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A wedding inspiration board is a great way to express wedding ideas. They help the wedding planner and client to see how different colors, styles and themes work together. Sometimes it can be difficult to explain how the whole wedding theme will work in words. The visual language of a wedding inspiration board can overcome this problem.

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A great way to create wedding inspiration boards is online at The wedding planner can create boards easily and quickly on one site. In this age of environmental consciousness Sampleboard is an eco friendly way to create wedding inspiration boards. The finished boards can then be emailed directly to the client. If after discussions with the client some things need to be changed the wedding planner can easily logon and make adjustments to the wedding inspiration board.

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Creating wedding inspiration boards is also a great way to stimulate your creativity. Sometimes you can have something like what writers call a writer’s block. Writers are encouraged to keep writing to overcome this block. Wedding planners can use the wonderful site to overcome this dilemma.

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This can be done in two ways. Firstly logon to the site and start playing around with the different images available on the sampleboard digital editor and start creating a new wedding inspiration board. The second way is to visit the Sampleboard creative community and be inspired by a range of professional wedding inspiration boards created by other members of the Sampleboard creative community.

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Inspirations for Warm Winter Wonderland Wedding Theme

The winter allows the wedding planner to create a winter wonderland theme. Warm colors like rich reds; plums, burgundy used with candle light and warm cozy fires can add a sense of luxury during this cold season.

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Brides can be encouraged to use fur coats, wraps or capes. Venues like stately homes, classic hotels and even castles would add to the fairytale atmosphere. Or a hall decorated to resemble a Tudor great hall is another option. Winter time is a wonderful season for creating a fancy dress sort of wedding theme; maybe a Jane Austin style wedding. An empire style dress with a fur or velvet cloak would work wonderfully together. Or maybe a Versailles theme with the bride truly feeling and looking like a princess as illustrated in Mane’s wedding inspiration board below.

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Vintage cars, carriages or sleighs if there is snow can be used to take the bride to the church and then the bride and groom to the reception venue. Can you imagine the snow glittering and the sleigh bells ringing truly magical. Winter can be used to advantage to create a unique fairytale atmosphere not easy to create in the summer.

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A number of sample boards have been created with a winter theme as you can see above. It is very easy to play around with your ideas on the website. You can select from a vast number of images and/or upload your own. You can easily create any number of wedding inspiration boards using the brilliant digital editor sampleboard.

Forgot to add this great wedding inspiration board  Winter Wedding Venues Inspiration Board created by Emma Christie on SampleBoard


Many professional wedding planners are now using wedding inspiration boards to help their clients clarify their ideas. So what exactly is a wedding inspiration board? Interior designers, decorators and other design professionals have used design concept boards and sample boards as a way to express their design ideas for years. Images of ideas are gathered together and placed on a series of concept boards. The wonderful thing is this process can now be carried out easily online using sampleboard the digital editor to combine images easily. The best way to explain a wedding inspiration board is with an image. Below is an example of some wedding inspiration boards created on

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Wedding  inspiration Board created by Rosena on

Wedding Inspiration Board created by Rosena on

A wedding inspiration board can be created on by selecting from a large library of wedding images. Images include a vast range of wedding dresses, bridal party wear, flowers, cakes, wedding style themes and color schemes. The images can then be arranged together to act as a wedding inspiration board. Another option available to the Wedding Planner is to upload your own images on to the Sample Board site. The wedding planner can create a number of boards dividing the couples’s ideas into a number of different themes. The ideas are endless and wedding planners can also be inspired by other members of the creative community.

Google gives SampleBoard a nod of approval

It has been an exciting and busy week for SampleBoard. I am so pleased to be part of the sample board team. I have had the pleasure of working with Ros since 2009 as the Australian agent for SampleBoard. Below is the press release. I have added the links from the media release below. Following the document you will find some examples of boards created on the SampleBoard site

Click here to find out what designers are saying about SampleBoard…

Sign-up and experience SampleBoard for yourself, help power the world’s creativity

Now for some examples of interior design, wedding planning, landscape and fashion mood boards from the SampleBoard Creative Community

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We extend an invitation to you to become part of the SampleBoard’s Creative Community be inspired and inspire others and help power the world’s creativity. We look forward to exciting days ahead.

How to decide which style of wedding dress is best for you: Part 2

The Princess Line

The princess line is a very flattering cut of wedding dress. It flows in an unbroken line from top to bottom. This divides the dress into vertical panels, from the shoulder or curving from the armhole to the hem. This style of wedding dress is minimal, clean and sliming. From mini dress, to coat dress or bell shirts this is a very versatile style.

Great style for petite brides

Charles Worth is said to be responsible for this style of dress. He designed a dress for Princess Alexander when she married Edward VII in 1863. He also established the first couture house in Paris in 1858.

Princess line suits most figure types

The Princess line wedding dress adds an appearance of height because of the strong vertical and sculptural lines making it an ideal design for petite ladies.  However this style will suit most figure types. It is suitable for those with a curvaceous figure and for those who want to give an illusion of curves. The dress is also suitable for those who want to disguise wide hips and a large bottom. If you have a long body and short legs this is an ideal style. Necklines can vary from high necks, scoop necks and round necks.

Heavier fabrics like duchesse stain work best for this style

Fabrics like duchesse satin, peau de sie and other heavier weight fabrics are the best fabrics to use for this dress. Lace and damasks can also be used if layering to create texture. Queen Elizabeth II worn a princess line styled satin wedding dress with lace décolletage when she married Prince Phillip in 1947.  Celebrity’s who have chosen this style; Carmen Electra and Mellissa Gilbert.

The A Line Dress

This dress style has a fitted bodice and a flared skirt and is probably the most popular style of wedding dress. The A Line dress differs from the princess line dress because it usually has a horizontal line at the waist.  The fabrics used can determine if it is simple, clean and sculptural or soft and flowing. A Line dresses can be full and circular, have pleats or flare from the waist to the floor.

Similar to Princess Line but can have horizontal line at waist

The A-Line dress came into fashion during the swinging 60s. Dior is considered the originator of this style. The bodice can be seamed into the skirt or a contrasting fabric of lace or a textured fabric can be used for the bodice.

Can camouflage a pear shaped figure

This style of dress can camouflage a pear shaped figure. The waist can be emphasized to define a shapely figure. The bride with beautiful legs could raise the hemline to mini dress height. The back of the dress in this mini dress version could sweep the floor.

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Structured silks, chiffon, voile or organza fabrics

Structured silks like grosgrain, shuntung, damask and duchesse satin are a great selection for dresses in this style. Lace, beads, embroidered details or sheer organza, voile or chiffon over base fabrics are often used with for the A-Line dress. Jennifer Lopez wore a version of this style in Chantilly lace and silk for her wedding in 2001.

Column Style

This slim fitting dress is made up of a corset bodice to disguise any figure flaws. The unstructured 1920s flapper style is also considered a column dress. The column style of dress was originally brought to prominence by Mario Fortuny during the Edwardian era in the early 1900s. The Queen mother had a version of this style created for her in the 1920s. Simple column style Art Deco influenced dresses were also popular at the time. The style has been revived in 1960s and 1970s.

Drop waist style great for women with boyish figures

This style is great for women with boyish figures. The tops of the dresses were often designed with thin straps with lace inlaid and square neck lines. The drop waist dress could have a hemline anywhere between the knee and ankle.

Strapless sheath worn with shoulder length gloves creates Marilyn Monroe glamour

The strapless column as worn by Marilyn Monroe a satin sheath woven with shoulder length gloves is another version of this style. Sweetheart necklines or picture collar and belts are other variations. They are often worn with floor length veils and train. Another popular version is the lace column sometimes the lining reveals the neck and shoulders of lace.

Excellent for brides with good shoulders, short brides appear taller in this style

This style of wedding dress can show off great shoulders. The short bride can appear taller in this dress. This is not a flattering style for those with a pear shaped figure. It works for tall curvaceous girls. It is not a flattering style for the very thin tall lady.

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Not a flattering style for those with a pear shaped figure

The best fabrics for this style are light, flowing and soft. This style of dress allows for great movement, to walk, sit and dance easily. Satin, crepe and twill fabrics are best for this style of dress. Dupion and taffeta silk tends to crush making them a poor option.

Mermaid and Fishtail

This style became popular in the 1930s when bias cut figure hugging silk dresses were worn by Hollywood film stars. The style is similar to the column style. It is usually figure hugging to the knee then flares to the hem. The fish tail can vary greatly. The cowl or drape neck are often used in this style.

Need to be slim or of athletic build to carry off this style

To carry off this dress you need to be of slim or athletic build. It is not always attractive on the very flat chest or shinny bride. This style can work on the very curvaceous well proportioned figure.

The fabrics suitable for this style of dress include crepe, georgette, mousseline, and organza. For a slip style variation satin, crepe de chine and lace would work very well. Added to this can be fringed, beaded or sequined fabrics.

Find images of the different versions of the styles on the SampleBoard website

You will find great examples of the different styles mentioned in this blog on the SampleBoard website. There are also many images of items to help you with your wedding planning. Creating mood boards is a brilliant way to play around with your ideas. Its fun and it’s easy. All you need to do is click on the Create your own digital mood board on the right (under Creative Buzz Links)

How to decide which style of wedding dress is best for you; Part 1: Ball Gown

The Ball Gown

This style usually has a fitted bodice, voluminous skirts, petticoats and a train. Sometimes they are made in one piece sometimes they have a top and separate skirts. The skirt skims the floor. Petticoats or hoops similar to those used during the Victorian era called crinolines are used to give the fullness required. Skirts can vary from bustled styles which have fullness in the back or circular ballerina skirts. Bodices can be strapless, corseted or off the shoulder styles, they can have straps or sleeves or be fully fitted with high necks.

The ball gown style of wedding gown is considered romantic, fairytale and princess like. The classic white wedding gown was set as a continuing trend by Queen Victoria in the 1840. The style was similar to the everyday dress then in fashion. Wedding dresses during this period were usually re-worn for formal occasions.

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Strapless ball gown for tall and slim women

Those women who are tall and slim with broad shoulders can wear the strapless ball gown. If your shoulders are narrow or you are uncomfortable exposing so much flesh then a high necked or sleeved style would be suitable. Ladies with pear shaped figures of medium height can also select this style. It is a great style for covering up wide hips and emphasizing the waist.

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Hair worn up and high heeled shoes can make shorter brides appear taller

Full busted ladies suit the corseted style with the hair worn up and high heeled shoes this can make the figure appear taller and not as wide. The ball gown is the best style of wedding gown to have if your desire is to have a train.

Satins, taffetas, lace, tulle, chiffon fabrics

There are lots of options as to the fabrics of choice. Satins and taffetas with lace overlaid or as trims work well. Dupion silk should be avoided as it tends to crease easily. There are also a range of synthetic fabrics available. Most petticoats are made of tulle sometimes sheer chiffon or voile is used.

Beading, appliqué or embroidered bodices 

The bodice can have a contrasting material to the skirt. Many are designed with lots of beading, appliqué or embroidery. This style of wedding dress has been popular in the 1950s Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly chose the ball gown style when they were married. Princess Diana selected from this style in the 1980s. Victoria Beckham and Mariah Carey and other recent celebrity brides have had versions of this style created for them.

If you desire a romantic fairytale wedding dress the ball gown style of wedding dress would be the best option.

How to select the right wedding veil

The most important thing when selecting a veil is to consider the color and style of the wedding dress. It is also important to consider your body and face shape and the style of wedding. In this blog I will look at seven styles of veil.

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The shoulder length veil is known as the Blusher. This is a versatile veil and works well with simple modern dresses, short dresses and suits. It is a great veil because it is suitable for most face shapes. It is often used with the other veil styles as it is can easily be placed back over the bride’s head during the service.

Finger tip

The finger length veil can make the waist line appear wider than it is. For this reason this veil looks best on slim brides. Finger veils are often trimmed with lace, ribbon or other decorative detailing.


This style of veil tends to be fountain like falling to the elbow and is made up of a number of different layers which are gathered at the crown of the head. If stiffer materials are used this veil has the advantage of adding height. It is most attractive on brides with thin faces.


The Waltz Veil is calf or ankle length. This sort of veil really suits a bride with a round face as it can make the face appear longer and thinner.


The Chapel Veil sweeps the floor and can have one or more layers. If you have a ball gown style of wedding dress this is probably the most suitable veil to wear. It is considered the most traditional of veils.

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This Spanish style veil is usually made of lace and covers the bride from top to toe falling from the crown of the head. This style works brilliantly with simple sheath, column or mermaid style wedding dresses.


For the big formal wedding in a large church or venue the Cathedral veil is the most suitable. This veil falls into a long train. It is shown to advantage in a venue or church with a long aisle.

Don’t forget to visit the site and have fun playing around with the numerous images of wedding dress, veils and lots more.

How to be a Retro Swinging 1960s Bride

An icon of the swinging 60s was the mini dress. A dress is considered a mini if its hemline is above the knee. They include slip and shift styles still in vogue today. I well remember folding over the waist of my school uniform skirt as soon as I was out of the school grounds and changing my long skirt into a cool mini skirt.

Slip, shift, sheath style mini dresses

Mary Quant took the world by storm when she raised the hemlines high above the knee and created stunning op art and geometric patterned dresses. Soon the strapless mini sheath became a popular wedding style. Sometimes brides teamed mini dresses with a suit jacket. Mini slip or shift dresses cut just above the knee were also popular used with a sheer wrap or a cocoon coat.

Suit jacket, sheer wrap or cocoon coat

Very short mini dresses look best on slim, petite and athletic figures. If you have a curvy figure then a knee length dress would be suitable. The fabrics for wedding dress in the 60s; damask, brocade, wool jersey, faille, gabardine, textured pique or chunky lace.

Damask, brocade, chunky lace fabrics

Other styles included for example white satin and lace dresses with metallic thread. Also short dresses in French machined embroidered satin with a rich floral motif in gold and cream floss silk thread with a boat neckline with a bow on the waist band. Often the dresses were covered with a fine cotton machine laced coat.

Boat neckline, bow at waist, laced coat

Some of the stars who favored the mini as a wedding dress were Cilla Black, Sharon Tate, Audrey Hepburn and Mia Farrow. Sharon’s mini wedding dress was made of moiré in a puff sleeved style. Audrey chose a space-age funnel neck mini wedding dress. Cilla wore a white maribou feathered mini dress with a belt. None of the brides wore a veil.

Puff sleeves, space-age, funnel neck, feathers, belt, no veils

The mini has been revived a number of times. It became popular in the 1980s when Azzedine Alaia created the tight micro mini in stretch Lycra knits and the mini-crinis and puffball skirts were also in vogue. During the early 21st century designers like Vera Wang have re-launched the strapless mini dress. She also created a beautiful mini slip style dress overlaid with sheer sequined lace.

Puffball skirts, strapless mini           

Another trend during the 1960s was for romantic, nostalgic themes from peasant styles to historical dress. These styles have continued to the present day Vivienne Westwood set the standard for this style in 1980s and 1990s. Also popular were Empire Regency style dresses inspired by Jane Austin novels

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Romantic, Jane Austin Regency styles

Hesta Singlewood’s designs for head dresses also reflect the historical interest. She designed a feathered half style hat head dress a popular style during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Veil’s if used were often short and made of three layers of tulle stitched onto a plastic comb. Sometimes two large decorative organdie flowers were fixed to the comb. Hats were popular made up of artificial flowers and leaves in pink, cream and white with a coarse net veiling. Shoes were cream lace or mushroom suede with pointed toes and high stiletto heels.

Short veils and hats

Slim narrow empire line style dresses in ivory rayon satin with jacquard pattern in a spray of lily of the valley and fern design have been popular from the 1890s to the 1990s. During the 1960s if a train was used it was separate from the dress and attached on the waist seam at the back of the dress.

Empire line dresses

Bridesmaids often had romantic dress styles. Simple posies of white daisies as a peasant theme were a popular choice in the 1960s. Also in vogue were formal bouquets in lace collars. Flower balls were very popular and often attached to the wrists of young bridesmaids with ribbons toned to match their dresses.

Bridesmaids romantic style, white daisies, flower balls

Heavy white satin dress with broad sashes in pink and other colors. Bridesmaids dressed in the empire style dresses in jacquard patterns in colors like hyacinth blue satin. Bouquets in shades of cream and blue were in vogue colors selected to match the dress. Trendy bridesmaids wore Grecian perm or pixie elfish crop hair styles. Instead of dresses short culottes suits in colored or black crepe often a frilly blouse and white boots to finished the look.

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So there you have it you can be a quirky swinging 60s bride or a romantic regency bride. You can play around with your wedding themes as I have on the digital mood board editor. It’s a great way to find out what you like and what goes with what. There are hundreds of images and creative options.

Part 3: Who does what when planning a wedding? The Parents & Co

What does the bride’s Mum do?

The bride’s mother usually works with the bride as the host of the reception. The first thing she does is draw up a guest list collaborating with the bride, groom and groom’s parents. She is often responsible for the ordering and sending out of wedding invitations. The replies are addressed to her and she makes a list of responses and arranges press announcements.

Guest list, invitations, press announcement

Another important responsibility of the brides’ mother is to draw up a seating plan. She also helps the bride with the ordering and delivery of the wedding cake. She helps the bride choose and book the photographer and the flowers.

Seating plan, orders wedding cake, flowers, books photographer

The mother of the bride orders and arranges table settings and takes care of any extras for example candles. She makes sure a change room for the bride and groom is available at the reception venue.

Table setting items

Mum organizes transport for the wedding party and makes sure the ushers know what to do and have the order of service to hand out to the wedding guests as they arrive at the service. She also makes sure the best man has the buttonholes.

Transport for wedding party

Wedding guests are greeted and welcomed to the reception by the bride’s mother as part of the receiving line. She arranges a display of the wedding gifts and takes charge of the gifts after the big day. During the reception she takes charge of the cake and ensures slices are sent to those unable to attend.

Displays and looks after wedding gifts and wedding cake

The brides mum is often called upon to collect proofs from the photographer. She takes any orders for photographs and passes these on to the photographer. She is then responsible for collecting and distributing of the wedding photographs to family and friends.

Photograph proofs and orders

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 What does the bride’s dad do?

His most important duty is to give the bride away. When my sister remarried my Irish dad jokingly said ‘I have already given her away once and I didn’t take her back, so why do I have to give her away again’ My Mum gave him a dig in the ribs. If the father is unable to give the bride away any male or female relative can be given this honor.

Travels with bride to church and gives her away     

Dad usually sets the budget if he is funding the wedding. Besides riding with the bride to the ceremony and giving the bride away he should make sure he is ready to receive the guests at the wedding reception as joint host with the bride’s mother.

Funds the wedding and hosts the wedding reception

If a minister has conducted the wedding service the father of the bride asks the minister to say grace at the wedding reception. Sometimes the father is called upon to make the first speech and toast at the wedding reception.

 Makes first speech and toast

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What does the chief bridesmaid do?

Her first and most welcome duty is to help the bride choose her wedding dress. She also helps select outfits for other female members of the wedding party. It is usually her responsibility to organize a hen party.

 Help choose wedding dress and bridesmaids’ outfits

The chief bridesmaid or matron of honor helps the bride get dressed for her big day. She usually arrives at the church before the bride. She waits for the bride and her father to arrive and keeps an eye on the other bridesmaids, flower girls and/or page boys. When the bride arrives she helps her arrange her veil and train before the bride begins the procession to the altar.

Helps bride dress, arranges veil and train for service

When the service is underway the chief bridesmaid looks after the bride’s bouquet. When the services is over she walks with the best man to sign the register. She gives the bouquet back to the bride after the signing. She usually leaves the church on the arm of the best man.

Looks after bouquet and wedding dress

She helps the bride into the car when she and the groom leave for the wedding reception. During the reception she takes care of the bouquet until the bride is ready to leave to get changed into her going away outfit. The chief bridesmaid usually takes charge of the bride’s dress when she leaves the reception. She will often help the bride’s mother with any clearing away.

What do the bridesmaids do?

They usually help with the selection of their outfits for the wedding. They help the bride with her veil, dress and train on the big day (if needed) before and after the wedding ceremony. They follow the chief bridesmaid and best man out of the church and travel with them to the reception venue. Sometimes they are asked to help with drinks and offer slices of cake to the wedding guest.

 What do the page boy and flower girl do?

Their main contribution is to look cute and loveable. They follow the wedding party into and out of the church and often add some light entertainment during the service and signing of the register.

What are the usher’s duties?

They arrive first at the church to direct guests to their seats. The bride’s family goes to the left hand side and the grooms to the right of the venue. They usually hand out the order of service, hymn and prayer books if required. They also hand out any buttonholes as requested. Sometimes more than one usher is needed and may have to organize parking.

Direct guest to seats & give out order of service

The main usher escorts the bride’s mother to the front pew on the left. Then he escorts the groom’s parents to their pew behind the groom and best man. He often gathers guests together for photographs and makes sure all guests have transport to the reception.

Escorts bride’s mother and grooms parents to their seats

Well hopefully the three part blogs will give you an outline of what duties and responsibilities are usual for each person involved in a wedding. The best thing to do is plan the wedding as carefully as you can then just enjoy the big day.

I invite you to play around with your wedding theme ideas on its a great way to see how things will look. There are hundreds of items for you to play around and it is fun.

Part 2: Who does what when planning a wedding?

The Groom

Most modern grooms are very active in all the plans. Traditionally they take care of the payment of fees; these include the church or registrar fees. Other payments; could include choir, organist, musicians and minister or celebrant fees. Payments can be made before the big day or the groom gives the money to the best man to pay on the day.

Responsible for financial and legal transactions

The groom obviously chooses a best man and any other male members of the wedding party and any ushers. He is responsible for buying the wedding rings and attendant’s gifts. He usually organizes suits for himself and best man.

He buys the wedding rings and attendant’s gifts

Transport for the bride and groom after the ceremony is also the groom’s responsibility. He usually makes the second speech at the reception.

After ceremony car and honeymoon

He also organizes the honeymoon. Makes a booking and makes payments. It is important for him to ensure any passports are valid and make booking for any vaccinations that may be needed.

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What does the best man do?

One of the fun duties of the best man is to arrange a stag night. But he must make sure the groom gets home safely. He usually organizes the overnight accommodation for himself and the groom on the night before the big day if needed.

Stag party

He usually makes sure the order of service sheets have been collected and are delivered to the church for the ushers to hand out to the guests. He also needs to organize for the groom’s going way clothes and luggage for the honeymoon to be left at the reception venue.

Makes sure grooms clothing and luggage are left at venue

On the morning of the wedding he needs to keep the groom on tract and help with any last minute nerves. He should check the groom has any certificates, licenses, passports, visas and tickets. Also make sure cases are packed for the honeymoon and he has the all important rings.

Makes sure groom has any documentation needed for wedding and honeymoon

The best man is responsible for organizing transport for the groom and his party to get to the service and to make sure the groom arrives at the ceremony on time. He looks after the wedding rings until they are required during the ceremony.

Looks after wedding rings

He liaises with the toastmaster or he sometimes announces the speeches and cake cutting ceremony He usually makes the third speech, reads out any cards or messages from those unable to go to the ceremony.

Speech, messages and keeps an eye on time

The best also keeps an eye on the time and reminds the groom and bride when it is time to leave. He looks after the grooms clothes and returns any hired suits.

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