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Wedding Wear for the Whole Family

A marriage ceremony isn ’ t always just for couples , it ’ s often a union of families . Elevate your kiddos ’ look with special wedding wear that makes them feel confident and confirms that they ’ re part of the unity ceremony . Little ones can fill the classic roles of flower girl and ring bearer by wearing simpler versions of their parents ' ensembles . Older children can serve as junior bridesmaids and groomsmen or even walk Mom down the aisle , wearing the same outfits as the rest of the wedding party .
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Wedding Planning A Toast with the Most How to Write the Perfect Wedding Speech By Dayna Engberg Do Prepare in Advance If there’s one piece of advice you must follow when giving a wedding speech, it’s this: Don’t wing it. Avoid making a speech that’s memorable for all the wrong reasons by preparing in advance. Record yourself practicing, rehearse in front of a friend and keep it concise. A good speech should be around two to five minutes. Be Authentic If you’re sharing a story or anecdote, don’t try too hard to be funny. There’s nothing more awkward than a joke that lands flat. Instead, connect with the audience by speaking from the heart. If you choose a topic you genuinely want to share, you’ll feel more relaxed speaking about it and come off more confident. Keep It Clean S o you’re planning to take the mic at an upcoming wedding. Congratulations! Speaking at one of life’s most important events is a huge honor. It can also come with a side of anxiety. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these essential tips for writing the perfect wedding speech. It’s a toast, not a roast! Remember that your audience may include older relatives, plus-ones and colleagues. Don’t embarrass the newlyweds with crude jokes or stories they wouldn’t want grandma hearing. If you’re not sure if it’s appropriate, err on the side of caution and save the juicy stuff for the rehearsal dinner. ©Domino Arts Photography Don’t Not sure where to start? Reflect on these prompts to get the creative juices flowing. Use Inside Jokes Inside jokes might get a laugh or two out of the wedding party, but they’ll probably go over everyone else’s heads. Avoid the confused looks and blank stares by writing your speech with the larger audience in mind, or include the backstory so that everyone can follow along. • When you first met the bride or groom, what bonded you as friends? • Have you shared any moments together where things didn’t go as planned? • What was the most fun or interesting thing that you’ve done together? Drink Too Much • Do the newlyweds have any strange hobbies or quirks that they share? • What inspires you about their relationship? • How did the newlyweds meet? What was your first impression? • What does each partner bring out in the other? ©Domino Arts Photography 48 | Destination Bliss It might be tempting to hit the open bar for a little liquid courage before your speech, but save the celebrating for after. You don’t want to be up there slurring your words or worse, forgetting your lines. Order a glass of champagne, but hold off on drinking it so you have a full glass to raise at the end of your toast. ◆ Contact our agency today | 49