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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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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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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Style Spotlight: Bare Your Soul

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This stunning styled shoot, by Alicia Jenelle Events & Love Laced Weddings, sets the stage for a fresh twist on romantic wedding style, with its hushed palette of rose gold accents and lavish florals. Cascading florals and natural foliage are layered with barely there, transparent details, for an ethereal look that is all about romance.

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Vintage glassware adds a distinctive flair to this table décor. Fill with your favorite beverage and cheers the night away in style.

Write your own vows in these beautiful linen pocket journals and save the memories for years to come with this personalized keepsake.

Whether a unique box for your precious wedding rings, an extra special gift for your ladies or a totally fresh take on the classic card box, let the love shine through. Stunning see-through boxes are like tiny windows into the treasures carefully placed inside.

This Modern acrylic box creates a sophisticated Wishing Well that complements this theme. Not only can it be used as a stylish container to collect wedding cards or “Wish Cards”, but it also makes an ideal box to store your precious wedding keepsakes following the big day.

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Credits:

Styling and Coordination: ALICIA JENELLE EVENTS and LOVE LACED WEDDINGS

Photography: RHYTHM PHOTOGRAPHY

Videography: NORRISFILMS

Venue: THE RICHMOND

Model: CHLOE BROWN of DULCEDO MANAGEMENT

Fresh Floral Design: BLUUMBLVD

Hair Stylist: LADYLYN GOOL

Makeup Artist: DAWNA BOOT MAKEUP

Table & Chairs: EVENT RENTAL GROUP

Table Top & Bar Items: THE PERFECT TABLE

Wedding Dress, Shoes, Earrings & Necklace: SASH & BUSTLE

Rings: GWEN PARK JEWELLERY DESIGNS

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Just Engaged: Tips From Real Wedding Planners

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You just got engaged and are feeling overwhelmed with all the questions on where to start. In addition, you’ve probably got a lot of people whispering in your ear. Good news, we have a few tips from the pros to help you get started.

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Tip One: Enjoy the Moment

First off, take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the thrill of becoming engaged! So many brides quickly get caught up in all of the details about planning weddings (Pinterest boards can be deadly!) – that they don’t take a moment to fully cherish this beautiful moment in their life. You need to take it all in, and celebrate in private with your hubby to be, as the big day will come soon enough to celebrate with all of your friends and family!  – Infinity Weddings & Events – Karina Brown

Tip Two: Spread the Word!

Family and close friends will love finding out from you in person.  How about hosting an intimate brunch to personally announce your big news to your close family?  If they are far away, a phone call is more personal than letting them find out second-hand or via email or social media like everyone else. – Birch & Bunny Wedding & Events – Laura Richert

Tip Three: Before Jumping In . . .

Determine the scope. The budget and size of guest list will start you out on the right foot.  Once you have figured out at least a range for these questions you will be better able to move forward either on your own or with the help of a professional Wedding Planner.  Your planner will help you prioritize, create a detailed timeline and budget, track expenses and recommend vendors.  These custom vendor recommendations are ones who match your style, personalities, budget, needs and experience level. – Birch & Bunny Wedding & Events – Laura Richert

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Tip Four: Set a date!

Don’t wait too long as, dependent on season, a lot of vendors tend to book up quickly! If you have your heart set on a specific venue, you may have to start with checking what dates are available and go from there. Choosing a date does not need to be a big task or a difficult one – but it is super important as, with wedding planning, everything can become time sensitive. On top of setting a date, you need to narrow down your guest list. Most venues have a maximum capacity and there is nothing worse than paying a deposit on your perfect venue only to find out all of the guests you’ve invited cannot attend due to restrictions (talk about a nightmare!).  – Infinity Weddings & Events – Karina Brown

Tip Five: Saying Yes To The Dress

Find that perfect dress (or suit)! Shopping a year in advance is a great idea, as you don’t want to become stressed and crammed for time. Dresses take time to order in as they often come from out of city. On top of that, if you need any alterations to be done, you need to ensure that you have plenty of time for the dress to be fixed. – Infinity Weddings & Events – Karina Brown

Tip Six: Beware Of Social Media

We all love to post on social media and well, it is the way of the world now.   I strongly suggest holding information that you share about your wedding to a minimum though. This is where a lot of couples get confused and overwhelmed over unsolicited comments and advice. The vendors that you have hired are the experts and do this for a living so it is important to lean on them for guidance on your big day. – LP Events – Lesley Plumley

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Final Tip:

Make the day about the two of you and what you want!   Stay true to your vision and you will be much happier.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Things happen and may not always go your way. It is important not to lose sight of what you are doing; marrying your true love. Hire vendors that work with you to create a dream day for you and your partner. – LP Events – Lesley Plumley

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3 DIY Balloon Ideas

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Looking for a way to liven up your next affair? We have three easy Balloon DIY’s to add a little something extra to your party décor.

Giant Confetti Balloons

 

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Photography By: Fola Lawal Photography

The Supplies

The Step-by-Step

Step One:

Take your balloon and fill it with your tissue confetti. You can add as much or as little as you want.

Step Two:

Blow up your balloon using helium.

Step Three:

Tie your ribbon to the bottom of the balloon. You can use this to tie your balloon down to a balloon weight or to hold while walking down the aisle.

Step Four:

Shake balloon as needed to spread the confetti evenly.

Garland Balloons

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The Supplies

The Step-by-Step

Step One:

Using the string provided with the garland, begin tying the garland on the string. The closer they are the thicker the garland will be to hold. We recommend spacing the garland about 3-5 inches apart.

Step Two:

Once step 1 is complete cut off excess string.

Step Three:

Blow up your balloon using helium.

Step Four:

Tie your garland to the bottom of the balloon and you’ve got yourself a fun décor piece or a great prop for your wedding day photos.

Greenery Balloons

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The Supplies

The Step-By-Step

Step One:

Blow up your balloon using helium.

Step Two:

Tie your garland to the bottom of the balloon using twine to keep it in place and you’ve got a sophisticated yet versatile décor piece.

We’d love to see your completed project. Post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.

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DIY: “I Do” Leaf Ring Plate

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Looking for an alternative to a ring pillow for your big day? Check out this cute DIY “I Do” Leaf Plate idea. We’ve provided you with step-by-step instructions below.

Supplies:

  • White Porcelain Leaf Ring Plate
  • Pencil
  • Tracing Paper
  • Speedball “Elegant Writer” 2.0 mm chisel nib (or Calligraphy Marker in your choice colour)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Scissors
  • Print out with design/ text

The Step by Step:

Step One:

Ensure the plate is clean and dry. We suggest using warm water and a rag for cleaning.

Step Two:

Print out the lettering template for the plate. We have included a few options for you below that you can download and print. Remember when printing to keep the template to size.

Step Three:

Place the tracing paper over top of the template and using your pencil trace the outline of the font you have chosen.

Step Four:

Cut down excess tracing paper for easier placement. Position the lettering on a smooth area of the plate so there will be no bumps from the plate design underneath. Use painter’s tape to hold the paper in place.

Step Five:

Transfer the outline to the plate using the tracing paper and pencil. Your traced lettering will be very faint but you should be able to see the complete design before you remove the paper template.Then using your calligraphy marker, trace over your outline and fill in.

Step Six:

Allow the marker to dry and avoid direct contact to prevent smears. If you are concerned about transfer you can try clear lacquer spray over top. (Note: wait until the marker is dry before applying lacquer and check label to make sure lacquer is appropriate to go over pen).

Download Template Here

 

We’d love to see your completed project. Post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.

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Warm Up Your Winter Wedding Decor

Baby, it’s cold outside! But don’t worry, we have a few tips on how to warm up your winter wedding with the perfect winter décor!

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Warm & Cozy

Keep you and your guests warm with a mini cuddle station! Have a few blankets, toques and mittens for your guests. They will appreciate the thought while they watch you say your I do’s.

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Sip, Sip Hooray

Try having a hot chocolate station so your guests have something to warm themselves up before, during or after the ceremony.

The Season Of Giving

Tis the season that keeps on giving, so why not give a little extra to your guests. These glass bell jars filled with white flaked covered chocolate are the perfect treat to surprise your guests with.

Looking for something a little less sweet? Try these cuddly bear salt & pepper shakers. Not only are they practical but they also fit in with the winter white scenery.

From The Earth

Add elements straight from nature such as pinecones, wood logs, tree branches or earthy evergreen. Let the rustic nature of winter inspire your centerpieces or escort cards.

Credits:
Photography:  Still Moments Photography

Design/Decor: Kim Chenard – Wedding and Event Stylist

Florals: Petal Pushers

Dress: Sincerity Bridal

Fur Mittens, Scarf & Sweater – Ardene

Hair: Bombshells Hair Studio

Makeup: Schon Makeup Artistry

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10 Creative Wedding Food & Beverage Bar Ideas

Cocktail bars are one thing, but there are so many other food and beverage bar ideas out there to choose from. Here are 10 creative ideas for your wedding reception!

Beverage Bars

Mimosa Bar

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featured here: Twisted Stem Champagne Flutes/ Sparkle Large Card Table Sign / Apothecary Jar

A mimosa bar is a great idea for weddings that are earlier in the day. Provide your choice of juice, champagne, and fruit for garnish and let your guests create their own mimosas!

Coffee & Hot Cocoa Bar

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A coffee and hot cocoa bar is a perfect set up for a winter wedding and a great alternative to alcoholic beverages. Stock the bar with fun add-ins like chocolate and peppermint sticks!

Apple Cider Bar

featured here: Self Standing Chalkboard Sign With Rustic Wood Frame /  Chalkboard Print Personalized SignMoscow Mule Mug / Clear Glass Coffee Mug / Personalized Drink Display Tag

For the chilly fall weather, what better accompaniment than apple cider?! Guests can serve themselves from a beverage dispenser into personalized mugs for a warm treat.

Food Bars

Popcorn Bar

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Because who doesn’t love popcorn? Provide different variations with seasonings to spice things up.

Chili Bar

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featured here: Geo Marble Welcome Poster / Geo Marble Flat Place Card / Geo Marble Personalized Burlap Table Runner / Eco Wood Utensils

For something completely different, but sure to be a fan favorite, try serving a delicious and hearty chili. Serve grab-n-go style in individual serving size bowls.

Smores Bar

featured here: Self Standing Chalkboard Sign With Rustic Wood Frame/ Apothecary Jars / Bell Jars 

A sure-fire hit for any rustic or winter themed wedding. With everything set up in apothecary jars, your guests will have a blast creating their own delicious desserts. Serve spiked eggnog alongside for an extra treat for the adults!

Candy Bar

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featured here: Apothecary Jars / Speech Bubble Chalkboard Clips / Sweetie Candy Scoop / Paper Favor Bags

Have a sweet tooth? A candy bar is the perfect fit! Great for the kids and the adults!

Pie Bar

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featured here: “Sweetie Pies” Mini Pie Packaging Kits

Not a fan of cake? Pie is a great alternative option. Serve various types of pie or adorable individual pies for your guests to take home!

Donut Bar

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Donuts at weddings are a new trend that people love!

Dessert Bar

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If you can’t decide what type of dessert you want, why not serve a variety? Cake, pie pops, tarts, and macarons are just some of the endless options.

Photo Credits:

Coffee & Cocoa Bar: Creative Director-Jen Rios Weddings & Photography by Jillian Zamora Photography

Donut Bar: Creative Styling by Smitten Events & Photography by Paul Behm Photography

Dessert Bar: Styling by Tiffany Events & Photography by Rhythm Photography

 

5 Fun Ways to Keep Kids Entertained At Your Wedding

Kids can be the life of the party but sometimes they need a little assistance staying entertained. Here are a few ways to keep the kids entertained on your big day so you can relax and enjoy every moment.

1. Create a Care Package

 

Pull together a few items such as markers, coloring books, candy, a disposable camera and silly putty in a little package available at their seat. This will give them something to play with and entertain themselves during speeches.

 2. Grab A Prop & Strike a Pose

 

Kids love photo booths, that’s just a fact! Have a few fun props available and let them take it from there. It will keep them entertained and you will end up with some great pictures in the end.

 3. Have An Open Treat Bar

 

Have a table set-up with all the kids favorite treats such as candy, cookies, chips, pie, etc. This allows them to pick and choose their favorite treats and provides you with a moment of silence while they munch down.

 4. Let Kids Be Part Of The Celebration

 

Clink, clink, cheers! When it comes time to cheers to the couple, what better way to get the kids involved than their very own glass of cheer! Have a special non-alcoholic beverage available like milk & cookies so that the kids can join in on the fun.

5. Entertainment Can Be Simple

 

If you’re looking for an easy way to entertain the kids, ask your DJ to play some kid friendly music to light up the dance floor. Fog machines or bubble machines are also a crowd pleaser.

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