First Dance Song

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Jonathan Allison Photography

Have you decided on your first dance song? It’s a pretty big deal and can feel so overwhelming on what song to choose. It will be a song that for years you will remember and one that you will dance on countless anniversary or sing in the car together. We think it should be a song that you both love or possibly represent a moment in your engagement or dating time that meant a lot to you both. Either way, we are giving 50 songs below that are classics and newer generational love songs that will not only provoke tears from your guest on wedding day but leave you both set up for years of enjoying the first dance song!


1. "Amazed," Lonestar

Lyrics You'll Love: "I don't know how you do what you do/I'm so in love with you/It just keeps getting better"

2. "As," Stevie Wonder

Lyrics You'll Love: "As around the sun the earth knows she's revolving/And the rosebuds know to bloom in early May/Just as hate knows love's the cure/You can rest your mind assure/That I'll be loving you always"

3. "As Time Goes By," Dooley Wilson (from Casablanca)

Lyrics you'll love: "And when two lovers woo/They still say, 'I love you.'/On that you can rely/No matter what the future brings/As time goes by."

4. "A Thousand Years," Christina Perri (from Twilight: Breaking Dawn)

Lyrics you'll love: "Darling, don't be afraid/I have loved you/For a thousand years/I'll love you for a thousand more"

5. "At Last," Etta James

Lyrics you'll love: "And here we are in heaven/for you are mine/at last"

6. "Better Together," Jack Johnson

Lyrics you'll love: "It's not always easy and/Sometimes life can be deceiving/I'll tell you one thing, it's always better when we're together"

7. "By Your Side," Sade

Lyrics you'll love: "When you're on the outside baby and you can't get in/I will show you you're so much better than you know"

8. "Can't Help Falling In Love," Elvis Presley

Lyrics you'll love: "Like a river flows surely to the sea/Darling so it goes/some things are meant to be"

9. "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," Frankie Valli or Lauryn Hill

Lyrics you'll love: "I love you baby and if it it's quite all right/I need you baby to warm the lonely nights/I love you baby, trust in me when I say"

10. "Come Rain or Come Shine," Ray Charles

Lyrics you'll love: "I'm gonna love you, like nobody's loved you/Come rain or come shine"

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11. "Crazy Love," Van Morrison

Lyrics you'll love: "I can hear her heart beat for a thousand miles/And the heavens open every time she smiles"

12. "Everything," Michael Bublé

Lyrics you'll love: "And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times/It's you, it's you, you make me sing/You're every line, you're every word, you're everything"

13. "First Day of My Life," Bright Eyes

Lyrics you'll love: "Yours is the first face that I saw/I think I was blind before I met you/Now I don't know where I am/ I don't know where I've been/But I know where I want to go"

14. "Fly Me to the Moon," Frank Sinatra

Lyrics you'll love: "Fill my heart with song/Let me sing forever more/You are all I long for/All I worship and adore"

15. "Grow Old With Me," Mary Chapin Carpenter

Lyrics you'll love: "Grow old along with me/Whatever fate decrees/We will see it through"

16. "Here and Now," Luther Vandross

Lyrics you'll love: "When I look in your eyes, there I'll see/All that a love should really be/And I need you more and more each day"

17. "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)," James Taylor

Lyrics you'll love: "With sweet love and devotion, deeply touching my emotion/I want to stop and thank you baby"

18. "If I Ain't Got You," Alicia Keys featuring Usher

lyrics you'll love: "Some people want diamond rings/Some just want everything/But everything means nothing/If I ain't got you"

19. "In My Life," The Beatles

Lyrics you'll love: "Though I know I'll never lose affection/for people and things that went before/I know I'll often stop and think about them/In my life I love you more"

20. "I Only Have Eyes for You," The Flamingos

Lyrics you'll love: "Are the stars out tonight?/I don't know if it's cloudy or bright/I only have eyes for you, dear"

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21. "It Had to Be You," Dooley Wilson (from Casablanca)

Lyrics you'll love: "And it had to be you, it just had to be you/It had to be you"

22. "I Will," The Beatles

Lyrics you'll love: "Love you forever and forever/Love you with all my heart/Love you whenever we're together/Love you when we're apart"

23. "I Won't Give Up," Jason Mraz

Lyrics you'll love: "I won't give up on us/Even if the skies get rough/I'm giving you all my love/I'm still looking up"

24. "Just the Way You Are," Billy Joel

Lyrics you'll love: "I said I love you and that's forever/And this I promise from my heart/I couldn't love you any better/I love you just the way you are"

25. "La Vie en Rose," Edith Piaf (French), Louis Armstrong (English)

Lyrics you'll love: "And when you speak angels sing from above/Everyday words seem/To turn into love songs"

26. "Let's Stay Together," Al Green

Lyrics you'll love: "Let's stay together/Love you whether, whether/Times are good or bad, happy or sad/"

27. "L-O-V-E," Nat King Cole

Lyrics you'll love: "Love is all that I can give to you/Love is more than just a game for two/Two in love can make it"

28. "Lucky," Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz

Lyrics you'll love: "Lucky I'm in love with my best friend/Lucky to have been where I have been/Lucky to be coming home again"

29. "Make You Feel My Love," Adele

Lyrics you'll love: "Nothing that I wouldn't do/Go to the ends of the Earth for you/To make you feel my love"

30. "Marry Me," Train

Lyrics you'll love: "Together can never be close enough for me/To feel like I am close enough to you/You wear white and I'll wear out the words, 'I love you' "

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31. "Maybe I'm Amazed," Paul McCartney

Lyrics you'll love: "Maybe I'm amazed at the way you help me sing my song,/Right me when I'm wrong/Maybe I'm amazed at the way I really need you."

32. "Our Love Is Here to Stay," Billie Holiday

Lyrics you'll love: "It's very clear/Our love is here to stay/Not for a year/But ever and a day"

33. "Sparks," Coldplay

Lyrics you'll love: "But I promise you this/I'll always look out for you/That's what I'll do"

34. "Stand by Me," Ben E. King

Lyrics you'll love: "No I won't be afraid/Oh, I won't be afraid/Just as long as you stand, stand by me"

35. "Steady As We Go," Dave Matthews Band

Lyrics you'll love: "In the darkest times/You shine on me/You set me free/And keep me steady as we go"

36. "Such Great Heights," The Postal Service or Iron and Wine

Lyrics you'll love: "And I have to speculate/That God himself did make us/Into corresponding shapes/Like puzzle pieces from the clay"

37. "That's How Strong My Love Is," Otis Redding

Lyrics you'll love: "I'll be the rainbow after the tears are gone/Wrap you in my colors and keep you warm/That's how strong my love is"

38. "That's Where It's At," Sam Cooke

Lyrics you'll love: "Lights turned way down low/Music soft and slow/With someone you love so/That's where it's at, yeah"

39. "The Best Is Yet to Come," Frank Sinatra

Lyrics you'll love: "Come the day you're mine/I'm gonna teach you to fly/We've only tasted the wine/We're gonna drain the cup dry"

40. "The Luckiest," Ben Folds

Lyrics you'll love: "And where was I before the day/That I first saw your lovely face?/Now I see it every day/And I know/That I am/I am/I am/The luckiest"

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41. "Then," Brad Paisley

Lyrics you'll love: "Now you're my whole life/Now you're my whole world/I just can't believe/The way I feel about you girl/Like a river meets the sea/Stronger than it's ever been"

42. "Unforgettable," Nat King Cole

Lyrics you'll love: "That's why, darling, it's incredible/That someone so unforgettable/Thinks that I am/unforgettable too"

43. "Up Where We Belong," Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

Lyrics you'll love: "Love lifts us up where we belong/Where the eagles cry on a mountain high"

44. "We've Only Just Begun," The Carpenters

Lyrics you'll love: "And when the evening comes we smile,/So much life ahead/We'll find a place where there's room to grow/And yes, we've just begun"

45. "Wild Horses," The Rolling Stones

Lyrics you'll love: "No sweeping exits or offstage lines/Could make me feel bitter or treat you unkind/Wild horses couldn't drag me away"

46. "Wonderwall," Oasis

Lyrics you'll love: "I said maybe/You're gonna be the one that saves me/And after all/You're my wonderwall"

47. "You Are the Best Thing," Ray LaMontagne

Lyrics you'll love: "The way you move me, it's crazy/It's like you see right through me/And make it easier/Believe me, you don't even have to try"

48. "You Are So Beautiful," Joe Cocker

Lyrics you'll love: "You're everything I hoped for/You're everything I need/You are so beautiful to me"

49. "Your Song," Elton John

Lyrics you'll love: "I hope you don't mind that I put down in words/How wonderful life is while you're in the world"

50. "You're My Best Friend," Queen

Lyrics you'll love: "You're the best friend that I ever had/I've been with you such a long time/You're my sunshine/And I want you to know"

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50 songs can be a lot to choose from but grab your partner and split the playlist up. We suggest enjoying the playlist over a couple of days of evening drives or while cooking a meal together, either way choosing together will make even a bigger impact on the day of the wedding.

Enjoy

XOXO

 

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A Toast from the Bride & Groom

Today on the blog we are sharing from the the knott’s blog about how the bride and groom can give the perfect toast in thanking their guest and family for supporting them. Read the six tips below:

You've just declared your love and devotion to each other at your wedding ceremony in front of your loved ones—now it's time to show your wedding guests some love. The wedding toast is the perfect opportunity to let your family and friends know how much their presence means to you on this special day. So what are you going to say, and how are you going to say it?


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1. Reference something sweet

If you're struggling with how to kick off your toast, start with something borrowed. Referencing part of a song, poem or quote can help set the tone, and if guests are still quieting down and miss your opening remarks, they'll still get the gist. Look to popular love songs, familiar rhymes or great love quotes. None of those fit your style? Open with the story of how you met, a special moment from your pre-engaged dating days, the proposal story or a funny incident from your wedding planning journey. Then, end it with heartfelt thank-yous. The key players should be specifically addressed (your new spouse, parents and the wedding party) and then broaden it to family and friends.

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Cassaundra Cherney Photography

2. Don't ramble. 

There's no need to get too carried away—a toast doesn't have to be more than two to three minutes. It's nice to tell a quick, illustrative anecdote, but if it's too long, guests might not be able to follow. Any stories you reference should be general enough for every listener to understand. In other words, leave out any inside jokes or details that might make people feel left out. Lastly, nix any words or phrasing that don't come naturally to you—words you don't normally use will sound stiff and might cause you to stumble

3. Practice makes perfect

While your toast should feel spontaneous and genuine, it's going to take some rehearsal to appear unrehearsed. Once you've sorted out your speech, recite it aloud. The first few times you do it, find the spots where you stumble or skip words and either cut or rewrite them. When the kinks are worked out, practice until you can comfortably sail through it. If public speaking isn't your thing, take comfort in knowing you'll be in front of the friendliest audience possible and they'll want to listen to you.

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4. Get an opening act

Letting your wedding party members open up the floor is not a bad plan—it gives you a minute to compose yourselves and you won't have to deal with waiting for everyone to get settled. They can also get the microphone testing out of the way too. Traditionally the best man serves as the toastmaster, and if the maid of honor chooses to toast, she comes next. After that, the two of you are on. Today, many parents choose to toast after the newlyweds, especially if they're hosting the party. (Of course, we're all about breaking tradition—so feel free to ask whoever you want to be your opening act.)

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5. Be aware of body language

Keep in mind that most microphones are made to sound best at a distance about equal to that between your extended index and pinkie fingers. If you've got a mic in one hand, you'll probably have champagne in the other, which takes care of the what-to-do-with-your-hands problem. It's totally fine to walk around while you're speaking if that makes you feel more comfortable, just be sure not to wander behind objects that'll block you from anyone's view (think: large floral arrangements or pillars). Reading from a piece of paper is okay too, but we recommend using more of an outline structure than reading word-for-word off index cards. If you're constantly looking down, your voice won't project as clearly and there won't be as many opportunities for eye contact. Plus, it may not feel like it's spoken from the heart.

6. Finish on a high note 

When you're arriving at the end of your toast, adjust your tone of voice accordingly so guests have an audible cue to raise their glasses. Take the time to look around the room and make eye contact, let your words sink in and allow yourself and your guests to share this special moment together. Then toast to everyone who made your wedding possible and enjoy the rest of the celebration. Cake, anyone?


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Cassaundra Cherney Photography

Guestbook Table Essentials

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Let’s be honest, wedding details like the guestbook table decor is something every bride is so excited about, but some how its a week before the wedding and you just realize you have not chosen anything. No worries today on the blog we are talking about the 4 essential items you need for any guestbook table. Remember, we want to put a little thought into this table as it will be the first thing your guest see as they walk into the wedding. So keep in mind the 4 essentials but feel free to add a little more personality as you pull it together.

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Something to Sign

Guest like to sign-in! Now that can be signing a photo book or a traditional lined guest book but you can get creative and have guest sign a globe, a canvas photo, or even a Jenga game piece. You’ve got options, our favorite is to choose something you will use or see regularly to remind you of the beautiful day.

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Signage

It makes sense for guest to know that they are suppose to sign the guest book but now a days guest book can be so many different things. They more signage you have the better your guest will do what is expected. For example are they suppose to take a photo and then stick into the book, or are they suppose to sign the pretty canvas photo. It can be as easy as providing a chalk board with instructions.

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Provide a Photo

We love when our bride and groom provided a photo for the guestbook table area. It helps guest first of all know they are in the right place but it also helps set the mood of the day! Guest truly admire the photo and its a great way to display your bridal or engagement sessions photos.

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A Personal Touch

The last piece is to make sure you add a piece of personal touch from the bride and groom. If is adding your story through photos or letters you wrote back and forth to each other while you both traveled for a year, its whatever you make it! We love those small details and so do your guest, as it represents the love you have for each other. Be creative and think outside the box, every couple has something!

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Follow the four easy essentials to making your guestbook table a hit and we promise it will be something everyone enjoys. Below are even more photos of some of our favorites.

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Drey Johnson Photo

Andrea Brewster Photography

Andrea Brewster Photography

Santan Cruz

Santan Cruz