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Wedding Toast Tips And Advice

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Wedding toasts perform an essential role during the wedding celebration. The wedding toast serves as a link between the formal wedding ceremonies and the less formal atmosphere of the wedding reception.

The wedding toast also allows some members of the family, relatives and closest friends to express their feelings and to wish the couple well.

Having toasts started from the belief that creating some noise, such as ringing a bell, in this case, the clinking of a glass, can cast away evil spirits.

The wedding toast may follow a traditional or a non-traditional order.

In the traditional order, the first toast is the toast to the bride or the toast to the bride and groom. This is done by the best man, a relative or a friend. The groom then responds with a message to his bride, the person who made the toast, the couple's parents and a toast to the bridesmaids.

The best will then respond to thank the groom on behalf of the bridesmaids. At times, if the bride has spoken after the groom, the best man will thank the bridesmaids.

A close friend or relative may then follow with another toast. After this, the father of the bride thanks the guests on behalf of his wife and himself, and announces that they can begin with the celebration.

The non-traditional toast is done to do something different from the tradition. The order may be changed to suit the guests and the occasion.

The emcee proposes the first toast for the couple. The groom then thanks the emcee and the guests and toasts to his bride. The bride thanks her groom and the guests and proposes a toast to her parents and her in-laws. At times, a special toast may be done for her in-laws.

The father of the bride thanks the bride for the toast, thanks the guests for attending and announces that the celebration may begin. At times, the emcee may propose a toast to the bridesmaids, after which the maid of honor may respond with thanks or propose another toast. The emcee may introduce guests who will propose their toasts, and announce the beginning of the celebration.

Here are some tips when proposing a toast.

* The bride should be served the beverage first, followed by the groom, the maid of honor, the parents and then the best man.

* The toast can be done with a sip of wine, champagne or a non-alcoholic drink except coffee, tea and water.

* If you will propose the first toast, make sure that not only your glass, but also all the other glasses are filled before you start speaking.

* When proposing a toast, raise your glass with your right hand. The glass should be held in a straight line from the shoulder.

* It is better to compose your own wedding toast. However, if you cannot write a good one, you can try traditional wedding toast but make sure to personalize it to include your feelings and thoughts about the bride and groom.

* Always remember to end a toast with an invitation to the guests to join you and something that tells them what to say in response.

These are some things that one should remember when proposing a wedding toast. On the other hand, if you received a toast, you do not raise your glass, stand, nor sip your drink. You just thank the toasters and although you are not required, you may propose another toast.

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Crash Course On Wedding Crashing

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For most occasions, there are invitations. In every invitation, there is an invited guest. There-in lies the subject of our discussion. You see, for every party, there are bound to be party crashers.

A prime example is wedding celebrations. There are people who come to the event without an invitation and who in fact are not even invited. These are known as the wedding crashers.

Wedding crashers are "unexpected guests" mainly because they were not invited to the event. These crashers are drawn to these occasions like moths to a flame.

So, for anyone who wishes to know how to become a wedding crasher, here are some tips that you can use.

1. Try to be a long-lost cousin or someone who is "within" the family.

In most wedding celebrations, the family is always included. In fact, most of the wedding invitations tend to be some sort of family reunions since many family members are present from out of town.

And because there are a large number of relatives present in the celebration, the bride or the groom will be less inclined to notice who you are or where you came from. This makes the "long lost cousin" strategy effective.

The above "crash technique" works particularly well when carrying a beautifully wrapped gift box with you. After all, who would question somebody who has brought such a lovely and beautifully wrapped gift with them.

Sidenote: Hope you're finding this useful? I have always been curious about this matter. And when I found very little quality information about it, I decided to share a part of what I've learned about it - which is why this article came to be written. Read on.

2. Try being a staff member of the wedding caterer or wedding coordinator.

In order to be able to crash a wedding, you could always pretend to be a staff member.

In a wedding, there are lots of people being hired in the planning and preparation. So one way of crashing into the scene is to impersonate a staff member of the catering company or the flower arrangement company.

This added bonus will allow you to enjoy a very nice meal. If questioned by another guest, you could always explain that you are a friend of someone who is also at the party.

Pick the name of your choice. You can always find someone else's name when you are being asked why you are at the party or who you are with.

This is a safe tactic if you do not feel like choosing whose side of the couple you will take in order to introduce yourself. With this strategy, you can be quite sure that with over a hundred or 200 guests in the party, not many people would even think of verifying your name or identity.

4. Dress to kill.

The best part of being a wedding crasher is to dress up a little bit in order to suit the occasion. Even if it means that you were "dressed to kill," it would be better to dress appropriately in order to fit in the event.

After all, wedding crashing is not all about free food and wine. It can also be one way of finding that one true love.

5. Proper Timing is essential.

One of the most important things one should remember when crashing the party is to arrive very late. This is because by the time you have arrived, most guests have started drinking and socializing, to a point where their guard is down and there is no defense is relatively low.

As a result, when you arrive, most people will not notice your entrance and you may easily join the party and blend in.

Indeed, wedding crashing can fill up your social calender quite quickly if you so choose.

I hope you gained something from this article. Be sure to check for additional information online on this topic. You may drop me a quick note to share your thoughts and comments on it.

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Take Your Stag Party To Prague

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The stunning Czech city of Prague has taken on the trappings of the modern world with a vengeance. Today's Prague is a scintillating melange of Old World elegance and Europolitan vigor. It's one of the premiere tourism venues for Europe's up and coming population, offering culture, nightlife, active pursuits and a charm that isn't found in many other cities around the world - and all this at prices that don't put a strain on the wallet. If you're planning a stag party for a mate's wedding, Prague should hold a top spot in your cities to check out.

A Prague stag party can take advantage of the literally hundreds of venues around the city. There are museums, music venues, concert halls and galleries galore, making Prague the traditional cultural center of Europe. If all that sounds a bit hoity toity for a stag do, consider this - Prague is rapidly gaining a reputation as THE place to cast for movies among insiders in the adult entertainment industry. The girls are drop-dead gorgeous, and the attitude is laid-back and sizzling hot.

If you decide to hold your stag party in Prague, it would be wise to take advantage of a professional tour organiser to point you in the direction of some of the less obvious activities that the bustling, vibrant city has to offer. With a tour operator at your side, you'll be assured entry into the best night clubs - without putting in your time waiting on queue with the rest of the rabble. Besides classic clubbing, you can plan in a visit to Afrodita or one of the Czech city's other adult clubs as one of your Prague stag nights activities. Most of the Prague sex clubs offer theme rooms that can turn your stag party in Prague into a Roman feast or a erotic sauna. Dance, drink and be merry - for tomorrow, one of your brave lot faces the ball and chain, never to enjoy again.

And of course, you COULD waste your days away just recovering from the night's activities - but what fun would that be? None at all - especially not when you could be indulging your entire Prague stag party in a furious game of paintball, or daring them all to take the plunge into the abyss... on the end of a bungee cord. Prague has long been the jewel in the crown of European culture - now it's taking on the pulsing energy of a hot new destination with the hip crowd. Find out why by planning YOUR stag party in Prague.

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Wedding Cakes The Best Accessory For Your Cake

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Pearls an accessory of fine elegance if exquisitely decorated onto Wedding Cakes but the best accessory you can have at the side of any wedding cake (is a knife) ask any one with a sweet tooth waiting for a slice of the action.

Would you believe that in the past years Wedding Cakes were actually crumbled up and thrown over the bride? Unfortunately in them times there was no need to impress the guest with the flavour because they never got to taste it - so the mind boggles as to why all the time and effort was put into the baking when they could have just thrown the mix over them and be done with. Wedding ceremonies today still hold with tradition in many ways but when it comes to the bakers confection you will be happy to know that today the cake is eaten.

If you have your heart set on having the perfect Wedding Cake then perfect it will be if careful planning is in order. If you can bake then it would be worth considering baking your own homemade wedding cake which you will find is a very cost effective way in saving the pennies if you are on a tight budget. If your culinary skills are not up to scratch - then do not fret there are bakeries which specialize in their offerings in the way of excellent service. Special occasion requirements will be met if using a reputable online wedding site.

Once you have decided on the ingredients that is to be used for the cake go and talk with the baker you have reserved to do the honours. Be specific with what design you would like. How many tiers - cost and fillings should be detailed out. There are many fillings to tempt the taste buds so you could have a problem making your selection. We have chocolate - vanilla - strawberry - fresh fruits - and more but at the end of the day this is your wedding so you get to choose what goes down well with a glass of champagne.

Instructions for the Classic White cake are simple to follow so why not have a dummy run in baking one - remember not to pile on the pounds when sampling. Wedding Cakes can be of any style or flavour.

Half a dozen cups (6) of sifted cake flour - Baking powder 2 Tablespoon - 1 to 1/2 cups margarine or butter - 3 cups milk - 2 cups sugar - 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract - 12 egg whites

Always preheat the oven beforehand - the temperature for this baking session 325

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More Couples Saying I Do To Charitable Wedding Donations

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The guest list is complete, the flowers have been ordered and the perfect dress has been found. Now, how about something very special to let the guests know that you appreciate them being there?

With wedding season always in full swing, many brides and grooms are looking for a unique way to thank their guests for sharing their special day. Now, a new Wedding Favor Donation program launched by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) provides a memorable option. In lieu of traditional wedding favors that might be eaten, forgotten or tossed away with the centerpieces, couples can join a growing trend of making a tax-deductible donation to the cause of their choice-in this case, diabetes research, information and advocacy.

Couples who choose to support the ADA's Wedding Favor Donation program may contribute a few dollars on behalf of each guest in honor or memory of a loved one and their wedding guests or they can give the donation in their own names. ADA will provide complimentary donation announcements for guests in the form of personalized scrolls, table tent cards or bookmarks. Couples may also order invitation donation cards, asking that guests make a donation to the American Diabetes Association in lieu of a gift.

According to Megan Sullivan, a wedding favor participant, "My husband's daughter (who is now my stepdaughter) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about nine months ago. The cause is extremely close to our heart and we wanted our money to go to the ADA. Everyone was so touched. Rob and I and our parents got so many compliments about the great addition and 'feel' it gave to the wedding. Most people who were there know of Maura's diabetes. They loved that we used our money to help her and so many others with diabetes."

With nearly 21 million Americans with diabetes and millions more affected by the disease through a friend or family member, chances are that a donation to the ADA will be meaningful to more guests than the bride and groom would imagine. Funds from ADA's Wedding Favor Donation program will support the mission of the Association-to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of those living with the disease.

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Personalized Wedding Vows Saying Your Own Vows At Your Wedding

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It is your wedding, so make it you own. You are probably hunting for every book, articles, and tips you can find to make your wedding as personal and unique as possible. The best and more memorable way to do is to create your own wedding vows.

Traditionally, the bride and groom has little say in what goes into the words spoken during the wedding ceremony. Today, wedding officiants even encourage couples to say their own wedding vows during the ceremony. It reduces the mechanics and strays away from the "wedding ceremony formula" we have been too acquainted with. Heck, if you attended ten wedding already, you are likely to be able to recite the "standard vows" the bride and the groom say to each other.

So, if you want to make your wedding vows unique and personal, you can incorporate your feelings and intimate messages into you wedding vows. It creates an added effect in making you wedding more memorable. Here are five tips to help you create a wedding vow that could make your wedding memorable for you and your guests.

1. Discuss with the Wedding Officiant

If you are planning to personalize your wedding vows, you need to notify your Wedding Officiant first. You will need to find out the legalities, guidelines, and rules in drafting your wedding vows. In fact, by discussing with your Wedding Officiant ahead of time, you can get additional pointers, advice, and examples to help you in writing your vows. The Officiant will also inform you of the important information that needs to be included in your vows.

2. Choosing Your Topic

As in any other writting or speeches you make, you need to establish a topic before you start drafting. Some may disagree with me, but by choosing topic early on will help you stay focused on your wedding vows. One thing you must never neglect to include in your vow is your promise to your spouse to be. Then you can add some special messages, hopes, and dreams that the two of you may have talked about before you decided you wanted to get married with each other.

One thing to keep in mind when writting your wedding vow is KISS - Keep It Short and Sweet. When pouring you heart out, you tend to get so emotional that it is difficult to cut it short. Try to put yourself in your guests shoes. When listening to a very long winded speech, you (as the attendee) will start to wander off. So, if possible, keep your wedding vows, short, concise, and meaningful.

3. Make your Wedding Vows Official

After you finished the first draft of your wedding vows, arrange a meeting with your Wedding Officiant again. Show your vows for review and additional advice. Your Officiant's experience will help you greatly in getting the best out of writing your own wedding vows. Of course, the you will get the last word on what goes into your wedding vows but it does not hurt to ask for opinion.

4. Practice makes Perfect

As you would when you prepare for the speech you wrote for a meeting, you practice, practice, and practice. You know it, practice makes your delivery perfect. Even if you plan to read your wedding vows during the ceremony, I highly recommend you practice. You need to get comfortable saying your vows aloud so that you would not sound clumsy when you read it during your wedding ceremony. Just remember the rule of thumb, KISS. Lengthy speeches are less likely to make an impact and therefore will be less remembered. So, time yourself as you practice. If reading your vows will take longer than five minutes, try to narrow it down and focus on the more important part of your wedding vow.

5. Delivering Your Wedding Vows

I know that this is hard to do, but it is important to keep calm when you are reciting your wedding vows during the wedding. If you are tense, you are likely going to speak too fast that your vow will lose the wedding attendants' attention. Read your vow if you must, but it is best if wedding vow is delivered extemporanously. Just like how your Speech or Communication professor used to tell you. But, do what you are comfortable the most. If you are comfortable with memorizing a speech, then memorize your vow.

I hope that this article helped you plan a memorable and unique wedding. Good luck with your wedding and may your wedding vows remain your guide to a happy and fruitful relationship.

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Weight Loss For Brides Drop At Least One Dress Size Before Your Wedding

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The stress and anxiety that most brides experience as their wedding day approaches can be overwhelming for them. The amount of preparation involved and the countless number of details needing attention can make it very difficult to eat sensibly and maintain even a modest level of good nutrition. I can recall countless conversations with brides who are so stressed out in the month or so before their wedding that they abandon all good eating habits and either starve themselves or binge on junk food to handle the stress.

Many are genuinely terrified that they'll be overweight and unattractive on their wedding day or even worse won't be able to fit into their dream wedding gown.

I have been working with a personal trainer for the past 10 years who continually reminds me how just a few simple changes to your daily routine can make a huge difference. The four basic principles I outline below really do work. I've had personal success using these strategies and continue to follow them on a daily basis. Many of my clients who have requested my help and followed this advice have had remarkable results. Start this program at least 3-4 weeks before your wedding day and see for yourself.

1. Water, Water and more Water

Hydration is critical. While the benefits are countless this is one of the hardest things to implement into your daily routine. Whenever I would neglect this item my trainer would recite how water lowers body fat, flushes cellulite, improves digestion, gets rid of dark circles under the eyes, and makes you feel full. These are just a few of the benefits of drinking the required 2.5 litres of water per day.

This may seem like a lot but I found the easiest way to get into the habit is to break the amounts down into manageable amounts:

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Unity Candles Are A Wonderful Wedding Tradition

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Unity candles are a huge wedding tradition that is seen in most wedding ceremonies. It has become increasingly popular in recent generations. The unity candle may symbolize different things for different types of ceremonies. In some cases there is one unity candle while in other ceremonies there are three.

A single unity candle is used in a ceremony to symbolize the uniting of the bride and groom. The unity candle is lit during a special portion of the wedding ceremony together by the bride and groom. It symbolizes, in most ceremonies, the friendship, loyalty, and love that is shared and will be honored by the newly married couple.

In cases where there are three unity candles, the families of the bride and groom are included in the lighting of the unity candles. Typically in wedding ceremonies, the mother of the bride will light one candle, and the mother of the groom will light another candle before the entry of the bride. The lighting of these two candles symbolizes the joining of two families together. The bride and groom then light their unity candle during the ceremony.

The unity candle lit by the married couple will be kept for years to come. On every anniversary, the couple will again light the candle to reinforce and even strengthen the vows made on the wedding day. By lighting the candle, the couple may also remember the beautiful day when they were joined in matrimony.

Unity candles are wonderful wedding tradition. It is a special, symbolic moment, both for the families, and the married couple. During the lighting of the candles, the families, and the bride and groom are given a moment to ponder the uniting of the new family and their new lives together. And the couple has a cherished part of their wedding ceremony to keep for their future.

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Beauty Tips For Your Wedding Day

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What did I learn from my own wedding? Work out a time schedule and stick to it. Plotting out your beauty details months before your wedding will help you remain calm and collected so that your big day goes off without a hitch.

Two Months Before

(*) A good skin care regimen is important to get ready for your big day but don't do anything too extreme. To bump up your normal routine, try adding I-Skin Intelligent Microdermabrasion System.

(*) Moisture is so important for healthy glowing skin. Apply an oil-free moisturizer each morning before your makeup and after you take if off each night. I suggest Beyond Belief ABH Oil Free Moisturizer for your face and throat.

Four to Six Weeks Before

(*) Make your appointment now to have your hair and makeup done. Schedule a consultation and try several different styles with and without your veil and experiment with more dramatic makeup. Remember the waterproof mascara.

Two Weeks Before

(*) Time for a trim and to touch up your hair color or highlights. Keep hair healthy with a deep conditioner twice a week. Beyond the Zone Last Call Hair Masque is made to repair any damage and make your hair super shiny.

One Week Before

(*) Schedule a pedicure but keep feet fabulous until the big day with some extra pampering. The Soothing Lavender Foot Soak can be handy if you plan on dancing the night away at your reception.

(*) Don't leave any waxing until the last minute. You could end up with shiny, red skin and that isn't what you want for your wedding photos.

Day Before

(*) Slip an eye mask in the freezer for a few minutes and use it to minimize puffy eyes.

(*) For an always-classic look, try Sally Girl polish in Mellow for fingernails and a fun red for toenails. The small-size bottles are excellent to have on hand for touchups and the polish dries quickly.

Help the day go smoothly by keeping a small bag with beauty basics such as clear fingernail polish to stop a run, bob pins to help hold an unruly curl and toupee tape for a fallen hem.

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