Week three is all about making your grand entrance into your wedding reception one to remember! Choosing the perfect song for your introduction ignites your guest’s energy, and gets them in the mood to party. Some couples decide to use only one song for their grand entrance, while others choose to use a different song for each member of their bridal party as they enter. Both are great options.
To help you find your perfect song here is a list of 15 wedding introduction songs that we have found to be crowd favorites.
Now, follow the link to our easy to listen to Spotify playlist that includes not only these 15 songs, but many more to fit your individual taste. Oh, and one more thing! If you enjoyed this post, we’d be grateful if you’d help it spread by emailing it to a friend, sharing it on Facebook, or commenting below.
Next week we will be posting our favorite first dance songs, so stay tuned!
Think about the last fun wedding you attended. What do you remember most about it? Among the first things to pop into your mind were probably the food, the drinks, and the music. Those are the top three aspects of a wedding that guests say they remember the most. Now that it’s time for you to plan your own wedding, we are sure that you want your family and friends all to have a good time, and remember your special day for years to come. So we put together eight steps you can take to ensure that your wedding is as fun as it can be!
1. Provide transportation
Providing guests transportation is crucial in the event they will be coming from out of town and staying in a hotel. Offering them a ride from the hotel to the wedding venue will keep their planning to a minimum. Plus, they’ll probably have a great time riding a bus or trolley to and from the wedding venue together. This will help keep spirits high and contribute to your guests’ feeling involved.
2. Allow your single friends to bring a date
This might drive up the cost of your wedding, but allowing your single friends to bring a date will pay for itself in good times. Go ahead and pay for a few extra plates of food and invite them to bring their significant other, even if you don’t know them. Who knows, your wedding could be the start of another beautiful relationship, and soon you might get an invitation in the mail for your best friend’s wedding.
3. Give your guests an itinerary
You have worked hard to plan the events of your wedding day, so why not share the plan with your guests? This will help make your guests feel that they are fully involved in the wedding, and with specific times for each event, they’ll know what to expect and when. You don’t have to go crazy with this. Just include the essentials, like what time intros will begin, what time dinner will begin, and when the dance floor is scheduled to open.
4. Keep downtime to a minimum
Plan the timeline for your special day to ensure that you keep the action constant. Too much downtime allows room for guests to become bored. A great way to prevent this from happening is by providing music during cocktail hour, drinks, hors-d’oeuvres or even a photo booth. There shouldn’t be any question about where or when guests can grab a drink, and don’t keep them waiting too long before you open the floor for dancing. As long as the drinks are flowing, the music is upbeat, and there are plenty of snacks before dinner, your guests will feel satisfied and welcome.
5 . Make sure the music isn’t just for you
It might be tempting to choose all your favorite songs for your wedding playlist, but you have to consider your guests. Feel free to pick plenty of songs you love, but make sure you sprinkle in some that your guests will enjoy, too. Keep the music upbeat and fun so your guests won’t have to think twice about getting out on the dance floor.
6. Ask toasters to keep their speeches short and sweet
Wedding toasts can be fun, but if they drag on for too long, your guest’s minds are bound to begin to wonder. Nobody wants to listen to your best friend drone on for twenty minutes about how much she loves you. Politely ask your toasters to keep their speeches short, that way you and your guests can get back to the party.
7. Offer late-night food options
Even after eating a full meal, drinking and dancing takes a lot of energy. It’s a good idea to consider offering some munchies for your guests to eat toward the end of the night. This doesn’t have to be a full second course, just something simple like chips and dip, sliders, or mini tacos. Choose something that fits the theme of your wedding, and offer it to your guests to snack on while they party.
8. Lead the way by having fun yourself
Perhaps the most important aspect of ensuring that your guests have a great time at your wedding is by having fun yourself! If your friends and family see that the bride and groom are happy and enjoying their wedding reception, they are sure to join in the fun. Don’t let the stress of wedding planning carry over to your wedding day. That’s all behind you now, and you deserve to enjoy yourself.
So you just got engaged! That’s exciting, but now comes the fun part: planning the wedding. There’s a lot of work to do, and that might sound stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. The best advice we can give you is to get started booking services for your wedding right away. The whole process is much easier if you give yourself plenty of time to make decisions, especially because many popular venues and top wedding vendors are booked up a year or more in advance. You want to make sure you get exactly what you want for your special day, and the easiest way to do that is to start right now. Before you start making phone calls, though, you’ll want to make a few key decisions. Follow these steps when you’re planning your wedding, and it will be a piece of cake.
1. Decide On A Date
The most popular months for a wedding here in the South are April, May, June, October, and November. These months are popular mostly because of the weather. It’s not too hot, and not too cold. Because of this, though, many venues and services fill up very fast during the Spring and Fall, so if you’re not planning at least a year or two ahead, you might want to think about a different month. The date doesn’t have to be set in stone right away, though, because your dream venue might not be available on the first weekend you have in mind, but it could be wide open the week before or week after. Being flexible with the date, at least in the early stages of planning, will really make things easier.
2. Make A Budget
Once you have your date decided, you need to get a budget in order. Figure out how much you can afford to spend on your wedding, and keep that in mind for the rest of the planning process. It’s much easier to control your spending if you think in terms of how much of your budget remains, and it helps keep everything streamlined. If it fits your budget, this would also be the right time to hire a wedding planner. A good wedding planner can take a lot of the stress away from planning a wedding, and they can help you secure the best vendors that will fit perfectly into your budget.
3. Choose A Venue
Unless you’re getting married in your backyard, the venue is probably going to eat up the biggest portion of your budget. Start making phone calls and touring venues, keeping in mind their capacity and availability. You should have a general idea of how many people you want to invite, that way you can choose an appropriately sized venue. Once you find your wedding venue of choice, don’t hesitate to book. Nail down a precise date and pay a deposit before somebody else comes along and reserves the day you want.
4. Book Wedding Services
Now that you’ve got your venue, it’s time to start filling it up with wedding vendors. You should prioritize things like a good photographer and catering, especially if you’ve chosen a busy time of year to get married. If you’ve opted for a destination wedding, you might want to do some tastings with caterers in the area while you’re in town touring venues, that way you can knock them both out in one trip. You’ll also need to contact a stylist, a florist, a cake designer, and an officiant (to marry you), and a band or DJ (we can help with this! check out our info here), at least 8-12 months in advance of the wedding. Think about the vibe and the flow that you’re aiming for, and work from there.
5. Send Out Save the Dates
You’re coming to one of the final stages of planning a wedding, and it feels amazing. You can picture it now, everything is in order, and now you just need to make sure that your friends and family will be there to celebrate with you. Now is the time to secure a stationery designer to create your Save the Dates! Like everything else, this should be done well in advance of the wedding date, at least six months or so, especially for a destination wedding. Designing the Save the Dates several months ahead will give the stationery company plenty of time to print your invitations, and will give your guests the time needed to make arrangements to attend such as taking time away from work, booking a hotel room, and securing flights to celebrate with you.
Now, you are definitely on the right track! Let the countdown begin, and try not to go crazy with anticipation!
If you’ve ever attended a wedding, you’ve probably heard somebody give a toast. It might have been the father of the bride, the mother of the groom, the best man, or another close friend or relative, but until this next wedding, it wasn’t you. But now somebody dear to you is getting married, and you want to give a toast that won’t leave your audience cringing, something that will elicit feelings of warmth and goodwill to the bride, groom, and all friends and family present. That sounds like a tall order, but don’t worry. We’ve got some tips to help you come up with a wedding toast that you’ll be proud to give, and everyone else will be happy to hear.
#1 Come Prepared
The time to start preparing for this wedding toast is right now. Unless you’re a regular Jerry Seinfeld, it’s probably not a good idea to improvise a wedding toast. Grab a pen and paper and brainstorm some ideas, things you might want to say. You can even give yourself an entire script. Nobody is going to judge you for reading off a card, but I definitely recommend rehearsing the toast a few times before the time comes to tap on that glass of champagne. That way you’ll be confident and smooth.
#2 Play To Your Strengths
When deciding what to say during your toast, it’s a good idea to make a note of what you excel at. For example, if you’ve never been a particularly funny person, it’s probably a better idea to save the humor for later. This isn’t the time to develop your talents; this is a time for giving a toast to two people who are getting married. Keep that in mind, and the whole process will be much easier for you.
#3 Don’t Forget To Introduce Yourself
This might sound obvious, but remember that not everyone at the wedding is going to know who you are. Start your toast with a simple introduction that lets everyone know your relationship with the bride and groom. If you’ve got a knack for humor, you may even want to throw in a little quip to break the ice. Remember, though, the toast is centered around the bride and groom, not yourself, so keep your introduction short, sweet, and to the point.
#4 Be Respectful and Gracious
Fill your toast with positive sentiments and well wishes. Do not, under any circumstances, mention an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend, or anything that might remind the bride or groom of such.
Talk about bright futures and happy memories, the things you love about the union at hand. Thank the parents for raising such beautiful people, and thank the host for organizing the event. As I mentioned earlier, keep it simple. Don’t ramble, and keep the primary focus on the newlyweds and great things to come.
#5 Don’t Be Drunk
If you plan on getting drunk at the wedding, you’ll probably want to wait until after you give your toast. It might seem easier to speak in front of large groups of people after you’ve had a few drinks, but you don’t want to make a fool of yourself. You want your toast to be something that people will look back on in a positive way. Keep in mind that the people present, especially the bride and groom, will remember your toast for years to come. That’s why a level head is crucial when it comes to giving a toast. Last of all, remember that weddings are a time for celebration. Now get out there and celebrate!
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.