A couple’s first dance is one of the most iconic moments of any wedding. When I think back on the day Brandon and I got married in 2013, there is so much about that day that is just a blur, but the one thing I do still remember very well was our first dance. Leading up to our wedding Brandon told me that he wanted to pick our first dance song himself and that he wasn’t going to tell me which song he had picked, so our first dance song was a complete surprise to me. Brandon did good though! He chose “Give Into Me” by Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester. It was the perfect choice for us! But, he is a wedding DJ, so I don’t know why I was even surprised, right?!
Now, enough about us, let’s talk about your wedding! Are you struggling to narrow down which first dance song fits the two of you best? Well, hopefully, we can help. Here is a list of twenty-five of our favorites. Maybe you will love one too!
I’m sure you are feeling overwhelmed by all of these songs. No worries, you can listen to each song all in one place over on our Spotify first dance songs playlist. Just click here.
Before I sign off though, I have a bride tip for you! When I look back on our wedding day I have one real regret…..we didn’t hire a videographer. That was a terrible idea because there have been so many things about that day that I wish I could go back and relive. So, If you are on the fence about hiring a videographer, don’t be! Trust me, it’s well worth the extra investment, and let’s face it, I’m sure you’re already over budget anyway. 😉
Did you just get engaged over the holiday and now you find yourself asking – now what?!
Well, it’s time to hop into the wedding planning process now, because the sooner you get started, the more you will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy being engaged! To help you get started today, we have outlined five steps for you to take to begin planning your wedding with ease (and still have fun while doing it)! So, let’s get started!
#1 Hire a Wedding Planner
You can immediately eliminate a ton of pressure from the start by hiring a wedding planner. Who else will have all the best tips, tricks and ideas than a person whose entire career is spent planning weddings? You might ask what a wedding planner can do for you? In amongst many things, a wedding planner can help you establish a realistic budget for your big day while educating you on current trends, venues, and vendors.
Additionally, a professional planner (And I’m not talking about your Aunt Sally turned wedding planner for the day) can help you choose the best venue that fits your style, wedding size, and budget. A planner can refer you to florists, bakers, caterers, photographers and DJ’s whom they know personally and trust! You can cut down on the number of phone calls, and the time you would have spent communicating with vendors through hiring a planner because they will handle that for you. In turn, having less worry and stress will make the days leading up to your ceremony much more enjoyable.
#2 Begin Compiling a Tentative Guest List
It’s never too early to start planning your guest list. Choosing exactly which people you do (and don’t) want to invite to your wedding can be one of the most challenging parts of the planning process – so it’s a good idea to start early! Sit down with your fiance and start talking about who is most important. You can start by asking yourselves who must attend your wedding. Once you’ve established that, then you can begin chatting about which guests are still significant but a bit lower down on your list. Getting an idea of the exact number of guests you hope to invite is especially important when choosing the size of the venue you’ll need.
#3 Choose a Few Possible Wedding Dates
Flexibility is beneficial when planning your wedding, so we suggest selecting two or three potential dates for your big day! This advice might sound strange but imagine if your heart is set on one particular day and then you, unfortunately, learn your perfect venue is booked that day. With a few different dates in mind, you can more easily secure the venue, caterer, photographers, and of course DJ that you really want. Also just as a side note, some venues may have discounted rates on certain days – so being more flexible with the date of your wedding can also save you money if you are on a budget.
#4 Select and Secure Your Wedding Venue
Once you decide on your guest list and find a venue available on your day – book it! Do not make the mistake of waiting because most wedding venues book up very quickly, some as much as 18-24 months in advance. When it comes to wedding planning, it’s not just about “saying yes to the dress” but also “saying yes to the venue.” It’s imperative that you book your venue at the beginning of your wedding planning process. The venue quite literally sets the stage for every other step that follows it.
PS. If you need recommendations, we know some GREAT ones!
#5 Research and Hire Your Wedding Vendors
As we mentioned earlier, a wedding planner is a tremendous asset when it comes time to choose your wedding vendors. However, if you decide to do all the planning on your own then make sure you do your research. Bad vendors can destroy a wedding! Now is when I would like you to please pause and reread the previous sentence because I cannot emphasize it enough! This principle applies to your photographer, videographer, florist, baker, caterer and most certainly applies to your DJ and Master of Ceremonies!
Next, once you have done your research and decided on the professionals that you would like to use do not hesitate to book them. It may be surprising, but as a DJ company we have some dates that book out as far in advance as 12-18 months for us, so it is critical to book early especially if you are planning to get married on a Saturday, or during popular wedding seasons such as the Spring or Fall.
We know that all of this info is a lot to take in, but based upon our experience we promise that if you follow these five simple steps you will be on the right track to planning one memorable wedding! So Cheers from Brandon and I, and happy planning!! Oh and if you need a super cool and crazy fun DJ…..let’s chat!
Are you recently engaged and looking for wedding inspiration, reputable vendors, or just a place to get started? If so, join us on Sunday, August 13th at Santa Fe River Ranch located just North of Gainesville for the Summer Wedding Expo. Doors will open at 2:00pm for general admission ticket holders. VIP access tickets are also available for purchase, but space is limited. General admission tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
What You Can Expect
Premier Wedding Vendors
Amazing Prize Giveaways
Show Specials & Discounts
Reception Table Designs
Local Food Trucks
How to Prepare
Decide what you want to get out of the event. i.e. inspiration, advice, see the latest trends.
Know your wedding date – if you’re not sure, try to have a few dates in mind.
Bring your calendar and know your availability so you can schedule appointments.
Wear comfortable shoes
Bring your entourage.
Get ready for inspiration because it’s coming your way!
We cannot wait to see you there! Keep updated with everything #santaferiverranch by liking their Facebook page and following @santaferiverranch on Instagram!
We encourage anyone planning a luxury wedding in North Florida to come to this exclusive bridal event!
Happy Thursday everyone! Last week we had the pleasure of attending Wedding Wire World 2015 in Washington, DC. First off, the city is just beautiful. We had the opportunity to explore on Sunday when we arrived, but Monday morning came quickly. Monday and Tuesday were filled with so many talented speakers and wedding industry experts that it is a good thing we took notes. Bill Rancic, winner of the very first season of The Apprentice, was of course one of the stand out presenters during the conference. His presentation was beyond inspiring, and his own story a courageous one. My personal favorite though was Monte Durham from TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. If he ever decides that the wedding industry is no longer for him, he should try his hand at comedy. We laughed throughout his entire presentation! He was just great, and even agreed to take a selfie with us! Not to be overlooked by all of these celebrities though was Alan Berg. He is absolutely amazing when it comes to his knowledge and ideas on how to make your business a successful one. The entire trip was made worth it just to hear him speak alone I feel.
Now I’m sure all of you are wondering how does our little DC vacation benefit you?! Well first, we now have TONS of new ideas that we plan on incorporating this year into your weddings and events! But……the second item on the list is the most exciting to us….. we pulled the trigger and purchased a photo booth! Yay!!! We’ve been playing with the idea of adding a photo booth to our service line-up for well over a year, so we saw the opportunity and went with it! It has so many different features and gadgets on it, but that topic in itself is worthy of it’s own blog post so stay tuned!
The conclusion is that overall, except for missing our flight to DC on Sunday morning, the entire trip was such a great experience! We hope that the things we learned over the two days we were there will help us to make your events even more special throughout this year, and once we run out of new ideas thank goodness it will be time again to attend Wedding Wire World 2016!
Are you newly engaged and looking for luxury entertainment for your upcoming wedding? If so, we will be showcasing our wedding entertainment services at several Bridal Expos throughout Georgia and North Florida during the months of January and February. We would love to meet you, get to know you, and allow you to get to know us. When you attend a bridal show you will see the pages of bridal magazines come to life right before your eyes, so whether you are planning a glamorous production or an intimate affair, these shows are wedding design events that you don’t want to miss.
Please follow the link below to view our show line up and locate the show that will be most convenient for you to attend.