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?

The Wedding Toast

Guests Raise Their Glasses!

  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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7 Secrets to Creating a Fun Wedding

Everyone Wants to Have a Fun Wedding

Having fun doesn’t mean it has to be a drunk fest or everyone getting out of hand at your wedding. However, fun doesn’t just magically happen because you hire a DJ either. Here are some tried and true ways The Bella Sera Event Center has helped our couples create fun elements throughout their celebrations.

1) Put yourself in your guests shoes.

 Wedding celebrations run for many hours; think about what you yourself think is fun to do.

What does it take to create the type of fun wedding you want your guests to enjoy? Do you enjoy having a nice cocktail? Tasting delicious appetizers? Experiencing something you’ve never seen before? Dancing to great music? Taking funny photos with your friends? Laughing? Sharing a special time with close friends and family?

On the flip side…Do you think it’s fun to sit around for long periods of time with nothing to do? Paying for your own drinks during the long cocktail hour? Sitting next to people you don’t know for more than 3 or 4 hours?

When you take your guest experience into consideration over the long celebration (sometimes 5 – 7 hours), it’s easier to budget and plan for those things that will delight your guests.

 Fun weddings include dancing

2) Choose the perfect DJ, because your DJ is one of the keys to having a fun wedding.

 DJ’s can be the hit of the party with every guest enjoying every minute, or the reason many guests leave early and consider your wedding just another typical wedding. When choosing your DJ, think of the outcome you want first. Don’t choose your DJ simply because you were given a discount; many times you get what you pay for. Hire a creative DJ who has a great personality, a top-notch sound system, creative ideas, and a music plan that matches your style to keep everyone on the dance floor all night. You only have one shot at your once-in-a-lifetime celebration; you don’t want to have any regrets.

Top-notch DJ at Bella Sera

3) Keep guests happy during the long cocktail hour.

Everyone goes to a wedding hoping to sample delicious food and beverages as they celebrate the marriage of their close friends. The cocktail hour is the one time your guests will feel that the celebration is stagnant and boring f they have to sit around for an hour with nothing to do. Formal picture taking and bustling the brides dress before dinner takes an average of 60 – 90 minutes, so imagine how your guests feel if there is no food served and they have to pull out their wallets for a drink. When setting up your budget, plan for a few appetizers for each guest as well as complimentary beer and wine during this one-hour. Even one FREE drink ticket per guest is a nice way to treat your guests and say thank you for coming. You will not regret it, and your guests will appreciate your hospitality and look forward to the rest of the events that evening.

Fun weddings have butler passed appetizers

Mashtini bar at Bella Sera

 

4) Surprise your guests with something unexpected.

Everyone loves surprises! How can you personalize your celebration and include something that none of your guests expected? Does your venue offer something unique and one-of-a–kind your guests have never experienced like state-of-the-art lighting, a wall of interactive fog, bubble walls, special effects of any kind or items that are suspended from the ceiling? What about a comedian during dinner or a caricature artist? One of the most popular surprises is a choreographed dance by someone in the wedding party or the immediate family. There has been many a father daughter dance that had guests roaring with laughter and excitement. Just check them out on YouTube. Ask your wedding party to prepare well-planned toasts that share stories of some fun times, create a fun slideshow that shares funny memories of your past, release dinner tables with trivia from your favorite sports team or facts about the two of you, create a unique grand entrance, or rent a photo booth and get everyone involved in the fun. These are just a few ideas.

Wedding confetti at Bella Sera

Fog Wall at The Bella Sera

5) Sports fan? Rent your favorite sports team van to shuttle your guests to their hotel.

Now this is fun! Who doesn’t love football? Everyone will remember this ride forever.

Denver Broncos Wedding at Bella Sera

Bride and Groom inside the Denver Broncos Orange Crush Van

6) Provide and interactive food station like a S’mores Bar, Mashtini Bar, Ice Cream Sundae Bar or Chocolate Fountain.

Everyone loves to roast marshmallows, pile their ice cream sundae up as high as they can, and indulge in chocolate. After a long night on the dance floor, guests love these special treats.
S'mores bar for wedding reception

fun weddings always include interactive food stations

Fun weddings have Chocolate Fountains

7) Design a fun Ceremony program to entertain and educate guests.

Why not educate and entertain your guests while they sit and wait for your ceremony to begin? Get creative with your programs and the information you share. The more everyone knows about the two of you, how you met, what you love to do together, who your wedding party is, the more fun the celebration will be for them and the more they will remember the experience.

 

The Wedding Program

Fun wedding program at Bella Sera

 

All it takes is a little creativity and some pre-planning to ensure your wedding is fun and memorable. We hope you enjoy some of these creative ideas. Bella Sera Event Center’s team are masters at creating fun weddings. For more ideas on how to create a fun wedding check out our photos on our weddings page.

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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.

hanging cake, crystal chandelier, dramatic draping for a wedding

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.

ice bar with custom decoration for a wedding

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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