29 Celestial Wedding Ideas That Are Out of This World

Stargazers, do we have the wedding theme[1] for you! Celestial wedding details have been shining bright as of late, with countless brides opting to utilize this trending, magical motif for their special day. And if you read your horoscope[2] religiously or swear your love was written in the stars, here are some celestial wedding ideas you too may want to incorporate into your nuptials.

Do you and your partner often quote that "You want the moon?" scene from It's a Wonderful Life? Did you check to make sure your fiancé's star sign was compatible with yours when you first met? Is your signature jewelry piece that zodiac necklace[3] your maid of honor bought you? Then you should definitely consider injecting your wedding with some mystical, celestial vibes. Think: a dark and moody color palette[4], glittering, star-like lighting, and designs that feature your and your partner's zodiac signs... We're over the moon for these celestial wedding ideas! There's hardly anything more romantic than a starry night sky, after all, so where better to take inspiration for your wedding details?

From Milky Way patterns to moonlit dance floors, these celestial wedding ideas have us simply starry-eyed. Adorn your tables in the hues of a hazy summer night with indigo blue linens. Hang string lights from your tent's rafters[5] or venue's ceiling to mimic the constellations. Arrange tables by your guests' zodiac signs, or pen their names on crescent moon-shaped escort cards[6]. You can even try a dreamy, star-adorned wedding dress[7] on for size.

Below, browse 29 celestial wedding ideas that are out of this world.

References

  1. ^ wedding theme (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ your horoscope (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ zodiac necklace (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ a dark and moody color palette (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ your tent's rafters (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ escort cards (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ star-adorned wedding dress (www.brides.com)

Your Guide to Every Type of Wedding Centerpiece

One of the most time-consuming parts of wedding planning is deciding how to decorate your reception tables. From classic flowers to neon light installations—and everything in between—the world of wedding centerpieces is vast. Wondering where to start? Here, of course! We've put together a guide to every type of wedding centerpiece. See what you like best and then start designing the wedding centerpieces that fit your style and wedding theme.

Consider this everything you need to know about topping your tables.

Floral Arrangements

Photo by Asia Pimentel Photography

The most traditional centerpiece is the floral arrangement[1]. Whether these are tall, short, wide, or narrow, fresh blooms in the middle of the table just say “wedding.” Keep your venue’s structure and design in mind when determining the size of your arrangements, advises event designer Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events[2]. Tall arrangements work well in large spaces with high ceilings; the height of the flowers draws the eye up and helps create volume in a massive venue. Short arrangements are often preferred by couples who really want their guests to interact at the table. The size does not block guests from seeing and talking to one another from across the table. Wide arrangements, which sometimes come with a more rustic, wild appearance, look fantastic on large round tables since they take up more space. Narrow arrangements, such as garlands and low planters, make the best use of long, farm-style tables. “Work with your space, not against it,” adds Meyer, who notes that “the bigger the centerpiece, the higher the cost.”

Vases

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Flowers are only one part of the centerpiece. The vessel you put the stems in matters, too. From classic glass vases to ceramic pitchers and acrylic holders, the vessels add another level of detail to your centerpiece. Use the colors, style, and materials of the vessels to echo the vibe of your event. You want to place wildflowers in camping mugs for your glamping wedding[3]? Go for it. You can even mix and match, such as using gold and silver bud vases among mixed metal planters. Also, consider the size of your floral arrangements on the table. Meyer recommends placing tall arrangements in transparent vessels, so guests can see one another. For lower centerpieces, anything goes: “You can explore glass, metal, or wood because they enhance the design without blocking the view,” Meyer says.

Greenery

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Garlands[4] and loose leaves are a refined way to dress a table, especially if you plan to have long tables rather than rounds. The strings of greenery can follow the length of the table, and the low height allows for plenty of conversation among guests. Greenery also gives a lush look without costing as much as bushels of blooms. That said, greenery doesn’t come cheap. “Given the labor in creating garlands, they are not a big savings option,” explains Aimee Monihan of Tropical Occasions[5]. “If a couple loves the garland look, yet has budget concerns, loose laying leaves is the way to go.”

Candles

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Candles say romance[6], so it’s no wonder that they have a place on the wedding table. “Flooding the room with candles is a great way to make a big statement without spending too much money,” says Caroline Grief of Birch Event Design[7]. “It’s a very sophisticated look.” Candles come in plenty of sizes and shapes: Consider taper candles in candelabras for a romantic, Old World vibe; pillar candles for a bold statement; and votives with tea lights for a glow amidst large floral arrangements or other decor. “Colorful candles are a fun way to bring in your wedding color in an elegant way,” Grief adds. Whatever you choose, just beware of the venue’s restrictions on open flames. Indoor event spaces may require hurricanes to surround candles, and many historic venues forbid open flames. You may have to use artificial candles.

Trees

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“Trees are all the rage,” says planner JoAnn Gregoli of Elegant Occasions[8]. When she says trees, she means couples are actually placing trees in the middle of the table and suspending candles from the branches. Some couples hang flowers, such as orchids, from the branches, or other types of decor like lights or ribbons, as well. It creates a magical garden vibe. To keep the atmosphere, she recommends placing trees at the reception entrance or around the dance floor so that the look feels cohesive.

Hanging Chandeliers

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Nothing makes a dinner party feel grander than a beautiful chandelier. Consider dropping a crystal chandelier above your dinner tables if your venue says castle, chateau, or mansion. Lanterns look fantastic for tented celebrations or those in rustic locations; and floral chandeliers[9], flowers hanging in the shape of a chandelier, combine the best of both worlds. You can even complement them with a lighting installation above the dance floor. “This sets the ‘wow’ factor in the room,” says planner Marylen Exposito[10]. “Not to mention, it is extremely Instagramable.” Having an alfresco affair? You can still rig a system to hang chandeliers above tables, and it actually looks like they are floating in thin air. How about that for a centerpiece?

Hanging Flowers

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Why place a vase on the tabletop when you can hang flowers from above? A new way to incorporate florals, hanging arrangements of blooms and botanicals create a living ceiling for your wedding tables. As guests look up, they’ll see roses, wisteria, and more dropping down toward them. It’s quite the experience! Hanging flowers also work well in tents, when couples want to disguise the rafters and inside ceiling of the vinyl.

Linens

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Fabrics set the tone of any table, says House of Hough[11] owner Clara Hough. From textured tablecloths like sequins to velvet table runners[12], linens are a way to boost your centerpieces. They create the foundation for whatever you are adding on top. Beyond the color, look at linens with personality, such as embroidery, lace, or unique materials, to help set the mood. You can also go completely fabric with your centerpieces. “One of my favorite centerpiece trends is strings of fabrics hanging from the ceiling or from tall metal structures, creating a ribbon chandelier effect,” Hough says. “I always love seeing something other than flowers being used as centerpieces.”

Found Objects

Incorporating any sort of objet, from antiques to fine art, brings a new element to your reception table. Event designer Erica Haskins of Tinsel Experiential Design[13] has worked with antique violins, marble busts, taxidermy, and “other curiosities” in the place of traditional florals. “It makes the table feel not just pretty but interesting,” she says. “Give guests another good reason to get up and move around the room to see what is happening visually.”

Personal Affects

The centerpiece is the perfect place to showcase your personality. Display your collection of pewter horse sculptures or authentic Spanish pottery, suggests event designer Kristin Banta of Kristin Banta Events[14]. “So often, couples feel like they have to dive into floral selections, and we encourage them to think about the process like building a house,” says Banta, noting that only at the end do you decide what goes on the coffee table. “Personalize your decor to be reflective of your unique personalities and passions. It’s a dynamic and memorable approach to your wedding design.”

Books

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Literary fanatics[15] are often drawn to this idea: books. Place your favorite tomes in stacks on the center of the table, with or without details like flower and candles. It’s extremely personal—your guests will learn something about your erudite taste—and you can even theme tables after genres, like historical fiction, chick lit, classic epics, and poetry, or famous characters, such as Holden Caulfield, Harry Potter, or Nancy Drew.

See more: 15 Wedding Table Decorations and Centerpieces to Spruce Up Your Reception Venue[16]

LED and Neon Lights

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Take your tables futuristic with the use of long LED light bars or neon lights in fun shapes. “They give a lot of flexibility with color stories so couples don’t have to commit to one color tone for the length of a party,” Haskins says. “Instead, shake things up by setting the bars to alternate between colors, roll into an ombré effect across a room, pulse with music, or ‘dance.’” Talk about a galactic experience!

References

  1. ^ floral arrangement (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ Jove Meyer Events (www.jovemeyerevents.com)
  3. ^ glamping wedding (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ Garlands (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ Tropical Occasions (www.tropicaloccasions.com)
  6. ^ Candles say romance (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ Birch Event Design (birchevents.com)
  8. ^ Elegant Occasions (elegantoccasionsbyjoanngregoli.com)
  9. ^ floral chandeliers (www.brides.com)
  10. ^ Marylen Exposito (marylenexposito.com)
  11. ^ House of Hough (houseofhough.com)
  12. ^ textured tablecloths like sequins to velvet table runners (www.brides.com)
  13. ^ Tinsel Experiential Design (tinseldesign.com)
  14. ^ Kristin Banta Events (www.kristinbanta.com)
  15. ^ Literary fanatics (www.brides.com)
  16. ^ 15 Wedding Table Decorations and Centerpieces to Spruce Up Your Reception Venue (www.brides.com)

11 Sweetheart Table Ideas You’ll Fall Head Over Heels For

As soon as you come back up the aisle as newlyweds, you're going to be swarmed by wedding guests hoping to give you a hug, a kiss, or their congratulations. And why not? You're married! But all that attention can get a little overwhelming, especially when you think about the hours of celebration ahead of you. Enter the sweetheart table. Step away from the madness for a few minutes with a wedding reception dinner[1] for two and some peace and quiet, where you can talk (or not!) about how everything is going so far and revel in your amazing wedding day. Luckily, there are endless sweetheart table ideas out there that'll suit any pair of newlyweds.

For your sweetheart table, you and your partner can cuddle up on a love seat instead of your venue's regular banquet chairs[2]. Instead of the centerpieces you have on every other table, you can drape your table for two with a floral table runner[3]. You can even upgrade your dinnerware and glassware to make your place settings[4] extra special. The sweetheart table ideas are virtually endless!

And not only do sweetheart tables offer you and your new spouse a bit of intimacy during dinner, but they're also a great way to accent the rest your wedding decor and elevate your reception for a fraction of the price. You can splurge on those extra special rentals for your sweetheart table that you really couldn't justify for over 100 guests—as you'll only need two of those stunning chargers! After all, it's your day and you don't have to share with anyone else! The rest of the space will still benefit from the beautiful addition of your sweetheart table decor, but your wedding budget[5] won't go up by an astronomical sum.

Here are some wedding sweetheart tables that caught our eye and will look beautiful alongside the details you've chosen for your wedding day.

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This blush tablecloth is sweet and feminine. That, coupled with the gorgeous florals, makes for a romantic table for two.

Upgrade your chairs to ensure that all eyes are drawn directly to you and your spouse. Setting your table with an extra beautiful centerpiece certainly won't hurt either!

Photo by Vienna Glenn Photography

This romantic couple opted for decorative florals and chair signs[6] with the sweetest of sayings.

Go big or go home! This sweetheart table featured a plush love seat, an array of candles, and is overflowing with greenery.

Photo by Chris and Ruth Photography

This stylish couple[7] draped the back of their chairs with matching leather jackets, resulting in a super cool sweetheart table.

Photo by Kristyn Hogan

Keep things romantically rustic by going bare with your tabletop and decorating with a simple bundle of blooms.

With metallic gold chairs and a runner of vines, this sweetheart table is perfect for a modern couple.

Photo by Sarah Falugo

For her sweetheart table, actress Ashley Greene[8] chose silky linens and a gorgeous floral runner.

Photo by Vine & Light

With lacy, layered table linens, romantic lighting, and lush florals, this sweetheart table looks like it belongs in a princess's castle!

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

You can upgrade your reception linens to make your personal table stand out. At this wedding, the couple draped gauzy, embroidered fabric on top of their tablecloth for an extra special touch.

Photo by Hazelnut Photography

Add a touch of sparkle with glittery table linens to make your sweetheart table truly shine.

See more: 12 Tips for Creating the Perfect Wedding Seating Chart[9]

References

  1. ^ wedding reception dinner (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ banquet chairs (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ floral table runner (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ place settings (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ wedding budget (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ chair signs (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ This stylish couple (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ actress Ashley Greene (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ 12 Tips for Creating the Perfect Wedding Seating Chart (www.brides.com)

18 Valentine’s Day Wedding Ideas to Send Your Heart Aflutter

Is there a more perfect date for a wedding than February 14th? A Valentine's Day[1] wedding already has romance built right in! Plus, you'll definitely never forget your anniversary...

If you're planning a Valentine's Day wedding—or just mid-February nuptials—there are countless ways you can incorporate the romantic holiday into every detail of your big day. For instance, you can adorn your reception space with modern heart-shaped neon signs or dress your bridesmaids in ruby red bridesmaids dresses[2]. Looking for more subtle Valentine's Day wedding ideas? Try selecting red and pink blooms for your bouquet[3] and serving your guests rosé cocktails[4]. You can even send your guests off with Valentine's Day bouquets[5] as wedding favors[6]!

Ready to embrace your romantic side? Here are some Valentine's Day wedding ideas that are sure to send your heart a flutter.

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Set the mood (and color scheme) for your big day with sophisticated shades of deep burgundy and dusty rose in your invitation suite.

Bring on the blooms! (In Valentine's Day-inspired shades of red and pink, of course.)

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

Dress your bridesmaids in the hue of the holiday with red bridesmaid dresses. At the wedding of Harley Viera-Newton[7], the bridesmaids wore flirty frocks adorned with red hearts!

Not feeling red bridesmaid dresses? You can still have your girls wear the quintessential Valentine's Day color by gifting them ruby-hued getting ready robes[8].

Photo by Cambria Grace

As for your wedding dress, consider trading the traditional white wedding dress for a blush gown.

And for your bridal bouquet, choose blooms in Valentine's Day-inspired hues. A trailing red ribbon is also a romantic touch.

Go big with a ceremony backdrop Cupid would definitely approve of. This couple used ombré streamers in shades of scarlet and gold.

Photo by Gianny Campos

Romance your guests with the decadent duo of berries and sparkling rosé. For a flirty touch, slice the berries into hearts.

With a cozy ruby-red velvet couch, this reception lounge area is Valentine's Day ready. Bonus points for the romantic quote written on the wall!

A modern neon sign is a cool and funky way to incorporate some Valentine's Day details.

Chic, berry-colored velvet chairs are a modern nod to the holiday.

Adorn your tables with blush-hued taper candles for a soft and romantic pop of pink.

Photo by Sanaz Photography

Or you can all pink, like this sweet and feminine tablescape at Larry Nance Jr.’s Hawaiian wedding[9].

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

Have your caterer cut tiny red hearts out of fondant for the cutest wedding cake decoration.

Alternatively, you can go more subtle by decorating your cake with a scattering of scarlet blooms.

Photo by Mallory Dawn Photography

Give your guests the quintessential Valentine's Day gift—flowers!—as favors. This couple[10] hired a flower truck to create custom bouquets for their guests. What a fun idea for your reception!

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Don't leave all the romantic florals for your tables and bouquets! Add edible flowers to simple wreath cookies for an Insta-worthy moment.

This styled shoot swapped the traditional photo booth for a kissing booth! Just think of all the adorable photo ops...

See more: 10 People Share Their Real Valentine's Day Horror Stories[11]

References

  1. ^ Valentine's Day (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ ruby red bridesmaids dresses (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ your bouquet (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ rosé cocktails (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ Valentine's Day bouquets (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ wedding favors (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ wedding of Harley Viera-Newton (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ getting ready robes (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ Larry Nance Jr.’s Hawaiian wedding (www.brides.com)
  10. ^ This couple (www.brides.com)
  11. ^ 10 People Share Their Real Valentine's Day Horror Stories (www.brides.com)

30 Grammy-Winning Songs That Belong on Your Wedding Reception Playlist

You'd be surprised at how stressful it can be to craft the perfect wedding reception playlist[1]. You have to choose the perfect mix of romantic[2] and fun songs, both fast and slow, all of which need to please a crowd ranging from your cousins' kids to your grumpy great-aunt. So make things a little easier for yourself by choosing tracks that have officially been named the best in the world by people who know their stuff—aka Grammy-winning songs.

The Grammys[3] have been around since 1959, which means you have more than half a century's worth of award-worthy recordings to choose from. Henry Mancini's classic "Moon River," winner of Song of the Year in 1961, is a great first-dance choice even if you've never seen Breakfast at Tiffany's. Natalie Cole's timeless "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" will make you feel like you're in a rom-com, while Celine Dion[4]'s "My Heart Will Go On" is yet another sentimental favorite.

Round out those heartfelt tracks with a wide selection of equally incredible, more upbeat Grammy winners. Usher, Lil Jon and Ludacris's "Yeah!," Beyoncé[5]'s "Love on Top," and Aretha Franklin's "Respect" all won (very well-deserved) trophies of their own, and are guaranteed crowd-pleasers at any reception.

To get you started, here are 30 of the best Grammy-winning, wedding-worthy songs from the award ceremony's 60-year history.

1. "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)," Natalie Cole

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This song, which won the award for Best Female R&B Performance in 1976 (breaking Aretha Franklin's eight-year streak), has been included on the soundtracks of too many romantic comedies to count—and for good reason. It's upbeat, romantic, and is sure to get all your guests swing-dancing across the dance floor.

2. "Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran

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Since Sheeran released this song—and won the Grammys for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance in 2016—it's been impossible to go to a wedding without hearing it. It might be a little cliché at this point, but that doesn't make it any less perfect as the soundtrack to your first dance[6].

3. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," Whitney Houston

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This infectious tune, winner of Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1988, will have everyone dancing and belting their hearts out. Slip it in early in the playlist, right at the moment when you'll want to start yanking your reluctant friends and family onto the dance floor.

4. "Toxic," Britney Spears

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Britney is an icon for a reason. It's basically a requirement that at least one of her songs be included on every playlist, so use this one, which won Best Dance Recording in 2005, as a sexy contrast to some of the sweeter songs on your reception's soundtrack.

5. "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum

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One of those songs that everybody somehow still knows the words to, this track, which earned the country trio Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Country Performance by a Group, and Best Country Song in 2011, is sure to get your entire wedding party singing along.

6. "Respect," Aretha Franklin

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Queue up this song, winner of Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Recording in 1968, to get the ladies at your reception especially fired up.

7. "Drops of Jupiter," Train

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This earworm won Best Rock Song in 2001 and is the perfect #TBT jam for you and the childhood friends you've invited to your wedding.

8. "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Simon and Garfunkel

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With lyrics like "When times get rough and friends just can't be found, like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down," this sweet, quiet song, 1971's Record of the Year and Song of the Year, is a sentimental option for a father-daughter[7] or mother-son dance.

9. "Crazy in Love," Beyoncé ft. Jay Z

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A high-energy song that won Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2004 and will absolutely make the crowd go wild. Plus, has there ever been a more accurate title to describe your wedding day?

10. "Stay With Me," Sam Smith

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A song about a one-night stand might not be exactly on-the-nose for a wedding reception, but the slow tempo and longing lyrics of 2015's Record and Song of the Year make it a great choice for a slow-dance song as the party is dying down.

11. "Don't Worry Be Happy," Bobby McFerrin

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Honestly, who couldn't use this cheerful reminder to embrace the moment and leave your worries behind? Be sure to add this one, which won Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1989, early on in your reception playlist.

12. "Only Girl (In the World)," Rihanna

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Rihanna[8] gets it: Every bride wants her new spouse to make her feel like she's the only girl in the world, so get out on the dance floor and scream-sing along to 2011's Best Dance Recording.

13. "My Heart Will Go On," Celine Dion

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This iconic slow song, which took home Grammys for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and Best Song for a Motion Picture or Television in 1999, is an ideal choice for any couple that loved the '90s and wants their guests to be a puddle of tears by the end of the first dance.

14. "Uptown Funk," Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

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It's practically impossible to find anyone who wouldn't sprint to the dance floor upon hearing those unforgettable first notes of this infectious tune. It's a no-brainer—and it won Record of the Year in 2016.

15. "You're Still the One," Shania Twain

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You don't have to like country music to love Shania, and while "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" is also a strong choice for a wedding playlist, this dreamy ballad, which earned her Grammys for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song in 1999, is a quintessential love song that would make for an excellent first dance.

16. "Happy," Pharrell Williams

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2015's Best Pop Solo Performance is yet another great option that'll have everyone from your youngest cousins to your grandparents forgetting about their tired feet and rushing back to the dance floor.

17. "Strangers in the Night," Frank Sinatra

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No wedding playlist is complete with a Sinatra song, and this one, which won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year in 1967, is a lilting reminder of how a chance encounter can introduce you to the love of your life.

18. "Smooth," Santana ft. Rob Thomas

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Give your guests a chance to show off their best salsa steps to this, yes, smooth track. Bonus points if you still remember all the lyrics to this turn-of-the-millennium hit, which won Grammys for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration in 2000.

19. "Hey Ya!," Outkast

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Admittedly, this song has nothing to do with weddings, love, or romance in general, but it would be a crime to leave it off your list. The Recording Academy agrees: They awarded Outkast the Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2004, cementing the song's legacy and ensuring that the world would be shaking it like a Polaroid picture for decades to come.

20. "Higher Love," Steve Winwood

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This groovy classic rock song, winner of Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1987, is another that spans generations and is a feel-good love song for the ages.

21. "Fallin'," Alicia Keys

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This waltzing ballad—2002's Song of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best R&B Song—will likely have plenty of your wedding guests attempting (and failing) to croon along with Keys's impressive opening riff, which is something you definitely won't want to miss.

22. "What's Love Got to Do With It," Tina Turner

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Turner's snappy single, winner of Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1985, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2012, and would also be a front-runner for induction into the wedding reception hall of fame, if that were a real thing.

23. "Don't Know Why," Norah Jones

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Again, the message here—leaving someone behind even though you're still deeply in love with them—isn't exactly what your wedding is about. But that doesn't make Jones's emotional piano ballad, which earned her Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2003, any less perfect as a backdrop to a tender slow dance.

24. "Best of My Love," The Emotions

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This song, 1977's Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group, could give "This Will Be" a run for its money in the rom-com[9] department. The upbeat track has been used in movies like The Holiday, and is yet another surefire way to get all your guests moving and shaking out on the dance floor.

25. "Yeah!," Usher ft. Ludacris and Lil Jon

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The winner of 2005's Best Rap/Sung Performance was probably one of the first songs on your first iPod, and, therefore, should also be one of the first songs on your wedding playlist. It's only right.

26. "Love on Top," Beyoncé

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It'll be either hilarious or completely cringeworthy to witness a room full of people try and, inevitably, fail to keep up with Queen Bey[10]'s multiple key changes in this song, 2013's Best Traditional R&B Performance, but that's all the more reason to queue it up.

27. "No Scrubs," TLC

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Sure, you just tied the knot with someone you're sure is a good person, but make sure they know exactly how you feel about scrubs (hint: You don't want any) by reenacting the choreographed dance you and your childhood friends made up to this empowering anthem back in the late '90s, around the time it took home the statuette for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group in 2000.

28. "Moon River," Henry Mancini

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"Moon River" is basically the theme song to the complicated love story that is Breakfast at Tiffany's. It won the Grammy for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1962, and is a dreamy tune about an adventurous romance, making it (or Frank Ocean's sadly Grammy-less 2018 cover) a sweet choice for your first dance.

29. "SexyBack," Justin Timberlake and Timbaland

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Get your sexy on with this iconic hit, which won Best Dance Recording in 2007 and is sure to heat things up at your reception.

30. "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston

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Last but certainly not least: This gorgeous, sweeping song, which earned Houston the Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Grammys in 1994 and is actually a cover of a Dolly Parton original. If "Crazy in Love" isn't the subtitle of your wedding day, "I Will Always Love You" certainly is.

See more: The 200+ Most Requested Wedding Songs of All Time[11]

References

  1. ^ wedding reception playlist (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ romantic (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ The Grammys (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ Celine Dion (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ Beyoncé (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ first dance (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ father-daughter (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ Rihanna (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ rom-com (www.brides.com)
  10. ^ Queen Bey (www.brides.com)
  11. ^ The 200+ Most Requested Wedding Songs of All Time (www.brides.com)

27 Impossibly Pretty Wedding Chair Decorations

When it comes to your wedding, you and your partner are the irrefutable stars of the show. So, why not take every opportunity to stand-out? And that includes the very chairs on which you sit! At your wedding reception, make sure your and your partner's seats are as special as your union with these impossibly pretty wedding chair decorations.

From floral garlands[1] to "Bride" and "Groom" signs, there are endless ways to make your wedding chairs[2] stand out from the rest of your guests'. And while any of these wedding chair decorations are an ideal way to designate the newlyweds' chosen spots, these fun decor ideas are more than just practical details. They also serve as a way (and a budget-friendly one at that) to further decorate for your wedding theme[3]. Plus, they make for some seriously stunning reception photos[4].

No matter what your wedding style or budget[5], there are endless options for your wedding chair decorations. (We even have some options below that you can buy right now!) If your nuptials have a more rustic or vintage vibe, hang wooden signs that bear your new nominal prefixes on the backs of your chairs. Throwing a springtime or summer soirée[6]? Drape your seats in garlands of greenery and bright blooms. If you prefer a more modern look, opt for clear acrylic ghost chairs with gold laser-cut signs.

With so many custom materials to choose from and every sweet saying imaginable, it’s inspiring to see just how creative a couple can get with these reception markers. Ready to plan for your own reception seating? From tartan blankets in a winter wonderland wedding[7] to macrame sashes and love notes written in elegant calligraphy, here are a few of our favorite ideas for your wedding chair decorations.

See more: The 9 Prettiest Getaway Car Signs You Can Buy On Etsy[8]

References

  1. ^ floral garlands (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ wedding chairs (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ wedding theme (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ reception photos (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ budget (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ summer soirée (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ winter wonderland wedding (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ The 9 Prettiest Getaway Car Signs You Can Buy On Etsy (www.brides.com)

16 Classic Wedding Ideas You’ll Still Love 20 Years From Now

Delicate white florals, plenty of lush greenery[1], light linens, and minimal decor... These classic wedding ideas and details will never go out of style. And if you're a bride who prefers timelessness over trends, we suggest planning your ceremony and reception in a classic wedding style. You won't have to worry about any fades fading: When you and your partner look back on your wedding photos[2] decades from now, you'll still be madly in love with these classic wedding ideas.

If you’re on the fence on whether to go classic for your big day, first compare your likes and dislikes to that of popular nuptial styles and themes, such as bohemian, modern[3], and rustic[4]. If these beloved, popular themes[5] are just not your cup of tea, then a classic wedding is probably the ideal choice for you and your big day. Often a more formal celebration, a classic wedding frequently features lush green and white florals, refined color schemes, and plenty of clean lines and sophisticated elegance. Translation: Total. Bridal. Bliss.

There are plenty of ways to emulate a classic wedding theme within your big day. For classic wedding invitations, opt for romantic calligraphy[6]. At the ceremony, you and your about-to-be spouse can recite classic wedding vows[7] to add formality to the whole affair. Dance the night away to classic wedding songs[8], like Etta James's "At Last." And after dinner, dine on towering tiers of white buttercream—a popular feature of classic wedding cakes.

For more examples of this elegant aesthetic, we asked the experts for their favorite classic wedding ideas that'll never go out of style.

References

  1. ^ lush greenery (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ wedding photos (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ modern (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ rustic (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ popular themes (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ calligraphy (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ recite classic wedding vows (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ classic wedding songs (www.brides.com)

The 9 Prettiest Getaway Car Signs You Can Buy On Etsy

You've said your "I dos," tore up the dance floor, and now it's time to drive off into the sunset (if you haven't had too much to drink[1], of course). Your getaway car[2], whether you choose to use it following the ceremony or after the reception, is a wedding staple and can make for some pretty awesome photos. And while finding a cool car is a must, your post-wedding vehicle is not complete without these getaway car signs.

While tin cans may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think "getaway car," that age-old tradition is a bit outdated (it actually has a whole secret meaning behind it[3]!) Instead, we recommend decorating your car with one of these gorgeous signs from Etsy. From trendy bubble-balloons to banners of romantic calligraphy[4], these are the prettiest signs we found to attach to the back of your ride on your big day. Oh, and they're all SUPER affordable.

Check out our favorite getaway car signs below.

See more: 25 Picture-Perfect Wedding Ceremony Exits[5]

References

  1. ^ too much to drink (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ getaway car (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ whole secret meaning behind it (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ calligraphy (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ 25 Picture-Perfect Wedding Ceremony Exits (www.brides.com)

Wedding Mirror Signs Aren’t Going Anywhere: Here Are 8 We Love

Some wedding trends[1] come and go, while others stick around for the long haul. One wedding decor trend that's not going anywhere? Wedding mirror signs—they are here to stay! Ornate, framed mirrors bearing pretty calligraphy[2] have been popping up at ceremonies and receptions over the past few years, and we expect to continue to see them at nuptials in the future. After all, a fancy, baroque mirror is the perfect vehicle for all your wedding signage.

Mirrors have multiple purposes on your wedding day. Besides being a total necessity in your getting-ready suite[3], they can be used as welcome signs, an escort card display[4], a dinner menu at the reception, and more. List your signature cocktails[5] on a mirror and then set it at the bar. Jot down each table number on small framed mirrors, so everyone can easily spot their seat. Prop up a large mirror at the entrance to your ceremony that announces the schedule of events. The possibilities are endless!

And the best part is that any bride can easily DIY a wedding mirror sign. Simply head to a local thrift shop or your favorite home decor store and pick up a mirror (or two! or three!) on sale. Feel free to spray paint your finds in a metallic gold, or whatever hue complements your wedding theme[6]. Then, buy a white paint pen at your local craft store and jot down your message on the mirror. Not feeling confident in your handwriting? You can find customizable decals on Etsy that you can personalize with your wedding schedule, favorite quote, welcome message, and more. Once your decal arrives, simply stick it on the mirrored surface and you're done!

Need some inspiration? Step through the looking glass and browse our favorite wedding mirror signs below.

References

  1. ^ wedding trends (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ pretty calligraphy (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ getting-ready suite (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ escort card display (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ signature cocktails (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ your wedding theme (www.brides.com)

When to Rent Wedding Decor and When to Buy It

Wondering what you should rent for your wedding and what you should buy? We're here to help!

One realization when you’re planning a wedding: you’re spending a ton of money on one day. It’s natural to want to buy everything. That makes it an investment, right? Not entirely. While it may be tempting to purchase everything (on sale, of course), sometimes it’s actually a better value, less expensive, and a lower chance of a major headache to rent your wedding supplies. The number one question to ask yourself: Will I really use this item later?

To help you figure out when to throw down the Amex and when to sign a rental agreement, take a look at this list.

What to Buy:

Your Wedding Dress or Outfit

Photo by Ke-Li Photography

While we’re all for renting outfits for pre-wedding parties[1] and bachelorette shindigs, we do think purchasing your wedding dress is a must. Buying your gown—or pantsuit[2]—ensures it will be tailored to your body and look absolutely perfect as you walk down the aisle. If you’re worried about never wearing it again, consider buying a formal dress or a non-white color. Then, you can don it to another fancy party in the future. Plus, who says you have to wear white on your wedding day anyway?

Wedding Jewelry and Accessories

Photo by Yes Love

"I don't get these celebrities who borrow jewelry for their wedding days,” says Jesse Tombs, managing partner of Alison Events[3]. “Don't you want to own the necklace you wore on your wedding day? I know I would." Sure, not everyone can afford a $1 million bauble, but you can purchase something within your budget. Treasure it forever for its sentimental value[4] and add it to your family heirlooms, Tombs adds. "That has so much more meaning in my book.” The same goes for your clutch and shoes, both of which can be items you use post-wedding. We know many a bride who still carries her wedding purse out to nice dinners and dons her shoes with other dresses. Grooms can get in on this too—splurge on a set of nice cufflinks and a matching tie bar, especially if you want to monogram either. You’ll keep them forever, and always remember the big day.

The Groom’s Tuxedo or Suiting

Photo by Taylor McCutchan

Like a wedding dress, grooms should consider purchasing their tuxedo[5] or suit for multiple reasons. First off, you’re guaranteed a better fit, since the look with be tailored to your body. When you rent, you get the best-fitting tuxedo, but it likely won’t be perfect. Even if you buy a suit off the rack, a quick trip to the tailor to adjust the sleeves and pant legs can look a lot like you got a bespoke outfit. Secondly, you can customize the look to exactly what you want, especially if you have your suit made for you. Include a fun lining to show off your personality or embroider in your partner’s name and wedding date inside the jacket by the pocket. You can even include a contrasting lapel for extra pop, such as a black satin lapel on a forest green velvet jacket. For grooms, unlike brides, there is a strong chance you can wear the formal suit or tuxedo again. Keep it handy for black tie affairs, work dinners, other weddings, and anniversary dinners.

Custom Signage

Photo by Mon Soleil

While you can rent generic signs to point guests in the direction of your ceremony, reception, and more, creating something tailored for you ensures you have something you can hang on your walls forever. "We had a client who created a custom a neon sign[6] that now hangs on a wall in their living room," Tombs says. "It's something you can keep forever to remember your day." Even simple calligraphed signs to place along the bar with your signature drinks look more authentic and can even be cheaper than renting.

Welcome Bags

Photo by Kristin La Voie Photography

Welcome bags[7] have replaced favors. Treat your guests to amenities for the wedding activities, especially if you’re hosting an entire weekend of celebrations or a destination affair. Include your favorite treats alongside necessities like water, a hangover kit, and the itinerary for the festivities. If you really want to go all out, planner and event designer Amy Nichols, who is also co-founder of The Poppy Group[8], suggests adding a bottle of bubbly and having a fresh snack spread set out for your guests upon arrival. “Your guests will feel really special when they find a beautifully wrapped package waiting for them upon arrival,” she adds. You can also include a sweet take-home gift as a reminder of your nuptials in the welcome bag. Choose something that feels authentic to you, such as a camping mug for a rustic venue or a beach towel for an oceanside fête. These items are useful beyond the wedding, too.

Ceremony Rugs

Photo by Pat Furey Photography

One popular design element is a collection of ornate hand-knotted and loomed rugs to line the aisle instead of a runner. Some couples even place one on the altar where they exchange vows. We love this look for rustic or bohemian-inspired celebrations, and what is more sentimental than to place the rug or carpets in your home[9] post-nuptials? Since you’ll likely only need a handful for the ceremony, it’s easy to transition these throws to your abode. Then you can recall your walk down the aisle as your strut down your hallway.

What to Rent:

Table Linens, Napkins, and Runners

Photo by Jenny Fu

Not only are linens expensive to buy, but they are time-consuming to clean, fold, press, and store. “Renting linens[10] is the smartest way to go,” Tombs advises. You won’t have to iron or steam the linens before the party, since rentals arrive ready to go. After the wedding, they go right back to the vendor, with no cleanup or storage required. Just toss them in the bag. And be honest: when will you ever need dozens of tablecloths and runners for home entertaining? We're guessing never.

Candle Holders & Vases

Photo by Hannah Costello

Sourcing inexpensive candlesticks, vases, and votive holders may seem like a great idea, but think realistically about what it means to have dozens—or hundreds—of glass and metal items post-wedding. You likely won’t be using wax-covered candle holders again, and cleaning them will take much longer than writing out your thank-you notes[11]. That goes for vases for your florals, too. Many florists allow you to rent vessels from them and some even have eclectic options for holding your stems. They handle the pickup, setup, and cleanup, meaning you won’t have to lift a manicured finger on the wedding day or haul boxes of vases out of the venue the next morning. Tombs adds that it’s generally not worth the minimal savings, or sometimes no savings, buying over renting in this category.

Upgraded China and Chargers

Photo by Taylor and Porter

If you’re splurging on upgraded place settings, be sure to rent. While it may be tempting to order your wedding china[12] and chargers for the big day, you likely won’t need 150-plus plates in the future. Consider renting a pattern that fits the decor. If you’re really set on dining on your own china, have your venue set the places for you and your spouse with the special plates while guests dine on rented porcelain. Want the look, but don’t have the budget to rent plates? Splurge on a fancy charger to impress your guests as they find their seats, says Nichols. You won’t believe how it will upgrade even a plain white dinner plate.

Furniture

Photo by Paige Jones Photography

We always suggest using the venue’s furniture first to keep costs low, but if you’re budgeted for lounge furniture and dining chairs[13], go the rental route. There is really no value in buying these items—could you image trying to fit 150 Chiavari chairs in your home? "I tell my clients to never underestimate the power of a chair that matches your theme,” explains Casey Muller, owner and lead planner of Pink Diamond Events[14]. “If you want your guests to be wowed when you walk into the room, those ghost chairs will really pull it all together." You can also have chairs pull double-duty by using them for both the ceremony and reception. For lounge furniture, choose seating that will fit several guests, such as cozy couches, since you know they’ll want to take a break from the dance floor. Make sure to include places for drinks, such as a coffee table, so that guests who take a seat have a comfortable place to socialize for a round.

Seating Assignment Decor

Photo by Rachel May Photography

While a custom escort card display may be on your dream list, for many couples, simple signage noting where each guest should sit is sufficient. In this case, consider renting a large mirror[15] or chalkboard and write guests’ names and table numbers on it with a chalk pen. You could buy this item, but before you decide that that’s the cost-effective way to go, pick a place for it in your home and make sure you like it. Otherwise, you’ll just be tossing it, and you still had to deal with getting it to your venue and back.

See more: The 3 Best Places to Rent Bridesmaid Dresses[16]

Glassware

Photo by Valorie Darling

Many event spaces, especially those in hotels or part of hospitality establishments, have glassware on hand for you, but if you’re upgrading the look or bringing everything into an industrial space, choose to rent. Ikea may seem tempting, but glassware rentals still come out cheaper. Sometimes flutes are only a few cents each! Just make sure to ask for more glasses than your guest count—many guests put a full drink down to pick up a new one, and, inevitably, someone knocks over a stemmed wine glass. Opa!

References

  1. ^ renting outfits for pre-wedding parties (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ pantsuit (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ Alison Events (www.alisonevents.com)
  4. ^ sentimental value (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ purchasing their tuxedo (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ neon sign (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ Welcome bags (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ The Poppy Group (www.thepoppygroup.com)
  9. ^ rug or carpets in your home (www.brides.com)
  10. ^ Renting linens (www.brides.com)
  11. ^ thank-you notes (www.brides.com)
  12. ^ wedding china (www.brides.com)
  13. ^ dining chairs (www.brides.com)
  14. ^ Pink Diamond Events (www.apinkdiamondevent.com)
  15. ^ large mirror (www.brides.com)
  16. ^ The 3 Best Places to Rent Bridesmaid Dresses (www.brides.com)