Come to a fall wedding
This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

The temperature is dropping and so are the leaves, meaning only one thing: Fall! Summer wedding season is ending but that doesn’t mean your wedding guest obligations have. Many couples skip the typical wedding season and plan their big day in the cooler and more colorful Fall season. Pack away your boho chic wedding guest attire and let’s have some Fall fun!

Fall has its own set of fashion rules sure to make you feel fierce this Fall! Need some tips? We have you covered! Grab a pumpkin latte and check out these stylish tips on what to wear to your next Fall wedding!

Tip For Dressing For A Fall Wedding

Sleeves for a fall wedding

Sleeves!

Sleeved dresses are a great option for a wedding in the cooler autumn months! Another spin on this idea? You can pair a cute cardigan with one of your more summery dresses keeping you cozy and it’s also great for your budget. If you do go with a sleeved dress, this option from Magnolia Boutique offers a fun, casual feel and will help keep your arms a little warmer than your go-to summer frock!

 

Get your sparkle on!

Fall also allows for a more elegant look even if the wedding is pretty laid back. That means it’s time to pull out your bling and shine! One way is to get glitzy with your accessories with these fabulous and sparkly heels from TBDress.com! Glam is always fun so go for the sparkly bling when picking out Fall wedding accessories.

The boots and booties were made for walking (down the aisle!)

This Fall wedding trend will keep your toes nice and warm as you dance the night away. Pair your boots with some adorable tights and you will be ready for a chilled autumn night! We love this look, especially for a Fall barn wedding! Booties are a great option too and super chic with dresses long or short. Knee high boots are also an excellent choice paired with one of your warm weather dresses saving you some money!

Go bold!

Summer is the time for sweet pastels and Fall is the time for bold, rich colors that will make you feel like an Autumn princess! Red is always a good choice when you decide to go bold. You will stand out in the crowd in this scarlet faux wrap dress by Karen Kane from Nordstrom.  OR you could take your cues from nature and pick an orange, brown, or a green dress like this one from Nordstrom or the rust colored dress pictured below from Magnolia Boutique. Those falling leaves will have nothing on you!

 

Go bold for fall

Tailored and fitted takes over!

Just as it is in life, Summer tends to be more flowy and loose while Fall is a little more structured. Which is great, because there are a ton of amazing sheath dresses that will have you kissing summer goodbye with a smile on your face. Check out this LBD from Macy’s! It’s short and sleeveless so it might be best for an early Fall shindig but it’s a great fitted dress that gives you a much more polished look.

Pants for a fall wedding

Pants are dressy too!

If you aren’t a dress person, then Fall is for you! Who says you need to wear a dress to every wedding you attend? Sometimes you just feel like wearing pants and there are some super sleek and chic options out there. Like this one from Banana Republic. Whether you go with patterned or solid pantsuit or a sexy jumper, you will be sharp and stylish as you get ready to celebrate the happy couple, one leg at a time!

 

High necklines

It’s a classic and timeless Fall look that you will love! This isn’t just a warmer option, it tends to be a more elegant one making it a great choice for any autumn nuptials. Another perk of the high neck? You don’t really need a necklace. A great pair of earrings and a simple bracelet are all you need, like with this dress from Dillard’s. The neckline offers all of the flair you need making a necklace not vital to wear this sexy, chic style.

Jumpers are in

The jumper makes a comeback!

One of our favorite trends for Fall is layering a dress over a long sleeved shirt! The best part? You can use a dress you already have! Stylecaster.com pegged this as one of the top trends they saw at this year’s New York Fashion Week! This can be dressed up or down depending on the vibe of your occasion making it a great and versatile option. Layer your dress over a long sleeved blouse for a more formal event or with a black turtleneck and you are good to go!

 

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Meg Bonney is a writer for Plan The Day.

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The toast is your conclusion

 

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

So, you’ve been invited to speak at a wedding!

Well done! The Bride and Groom obviously think highly of you! They’ve asked you to become a special part of one of the best days of their life.

Although it may feel like a daunting task we’ve put together some guidelines that should make the job easier. We know that you will want your words to be long remembered by the happy couple and all of the guests.

10 Great Tips For A Good Wedding Speech

Talk to the bride & groom

10.  Discuss your speech with the Bride & Groom.

This may sound fairly obvious, but it is amazing how often it is not done. Ask the Bride and Groom what they ‘do and don’t’ want you to cover in your speech.

If the bride and groom can’t give you much guidance you can always check with the MC. The MC generally knows who will be speaking and should also have a good idea of what each speaker will be covering. You should also find out approximately for how long you are expected to.

9. Introduce yourself.

Start by introducing yourself and outline what you are speaking about. Remember that there are probably a lot of people at the wedding who will not know you.

Inject humour into your speech

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8.  Humour & Balance.

It is always helpful if you can include some humour in your speech. Try not to make it embarrassing though.

You will generally speak about both the bride & the groom in your speech. Try to allocate about the same amount of time for each.

7.  Conclusion.

Speeches will usually conclude with a toast. A toast often starts with “so now can I ask you all to charge your glasses (wait for people to get their glasses) and drink a toast with me to ……..”

Know your audience

6. Know your audience.

It can be very easy to offend or embarrass people if you don’t take the time to understand who is attending the wedding. A private story or joke may seem harmless to you but it may be offensive for others at the wedding. The last thing you want to do is leave people feeling uncomfortable. If you are not sure about what you are planning to say- leave it out.

5.· Practise your speech until you feel comfortable.

It doesn’t matter if you are experienced at public speaking or not – one key to giving a good speech is to practice it over and over again. Reading it aloud also helps. Read it both in front of a mirror and to an ‘audience’ (but not the bride and groom!).

Deliver your toast with confidence

4. Speak Loudly, Clearly and Slowly.

Speak clearly and at a steady pace to ensure everyone can hear you – no matter where they are sitting.

One of the common mistakes that people make is to speak too quickly because they are nervous. This will make it more difficult for people to understand you. Because people can’t understand you, they won’t be able to respond to what you say. Getting little response makes many speakers go go even faster to get through their speech as quickly as they can!

Speak slower and louder than you would normally speak and allow for pauses as you speak.

3. Reading your speech is not a sin!

If you don’t feel comfortable speaking without notes, it is more than acceptable to use them.

Some people find that they write their speech word for word at first. They then practice it over and over again so they are comfortable with it. They then find that they can give their speech simply referring to dot points in their notes. The advantage? If you are able to do this, is that you can maintain eye contact with your audience.

2. Don’t drink too much.

One way people try to ease their nerves is to have a few drinks. This can be dangerous! Keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum before your speech. You want your speech to be memorable but not because you were drunk when you gave it.

There will be plenty of time after the speech to unwind and enjoy yourself.

The guests are on your side

1.  They are on your side!

Everyone at the wedding is there for a good time- they are ‘on your side’. 99% of them will openly admit that giving a speech is one of their main phobias. They understand where you are coming from and want you to do well!

If you follow these simple suggestions you will enjoy delivering your speech & it will be well received.

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Bio: Craig Dougherty is the CEO of ‘My Ideal Wedding’ a recently launched online Wedding Directory.

 Craig loves being able to help engaged couples take the stress out of what is normally a very stressful process. The FREE tools available include ‘To Do List, Budget Planner, Guest List & Event Planner and even a personal wedding website to send family & friends to!

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