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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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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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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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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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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How To: Create A Wedding Day Backup Plan

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We all want our wedding day to be perfect but sometimes things don’t quite go as planned. From the weather acting up to someone forgetting the rings, being prepared will help create a stress free day. Here are a few tips on how to create a backup plan for your big day.

1. Plan for all Weather Types

When planning an outdoor wedding we all hope for the perfect weather, but sometimes Mother Nature has a mind of its own. Make sure you plan for the worst! Talk to your venue and create an alternate option that can be set-up indoors quickly in case of last minute weather.

2. Universal Décor

Rain or shine, you want your wedding to be perfect, but keep in mind that if something does come up you want to make sure your day can go off without a hitch. Have a simple décor back up plan that your coordinator can put in to action in case there is a change in the winds.

3. Have a Day of Contact

Have someone coordinating with your vendors for final details & payments on the wedding day. This allows you to relax and enjoy celebrating your big day without any last minute hassles.

4. Bring an Emergency Kit

Pack a bag with items that are commonly forgotten or missed on the big day. Some must-have items we recommend including is: pocket flats, spare rings, water bottle, granola bars, umbrella, earring backs, bobby pins, hair spray, scissors, lip stick, extra copy of vows and a phone charger.

5. Don’t Stress Over What You Can’t Control

Remember that you have no control over weather or other people’s forgetfulness. Just enjoy your day!

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Photography by: LV Imagery

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DIY: Put a {Chocolate} Ring On It

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Here’s a little DIY project that will have your friends asking “how did you make these?” These sweet chocolate rings are very easy to create and don’t require any special candy making tools. All you need is a diamond ring ice cube tray, some chocolate candy melts and maybe some music to dance to while your waiting for the chocolate to set!

The Supplies

  • diamond ring ice cube tray
  • chocolate candy melts in the color or colors of your choice (we used Wilton Candy Melts)
  • microwave save container
  • knife

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Step by Step

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Step 1. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe container as indicated on the candy melt package.

Step 2. Stir melted chocolate and pour into each of the diamond ring molds. Gently bang the tray on a counter top to make sure there are no air bubbles in the chocolate.

Step 3. Use a knife to remove any excess chocolate on the mold and set aside to cool for a few hours.

Step 4. Once the chocolate has dried completely you can pop the rings out. Work slowly so you do not break the rings. Tip: Pop the ring up and then slowly twist the ring free from the centre part of the mold.

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Have fun with different colours of candy melts and experiment by combining colours. Here’s a tip for making candy rings with more than one color –  allow each color to dry in the mold before adding another color.

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You can decorate cupcakes and cakes with these chocolate candy rings for a bridal shower.

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Featured here: diamond ring ice cube tray, medium chalkboards, vintage inspired pressed glass vases and stationery holders, printed gold confetti paper table runner

Here’s how these DIY candy rings were displayed at a styled party shoot for all the single ladies to wear … and eat!

If you use the diamond ring ice cube trays for your wedding, shower or party we’d love to see what you did. Post your photos on Instagram using hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we’ll find your post.

 

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Styled shoot vendor credits:

Photography by Sara Wilde Photography

Hand lettering by Prose and Fawns Paperie

Catering by Savoury and Cake

Packaging by Creative Bag

Shot at Fox and Fawn Shoppe

DIY projects and Creative direction by Lorrie Everitt

 

 

Style Spotlight: Boho Luxe Meets Lavender

Nature and florals are the natural setting for this lush, countryside intimate affair. This beautifully sophisticated shoot brings together shades of purple with accents of gold used throughout the table décor and stationery. For some added eccentric flair cow skulls were added to create unique Boho styled centerpieces. With added texture inspired by Moroccan prints to finish off the look, this stylist brought together a modern, enchanting shoot.

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Featured here (top left to bottom right): Floral Pressed Glass Mason Jar Favour With StopperVintage Style Pressed Glass Flute In ClearVintage Style Pressed Glass Goblet Clear,  Cake Fork Set – Classic Gold RomanceVintage Creamer Assortment Favour Vase SetVintage Inspired Depression Glass Votive HoldersAcrylic Wedding Ring Box – Feather Whimsy Etching

Credits:

Styling & Invitations: Adorn Invitations | @adorninvitations

Dresses: Raffaele Ciuca |  @raffaeleciucabridal

Headpiece and Jewelry: Love On Jewellery |@loveonjewellery

Photographer: Sephory Photography | @sephoryphotography

Flowers: Babylon Flowers | @babylon flowers

Food: Mary Eats Cake | @maryeatscake

Models: Caity Caarels @caitycaarels & Carl Zvekan

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Top Things To Do The Week Of Your Wedding

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You only have a week left until you say “I Do”! Before the big day arrives you want to make sure you have everything in order and checked off your to-do list. Here are ten of the top things you should do the week of your wedding!

1. Send Final Payments To Vendors

Pay all your vendors prior to the big day if possible! That way you won’t have them trying to track you down on your wedding day for payment. If you want to tip your vendors the day of, designate a family member or bridal party member to handle this.

2. Photo List

If you have in mind certain photos you absolutely want and people you want included, make sure you write out a list beforehand for your photographer.

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3. Marriage License

Go to the courthouse or registration office and get your marriage license that week if you haven’t already. Make an appointment ahead of time if you can.

4. Break In Your Shoes

Make sure you break your wedding shoes in before your wedding day. Your feet will thank you! Wear them around the house that week and pack an extra pair for dancing just in case.

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Photo credit: Laura Ivanova Photography

5. Emergency Kit

You never know what you’re going to need that day, so come prepared! Bring an emergency kit with everything from hair spray to bandages and a sewing kit.

6. Try On Your Wedding Dress

Get into your dress one last time before the big day and make sure everything fits perfectly!

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Photo credit: Brooke Images

7. Pack Your Honeymoon Bags

If you’re leaving for your honeymoon right after the wedding, make sure to have all of your bags packed beforehand, including your carry on bag! This will be one less thing you have to worry about the day of your wedding.

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8. Check In With Your Bridal Party

Send an email to all your girls & guys and confirm that everyone knows where and when they need to be on the big day. Also, make a point of delegating any important tasks for the day.

9. Call Any Guests Who Didn’t RSVP

Reach out to anyone you haven’t heard from yet. It’s best to know the final guest numbers than to be surprised the day of with last minute guests.

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Photo credit: Rhythm Photography

10. Rest & Relaxation

Last but not least take a moment, relax and spend some quality time with your partner and make sure you get a good sleep the night before!

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All products featured in this post can be found on weddingstar.com

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Indoor Vs. Outdoor Weddings

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When planning your big day, you must decide whether you want it to take place indoors or outdoors. Whether you decide to have it in the backyard, on the beach, countryside, church or community hall, your perfect location is out there and can be a beautiful affair. But both indoor and outdoor affairs can have their perks and disadvantages.

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Outdoor Ceremonies

 

The fresh air, the blue skies, and standing under the shining sun are all enticing reasons to getting married outdoors. Here is a list of a few pros and cons for an outdoor wedding:

Con: Mother Nature
There is always an uncontrollable risk to an outdoor event, which is the weather. So make sure you have a back-up plan just in case.

Pro: Personal Touch

A benefit to an outdoor wedding is that it can be more personal to you as a couple. You can pick a location that matches your style as a couple and that has true meaning. For example the farm you grew up on or the mountains you like to climb.

Pro: Personalize The Decor

There is also greater opportunity to personalize the décor. With an outdoor wedding you are starting with a blank slate and can decorate to match your style. You can choose the style of chair or bench for your guests, arch or pedestal for your ceremony.

Indoor Ceremonies

 

If you’re looking for something with a bit more control, an indoor wedding may just be your cup of tea. Here is a list of pros and cons to consider an indoor wedding:

Pro: Unique Style For Every Couple

Indoor locations have their own personality. Whether you choose a church, historical building, or greenhouse there is a unique style for every couple.

Con: Space Limitations

Indoor weddings do have more space limitations depending on the location.

Pro: Air Conditioning and Availability

Even though there are space limitations there are other benefits such as A/C, space personality, and year-round availability.

Both indoor and outdoor ceremonies have pros and cons. But they both can make for your perfect day! For tips on how to personalize your day click here.

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What’s In Our Carry On- Packing For Your Honeymoon!

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After months of planning your big day has come and gone, but don’t worry the excitement isn’t over yet! Now it’s time to get ready for your honeymoon! Travelling in general can be stressful but we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of our top items for your honeymoon carry-on so you can start off your romantic getaway stress-free.

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1. Tote Bag

A cute personalized tote like this geo-prism tote will make it easy to pack all your must-have carry-on accessories.

2. Shoes/Flip-flops

Pack a pair of comfy shoes to change into, as the flight might be long and you will want to be ready for anything once you get off the plane.

3. Earphones

4. Hand Sanitizer

5. Lip Chap

Those planes can be stuffy and dry, which can cause chapped lips. Don’t let chapped lips put a damper on your honeymoon!

6. Sleep Mask

Catch up on some well-needed Zzz’s from all the wedding day excitement! Your wedding day is full of emotion and excitement which can also be a bit draining. Grab a sleep mask and catch some shut eye so you are ready to enjoy your honeymoon!

7. Robe

Don’t forget to pack a change of clothes and your fave silky robe in your carry on, in case something happens to your luggage.

8. Cosmetic Bag

A personalized monogrammed cosmetic bag is perfect for carrying your everyday makeup.

9. Sunglasses

Don’t get caught in the sun without your sunglasses. Pack a pair of inexpensive fun sunglasses for your travels so if they get lost or broken you won’t mind.

10. Camera

Bring a disposable camera along as a fun way to capture your honeymoon memories that you can look back on for years to come.

11. Phone

12. Passport Cover

Keep your passport protected and easy to find with a cute Mr. & Mrs. passport cover for you and your new husband.

13. Money Clip

It’s always hard to know how to store your money while travelling, but with a money clip your money, ID’s, and credit cards can all be stored in one simple location that’s easy to hide in your belongings or your hotel room.

14. Water

Don’t start off by breaking the bank. Bring a water bottle that is refillable and fill it up once you are past security, to save money from those expensive airport convenience stores.

15. Book/ Magazine

16. Luggage Tag

Make sure you label your carry-on! You don’t want to start your vacation off on the wrong foot with lost possessions. This leather luggage tag is not only personalized with your initials but is really durable and classic.

17. Notepad & Pen

A pen and paper is just handy to have. You can write down important information about your flights, or record your favorite memories from your travels.

18. Deck of Cards

Have a layover or a long flight? Bring a deck of cards for hours of entertainment!

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