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13th August 2019

How to Make the Perfect Groom Wedding Speech

As a soon-to-be groom, making your groom wedding speech can be daunting. Accustomed as you may be to making big speeches, it’s unlikely that you’ve ever given a speech in what can seem such a high-pressured environment.

There’s a lot to consider when making your groom wedding speech including the length, structure, what to say and who to thank, but nevertheless, don’t panic – we’ve got you covered.

Here are some important pointers to keep in mind as you get ready to give your groom wedding speech. We’ve also included some examples that you can adapt and reuse on the big day. Good luck!

Practice. Practice. Practice.

 

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A rehearsed groom wedding speech is guaranteed to be an improvement on anything you can – or think you can – knock up in a minute or two.

What we’re trying to say is, don’t be that groom who, when it’s his turn to stand up, goes to absolute bits, gets his new mother-in-law’s name wrong and who is sweating through his nicely tailored summer suit so much that it’s began to cause a scene.

So, practice your groom wedding speech – maybe even try and make your mates cry a bit, just don’t, whatever you do, leave it to the very last minute.

“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to decide. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.” (Louis de Bernieres)

Cut the Clichés

 

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Remember, every groom thinks his partner is stunning (see also amazing, incredible and gorgeous) so think about what makes your partner unique; what makes them stunning to you and no one else.

Are they an ultra marathon runner who eats ice-cream in bed, are they a book-lover, rave-goer, or maybe they’re the most epic hip-hop queen in Eastbourne? Whatever it is, avoid using words like ‘soulmate’ and ‘sidekick’ and resist the urge to call them your best mate.

People want to hear why you love your new-spouse, so make sure you tell them in your groom wedding speech.

“Oh god it’s wonderful

to get out of bed

and drink too much coffee

and smoke too many cigarettes

and love you so much” (Frank O’Hara)

I’d Like to Thank…

 

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Whatever you do, do not turn your groom wedding speech into one long and laborious thank you list. That’s not to say don’t thank your nearest and dearest or the people who have helped and waited on you throughout the day, however, there’s no need to thank your great-great-great uncle Neil who took you to the park that one time.

Hook your guests in with a good tale or two and then bore them with the odd thank you. The pleasantries should be no more than an overzealous extra; a walk-on part even, but what they certainly shouldn’t be is the leading man.

“You seem to me to be in every way the visible personification of absolute perfection.” (Oscar Wilde)

Make Sure You Stay Sober

 

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Sure, you want to enjoy yourself, and yes, a shot or two may help loosen you up – but please, make sure you stay sober.

Staggering up to make your speech, drink in hand, while your spouse’s dad tries to murder you with his eyes isn’t a good look. Stay clear of the free champagne and focus on the job in hand.

So, save the boozing for the honeymoon and let your best man make a fool of himself when he gives his best man’s speech instead.

 “I could tell him, too, that to know and love one other human being is the root of all wisdom.” (Evelyn Waugh)

Make a Toast and Wrap It Up

 

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There’s a skill in keeping your speech short and punchy. A groom wedding speech should be between 1,000 and 1,300 words and should always be to the point.

The moment anecdotes turn into tales and tales turn into novels, it’s time to put everyone out their misery – remember, no one has ever thought when listening to a wedding speech: “I wish that was longer.”

So, skip the odd thank you, wrap your stories up, raise your glass and get it over with.

“We get to choose who we let into our weird little worlds. The question is: Whether you’re perfect for each other. That’s the whole deal. That’s what it’s about.” (Robin Williams)

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We hope you enjoyed our guide on how to give the best groom wedding speech. These thoughtful tips promise to help you shape and structure your speech.

At Signature Living Weddings, we thrive on creating bespoke weddings designed with you and your fiance in mind. From the incredible Rainhill Hall to the spectacular 30 James Street, our venues are simply breath-taking.

We also provide a wide range of flexible wedding packages to ensure your day is extra special. So, why not get in touch today on 0151 305 3752 and start the next chapter of your love story with us.

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9th August 2019

6 Things to Make a Same-Sex Wedding Stand Out from the Crowd

Okay, so we know not everyone can afford to have Liza Minelli officiate their wedding. Then perform her version of All the Single Ladies at the reception, ala Stanford and Anthony’s SATC wedding.

So, the question is how do you want to make your same-sex wedding stand out from the crowd?

We answer with a useful grooms checklist of all the things you can do to make a splash on your special day.

Start with the Perfect Sten Do

Not a stag party or a hen do, a Sten Do is the two combined and a great way to celebrate upcoming same-sex nuptials.

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Throw aged single sex party blowouts out the window and get your squad together for a sensational celebration of your pending wedding.

You can book spa days, group city breaks including meals and nights out and a huge choice of fun activities to enjoy together with all your nearest and dearest.

Tailor Make Two Terrific Tuxes

Attire is important and of course, you and your man will both want to be the centre of attention. It’s therefore crucial that you both select an ensemble that will keep all eyes on both of you.

 

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Your suits don’t have to match of course, but they need to be in sync. They should show off your own personal stylistic tastes, whilst still being able to stand next to one another without clashing.

Choosing the right tailor, fabrics, accessories and floral touches will be the making or breaking of your wedding day photos so, choose carefully and creatively.

Pick the Perfect Entrance Song

Breaking away from ancient wedding traditions, at a gay wedding it can be customary for grooms to walk down the aisle together.

Choosing your entrance music, in this instance shifts from the focus being on the bride(here comes the bride) to you as a couple. Therefore, the choice of entrance song can reflect the pair of you rather than either of you individually.

You guys can take a pew and sift through all the songs that represent you as a couple, then let battle commence as you choose a tune you both love to announce your joint entrance.

Pen a Personal Service

Although religion certainly takes a back seat to plenty of modern weddings these days, no matter who’s getting married, many of the services are still considered to be rather stereotypical and outdated.

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This gives you guys the chance to flex your creative freedom by penning unique vows and a service that encompasses how your marriage will bring your lives together forever.

Pen personal promises to each other that display to your wedding guests the journey you plan to take together in married life. The choice is yours to make your wedding service what you want it to be, not what tradition dictates.

Bag the Best, Best Men or Women

Okay, we know you’ve already bagged the best man ever, that’s why you’re planning on marrying him we’re sure, but, you’ve still got the role for another best man or woman of honour to fill.

Traditions aside, your best person could be anyone from your sibling to your best mate, and if you share a best friend let them do the job for you both.

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Their roles can be anything from a Groomslady, performing as a female attendant to a groom, or Best Man or Woman, the groom’s closest friend and attendant.

This is your wedding and you can do things however you want, steal a few wedding day customs from straight couples and adapt them to suit your special day.

When it comes to choosing your squad, look for those that will help you both stay sane during any stress or chaos that inevitably ensues at weddings.

Share the Night Before the Big Day

Another custom that doesn’t usually apply to a same-sex wedding is “not seeing the bride before the big day”.

For some, an adapted version of this custom may still apply, especially when you have a fashion dedicated partner who still wants his ensemble to be a surprise.

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But for many gay couples, spending the night prior to the big day apart just isn’t necessary. These couples tend to enjoy the night together talking about their ceremony, sharing the excitement of their up and coming big day and waking up on the morning of their wedding day together, knowing that by the end of it they’ll be married.

What’s more, couples who chose to spend the night prior to their wedding together can share the fun of getting ready together. Enjoy a toast to their wedding, spending a few special moments as single men before heading off to walk down the aisle to their future ahead.

A Same-Sex Wedding in a Modern World

Since Civil partnerships and symbolic commitment ceremonies began, formal vow exchanges and public declarations weren’t required by law. This gave same-sex couples the freedom to do as they chose to honour their commitments to one and other.

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Now that gay marriage is legal in many places across the world, more and more traditional same-sex weddings are taking place. The structure of a traditional wedding can simply make the day flow easier, however, many customs simply don’t apply to a gay wedding, and others still harken back to the days when a woman was sold-off to her intended.

Standing out from the crowd, same-sex weddings and indeed any modern-day wedding has become more about celebrating a shared love for another, about committing yourself to that person, rather than simply a legal binding of two individuals.

Start your modern marriage off in style by hosting your same-sex wedding with Signature Living. Our wedding coordinators are ready and waiting to host exciting and unique ceremonies and come armed with years of experience and plenty of ideas that will make your wedding day stand apart from the crowd. 

Plus our stunning city centre Liverpool wedding venues are second to none when it comes to hosting a stylish special wedding day. Let us help you arrange everything from night today and make the most of our unique wedding venues.

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Rainhill Hall will give you guys the chance to host an exquisite outdoor ceremony as well as reserves your guest’s dreamy lakeside accommodation, and yourselves a treetop wedding suite.

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Or Alma de Cuba can play host to a carnival-style reception and ceremony, with samba dancers, petal showers and much much more.

Call 0151 305 3753 or email one of our team at weddings@signatureliving.co.uk to enquire.

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20th May 2019

5 Groomsmen Presents Your Friends Will Love

It’s an honour for your most valued and important friends to stand by your side as you say: “I do,” but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be as thoughtful in saying thanks – hence the groomsmen present. Consider the present repayment for the stress of planning your bachelor party or giving a best man’s speech.

That said, buying your mates a present may be the only nuptial-related task you’re responsible for planning, so take a look at these great groomsmen presents.

A Cool Overnight Bag

 

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As you’re packing your bag for your honeymoon, spare a thought for your groomsmen who may have come a long way to be by your side on your special day. Show how grateful you are that they decided to spend the weekend at your wedding by giving them this cool groomsmen present.

Not only is an overnight bag practical, but it also looks cool when you and your mates rock up to the venue, shades on, groomed and ready to go.

Do you think David Beckham or Idris Elba would turn up to a wedding with their belongings crammed into an old suitcase – we don’t think so.

A Cheap but Chic Watch

 

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‘Get him to the church on time’ with this fashionable groomsmen present.

Now we’re not saying you need to go out and buy a hoard of Rolex’s for your groomsmen, but a cheap yet classy watch could be the perfect present for your friends. For that extra special touch, you could even get the watch engraved.

And, in the future, when one of your friends is late, you can smugly point at the watch you bought them and send them the bar.

Classic Car Driving Experience

 

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When picking out your perfect wedding car, why don’t you invite your groomsmen along and go classic car driving.

Who can say no to speeding around a track in some of the most exhilarating cars ever made? Perfect for the petrol heads among your mates, a track day is a great way for you and your groomsmen to escape the pressure of the big day and have some fun.

For the ultimate groomsmen present, look no further than a memorable classic car experience.

A Pamper Day at Morgan’s Spa

 

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There’s no point in your groomsmen wearing their perfectly tailored tuxes and engraved watches for them to look worn out and rough.

Of the pre-wedding appointments that you and your groomsmen should make, a spa day is one of the most important in order to look fresh and raring to go.

You and your mates can enjoy the serene surroundings of Morgan’s Spa at 30 James Street and indulge in some relaxing, male orientated spa treatments as the big day approaches.

Not only does the subterranean spa has a 40-foot hydrotherapy pool where you and your pals can take a peaceful dip, but Morgan’s Spa also has a private bar so you and your groomsmen can keep the bachelor party going.

Book this ultimate groomsmen present here or contact the team on 0151 236 0166 for more information.

Personalised Whiskey Glasses

 

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As the day draws to a close, the speeches have been made and everyone’s on the dancefloor, hand your mates their very own monographed whiskey glass and spare a moment to raise a glass to them for being the best groomsmen you could ask for.

This may be the only chance you get to smoke a cigar with your mates, drink in hand, whilst wearing a tuxedo – just like they do in the movies.

And, what could make that moment even cooler? Your very own monographed whisky glass of course.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our countdown of some the best groomsmen presents on the market. These helpful ideas are sure to help you when picking out the perfect present.

At Signature Living Weddings, we’re known for creating bespoke weddings designed with you in mind. Our party accommodation rooms, experienced wedding coordinators and unique venues make us stand out from the crowd.

From the spectacular Rainhill Hall to the historic 30 James Street, each of our venues are simply extraordinary. We also provide a wide range of flexible wedding packages to ensure you make the most of your special day.

So, why not get in touch today on 0151 305 3743 or complete our enquiry form here – and start the next chapter of your love story with us.

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30th April 2019

5 Things on Every Groom’s Checklist

Accustomed as you are to planning and preparing, chances are that you’ve overlooked something when organising your wedding.

Today’s grooms are becoming more involved in planning their own weddings – from choosing the wedding cake to selecting a best man. Nevertheless, there is always something to do as the big day approaches.

So, whether you’re a hands-on type of guy or just looking to stay out of the way, here are a few pointers to keep in mind as you draw up your groom’s checklist.

Dress to Impress

 

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For men, dressing for a wedding has never been so important. Thanks to the copious amounts of Royal weddings and celeb nuptials recently, men now have a duty to stand out and look their best.

Once your soon-to-be bride has picked out the colour scheme, you should go and choose what you’re wearing. Whether it’s a regal morning suit or an elegant tuxedo, it’s important for you and your groomsmen to look sharp and sophisticated.

So, save the novelty bow tie for your bachelor party and ask your mates to do the same, pick out something smart and relax safe in the knowledge that you’ve crossed another thing off your groom’s checklist.

The Importance of Grooming

 

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Grooming, be it the fragrance you choose or the haircut you sport, is important – fact. There’s no point in wearing a perfectly tailored tux for you to then look rough.

Of the pre-wedding appointments that you should make, a manicure is one of the most important because your hands are going to be photographed over and over again – and, it goes without saying that you should shave and get a haircut.

Also, this is no day to raise a stink so, post-deodorant, spray on something extra – something that complements what you’re wearing.

An immaculately groomed groom is what you should aim to be.

Transport

 

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If you want a lesson in elegant wedding cars, Prince Harry’s recent nuptials provided just that. Leaving for his intimate wedding reception in a vintage Jaguar E-Type, Prince Harry showed every groom how it’s done.

The lesson learned? When it comes to your wedding day, you want to arrive and leave in style.

So, if you’re looking to escape the pre-wedding madness for a few hours, add the word ‘transport’ to your groom’s checklist and go classic car shopping.

Pick your Best Man

 

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For those of you standing at the end of the aisle, choosing who to stand next to you can be extremely problematic – particularly if you have more than one very close friend.

Not only is the best man’s job to make an hilarious speech at your reception, but it’s also his job to make sure you’re punctual, prepared, dressed and relaxed – so maybe choose someone you can trust.

What we’re trying to say is, pick someone who’s responsible enough to keep your rings safe and get you to the venue because, lets be honest, nobody wants to see another Hangover movie.

You also want someone who knows you inside and out so, whether that be your brother, mate, two mates or your female friend, do what works for you.

Your Groom’s Speech

 

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Nerves, alcohol and new in-laws can make your speech seem daunting – that’s why it should take priority on your groom’s checklist.

Maybe practice your speech a couple of times in front of your friends – and try and make them shed a tear or two.

At the end of the day, you’re standing up and speaking to simply thank your groomsmen, encourage the guests to enjoy themselves and, most importantly, compliment your other half who, we imagine, looks stunning.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide on how to make a groom’s checklist. These thoughtful and helpful pointers are sure to help you when planning your wedding.

At Signature Living Weddings, we’re known for creating bespoke weddings designed with you in mind. Our party accommodation rooms, experienced wedding coordinators and unique venues make us stand out from the crowd.

From the spectacular Rainhill Hall to the historic 30 James Street, each of our venues are simply extraordinary. We also provide a wide range of flexible wedding packages to ensure you make the most of your special day.

So, why not get in touch today on 0151 305 3753 or fill out our enquiry form here – and start the next chapter of your love story with us.

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25th April 2019

How to Make the Perfect Best Man’s Speech

So, your mate has chosen you to be his best man. Accustomed as you are to planning epic parties and tearing up the dancefloor at weddings, it’s unlikely that you’ve ever given a best man’s speech.

But, you know that best man speeches can quickly descend into an awkward, drunken spectacle during which your mate has his head in his hands. So, here are a few pointers to keep in mind as you prepare to give your best man’s speech. No pressure.

Practice Makes Perfect

Don’t be that guy who, hours before the reception, is nervously scribbling down notes on the back of his hand – only for them to disappear the moment they stand up in a hot, sweaty room. Nor do you want to be that guy, namely Smithy in Gavin & Stacey, who has been banging on about how hilarious his best man’s speech is – only for it to be absolutely awful.

Maybe try your speech out a couple of times in front of the mirror – you’d be surprised how strange it may sound when read out loud.

A rehearsed best man’s speech is guaranteed to be an improvement on anything you can drunkenly scrawl on the back of a napkin ten minutes beforehand

Stay Sober-ish

Sure, you want to enjoy yourself, and yes, a few drinks may help you relax before giving a speech in front of hundreds of people – including your mates who, lets be honest, want you to make a fool of yourself.

But staggering up to make your speech, drink in hand, isn’t a good look. Veer away from the free champagne and focus on the job in hand – delivering an epic best man’s speech.

So, save the boozing for when everyone is buying you drinks to congratulate you on delivering a hilarious speech.

Don’t Mention any Exes

Whether it’s your mate’s former flame or his bride’s bygone boyfriend, don’t mention any exes ever. As far as the guests should be concerned, both bride and groom have never so much as spoken to anyone of the opposite sex.

Your mate’s new father-in-law hates him enough without you bringing up the son-in-law he wished he had.

Plus, swerve using words such as ‘psycho’ to describe the women who passed on the chance to marry your mate. It won’t impress his new bride and it certainly won’t impress the ex-lover who he’s oddly invited to his wedding – but we won’t go there.

Less Humiliation, More Embarrassment

On balance, your tone should be good-natured – you’re describing the groom, not trying to ruin his marriage before it’s even begun. Remember, it’s a wedding, not the bachelor party – so anything that happened on the stag weekend is not for here.

Also, any reminders of criminal activity are out-of-bounds unless it’s either trivial or victimless – and nobody wants to hear about any awkward fishing trips or weird holidays in Amsterdam.

What we’re trying to say is, read the room – it’s not an open-mic night in which your mate is the victim.

Wrap it Up

Ten minutes is enough, honestly. The perfect best man’s speech is a balance of jokes, the revelation of a few embarrassing stories and, a tear in the eye and a hearty handshake at the end. A poignant “I love you, man” as you pretend to hold back the tears is sure to do the trick.

What you don’t want to do is ramble – you’re only stopping people from either dancing, drinking or eating, and nobody wants that. If you’re worried that your speech is too long, skip a few embarrassing stories, raise your glass and get it over with.

And, speaking of raising your glass.

Make a Toast

When James Corden took that piece of plastic toast out of his shopping bag only for it to be met with silence, shows just how hard it is to make a good toast. So, for starters, maybe leave the props at home.

One of the most annoying parts of any wedding speech is being asked to raise your glass every couple of minutes in honour of everything from the DJ to the clergy.

So, raise your glass and ask the guests to do the same, say something cute and relax in your seat safe in the knowledge that you’ve just given an epic best man’s speech.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide on how to give the perfect best man’s speech. These thoughtful and helpful pointers are sure to help you shape an epic speech.

At Signature Living Weddings, we’re known for creating bespoke weddings designed with you in mind. Our party accommodation rooms, experienced wedding coordinators and unique venues make us stand out from the crowd.

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From the spectacular Rainhill Hall to the historic 30 James Street, each of our venues are simply extraordinary. We also provide a wide range of flexible wedding packages to ensure you make the most of your special day.

So, why not get in touch today on 0151 305 3753 and start the next chapter of your love story.

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