How to Give Your Bridal Party an Honoring Toast

As you are getting ready for the big day, you have your maid of honor, bridesmaids, and parents to help you. They play an important role in your wedding. They’re there with you on your wedding day, too. They’re there to celebrate with you and support you as you say, “I do.” Think about a time during the rehearsal dinner or wedding when you can let them know how much they mean to you.  Maybe it’s easy to talk to them in front of a crowd, or maybe you’re not sure you can handle the idea. Planning ahead of time is really helpful. Here are some ideas on how to put together a toast that will make your bridesmaids feel honored.

A decent toast should last no more than about three to five minutes. First, introduce your bridesmaids to your guests and thank them for agreeing to be a part of the wedding party. Next, talk about why they are so special to you and why you appreciate having them in your life. Mention how long you have known them and then tell a personal story of your past together. Let them know you will be happy to look back at your wedding album and see photos of them standing by your side as you make one of the biggest commitments of your life.

When it is time to wrap up your toast, raise a glass and ask your guest to take a sip in honor of your girls!

Ringing in the New Year with Your Wedding

If you are planning to start the new year off at your wedding, here are some great tips and ideas to create a memorable night.

Plan early. If you have a venue or caterer in mind, book them as quickly as possible. Not only are most vendors busy with weddings, they may also be planning other functions for the holiday.

While it is customary to send save the date cards four months before your wedding, plan to send them eight months prior instead. This is a popular time of year for festivities and plans, so you want to let your guests hold the date in advance.

Plenty of Bubbly. Everyone will be excited to celebrate at midnight so stock the bar with plenty of champagne. After you allow time to toast the bride and groom, chill more bottles for the countdown. This celebration will keep your guests partying longer and excited to ring in the new year with romance.

Dance the night away. Most weddings are filled with smiles, laughter, and love. Let your New Year’s Eve celebration take the party to another level.  This is an evening where many guests will arrive in a happy spirit and ready to have a good time. It’s a great night to turn the music up a little and get rowdy for hours on the dance floor.

Decorate and honor the holiday. Remember that you are sharing your wedding night with a major holiday. Do not feel blue if ringing in the New Year shares the same amount of joy through the evening. Celebrate both by decorating, tying in festive music, and hosting a memorable countdown celebration.