Wedding planning can be an exciting – yet overwhelming – time, especially when it comes to your wedding budget. It’s no surprise that wedding costs add up quickly. Due to unrealistic portrayals of weddings everywhere you look, there can be a ton of pressure to have the “perfect” wedding. A wedding doesn’t have to be lavish to create the everlasting memories and laughter that are ultimately the most important thing for your special day. Consider what you want out of your wedding, stick to your ideals, and enjoy your day in a way that doesn’t burden your new start together. Check out these expert tips on how to keep a wedding budget-friendly without compromising on style and elegance!
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Here are 18 good wedding first songs put together by Brittany Wong of the Huffington Post. Sperry Tents of the Seacoast offers The elegant Sailcloth tent, or a coastal clear tent for your reception under the stars. We service New Hampshire, Maine and North Shore of Massachusetts. Give us a call and find out how the Sperry experience will make your outdoor tent rental carefree, so you can concentrate on enjoying your big day.
It isn’t easy to find a wedding first dance song that speaks to who you are as a couple and hasn’t been played a million times before.
“Focus on lyrics first. As a couple, you want to find a lyric that speaks to who you are together,” the DJ said. “Second, you want to find a sound and a tempo that’s easy to dance to ― especially if you plan to invite your friends and family to join you out on the dance floor.”
Need further inspiration? Below, Swatek and other wedding DJs offer their top recs for first dance songs that are romantic and unique.
- Sade ― “By Your Side”(Neptunes Remix)
- Nelly Furtado — “Feel So Close”
“A Calvin Harris cover. It’s a pretty song and the original is a classic party banger so it maintains a lot of that fun.” ― DJ Jack Farmer, a DJ in Los Angeles
- Alicia Myers ― “I Want To Thank You”
“This song really encapsulates what the struggle feels like to find true love and the pure gratitude felt once it’s finally found. It also has a funk and R&B element, which naturally leads into a first dance set for your guests.” ― Nicole Otero, a DJ at TCM DJ Events in New York City
- Xavier Omar ― “Blind Man”
“The beat and lyrics ― about how his partner is so much more that her physical appearance ― is perfect for a wedding.” ― DJ Chuck D Supreme, a DJ in Los Angeles, California
- Led Zeppelin ― “All My Love”
“It’s a classic rock song, which is a little different for a wedding.” ― DJ CeeLos, a DJ in Southern California
- Corinne Bailey Rae ― “Is This Love”
“The cover of Bob Marley has a smoky and romantic feel, but she sings it with such a beautiful vulnerability in her voice. It’s perfect for a couple starting their new journey together.” ― Ross Anderson owner of Bela Sono Music in Fairfax, Virginia
- Chris Stapleton ― “Tennessee Whiskey”
“The pace makes it really easy to slow dance to. It’s not for everyone but for some, it’s extremely relatable and feels tailor-made just for them.” ― DJ Isaac, a DJ at VIP DJ Entertainment in Los Angeles
- Lykke Li ― “Unchained Melody”
“This is a fresh and unique take on possibly one of the most classic love songs of all time. It’s slow and somber but full of passion. This song is great for couples that are true romantics.” ― Joey Farese of Electric Entertainment DJs in Los Angeles
- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros ― “Home”
“I would have to say my favorite first dance song is ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe. I really like it because it’s more upbeat and has a very fun, loving tone.” ― Stephen Vaughn, a DJ at Backthird in Chicago
- Matthew Koma ― “Years” (acoustic)
“I love when a couple picks a song that’s really meaningful to them, whether or not it sounds like a traditional first dance song. You can typically find an acoustic version if the normal version is too high-energy, like this acoustic version of the original.” ― Sean O’Hare, owner of PDX DJs in Portland, Oregon
- Lana Del Rey ― “Lucky Ones”
“It’s a song that really isn’t on any lists, and the words are spot-on and very deep.” ―Allen Walker, owner of Big Daddy Walker Productions in Milford, Ohio
- Pink Martini ― “Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love”
- Prince ― “Adore”
- Ray LaMontagne ― “Let It Be Me”
“With its simple production, focusing on the acoustic guitar and vocals, Ray LaMontagne’s ‘Let It Be Me’ really speaks to the ‘for better or worse’ vows you make on your wedding day, and to your promise be there for one another, together through it all.” ―Bri Swatek, owner of Spinning With Style in New York
- Van Morrison ― “Someone Like You”
“It’s a classic that’s not overplayed.” ―Dave Mancini, a DJ in Southern California
- John Mayer ― “XO”
“A great Beyonce cover (though you can’t go wrong with the original). If you prefer a more ‘romantic,’ acoustic style for your first dance, John Mayer’s version still sounds beautiful. It’s a perfect fit for a first dance.” ―DJ Jack Farmer, a DJ in Los Angeles
- Michael Jackson ― “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”
“I am a huge fan of upbeat and super fun first dances, so this one of my favorite songs to recommend. The lyrics are perfect for the occasion and the song is also great to dance to. Everyone in the room will be tapping their feet.” ―DJ Keelez, a DJ in Los Angeles
- Felix Jaehn ft. Jasmine Thompson ― “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)”
“This gives a more sensual twist to this classic song, that radiates hard on a summer night. When you want to show your guests (and the world) that you love each other but are willing to dance the night away on a moment’s notice, this song is the perfect blend of that.” ― DJ Flobito, a DJ in Los Angeles
This article originally appeared on HuffPost
Here are 10 good reasons to have tented weddings. Sperry Tents of the Seacoast offers The elegant Sailcloth tent, or a coastal clear tent for your reception under the stars. We service New Hampshire, Maine and North Shore of Massachusetts. Give us a call and find out how the Sperry experience will make your outdoor tent rental carefree, so you can concentrate on enjoying your big day.
Whether you are producing a small event or a big event, having a tent will always come in handy. Here are 10 of the best reasons why.
- Weather. As we all know, weather can be so unpredictable. If you are planning for an event in advance it’s impossible to know what the weather will be like the day of. Having a tent can save you and your guests from the rain and give you shade from the bright sun.
- Food. Having a tent can help to create a space and protect your food from outdoor temperatures.
- Customize. Having an event with a tent means that you can customize the layout of your event space. Need multiple levels? No problem. Need several rooms inside one giant space? Sure, why not. Do you want clear walls and ceilings so that your indoor event will look and feel as if it were outdoors? Sounds good to me.
- Atmosphere. Think of a tent as a blank canvas. With the right décor, it will allow you to create any mood you want your event to have whether you want it to be elegant, dramatic, or even casual and relaxed. Whatever the mood, it all starts with the tent.
- Location. One of the best qualities of a tent is that you can reasonably place it anywhere you need to. No need to limit yourself, dream big.
- Bugs. Everyone hates mosquitoes. We all know you’re lying if you say you don’t. A tent with walls will keep those pesky bugs away, saving your guests from a weeks worth of itchiness.
- VIP. Certain events require a separate place for VIP guests to gather and be entertained. A tent can definitely provide this place if there isn’t one available.
- Size. The beauty about tents is that they come in all shapes and sizes. It doesn’t matter how many guests you have because there will always be a tent size that can accommodate it.
- Sound. Tents can act as sound barriers making the sound inside much more lively and controlled within the structure.
- Experience. All of the reasons above can ensure that your guests have a once in a lifetime experience.
Here is another great article on the advantages of tented weddings. Sperry Tents of the Seacoast offers The elegant Sailcloth tent, or a coastal clear tent for your reception under the stars. We service New Hampshire, Maine and North Shore of Massachusetts. Give us a call and find out how the Sperry experience will make your outdoor tent rental carefree, so you can concentrate on enjoying your big day.
One of the more popular venues for bride and grooms who want to be outdoors but don’t want to fall subject to the weather are tented receptions. The best part of throwing your party inside a tent is that it’s totally customizable — unlike the landscaping or layout of a garden or the interior of a hall or estate. If you want to pitch the biggest party of your life in a tent, here’s what you need to consider beforehand. *
Tents are whatever you want to make them. From size to flooring and even climate control (need heat or extra AC? No problem!) the options are endless when choosing a tent. There are, however, a lot of things to keep in mind when shopping for the place you’ll party as Mr. and Mrs. First, unless you’re hosting a reception in a private backyard, you must ask your venue’s location if a tent is allowed and where they recommend it’s set-up. If the venue confirms that it is allowed, then ask if they work with a particular tent vendor or have a few recommendations — tent prices can vary and you’ll want to ensure you find a reputable dealer. Most of all, don’t forget that everything added on to a tent — whether its bathrooms, sound systems, generators, ground cover, dance floor, permits, etc — will come at an extra cost, so be sure to accommodate the necessities in your budget and compare prices across companies. Lastly you better go see the tent before you order it! No one needs a hidden surprise on the day of their wedding.
News flash—wedding planning is very stressful. Almost all engaged couples would agree with this statement and add that the number one culprit: sticking to a budget. Yes, your most special day may end up draining your bank account even if you think you’ve calculated it all to the last cent. And, one of the first things you learn once you start booking your vendors is that what you planned for is not nearly enough to cover your expenses.
By how much, you may ask? Well, according to WeddingWire research, by 40 percent! Yes, that means you may need almost half more of what you are planning on spending. That’s why the company just launched its first ever Wedding Cost Guide that addresses the age-old question: how much does a wedding cost? The best part about it is that the online tool shows you pricing data that includes the high, low and average range of what other real couples recently spent in their geographic area.
That’s obviously important because while average country numbers are helpful, a wedding in New York City will surely cost you a lot more than a chic celebration in Cleveland. The new resource is also extremely helpful in case you have to negotiate with your vendors—thanks to the detailed information about how much other couples have paid for the same services, you can get a better idea of how much to offer and avoid being overcharged.
Here’s how it works: if you’re planning on getting hitched in the Washington, D.C. area, for example, and are wondering how much to set aside for a venue, you simply have to choose “Venue” from the drop-down menu here and fill out your ZIP code, and click “Find.” In addition to the pricing information on the result page, you will also find a comprehensive guide on how to tackle venue-related issues such as what impacts a wedding venue’s prices, what usually is included in the price (that way you don’t get hit by additional fees), and what questions you should ask before writing a deposit check for your venue.
And finally, because WeddingWire has a database of over 400,000 vendors, you can find the ones that fit your budget, and filter them out based on more than five million reviews.
Trust us, and just bookmark the page immediately.
When searching for my ideal wedding venue, I visited all the typical “Best Wedding Venues” within a couple of hours from Portland. The options and amenities varied depending on whether I was looking at a hotel ballroom or a local community grange. For me, it was a bit overwhelming putting a sizable chunk of my budget into the space – because I still needed furniture, lights, flowers, food, the works! In a moment of budgetary panic and an impending schedule, we chose our friends backyard over a swanky “all inclusive” venue. It may have been a bit more work, but it turned out even more beautiful than I could have imagined! Continue reading
Just because the reception’s over doesn’t mean the party is. And at the wedding after-party, there had better be some amazing songs playing to get your guests even more into the groove! The key to wedding after-party songs is choosing danceable beats with lyrics that everyone knows.
Most of the time, wedding reception songs center around cross-generational tunes and special moments, like the first dance and the father/daughter dance. That cuts into the amount of time for more contemporary songs, and that’s why the after-party is so great. It means you can play jams like Zedd and Selena Gomez’s “I Want You to Know” and Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance.” Even slightly older songs like Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me” or DJ Snake’s “Turn Down For What” might not fit into the grand scheme of things, but you can definitely dance to them after the reception ends. Continue reading