Here’s a nice touch I like to do for my weddings. It is a way to make your special wedding day songs even more special! I recorded the vows from the ceremony and then edit them into the first dance…then the bride and groom are surprised as they hear their own vows during their first dance!
Then the music swells and the happy couple races back down the aisle to loud cheers and flying birdseed. Or rose petals. Or floating bubbles. The “music” being referred to here is the wedding recessional songs. Processional music is for entering the wedding chapel while the recessional songs are for exiting, or recessing. A lot of couples aren’t sure what works besides the standard Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn. If you don’t know how that song goes, you need to search the inter-webs for it. It’s okay. I’ll wait… Okay, fine! I’ll add the clip myself!
Got it? Perfect! As you can see—I mean, hear—this is the typical song for the recessional. It is heard in movies, television shows, and more. In other words, it’s been done to death! Many couples will be happy going the traditional route. Others…not so much. So, they need find something fresh and unique for their ceremony recessional exit.
Most couples want to have fun or upbeat wedding recessional songs as options. If you are one of those couples, keep in mind that this is completely normal! Ceremonies can be very stodgy, traditional, and regal–which to some translates into boring. For others, it is perfect, yet they will be leading their guests into the cocktail hour with a less than exciting atmosphere. If one chooses traditional wedding recessional songs to walk back down the aisle, you will want to have more upbeat cocktail hour music. This will help lead your guests to start having fun! Here’s a good example of an upbeat and fun wedding recessional song.
Believe it or not, any song can be a recessional! There’s no reason why you can’t use “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. It’s upbeat, fun, and certainly sets the tone for an incredible night. If using Top 40 for your contemporary wedding recessional songs, it is imperative you research the lyrics so you don’t offend your guests or embarrass yourself. Not the way to start off your wedding celebration.
One way to set the tone for a fun evening, is to use funny wedding recessional songs. Love And Marriage by Sinatra and If You Wanna Be Happy by Jimmy Soul are great examples of this. Adding humor at the end of the formalities is just one more way to kick start the party. Search for any songs that mention the words “wedding” or “marriage” and you will have a boatload of options. You can also get a copy of the Wedding Songs Timeline Planner, which is full of great ideas!
Bear in mind, I have been talking about being fun and upbeat, but you don’t have to be to have a successful ceremony and reception. If you are a romantic, don’t hesitate to use At Last by Etta James or LOVE by Nat King Cole. The main thing is that you pick a song that clicks with who you two are as a couple. I’ve even had couples with kids use We Are Family since they just officially became a family! There are so many great ideas, I don’t want to give them all away–actually I do, but that would spoil the fun for you to pick up a copy of the WSTP!
It’s your wedding and the one component that will have a huge emotional impact is your wedding processional songs. There are a few different areas to consider when selecting these songs. I’ll go over each with some recommendations that will hopefully help you come up with your own unique wedding processional songs.
Consider this the background soundtrack to your wedding. As guests arrive to watch you tie the knot, they should be greeted with some kind of music. Typically, couples choose instrumental mixes like classical, quartet, harp, or classical guitar. If that feels too stuffy for you, the next level up in liveliness would be Enya or some other New Age type artists…that may be the first time Enya was called “lively!” After that, you could even use contemporary music, such as Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole, and so on. Love songs from Sinatra and Dean Martin and the like also could work. Beyond that, you start to cross into being too lively, especially before a ceremony.
Processional One: The Parents
The start of the wedding should be grand parents and parents proper walking down the aisle to their seats. The music is typically based around classical wedding processional songs like Canon in D and Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring, but there’s no reason why you can’t have a little fun here if you want. More dramatic might be Con Ti Partiro (all versions) or any other powerfully romantic songs. One suggestion: ask what mom and dad want! Most likely, they will have no idea, but if they do, you may like what you hear from them. Making it personal like this is always my first choice.
Processional Two: The Bridesmaids
Here come the girls, hair all in curls. Usually the bridesmaids walk down one at a time in reverse order (from Jr. bridesmaid to maid of honor). Sometimes the groomsmen escort the bridesmaids in but this is rare. Typically, the groomsmen will walk in from the right side at the end of Processional One. As for music for the girls, sure you can use classical pieces, but going with more contemporary wedding processional songs is getting more and more popular. You can even go with wedding processional songs instrumental versions of current songs. I had a bride use the instrumental version of “Crazy For You” by Madonna simply because it reflected who she and her girls were. I know, not very contemporary, but I am making a point. If you don’t want to go out on a limb, then there is nothing wrong with sticking to the traditional wedding processional songs you hear at a lot of weddings.
Here is where the bride walks down the aisle, either traditionally escorted by Dad, by someone else, or alone. I’ve had most brides use The Wedding March (you know, here comes the bride) but many go with more modern wedding processional songs, like Waiting On An Angel by Ben Harper or I’ve Finally Found Someone by Adams and Streisand. It’s your walk-down, so go for whatever you feel would make you and your soon to be husband happy!
Those are your main wedding processional song areas to concentrate on. Keep in mind, if you only have a couple of parents to walk down the aisle, there’s no reason why you can’t combine the first two processionals into one song. Always have a separate song for the bride though…believe it or not, it is a very special moment. Winka.
Random Wedding Thoughts & Tips
Look to shop for your tuxedos for weddings or for tiaras for wedding classiness by trying them on, then shopping online. Think about your wedding first dance songs as fun instead of romantic. Decide if you want to flip it all by having fall wedding colors during a summer affair. Shop for the lowest Maggie Sottero prices by visiting wholesale websites. If you are changing your name after marriage, there’s no reason why you can’t start before the wedding. See above for wedding processional music ideas and thoughts. Your wedding flowers bridal bouquet don’t have to be flowers that are “in season.” Need garter toss songs ideas? Think nerdy for the intro, sultry and sexy for the removal, and rowdy for the toss. Styles of modern engagement rings are better than ever! Send the marriage invitation mail off earlier than six weeks…try doubling that number. Go with genre first when trying to find the best father and daughter wedding songs for you and Dad.
The moment will be emotional. It will be touching. People will be crying. Everyone will remember this dance for years to come…and cringing when they remember you danced to Endless Love–with your dad! If you choose the wrong song, they will be remembering this moment for all the wrong reasons. Finding the best father and daughter wedding songs is your top priority–almost as important as selecting your wedding first dance songs. There are a few ways to go about doing just that, so if you are struggling to find the perfect father and daughter wedding songs to dance to, then try the following.
First things first: Ask your father! It is as simple as, “Dad, do you have a special song you want to dance to?” He may already have a tune in mind and if it isn’t “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC you may be done with your search. If he suggests you two dance to “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin, you may need to gently let him down (although “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin works well). As you can see from my sample-dad, this one seems to like classic rock. This would be my next recommendation: look at the genre.
Genre means category in regards to music. There’s classic rock, top 40, dance, disco, oldies and Motown, vocal jazz (think Sinatra and Harry Connick, Jr.), adult contemporary, country and so on. You might want to talk to your dad about his favorite genre and see if you can find something that will make both of you happy. If the lyrics are of utmost importance, you may want to consider country as a great starting point. Songs like “I Loved Her First” by Heartland and Tim McGraw’s “My Little Girl” have lyrics that will leave naught a dry eye in the room. Discover the genre and this will narrow your search down considerably.
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If your search for genre still leaves it too wide, try considering artists. Sure, dad may love the Zep, but they don’t do any appropriate songs for a father daughter dance–or do they? Check out the lyrics to “Thank You” and you will see it mostly works. Figure out what band or artist makes your dad happy and scour their catalog for a song that works. Don’t worry about it being a “slow song” or “ballad.” There is no reason why you can’t dance to Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend” if you want to. Actually, your guests will find an upbeat father daughter dance a breath of fresh air. You, of course, don’t want to go as far as having it as upbeat as your wedding party entrance songs, but if you keep it “bouncy” at most, you should be fine.
You can also delve into your family’s heritage. You might consider using father and daughter wedding songs in Spanish or Italian. If you have an ethnicity that focuses on family you are sure to find a song that works well. Religious songs that sing about God may even fit nicely for this dance. You may think you could look at wedding processional music or even wedding recessional songs. Your wedding processional songs are typically instrumental classical and would not go over well…especially when you need to start kicking up the party soon after. This is why your garter toss songs need to be upbeat–it’s celebration time. Having a fun father daughter dance will help get the party going even more.
One area I avoided so far would be those top father and daughter wedding songs that you’ve heard over and over and over again. Dare I mention “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle or “Because You Loved Me” by Celine? Sure, you can go with an old standard like “Thank Heaven For Little Girls” but there are new classics being made every day. “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” by Darius Rucker is amazing as is “You Don’t Have To Let Go” by Jessica Simpson (Jessica Simpson?) Yes. Jessica Simpson, of all people.
Finally, one of the best places to find great father and daughter wedding songs is your professional wedding DJ company! You should find a great selection of old and new ideas from your wedding entertainment as long as you have hired a true professional! If you went cheap with your entertainment, forget about it. You’re probably out of luck. If you decided to “invest” in a professional who specializes in weddings, you will be able to go to them for the best ideas–and save yourself a lot of headache.
Here’s a clip from a past client of mine. They now work in the wedding industry. Toward the end of the song, When You Say Nothing At All, I took a snippet from their actual wedding vows that I recorded at their ceremony (they had no idea, he he) and surprised them by editing in the sound bite. Here’s what it sounds like:
It was a touching moment, as always, but you really had to be there! Thanks to the couple for allowing me to be a part of their special day!
After you’ve announced your wedding, whether through save the date cards, save the date magnets, save the date emails, or save the date smoke signals, you will need to get ready for marriage invitation mail. Sending your invites usually transpires six to eight weeks before the wedding date. All the prep work that goes into that one mailing may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. After all, your time will be precious as you look at tuxedos for weddings, gown ideas such as Maggie Sottero prices on dresses, and your wedding flowers bridal bouquet choices. If you take copious notes leading up to the actual sending off of your invitations, you should be in good position to breeze through your mailing set set up. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines!
What? What is that? Well, in all honesty, they don’t exist. STD responses (that does NOT sound right to me) are not a “formal” RSVP’s but they do exist in a kind of techy and ethereal kind of way. If you are a smart bride (which I know you are if you’re reading this!) you have sent out (or will send out) some kind of save the date. What is going to happen is, you will get responses from people. Some will call you with their congrats…many will email…a few will text. When they do, your response should sound something like this: “Thank you! We are so excited for you to be there! Do you think you’ll be able to make it?”
When the responses come from your question, you will need to take notes on what they say! Whether you are making a guest list spreadsheet or keeping track in a hand written binder, jot down what they say. This is going to help you with your next step.
Marriage Invitation Mail Format and Set Up – 4 Months Out
Getting your actual invitations designed and prepped is an entire process in itself. Don’t get caught behind the eight ball and stress that they won’t be printed on time to be sent at the appropriate time! A marriage invitation mail sample will be needed so you can review all the components to your invitation. This way, you can know that you are happy with the final product. The sample marriage invitation mail piece should be an exact mock up of what you will be sending off to all of your friends and family. Giving yourself and your designer 4 to 6 weeks to get the final product together, whether you’re doing something funny or matching your theme like fall wedding colors, will give you plenty of breathing room. If not, you need a new designer/printer!
Use the information gathered from the save the date notes to help you determine a not-as-rough estimate head count! If a friend has been adamant that they can not attend, they should not expect an invite. If a family member states the same, still send them an invite! You won’t want to offend your family. You will be able to shave off a few of those from your total guests and have a more realistic idea of guest count…which means a better grasp on overall budget expenses. Aren’t you glad you took notes now?
The moment you’ve been waiting for! Actually, there are a lot of those when it comes to planning a wedding (like changing your name after marriage!), but this is a very sweet one. Once those invites go out, it’s an enormous relief. It’s as if you are getting it out of your hands into those of your guests. Hopefully, they respond quickly!
Please shoot for eight weeks out for the marriage invitation mail to friends and relatives. Six weeks is usually “fine” but you might get people looking at it, saying, “OMG. That’s next month! Why didn’t they remind me sooner?” As you get your responses in, track them in your spreadsheet or binder. I recommend at exactly one month to go, you spend an evening calling those that have not responded just to touch base. See if they are still on the fence about attending or if they even got the invite in the first place. You can ask them to send the response card, but it doesn’t hurt to just ask, “Should I put you down for two?”
Another rare option you could offer your guests would be to ask for music suggestions. Sure, you will be choosing your own wedding first dance songs, wedding processional music, and even the garter toss songs, but for dancing and dinner, you may need some ideas as to what your guests want. Don’t forget you’re sharing the wedding with them. It’s not like they are picking your tiaras for wedding or having a hand in choosing which of the modern engagement rings looks best on you. Offer up a line or two for requests and you should see some interesting responses!
Ring shopping many times takes place at the beginning of the wedding planning. Before picking your seasons hues, like fall wedding colors or budgeting Maggie Sottero prices on wedding gowns, you will be dreaming of which ring you’ll be wearing upon your finger for the rest of your life. For those of you with a more contemporary style, you may find it difficult to locate designs that fit with your ideals–and don’t look like some kind of futuristic nightmare from The Transformers movie series.
All of the following samples come from an amazing website at Krikawa. They have a wide array of very modern engagement rings. There are other modern and contemporary ring designers out there, but these guys…they basically just put on a clinic. You should find these unique modern engagement rings attractive at the least, and in a style that may not suit you, but will certainly not embarrass you. There are a few ways to go modern, starting with the design of the ring.
This ring is amazing, in the sense that it comes with the diamond and the promise band. We also have few smaller diamonds outlining the elegant and modern shape if the main band. Multiple diamonds have always been a modern way of adding flair to your ring of choice. Here we also have a colored diamond. Yes, this is a real diamond that has been irradiated with certain frequencies to create the hue. Here’s another example:
This wider band is highlighted with a blue diamond. You can be sure that of all the modern engagement rings design you will see, women that work with their hands would love this design. No more protruding setting getting caught and snagged on every little thing it comes across!
Besides the shape of the band and the color of the stone, there’s no reason why you have to stick with white gold or yellow gold for the band. As seen here, colorizing all the way is a modern touch rarely seen. If done right, you will have yourself a beautiful ring that won’t look like it was pulled out of a vending machine.
Gold was “out” for a long time but has made a comeback. Take a look at this stunner. Gold is again bold and beautiful as ever. Notice the simplicity of design with this particular ring. There is no need to go hog wild with embellishments and angles and layers to look modern. Still, if you want to go for that, you could do much worse than this little pretty.
Unfortunately, you can’t tell what this one looks like on your hand. From this angle, you might be comparing it to that first ring, but it is just one of those pieces you need to see on. Here is where I recommend you visit whatever jewelry store near you that makes contemporary pieces and slip them on. Don’t let them sell you something you do not want, but get some ideas as to what colors, cuts, and styles look good on you. And don’t worry about matching something like the wedding flowers bridal bouquet. The ring takes precedent, of course!
One more modern trend that I wanted to mention is this throw-back look to the classic intricate designs of a bygone era. I’d tell you what era that is if I knew, but I don’t want to make stuff up. Then you repeat it to your friends and look dumb, then you send a virus to my website. No thanks. Anyway, if you think “Brighton” you’re on the right track. Also, the low settings seem to be the current modern take, but that may only be a trend. I happen to like the sunken setting versus the “OMG, look at the size of my ROCK!” setting, but to each their own.
So, before jumping into your music planning (wedding first dance songs, wedding processional music,
and bouquet and garter toss songs) or your other apparel (such as tuxedos for weddings for the groom or your tiaras for wedding style), you should look to your ring. You will have plenty of time for changing your name after marriage after the wedding day.
Spending all of your wedding planning minutes on finding Maggie Sottero prices on gowns? What about dressing your man in the nicest tuxedos for weddings? What about all the wedding music like your wedding processional music, wedding first dance songs, or the garter toss songs?
Of all the arrangements you will be working on and making (or finding someone else to make) the bridal bouquet is the most important one of all. There are a variant of bridal bouquets to consider, such as your bridesmaid’s bouquets, the flower girl’s wedding flower bouquets, all the different bridal flower bouquets you will have placed about the ceremony location, and any centerpiece arrangements for the reception. Today, we will look at how to select the perfect wedding flowers bridal bouquets for your wedding tastes.
First and foremost, there are 5 main areas to consider, those being style, season, color, fragrance, and of course, price. Price is currently a major concern for most brides. If this is one of yours, then you should think directly about what season you are in and which flowers are currently available. Prices usually skyrocket when choosing blooms that aren’t blooming at the current bloomin’ season! As for colors, such as fall wedding colors, white is a great inexpensive filler (usually as this depends on which flower you’re going with) and layering different shades of the same colors is always an elegant and classy way to go. Finally, there is fragrance. This is usually last on anyone’s list, unless you get nauseous at the scent of certain blooms! It is important that you sniff the flowers you plan on carrying around as your wedding flowers bridal bouquet since you will be soaking in their aroma all day long. Now, onto the different arrangements and styles! There are a lot. You may need to drink a caffeinated soda to get through them all.
The Biedermeier Bouquet
This arrangement is usually made up of different colored flowers arranged in a noticeable pattern. Think about any amusement park that plants flower beds!
The Nosegay Bouquet
A pretty, smaller bouquet typically carried by flower girls or bridesmaids. For the understated bride–or if you’re a “little person.” Not being mean, I’m just sayin’.
Tussy mussy means “hidden stem” in pig Latin. Okay, that’s not true, but it may as well be. As you can see, this particular bouquet is placed in an upside down hanging vase. Medieval in style, and classic all around.
The Presentation Bouquet
Also known as the arm sheath bouquet. As you can see, it lays across the arm so you can cradle the arrangement. Stay away from thin-stemmed blooms as they tend to look too busy–and ugly.
The Posy Bouquet
When you hear “posey” you think “cute” at least I do. I say “practical” too. Easy to handle and open to an array of flower styles. This is the most popular bouquet, especially those of the hand-tied variety.
The Composite-Flower Bouquet
Composites are created from the petals of flowers and put together to sometimes look like one gigantic bloom. They work well if you’ve got a “fantasy” theme. Alice In Wonderland, anyone? Off with their heads!!!
The Fan Bouquet
The Crescent Bouquet
Careful, as this one is wide. If you are a full bodied bride, this style of bouquet can draw attention away from that fact, which is always a good thing. Skinny brides may look like they are sporting a floral sail. Ahoy, mateys.
The Muff Bouquet
The Bible Spray/Prayerbook Bouquet
Like a regular bouquet with a tail of flowers, this is a beautiful arrangement. Obviously, flowers cascade down the front or side of the bouquet. Be careful not to pull too much attention from the bride’s beauty, though, as these can get a little showy.
The Pomander or Kissing Ball Bouquet
This simply shouts flower girl, but many a bridesmaid have carried these. Some bridal bouquets might incorporate a small version of this coming off of the main arrangement.
The Wreath or Flower Hoop Bouquet
Similar to the kissing ball, the hoop or wreath is just that. Usually an addition to the main bouquet, it should sit on the bride’s head in lieu of or in addition to tiaras for wedding. The one pictured is much too large for that, but some brides love this shape as a carry.
The Wrist Bouquet or Flower Bracelet Bouquet
I know, prom, right? Mother of the bride, the groom, etc. are wearing this like crazy. Less so for brides.
The Ballerina Bouquet
I love this bouquet. Great for a bride on a budget, incorporating inexpensive tulle and beads using a simple one or two flower-types arrangement. Just elegant and beautiful. Sigh.
The Basket Bouquet
Flowers in a basket. Self-explanatory. Not sure what else to say about this one!
The Scepter Bouquet
Long-stemmed blooms similar to the presentation bouquet…just more “scepter-like.” cradled, carried, and standing, a versatile arrangement.
The Cone Bouquet
Some bouquets simply need to have a nosegay or cone to contain unattractive stems. Just one more style for you to consider.
Bottom line, if you are overwhelmed by the choices, go straight to the Posy and work from there. Once you’ve got your bouquet set, you can go back to writing your new name over and over again, dreaming of changing your name after marriage. Congrats on getting married!
One section of the Wedding Songs Timeline Planner that most couples have a lot of fun with is selecting the garter toss songs. Problem is, what songs go where and which ones fit with the different sections of this upbeat wedding event? I can’t go into too much detail here, because I would be giving away the Garter Toss section of the planner for free–I’m sure you would appreciate that! Still, this article should give you a good overview of the different parts of this event.
First, you may know about the typical songs garter toss songs for weddings such as Macho Man by The Village People and Oh Yeah by Yello. No, you are not allowed to use them, especially if you want to avoid the synchopated eye-roll from your wedding guests! We will get into some great garter toss song ideas soon.
Your garter toss event is broken down into 3 distinct sections. First, you will call the single dudes to the dance floor. This is sometimes a struggle, getting them to actually come out but if you give the groom the mic and let him go after the guys, they will finally weasel their way onto the dance floor.
After getting the single men on the floor, now is the typical time for the garter removal. There may be some of you out there who would prefer not to do the event simply because you don’t like this part (your new husband crawling up your dress to get your garter off your leg in front of mom, dad, grand parents, and Jill the flower girl). This is understandable, so the fix here is to simply skip the garter removal part of this event! Go straight from bringing the single guys up to the actual tossing of the garter. The groom will have the garter in his pocket already!
Now that you have all the single guys up, the garter in hand, it’s time to throw that sucker! A fake is always fun to pull on the guys, just to see them jump. I’ve even seen a groom throw a napkin just to see who goes for it. There are a few AWESOME and unique ideas in the wedding songs timeline planner, of course.
As for wedding garter toss songs, you will want the first song to be funny. Funny garter toss songs work the best because, well, you want the event to be fun, and there is no better group of people you can make fun of like the single guys at a wedding. Think about who is walking up…the theme from Cops might be appropriate. Also, “Loser” by Beck, too. The second song, if you are doing the garter removal, should be more sultry and seductive. You Can Leave Your Hat On is an old stand by, and Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing by Chris Isaaks works well, too.
The toss song can be sports oriented, like Rock and Roll Pt. 2 by Garry Glitter, or high energy fun, like Danger Zone by Kenny Rogers. Again, I have to refer you to the wedding songs timeline planner for the best ideas old and new. There are a few garter toss songs 2011 on the list along with some great themed tunes.
Wedding first dance songs have been covered, along with fall wedding colors, and tuxedos for weddings, fun wedding ideas, and much much more.