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As wedding filmmakers who like to tell a couple’s story, the wedding toasts at the reception play a vital role in our filmmaking process. When we reach out to our photographer friends to talk about an upcoming wedding together, the toasts are the one item we highlight as important to us. We take pride in filming them with good lighting and great sound quality, as we know that it makes our Boston wedding films stand out. Making them look and sound good is our job, but saying the right things is traditionally up to the Father of the Bride, Best Man and Maid/Matron of Honor. So here are some tips to sounding good and making the best of your time in the wedding spotlight.

Length Matters

The best length for speeches tends to be about 2-3 minutes. I honestly believe a well-spoken father of the bride can extend their speech to 3-5 minutes in an engaging manner. But, at the end of the day, the reception is about eating, drinking and dancing. Therefore, speeches that carry on for too long (especially multiple speeches) only cut into the fun part of the evening. On the flip side, 30-second speeches add little the night’s festivities. If you have been selected to speak on behalf of the bride or groom, you have enough knowledge and background to talk for at least 90 seconds.

It’s Not About You

One of the biggest reasons speeches carry on too long is that speakers talk too much about their relationship with the bride and groom. Opening up a speech with your connection to them is a great way to start, but telling multiple stories about every part of your relationship is a way to lose the audience’s interest. Telling one story that exposes the great character traits of the bride or groom has to offer is a great way to show your connection with them. Remember, it’s a toast, not a roast. Save the long stories and razzing of your friend for the bachelor/bachelorette party or rehearsal dinner where the audience is smaller and more connected to the couple.

Courtesy Person + Killian Photography

Courtesy Person + Killian Photography

The Most Important Part of the Speech

All great speeches turn the focus onto the couple. That is what the wedding day is all about! We all have a story about the couple. Most often it was when they first met, or the first time you heard about their new boyfriend or girlfriend. There is always that ah-ha moment. Tell the audience about it. And, then talk about why you think the couple works so well together. It’s the feel-good moment of the night. Own it!

Opening and Closing

How do you start and how do you end your toast? That is the easy part. To start, simply introduce yourself. Secondly, it is a respectful gesture to thanks the parents of the couple for the wedding itself and rehearsal dinner, as most often, parents pay for much of the wedding.

To end a good speech, simply toasts the couple. It could be as simple as asking everyone to raise their glass (don’t forget this part) and wishing them a happy, healthy life together. To take it up a notch, connect your ending to the couple. For example, for an Irish Bride, end with an Irish Blessing. For a brother or sister, quote a respected family member.

Write Down Your Plan

There are two ways to approach the speech. The first is to write it out your speech completely, so that each thought is well thought out and delivered to your satisfaction. For others, reading word for word will cramp their style. If you are this type of person, do not wing it! Simply, just make an index card with a list of topics for each part of the toast. Each part of the speech can be delivered off the cuff, but have a plan in place. Then, you won’t forget to thank the parents when you get a touch nervous.

That’s the basics. Two to three solid minutes of content and you’ll be getting congratulations throughout the night. Do you need a template? I love the DIY wedding toast template Malcolm Fraser gives in his article for Huffington Post. And, one last tip, take a deep breathe as you get to the microphone. It will pay big dividends. Cheers!

 

We are back at it this summer with some more wedding tips for New England brides from the experts at the Boston Wedding Group. In this week’s tip, Jeri Solomon of Jeri Solomon Floral Design talks about how to prepare for your first meeting with your floral designer. The most important thing you need is not as complicated as you might think. Find out in this week’s wedding tip from the Boston Wedding Group and JPod Films. Special Thanks to the following outstanding wedding photographers who have shared photos of Jeri’s work: Person & Killian Photography, LifeFusion Studio, Zev Fisher, Creative Images Boston & Nikki Cole. To see more wedding tips like this: visit: jpodfilms.com/category/wedding-tips/

 

Boston Wedding Decor Video
 

For the second year in a row, JPod Films was happy to be the video sponsor for Eventiques, an event created by New England Wedding Planners Ruthie McDonald and Lauren Mace of Eutopia Events.  Ruthie and Lauren, with an acceptional team of helpers, put together the event which is subtitled, A Wedding and Event Flea Market. The event took place earlier this spring at the Eastworks Building in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Eventiques allows former brides the opportunity to sell their one-time use, wedding related items from wedding dresses to detail-related items like mason jars, lanterns, vases, wine cork placecard holders, linens and so much more. It’s like a live pinterest board in one locations, and everything is for sale. Wedding planners and brides who are planning their big day have the opportunity to find an amazing array of unique items for their event at prices that are much lower than purchasing them brand new. To see what this event is all about, take a 100-second look back at the event that is growing and growing every year!

 

Event Sponsors Included Cakes by Amanda, CJC Event Lighting, Cronin Hill Photography, Daisy Stone Studio, Durocher Florist, Forget Me Not Florist, Lattitude Restaurant, Michael’s Party Rentals, The Knot, Love, Inc. Magazine, Rum and Steel, Viren Entertainment, WellWed and Western Woods Coffee.

Wedding Planning Tip
 

This week’s wedding tip is a simple one that will have your guests talking and feeling a little special on your wedding weekend. Boston Wedding Planner Alexis Eliopoulos O’Mara of Unique Weddings by Alexis provides this week’s Boston Wedding Group tip, which talks about putting together welcome bags for your guests. When you add a little personailty to those welcome bags, your guests will feel a little more connected to you as a couple on your wedding day. We have to give shout outs to Jenny and Geoff LaMarche, as well as Colleen and Dave Ritacco who included their vendors in their welcome bag handouts last year. It’s that little extra touch that just makes you feel good, and always seems to spawn our best creative juices.

 

In this week’s wedding tip, Jeri Solomon of Jeri Solomon Floral Design and the Boston Wedding Group explains some of the key factors of what dictates your floral budget on your wedding day. Most people do not know what to expect when it comes to this part of the wedding budget, but Jeri has a few tips that will guide you in the right direction. Jeri has been working in floral shops since she was a teenager and she began her own floral design studio in the 1994. She is one of the leading floral designers in Boston and New England, and her work is just elegant, gorgeous and impeccable. Find out what you need to know about your wedding budget for your Boston wedding in this week’s wedding tip.