WEDDINGS TIPS BLOG

HERE COMES TE BRIDE! CLASSICAL SONGS TO WALK DOWN THE AISLE TO 

 

One of the most touching and memorable walks in a bride’s life, in which family and friends participate, will be her walk down the aisle. 

Most of the brides will pick “Here comes the bride” for that walk, the “Bridal Chorus” from the 1850 opera Lohengrin by German composer Richard Wagner. This march is played for the bride’s entrance at many formal weddings throughout the Western world. 

Some brides might want to pick some other classical songs, to set the tone for that special occasion, for which there are wonderful choices as well.

In this blog we will showcase “Here comes the bride” as first choice and some beautiful classic alternatives, for brides who want to go the less traditional route. 

In our next two blogs we will then showcase some more songs from other genres, which can set the tone and work perfectly too.

 

Bridal Chorus (Here comes the bride) - Richard Wagner 

 

Cantata BWV 147, Jesus, Joy Of Man's Desiring - Johann Sebastian Bach 

 

Ave Maria - Bach-Gounod

 

Wedding March - Mendelssohn


 

Canon in D - Johann Pachelbel 

 

Roger Harrison, piano player and singer, and the Harrison Jazz Ensemble, a Jazz band in the greater Tampa Bay area, can help you to create the dream music for your wedding and your wonderful walk down the aisle too!

TENDER SONGS FOR PARENT DANCES AT YOUR WEDDING  

Even though not mandatory, the father-daughter and mother-son dances are amongst some of the most emotional times of the day – in a positive way! Heartfelt tears, tender embraces, cheek-to-cheek moments, these are the things we live for. 

Here are some wonderful song ideas to get inspired for these special and unique dances at your wedding (maybe grab a box of Kleenex first): 

1. Wind beneath my Wings - Bette Midler 

2. Can you feel the love tonight? - Elton John 

3. My Girl – Temptations 

4. Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd 

5. The first time I ever saw your face - Roberta Flack 

6. Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion 

7. You’ll be in my heart – Phil Collins 

8. You are the sunshine of my life – Stevie Wonder 

9. How sweet it is to be loved by you – Marvin Gaye 

10. I hope you dance – Lee Ann Womack 

The Harrison Jazz Ensemble, a Jazz band in the greater Tampa Bay area, can help you with song choices and will be happy to provide just the right music for your unique wedding. If desired we can even announce dances, speeches and more!

8 CLASSIC FIRST DANCE SONGS FOR YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION  

The first dance at a wedding reception is a significant song for the just married couple, to express their love for each other and for the world. 

 

Here are some all time favorites to consider: 

 

Etta James 

At Last 

"At Last" is a song written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren for the musical film Sun Valley Serenade (1941). Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded the tune several times, with a 1942 version reaching number two on the US Billboard pop music chart. In 1960, rhythm and blues singer Etta James recorded an arrangement by Riley Hampton that improvised on Warren's melody. James' version was the title track on her debut album At Last! (1960) and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. Celine Dion and Beyoncé also had chart successes with the song. 

 

Eric Clapton 

Wonderful Tonight 

Eric Clapton is an in international guitarist, singer and songwriter renowned for his hits “Wonderful Tonight,” “Pretending,” “Call Me The Breeze,” “Forever Man,” “My Father’s Eyes,” “Change The World,” and “Layla.” He worked with artists like B.B. King, Roger Waters, Peter Frampton, and George Harrison — amassing billions of global streams and is the only three-time inductee to the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” 

 

Joe Cocker 

You are so beautiful 

Chorus:

You are so beautiful 
To me 
You are so beautiful 
To me 
Can't you see 
You're everything I hoped for 
You're everything I need

 

Frank Sinatra 

The Way You Look Tonight 

Lyrics: Some day, when I'm awfully low, When the world is cold, I will feel a glow just thinking of you... And the way you look tonight. Yes you're lovely, with your smile so warm And your cheeks so soft, There is nothing for me but to love you, And the way you look tonight. With each word your tenderness grows, Tearing my fear apart... And that laugh that wrinkles your nose, It touches my foolish heart. Lovely ... Never, ever change. Keep that breathless charm. Won't you please arrange it ? 'Cause I love you ... Just the way you look tonight. Mm, Mm, Mm, Mm, Just the way you look to-night. 

 

Nat King Cole 

Unforgettable 

Unforgettable That's what you are, Unforgettable Tho' near or far...

 

Fred Astaire 

Cheek To Cheek 

"Cheek to Cheek" is a song written by Irving Berlin in 1935,for the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie Top Hat (1935).In the movie, Astaire sings the song to Rogers as they dance. The song was nominated for the Best Song Academy Award for 1936, which it lost to "Lullaby of Broadway".

Heaven, I'm in Heaven, And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak; And I seem to find the happiness I seek When we're out together dancing, cheek to cheek...

 

Elvis Presley 

Can’t Help Falling In Love 

Wise men say Only fools rush in

But I can't help falling in love with you...

 

John Legend 

All Of Me 

Chorus:

'Cause all of me

Loves all of you

Love your curves and all your edges

All your perfect imperfections

Give your all to me

I'll give my all to you

You're my end and my beginnin'

Even when I lose, I'm winnin'

 

WEDDING THEMES AND COLORS Part 3 


 

Here are some more styles to consider for your big celebration of you two: 

Modern Wedding 

A modern wedding shines in bright clear colors, with white, grey and black. Metal, stone and glass together with straight lines and shapes are added to the equation. Here the couple can splurge on colors carefully avoiding the softer and more muted hues.

The modern style can be seen in dresses, decorations and even in the location. An industrial warehouse, a loft or a roof top are great locations to pick but also less dramatic places can be the right place to celebrate your big day in your unique way. 

Vintage Wedding 

A vintage wedding takes your guests back to another time. It usually uses vintage clothing and vintage decoration. Antique furniture fits very well with it and an antique car for the married couple can add to the message.

Its colors are more on the soft than on the too bright shining side. You might have that hand down wedding gown or the antique furniture already in the family to use for this special occasion. Older buildings or gardens are a great location for your vintage wedding, but you can usually make a lot of other locations work. 

DIY wedding 

Here you have probably the most opportunity to add your personality and your creativity to your big day. There are lots of possibilities to create for yourself from the wedding invitations, ceremonial arch, ceremony backdrop, to the decorations of the chairs, floors, walls and more.

The foods and beverages are also open for your personal spin and creation, in all possible styles and colors, whatever you cherish most.

Your home or your backyard are a good location but you can make lots of other venues work for a successful DIY wedding. 

Glamorous Wedding 

Couples who love the lavish and luxurious might prefer a glamorous wedding.  A glam wedding shines and sparkles in any color scheme with white as the predominant base color. Metallic tones are often added as well.

This kind of wedding usually includes some jaw dropping elements, like a flower wall or fireworks. A ballroom or luxurious estate can be a great location to host it. Consider live entertainment too as surprise! 

The Harrison Jazz Ensemble, a Jazz Band in the greater Tampa Bay area can help with all your music needs for whatever style you pick for your big celebration!

WEDDING THEMES AND COLORS Part 2  

Next we want to go over some common wedding styles and the colors that usually go along with them. 

1)      Classic Wedding 

A classic wedding is one that is timeless. It’s the most popular and usually defined as a more formal wedding, with clean lines and a traditional overall look and feel. Here your colors are already set with white dress and black suit and tie and you can add one or two colors of your choice in your clothes and decorations and make different kinds of venues work for you. 

2)      Romantic Wedding 

Of course every wedding is romantic and celebrates a love story in its unique ways, but a romantic wedding style would usually have added romantic elements. Flowers are a key element and also soft hues, pastel colors, flowing airy dresses and delicate lighting like hanging lights or candles. Venues like a park, a botanical garden or an old stylish building can add to the occasion, as well as poetry, oil paintings, and grand pianos. 

3)       Rustic Wedding 

The rustic wedding theme is still going strong, in which natural elements like wood, stone and foliage set the tone for a farm to table experience. String lights, wood boxes, shabby chic tables, mason jars, natural cotton and paper, lace and burlap can be used as features. Consider natural and earthy colors and a barn, a farm, a backyard or a rural setting and make sure you serve fresh food. 

4)         Themed Wedding

Here's where you can have lots of laughter and enjoyment.  Do you and your beloved have a common interest that you'd like to make central to your wedding?   Some themes that other couples have used include Harry Potter, The Beatles, Star Wars, etc.   

This is great when you simply want to have some fun with your guests in celebrating your big day.  The bride, groom and the guests are all in on the joke,  and sometimes even dress as part of the theme. Makes for a very memorable experience!

There are no hard and fast rules.  Take these ideas as a starting point.  You can even create a unique style by mixing some of these elements.

Remember it's YOUR big day! 

The Harrison Jazz Ensemble, a jazz band in the greater Tampa Bay area, can accommodate all your music needs for your unique wedding. 

Join us with our next blog for more popular wedding styles and matching colors.

WEDDING THEMES AND COLORS Part 1  

 

 

 

When you get ready to tie the knot with your beloved one, you might want to both sit down and imagine which style of wedding would suit you two best. You might have always dreamed of a white traditional wedding in the church, the bohemian wedding at the beach, the rustic wedding in the barn or backyard or a seasonal wedding. 

Are there specific colors you feel drawn to, you feel represent you best and you like to implement? 

Is there a special venue you already have in mind? 

Your wedding theme and color scheme will set the stage for your special occasion and can add greatly to the beauty, the aesthetics and the enjoyment of the event. 

With style, color, clothes, food, decoration and the location of the event, you two will create your unique celebration together, in which all your family and friends participate. 

If your venue is a modern setting with white walls, black and gray chairs, red carpets and lots of steel, you might reconsider it, if you are planning a romantic wedding with dusty rose dresses for the bridesmaids. 

So start to imagine and dream and we will go over some examples for wedding styles and colors in our next blog. 

You are creating your very own possibly first piece of art together here and it will be fun too!

HOW TO SAVE MONEY GETTING YOUR PERFECT WEDDING DRESS - PART TWO  

 

 

Here are some more ideas how you can save money getting your perfect wedding dress: 

1. Negotiate 

After you found your perfect match in the bridal store, can you negotiate the price of the dress? 

YES!

If you are able to find competitive pricing online, make sure you bring it to the store and ask the sales manager to match it. 

2. Renting a dress and the accessories is another way to go

If you put "rent a dress" in a search engine, lots of local stores to choose from will pop up, or another option is:

https://www.allure.com/story/best-places-to-shop-affordable-wedding-dresses 

Here you can rent a designer dress for 80 % off retail. 

3. By buying a machine-made gown and by shopping at large retailers you can easily land at the lower end of the price spectrum. 

Here are 26 places to shop for affordable wedding dresses: 

https://www.allure.com/story/best-places-to-shop-affordable-wedding-dresses 

4. Another charming idea is to wear the dress that is handed down through generations. It might be out of date and might not be your style, but you will look like a million bucks.

Happy creating and saving!

HOW TO SAVE MONEY GETTING YOUR PERFECT WEDDING DRESS - PART ONE  

With the average price for wedding dresses between $500 and $4000, the wedding gown is an item on the wedding list that is worth getting some attention. 

Here are 8 easy tips how to get your desired dress at an affordable price: 

1) Make time to watch out for sales

By starting 6 to 12 months prior to your wedding, you have enough time to watch out for sales by brands or designers. You can check out your favorite websites to know when sales begin and end up buying a dress for 20% of its original price. 

2) Avail yourself of sample gowns

Shopping sample gowns in stores that are still in excellent shape is another alternative, if you allow for enough time to find your perfect match. 

3) Buy second hand

If you have your heart set on a designer dress but don’t have the wallet for it right now, here are 7 top sites to buy a designer wedding dress second hand for an affordable price: 

https://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/wedding-attire/wedding-dresses/7-places-to-buy-a-preowned-wedding-dresses-online 

4) Another great idea to get to your perfect wedding gown is to buy separate parts and become all creative! 

There are sites like etsy, who do not only provide all the ingredients for a perfect gown at an affordable price, they also give lots of ideas and inspiration: 

https://www.etsy.com/market/bridal_separates 

Join us on part two of our blog for further tips!!

MORE TIPS FOR WEDDINGS ON A TIGHT BUDGET - Part 3 INVITATIONS AND RSVP  

 

Due to popular demand we are extending our weddings on a tight budget tips blogs.  There are many ways to achieve this, especially in our electronic age.

Here is some more information that can be useful to safe money on your WEDDING INVITATIONS:

1. You can easily send your invitations and receive your RSVP electronically on many sites, specifically created for this purpose, like for example https://www.evite.com/.

2. You can also send your wedding invitations through emails or social media platforms.

3.  Another creative idea is to set up your own wedding website and let your guests know about it. The RSVP can be done online or by phone then. There are many providers for a free website. www.site123.com is one of them.

4.  By printing your own wedding invitations, you not only save money, but also open up room for creativity. You can create your very own invitations or use templates with beautiful designs. There are many sites to find free templates. One of them is https://www.thespruce.com/free-printable-wedding-invitations-1104047.

5.  The last idea is probably the most creative: DIY invitations! You save money, get your own creativity going, stamp your own personality on it and have fun.  Here are 500 DIY wedding invitation ideas https://www.thespruce.com/free-printable-wedding-invitations-1104047.

You can save extra money for postage by turning the RSVP envelope into an awesome postcard. 

Have lots of fun creating your unique wedding invitations!

TIPS FOR WEDDINGS ON A TIGHT BUDGET PART II 

 

Here are some more tips on how to have the wonderful wedding you always dreamed of but without worries about future bills possibly spoiling your happy day!

 

1 ) Hire a smaller band 

The Harrison Jazz Ensemble, a jazz band based in the greater Tampa Bay area, is proud to help you with your unique needs for your special day by working with you on staying in your budget. 

We can perform for you as quartet, as trio, as duo and even as a one man band, that sounds just like a whole band with a special set-up and including vocals as well, if that is desired from you. 

2 ) Hire a band that can even provide the mic for the speeches and toasts. 

Here again we can be helpful to arrange amplification for you as a one-stop-shop. 

3 ) Choose greenery over flowers 

With the gorgeous looks of foliage, which is on top of it in style right now, as decoration in church, on tables and more you can hardly go wrong. 

4 ) Pick from the less expensive flower choices, by choosing the ones that are in season. 

We have so many wonderful in season flowers to pick from, that we don’t necessarily need to pay for expensive exotic flowers to express ourselves on our special day. 

5 ) Settle on only one or two different kinds of flowers

Using only one or two kinds of flowers together with foliage can give your decoration a very unique and totally in style look. As you will probably buy larger amounts of one flower kind you will very likely be able to get a discount. 

6 ) Go with two different cakes for the cake cutting ceremony 

Order a small cake for your special cake cutting ceremony and provide additional slices of cake for everyone from a large sheet cake in the kitchen. This way you have your wonderful symbolic cake cutting ceremony and everyone gets a piece of cake too, without the wedding cake putting an extra high expense on your budget. 

7 ) Skip the champagne 

Just have everybody say “cheers” with whatever drink they have at hand. As long as the drink bubbles and is drinkable, the good wishes most certainly won’t lose their power just because you don’t serve expensive champagne. 

Happy celebrating on a tight budget!