Important Tips to Remember When Writing Your Own Vows

One of the most important aspects of a wedding has nothing to do with the dress, the flowers or the centerpieces. While all of those things are just that – things, it’s the words that you speak to one another while exchanging your vows that matter most. Now while many couples choose to stick to tradition and repeat their promises after the wedding officiant, there is an increasing number of couples who are choosing to write their own vows instead.

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If you and your future spouse have made the decision to go with the second option, you may be a bit nervous – which is normal. While thinking about the words you want to say, remember that this is a time to express how you feel in your own way. However, there are certain things that probably shouldn’t be said in front of your friends and family members. Check out these tips for exchanging vows:

Don’t make your vows too long. It’s understandable that in the moment, you will want to express anything and everything that you love about the person standing in front of you. Keep in mind however that you have a lifetime to show them how you feel. For now, try to keep your vows limited to one to three minutes long.

Keep the playfulness to a minimum. There should absolutely be some personal jokes and cuteness involved in your vow exchange, but it’s important to remember that your parents and grandparents will also be listening to these words. If it seems like it would be too intimate for anyone else’s ears and may offend someone, try to think of another way to express yourself.

Bring extra copies of the vows with you. You may be extremely confident speaking the words in an empty room but it may be a different story when you get in front of a crowd. This is especially true when you consider the fact that many couples get swept up in the moment, knowing that the moment they become husband and wife is actually happening. Grooms should have a copy of his vows in his own jacket and one in his best man’s pocket. Brides, keep your copy with the maid of honor.

For the most part, writing your own vows is a sort of “anything goes” situation and you should feel entitled to express yourself in your own way. Just make sure that the words you choose are appropriate for family members to hear and you should be good to go!

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Spotify’s List of Top 10 First Dance Wedding Songs

One of the first and most significant aspects of your wedding reception will be the moment you and your new spouse walk out to the center of the room and have your first dance as husband and wife. Now one of the strangest things about this moment is the fact that although all eyes are on you and cameras are flashing from every direction, most past brides and grooms would agree that at that moment, all they saw was each other.

For a perfect moment like this, you’ll certainly want to take your time in choosing the perfect song. Only problem is that there are about 10 billion different songs to choose from. Yikes!

To help you narrow your list down to some promising options, Spotify has gone ahead and analyzed over 30,000 wedding playlists in order to compile their own list of the top 10 first dance wedding songs.

Check out the playlist below to see if any of your favorites made the list! Anything you would add yourself? Let us know in the comments section below!


(Source: Mashable)


Mickey Mouse Brings the Magic in This Crazy Proposal Video!

In recent years, we’ve noticed that more and more men are stepping up to make their proposals as unique and memorable as possible. We’ve seen magic tricks, scavenger hunts, bungee jumps, etc. but every once in a while, we come across something that is so out of the box, we just can’t help ourselves from thinking, who comes up with something like that? This is one of those instances.

Now here at Texas Old Town, you may have noticed that if we can get a chance to share an epic groomsmen dance with our readers, we take it. However, it’s not very often that we come across a groom who sets the choreography bar at astronomical heights before he even says “I do”. Well that’s exactly what Jehan Ratnatunga did when it came time to propose to his girlfriend, Vish.

In an effort to combine everything that Vish loves into one epic proposal, Jehan and his team of backup dancers – dressed in full Mickey Mouse suits, may we add – broke it down in the middle of the street outside of Vish’s house to a mix of her all-time favorite music, from Bollywood to Beyoncé.

Sounds ridiculous, right? Maybe, but it is also amazing – and a must see! Check it out in the video below and let us know what you think!

Tips for the Bride: Breaking In Your Wedding Day Heels

Of course, your wedding dress will be the star of the show as you walk down the aisle, but there is one accessory that practically every woman will tell you is essential to tying a look together: the shoes. There’s just something about a fabulous pair of heels that causes every woman to have that same need-it-gotta-have-it mentality. Forget the fact that those stilettos are sky high and you look more like a baby deer than a graceful gazelle when you walk in them.

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Yes it’s true: the more beautiful the heel, the more painful. But you don’t care! It’s your wedding and other than the fact that they bring the wrong kind of tears to your eyes, they’re perfect! The only choice you have is to break them in well before the day of your wedding. Here’s a little bit of advice on how to do just that:

Wear Socks With Your Heels – No, you don’t have to do this when it actually comes time to wear them at your wedding – don’t worry. In the months leading up to the wedding, walking around in your heels with a nice pair of socks will help protect your feet from blistering while you stretch them out. Just be sure to pick a pair of socks that aren’t too thick or too thin; you don’t want to be left with heels that are more stretched out than necessary or not stretched at all.

Blow Dryer – If your shoes are made of leather, grab your blow dryer and put on a pair of thick wool socks. The heat from the dryer will work to make the material more flexible, allowing it to stretch around the thick socks. Bend the material any way you’d like, then keep the socks and your heels on and allow them to cool down.

Walk Around With Them – Regardless of whether it’s at home or at your local supermarket, slip those little babies on and just go about your day. If you’re at home, keep in mind that you don’t have to run around in them. Sit back, relax, enjoy the Texas Old Town wedding blog and allow your heels to mold around your feet. When you get up to go to the store, do the dishes, vacuum the house, etc., keep the heels on for as long as possible. If it gets to be too much, slip them off and try again in a couple of days.

Patience is a virtue, ladies – and so is Advil. If you simply must have those gorgeous peep toes for your big day, get them! Just remember that you’re going to have to put in the work and in time, the pain will be worth it.

5 Maid of Honor Responsibilities on the Morning of the Wedding

The minute you agree to be the maid of honor in your best friend’s wedding, you take on a world of responsibility. Of course, there is a ton of fun to be had in the roll (hello bachelorette party!), it’s important not to lose track of the fact that a lot is riding on your shoulders when it comes to being there for the bride.

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You’ve been there with her all along and you know how stressed out she’s been during the planning process.  So when the big day finally arrives, remember that your number one duty as MOH is to ensure that the bride is relaxed and as happy as possible. To help you make that possible, here’s a quick run-through of some of your morning-of responsibilities as maid of honor:

Make Yourself the Go-To Person – Everyone knows the one golden rule on the wedding day: if there is a problem, call anyone but the bride. If there is no wedding planner, take that role and make sure that all vendors and guests have access to your phone number in case any issues or questions arise.

Keep Everyone on Schedule – Make sure you are aware of what time the bride and bridesmaids need to be ready for hair/makeup, what time you all need to head over to the ceremony location, etc. This will help you to keep everyone on track so the bride doesn’t have to stress about being late to her own wedding.

Make Sure the Bride Eats – Because the bride and groom will be so busy taking pictures and thanking guests for coming at the reception, she might not have a chance to sit down and eat dinner. To avoid any issues later on when the bar opens, make sure she gets something in her stomach and has a good, healthy breakfast in the morning.

Get Her Dressed – Her dress probably costs about three or four months-worth of rent – she’s going to be nervous about putting it on. Before you do anything, make sure you check that you have everything from her undergarments to her accessories laid out and ready to wear as soon as she’s ready. If you’re all scrambling at the last minute to find a missing earring, she’s going to go into hysterics.

Your Maid of Honor Speech – This is your big moment at the reception – you cannot forget to write and pack your speech somewhere safe. You may think that you can just wing it on the spot but once you stand up in front of hundreds of guests with a microphone in your hand, your nerves might kick in. Write your speech on a physical notecard and pack it in your clutch for safe keeping, but also be sure to email a copy to yourself and save it to your smartphone, just in case.

While being a maid of honor is a huge responsibility, it’s also a huge honor and you should be proud of your title! At the end of the day, your most important responsibility is ensuring that the bride has fun and is as happy as possible – but don’t forget to have a ton of fun yourself!

Beyoncé and Backstreet Boys? These Groomsmen Nailed It! [Video]

Okay grooms – no pressure or anything here but it seems like a new, epic groomsmen dance video is surfacing every day! We don’t know about you, but we just can’t get enough of them and it doesn’t seem like the brides can either.

This time, one Los Angeles groom named Sean Rajaee hit the dance floor with his groomsmen to break it down for Rajaee’s blushing (and laughing!) bride, Ariana. First of all, you can’t go wrong when a dance like this starts out with some Beyoncé, am I right, ladies? Throw a little bit of Backstreet Boys in the middle there and you’ve hit the jackpot. Press play and you won’t have to wait long before you start to hear the crowd of fan girls – um, we mean bridesmaids ¬– go crazy.

Props to whoever choreographed this fun routine – it’s definitely one entertaining number! But hey, don’t take our word for it; check out the hilarious moves for yourself below!

The Important Things Couples Forget to Add to their Wedding Registry

Planning your wedding registry – sounds like a piece of cake, right? All you have to do is walk around a few stores and scan things to let your guests know exactly what you want. Well that’s just the problem; sometimes we get so consumed with the things that we want that we overlook the fact that we don’t actually need them. We’re looking at you, deep fryer.

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Sure, most of the things listed below aren’t exactly glamorous and nine times out of ten, there is little to no fun attached to them. However, these are the things that are going to be utilized most in your day-to-day lives together:

Cleaning Supplies – Well we did mention these things weren’t exactly glamorous. Instead of registering for yet another vase, skip a few of the décor items and opt for a high-quality vacuum cleaner or a clothing steamer. If you think that adopting a puppy may be in your future, consider adding an air-purifier to the list to keep the symptoms of pet allergies at bay.

Think Multiples – Not only will you likely want to host dinner parties or expand your family in the future, but if you have even an ounce of klutz in you, accidents are bound to happen. Down the road after you’ve stubbed your toe on the kitchen table and the china you were carrying goes flying, you’re going to wish you had thought ahead. You may think that registering for sets of 12 is overkill now, but when that pattern is discontinued years from now and you have your backups, you’ll be thankful.

Organizational Items – When you first get married, you probably won’t be rolling in the dough. In order to make the most of the small space of your apartment or townhome, you’ll want to invest in items that will help keep you organized. Storage bins are anything but fancy, but they will keep your not-so-everyday items organized until you need to pull them out. What is a fancier option? Magnetic spice containers. Not only will it free up space on your kitchen counter or in your pantry, but it will add a little bit of flare to the space as it hangs from the wall or the side of your refrigerator.

Miscellaneous Kitchen Items – Sure, everyone remembers the blender, toaster, slow cooker, etc. – those are obvious. But what about quality kitchen knives, ladles, potato peelers and barbeque essentials? Just because they aren’t big ticket items doesn’t mean that they are any less essential to your kitchen.

So what do you say, past brides? Do you have anything else to add? What was the one thing that you had wished you had registered for before your own wedding? Let us know in the comments section below!