Month: June 2012

Dancing The Night Away- Suggested Songs For Parent Dances

Not sure what song to dance to with Mom or Dad.  Below are songs that brides and grooms have used recently.  Maybe one will be for you and your parents.

Soulshine – Allman Brothers Band

Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra

Mamma’s Song – Carrie Underwood

My Wish – Rascal Flatts

You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins

Forever Young – Rod Stewart

Like My Mother Does – Lauren Alaina

You’ve Got  Friend – James Taylor

Mamma – Boys II Men

I Loved Her First – Heartland

Stand By Me – Ben E. King


Bride And Groom Really Take The Plunge

Entire Michigan bridal party falls into water after make-shift dock collapses during photo shoot

No one was hurt when more than dozen men, women in tuxedos and gowns fell into Gun Lake at the Bay Pointe Inn in Shelbyville as a wedding photographer took group picture.

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Monday, June 25, 2012, 11:39 AM


A wedding party poses for a picture on a dock, only to end up in the lake moments later.

SHELBYVILLE, Mich. — A West Michigan wedding party ended up soaked after the dock on which they were standing gave way during a photo shoot.

No one was injured in Saturday’s plunge during the reception at Bay Pointe Inn on Gun Lake in Shelbyville, about 25 miles south of Grand Rapids.

Video posted by WOOD-TV shows Eric and Maegan Walber of Byron Center falling along with their wedding party.



No one was injured in the fall, except maybe a few people’s pride.

They talked about it with the station en route to their honeymoon on Mackinac Island. The groom says they were on the dock about 30 seconds when it started to lean and tilt.

The bride says the fall it was scary for a moment because her wedding dress made it difficult to get her footing, but she says she “came up laughing.”

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An Ultimate Surprise

A surprise birthday, mother’s day, and proposal this bride will never forget

Yahoo periodically presents a program they call The Ultimate Surprise. In these clips, they help plan a wonderful surprise to a deserving individual who without their help would not be given the surprise they deserve. It’s wonderful to see these typically selfless people have their love and kindness reflected onto them for a change. In this recent episode, a young man named Zack, with the help of the Ultimate Surprise crew, graciously thanks his girlfriend Afi for being there for him during his treatment for a rare type of nerve cancer that caused him to lose part of his left arm. To make up for lost time while he was sick this surprise consisted of a surprise birthday celebration, followed by a mother’s day surprise consisting of the arrival of her mother she hadn’t seen in years with their young daughter. On top of that was one final surprise, a proposal! This night was definitely not one Afi will forget. She may have been extremely overwhelmed, but she deserved every second of it and it was special to be able to experience every moment of it with her while watching the video.

See for yourself the look on Afi’s face as she received surprise after surprise after surprise!


A Groom’s Guide to Success

Tips for the Groom

When it comes to weddings, the spotlight typically falls on the bride. True you guys probably haven’t been dreaming about this day since you were eleven, but regardless you play a large role in the process and it is your day too. Moreover, the role you play indicates to your bride how your partnership is going to work from hear on out. Show your wife to be that you value the partnership that will be celebrated and declared on your wedding day. Below are a few suggestions to being a successful groom.

1) Be Involved

Be with your bride every step of the way, where she wants you. It’s important that show that you are interested in planning and preparing for the wedding. Go with her to pick out a cake, flowers, etc. Share your opinion, it does matter.

2) Just Ask

If you aren’t sure what you should be doing to help prepare, just ask! If she tells you that she’ll handle it all herself, it never hurts to call her mother and see if there is anything she needs help with. Even if she doesn’t, you’ll definitely get credit for making the effort. If you do find yourself with a to-do list, just get it done and get it done on time.

3) Toast

During the reception dinner, make a toast to your parents thanking them for all they’ve done for you. Include your future in-laws too. Thank them for raising such a wonderful daughter. Your wedding day is a big deal for them too, and it’ll mean a lot to them to have this recognized.

4) Plan Ahead

Waiting until the last minute to do anything when it comes to your wedding is ill advised. Make sure your honeymoon plans are booked months in advance and are confirmed the day before your wedding. Get your haircut prior to your wedding day, and make sure you have everything you need to wear as well. You want everything to go smoothly, and not taking your responsibilities as groom seriously is a good way to annoy your future bride!

5) The Gift

Don’t forget the bride’s gift. This is another thing where you definitely shouldn’t wait until the last minute for. As long as you put a lot of thought into the gift, and work hard to make sure it’s special then it will be received well.

6) Keep the Romance Alive

Just because the two of you are spending a lot of time and energy on the wedding doesn’t mean that all romance and fun goes out the window! Take your bride out for dinner, or treat her to a massage at the end of a particularly busy day. She’ll appreciate your caring, and these sweet efforts will make her happy when she’s stressing out over wedding plans.


To Top It Off

Get Creative With Your Wedding Cake Toppers


There are so many ways to incorporate creativity and personality into your wedding these days- including with your wedding cake toppers! Who says you have to stick to the traditional bride and groom in a black tuxedo and pristine white dress standing stiffly at the top of your cake? Personalize your wedding, after all it is your day!


Check out these other nontraditional and fun wedding toppers:


Small or Big: Don’t Sweat It On Your Day

Bride’s worst nightmare or not, this Georgia bride didn’t let what rained on her parade actually rain on her parade.

      Shalita Harris, like any other bride, spent months preparing for her special day let alone spent years dreaming about it. Every detail was planned to perfection. However, not everything could be planned for. A freak oil shower coming from the hotel’s sprinklers drenched her and her bridesmaids with oily soot and even sent some guests to the hospital! What a disaster, right? Truly, her wedding is a significant reminder that you really can’t plan for everything and in some cases you can’t even expect the unexpected. On the other hand, her wedding is also proof that these things don’t have to get in the way of the  purpose of having a wedding: to celebrate a couple’s happiness and love. This is exactly what Harris and her groom did when the decided to have the wedding anyway. Remember to  relax; not everything will be absolutely perfect. Chances are you won’t be sprayed with stain-able substances, but whatever happens do keep in mind what you’re really there for.      

      Enjoy your day, don’t stress about the little things or even what seems like the big things. Take Harris for example, only two out of her eight bridesmaids were in attendance yet it didn’t stop her special day from being special.

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Create a Successful Seating Chart for your Special Day

Simple Tips to Help Prepare a Seating Chart that Works for Everyone

1) Divide and Conquer

If you have a large group of friends that just cannot fit at one table, divide them exactly in half and mingle them in with another group. This way, they all have people at their table they feel  comfortable with but can still talk to and meet new people.

2) Don’t Single Anybody Out!

At the risk of embarrassing your single friends and family, don’t dedicate a table solely to singles. It’s alright to sprinkle a few singles together at a table but make sure they are mixed in with couples as well. Just be stealthy about it!

3) A Hearing Aid

Keeping your elderly guests away from the speakers will help them to hear conversation better, and better enjoy your wedding reception. Seat them accordingly, but don’t put them so far away that they can’t hear toasts and other speakers!

4) Family First

Make sure the tables closest to the head table are filled with close family and friends of the Bride and Groom in order to prevent hurt feelings.

5) Keep it Easy

Let your guests know where they’re sitting with an alphabetized list or some other easy way that will get people to their tables quick and hassle free. Organization is imperative to this, so make sure you keep an updated list of who is coming to your wedding throughout the whole planning process. You don’t want anybody to be accidentally left out!

6) Just in Case

Plan for an extra table for those guests who responded at the last minute. This way you can begin the planning process before everybody responds, and not have to worry about where to put these last minute RSVP’s.

7) The Children

Keep younger kids with their parents, but allow older children to sit by themselves with other children in their age groups. Keep them occupied with coloring pages and other fun task like the I SPY game pictured below so that parents can enjoy the evening too.