Best Wedding Blog - Wedding Fashion & Inspiration | Grey Likes Weddings » Blogstress Mavens http://www.greylikesweddings.com A Wedding Blog by Grey Likes. Love Well Styled. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:27:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Invitation Postage http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/invitation-postage/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/invitation-postage/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:00:44 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?post_type=blogstress_maven&p=44112 Hear me when I say, there will be losing battles, and that’s OK.

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Dear Brides, all y’all, current, and future,

Hear me when I say, there will be losing battles, and that’s OK. For instance, we put a lot of energy into making sure our DIY invitations didn’t look cheap or tacky so to top things off we splurged on nice stamps. You know, the ones with the pretty roses? As it turns out, you need to stamp the return envelopes too as a courtesy to your guests (duh). Our first mistake was that we only bought enough postage for the main envelopes. Oops. May you learn from our mistakes!

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 What we hoped for. (Oh So Beautiful Paper)

The mini return envelopes were the first part of the invitations to be finished, so naturally I started stamping them with the pretty rose stamps. About halfway through I realized we wouldn’t have any stamps left for the main envelopes, so off we went to the post office to get more. On that particular day, all they had were sunburst stamps, so we snagged some of those instead. Not ideal, but sunbursts are nice too. We finally finished the invitations about a week later and brought them to the post office. A good wedding hack to remember is never just drop your invitations into the mailbox. Always take them directly to the post office and have them weighed. I knew someone who put all of their invitations in the mail and it turned out they didn’t have enough postage so the invitations got sent back and a few went missing. Save yourself the headache by having the post office officially weigh them.

Our second mistake was not buying forever stamps. Again, may you learn from our mistakes. A week or so had passed and it just so happened that the national stamp price increased to 49 cents and we had stamped everything with 46 cents stamps. Shockingly, the United States Post Office would not just comp us 3 cents an invite. Shucks.

Turns out the only 3 cent stamp they had was an ugly red one with a silver coffee pot on it. And just like that we went from pretty roses and wedding sunbursts, to coffee pots. COFFEE POTS!

This is what we ended up with.

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Full confession? I thought, “So what?” No one ever said, “Remember the stamps on those wedding invitations? Those ugly things ruined the whole event for me.” Trust me, no one will remember the stamps. So yeah, our guests received great invitations with really ugly looking stamps (sorry guest!). And that’s how this wedding planning thing goes—there will be mistakes, hiccups, and detours but if at the end of the day you end up married to your best friend, ya done good kid.  Ugly stamps be damned.

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Finding the Wedding Bands http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/finding-wedding-bands/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/finding-wedding-bands/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:00:13 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?post_type=blogstress_maven&p=42077 The coolest thing yet to happen in our wedding planning process occurred last weekend: we got our wedding bands. Photo Yes, the bands! (No those aren’t them, they are being engraved as I type.) I know, I know, that’s not nearly as exciting as the dress or as sexy as the honeymoon plans but it […]

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The coolest thing yet to happen in our wedding planning process occurred last weekend: we got our wedding bands.

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Yes, the bands! (No those aren’t them, they are being engraved as I type.) I know, I know, that’s not nearly as exciting as the dress or as sexy as the honeymoon plans but it has been, hands down, my most favorite moment until now. I went into wedding band shopping with the idea that it was one more thing to check off my massive wedding to-do list. Shamefully, I had given the wedding band part of this 0% of my attention.

And so, Paul and I jumped in the car on a sunny Saturday afternoon and headed out to get the envelopes for our wedding invitations. We had no intention of shopping for our bands. We love a good weekend drive to anywhere outside the craziness of Manhattan so we ventured over to Summit, New Jersey, where we found a lovely paper store with the envelopes we needed for our glorious DIY invitations.

After a quick and fun time picking out envelopes we decided to grab lunch from Tito’s Burritos. Two very full stomachs later we decided to stroll for a bit, walk off the extra quesadilla, and head back to the car. As we did, we passed a cute little jewelry shop called, Frederic Goodman Fine Jewelers. I stopped in my tracks, pulling Paul’s hand back as I did. “Want to go try on more wedding bands?” He whined for a quick second, in no mood to go looking, yet again, because he already planned to use the same jeweler who made my engagement ring in Manhattan.

I pulled the ol’, “It’ll be fun,” line and dragged him in. We had a fabulous lady named Dianne greet and help us. From there, things went weirdly perfect. For instance, the ring on display that Paul liked fit him perfectly. At the same time Paul was trying it on, a middle-aged man with salty-grey hair and Patagonia jacket walked in. He had a certain glow about him. He looked down at us and made some funny comment about how rings never seem to come off once they go on. I asked what kind of ring he had and he slid it off and tossed it to us. Dianne, after a brief fumble, caught it from behind the counter. It was a well-worn, simple gold band. I asked how long he’d been married and he said going on 28 years this June. “JUNE!,” I thought. That’s when we’re getting married! On his way out he looked at me and said, “It only gets better from here.” He patted Paul on the shoulder and told him it was the best thing he’s ever done.

Paul and I were so taken aback by his gentle spirit and cheerful championing of marriage in general. A favorite song of mine played softly over the speakers and the winter sun came pouring in. Paul had found his ring. It just felt right. Just as unexpectedly, I tried on a band very different, yet very complimentary, to my engagement ring and, sure enough, it too just felt right.

We walked out of there with both rings, tucked into the prettiest blue ring boxes you could ever imagine.

Even more than my sparkly engagement ring, I love, full-heartedly, my wedding band. And not because it’s big or flashy or made by some fancy designer–it’s not any of those things. No, I love my wedding band because it symbolizes a promise–a promise to spend every Christmas together for the rest of our lives, a promise to bring each other buttered toast and medicine when the other is sick, a promise to raise a family full of chunky babies, a promise to rush home every night for the rest of eternity just to see each other, crawl into bed together and fall asleep holding hands (like otters). This wedding band is what it’s all about–a promise to love, unconditionally and without reservation for the rest of our lives. There is an overwhelming sense of peace that comes along with this. And that, dear Reader, is something so powerful I’ve never felt anything like it.

 

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A Serious Head Case http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/serious-head-case/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/serious-head-case/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:00:48 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?post_type=blogstress_maven&p=41864 As we inch closer and closer to our wedding date, it’s time to finalize the ‘little’ details that come along with the big day {table numbers, escort cards, favors, dress alterations, etc.}. My dress is almost perfect, just a few more tweaks here and there. I have the shoes and jewelry picked out, but what […]

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As we inch closer and closer to our wedding date, it’s time to finalize the ‘little’ details that come along with the big day {table numbers, escort cards, favors, dress alterations, etc.}. My dress is almost perfect, just a few more tweaks here and there. I have the shoes and jewelry picked out, but what is left is the final piece to tie everything together – the head piece. Our wedding is traditional and while I can see myself wearing a veil when I walk down the aisle, I am also very much a head piece kind of gal. I love the concept of fascinators, which may stem from this blog post I wrote ages ago. After doing research I came across Handmade by Sara Kim and instantly fell in love with her pieces – one in particular – but I wanted to share my top four head pieces from the collection.

Let me know your favorite below!
Left to Right: One | Two | Three | Four
Source: Handmade by Sara Kim, Graphic Designed by Samantha Peterson

 

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DIY Save the Dates http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/diy-save-dates/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/diy-save-dates/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:00:08 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?post_type=blogstress_maven&p=41658 After much internal turmoil and debate, I decided to design and print our save the dates {I briefly toyed with this idea in this post}. I went through many drafts before creating the final save the date that we mailed to our guests. In addition to using a photo from our engagement session, we added […]

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After much internal turmoil and debate, I decided to design and print our save the dates {I briefly toyed with this idea in this post}. I went through many drafts before creating the final save the date that we mailed to our guests. In addition to using a photo from our engagement session, we added a magnet backing so our guests wouldn’t easily loose our save the date weeks from now. I printed our save the dates at my office as well as mailed them out through our office mail room, this allowed to me to save money on all aspects of this process.
I initially scoured Wedding Paper Divas and Minted to find the perfect design, however; the price tag halted me from ever pulling the trigger. A girlfriend of mine used Paperless Post to email and print her destination wedding invitations and I briefly looked into that as well. In the end, for our budget, it worked out best for me to design them. Next up on the design block is our invitation suite which I will be designing as well!
Below are a few drafts that didn’t make the cut for one reason or another, I can’t wait to reveal the final product!
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Did you send out Save the Dates, did you do a paper invite or magnet? A postcard by chance? Leave a comment below letting us know your plan for Save the Dates?

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Welcome 2014! http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/welcome-2014/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/welcome-2014/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:00:39 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?post_type=blogstress_maven&p=39839 Well happiest of New Years to you my fine Readers! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season. I, for one, am not entirely sure where the last six months of my existence have gone. Regardless, it’s long gone, that’s for sure. I’m happy to say that we’re five months out from the big […]

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Well happiest of New Years to you my fine Readers! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season. I, for one, am not entirely sure where the last six months of my existence have gone. Regardless, it’s long gone, that’s for sure. I’m happy to say that we’re five months out from the big day. Yes, that’s right. The photographer, caterer, venue, DJ, dress, bridesmaids—they are all either done, bought or booked. Glory. Now we just need to pay them all. Gulp. Allow me to bring you up to speed on all the details below. But first, I’m in need of some HELP!

HELP NEEDED: Bridesmaid dresses

The bridesmaid dresses have absolutely been the bane of my wedding existence. Does anyone know where I can find mauve colored dresses as cute as these? Help a bride-to-be out!

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On to more concrete details…

VENUE: LaBelle Winery, beautifully nestled into the rolling farm land of Southern New Hampshire

 

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Photo by: Mary Costa Photography

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Zac Wolf, working his magic on some of our more recent engagement photos below. More on that in my next post! Wait until you see him work his photog magic!

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THE MUSIC: The oh-so-fabulous, DJ Doug Boucher of SOWA Entertainment

THE DRESS: Nice try. I will say, it has pockets. Yeah, pockets. So I can keep the essentials in there, like gummy bears. Best. Thing. Ever.

Also, I recently heard a great old wives’ tale that I thought was pretty sincere and funny at the same time. A recently married woman approached me at my company holiday party last month and asked about my engagement ring. This got us talking about the actual wedding day and if there was any advice she had for a soon-to-be bride like me. She mentioned lots, but my favorite topic was the weather. She told me that if the weather starts to act up, all I have to do is dig a little hole in the ground and put a piece of chocolate in it, then cover it up with the dirt. By feeding Mother Nature chocolate, I will have pleased her and in return she will give me great weather. This woman swore by it. She said the clouds literally formed a circle around her ceremony and reception the whole time. Overhead, it remained sunny the whole day. I thought, if nothing else, it’s a great little story because I’m such a chocolate lover myself. Lord knows, if someone gave me a piece of chocolate, I’d be sunny for them all day, too. We shall see!

Things we are still pinching our little pennies for? A videographer. Our honeymoon. A slow motion booth. Fireworks. Yes, I said fireworks. It is summer after all!

xox, Kate

 

 

 

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Capturing the Moments http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/capturing-moments/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/capturing-moments/#comments Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:00:37 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?post_type=blogstress_maven&p=39509 It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in! There is much to catch you up on in regards to the #McClellandWedding {still testing out hashtags…#five31fourteen #CodyAndSamantha}. Since I last wrote, we’ve captured the second half of our engagement session with our photographer, Aly Carroll, finalized our table decor and floral arrangements, and I successfully designed and […]

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It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in! There is much to catch you up on in regards to the #McClellandWedding {still testing out hashtags…#five31fourteen #CodyAndSamantha}. Since I last wrote, we’ve captured the second half of our engagement session with our photographer, Aly Carroll, finalized our table decor and floral arrangements, and I successfully designed and printed our save the dates, which I hope to get in the mail next week!

Below are a handful of my favorite snaps from our engagement sessions. We split our session into two rounds, capturing a warm summer evening and my favorite season of all, fall. We ended up having to reschedule the second session multiple times due to weather but we were finally captured the last bit of sunshine before winter arrived in full force. Let’s just say I have a special place in my heart for fall and the changing leaves.

My advice on dressing for your engagement photos is to simply dress like yourself, just elevated. In twenty years you will not want to look back and say, “Why did I wear that?!” If you are comfortable with what you are wearing, your true emotions will be captured of how much you love your fiancé!

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Images: Photography by Aly Carroll Photography | Styling by The Brunette One

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A pink wedding dress http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/pink-wedding-dress/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/pink-wedding-dress/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:00:16 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?post_type=blogstress_maven&p=37882 Dearest readers, Surprise! I wore a pink wedding dress! I am one of those 2013 brides. Inspired, perhaps, by Jessica Biel and Anne Hathaway and this beautiful Aussie bride. But also inspired by matters of practicality. I live on a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean where bridal fashion options are limited. So I turned […]

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Dearest readers,

Surprise! I wore a pink wedding dress! I am one of those 2013 brides. Inspired, perhaps, by Jessica Biel and Anne Hathaway and this beautiful Aussie bride.

But also inspired by matters of practicality. I live on a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean where bridal fashion options are limited. So I turned to the cocktail dress rack at Pronovias, where I found this sparkly number in a size four times too big, with attached sleeves and shoulder pads. I kid you not!

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Lesson number one in finding your wedding dress: See the potential.

Since this was a cocktail dress it was significantly less expensive than a traditional white wedding dress. I could afford to have it taken apart and put back together, so I did. A Maltese seamstress took the dress down to my size, removed the shoulder pads, made the sleeves detachable (a day look and an evening look), and hemmed it for my short frame.

I know everyone says not to make too many changes to your dress, but I’m here to tell you to try it. See the potential. Find a seamstress who sees the potential. And then, while she cuts away at your dress, have a glass of champagne or two (it makes it all much less stressful).

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Lesson number two in finding your perfect wedding dress: Trust your gut.

A few weeks before my wedding I made the big mistake of going to Pronovias.com and looking through their new collection of bridal dresses. The panic began. Would I feel like a bride in a pink wedding dress? Had I made a horrible mistake? Does it still fit right? What about that neckline, is it too narrow? Should I just go out and buy a new dress? Was I going crazy? Was I turning into a bridezilla?

I sent a panicked email to my mum, spent a week oscillating between emotions (I love my dress! I hate my dress!) and confusing my fiancé (I couldn’t very well tell him exactly why I was panicking without revealing what colour my dress was).

And then I made a plan.

I trusted my gut, which told me when I first saw my pink wedding dress – even when it was four sizes too big and had shoulder pads – that it felt like me. I trusted my gut, which was now telling me something wasn’t quite right.

So my mum and I agreed to make a veil together when I arrived in Canada, which would make the pink dress look more ‘bridal’ (it did). And we contacted a seamstress in my hometown who was willing to do some last minute adjustments to the dress.

And that panic went away.

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On my wedding day I was so pleased with how my dress looked – and how I looked in it.

Modern, but traditional. Sparkly, but soft. A train and a veil, but an unexpected colour.

It all felt right.

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If you’re worried about pulling off a coloured wedding dress – worried because it might not be ‘bridal’ enough – I recommend sitting down and thinking what, if not the white colour, makes a bridal outfit ‘bridal’ to you.

Is it the veil? The train? The hair and make up?

Take that element and adapt it to your outfit.

For me, it was the tulle veil. My veil cost about $20 to make and involved no sewing. I found soft tulle at a fabric store, cut it, and didn’t bother finishing the edges (tulle can be forgiving like that). It’s a Juliet Cap veil, so to fasten it to my head my mum found two small beaded brooches which we attached pins to, and then pinned onto my veil and into my hair above and behind my ears.

It couldn’t have been simpler, and I couldn’t have felt more like a bride while wearing it.

Even my husband, who hates veils (something about female oppression), liked it!

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Tell me, were you a 2013 colored dress bride?

Would you rock a pink wedding dress?

I’d love to know! Comment below!

Photos by Evan McMaster / Dress: Zenit by Pronovias, Veil: DIY’ed / Suit: Separates by Gagliardi

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DIY DJ’ing my wedding http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/diy-djing-wedding/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/diy-djing-wedding/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:00:08 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?post_type=blogstress_maven&p=37635 DIY DJ’ing my wedding was pretty much a no brainer. My husband and I aren’t big music people, so it was one area of our budget I happily skimped on. It turns out there are next to zero helpful resources on the Internet for DIY DJ’s who want to avoid playing “The Chicken Dance” and […]

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DIY DJ’ing my wedding was pretty much a no brainer. My husband and I aren’t big music people, so it was one area of our budget I happily skimped on.

It turns out there are next to zero helpful resources on the Internet for DIY DJ’s who want to avoid playing “The Chicken Dance” and other wedding party classics (cringe). And, most people who DIY DJ do so because of their love of music and so their playlists end up being too personalized to recreate. We spent hours figuring out right blend of songs everyone would like (DIY DJ’ing is not for those who are pressed for time!)

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 my husband and I during our first dance, photo by Evan McMaster

 

Here are the ‘lists my husband and I created for our wedding party: Four hours of cocktail hour (more obscure) music, and 3 hours of dancing music (more popular). Where possible, I’ve added links to YouTube.

I hope other DIY DJ brides find this to be a helpful starting point!

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Wedding Blog DIY DJing my wedding

I wanted this part of the evening to feel like you had stepped into a bistro playing old 20′s-40′s European music.
These songs would work well for a vintage themed wedding (even though ours wasn’t). 

Let The Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan and His Tympany

Tea For Two Foxtrot - Victor Silvester Orchestra

Je suis seul ce soir - Swing 41

Si tu vois ma mere - Sidney Bechet

Ain’t She Sweet - Enoch Light & The Charleston City All Stars

Papa Loves Mambo – Xavier Cugat

La Conga Blicoti - Josephine Baker

Skyliner - Charlie Barnet

Padam Padam - Edith Piaf

One O’Clock Jump - Count Basie & His Orchestra

Take The A Train - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

L’Accordeoniste - Edith Piaf

Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend - Marilyn Munroe

When The Saints Go Marchin’ In - Louis Armstrong

Ballad du Paris - Francois Parisi

I Feel A Song Coming On - Peggy Lee

Le parc de plaisir - Francois Parisi

La Vie, L’Amour - Edith Piaf

Skylark – Stan Getz

La Dolce Vita - Xavier Cugat

Milord - Edith Piaf

Ciento Lindo - Mills Brothers

Mon Manege a Moi - Edith Piaf

I’ve Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra

The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra

Polichinelle - Edith Piaf

Let’s Get Lost - Chet Baker

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I wanted these songs to transition the evening into a fun, party atmosphere.
They were also a good transition between our vintage themed music and our dance party music. 

Here Comes Your Man - The Pixies

Choo Choo Ch’Boogie - Louis Jordan

Oh My Heart - Jenn Grant

Be OK - Ingrid Michaelson

Sugar, Sugar - The Archies

Heart Attack - Raphael Saadiq

Love That Girl - Raphael Saadiq

Paradise - Coldplay

Mambo Swing – Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra

All You Need Is Love - The Beatles

Princess of China - Coldplay

I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow

Jungle Drum - Emiliana Torrini

Roller coaster - Major Maker

Go To Hell - Raphael Saadiq (one of my personal favourites)

Houdini - Foster the People

Sweet Child o’ Mine - Taken by Trees

Ho Hey - The Lumineers

Crazy in Love (Kid Koala Version) - Emeli Sande & The Bryan Ferry Orchestra (Great Gatsby Soundtrack) (another personal favourite)

Over You - Raphael Saadiq

Love Roller coaster - Ohio Players

Alive - Empire of the Sun

Hotel Song - Regina Spektor

It’s Cool to Love Your Family - Feist

Build Me Up - The Foundations

I Can’t Dance - Genesis

Beautiful Day - U2

Staying in Love - Raphael Saadiq

You Really Got Me - The Kinks

I Get Around - The Beach Boys

Do You Believe In Magic? - The Lovin Spoonful

Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves

God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

Deny, Deny, Deny - Joel Plaskett

How Long Do I Have To Wait For You? - Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

Dancing with Myself - Nouvelle Vague

Dreamgirl - Dave Matthews Band

Seven Days in Sunny June - Jamiroquai

What I’d Say - Ray Charles

I Feel Good - James Brown

Wedding Blog DIY DJing my weddingThese songs have a more sentimental feeling, but that doesn’t mean they are slow or sappy.
We played them before our toasts and first dance.


Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours - Stevie Wonder

Postcards from Italy - Beirut

Non Je Ne Regrette Rein - Edith Piaf

Marry You - Bruno Mars

This Will Be - Natalie Cole

Sexual Healing - Hot 8 Brass Band - we also played this during our ceremony and it is by far my favourite wedding song ever, hands down, no contest!

Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap - I also walked down the ‘aisle’ to this song because I think it’s so beautiful.

Wedding Blog DIY DJing my weddingSince we don’t know much about music, this was certainly not an original choice.


Into The Mystic - The Wallflowers (American Pie Wedding Soundtrack)

Wedding Blog DIY DJing my weddingAgain, nothing very original, but lovely nonetheless.


Come Away With Me - Norah Jones

L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole

Turn Me On - Norah Jones

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We never expected them to, but these songs got everyone on the dance floor.
Even our grandparents!


Jump (For My Love) - Girls Aloud (Love Actually Soundtrack)

Beer Barrel & Wedding Polka – Al Cherney - my mom requested that I play a polka because my grandfather loves to polka. I thought not one else would like it, but the dance floor was packed! I dare you to try a polka at your wedding!

Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell Williams

Bang Bang - will.i.am (Great Gatsby Soundtrack)

Girls (Who Run The World) - Beyonce

Where Have You Been - Rihanna

Get Lucky - Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams

Quimbara - Celia Cruz

Hey Ya! - Outkast

I Love It - Icona Pop

Feel the Love - Rudimental feat. John Newman - a surprise hit! the dance floor was shaking!

Scream & Shout - will.i.am feat. Britney Spears

Wild - Jessie J feat. Big Sean & Dizzee Rascal

Danza Kudro - Don Omar feat. Lucenzo

A Little Party Never Killed Nobody - Fergie, Q-Tip & Goon Rock - a personal favourite of mine

Waiting All Night - Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre

Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen

Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

Can’t Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton

Champagne Showers - L.M.F.A.O. feat. Natalia Kills

I Need Your Love - Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding

Oh La La - Britney Spears

Sunshowers - M.I.A.

Rise Up - Yves La Rock

Paso - Sak Noel

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By this point in the night our DIY DJ station had been hijacked (it’s a risk of DIY DJ’ing!) and these songs hit the dance floor. Turns out, they were even better than our choices to end the night with.


Paradise by the Dashboard Lights – Meatloaf - everyone over the age of 30 loved this one!

Get Low – Flo Rida feat. T Pain - everyone under the age of 30 thought this was hilarious!


Have you DIY DJ’ed your wedding, or a party?

Do you have other good wedding music recommendations?

Do leave them for other readers in the comments below!

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My grad school budget wedding stationery http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/grad-school-budget-wedding-stationery/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/grad-school-budget-wedding-stationery/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:00:49 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?post_type=blogstress_maven&p=37303 I planned my wedding on a single-salary, grad-school budget. As a compromise with my husband (he hates paper stationery), and because I am forever traditional-but-not, I used a combination of paper and electronic wedding stationery for my summer wedding this year. Here’s how I made it all work under $200. Since our wedding was a […]

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I planned my wedding on a single-salary, grad-school budget. As a compromise with my husband (he hates paper stationery), and because I am forever traditional-but-not, I used a combination of paper and electronic wedding stationery for my summer wedding this year.

Here’s how I made it all work under $200.Wedding Blog My grad school budget wedding stationery

Since our wedding was a two-day affair, it was easy to draw the paper/electronic line: We went paper for the ceremony and electronic for the party. This was a decision made easier because we already had the mailing addresses of our ceremony invitees (our immediate family members) and electronic stationery is easier to track, which was great for our big party invite list.

Wedding Blog My grad school budget wedding stationery

I made my own paper wedding stationery using our printer at home, a $20 paper cutter, basic card stock, regular pink envelopes, a gold diamond stamp and stamp pad I bought on Etsygold heart stickers I bought on Etsy, and confetti and fasteners from the dollar (well, Euro) store. It was so easy to make these that if I published a DIY-tutorial here you would roll your eyes: Design on Photoshop/InDesign, print on card stock, cut with the paper cutter, punch a hole in the top corner, and fasten with a brass fastener.

Wedding Blog My grad school budget wedding stationery

I sent our electronic wedding stationery through Paperless Post (we used the Kate Spade templates). We sent our electronic invites before Paperless Post launched their new paper cards (ironic). So, for our guests who didn’t have email access (like our grandparents) I printed out our Paperless Post cards, trimmed them with my paper cutter, and mailed them out.

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our paperless post stationery, via Instagram

The grand total for our 350+ paper and electronic save-the-dates, ceremony, and party invitations, and international postage (about $0.75 a stamp) was $200. My grad school bank account was happy. My husband and I were happy. Win-win-win!

Tell me,

are you a paper or electronic stationery girl? 

and

Have any stationery saving tips?

Leave them for other brides below!

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A Pink + Gold Bridal Shower http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/pink-gold-bridal-shower-2/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/blogstress-mavens/pink-gold-bridal-shower-2/#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:00:26 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?post_type=blogstress_maven&p=37040 This past weekend I was blessed to have attended my first bridal shower hosted by my very talented aunts. As noted in this post, I had a Pampered Chef Bridal Shower. It’s safe to say I am set on kitchen and cookware from here on out. As someone who is a self-proclaimed ‘non-cook’, I’m excited […]

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Wedding Blog A Pink + Gold Bridal Shower

This past weekend I was blessed to have attended my first bridal shower hosted by my very talented aunts. As noted in this post, I had a Pampered Chef Bridal Shower. It’s safe to say I am set on kitchen and cookware from here on out. As someone who is a self-proclaimed ‘non-cook’, I’m excited to put all of our new kitchen additions to good use!

For the decor, my aunts were stumped until I granted them access to my private wedding Pinterest board. Some could consider it a bit Persian Chic inspired. Pink and gold details, a cocktail entitled Little Pink Dress, a DIY tassel garland and large pink paper flowers.  As for the food, salted caramel macaroons and red velvet mini cupcakes, Watermelon Sour Patch Kids, and of course, a personal request for my grandma’s homemade chex mix {I’m addicted}.

After all of my guests arrived, I partnered up with our Pampered Chef host and created a tasty fruit salsa that I had to create in front my audience, talk about pressure. Using a few items that I ended up receiving in my gift haul, I managed to create a delicious appetizer that I can’t wait to recreate! Followed up with the opening of all my Pampered Chef goodies, we played two bridal shower games – Name That Movie, a quiz matching up romantic quotes to their namesake movie {I got 100%, the only bridal shower attendee to do so, man I love RomComs}, and the Purse game. It’s official, women carry their entire lives in their handbags.

I was very happy with how my shower turned out, it was exactly what I had envisioned and was so me. But most of all, I was happy to be celebrating our upcoming wedding {it finally felt real} with my closest friends and family.

Wedding Blog A Pink + Gold Bridal Shower

Wedding Blog A Pink + Gold Bridal Shower

Wedding Blog A Pink + Gold Bridal Shower

Wedding Blog A Pink + Gold Bridal Shower

Wedding Blog A Pink + Gold Bridal Shower

Images: Samantha Peterson, The Brunette One

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