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best Adele love songs
Dance
February 10, 2020

Best Adele love songs for weddings

Adele burst onto the music scene in 2009 and has never looked back. The 2009 Grammy Awards named her best new artist and best female pop vocal performance. Although she’s known for writing compelling break-up ballads, she knows her way around a love song, too. Let’s take a look at some of the best Adele love songs for weddings. Remedy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT1taJStGOk Adele sings that love is the cure for what ails us in life with these sweet lyrics: But when the pain cuts you deep When the night keeps you from sleeping Just look and you will see That I…
hidden wedding costs
Budget
February 3, 2020

Hidden wedding costs that will bust your budget

Most engaged Cincinnati couples create a wedding budget, which this blog highly recommends to avoid the stress that can occur when wedding bills come due. But beware the hidden wedding costs that can sneak into the equation and surprise you when you add up all of your expenses. License fees Sometimes, it’s just some simple, innocuous items like your marriage license fees. In the scheme of things, they’re not that much, ranging from $70 to $104 in Alabama; $40 to $60 in Ohio; $60 in North Carolina; $82 in Texas; $15 to $40 in Illinois; and about $100 in Tennessee,…
Broadway love song
Dance
January 27, 2020

More Broadway love songs for your first dance

Broadway has produced a plethora of passionate love songs over the decades. But you’ve got to carefully review the lyrics, because not every Broadway love song works for your first dance. For example, the epic “If I Loved You” from Carousel is an endearing love song with a melody that soars and touches the soul. But the qualifying word, “if”, in the title disqualifies it from consideration. There is no ‘if’ when it comes to your love affair! Or take another Rodger’s & Hammerstein standard, “Something Wonderful” from “The King and I.” The lyric is sweet … This is a…
best Broadway songs
Dance
January 20, 2020

Best Broadway songs for your first dance

This blog loves to write about the great songs you can consider for your first dance for your Cincinnati wedding. There are so many options. We’ve written about contemporary and classic songs couples request for their first dance. Today’s blog considers some of the best Broadway songs for your wedding reception first dance. In light of the phenomenal success of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” it’s not surprising that its pivotal love song is often requested. “All I Ask of You” is a soaring tribute to love, each lyric dripping with passion: Say you love me every…
unity candle
Ceremony
January 13, 2020

Music for your unity candle ceremony

The unity candle ceremony is a late 20th century American innovation. Following the exchange of vows and rings, the bride and groom light a larger, “unity,” candle with two smaller tapers, symbolizing the unity of two lives and two families. Some trace the origin of the tradition to an early 1980s television soap opera. Whatever. You’ll see the ceremony take place in both religious and secular ceremonies. The Catholic Church is a stickler when it comes to wedding liturgies, but most allow the unity candle ceremony. Writing in CatholicPhilly.com, Fr. Kenneth Doyle states: “The lighting of a unity candle is…
marriage makes you richer
Culture
January 6, 2020

Marriage is a good investment

Marriage makes you richer. No matter where you live, government data shows marriage is a good financial move. The Journal of Sociology explains: What impact do marriage and divorce have on wealth? US data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79), which tracks individuals in their 20s, 30s and early 40s, show that over time single respondents slowly increase their net worth. Married respondents experience per person net worth increases of 77 percent over single respondents. Additionally, their wealth increases on average 16 percent for each year of marriage. Divorced respondents’ wealth starts falling four years before divorce and…
movie wedding toasts
Toasting
December 23, 2019

Make ‘em cry and you’ve given a great wedding toast!

The best wedding toasts make your audience laugh and cry. Here’s the rub: it’s harder to make people laugh than cry. Not everything is funny. So Owen Wilson’s advice to Rachel McAdams in "The Wedding Crashers" (below) is spot-on: speak from the heart, make e’m cry, and your wedding toast will be a winner. Let’s explore some great movie wedding toasts for more toasting wisdom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCYlgGWaJ78 The Rachel McAdams character tried to be funny in the clip above, but her jokes fell about as flat as a Kansas plain from a scene in The Wizard of Oz. McAdams regained the…
Stevie Wonder’s classic first dance song
Dance
December 16, 2019

Stevie Wonder’s classic first dance song

Stevie Wonder released his best-selling album, “Songs in the Key of Life,” in 1976. He jammed 21 songs into the album which explored a wide variety of musical genres. One track from the album, “As,” is a popular wedding song. In fact, The Knot lists it #2  on their list of classic first dance songs. Sheer exuberance describes these lovely lyrics: As around the sun the earth know she's revolving And the rose buds know to bloom in early May Just as hate know love's the cure You can rest your mind assure That I'll be loving you always. “As”…
balanced wedding budget
Budget
December 9, 2019

How a lopsided wedding budget can spoil your celebration

How would you like to attend a wedding where the bride wears a $33,931 wedding gown? But there are no flowers. No ceremony music. No wedding reception. No dancing. No food. No cake. No photography. No invitations. No honeymoon. Nothing, because she blew her entire wedding budget on the gown? What a bore. According to The Knot, the average 2018 wedding couple nationally spent $33,931 on their wedding. (According to Value Penguin, the average Cincinnati wedding couple spends $20,311.) One key to a successful wedding is a balanced wedding budget. In reality, an average bride spends a little less than…
romantic first dance song
Dance
December 2, 2019

The most romantic first dance song

The Knot lists John Legend’s “All of Me” as the most romantic first dance song around, perfect for your first wedding dance song. “All of me” became Legend’s first #1 hit when it was released on 2013. He dedicated the song to his wife, television personality and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, Chrissie Teigen. More people have listened to the song on YouTube than live in the entire United States. We’re talking 360 million! Take a listen as Legend accompanies the song with a lone piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R21EU8SKUM0 The lyrics drip with romance: 'Cause all of me Loves all of you Love…