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Bad wedding toasts are a nightmare: How to give a speech that will impress everyone

The bad wedding speech is a movie trope for a reason: It’s easy to love someone very much and yet hard to express that concisely, in a way that is relevant to a wide audience, and without getting caught up in the speaker’s own emotional baggage. “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Wedding Crashers” and “Bridesmaids,” among others, all feature versions of wedding or engagement speeches gone horribly wrong.

Like a fairytale

Melissa Bloom-Doerschuk and David Doerschuk initially met on Facebook. His sister recommended he add Melissa as a friend. After several attempts, she finally responded. Melissa knew what she was looking for, and David had it. Within five months, the two were engaged, and a year and a half later, they were married.

Staying sane while wedding planning

Amy Dalesandro set her wedding date for only two months after her engagement, so she called in a professional to plan the 150-person event. Damara Gerig, of re Inspired Bride, helped pick out the wedding colors, create a timeline, craft the wedding invitations and decorations for the ceremony and reception, book the venue and work with the photographer and caterer. On the big day, she was the first person at the church to set up and stayed to tear down.

We eloped!

The big, traditional-style wedding isn’t for everyone, and that’s completely OK. When it came time to plan my own wedding, I knew I didn’t want an extravagant affair. Austin and I had been to and been a part of enough traditional weddings in the past five years to know that something small and intimate was more our style.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass