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The wedding speech is a big honour and a big part of wedding tradition but it can also be something peppered with fear and confusion (who should speak, how long for, in what order and when?).  There’s no shying away from the fact that a good speech is a highlight of the wedding meal, it can bring tears (of the happy and sentimentally variety) and fill the room with belly laughs of fun.  But… done badly the speech can be remembered for all the wrong reasons.  I don’t know about you but I certainly have ‘that’ speech memory that makes me feel slightly uneasy.

Today I’m sharing my advice on what makes a really good speech – the dos and don’ts – as well as the etiquette low down.

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All images in this post are by lovely Inbetween Days Photography (Brighton)

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This time next week I’ll be on my way to sunny Manchester, pens and inks in my little bag, ready to meet lovely creative folks and teach them the basics of modern calligraphy. It’s one of my favourite things, and I’m excited already (I’ve started packing. A week early. I know!!) February’s calligraphy workshop sold out super quick, so I wanted to let you know the details for April as soon as I could!

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Spring is the busiest time for my calligraphy classes – brides and grooms (and bridesmaids… and mums) choose this time of year to start practising their writing in readiness for designing wedding invitations to send before the summer kicks in. Handcrafted is still a great cost-saving option for crafty brides, and calligraphy is so on trend for 2018! Also, learning how to write beautiful modern calligraphy is a skill you’ll keep and use for life…

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I know a lot of guys who’d agree with me that Rushia and David’s wedding is damn near perfect. There’s a bathtub full of cold Budweiser bottles, a chilled out firepit, music, a BBQ buffet – the groom looks awesome in a skull patterned waistcoat and his groomsmen are rocking very cool, mismatched (ie their own) suits! Of course perfection comes from having such a beautiful bride with the prettiest bouquet, gorgeous Sophia Tolli dress and bridesmaids in pink sparkly dresses… this is a really amazing wedding and I just know you’re going to love it! Watch out for creatively-named place settings(!), vintage vehicles and a confetti cannon!

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We had Capri tents and the styling was key to making it feel cosy and comfortable! I made some signs for the wedding using calligraphy and I absolutely loved doing it! I also made the place names and favours. A good friend of mine did two huge chalk boards for us: one the order of the day and the other the table plan. We didn’t really have a theme, but I knew I wanted pale pink bridesmaid dresses so that would be our main colour and white. We had lovely invitations with foliage around the edge so we incorporated this in to the wedding, decorating the tents with huge tree branches.

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Hey lovelies! I hope you’re having a wonderful week. I’m spending today making up my little calligraphy workshop packs for Friday – and I’m still getting enquiries about the class. I thought I’d post here to say this week is full (to bursting!) and I’m so sorry I can’t take any more students – but I’d love to book you in for my 6th October workshop, which still has 6 spaces.

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Every workshop is for absolute beginners, and covers lettering with a dip pen and nib as well as brush pen lettering. I also bring along my little pop-up shop so you can stock up on inks, nibs and even buy my book on the day!

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Workshops are held in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, in a quiet and pleasant little classroom at the Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Dates available for 2017 are 6th October and 24th November.

Find out more and book your places here: Calligraphy Workshops with By Moon & Tide

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Hi lovelies! I’ve literally just got back from the most amazing holiday in Switzerland – which I totally recommend! – and I’m thinking about plans for the next few months. I’m so excited to be teaching another modern calligraphy workshop next Friday, which has completely sold out while I’ve been away! We’re going to have the best time, I can’t wait!

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For any of you who had your hearts set on coming but haven’t yet booked (we always get a few last minute enquiries but we really can’t squeeze any more in, I’m so sorry!) I thought I’d share next dates.

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I’ll be running beginners modern calligraphy workshops in Manchester on the 6th of October, and again on the 24th of November.

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Booking information (and a lot more info about what you’ll learn on the day) is here:

www.bymoonandtide.com/workshops

I’d love to see you there!

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(Please don’t leave it too late to book – we have half a dozen spaces left in October, and 10 in November at the minute, but they’ll go quickly!)

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Hello beautiful! I hope you’re having the loveliest week. I have a very special offer for you and your best girls to share today – come and learn beautiful lettering for your wedding, and save 10% when you book!

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Back in June, lovely Laura from Inbetween Days Photography came along to a calligraphy workshop in Manchester. She was a whizz with a calligraphy pen – like so many of you amazingly talented people from the internet, she was writing like a pro within 2 hours of picking up a funky pen for the very first time! She also takes the most amazing photos – you can discover her here:

www.inbetweendaysphotography.com
Instagram.com/inbetweendaysphotography
Facebook.com/inbetweendaysphotography
Twitter.com/laurawilz

Learn calligraphy in Manchester - workshops throughout the year with By Moon & Tide Calligraphy - image credit Inbetween Days Photography (10)Learn calligraphy in Manchester - workshops throughout the year with By Moon & Tide Calligraphy - image credit Inbetween Days Photography (11)

The workshop was one of my favourites. A lovely classroom space, a great group of girls all learning lettering pretty much from scratch, and the prettiest peonies gracing our tables from the lovely folks at Flourish.