6 Tips on Giving an Awesome Wedding Speech

 

  1. Prepare and practice what you want to say to the couple and their guests

    You don’t have to be a pro to write or give a wedding speech, just have a plan, and execute it. There’s nothing like standing up in front of 150 of your friend’s or sibling’s favorite people to make you nervous; add in a few drinks, and lots of emotions to the mix, and that’s a recipe for disaster if you’re not prepared. Use note cards to guide you, and prepare a beginning (introduction), middle, and end ( a final quote or heartfelt message you want them to remember).

  1. Keep it under 5 minutes

    Keep things short and sweet. A one to five minute wedding speech is the perfect amount of time to toast the couple, long enough to share laughter and tears, but short enough to keep guests from getting bored.

  1. Give a strong introduction that DOESN’T include “I’m really nervous because I’ve never given a speech before”

    Welcome all of the guests; tell them when and where you met the bride, groom or couple, and how honored you are to be chosen to give the speech. It’s always nice to find out if any guests flew in from out of state or out of the country, and acknowledge those places and how much it means to the couple that they are there to celebrate this joyous occasion.

  1. Add in some humor 

    Everyone wants their wedding to be fun; so generating some laughter will make people happy and enjoy your wedding toast so much more. Incorporate some appropriate, PG-rated humor about the bride or groom or couple to get the crowd involved and listening. After all, those of you in the wedding party have the most memories of fun times together. Why not share your fun memories?

Laughter during the wedding speech

  1. Touch on everyone’s need for love and connection

Remember it’s truly a miracle that these two people found each other out of the 7 billion people in this world. What makes this couple so great together, what does it mean to each of them that they found their soul mate, and that all of their closest friends and family are there to celebrate this union? Has the couple or family overcome something challenging to get to this moment, did they meet in a really special way, or do they share the same values, faith or interests that brought them together and make them so special?

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  1. End with a strong close and don’t forget to ask everyone to raise his or her glasses

Use a quote from a song or poem that might be helpful to drive your message home.

Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Love is…that person who enters your life out of nowhere, and suddenly means the world to you. -Unknown
  • You aren’t wealthy until you have something money can’t buy. -Garth Brooks
  • A great marriage doesn’t happen because of the love you had in the beginning, but how well you continue building love until the end. – Unknown
  • A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. – Mignon McLaughlin
  • A perfect marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on Each Other. – Unknown
  • The couples that are “meant to be” are the ones who go through everything that is meant to tear them apart and come out even stronger than they were before. -Unknown
  • A good marriage is not just about marrying the right person; it is also about being the right person. – Unknown
  • “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible” – When Harry Met Sally
  • When love reigns, the impossible may be attained. – Indian proverb
  • Without love, the world itself would not survive. – Lope de Vega
  • There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. – George Sand

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The Last Dance as Bride and Groom

The Last Dance as Bride and Groom

It’s the lasts that you long for, and remember…The Last Dance

The anticipation and expectation of events for your wedding, and all that will happen that evening, is something only the bride and groom really understand. There is so much focus on choosing the perfect music for your wedding from the first dance, to the father daughter dance, mother son dance and the “party” music. However, couples seldom think about the evening coming to an end, and what about a “last dance”? What song should be chosen for the last dance? Will your photographer still be there to capture that final moment that the two of you will cherish forever? This photograph taken by Mark Alison Photography is one of those moments, a moment in time captured forever. It is a magical photograph of the last dance of our bride and groom Christie and Jesse. The lighting, the angle, and the fact that it’s just the two of them alone, makes that moment for them one that will be remembered forever.

As much as you don’t want your wedding to end,  you do want to create a lasting memory of that final dance together at the end of the night.

Couples put all kinds of thought into the first dance song but may forget about the last song… too often leaving the celebration ending on a, “Whoops, I guess we’re out of time, time to turn up the lights now and leave,” kind of note.

As for song choices, there are some classics, and well, there’s nothing like Donna Summer’s “Last Dance”. Choosing the perfect last dance song to send you on your way guarantees you’ll create the perfect musical end to your wedding.

 

 

Here are some of our favorite “Last Dance” songs:

Beautiful Day – U2

Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley

Cheers Drink To That – Rihanna

God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton

Good Night My Love – Benny Goodman and Ella Fitzgerald

I Don’t Want This Night to End – Luke Bryan

(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Last Dance – Donna Summer

My Best Friend – Tim McGraw

New York, New York – Frank Sinatra

Save The Last Dance For Me – Michael Bublé

The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

Then – Brad Paisley

What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

You and Me – Dave Matthews Band

You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

 

 

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Mekella and Jake – A Modern Romantic Dream Wedding

It took over a year to plan, teams of wedding professionals and a handful of special effects to produce, but the dream wedding that Mekella had envisioned, became a reality.

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When Mekella came to Elisabeth Montoya, lead wedding designer at The  Bella Sera, she had a good idea of what she wanted. She wanted a hip, modern, romantic wedding celebration. Most of all, she wanted to amaze her guests. Over the next year, Elisabeth and Mekella spent countless hours pouring over choices and exploring options until, indeed, they had planned Mekella’s dream wedding celebration.

The twin ballrooms at The Bella Sera, magically transformed, took on the look and feel of a very VIP nightclub. From the 14’ ice bar with dual martini luges, dry-ice drinks, indoor  and outdoor lounge areas, cool blue LED lighting, a hanging cake and the ever changing fog wall, every piece came together to transport Mekella and Jake’s family and friends to a completely different world.

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The night began with the guests seated, awaiting the bride’s entrance in a  ballroom dripping with crystal chandeliers, candle light and flowers. The magic began when Mekella and her  uncle appeared through a curtain of glitter on the fog wall. The fog wall itself is a thin curtain of fog that the pros at Bella Sera projected blue glitter on. The glitter appeared to float on air until they walked through and the curtain parted around them. It was a truly magical moment. The Bella Sera is the first event venue in the United States to have this technology.

bride makes entrance through wall of fog

After the romantic candle light ceremony they moved to the reception ballroom and the magic continued. The cool blue walls highlighted the dramatic draping, multiple crystal chandeliers and stunning ice bar. The table top decor, from Vickie’s Flowers was tall, white, dripping with bling and picked up the sparkle of Bella Sera’s specialty lighting perfectly.

Suspended from the ceiling on a floating platform of flowers sat a magnificent 4’ wedding cake from Elegant Bakery. The cake composed of red velvet, white and chocolate tiers along with the display were the hit of the night.dramtic grand wedding cake on hanging table

After feasting on a sumptuous 3-course dinner of Chef John’s Italian masterpieces from the Italiano Menu, DJ Done rocked the house. Elisabeth and the team at Pure Energy Events created a lounge area in front of the DJ for the dancers to congregate. For those looking for a more laid back feel Mekella created a outdoor lounge complete with firepit and LED furniture.

Outdoor Lounge at The Bella Sera

Also entertaining was the fog wall. The guests congregated in the mist of fog all night trying to catch the shooting images as they danced and swirled in thin air!  Everyone took home a memory from the photobooth

Fog Wall at The Bella Sera

A wedding like this doesn’t come together without a lot of time, work and a host of professionals but working with Mekella and Jake was a blast. They are an adorable, gracious, creative and talented young couple. We wish them all the best in their new life together as husband and wife!

A special thank you to Mark  Alison Photography for all of the gorgeous photos…as usual!

Vendors:

Mark Alison Photography

Video by Adam Fusion Films

Cake by Elegant Bakery

Flowers by Vickie’s Flowers

Ice Sculpture by Icesculpture.com

DJ- DJ Done (Joe)

Lounge Furniture by Pure Energy Events

Catering by The Bella Sera Event Center, Chef John Montoya

Design, Decor, Wedding Planning and Coordination by Elisabeth Montoya

Dry Ice Drinks, Liquor and Bar by The Bella Sera Event Center

Creating a Romantic Wedding using Classic Blush and Peach

Peach specialty lighting for a wedding

Many brides are looking for a soft, romantic look for such an important day. The designers at The Bella Sera know exactly how to use the soft shades of classic blush and peach to create the perfect romantic wedding.

They start with a soft pastel palette in the palest pink and lightest peach. Next they add light touches of shimmer and a tiny bit of bling. Then they fill the space with the delicate glow of candlelight. Next they wash the walls with rich seductive specialty lighting  and then they finish the look by setting it all against a white or ivory backdrop.

Voila! You and your guests will be surrounded in an almost ethereal, romantic world. The perfect place for a head over heels romantic wedding.

When the soft romantic look describes the wedding of your dreams, let the amazing design staff at The Bella Sera make your dreams come true.

Bella Sera Staff Attends Wedding Industry Conference

Elisabeth and John Montoya, owners of The Bella Sera Event Center located in the Denver metro area, recently attended the Wedding MBA Convention in Las Vegas.  Taking time out of our busy schedules to stay educated and current on what today’s brides and grooms want for their weddings, as well as how we can improve our business operations, is essential for our continued success in creating spectacular once-in-a-lifetime celebrations for our Denver area couples.

Said Elisabeth “We take it as a special privilege to be able to assist and host wedding ceremonies at our venue and to watch  couples share their vows and take the first step toward their new lives together. By regularly attending conferences and professional trainings, we stay current with what today’s couples truly need and want, and we know we have the best tools to meet those needs”.

“It’s important to keep up with technology too, as well as the newest trends in our industry, in order to continually give excellent customer service to both our clients and their guests.  As always, we work hard, and are diligent  in our vision and values. It’s essential to recognize when an outside resource can do something better and faster and offer new ideas and approaches based on their experience; we basically know when to “get out of our own way”. Montoya says.

Besides all of the joy we obviously receive from our faith, our five children, family and friends, we also feel blessed that what we do at The Bella Sera provides meaning and purpose in our lives. People who love their careers, as we do, often spend extra time making sure they are doing their best work. This is why we enjoy attending great conferences like The Wedding MBA. It makes sense that more quality goods and better service are given to customers, if the people giving that service love their job and are well-educated and have expertise in their field. We feel confident in our abilities to deliver this year after year.

Some of our favorite MBA Sessions we attended included presentations by experts from The Knot, WeddingWire, Mywedding.com and Martha Stewart Weddings, as well as the following  break out sessions:

  • Getting Your Business Into Focus
  • Create Magic In Your Own Business
  • Dramatic Floral Demonstration
  • Renée Strauss from  TLC /Slice Network reality show “Brides of Beverly Hills”…she was adorable and amazing!

2014 marks the 10th Anniversary of The Bella Sera Event Center, and John, Elisabeth and their incredible team look forward to taking all of their knowledge and expertise to a new level in the next decade to come.

Please give us a call and discover how the Bella Sera can help you have the perfect wedding!

 

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Thanks for stopping by at the Bella Sera Event Center Blog.

A truly special celebration deserves an amazing, distinctive venue, where every guest and family member is the guest of honor and every detail is thoughtfully planned in advance.

Our core values of integrity, compassion, creativity, and passion for what we do – along with our one-of-a-kind creative approach to each and every event – are what makes Bella Sera a success and what differentiates our celebrations from those held at other venues.

These values are our foundation and help us make a personal connection with all of our customers and their guests. Since 2004, Bella Sera has earned our reputation as the premier North Denver wedding venue and special event center because of our sophisticated ambiance, our team of event design and event planning experts, delicious and affordable catering, 25 plus years experience in the hospitality industry, and caring approach to creating personalized celebrations for each and every client.

The Bella Sera is one of the most popular wedding reception sites in Denver, visit our website today.

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