Archive for June, 2014

How to Give the Perfect Toast

how to write the perfect toast

There can be a lot of pressure on those giving toasts at weddings, rehearsal dinners and parties… and for good reason. Too long of a toast and it can throw off the party; too boring of a toast and it will tire the guests; and a toast with inappropriate references… well, that could potentially ruin the entire night!

Here at The Event Group we have seen it all. We have taken notes on what works, what doesn’t work and what really wows guests. Today we are sharing our tips to ease your nerves as you prepare to toast to the newlyweds!

One of the first things you learn in elementary school is how to write. Your teacher may have explained that you need an ‘attention grabber’. This still applies today. Start your toast off with a story (touching or funny works), a meaningful quote, a song, verse from the bible, poem, etc. These are all great ways to grab the audience’s attention. Here are some quotes we have gathered to start you off on the right foot:

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance. -1 Corinthians 13:7

My greatest wish for the two of you is that through the years your love for each other will so deepen and grow, that years from now you will look back on this day, your wedding day, as the day you loved each other the least.

After you obtain everyone’s attention, introduce yourself and how you know the bride or groom. This is where you can lead into the body of your speech. The best lead in to the body of the speech is how you met the bride or groom, but keep it short and sweet. Remember this is about the bride and groom, not you and your friendship with the bride/groom.

What to include in the body of your speech:

-something to make the audience laugh

– advice to the couple

– a memory of the couple

– Thanking the hosts for the beautiful event

In closing, you’ll want to wish them a lifetime of happiness. This is another point where a quote, song or advice fits in well.

Some things to remember while composing your speech:

– Start writing early so you have plenty of time to rehearse.

– Do not have too many cocktails before you give the speech. You want to be able to stand up straight and speak loudly and clearly.

– Keep it brief. Keep the length around 3-5 minutes.

– Keep it appropriate. Do not tell stories that embarrass the couple and do not tell inappropriate stories that would make anyone listening feel uncomfortable. If your speech was in a movie, you’d want it to be rated G.

Overall, be confident and you will give a great toast! Cheers!

Bride’s Mom’s Wedding Dress Made Into Her Rehearsal Dinner Dress



We just had to share this great idea! One of our clients surprised her mother by wearing her mother’s wedding dress to her rehearsal dinner. Stefanie had her mother’s wedding dress remade into a beautiful cocktail dress which was perfect for her rehearsal. She not only looked fabulous but it was so fun for her to surprise her mom! This is a great way to incorporate the ‘something old’ in your special wedding weekend.

4th of July

4th of july cake

The Fourth of July will be here before you know it! We rounded up some Memorial Day inspiration a few weeks ago and today we are back with some more red, white and blue ideas for your next event. Like this cake in the photo above? Take a simple white wedding cake and add fresh berries for a pop of color.
4th of july wedding fireworks

Really add the WOW factor by having fireworks at your event or wedding. Not only is it fun for the guests but also makes for some beautiful photos like the one above!
place setting

Sparklers are a fun addition to any party. Guests will enjoy lighting these once it gets dark. We love using sparklers as the bride and groom exit their wedding reception!


Themed cocktails are fun, but what about popsicles that double as a cocktail? The popsicles pictured above contain vodka and are a fun way to cool guests down during a hot July day.
red white and blue cake

If you want a plain cake on the outside, you can always surprise your party guests with a fun design on the inside. This cake would be perfect for a child’s birthday party! save the date
Last but certainly not least, these Save-The-Date matchbooks are a unique way to excite your guests about your wedding or event. We particularly think these work well for an Independence Day celebration!