Can you plan a dream wedding on your own? I’m sure you want your wedding extra special and memorable. The key to planning a perfect wedding on your own is making lists, calling to confirm and a pocket planner.

Your wedding planning lists revolves around your wedding date. So write your wedding date on your calendar first. Next make a budget and a list of everything you are going to need for your wedding and a list of businesses and phone numbers to contact.

The next important thing that affects your wedding planning process is the location. Choose your location and write down details in your wedding planner. Details such as d้cor, colors, lighting, parking, number of church pews, are chairs available? Does the sunshine in at a certain time of day? Are you going to rent an aisle runner? How much room is available for ferns, flowers or candles?

Next you need to jump to planning the reception because reserving a great location on the same date as your wedding can be difficult. To find a great wedding reception location ask around or recall weddings that you have attended in the past. Make a list of questions to ask when you call or visit the location. Things such as price, availability, what time you can set up, do they have in house catering or can you hire your own caterer or bring in food or alcohol? I had my reception in an old southern mansion and they only allowed a champagne toast and no other drinking.

Next consider what type of music you would like for your wedding and reception. Booking good musicians or a recommended DJ needs to be done as early as possible because they get booked up. Write your musician’s phone number in your planner and be sure to give them a reminder call a day or two before the wedding to confirm that they will be there.

You will also need a florist. Again ask around to find out which florists in your area have the best prices and reputation. Schedule a consultation with the florist and ask to see samples and a price list. A good florist will ask you what your needs are and help you stay within your budget. Add your florist number to your planner and ask when the flowers will be delivered or when they will be ready for pick-up. Again make a follow-up call to ensure that your flowers will be ready or delivered on time.

Of coarse you will need to find the wedding gown of your dreams and add their number to your planner to confirm when your gown will be available for pick-up.

The reception food is another very important element that needs to be planned ahead of time in order to be successful. Ask friends and family if they know a good caterer or if your budget is tight consider purchasing food platters from reputable deli departments. My husband and I ordered fruit, meat and cheese platters with rolls from Kroger’s and had a friend put them out on the decorated buffet table at the reception. It only took minutes to set up and was beautiful and self-serving. We received many compliments on our reception food and it looked beautiful. Add you caterer or food provider’s number to your list and give them a quick follow up call the day before or the morning of your wedding to ensure that the food will be ready for pick-up or delivery on time.

Next find a good baker. Call around make an appointment to look at their wedding cake book or take a picture of a cake that you like. This is one area that frequently gets messed up because brides assume the baker knows what they are thinking. Make sure you confirm exactly what you want. If you want it simple, emphasize that. If you want the bottom layer chocolate, re-confirm that and make sure they write it down. Add your baker’s number to your list and call a day before to make sure that your cake will be ready on time for delivery or pick-up. Confirm the delivery time and location and make sure that they have a mobile contact number just in case they can’t find the reception location and need to call for directions.

The best way to plan your own wedding on the run is with a cell phone. Once you pick your wedding vendors enter then into your cell phone for quick access. Your cell phone will be a valuable tool for making appointments and following up with vendors. Keep a list of important phone numbers handy to make quick calls when you have a few minutes.

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It can get crazy! There are hundreds of things to attend to, most of which you’ve never really had to think about so you can get quite stressed. Your mother wants this, his mother wants that, and everybody who’s ever been married (and quite a few who haven’t) have an opinion on how your wedding and reception should be conducted.

Deep breath, take a step back and relax. It’s normal to get frazzled by having to deal with so many details. You may actually be considering eloping, just to avoid all the hassle.

It’s true that you could do that. It can actually be both fun and very memorable to run off to a hidden paradise and be married under the stars in a place where you don’t know anyone.

On the other hand, think of all the fun you’ll miss. Think of the joy of having your loved ones all together in a reunion of sorts. Imagine it as a party where your loved ones on both sides get to meet and mingle and become one family. You won’t get that chance if you elope.

Spread your happiness. Be a beacon of joy and hope to everyone around you. Let your loved ones share in the wish for happy ever after.

Big wedding, small wedding – the size isn’t what’s important. You can have your wedding with only your immediate family and it would be great. Your family and friends know that what matters is that you finally make your decision to be together a solemn vow by saying, “I do”.

Lesley-Ann Graham runs WeddingTrix.com – a valuable wedding planning resource with articles, tips and advice to help you plan your perfect wedding. Visit Lesley-Ann’s wedding blog for more free wedding planning help and advice.

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Here are a few common sense rules for writing and giving a best man wedding speech or toast. Let them be a mini-guide to help you gain control over the outcome of your toast.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Moment

Writing a best man toast isn’t always as easy as it seems. You’ll stress yourself unnecessarily if you think you can write a toast the night before the wedding but instead experience writer’s block.

Don’t Tell Bad Jokes

We expect toasts to have a joke or two, but everyone has different tastes. Try not to say anything that would offend the couple or guests. If a joke bombs, it makes you look bad.

Don’t Ramble On

Assume your audience has a short attention span and will tune you out if you don’t make your point right away. Stick with things that are relevant about the bride or groom.

Don’t Be Drunk

A little alcohol may loosen up some inhibitions, but too much will make you look like a fool. If you had prepared well for the speech beforehand, too much celebrating may have destroyed any chance of delivering the speech that might have been perfect.

Do Be Prepared

The more time you give yourself to plan, write and practice the wedding speech, the better your performance will be at the wedding party.

Do Ask For Feedback

Allow a friend to hear your speech and ask for constructive feedback. Re-write your speech and recite it aloud again until your friend thinks you got it right.

Do Be Yourself

Write and speak from your heart. Allow your personality to blossom from your speech. Being natural will make giving the wedding speech easier. Let the guest enjoy your uniqueness and they will appreciate your speech even more.

Do Enjoy Yourself

It’s uncomfortable to see and hear a nervous speaker. Everyone, including the speaker wants it to end. If you look like you enjoy being the best man and giving the toast, then everyone else will be at ease and enjoy listening. Try to have a little fun; after all, it is a wedding party.

Final Thought

You will be giving the best man toasts. You’ll never forget this life event. Make the most of it by putting 100% of yourself into it. You’ll never regret doing it if you do everything right.

Copyright ฉ 2006 by Leroy Chan

Discover how to get your best man wedding speech or toast ready in 60 minutes or less. For more info, visit Leroy Chan’s site: Best Man Wedding Speeches.

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Delivering a perfect best man wedding speech is a challenging responsibility for many men. While developing such a Best Man’s Speech, one of the main dilemmas many “Best Men” face is to decide on whether to crack everyone up or to keep it safe and serious. There are many people who are not good in public speaking and doing so make them nervous. And if such people were asked to be the best man or the maid of honor at the wedding, he/she may panic. But is it such as a big job to deliver a speech to the public. No! You can also deliver a great speech, you are fearing as you haven’t tried to deliver one before. What you need to do to give a good speech at the wedding is some preparation and be aware of the subject you are going to talk about. If you are well aware of the topic you can easily give a great wedding speech – here “best man wedding speech” – and keep the interest of your audience.

This article tries to help you in this regard and here are few tips that could aid one to prepare a best man wedding speech.

  • Prepare yourself about what you are going to say. Take your time to think about what you want others to know about the groom and the bride, and what you wish them for their future.
  • It is always a good idea to write it out (it is not necessary for you to carry the written point to the wedding, but writing is always appreciated as it will help you to remember and note the points once more)
  • Identify yourself and your relationship with the groom and bride. This is quite important as everyone will not be aware of who you are.
  • Speak clearly, slowly, and loud enough that everyone need to hear what you are speaking.
  • Start your speech by thanking the parents of groom and bride if they have paid for the event. If the groom and bride are footing the bill themselves, don’t forget to thank them for organizing such an event and inviting everyone to share the occasion.
  • It is also a good idea to tell a story, funny one-liner or a joke, or use an inspirational quote.
  • Let your guard down. It is ok to show your emotions. This is one of your good friends wedding, if not your best friends. It is even ok to cry or becoming emotional.
  • Keep you best man wedding speech short, to say 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Finally, end the speech with a message of hope and congratulate the proud groom and blushing bride.

Nowadays there are several websites which offers free best man speech with good examples of wedding speeches given by a friend or a relative, and of course you will find humorous free speeches also. Most websites also offer some of the classic short wedding toasts, touching wedding toasts, and humorous wedding toasts you can find if you look around a bit.

Article by James Nardel, expert author at EasyWeddingToasts.com – For more tips and information on wedding speeches for entire wedding party visit http://www.easyweddingtoasts.com. Recommended web hosting provided by http://www.marblehost.com

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Weddings are a great time to celebrate true love and happiness with the people closest to you. Their presence at your wedding only makes certain their undying love and support, and what better way to show your loved ones your appreciation than with an edible wedding favor? These favors are sure to be a huge hit with every guest young and old alike, and are a truly heartfelt and meaningful gesture on your part. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about spending a bundle on these favors. There are tons of shops and internet retailers catering specifically to these types of gifts, and will be happy to help you find a great deal for your wedding.

There are a variety of options to choose from when deciding on edible favors. If you’d like, you could custom make or order different favors based on each of your guest’s personal likes. Obviously, this would work better with a smaller wedding. However, if you find that a little extravagant but still want to show your loved ones how much you appreciate their presence, you can make or order a whole batch of different types of edible favors to present to guests on your wedding day. These are sure to go over well with all of your loved ones, and will show just how much you truly care.

Depending on the type of wedding you are having, you can order different favors to match your overall theme or decoration scheme of your wedding. This adds a very nice touch to the affair. You can choose from all sorts of edible goodies, including decorated cookies, personalized chocolate bars, mints, coffee and tea favors, chocolate hearts, customized cookies, jelly beans, Jordan almonds, personalized hot sauce bottles, miniature cakes, and a variety of other delicious treats. All of these are great tokens to give to those you care about, and will definitely be appreciated.

Your wedding is a time to celebrate your newfound happiness with friends and family there to support you. What better way to show them you care then with a delicious treat? Depending on the favor, they will have a wonder token to treasure long after the wedding is over. At the very least, they will have a delicious before dinner snack while at the wedding! With a heartwarming gesture like this, your wedding day will be forever remembered by all of your guests.

Alice Yap is the owner of Cherished Wedding Favors (http://www.cherishedweddingfavors.com). Drop by for sweet candies and beautiful favor boxes.

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