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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…
anatomy of a wedding ceremony
Ceremony
August 5, 2019

How a wedding ceremony works

Religion, customs, and style will mold your Cincinnati wedding ceremony. Nonetheless, most ceremonies feature fairly typical elements. Let's look at the anatomy of a wedding ceremony. The Anatomy of a Wedding Ceremony Prelude music: Nice, soft music is typically played while your guests are seated. Many couples hire live musicians to play romantic, classical music. A growing number use a DJ (like us) for higher quality sound and greater flexibility in the music played. Pre-processional ceremony: This is when the mothers are seated. It’s nice to play special music for this tender moment. The procession: Bridesmaids process in to lovely…
joint wedding toast
Toasting
July 29, 2019

Tighten up your wedding celebration with a joint wedding toast.

Cincinnati wedding celebrations soar to new heights when graced with dazzling toasts. Sadly, most toasters are inexperienced and their efforts sputter. Some weddings suffer because they allow too many toasts. A good way to tighten up your upcoming celebration is to utilize a joint wedding toast. Let’s say you want your best man and maid of honor to each make a toast. But suppose one of your mothers and one of your fathers also wants to make a toast. That may be too many.  You risk disrupting the flow of your party, especially if toasts ramble on too long and…
wedding procession song
CeremonyDance
July 22, 2019

Think outside the box for your wedding procession song

You can’t go wrong with Pachebel’s Canon or Vivaldi’s Spring for walking down the aisle. On the other hand, suppose you want to be a little different? What about Leonard Cohen’s rock classic, “Hallelujah”? And for an additional twist, how about the a cappella group Pentatonix’s take on this classic? Take a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRP8d7hhpoQ Cohen’s lyrics are mysterious, laced with biblical references without really being religious. Some call it the ultimate secular hymn. The joyful repetition of the word ‘hallelujah’ certainly creates a celebratory mystique for walking down the aisle. Something for you to consider. The Canadian Mr. Cohen wrote the…
Top Elton John love songs
Dance
July 15, 2019

Top Elton John love songs for weddings

Elton John is back! Actually, Elton has never been gone. His four decade career continues to roll, especially with the release of the recent “Rocketman” biopic. As one of the most prolific songwriters of his generation, it seems fitting to look at the top Elton John love songs for weddings. Not all Elton love songs work for weddings Elton has written a ton of love songs, but not all are a good fit for weddings, like his little-known “Sweetheart on Parade.” On the other hand, he has crafted an eclectic playlist of unique love songs that capture the sweetness and…