"Steve's guide is a must-read for any groom. As a wedding photographer I have attended in excess of 200 ceremonies and have witnessed many a flustered groom in a state of panic during their speech, primarily attributed to poor preparation. Steve's step-by-step approach will ensure all your foundations are in place to deliver an engaging, heartfelt and humorous speech... just like Steve's was!" - Rob Tarren, professional wedding photographer."Steve's speech was fabulous. It was thoughtfully planned and brilliantly delivered. He made everyone feel very special- a great format for other grooms to adapt."- Pav Saunders, educational consultant."I loved the structure and style of Steve's speech so much I used it myself at my wedding. A superb template!" - Jason Kane, groom."After using Steve's groom's speech as a template, I found writing my own much easier than it would have been. My guests loved it." - Daniel Toth, groom.Have a pen and paper ready, or your laptop open, and get ready to write your speech. This is a step-by-step guide for anyone, using a real groom's speech that was planned, prepared and delivered!Find out what to incude, why you should include it and hear some invaluable tips along the way.Chapters include:1.Introduction - My story2.What should the groom's speech include?3.How to make an outline plan of your speech4.Welcome and general opening of your speech5.Thanks to new in-laws6.Thanks to own mother and father7.Thanks to maid of honour and bridesmaids8.Thanks to groom's party9.Thanks to pageboys, flower girls and venue10.Speech about your wife11.Introduction of best man12.Wedding day advice for the groom13.Extra jokes you could use14.Steve's speech in fullCover Photograph: Rob Tarren Photograpy
The Bridegroom Was a Dog is perhaps the Japanese-German writer Yoko Tawada's most famous story. Its initial publication in 1998 garnered admiration from The New Yorker, who praised it as, "fast-moving, mysteriously compelling tale that has the dream quality of Kafka." The Bridegroom Was a Dog begins with a schoolteacher telling a fable to her students. In the fable, a princess promises her hand in marriage to a dog that has licked her bottom clean. The story takes an even stranger twist when that very dog appears to the schoolteacher in real life as a dog-like man. They develop a very sexual, romantic courtship with many allegorical overtones - much to the chagrin of her friends.
A dark November afternoon-wet, and windy, and wild. The New York streets were at their worst-sloppy, slippery, and sodden; the sky lowering over those murky streets one uniform pall of inky gloom. A bad, desolate, blood-chilling November afternoon. And yet Mrs. Walraven's ball was to come off to-night, and it was rather hard upon Mrs. Walraven that the elements should make a dead set at her after this fashion. The ball was to be one of the most brilliant affairs of the season, and all Fifth Avenue was to be there in its glory. Fifth Avenue was above caring for anything so commonplace as the weather, of course; but still it would have been pleasanter, and only a handsome thing in the clerk of the weather, considering Mrs. Walraven had not given a ball for twenty years before, to have burnished up the sun, and brushed away the clouds, and shut up that icy army of winter winds, and turned out as neat an article of weather as it is possible in the nature of November to turn out.
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