Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations for 2014


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It is traditional on New Years Eve  and early in the New to announce your engagement. For those who have just done so The Huffington Post has listed its top 10 hoenymoon destinations for 2014. They state that "The pressure to make your honeymoon the best holiday ever can sometimes lead to a spot of one-upmanship. Where exactly is the most fashionable place to travel to this year? Where has nobody else been? And which hotel is the latest to open in that classic destination"



In their opinion Brazil is the place to visit in 2014. With the football World Cup kicking off on June 12th 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 it's going to be the country with the biggest media exposure over the enxt 2 years.. It's a country that has been growing in popularity with the type of couple looking for an experiential honeymoon that combines adventure and relaxation. South and Central America continue to capture the imagination with emerging destinations such as Nicaragua.

Their list is:-

1. Bahia, Brazil

2. Bath, England

3. Hayman Island, Australia

4. Mauritius

5. Maalifushi, Maldives

6. Nicaragua

7. Dominican Republic

8. Zambia

9. Carvallo, Corsica

10. Oman and Maldives


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The Best Man's Speech - Order of Speeches at a Wedding

PA210081 What order do the speeches traditionally get given at a wedding. When you have a sit-down meal the speeches and toasts usually come after the meal so that the cake can be cut and served with tea and coffee. Although with most weddings the speeches can tend to go on a bit.

Well you normally someone co-ordinating or a toastmasetr and this is usually the best man. The sequence is as follows:-

1. The Bride's Father

He will normally thank everyone for coming and welcome his new son-in-law into the family. They usually include some stories about their daughter as a child and the first time he met the groom. He then proposes a toast to the bride and groom. Everyone stands to drink the toast.

2. The Groom

He thanks his new father-in-law for his daughter's hand and his toast. he also thanks the guest for their good wishes and presents. Also on pain of death he should make complimentary remarks about how beautiful his new wife is looking using words such radiant, stunning and so .He then toasts the bridesmaids.

3. The Best Man

He thanks the groom on behalf of the bridesmaids. he will then congratulate the bride and groom and then tell his usually embarrassing stories about the groom , the first time he met the bride, how she is too good for the groom, and how the couple first met. he should then read any messages from people who couldn't make it and also some of the cards. Finally it is for the best man to announce that it is time for the bride and groom to cut the cake.

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Wedding Tips - Ushers' Duties

Well what is an usher expected to do? We've all seen them at weddings looking distinctly uncomfortable standing around together, safety in numbers, looking  extremely uncomfotable in their morning suits. What do they do apart from hand out the order of service? Well they do have a list of duties to perfom so here are some ideas for ushers to pay they way and cover the cost of hiring those expensive suits.

1. Collect and distribute button holes

2. Distribute the order of service sheets

3. A more modern one but make sure everybody has turned off their mobile phonesa s they go into the service

4. Escort and direct guests to the correct seats

5. Escort the bride's mother to her seat

6. Assist with parking

7. help with photographs

8. Help with taking cards and presents from guests

9. Assist in arranging transport to the reception

10. Check that nothing has been left at the church like the bride!

11. Assist with parking at the reception

12. Escort the bridesmaids

13. And relax!

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What Does a Best Man Have to do Apart from Arrange the Stag Party?

Traditionally the main job or responsibility of the Best Man has been to arrnage the stag party for the the stag or groom. Although of vital importance there are other responsibilities the Best Man has. However the degree of responsibility varies depending on the nature of the couple getting married and how much hands on involvement they want (being polite here but what we actually mean is how much control the bride and brides mother actually  want to relinquish and trust the best man and groom with. In reality very little!)

As a guide here are some tips to highlight what tasks you maybe expected to carry out:-

1. A Crutch for the Groom

Metaphorically speaking that is! Or depending on how the stag night goes you may actually need a crutch! You are there to support him through one the biggest events of his life and as a result one of the most stressful as well.

2. Before the Wedding

You should at least offer to get involved in the wedding preparations. From your point of view it will be a result if your offer is turned down. However you maybe asked to go along and choose the grooms suit and don't forget don't encourage him to choose something which makes him look like a total muppet because you'll probably have to wear the same outfit. So if you don't want to look like you're going to a fancy dress party be selective.

You may also be asked for your advice on arranging transport and cars, choosing of the rings, choice of ushers and the accommodation for the groom the night before the wedding,  meeting and greeting visiting guests arriving during the build up.

3. The Morning of the Wedding

The obvious thing is that again you are there to support the groom and to keep him calm whether with soothing words or soothing liquid it's up to you. You main jobs are to make sure he's dressed properly and on time -  don't forget the buttonholes!. Get him to the church with time to spare and establish where the nearest pub is. Make sure you arrive at the Church with all the appropriate documents, money and of course the rings.

4. Before and During the Ceremony

You need to check that ushers know their jobs and have the order of service to hand out. You may also be handed cards and presents for the couple so have a plan as to how you are going to store and carry said gifts. During the ceremony you stand to the right and just behind the groom  so that you hand over thr ings when called upon by the priest or registrar. You also escort the chief bridesmaid into the vestry or to the table holding the register to sign it. You also escort her out of the church at the end of the service. Some are also tasked with paying the marriage fees although it is becoming more common for the bride groom to do this.

5. After the Ceremony

Outside the church the best man helps the photographer get everyone into the right photo at the right time - which is a tall order at the best of times. Use the ushers and get them to help with this difficult task as it can be time consuming with a big wedding party.

If everyone is then moving onto the wedding the Bets man has to ensure everyone has transport and the said gifts and cards also arrive at the venue in one piece.

6. At the Reception

Generally your role to ensure guests know where they are going, the relevant times for starting th wedding breakfast, helping with seating arrangements and generally being helpful before being seated. On occasions he maybe asked to announce guests as they approach the receiving line but this is becoming less common. The Best man introduces the speakers after the meal. And now comes your highlight in your role as Best Man. You're in the limelight because it's time for the famous or infamous best man speech.  There's plenty of advice in this blog with best man speech material if you need it.

You are also required by law, not really but it is traditional, to toast the bridesmaids and read congratulatory messages from people who could not attend. Your other job is to dance with the chief bridesmaid, the bride, the bride and groom's mothers and as many female guests as possible.

7. After the Reception

This doesn't happen as often these days but the Best man is to make sure the couples car is all ready at the reception to be driven away for the honeymoon, appropriately decorated obviously. Alternatively if the married couple are staying at the reception venue then there is almost an expectation that the bridal suite will be tampered with in some way.

Stag & Groom Wedding Speech material

Bottle of champagne for wedding toast Here's an interesting peice of information for you which you may care to incorproate into your speech if it's a cold day for the weedding reception:-

It was necessary to keep a good supply of cannon balls near the cannon on old war ships. But how to prevent them from rolling about the deck was the problem. The storage method devised was to stack them as a square based pyramid, with one ball on top, resting on four, resting on nine, which rested on sixteen.

Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem -- how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding/rolling from under the others.

The solution was a metal plate with 16 round indentations, called, for reasons unknown, a Monkey. But if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make them of brass - hence,Brass Monkeys.

Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannon balls would come right off the monkey.

Thus, it was quite literally, cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. And all this time, folks thought that was just a vulgar expression?

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Best Man Jobs

American Students Canyoning Brecon Beacons It is always an honour to be asked but quite terrifying when the realisation hits you that you have a responsible job to do to ensure your best mates day is the best ever – no pressure! The best man is usually chief attendant of the groom at the wedding. This job is typically given to the groom’s best friend, brother, close family or the friend.

Although difficult to generalise there are common wedding duties the best man has to perform. These can include some or all of the list below:

  • Stag weekend and stag night arranging
  • Taking the bridegroom to the wedding
  • Involvement in the wedding planning although realistically this is usually done by the bride
  • Supervision of ushers on the big day.
  • Carrying the rings to the wedding which are to be handed to the groom during the service
  • Delivering a witty, funny wedding speech containing lots of anecdotes about the groom which are suitably embarrassing.
  • A toast at the wedding reception
  • Decorating the bridegroom’s vehicle with streaming ribbons, toilet paper, clanking cans and worse. This tradition isn’t as prevalent as it used to be given the couple more often than not now stay for the duration of the reception and leave for honeymoon on the following day(s)
  • Support for the groom with nerves
  • Dance with the head bridesmaid
  • Help the photographer coordinate photographs particularly with large wedding parties

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Vegetarian Meals for the Wedding Reception

It is always great to  receive an invite to a wedding but there is always for me a tinge of disappointment and some apprehension when you see on the invte that the wedding breakfast is to be vegetarian. No choice of red meat or lettuce just straight like it or lump it (difficult to lump a lettuce leaf I know) vegetarian menu. Now Sherlock you may have already gathered that I am not a vegetarian. I have nothing against people who are vegetarians however for a wedding the traditional wedding meal is something to look forward to. It's not the principle it's the going into the unknown and would there be enough of it!

Well it was with some disappointment I'll be honest to receive an invite to a friends wedding a few weeks ago and horror or horrors the meal was to be held at a vegetarian restaurant and he and his bride aren't even vegetarians - what were they thinking! The planning started in earnest would we have to eat something that had formerly taken a breath before going to the wedding?

Fortunately we didn't have the time to eat beforehand and I was glad we didn't. Why? well the emal was one of the best I have had vegetarian or not. So this is a convoluted way of recommending a great restaurant and it doesn't matter it doesn't serve meat dishes because the food was exceptional.  This is why they have won  the title of 'Best for Vegetarian' - Observer Food Awards 2008 and continuously retaining the prestigious AA Two Rosettes and Michelin: ” Bib Gourmand” awards. The restaurant is Terre a Terre in Brighton.

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Great Wedding Present Ideas - Personalised Song

This is a great idea for a personalised song for the bride and groom. This is an unusual idea for will be unique. Nobody else will be buying this as a gift so you'll certainly stand out in the crowd.

These songwriters produce broadcast quality songs, on demand, to a brief, in a wide range of contemporary genres.

They offer a range of services, including:

  • A  “Gift Song” package, where we write and record a custom song as a unique, personal gift (ideal for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions)
  • Custom-written songs for singers and bands (signed or unsigned) looking for material
  • Music for visual media and multimedia
  • Songwriting workshops for schools and educational establishments
  • Corporate team-building days

Ideas for Wedding Speeches - Top 10 TV Catchphrases

Clown Here are some more ideas for wedding speeches so if you are the stag then soon you become the groom and have to give a speech at your own wedding. or you might want to share this speech material with your best man who will have the most difficult job - preparing and delivering a funny speach which is also clean and suitable for all ages from granny to little cousin Ben.

Top 10 TV Catchphrases

1. "I don't believe it" - Victor Meldrew from One Foot in the Grave

2. "Yeah, but no, but...." Vicky Pollard, Little Britain

3. "Lovely Jubbly" - Del Boy - Only Fools and Horses

4. "Am I bovvered" - Lauren Cooper, Catherine Tate Show

5. "I'm a laydee" - Emily Howard, Little Britain

6. "Deal or No Deal" - Noel Edmonds, Deal or NO Deal

7. "Here's one I made earlier" - Blue Peter

8. "Suits you sir" - Ken & Kenneth, The Fast Show

9. "I'm the only gay in the village" - Dafydd Thomas, LIttle Britain

10. "Just like that" - Tommy Cooper