Group Dances Are A Thing ~ Embrace It

Happy Friday friends! We’re talking about group dances today. If you’ve ever been to a wedding, there is a 99% chance that you’ve experienced them. The YMCA, the Chicken Dance, and the Macarena held popularity for years. Many brides today have these on their “do not play” list. The Electric Slide is still fairly popular – I have been to weddings where the crowd starts up the dance even if the official “Electric Slide” song is not playing.

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I think the main point of these songs is that people need a break from their own dance moves, which most people run out of after approximately half an hour. Which is not to say that they won’t keep dancing – if it’s a fun crowd they’ll just keep on busting the three moves they got well into the night. It’s nice to throw in a couple of songs though that help break up the monotony. The newest versions of group dancing are the following. They’ve played at all three weddings I’ve been to this year (including mine) and they were crowd pleasers. So even if you aren’t a fan of group dances, you may want to just embrace them – people love it.

1. Cupid Shuffle – If your guests don’t know this one it will only take them about 30 seconds to learn it. Plus halfway through the song he gives directions – “To the right, to the left, now kick, now walk it by yourself.” And just like he says in the song, “It don’t matter if you’re young or old” – your guests can handle this one, I promise.

2. Cha Cha Slide – This one also has clear directions in the song – “One hop this time, right foot now stomp,” etc. It has more variety than the Cupid Shuffle but the directions are quite clear throughout the song – it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to get it.

3. Gangham Style – Ok this one isn’t officially a group dance, but the Korean sensation that has taken America by storm is just too popular not to mention. And the dance moves from the video catch on, and before you know it, it looks like a group dance.

Any I missed?

Have a great weekend! And don’t forget to check out our contest for FREE wedding photography!!

Dolora - August 5, 2013 - 9:03 am

good day :)

Molly - August 8, 2013 - 4:33 am

Not exactly AS popular… But I love teach me how to duggie haha :)

Contest To Win Free Wedding Photography!!

Thursday is here!!! And as you can see from the post title… we have something amazing going on!! A contest to win FREE wedding photography from Laura Hernandez Photography!!!

The lovely and talented photographer behind this giveaway, Laura Hernandez, is a dream to work with, I know from experience. Check out her web site to see her incredible work, which you can get a taste of below. Laura resides in Monterey County, California, but is available for travel worldwide. Her photography is artistic, yet classic, and she is truly AMAZING to work with. She is the sweetest person you’ll ever meet and no matter your comfort level in front of the camera, she will make you feel like a million bucks. If you are looking for creative, stunning photography, on a DIY budget, this contest is for you!!

Here are the details:

The winner of the contest will receive: a wedding photography package, worth $2400!!! This includes a full day of coverage by two photographers – so not a moment of your day will be missed!! You will also receive 200 high resolution digital files on DVD. (Which I know you’ll love!) *Travel and lodging are not included, so please keep in mind there will be a reasonable fee if the winner resides outside Monterey County, CA. Also note: Contest excludes clients who have already booked Laura’s services.

How it works:

The contest is open for entries today (August 1st, 2013) and will remain open until September 30th, 2013 at 11:59 pm, Pacific time. Five finalists will be selected based on various factors. The finalists will be announced on October 1st, 2013, and then the contest will head over to the Soundtrack To I Do Facebook page, where anyone and everyone can vote on a winner! Voting will continue until October 11th, and the winner will be announced here on the blog on October 14th.

How to enter:

1. “Like” Soundtrack To I Do on Facebook

2. “Like” Laura Hernandez Photography on Facebook

3. Email Colleen at with “Photography Contest” in the subject line, and give us the following information:

  • Your name (and your fiance’s name)
  • Your wedding date and location (Note: If your wedding date is inflexible and Laura is already booked on that date, we will have to exclude you from the contest – our apologies)
  • Your love story (As much as you want to share – we love this part!)
  • Your wedding style and plans  (Please include as much detail as possible!)
  • A photo of you and your fiance

Can’t wait to see the entries!!! Ready, set, go!

Angie Gilliam - August 1, 2013 - 6:32 pm

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Laura is an INCREDIBLE talent :-)

Dolora - August 5, 2013 - 9:05 am

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Jessica - September 2, 2013 - 4:34 pm

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Father/Daughter Dance | Lesser Known Gems

Since our father/daughter dance post is one of our most popular, we will keep sharing song ideas in smaller increments for you all. Last time we shared the most popular choices, and today we will share lesser known song options that also have perfectly sweet and fitting lyrics.

Laura Murray Photography via Bridal Musings

1. Father and Daughter – Paul Simon

I’m gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you’ll always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father
Who loved his daughter more than I love you

2. Little Miss Magic – Jimmy Buffet

I see a little more of me everyday
I catch a little more moustache turning gray
Your mother is the only other woman for me
Little miss magic, what you gonna be?

3. Daughter – Loudon Wainwright III

That’s my daughter in the water
every time she fell I caught her
Every time she fell
That’s my daughter in the water,
I lost every time I fought her
I lost every time

4. Forever Young – Bob Dylan

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young

5. My Little Girl – Tim McGraw

You’re beautiful baby from the outside in
Chase your dreams but always know the road that’ll lead you home again
Go on, take on this whole world
But to me you know you’ll always be, my little girl

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for super exciting news!!!


Megan - August 7, 2013 - 5:31 am

Father daughter songs!!

Something Awesome Is Coming!!

Teamed up with Laura Hernandez Photography and some other amazing vendors (and models) this past weekend for a styled bridal shoot that will rock your socks. Can’t wait to share the photos with you all soon!

AND something even MORE amazing is coming THIS Thursday!!! I have to build some excitement because it’s seriously awesome. Prepare yourselves.

That’s all for now! Happy Tuesday!

Dresses: Epiphany Boutique

Floral headpiece: Lilify

Hair: April Sanchez at House Of Brows

Makeup: Makeup by Michaela



Monday Moments | Kids Being Kids

Happy Monday! This post is late again, because I started a new job today! Back in the mental health world – working at a group home with kids with mental health disorders. Never a dull moment there. So prepare for inconsistency from me – but posts will keep coming, I promise. Today’s moment(s) features kids… just being kids. Because they’re funny and I like them.

Melissa Jill via Magnolia Rouge

Mark Janzen Photography via Junebug Weddings

Hope this week treats you all well!