2 Five Tips on Writing Wedding Toasts

May 16, 2011

Image courtesy of Vow Muse

Your BFF asked you to be the Maid of Honor in her wedding. Thoughts of bridesmaid dresses, bouquets and bachelorette parties dance through your head. You accept without hesitation, of course. In the weeks before the wedding, however, you are reminded that the Maid of Honor (along with the Best Man) is entrusted with making a toast in honor of their awesome friend. What on Earth should you say and how should you say it?

Image courtesy of Vow Muse 
Vow Muse is a team of two professional writing consultants who help brides, grooms and everyone else to craft personalized wedding vows, a special ceremony, or – you guessed it – toasts and speeches. While we love to help folks sound as sweet as a candy shop without them even opening their laptop, we’re also here to give a few tips for those who are trying out the DIY route. Without any further ado, here are five tips for giving a wedding toast:

  1. Don’t wing it. Unless you are supremely confident that you can speak well in front of a crowd, not clam up or stutter, and come up with enough to say on the spot, we highly recommend you put some words down on paper before you stand up with a glass in your hand.
  2. Speak from the heart. It sounds cliché and obvious, but the words that come out of your mouth that day will be remembered forever by some. They will be on video. They will be scrutinized by grandma. Say something true, something heartfelt, and something that sounds like you.
  3. Speak before you drink. The drunken Best Man speeches are remembered all right, with eyes rolling. Don’t be that guy or gal – your confidence to speak in front of others cannot be found at the bottom of a wine glass.
  4. Keep it short and sweet. Stories of your friend are great. As are professions of your true feelings and heartfelt sentiments. But people’s appreciation of these items has a time limit. Keep your speech between 1-3 minutes and don’t overstay your welcome in the spotlight.
  5. Toasts are about the toastee, not the toaster. Forget crispy bread; we’re talking about keeping the focus off you. Your toast is to the bride/groom, not to your illustrious career as his or her friend. Remember to make it mainly about them, not you.
The list could go on and on. There are so many practical tips for wedding toasts, and each person faces their own unique challenges. This is why Vow Muse offers customized wedding writing consultation to give each person the confidence and relief that comes from knowing that your words are perfect. If DIY isn’t your thing or if you just want a professional eye to review your work, email Vow Muse anytime at muse@vowmuse.com!

This was not a sponsored post - rather, a post written expressly for Kate Miller Events™ for educational purposes for the KME Blog readership.


1 Balloons in Wedding Decor

March 30, 2011

Image courtesy of Amy Atlas
Balloons at a wedding are typically considered to be a faux pas - but lately, there have been some really creative and stylish ways to use this fun prop at special events. The key is in avoiding the style turning out like a child's birthday party or a Sweet 16 Party circa 1985. From colorful balloon releases and fun send-offs, to dessert table backdrops and props to pose with for engagement and group photos - you can truly turn balloons from tacky to très fab!

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings
Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty and Photography by Boutwell Studio
Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty and Photography by Jessica Claire
Image courtesy of Team Thomson Photography
Image courtesy of Once Wed and Photogrpahy by Jonathan Ong
Image courtesy of Green Wedding Shoes and Photography by Brion Hopkins
Image courtesy of Pretty Chicky and Photography by W. Scott Chester Photography
Image courtesy of Pretty Chicky and Photography by W. Scott Chester Photography
There are a plethora of other creative uses - marking table numbers with balloons, your flower girl could carry a bunch down the aisle, or you could fill and release a large group of monochromatic balloons to cover an entire ceiling. Of course, classic white always looks amazing, but bright Summer colors like orange, pinks, yellow and red look incredible at outdoor venues with fun themes.

Will you be using balloons at your wedding?


1 Chocolat Inspired Engagement
Featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs!

March 24, 2011

Image courtesy of Elizabeth Anne Designs
Today we've been featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs for our fun Engagement Session (with real Bride Ashleigh and real Groom Jared) inspired by the movie Chocolat with Flourish, True Love Photo, Nicole Solarez, La Tavola, and Dorado Chocolates.

Our inspiration photo - from the movie Chocolat.
We'll be posting a full recap of how we got from the inspiration photo to the final product - but in the meantime, you are welcome to enjoy the feature by clicking here.


1 Sassy Sequins

March 15, 2011

Images courtesy of J.Crew & Confetti System
Images courtesy of Carter & Cook Event Co.  & Urban Outfitters
Images courtesy of Ban.do & Sitting in a Tree Events via Grey Likes Weddings
Sequins are popping up in wedding details just about everywhere! We're seeing them on shoe clips, decor, dresses and definitely DIY crafts. A girl can't help but be lured in by shiny, sparkly things - and sequins are just so much fun we can't help but toss them into the mix. They add texture to everything they touch - and a little bit of bling. Pair them with patterns like stripes and polka-dots or mix-and-match them with textured materials like lace, burlap and satin for a pleasantly eclectic feel.

Will you be using sequins in your wedding style?


2 Bridal Beauty: Lip Stains

March 11, 2011

Clockwise from Top Right: The Balm Stainiac, Tarte Lip Surgence Natural Lip Stain, Tarte Tickled Cheek Stain, Sephora Lip & Cheek Stain, Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain, Stila Lip & Cheek Stain, Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm, Laura Mercier Lip Stain, Benefit Posietint Lip & Cheek Stain, Urban Decay Lip Envy.
All available at Sephora.com or Ulta.com
Lip stains have become the go-to product for brides, not just because of their variety of colors, but also because of their long-wear, non-transferring quality and natural look. The stain lets you drink, eat and kiss with out the fear of smudging or transferring color on your new husband or white dress.

Whether you want a natural, rosy, flush; coral pout; or rich crimson lip on your wedding day, a stain can tackle the job and stay put. We are lucky to be at the point where non-drying formulas in a variety of textures like creams, gels, liquids (and even marker form) have been developed, making it a no-brainer to reach for a lip stain instead of lipstick.

Image courtesy of BHLDN
Lip Stains are perfect if you're having a Summer wedding - they help you avoid a hot mess with lipstick that can't take the heat and tends to melt and feather outward. A stain looks natural by applying color into the lip instead of just on top of it. The best way to prep your lips for a stain is to exfoliate with a lip scrub or buff with a warm wash cloth. It's key not to have chapped lips, moisturize everyday leading up to the wedding to have a supple, picture perfect pout.

Will you be wearing a Lip Stain on your Wedding Day?

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