Wedding Dresses

After featuring some weddings here on our blog, we are looking at all the wedding dresses our brides have worn. It is great because each and every wedding dress we have featured is completely different and unique. Please take a look and let us know what you think. We will be continuously adding to this page.


How to give a tailor made Groom’s speech

We interviewed Lawrie Brand on his experience of giving his grooms speech.

1) How early did you start preparing your speech?

I think I was very early planning my speech. Luckily I have a job which I get a fair amount of downtime and started about 8 months before hand. Needless to say I didn’t want to forget anything or mess up.

2) What criteria do you need to include?

Things I considered essential were thanking everyone for their attendance, thanking the people who have contributed to the wedding, thanking parents and particular singling out my wife as it was her special day. I tried to make it as light hearted and meaningful, touch a few heart strings where possible. Humour was essential to my speech as I wanted people to have a giggle and enjoy.

3) What should you avoid talking about?

I avoided any deep and serious things. Sure I got a bit of emotion across, but nothing I wouldn’t say to people on a day-to-day basis. I wanted people to relax and enjoy it, I didn’t want anything shocking or jaw-dropping in my speech. Nothing crude or below the belt, leave that to the best man.

4) How long do you recommend a grooms speech to be?

I believe my speech was 9 minutes. Originally I aimed for between 8 and 10 minutes. Which is the right amount of time to keep people’s attention if it’s good and if it’s not you only start to lose a few people’s attention when they start to realise it’s the worst speech they’ve heard.

5) How nervous were you before the speech?

I was too busy on the day to be nervous, making sure everything goes well, eating, drinking and making sure I spent some time with as many people as possible. I only got nervous as my Father-in-law finished his speech as he had previously told me his final line. So when I heard that I thought ‘Oh crap, it’s me!!’.

6) What tips and advice would you give future grooms to be?

The only advice I’d give is not to worry too much because everyone at your wedding is rooting for you, wishing you to do well. There is nobody there wanting you to fail…except maybe your future in-laws if they think you’re not worthy of their daughter ;)

7) Finally, the video below shows you giving your speech, when watching this back, how does this make you feel?

It makes me realise how short I am and maybe I should have got out and stood in front of the table…Seriously though it makes me very happy and reminds me of the amazing day I had with my friends and family, truly unbeatable and unforgetable!



Picking your bridesmaids

Beth Brand tells us how she picked her bridesmaids

I had no idea who my bridesmaids would be. I always knew my Maid of Honour would be Sian, she has been my best friend since the moment I met her, and I initially only wanted two bridesmaids.

The other one at that point was Hannah whose always been a great friend. Then when it came to dress shopping my adopted big sister Bec came to the first appointment with me and without even planning it I just asked her then and there, it just felt right.

The fourth bridesmaid didn’t come about for another couple of weeks. I had been feeling this strange guilt ever since I got engaged that I hadn’t asked Liz to be bridesmaid (I don’t know why I hadn’t asked her at this point, I think its because I always liked the idea of less is more) but eventually I gave into my gut instinct and asked her too and it was then perfect.

My four best, most loyal and longest lasting good friends had been picked.