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Don’t let mediocre speeches ruin the day!!

So many of our brides and grooms tell us that one of the things they worry about most when they think about their big day is how the wedding speeches will go. Will the Best Man mention all of those stories you wish he wouldn’t? Will the Groom remember to thank everyone he needs to? How will the Father of the Bride get over his nerves? All legitimate worries about things that regularly go wrong!!  No-one wants people to think:

‘nice wedding, shame about the speeches!’.

As a result, Not Just Any Wedding has teamed up with professional public-speaking coach Chris Edmondson to offer the men in your life an exciting opportunity to perfect their wedding speeches ahead of the big day.  Our Wedding Speech Masterclasses will cover a range of topics and issues that will leave participants feeling confident, relaxed and prepared – allowing everyone to get on and enjoy the big day!

Whether it’s your Father, your Fiance or your Best Man, we’ll make sure that after this 2 and 1/2 hour masterclass they know:

*   How to pitch their speech correctly at their audience
*   How and where to source content for their speeches
*   How to construct their speech; How long it should be. How to add that personal touch. How to use humour. Whether to use props and visual aids. How to use prompt cards.
*   Dealing with the dreaded ‘body language’ and those inevitable surprises on the day
*   How to handle nerves and anxiety on the big day
*   Top tips on preparing and practising
Places are limited so please don’t miss out  – click the link below:

Book Wedding Speech Masterclass

 

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All you need to know about wedding fayres …

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Wedding fayres can be great fun, really informative and a great buzz – full of all of great ideas and helpful tips. In fact, other than the NJAW website ,we think they’re the best way to meet large numbers of wedding suppliers in your area that can meet your every need. Unfortunately though, they can leave you feeling a little overwhelmed – so many people selling so many things!

Here at NJAW we’ve done our fair share of wedding fayres so here are our 5 top-tips for getting the most out of them:

* Set your budget BEFORE you do anything! If you don’t know how much things cost, think about how much you can afford and then stick to that. It’s easy to get carried away but being in debt for years because of one day isn’t worth it. Your wedding should fit your budget, not the other way around. For help with setting your budget why not try our NJAW budget planner

* Research which suppliers will be at the fayre – bigger fayres often publish who will be exhibiting in advance on thier websites. Planning a list of who you want to see will mean that you don’t miss anyone

* Ask the right questions! Make a list of what you want to know before you go e.g. how much do you charge? what exactly do you get (and not get)?, how long do you need to set up etc

* Pick up all of the offers and the goodie bags. Suppliers spend a lot of time and money trying to attract you to their stalls so take advantage! Even if you’re already sorted, sadly you never know what might happen.

* Create a wedding e-mail! There’s nothing worse than your work inbox being bombarded with e-mails or you missing that all important about your dress fitting. Creating a unique e-mail address keeps everything in one place, making your life that little bit easier.

What not to forget!

1) Printed directions to the venue
2) A note pad and pen!
3) To wear comfortable clothing and SHOES!
4) A large, strong bag – one with long handles is ideal
5) Your diary
6) Colour swatch if you’ve already decided on colours
7) Cheque book and/or cash – you may need to take advantage of ‘on-the-spot’ deals
8) Pre-printed address labels
9) Your list of questions to ask and your budget

And at number 10…most importantly, it’s a trusted companion. Someone who will give you honest opinions and who’s opinion you actually trust and listen to.
NOW OFF YOU GO!

For a list of wedding fayres in the North East click here

By Victoria J. Brown of Calm Weddings

Photos by Jen Hart Photography 

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The average wedding costs £20,000. This is why it’s important to work out your budget from the outset: before anything is booked, anyone is invited and before any plans are made.

Whether your budget is under £10,000 or over £30,000, you still need to decide where you want the majority of your funds to go. You must both identify what’s important to you on your wedding day, for example: the bride may think having a pair of Jimmy Choo is essential, and the groom may desperately want to arrive in a helicopter, it’s important to understand what you both want from your wedding. Setting aside pennies for the things you really want and saving in other areas is the best way to keep your costs down.

Here are 10 top wedding saving tips: 

1/ Do you have any family or friends who can help out? Anyone with special talents: cake-making, stationery, flowers etc. Ask anyone who can contribute to your wedding to help.

2/ Don’t get married in the peak season. Hold your wedding mid-week and not in the summer months. Compare the cost of the different seasons and days of the week: you’ll be surprised at the saving you can make.

3/ Only have one meal. Most couples have a wedding breakfast and an evening buffet. Getting married late afternoon will allow you to have an early evening meal, which cuts out the need for two meals.

4/ Hire a small hall: a village or church hall. This is great for vintage weddings. You will need to hire outside caterers, but this can still be much cheaper than hiring a venue.

5/ Look carefully when choosing your wedding dress. Ex-display dresses, out-of-season dresses and smaller designers can be picked up at a fraction of the price. Most of your guests won’t know who designed your dress (and probably won’t be non-the-wiser if you told them) or whether it’s in season or not.Kayleigh

6/ Keep it small. Invite only family and very close friends. If you really want the big celebration then hire a hall after your honeymoon and throw an informal party.

7/ When it comes to decorations there is so much out there to choose from. Search the internet for cheap and discount deals. You’ll be amazed at what you can find.

8/ Research local music schools/dance schools: could students perform for you? Or ask the universities for any talented individuals who can help. It not only keeps the entertainment cost down and gives your wedding the wow-factor but looks great on their portfolio.

9/ Ask guests to contribute money as their wedding gift. This is becoming very popular, but still some people feel rude asking for cash! The best way around this is to set-up a fund so your guests can see the money is contributing to something in particular i.e. honeymoon fund, new bathroom fund or a new extension fund.

10/ Most importantly – Research! Compare costs.

Important: Keeping a note of the costs will enable you to keep an eye on what is being spent. You may underspend in one area, therefore, letting you overspend in another, but this will also help you if overspending becomes a big problem.

TO HELP WITH YOUR BUDGET, DOWNLOAD OUR BUDGET PLANNER