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!
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!