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Look Who’s Talking: How To Nail The Wedding Speech

January 29th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography 

Our lovely guest blogger Rachel’s back this afternoon with more pearls of wisdom, all because she wants your wedding speeches to be memorable for all the right reasons.  Don’t forget to raise a glass to her too!

Jamie Penfold Photography

Jamie Penfold Photography 

Rachel says:  Although I’m currently as close to getting married as Justin Bieber is to winning a role model of the year award, it’s a growing concern of mine just how my Dad will manage to hold it together long enough on my wedding day to make a speech.

Basically he’s an emotional guy – he’s been known to cry over Forest Gump (forgivable), waving my 19-year-old brother off on his two-week holiday to Thailand recently caused him to blubber, even a beautifully cooked steak sandwich has been known to reduce the man to tears (I kid you not).

Andy Gaines Creative

Andy Gaines Creative 

Hypothetical talk of my wedding day is another catalyst of emotion for my Dad. It’s therefore no surprise that I worry how he will fare when it comes to delivering his farther-of-the-bride speech – a duty that has caused even the sternest of fathers to well-up.

As the only daughter I would never take the privilege away from him – I know he’ll make a wonderful job of it (no matter how many boxes of Kleenex he goes through in the process), but this trail of thought did get me thinking about who else I might like to speak at my wedding.

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Traditionally speeches are delivered after the wedding breakfast by the father-of-the-bride, the groom and the best man, but as couples continue to shake up formal proceedings, speeches are taking place at different times of the day and are being delivered by different people.

A popular new addition is inviting the father-of-the-groom to deliver a speech. Witnessing a child tying the knot is a big day for any parent whether it’s a son or daughter taking their vows. As such mothers-of-the- bride/groom are also taking to the stage.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography 

To me, those picked to speak at a wedding should be the people who know the bride and groom best, both before and during their relationship. As well as a parent, it’s a nice idea for a grandparent sibling or friend to be invited to say some words too. Admittedly there needs to be a short-list, not all those nearest and dearest can contribute but speeches given by people who know the couple in different capacities gives a well rounded overview of the new Mr and Mrs that all guests can relate to.

Another change to note is the rise of the bride’s speech. After all ladies why wouldn’t we want the opportunity to thank our loved ones, speak kindly of our new husband (oh and have the right to reply to any cringe-worthy stories delivered at our expense).

JB Creatives

JB Creatives 

Much to the relief of many people’s digestion systems, speeches are often now planned to take place before, rather than after the wedding breakfast. Whether it’s outside during the welcome drinks or prior to the sit down meal, this enables all to relax and enjoy without struggling through courses with their stomach in knots.

Whoever you choose to do the honours, here are a few quick tips for a spectacular speech:

Plan In Advance

I’ve actually seen people leave their speeches until the last minute and try to wing it, I’m yet to see this done successfully. The nerves on the day are enough to contend with without piling on the pressure by having to make up a speech on the spot.

Practise

Those who plan and practise in advance often deliver the best speeches, whether they provoke tears, laughter or a combination of the two. Rehearsing will give those not used to speaking in public the opportunity to build confidence whilst running their speech passed others to gain feedback.

Stott & Atkinson

Stott & Atkinson 

Make Notes

Engaging with the audience is key to delivering a good speech so don’t bury your head in a piece of paper and read out your prepared speech word-for-word. Instead try to come across more conversational, get the main parts in your head ahead of the big day then have a few clear notes to hand during your moment in the limelight to ensure you don’t miss anything, or anybody, out.

Be Aware Of Your Audience

The last thing any wedding couple wants is a speech that warrants a #awkward or #cringe tag. While embarrassing stories, dating anecdotes and hen/stag do memories can add a humours element, speakers should consider if they are likely to upset or offend. Particularly bear in mind children, older relatives and protective parents.

Andy Wardle

Andy Wardle

Make It Memorable

Incorporating photos, videos or props in a speech can help to make it all the more memorable. It might be a souvenir from the hen do, a video message from someone unable to make the wedding day or a montage of childhood photos but whatever you choose don’t forget to take it with you on the big day.

Finally, remember the tissues – God knows I’m going to need them at my wedding!

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Ferret Racing, Stuffed Giraffes & A Johanna Hehir Gown For A Fun & Fabulous Real Wedding – Carla & Jonny

December 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty.

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks. 

Peter Boyd Photography

Ok, ok. hands up, this wedding isn’t ‘Up North.

I’m normally super strict with my submissions, but I’ve a free pass to publish Carla and Jonny’s fantastical and fabulous Real Wedding this morning (yes, even though it’s in the Cotswolds!) as it comes to us via Brides Up North Featured Supplier Peter Boyd Photography and their online competition – featured on these pages – for one lucky couple to win their wedding photography completely free.

Carla and Jonny got lucky – as did Pete, as he and Kelly got to shoot their absolutely stunning big day in this brilliant location.   I’m feeling pretty lucky to share it here today with you.  Be inspired!

And if there’s any beef at all on the geography thing – one of the ferrets is a Mancunian.  So there.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Carla says:  Jonny proposed on Hampstead Heath on 23 September 2012 and we were married on 15th August 2013 at Aynhoe Park.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

We really loved the fun, quirky feel to the place, and loved the idea of a house party atmosphere at the reception. And they did ferret racing…

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

We tried to make each element of the wedding as personal to us as possible.  There was no real colour scheme but a lot of navy blue and splashes of pastel pink.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

I chose a 1950s style dress from Johanna Hehir in Marylebone, London.  It had an organza skirt with a lace bodice. It was light and easy to walk in! I wore some bubblegum pink vintage Miu Miu shoes to add a fun touch!

Jonny, the best man and my dad wore simple slim navy blue suits, white shirts and pale blue ties. Jonny wore his dad’s shoes as a memory of him on the day.

The two bridesmaids (my sisters) were both heavily pregnant and wore Grecian navy blue maternity dresses from ASOS – I made sure I was flanked by people who made me look thinner!

Groomsmen wore navy suits, slim navy ties, white shirts and navy blue braces.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

I carried a vintage pastel bouquet of ivory and pink roses, freesias, lisianthus, wild daisies, eucalyptus, hydrangeas. 

We tried to involve our friends and family as much as possible – my sister Anna did all of our flowers, our best friend Stan provided beer from his family’s brewery (Rebellion Brewery) and two of our ushers managed the music.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

The church and venue are next door to each other, so we didn’t need much transport. Jonny and his brother/best man arrived in his brother’s prize possession – his Porsche. I walked over to the church with my dad and bridesmaids (We stayed at the venue the night before).

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

We used Aynhoe Park’s recommended caterer, Indulgence, for the food – they were fantastic (especially the popping candy strawberry cheesecake and late night fish finger sandwiches!)

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Our table plan was Scrabble themed – all our guests had to unscramble anagrams of their names to work out where they were sitting.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

On the tables were gingerbread men with each person’s name on (for anyone who didn’t manage the anagram!). These were baked by our friend, Sarah.

Our favours were mini apothecary bottles of limoncello (for the girls) and Hungarian palinka (for the boys). The palinka was brought back from Hungary by our usher Jules, who then flavoured the spirit with apricots (Aynho is known as “the apricot village”).

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Our usher Alex managed our video diary room, which was our take on a traditional guest book.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

In particular, the speeches were brilliant! My dad did a slideshow of horrendously embarrassing photos from throughout my life – and he even resurrected some notes I’d written as a child (“Them Smarties made my day”). 

Walking in to dinner as a married couple was really amazing.

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

In the late afternoon we played cricket in the grounds – only a couple of injuries, and I managed to bowl Jonny out!

The main attraction was a ferret racing event, with Jonny’s brother Alex as the resident bookie! Each ferret had a name – i.e Madferret (the Mancunian), Ferret Across the Mersey, Ferret O’Rocher and so on…

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

In the evening we had a band – The TwentySomethings – who played two sets of everything from motown to modern classics. They also played a medley of Israeli music, to which our Jewish friends threw us around on chairs, table cloths etc!

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography

OnCafe did our “cake”, which was actually a tower of flavoured petits choux. The flavours were peanut butter, salted caramel, raspberry crème and citrus crème.

Peter Boyd Photography

For our honeymoon we went Greek island hopping – Santorini, Folegandros and Spetses.

Peter Boyd Photography

My top for other Brides Up North would be to forget about what people expect from a wedding and strip back your day to the things you really want.

Get as many friends and family involved as you can – not only to cut costs but to make the day as personal as possible.

Peter Boyd Photography

 

Congratulations Carla & Jonny!

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THIS SUNDAY! –The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition At National Railway Museum, York

November 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

It’s been one seriously fabulous year here at Brides Up North, both online (the prettiest real weddings, most fabulous regional suppliers, lots of great press in the National media and a Wedding Blog Award for “Best Big Day Inspiration” from Wedding Magazine, thank you very much) and offline (sixteen absolutely brilliant wedding exhibitions packed to the rafters with wedding industry talent, inspiration and brides to be, plus two super fun wedding industry parties). 

Whilst your double weekday daily dose of online inspiration ain’t going anywhere, it’s time to wrap up our offline season of bridal events with our grand finale – The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at National Railway Museum, York, on Sunday 17th November 2013, 10am till 5pm – and completely FREE entry!

That’s THIS SUNDAY!

Now didn’t that come around fast?!

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition

National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

Sunday 17th November 2013

10am till 5pm

FREE ENTRY

Like it says on the banner above, this is one seriously beautiful event.  Set amongst the vintage carriages, our suppliers really do pull out all the stops to show you what they can do – and how they can make your wedding day dreams a reality.  With vintage styling and luxury products and services, we have literally every detail covered.  Join us in this unique and stunning setting for a bridal event that feels like a “proper day out” and leave with more inspiration than you can handle. 

Images from our last event and photo shoot by Peter Boyd Photography.  And that was just a warm up!

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Come along and meet Add Vintage, Booth Revolution, Boutique 14 – Wedding Stationery, Cake Pops Ville, Cat Hepple Photography, Club Class Entertainment, Mark Waddington Magician, Designer Travel, Dirk Van der Werff, Fenwick York, Heirloom Bouquets, It’s a Wind Up, JB Creatives, Joel Skingle Photography, KM Cakes & Cupcakes, Laura Calderwood Photography, LCH Jewellery Design, Lee Scullion, Lucy MacNicoll Flowers, Miss Deal Fun Casino, Peter Boyd Photography, Photo Booth Hire UK, Seat Me Pretty, Silk Floral Art, Silver Sixpence Films, Smooch, Stark Film Pictures, Sweetnique, Taylor & Co, The Greenhouse Florist, The Hawkhills, The New Vintage Band, The Vintage Vocalist, The Wedding Guide, Twisted Willow Floristry, Unforgettable Memories, Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist, White Petal Design, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, Linda Abrahams, Swirly Sweet, Martin Waring, Gabriella Brook Florist, Marquee Bar, Adorna Wedding Rings, Wedding Belles & Beaus Of York and more…

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors Fenwick York.  Just because we love you.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.  While stocks last only. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “NRM YORK in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability.  We operate a first come, first served policy. 

Peter Boyd Photography at National Railway Museum York Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Peter Boyd Photography, photo shoot dresses by The Little Bridal Company 

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Frightfully Fabulous. Did You Get Spooky At #WeddingHourLive? A First Look

October 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

My recovery rate isn’t what it used to be.  It’s taken me the best part of a week to shake off the fug following a frightfully good night at our first ever #WeddingHourLive. 

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Lisa of The Wedding Affair and I have been wanting to collaborate for a while – and we wanted to do it in style – so we decided to get together to bring the wedding industry’s Twitter feed to life for a spooky Halloween soiree.  This was an entirely not for profit event, and our way of saying thank you to an industry that is so supportive of our businesses.  Plus, being in the events game, we like to show off what we can do! 

And what a night it was

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Whenever you throw a party, there’s always that 12 year old girl inside shrieking “Oh my god!  Will anyone come?!  Does anyone like me?!  Will there be enough cake?!  Will people dress up?!”. The party bags were packed, but we needed a crowd. 

We weren’t disappointed!

They came.  They costumed (beyond all expectation).  They cocktailed.  They casino’ed.  And they teared up the dance floor. 

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

We really do love you all.  A huge thank you for your amazing support and making this event so much fun.  Thanks-not-so-much for the week long hangover. 

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

If you follow this blog on Facebook and Twitter (ahem!) then you’ll have already seen some candid and photo booth shots from the night (thank you Peter and Susie at Booth Revolution), but here’s a first look at what went down from behind our roving photographers’ lenses.  There’s more to come… no one’s safe (!)… but here are a few of our favourites so far!

Images by Peter Boyd Photography.  

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Watch this space for more updates and maybe, just maybe, news of another event soon…

Big love to our team of supporters, without whom this event would have been absolutely rubbish:

Zoe and The Cedar Court Hotel

Lucy of Lucy MacNicoll Flowers 

Phil & Jennie from Phil Lyons & The Swingettes

Susie from Booth Revolution

Mike & Michelle from MissDeal Fun Casino

Mark Waddington Yorkshire Wedding Magician

Sarah from Cake!

Ryan from Mulhern Media

Peter & Kelly from Peter Boyd Photography

Jo from Sprae PR

Event Prop Hire

Black Event Furniture Hire

Molton Brown for the Best Dressed Prize (yes, it went to Teen Wolf aka Joel Skingle Photography)

Alex & Lisa of 2 People 1 Life, for their help in stuffing 150 goody bags (honestly, I’d still be there now!)

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Peter Boyd Photography

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It’s The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Nostell Priory – THIS SUNDAY!

October 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Nostell Priory Luxury Wedding Exhibition Autumn 2013

Well, well, well  it’s been one exciting week so far – a fantastic show last weekend at the gorgeous The Mansion in Roundhay Park where over 160 brides and their families turned out to meet our fabulous exhibitors, then a blink and you’ll miss it trip to London to pick up our first ever Wedding Blog Award for “Best Big Day Inspiration” from National glossy Wedding Magazine. It’s all a bit of a blur, really.  Is it really only Wednesday?!

Lucky for us, the weekend isn’t going to end on an anti-climax, as we’ve got our really rather lovely luxury wedding exhibition at the beautiful, exclusive use venue that is Nostell Priory this Sunday.  Hurrah! 

The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Nostell Priory

Doncaster Road, Nostell, Nr Wakefield

Sunday 13th October 2013

12pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY

If you haven’t been to one of our events this season – where on earth have you been?! – make sure you don’t miss this one.  Managed by the amazing Dine, who I am extremely proud to work with, this venue is an absolute gem.  There’s a stately pile to say “I do” in, plus the exclusive use Riding School building with it’s glass atrium, high ceilings and beautiful, fresh decor for your reception and party.  You’ll be surprised on price too – this venue is extremely reasonable to hire, and you’ll feel like a Jane Austen heroine for the day.  All you need now is a Mr Darcy…

Nostell Priory Luxury Wedding Exhibition Autumn 2013

I can’t promise Colin Firth (and if I could, I wouldn’t be for sharing anyway) but what I can promise is that this gorgeous space is going to be jam packed with the area’s finest wedding industry suppliers and more inspiration for your big day than you could shake an Austen bonnet at.  With almost 40 independent exhibitors across every bridal category that you could possibly think of, you need to get this one in your diaries!

Come along and meet our brilliant team… Dream Cake Designs, Confetti & Lace, Dorchester Ledbetter Photography, Peter Boyd Photography, Deans Fine Jewellery, Heirloom Balloons, Angels Carrying Savage Weapons, Fantail Designer Florist, Swing Thing Duo, Catherine Elizabeth Make Up & Beauty, Jill Ryder, A D Photography, Iain Henderson Designs, Gilpin Photography, Rose & Co Flowers, Joel Skingle Photography, BlossEm, The Wedding Guide, John Gardner Photography, Flutter Eyes Wakefield, Dine, Flowers By Anderson, Greenwoods Wakefield, The New Vintage Band, Top Mark Suit Hire, White Petal Design, Lovebirds & Co, Black Tie Photo Booths, Buttercup Boutique, Max Hemingway Chauffeur Services, Alexandra – Electric Violinist and more…

Nostell Priory by Peter Boyd Photography

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors Fenwick York.  Just because we love you.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.  While stocks last only. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “NOSTELL PRIORY in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited, subject to availability and do not include a Mr Darcy (sob!). We operate a first come, first served policy. 

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