Wedding tips and planning advice from our wedding experts

Keeping the kids entertained at your Wedding

with Face Painting and Caricatures

If you're planning a wedding where there will be lots of children attending, then

this one is for you. We recently met the lovely Lizzy Millar at a Halloween Day

of the Dead event where she was doing amazing face painting using fluorescent

paint which looked bewitching under ultra-violet lights (as you can see from the

picture). Anyway she told us that she loves working with kids as well as adults

and has done lots of weddings. She also does caricatures too! So if you want to find a way

Wedding Dresses

wedding fashion

This just in from the WedSocial fashion team!

The most popular wedding dress shapes are:

1. A-Line. An A-line wedding dress suits most body types and therefore it is one of the most popular.

2. Princess Line. This is the same general shape as and A-line but without a seam at the waist and so it gives a long unbroken line that is very flattering to most figures. The skirt begins to flare just below the bride's natural waist.

3. Empire Line. Just think Jane Austen! This is a romantic style with a seam just under the bust line and a long straight-ish skirt. This gives the illusion of height and so therefore it is good for shorter brides.

4. Full Skirt. This is the classic fairytale bride look and one that our 9 year old daughters would definitely approve of! This can look amazing but it doesn't suit everyone and probably looks better on the younger bride....

Body Types

Hourglass figures... look good in a strapless dress and a low neckline can be flattering as long as it is decent. It is best to avoid gathers or pleats in the skirt and bias cuts are a disaster.

Pearshaped figures.... a deatiled bodice can draw away from broader hips and a fuller skirt like an A-line or princess style is flattering. Again, it is best to avoid a bias cut.

Petite figures..... it is best to keep away from anything to big or fussy as it could swamp the smaller frame. A shorter dress such as a tea dress can look fantastic as can empire line as it gives an illusion of height.

Boyish figure....Bias cuts do work well on this body type and a full skirted wedding dress such a the princess line or full skirt can give an illusion of a weel defined waist. A lot of attention on the bust is good too, making it look fuller

The Best Man’s Speech

inappropriate stories

Most of us have heard at least one best man’s speech that has made us wince with embarrassment. Sam and Emily have been examining exactly why some speeches are so appallingly cringey.


Make it too long. We reckon 7 minutes is maximum.

Tell inappropriate stories regarding past lovers - in fact, do not even mention them

Tell inappropriate stories regarding any happenings on the stag night

Talk about illegal substances or use swear words

Forget to compliment the bride

Tell mother-in-law jokes

Drink too much before you make your speech as you will probably do all of the above

Remember, you are likely to be addressing an audience of all ages. What the speech needs to be is entertaining, affectionate, funny, and maybe a little bit moving. It pays to do your research properly....

Once you have agreed to speak, start thinking about what you want to say. If you have had a long friendship with the groom, you will probably have many stories from which to draw from. Just bear in mind the above ‘do nots’, and do not go into too much detail, as you’ll lose your audience half way through. It is probably best not to include more that one anecdote or reminiscence as you’ll be talking about characters that half of your audience has never met!

Speak to the groom’s friends and family and ask them for any funny tales of him as a child / adolescent that might be good in a speech. What is he known for? Any strange quirks in his personality? (lovable ones obviously!)

Find out who else is making a speech and what the bride and groom will want you to say in yours, regarding thanking people.

Think about the structure - can you break it down into manageable chunks?

To make it funny, you will undoubtably be including friendly digs at the bridegroom. But it should also include the same amount of complimentary remarks! Don’t be nasty. People won’t laugh.

It doesn’t matter if you feel you need to read the speech out but make sure you look up at the audience frequently. As with anything, the more you rehearse, the better it will be. Practice in front of friends, video yourself if you must!

Speak loudly and slowly and listen to the audience. After a joke or anecdote, wait until they have finished laughing, to speak again.

The final section of the speech is what people will the remember the most so think about your conclusion carefully. You want to end with a flourish. It could be a toast and that also signals that your bit is over.

Good Luck!

Attending an Indian Wedding

Everyone loves a wedding

A Tip for Attending an Indian Wedding

Weddings are beautiful things. Everyone loves a wedding. I was in Egypt a few years back. I saw a gathering and I went to the main gate of the venue to ask what was the nature of this gathering. I was informed that it was a wedding celebration. I was invited in and welcomed to the party. It was my first uninvited wedding I had ever attended in my life. I saw everything through fresh eyes, since the weddings I normally attend have been Indian weddings.

Many people in England have heard of, or read about Indian weddings. They know how colourful they are, how full of food, and they know a little about the ceremony. But most people have been unable to attend an Indian wedding, since they may not have a friend with connections to the Indian community.

Unfortunately there is no way to buy a ticket to attend an Indian wedding. It would be nice to be able to buy tickets in advance, and to be able to attend an Indian wedding to see how it all takes place. I'm sure people would be happy to pay a good price to be able to attend and enjoy the food.

This may be an idea that will catch on. One day you may see a box office selling tickets for Indian weddings organized by Indian high commissioners or Asian wedding exhibitors. If you attend this event you will probably have a very nice evening out.

If you do wish to attend an Indian wedding, then let me give you a tip: you should contact Indian wedding service providers and ask the if you can attend the wedding, and that you are willing to hire one full table for ten and that you would pay up to £50 a person. The wedding service might approach the family and the family may well consider your proposal. Then you will be able to enjoy a wonderful evening. Ask the caterer if you are allowed to drink alcohol, because many Asian weddings will not allow alcohol to be consumed in the venue.

This, as far as I understand, is the only way to obtain access to an Indian wedding. The chance of being able to buy yourself into a wedding is probably quite rare, but you never know. Just make yourself known to the Indian wedding service provider, and you may just get a call.

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