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Your first dance as newlyweds is a memorable moment not only for you, but for your guests as well. You want to be sure to pick a song that resembles your relationship. Here is a list of our favorite first dance songs. Who knows, maybe you’ll find the perfect song for you and your S.O.
photo credit: Gina Dreher Photography
1. Perfect by Ed Sheeran
2. All of Me by John Legend
3. This Will Be Our Year by The Zombies
4. Stand By Me by Ben E. King
5. Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts
6. Amazed by Lonestar
7. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
8. All On Me by Devin Dawson
9. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
10. Come Rain or Come Shine by Ray Charles
11. Grow Old With Me by Mary Chapin Carpenter
12. I Will by The Beatles
13. I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz
14. Make You Feel My Love by Adele
15. Marry Me by Train
16. Our Love Is Here to Stay by Billie Holiday
17. The Best Is Yet To Come by Frank Sinatra
18. We’ve Only Just Begun by The Carpenters
19. From This Moment On by Shanai Twain
20. Heaven by Bryan Adams
21. Your Song by Elton John
22. At Last by Etta James
23. No One by Alicia Keys
24. You Are by Lionel Richie
25. First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes
Choosing colors for your wedding is no light task. Colors help enforce the style and theme you are trying to create for your big day. We’re sharing our favorite color schemes that might help you decide your own!
In 2017 neutral greens were huge in the wedding world. For 2018, these colors have developed to be fully nature-inspired. Pair these lush greens with soft greys, pastel pinks and touches of gold to really make your décor pop!
2. Black, White & Gold
featured above: Black And Gold Opulence Menu Card
A real classic, black and white weddings feel dressy and elegant. Incorporate gold to add some shine to your décor.
Shades of blue as your main color scheme is a composition you can’t go wrong with. It’s great for every season and easy to dress up or down.
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Planning your wedding and want to make sure you’re incorporating all the latest trends? There is an endless amount of inspiration out there, which can become overwhelming. We’ve created a list of the top wedding trends we love and wouldn’t want you to miss!
1. A Touch of Gold
The inherent warmth of glimmering gold is a trend that is here to stay. With its universal appeal, touches of gold will be equally at home no matter what your wedding style and theme is.
2. Fun Food Setups
When entertaining, food is a key ingredient. Provide a feast for not only the palate but the eyes too. Consider the overall color scheme as well as the serve ware.
photo credit: Jessilyn Wong Photography
photo credit: Rhythm Photography
3. Cool Gifts For The Kids
Gift your flower girl a pretty pink floral robe to match you and your girls. This mini version is so adorable and she will love dressing up to match.
featured above: Tween Silky Kimono Robe- Pink Floral
Customized to include his name, gift your ring bearer a personalized shirt. Great for the rehearsal or getting ready with the guys, chances are, your adorable ring bearer will be the center of attention and in many photos too. Shop more kids gift ideas at Weddingstar.
featured above: Personalized Ring Bearer T-Shirt
4. Balloons Down The Aisle
Balloons at weddings are back. Switch out the traditional petal toss and ring pillow with jumbo round balloons. Your youngest attendants will love making a grand entrance and this unexpected touch is sure to make your guests smile.
photo credit: Fola Lawal Photography
5. Unique Guest Books
Put an imaginative twist on the conventional guest book. With the help of your guests, create a unique record that will become a sentimental piece of art for your home or a keepsake box packed with hand written well wishes that will be a lasting reminder of the happy day when your journey began.
featured above: Phantom Wishing Well Acrylic Box- Greenery Printing
6. Hanging Accents
Aerial displays are a popular way to add visual interest to your décor. Paper lanterns are budget friendly, available in a rainbow of colors and simple to use.
Featured Above: His & Her Linen Pocket Journals – Ivory and Charcoal
Although we may never tire of the traditional vows – there is just a romance to using the same words as so many others have for centuries – your love story is unique, and writing your own vows adds that special personal touch to your ceremony. However, it’s not always easy to get all the feelings from your heart down on a piece of paper to share in front of everyone. Here are 5 tips to help you write your own vows.
1. Make Sure Everyone Is On The Same Page
First, talk to both your fiancé and officiant and make sure they are both okay with personalized wedding vows. Once it’s agreed upon, discuss how you’d like your vows to sound. Maybe you want them to be more romantic than humorous, or serious over casual? While you are at it you should ask your S.O. a couple of questions:
- Will you write your vows together or apart?
- Will they be completely different or maybe you’ll make the same promises to one another at the end, similar to traditional vows?
- Will you share them with one another or keep them a secret until the ceremony?
2. Make Promises
Why have you chosen to spend the rest of your life with this person? What does this marriage mean to you? These are some questions you should ask yourself when writing your vows. Reflect on the good times, but consider all the low times you and your partner may have overcome in your relationship as well. Both your fiancé and guests want your vows to be real, so make sure your promises are meaningful to your relationship. You want to show that love is not simply a feeling but a choice, and that you and your partner are choosing to love one another.
3. Look For Inspiration
Expressing your feelings is no easy task. Gather books, poems, quotes and examples of other wedding vows to help you find the right wording for your vows. If you feel that Shakespeare or Taylor Swift said it best, it’s okay to borrow their words.
4. Be Yourself
Don’t feel the pressure to write something that sounds professionally done. Speak from your heart and do your best to describe your emotions. Take the time to think about the person you’ve become because of your fiancé and put that into words. Both your fiancé and guests will appreciate how real you are being with them.
5. Dress Up Your Vows
You may think that having your vows down on paper is enough, but consider how they may they look when they are pulled out of your pocket or purse. Protect your vows by rewriting them in a notebook. This also allows for your vows to become a keepsake after the wedding, and maybe even reread for a vow renewal.
It has come time to buy the gifts for your wedding party. You’ve checked off the greatest gifts for all your bridesmaids, but not quite sure what to get for the guys? Well, we have you covered! Here are our top trending gifts for your groomsmen, with something for every style that they are sure to love.
1. Beer Glasses
Ideal for any guy who likes to kick back with a cold one when he’s ready to relax. Choose a glass that suits each groomsmen’s style and customize for a meaningful gift that they will use over and over again.
A flask is one of those items that every guy likes to have, especially for an important occasion like a wedding! You can personalize each flask for each member of the wedding party with their names or initials.
featured above: Personalized Wood Flask
3. Water Bottles
For those always on the go, what better gift to give than a personalized water bottle!
featured above: Personalized Chrome Water Bottle-Custom Monogram Print
4. Cooler Chair
Great for the outdoors type, surprise them with a personalized cooler chair they can take with to the beach, ballgame or camping. They’ll always have a few cool drinks and a place to sit.
featured above: Cooler Chair-Blue
5. Personalized Beer Caddy
Fill this unique caddy with bottles of craft beer and it is sure to be a hit with the groomsmen!
featured above: Wood Beer Bottle Caddy With Opener-Typewriter Monogram Etching
6. Men’s Travel Toiletry Bag
Complete with a fresh and trendy style, this canvas toiletry bag is what every on-the-go man needs. Perfect for a destination wedding.
featured above: Men’s Travel Toiletry Bag- Canvas
7. Travel Bags
Another great groomsmen gift for a destination wedding or if the boys have a bachelor party planned out of town.
featured above: Weekend Carry On Bag
A wedding is a time to celebrate, but sometimes not everyone who you wish to celebrate with can be there. Honoring loved ones that have passed can become an important part of your big day. Gone but never forgotten, make your memorial just for you or for everyone in attendance to enjoy.
Carry their images with you
Whether you pin their photos to your bouquet, add them in your cufflinks, or wear a locket with their picture in it, you can take comfort in knowing that they are right there with you.
Featured Above: Love Locket – Antique Silver, Vintage Book Locket Cufflinks
Include a flower for them in your bouquet
Have a single flower in your bouquet just for them. Whether it’s their favorite flower or just a different color than the others, this subtle touch could mean the world to you and any that knew them.
Reserve them a seat
Others may not know who this seat is for, but you will, and that’s all that matters. Place a single flower or a personal item from this person on the seat. When you look at the seat, you can’t help but remember them.
Write them into your vows/toasts
Incorporate special speeches in honor of your loved ones during the ceremony and/or reception. This is a great way to share some good memories with everyone.
Lighting a candle
A single candle on an entryway table or lighting the candle during your ceremony can be a special moment of remembrance that all can appreciate.
Featured Above: Personalized Memorial Pillar Candle
Play their favorite song
During the reception, have your DJ/band play their favorite song with a special dedication to them. A thoughtful gesture in which anyone can join in by getting on the dance floor, or just by enjoying the song from their seat.
Offer a special favor
Send wedding guests off with a token inspired by your late loved one. You can even include a sign to explain the favor.
Make a donation
Depending on how they passed, you may want to set up a donation in their memory to help fund further research. Or maybe you just want to donate to a charity you know they supported.