Questions & Answers
1.Who pays for the wedding?
2.Where do I start with my guest list?
3.Who do we invite if we're getting married abroad?
4.Who sends the invitations and when?
5.Should I set a dress code?
6. What time should the bride & groom get to the ceremony?
7.Do my bridesmaids enter before or after me?
8. What duties do the best man and ushers have?
9.Can my pet dog be part of my wedding?
10.Do we have to have favours?
11.Do we need a receiving line?
12.Should we offer a choice of food?
13.When are the speeches and in what order?
14.When should we register our gift list?
15.Can we ask for cash instead of presents?
TOASTS AND SPEECHES Be brief, appropriate and to the point - is ...
TOASTS AND SPEECHES Be brief, appropriate and to the point - is the best motto for any speech maker, but especially so at weddings. Rambling memories of the bride's or groom's baby days are not in order, nor are would-be saucy allusions to the honeymoon bliss - both of which are embarrassing to all listeners, and especially the couple whose happiness the wedding party is supposed most to celebrate.
Two minutes on his feet is quite sufficient speechmaking for any father of the bride who starts off the speeches and toasts by proposing the health of the newly weds. A typical brief speech would be as follows: `Ladies and gentlemen, May I claim your attention for a moment while I perform a most pleasurable duty on this happy occasion.
Ladies and gentlemen, let us drink to the long life, prosperity and happiness of the bride and groom.' Equally the bridegroom's response should be brief and to the point. The following reply is one of the 'short and sweet' type which was much appreciated by listeners for that reason. `Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank you for the kindness and help which you have given me in making this day so memorable and happy.
I should like to take this opportunity of thanking my wife / partner 's parents (who are now mine also) for their unfailing consideration during our engagement. On behalf of my wife / partner and myself I thank the ladies who have lent their presence and assistance to grace the occasion, and the best man for his loyal support. `I wish also to heartily congratulate one person present in having won 'the fairest flower of all', and that is - myself.