GSS Tuesday Trousseau :: Wedding Music Information

We are in for a music treat today. A Dallas DJ shares a few of his music tips with us…The wedding music can definitely make or break any event. We know this. We’ve seen this. With a great musician or dj you can avoid any raised eyebrows by your wedding guests. If you are wanting an atmosphere where the wedding guests feel like dancing or a more relaxed environment where the guests can talk with each other and still have tasteful wedding music in the background, then make sure you have a few of these wedding planning tips to use for your own wedding. A question to ask a prospective wedding dj, band or musician would be their experience and expertise. Some djs and wedding bands are fantastic artisans and keep the dance floor packed all night by interacting with wedding guests and having the music selection lively. Others are extremely knowledgeable with songs and other music and reading the crowd.

image courtesy of Amy Karp

Things to keep in mind when planning music with your DJ are genre of music, specific songs for announcements and events, and the style of dance music to be played. Everyone has different tastes in music and your wedding should reflect your own taste and style. However, there are a few rules of etiquette to keep in mind at your wedding that will ensure your guests have just as much fun as you.

For starters, think about what songs you want played for your grand entrance and first dances. This is an opportunity to be unique show everyone your own personality. There certainly is nothing wrong with choosing classics such as Nat King Cole, Bob Carlisle, Frank Sinatra, and similar artists for your first dance. If there is an emotional connection to these songs or have sentimental reasons than certainly make the choice that fits you. In recent years songs by Mercy Me, Rascall Flatts, and others have also become increasingly popular. As mentioned there is nothing wrong with choosing any of these artists or artists with similar music, however you only get married once, and this is a golden opportunity to let your personality shine. I hate to use the term “think outside the box”, but it fits this situation. Think about what songs you enjoy that are more contemporary that can also reflect a message of love or optimism such as songs by artists like Coldplay and Adele. You could really mix it up and choose some obscure songs you love that many people may not have heard of that others would appreciate by artists like Badly Drawn Boy or Stereophonics. It’s your wedding not your grandmother’s. Show your guests who YOU are by sharing your most loved music with them.

image courtesy of Amy Karp

When it comes to dinner music it usually benefits everyone to stick with the classics. Artists like Elton John, Van Morrison, Billie Holliday, etc. Though we emphasized being unique earlier and we certainly stand by that, at dinner people don’t want to hear AC/DC or Far East Movement blaring in their ear while eating their meal and trying to chat with those at their tables. If your looking to mix it up a bit during dinner time, then choose contemporary songs that are PG rated and you wouldn’t mind playing for your grandmother.

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Dance music is where it usually can make or break the mood of your wedding. If your wedding primarily consists of young guests and is smaller in size than you pretty much can play whatever you want without worry. However, if your wedding reception will be like most with a wide range of age groups you should be much more careful in how you choose your music. Playing “un-edited” versions of music is typically frowned upon music etiquette. While you may like an un-edited version of a specific song, most guests will not. Remember, keep it PG rated. Many DJs have a formula for the songs they play for dancing. A common and successful formula is to play older dance hits from the 60’s and 70’s first and then gradually moving up into the 90’s and by the end of the night playing modern dance music. The reason for this is that older guests and guests with children will typically be the first to leave a reception. Older guests become tired and want to go home, while guests with children need to leave to put their kids to bed and/or relieve the babysitter. As the night goes on you’ll notice the dance floor become younger and younger. Make sure you have notified your DJ of a must play list and more importantly a MUST NOT play list. The DJ won’t know what to play or not to play unless you tell them. Otherwise your likely to hear that song that reminds you so much of a painful experience or brings back memories of that relationship that never worked out.

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GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

Hooray for Friday! Wedding inspiration and trends coming at you full speed. For those couples getting married this weekend, we wish you the best!

GSS Wedding Trends :: Bridesmaid Bouquet Alternatives

Don’t get us wrong – we love a gorgeous bouquet. Nothing makes our hearts flutter like the perfect pink peony or a sweet cluster of fresh hydrangea. But these days there are no rules in wedding planning and décor, which opens many opportunities for us to think outside the box and be unique.  Choosing an alternative to the bridesmaid floral bouquet allows you to: A) let your wedding design personality shine in an unexpected way and B) save money on a floral budget that either you didn’t … [Read More...]

GSS Featured Wedding :: Lindsey and James’ Traditional Wedding :: David Schwartz Photography

We just love Lindsey and James’ traditional wedding submitted to us via Two Bright Lights from David Schwartz Photography. Lindsey and James were married at the beautiful oceanfront church, Galilee. Their reception continued over to the Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club with a tented affair next to the water. Hundreds of origami birds were strung from the ceiling and a seahorse ice luge had guests taking shots! All of the guests danced the night … [Read More...]

A New Spin on the Guestbook :: Engravable Signature Platters & Trays

Wedding trends are changing. We figured that we would continue the theme of taking a different approach to the traditional pen & ink wedding guestbook.  We found these beautiful engravable signature platters & trays at I Do Engravables.  Here’s what their website has to say about this fabulous guestbook and treasured keepsake: “Instead of old-fashioned paper guest books that age and fade over time, our wedding guest book options include engravable mat and picture frame guest books … [Read More...]

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Lime Green and Teal Blue

Good Morning, Lovelies!  Never in our wildest dreams did we think that bright Lime Green and Teal Blue would go together.  Boy, were we wrong!  These colors compliment each other so perfectly and create such a fun wedding color palatte!  This color combination would be perfect for a spring, summer, or beach wedding!  This wedding inspiration board screams F-U-N!!!     Lime Green and Teal Blue Necktie:  Rabbit Stop   Lime Green and Teal Blue Clutch:  … [Read More...]

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Lindsey and James’ Traditional Wedding :: David Schwartz Photography

We just love Lindsey and James’ traditional wedding submitted to us via Two Bright Lights from David Schwartz Photography. Lindsey and James were married at the beautiful oceanfront church, Galilee. Their reception continued over to the Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club with a tented affair next to the water. Hundreds of origami birds were strung from the ceiling and a seahorse ice luge had guests taking shots! All of the guests danced the night away!

Event Planner:  Weddings by Michelle
Floral Designer:  Bloom- The Art of Flowers
Cinema and Video:  Vision Quest Productions
Ceremony Location:  Galilee Episcopal Church
Makeup Artist:  BridesMade
Transportation:  Premier Limo
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GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

Happy Friday Friends! We are approaching a weekend in June so that means there will be a ton of bride and grooms getting married tomorrow! We hope all goes as planned for your wedding and we wish you a lifetime full of love and laughter and may each day be better than the last!

Father of the Bride :: Daddy’s Little Girl :: Moments That Make Your Heart Melt

Since Sunday was Father’s Day, it made us think of the very special moments shared by a Father and his daughter during her wedding.  And although there are many magical, touching, and special moments during a wedding, there are a couple of moments during the wedding day that tend to steal the hearts of those who are lucky enough to witness them:  The father of the bride catching his first glimpse of this little girl as a bride and the father/daughter dance.  These … [Read More...]

GSS Featured Wedding :: Shae & Drew’s Intimate Park Wedding :: Rachael Lindsy Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Rachael of Rachael Lindsy Photography, a Dallas/Fort Worth based wedding photographer. Rachael has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature. Shae and Drew were married on April 28, 2012 at Trinity River Park in Fort Worth, Texas.  Shae was kind enough to answer a few questions for us: How did you and Drew meet? Drew found me … [Read More...]

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Platinum & Plum

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  We hope you had a fabulous and relaxing weekend.  We are loving this lucious Plum with pops of soothing of Platinum inspiration board.  When picking your wedding color palette, it’s always a good idea to pair a rich, dark color with a light and lively color.  You will be so pleased with the end result! Plum Bridesmaid Dress:  Adrianna Papell Platinum and Plum Wedding Cake:  Sterling Affair        Image Courtesy of  Mira Mamon … [Read More...]

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GSS’s Things We LOVE :: So-Called “Ugly” Wedding Flowers

Image credits:  Left to Right:  Pacific Weddings, pd Bloom Let’s face it – In the past several years, floral stems such as Carnations and Baby’s Breath have had a bad wrap. Considered cheap, tacky, or downright ugly by some, these little guys have been virtually shunned by brides and wedding professionals alike…. Until now!  These so-called “ugly” flowers are making a comeback!  Jen even blogged about it earlier this year in her 2012 Wedding Trend Predictions. (Click here … [Read More...]

GSS Featured Wedding Professional :: Lauren Larsen Photography :: Lindsay and Natalie’s Engagement Session

We have a treat for you today! Lauren Larsen and her fantastic photography is joining us. We sent Lauren and email when we spotted this session pop up in our google reader and she kindly obliged to let us share it with all of YOU! This session is so rich in color and warm. Thank you for sharing Lindsay and Natalie’s engagement session…it is stunning! Thank you again, Lauren for sharing this incredible engagement session with us…it was a real … [Read More...]

Time for a Change :: Wedding Transition Outfits

Transition #1 :: The Party So you found the absolute most ravishing wedding gown possible? Now you want to dance at your wedding reception without worrying your guests will step on your fabulous wedding dress. Why not make a quick switch into one of these fun spunky dresses? These options still say, “Here comes the bride”, but they also scream, “I am fun and I want to dance the night away!” Transition #2 :: The Grand Exit Back in the “olden days”, it was standard practice for the … [Read More...]

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Navy Blue & Hot Pink

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  We know that most girls have loved pink since they were little.  But it can be tricky to incorporate pink into your wedding palette without it being overwhelming or tacky.  However, if you pair it with the right color, pink can be fabulous!  We love the contrast of the bright, vibrant,  hot pink and the dark, classy, soothing navy blue.  This color combination is perfect for a spring or summer wedding! Navy Blue and Hot Pink Wedding Invitations:  … [Read More...]

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Time for a Change :: Wedding Transition Outfits

Transition #1 :: The Party

So you found the absolute most ravishing wedding gown possible? Now you want to dance at your wedding reception without worrying your guests will step on your fabulous wedding dress. Why not make a quick switch into one of these fun spunky dresses? These options still say, “Here comes the bride”, but they also scream, “I am fun and I want to dance the night away!”

Transition #2 :: The Grand Exit

Back in the “olden days”, it was standard practice for the bride and groom to dash off from the reception and go on their honeymoon right away. The bride would make a quick change into her go away clothes, and leave her wedding dress with her mother or family to get later. Now traditions and wedding trends are a little different and many couples wait to leave for the honeymoon. However, we are seeing a change. Brides are going back to the “olden day” tradition and are finding cute stylish ways to make a grand exit from their wedding in style. We just love these savvy stylish brides and their fabulous weddings! Here are some fun options to make your exit in style!

Transition #3 :: The Honeymoon Begins

When we travel we like to be comfortable. Since a lot of you brides are leaving for your honeymoon the morning after your fabulous wedding, we wanted to show you these fun t-shirts, hats and totes for you to travel in comfort to your honeymoon. We are seeing a lot of brides and grooms choosing fun monogrammed or personalized outfits to shout to the world they just got married!

Credits for Images on Inspiration Boards created by GSS:

Dresses :: Alfred Angelo Little White Dress Collection & Diva by Design Tea Length Wedding Dress (as seen on the cover of Brides Magazine) & Jorma Bridal Tea Length Wedding Dresses

Clutch :: Judith Leiber

Sunglasses :: Dior

Shoes :: Christian Louboutin and Valentino

Dresses :: Michael Kors & Macys

Hats :: The Knot

Bride Transfer :: ThingsFestive.com

Groom T-shirts and Tote :: Advantage Bridal

Bride and Groom Cameo Shirts :: Cafepress

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GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

Happy Friday Friends! Its time to wrap up the week and get ready for the weekend. For those getting married this weekend, we wish you all a lifetime full of love and laughter and may each day be better than the last!

GSS Wedding Trends :: Ombre and Color Blocking

We have always loved the use of color in weddings.  And what we love about brides these days is that they aren’t afraid to use color!  We are seeing more and more creative uses of color-  Whether it is incorporating several shades of one color (ombre) or layering several coordinating colors (color blocking). While we will always appreciate the traditional method of choosing a wedding palate with a couple of main colors and one accentcolor, we can’t help but be head over heels for … [Read More...]

GSS Featured Wedding :: Didi and Jordi’s Wedding in Tuscany :: Julian Kanz Photography

Its a treat to post these images today. We are featuring such a great wedding all the way from TUSCANY! Julian Kanz submitted this fantastic wedding to us via Two Bright Lights and we were instantly smitten. We hope you are as well!  Didi and Jordi met in high school (on a journey to Rome) and stayed together for many years now. They live in the Netherlands and last year they got engaged in Rome. The couple decided to get married in beautiful Tuscany, specifically in Chianti region at Villa Il … [Read More...]

GSS Fun Finds :: Pretty Wedding Flats

We love bring you all things wedding and beautiful yet practical wedding trends and inspiration. Bridal wedding flats and low heels can be worn on your wedding day for many reasons. The first of which is comfort. There is no need to not enjoy your evening only to have your feet looking like a million dollars. Your wedding images will suffer and so will you if you are in pain. We have showed you these super easy wedding shoe alternatives if you still want to drop jaws and look radiant on your … [Read More...]

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Hot Pink & Black

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  We hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend!   Maybe this Monday’s wedding inspiration board will help start your week off on a good note!  We chose the gorgeous color combination of Black and Hot Pink.  We love how the brightness of the Hot Pink contrasts of with the harshness of Black.  This board oozes elegance, sass and fun! Black and Hot Pink Wedding Invitation:  Paper Source       Image Courtesy of Photography by Vanessa Bride with … [Read More...]

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Didi and Jordi’s Wedding in Tuscany :: Julian Kanz Photography

Its a treat to post these images today. We are featuring such a great wedding all the way from TUSCANY! Julian Kanz submitted this fantastic wedding to us via Two Bright Lights and we were instantly smitten. We hope you are as well!  Didi and Jordi met in high school (on a journey to Rome) and stayed together for many years now. They live in the Netherlands and last year they got engaged in Rome. The couple decided to get married in beautiful Tuscany, specifically in Chianti region at Villa Il Leccio. This wedding has us itching to book a flight to Tuscany and soak in all that culture. Please enjoy.

 

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