First Dance Fridays | Oldies

Happy Friday everyone! First dance Fridays are back – see previous posts here. Today we are featuring classic oldies songs for your first dance. Enjoy!

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1. I Will – The Beatles

Love you forever and forever
Love you with all my heart
Love you whenever we’re together
Love you when we’re apart

2. Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel

I said I love you and that’s forever
And this I promise from my heart
I couldn’t love you any better
I love you just the way you are

3. Crazy Love – Van Morrison

I can hear her heart beat for a thousand miles
And the heavens open every time she smiles
And when I come to her that’s where I belong
Yet I’m running to her like a rivers song

She gives me love, love, love love, crazy love

4. How Sweet It Is – James Taylor

I needed the shelter of someone’s arms and there you were
I needed someone to understand my ups and downs and there you were
With sweet love and devotion, deeply touching my emotion,
I want to stop and thank you baby. I want to stop and thank you baby
How sweet it is to be loved by you. How sweet it is to be loved by you

5. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

We go to a party and everyone turns to see
This beautiful lady that’s walking around with me
And then she asks me, “Do you feel all right?”
And I say, “Yes, I feel wonderful tonight.”

I feel wonderful because I see
The love light in your eyes.
And the wonder of it all
Is that you just don’t realize how much I love you

Have a wonderful weekend lovelies!

Top 40 For Your Wedding | This Week + May

Happy Thursday all! The top 40 charts have added 3 new songs this week, and I can only, in good conscience, recommend one of them for your wedding. So I also went back through the charts from May to add some of those songs, which were more promising. Feel free to peruse ALL the top 40 songs (not just my faves) on my Top 40 Spotify Playlist.

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The two songs added to the charts this week which are not my favorites are Chloe (You’re The One That I Want) by Emblem 3 and Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth feat. Emile Sande. The second one is actually a pretty song, but I don’t know that the lyrics are quite wedding appropriate. If you love it though, go for it. The first song is just not my thing. I really  don’t understand why boy bands are making a comeback. Plus, unless the bride’s name is Chloe, and has a sister who is hotter than her and wants that rubbed in her face on the day of her wedding, it’s just a bad idea.

So, from this week’s chart:

1. Gone, Gone, Gone – Phillip Phillips – I just love him. He was my favorite on American Idol from the auditions. (I had a little crush on him, don’t tell my husband.) And that was my last season of watching the show, after watching from the beginning, so it holds a special place in my heart. Anyway it’s a sweet love song and would be great for cocktail/dinner time.

And from May charts:

2. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons – This was one of the songs on the CD that David and I gave to the guests at our wedding. We love it. It’s an awesome song, and fitting for our relationship – and maybe yours! (Another one for cocktail/dinner time, unless you have awesome guests who know how to dance to folky music.)

3. Little Talks – Of Monsters & Men – Another cute one for cocktail/dinner time. Just upbeat and fun.

4. Some Nights – Fun. – Speaking of fun… This could be a dance song but it’s probably best kept to cocktail/dinner time. And make sure it’s the edited version unless you want the f word slapping your guests in the face. Awesome song though.

While on the topic of top 40… We had an American Idol contestant from season 3 sing at our church last Sunday. Her name is Lisa Leuschner and she is awesome. She sang “Stay,” by Rihanna, (which has been on the top 40 charts for months) but the lyrics were adjusted to be appropriate for church.;)Have a look at the video if you’re interested… Edited by my awesome hubs.

Welp, that’s all folks! Have a good one!

7-21 “Stay” by Lisa Leuschner from FPC Salinas on Vimeo.

Wedding Guest Etiquette | Some Tips

I’ve been thinking a lot about etiquette over the last few months. My mother is very big on etiquette. In this day and age, many forms of etiquette have gone out the window. (And, in many cases, common courtesy has left with them.) As I planned my wedding, I skimmed through an etiquette book, which was, for the most part, outdated. I am nowhere near my mother’s level of understanding and abiding by proper etiquette. But it does make me sad that the average person in my generation has little to no understanding of the practice. So, I’ll share some tips for going to weddings. (Note to my wedding guests: this is not a personal attack. I love you guys.)

The Nichols via SMP

1. RSVP. I seriously can’t emphasize this one enough. The bride and groom have taken the time to include a response card, with an envelope, which is addressed, and they’ve paid for a stamp. All you have to do is check yes or no and stick it in the mailbox. Easy as pie. They are trying to keep track of a LOT of people, so please do them this favor. (Even if you’ve already mentioned that you’re coming. Send it in.)

2. Do not bring anyone who is not specified on the invitation. Unless you have heard specifically from the bride or groom’s mouth to your ears that this is not the case, they are inviting the people who are named on the invitation. “Miss Elizabeth Smith,” for example means only Elizabeth. “Miss Elizabeth Smith and Guest” means she may bring ONE guest. If she is married, “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith” means the couple only… even if they have children. If the children are invited, they will be specified on the invitation. Some weddings do not include children, and some only include children of close family. Do not assume yours are invited. The point is, someone is paying a pretty penny for EACH person who attends, and they don’t want the awkward responsibility of having to explain this to you, when you respond that you are bringing your girlfriend of two weeks and her daughter, and your mom. Don’t do it.

3. Try not to ask the bride and groom about details. The bride and groom love you. (Or at least one of them does.) Otherwise you would not be invited to their wedding. But they have a LOT to worry about in the months, and especially weeks and days leading up to the wedding. Questions like “where should I stay?” “what should I wear?” “what time is the ceremony?”The bride and groom have most likely included a web site on their invitation, which should answer all of these questions. Hopefully you know or two other people attending the wedding, and can ask them. Try not to bother the bride and groom with it unless you have to. They are dealing with a lot.

4. Don’t wear white. This one is for the ladies. Guys, you can obviously wear a white shirt. This one is actually what inspired the post. I went to two weddings this weekend. At one of them, I wore a dress which has some white on it. I was a little concerned about it, but the dress was mostly black, so I figured it was fine. And it was. I did, however, see a girl wearing something like this:


It looks like a mini wedding dress, amiright? I don’t know if people are unaware of this rule or just don’t care, but there are plenty of colors to choose from ladies… just stay away from white.

There are plenty of others, but that’s all for now. Feel free to add some in the comments if you’d like!

Melisah - July 24, 2013 - 6:01 pm

I totally agree with the not wearing white… I’ve gone to a few weddings this year & I see female guests wearing white & it bothers me and I’m just a guest myself!! White is for the bride!!

Monday Moments | Joy

Kat Braman via The Moment Junkie

Sorry this Monday Moments post is super late in the day! Hubs and I had a whirlwind weekend, attending 2 friends’ weddings in two cities! We just got back this morning. SO much fun though. And I have so much inspiration to share.

Anyway, how cute is this bride?? I love her.

Ok that’s all for today, I am dead tired. But more tomorrow and lots of fun things coming your way this week, I promise!

Layla Mayville {A Military Story} - July 24, 2013 - 2:08 pm

YAY for Monday Moments even though it’s Wed. when I’m looking at it now, but I love these :)

Wedding Planning | Step One – Set a Budget

Since I have now undergone the full process of planning my own wedding, I feel more qualified to share some tips than when I was a single girl.;)I will share my tips in a series of steps, to give you bite sized chunks to chew on.

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Step One – Set a budget.

Who is helping? If you’re not sure if anyone in your family is going to help you pay, initiate that awkward conversation. (With parents – not so much other family unless you are very close to them and suspect they want to help.) Find a gentle and humble, but direct way to ask how they would like to support you in the wedding planning process. (Financially or otherwise.)

Aaron Snow Photography

Get specific. If there are parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles who want to help – wonderful! But try not to let them get away with the “we’ll see how much things cost as we go along” bit. You can make a wedding happen on a $5,000 budget – very tricky these days, but possible – or you could spend $80,000+ on the extravagant wedding you always dreamed of. (The average wedding costs $27,800! According to The Knot) The point is, you can NOT plan a wedding without having at least a general idea of what the cost will be overall. If no one is helping you, sit down with your beloved and come up with a realistic number. The wedding budget calculator on The Knot may help you. (This post is not sponsored by The Knot, they are simply a helpful resource.)

Set prioties. Once you have an overall wedding budget, decide the things that are most important to you. (Prioritizing will be a separate post later but it has relevance here.) When you think of your wedding – what is the first thing you picture? Your amazing dress? The stunning photos hanging on the walls of your home throughout your marriage? Your family and friends eating delicious food and having the time of their lives on the dance floor? The things that come to your mind first are usually the most important to you, so you may want to budget out more funds for those things. Note: If parents/family are helping you pay, their opinions matter too. Even though it is your day, if they are footing the bill they will most likely want a say. Sit down with them and have an honest conversation about priorities in the beginning, before you’re in the middle of planning and stress levels are high. If you are sharing the cost, consider letting your loved ones pay for the things that are most important to them, while you pay for what is most important to you.

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Map out the details. You will inevitably make changes as you go along, but your life will be easier if you factor in every detail in the beginning, and have a general idea of what you will spend on each. Lists are your friend at this stage (and all the stages, in my opinion.) Factor in attire, decor, photography/videography, flowers, music, paper goods, rings, transportation, lodging, bridal accessories, bridal party gifts, everything! This way you won’t have spent all your budget and then realize you forgot to factor in an important detail.

Adjust your expectations. If you can’t afford your dream venue, stop thinking about it. Just like on Say Yes To The Dress, do not try on wedding dresses that you can’t afford. (I actually made that mistake accidentally but it worked out in the end.) Don’t shop outside your budget, it will only make you frustrated and sad. Believe that you can have the best day of your life on any budget, because you can. Focus on the things that you can afford, and how to make them amazing.

Have fun! This is not the most fun task in the planning process. But this will be my advice every step of the way. Keep in mind what it’s really all about – marrying the love of your life and celebrating with family and friends. You can have an amazing wedding at any cost.

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To make the most of your budget, visit The Budget Savvy Bride, The Broke Ass Bride, and A Practical Wedding. There are tons of resources out there to help you. Hop to it, sister.