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The Cotton Anniversary: Part II


Happy 2nd anniversary to my husband, Doug! Its been an amazing 2 years, and I know we will have many, many more! I tried to surprise Doug with a cotton hammock, but he ended up finding out a few days early when I needed help unloading the 200lb box from my car. Oops. He loved it anyways and it kind of worked out nicely since was able to spend most of Sunday afternoon relaxing outside in it.

I’ll have to plan a little better for next year, the leather anniversary!

Be their {wedding} guest!

wedding guest

Vase / Dress / Bag / Earrings / Heels

I have six (6!) out of state weddings coming up over the next couple of months.  In addition to our travel plans, I have already started to plan out outfits and gifts!   I will see many of the same guests at most of the weddings, so I don’t want to wear the same dress over and over again.  However, I don’t want to go broke buying new dresses all summer.  I will definitely be keeping my eye out for any great deals at some tried and true “wedding guest dress” favorite stores like Nordstrom, Asos, and J.Crew.

I have also been scouring my friends’ registries to get some gift ideas.  However, going through the process myself I have identified some of the “need to have” gifts vs. the “totally useless” gifts.  Something like the Tiffany vase, pictured above, is something I never thought of registering for, yet I received one from my grandmother.  I now use it weekly to display fresh flowers on our kitchen table.  Some other really great gifts were the wooden salad bowl, Riedel wine tumblers, and the Le Creuset French Oven.

How many weddings do you have to attend this year?

Just in time for Wednesday!

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that our wedding was featured in the September ’12 issue of Matchbook Magazine!  For those of you who don’t know what Matchbook Magazine is (shame on you!), it’s the most darling online lifestyle magazine and I am always so excited to read it on the 1st Tuesday of each month!

matchbook magazine sept 12

So hop on over to Matchbook Mag to see our wedding feature! We’re on page 125, but have fun flipping through the rest of the magazine on your way there!

Wedding Music

One may not realize how many different types of music/songs you will need for a wedding.  There is prelude music, music for the bridal party, music for the bride, recessional music, cocktail hour music, bridal party introduction music, first dance song, mother/father dance songs, etc. etc. etc.

I think that it’s really neat to have modern music “masked” as traditional music for a ceremony.  We used the very traditional Canon in D by Pachelbel and Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring for our processional music, but we used 1, 2, 3, 4 by the Plain White Ts as a recessional song.  All of the songs were played so beautiful by our guitarist, and I’m sure many people didn’t even recognize the Plain White Ts song at first since it sounded so elegant!

First Dance
Here is where I find that most couples make the biggest mistakes. When you’re picking a wedding song it’s going to be your wedding song forever. You want to make sure that the music and lyrics fit the occasion. Take, for example, Whitney Houston’s, Saving All My Love. Sounds like a great first dance song, right? Wrong. If you read the lyrics it’s actually about a man having an affair. Not exactly how you want to celebrate your marriage, now is it?

Bad choices (lyrically) for a first dance:

Every Breath You Take by the Police. A song about stalking.
Always Be My Baby by Mariah Carey. A song about a breakup.
I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston. Another breakup.
My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion. Overplayed AND about a dead boyfriend.
Lips Of An Angel by Hinder. A song about cheating!

So please, read the lyrics before you choose your song!

Our first dance as husband & wife

Parent’s Dances
Similar to your first dance song, you want to read the lyrics to determine that the song has an appropriate connotation for a dance with your mother/father and accurately represents your relationship. While “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle may be appropriate for some, it was way too sappy and mushy for me and didn’t feel like the right choice. I, personally, wanted a more upbeat song and chose “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon. It was a hit.

I had the biggest Do Not Play list for my wedding reception. Some of the songs included in my list were:

Bunny Hop
Electric Slide
Chicken Dance
Cha Cha Slide
Cotton Eye Joe
Mustang Sally
Greased Lightening

I’m sure you get the point. I wanted people to have a good time and dance at my wedding, but I absolutely did not want a conga line. Don’t be afraid to tailor the music how you want with both Must Play and Do Not Play lists. Your DJ will not be upset. I even requested that “Lounge” style music (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Buble) be played during dinner for a nice and quiet dining atmosphere and experience. I also didn’t want my favorite dancing songs to be played while I was eating! After dinner was finished, the DJ pumped up the music to some popular hits and we all danced until the night was over.