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Why This Groomsman Flask Is a “Real Man’s Flask”

Flasks are one of the most popular groomsmen gifts because there are so many styles, sizes, colors, and custom options to choose from. But some flasks look cheap and flimsy. In fact, most flasks we have seen aren’t as well-made or durable as we’d like them to be. And when you’re giving a groomsmen gift, you want to pick something that is going to last. So, you can imagine our excitement when we stumbled upon SWIG Hip Flasks. We were blown away by their unique look, feel, and quality of craftsmanship. This is a “real man’s flask” because it is strong, durable, and more handsome than any other flask we’ve seen. Today we’re sharing our favorite SWIG flasks to inspire your groomsmen gift selection. Which flask is your favorite?

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Giveaway: Wedding Party Cards from Sparkvites!

Wedding party cards are being given away this week! Find out the full scoop below. But first, be sure to subscribe or you’ll miss out on other fun wedding giveaways like this one!

Happy Friday, loves! It’s time for a fun new giveaway brought to you by the awesome folks of Sparkvites! We’ve teamed up with them to give away a set of six wedding party cards to one lucky reader. These aren’t just any wedding party cards — wait until you see how fun and colorful they are! You can use these cards to ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to be in your wedding. Check out the designs below and enter for a chance to win!

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Which of these designs is your favorite?

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How to Give a Wedding Toast: 7 Surefire Secrets That Work

Wondering how to give a wedding toast guests will remember long after the wedding day? Want a cheat sheet featuring seven surefire secrets that work? You’re in luck because today we’re showing you how to give a wedding toast with secrets to make your speech memorable. If you’re the Maid / Matron of Honor or Best Man in an upcoming wedding, chances are you’ve already heard the news: you’re responsible for writing and delivering a toast to the bride and groom at the wedding reception. Now, before you head for the hills and ditch the dutiful badge of honor, relax; the key to giving a memorable wedding toast is proper preparation. Read on to find out our seven favorite surefire, tried-and-true secrets to giving a wedding toast whether you’re a public speaking expert or true beginner. And, in keeping with the true Emmaline Bride handmade wedding spirit, we’re also sharing some amazing hand-painted toasting flutes and wine glasses by Judi Painted It, featured artisan in The Marketplace, to get you in the toasting spirit. Cheers!

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photo credit: andy stenz via this Real Wedding

How to Give a Wedding Toast

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1. Keep it short, sweet, and sincere.

The KISS method (keep it simple, stupid) can be applied to nearly every aspect of life for words of wisdom. For wedding speech tips, we think simple (short), sweet, and sincere are also applicable. By tying in all three, you can be assured your words will be heartfelt, honest, and guests will understand every word you say. Make the bride and groom remember why you were selected in the role you were given and make them proud of the speech you have prepared.

2. Be nice.

“One time, in band camp…” might sound like a hilarious start to a speech filled with raucous laughter, but nine times out of ten it is more appropriate for a bachelor or bachelorette party. The bride and groom ought not be embarrassed in front of friends, family, parents, grandparents, children, clergy, co-workers… the list goes on. Even though your story may be hilarious, it’s best to avoid embarrassing the bride or groom with a story certain to turn either of them a bright shade of pink. Also, don’t bring up any exes – ever. They’re an “ex” for a reason. And, a funny story is always welcome in a speech as long as it doesn’t embarrass anyone. If in doubt, run it by the groom or the bride several weeks in advance, just in case. There may be topics that are “off limits” – it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Also, try to tie in a word or two about the bride and/or groom, how they met, or how you met him or her. Personalization, as we discussed yesterday, is a key element to every wedding.

3. Avoid alcohol.

For obvious reasons, avoid any alcohol before giving your wedding toast. If you need one drink to calm the nerves, make it a small one.

4. Rehearse until you feel comfortable with the speech.

Write out the speech on note cards, rehearse it in front of a friend, and read it to yourself a few days before the wedding until it is almost memorized. If you can recite it from memory, even better; keep the note cards in your pocket just in case.

5. Keep it fresh, funny, and down to earth.

Don’t use the same one liners overused in weddings of the past or quotes from ‘Wedding Crashers’ to get you through your three to five minute toast. Keep the content fresh, funny, and interesting and you’ll peak the interest of guests and make it more memorable. Include a funny story about how you met the groom, the bride, or tie in how you know they’ll be together forever. For example, “I knew Amy was perfect for Rick when she let his buddies kidnap him for our annual cabin weekend without complaint. Rick, she’s a keeper.” Or, “I knew Rick was the guy for Amy when she came home from her first date and couldn’t stop smiling. Come to think of it, she hasn’t stopped smiling since.”

If you memorize your speech, this one will be a breeze! Be sure to give guests plenty of eye contact while reading your speech and refer to the bride and groom. Eye contact and successful speeches go hand in hand.

6. Fake out your fears.

Not many people like to give a speech, but don’t let your fear of public speaking equate to ducking out of your speech-giving duties. Even the least experienced public speaker can fake a feared speech with confidence. If you’ve rehearsed, practiced in front of a friend, and prepared the speech on note cards just in case, you’ll rock that mic. Speak slowly, loudly, clearly, and don’t forget to smile! It’s quite an honor to give a speech; be sure to enjoy every minute of it.

7. Tie in a toasting gift for the bride and groom.

Want your speech to be even more memorable? Gift the bride and groom with toasting glasses handmade just for them. When you ask everyone to raise a glass, they’ll have custom glasses just for the occasion and can re-use them after the wedding day. What a sweet idea! Handmade toasting flutes or wine glasses are even more memorable, like these hand-picked favorites by Judi Painted It! These glasses are custom made just for you (or your favorite bride and groom) and are even dishwasher safe. Any of these would be perfect for gifting to the happy couple (or as a bridal party gift from the bride and groom):

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These are lovely! I adore the brilliant floral prints just in time for the summer wedding season! To view more from this beautiful collection or to place your order, please visit Judi Painted It and let her know Emmaline Bride sent you!

We hope you enjoyed our tips on how to give a wedding toast. If you have other pointers, be sure to include them below; we’re love to hear from you!

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Happy Planning Toasting!


-E.

P.S. Have a wedding question? Just Ask EB! This week, we launched our new ‘Dear EB’ feature where you can submit questions to be answered in future blog posts. We’ve already had a huge response to our new service (thanks, brides – we love you!) and we want to hear from YOU, too! It’s easy to get started – and, it’s FREE! Simply click here to submit your question. You’ll be able to read real questions from brides just like you here in our blog soon! So, be sure to send us those questions!

Handmade Groomsmen Gifts: Dirty Harry Cuff Links, Traveling Bar, ‘Stache Steins + More!

One of the big questions that stumped me while planning my wedding was what to buy for the groomsmen in the bridal party. It always seemed easy to find gifts for the bridesmaids, but there was a definite lack of options on the groomsmen gift-buying front. In past years engraved flasks, shot glasses and handkerchiefs seemed to be all the rage. My brother was a groomsmen in a few weddings, and I think after just a couple he had a mini-collection of initialed memorability to his name that he’d likely never use again.

So, why is it customary to give a ‘thank you’ gift to a groomsman? For starters, if your wedding is May through September the poor guy is going to be dressed head to toe in long sleeves, long pants and a jacket, standing in the sun + sweating his you-know-what off (or freezing his you-know-what off during those other months). But, he’ll keep a big smile on his face for the pictures and he won’t complain, not even a little bit. He is also expected to attend many wedding parties such as the engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bachelor party (though he probably doesn’t mind this one), early morning wedding day prep, the ceremony, the reception… that’s a lot to ask of a person! Not to mention chipping in for the bachelor party, buying a wedding gift, renting his tux and shoes (that hurt), and keeping an eye on uncle-drinks-too-much. You owe him something fun, creative + personalized to say, hey, thanks for being a great friend. The solution? HANDMADE! Handmade items pick up on the biggest key element missing from those big box chains: a personal touch!

With that being said… we have rounded up a gift-giving guide (volume one of an ongoing series!) for the groomsmen. Since handmade offers tons of creative options, we have a feeling these quirky, fun + man-approved gifts will be just the thing to show your appreciation. And, ladies, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so if you’re looking for a gift for your husband or hubby-to-be, we’ve got you covered. ♥ Enjoy!

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And, as always, we have more coming atcha later today so stay tuned!

-THE EB TEAM

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Ken and Kathryn’s October Wedding Love

We’re ecstatic about this beautiful Delaware wedding captured by Marisa from Marisa Taylor Photography.

Marisa tells us,

“Kathryn and Ken were married on October 23, 2010 in an intimate ceremony surrounded by their closest family and friends at the Frog Hollow Country Club located in Middletown, Delaware. The bride and grooms best friends were their maid of honor and best man, and their adorable 11 month old son Tyler played Jr. Best Man.

The weather was gorgeous, and it was indeed the perfect day for a full wedding. The couple exchanged vows under a gazebo decorated with leaves in wonderful fall colors. The bride wore a beautiful gown with delicate lace and beading and lots of satin ribbon. The groom stepped out in style with a dashing tuxedo with a white jacket, copper vest, and black pants. I had a blast shooting their formal portraits, as the couple were so much fun and so full of laughs. Best wishes and many years to the new Mr. and Mrs. Ken and Kathryn Younker.”

If you enjoyed this Delaware wedding, you’re sure to love more weddings from Marisa Taylor Photography, a Delaware wedding photographer. You can check out her website here.

All images courtesy of Marisa Taylor Photography. All Rights Reserved.