Walk This Way – Alternatives to Traditional Processional Songs

wedding processional, bride walking down the aisleWagner’s “Bridal Chorus” (aka “Here Comes The Bride”) is a traditional wedding song choice for your processional at your wedding ceremony. However, it isn’t for everyone. Luckily there are several fun alternative song choices for your walk down the aisle.

Here are a few:

“You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker

“Ribbon In The Sky” by Stevie Wonder

How To Choose Ceremony Music to Express Your Wedding Vision – Part 1

“Something” by The Beatles

“One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story

“Breathe” by Faith Hill

What other songs do you think would be perfect processional music?

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8 Unexpected and Totally Unique Wedding Venues for Your Big Day

 

 

 

 

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We’ve all enjoyed a good church wedding or a knees up at a big hotel, but celebrating with another couple for the choices they make and planning your own big day are two very different things. Your wedding should be an expression of who you are and traditional might not be it.

None of us is tied anymore to restricted options when we make a marital commitment, so unless you want to actively embrace tradition, don’t think you have no other choice. Go far away, go extreme, or go small and intimate, but whatever you do — go you.

There’s no limit on how far you can go with this, and here we present some truly unique wedding locations from around the world to help inspire your plans for the big day.

#1 Getting married in a cave

Bridal Cave, The Ozarks of Missouri, USA, photo by Randy Peters

The romance and excitement of making your vows pairs up perfectly with the sense of awe and power that erupts inside an ancient cave. Whether you’ve ventured into caves before or you’re not really sure what to expect, it’s hard not to feel inspired by the elegance and strength of these natural wonders.

There is a surprising number of caves available for use as a wedding venue. From the Bridal Cave in the heart of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains to Bulgaria’s famous Yagodina Cave, pick your own unique spot to suit your style and needs.

There’s just no better backdrop for a ceremony promising everlasting love than a place that has provided millions of years of stalactites and stalagmites to decorate your unique wedding venue. If there’s one guarantee, it’s that your special day will become an unforgettable memory for all your family and friends.

Where: Bridal Cave, The Ozarks of Missouri, USA
Alternative: The Yagodina Cave

#2 Getting married on а pirate ship

Treasure Island Hotel and Casino
photo by: Kristen

You’re about to begin a lifelong journey with your new partner, so a wedding on water that can take you to some of the greatest places on earth is a great way to begin.

A yacht wedding, for example, will not only guarantee an incredible set of wedding photos; it’s also a great way to kick start your honeymoon. Еverything you need, from the moment you say “I Do” to the time you return home, is with you on the yacht.

From cruising the Salish Sea with Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains towering above you, to a classic riviera experience in the Mediterranean or Adriatic, your horizons extend as far as the saltwater stretches.

If you prefer a theme, have your guests step aboard the Pirate Ship at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and they’ll have tales to tell of their own adventures for years to come.

Whatever your choice, you can’t go wrong with the elegance of a yacht and the tranquility of the surrounding water as the setting for your special day.

Where: Pirate Ship, Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Alternative: The Wedding Yacht, Vancouver, Canada

#3 Getting married on a bridge

The Artist’s Covered Bridge
photo by: Jane Griffin

Can you imagine turning one of the world’s most beautiful landmark bridges into a special reminder of your wedding day? You could look at it as building a bridge between two families or a symbol for the strength of your love, but there’s no denying the fact that your wedding photos will look awesome.

You can go big and busy on the renowned Brooklyn Bridge in New York, or you can get creative with the Artist’s Covered Bridge of Newry, Maine. Alternatively, there is an incredible number of small, picturesque bridges throughout Europe for a quieter, more private gathering.

Wherever you go, such tourist spots are not short of artists, photographers and galleries where images and paintings of your wedding venue can be framed for your own home. That is, until the time comes when you can revisit the bridge, then walk over it with your memories.

Where: Artist’s Covered Bridge, (Sunday River Bridge) Newry, Maine USA
Alternative: Brooklyn Bridge, NYC, USA

#4 Getting married in a cemetery

Cincinnati – Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum “Fleischman Mausoleum & Geyser Lake”
photo by: David Paul Ohmer

There is good reason to embrace the full cycle of life at a wedding as it means one of the key milestones is reached: finding your soul mate. Besides the symbolism of a life spent together into old age, a beautiful cemetery can be just the piece of tranquil greenery you’re looking for; a wedding day is respectful of those who are not there to see it, as much as it is a joy for those who are.

We’re not just talking about small local village cemeteries, either. Big cities like London or Tokyo may have a hidden cemetery, quietly waiting around the corner to offer peace and solace amongst the hustle and bustle of busy metropolitan life.

Take the Marble Cemetery of New York. It’s a true rarity in the Big Apple: this grotto between Second Avenue and the Bowery is a recently-discovered secret space teeming with flowers and fruit trees. People started getting married there when the venue wanted to raise money for badly needed renovations. Following suit is Spring Grove in Cincinnati, Ohio, which has become another popular option for a cemetery wedding.

Gothamists have even asked: “Are Cemetery Weddings The New Church Weddings?”

Where: Marble Cemetary on 2nd Avenue, New York City USA
Alternative: Historic Spring Grove

#5 Getting married in the sky

G-Force One
photo by: Stephen Boxall/ZERO-G

Leave the ground and convention behind to check out Hot Air Balloon weddings, or if those aren’t daring enough for you, there’s always a weightless wedding in zero gravity.

That’s right, you can now get married floating alongside your husband or wife to be with your guests bobbing around beside you. It hardly seems believable, but Zero Gravity Corporation offer weddings like these and people are already getting their space suits on to get hitched (or whatever you choose to wear).

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Where: ZERO G, Miami, New York, Austin, and Las Vegas, USA
Alternative: Hot Air Balloon, Arizona and New Mexico, USA

#6 Getting married on a volcano

Kilauea Caldera, Volcanoes National Park
photo by: Matt McGee

Hawaii is a hugely popular spot for destination weddings, and for good reason. The tropical location, scenery, and activities all offer huge appeal, but there’s more to the island than beaches. Hawaii is also home to active volcanoes, which produce jaw-dropping natural landscapes.

The jet-black volcanic rock creates surreal moon-like terrain that contrasts with the intense blue Hawaiian sky, and it’s sure to leave you and your guests breathless. This is a place like no other and an amazing location for a jaw-dropping destination wedding.

Volcano weddings are currently on offer at the Hawaii Volcano National Park.

Where: Hawaii Volcano National Park, Hawaii USA

#7 Getting married in a temple

Mayan Temple Ruins, Belize
photo by: Russell Harrison Photography

Think Tomb Raider and you’ll know what a Mayan Temple looks like — steps lead up every side of its distinctive pyramid shape to a striking flat peak. You can even go inside on your wedding day for a truly memorable blessing.

Amongst a Maya civilization in Central America are spectacular ruins with panoramic views of lush jungle and verdant valleys. Getting married in a bygone temple is guaranteed to be a wedding your friends and family will talk about for decades to come.

We should add that the temples are within easy reach of a luxurious tropical resort, so you and your wedding guests can have the best of both worlds — soak up some culture before relaxing into a more contemporary holiday in the sun.

Where: Mayan Temple Ruins, Belize

#8 Getting married in a tree house

Treehouse Point
photo by: Adam Crowley

Every kid wants a treehouse at the bottom of their garden that acts as a hideaway where they can unleash their imagination. If you never got your treehouse, but want to make a dream come true, a treehouse wedding might be just perfect for you.

Nestled in deep forest 30 minutes outside of Seattle, Washington, Treehouse Point offers a large variety of treehouses for everything from basic lodging to full wedding ceremonies. If you’d like to get off the ground, but not totally into the air, this is a more earthbound choice than ZERO G.

Of course, you could always build your own treehouse for this purpose, if your own place is big enough. It’s a great chance to come together with your special someone to create a place you can return to again and again to remember your vows.

Where: Treehouse Point, Fall City, Washington USA

Make your wedding as awesome as you are

Whether you’re looking for a twist on the traditional wedding or something completely out of the ordinary, there are excellent options out there. What’s important to remember is that your wedding is all about you, and should also be about having an amazing time yourselves.

Now is a good idea to stop and consider all the possibilities. This list of unexpected and unique wedding venues is sure to prove there are ideas out there you never even thought possible, let alone realise you can book tomorrow.

Be unique, bold, and amazing, and your dream wedding will follow.

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3 Ways to Manage Your Wedding Budget and Cut Costs

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You do have a wedding budget established don’t you?

If not – stop right now and seriously work on it.

Establishing a wedding budget and sticking to it will help you organize, produce and deliver a wedding that is beautiful and yours. On the offside chance that you’ve gone over that budget in some area(s) here are some tips from experts on places to trim those costs.

  1. The guest list. The number of people you invite to your wedding will contribute to a major component of expense – the cost per guest measure. It is reflected in the cost of food, beverages, invitations, reception site and postage. One way to control those costs is to carefully watch the number of “plus ones” you allow. The basic rule is a simple one: If couples aren’t married or in a serious, long-term relationship, “plus ones” are optional invitees for the bride and groom. The same rule should apply to your wedding party and their potential “plus ones.”
  2. Feeding the band. If your dream is to have a band play for your wedding dance in place of recorded music, one place you can save some green is in what to feed the band. Yes, it’s likely that the band members be counting on grabbing a bite to eat before they play or something nourishing between sets – or both. But you don’t need to offer them the same sit down dinner you are serving your guests. Ask your caterer to provide a less expensive (and easier to handle) alternative.https://weddingsfromtheheartblog.net/2017/06/06/45-ways-save-money-wedding/
  3. There is no rule that says you need to have an open bar for guests at your reception. In fact, you can serve only beer, wine and punch or other non alcoholic beverage at your cocktails before dinner. Some couples have a signature cocktail as an additional surprise for guests, but no open bar will save you big bucks. Remember that it is your reception and if you don’t want alcohol served, that’s fine. You get to decide what you’ll serve. Most experts will agree that having a cash bar is a definite no-no. Guests are guests. That means that they don’t have to pay.

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Should I Send a Save-The-Date to My Wedding Guests?

save the dateIf you are planning to celebrate your wedding over a holiday weekend, or your guest list will include a number of out-of-town guests, Save The Date cards should be an important part of your plan.

Generally, they are sent out as early as six months prior to the wedding date. Because they will give guests a sneak preview of the degree of formality and tome of the wedding, try to select cards that are consistent with the invitations that you will send out later.

Your Save The Date cards don’t have to match your invitations, nor be very elaborate. Their purpose is simply to give your guests a head’s up.

Wording for your Save The Date cards just needs to touch on the basics:

Your intended invitees now know that they will be invited to your wedding celebration that will take place in October of 2020 in Rochester. They have time to schedule time off from work, make travel arrangements (if necessary), and any other preparations needed to attend your nuptials.

With Save The Date cards, there is no need for the recipient to RSVP. You do not have to include venue names and addresses. You do not have to specify a time.

All that will be included on or with the invitation, which will be sent to them at a later date.

Your Save The Date cards are exactly what the name implies – they allow your guests to know the date of your wedding so they can mark their calendars with the intention of attending your wedding.

Save The Date cards are optional. You do not have to send them at all. However, if your wedding will fall on a holiday weekend, or take place in the summer (peak vacation months for most people), or a majority of your guests will be travelling from out-of-town (making their need to make additional arrangements for travel and lodging a must), Save The Date cards are ideal.

You can find all of the pictured Save The Date cards, as well as wedding invitations and stationery at Weddings From The Heart’s Your Invitation Place. As an added bonus, everything on this site is listed at 15% off.

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Unexpected Reception Touches

While the ceremony is the heart of the wedding and the reason to gather, the reception is the time to celebrate.

Whether your wedding is small and intimate at a local restaurant or a large multi hour event for 300 guests with white glove service, the decorative touches and activities planned for the evening are what makes your wedding memorable.

Here are some ideas that may spark your creativity.

    • Centerpieces at guest tables can be gorgeous bowls of seasonal fruits and vegetables instead of flowers. For a Summer wedding have bowls of seasonal greens including small melons, pears, apples, grapes, and avocados. Fall weddings can call on red apples, tomatoes, pomegranates, grapes, peppers and pears. If yellow and orange are your color scheme, fill bowls with grapefruits, lemons, pears, yellow tomatoes, squash, and gourds. Your guests can be encouraged to eat the centerpieces or take the fruits home with them.
    • You can also use fresh fruit as place cards.

 

    • If you have planned a cocktail hour to precede your dinner, consider renting a popcorn cart. It makes perfect nibbling while sipping cocktails and waiting for the wedding party to appear. Order striped containers with or without your wedding date imprinted and add matching napkins. For even more variety, consider offering a variety of popcorn toppings like cheeses, sugars, spices, or sea salt flavored butter.
    • If space is limited and you don’t have a separate area for the cocktail hour, provide trays of hors d’oeuvres at each guest table.

 

    • If you are a candy fan, consider centerpieces that contain “flowers” of lollipops, suckers, small candies on a stick, and cake pops (frosted cakes on a stick). Individually wrapped chocolate truffles or chocolate molds made especially for you add a note of elegance to the festivities.
    • If you want a wedding by the sea but are no where near any body of water, consider creating a south sea atmosphere with a backdrop of ocean waves, or palm trees around a lagoon. Backdrops can be paper or fabric or a video presentation that flashes against a blank wall.

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Jean

    • For other ideas to make your reception special, contact me at 937-235-2586, 937-581-3647, or

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