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04/27/18

Wedding Song Ideas 2018

It’s that time again! Nearly every couple struggles with those special musical selections for their Big Day, so we’re bringing you our 3rd edition of Wedding Song Ideas.

This time we’ve compiled a list of songs categorized by style/type, so whether you’re looking for something fun and upbeat for your Grand Entrance, or something soulful for your First Dance, we’ve got you covered. Here is a link to quick-play and listen to this list on Apple Music: 2018 Wedding Song Ideas.

For more song ideas check out our previous lists here: Part 1 + Part 2.

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Edmonton Wedding Planner, Edmonton Event Planner {Photo: Lolo and Noa}

Sweet + Slow – great options for your Ceremony through to the First Dance

  • Best Part / Daniel Caesar feat. H.E.R
  • Hold My Girl / George Ezra
  • I’m With You / Vance Joy
  • Take the World / JOHNNYSWIM
  • Perfect Duet / Ed Sheeran feat. Beyoncé
  • Sweet Creature / Harry Styles
  • Wild Love / James Bay (Acoustic)
  • Please Keep Loving Me / James TW
  • How Would You Feel / Ed Sheeran
  • Better / SYML

Wedding Song Ideas 2018{Photo: Stoffer Photography}

Fun + Upbeat – cheery songs for your Grand Entrance or Cake Cutting

  • A Good Night / John Legend feat. BloodPop
  • Let Me / ZAYN
  • Let’s Get Married / Bleachers
  • Fresh Eyes / Andy Grammer
  • Morning Light / Justin Timberlake feat. Alicia Keys
  • All My Love / George Ezra
  • For You / James TW
  • Light It Up / Major Lazer feat. Nyla & Fuse ODG
  • Love Me Like You Do / Ellie Goulding
  • Pineapple Skies / Miguel
  • One Kiss / Calvin Harris + Dua Lipa
  • Feels Great / Cheat Codes feat. Fetty Wap & CVBZ

Ceremony Song Ideas{Photo:  Sharon Litchfield}

Soulful Songs – add some rhythmic sounds to your day

  • My Song / H.E.R
  • Say You Won’t Let Go / James Arthur
  • Unconditional / Freya Ridings
  • Love on the Weekend / John Mayer
  • My Love / Ria Mae
  • Coming Home / Leon Bridges
  • City of Stars / Gavin James
  • Adorn / Miguel
  • Song for You / Rhye
  • Baby I’m a Fool / Melody Gardot
  • LOVE / Kendrick Lamar feat. ZACARI

Nicole Ashley Photography {Photo: Nicole Ashley}

Romantic Country – there’s never a bad time to play a poetic country love song

  • Love Is a Wild Thing / Kacey Musgraves
  • From the Ground Up / Dan + Shay
  • You Make It Easy / Jason Aldean
  • Heaven / Kane Brown
  • In Case You Didn’t Know / Brett Young
  • I Need You / Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill
  • This Girl / Hunter Hayes
  • I Do / Morgan Evans
  • All About Her / Paul Brandt
  • Tennessee Whiskey / Chris Stapleton

Wedding Song Ideas 2018{Photo: Sharon Litchfield}

Classic Covers – romantic replays to use for a special dance or two 

  • Crazy Love / Juke Ross — original Van Morrison
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love / Haley Reinhart — original Elvis Presley
  • I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You / Joseph Vincent — original Frankie Valli
  • To Make You Feel My Love / Mick McAuley & Winifred Horan — original Billy Joel
  • I’m Gunna Be (500 Miles) / Sleeping At Last — original Peter, Paul and Mary
  • Time After Time / Tyler Ward acoustic version — original Cyndi Lauper
  • Have I Told You Lately That I Love You / John Adams — original Van Morrison
  • Wings / Amber Leigh Irish — original Birdy
  • Love at First Sight / Blame Jones  — original Kylie Minogue
  • Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic / Sleeping At Last — original The Police
  • La Vie En Rose / Daniela Andrade — original Louis Armstrong

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01/5/18

Edmonton Bridal Boutiques

– As featured via a collaboration with ExploreEdmonton.com – 

Finding the Perfect Wedding Gown

One of the most exciting elements of planning your wedding is finding the dress of your dreams. Here in Edmonton, the wedding dress scene has blossomed, and we’re fortunate to have some stylish and savvy local boutiques at our fingertips. Before you get started, here are a few tips to make the most of your gown shopping experience:

  1. Shop early. Gowns can take 6 to 8 months to order; the alteration process can take up to 2 months. Keep these timeline in mind and give yourself plenty of time before your wedding day to avoid stress and costly rush charges.
  2. Choose your crew wisely. Too many opinions can be overwhelming and may confuse the selection process. Bring just a few of your besties or family members who will support you and your wedding vision.
  3. Be open minded. Don’t be afraid to surprise yourself! You might fall in love with a dress that you didn’t expect to like on the hangar.
  4. Set a budget. Establish a realistic budget and stick to it. It’s tempting to try on gowns that are outside of your budget but the can lead to some major disappointment.

Boutiques for Brides and Maids

Delica Bridal | Location: #108, 2951 Ellwood Drive
Delica Bridal is a sister-owned boutique for brides who want a no-fuss, relaxed experience. Known for their warm and inviting service, Delica carries a unique collection of curated gowns form exclusive and emerging designers, making it a haven for brides (and bridesmaids) who are looking for something different. Most notably, they carry the coveted Hayley Paige, Lazaro and Truvelle lines.

Edmonton Wedding Dress Shops

Novelle Bridal Shop | Location: 10553 124 Street
Located on Edmonton’s trendy 124th Street, Novelle Bridal’s gorgeous 2-storey shop features floor-to-ceiling windows and a loft dedicated to bridesmaid dresses. Personal attention is their mantra – book a complimentary one hour session, or upgrade to a Couture Consultation for an extended appointment time complete with sparkling juice and sweet treats for your entourage. Novelle now carries the coveted Berta bridal line.

Edmonton Bridal Boutiques

Pure Bridal | Location: 11267 170 Street
Pure Bridal is an intimate bridal shop located in west Edmonton. Since their opening in 2006, they have helped thousands of brides find “the one” with exclusive and personalized service. The over-sized private change rooms offer plenty of space, providing a serene and relaxed environment. Along with carrying both bridal and bridesmaid gowns, Pure Bridal can complete your ensemble with custom made veils and jewelry.

Edmontons Best Bridal Boutiques, Wedding Dress Shops and Bridal Boutiques in Edmonton

The Bridal Boutique | Location: 10935 120 Street (New Location!)
With Lillian Bowedring and her three daughters at the helm, The Bridal Boutique has taken the Alberta wedding industry by storm with locations in both Edmonton and Calgary. Now located in the trendy Holland Plaza, they carry a stylish collection of bridal and bridesmaid gowns in all budgets, including designers Essence of Australia, Pronovias and Martin Liana.

Edmonton Tourism, Wedding Dress Shops and Bridal Boutiques in Edmonton

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05/7/17

5 Things You Need to Know About Destination Weddings

Many people have the impression that destination weddings are easier and less stressful than planning a wedding at home – but that’s not always the case. Here are 5 important factors to consider when planning a destination wedding

1. YOUR GUESTS
Destination weddings ask a lot of your invitees: the cost of travel, of course, and depending on the location guests may have to take time off work to attend your nuptials. You’ll likely have friends or family who cannot attend or choose not to attend for various reasons. Be prepared for some loved ones to miss the occasion and don’t take it personally.

Tips:

    • Provide accommodation options at different price points to suit a range of budgets.
  • Setup a wedding website to convey travel information to your guests to make it easier for them to attend.

2. PLANNING FROM AFAR
If you have “Type A” tendencies, a destination wedding may not be a good fit! Unless you’re able to travel to the location before the wedding to scope out venues and meet with vendors in person, you may find it difficult to make all your plans remotely, especially when cultural differences and language barriers come into play. In some destinations it can take weeks to receive email responses – not every bride has the patience to deal with that pace of planning.

Tips:

  • Do your research! Search for real photos from travel review sites or destination wedding blogs to avoid unwelcome surprises.
  • Engage the services of a Wedding Planner experienced with weddings in the area.

3. BON VOYAGE BUDGET
It is a common belief that destination weddings are much cheaper than celebrating at home, however tropical resort packages can be deceiving as they are often for a very small number of guests and do not include a private reception.

A weak Canadian dollar can affect affordability of destinations abroad, so why not consider a beautiful destination closer to home? Canada boasts incredible locations throughout the Rocky Mountains, Okanagan Valley and West Coast.

Tips:

  • Look off-resort for great local venues that will give you more flexibility in customizing your wedding and choosing your suppliers.
  • Some locations may offer better rates for weekday and/or low season weddings.

4. THE UNEXPECTED
Destination weddings are more likely to be affected by factors beyond your control. Examples include extreme weather, such as hurricanes, snow storms, floods and forest fires (we’ve had weddings affected by all of the above); health outbreaks like Swine Flu and most recently, Zika Virus; and foreign political unrest.

Tips:

  • If you’re heading somewhere tropical, check when that area is most likely to experience severe storms – in other words, don’t have your wedding during hurricane season!
  • Look into getting traveller’s insurance and wedding cancellation insurance.

5. MAKING IT LEGAL
Each country has their own legal requirements for marriages. Some countries mandate blood tests and may require that you’re in the country for a specified number of days before the wedding takes place. In Canada and the U.S. marriage licenses are issued by province / state, so be sure to check the particulars for your wedding location.

Tip: 

  • Consider getting married legally at home shortly before or after your destination wedding, and have a symbolic ceremony abroad. This can look and feel exactly the same as a legal ceremony so your guests won’t know the difference – and you may save yourselves some headaches.

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As published in the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of Blush Magazine.

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