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23 Clever Ways To Number Your Tables

planning » planning » Reception Ideas » planning » Wedding Decor

There’s no small detail that can go overlooked when it comes to your wedding decor. You can definitely illustrate your wedding theme and personality as a couple through your table numbers and how they are displayed on the tables. Gather inspiration from these 23 ideas — from DIY projects to pre-wedding photo shoots — your guests are sure to be delighted with the results.

How To Write A Wedding Speech

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One of my last tasks as maid of honour at my sister’s wedding was to toast the bride and groom. A naturally good speech writer, I was stumped. I didn’t know how to put 23 years of sisterhood — all the fights, loving moments, and lessons learned — into words. I also wasn’t sure how to write a good wedding speech without saying that I always knew that he was The One. The truth is that I didn’t; Over the two years that my sister and her now husband were dating he grew on me and now we’re the best of friends but when they first started dating I didn’t necessarily think I’d eventually end up welcoming him into the family.

To prepare for my toast I scoured the Internet looking for wedding speech ideas and even contemplated purchasing one online. At last, it was the night before the wedding and I couldn’t procrastinate any longer. I finally sat down and wrote what I felt innately. And I came out with a fabulous speech.

Through my experience I learned a few things about approaching a wedding speech that I think can be helpful for anyone asked to speak at a wedding.

Be Honest

It took me so long to sit down and write my speech because I was trying to write the best wedding speech of all time. The great ideas finally started pouring out when I thought about how I really felt about my sister. Put the cliched wedding speech “must-haves” aside and speak from the heart.

Keep It Short

Everyone loves an anecdote or two but it’s easy to get carried away with stories and forget that they may not be relevant (or make sense to) half the wedding guests. Do away with inside jokes and choose one stand-out story that really defines the person you’re toasting. If the story takes too long to tell or can’t be linked to the rest of your speech, it doesn’t belong there. Wedding guests get antsy when speeches go on for too long, so cut your self off at three minutes.

Keep It Relatable

What do all wedding guests have in common? That they’re near and dear to the bride and groom. While most won’t understand inside jokes, they will love to hear details about the couple that they may not already know. Choose to tell stories about the couple that wedding guests may not know. If speaking to a large group of people isn’t your thing consider doing a narrated slide show.

Speak Together

Write your speech with your soon-to-be hubby (or other bridesmaids and groomsmen if you’re part of the wedding party) and deliver it together. Instead of trying to speak off the cuff organize yourself beforehand and divide up the parts of the speech so that you aren’t repeating one another.

Don’t Leave It Until The Last Minute

I don’t mean to be a hypocrite but personal experience tells me that there’s nothing you want to do less the night before a wedding than write your speech. It puts unnecessary stress on you right before the big day and makes it hard to concentrate on what you really want to say. Instead, start your speech a few months in advance. Begin by jotting down ideas and then turn those ideas into complete thoughts and concrete sentences. If you work on your speech for a few hours everyday before you know if it will be written with lots of time to spare.

2011′s Most Romantic Cakes and Flowers

planning » Bouquets & Flowers » planning

Moody hues coupled with romantic roses and and pretty ruffles are quite the striking mix. Inspired by the sophisticated ambiance, often found in British tableware and wallpaper patterns, Weddingbells was inspired to go town with this amazing cakes and flowers shoot. From a six-tiered painted cake to a pillow confection, here are six wedding floral arrangements and sweet treats to help inspire you for your own wedding day style. Enjoy!

First published in Weddingbells Fall & Winter 2011.

Lela Rose Fall 2012

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

Lela Rose plays up simple silhouettes with delicate, eye-catching adornments that add an overtly feminine air to the Fall 2012 collection. Lovely lace accents add demure elegance to these ultra-pretty gowns, which are truly show-stopping from every angle.

Photography courtesy Lela Rose

An Elegant Wedding With A Hint Of Sparkle in Richmond, British Columbia

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Sally Tran and Christopher MacDonald, July 16, 2011, Richmond, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy Tracie Caldwell Photography, (

Ceremony  location: Quilchena Golf and Country Club
Reception location: Floata Seafood Restaurant
Dress: Lisa’s Bridal
Hair and makeup: Thy (604-321-1692)
Groom’s tux: Moores
Favours: Natural Image Weddings
Bridal party attire: Bryan’s Fashion (604-255-1492)
Cake: Ganache Patisserie
Lion Dancers: Natural Image Weddings
Flowers: South Van Market (604-321-1692)
Music: Beau Jensen, friend of the bride
Stationery: Natural Image Weddings


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