How to Own the First Dance at your Wedding

While you may think that all the nerves and butterflies go out the window the moment you say “I do,” this isn’t the case for many brides and grooms out there. Right around the time that you choose your wedding DJ, you’ll probably feel a wave of panic over the fact that you will eventually have to dance in front of all your guests. The first dance is a time-honored tradition; there will be cameras flashing everywhere as every set of eyes in the room remains plastered on you. Gulp.

How to Own the First Dance at your Wedding

If you’re nervous about embarrassing yourself on the dance floor, don’t be! There are plenty of ways in which you can ensure that you and your new husband are truly the king and queen of the dance floor:

Choose the right song
The song that you choose for your first dance will likely be regarded as “your song” forever; you want to make sure that it’s one that you love and that truly represents your relationship. If you’re so focused on the lyrics of the song and how they make you feel about the person in your arms, you probably won’t even think about how nervous you are or who’s watching you.

Enlist the help of a dance instructor
If you really can’t get over your two left feet, consider a bit of help from a professional. This doesn’t have to be a scene out of Dirty Dancing, but learning some different footwork could do wonderful for your confidence. Plus, think about how good it would feel to shock your loved ones with your amazing moves?

Practice as much as you can
Once you have your song, practice in the comfort and privacy of your own home whenever you have a spare moment. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the rhythm and to grow more comfortable with the idea of moving with the music.

The best advice we can give you on how to command the dance floor is to remember that everyone at your wedding loves you. Chances are high that if you invited them to your wedding, they know you pretty well – which means they probably know all about your dance moves and love you in spite of them! Just have fun and enjoy the moment; the rest will come!

(Source: Wedding Wire)

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How to Get Your Groom More Involved with the Wedding Planning

While we don’t always want to assume that every man out there has little to no interest in the wedding planning process, there are certainly quite a few of them out there. So what do you do if your fiancé falls under the couldn’t-care-less category? Don’t give up. Chances are you’re not going to get him to voice his opinion about every single aspect of your wedding day, but there are ways to at least get him to pitch in and show a bit of effort.

How to Get Your Groom More Involved with the Wedding Planning

Allow him to be in charge of the honeymoon
There’s so much stress and pressure involved with planning the wedding that it may be what’s scaring him off the most. As the first official getaway as husband and wife, (and probably the first time you’ll truly be alone for more than a few hours since the “I dos”) the honeymoon is much less intimidating. Plus he’ll probably love the opportunity to surprise you with something fun and romantic. Give him a bit of an incentive and tell him that if he helps plan a few things here and there, the honeymoon is all his.

Reel him in with all the fun stuff
Let’s be honest; it’s going to be pretty difficult to get any man excited about floral arrangements. However, we’d be willing to bet that if you started to talk more about the music, dinner and bar menu, and honeymoon, his ears would perk up a little bit more. Additionally, we’d hope that your guy would want some sort of say in what he and his groomsmen wear down the aisle. Hey, we could be wrong – but having the liberty to add a bit of personal flare to his wedding day look may get him more excited to talk about the big day.

Be open and honest about how you feel
If you’re stressed out and aggravated over his lack of help, sit him down and have a serious talk. Chances are, he has absolutely no idea the toll this is all taking on you, so letting him know that his disinterest in lending a hand for your wedding day isn’t okay. If he’s truly the man you fell in love with, he’ll immediately offer his assistance. It’s probably best not to expect him to be overly enthusiastic about it but hey, he loves you and he doesn’t want to see you upset. So off to the wedding registry it is!

Remember that planning your wedding should be a team effort where both of your styles and preferences are represented. You need his help in order to truly make this the best day ever.

(Source: Brides.com)

Bridal Beauty Tips: How to Ensure Your Makeup is Flawless on Your Wedding Day

It’s no secret that every bride wants to be the most beautiful woman in the room when she walks down the aisle on her wedding day. However, it’s not always so easy to pin point exactly what that entails when sitting in the chair with your makeup artist. Everyone has their own definition of what works best for their own skin tone and style preference, which makes it extremely important to communicate with the person holding the mascara.

Bridal Beauty Tips: How to Ensure Your Makeup is Flawless on Your Wedding Day

Here are a few tips on how to ensure your makeup artist knows exactly what you want:

Bring Visuals
You can explain the look you’re going for as best as you want, but there is always the possibility that wires will get crossed along the way. Your best bet is to use Pinterest to your advantage and print out a few photos for inspiration. Even if the ones you bring with you aren’t exactly the same, your makeup artist will still be able to get a idea of your style preferences.

Talk about your everyday look
Of course you want to look incredible on your wedding day, but don’t overdo it – you still want to look like yourself as you walk down the aisle. If you don’t really wear much makeup on a day-to-day basis (or vice versa) and you like it that way, tell your makeup artist. It’s the only way she’ll know to steer clear of the red lipstick and dramatic smokey eye.

Describe your wedding
Tell your makeup artist all about your wedding; where it will be taking place, the overall décor, the vibe you’re going for, etc. Not only will this give her some insight on your style, but it will help her to be able to match your look to your overall wedding aesthetic so that everything blends together cohesively.

So the underlying theme here is communicate, communicate, communicate. Unless you’re working with a makeup artist who has been your lifelong partner in crime, she’s going to need to know a little bit about you to be able to give you exactly what you want. Don’t be afraid to speak up!

(Source: Wedding Wire)

What You May Not Realize About Choosing Your Wedding Colors

Choosing the color scheme for your wedding is a huge deal. Of course, things like your wedding dress and the food that will be served still top our list, but as your colors will have a big impact on the overall décor for both the ceremony and reception, we’d say it’s pretty up there. So rather than getting caught up in the details, here are a few big picture things that we’re sure no one really tells you about when it comes to your colors.

What You May Not Realize About Choosing Your Wedding Colors

Your groom will probably be more interested than you think
Many brides-to-be often assume that their fiancés just aren’t interested in the details of the wedding planning process, but don’t count him out just yet. Rather than just making the executive decision about your color scheme without him, run it by him first and see what he thinks. It’s one thing not to consult with him over the style of your bridesmaids’ dresses, but those colors will be used just about everywhere on the day of your wedding. Keep him in the loop and take his suggestions seriously.

It can be really difficult to recreate your dream palette in real life
This is why Pinterest boards can be your best friend and your worst enemy. You may fall head over heels in love with a color palette after seeing it all over wedding inspiration boards, but remember that you have to then figure out how to make it work outside of the computer screen. Regardless of if you have the best wedding vendors and professionals at your side, keep this in the back of your mind to ensure that your dream look is feasible in the colors you’ve selected.

Whatever color you choose won’t define your marriage
This should fun! Don’t overthink everything just because you think what people think about your wedding will somehow define your relationship with your husband and your marriage as a whole. Your wedding should solely be a reflection of you and your fiancé and we promise the particular shade of linens you choose will do very little to take away from the celebration of the day.

Just because the color scheme is a big part of the planning process doesn’t mean that you should let it consume you. Again, have fun with this and if you feel like you’re getting a little bit too stressed out, take a break from wedding planning and come back to it later.

(Source: The Knot)

Ed Sheeran: The Ultimate Wedding Singer

It’s no secret that Ed Sheeran is an extremely talented musician, and his song Thinking Out Loud has quickly become a wedding staple. So if you’re one of the millions of brides who are planning to dance to his latest love ballet at your upcoming wedding, take a second to imagine what it would be like if he actually showed up to perform it for you.

Well that’s exactly what happened for one lucky Australian bride named Kya, and her groom, Matt!

After a tragedy in Kya’s family interrupted the couple’s wedding plans, Matt contacted Sydney radio station, KIIS 1065 and told them that he wanted to be able to give Kya the wedding she’s always dreamed of. When the couple joined the stations hosts on air to tell their story, they were shocked and elated to hear that they were going to be thrown the wedding of a lifetime, courtesy of KIIS 1065 and Sydney Bridal Expo.

As if that wasn’t enough, right as the pair were preparing to take the floor for their first dance as husband and wife, in walks the ultimate wedding singer, Ed Sheeran, to serenade them with their favorite song.

You can’t help but tear up when you watch it. But don’t just take our word for it; check out the video below to experience it yourself!

Happy National Proposal Day!

Did you know that March 20th is actually National Proposal Day? Well now you do! Regardless of whether you’ve already got your ring or you’d like to use this holiday to encourage your significant other to pop the question, (hey it could happen, right?) we thought this could be the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the cutest viral proposal videos we’ve ever come across. Honestly, who doesn’t love to watch these videos? Just watching the genuine emotion of such a special moment is enough to make anyone’s heart burst with happiness!

Here are just a few of our favorites:

We don’t know about you, but our cheeks hurt from smiling so much! Did that remind you of how you felt during your own proposal? Tell us how he asked in the comments section below! We’re always looking for another reason to swoon!

4 Things You Must Do After the Wedding

It’s hard to believe that after countless months of planning, the entire wedding day is over in just a blink of an eye. Now what? Well just because you no longer need to stress over table linens or engage in a butter cream vs. custard wars doesn’t mean that there isn’t still plenty to be done. Now that you are officially a Mr. and Mrs. combo package, it’s time to tackle an entirely new to-do list.

Newlywed Advice | Post Wedding To-Do ListOnce you’ve returned from your honeymoon, sit down together and go over a few of these married musts:

Changing your name – If you plan to take your husband’s name, you have to take the necessary steps to make it legal. Within the first 90 days following your wedding, you’ll want to have your name changed on your social security card, driver’s license and passport. If you have any credit cards in your name, make sure to also contact the corresponding companies to let them know that you’ll be needing a new card.

Sending thank-you cards – It may seem like a tedious process, but it has to be done. Ideally, you want to have your thank you cards written and sent out within the first two months, unless you want to receive piercing, judgmental stares from Aunt Muriel at the next family gathering. To make things either, divide the pile between the two of you and have stamps or stickers made for the return address. Trust us, it’ll make a world of difference!

Taking care of gift returns – Whether they be from the bridal shower or the big day itself, you’re probably going to have a ton of wedding registry returns to make. As most stores have different policies for returns, you want to make sure that you stay on top of this and bring back the things you don’t want as quickly as possible; keep it within a two month window.

Figuring out the finances and other important issues – Now that you’re legally married, what’s yours is his and what’s his is yours. Chances are you’ve already talked about this before tying the knot, but now that things have become real, sit down and make plans to merge accounts, (if that’s what you’ve chosen to do) have new checks printed, discuss whose health insurance you will be keeping and make arrangements to become each other’s beneficiary. They’re difficult topics to discuss, but they are important nonetheless.

Trust us, you will be so much happier once you can cross each of these points off your list. The sooner you do, the sooner you can settle into your life of perfect, wedded bliss!