After dressing the Duchess of Sussex for her evening wedding celebrations, we knew it would only be a matter of time before the launch of Stella McCartney bridal
Stella McCartney has at long last launched its first bridal collection, Made With Love. The 17-piece range reflect Stella’s naturally sexy, confident, feminine and modern tailored designs, with seven dresses, a bridal tux and a lace embroidered jumpsuit.
The line will now be a permanent category in Stella’s business, with it set to grow to include accessories, menswear and options for flower girls and page boys too. Building on the brand’s signature eveningwear offering, each style stays true to its ethical values, with materials including sustainable viscose, as well as modern versions of traditional couture fabrics including lace and chiffon.
In-store clients will receive a bespoke bridal customer experience, working closely with the Stella team to find the perfect style for their important day. Each style comes a blue tag sown into each piece featuring a personal ‘made with love’ message from Stella, acting as the bride’s ‘something blue’.
The launch follows the exclusive limited edition ‘Made With Love’ dress that was launched in June 2018 to celebrate the opening of the new 23 Old Bond Street store. Inspired by the reception dress designed for the Duchess of Sussex, it featured a high neck and deep low back, and was made in lily white and onyx black.
Interested? You can find the collection exclusively in select Stella McCartney stores as well as at Harrods, Net-A-Porter, Selfridges, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, with pieces starting at £675.
1½ cups (3 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Filling and Assembly
4 pounds Pink Lady or other sweet-tart, firm baking apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced
⅓ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
All-purpose flour (for surface)
1½ cups unfiltered apple cider
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 large egg
2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Demerara sugar (for sprinkling)
Special Equipment: A 9-inch deep pie dish
Pulse flour, sugar, and salt in food processor to combine. Add butter and process until largest pieces of butter are pea-size. Transfer to a large bowl.
Combine vinegar and ½ cup ice water in a small bowl and drizzle over flour mixture, mixing with a fork to combine. Mix until shaggy pieces form, then knead in bowl a couple of times with your hands to bring together (dough will look very clumpy, dry, with loose bits). Transfer large clumps of dough to work surface, drizzle 1 Tbsp. ice water over remaining flour mixture in bowl and knead again to bring it together. Place on top of dough on work surface. Working with half of the dough, press into a single mass, incorporating dry bits, then pat down to make a ¾"-thick square. Using a bench scraper or knife, divide dough into 4 pieces. Stack pieces on top of one another, placing any unincorporated dry bits in between layers, and press down to combine. Form dough into a ¾"-thick disk and wrap tightly in plastic. Repeat with remaining dough. Chill at least 2 hours.
Do Ahead: Dough can be made 5 days ahead. Keep chilled, or freeze up to 1 month.
Filling and Assembly
Toss apples with brown sugar, granulated sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, salt, allspice, and cardamom in a large bowl to coat. Let apples sit until they start to release their juices, at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours.
Let dough sit at room temperature 5 minutes to soften. Working one at a time, roll out disks of dough on a lightly floured surface ⅛" thick. Stack on a parchment-lined baking sheet, separating layers with a sheet of parchment, and chill while you prepare the filling.
Place apple cider in a medium saucepan and scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add pod. Bring to a boil and cook, whisking occasionally, until reduced by two-thirds. Pour off juices that have accumulated in bowl of apples and add to apple cider. Return to a boil and cook until reduced to about ½ cup; remove vanilla pod. Stir cornstarch into 3 Tbsp. water in a small bowl to dissolve, then whisk into apple cider. Cook, whisking constantly, until cider mixture is very thick and bubbling, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly, then scrape over apples; toss to coat.
Carefully transfer dough round to pie dish. Lift up edges and allow dough to slump down into dish (if too cold to be pliable, let it warm up slightly first). Press dough firmly against sides and bottom of plate. Trim, leaving about 1" overhang. Beat egg with 1 tsp. water in a small bowl and brush over edges of dough. Scrape in apple filling, creating a mound in the center; dot filling with butter. Place remaining dough round over filling. Trim edges of top round, leaving a ½" overhang. Fold edge of bottom round up and over; press together to seal. Crimp edge and brush top with remaining egg wash. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and cut a few vents in top. Place pie on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and chill in freezer 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.
Bake pie until crust is deep golden brown and juices are thick and bubbling, 1½–2 hours (yes: 2 hours!). Transfer pie to a wire rack and let cool at least 4 hours before serving.
Do Ahead: Pie can be made 1 day ahead. Let cool; store covered with foil at room temperature.
The best man speech is usually the most eagerly awaited of all the wedding speeches – so if you’ve been tasked with writing a funny best man speech, here’s some best man speech examples, template ideas and tips on how to structure, write and deliver a knockout best man speech…
The best man’s speech outline – what to include in your best man speech…
Have a killer opening line and introduce yourself as the best man
Thank the other speakers (the father-of-the-bride, the groom etc)
Make a joke about the groom or tell a short story about the groom thats funny
Compliment the bride
Congratulate the happy couple
Read messages from guests who couldn’t make it, if there are any
Speak about love, quote a few famous lines or a poem
Propose a toast to the bride and groom
Best man speech ideas and structure
Best man speech opening lines
First and foremost, get everyone’s attention and set an amusing tone for your best man speech with a comical opening line or icebreaker – this could be something funny about your own ordeal in the run-up to this speech, or a short anecdote about the groom, who traditionally would have spoken just before you.
Introduce yourself as the best man
Obviously the bride and groom know who you are but introduce yourself for those who don’t. This is a great opportunity to give some insight into what it’s like to be the best man, how it’s an honour and pay some compliments to the bride and the bridesmaids. Anything about how beautiful they look is a sure fire way to set the bride and her family at ease.
Best man speech jokes
Next, focus unashamedly on the groom and funnies. You’ll be talking about your relationship with the groom, but remember to keep your best man speech about the groom and not you, as it’s his wedding day and the focus should always be on him.
Speaking about the groom is the main part of your best man speech so it’s a great chance to build up the comedy value and regale the audience with funny anecdotes and amusing asides about the groom. As well as the best man speech jokes, remember to throw in some lines about what a great guy he is as well…
The wedding day
Once you’ve exhausted all your jokes and comedy material about you and the groom, you’ll want to move onto the wedding day itself. Highlight the effort that’s gone into the day and make sure you pay particular attention to the contribution of the bride’s parents – after all there’s a decent chance they paid for it!
Focus on the bride
Now turn your attention to the bride. Obviously, you’re not going to start poking fun at her as the last thing you want to do is upset or embarrass her on her big day. Instead, now is the time to say how beautiful she looks and how lucky the groom is to have found her.
Focus on the couple
It may be the best man’s job to make everyone laugh but you’ll need to have some serious notes to your speech as well. Now is the time to talk about how amazing the bride and groom are as a couple and how happy everyone is to see them together.
Here you might want to talk about love in general or if you have a memory about the groom’s first impression of the bride, that’s likely to make the audience cry, then this is the time!
The best man’s toast
The ending of the best man speech is where you summarise everything that you’ve covered. This is a great time to refer back to some earlier jokes for a few more laughs and you may want to leave your best jokes until now to ensure your speech ends on a happy note.
Feel free to offer some advice to the happy couple, wish them all the best and ask the wedding guests to join you in raising a glass to the bride and groom…
How to make your best man speech funny
Don’t pressure yourself to transform into a stand-up comic overnight. The biggest mistake a best man can make with his speech is to imitate a favourite comedian or style the speech to what the thinks will make the wedding guests laugh.
Steer clear on best man one-liners unless of course you have a one-liner up your shirt sleeve that is utterly hilarious in the context of your speech – one-liners are just cringe otherwise.
Just deliver your best man speech from the heart about real experiences with the groom and your comedic moments will evolve and shine through naturally.
If you’re going for a funny best man speech, just ensure you deliver that punch line with clarity and don’t pre-empt the laughter in your head as this always takes the edge off any big reveal. It will just be awkward if you laugh at your own jokes before the audience!
In general, a best man speech should be kept to about five minutes or less. This is enough time to say something funny as well as meaningful but not so long that your audience gets antsy. But of course, you also should tailor your best man speech length to the event.
Best man speech tips
Professional speechwriter and founder of Great Speech Writing, Lawrence Bernstein, shares his tips on how to deliver a knock-out best man speech…
Remember your audience
Don’t write your speech for the boys on the stag do. Whilst some of your mates may be in stitches by you recounting the story of the Groom’s eyebrow being shaved off as he slept in a Majorcan golf buggy dressed in his Spider Man outfit, the rest of the guests are unlikely to be amused and you won’t get the laughs you’re hoping for.
When you’re thinking about what to put in your speech, it’s best to keep your material as universal as possible.
Avoid stand-alone jokes
This may sound odd; after all, this is the one speech where people expect jokes. But punch lines that fall flat can be a nightmare for any speaker, and there are plenty of ways to make people laugh without one.
Keep it clean(ish)
Avoid crude jokes, mentions of ex-girlfriends, anything that might insult guests and in particular the Bride!
Best man speeches have a reputation for being a bit saucy, but it’s easy to go too far. Don’t judge a potential story or joke on whether you find it funny, but on whether your audience will be offended by it.
Pick a best man speech theme
Anecdotes and observations are key elements of many speeches, but they don’t always link together naturally. Choosing a theme that ties everything together can help it flow and an original and amusing theme is often the difference between a decent speech and a great one.
Keep yourself separate
It’s tempting to focus your speech on your own relationship with the Groom. But if you labour the point too heavily, it can start to sound like narcissism and be very boring for everyone else.
Keep the best man speech short
I strongly recommend you limit specific anecdotes to a maximum of two or three sentences each. Keeping the best man speech short and snappy will hold people’s attention, and if a story isn’t working, you can move swiftly on.
Thankfully, there are lots of ways to make the day easier and less stressful. Making the whole dinner a potluck event is one way to take the strain off the hosts—all the guests bring a dish (to avoid repetition, be specific about what you need, be it side or dessert). Another time-saving trick is is to prep as much as you can ahead of time so you'll be calm and collected (and able to share a cocktail with the group) when guests arrive, versus running around like crazy in the kitchen. And if you're taking on the majority of the cooking load yourself, make life 100% easier and bring out the Instant Pot to help get all those dishes ready to bring to the table.
This all-in-one gadget is amazing for soups, stews and braised meats, but it also makes short work of any number of Thanksgiving recipes, including fan favorites like mashed potatoes and herb-scented grains. The best part? It will give you more time (and stovetop space) to focus on the other elements of the meal like the turkey or desserts. And the hosts will be able kick back, relax, and join the party! Here are some of our favorite Instant Pot recipes perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.
Sense your life’s balance and embrace the connection between your mind, body and soul, that’s Ryan and my philosophy. Living in a bustling, vibrant city can sometimes be so overwhelming and stressful that we forget to hit the pause button to check in with ourselves.
The repercussions of neglecting to be present affect our sleep, diet, mood and fitness. In favour of spontaneity, we decided to take a time out. We blocked out a weekend, each packed a carry-on luggage, flew 817 miles to Phuket and checked into Amatara Wellness Resort for a pre-honeymoon retreat. This retreat proved the right place to be amidst our worrisome wedding planning, and perhaps one of the best decisions we’ve made.
Phuket, Thailand is a tropical gem! It is blessed by serene blue lagoons, breathtaking amber sunsets, and legendary beaches. With its rich tradition in holistic, and innovative healing treatments, it is unsurprising that Phuket is a flourishing wellness destination, highly sought after by wellness enthusiasts. Amatara is situated in a tranquil corner of the idyllic island, Cape Panwa, overlooking a secluded bay lapped by the aquamarine Andaman Sea. With the benefit of travelling during a low season, we enjoyed precious downtime to reconnect with each other in this tropical sanctuary. The novel and mood-enhancing activities in our personalised itinerary allowed us to recall and re-experience the emotions in our early days of dating. Through the serene stress-free living, we let our worries wash out with the tide.
Read on to find out why Amatara Wellness Resort is the ideal honeymoon retreat to embark on for your journey to optimal wellness.
7 Reasons why Amatara Wellness Resort is the epitome of a luxurious and energising honeymoon
1. Embark on your personalised wellness journey with an insightful consultation
Prior to our 2 Day Pre-Wedding Detox program, we were issued an extensive wellness consultation form to indicate our individual health, wellbeing history, and the goals we hoped to seek guidance for during our stay.
Below were our common goals:
Get on track with healthy habits
Our private wellness consultation took place in a warm-lighted, wood-paneled office. The interior radiated calm and positive vibes that both settled and welcomed us almost immediately. Despite being an hour session, the consultation was a nurturing and enriching experience. Ken, the health and wellness specialist, helped us better understand our individual state of being. He also constructively scrutinised our issues. Some recommendations included using the nutritional supplements Ashwaganda to support adrenal glands and improve Ryan’s quality of sleep, and Shatavari a nourishing tonic for women to tackle hormonal imbalance affecting the mood which I’d been experiencing.
2. Nestle in the Ocean View Pool Villa with complete privacy
Just a stone’s throw away from the infinity pool, we found our hidden Ocean View Pool Villa encompassed by towering birds of paradise plants. The generous space is artfully designed and beautifully furnished. It is embellished with traditional fine art pieces, complementary delectable healthy treats, and an opulent bathtub with a view of the sea. We did not hold back our squeals.
To enhance this intimate honeymoon, we were treated to a personal outdoor pool with a view of the bay and complete privacy. After lunchtime, Ryan wasted no time plunging into the pool while I basked under the afternoon sun on the sunbeds. All these elements embody the laid-back, luxury environment which perfectly set the tone for our new wellness routine.
Every morning, after a restful slumber, we awoke to be greeted by the dreamy morning sunbeams. Feeling nothing but refreshed and excited to experience the day. Especially breakfast.
3. Indulge in soul-nourishing cuisine at The Retreat
“We Are What We Eat”—the pathway to optimal health starts from within. The Retreat opens exclusively for Pool Villa and Retreat guests for breakfast, spoiling us with a healthy buffet spread alongside a plethora of beverages, ranging from raw juice blends and superfood smoothies, to herbal teas and coffees. All meticulously prepared with utmost consideration for freshness and optimal nutrition.
Before we feasted by the pool over the Andaman Sea, Ryan’s ultimate morning beverage was The Retreat’s golden Turmeric shot. That antioxidant powerhouse always awakened his palate. Do try this sweet-pungent, earthy concoction to gear you up for a day of stimulating activities. However, be sure not to spill the golden juice on your clothes, it is a stubborn stain to remove!
Wellness does not end with breakfast. For lunch, the intimate lounge serves extensive calorie-counted salads, soups and mains without compromising the burst of Thai flavours we had been looking forward to. Each portion is engineered to support you feeling lighter, more energized, and to reduce the toxic load on your body. We both opted for plant-based cuisine, so if you’re in for a vegetarian mission, here are our best orders:
Pumpkin Quinoa Risotto
Organic Green Power Soup
Thai Red Curry with Warm Soba
Gluten-free banana oat pancakes
Raw mango and lychee “cheeze” cake
4. Experience and learn authentic Thai cooking
Checking off the top item of my wellness travel agenda was attending an authentic Thai cooking class at The Restaurant, where we got to choose to cook the courses we had savoured earlier at The Retreat! Amatara wellness cuisine concept is deeply rooted in ancient traditions. Through the guidance of their very own Thai chefs, we discovered the foundations of using real, unrefined, free-range, whole-foods and cold pressed oils to create authentic Thai healing foods. However, the competitiveness in us caused the culinary class to transition into a culinary faceoff. In the end, we were both winners, albeit by split decision. The key takeaways for us were the inspiration to cook more consciously back home, and the enhanced awareness of how nourishing food can be when prepared in simple natural ways—without additives or refined sugars.
5. Strengthen and seek mindfulness at Yoga Sala
Practicing mindfulness and yoga accompanied by a blanket of peaceful ocean waves in the morning was unforgettable at our Yoga Sala class. Given that we are both beginners, our private yoga instructor, Luna, conducted a yoga consultation to help us gain confidence and deepen our knowledge of how meditation and yoga goes hand-in-hand to strengthen our physical, emotional and mental health. Notably, I discovered that Observational Meditation is by far the most effective technique to cope with my restlessness and fleeting mind. By recognising, encapsulating and then releasing one thought at a time in my headspace, its associated anxiety and stress begin to fade away. This meditative practice left me with a clear, balanced, and positive mind. A practice I mean to continue.
The importance of Amatara’s private sessions was notable as they made each class less intimidating and more specifically motivating. It allowed for us to address all our questions and gave us the confidence to bring this practice off the holiday mat and back home into our daily living.
6. Plunge into the infinity edge pool
Swimming adventures for Ryan went beyond our private pool to this infinity edge pool! After our morning yoga, we hurried back to swap our activewear for swimwear. In just five minutes, we brisk-walked to the pool, took a deep breath, and plunge into the cooling water.
The calm flats of the 55-meter infinity pool overlooking the secluded bay is yet another reason numerous patrons still sojourn in Amatara. If taking a dip is not your cup of tea to relax, simply order a wee dram by the poolside sun beds and immerse yourselves in a good read.
7. Recharge & find your inner peace at spa treatments
To conclude our days packed with diverse treatments, we pampered ourselves with the heavenly, signature Amatara Massage and anti-aging facial massage at twilight. Needless to say, this is the most comfortable way to recover from muscular stiffness and tension.
Not forgetting our memories of Amatara’s, and the world’s first, Thai Hammam treatment. It was a uniquely sensational experience.
Amatara’s Thai Hammam honours the bathing traditions of Morocco and Turkey while adding the gentle touch of healing Thai spa therapy, and uses only 100% natural products. We underwent a marathon of cleansing stages, including: rain-showers, a steam-room, a sauna, internally heated stone beds (as depicted above), ice showers, deep body exfoliation, thermal mud therapy, and salt cave relaxation. This 105 minute journey began with a bang to our senses during the dramatic alternation of hot to cold temperatures: from fire to ice. This combination of discomfort and excitement baffled and heightened our senses in new ways. Once we reached the exfoliation stage our bodies were conditioned to relax, and by the time we concluded in the salt room our bodies had been reborn while our minds drifted in a complete state of bliss. This experience will be etched in our minds for many years to come. It remains as a story that we regale others with and an experience we thoroughly recommend trying—at least once.
It is a rejuvenating, circulatory stimulant and detoxifying treatment that promises renewing, skin-softening and healing. Do note that Hammam is not recommended for
Individuals sensitive to high heat
Skin infection, broken skin or sun burns
Women having their period
In case you need more reasons
In case you were looking for a third or fourth opinion: Amatara Wellness Resort has recently, and unsurprisingly, won four international hospitality awards for its dedicated world-class service and its paragon of a Luxury Spa. As the first and finest luxury spa in Phuket, the resort offers all-inclusive, personalised programs and wellness treatments that can be customized to align with your goals.
Furthermore, and almost needless to say, the Amatara staff deliver the highest level of hospitality. From the instance we arrived Amatara to our last day of this retreat, their warmth and attentiveness to our needs enhanced our experience and exceeded our expectations. They made us feel cared for and comfortable throughout our stay. In case they (you) are reading this, we pass on our sincerest thanks!
Rewarding your hard work with a regular restful vacation is good, but the holistic healing of Amatara will revitalise your mind, body and soul. We cannot wait to go back.
Ally is a food stylist and runs her own blog focusing on wellness recipes and travel guides. A major soup addict. She adores fresh ingredients. Especially those that both feed and nurture the body. Travelling around the world to explore the diversity and beauty of food from varied cultures inspires her to create sustainable recipes back home. Ally hopes to share with people that through our food choices, we are empowered to strive toward optimal, emotional optimal health.
Fathers of the brides are no longer shackled by out-dated etiquette but there’s certainly more pressure on you dads to be funny. Here, the Speechy experts reveal the new father of the bride speech rules.
Father of The Bride Speech Rules For 2018
The biggest trap fathers fall into is thinking they need to thank people. That’s actually the groom’s job. That said, it pays to mention your daughter’s new in-laws and you should acknowledge the role the bride’s mother has had in her upbringing.
If you’ve split up from your daughter’s mother and you both have new partners, the politics of your speech can be more complex. Of course, the situation is the hardest for your daughter, so even if the relationship between you and your ex is strained, try to be generous in your acknowledgement of your daughter’s mum and step-dad.
Do NOT get sucked into thanking the venue, the caterers or people who’ve travelled far. It’s not your day and, quite frankly, too many thank yous becomes boring. Remember the bridesmaids will be thanked by the groom (and maybe even the best man) so keep your gratitude succinct (and dance with them later).
Do your research
Gather your intel and call in back up.
Get other family members round a table and brainstorm. Think about the great (and funny) times you’ve shared with your daughter. Think about her why she makes you laugh. We guarantee your daughter’s siblings will be a great source of material, as well as her mum.
It’s also worth asking your daughter to give you the low-down on who exactly is coming to the wedding. If you know her yoga buddies and the groom’s rugby mates will be there, it’s easier for you to select your stories and tailor your humour to suit.
Of course, increasingly there are guests who have English as their second language so be conscious not to alienate them with a speech full of wordplay.
Cut the clichés
All dads think their daughters are ‘talented’ and ‘beautiful’ so think about the unique qualities which make your girl a little bit wonderful.
No one wants a list of her career achievements or a rundown of her educational qualifications; they want recognition of the character traits which make her a great friend. Whether she’s gobby, a bit ditzy, or just a little bit nutty, celebrate your daughter for the awesome individual she is rather an idealised version of her.
These days, all speeches need to be entertaining and funny. You don’t have the-best-man-pressure but you still need to be making everyone chuckle from the get-go.
Of course being funny is not about finding wedding gags on Google. Being funny is about finding the right things to tease your daughter and son-in-law about – whether it’s their love of quinoa, their addiction to Game of Thrones or their inability to do any DIY without calling you first.
Prove, don’t tell
Rather than just say that you love your daughter, talk about the times that you’ve felt proud of her. Reference the moments that stand out and show how much she means to you.
Tell us about how you secretly cried after she left for Uni, explain how you couldn’t eat for a month whilst she backpacked through Asia. Confess that you still worry about her if she hasn’t texted you that day. We guarantee there will be tears.
Resist the urge to show off
Do NOT mention any financial contribution you’ve made towards the wedding – even in jest.
Remember the groom
Yes, your speech is all about your daughter but remember to be nice about her bloke too. Even if there are subtle reservations lurking in your soul, today is a day to celebrate his attributes, whatever they may be. Feel free to do a bit of gentle teasing (especially when you talk about your first encounter with him) but make sure it’s delivered with warmth.
Keep it short
You’re aiming for about six minutes. Remember no one ever witnessed a speech and said ‘if only it was longer’. Even if you feel you have loads of great material, be strict with yourself. Even Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was only 272 words long!
Speechy can help you craft an awesome speech that will add a special moment to your daughter’s day.
So, yet another one of your friends or relatives recently got engaged, huh? ('Tis the season, after all.) Instead of making a present for the newly betrothed an addendum to your already-miles-long upcoming holiday shopping list, celebrate with something simple (and just as sentimental)—an engagement congratulations card.
Yes, you're not obligated to buy an engagement gift for the latest to-be-wed in your life (praise). However, if you still want to send your best wishes in the form of a few post-engagement goodies, go the extra mile and toss in a curated card with your own personal message scribbled inside. And, for those who scoff at snail mail, wait until you see the engagement card ideas we have in store that rival any present, hands down.
Just in time for the holidays (read: engagement season), we come bearing 19 pre-wedding celebratory notes that both the sending and receiving ends will love. There's no shortage of punny picks, perfect for the humorous couple. Take Party Mountain Paper's note, adorned with a drawing of love-song extraordinaire Adele and lyrics from "Someone Like You" for the congratulatory message. Or, channel millennial-speak through La Croix-inspired stationery from Paper Source. If you're close with the soon-to-be-bride, play up her new sparkler via Idlewild Co.'s fitting "OMG" card. Seen this engagement coming for ages? Poke fun at the pair with a pretty-in-pink "At last" congrats note. And, finally, for those who just want the most straightforward route, merely opt for a money card with "Congratulations" plastered across the front.
The proof is in the stationery—keep scrolling to see a few of our favorite engagement congratulations cards, all priced at $7 or less. Pro tip: keep this page bookmarked in preparation for an explosion of social media ring selfies this winter (don't say we didn't warn you).
Some more rules of favor giving: 1) Make it pretty. If it's not already in a pretty package, it's up to you (or your wedding planner!) to make sure it is presented in a way that seems intentional and put-together (vs something haphazard or sloppy). 2) EVERYONE enjoys food. Period. And drinks. So any favors that have something to do with either of these will most likely be a hit. 3) Call us crazy, but if you really want your guests to hang onto the favors, (unless it's something that IS food related that will either be consumed or thrown away when it's gone) don't brandish it with your name and/or wedding date. Think about it: would you rather have a cozy throw or scarf that doesn't say anything or one that is monogrammed with someone else's initials and wedding date? It's your day, but give your guests something they'll actually enjoy!
As the snow falls and the temperatures drop, we say keep it seasonal, too, and treat your guests to one of these winter wedding favors, sure to be crowd-pleasers.
The father of the bride duties can sometimes be a neglected part of the big day. However, your father is a big part of your wedding day and should be made to feel like it too. So, here are some top tips to get dad involved in the planning!
Father of the bride duties
Is your dad contributing to your wedding? It was once traditional for the father of the bride to pay for the wedding. Thankfully, we’ve moved on from those days but if you dad is contributing to your wedding, have the conversation with him to establish budget and boundaries.
Men like cars and why not feed that cliche by giving your dad the responsibility of overseeing the transport on your wedding day? Ask your dad to manage your wedding cars/transport to ensure it arrives on time to take you to your wedding.
It is the father’s responsibility to get the bride to the ceremony on time, make sure he is on top of the timings and wedding schedule so you don’t leave your groom waiting.
At church ceremonies, the father of the bride gives his daughter away. He will usually escort his daughter down the aisle before handing her over to her groom, a tradition that many fathers and brides choose to keep at civil marriages.
The father of the bride should thank guests for coming, offer some humorous and touching stories about his daughter’s life, welcome his son-in-law into the family and offer a toast to the bride and groom. Read our father of the bride tips here. 
The bride’s parents are traditionally the hosts of the wedding breakfast and reception. Usually, mum and dad are the first two people to greet guests, however, these days it’s more relaxed and everyone is left to intermingle. Your dad may want to choose this time to introduce himself to your guests and ensure everyone has a drink.
Traditionally the last to leave, the father of the bride ensures that everyone leaves the venue safely. He will make sure all suppliers are paid and that any wedding gifts are taken and stored safely.