Considerations When Picking a First Dance Song

wedding-danceThe first song you dance to as husband and wife should be significant to you both. Choosing this song can be a stressful task especially if you and your soon to be spouse can’t agree on a song. There are certain things you should consider when trying to make this decision.

Choosing your first dance song is easier to do if you can agree on a type of music or specific artist you both like. This will help you narrow down your choices and find a song that has meaning to you. For some couples it is a country song while for others it may be rock.

The song you choose should say something about your relationship. The more meaningful it is the more memorable it will be for both of you. It will also allow your guests a glimpse into the private aspects of your relationship and will make your first dance more meaningful for them too.

The lyrics of your first dance song should be appropriate for a wedding, so it is best to carefully listen when choosing a song. For example, some songs that sound like they are about romantic love thriving are actually about a breakup, something you don’t want to hear on your own wedding day.

Regardless of what genre you choose your first dance song should be one that you can easily dance to. If you have your heart set on a song that is not easy to dance to any talented band can play the song using the rhythm that will help you dance to it. Ensuring that the band you hire can sing the song you want to use should also be part of the process of choosing one.

Keep in mind that your first dance does not necessarily have to be the traditional slow dance, which almost exclusively limits you to ballads. Using a more upbeat song is acceptable at today’s weddings. This allows you to relax and have fun on the dance floor. Many couples purposely choose a song that they know their guests will come out and dance to towards the end of the song. Doing so can add a whole new element of togetherness to your wedding.

If you are truly struggling to choose a song, taking dance classes together can help you and your partner make the decision. Your dance teacher should be able to advise you on the type of song you will want to choose depending on your comfort level and skill when it comes to dancing.

While you want to enjoy the spotlight on your wedding day your guests will appreciate it if you choose a short song. Any song that takes more than three or four minutes may make your guests antsy. To choose a song that is not too long, consider watching music videos on the Internet. This will help you determine how long a song is so that you can make the right choice.


Creating a Wedding Trivia Game

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Keeping guests entertained at a wedding can sometimes be a challenge. However, there are some creative ways to make it easier to accomplish. One of them is by creating a wedding trivia game. This can be played by guests during the cocktail hour or during slow parts of the reception.

One idea for a wedding trivia game is to take information about the bride and groom’s relationship and turn it into your own version of trivial pursuit. You can take the board game itself and then altar the board to fit your needs or you can create one from scratch if you have the proper skills to do so. You can also find general facts about weddings to use in your trivia game to make things a little more interesting.

Another idea is to write down a list of both true and false statements about the couple. Each guest can be read a statement and has to determine whether or not it is true. If your budget allows for it, offer a small prize to anyone who correctly identifies a statement as true or false. This makes the wedding reception interactive in ways that will keep everyone entertained and eliminates any awkwardness among guests.

When creating a trivia game about the couple getting married it is helpful to get ideas from invited guests and will make them feel more involved in the process. If everyone contributes a piece of trivia they know about the couple the game will be more interesting and informative than it would have been otherwise.

A wedding trivia game can concentrate on a couple’s life together or it can concentrate on what the bride and the groom were like as children. Multiple choice questions can be written and guests can take turns choosing the answer they believe is correct.

A more general wedding trivia game can simply ask questions about the time honored wedding traditions that so many have practiced. It can also include questions about weddings that may stump the majority of the guests in attendance. This is a great way for everyone to learn more about weddings in general. Wedding related statistics or strange wedding facts and records can be incorporated into the trivia game as well.

These games don’t have to be specifically about weddings and often other topics are chosen by couples. For example, if the majority of the guests at a wedding are interested in a particular subject that subject can be used for the trivia game. Many couples will choose a TV show that they and their guests enjoy and ask trivia questions about the show. For guests who may get bored easily this will likely be a more interesting experience than answering trivia questions about the bride and groom and their relationship.

A child’s trivia game can be bought or created for weddings where there are younger guests in attendance. This can be about a beloved cartoon character they all like or even general trivia that will stimulate them while still allowing them to have fun and avoid becoming bored.

Entertaining guests is the main goal of any wedding trivia game, and these ideas should help you create one that is tailor-made to your wants and needs.

Antiquated Wedding Traditions to Skip

wedding-traditionsThere are many old fashioned wedding traditions that it has become perfectly acceptable to quit doing. As times have changed, so have traditions and expectations surrounding weddings.

One of the antiquated traditions most couples are choosing to skip these days is the introduction of the entire wedding party during the reception. Making this introduction tends to disrupt the flow of a wedding reception and requires scattered wedding party members to converge. This is especially being skipped at smaller weddings (generally less than 100 guests) where it is more likely that the guests in attendance are already familiar with the wedding party.

While in the past couples used both place and escort cards these days they tend to choose one or the other. The escort and place cards essentially fulfill the same purpose, and since they are redundant they amount to nothing more than extra work in setting up for the reception. That is the main reason people choose to ditch this old wedding tradition to streamline the process. It is more efficient for everyone to have guests pick up their place cards as they enter the reception venue and head straight to their table. This way the guests remain organized in their seating yet still get to choose who they sit next to at their assigned table.

The days of couples sitting at the “sweetheart table” are pretty quickly ending. Many feel that this makes the bride and groom look pretentious and that it also makes it more difficult for them to enjoy their own wedding dinner. At today’s weddings couples usually sit at the same table as their wedding party and/or parents. Since couples are expected to visit every table during the reception, it is often more convenient for them to be at table with the people they are closest to.

A fairly new trend for couples getting married is to eschew the idea of not seeing each other on their wedding day before the ceremony begins. While in the past, doing so was thought to be bad luck, couples are abandoning this idea in droves. At the opposite end of the spectrum many couples are now coming together on their wedding day, immediately before their ceremony begins to take what is called a “first look” photo.

In the past, a bride’s attendants were expected to be female and groomsmen were expected to be male. However, times are changing and many brides are asking men to serve as one of their attendants while many grooms are asking women to serve as their grooms-person.

Brides are also increasingly choosing someone other than their father to walk them down the aisle, or even choosing to walk down the aisle on their own. The mentality at most weddings is no longer that the bride’s father is doing a service by handing her over to her soon-to-be husband. In many cases, brides are now choosing a brother or other close family member to escort them down the aisle, especially brides that were raised by a single mother. This is proof that antiquated wedding traditions are often skipped.