s ince graduation, you’ve gotten over pimples, bad hair days and bad boys, (sort of) so why should the prospect of public speaking still make your hands twitch and your speech stutter? You’ve come a long way - it’s time to rise above those nerves and to the occasion, and deliver a charismatic speech using your individual strengths as the backbone, and your love for the newlyweds as the heart. Now, chances are at some point or another you’ve been witness to both smart, funny, captivating speakers, and those who bomb- inducing some serious, audience-wide cringing. You’re aiming to land somewhere in th
t here’s something extra-nice about doing your wedding day your way. There’s nothing wrong with putting others first, but now’s the time for just ‘his and hers.’ Don’t let traditional zealots shame you out of town. Waking up with heart palpitations in the middle of the night is reason enough to reconsider the fanfare of ceremonial hoopla. There are loads of super-rational motives for wanting to give elopement a whirl. You and your main squeeze may crave a true sense of intimacy that only few formalities can create. Or you may want to invest in a down payment for your love nest a
a ll brides capping off the decade, wondering what’s hot to trot down the aisle for the 2010, need not look any further. Oh-nine standbys, like the vintage craze, hold fast at number one, reigning in updated newcomers, like the all-drama, no-cumber birdcage veil. Couture cupcakes, retro invites and monogrammed everything have yet to lose their mojo, so if signature drinks float your boat, don’t let them drift past your reception for playing passé. As for the new kids on the block, the trend amongst trends is all about personal details and local flavors, forcing even the most avid fad-follower to unleash her true lo
a ny wed-vice article worth its weight in straight talk will tell you: your big day won’t be without its little blunders. Even when it feels thisclose to perfection, an emergency kit is still in order. Because glutting a purse full of high-priority bridal trappings is a fun but tricky art, its best to break it down by bag size. The roomier the clutch/fanny pack/rucksack, the more secondary accessories permitted. Build up accordingly.
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a ballroom overflowing with toasts and the twinkling of champagne glasses is an appealing image, but if you’ve got a budget to stick to, trimming a few extra inches off of that guest list is going to aid you in your quest. Expect that every guest will feel entitled to enjoying their own share of food, drink, and other celebratory vices. Rather than scrimp and save by spreading the works thin over a gargantuan crowd - let the day’s indulgences bubble over you and those closest to you.
o ne size fits all is a pure unadulterated myth, which is why many modern duos are assuming the custom-made vow. But if a blank sheet of paper erases all your candy-coated memories, and getting tongue tied is a public speaking certainty, you may need a just a bit of help speaking from the heart. A step-by-step guide’s not a bad start. watch your mouth! Before getting all purple on that unsuspecting page, take a moment to contemplate language. Flowery pr
e arth’s blossoms are no-buts-about-it bountiful, beautiful, and from stamen-to-pistil fashionable, a carry-them-or-bust must kind-of-essential, right? Speaking in socio-positive, biggie-picture driven terminology- a floral bouquet might not be the epitome of beauty in every eye of the bridled beholder. Carry a torch for something a little on the audaciously alt-side? Fear not mean-girl marginalization – whatever you put your stamp on, is sure to make a sidekick fit to rival any Doctor Watson or Sancho Panza - bouquet-tiquette says playfully accessorized objects of tote ‘n’ cart affection are in, i
f or the trendiest fusion of personal tags, kick his and hers hand towels to the curb and adopt the hot-again monogram. Monograms combine your initials and are to be set in ink, stone or cake. They peak select items with personalized intrigue, and when stamped with abandon across the reception, they create a sleek and classic theme. rules of the regalia