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How to give the best wedding speech ever

Le 22 janvier 2018, 10:55 dans Humeurs 0

Have you been tasked with giving a speech at a wedding? Quite an honor, but sometimes a little scary! You want it to be good. No, you want it to be great!

Here are some of my thoughts on how to help you get there.

First, and very importantly, it needs to be structured – you know: a beginning, middle and end.

Hold this thought as you create yours, and it will help guide you. Know your three key points – your introduction, some meaningful content, and a good ending. Endings are everything, it’s also what people remember the most, so bring your best energy to it.

And a common problem many speakers battle is not knowing when or how to end. I’m sure we’ve all heard speakers going on and on, wishing they’d stopped sooner! If you are not reading the speech you may also find yourself out on a limb and having a hard time getting back to safety. In other words, just prattling on and on.

Don’t let this happen. Either write your speech or use bullet points to keep you on track. If you know what you want to say, and prefer NOT to read it – practice OUT LOUD with a friend. This really does make a big difference.

Introduce yourself. Not everyone knows who you are, and assuming they do is arrogant. Simply say who you are and how you know the couple – and that starts you off in the right direction. There’s your beginning.

A best friend of one half of the couple must include words about the other partner. It can’t be all about your friend, leaving out his or her new spouse. This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to do so, or make it sound like a mere after thought. A short compliment to him or her isn’t enough. Include something of substance.

Keep it clean. Don’t include anything you wouldn’t want published in the newspaper, heard at work, or want your mother to hear. If in doubt – don’t say it.

Include stories, experiences with the couple that enlighten us to their personalities and their love. Explain why you know they belong together. Your childhood friendship with one or both of them is fine, but keep that brief.

Humor is difficult. Don’t force it. If a story is funny, great, but don’t tell jokes, it’s not open mic night, it’s a tribute to the couple, not you!

See if you can find a meaningful quote, something that makes complete sense for the couple, reflecting their taste, passions and values. There is a lot of wisdom out there, finding something from a source that connects to their lives helps illuminate your intent. But again, don’t force it. It’s not required.

If you think it’s too long, it probably is. When you practice the speech - time it. About five minutes is perfect.

Be sober, or mostly sober, when you speak.

Be yourself. Don’t write something overly fancy or use words you wouldn’t ordinarily use.

Don’t let the speechmaker who proceeds you, steel your thunder or your wonderful stories. Check with them ahead of time and compare notes if at all possible.

If you are asking folks to raise their glass in a toast for your finish, make sure their glasses are full before you even start, so check with the wait-staff before you even begin.

Remember - there is a difference between offering a toast and making a speech. Please do what is asked of you, although a speech is often (but not always) ended with a toast. However, don’t step on someone else’s toes if they’ve been asked to make the toast. A best man versus a father, for example – the father offers a toast, the best man gives a speech; or best woman gives the speech, and mother offers the toast, or any version conceivable.

And finally, the big conclusion – thank everyone for being there and acknowledge the love that brought you all together.Read more at:plus size bridesmaid dresses | blue bridesmaid dresses

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth May Have Secretly Gotten Married Over New Year's

Le 17 janvier 2018, 12:16 dans Humeurs 0

It looks like Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth may have finally gotten married. On Monday, NW magazinereported that the couple fans lovingly refer to as Liley have, at last, tied the knot. At least according to an unnamed source, who claims that the pair got hitched over the holidays while vacationing in Byron Bay, New South Wales. "It's such a special place for them," the source said. "It felt right."

Of course, this is most definitely not the first Liley marriage to reportedly take place since they got back together in 2016. It's not even the first one to happen over New Year's. Last year, NW magazine was also the one who reported that Cyrus and Hemsworth had become husband and wife on NYE. Those nuptials reportedly happened in San Diego, with the entire Cyrus and Hemsworth clans gathered for the special occasion. "It was all extremely last-minute," a source said then. "Liam's entire family flew over for the holidays and the Cyrus family were in town too. It just seemed like a no-brainer to do it while everyone was together."And before that, fans thought the pair had been married since July 2016, when Cyrus was spotted with a wedding band in place of her engagement ring on her Instagram. Then there was the major freak-out incited by a stray Billy Ray Cyrus comment on an Instagram of Miley in a wedding dress, but that was quickly cleared up by the man himself.

But all of those other rumors were dubbed to be totally not legit by Miley Cyrus herself, who said once and for all in September 2017 that she doesn't "envision marriage". "I'm 24," she said then. "I hope I get to live a little bit more. I have too much living to do." Now, however, Cyrus is 25, and other details of their latest alleged wedding do give the rumor some cred. The first is that New Year's has a lot of significance for her and Hemsworth. For one, Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus's anniversary is on December 29, which Miley celebrated with an Instagram post. For another, NWis reporting that Hemsworth and Cyrus "rekindled" their relationship on New Year's Eve in 2015 in Byron Bay—the same spot they reportedly married.

"It's where they realised that they couldn't live without each other and decided to really give their relationship another go," the source told NW. This, plus the fact that tabloids are saying they were sporting wedding bands on vacation, indicate the long-awaited Liley union may, at last, have happened. Congratulations, if true!Read more at:wedding dresses brisbane | wedding dresses perth

Bihar engineer who was ‘forced to marry at gunpoint’ moves court

Le 9 janvier 2018, 09:34 dans Humeurs 0

A Bihar man, who was allegedly abducted and forcibly married to a woman against his will in December last year, on Monday moved a court seeking stringent actions against the culprits.

Binod Kumar, a junior engineer at Jharkhand’s Bokaro Steel Plant, has alleged he was abducted by unidentified masked men on gunpoint from Mokama, around 80km east of Patna, where had gone to meet his friend.

Kumar said he was driven to an isolated place in Gopekita village near the state capital Patna and forcibly made to tie the knot with a woman, Kundan Kumari, on December 3 last year.

He managed to record the incident on camera and circulated the video, which has gone viral on social media, to his friends and family. The incident eventually came to the notice of the police, who rescued him a day after the forcible wedding.

Pakadua vivah or forcible wedding was a common practice in southeast Bihar but saw a decline after government initiatives and police tightening its grip on people abducting eligible bachelors for marriages to avoid paying dowry.

Kumar has alleged in his petition to the additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM) in Barh that his abduction and the wedding was planned and executed by Surendra Yadav, the elder brother of the woman he was forcibly married to.

He said he has requested the court to initiate criminal proceedings against the culprits and order stringent actions so that such “evil and heinous practice” does not reoccur.

Kumar’s elder brother, Awadesh Kumar, said the family has also approached the National Human Rights Commission and other bodies in Delhi after they failed to get justice from Patna Police.

“The police had taken its own sweet time to rescue my brother when he was in captivity. Perhaps, they were influenced by the culprits,” Awadesh, an employee with the Indian Overseas Bank in Patna, said.

The station house officer of Pandarak police station, Diwakar Vishwakarma, declined his allegations. He said they promptly rescued Kumar and handed him into the safe custody of his relatives as soon as they got the information about his abduction. He said Kumar’s friend was also present when he was rescued.

Yadav, the woman’s elder brother, countered Kumar’s allegation as baseless. He said both families know each other for over a decade and the wedding was being planned since last year when Kumar’s father Suryug Rai suddenly fell ill.

He said he had paid for Rai’s treatment and his sister’s wedding was finalised with Kumar when his father was in the hospital. He alleged that after his father died, Kumar turned his back and the family started demanding dowry.

Kumar eventually agreed to marry his sister on December 3 after a lot of coaxing, he said.

“I wonder why they are creating a fuss after the marriage and defaming my sister by making a fudged video of the wedding viral,” Yadav said, adding, his sister has also moved the National Commission for Women (NCW) for justice.Read more at:bridal dresses melbourne | simple wedding dresses

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