Choosing The Perfect First Dance Song

Choosing a first dance song should be an easy wedding planning step, right? Well, not necessarily. Some couples have had "their song" identified since their first month of dating, but it's not uncommon for couples to approach their wedding date without any idea of what song they want to be playing when they first take the floor together as husband and wife. 

There are lots of ways to go about choosing your first dance song. Your DJ or band leader will probably have some great suggestions, or you and your fiance can take to the internet and do some research on your own. No matter what route you choose, these important considerations should make your search a little easier.

1. Establish Some Common Ground
It's important to find a song you both like, even if you have wildly opposing musical tastes. Finding a genre you can both agree on might seem like the best option, but there are other ways to compromise. If he likes the classics and you like techno, see if you can find a song by Sinatra that has been redone with a modern feel. He doesn't have to like your favorite musical genre, and you don't have to like his. You only have to find one song you can both enjoy.

2. Find A Good Beat
No matter how musically gifted you are, there's nothing more challenging than dancing to a song that has an irregular or hard-to-identify beat. Professional dance lessons are always fun, but they aren't a requirement. Choose a song that has a clear, steady beat, and you'll get along just fine.

3. Embrace Your Sentimental Side
A lot of couples choose their first dance song based on a shared experience. Did you attend a concert together? Was there a certain song playing when you met? Your guests may not understand the connection, but that's okay. The first dance song only has to mean something to your and your fiance.

4. Let The Song Speak To You
If you're torn between two or three songs, listen closely to the lyrics of each. If the lyrics make sense for you two, you can choose a song from practically any genre. Did you break up and get back together again? Did you have to spend a significant amount of time apart during your long-distance relationship? Your first dance will be even more special if you find a song that speaks to your personal experience.

5. Don't Be Afraid To Try Something New
Your first dance - like the rest of your wedding - is about YOU. Don't pass on your favorite song simply because you're afraid it might be considered "unconventional." If you want to choreograph a dance to a poppin' new hip hop song, go for it! There isn't a rule book governing wedding first dance songs; your choice is completely up to you and your fiance.

6. Don't Stress!
Don't worry about finding the "perfect" song. At the end of the day, you and your fiance simply need to find a song you enjoy and can dance to. You have enough other things to deal with; don't let this decision overwhelm you! 

What is your favorite first dance song? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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Must Have Wedding Registry Items!

You're almost ready to mail out your invitations, which means it's time for one of the most exciting steps of your wedding planning process: creating your gift registry! This is best done by both you and your fiance together; not only should you get an equal say in what gifts you want to receive as a couple, but it builds excitement for your future home and life together. 

Your wedding registry should reflect who you are as a couple. Now is the time to start thinking about what type of decor you want to have in your future home, what sort of appliances you want to use, etc. 

The team at WhereBridesGo.com wants to make sure you have the best wedding registry ever, so we put together this list of tried-and-true registry items you won't want to forget! We hope you find it helpful.


Kitchen Items
Nearly every couple knows to register for kitchen appliances, such as toasters, blenders, and food processors, but don't forget about the other myriad of everyday kitchen items! Don't underestimate the value of a high-quality set of knives - or even something as simple as silverware. 

Cleaning Supplies
They may not be glamorous, but you'll probably get way more use out of your vacuum or duster than special-occasion-only china dinnerware. You want to be excited about the items on your registry, but some practical gifts will always come in handy!

Year-Round Home Materials
Don't limit yourself to the season your wedding happens to take place in. You may be getting married in the summer, but you're still going to need a snow shovel when winter rolls around. Try to plan ahead for your needs all year long.

Organization Tools
Spice racks, storage bins, under-the-counter racks... Never underestimate the power of organization materials. Registering for these items can be challenging if you don't know the layout of where you'll be living after you get married, but give it your best shot!

Bedding
Now is the time to treat yourself! Register for a brand new set of sheets, a comforter, pillows, shams, and plenty of extra blankets. 

Your Wish List
The wedding registry is the perfect opportunity to get help procuring all the items couples need to set up their new homes together, but it's okay to have some fun with your registry, too! Board games, sports equipment, movies, camping supplies... Why not register for the items you and your fiance will love and use on a regular basis?

Looking for an alternative wedding registry? Nowadays, couples are building all kinds of unique wedding registries, such as...
  • Honeymoon Fund
  • New Home Fund
  • Charity Donations

What do you think? If you have more ideas for alternative wedding gift registries or if you think of another gift every couple should include on their registry, we'd love to hear about it. 

Have fun building your wedding registry!!

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Get The Best Out Of The Best Man!!!

Choosing the best man is one of the few things that will probably not be up to you, since he's typically your fiance's brother or best friend. Although he may know way too much about your fiance, you can't expect him to immediately know how to be a great best man. He may need a little coaching to get him going - and that's where you come in! Below are some things you and your groom may want to delegate to your best man. Remember: the more time you spend helping him prepare in the beginning, the more he will be able to help you in the long run!


Prior To The Wedding: The Bachelor Party

The best man is in charge of organizing and hosting the bachelor party and - hopefully - chaperoning the groom to make sure he doesn't overdo it and arrive at his wedding ceremony with a hangover! If your groom wants a big party at a specific destination, the party planning should begin several months ahead of time. Destination parties will need to take place the weekend before the wedding to allow for travel (and recovery) time. If the party will be local, having it the night before the wedding is an option - but if your groom likes to get a little crazy, he might be better off having a full forty-eight hours to recover!


Just Before The Wedding Ceremony: Moral Support  

While you're in the other room getting ready with your bridesmaids, the best man will be there for your groom. In addition to helping out with the little details - ensuring the groom's cuff links are fastened correctly, fixing his tie, etc - the best man can provide a pillar of moral support for your fiance. They have stuck together through thick and thin - they should be able to get through this as a team! Though he may not admit it, he will probably really appreciate having his friend/brother there for him. The best man can also help keep an eye on the clock; you will be busy finishing your own preparations, so the best man can make sure all the guys are ready on time.




During The Ceremony: Practical Support

The best man is typically in charge of holding the rings - even if you have a ring bearer. Since most ring bearers are young children (or even pets), you can never be absolutely certain that the ring pillow will make it down the aisle. Not surprisingly, having the best man carry the rings in his pocket for safekeeping is usually a good idea! The best man can also serve as a witness to sign the marriage license, and he would be a perfect person to hold onto the license until the wedding is over. 


During The Reception: The Toast  

The best man is usually the first to stand up and deliver a congratulatory toast to you and your new husband. This is his chance to tell you how happy he is for the two of you, to wish you the best, and to poke a little harmless fun at his best friend. Since it's delivered first, the best man's toast sets the tone for any other speeches to follow - so make sure he keeps it appropriate!


After the Wedding: The Final Touches

Even after the wedding is over, the best man can still be a big help! You and your new husband will be off headed out for your honeymoon, so you'll need to delegate someone else to be in charge of making sure the venue is properly tidied before everyone leaves. You'll also need someone to be in charge of returning anything you rented - like the tuxedos! Why not ask your best man to help you out with these things, too?


If you play your cards right, your groom's best man can be a huge asset to you and your wedding. Make sure he knows how much you appreciate his help with one of these perfect groomsmen's gifts!



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7 Ways to Include Your Pets in Your Wedding!

Your hair is perfect, your nails are done, you're dressed in your dream wedding dress, your best girlfriends are beside you, and you're about to say "I do" to the man you love. What is the only thing that could possibly make this scene any more perfect?

If you had your four-legged best friend with you! 


Including pets in the wedding has become increasingly popular over the last several years. Having your beloved dog, cat, bird, or any other pet along for the ride makes the wedding ceremony feel more complete for many couples. If you and your groom are thinking of including your pets in your big day, check out these fun ideas!



Make Them the Ring Bearer
Give your pet an integral role in the ceremony; let him bring you the rings! Outfit him in a fancy tuxedo or an adorable "ring bearer" shirt.

Give Your Flower Girl or Ring Bearer A Furry Escort
If you want to include your pets in the ceremony without upstaging your human ring bearer, let the kiddos walk them down the aisle.

Give Your Pet a Special Sign to Hold
Cute signs are a fun, simple way to convey a message to all of your guests. Why not station your pet next to the sign so he can help get your guests' attention?

Include Your Pets in Your Wedding Photos
You could include any type of pet imaginable in your wedding photos! Cats, dogs, birds, ferrets, pot-bellied pigs... Bring them all! 

Include Your Pets In Your Vows
If you and your groom opt to write your own vows, include your pets in your promises! Even if it's a simple reference ("I promise to love you as much as I love Whiskers"), mentioning your pets in your vows can be a great way to involve them.

Get Married On Horseback
If you've always been a horse girl, what could possibly be more perfect than exchanging vows while riding two beautiful horses?



Set Out Pictures of Your Pets
Photographs can be a great way to add interest to your reception. Whether you choose to set up a slideshow or accent your table decorations with framed photos, pictures can be a great way to include your pet. 

No matter how you choose to involve your pet, making them a part of your special day will undoubtedly make your day that much more special! If you have any other ideas for including your pets in the wedding, we'd love to hear them. Leave us a comment below!


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