How to Choose your First Dance Song

Anyone planning a wedding has probably heard a dozen times that the day will fly by. It’s a bittersweet truth of weddings that so much excitement and energy causes the most important day of your life to feel a bit like a blur.

That’s why first dance songs are so important – it’s one moment in the evening where everything slows down and all that really exists is you, your partner, and a song that represents the two of you as a couple. 

So, how do you go about making this monumental decision? Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a signature song from your first date or the band you two never miss when they’re in town. If the answer isn’t immediately obvious, how do you know which song is right?

Here are some tips on how to find the perfect first dance song: 

1. Compile a list together with your partner, giving each person veto power. This song is going to hold so much meaning for both of you, that it’s unfair to ask either person to settle on a song that they don’t love. Hop on Spotify or iTunes, and look through bands you already love, plus suggested bands based on your current preferences. Listen to each song a few times and narrow down the list to 3-5 top choices.

2. Practice dancing to it. There are plenty of beautiful, meaningful songs that just aren’t right for your first dance. We’ve all been to weddings where a DJ has mistakenly played one of those in-between tempo tunes and it kills the mood immediately. Make sure the song you’ve picked doesn’t make you feel awkward as you sway along to it.

3. Pay attention to the lyrics. Sometimes a beautiful melody can distract us from what’s actually being said in a song. Make sure you know what the song you’ve chosen is really about, and the lyrics aren’t indirectly strange or inappropriate. Your guests will notice. 

Like anything in the wedding planning process, make sure to have fun with this task! It can be a really romantic challenge if you both come into it with an open mind and an enthusiastic attitude.

Article: Stephanie Schertz

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07.17.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Morning Light

From Ginny Au:

On the last day of the Erich McVey workshop we had the attendees split into two groups and photograph two unconventional sessions. Today’s feature of the couples boudoir was a favorite shoot for the attendees. We closed the room to the shoot and had the attendees enter in groups of 3-4 at a time. Giving the real life couple a serious of 4 tasks to complete in a 10 minutes time frame, the attendees gave little to no direction, instead shooting the natural progression of the couples moments. It takes my breath away to see these tender and authentic images from Erich McVey.

Erich McVey: Erich McVey Design & Styling: Ginny Au | Hair & Makeup: Mimi and Taylor | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Paper and Calligraphy: Meghan Kay Sadler | Photo lab: PhotoVision | Table linens & rentals: 12th Table | Venue: Cuffeys Cove Ranch | Female Model Attire: Zara | Male Model Attire: J.Crew | Bedding: Restoration Hardware

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07.16.14 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas Blog

Wedding Dresses from Alexandra Grecco

Alexandra Grecco has been designing beautiful ready to wear pieces since 2010, and we’ve eagerly been awaiting the launch of her bridal gowns and separates this month! Alexandra has launched a new website on which you can order your made to order gown in a variety of colors. Each classic and feminine design, inspired by the silhouettes and details of gowns from the 1930s will be available in a range of soft hues, like grey, pistachio, apricot, and ivory, and lightweight textures of silk chiffon and Italian nylon tulle. The collection of gowns, ranging in prices $2,800 – $5,500, is available to order online today, and will be featured in trunk shows in the following months.

For more information on how to order, visit her website or email her directly at

Photography: Agnes Thor | Flowers: Ariel Dearie | Model: Karley Parker | Hair and Makeup: Brittany Romney | Location: Alder Manor | Jewelry: Odette, Noriko and Akiko

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07.15.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Intimate Outdoor New Zealand Wedding

Jonas Peterson has the extreme privilege of working in some of the most beautiful places in the world, and his talent for capturing the landscapes of wherever he travels never ceases to amaze us. He has a true gift as you can see from these absolutely mind-boggling images of the New Zealand mountains. We have more from the bride, Josephine on why she and Steve chose to marry in Queenstown:

Steve and I met in Australia. He had transferred for work and with him being from the UK and spending his working life abroad, when we got engaged, the puzzle of where began!  Steve arranged a weekend away to Queenstown to sell me on getting married in New Zealand.   It didn’t take much convincing, it was stunning! As clichéd as it sounds, Queenstown is breathtaking!  It was also close to Australia for people to travel and Steve felt at home, with the mountains being reminiscent of his childhood in Scotland.   With a location and celebration that spoke for itself, we knew we needed little to make the wedding feel amazing – some great friends and family, lots of love, laughter and a whole lot of dancing!

On the morning of the wedding, we woke to a thick layer of snow across the mountains – it was perfect and a rare sight for Queenstown in Autumn.  We had 35 guests in total, and were married in what we affectionately named the Ginger Bread house, a chapel overlooking the Lake Wakatipu. The reception was held at a private lodge 7 minutes outside Queenstown, overlooking The Remarkables. We worked with a local florist to have in-season flowers, candles and garlands on the table – we wanted a natural and easy feeling in the room.  Our first dance was under the stars surrounded by our loved ones holding candles in the freezing temperatures, but it was worth it!  Having everyone in town the following day was great, being able to recount the wedding and continue the celebration – we felt like we had a wedding week, not just a wedding day.

Photographer: Jonas Peterson | Florals: The Flower Room, Queenstown | Hair: Hair Junkie Wamberal, Australia | Makeup: Hush Beauty Queenstown | Paper Goods: The Collectors Room, Sydney | Rentals: The Flower Room, Queenstown | Wedding Dress, Shoes & Accessories: Johanna Johnson

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07.14.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog