The music played at your wedding is arguably the most critical puzzle piece of the night. It’s the number one factor that gets your guests energized and ready to party. The music choices on your Big Day should be well thought out, organized, and executed to perfection. 

Whether you are booking a DJ or live band, or choosing to emcee the wedding yourself, pay attention to these common wedding music mistakes. One fatal flaw, and it could affect your entire night. 

Skipping the Sound Check 

Since music is such an integral part of the night, it is in your best interest to make sure that everything is working properly. And more importantly, checking this task off your list before the night of the wedding. Equipment such as speakers, phones, and sound systems are prone to technical difficulties. If it is not handled properly, or there is no professional to help with the fix, a problem like this could take hours. When you’re hosting a night where every minute is critical and time slips away from you quickly, you won’t have a few hours to spare. Getting this task squared away will secure a night full of fun and gettin’ down. 

Opting out of a DJ or Live Band 

 It might initially feel like a good decision to provide your own music, especially if you have a tight budget. However, if you choose to curate your own playlist from your phone, you’ll likely have to spend time sorting through clean versions of songs. Since a lot of streaming services default to the original, or explicit version, making a playlist compilation can become a very arduous task. Don’t write off a DJ or Live band simply because you think it is not in your budget. You may be surprised by the research you do. Plus, everyone’s nephew is trying to be a DJ these days; your Aunt Carla might have a great discount for you. 

Not Asking the Guests for Requests 

Of course there’s going to be songs in mind that you’ll want played at your wedding. And this should definitely be discussed between you and your musician beforehand. But you’ll also want to consider your guests requests as well. An easy way to quickly curate an entire playlist for the night is to ask each guest for one song request on your invitation. Gather the results and submit them to your DJ. They’ll take care of the rest. 

Playing the Music Too Loud During Dinner

It’s common to think that music should only be played when it’s time to dance. But really, music should be played consistently throughout the night. It creates an even flow, and helps you transition from event to event throughout the course of the evening. Guests want music to listen to, even when they’re eating dinner. However, the music during the meal should be played at a reasonable, lower volume. It’s not common for everyone at the table to know each other, and they may want to strike up conversation. But if they are competing with blaring music, it could lead to an extremely awkward, otherwise silent, dinner. 

Not Meeting the Musicians Before the Big Day 

This is especially notable if you’re choosing a live band. A recorded demo just isn’t the same as hearing them live. See if you can attend one of their performances to get a good idea of how they’ll sound on your wedding. If you’re going with the DJ option, organize a meeting for you all to sit down and chat together. Gauge whether he or she is good at commanding a crowd, if they’re open to requests, and if they have an outgoing personality. They are ultimately in charge of keeping the energy up during your night, and you’ll want an emcee that you click with. 

Forgetting About Sound Ordinance Laws 

This one is huge. If you don’t do your proper research, your music could get cut off as soon as the party gets going. If you’re planning on hosting a wedding that goes on until the wee hours of the morning, check with your venue about sound ordinance laws before booking. If they have a time restriction, or perhaps it’s near a lot of residential homes, it might not be the best fit. Plus, if you don’t do your proper research and are hosting your wedding in a public park, you could get slapped with a hefty ticket. 

Incorrectly Pacing the Music 

This is also a hard achievement should you choose to go with your phone and a premade playlist. Putting your playlist on shuffle makes it extremely difficult to pace the music correctly. Your night should be sprinkled with a good mix of slow, romantic dances, and upbeat fun songs to jam out to. This is when a DJ would be especially helpful. It’s their job to ensure that the music is paced correctly and that everyone is having a good time.

Weddings are one of the biggest, most important celebrations people will ever throw in their lives. They’re exciting to imagine — until you get down to planning the actual details. Ask any married couple, and they’ll tell you that figuring out a budget and sticking to it can be downright stressful. 

The average cost for a wedding in 2021 is about $30,000. If you can’t aim that high, don’t worry. We can offer you some budget-friendly advice to help cut costs along the way without seriously crushing any big dreams you’ve had. 

Prolong Your Engagement To Save Money

Everyone’s first question after you tell them you’ve gotten engaged is usually “When is the big day?” or “Have you picked out a wedding dress?”. It’s understandable to want to get married as soon as possible, but consider prolonging the engagement an extra year or two instead. This gives you and your partner time to sit down, look at finances, plan things out, and save money. Once you’ve reached a financial goal you’re both comfortable with, you can begin making arrangements without getting in over your head. 

Marry In the Off-Season

The months of November through April are considered the wedding “off-season” in most parts of the country. This is because the weather is often cold, dreary, and not easy to travel in. The upside is that many venues will offer discounts during this time, which means you can get married in desirable locations without paying big bucks. If you’re not bothered by having a winter or indoor wedding, marrying in the off-season could save you money. 

Choose A Wedding Venue Carefully

 

Where you get married is usually the most expensive decision of the whole process, so choosing wisely is crucial. Many venues offer packages that include food, drinks, and DJs, but they’re not always cheap. On the other hand, if you’re looking into big spaces like a barn or loft, making them “DIY wedding-ready” with tables and decorations can also cost a great deal of money. Weigh all the financial options and figure out details before jumping on any space. 

One big way to cut costs is by having your ceremony and reception in the same location. This can help save on transportation for guests, as well as time by not having to fully pay for or decorate two spaces. 

Choose Non-Diamond Engagement & Wedding Bands

When you think of shopping for engagement rings and wedding bands, some couple’s minds automatically go towards diamonds. Although diamond engagement and wedding rings are incredibly beautiful, there are also many other unique wedding band options to choose from that are both stunning and affordable. Opt for cubic zirconia or moissanite center stones for an engagement ring or for surrounding your wedding band. Most people will not know the difference, and these options will still sparkle under any light!

Limit Your Bar

Having a full bar at your wedding can cost up to 5,000 dollars in some cases, depending on if you’re offering premium liquor or not. If you want to have an open bar without spending thousands of dollars, consider limiting your bar to just beer, wine, and a specialty cocktail or two. This way, people can still enjoy complimentary drinks without going over your budget.

Be Flexible

Weddings are notoriously expensive, and not everyone has the expendable income to go crazy.  Pulling together the event of your dreams while on a tight budget will take time, careful planning, and sacrifices. Things may cost way more than you anticipated, and you should prepare for unexpected expenses along the way. 

There are tons of more ways to save on your big day. As long as you’re flexible, celebrating your wedding on a budget won’t be difficult at all. 

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The first dance is a pivotal moment in your night. You want to make a lasting impression on your guests, and choose a song that is intimate and meaningful between you and your partner. It’s meant to encapsulate the relationship that you two share, as well as the fulfilling life that you plan on making for yourselves. As a reflection of your personalities, and a nod to the bond that you two share, you will want to pick a song that you can look back on and remember for years to come. 

But how do you go about choosing the song that’s best for you? Every couple is different. Some may opt into a classic, romantic tune, while others may tap into their country roots. Don’t feel like you have to choose a certain genre just because you think that’s how it should be done. Your wedding is your night, and the first dance song choice is no exception. 

If you’re a bit overwhelmed with choices, or are completely lost on which song to choose, you are not along. Consider the following choices, or use these options for inspiration. 

The Popular Classics 

  1. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presely. This romantically traditional song will ensure that there is not a dry eye in the house. It’s intimate, loving, and an excellent way to express your love. Plus, this song has been around for so long that there’s a good chance this song was incorporated into your parent’s wedding too. 
  2. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeren. Ed really knows how to garner emotion. An excellent choice for displaying your everlasting love for one another through a modern pop ballad. 
  3. You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne. An anthem that is perfect for those looking for a more upbeat tune. It’s still an incredibly romantic choice, and it will get the crowd all warmed up to hit the dance floor. 

For the Country Lover

  1. Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves. Soft yet upbeat, this lovely song is an excellent choice to play with a setting sun as your backdrop. 
  2. You Make it Easy – Jason Aldean. If this particular version isn’t quite your style, it’s been covered tons of times. Spend some time listening to the remade versions, and you’re sure to find the right fit. 
  3. Amazed – Lonestar. A country balled dedicated to spending the rest of your life by your best friend’s side. 

Old-Time Favorites 

  1. Your Song – Elton John. An extremely simple, yet heart-warming choice. Elton John beautifully strings together lyrics that delicately explain the power of love.  
  2. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Frankie Valli. You really can’t go wrong with anything from the Four Seasons. But if you’re looking for a modern day twist on this age-old classic, Lauryn Hill’s version is absolutely breathtaking. 
  3. Fly Me to The Moon – Frank Sinatra. Sinatra’s powerful voice will instantly fill up the entire venue. A ballad like this one is a perfect way to start off a long and happy marriage. 

Crowd Pleasing Indie Hits

  1. Wonderwall – Oasis. This 90’s smash hit is still played on the radio regularly. You’ll have the whole crowd swaying along with you, mouthing every lyric. 
  2. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Sleeping At Last. Slowing down this 80’s pop classic really accentuates its meaning and allows us to focus on the lyrics. And honestly, everyone should have a partner that is willing to walk 1,000 miles for them. 
  3. Better Together – Jack Johnson. Johnson’s easy going sounds are perfect for anyone hosting beach side nuptials. It’s a song that’s fun to dance to, and is an excellent choice for the couple looking for a light-hearted approach. 

Let’s Rock Out 

  1. In My Life – The Beatles. In My LIfe is a great blend of powerful lyrics, but upbeat music. Opting for The Beatles is sure to please the crowd, no matter the age. 
  2. Just the Way you Are – Billy Joel. A song that reassures your partner that you accept them fully, just the way they are. 
  3. Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones. A promise that assures your partner that you’ll be there for them through anything, and that nothing can tear them apart from this bond. 

 Give It Soul 

  1. Stand By Me – Ben E. King. A simple reminder that marriage is about supporting your partner, and that you will stand by them through all of life’s difficult moments. 
  2. If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys Feat. Usher. We all need to be reminded that life is not worth living if you don’t have your partner by your side. 
  3. La Vie En Rose – Edith Piaf. You can never go wrong with this age old classic. It’s incredibly romantic and sure to set the mood for the night.

A positive outcome of isolation in 2020 is the extra time gained to plan your wedding. But that doesn’t negate the fact that you still have to complete all those tedious tasks. Stuffing envelopes, arranging your seating chart, or finalizing your guest list can feel overwhelming and daunting. But it doesn’t have to be! Throw these songs on the next time you work on your wedding plans for an instant mood booster. You might even find yourself looking for extra things to do!

  1. Mr Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra – I dare you not to get up and dance around your living room any time this catchy tune comes on.
  2. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepson – Call Me Maybe is a 2000’s classic, and possibly the best meet-cute (or plot twist) of all time.
  3. Believe – Cher – Do you Believe that you can have a bad time while this song is playing?!
  4. I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness – This flight-hearted love song will leave you eager to get married and start a life with your person.
  5. Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega – How does this guy find enough time in the day to date all of these women?!  
  6. You Make my Dreams (Come True)- Hall and Oates – Cue every cheesy rom-com from the early 2000’s.
  7. Money – Cardi B – Cardi’s no-cares-given attitude will inspire you to get your whole to-do list done in one go. 
  8. Cuz I Love You – Lizzo – This soulful-pop ballad is raw, loveable, and fun to dance to. 
  9. Work From Home – Fifth Harmony – Because most of us are “working from home” these days.
  10. Yummy – Justin Bieber – Admit it; Justin Bieber is your guilty pleasure.
  11. Cake by The Ocean – DNCE – Maybe you can play this while picking out your catering menu.
  12. I’m the One – DJ Khalid, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper – Enjoy this bop with your future boo while you plan your wedding together. 
  13. Summertime Magic – Childish Gambino – Songs about love in the summer will warm you up in the winter. 
  14. Love on Top – Beyonce – This classic upbeat love song will definitely get you excited for your upcoming nuptials while you arrange your centerpieces.
  15. Easy – Commodores – 
  16. Tubthumping – Chumbawamba – This one hit wonder will definitely raise your serotonin levels and take your mind off any task you’re working on. 
  17. Get Lucky – Daft Punk – Who doesn’t love a fun, catchy Daft Punk tune?
  18. Fernando – ABBA – ABBA knows how to deliver the classic hits – and keep you on your feet.
  19. Tears Dry on Their Own – Amy Winehouse – Celebrate the late great Amy by jamming out to one of her bet hits. 
  20. Wouldn’t It be Nice – The Beach Boys – Take a break from your tasks and start dreaming about your tropical honeymoon during this song.
  21. It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy – Dude, if she caught you on camera…it was you.
  22. Keep On – Kehlani – Try not to Keep On playing this on repeat. 
  23. Nice for What – Drake – Or really any Drake song. There’s no way you won’t be in a good mood after listening to a Drake playlist.

The mother-son dance is a monumental moment in the night. This symbolic dance is the groom’s opportunity to share with others just how much he loves his mom, and to thank her for everything that he’s given her. Choosing the song to accompany such a heartwarming time can be a big decision. 

Need help finding that special mother-son wedding dance song? These meaningful tunes will have mom shedding happy (and sentimental) tears with each step.

  1. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys – A timeless, beautiful love song that hits in all the right places.
  2. You Are My Sunshine – Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton – Your mom might have sang this to you when you were in diapers. Salute her by bringing it full circle.
  3. Moon River – Audrey Heburn – If the Heburn version isn’t exactly your style, this song had been remade by tons of artists.
  4. You’ll Be in My Heart – Phil Collins – Let her know that you;ll always be thinking of her. 
  5. I’ll Be There – Jackson 5 – this ballad sends the perfect message of “even when I’m not there, I’ll always be there for you.”
  6. Lean on Me – Bill Withers – Your mom has been there through all the hard times; let her know that you are there for her to. 
  7. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong – This calming song will let you forget everything around you for just a minute. 
  8. Child of Mine – Carole King – King’s powerful lyrics won’t leave a dry eye in the house.
  9. Time After Time – Iron and Wine – a new take on a classic hit that is slowed down and perfect for the occasion.
  10. Over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole – For a more light-hearted approach to this traditional dance. 
  11. Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel – Because your mom always accepted you just the way you were.
  12. Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder – An ode to the first woman in your life, as well as the newest addition (??)
  13. Sweetest Devotion – Adele – Adele has tons of hits that are perfect for sharing with your mom on your big day.
  14. You’re My Best Friend – Queen – For all those mama’s boys out there. 
  15. Mother Like Mine – The Band Perry – A country ode to your mother, perfect for a barnyard wedding. 
  16. Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Always listen to what your mom has to say.
  17. Our Song – Ellie Goulding – The original certainly gets the job done, but something about this remake just hits harder. 
  18. Days Like This – Van Morrison
  19. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
  20. Home – Jack Johnson – For the sandal wearing, chill vibes, Jack Johnson lover.

The father-daughter dance song at your wedding can be a tough choice. Your dad has been there for you for your whole life, and this dance symbolizes a lot. He is giving you away to another man, to start the second half of your life together. Because of this, you want to make sure that your choice perfectly sums up your feelings for your father, as well as encapsulates all of the amazing memories you two share with each other. 

Whether you are looking to capture a moment that encompasses your special relationship or are simply looking to have a few minutes of fun with your old man, these song choices are sure to please your dad and be a hit among the guests. 

Unique

Daughters – John Mayer – This John Mayer hit is the ultimate song to express to your old man just how much you love him. 

Father and Daughter – Paul Simon – This heartfelt tune is perfect for the Beatles-loving family.

What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong – You can’t go wrong with this well-known, heartfelt song.

My Wish – Rascal Flatts – This country hit delicately explains the pride that fathers have for their daughters. 

My Little Girl – Tim McGraw – McGraw sure knows how to capture the exciting yet terrifying feeling of watching your little one grow up. 

Modern

Better Together – Jack Johnson – For those brides that are particularly close with their dads, “Better Together” is a great representation of your close friendship with your father.

First Man – Camila Cabelo – This tribute reminds you to never forget the man who loved you first. 

The Best Day – Taylor Swift – You can never go wrong with a Swift song, especially if your dad was the person that helped you buy her first CD when you were a kid.

Count on Me – Bruno Mars – For all of those dependable dads out there.

Upbeat

She’s a Rainbow – The Rolling Stones – This song is upbeat but has beautiful lyrics. Win-win.

My Girl – The Temptations – You’d be hard-pressed to find a wedding that doesn’t have this song on its playlist. Why not make it your father-daughter dance?

I’ll Be There for You – The Remembrandts – An excellent choice if you and your dad spent endless hours watching “Friends.”

Sentimental 

Landslide – Fleetwood Mac – As soon as Stevie Nick’s voice is heard, there won’t be a dry eye in the house.

Home Again – Carole King – Anything from the album “Tapestry” is a great choice, as every song is either fun or sentimental. 

You Are My Sunshine – Johnny Cash – A perfect choice if your dad sang this to you as a lullaby when you were a child.

The entrance song that you choose as a bride will set the tone for the entire day. You want to pick a song that expresses who you are as a couple, and encompasses the future you two plan on having together. Since this is likely the first time your partner, as well as all the guests, will see you, a lot of pressure rides on the entrance song selection. 

After securing larger details of your big day, like a photographer, DJ, and venue, it’s easy to let a decision like this fall to the wayside. And this moment in your day should definitely not go overlooked. But it’s not worth stressing over. Below are several different kinds of song examples to use for your bride entrance. The key is to pick a song that best describes your personality, and to have fun!

  1. XO – Beyonce – There are tons of renditions of this Beyonce hit, and if the original isn’t exactly your style, you can’t go wrong with the acoustic.
  2. All of Me – John Legend – What better way to solidify your love for one another than to say it through one of the most romantic pop songs of all time?
  3. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran – It’s bound to be played at some point in your wedding. Why not start off the night with it?
  4. Marry You – Bruno Mars – For the goofy bride, this song entrance is unique, fun, and doesn’t take itself very seriously. 
  5. Canon in D – This is a classic song that won’t leave a dry eye in the house. 
  6. Somewhere Only We Know – Vitamin String Quartet – This beautiful orchestral version of a classic hit is subtle yet elegant. 
  7. Make you Feel my Love – Adele – Nothing gets the crowd so emotional as an Adele love song. 
  8. Your Song – Elton John – Whether it’s this version, or the equally as lovely cover by Ellie Goulding, Your Song is a perfect announcement of your presence as you walk down the aisle. 
  9. At Last – Etta James – After all that time planning your dream wedding, the day has finally arrived at last!
  10. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles – This hit is the perfect blend of upbeat pop music, and sweet, delicate lyrics. 
  11. Songbird – Fleetwood Mac – Stevie Nick’s powerful voice will blend perfectly with how beautiful you will look walking into your venue. 
  12. Lover – Taylor Swift – For all the Swifties out there, this ballad is the perfect choice to start off your ceremony. 
  13. Beyond – Leon Bridges – Leon Bridges has a ton of romantic songs to choose from. You can’t go wrong by including him in your nuptials.
  14. Better Together – Jack Johnson – This easy-listening song is a perfect way to kick off a long, happy marriage. 
  15. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Kina Grannis – We all know the original. Captivate your quests with this breathtaking cover. 
  16. Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – This romantic and soft ballad is perfect for any beach wedding.
  17. One Love – Bob Marley – If the sappy, slow romantic tunes aren’t quite your thing, this is a great option for those who want an upbeat love song. 
  18. Golden Hour – Kasey Musgraves – For those who want to add a little “country” to their ceremony. 
  19. Truly Madly Deeply – Yoke Lore – This song perfectly sets the tone for those getting hitched in the mountains. 
  20. Rich Man – Hearts and Colors – Sometimes, the simplest songs say the most.

Getting married is a major life event that you’ll never forget. If you’re planning to walk down the aisle with that special someone, a backyard wedding is a great way to say your vows and tie the knot on a budget. Whether your outdoor space is large or small, it’s easy to plan a backyard wedding if you know where to start. From summer celebrations, elopements, adventures, to a beautiful autumn ceremony, read on to learn how you can plan your wedding for a special moment right in your own backyard.

How to Get Started: Review the Logistics

Before you pick out favors and décor, start with the logistics. How successful your wedding is will depend on where you live, the time of year, and the weather. Try to nail down a date where you feel confident the weather will hold out for a glorious day. You should also determine whether or not you need a special license to get married in your backyard, as some locations still require a permit to perform official ceremonies in a private space. You’ll also want to find out how to get the right amount of power for music, lighting, and more. An extension cord might do the trick but be aware that it also poses a trip hazard. Determine how much equipment will be needed for the wedding so you can get the proper power source set up. You’ll likely need a generator to create power for things like speakers and catering equipment.

In addition to permits and power, now is the time to clean up your yard and get it ready for the big day. Get rid of old dead plants, tree branches, and weeds to create a clean slate for your ceremony and reception. Come up with a layout for seating and the stage now so it will be easier when it’s time to set everything up. Another crucial thing to keep in mind is wedding insurance. You might not think you need it in your own backyard, but it’s good to see what’s covered in case a guest gets injured on your property. Other things to consider include parking, notifying your neighbors in advance, and creating your official wedding program.

Once you’ve listed all of the logistics, the fun part begins. Think about the special features you’ll want to include in your backyard wedding. From a specific theme to your flowers, write down a list of ideas and tweak them as you go. Do you want an outdoor dance floor or stage? How about separate tables and chairs for the reception? Think of planning your backyard wedding the same way you would in any other venue. If you love music, add outdoor speakers so everyone can dance to your favorite tunes. A beautiful fountain can add a nice touch to an outdoor wedding, too. Brainstorm several different features you’d like to see so you can start planning ahead as early as possible.

Benefits of a Backyard Wedding

While a formal venue is always nice, there are plenty of awesome benefits to getting married in your backyard. First and foremost, you’ll save a ton of money on the cost to rent a venue which can run you into the thousands of dollars. That fact alone makes considering a backyard wedding worth the effort! Aside from saving money, here are some other benefits and tips of hosting a backyard wedding:

If your pets are part of the family, you can enjoy their company at the wedding. Most venues won’t allow pets, but you can certainly enlist your pooch to be the best man if you decide to get married DIY.
Aside from the wedding itself, you can also host a backyard rehearsal dinner. Have casual food like barbecue catered in, or just cook some food on the grill for your wedding party to enjoy.
Since your backyard probably has limited space, that means you can keep your guest list small, too. The fewer guests you have, the less money you’ll need to spend on things like food and entertainment.
Backyard weddings give you the flexibility to choose any date you want to get married. Instead of planning around the “wedding season” to find an open slot, you can pick any day you like when you host your own backyard wedding.
You might be nervous about getting married but doing it in a familiar place is a great way to calm those nerves and help you feel more relaxed and at home.
Have A Plan B in Place

There’s no way you can predict the weather to a T, so be sure you have an alternate “Plan B” in place just in case the storms roll in. Weather can change in an instant which means you might end up dealing with unexpectedly cold temperatures or a dangerous rainstorm. Draft up a reasonable Plan B where you can move everyone inside your home. If you’re insistent on keeping the celebration outside, reserve a tent that you can use in case of an emergency. Make sure someone can pick the tent up just in case you need it in a pinch. Ensure that the sides of the tent are covered to protect everyone from the rain. If the weather happens to be unseasonably hot, have plenty of fans available to keep the air circulation. If it’s cold, stock up on outdoor heaters. Having these safeguards in place will keep your stress level low and the wedding moving along.

Timeline

Wedding planners are experts at creating the perfect timeline. If you’re doing everything on your own, it’s crucial to make sure you create a timeline that works. Do your best to schedule the ceremony somewhat early so the skies don’t get dark before you’ve said your vows. Try to avoid too much downtime between the ceremony and reception since the guests won’t need to travel between venues. If possible, try to schedule your wedding photos before the ceremony begins so you can mingle and visit with guests directly after the ceremony is over. If you can’t get pictures beforehand, consider a few fun backyard games or activities to keep everyone entertained while they wait. Finally, remember to be mindful of your neighbors and try to agree on an official time when the reception is over. You can always move the party to a local bar or another hot spot later in the night.

DIY Décor and Inspiration

If you’re planning a backyard wedding, you’re likely already working on other DIY ideas when it comes to themes and décor. Doing everything yourself gives you the freedom to create almost any style décor using any theme imaginable. Here are some suggestions to inspire you and prompt you to create a memorable theme with beautiful décor that’s all done DIY:

Hang outdoor string lights throughout your backyard to create a warm, magical glow when the sun goes down.
For autumn weddings, focus on beautiful colors like orange, red, and gold for décor, flowers, and bridesmaid dresses.
Place clear glass vases on each table and fill them with freshly cut flowers you picked from your own yard.
Laminate some of your favorite photos of you and your better half to protect them from the weather, then display them on rope or string and hang them from a tree or around a fence line.
Consider jewel-toned plastic goblets in lieu of glassware. It’s a great way to serve beverages in a beautiful way without having to worry about broken glass.
Use texture and patterns outdoors by adding beautiful printed tablecloths or runners over tables. A pair of sheer curtains can add a gorgeous, romantic touch to the stage, too.
Get creative with seating and place a few vintage sofas and chairs outside. You can also use some hay bales as seating if you’re aiming for a wedding with a rustic or farmhouse theme.
Instead of paying tons of money for custom invitations, consider printing some at home or through a local printing service. Create the layout and design using a simple program, then print them in full color on heavy cardstock paper.
Sentimental Value

Besides saving money and enjoying a smaller guest list, having a backyard wedding carries quite a bit of sentimental value, too. Imagine saying your vows right in the place where you grew up. If you don’t still live in the same house from your childhood, you likely still have plenty of wonderful memories from this special place. Your guests will probably feel sentimental as well, especially if they’ve spent a lot of time at your home and in your backyard. Have your furry friends join in the celebration, which is another great way to make this day more sentimental and special. Getting married in this place can create a very meaningful moment for you and your new spouse. Remember to enjoy the moment and capture the memories with lots of photos, family, and friends.

The ceremony is over, the family photos have been taken, and the dinner’s been served. You can finally move on to the fun part – dancing! 

Playing rap music at your wedding is the best way to get your guests on the dance floor. It’s catchy, upbeat, and hard to resist dancing to. The crowd will be loosened up in no time. Plus, this genre contains music for all ages. Check out this list of ideas for rap songs to add to your wedding playlist. 

  1. Circles – Post Malone – Post Malone is having a moment. Salute him with this catchy song that will instantly draw everyone to the dance floor. 
  2. LOVE – Kendrick Lamar – Experience one of Kendrick’s greatest hits while tying in the theme of the big day into your playlist. 
  3. In my Feelings – Drake – This might have been overplayed in its heyday, but it has since come full circle and is officially a great song to jam out to again. 
  4. Through the Wire – Kanye West – Love him or hate him, Kanye delivers some amazing beats that’ll keep you dancing all night long.
  5. Gin and Juice – Snoop Dogg – except that most people will probably be sipping on beer and champagne.
  6. The Next Episode – Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog – But maybe cut it off before everyone screams “smoke weed everyday!” for grandma’s sake.
  7. Juicy – Doja Cat – Anything Doja Cat will instantly get the crowd on their feet.
  8. Work It – Missy Elliott – It’s pretty much against the rules at this point to not play the queen of hip hop at your nuptials. 
  9. Anaconda – Nicki Manaj – Remember this mega-hit that broke the internet? It never gets old. 
  10. Let Me Clear my Throat – By DJ Kool – this is the best song to end the night with. Get the crowd hyped one last time before putting the kibosh on your perfect night.  
  11. Money – Cardi B – Get all the ladies on the dance floor to jam out to this one. 
  12. Hot in Herre – Nelly – This throwback will instantly tug at the heartstrings of anyone that grew up in the early 2000’s. Every millennial will be on the dance floor in no time. 
  13. Feels – Calvin Harris – This song is so catchy, I dare you not to sing along the entire time. 
  14. 679 – Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap should always be in your heavy rotation. His catchy songs are an instant party starter. 
  15. Savage – Megan Thee Stallion – And of course you have to throw this 2020 jam into the mix. See how well your guests know their TikTok dances.

The days of “Here comes the bride” are long over. When thousands of songs to choose from, brides are now getting creative with the song that accompanies them as they walk down the aisle. 

Whether you want an original song that packs a punch, a tune that is meaningful to you and your partner or simply just want to switch things up, we got you covered. Here are a few alternatives to the bridal waltz that will leave a lasting impression on your bride or groom, and command the attention of the entire venue. 

  1. Songbird – Fleetwood Mac – A beautiful song that perfectly encapsulates all of the feelings you might be having on your Big Day. 
  2. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles – A very easy-going and light-hearted song, yet is still sure to get the tears flowing. 
  3. Canon in D Major – J.S Bach Orchestra – This is an arrangement that you can never go wrong with. It’s especially beautiful for a winter wedding, with a white backdrop.
  4. Make you Feel My Love – Adele – Adele is an excellent go-to for anything romantic.
  5. Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls 
  6. Tale as Old as Time – Beauty and The Beast – For the Disney lovers. An instrumental take on this classic ballad is perfect for gliding down the aisle like a princess. 
  7. All of Me – John Legend – Possibly the most heartfelt love song of all time, Legend packs this tune with all the powerful lyrics you need to make a great impression.
  8. Amazing Day – Coldplay – Because this is the event that sets the tone for your unforgettable, amazing Big Day.
  9. No One – Alicia Keys – No One can brighten your day quite like this soulful ballad from Alicia Keys.
  10. Halo – Beyonce – There is a Beyonce lover around every corner, and this is an excellent way to incorporate your favorite popstar into your wedding.
  11. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz – Set the tone for a long and healthy marriage by letting your partner know you are all theirs. 
  12. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones – Norah Jones’ soothing voice combined with her powerful lyrics are sure to get the water works flowing. 
  13. La Vie En Rose – Edith Piaf – This is the perfect choice for those going for a more classic, old style wedding theme.
  14. The Luckiest – Ben Folds – It’s a day to celebrate just how lucky you both are to have each other, why not kick things off with a song that reminds us all why we’re here?
  15. Hey There Deliliah – Plain White T’s – For all those who grew up in the early 2000’s, and couldn’t get enough of this jam. This is also perfect for those named Delilah, of course.