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There is a list of people who would probably like the opportunity to say some words of congratulations at your wedding. For most of those people, the receiving line is the best place to achieve this. For others, you will want to give them a bit of your spotlight and allow them to make a speech or a toast to the newlyweds.
Who you want to speak is up to you, but traditionally, it was only the best man offered the opportunity to make a toast to the bride and groom. All of the other toasts and speeches were made at the rehearsal dinner, which took place the night before. More often now, however, people are allowing friends and family the chance to toast them at the wedding reception. You will now find the best man, the maid of honor, and even sometimes the parents of the bride and groom offering their good wishes to the couple.
To keep your evening flowing, and to avoid your guests being bored, try to keep the number of toasts and speeches to a minimum. This is an evening to celebrate and have fun, and holding your guests captive in their seats while a parade of people speak on your behalf is going to put a damper on your party. But aside from limiting the number
of speeches, you may want to talk to your toasters ahead of time and give them a time limit with which they have to work. There are best men who have taken the microphone for up to half an hour, and that also is cutting in to the time you have to celebrate! Let them know that they will be expected to say a “few” words, and encourage them to keep their comments to no more than five minutes. Unless your best man is a seriously funny standup comic, chances are your guests may have heard all they wish to hear of his comments by the time his five minutes are up.
While you can’t tell your best man and maid of honor what they can say, try to discourage them from saying anything that will embarrass you in front of your parents, grandparents, and the clergy member who married you. The stories of how drunk you were or where they found naked are not going to be funny to your family , Enjoy your time to shine, and relish the wonderful words being said about you, but keep your guests in mind. They love you and wish you the best, but they want to get out there and party with you! Let everyone have a good time by keeping the length and the number of speeches in check.
With this ring are words that echo in your heart and recall the many weddings you’ve attended where the groom placed a lovely band of gold on the bride’s finger, and she reciprocated. A more perfect icon of marital bliss is nowhere to be found. Or is there?
Rings are not for everyone. For some people, jewelry is an unnecessary evil, a waste of money that could better be used elsewhere in life. For others, wearing a wedding ring can be a risk to life and limb – literally. In some hobbies or professions, wearing a ring puts the person in jeopardy of the ring getting caught and them losing a finger. It simply isn’t safe.
If for some reason, a ring is not in your future, but a wedding is, what are some alternatives to the traditional wedding ring? What symbol of your love could you exchange that would hold a meaning as special to you as a wedding ring is to someone else?
Some brides and grooms are professing their undying love in ink – tattoo ink, that is. While this is not something you exchange during your wedding ceremony, you could go just prior to your wedding individually, and reveal your art work to your spouse at the point where you would typically exchange rings. In order for this to work, of course, you will have to be able to unveil your tattoo in front of the congregation, so be careful where you get inked. How very scary to have Uncle Ernie pass out in the front pew of Church when the bride drops trough to show off her tattooed bum. Tattooing a wedding ring on your ring finger is a popular trend. It can be painful, and sometimes ink in this area fades quickly.
There are couples who exchange other pieces of jewelry that for them might seem more practical. Watches are a good alternative, as they utilize the symbol of the circle with no beginning and no end, but for the couple who does not want to wear rings, matching watches are a practical substitute.
There are even couples who opt for the super practical, and as a pledge to spend their lives together, they give each other the gift of a mortgage. Couples who are very cautious with their money might see this as a bigger symbol of undying love than a wedding band.
Whatever your style, know that you have options that will suit your taste, your needs and your personality. Don’t bow to the pressures of tradition and purchase a wedding ring you won’t wear. more at wedding ideas for you