TRANSCRIPTION: This is Stephanie from Ace of Hearts Films, and I’m here with Insider tips on how to have great toasts at your reception. We’ve all been to one of those weddings where the toasts go on and on as guests pass the microphone around. Having an open mic session for your toasts can not only be lengthy but also risky, because you never know who’s going to grab the mic. Toast are more meaningful when limited to 4 or 5 friends or family members and last no more than 15 minutes total. Be sure to let them know before your wedding day, so they can think about what they want to say ahead of time. And ask them to limit their speech to “X” number of minutes, especially if they tend to ramble. If anyone is likely to bring up stories that you’d rather not have Grandma hear, it’s perfectly reasonable to set boundaries. A great way to end the toasts is for the two of you to thank your guests for all attending. With a little pre-planning your toasts are sure to run smoothly with these Bridal Insider tips.
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Here’s the part 2 of the Bridal Insider video that we made about how to protect yourself when signing wedding contracts.
So, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to sign a contract without reading the fine print. We learned this the hard way when 2 weeks before our wedding our photographer told us he was going to send his assistant instead of shooting it himself. It was completely legal for him to do that because the small print (that we obviously didn’t read) allowed him to send another photographer in his place. Your contract should also list the vendor’s cancellation policy & if any money will be returned if your wedding gets cancelled. Whoever signs the contract is liable, so if someone else is paying for it, They should be the one to sign the contract. Also, be sure that it lists overtime rates in case your wedding runs late. You don’t want to be surprised with a huge bill afterwards. There’s more you need to know about vendor contracts, so be sure to watch my other videos for more bridal insider tips.
Hey everyone, this is Stephanie from Ace of Hearts Films, and I’m here with an insider tip on how to protect yourself when signing wedding contracts. First off, you need to get everything in writing on your contract. It should spell out exactly what will be provided & the more specific, the better. So for a photography contract, you want the contract to not only say how many hours they’ll be at your wedding, but specifics like how many pages will be in your photo album. You’ll want to send the contract & deposit to your vendors promptly. Even if you’ve told them everything about your wedding & which package you’d like, your date isn’t officially reserved until they get your contract & deposit. Be sure to ask your vendors to confirm when they receive them just to be safe. You’d hate to assume that your DJ got your contract, only to find out months later that he never got it, so then you’re left scrambling to find another DJ at the last minute. You just don’t need that kind of stress. Well, there’s a lot more to tell you about vendor contracts, so be sure to watch my other videos for more bridal insider tips.
Hey everybody, this is Stephanie with Ace of Hearts Films, and I’m here with an insider tip on whether or not to have a first look for your wedding day. So, if you haven’t heard of one before, a first look is when the bride and groom have an intimate moment, just the two of them, before the ceremony and you know they get to see each other, get some of that nervous energy out of the way, and then just enjoy the day together. So, one advantage to doing a first look it is that you’ll have just put on your dress, your makeup is fresh, your hair was just done, and so you’ll look great, you can get those pictures done before your ceremony, and that way after your ceremony the two of you can just enjoy the cocktail hour with your guests and then move on your reception without having to keep all your guests waiting. So some couples that have been resistant to a first look, what they’re thinking is that, “Oh, well I want him to see me for the first time at the walk down the aisle,” but the thing is, even if you’ve had a first look, when he sees you walking down the aisle, he’s not going to be thinking, “Oh yeah I already saw her today.” He’s going to be thinking you’re the most stunning and beautiful bride he’s ever seen, and if anything, he won’t look as nervous, because he’s seen you that day. So that’s my two cents on a first look, and I hope you’ll stay tuned in the future for more insider wedding tips.