Free Wedding Checklists for Budget, Guests and More

Need help planning your wedding? Here at Wedding Ideas, we’ve produced a fabulous set of free wedding checklists to help you organise your big day. From wedding planner guides to guest spreadsheets and how to organise a hen party, our free downloads break the whole planning process down.

Free Wedding Checklist for Budget, Guests and More

Free Wedding Checklists for Budget, Guests and More

Want less worry, more party? Our friends at Alive Network[1], the UK’s biggest and best loved wedding entertainment specialists, have put together an at-a-glance planning guide with wedding checklists for venues, performers and suppliers, plus on-the-day timings.

Download your wedding checklists[2]


Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page, and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account. To join in the conversation, share your stories here.[3][4][5]


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Join Wedding Ideas for Inspiration and Exclusive Discounts at the Wedding Weekend

The fabulous Eccleston Yards’ Wedding Weekend is Belgravia’s luxury wedding showcase, taking place from Saturday 9 March to Sunday 10 March.

Join several retailers, including Tailor Made London, the groomswear brand offering bespoke tailoring with cutting-edge technology; SMUK London, a one-stop natural beauty and lifestyle studio; British-born footwear label Duke & Dexter, and sustainable lifestyle brand Rêve En Vert, for a range of unique wedding-related events and activities over the course of two days.

Bride holding bouquet

Pop by for bridal hair and make-up workshops, tailored suit fittings, wedding fragrance profiling, bespoke shoe-design pop-ups and even talks on how to plan a sustainable big day.

Eccleston Yards Wedding Weekend

What’s more, if you take our Wedding Weekend feature (p.36) in the March issue of Wedding Ideas with you – on sale Wednesday 13 February – you’ll receive…

Complimentary Goodie Bags

Luxury bride and groom goodie bags, filled with pampering products worth more than £250 from Tailor Made London[1], with all no-obligation, 30-minute overview bookings made for the Weekend.

Tailor Made London will also welcome a Penhaligon’s fragrance sommelier over the weekend, who will be advising on the best fragrances to wear on your wedding day.

Overview appointments made on Saturday 9 March will also receive a complimentary haircut or beard trim in-store from London’s top barbers, Pankhurst.

Tailor Made London

If you purchase a fragrance, you’ll also receive a voucher for complimentary engraving on your bottles, which will need to be redeemed at a Penhaligon store.

Bookings to be made in advance at[2], simply quote WEDDINGIDEAS19.

Complimentary Hair and Make-up Consultation

A complimentary 30-minute wedding hair and make-up consultation with international artist and founder of SMUK London[3], Miabella Ristorp.

Bookings to be made in advance at[4]. Appointments available over a two-week period from Monday 4 March 2019, redeemable when you bring along the March issue of Wedding Ideas. 

SMUK London

Plus, an exclusive 10% off all SMUK London products and services, and a complimentary goodie bag, with bookings made over the Weekend.

Join a talk on how to hold a sustainable wedding with Rêve En Vert in the SMUK London studio on Sunday 10 March from 3pm to 4pm.

The Rêve En Vert sustainable bridal collection will also be available in the SMUK London studio, and includes Natalijia silk slips and robes, Christina Leonor sustainable Italian lingerie and sustainable bridal jewellery from Melissa Joy Manning.

The natural beauty and lifestyle studio opened in Belgravia in March 2018, offering hair and beauty treatments that are totally bespoke. Pop in for a manicure, pedicure or luxury blow-dry treatment, or opt for a relaxing massage or body-wrap.

Complimentary Personalisation of Footwear

Complimentary hand-painted initialling on any pair of Duke & Dexter[5] footwear purchased over the Weekend, plus 15% off all Duke & Dexter styles and 30% off group groomswear purchases (five pairs or more).

Duke and Dexter

The London boutique will also be hosting consultations with their in-house artist, plus the chance to meet The Bloomsbury Club mixologist, where you can learn to create bespoke ‘Groom’ cocktails.

Join craft jewellery brand The Workbench in-store for exclusive couples wedding band workshops over the Weekend and craft your own unique wedding rings from jewellers wax, to be transformed into silver, gold or platinum with free engraving. Pre-book via The Workbench.

Complimentary Cocktail and Lollipop Tree

A complimentary ‘Made To Measure’ cocktail and chocolate popcorn lollipop tree with every à la carte lunch and dinner booked at The Jones Family Kitchen[6] over the Weekend. Booking can be made in advance by emailing [email protected][7].

Jones Family Kitchen

Made from Kew organic gin, dill-infused sherry, lemon juice and grapefruit bitters, the Made to Measure cocktail is a great pick-me-up as you wander round the various stores at the Wedding Weekend.

Be sure to give the chocolate popcorn lollipops a taste, too; the apricots add a delicious fruity flavour, while the cornflakes bring an extra crunch.

10% off Your First Meditation Class at Re:Mind Studio

The Re:Mind Studio[8] in Eccleston Yards, near Victoria station, is a hub of calm and tranquility.

Remind Studio London

Whether you’re an experienced meditator or a complete beginner, there’s a wide variety of classes available – from restorative and nature-themed sessions, to group meetings in which you’ll learn to connect with those around you.

A Free Personalised Wine-Tasting Session In-Store at Bâtonnage Over the Weekend.

Personalised tastings can be booked in advance by emailing [email protected][9].


As Belgravia’s newest wine merchant, Bâtonnage[10] offers a stress-free service to help you find the perfect wine selection for your big day, backed up by decades of expertise.

Plus, they’ll be hosting English sparkling wine tasting in-store with an exclusive 15% off purchases for your big day.

20% off any Class or Membership at Hot Pod Yoga

Simply quote HPYWEDDING when booking at[11], one use per customer. 

Join Hot Pod Yoga in their Belgravia studio, where you’ll learn to stretch further and breathe deeper.

Hot Pod Yoga

The heat (37 degrees) will make your heart and lungs work a bit harder, helping you to burn more calories and giving you a great cardio workout.

To take up any of the offers above, please present our Wedding Weekend feature (p.36) in the March issue of Wedding Ideas. For further information on all events taking place at the Eccleston Yards Wedding Weekend, visit[12]

For full Chelsea Magazine Company terms and conditions, visit[13]


Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page, and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account. To join in the conversation, share your stories here.[14][15][16]


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The 10 Wedding Makeup Rules You Should Know

We’ve pulled together a guide on wedding makeup rules you need to know to ensure you look your very best on your big day.

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Less is more

It’s important to remember that you’re going to be looking at your wedding photographs for the rest of your life. So, go for a timeless look that won’t make you cringe when you’ve got the album out in years to come.

Get lippy

If you have thin lips, it’s better to avoid dark or red lipsticks, particularly if you are over 30. Your wedding makeup should look fresh and sweet, and not too vampy.


Skin should look flawless so make sure you have a solid skincare routine[1] in place leading up to the day. Look after your diet with healthy food and drink plenty of water. This will cleanse your system and keep you hydrated, whilst also making your skin glow.

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Keep it light

For your wedding makeup, you should use a light foundation. Why? Heavy foundation looks cakey and you can layer a thin and medium consistency to achieve better coverage. If you’re looking to hide blemishes, your best bet is to use a good concealer to cover up.

The eyes

Eyes need to have an impact, so use eyeliner or a pencil, a soft shimmer eyeshadow above the lash line. Also, add lashings of mascara to make them pop.


Blusher needs to be just that: a blush. So choose a blusher that is soft and suitable for your skin tone. Subtlety is always best you just want to add a hint of colour. Stick to that and you’ll be the perfect blushing bride.

Tearing up

It’s always a good idea for brides to stick to waterproof mascara because there may be some emotional moments. Waterproofing avoids mascara-stained cheeks, which isn’t a good look on anyone, let alone a bride.

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Top up

Keep your lipstick and a pressed powder compact nearby at all times so you can check how you look and refresh your lips and skin if needed. This way you will always be camera ready.

Rosy cheeks

Drinking alcohol can make the skin flush, so go easy on the drinks if you want to avoid rosy cheeks.

Bridal party

The look for the bridal party must also be gorgeous, of course. Your bridesmaids need to look pretty too, but not so much that they outshine the bride. How about corresponding the colours of their outfits with their make-up?



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6 Romantic Honeymoon Destinations to Visit in 2019

Escape the obvious with Exsus Travel[1]’s hand-picked luxury honeymoons, which offer more than just a regular fly and flop. Centred around experiences tailored to you and your partner, these are once-in-a-lifetime holidays; the kind that will turn into lifelong memories.

Croatia honeymoon

Romantic honeymoon destinations to visit in 2019

Whatever your taste, there is something for everyone – from a cloud forest retreat in Costa Rica and a sun-kissed getaway to Greece and Croatia, to a Zimbabwean safari and a super luxurious escape to the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Greece and Croatia

Greece honeymoon

Greece and Croatia[2] are a winning combination when it comes to honeymoons. Inspired by Mamma Mia, this trip takes you to the countries’ main hotspots: Santorini, Naxos, Mykonos, Dubrovnik, Korcula and Hvar.

Stay in a hotel built within reformed 17th-century houses carved into the cliffs in romantic Santorini, get a bird’s eye view of Dubrovnik’s red-roofed Old Town, and finish off in Croatia’s sunniest spot, Hvar, which boasts a glamorous yacht scene.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica honeymoon

Costa Rica’s[3] lush green jungle setting and pristine beaches might be just the place to start your new life together.

Go hiking in the Volcano Valley with a guide and see monkeys, sloths and frogs, stay at an eco-luxury retreat within 500 acres of tropical cloud forest, and get an authentic hacienda experience in the coffee region, finishing off on the immaculate Pacific coastline.


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Some newlyweds dream of sun, sea and lazy days doing nothing, but we believe that trying new experiences together brings you closer. If adventure is what you’re after, look no further than the Land of Fire and Ice for a romantic mini-moon[4], with a healthy dose of wilderness adventure.

You’ll be surrounded by lava fields, gushing geysers and waterfalls. Moreover, you can also dive between tectonic plates and, weather permitting, see the Northern Lights. Catch your breath with a blissful dip in the Blue Lagoon.


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A Zimbabwe safari[5] is the ideal honeymoon for wildlife lovers wishing to get up close and personal with the Big Five. Start off in Hwange – the country’s biggest national park – where you can see lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffaloes.

Afterwards, head to Victoria Falls, which you can explore with a scenic helicopter ride. You can also go white-water rafting, try zip-lining, explore the Chobe National Park and have a romantic dining experience on board a steam train.

Fiji, California and Hong Kong

Fiji honeymoon

An idyllic holiday to Fiji, bookended by California and Hong Kong[6] is perfect for couples who just can’t narrow their destination down to one. Experience the blissful paradise setting of Fiji and stay in a traditional wooden bure, surrounded by crystalline blue waters.

The buzz of Santa Monica and vibrant Hong Kong add some action and adventure; a great contrast to a mellow and sublime island retreat.

Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Maldives honeymoon

Experience undiluted barefoot luxury in the Maldives[7], combined with a cultural trip to Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle and Kandy. Take in the archaeological sites of Anuradhapura, stay in a stilted hideaway above green wetlands and rice paddies with views of the Sigiriya rock fortress and stroll through the tea plantations of the Norwood Tea Estate.

The perfect end to an action-packed Sri Lankan escapade, the eco-friendly Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives offers a slice of paradise, with picture-perfect beaches, a wellness philosophy, an open-air jungle cinema and school of manta rays.

To find out more, visit[8]

Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page[9], and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account[10] to join in the conversation.


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5 Stand-out Pieces we Love in the Bianco Evento 2019 Bridal Collection

Boho lace? Classic A-line? Double tier veil? You choose. The 2019 collection from Bianco Evento has been designed to help you build the perfect outfit for the big day

Choosing a dress for your big day can be one of the most daunting tasks of the entire wedding planning process. Sometimes there are just too many options, and you don’t know how to choose or where to start.

The 2019 Collection from Bianco Evento[1] has been designed to help you build the perfect outfit for your wedding day. Whether it’s finding the right shaped dress, adding a veil or deciding what shoes to wear, this collection has you covered.

Using the same high-quality satin, lace, chiffon and tulle as top, high-end designers, the dresses and accessories are of excellent quality while remaining at an affordable price.

In fact, Bianco Evento believes that every bride, no matter their budget, has the right to feel and look elegant and stylish on their wedding day. And this video showcases the best of the collection in the gorgeous rolling hills of Tuscany…

Top bridal picks from the Bianco Evento 2019 collection


Bride model

Veils are the ideal traditional accessory for a bride and can add so much to any dress; it’s simply a matter of length. If you have a high, closed neckline, a longer veil is suitable.

Otherwise an open, sweetheart or strapless neckline suits a shorter veil. All Bianco Evento veils are made with high-quality tulle and use the same lace used across the whole collection.

Bridal dresses

Bride smiling

A different outfit for each event, your wedding and reception, can be easy when combining the same dress with different accessories.

A modern and exciting bolero can stand out on the day, while a faux fur bolero and belt can create a dramatically different look to carry you through the night.

The Harmonia dress was designed exactly for this purpose and is a great way to experience multiple outfits on your big day. This classic and ever fashionable dress also goes up to a size 24.

Bridal headpieces

Bride posing

Sometimes all you need is a simple, yet stunning piece of jewellery to complete the outfit. A headpiece like this can add that last touch of elegance to an already perfect day.

This is Cassandra, the tattoo lace back perfectly complimenting the floral detailing on the headpiece.

Bridal shoes

Add some height to your jumpsuit look by combining elegant and taller shoes.

Bridal shoes

The modern and super chic Samanta Jumpsuit is wonderfully matched with a block heel sandal, ensuring comfort and stability throughout the day.

Wedding jumpsuit

Boho wedding dress

Boho wedding dress

A boho dress, paired with a stunning pair of simple, but modern shoes, can not only combine the two styles, but ensure a sense of elegance at the same time. Here, the boho lace of Josephine is contrasted with the straight lines of Coco for a striking, modern look.

About Bianco Evento

Bianco Evento[2] is a manufacturer and supplier of high-quality Bridal Fashion. The company was established in 2009 and since then, has been know for the production of bridalwear made in Europe and for the high levels of service the multi-lingual team provides.

The high standards of workmanship and the quality of the materials used, ensure a collection that is affordable for any bride without compromising on quality or comfort. Visit[3]

Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page, and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account.To join in the conversation, share your stories here.[4][5][6]


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How To Host Your Own Engagement Party

Just like weddings, there are traditions tied to hosting an engagement party and etiquette to follow. But if your parents aren’t taking on the role of hosts, why not write your own rules with this quick guide to throwing your own engagement party?

How to host your own engagement party, from what venue to choose, who should be invited and how to handle your budget to fun party

How To Host Your Own Engagement Party

Step 1: Pick your party style

Low key and laid-back barbecue in the garden or a house party at a country manor? The choice is entirely yours. Prioritise choosing a venue to suit the style of your celebration.

Step 2: Establish your budget

Think of hosting an engagement party like pint-sized wedding planning. There is still a venue to manage, outfits to choose, a guest list to invite. Plus, there’s still the budget to consider. 

Don’t panic if you end up having one of these nine silly arguments[1] every newly engaged couple has, either. Everyone bickers sometimes – especially when money is involved.

Step 3: Sort out your guest list

If the foodie offering will be casual, be that a buffet or homemade treats, then your cost per head will be considerably less than a formal dinner. As a result, you can invite more guests. Do so with caution, however, as you risk causing guests offence by inviting them to this party but not your actual wedding.

Step 4: Get creative with your theme

If you already know what type of wedding you’re going to be having, then why not make the engagement party a tiny taste of what’s to come? You don’t need the take-your-breath-away décor for an engagement party, but you can still decorate and personalise it.

Step 5: Party time

Finally, it’s party time. The venue is decorated, your guests have arrived and the Prosecco corks have been popped. It’s time to toast to your engagement and have the best fun ever with your nearest and dearest – what better way to get everyone excited for your big day than by partying the night away?

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Of course, a celebration is just one way to enjoy being engaged. Try these seven ways to make the most of your engagement[2] for a super fun time, too.


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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Honeymoon Ideas

It’s no secret that brides often have big dreams for their wedding day, but they don’t stop there. Honeymoons are ranking ever higher on couples’ wish lists, with dream destinations becoming deal breakers. We’ve got some honeymoon ideas to get you started.


12 Days of Wedding Planning: Honeymoon Ideas

You’d be forgiven for thinking that paradise islands are your only option. While these idyllic resorts are popular for good reason, the world really is your oyster and we’ve got lots more honeymoon ideas to share with you. And with honeymoons typically setting you back by thousands, you really do need to get your choice right.


The biggest factor when booking your honeymoon will be your budget – where can you afford to go? Will your honeymoon costs be covered by your overall wedding budget, will you save for it separately, or even ask for guests to contribute as their wedding presents to you?

If none of these options will give you the spending power you want, and you aren’t prepared to compromise on this trip of a lifetime, why not wait a little? Weddings are expensive, so take a minimoon somewhere closer to home after the wedding, then give yourselves a year or so to save before splashing out on that show-stopping trip.


While for many holidays you’ll book your flights and hotels yourself, it can be useful to have help for your honeymoon. That’s why lots of our real couples turn to tour operators and travel agents to create their ideal honeymoons for them. If you want to include lots of stops, tours or experiences, this can often make the planning process easier. The guides and agents will have all the inside knowledge and contacts you need to put your travel plans together seamlessly.

If you’re being careful with your budget, shop around and compare packages or book things separately yourself to make sure you get the most competitive prices.

Maldives huts honeymoon ideas Credit: Club Noonu, Maldives


For a cultural city break, take a short-haul trip to Europe. Visit just one chic city or grab your train tickets and go inter-railing. City sights, historical monuments and buzzing nightlife are all up for grabs.

Road trippers and backpackers should head for the United States, Australia or New Zealand. You’ll find plenty of vast and varied landscapes, cities and beaches to explore.

For nature-loving couples, your honeymoon presents the perfect occasion to embark on a sought-after safari, whether that’s across the African plains or through the rainforests of Borneo or South America.

Those paradise islands had to feature somewhere, so if it’s a beach holiday like no other that you’re looking for, book your flight and speedboat transfers to the Maldives, Seychelles or the Pacific Islands. White sand and turquoise waters beckon.

And for foodie couples? The world is your oyster on this one! Choose the cuisine you want to taste and then book your flights. But why limit the feasting to just one place when you could sample many? Map out a series of nearby destinations, then hop from one to the next to create a honeymoon that you really will savour.

Want Some More Honeymoon Ideas? 

Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page, and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account.To join in the conversation, share your stories here.[1][2][3]


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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Reception Décor

If you followed our advice earlier on in the 12 days of wedding planning, you’ll have chosen a venue[1] that will work with your wedding theme and decor ideas. So now the fun can really begin. Unleash your inner interior designer and crafter and let’s make your wedding the most beautiful yet with the perfect reception décor.

12 Days of Wedding Planning: Reception Dé

12 Days of Wedding Planning: Dreamy Reception Décor

The best bits of wedding decor are the bits that have a personal touch. When people compliment it your decor, you can smugly tell them you handmade them. No judgement here.

The not-so-blank Canvas

During these 12 days of wedding planning, you will have already chosen your colour scheme, theme[2] and venue.[3] So you needn’t start from scratch with your reception décor. In fact, that’s the last thing you should do.

Your reception details are there to bring together and enhance your chosen theme and complement if not copy the colours you’ve already chosen. To this end, make sure you keep your existing plans, ideas and inspiration in mind.

RELATED: Wedding Reception Decorations You’re Guaranteed To Fall For![4]

Little and Large

Combining a collection of differently sized decorations will add interest to your tables, mantelpiece, card and dessert tables. That’s right, there’s more than you think to decorate. If you want to keep things coordinated and not cluttered, then follow these three ways[5] to make sure your reception tables look stylish.

Try teaming a showpiece flower wall with posies in mercury glass vases or jars and a single bloom tucked into each place setting. Combine stacked wooden apple crates with a log slice cake stand and vintage label place names. Choose over-sized illuminated letters for a standout piece, then add smaller LED signs and sparkling centrepieces to complement them.

READ MORE: Decor Ideas To Suit Your Venue Style[6]

The sky is the Limit

Don’t forget the ceiling area in your venue is often up for grabs too. That could mean bunting, honeycombs, fairy lights and pom poms are all possibilities. We’ve seen all kinds of ideas here at Wedding Ideas over the years. Two of our favourites are DIY floral hanging hoops and suspended mirrors, both designed by real brides[7].

As you turn your gaze upwards, remember the lighting[8] too. Could you string fairy lights from beams to create a twinkling canopy effect? Hang up lanterns filled with flickering candles? Take advantage of existing lighting to create the right mood?

Hire Away

Props, decorations and vases are all readily available to hire for pretty much every wedding theme you can think of – a quick online search will bring you up plenty of options. It’s also worth asking your florist and other suppliers as many have their own items available for hire or as part of your package.

You could even hire a dedicated wedding stylist to bring your vision to life. Not only will they have the best contacts to source your reception décor, they will also look after every last detail for you on the day, too. This means you won’t need to worry about who will get your venue ready[9] on your wedding day (and whether they really get what you’ve envisioned) – you’ve got other, far more exciting things to be doing on your wedding morning!


Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page[11], and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account[12] to join in the conversation.


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5 Bridal Trends to Look out for in 2019

Bridal trends

In search of the best bridal trends for 2019? We asked the team at Ladybird[1] for their pick of the most beautiful wedding dresses for the year ahead

The Ladybird bridal collection[2] offers a huge variety of styles for any bride, from bohemian and princess to figure-hugging and wide skirts. Here’s their pick of the best bridal trends for 2019…

Bridal trends

Dresses with a transparent bodice are the most current trend in bridal fashion right now. You’re adding just a hint of sexiness to your dress, without having to compromise on elegance.

Bridal trends

Soft, flowing dress that allow you to dance all night are the perfect choice for brides who are looking for simplicity and fun.

Bridal trends

Inspired by the royal weddings of 2018, big and elegant dresses are certainly on trend! Small glamorous details turn these gowns into real showstoppers.

Bridal trends

A trend that’s still going strong are gowns with a touch of bohemian. Whether you’re planning a barn wedding or looking for a beach affair, a flowing yet detailed dress is sure to impress!

Bridal trends

White or nude tulle-embellished with intricate embroidery or lace detailing, creating a sophisticated sheer ‘tattoo’ effect on the skin, is a trend that appeared only a few years ago. However, it’s already found its place in bridal fashion in many different ways.

If you want to explore the Ladybird collection further, visit[3] or follow Ladybird on Instagram[4] or Facebook[5].

Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page, and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account. To join in the conversation, share your stories here.[6][7][8]


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Who Does Wedding Speeches From the Bridal Party?

Traditionally, speeches have always been made by the father of the bride, the groom and the best man. Three blokes and only one of them was meant to be funny. The traditional etiquette can work a treat an may be a great fit for your wedding. However, if you’re keen to give more of the women a voice, then we’re here to tell you who does wedding speeches from the bridal party.

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Who Does Wedding Speeches From the Bridal Party?

The Bride

It’s fair enough if you’d prefer to sit back, quaff the fizz and take in all the compliments. However, if you’re feeling more vocal then there are no rules against you getting up and sharing some choice words. Guests tend to love it as it’s often unexpected. If your wedding is a fairly big gig then it’s also a great way to share your thanks with everyone, in case you don’t make it round them all.

However, if you can’t tackle the nerves to give a solo speech, consider giving a joint Mr & Mrs speech. Your groom might jump at the chance of taking the pressure off him.

The Mothers

Maybe your dad isn’t around or maybe you just think your mum would love the opportunity to get a word in. We also find the mother of the groom generally has a lot to say so consider all options. Whether it’s the mums or the dads, reassure them that their speech doesn’t need to be long.

mother of the bride speech

The old or the Young

It’s lovely to have a quirky speaker in the line-up, someone who has absolutely no etiquette to follow. We heard a great speech by an 89-year-old grandpa; there were no formalities, no toast but a few good anecdotes and a great sense of love and affection. Another idea is considering a younger speaker to do a short reading.

Maid of Honour

Already very popular in America, we’re now seeing more maid of honour speeches over here too. Some are sweet and some much funnier than the best man’s effort. We’ve all seen the film Bridesmaids (if you haven’t we need to talk) which provides a lesson in how not to give a Maid of Honour speech. Encourage funny, punchy and touching speeches only.

bridesmaids movie speech


You may want to opt for no formal speeches but welcome anyone to raise a toast to you. This takes the pressure off the traditional speakers. It can also help solve some of the moral crisis that can result from complicated family set-ups. Be warned though, by the time the table wine has been drunk, there may be a lot of people wanting to get involved.

Speaking to the Speakers

Finally, once you’ve decided who you’d like to give a speech it’s time to let everyone know. We wouldn’t recommend ‘dropping’ a traditional speaker unless you know they’d appreciate being let off the hook but encouraging them to keep it short and sweet is perfectly acceptable.

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