Guest Post | Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and The Blues

Hi guys! I have a great guest post for you today! Erin sent in this great piece about her experience with the ways that wedding music can go astray. She has a very witty sense of humor, I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did.:)

Erin Whitehead is a featured writer for OnlineDatingSites.net. Follow her on Twitter @girlwithatail.

Via

Two hours outside of San Antonio, Texas, on the porch of a motel described as “rustic” but which was in reality, “…not finished. Watch out for the gaps under the doors – the scorpions and tarantulas can fit under them,” I stood, sweating and braless in 110 degree heat, waiting for the bride to make her procession down the aisle. All of the bridesmaids were braless; the bride had, at the last minute, changed her mind about the dresses and opted for halter tops WITHOUT TELLING US so that we could pack the appropriate under apparel. We had reached the altar and turned to watch our friend take her final steps as a single. The motel clerk pressed PLAY and her song started: “Champagne Supernova” by Oasis. She made it three steps and the song started skipping. Kelly stopped. “Start it again!” she cried and ran back. The song started again. She made it half way and it started skipping. “Do it again!” she said. The clerk tried one more time. This time Kelly made it only a step before it started skipping. Even the song knew it was wrong.

The music you select to play at your wedding reflects a lot of things: Who you are as a couple, what kind of dancing you hope to happen out on the floor, whether or not you are an Oasis fan. It’s a delicate balance between the music you love and the music you imagine your guests might enjoy. I once went to a wedding that played only country (oddly, not the Texas wedding) and only the bride, groom, and five of their friends danced. At another wedding the couple asked their friends to make requests and so the 20-somethings rocked out while the older folks smiled politely. If the goal is to make everyone happy (hey, you did ASK them to buy you expensive gifts and possibly fly and pay for hotels to witness your public love fest) then you want to think about a range of songs that every age group will appreciate. Classics are good and span more than one generation. And even if people don’t know the dance steps, 40′s swing will make everyone feel like cutting a rug.

Then there are the more specific selections. What plays while the bride walks down the aisle (note: check the CD for scratches BEFORE the ceremony), the first dance, and the father/daughter and mother/son dances. The only people who dance that first dance are the newlyweds. And if they want their friends and family to witness them mouth the words, “Where were you while we were getting high?” as they stare dreamily into each other’s eyes, that’s their right. The rest of us can just be thankful they only get one day to play DJ. In the end, timeless is great but not better than whatever song means the most to you.

Thanks so much for sharing with us Erin!

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Bree [capitolromance] - August 17, 2011 - 2:19 pm

hahaha omg I LOVED this guest post. Totally witty, but TOTALLY spot-on too! I couldn’t agree more with this … I’ll never forget the awkwardness of being at my husband’s cousin’s wedding with “It’s Getting Hot in Here” by Nelly coming on … just didn’t feel right with grandpa sitting RIGHT THERE next to the dance floor.

The Perfect Palette - August 17, 2011 - 4:15 pm

great post. thanks for sharing :)

xoxo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

Sarah {A Paper Proposal} - August 17, 2011 - 8:59 pm

hahahaha, wow! That’s quite a story, thanks for sharing!

Gerard - August 18, 2011 - 2:29 am

I heartily agree & have experienced it first hand. Diplomatically give my advice on what songs work & what may not. Reading the crowd is the key. Thanks for the post!
Gerard

Erika {Borrowed&Bleu} - August 18, 2011 - 1:20 pm

Wow, what a story! Good advice! :)

Selwa Luke - November 20, 2011 - 1:42 am

Wow, was that intro a true story? That’s pretty funny. I completely agree with what you said about choosing what means the most to you – especially for certain pivotal moments like your first dance or your walk down the aisle. Great post. Thanks for sharing!

Giveaway | 100 Free Postcards!!

We are all about free stuff lately! Because everybody loves free stuff right?? If you haven’t already checked out our contest for free wedding photography, go do that now. But I have another great freebie for you, and entering this one is easy breezy. Thanks to the awesome online printing company, UPrinting.com, we are giving away 100 5×7 postcards to the lucky winner!! The postcards would be great for Save The Dates. BUT, if you’re not in the engaged stage of life, you could use them for so many other things – baby or moving announcements, event invitations… anything!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Leave a comment! (This one is required) Share whatever you want  in the comment – perhaps what you’ll use the postcards for!

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Jess - August 16, 2011 - 7:21 am

I would throw a puppy birthday party. (I’m not sure when Rocky and Penny’s birthdays are exactly, but I’ll assume it’s sometime soon). I’d invite 100 of my nearest and dearest friends with those awesome postcards. We’ll take the dogs to the park and have a picnic. We can bake a puppy friendly cake too. (ie. not chocolate). You can come too Colleen.

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Jennifer - August 16, 2011 - 2:05 pm

I would use the postcards as Save the Date cards! They would be a great addition to my invitations!!!! Please pick me!

tess - August 16, 2011 - 2:43 pm

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Shannon's Tales of Motherhood - August 16, 2011 - 3:28 pm

I would use the postcards for moving anouncements! These would be great!
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Cait - August 16, 2011 - 4:20 pm

I would use the postcards for my save the dates :)

Cait - August 16, 2011 - 4:21 pm

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Stephanie - August 16, 2011 - 4:33 pm

I liked you on facebook! I would follow you, but I don’t have a twitter ha!

Stephanie - August 16, 2011 - 4:35 pm

Ohh, I LOVE postcards so much! My wedding was a month ago today, so I wouldn’t use them for save the dates (by the way, I did use postcards for our save the dates – that’s how much I love them!), but I would totally use them to share our new home address with our friends and family!! Postcards are so easy, fun, and unique – which matches my husband and my personalities! :) Yay! Thank you for the opportunity to enter!

Vanessa - August 16, 2011 - 5:05 pm

I would use the postcards as thank you cards for my upcoming wedding :)

Vanessa - August 16, 2011 - 5:09 pm

I liked you on FB

Vanessa - August 16, 2011 - 5:13 pm

I follow you on twitter

Vanessa - August 16, 2011 - 5:14 pm

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BreAna Roberts - August 16, 2011 - 5:37 pm

I would love to have these postcards to use for my Save the Dates! I’ve always loved the idea of using post cards and this would be an absolutely fabulous thing to win!

BreAna Roberts - August 16, 2011 - 5:38 pm

I like Soundtrack to I Do on Facebook! (:

BreAna Roberts - August 16, 2011 - 5:38 pm

I am now following on Twitter as well! About to tweet about the giveaway!

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Kimberley D - August 16, 2011 - 5:57 pm

I would definitely use these for my Save The Dates for my wedding Next August.

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Kimberley D - August 16, 2011 - 6:00 pm
Laura Hernandez - August 16, 2011 - 6:07 pm

My daughters birthday is coming up so these would be great invitations. :) I follow you on FB and RT you on Twitter. :)

Cris of Kiss My Tulle - August 17, 2011 - 2:18 am

I’d use them to print our thank yous – we were planning on doing postcards (to save $$$ on postage)!

Cris of Kiss My Tulle - August 17, 2011 - 2:19 am

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Rhian - August 17, 2011 - 11:46 pm

We’d use these for our RSVP card inserts in our wedding invitations!

Rhian - August 17, 2011 - 11:47 pm

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Shannon's Tales of Motherhood - August 21, 2011 - 3:30 pm

Good afternoon,
Has a winner been choosen for this giveaway?
Thanks,
Shannon

emily - September 13, 2011 - 6:26 pm

Killer giveaway! We really wanna do a postcard as our save the date. We want to put a pic of the two of us on it that has a vintage California vibe. Who wouldn’t like a little “Greetings from California”? ;)

Cake Cutting Songs

Studio Castillero via Style Me Pretty

Looking for a cake cutting song? Here are a few favorites – some sweet and sugary, some slow and romantic, and some upbeat and silly. Whatever your style, you may find your perfect tune in this set.

Sugar, Sugar – The Archies

Cut The Cake – Average White Band

The Sweetest Thing – U2

When I’m 64 – The Beatles

That’s Amore – Dean Martin

You’re The First, The Last, My Everything – Barry White

Love You Madly – Cake

Better Together – Jack Johnson

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops

How Sweet It Is – James Taylor

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benetar

Ice Cream – Sarah McLachlan

You’re My Best Friend – Queeen

Ain’t That A Kick In The Head – Dean Martin

The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson

I Melt With You – Modern English

Love and Marriage – Frank Sinatra

Eat It – Weird Al Yankovich

Recipe For Love – Harry Connick Jr.

Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leopard

Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler

Jess@DestinationInspirations - August 15, 2011 - 11:52 pm

Great range of songs – my personal favorite Ice Cream by Sarah M

Southern Aisle - August 16, 2011 - 1:59 am

Great list! So many I never would have thought of.

Bree [capitolromance] - August 16, 2011 - 2:16 pm

Grow Old With You! YES!!!

Dear Mr. Someday

Via

For those of you who don’t know, I am single. No husband, no boyfriend, nada. And I write a wedding blog. Oh the irony. I’ve been thinking about my singleness a lot lately, so I thought I’d share my heart a little bit with you guys. I always love when other people share themselves with me, so I figured it only made sense to do the same.

For those of you who don’t know, I am a Christian. I don’t share about that a lot, because I want this to be a space where everyone feels welcome and inspired, and most of the time, sharing my faith doesn’t really tie in with the discussion of weddings and music. (Although I love people like Melina from Wedding Pickle who somehow seamlessly blend their faith into the topic of weddings – someday I may find a way to do this.) But yes, I love Jesus with all my heart and soul, and desire nothing more than to follow Him all my days.

So… that being said, I’m waiting. I believe that there is one man who is made for me, and I for him, and I’m not going to settle for anything less. Some of you may think this is a bizarre way to look at life, but lucky for you, you’re not the one waiting, so you don’t really need to worry about it do you? I kid, I kid. Snarkiness aside… I don’t believe that I have to go searching my man, I believe that in God’s timing we will find one another. (Actually I’m hoping we already have. Hint, hint.)  All of that is comforting, and I am content with where I’m at, but it doesn’t make singleness any less hard.

So, I’m not going to go on and on about it, because… well, there’s not that much more to say on the subject. And I don’t want to seem whiny. Which I fear I will become if I drone on about being single. But, what I do want to do, is create a little outlet for myself via this blog (about weddings, feel free to have another little chuckle at that.) I will occasionally be writing posts titled “Dear Mr. Someday” with little notes, thoughts, wishes, hopes, images, what-have-you that make me feel excited about the future, rather than disappointed about the present. I think it’s going to be fun, actually, and it will be cute to look back on once he’s in my life. And, all the rest of the days, I’ll continue to post wedding inspiration for all you lucky lovers out there.;)

Dear Mr. Someday,

I can’t wait ’til you’re mine.

Love,

Katie @ Lovebird Productions - August 12, 2011 - 6:54 pm

Love your faith and strength! It will be amazing when you meet him and the wait will be more than worth it :)

Liesl - August 12, 2011 - 9:25 pm

I love the idea of you writing little “Dear Mr. Somebody” notes from time to time, and how lovely will it be to look back on one day once you find each other…which I know you will! :) Thank you for being so open and sharing all of this…loved reading it and learning more about you! Wonderful!

Liesl :)

Elizabeth {Bridal Musings} - August 12, 2011 - 9:35 pm

Such a heart felt post, lovely to hear more about the girl behind the blog. x

Krissy - Make Believe'N - August 13, 2011 - 11:54 am

Being authentic to yourself and to your readers will ALWAYS be appreciated. The Dear Mr Someday idea is wonderful. xoxo

Becky {Bow Ties + Bliss} - August 13, 2011 - 2:13 pm

I love this, Colleen! I am in the exact same boat as you…I love Jesus with all my heart, but I don’t know exactly how or if I should work that in to my blog at all. But I completely admire Melina and how she does that SO well!! :)

Thanks for sharing!! And I know God will reward you for waiting and bring you an amazing guy some day :)

Brian - August 13, 2011 - 10:46 pm

A strange (and sometimes lonely) place to be for now, yes? The wise advice I’ve been taking to heart lately is that it’s better to wish I were married than to wish I weren’t.

Now if that doesn’t help with patience, I don’t know what will :~)

Kismet - August 14, 2011 - 6:16 am

I think sharing a bit of yourself is wonderful and I am certain one day you will find Mr.Someday and then you can show him all these wonderful little notes and things xx

Sandra Downie @ thewhitelibrary.com - August 15, 2011 - 4:22 pm

It’s ok to be single…marriage isn’t the end or beginning of what defines us…you blog is wonderful so keep up the good work!

Laura - August 15, 2011 - 5:36 pm

What a beautiful & heartfelt post :)

Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} - August 15, 2011 - 5:42 pm

Colleen – This is a fabulous post! So many people get into relationships or stay in relationships becasue they don’t want to be single. It’s awesome that you are waiting for the right one and I for one am looking forward to your new section on singleness. I’m sure it will be funny! And I have no doubt your Mr. Right is right around the corner :-)

Orly Lyndon {the boutique photographer} - August 15, 2011 - 6:36 pm

Such a lovely honest post x Amen to that x

Bree [capitolromance] - August 16, 2011 - 2:18 pm

good on you for sharing some personal feelings on your blog! i LOVE this and totally respect you for it! you will meet your Mr. Someday (or like you said, maybe you already have) and when you do, the wait will have been worth it!

Mel {The Oceanside Bride} - August 16, 2011 - 4:08 pm

I absolutely LOVE this! Singledom can get difficult {sometimes, it can also be fun!} but I love your strength and your faith and I think you’ve nailed it on the head with your perspective! When I was single and feeling like “when is it going to be my turn”, I’d remember that God is still preparing my future husband to be “perfect” for me and that it was still too soon to meet him. It would excite me to think he was in fact out there somewhere but still being prepared by God, as was I to be the perfect future wife for him. Your Dear Mr. Someday is out there! I can’t wait to hear more from you with this new series- I know they will be tons of fun! xoxo

Melina - August 19, 2011 - 3:14 am

I remember once feeling exactly how you feel right now. I had a mentor tell me to make a list of all the things I wanted in a man, big things, little things and not to worry about repeating things since that would emphasize its importance. Then she told me that when I felt like the list was done, to pray to God about that man out there for me who matches that list. Then put it in my bible and not look at it again until I felt I found him. I had it away for 6 years until I was engaged, pulled it out and realized how God answers prayer! I’ll pray for your man to find you! Thank you for the kind words about my blog :-) God Bless <3

Meagan - October 19, 2011 - 4:06 am

I was so completely encouraged to read this post this evening. I stumbled upon your adorable site and have been reading and enjoying it so much. Thank you for your honest words and bold faith.
Becuase of Him, Meagan :0)

Things I Love | Travel

The more traveling I do, the more I want to do. I inherited itchy feet from my mother, who worked in the travel industry for years. I was lucky enough to start traveling with my family at a young age, and have loved exploring some incredible places in this big, amazing world of ours. These boards are inspired by some of the places I’ve been (namely France, Spain, Mexico, Bermuda, Costa Rica, and Israel) and next week I’m going to share some spots on my wish list. Be inspired.

First Board: Top Left: Pinterest Top Right: Pinterest Bottom Left: Pinterest Bottom Right: Pinterest Second Board: Top Left: Pinterest Top Right: Pinterest Middle Left: Pinterest Middle Right: Pinterest Bottom Left: Pinterest Bottom Right: Pinterest

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Sarah {A Paper Proposal} - August 11, 2011 - 8:15 pm

I’ve been totally ITCHING to travel lately! You’ve been to so many amazing places! I really love that one photo in the first board from a Paris elopement. I remember seeing that feature on SMP a while back, and I just LOVE it.

Kathy - August 11, 2011 - 8:35 pm

Nice to see the feature on Summit Mt. Weddings blog!!

alicia@Charitywedding - August 11, 2011 - 9:38 pm

I want to travel too! There are SOOO many places I would love to go…now to win the lottery!

Isabelle - August 11, 2011 - 10:24 pm

Going to LA soon, and can´t wait to get back to the US! Love travelling and needs to go at least 3 time / year. Thanks for the great inspiration Colleen!!!

Alexandra {Heart Love Weddings} - August 12, 2011 - 1:04 am

My travel wish list is very long… Thank you for inspiring me even further! Beautiful roundup!

Liesl - August 12, 2011 - 1:35 am

I love travel as well and this little inspiration board just made me want to book a flight and do just that! Love it!

Liesl :)

Kismet - August 12, 2011 - 8:48 am

I wish I could just travel and travel and never stop! AH!

Luz Virginia - August 12, 2011 - 12:47 pm

My passport is ready :)

The Perfect Palette - August 12, 2011 - 1:30 pm

I’m SO inspired by this!

xoxo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

Bree [capitolromance] - August 12, 2011 - 4:18 pm

oooooooooomg Paris. SWOON. My husband and I are headed to Chicago for our 1-year anniversary, but I am just chomping at the bit to see more of Europe (esp Germany). If you haven’t go – I would wholeheartedly recommend Croatia to anyone reading … one of the most BEAUTIFUL places I have ever been in my life.

Malia {Something Navy} - August 12, 2011 - 5:03 pm

Ahhhhhhh, Parisssssss, can it get any better than that ;) Well I’m sure there are plenty of other beautiful places in the world :)

Patrizia Cilli - August 16, 2011 - 7:23 pm

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

Baysiderz - August 17, 2011 - 10:00 am

Hi

Travelling is so good, everyone lovees it.

Thanks.

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