movie wedding songs
Ceremony
October 14, 2019

Movie wedding songs make great wedding ceremony music

Movie soundtracks are the new classical music. Some of the most innovative movie composers around are masters of the symphonic idiom. Some great movie wedding songs have emerged from the movie genre that you might want to consider for your Cincinnati wedding ceremony. Let’s focus on a single master of the form, the great Italian composer, Ennio Morricone. Mr. Morricone is a gifted composer of romantic melodies, a talent common among Italy’s finest composers. Gabriel's Oboe I recently attended a wedding where the bride made her entrance to a beautiful piece of music he composed in 1986 for the movie,…
pre-marriage counseling
Culture
October 7, 2019

Pre-marriage counseling builds stronger relationships

What do the Mayo Clinic and the Catholic Church have in common? They both recommend pre-marriage counseling before you get married. If you’re not religious, keep reading because this applies to you, too. Even Psychology Today says pre-marriage counseling is beneficial: “Studies reveal that premarital counseling is an effective tool to use as you begin your married life. Researchers have discovered that it is a helpful way to improve your communication and conflict management skills while increasing your overall relationship quality and satisfaction. Couples who engage in premarital counseling have a more realistic view of marriage and a deeper level…
wedding timeline
Wedding Planning
September 30, 2019

Planning your wedding timeline

Every wedding is different. Most, though, share common elements, so planning your Cincinnati wedding timeline is pretty predictable. You should plan your wedding timeline accordingly. 12 months Budget Guest list Hire wedding planner Select venue Select caterer 11 months Color themes and design Hire the fun and memory maker vendors early, including the entertainment. Remember, popular dates book fast! 10 months Shop for dress Block out rooms for guests Create website Engagement photos Shop invitations 9 months Buy gown 8 months Set up gift registry Bridesmaids dresses/fittings Shop florists Hire officiant 7 months Rehearsal dinner venue Hire ceremony musicians Order…
cake-cutting songs
Wedding Cake
September 23, 2019

Fabulous wedding cake-cutting songs

The cake cutting ceremony at your wedding is significant. It’s the first act bride and groom do together as a married couple. Such an auspicious event demands a fabulous wedding cake-cutting song. Let me tell you, there are some greats one from which to choose! "How Sweet it Is (to be loved by you)" The obvious approach is to pick a song about the sweetness of the moment. It doesn’t get much better than James Taylor’s cover of “How Sweet It Is (to be loved by you).” The lyrics blend with the moment perfectly. I want to stop (stop) and…
wedding cake smash up
Wedding Cake
September 16, 2019

The wedding cake smash up

The Romans left us with a terrible wedding tradition. Grooms would break a cake of wheat or barley over the bride’s head for good luck. Such aggressiveness! To this day, you still see grooms smashing cake into their lovely wives’ faces. How awful, as you can see below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Tq_NdZGu4A The bride is bleeding. She’s upset, and she’s a mess, so future wedding photographs are ruined, not to mention her wedding gown. Does any of this really seem like a good omen to you? Public humiliation How about this bride, do you think she enjoyed the public humiliation of experiencing a…
Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect”
Dance
September 9, 2019

The battle for best first dance song

Spotify has Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” listed as number three on their list of top wedding songs. Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” comes in at number two, and Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” comes in at number one. Since we’ve already written about “Thinking Out Loud,” let’s focus on the other two songs. "Marry You" Mars co-wrote and recorded “Marry You” in 2010 on his debut album, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans.” Despite the fact that the song wasn’t released as a single, it was still certified platinum three times by Music Canada and two times by the Australian Recording Industry Association. What a hit!…
wedding officiant
Ceremony
September 2, 2019

Finding a wedding officiant

You need to find a good wedding officiant for your upcoming wedding. It’s not a last minute decision, either. You need to line one up a good one at least eight months in advance of the big day. Church weddings aren't as popular The process isn’t as straight forward as it used to be, simply because Millennials aren’t as religious as their predecessors. That means they are less likely to have a church affiliation, the traditional source of wedding officiating. In 1986, the number of people in the 18 to 29 year age range who had no  religious affiliation was…
first look wedding photos
Photography
August 26, 2019

Should you use ‘first look wedding photos’ on your wedding day?

Wedding photography is a wildly creative art form. You can find wedding photographers who have honed their own unique style that goes beyond the traditional. First look wedding photos qualify as one of the hottest trends in recent years. Sometimes it’s simply the first look a bride gets of herself after hair and make up are done, and she dons her gown. First look photos bend tradition But sometimes first look wedding photos bend tradition by capturing the first look a dad, a mom, bridesmaids, or even the groom gets of a beautiful bride BEFORE the ceremony begins! Shocking! Not…
cash bar
Budget
August 19, 2019

Is a cash bar tacky at a wedding?

According to The Knot, the average couple spends $2365 on booze at their wedding. That’s a chunk of change! So what will your guests think if you go with a cash bar to save money? For starters, very few weddings feature cash bars any more. The Knot tells us only 8% of weddings used them in 2017, down from ten percent just two years earlier. The reason the vast majority of couples prefer a hosted bar over a cash bar is weddings are a big deal. Your guests have already made a financial investment by just being there when you…
The Wedding March
Ceremony
August 12, 2019

The Wedding March was good enough for Queen Victoria. How about you?

The great classical composer, Felix Mendelssohn, composed the Wedding March in C major in 1842. Today it is known as THE ‘classic’ wedding recessional song. Its triumphant melody never ceases to move wedding guests as a newly married couple march to their destiny, guided by love. Interestingly, Mendelssohn composed the piece as a music setting for William Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. However, the piece became wedding gold when it was selected to be played at the royal wedding of Victoria and Prince Frederick of Prussia on January 25th, 1858. A typical modern wedding is likely to feature a…