Midnight Sapphire Jenny Yoo Bridesmaids Dress
aunte is selling a Midnight Sapphire Jenny Yoo bridesmaids’ dress. She is asking $195 for the size-12 dress.
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Introverted Brides: Tips for Getting Through the Wedding
I’m not kidding. There’s a big part of the wedding I’m NOT looking forward to.
To be clear, I’m ABSOLUTELY on board with being Mr. Wishbone’s wife. I’m 100% psyched for the marriage. But when it comes to the wedding, I’m a wreck. I’m the opposite of excited and glowing—I’m nervous.
Here’s the thing. I’m super introverted. Not in the “Oh, I sometimes like to be alone” way, but in the “if I could avoid seeing people for weeks on end, I’d be my best self” way. And yet, we’re having a 140(ish) person wedding. Where people will be paying attention to me. And talking to me. And taking pictures of me.
I’m tired just thinking about it…and I know by the time the wedding’s done, I’ll be just plain exhausted. After all, being around groups of people is seriously draining for me.
Nothing can make or break a wedding reception like the best man’s speech. Too much talking and rambling will bore the guests to tears, but a well-timed speech can make for an experience that the newlyweds and all the guests will be talking about for years to come. We have the complete list to help you write a best man’s speech that will stand the test of time — starting with what you should do and ending with what you absolutely should not do!
OK, so here’s what you should do for your best man’s speech:
This is important to start off the speech, especially for guests who don’t know you — they will want to know who you are in relation to the groom. So, give yourself a little introduction. Tell everyone your name and where you met the groom. Share one or maybe two short stories about the two of you together that the wedding party and guests will enjoy.
Joke (Lovingly) About the Groom
Once you’ve introduced yourself, this is a good time to dish out a few jokes at the groom’s expense —something funny and anecdotal that the guests will enjoy knowing about the groom.
Don’t reveal too much; we don’t want to guests knowing anything negative about the groom, especially on his wedding day. Stay away from crude jokes or toilet humor, just as a general rule. Anything regarding bodily functions should always be kept far away from the wedding day. You want your jokes about the groom to be something guests can laugh at and can walk away from loving the groom even more than they already do.
Remember, these are jokes and not insults.
Talk About the Bride
Now that you’ve sufficiently teased the groom and gotten a few laughs, it’s time to shed some light on the bride. Share the wonderful things you know about her. Elaborate on how she came into the groom’s life and changed him for the better. Talk about how excited you are that they found each other and can’t wait to see the life they make together.
This needs to be a time to compliment the bride and should never be a time to make jokes at her expense. Trust me, as the best man, if you ever want to have guy time again with your best buddy, it’s best to butter up the bride. Let this be a trend for the rest of his married life.
Offer Some Advice
It’s time for your pearls of wisdom. If you are a married man, the advice should come pretty easily. Simply draw from your own mistakes and tell him what NOT to do in his marriage. If you’re a single man, you’ll have to seek answers from your married friends for some words you can share. Or, you can simply share your hopes for the new couple going forward.
This moment can be as sincere or as light-hearted as your personality dictates. Just make sure that your advice is real advice and something that the couple can actually hold onto and use some day.
Share Sincere Words
After all the jokes are over, offer some sincere, kind words to the married couple especially the groom. You had your chance to roast him, now it’s time to praise him. Tell him how you feel about him. Talk about how great your friendship has been and how the groom has made your life better. This is a time for the guests to see the true and sweet side of the groom. And most importantly, this is the time for you to tell the groom how much he means to you. Don’t be afraid to be a little vulnerable for this occasion; the guests will be more receptive to you because they will pick up on your genuineness.
Offer a Toast
Last of all, ask the guests to please raise their glasses and toast to the newlyweds. Make sure to keep your toast short and sweet. This is not a time to go on and on. You’ve probably taken up the majority of your allotted time with the rest of your best man’s speech anyways. Let the toast be just that: a toast.
Oh, and here’s what NOT to do for your best man’s speech:
Just as promised, there are a few don’ts to follow when writing your best man’s speech.
Keep your speech short. There will likely be several other speeches, so you don’t want to use up all their time. Plus, you don’t want to put everyone to sleep by rambling on and on. Short, simple and to-the-point is your game plan.
Don’t Be Too Candid
As mentioned earlier, don’t reveal too much about yourself or the couple. One distasteful comment will ruin the rest of the night will be the topic of discussion for years to come.
Don’t Make It All About You
If you find yourself saying “I, I, I” or “me, me, me” then you’re probably making it too much about yourself. Remember, this may be your moment, but this is not your night. Focus on the couple; don’t focus on yourself. If you make it all about you, the guests will tune you out immediately (and then give you funny looks the rest of the night).
Don’t Be a Drunk
Keep your alcoholic intake to a minimum, especially before your speech. Nobody wants to listen to a slurred drunk. This type of behavior can offend the guests and the couple.
Speak loudly and clearly. You will engage the guests by speaking in a way that you are easy to understand. People who are monotone and quiet are just asking for everyone to take a nap.
Don’t Just Read It
Nobody wants to listen to somebody reading something. Try your best to memorize all the points you want to make so that you aren’t reading your speech word for word. If you need some guidance, write a few bullet points or keywords on a note card that will remind you what you want to talk about next.
Remember, your speech is partially responsible for setting the tone of the wedding reception. Follow these simple do’s and don’ts to create a best man’s speech that will perfectly highlight the couple and the relationship they created. Who knows, your speech may impress the wedding guests so much that you land yourself a date. Just don’t forget to teach your best man all the tips and tricks that you’ve learned.
The Best Bar Carts to Register For
Bar carts are a trendy home accessory that seem to be here to stay. From warm wood tones to brassy metals to sophisticated dark finishes, there’s a look that works for just about every style. Even if you don’t plan on stocking yours up with a full bar (c’mon, that sounds like fun), there are a thousand other ways you can style bar carts. I love when people deck their bar carts out for the holidays (my fave is Halloween—think spiders and pumpkins and cobwebs). There are so many inspiring ways to use a bar cart: corral your bathroom accoutrements, display your favorite plants and home accessories, or even put together a coffee + tea themed bar setup.
I’m partial to my mid-century Craigslist find that my mom bought me as a birthday gift a few years ago; I actually use it as a night stand since we don’t do a lot of entertaining these days.
While some bar carts can cost you a pretty penny, we’ve rounded up our favorites in a range of prices, all under $700. So now we want to know: Which of these bar carts is your favorite? Take our poll below!
- Acrylic Bar Cart
- Gold and Glass Bar Cart
- Gunmetal Gray Bar Cart
- Brass Bar Cart
- Gold Art Deco Bar Cart
- Warm Wood Mid-Century Bar Cart
- Lucite and Gold Bar Cart
- Mercury Bar Cart
Do you have a bar cart? Will you be registering for one? If we didn’t include your favorite here, let us know in the comments with a link!
Pink Mercury Glass Pedestal Candle Holders
nichellelynn is selling a set of pink mercury glass pedestal candle holders. She is asking $140 for the set of 12, in various sizes.
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Lace Fit and Flare Wedding Gowns
I actually bought my dress pretty early on—I think I was scared if I didn’t buy it right away it wouldn’t come in time. I mean, we’ve all heard the horror stories about a dress taking MONTHS to come or needing major alterations.
And I’m someone who would rather be five hours early than five minutes late, so I went ahead and got dress shopping almost as soon as we picked a venue. Honestly, I hoped it would make things feel a little more real—but I still don’t think I have that “OMG I’m the bride” thing.
I’m a pretty decisive shopper, so I thought picking the dress would be easy, but it ended up taking four VERRRRY patient friends, and quite a few reject dresses.
As a plus-size bride, it can be hard to find a wedding dress that fits, looks nice, and is affordable. After all, you should be able to look in the mirror and feel your most beautiful without having to spend a fortune. So, I’ve made it easy for you by coming up with a list of 10 plus-size wedding dress designers that have gorgeous gowns at reasonable prices. Of course, “affordability” is in the eye of the beholder, but because I just love a bargain, most of these dresses are under $1,000, with many of them averaging at only $200.
1. JJ’s House
JJ’s House is one of a number places on the internet that makes custom gowns up to size 26. As well as more formal and traditional gowns, JJ’s House has this gorgeous knee length A-line dresses for under $150. In fact, JJ’s House has all the classic styles and is a great go-to for a classic affordable gown.
2. Alfred Angelo
Alfred Angelo is one of the more expensive designers on this list, but one of these dresses is worth every penny you’ll spend (and it is still “affordable” as far as wedding dresses go). One of the best things about Alfred Angelo is that there is no “upcharge” for plus sizes. While the upcharge from other designers isn’t usually that expensive, and while it does make sense to charge more for extra fabric (in theory), it is the principle of the matter.
3. Mod Cloth
Mod Cloth is great for more casual brides. In fact, you may already be familiar with Mod Cloth because they have a lot of gorgeous plus-size everyday clothes. If you want to be really casual, check out their regular dresses for cute prints and simple frocks.
4. Mori Lee (at House of Brides)
One of the best things about Mori Lee is that they make dresses up to a size 32 instead of ending at size 26 like many of the designers on this list. This lacy mermaid-style dress is so gorgeous, and the train adds a little drama to an otherwise sleep style.
5. Sydney’s Closet
Doesn’t everyone want to look like a Greek goddess on her wedding day? OK, maybe not everyone. But still! I love this dress from Sydney’s Closet. The sweetheart neckline and swoop train will look especially amazing on a plus-size bride. In fact, Sydney’s Closet is an all plus-size site, so you can trust that they know what they are doing with plus-size dresses.
6. Doris Wedding
This is probably a very polarizing dress; you likely either love it or hate it. I personally love a pink dress, but this one also comes in champagne, ivory, and white. Doris Wedding is another wedding dress website where you can order a custom fit up to a size 26, so even if this dress is not your style, you are likely to find a plus-size wedding dress that is.
Igigi is another plus-size retailer that makes a few casual wedding dresses as well as regular wedding dresses. Sizes go up to 32, but it can be hard to find a dress that is in stock. However, between the price tags and the cute designs, it is definitely worth checking out. Like Mod Cloth, Igigi is also a great place for everyday dresses as well. (So, keep it in mind for your pre-wedding events!)
8. Lan Ting (at Light in the Box)
OK, let’s be honest: I want to get married again just so that I can wear this dress. This dramatic sweetheart dress instantly transforms you into a beautiful princess. Like the other custom sites on this list, Lan Ting has a huge selection of plus-size wedding dresses, and the prices can’t be beat.
Like Mod Cloth and Igigi, Kiyonna is a plus size retailer that has a few wedding dresses. I love the lace on this dress and appreciate that Kiyonna goes up to a size 5x.
10. White by Vera Wang (at David’s Bridal)
Think you can’t afford Vera Wang? Think again. (Yes, this is technically “White” by Vera Wang, and it is from David’s Bridal, but have you seen this dress? It’s gorgeous!) David’s Bridal also has a lot of other plus-size wedding dresses from different designers in all price ranges.
Every bride should be able to have the wedding dress of her dreams, no matter what her size may be! With these 10 designers, you should have no problem finding (and affording) the perfect plus-size wedding dress.
Diamond Asscher Engagement Rings
Be honest: Had you heard of Asscher cut diamonds before Weddingbee? True, they are not the most common style out there, but they are so unique and sparkly. Today, we’re sharing real diamond Asscher engagement rings from the hive.
For those playing catch-up, we launched a set of ring surveys, starting with 15 different styles of engagement rings (you can find them here and at the bottom of this post, as well as on the Boards as a stickied post). All you do is fill out the survey corresponding to your ring style (round diamond, moissanite, sapphire, etc.), which will prompt you to upload your ring photo to the Weddingbee Gallery, and then once at least 10 people with that style of ring have filled out the survey, it will become a post on the Weddingbee blog!
The posts will continuously be updated to reflect new ring submissions, and eventually we hope they will be an amazing repository of REAL engagement rings to inspire bees for years to come.
Note: If you’ve filled out the survey but haven’t yet submitted a photo, it’s not too late to be included in this post! Simply email your photo along with your Weddingbee username and ring style category to mouse (at) weddingbee (dot) com, and we’ll add it to the post!
Submit your ring deets here:
- Cubic Zirconia (or other lab grown; all cuts)
- Diamond Asscher
- Diamond Cushion
- Diamond Emerald
- Diamond Other Cuts
- Diamond Oval
- Diamond Pear or Marquise
- Diamond Princess or Square
- Diamond Radiant
- Diamond Round
- Moissanite (all cuts)
- Morganite (all cuts)
- Non Stone (e.g., claddagh, knot, milgrain, etc.)
- Sapphire (all cuts)
- Other Gemstone (all cuts)
twistaway‘s solitatire Asscher diamond engagement ring set in white gold 1.5 mm pave band
Why did you or your FI choose this ring? I have been in love with Asschers since Aiden proposed to Carrie with “the good ring” on Sex and the City. They are so gorgeous and unique! I also wanted the thinnest band possible.
Where did you purchase your ring? a family friend who is a diamond cutter
Carat size: 1.25
Metal: white gold
The Best Wedding Films
I may be a high-strung, emotional individual, but that doesn’t change the fact that I have a very low tolerance for sentimental drivel. I’m not a “Disney person,” I HATE being sung to, and most romantic comedies have me injuring my eyes from rolling them too hard.
You know all the tropes: someone gives a big, heartfelt speech in the middle of someone else’s wedding? The lovable, goofy guy who’s taken just happens to have a shrew for a girlfriend, so we root for someone else to steal him (hate this one)? Two characters who despise each other end up FALLING IN LOVE?!
Who ever could have seen it coming? | Dripping sarcasm via GIPHY
If you’re screaming “Sixpence, are you dead inside? I love those kinds of films!!” I will say this: I’ll eat my own words when it comes to a certain few “wedding movies.” The following manage to warm even my cold, stony heart: