Seven Things a Wedding Guest Should Never Wear

If you’re a wedding guest, this one’s for you! The happy couple have made the effort to invite you to the best day of their life, so please make the effort and dress accordingly. Here are seven things that you should never wear to a wedding…

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Seven Things a Wedding Guest Should Never Wear

White or Ivory

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This is probably the most important rule. Do not, we repeat, do not wear a white or cream coloured dress.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve just come back from the Caribbean[1] and have the most fabulous tan ever and the perfect white dress to show it off; this shade really is off limits. Instead wear something in a colour and leave the whites to the bride. We asked our Facebook brides about this and they almost all agreed that white for a guest is a complete no-go. However, one bride said she wouldn’t mind a guest wearing white – as long as the dress wasn’t long and lacy. We think she might be in the minority here.

Anything but Black

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You really shouldn’t turn up to the ceremony in a black dress. If you don’t suit pastels, then go for a number in a striking emerald or scarlet. Grey is okay, or a dark navy but black really shouldn’t be worn to a wedding. It’s also considered unlucky and you wouldn’t want to be a bad omen, would you?

Proud not Loud

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The bride and groom should be the focus of attention[2] on their big day. That’s not to say you shouldn’t look your best and dress up for the occasion but you need to blend in, so that means not turning up in anything loud and garish.

Sparkly Tiaras

If you’re married yourself, you may have a tiara[3] carefully wrapped up in tissue paper somewhere that you’re just dying to wear again. Well, forget it and keep your sparkly headpiece for when you’re going to a smart ball or being presented to HM The Queen or something. Have a great updo instead if it’s an elegant evening event – you can always wear a sparkly diamante clip or accessory in your hair.

No Jeans and T-shirts

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Remember, you’re going to a wedding where the bride and groom will have invested a lot of time and money[4] in getting the day just right. So don’t come in anything too informal.

Make an effort. So no jeans, trainers, tracksuits – no matter how comfortable you like to feel. The same also goes for children, too. One of our brides was very upset when a young relative turned up in shorts and a t-shirt – she said it ruined the wedding photographs.

Dress for the Occasion

On the other hand, you don’t want to be too formal either. If the wedding has a country-style theme[5] and it’s in a barn where you’re going to be sitting on haybales, then a silk coat dress with matching hat and Jimmy Choos is probably a bit too much. Match your outfit to the occasion. In fact, one bride told us that she’d banned hats at her wedding. She didn’t want the guests’ view in church to be obscured by a big fancy hat!

It’s a Wedding, not a Night out

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Even if you’ve spent the last six months in the gym, you’ve lost a ton of weight or you’ve got a great pair of legs and want to show them off, you really shouldn’t wear anything skimpy to a wedding. So, no hot pants, no super-short minis and no bras on display.

Guests should dress for weddings in an outfit that’s going to add to the occasion in a positive way. Of course you should wear something that’s going to make you feel good and flatter – a wedding is an opportunity to dress up and look wonderful[6].

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The Most Popular Wedding Readings for Modern Ceremonies

Finding some suitable words to say (or have said) when you tie the knot is going to be a big part of your planning – the time consuming bit is finding the right wedding readings that are going to say just what you want.

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The Most Popular Wedding Readings for Modern Ceremonies

There are always some perennial favourites at weddings; words that have stood the test of time, that always seem right for the occasion, never date and raise smiles (and possibly provoke a few tears). You want your wedding reading to move you and your guests in all the right ways.

You’ll also have to make your wedding reading suitable for the location of your marriage ceremony. Remember, if you’re having a religious ceremony you can have a religious reading – from the Bible, for example. However if you’re having a civil ceremony, then religion/God cannot be mentioned whatsoever so you’re going to have to think creatively.

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Readings Suitable for a Church Ceremony

Song of Solomon, Chapter 2, verses 10-13; Chapter 8, verses 6&7

My beloved spoke and said to me,
    “Arise, my darling,
    my beautiful one, come with me.
See! The winter is past;
    the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
    the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
    is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit;
    the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
    my beautiful one, come with me.”

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1 Corinthians 13

These words from Corinthians are the most popular reading ever given at a church ceremony. It implies that if you live without love, you really have nothing. (We’d agree with that!)

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part,  but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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‘Thoughts on Marriage’ by Kahlil Gibran

Of course you don’t have to have a religious reading even if you’re having a religious ceremony[1]. These thought-provoking lines from Kahil Gibran are often heard at weddings, because they seem to say all the right things when you are embarking on a life together.

“You were born together, and together you shall be forever more.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Yes, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness.
And let the winds of heaven dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but each one of you be
alone – even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not in each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the Cyprus grow not in each other’s shadows”

Readings for a Civil Ceremony

“Registry office ceremonies and civil weddings, which are often less formal than the traditional Church ceremony, lend themselves well to ‘lighter’ readings,” says Lawrence Bernstein from Great Speech Writing[2]. “These are often more fun, certainly more light-hearted and provoke laughter from the guests.”

Some popular readings to consider include these two romantic passages. The first is especially wonderful if you’ve been together for a while already, talking when the first passions of love subside making way for a deeper emotion; the second is about the two of you joining together as a couple, and never being lonely again.

From Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides.
And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”

Apache Wedding Prayer

Commonly recited at weddings in the United States, this poem is on modern non-native origin, written in 1947 by Elliott Arnold.

“Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness,
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies,
But there is one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place,
To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.”

These readings are all popular with good reason – whatever the style of your ceremony, you’ll feel that you’re creating a thoughtful but loving mood when the most serious part of your wedding is taking place.

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Ask for Money as a Wedding Gift With These Poem Cards

What’s the best way to ask for a particular wedding present? Poem cards are a fun, heartfelt and tactful way of telling your guests that you really want to ask for money as a wedding gift, as Karla Hall from Scarlet Rose Invitations explains…

wedding gift poem Ask for Money as a Wedding Gift With These Poem Cards

Ask for Money as a Wedding Gift With These Poem Cards

A gift poem is the ideal way of letting people know exactly what you’d really appreciate on your big day. From holiday vouchers[1] to professional wedding lists and cash contributions, far from thinking you’re being cheeky, your loved ones will appreciate a nudge in the right direction and be relieved to be giving the perfect gift.

money gift wedding poem Ask for Money as a Wedding Gift With These Poem Cards

Increasingly popular with today’s modern brides and grooms, gift poems or ‘ask for cash’ poems can be generically worded to suit a wide range of couples, or tailored to your individual needs. Designed to be sent out along with – or even incorporated into – your wedding invitations[2], a poem card lets people know that, although it’s their presence rather than presents that matter most, there’s something specific you’d love if they’re planning on giving you a gift.

money gift wedding poem Ask for Money as a Wedding Gift With These Poem Cards

Everyone knows weddings are traditionally expensive – so don’t be afraid to ask for a cash gift. This way, you’re leaving it up to your guests to decide how much they’re happy to give, rather than putting a price tag on a particular present.

At Scarlet Rose Invitations, cash poems are part of our top-selling wedding stationery range. We have a selection of pre-written ask for cash poems available in a wide range of 60 stylish designs, enabling couples to match their cash poems to the rest of their wedding stationery package. We’re also happy to tailor a poem to suit your specific requirements, or if you’re feeling particularly creative[3], swap our poem for yours!

money gift wedding poem Ask for Money as a Wedding Gift With These Poem Cards

If you’re looking to write your own cash poem, it’s a good idea to keep it lighthearted but to the point – if you need some euros or dollars for your honeymoon[4], say precisely that. If it’s cash for a new conservatory, tell everyone. Guests prefer to know what their money is being spent on.

money gift wedding poem Ask for Money as a Wedding Gift With These Poem Cards

If you know what you want to say, but can’t seem to find the right words to make your poem rhyme or flow, we’re happy to help. Poetry is our forte, just get in touch and we’ll happily create a unique cash poem for a small fixed fee, then incorporate it into your favourite design from our extensive range.

money gift wedding poem Ask for Money as a Wedding Gift With These Poem Cards

For that extra special wow factor, there’s also the option to upgrade your print finish to a luxurious range of fine Italian and pearlescent cards in a variety of sizes and formats. To see more super styles and to discuss your individual needs, visit the Scarlet Rose eBay store[5] or call the team on 01773 813302.

Our thanks to for this handy feature. For even more wedding stationery ideas and inspiration, take a look at their website[6] here.

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25 Perfect Wedding Reception Songs Guaranteed to Fill the Dancefloor

If you’re looking for wedding reception songs to get everyone dancing, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ve rounded up the most popular songs played at weddings, with plenty of classic anthems and unique tunes that will have all your guests singing along.

25 Perfect Wedding Reception Songs Guaranteed to Fill Your Dancefloor

25 Perfect Wedding Reception Songs Guaranteed to Fill the Dancefloor

Music can make or break your reception, so we’ve teamed up with one of the UK’s best party DJs, DJ Platinum[1] and wedding singer Dominic from Sweet Soulful Sound[2], to bring you this definitive list of love songs – stick to these top tunes and you’ll create the perfect party atmosphere.

5 of the best first dance songs

First dance songs are traditionally romantic and tend to say something about you as a couple. But remember, they don’t have to be slow like the five popular choices here.

If your wedding ceremony isn’t traditional, then why have a traditional first dance? Go for something faster, choreograph a professional dance – perhaps a tango – or just have a mass dance with your friends.

  1. At Last by Etta James
  2. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
  3. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
  4. Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls
  5. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith

5 of the best wedding reception floorfillers

The one thing a lot of wedding guests always comment on is the wedding entertainment. Keep them dancing all night, and give them great memories of your big day with these classic floor fillers!

Why not choose one of these songs to play after the first dance to encourage everyone onto the dancefloor?

  1. Dancing Queen by ABBA
  2. Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars
  3. Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
  4. Sex On Fire by Kings of Leon
  5. Mr Brightside by The Killers

5 of the best wedding reception songs to end the night

We always suggest that a bride and groom make their exit before the lights come on at the end of the night. Who wants to see messy reception tables anyway?

Choose a song to be played at about 11.30pm, dance with all your guests and then make your final exit. We love running out of the venue under a tunnel of sparklers – the perfect photo opportunity!

  1. Come On Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
  3. Don’t Stop Believing Journey
  4. Ho Hey The Lumineers
  5. All You Need is Love The Beatles

5 of the best sing-a-long wedding reception songs

Your wedding video should capture all the special moments of the big day, and by that we don’t just mean the emotional, romantic bits. It should also capture those candid moments with you and your friends laughing and jumping around on the dancefloor, having the time of your lives. These songs will help you do just that…

  1. Valerie Amy Winehouse
  2. Celebration Kool & The Gang
  3. Can’t Help Myself The Four Tops
  4. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel Tavares
  5. My Girl The Temptations

5 of the Best Father-Daughter Dance Songs

25 Perfect Wedding Reception Songs Guaranteed to Fill Your Dancefloor

Not every bride has a dance with her father, but we think it’s a tradition that’s worth bringing back for 2014! Show your dad just how much he means to you (and that he’s still the number one man in  your life) with a dance at the reception. The songs below all have a great sentiment behind them but Father and Daughter by Paul Simon is our favourite here at Wedding Ideas HQ…

  1. My Girl First The Temptations
  2. Father And Daughter Paul Simon
  3. Isn’t She Lovely Stevie Wonder
  4. When You Need Me Bruce Springsteen
  5. Ain’t That Love Ray Charles


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Bring Some fun Into Your day With These Quirky Wedding Readings

If you and your partner aren’t ones for tradition and are looking to inject a bit of fun into your wedding reception, why not use one of these quirky wedding readings. These quirky readings say all the right things but in a unique way, perfect for creative couples.

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Bring Some fun Into Your day With These Quirky Wedding Readings

There are plenty of poems and excerpts from thousands of books that talk about love, companionship, compromise and all the other aspects of marriage. But if you and your groom want something a little bit different to set your speech[1] apart from the crowd, these unconventional readings may be perfect!

A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton

The fierce Dinosaur was trapped inside his cage of ice. Although it was cold he was happy in there. It was, after all, HIS cage.

Then along came the Lovely Other Dinosaur.

The Lovely Other Dinosaur melted the Dinosaur’s cage with kind words and loving thoughts.

I like this Dinosaur, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. Although he is fierce he is also tender and he is funny. He is also quite clever though I will not tell him this for now.

I like this Lovely Other Dinosaur, thought the Dinosaur. She is beautiful and she is different and she smells so nice. She is also a free spirit, which is a quality I much admire in a dinosaur.

But he can be so distant and so peculiar at times, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur.

He is also overly fond of Things. Are all Dinosaurs so overly fond of Things?

But her mind skips from here to there so quickly, thought the Dinosaur. She is also uncommonly keen on Shopping. Are all Lovely Other Dinosaurs so uncommonly keen on shopping?

I will forgive his peculiarity and his concern for things, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. For they are part of what makes him a richly charactered individual.

I will forgive her skipping mind and her fondness for shopping, thought the Dinosaur. For she fills our life with beautiful thought and wonderful surprises. Besides, I am not unkeen on shopping either.

Now the Dinosaur and the Lovely Other Dinosaur are old. Look at them.

Together they stand on the hill telling each other stories and feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs.

And that, my friends, is how it is with love. Let us all be Dinosaurs and Lovely Other Dinosaurs together.

For the sun is warm. And the world is a beautiful place…

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If you’re looking for a quirky poem to read aloud, then this one by John Cooper Clarke says it all.

I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke

I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
breathing in your dust
I wanna be your Ford Cortina
I will never rust
If you like your coffee hot
let me be your coffee pot
You call the shots
I wanna be yours
I wanna be your raincoat
for those frequent rainy days
I wanna be your dreamboat
when you want to sail away
Let me be your teddy bear
take me with you anywhere
I don’t care
I wanna be yours
I wanna be your electric meter
I will not run out
I wanna be the electric heater
you’ll get cold without
I wanna be your setting lotion
hold your hair in deep devotion
Deep as the deep Atlantic ocean
that’s how deep is my devotion

That poem[2] is likely to raise a few laughs, so whoever is reciting it needs to pause for the giggles and then continue – take the words slowly and enjoy the entertainment it gives everybody!

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We think it’s wonderful if a pageboy or young bridesmaid gives a reading. The rule here is to keep it short and sweet. They get their moment in the spotlight but don’t have time to feel overwhelmed. They’ll also need to practise quite a bit beforehand and make sure you’ve chosen a child who isn’t likely to get stage fright at the last minute and refuse to speak. You’re looking for a confident type.

Remember the rule above of waiting for laughs and ask your young reader to stay in place for a few seconds afterwards to wait for the applause (which is sure to follow). This poem Some Things Go Together is a perfect short reading that’s quirky but thought-provoking too!

Some Things Go Together by Charlotte Zolotow

Pairs of things that go together.
Pigeons with park
Stars with dark
Sand with sea
and you with me.
… Hats with heads
Pillows with beds
Sky with blue
and me with you.


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The dos and Don’ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

If you’re a creative, hands-on kind of a bride, you’re probably considering putting together a lot of your wedding day yourself. Whilst being creative means you can be more thrifty, you may not have the right experience when it comes to flower arrangements. Follow our guide on DIY wedding flowers and all will be fine.

The dos and Don'ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

The dos and Don’ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

Firstly, you need to consider the time of year that you’re getting married. Look around you and think about what’s going to be in bloom. Not only will you be able to source your flowers more easily and inexpensively, you’ll also be keeping your green credentials if you don’t require exotic blooms to be shipped in from overseas out of season. Remember, if you’re getting married around Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day then you’ll pay a premium for your flowers.

So if you’re getting married in the spring, it’s going to be flowers like narcissi, hyacinths and tulips. In the autumn, you’re going to be opting for colourful brights like dahlias, hydrangeas and maybe branches of fruits and berries to decorate your venue too.

DIY Wedding Flower dos

Think about your theme

Give yourself plenty of time to think about your flowers and decide what you want. Have a theme. This could be seasonal, colour-led or a style such as vintage or country garden. Maybe take an evening class in flower arranging, which will also show you how to keep flowers looking their best.

Rustic charm

Country-style wedding lends itself best to a handmade wedding with DIY flowers. You can have simple jam jars crammed with wildflowers, cornflowers and roses as centrepieces on your reception tables. These will look charming and rustic and moreover, they will look handmade, which is a nice touch.

Do know your limits

Don’t decide you’re going to create elaborate formal flower arrangements if you have little to no experience. Use the time in the lead up to your wedding to practice, watch tutorials and understand what flowers go aesthetically but also what smell good together.

Easy pew ends

If you’re getting married in a church, decorate the ends of the pews with a hand-tied garland of blossoms or even just different coloured greenery. If you’re planning a winter wedding, holly and trailing ivy will be very festive too.

Scattering petals

There’s nothing to say your flower girls have to hold a bouquet of flowers. You could give them a simple basket filled with rose petals, which they can scatter as they walk down the aisle behind you. However, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you could make flower pomanders for them to carry, just make sure you practise first.

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DIY wedding flower don’ts

A professional job

If you’re not overly confident, don’t create your wedding bouquet yourself. It’s a whole lot of pressure for you and your bouquet is going to take centre stage on your big day too. Creating a dazzling posy or bunch of flowers for the bride to carry is a real art form. Give yourself a break and hand that job over to somebody who’s really experienced. We’re sure you won’t regret it.

Last-minute rush

Don’t forget to give yourself plenty of time to source your flowers. If your dad has a beautiful garden of roses, and he’s happy for you to pick them, then, by all means, use them. However, you’ll also need to source some blooms from a flower market. Make sure you visit a few times so you can make friends with the stall holders and find what they’re going to have when. Don’t be afraid to ask that about what they’d recommend for the time of year, after all they’re experts that you can also rely on.

Keep practising

Finally, don’t forget to practise, practise and practise. When it comes to DIY wedding flowers, practice is precious. Time yourself on how long it takes to make a table centrepiece and decorations for the ceremony or venue. Enlist the help of your favourite girls if they’re reasonably artistic! Just don’t leave everything until the last week and then panic because you’ve run out of time. A stressed bride is not a happy one!

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How to Make Your own Wedding Invitations in 10 Easy Steps

Deciding to make your own wedding invitations can be a little daunting at first. However, with some bit of careful planning, you can end up with beautiful, bespoke invites at a fraction of the cost. The Wedding Crafter[1] shows us how to do it with their easy 10-step guide.

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How to Make Your own Wedding Invitations in 10 Easy Steps

If you’re looking to save some money and create beautiful personalised designs, follow these 10 simple steps to create the perfect invitations for your wedding.

Choose Your Design

Your invitations give your guests the first impression of your wedding, so take time to get it right. Also, consider your colour scheme, lettering and message. Do you want something minimal or detailed? Try a few different ideas before making a decision. Putting the effort into planning the invitations will save you time in the long run.

Set a Budget

You must set a budget from the start and stick to it. There’s nothing worse than designing your perfect invitation[2] only to find you can’t afford it. Think about how many guests you’re inviting. Remember you only need one invite per couple or family, not one per person – it may sound obvious but it’s a common mistake.

Lace invitations - How to Make Your own Wedding Invitations in 10 Easy Steps Start With the Basic Invitation

There are loads of different styles and types of cards. Flat unfolded cards and traditional card blanks are great if you’re on a budget or don’t have much information to include. Wallets are great for including lots of extra information, inserts and RSVP cards as well. There are also in-between options that give you the freedom of a wallet on the budget of a traditional card.

Use a neutral colour for the cards, then add colour through printing, embellishments or ribbons. Alternatively, you can use coloured card and make a statement. Card textures can make a big difference to the overall feel of an invitation, from rustic matte textures to contemporary pearlescent effects to vintage tapestry styles. Consider printing or foil stamping the front of the cards, or use peel-off stickers.

Time to Decorate

This is where you get really creative. Keep things really simple and elegant with ribbon down the spine of the card. Alternatively, you can use ribbon to act as a belt or divider.

Decorative papers can be used for panels, strips and wraps to bring an accent of colour or add a bit of sparkle. Layer decorative panels with the same card as your base invite printed with your names, initials, dates and so on. You can also use 3D sticky pads to build up depth.

Embellishments come in a huge range of colours and styles, and can bring a dash of colour to the invitation[3]. Mount these on to contrasting cards and papers.

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Print Your Inserts

Choose your insert from a huge range of colours and textures. Some styles of inserts can be mounted on decorative papers or contrasting card. Take your time to get your insert wording just right.

Try to keep the style of your font in keeping with the rest of the invitation. Also, remember to keep the font clear and easy to read. Accent colours can be introduced by printing in coloured ink, or metallic foil printed inserts can look stunning. However, if you aren’t 100% sure of what you’re doing consider using an insert printing service.

Don’t Forget the Sticky Stuff

Inserts can be stuck into cards really quickly and easily using adhesive tape pens. Attach inserts to the left-hand side of the card near the spine, so the insert will fall open when the card is opened.

For sticking embellishments onto cards, PVA craft glue dries quickly and easily and more importantly, is clear when dry. For creating raised layering of card and papers then 3D sticky pads give that slight 3D effect. In addition, ribbons can be left loose or secured with a line of adhesive tape pen.

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Add the Envelopes

Postage envelopes come in standard sizes, so make sure your invitation will fit in one before you get too far down the line. Also, bear in mind the cost of postage as a letter thicker than 5mm will cost more to send.

The envelope is the first thing people see when receiving your invitation[4], so consider making it special with pearlescent or textured paper.

Start Creating

Set aside some time for a marathon card making session. Gather all your craftiest friends and family together and open a bottle of wine before you get started. Make this a fun and enjoyable event. If you have lots to get through then a mini production line will be the most efficient way to get everything done in a night.

DIY Wedding invite - How to Make Your own Wedding Invitations in 10 Easy StepsThe Tools of the Trade

You can create really professional-looking invitations by buying cards ready folded and inserts ready cut. However, if you have a large number of invitations to go out on a tight budget then it could save money to buy a few card-making tools. This way you can create everything yourself from scratch – if you’ve got the time of course.

A paper trimmer will let you cut your card and paper from larger sheets. Card folding boards help you to put a crease into a flat piece of card and then fold it neatly. Finally, to fold the cards a bone folder is pretty essential.

If all Else Fails

If you’ve followed the steps here and still aren’t sure of what to design, or aren’t confident striking out on your own, then why not buy a DIY invitation kit? You will still save loads of money, without the hard work of coming up with the design yourself.


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10 Hilarious Wedding Speeches

Whether you’re the groom, best man or the father of the bride, or if you have just been asked to make a speech at your friend’s big day, don’t fret! These hilarious wedding speeches will give you some much-needed inspiration to make your wedding speech funny…

10 Hilarious Wedding Speeches

10 Hilarious Wedding Speeches

Best Maid of Honour Toast (Eminem rap)

Bridesmaid Jennifer Gabrielli delivers what may be the best surprise toast by any member of the wedding party, ever. How’s this for a hilarious wedding speech?

Funny Best man Speech

Delivering hit after hit of hilarious knockout one-liners, this best man certainly knows how to keep the guests entertained!

Funny Father of the Bride Speech

Father of the bride gives an outstanding speech. Expect lots of humour, and advice that will never be forgotten. This speech is a must-watch and it will have you laughing from the start.

A Pilot’s Wedding Speech

Capt Matthew Krivohlavy was unable to attend the nuptials of his brother Brandon and his fiancée in Texas. So instead, he made a two-and-a-half-minute video from the cockpit of his Harrier using flash cards to express his thoughts. It reduced the wedding party to tears and we think it will get you blubbing too!

Touching Wedding Speech by the Father of the Bride

This father of the bride gives the new husband a few words of advice when he gives his daughter away. Phillip’s definitely got some big shoes to fill!

The Younger Brother Wedding Speech

Don’t ever ask your little brother to be your best man. Clark did this and he got thoroughly embarrassed with some hilarious childhood stories.

Man of Honour Wedding Speech

This musical number was done by Amy’s man of honour. You definitely need to watch this!

The Younger Brother Best man Speech

This is another reason why you shouldn’t ask your younger brother to be the best man. Cringe…

Tom Fletcher’s Groom speech

We couldn’t do a list of amazing wedding speeches without including this musical groom’s speech from McFly’s Tom Fletcher.

Top Tips for Writing a Wedding Speech

Follow this expert advice and make sure guests remember your speech for all the right reasons…

Keep it short

Make sure your speech is no more than 10 minutes long, which on paper is about 1,000 words. Time yourself when you’re rehearsing and make sure you’re speaking slowly.

Managing the nerves

If the big moment has arrived and you’re feeling terrified, ask the people at the back of the room if they can hear you. It’s an old trick, but it allows you to get those first few words out. The result will draw a response from the crowd and should help you settle.

Humour versus sincerity

Too many Best men write their wedding speeches with a bunch of friends over a few beers. This can be fun at the time but often results in a speech high on stories and innuendo but low on sincerity. Strike a balance. The audience will enjoy some jokes at the groom’s expense, but try to demonstrate he is a good friend with some decent qualities.

Avoid a long list of thank yous

Nothing can be more dull or unoriginal than a speech that resembles a school register of thanks. Stick to those who really need a mention.

End with a toast

This is a great opportunity to end on a sincere and touching note. If you’re the father of the bride or best man, toast the couple. If you’re a groom, toast your new wife.

Finally, if you’re looking for more ideas, head on over to our Wedding Readings and Speeches[1] section for more inspiration.


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The Mr & Mrs Quiz: Mr and Mrs Questions to put the Bride and Groom to the Test

Any maid of honour or bridesmaid[1] knows that no hen party is complete without the iconic Mr & Mrs Quiz. Here’s all the Mr and Mrs questions and couples trivia you need to put your bride or groom to the test…


The Mr & Mrs Quiz: Mr and Mrs Questions to put the Bride and Groom to the Test

What is the Mr & Mrs Quiz?

Back in the 1970s, there was a TV game show called ‘Mr and Mrs, where contestants were asked challenging and funny questions about their partner.

Since then, the Mr & Mrs quiz is a staple hen party drinking game where the bride will have to drink a shot every time she gets a question about her groom wrong. And for every right answer she gets, the hens all have to take a shot…

How to Play the Mr & Mrs Game

The rules of the Mr & Mrs Quiz are simple. All you have to do is choose around 20-25 questions about the bride and groom, their likes as well as dislikes, and ask them to the husband-to-be.

You can even record the groom answering the questions and play it back after the bride has answered to see if she’s correct – this makes the couples trivia game at the hen more interesting and personal.

The aim of the Mr & Mrs game is to ultimately to see how well the bride and groom know each other and match as many answers up as possible!

Just remember, it’s important that the questions you choose aren’t too serious, or too difficult. Make sure to also know your audience and be mindful when picking the questions or making up your own – the last thing you want is the bride feeling uncomfortable on her hen night[2] especially if her family or mum-in-law to be are attending.

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Mr & Mrs Quiz Questions

From relationship firsts and funny Mr and Mrs questions to their likes and dislikes as well as naughty sex questions for the bride-to-be, here’s a list of the best Mr and Mrs questions which you can adapt to your best friend’s hen…

Most Popular Mr & Mrs Quiz Questions

What is his/her favourite colour?

What is his/her favourite movie?

What is his/her favourite meal?

What is his/her favourite animal?

Does he/she prefer cats or dogs?

What is his/her number one fear?

What is his/her favourite achievement?

What is his/her favourite shop?

What is his/her favourite place in the world?

What three items would he/she choose to take to a deserted island?

Describe his/her ideal date night with you?

When is your partner at their happiest?

What was the best gift he ever gave you (excluding the ring)?

Mr & Mrs Relationship Firsts

What were your first impressions of each other?

Where did you go on your first date?

Where was your first kiss?

How many dates did you have before having sex?

Who said ‘I love you’ first?

What was the first meal they cooked for you?

What was the first movie you saw together?

What was the first trip you took together?

What were his exact words when he proposed to you?

Mr & Mrs Relationship Insider

What’s your couple song?

Who is his/her celebrity crush?

What colour eyes does he/she have?

What is his/her most annoying habit?

What would they say is your most annoying habit?

What do you two argue about the most?

Who would you say is the boss in the relationship?

Who would they say is the boss in the relationship?

Who gets angry the most?

Who is the most attractive?

If your partner was an animal, what animal would they be?

Funny Mr & Mrs Questions

Who is the funniest in the relationship?

What is his/her most embarrassing moment?

Who takes longer to get ready?

Who is the tidiest?

Who is the better cook?

Who takes up the most room in bed?

Who has the best taste?

Who is the smartest?

Who drives better?

Who is the best dancer?

If he/she could only eat one food for the rest of his/her life what would it be?

Naughty Mr & Mrs Questions

What is his/her pet name[3]?

What is his/her pet name for you?

What is your favourite part of his/her body?

What is their favourite part of your body?

What is his/her favourite sex position?

Where is the strangest place you both had sex together?

What is his/her guilty pleasure?Is he a bum or boob guy?

Who gets horny the most?

Who orgasms quickest?


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A History of Wedding Veils – Styles and Trends Through The Eras

A History of Wedding Veils

They vary in style and length almost as much as the dress, and the history of wedding veils is as long as getting marriage itself. We recap the most popular looks over the last century!

Cloche Headdresses

The 1920s saw brides favouring the lace cloche headdresses, some of which would be encircled with flowers. Veils were usually made of silk materials and decorated with flowers and leaves that would match the blooms in her bouquet.

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Veils started to make a more simple statement in the 1930s and into the 40’s when brides wore shear veils hanging loosely over their heads. The main reason for this style movement was a shortage of fabric during the war!

Birdcage Veil

In the post-wear years of the 1950s an enviable surge in elaborate bridal accessories brought about real style statement pieces including birdcage veils and slender fitting skullcap veils.

This fashion-forward look mellowed in the 60s with veils taking on a more modern, bohemian vibe[1]. Long, floaty styles became popular and took their cue from the ‘flower-power’ look of the time. These were often attached to pillbox hats. The 1970’s continued with a more relaxed style to the trend with floral crowns and shear veils draped over the top.

Cathedral Length

By the 1980s, the bigger the better! We saw Princess Diana’s mammoth veil setting the trend for a whole generation of brides. Her amazing veil was 24 feet long but the perfect length to make a dramatic statement as she entered St Paul’s cathedral. (surely the longest and most recognisable style in the history of wedding veils!)

The Royal Wedding

Flash forward to 2011 and Kate Middleton’s 72-inch ivory silk veil also made for a dramatic entrance at Westminster. “Kate opted for the ‘celestial halo’ effect,” says designer Kelly from Richard Designs[2].

“Unlike most veils, this particular one appeared to be without a comb; instead skilfully pinned behind the halo tiara and resting on her ‘Demi Chignon’ styled hair. The soft veiling was positioned precisely on to the comb to allow the correct amount of blusher to fall when it is worn forward. An ode to Catherine, this veil is timeless and ethereal!”

Modern Day

Today the modern bridal look is less defined but emphasises on shear fabrics and high detail in some cases. Ethereal veil shots of the bride with her groom make for utterly romantic wedding photos.

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