Our Top 25 First Dance Songs

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.

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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

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Trending Wedding Colors of 2018

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!

1. Greens

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featured above: Cake Fork Set, Vintage Style Pressed Glass Goblet, Glass Mason Jar With Gold Lid Favor, Square Favor Tag

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

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A real classic, black and white weddings feel dressy and elegant. Incorporate gold to add some shine to your décor.

3. Blues

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featured above: Decorating Glass Bottle Set, Vintage Style Pressed Glass Goblet, Vintage Romance Large Menu Card

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.

Shop by color at Weddingstar.com

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Tips for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

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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.

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Honoring Loved Ones On Your Wedding Day

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. HonoringLovedOnes_2 HonoringLovedOnes_1
Featured Above: Love Locket – Antique SilverVintage 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. HonoringLovedOnes_3
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.

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Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

Wedding planning season has officially started, and one of the first things to consider is getting your bridal party together. Whether you gather your girls together or ask them individually, popping that one big question to them is almost as exciting as getting engaged! Make the whole experience more memorable with a proposal pack they are sure to love.

She Sparkles, She Shines

Let her know how special she is with a one-of-a-kind gift pack that has her name all over it!

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Pretty in Pink

Pink is trending this season, and this gift pack is filled with personalized and pink things you know she will cherish.

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Spa and Go

Pamper your besties with spa essentials gift wrapped with a little extra love.

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Totes of Honor

Your squad will be giddy when they discover their names on one of these proposal packs. Personalized canvas totes make great gifts, and whatever is tucked inside is an added bonus!

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Featured Above: Canvas Tote, Silky Robe

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Featured Above: Wine Tote, Stationery Holder, Signage (coming soon)

For more gift ideas for your girls, check out Weddingstar.com!

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Style Spotlight: Celebrating the DIY Bride

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A DIY-loving bride, along with her like-minded friends, gathered for a creative get-together with Weddingstar ambassador, Lorrie Everitt. Together they created some charming handmade crafts, as well as heartfelt memories, to prep for her rustic wedding.

Pretty Petals and Embroidery

With the creative juices freely flowing and the assistance of many hands, everything from the centerpieces to the guest favors was embellished with the handmade touches. Pretty florals, dried petal confetti, delicate ribbons and crafty embroidery all come together for a one-of-a-kind homespun celebration, brimming over with personality.

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Featured Above: Decorative Chalkboard With White Frame, Rose Gold Glass Jewelry Box

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Featured Above: Vintage Inspired Mason Jar Set in Wire Holder

Sweet Handcrafted Details

While working on the DIY projects, party guests were treated to a boxed lunch, and assorted sweets and tea were served in the prettiest fashion. Versatile acrylic trays, blush pink stemware and out-of-the-ordinary diamond engagement ring chocolates inspired thoughts of romance and helped to add casual elegance to the setting.

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Featured Above: Mini Glass Bell Jar With White Fluted Base

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Featured Above: Diamond Ring Ice Cube Tray, Chalkboard with White Frame, Glass Vase Sign Holders

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Featured Above: Chalkboard with White Frame, Glass Vase Sign Holders

Chalkboard Hand Lettering

No need to be an artist to create a graceful handwritten message on a chalkboard sign or personalized gift tag. We have two DIY chalkboard sign tutorials, which also include downloadable lettering templates to make hand lettering doable for any DIY’er. Whether displayed on an easel or all on their own, these multipurpose chalkboards will get your message across beautifully.

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Featured Above: Decorative Chalkboard With White Frame

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Featured Above: Ornate Chalkboard With Vintage Frame in Antique White

Takeaway Tea

Packaged in an adorable mini mason jar, loose-leaf tea is not only delicious, but it looks pretty too. To match, personalized vintage teacups were included in this darling takeaway for all your tea sipping needs.

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Featured Above: Mini Glass Mason Jar With Lid, String of Lights with Light Bulb Wire Cage

Sources:

Creative Direction & DIY Blogs by Lorrie Everitt

Photography by Sara Wilde

Packaging & Party Supplies by Creative Bag

Shot on location at Fox and Fawn Antique Shoppe

Hand Lettering by Jenna Mackintosh from Prose & Fawns Paperie

Florals by Colleen Milne from Petal 2 the Metal

Invitations and Illustrations by Alicia Bint from Alicia’s Infinity

Catering by Andrea Bercovitch-Scaringella at Savoury & Cake

Embroidery Kits by Michelle Galetta from Kiriki Press

Tea by Melissa Lowry from Makeology

Macarons by Zander Rodriguez from Macaronz

Decorative Sugar Cubes by Marnie Lippa from Parties Made Simple

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Style Spotlight: Shower Her Pretty

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Bridal showers are the ultimate way to honor the bride and her new life to come. Gone are the days of cliché themes and cheesy games. Throw a bridal shower like a party pro, with these tips from wedding planner and Weddingstar Ambassador, Leona Morelock.

Color Code:

When you know the bride’s favourite color, incorporate it everywhere. From food and decorations to favors and napkins, completely color her day her way.

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Featured Above: Foil Stamped Matchbox, Personalized Napkins

Signature Sip:

Does she have a signature drink planned for her big day? The shower is a perfect opportunity to do a little taste testing!

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Featured Above: Bubbly Bar Acrylic Sign (DIY Painted Gold)

Brunch Theme:

There are no rules that say the shower has to take place mid-afternoon. Why not do brunch at 11am and serve an eye opener such as a Bloody Mary in a fancy goblet? Very Carrie Bradshaw don’t you think?

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Celebrate Her:

Include an activity that really speaks to your bride-to-be’s interest. Bring in an expert for wine and cheese tasting, or perhaps a perfumer to help create her own signature fragrance.

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Featured Above: Floral Silky Robe

Gifts that Fit:

Shower the bride with gifts that are in sync with her personal sense of style. Whether heirloom inspired or cosmopolitan chic, she will love the very personalized touches.

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Featured Above: Mirrored Jewelry Box, Tag Bracelet

Stay Fancy:

Create a secret garden complete with lacy parasols for an outdoor lunch that includes setting the table with the “good china.”

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Featured Above: Lace Parasols

Sweet Tea:

Not into cocktails? Offer your guests an assortment of loose-leaf teas for taste testing, and then provide cute monogrammed bags to pack up a portion of their favorite flavor. A sweet take home favour you know they will love.

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Credits:

Event/Floral Design & Styling by Leona Morelock Designs

Photography by Morgan Marie Photography

Location By Maple Run Farm

Catering by Mission Catering

Florals by Fifty Flowers

Hair & Makeup by Sapphire Cartas of Main Street Style Salon

Jewelry by Morris Jewelry

Dresses by Dillard’s

Rentals by A La Occasions

Tea by Stash

Wine by Fre Wine

Mocktails by Welch’s

Calligraphy by The Fancy Pen

 

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Give The Gift Of A Gift Box

Looking for a unique gift idea to thank your guests for being part of your special day? Why not create a special personalized gift box for them to take away? They can be any size and contain as many items as you’d like that fits within your budget. Here are a couple of gift box ideas to help you get started!

The Welcome Box

Filled with treats and gifts that hint at the fun ahead, guests will be set to clink, drink and party. Everything from the snacks to the takeaway favors, this welcome gift box has all the ingredients for some incredibly memorable good times.

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The Takeaway Box

A charming basket brimming with homespun and heartfelt gifts makes a thoughtful takeaway for the morning after the celebration. Treat guests to a “Rise and Shine” breakfast picnic to-go and say thanks for coming one more time.

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Check out weddingstar.com for more ideas!

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