Man oh man, the groom and groomsmen are really lucking out these days with these gift ideas and giveaways at Emmaline Bride! For example, yesterday we shared this custom fishing lure up for grabs, and now we’re giving away an awesome leather beer holster for the groom or his best man! If you love these drink holders as much as we do, you should get an entire set for your crew — aka “Best Dudes”, as shown on these holster examples. For a little extra, you can have the names of the groomsmen engraved into the leather or the Texas star. Enter for a chance to win below!
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Emma here! Tell me if this sounds familiar. Your fiancé loves fishing. He hunts (or he goes to a cabin and drinks with his buddies, ha). His ideal day might include hiking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, hunting, or camping — pretty much anything related to being out in the woods, on a river, in a rustic cabin, or on a mountain. He can easily build an awesome fire like it’s no big deal, has a natural affinity of woodworking, and mowing the lawn or general outdoor yard work doesn’t bother him in the least (because at least he gets to be outside). He might have a boat, on which he takes fishing trips on the weekend or for a Saturday afternoon and gives it a clever name; he also brings back some seriously awesome catches because it comes naturally to him. He might have a beard — or, he doesn’t, but he rocks some pretty awesome stubble on the weekend. And he probably owns at least one flannel shirt and a favorite pair of very worn-in jeans.
If any of these sound familiar, you are about to marry a true outdoorsman, a guy who loves to be surrounded by nature, go on adventures, and explore the great outdoors. And you’re lucky because if you’re not outdoorsy yet, you will be soon enough — or you’ll at least discover an appreciation for new hobbies you can do together (i.e. kayaking, hiking in the woods, or rustic camping, all of which I’ve acquired as wife to Andrew). You’ll also notice that with your outdoorsy groom, he has probably picked a crew of outdoorsy groomsmen who happen to hone the same hobbies as he. Today We’re tackling some of our favorite attire ideas, beard tamers, outdoor groomsmen gifts, reception ideas, and more, all for that adventure-seeking dude you love oh-so-much (and his pals). In this post, we’ll show you how to apply some of the best outdoors-themed wedding ideas for your big day to surprise him. Enjoy!
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?
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?
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!
How to Give a Wedding Toast
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):
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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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!
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!
And, as always, we have more coming atcha later today so stay tuned!
-THE EB TEAM
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.
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