Top 15 Modern Songs for Your First Dance

If you’re like me and your a seasoned wedding guest, the first dance songs can get a little repetitive. Here are a few ideas to make your first dance song unique.

1. Marry Me – Jason Derulo

2. Just the Way you are- Bruno Mars

3. All of Me – John Legend

4. Come What May- Moulin Rouge (Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor)

5. Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop – Landon Pigg

6. Somewhere Only We know- Keane

7. Luck – Jason Mraz, Colbie Callait

8. Make You Feel my Love – Adele

9. You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

10. Sade – By Your Side

11. All this time – OneRepublic

12. Fine by Me – Andy Grammer

13. I’d Rather Be with You – Joshua Radin

14. Just Say Yes – Snow Patrol

15. When I say I do – Matthew West

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The cost of a Ballpark Proposal

Who doesn’t love a public proposal?  A time honored tradition of proposing at a ballgame with thousands of sappy eyed people saying “awww” as they watch you on the big screen. But how much will this priceless moment cost you?

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Although some parks are cheaper then others you do get some pretty sweet accommodations …. not to mention a memorable moment. Look below to see what the ballpark near you offers.

 

Arizona Diamondbacks — Chase Field

$250: Message displayed on scoreboard (limit one per homestand). Includes commemorative DVD.

Atlanta Braves — Turner Field

$50: Message displayed on scoreboard.

Baltimore Orioles — Camden Yards

Proposals not offered.

Boston Red Sox — Fenway Park

$250: Message displayed on scoreboard. $350: In addition to scoreboard message, couple is featured live on video board and greeted by Wally, the team’s mascot.

Chicago Cubs — Wrigley Field

$175: Message displayed on scoreboard (limit one per game). Includes commemorative print and digital copy of the proposal.

Chicago White Sox — U.S. Cellular Field

$55: Message displayed on scoreboard.

Cincinnati Reds — Great American Ball Park

$50: Message displayed on scoreboard or printed on a sign delivered by Rosie Red, the team’s mascot.

Cleveland Indians — Progressive Field

$400: On-field proposal at one of the season’s 15 post-game fireworks nights. (In-game proposals not offered.) Call (216) 420-HITS.

Colorado Rockies — Coors Field

$50: Message displayed on scoreboard. Call (303) ROCKIES.

Detroit Tigers — Comerica Park

$50: Paws, the team’s mascot, conducts a “trivia contest” at the couple’s seats that ends in a surprise proposal. Includes baseball decorated with message and date. $75: Message displayed on scoreboard.

Houston Astros — Minute Maid Park

$500: Proposal featured live on video board (limit one per series, proposals not offered in consecutive games). Includes two tickets and commemorative DVD. Call (713) 259-8332.

Kansas City Royals — Kauffman Stadium

Proposals not offered.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim — Angel Stadium

Proposals not offered.

Los Angeles Dodgers — Dodger Stadium

$75: Message displayed on scoreboard. $2,500: Proposal featured live on video board (limit one per month).

Miami Marlins — Marlins Park

$250: Message displayed on scoreboard and couple featured live on video. $500: In addition to message and video, package includes a PA announcement and a dozen roses delivered by Billy the Marlin, the team’s mascot. Call (305) 480-1300.

Milwaukee Brewers — Miller Park

$100: Single-line message (up to 35 characters) displayed among others on scoreboard. $250: Full scoreboard message (up to 75 characters). Call (414) 902-4501.

Minnesota Twins — Target Field

$209: Proposal featured live on video board (limit one per game). Call (612) 659-3502.

New York Mets — Citi Field

Proposals not offered.

New York Yankees — Yankee Stadium

$100: Message displayed on scoreboard (limit 10 per game).

Oakland Athletics — O.co Coliseum

$85: Message displayed on scoreboard.

Philadelphia Phillies — Citizens Bank Park

$450: Proposal featured live on video board. Includes four tickets, champagne toast, and commemorative DVD. Call (215) 463-1000.

Pittsburgh Pirates — PNC Park

$38.50: Message displayed on scoreboard.

San Diego Padres — Petco Park

$55: Message displayed on scoreboard (up to 50 per game).

San Francisco Giants — AT&T Park

$145: Message displayed on scoreboard (weekday games). $175: Message displayed on scoreboard (weekend and premium games).

Seattle Mariners — Safeco Field

$115: Message displayed on scoreboard.

St. Louis Cardinals —Busch Stadium

$250: Private tour for a group of up to 20 that ends with a surprise proposal on the field. $500: In addition to private tour, message displayed on scoreboard. Proposals only offered on non-game days. Call (314) 345-9630.

Tampa Bay Rays — Tropicana Field

$500: Proposal featured live on video board (limit one per game). Includes a dozen roses and commemorative DVD.

Texas Rangers — Globe Life Park in Arlington

$200: Message printed on sign delivered by Ranger’s Captain, the team’s mascot, along with a bouquet of flowers and a certificate featuring the date and the couple’s names. Includes digital photos of the proposal. Call (972) RANGERS.

Toronto Blue Jays — Rogers Centre

Proposals not offered.

Washington Nationals — Nationals Park

$500: Message displayed on scoreboard (limit one per game). $1,500: Proposal featured live on video board (limit two per season). E-mail production@nationals.com.

 

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How to Add a Touch of Sparkle to Your Wedding

Who doesn’t like a little sparkle at a wedding. It’s your time to shine. So if you are interested in having a little sparkle at your wedding but don’t want it to be over the top, here are a few suggestions for incorporating elegant and small elements to your wedding day.

Let your flower girl shine. What little girl wouldn’t love to walk down the aisle in a sparkly dress just for her.

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Bridesmaid dresses. Start up a little envy from the crowd with these amazing bridesmaid dresses that stand out.

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Decoration. Add some twinkle to your venue with simple strands of lights. You can add as many or a few as you like.

Surprise your guests with a farewell show of fireworks. It will be a treat for all ages.

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The brides shoes are becoming one of the many ways for her to show who she is. From sneakers to fur you can use your shoes to add a little extra to your wedding day attire.

Accessories. From your necklace, bracelet, hair pieces and rings add some bling by accessorizing your look.

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Your Bouquet. Have your entire bouquet be made out of brooches and pins or simple add a few elements to your floral arrangement. The possibilities are endless.

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Your nails. Get creative. You don’t have to do the usual french manicure. Why not spice it up by adding glitter to your do. Or go with a glittered french manicure. A spin on tradition.

Sparkly wedding nail designs

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Add a chandelier or hanging candles especially in a barn or outdoor wedding. Its a great way to add a little touch of elegance to a rustic wedding.

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Whatever you do remember its your wedding! So have fun, be creative, and express yourself.

Bachelorette Ideas For a Low Key Bride

Not every bride wants her bachelorette party to be the female version of The Hangover.  The importance of the bachelorette party is not to be a stereotype but to have a fun night out with the women closest to her. If she is a wild party girl than maybe strippers, Vegas and a large hangover is the perfect fit. If not that’s OK too! Here are some party ideas for a more low key bride.

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A spa day is a great way to spend quality time with the bride.  Reserve a few massages, pedicures, manicures and facials for the bride and guests. Most places offer spa day packages for parties at a discount and allow for you to sip a few mimosas as you enjoy your relaxing day.

Karaoke
Most bachelorette parties involve a little bit of humiliation and silliness. Karaoke is the perfect way to do that. Gather around for a few drinks to get the courage to get up there and sing. Check around and see if there are karaoke bars in the area that let you rent private rooms for the not so outgoing bride that still wants to have a little fun in front of her party guests.

Wine Tour
Going on a wine tour doesn’t mean you have to travel to Martha’s vineyard. There are tons of wineries right in your backyard. Log on and see if you can find one in your area and ask if they do tours. A wine tasting is a great way to loosen up and have a little fun and a little wine with your favorite ladies. Bride not a wine drinker? You can tour breweries or other distilleries.brides.com

Road Trip
Doesn’t matter where you go. Maybe you rent a cabin a couple hour away, or take a trip to a past vacation destination. Getting there is half the fun so pick a spot and get going. If you have a more adventurous bride perhaps have a camping trip.

Comedy Show
Bachelorette parties are all about having fun. What better way to get in the mood then to enjoy a comedy show.  Follow it up with a couple drinks or a nice dinner. This is great for a stressed bride. Laughter is the best medicine!

Slumber Party
Who says you have to go out to have fun. Enjoy a night in with your ladies. Get some drinks, pizza, popcorn and enjoy a good old fashion slumber party. This is a great option especially if some of your guests are long time friends its a great way to reminisce about when you actually used to have regular slumber parties.

Murder Mystery Party
Why not spice up the party with a murder mystery bachelorette party. You can go online and find dozens of murder mystery party’s specifically catered to a bride or bachelorette.  Here is a great choice Bachelorette’s and Bullets.

Hopefully this helps you to think outside the box so you can customize your party plans to fit your bride to be.

 

Wedding Alternative: Ring Pillows

No classic tradition is exempt from adding your own personal flare. The ring bearer pillow is no exception. It’s seems like more than ever customizing your wedding any way you want is completely exceptable. Want your ring bearer to walk down the aisle with a briefcase. Go for it!

It’s YOUR wedding. So be creative. One thing to keep in mind is theme. Make sure that what you chose matches your theme and the two of you as a couple. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Not the creative type? Don’t let that get in your way. Etsy was made for a reason, so if you want hand-made but don’t feel confident in your skills take a look there first. www.etsy.com

Wedding Dress Alternatives

Maybe you aren’t the traditional bride or prefer to have a more low-key wedding. Whatever the reason your wedding dress is an expression of you no matter what your budget.

Below is some low-budget wedding dress inspirations to get you thinking.

Back Yard Wedding Bride

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Off-Beat Bride 

 
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Vintage Bride

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Beach Bride

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How to Pick a Ring That Fits His Personality

Every women looks through wedding magazines at some point, or looks at the jewelry counter at the diamond engagement rings and knows what type of ring is right for her.  We almost make it easy on the guys! Most of us drop hints or point out what we like but guys are not always that easy. Maybe a few of these rings are just the inspiration you needed to pin point what type of ring you will give to your future husband.

Contemporary-  This type of man wants to show off his personality and sense of style. Contemporary rings allow for couples to create their own piece of art that they can show off to the world every day. It is usually a bold statement and a bold representation of the couple.

Traditional – This is a no frills, non-materialistic man. He understand the significance and symbolism of a traditional ring and needs no enhancements. He wants to keep the ring simple so a traditional gold or white gold band will do. This type of man is introverted or does not require a lot of attention drawn to him.

Sporty – If your guy is someone who plays a lot of sports or does a lot of manual labor but holds strong to keeping his wedding ring on. Tungsten or Titanium is the chose for this guy. This is also a more popular chose right now as well so there are plenty of stores that carry them. For a sporty guy with style, try something that is a little edgy like this woven band.

Old Fashioned/Romantic – Consider an antique or vintage ring. If you and your guy are interested in flea markets, antique shops and love the history of jewelry with a back story consider this option. But keep in mind that vintage rings might be not only sometimes be costly but they can also be difficult to find but if you find the perfect one perhaps its meant to be!

Extrovert – For the man that likes to be noticed pick a metal that is in style. Some of the more popular choices right now are white gold, platinum and palladium. To add an extra touch pick a ring with a little bling. There are lots of options for adding diamonds to your band that still have a masculine twist. Not interested in bling? try adding a special unique touch by getting a two tone ring, a mix of white gold and yellow gold.

And ladies in case you are concerned it is no longer a faux pas to not have matching wedding rings. So pick whats right for you and stop worrying about matching. You will wear it every day for the rest of your life so make sure it fits your lifestyle and your personality.

Not Your Average Ceremony

Maybe you’re not to typical bride and you are looking for ways to make your day extra special and unique. Why not entertain the idea of a unique wedding location? Especially one that fits the personality and interests of you and your husband to be.  For instance this couple who got married underwater in an aquarium.

Ok I get it maybe getting married under water wasnt exactly what you had in mind but perhaps one of these more realistic options might be right for you.

Get married at a ball park. Target field offers each individual couple a customized wedding package that can accommodate a wide range of requests, budget, and guest. It’s sure to be a home run with your guests. 🙂

The science museum of Minnesota might be the perfect way to express your love. Its fun, elegant and unique. The location offers up to 300 people with extraordinary views and an opportunity for some unique and creative wedding photos.

The Stillwater library offers you an unforgettable view of downtown Stillwater. It can accommodate up to 300 guests for your ceremony and the roof top terrace view gives you the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony. If you want to continue the night they also offers banquet rooms for receptions.  

If you are an animal lover like me you may want to consider saying “I do” while surrounded by natures creatures. You can dine with the dolphins or get married on the nature trail. The cool blue scenery provides an underwater experience with a touch of magic.

If none of these options are right for you consider a few other alternatives.

For the art lover –Art galleries on 13th Avenue N.E.

For the historians –Historic Murphy’s Landing.

Mall of America – Get married in the Chapel of Love

For the Urban Couple – Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

For the Medieval  couple – Minnesota Renaissance

If you havent found what you are looking for keep looking! There is no greater representation of you as a couple then the location you choose and the way you decide to say “I do”.

Unique Bouquets Worth Considering

Spiky blue thistle poke their heads through a bountiful bed of white roses and gardenias.

Taking a simple flower like a white rose and adding a unique accent can completely change the look and feel of your wedding from traditional to trendy. Adding a strong shade or hue gives it that extra flare.

Succulents and dahlias ,blue hen and chick flower. What makes this bouquet so amazing is not only the variety of colors but also textures. By adding a separate texture to your bouquet you are adding a layer of mystery and fun to your wedding day. The use of succulents and greenery can be a unique idea and also a cheaper one!

Pristine snowberries! There are two things about this unique bouquet that make is so beautiful. The use of one singular floral type is a classic look for a bouquet, consider using one that varies in color. You may have only one type of stem but by having one that varies in color you get extra added color without loosing the simplicity. The second great thing about this bouquet is the use of an unusual stem. Berries are not a normal wedding bouquet favorite but they are just as beautiful. Think creatively about what single flower or plant can add a wonderful touch to your wedding!

Seashells the flowers of the ocean. You don’t just have to stick to seashells either. One of the up-and-coming trends in bridal bouquets is the use of items within your floral arrangement. You can add pins, jewelry, shells, fans, the possibilities are endless and as you can see the results can be stunning!

This bouquet has a variety of textures and colors, thanks to the mix of muscari (grape hyacinth), lamb’s ear, lily-of-the-valley, andromeda, helleborus, thyme, rosemary, sage, and scented-geranium foliage. What is great about this type of bouquet is that not only is it beautiful and unique it can also be a cost saving alternative. If you are getting married in the winter or fall some flowers can be hard to find and make your day more expensive. By sticking with herbs and greenery you can save some money and have a fresh bouquet.

No matter what your bouquet chose is, its all about making the day a great representation of your love for one another.  So whether you chose a more traditional route or choose to have a jeweled bouquet, if its a representation of you as a couple it will be perfect!

Uncut Diamond Ring, Yay or Nah?

A new fad is on the horizon and is becoming increasingly popular, it is the uncut diamond engagement ring.  Some of you may be completely unfamiliar with this new take on the traditional engagement ring so below is a picture of a diamond wrapped uncut diamond engagement ring.

I personally love the glimmer and shine of a traditional engagement ring but there are benefits to an uncut diamond ring:

  • Its cheaper. Although uncut diamond engagement rings can end up costing thousands of dollars they are generally less expensive then their cut counterparts.
  • Its unique. When was the last time someone flashed you their new engagement ring waiting for it to blind you when instead you see a  non-shinning  grey rock.
  • Its rare. Although the new ring type is becoming more popular and now available in more places it is still a rare find. Your best bet is to find it on Etsy. Which in most cases means it is also handmade. Another plus!

So why would someone want an uncut diamond engagement ring? Just like any other reason because they find it beautiful!