Real Wedding | Cass & Phil

Ok, I know I mention it all the time, but in case you’re brand new to the site today, we have this amazing little contest going on. Actually it’s kind of a big deal. It’s for FREE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY. I don’t know that I can emphasize enough how incredible that prize is. So, to emphasize my point, I’ve been featuring some seriously gorgeous weddings shot by the photographer doing the giveaway, Jessica Velarde. You can see the previous features here, here and here. Here is another wedding that will blow your mind with it’s beauty. Engaged folks: You could be getting images like this , for FREE. If that’s not amazing, I don’t know what is.

Cass & Phil’s stunning affair was also featured on Engaged and Inspired.

Come back later today to find out who wins the postcard giveaway!! If you haven’t entered yet, it closes at noon today!

Bree [capitolromance] - August 19, 2011 - 5:01 pm

woooow, beautiful wedding & beautiful images ~ i wish i could enter the contest :)

Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} - August 19, 2011 - 7:06 pm

Beautiful photography! There’s going to be one lucky & happy winner!!!

Isabelle - August 19, 2011 - 11:22 pm

Very beautiful!

Jessica [Shimmer+Silk] - August 22, 2011 - 3:42 pm

Such a gorgeous wedding!

Sandra Downie @ - August 22, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Beautiful wedding and couple!

Things I Love | Travel

Last week I shared my love for travel and a few of the places I’ve been. This week’s installment includes a few of the top places on my travel wish list. I’m keeping it to Europe for now, perhaps in the future I’ll include other areas of the world that I long to explore. For now, here are 3 places on the top of my list: Ireland, Greece, and Italy.

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Kristen Steele Photography - August 18, 2011 - 1:36 pm

Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Italy. One of my favorite places on this earth! Let me know when you go, I have a list of my favorite Italian adventures! :) xoxo, Kristen!

jacin {lovely little details} - August 18, 2011 - 3:57 pm

italy is #1 on my list right now!

alicia@Charitywedding - August 18, 2011 - 9:32 pm

Greece ranks HIGH on my list. But so do about all of these places!

Alexandra {Heart Love Weddings} - August 19, 2011 - 2:24 am

Count me in! On all counts! :)

Melina - August 19, 2011 - 3:18 am

I love that you mentioned Greece and Italy. Italy has always been a place I dreamed of since I was a kid. And for Greece, on our honeymoon, my hubby and I said we would have a second honeymoon someday and we agreed on Santorini. I love those buildings with the blue tops! I’m definitely going to be saving up so I can travel the world!

Kismet - August 19, 2011 - 2:05 pm

My priority list would be Ireland, Greece and Italy like you listed. It’s so hard to sit still when there are so many places to visit!

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 Follow her on Twitter @girlwithatail.


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!

If you haven’t already, check out the contest to win free wedding photography and the chance to win 100 postcards!!

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!

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,, 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!

Extra Entries (Leave a separate comment per entry)

2. “Like” Soundtrack To I Do on Facebook.

3. Follow Soundtrack To I Do on Twitter

4. Tweeting the giveaway to your followers.

Ex:  Just entered the #giveaway on @soundtrack2ido for 100 postcards!


This giveaway will remain open until Friday, August 19th at noon PST, and the winner will be announced that afternoon!

Anyone 18 years or older, in the continental U.S. may enter. You can enter up to four times, as long as you leave a comment for each entry telling me what you did.

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.

Jessica@TWB - August 16, 2011 - 10:14 am

You’re awesome for hosting so many great giveaways!

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

i would send postcards to friends who need cheering up after the loss of our friend
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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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follow on twitter @shannon717717

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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

I follow you on twitter :)

Cait - August 16, 2011 - 4:22 pm

I liked you on FB :)

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

I tweeted to all my followers

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!

BreAna Roberts - August 16, 2011 - 5:42 pm
Kimberley D - August 16, 2011 - 5:57 pm

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

Kimberley D - August 16, 2011 - 5:58 pm

I liked Soundtrack To I Do on Facebook!

Kimberley D - August 16, 2011 - 5:59 pm

I’m now following Soundtrack To I Do on twitter

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

I follow you on Twitter.

Cris of Kiss My Tulle - August 17, 2011 - 2:20 am

I tweeted this!

Cris of Kiss My Tulle - August 17, 2011 - 2:20 am

I Liked you on Facebook.

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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

I am now a fan of Soundtrack to I Do on Facebook!

Rhian - August 17, 2011 - 11:47 pm

I (@JASIVRAS) now follow @Soundtrack2IDo

Rhian - August 17, 2011 - 11:48 pm

[…] Giveaway | 100 Free Postcards!! […]

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

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

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!!!