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Creating a Wedding Reception Playlist

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Of all the things your guests will remember about your wedding day, the music and entertainment is definitely one of the highest items on the list. Of course that’s no surprise; guests might find the flowers beautiful and the food delicious, but they’re going to remember the time they spent with you the most, and the vast majority of that time is going to be at the reception while the music is playing. Would you rather their memories be watching you’re your spouse from a distance or dancing the night away with the two of you on the dance floor?

This is the reason so many great bands and DJ’s are in such high demand. They know what to play, when to play it. Of course not everyone can afford a band or DJ, so sometimes we have to take the playlist in our own hands. In that case, we’ve gathered a few tips for you:

1.) Make mutual decisions. One person can be in charge when it comes to other aspects of your wedding, but when it comes to the music it needs to be a joint decision. Music is incredibly meaningful and each of you deserves to be a part of choosing which songs will be played at your reception.

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2.) Plan to spend all night. Most likely this isn’t going to be a quick decision. Grab a few bottles of wine or a case of beer and get ready for a long night in. Don’t worry though, it won’t be as tedious as you may think. You’ll both most likely spend the night reminiscing and telling stories about one song or the other. Don’t rush it, these are important memories too.

3.) Be ready to compromise. You aren’t going to like all the songs your partner chooses and he or she isn’t going to like all the songs that you choose, but that’s okay. It’s also important to determine why you don’t like certain songs. If you hate a song because it was playing in the background when your first boyfriend dumped you on your birthday, that’s very understandable and it should probably be left off the list. On the other hand, if it’s one of your fiancé’s favorite songs and you don’t like it because it’s

4.) Choose music that’s special to you. Don’t just choose songs because they’re popular or because you think they will get people on their feet and dancing, also choose songs that are significant you and your future spouse for specific reasons. Maybe you share an inside joke to a specific song or maybe you both sing the wrong words to another. Bring up the memories associated with these songs will make your wedding day even more special.

5.) Choose music that’s special to your guests. It’s also advised to add a few songs that hold special meaning to a few friends or family members. Your parents’ wedding song, your little sister’s favorite song or the tune that your fiancé remembers his mom always humming as she made dinner; these additions will show your friends and family just how much you appreciate them being there on your special day.

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Tips for Seating Guests at Your Wedding Reception

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Where to seat everyone at your weddiing. Seating charts can be a bit tricky. Coordinating who gets along and who doesn’t get along can be a huge pain in the neck. In addition, when you have a cousin that can’t stand your best friend from college and a crazy uncle that spits when he eats, it’s no wonder why so many couples leave this task until the last minute. And speaking of why that’s a mistake, let’s jump right into tip #1:

1.) Start planning early. While many couples use the excuse that planning their seating chart late in the game will help account for extra arrivals and missed RSVPs, the fact is it usually ends up as one more thing you have to worry about in close proximity to the big day. So just as with any other aspect of wedding planning, start planning your seating chart as early as possible; it’ll be much easier to fill in the gaps as people start trickling in rather than have to organize 250 people all at once.

2.) Categorize your guests. It might sound rude, but the fact is this little tip can help you get going if you don’t know where to start. Just write down how each guest knows you or your fiancé: bride’s college friend, groom’s family, bride’s family friend, and so on. Then arrange the tables by category. As soon one table runs out of people fill in the extra chairs with a category that makes sense, like pairing groom’s family friends with members of the groom’s family.

3.) Play matchmaker. We probably don’t have to tell you how notorious weddings are for hookups, so just go along with it. If your fiancé is inviting his entire (mostly single) frat house from college, and you’re inviting all of your (also mostly single) old sorority sisters, just save yourself and put them at tables nearby each other. Trust us, they’re going to end up at the same table anyway.

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4.) Separate the enemies. Just use common sense here. Don’t put your cousin and your college roommate anywhere close to each other if you think it might be a problem. Sure they might act civil just for your sake, but no one is going to have a good time staring across the table at the mortal enemy.

5.) Go casual. If creating a seating chart is just driving you absolutely bonkers, you might want to rethink the idea altogether. Having a more casual setting (like picnic tables at an outdoor wedding) is a great way to avoid the task altogether. You’ll just want to make sure Grandma and Grandpa are guaranteed good seats with a good view; they deserve at least that much.

 

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Choosing a Reception Venue for Your Wedding

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Ah, the reception venue. At the beginning of the planning process of your wedding it’s one of the most important things on the list. We want people to have a good time and we’re ready to pay what we need to ensure that happens. Of course then the price of the actual wedding begins to set in and suddenly that open field in that old apartment complex begins to look mighty appetizing. But before you decide to put all your financial eggs in the ceremony venue basket, here are a few things you need to keep in mind to ensure your reception will still be the amazing party you’re dreaming of:

1.) Is there enough room for your guests? You might think 150 isn’t a lot of people, but get them all in one room and things can get crowded very quick. In addition, just because a place says it has the capacity to carry 200 does not mean it has to capacity to carry 200 people comfortably. The best way to ensure your guests will have some elbow room is to take a look at the place when it’s decorated for another wedding. After all the tables, chairs, dance floors, DJ setup, catering equipment and more has been included, you’ll get a much better feel of how many people the room is capable of housing.

2.) Do you have enough privacy? Many of us assume the good nature of most people, but the fact is an open bar is a very tempting thing to many a person. It’s quite easy for someone to put on a suit, help themselves to a few drinks and then slip off with a souvenir from your gift table. Plus, let’s not forget to mention the countless photobombs spreading around the internet right now; of course you want pictures from your big day, but surely you’d rather keep the half-naked (or completely naked) tourists out of them.

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3.) Can you decorate it? A beautiful garden or majestic church needs no decorating, but the majority of reception halls need some help. However no matter what your resources, it’s going to be pretty tough to cover up fluorescent orange walls with oversized butterflies painted on each one.

4.) Does it have the right acoustics? What’s the point of hiring a band if no one is able to hear them? Just because a room is the right size and looks nice does not mean it’s practical. Test ot your acoustics beforehand to make sure the room is a good sound match.

5.) Does it have enough plugins? If you want music and food at your big day, you’ve got to have some kind of energy option for the vendors to plug their things in. Even a generator might be enough to do the trick.

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Getting Fit for Your Wedding Day

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Let’s be honest, we all want to look our very best on our wedding day. But no matter what our weight might be, looking our best also means having a healthy glow and being hydrated enough to dance the night away without collapsing from exhaustion. So before you start some crazy crash diet, take a look at some of our fool-proof tips to not only help you look your best on your wedding day, but also feel your best.

1.) Set a goal. And not just any goal, but something measurable and realistic. Setting a goal of “get in better shape” isn’t going to do you any favors. Instead, set something measurable, like “running a 5k in under 40 minutes” or “being able to do 30 pushups in a row”. These are things you can measure so you have an idea of the progress you’re making.

2.) Get a buddy. Think of it as strength in numbers. Find a friend that is also dedicated to getting in shape and help each other stay on track. Don’t worry if you can’t find a friend in your immediate vicinity; there are plenty out there! Join a cycling group at your local gym or even look online for a fitness buddy. There are plenty of people out there looking for a friend to get in shape with!

3.) Set a schedule. Just as setting a goal needs to be specific, so does this one. Don’t just say you’re going to “run more”, put down exactly what you’re going to do. Maybe you want to lift two days a week and run two days a week. Good, but still not good enough. How far or how long will you be running? What will you be lifting? What are your set and rep numbers? Don’t worry if this all seems confusing: hiring a personal trainer will help you become familiar with the routine and will help you become more comfortable with different forms of exercise. And speaking of different forms of exercise…

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4.) Mix it up. The reason so many people give up on their fitness routine isn’t because it’s hard, but because it’s boring! So switch up your exercises! Spend a day going hiking, swimming, playing racketball or rowing. Don’t condemn yourself to doing the same thing over and over again; of course that’s no fun for anyone!

5.) Follow a healthy diet. It doesn’t matter if you’re running 20 miles a day; if you eat like crap, the weight isn’t going to come off. So take a look at your diet and make the necessary changes. It’s not about starving yourself, it’s about portion control and self-discipline. Eat when you are hungry, and make better choices about what you are eating. No more salt-laden fast food. Think fresh fruits and veggies instead.

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Opening Wedding Gifts: With or Without the Family?

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The wedding is over, and it’s time to relax. You might be looking forward to the honeymoon but there’s one more thing to get excited about before that: the presents!

Now it might sound tacky, but let’s be honest: no matter how old you are, everyone gets excited to open presents. Plus, with how expensive weddings are, it can be a relief to know a few of your relatives pitched in to cover some of the cost with a cash gift.

But how do you go about doing it? Some families have a tradition where the bride and groom meet for brunch the next morning and open presents in front of their closest family members. This allows people to be there firsthand as they unwrap something handcrafted. Your Grandma has been working on that quilt for an entire year, she deserves to see the look on your face when you first lay eyes on it. Of course some would also argue that this is insensitive and disrespectful, and it mostly focuses on the gifts, not the couple themselves. Plus, not every gift is interesting. Watching people unwrap toasters, gravy boats and cash cards isn’t exactly an exciting afternoon.

Others, on the other hand, opt for a more private setting. The gifts are opened (with no one else present) after the couple returns from their honeymoon. In a more private setting, the couple is free to organize gifts as they come, as well as map out their thank-you cards accordingly. Plus, they won’t have to deal with a Mother-in-law’s judging eyes as they open a gift from the groom’s fraternity.

Whichever route you decide to take, we thought we might put together a list of dos and don’ts that apply in either situation.

Do:

– Remember it’s the thought that counts. If your grandpa gives you a handpainted mailbox, be excited about it. When you move back home take a picture of it standing in your driveway to send to him and take it down if you must. If he shows up unexpectedly, say there were a string of mailbox vandalizations and you were too worried something would happen to it.

– Refer to money as the gift you’ll use it for. This gives the gift more weight in the eyes of all the other handcrafted gifts.

Don’t:

– Forget the thank-you notes no matter how late you are. Things happen and life catches up with you, everyone knows that. A thank-you note is still a thank-you note no matter if it is received three days later or three months later. You’ll want to write them as soon as possible, but don’t slack off just because time has gone by.

– Use generic terms. Send a handwritten note, no matter how insignificant you may feel that it is. Don’t just print the message and then sign your signature; talk about how happy you were to see them there (or how much you missed them) and of course reference how much you love their gift!

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