Great Wedding Speech Quotes

A wedding is all about words… I mean at least literally. The clergy says their words and ask for the bride’s and the groom’s words. The bride’s father says his words in his wedding speech and the groom and the bride say theirs in their wedding speech. Then there are the welcome words, the words of gratitude, the words of praise, the words of wit and humour… the wedding vows and more wedding speeches. Quite a wordy affair! When it’s time for you to deliver a wedding speech at a wedding (even if it’s your own big day) some shivers are bound to run down your spine. The best speech would be the one that comes out confidently from the speaker’s mouth and expresses the feeling of his heart. You get all the guidance and help regarding how should go about your speech. Some sites on the web would even give you the speeches. But there is always the danger of ending up saying something that many others have said. So take guidance, take help, take advice but do not take someone else’s words. Imagine finding out that the speaker who speaks before you has got the same jokes as you… you borrowed from the same example speech!It’s best to have your own words to express your feelings. You might have to keep it simple but it will be original. And original is original. You can use some famous quotes and saying about love, wedding and marriage to make your speech sound interesting. If chosen and timed carefully, some sayings and quotes (though well known) would give a rich and witty flavour to your speech.Here are a few famous quotes that can definitely adorn your speech.

i. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

ii. May she share everything with her husband, including the housework.

iii. Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.

iv. If two stand shoulder to shoulder against the gods, happy together, the gods themselves are helpless against them while they stand so.

v. Matrimony is a process by which a grocer acquired an account the florist had.

vi. Here’s to matrimony, the high sea for which no compass has yet been invented!

vii. Like good wine, marriage gets better with age – once you learn to keep a cork in it.

viii. It takes a loose rein to keep a marriage tight.

ix. Marriage is not a word – it is a sentence.

x As we grow older together, As we continue to change with age, There is one thing that will never change… I will always keep falling in love with you.

xi Men always want to be a woman’s first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man’s last romance.

xii. Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.

xiii. To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.

xiv. The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.

xv. Marriage must constantly fight against a monster which devours everything: routine.

Incorporate these into your speech with effect and relevance; and see your words cast a spell!

Live Wedding Bands – 10 Tips For Choosing the Perfect Entertainment For Your Wedding

There are hundreds of live wedding bands advertising their services so here are 10 points to consider when choosing a band.

Musical Ability. This is arguably the most important factor when booking a band, and is also probably the only factor that will be recognised by your guests. Many good bands will have backgrounds in top music schools or performing with ‘big name’ artists. This does not guarantee quality but it is a very safe bet. It is the band’s ability to cover your favourite tunes in a musical way that will make or break the performance.

Repertoire.  A good wedding band should have a broad repertoire, and be flexible with it in order to be able to cater to a variety of styles. Bands that can cover a bit of everything (soul, pop, rock, modern chart, 70s, 80s and even jazz/swing) will be the most flexible as they can tailor their performance to the exact specification of the client.

Experience.  The ideal band will have played at many (possibly hundreds) of weddings before and will have come across most situations. The band will then be able to adapt to a last minute schedule change and they will know when and how to change the set list to cater for the audience. There is no point in playing a set of 60s rock ‘n’ roll if everyone wants to hear ’80s pop!

Professionalism. This is paramount at a wedding as this will be the biggest day of their life for most clients. It can’t just be treated as “another gig” to get through. Most people who book a live band for their wedding will never have booked one before, and will probably never book one again, so the band should guide the client in all aspects of the booking including schedule, equipment, repertoire, size of band etc. No two weddings are the same and a good band will understand this!

How do you choose a band from the hundreds on offer?

The most important thing is to DO YOUR RESEARCH. The first place to start is the internet. A good professional band should invest in a good website, good demo recordings and good advertising, so they wont be difficult to find. Ask the band where they have played before and how many weddings they have performed at. Speak to the band manager on the phone too, or even meet in person. This will give you a good idea into how professional they really are.

How do you compare prices between the bands?

You should ask for a FULLY INCLUSIVE quote from all bands and ask them to list what is included. In addition to the musician fees they should always include a PA system, stage lighting, background music between sets and travel expenses. Always check how much live music you actually get for your money too as some bands will quote for 120 minutes (2 x 60) and some will quote for 90 minutes (2 x 45).

Can you view a band live before booking them?

Unfortunately most professional wedding bands do not have live public performances that you can view them at. It is always worth asking though as you may be able to view them at another wedding or possibly a public showcase if they have one.

Should you book through an entertainment agency or direct with a band?

Entertainment agencies are a good way to find bands as they will work with bands on a regular basis and will know exactly who is good at what. You will usually pay a little more (20% on average) for a band from an agency though, so if you are on a tight budget it may be best to book directly with a band. If booking through an agency always make sure that they clearly state the commission they are charging and ask who the contract will be with; the band or the agency. This could make a big difference to how your booking is dealt with and the level of come back you have should something go wrong.

How much should you expect to pay?

Most well established, PROFESSIONAL wedding bands will fall into the region between £1000 and £2500 and the price will depend on the size of band and the distance they need to travel to your event. Bands that charge a very small amount may be inexperienced, have no contract or insurance, and are probably not full time professional musicians. You should always ask what is included in the package and what level of protection the band’s contract gives you.

Why should you choose a live band over a DJ?

A live band gives much more of a ‘wow factor’ than a DJ and will often make or break the evening party. DJs are definitely useful at what they do, and in some cases will be more suited to a wedding than a live band, but nothing can beat a live band for the energy, crowd interaction and sheer enjoyment factor!

Wedding Flowers That Special Finishing Touch

Your wedding flowers play a very important part on your wedding day. It’s not just the flower bouquets carried by you and your attendants, the flowers carry through to the ceremony and the reception. You normally need to allow about 20% of your wedding budget.

So choosing your wedding flowers and who will take care of your needs is very important. If you have your favorite florist, contact them and make sure they have your date free.

Check with where you are having the ceremony and reception as to what they provide as far as the wedding flowers go and what will be involved if you organize the flowers.

If you don’t have your own florist, then check with your friends to see if they can recommend anyone. See if you can get about 3 florists to check out.

You will need to make appointments with the florists or flower coordinators. Do this early so that when you make your choice, they will be able to set aside your date. At this stage it is not necessary to have all the details of the wedding flowers you will want. To have your date booked is the important thing.

When you have your appointments with the florists you will need to take notes as to what they can provide and an estimate of the costings. Until you decide on the style of bouquet for yourself and your wedding attendants and buttonholes, corsages and floral arrangements required for the wedding ceremony and reception, the florist will not be able to give you a definite quote.

The florist will need to know–

Firstly if you have a theme, then let the florist know what your wedding theme is.

The color of your wedding gown and the attendants dress color, there are many shades of white and ivory. At certain times of the year, some white flowers take on a green tinge and champagne can look pink. If the florist sees the actual colors of the dresses, then she will know what flowers to suggest.

The style of your gown will dictate the shape of your bouquet and sometimes that will dictate the flowers that can be used. You may have a favorite flower, if so, be guided by your florist as to how it will be used.

If you have had your heart set on a particular style of wedding bouquet then tell the florist and she should be able to work this in no matter what style your dress is, there is always a way and there is nothing like a challenge for a florist’s creativity.

Be open with your wedding florist, the more information you can give them the better they will be able to give you something special.

Here is a list of what you may want the wedding flower specialist to provide for you.

Flowers for the wedding ceremony, entrance, alter, aisle

Flowers for the wedding reception, entrance, table centerpieces, cake table, guest book table

Flowers for home or where wedding photographer will be starting to take the photographs

Flowers for cake top

Bridal bouquet

Wedding attendants bouquets, maid of honor and bridesmaids

Headpieces for maid of honor and bridesmaids

Flower girl basket, headpiece

A throwaway bouquet, often complimentary by the florist but not always

Buttonholes/boutonnieres for the groom, groom’s attendants, fathers, grandfathers, ushers, drivers

Corsages for mothers and grandmothers, ushers

You will need to know how the wedding flowers will be delivered, what time and how will they be transported. It is normal for the flowers to arrive just before the wedding photographer, so they can be included in the photos right from the start.

You need also to know if the floral arrangements for the wedding ceremony and wedding reception will be arranged somewhere and then delivered or collected or will they be arranged at the venues.

There are many details when it comes to your wedding flowers but by choosing a wedding florist carefully, they will be able to help and guide you with all these details.

Above all, don’t try to scrimp on the wedding flowers, there is a lot of preparation for bridal bouquets. Only top quality flowers are used for weddings, those flowers go through special treatment so they will look as good at the end of the wedding day as they did when they were delivered.

Remember they are a compliment to your gown and add to the overall picture of a beautiful bride.

Your wedding flowers coordinator should work with the person making and decorating your wedding cake as well as the people at the venues for your wedding ceremony and wedding reception.

Organizing your wedding flowers can be a fun time, flowers are beautiful and add so much to the wedding day.