Wedding Songs: Best Wedding Songs of 2010

The Knot recently Publised the Best Wedding Songs of 2010. This is a fun assortment of slow songs, group dance songs and fun songs to incorporate into every part of your wedding. For full clips of each of these videos go to The Knot and Enjoy!
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"Say Hey (I Love You)" by Michael Franti and Spearhead

Who will like it: Everyone

When to play it: The cocktail hour or between dinner courses

"You & Me" by Dave Matthews Band
Who will like it: The bride, the groom, and the rest of the lovebirds
When to play it: The first dance

"Only You Can Love Me This Way" by Keith Urban
Who will like it: The country-music lovers
When to play it: During the photo slideshow

"I Got a Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas
Who will like it: Your guests who are ready to party
When to play it: As you make your reception entrance

"Never Had Nobody Like You" by M. Ward
Who will like it: The romantics and nostalgics
When to play it: The cake cutting

"My Life Would Suck Without You" by Kelly Clarkson
Who will like it: Your best girlfriends (who think life would suck without you)
When to play it: During the bouquet toss

"Hey Soul Sister" by Train
Who will like it: All the couples
When to play it: As one of the first slow songs

"Down" by Jay Sean
Who will like it: The younger, dancing crowd -- single and taken
When to play it: Following a slow song to get everyone back on the dance floor

"Blame It (on the Alcohol)" by Jaime Foxx and T. Pain
Who will like it: Your guests who like to dance
When to play it: Late (when the older folks have made their exit)

"Everyday" by Vetiver
Who will like it: All the couples
When to play it: As the last slow song of the night
Yeah, we know the video isn't romantic (it's a parody), but the song still is!
Photo by: Erin Johnson Photography


In the Woods Weddings - Hayward, Wisconsin

I had the pleasure of working with In the Woods Weddings this past weekend. Katie was working with a couple planning their Anniversary Party and used us for their Chair Covers and Sashes. Her flowers did an amazing job of complimenting the room, the linens and the whole theme. If you are planning a destination wedding in Hayward Wisconsin, look her up! I am looking forward to planning more events in Wisconsin and working with her again!!

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The Cost of a Tented Wedding Reception...

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Photos by: Photogen-inc.com
A few weeks ago I ran across this wonderful post from Michigan Wedding Planner Jessica of Stella Event Design.. I thought this was the perfect read to repost. She hits it right on the head. We get a lot of calls wanting us to assist the couples in making their backyard dreams come true. I believe we do a lot of weddings in backyards because they are hard. Simply Put.. you really need to hire a professional planner when you are doing a backyard wedding. Not only to help you see all of the unforeseen issues (Parking, Bathrooms, Bugs, Lighting, etc) But also to be there on the day of the wedding to run to the store to get more ice if needed, pick up a generator, move tables and chairs around.. all of the little things that you take for granted when you are in a banquet facility.
I could go on and on about all of the issues we have encountered... wind, humidity, a swarm of bees, blown fuses, seven trips to the liquor store (yes, Seven....They liked to party!)
Here is what Jessica Wrote: The key to creating a tented wedding on your own property (or even a rented space), is keeping in mind all of the rental costs you are going to incur. While a tented wedding may seem like the budget-friendly option, let’s take a look at how the numbers break down in comparison to a local venue that has a flat $2800 rental fee:
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I am not by any means saying you shouldn’t get married in a backyard or on a beautiful piece of family property—that can be a very meaningful and beautiful option for your wedding location—the thing you have to consider is if you are choosing that option only because it seems like the cheaper way to go.  Because in most cases, bringing in all of those rental items will cost you much more than renting a venue (not to mention all of the extra work for you and your family), and that’s something you should realistically consider when choosing between a tented wedding on private property, versus a reception venue.

I Heart Etsy!!

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I love Etsy... Not just because I love to shop, but because it is a great new resource for all couples planning a wedding. The contributors take DIY to the next level. I have had lots of brides buy purses, cake toppers, veils and jewelry. Here are some of my favorite items and the stores you can find them!
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  1. Custom Parasol - michellesthisandthat

  2. Mossy Ring Bearer Pillow - thetreasuredpetal

  3. Ceremony Dish - palomasnest

  4. Bridesmaids Cluth - ModDotTextiles

  5. Cake Topper - sophiasworkshop

  6. Heather Headpiece - FlortiniDesigns

  7. Moss Letter - SimpleSweetDesign

  8. Poms - PomLove

Happy Valentines Day...

Happy Valentines Day to you and the ones you love! I had a lot of fun thinking of love this week during my past few posts. I hope that not only you were able to have a wonderful day of love but a whole weekend or week! Take sometime and celebrate with someone who is special to you.. and for all of you engaged couples or newly engaged couples.. Enjoy the planning process.. it goes so fast!!

Happy Anniversary to Shelby and Eric.. It feels like yesterday I was setting up your beautiful Turquoise and Red Wedding... and Congratulations on expanding your family!!
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Photo Credit : Kelly Brown Weddings

Happily Ever After Offers New Albums....

I wanted to pass this great Album Information that I got from Ruth from Happily Ever After.


Perfectly sized at 8x8 featuring a smooth metallic finish on the cover* and fine art paper pages. Best of all they are produced locally and ready in just a few days! Want more info? Contact Ruth.


Oh and for the big question: How much do they cost? About half of what our regular album start at making them perfect for families, wedding party gifts, parents and portrait/ engagement session books. Let us design one for you!


*this album was designed with a photographic cover printed on metallic paper. Covers also available in leather & linen.



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Week of Love - Great Romantic Movies...

During this week of love I wanted to share with you my favorite romantic movies. I am a romantic at heart, so I love so many movies it is hard to narrow it down. But with a Valentines Day weekend....Its a good time to catch up on a few!


Casablanca


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Titanic


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Love Actually


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When Harry Met Sally


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-"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with a person, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."



The Notebook



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Week of Love - Great Love Quotes....

To continue thinking about LOVE this week I wanted to highlight my favorite quotes about love.....
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If you need to find more inspirations for a love card, wedding vows or any other occasion here are a of my favorite sites:

http://www.1-love-quotes.com/

http://www.quotegarden.com/love.html

http://www.romancestuck.com/quotes/movie-quotes.htm

http://www.1-love-quotes.com/love_quotes_top_100.htm

Kelley and Matt- October 10

Kelly and Matt, What a great couple! It was such a fun time working with them through the whole planning process. Matt was not only adores Kelly, but he trusts her too... we were joking alot that Matt had not seen the venue until a few days before the wedding. But Kelly had great taste and that showed!!! I love the Calhoun Beach Club and I think the first time Kelly saw it she did too.... the ease of having the ceremony and reception at the same place is so nice. The “getting ready” room is wonderful and the food can not be beat!! We incorporated a lot of “personal touches” such as her mother’s veil being incorporated into the bouquet, Kelly read some of her grandparents love letters during the ceremony (Tear-jerking!!) and one of my favorite moments of the night was when the last song played and all of the guests (yes, practically all of them were still there) gathered in a circle and sang along to Piano Man... this is a tradition of all St. John’s/St. Ben’s Students!

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Week of Love - Great Kisses....

I have always been a big fan of Valentines Day...... I remember when I was in college and friends of mine would not have boyfriends, they would just get sad and curse the holiday. I find it is just a holiday to celebrate... Celebrate all of the love in your life. Whether it is your husband, wife, dog, sister, best friend or fiance... This is a time of the year to stop and just be glad to have love in your life.
Since I am such a big fan of love (and celebrating love) I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorite things about LOVE......

Ohhhh the Kiss... one of my favorite parts our weddings..... Here are a few of my favorite Kisses throughout history and on the big screen....

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Top Left : Life Magazine VJ-Day Kiss, Gone with the Wind, Sex and the City, Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville’ by Robert Doisneau, Cinderella, and a Kiss from Marilyn Monroe.
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