Father/Daughter Dance | Upbeat Songs

As I’ve mentioned, some of our most popular posts are our father/daughter dance lists here and here. So I’m taking songs five at a time just for the fun of it. Long lists can be overwhelming. At least for me.

This week’s five are some upbeat and fun songs for the bride who doesn’t want to cry, or who isn’t into slow dancing. These songs will keep everyone smiling.

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1. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

I close my eyes at night wondering where would I be without you in my life.
Everything I did was just a bore, everywhere I went it seems I’d been there before.
But you brighten up for me all of my days with a love so sweet in so many ways,
I want to stop and thank you baby, I just want to stop and thank you baby.
How sweet it is to be loved by you

2. Jackie Wilson Said – Van Morrison

I’m in heaven, i’m in heaven
I’m in heaven, when you smile
When you smile, when you smile

3. Your Smiling Face – James Taylor

Whenever I see your smiling face, I have to smile myself because I love you, yes, I do
And when you give me that pretty little pout, it turns me inside out
There’s something about you, baby, I don’t know

4. The Way You Do The Things You Do – Marvin Gaye

You’ve got a smile so bright, you know you could have been a candle
I’m holding you so tight, you know you could have been a handle
The way you swept me off my feet, you know you could have been a broom
The way you smell so sweet, you know you could have been some perfume
Well, you could have been anything that you wanted to
And I can tell, the way you do the things you do

5. Two Of Us – The Beatles

Two of us riding nowhere
Spending someone’s
Hard earned pay
Two of us Sunday driving
Not arriving
On our way back home
We’re on our way home
We’re on our way home
We’re going home

To check out and listen to our FULL list of options for your dance with dad, visit our father/daughter playlist on Spotify.

Monday Moments | Puppy Love

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This photo melted my heart.

I have to share something with you all that I never shared here. (Since I was mostly absent from the blog during the time I planned my wedding.)

My beautiful puppy passed away ten days before my wedding. It was a complete shock and came out of nowhere. She was 7 years old. I had her since she was 8 weeks. Here she is:

Here’s what I shared on Facebook the following day: “Yesterday I lost my sweet, beautiful Penny girl. I am heartbroken. She was my little buddy, my closest companion, my family. She moved and lived with me in 7 different homes, 6 different cities, and 2 states. She slept under the covers in my bed every night. She was a stealer of the covers, and sometimes pillow. She kept me company when I was sick or sad, and she seemed to just understand. She loved humans better than I ever will. I believe she enjoyed every minute of her life. I loved her more than words can say and I will miss her every day. This upcoming week is going to be the best of my life, and although I am grieving, I will embrace every drop of joy that it brings, because Penny would have wanted me to. That’s what she was about. Rest in peace my sweet girl.”

It was terrible timing. But at the same time, the timing made it easier. I wept every day for about a week, and then I had to pull myself together and get married. Which was, of course, the best thing I ever did. So the joy was entirely full and sincere.

Not to mention my now husband, who rushed over the moment I called with the terrible news. He rode his bike so fast from work to my house that his heart was nearly pounding out of his chest when he held my sobbing self in his arms. After consoling me for awhile, he moved her body to a safe place until we could bury her at my parents’ house. He cleaned up a terrible mess that she had made in her last moments, because I couldn’t bear it. (She died of a brain tumor, and during seizures she lost control of her bodily functions… it was not pretty.) Then he held me that night until I fell asleep and was there with me in the morning when I had to wake up without her for the first time. (We did not live together until after marriage so this was a big deal.) From that moment I knew with certainty that we could get through anything together. So that was another blessing in the midst of tragedy. He is wonderful.

I will miss my girl always.

And I still have my little man, Rocky, to fulfill my need for animal love. Here he is on my wedding day:

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Right on my lap, where he always is.

So that’s my Monday moment. Hope it wasn’t too much of a downer for you guys. Just wanted to share. xo

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Angelica - August 12, 2013 - 7:07 pm

I am SO sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to you, I lost both of my dogs last year within 6 months of each other and I know the heartache you must be feeling.

PS – Penny was such a pretty girl!!

Definitely in my prayers! XO

Katie - August 12, 2013 - 11:13 pm

I am so sorry to hear this Colleen. Those puppies become our babies. I think Penny knew she needed to go before your big day so that she could make sure everything went off without a hitch on your wedding day. :)

Hugs to you sweet friend!

First Dance Fridays | Duets

Happy Friday!! Sorry for the lack of posts this week! I was training at my new job (a group home for kids and teens with mental health disorders) and I was super exhausted at the end of every day. Next week I’ll try to be better.

Today I have five more first dance song options for you – this time duets! In case you are trying to find a song that is lyrically directed at both spouses and not just one.:)Enjoy!

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 1. Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat

Lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again

2. They Bring Me To You – Joshua Radin

The rest of my life can’t compare to this night
And only the heartaches have given me sight
They bring me to you, yeah yeah
They bring me to you, yeah yeah

3. All About Us – He Is We, Owl City

‘Cause lovers dance when they’re feeling in love
Spotlight’s shining. It’s all about us
It’s oh, oh, all
About us
And every heart in the room will melt
This is a feeling I’ve never felt
But it’s all about us

4. Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum

Just a kiss on your lips in the moonlight
Just a touch of the fire burning so bright
And I don’t wanna mess this thing up
I don’t wanna push too far
Just a shot in the dark that you just might
Be the one I’ve been waiting for my whole life
So baby I’m alright, with just a kiss goodnight

5. Twenty Toes In The Sand – Forest Sun

The frogs and the crickets sing
Of all the sadness and the joy love can bring
And the darkness gathers all around us
Mixed with the sound of the ocean

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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?

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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 :)