Top 10 Unexpected Wedding Songs

When you think about it, music is like the fairy godmother to all our great love stories. Deep down, if you look hard enough, all of the inspiration you need is within yourself – music simply brings out the strongest parts of our emotions and shows us what our feelings really mean.

A fairy godmother “gets” us. She appreciates who we are and highlights our best traits. If music is to do the same thing, the First Dance song at your wedding has a lot of pressure behind it. For decades to come, playing that song will take you back to the first time you danced as a married couple. You’ll tell your kids when it comes on the radio, and you might even get the lyrics tattooed on your wrist someday. This is not a decision to be taken lightly.

Unlike other roundups, this Top 10 Wedding Songs list acknowledges that brides come at this choice from many different perspectives. Just as I appreciate a truly unique & personalized wedding, I also value music choices that reflect the couple and what they mean to each other. I “get” you.

That’s why I’m here with a Top 10 Wedding Songs list that’s broken down by wedding style:

For the Classic Bride: The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

It doesn’t get more classic than Frankie. You’ll remind your grandpa of the good old days while choosing a song that never goes out of style.

For the Boho Bride: Dreamer – Isbells

Doesn’t this just make you want to dance barefoot in a field with a mountaintop in the background?

For the Modern Bride: The Wings – Gustavo Santaolalla

The richness and elegance of this song is in it’s simplicity. Just like your centerpieces.

For the DIY Bride: Sewn – The Feeling

Marriage is the ultimate DIY project, and this song values a good visceral description of true attachment.

For the Southern Bride: Forget Me Not – The Civil Wars

This soulfully romantic tune has just the right amount of melancholy, like any good Southern vibe.

For the City Bride: New York State of Mind – Billy Joel

When the only thing greater than the love for your city is the your love for each other.

For the Destination Bride: Constellations – Jack Johnson

Perfect for the couple with an eternal case of wanderlust.

For the Vintage Bride: Crystal – Stevie Nicks

Stevie’s raspy voice and soul-baring lyrics will fit perfectly alongside your eclectic stack of vintage china and slightly worn velvet settee.

For the Non-Traditional Bride: My Type – Saint Motel

You’re not about some slow and subdued waltz around the dance floor – you want to be pumped up by your first dance, and this song is perfect.

For the Bride Who Wants to Choreograph a Dance With Her Fiance: Happy – Pharrell Williams

Just TRY to not smile. It’s impossible. Put yourself in the best mood imaginable before the real fun of your reception even begins.

Happy dancing!

Article and Graphic: Stephanie Schertz

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04.10.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

DIY Spring Bouquet


SPRING! The time of year when almost every flower is in season- it’s the time of the year florists dream about! We are just crazy for spring, and this spring has been especially welcome after the extreme brutality of this past winter. We’ve been ready to welcome this beautiful time of year with open arms since the first signs of winter in November. The bounty of spring inspired Ashley Beyer and D’Arcy Benincosa to create a lovely little DIY Spring Bouquet tutorial. You can use this tutorial for your own wedding, or just create a lovely bouquet for any sort of celebration- maybe even Mother’s day (May 11th- don’t forget)!


Step 1: Start the base structure of your bouquet with greens, I used bay leaf. Also begin building the shape keeping asymmetry in mind with tall wispy blooms such as delphinium. Keep one side a bit taller than the other.

Step 2: Add your focal blooms, the amount you use is totally up to you and the look of the bouquet you’d like. This bouquet is a bit petite so I used five medium sized white duchess peonies. When placing focal blooms, keep the bouquet balanced in weight and shape but keep that asymmetrical shape going with each step to prevent the bouquet from looking too tight or too perfect.

Step 3: Add your accent flowers. I love ranunculus, I don’t think I’ve ever placed an order without ordering some when it’s available. The soft layers of petals really gives a beautiful garden look to bouquets that I can’t get enough of. Use those accent blooms to add height and movement throughout the bouquet. I also used sweet pea, lysimachia, and a few more sprigs of delphinium.

Step 4: Trim your stems evenly. I like to keep my stems fairly short, but you can leave yours as long as you’d like!

Step 5: Bind your stems with floral tape before wrapping with ribbon. Make sure not to bind the tape too close to the blooms or you will lose the beautiful loose shape you have created. After taping, wrap your bouquet with pretty ribbons. I used a combination of different silks in pretty neutrals by Ginny Au.

Photography: D’Arcy Benincosa | Floral Design: Tinge Floral | Graphic: Hannah Lee

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04.09.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Win 9 Hours of Photography From Marcie Meredith

Sometimes we just can’t even believe the talent we are privy to here on Once Wed! We’re so excited to introduce you to our newest photography sponsor, Marcie Meredith! Marcie Meredith is a natural light, and destination photographer who strives for romantic, timeless images full of emotion. Marcie adores film for so many reasons, and shoots both film and digital formats to give you a variation of beautiful images to choose from. After studying design, Marcie discovered her true passion for photography. And soon after starting her journey into photography, she realized that she loved photographing weddings especially!

Marcie Meredith is so excited to offer one Once Wed reader a photography package valued at $3,600! The winner will receive 9 hours of wedding photography, proof prints and their images on a USB.  Marcie also loves to travel and would be thrilled to be a part of your wedding wherever it is!*

To enter, please comment below with your name, email, wedding date, wedding location and venue. Please tell us a little about your love story, wedding style and why you think Marcie would be the right photographer for you! If you would like to show us your wedding style inspiration please include a Pinterest board link. Marcie will email 3 finalists on April 28th to interview, and the winning couple will be chosen on May 1st.

*Travel fees must be paid by winner. Albums, prints and other products can be ordered through Marcie Meredith Photography. A standard wedding photography contract applies and must be signed within two weeks after the winning couple is chosen. This contest is now closed- Contragulations, Taylor Patin! 

Graphic: Hannah Lee

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04.09.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Twisted Bun Hair Tutorial

We’re so glad that talented creatives share their work with us on a regular basis, and we’re thrilled to share this simple DIY Twisted Bun tutorial from Irrelephant today! This elegant and sweet hairstyle would look absolutely darling on any bride, and we’d be interested to hear if you would wear something like this for your wedding day. Comment below and let us know!

Instructions for the Twisted Bun:

1. Start with making sure the hair is prepped and textured, you can also tease and spray. Split your hair into two sections.

2. Tie the two sections into a knot. (like the first step in tying your shoes)

3. On the last photo, see how the left section is directed to the right and down? Pin about 3 bobby pins to secure it, especially towards the ends. Then take the right section and twist and direct it up and to the left. Pin that down. Take a few more bobby pins and start pinning around the bun to secure a little extra. Spray and pull some whispy’s around the face!

This a really really easy and wont take too much of your time. This is ideal for that 2nd or 3rd day and when you’re hair has that dirty grit and is moldable. Also- don’t forget to tease the crown to have a good shape on your do!

Tutorial by: Irrelephant Blog

Graphic: Hannah Lee


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04.08.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured