Prepping for the honored tradition of a wedding toast? Our team knows it’s not always as easy as it looks – and we are here to help. We’ve shared some toasting advice in the past – and traditional and fun toasts you can easily personalize – now, we’re offering some etiquette advice…

Toasting 101

Anna Post, the great-great-granddaughter of the famed Emily Post, shared her thoughts on the etiquette of toasting in her column in Inside Weddings magazine.

Her best advice is to prepare: “Be sincere, and unless you’re a stand-up comedian or a politician, don’t try to wing it.”

Anna says the most important part of toasting is giving the appropriate toast at the right event – the engagement party, the rehearsal dinner and the wedding dinner.

The Engagement Party
Anna says it’s proper for the father of the bride to welcome guests and make the first toast of the evening. It’s also a plus if the father of the groom can give one himself later in the evening. It’s common for the bride and groom-to-be to also raise a glass at the end of the night to thank their friends and family for attending.

The Rehearsal Dinner
The host of the dinner, usually the groom’s parents, is normally the one to speak first. Since you do not want to bog down your wedding night with toasts, the rehearsal dinner is the perfect setting for family members and friends – other than the maid of honor and best man – to speak. Anna says, this is also a time when longer toasts and stories are welcome.

The Wedding Dinner
After a welcome, traditionally from the bride’s parents, the best man gives the first toast. Then, the maid or matron of honor gives a companion toast. Anna says these two are the most formal of all toasts and should be kept brief; a great speech should not take longer than a few minutes and can be effective in only a few lines. Keep in mind that it matters most what you say – not when or how – and you can never go wrong with short and sweet.

Anna’s top tips for making your toast a “shining success” …
• Skip pointless stores about the couple’s childhoods — anecdotes are okay, just keep them relevant to the occasion
• Be sure not to talk about yourself instead of the couple — this is the time to check your ego at the door
• Keep mum about any past problems the couple may have had and never reference any of their old flames

Cheers!

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14 Aug 2013

Whether you’re planning for a small wedding or a large affair, keeping all your guests informed of the big day’s details is tough — especially when you’re hosting a destination wedding. The solution: A wedding website!

Wedding Website 101{Above theme via WeddingWire.com}

Not tech savvy? Don’t fret. Designing your wedding website is as easy as 1-2-3. Really, it’s only three main steps: Choose a design template, upload all your content, and then customize the features to fit your style.

There are tons of websites out there offering stunning wedding website layouts. Here are our favorite three free sites…

THE KNOT

The Knot offers 100 beautiful designs in an array of fun colors, all with the added option to collect RSVPs online. You can also upgrade to a personalized URL (i.e. Diana&Jack.com) with their personal domain tool.

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WEDDING WIRE

Wedding Wire offers 120 unique designer themes. They even have a Destination Series with city-specific themes. Our favorite is the “Sand & Sea” design!

Wedding Website 101
Another favorite: the 12 designs inspired by Vera Wang are gorgeous!

Wedding Website 101

PROJECT WEDDING

On Project Wedding, you can choose from designer-inspired themes like Breakers Blue Book partner Ceci New York, Wedding Paper Divas and KenzieKate Invitations.Wedding Website 101

Along with the website, you can add a matching customized guestbook and map (below) within your site. You can also upload an unlimited amount of photos.

Wedding Website 101

If you’ve built a wedding website from one of these sites – or others! – that you’re willing to share, we’d love to see it. Please comment on this post with a link!

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09 Aug 2013

Looking for some real wedding inspiration? Take a minute — or a few hours — to ogle all of our featured Real Weddings at The Breakers.

Real Weddings at The Breakers

With six pages of lovely Breakers’ Brides and Grooms, we have plenty of fabulous images and videos to inspire you. Good luck planning your dream day…

Keep the inspiration flowing and Pin with us on Pinterest!

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Decadent and delicious, who wouldn’t want to indulge in a Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini? The perfect treat to sip while wedding planning or celebrating with your bridesmaids!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini{Photo by LILA PHOTO}

Enjoy the Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini at HMF at The Breakers, or whip it up at home…

What you’ll need:
1 oz Grey Goose “Cherry Noir” Vodka
¼ oz Baileys
1 oz Dark Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
¼ oz White Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
½ oz Dark Crème de Cacao
¼ oz Grenadine

Share your creation: If you make The Breakers’ Flamingo cocktail at home – or use any of
our Something To Sip On recipes – take a photo and upload it to our Facebook page!

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