10 Tips for Great Wedding Speeches

Love them or not, speeches play an important role in a wedding of any size.

As the couple getting married…

  1. Give your speaker(s) at least 2 months notice, if possible.

  2. Ask the guest/parent/friend/sibling if they would like to speak.
    Keep in mind that some people are not comfortable public speaking no matter how much you mean to them.

  3. Share this blog with your speakers!

Photography by  A Brit and a Blonde  Florals by  Lena’s Floral Design  Tent and rentals by  Special Event Rentals

Photography by A Brit and a Blonde
Florals by Lena’s Floral Design
Tent and rentals by Special Event Rentals

Open Mic Speeches

*WARNING* I’m not saying you shouldn’t have an open mic for speeches, however you must consider the crowd and weigh out the risks and possible consequences. Ultimately, you have no control over what that person might say and how clear their judgement might be. An open mic speech hasn't been thoughtfully prepared and the guest will not have read this article to have learned all these super tips!

And if you can rap your speech while your brother beatboxes, you absolutely should! #crushedit #impressed  Photography by  Gerard Devine  Celebrating at  Eglinton Grand

And if you can rap your speech while your brother beatboxes, you absolutely should! #crushedit #impressed

Photography by Gerard Devine
Celebrating at Eglinton Grand

Speech Writing

  1. Keep speeches to a maximum of 5 minutes long. My experience suggests keeping it to 2-3 minutes.

  2. If you are the first one to speak on your “side”, take a moment to welcome and thank the other partner’s family and friends

  3. Do not mention ex’s or past relationships

  4. This is not the time to talk about that awkward thing that happened at prom 17 years ago!

  5. Stick to one or two inside jokes

  6. Speak from your heart

  7. Share your speech with the wedding planner so they can have a back-up copy!

They’ve come such a long way!  Photography by  Steve Sager  Celebrating at  District 28

They’ve come such a long way!
Photography by Steve Sager
Celebrating at District 28

Times Like These Video


What started as a quick conversation at an open house developed into this incredible collection of work. Every single time I watch this, I get all the feels all over again. We wanted to share a story and I hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.

I think it is so important in such a busy industry to find your people. And thankfully, I found some of mine. This was the best team I could have imagined!

Brent Miller LIVE: The energy, the stoke & the spirit behind this work. I couldn't imagine building this with anyone else.

twenty5films: Took on an incredible challenge and absolutely nailed  it!

Gillian Foster Photography: This was my first time working with Gillian and it will definitely not be my last!

Carley Artistry: Carley always brings a ton of fun everytime we work together and her hair and makeup work is beautiful!

THORNfloral: Victoria continues to amaze and inspire me.

Louisa Labarbera Jewellery: Louisa is my go-to for all my bridal and non-bridal jewellery needs.

Jam Factory: One of my favourite Toronto spaces. Some of this has to do with the rustic feel and exposed beams but also, Shannon and Kristin are amazing!

Pomp & Ceremony: I've admired these designs for a long time and was thrilled to add this bowtie and pocket square to the project!

Also featuring #TheJustMarriedJacket!


An understandable guide to Marriage Licences and Certificates in Ontario


One of the most important things that you, the couple, need to do when you are getting married is to get your Marriage LICENCE. Once you have set the date for your wedding, you need to look at your calendar, and within the 90 days before your big day, you and/or your partner will need to go and get a Marriage Licence.

Please note that it is the sole responsibility of you as a couple to acquire your Marriage Licence. You can check the website for the city that you live in, to find the location. Generally in smaller cities, you would go to City Hall. In larger cities, like Toronto there are four locations where there are Registry Offices. Currently in the city of Toronto, the fee is $140.00 (no tax)*

You are responsible for this document until you hand it over to your wedding Officiant on the day of your wedding. Be sure to bring all three pages which includes your instruction sheet, the page with your personal information and the final page with your Record of Solemnization at the bottom.

It is very important for you to realize that if this license is not at your wedding, you are not getting married until you can produce it. Plain and simple.

Directly after your ceremony is over, you will be handed a Record of Solemnization. This is a small piece of paper which will act as legal proof of marriage until you are able to request your marriage certificate. Think of your Record of Solemnization as a receipt of your marriage!

The Officiant will take the second page of your license with all of your personal information on it, and send that to the government. This process can take between 10-12 weeks, so be patient. You will not be informed when this information has been processed, you will simply need to wait out the time.


Three months have passed, and it's now time for you to apply for your Marriage Certificate! This is a document that is used for proof of marriage in legal matters, such as passport applications, and immigration purposes.

You can request this online for either $15 (short) or $22 (long)*

Information provided by the province regarding Ontario Marriage Licenses are available here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/getting-married

*Disclaimer: At the time of this blog publishing, the fee amount and locations are current. Although this information is provided to you through this blog, please check the website for your city to obtain current information and fees. This is public information, and not legal advice.

Vintage Romance Styled Shoot Featured on EventSource!


I want to start this post with a HUGE "thank you" to these very talented vendors!

Another "thank you" to EventSource for once again featuring Open Sky Weddings on the blog!

The seed that grew, started from a simple Facebook post, "I'm a florist and looking for the right team to do a styled shoot in February" - Annie @ May Flowers

Today I am full of joy as I get to share this project with you.

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Event Planner: Open Sky Weddings | Photographer: Sarah May, Photography | Venue: The Jam Factory | Wedding Cakes: Jenla Cake | Florist: May Flowers | Wedding Dress: The Bride's Project | Chalk Art: Vanessa Draws | Hair & Makeup: Be A Makeup Artist | Décor & Rentals: Event Rental Group | Custom Jewellery: Louisa LaBarbera Jewellery

Keep scrolling for a not-small collection of my personal favourites!


These cakes are much more than stunning beauty, they also taste amazing! Jenla Cake


We wanted to really maximize the use of this giant chalkboard wall, so we brought in the best! This entire piece was created on-site by hand! Check out Vanessa Draws incredible work.

Merchants of Green Coffee located just downstairs!








Genevieve and Derya’s Intimate Wedding at The Gladstone


This one really pulled at the heartstrings.I loved every moment of Genevieve and Derya's beautiful wedding day last summer at the warm Gladstone Hotel. They had so many personal touches!

I'll share a few of my favourites photos here, but be sure to check out the full story featured on Eventsource here!



Photographer: Daring Wanderer Venue: Gladstone Hotel Event Planner: Open Sky Weddings Wedding Dress: Becker's BridalOfficiant: Ceremonies With Choice Wedding Cake: The Cupcake Shoppe Florist: Ashton Creative Hair: Uno Jo Bridal HairMakeup: Blush x Balm Invitations & Stationery: Saman Design Inc.












You’ll want to go to this beach wedding leagues beyond anything we’ve ever seen


Each detail was inspired by the cool jewel tones and depth of the mysterious ocean. The bride wears a goddess style dress with a train like ocean foam. It is as if Aphrodite emerged from the surface, fully formed with hair in beach like curls.   A headpiece of seashells and jewels brings together the land and sea.

Stunning bold makeup highlights the glow of this beauty. Darker jewel toned eyes, with the soft colouring on her face, and a light touch of pearlescent on her cheeks makes her seem a little mysterious but incredibly stunning and breathtaking. Poseidon would be proud.

The Gothic inspired shoulder jewelry was custom designed to balance the bride’s remarkable ink on one arm, with the negative space on the other. It flows around her neck and down her shoulder just as the waves of the sea caress the shoreline. For a second look, the bride wore a sparkling statement necklace in cool blue tones to catch the light of the full moon as she danced the night away.

The luminescent place settings almost glow in the dark. This saturation is in contrast to the traditional wedding table elements. A bolder feel gives the space life and texture. Look closely at the table linens, their design chosen specifically to mimic the shapes of the coral that decorates the sea floor. The gold accent pieces and flatware add richness to the table; perhaps lost items strewn across the sea bed. Could they be from a merchant ship lost at sea?

The movement continues; custom made invitations and stationary with rich dark colours that pop!

The perfect venue; somewhere reminiscent of the days of ships with big billowing sails and ports with castles of rough stone and heavy wood. This converted old building, erected in 1871, known as Church of Berkeley located in Toronto, Ontario brought the perfect feel. No longer a Church, but now as an event venue with modern white, aged wooden beams and old uncovered brick, almost like where sea meets sand.

The flowers and arrangements capture the eye and feature the beauty of the ocean. A variety of lush, rich greens, purple thistles, soft succulents and exploding white anemones mimic the variety of texture of the deep unknown. Seriously, who knew a little reminiscent of kelp could be this gorgeous. (Well, we did!)

Tables set with bottles you could send a message in, SOS, but why would you ever want to leave this otherworldly, under-the-sea wedding? It’s mystic.

The vibe of this stylish wedding; swimming between fantasy and reality; the unreal and the, wow, so beautiful.


Photography:  Black Umbrella Photography     |     Creative Director and Planner:  Open Sky Weddings    |      Venue:  '1871' Berkeley Church, Toronto    |      Stationery:  Love Words Design    |      Florist:  Creations by Samantha    |      Hair, Make-Up and Headpiece:  Dark Light Makeup    |      Gown:  The Brides’ Project    |      Jewellery:  Louisa LaBarbara Jewellery    |      Linen and Napkin Rental:  Around the Table    |      Chair and Blue Goblet Rental:  Gervais Party Rental     |     Model:  Madelaine Tisdelle


A piece of my story...


Photography credit: Black Umbrella Photography

As I think back on all the opportunities I have been fortunate enough to have, I am grateful to have landed in a place where I feel passionately about what I do. Ballerina, Teacher, Camp Counselor, Interior Designer, Theatre Props/Set Designer, Travel Agent… and finally Wedding Planner.

Growing up, my parents really encouraged me to follow my heart. #millennialgoals, am I right?


Fast forward to my life in Toronto.

I have been involved in the wedding industry for some time, working in and around businesses that are involved with events, weddings, and wedding planning.

I have been volunteering at The Brides’ Project in Toronto for a remarkable and life-changing 4 ½ years. Helping Brides pick out their wedding dress, from many previously loved and donated dresses. You can find more information about The Brides Project here: http://thebridesproject.com/

I don’t like to do things traditionally. I like to break the rules sometimes. So when I bought my wedding dress from The Brides’ Project 2 years before I was engaged, my then-boyfriend, now-husband hardly blinked an eye. “If you love it and want to get married in that dress, then you should get it.”

Fine print: Your SO may not react the same way… this isn’t necessarily something I encourage.


I found the love of my life in the most unexpected place, in the most unexpected way. Every day, Mike encourages me to follow my dreams, gives me strength to go out on a limb and try something new. I am so fortunate to have Mike support me in everything that I do, including Open Sky Weddings.  


And, here I am.  Open Sky Weddings. Specializing in intimate weddings that share who you are as a couple.