects people in different ways but don’t let your blood sugar levels drop as you wont enjoy yourself.
2. Pack a bag to take to your reception venue. You should include things like – an extra pair of tights or stockings, make up for touch ups, a pair of flip flops for later when your feet are killing you, a needle and thread for any emergencies, some baby wipes for freshening up and any other little things you may need. You might want to pop in some straighteners and hairspray for the mums when they remove their hats. No one wants hat hair! Ask one of your wedding party to drop it off to the venue and you will have everything you may need to hand.
3. Take 15 mins out of the day perhaps after the meal to spend with your new husband! The day will be so full with speaking to other people that getting time together will be near impossible. Just grab a little bit of time to reflect on the day so far and to ensure you are both having a good time.
4. Ask the venue to put your bouquets in water (if they are hand ties) this will keep them fresh and ensure that when you collect them the next day they are still looking lovely
5. Most importantly relax! If you have forgotten anything or little things go wrong – there is nothing you can do to fix them now so let your wedding planner handle them and enjoy yourself. All that planning and stress has come together and you can rest assured that the little things you are worrying about have no effect on your guests at all. As long as there is food and drink as party shall be had!