Wedding Wednesday Discussions: Speeches Before or After Vs Between Courses with Bride Vs Groom

 Speeches Before or After Vs Between Courses

Today it’s time for a bit of a discussion on the Blog. I have enlisted the help of the wonderful Dom and Matt from Bride vs Groom. Dom and Matt are married to each other and also work together in the wedding industry. This makes Dom and Matt the ideal people to discuss all things weddings and today we are looking at the tradition of the speeches.


These days the timing of the speeches and where they will be placed in the running order is a big factor of the day. The main question used to be if the speeches were going to be before or after the meal. Putting them before meant that the people giving the speeches were able to carry them out and then relax and enjoy the wedding breakfast, have a drink and really get into the proceedings of the wedding. Where as having them after (the more traditional approach) rounded off the meal and gave the guests something to look forward to.

However now there is a new option, having the speeches split up in between courses. Personally from a logistical point of view and with my experience as a wedding planner this can often be a nightmare. Getting the food out all at the same time for around 100 people can often be a catering headache, throw in a speech in-between each course and it really can thow the kitchen in to disarray! It only takes one speeker to go on longer than expected (and beleive me this happens A LOT) and the whole meal can be ruined! Also this is often the only time that some of the wedding suppliers there for the whole day, like photographers, planners and videographers get to have a break and a sit down. If the speeches are split up then this isn’t going to be possible. Belive me working a 12 hour day at a wedding is hard work and we really need that hour sit down when the wedding breakfast is going on to take a break and re group.

So that’s my point fo view, but I know not everyone will feel the same!


I’ll pass the Blog over to Dom and Matt…………….

In the Red Corner, fighting to keep the speeches all together in one go, it’s Dom The Bride.

In the Blue Corner, fighting for speeches between course it’s Matt ‘The Groom’


Let The battle commence

Dom: As Kelly said For the caterers it’s difficult enough to get the timings right for the food when all the speeches are before the meal, let alone when people are talking for an indeterminate amount of time between serving each course, you could easily end up with some very cold courses!

Matt: yes but for the guests it can be great as you get bite-size entertainment between the courses and can actually encourage the speakers to be much tighter on their timings knowing that the next course is on its way.

Dom: But the guests generally get themselves into the right mood for speeches and having them interrupted with meals in between means they have to get into the mood several times rather than the speeches just flowing nicely into one another and drawing everyone in. (more…)



Emily and Sian’s Laid-Back, Homemade Wedding. By Mike Plunkett Photography

I have a gorgeous same-sex wedding for you today from Mike Plunkett photography . Emily and Sian the two lovely brides, put on a totally homemade wedding with lots of amazing DIY details that they spent months creating. From paper flowers to invitations,  wooden signs, place names, decoration and centre pieces, they really worked as a team to get the ‘brown paper bag with a hint of pastel’ theme put together throughout their wedding day. Working to a budget also meant that the day was more personal and it also meant they could go traveling to Asia and Australia after the wedding

Our beautiful, laidback wedding was filled with humour, art, family and good times. The homemade touches made it so personal and the Cheshire countryside was the perfect location to show our love and commitment to each other.

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Emily and Sian were married on 20th September at Wincham Hall Hotel, Cheshire. Over 100 guests joined them throughout the day and evening celebrations. “During the wedding planning Sian’s mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away. We also both left our jobs and moved from Leicester to Liverpool. Looking back it was a very stressful time and planning the wedding gave us a focus in such difficult circumstances. Budget was really important to us as we were planning a trip to southeast Asia and Australia in our first year of marriage. When we saw an advert for the venue on Groupon we went to see it and booked it the next day. Although it was an inexpensive package we really felt that no expense was spared and Alan and Claire let us put our own stamp on things, which helped make our wedding unique.”

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Bridal Style: 10 Minute Bridal Make-up – 2 Key Looks


10-minute Bridal Make-up

Today we are talking Make-Up, but specifically super fast make up! Now I have to admit I take an age to get ready, a good 30 minutes to get my face done, 20 minutes for a quick look, so when I was sent this book 10 Minute Make-Up by Boris Entrup, I was interested straight away! Anything that can get my face made up quicker has to be a good thing surely!

Today I have picked out two classic make up looks from the book that can be used in Bridal make up as well; Chocolate Eyes and Red Lips. These give you quick and easy ways to transform your face from bare to totally fabulous! The book not only offers 50 step by step guides, but also lots of useful make up hints and tips!

8 10 minute make up - Chocolate eyes

1. Eyeshadow - Using a rounded brush, circle your eye with chocolate-brown eyeshadow powder. Using a larger brush, soften the edges.

2 10 minute make up - Chocolate eyes

2. Pencil Eyeliner - For even more expressive eyes, outline the eyes with a pencil eyeliner that matches the eyeshadow. Don’t forget the inner corners. Then, brush
eyeshadow over the eyeliner to set it.

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3. Mascara - To finish off this sensuous eye make-up, curl your eyelashes to give them a lift and then apply lots of mascara.

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Georgia and Roy’s Olive Grove Greek Wedding By Robbins Photographic

Today’s wedding sees us head across to Zakynthos in Greece for this beautiful sunshine filled Greek Wedding by Robbins Photographic. The wedding is simple, elegant and full of Greek charm and isn’t that light just beautiful? Georgia and Roy chose Greece as it was halfway between their two homes of Israel and the UK, it made more sense for them to have it somewhere completely independent than try to hold the day in either of their two homes! The results are beautiful, with this stunning Olive Grove as a ceremony backdrop and the beautiful sea view reception venue. Everything is just so chilled out and relaxed, just perfect!

The coming together of three cultures, traditions, languages and alphabets in the presence of simplicity, beauty and love. The wedding was very inclusive with so many friends and family getting stuck in to make things for the wedding and to make things happen; they made it what it was and we could see their faces in every tiny detail – it was amazing!

2 Olive Grove Greek Wedding By Robbins Photographic

3 Olive Grove Greek Wedding By Robbins Photographic

Georgia and Roy were married on 6th August, in front of 80 guests and even a few local villagers, during their ceremony which took place in the beautiful resort of Zakynthos in Greece in a family friend’s olive grove. With just over a year to plan, they paced themselves, little and often.  “After we got engaged, we faced a hard choice about where to get married as we’re from two different countries: Roy is from Israel and Georgia is from the UK. As far as we saw, we could either organise one wedding in the UK or Israel, meaning that one side’s relatives and friends would all have to travel to distant lands, or to hold two weddings, one in Israel and one in the UK, and have one of us missing the presence of our loved ones at each. Neither of those scenarios seemed great to us, so we eventually decided on a third option – to hold the wedding at a midway point between England and Israel – on Zakynthos island, Greece! The more we thought about it, having the wedding in Zakynthos seemed like a very natural option. Georgia’s family has been going to Vasilikos village every summer since she was a child, and have consequently made firm friends with the Tsirigotis family (Yiorgos, Sofia and their children) who are like a second family to Georgia – so getting married in their olive grove would be very meaningful as well as very beautiful. And what with great food, gorgeous beaches and plenty of sunshine, our guests could combine our wedding with a fab holiday – making all the travel doubly worthwhile!”

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DIY Tutorial: Hand Decorated Eggs

DIY Tutorial

Today is part 2 of our Easter special, last week I brought you this super cute FREE Easter printable from download and print. Today it is the turn of Andrea Pittam from Kiss the Frog as she brings you these Hand Decorated Eggs. These hand decorated eggs from Andrea are just adorable, so pretty and delicate and actually pretty easy to do! If you want an extra Easter treat you can pop over to A Boho Life, for a 3 part family fun easter tutorial.

Hand Decorated Eggs 1

Made from real eggs these pretty decorations can be made to match any colour scheme with lots of options for personalising your design.

you will need words for easter eggs
  •  Decoration – ribbon, feathers, paper shapes, diamantes, buttons, decoupage paper

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Rhian and Billy’s Welsh Farm Wedding. By Kelly J Photography

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a good weekend? This week is going to be a good one I can just feel it, plus this week and next week are 4 day weeks due to the lovely Easter holiday which is always something to look forward to! To start off the week I have this lovely summer farm wedding from Kelly J Photography. It’s a simple rustic wedding that took place on a gorgeous sunny day, complete with an outdoor ceremony and  a whole lot of hessian! The couple, Rhian and Billy decided that they didn’t want the wedding to cost the earth so managed to plan the whole thing for under £7,000 which is pretty good going! With lots of DIY projects and help from friends and family the wedding came together perfectly and it looks like everyone had a marvelous day!

 There were no rules and no formalities. It was a team effort between amazing friends and family to produce a day where everyone could gather together, be themselves and simply have some fun. We had a sign saying  “choose a seat, not a side” as people arrived, which pretty much set the scene for the day.   

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3 Welsh Farm Wedding By Kelly J Photography

Rhian and Billy were married on 24th August at the Broncoed Uchaf Farm Guesthouse, in Nercwys, North Wales. It took just three months to organise and they celebrated in front of 100 guests.  ”It’s in the village where I grew up.  I really wanted to get married in North Wales and had searched high and low, but most places were too “weddingy” for us. We wanted somewhere original and natural.  We went to visit the venue during the winter when it was knee-deep in snow and we both loved it.  We thought, if we love it like this, we’ll love it even more in the summer!  It was mainly the rustic barn and farm-yard that appealed to us.  We wanted somewhere “untouched” and authentic and it was certainly that…cobwebs and all!!. ….oh and obviously the huge Willow tree that we got married under, that just sealed the deal!”

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