Song Options for Mother Son or Father Daughter Dance

Watching a father dance with his daughter and a mother dance with her son usually makes everyone feel all the feels. Whether it is a funny choreographed dance that you spent hours practicing or a sweet few moments twirling around the floor, this dance is a beautiful way to honor your parents.

Photo by :: Marcos Valdes

The best part? There are no rules to this dance!! Short, long, silly, heartwarming, one parent, both parents, or a special person that is not a parent at all…you decide how and who you want to honor with a memorable dance! The most important part is that you chose a song that has meaning for you and this special person.

If you are stuck on what song to choose, that’s ok! Here are a few to get you started. You might just find that one of them is just what you were looking for.

FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE SONGS

Father and Daughter – Paul Simon

Walking on Sunshine –

Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

Blessed – Elton John

MOTHER SON DANCE SONGS

Time of My Life – Dirty Dancing

Loves Me Like a Rock – Paul Simon

93 Million Miles – Jason Mraz

Letter to My Mother – Edwin McCain

Child of Mine – Carole King

Here are a few more I thought would be pretty awesome to see parents jam out to with their newly wed!

Love on Top – Beyonce

Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson + Justin Timberlake

Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake

With much love,

MRSter Cicely

Top Five Friday :: How To Stay Cool For Your Summer Wedding

:: How To Stay Cool For Your Summer Wedding ::

I don’t know about you, but for me it’s really, really hard to enjoy the sweltering, sticky, mosquito laden, and dripping sweat (ugh) days of summer. But, that’s just me. Nevertheless, there are a multitude of health benefits during the summer season, and nature’s bounty explodes with good things to eat.

If your wedding is scheduled for summertime, as so many weddings are, here are MRSter’s top five recommendations for keeping your cool:

1 :: HYDRATE! :: No matter where you live in these beautiful states of ours, the number one necessity for keeping you cool is hydration. On the days leading up to your wedding, and the day of, you may get so busy and distracted that you may forget to drink plenty of water. But, you must hydrate, or you’ll possibly end up paying serious consequences. So, even if you need to tie a string around your finger, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Also remember to provide plenty of water for your guests and your wedding party. You sure don’t want Auntie Bess to keel over in the middle of dancing the Conga!

2 :: Dress in light fabrics :: That goes for the entire wedding party, especially if you are having an outdoor wedding. Choose breathable, lightweight fabrics in light colors, as darker colors attract heat. In this day and age, there is an enormous selection of wedding apparel to choose from, so this should be a no-brainer.

3 :: Provide shade :: If your wedding is outdoors, consider shielding the party from the glaring sun with the use of tent covers or a large canopy. Alternatively, scope out the shadiest spot at your venue. The venue staff may be able to provide the coverings or suggest the best spot.

4 :: Set up a relief station :: This is an extremely thoughtful gesture for all. You can stock it up with small towels soaking in a bin of ice, sunscreen, chilled misting bottles, paper fans and parasols. Your guests will think of you as amazingly thoughtful and gracious hosts.

5 :: Use appropriate chairs :: You can fry an egg on metal folding chairs if they are subject to strong sunlight! If you have to use metal chairs, make sure you supply pads to deflect the heat. Otherwise, your guests may wind up with red-hot fannies or have to eat standing up. Your venue should have a solution for you, so be sure to discuss available seating with them.

How would you beat the heat at a Summer wedding? If you have a hot weather wedding experience to share, we’d love to hear from you. In the meantime, stay cool!

Top Five Friday :: Top 5 Ways To Make Your Wedding Reception Fun!

:: Top 5 Ways To Make Your Wedding Reception Fun! ::

CONGRATS! You and your loved one are getting married and having a celebration with friends and family in order to share the joy. Most weddings have music and dancing. Some wedding parties even perform a dance to entertain the guests. Of course, many celebrations serve alcohol – always a party pleaser, but you two might want to consider some other ideas to make your reception even more fun and bring in some more interest than just the traditional. Here are our top suggestions to make your reception fun (besides what we’ve already mentioned):

1 :: Create a board and/or lawn game area :: Not everyone likes to dance and if kids are coming to your party, you need to plan fun things for them as well. You can supply board games, cards, guessing games, and even a craft area that you’ve supplied with paper, crayons and other craft items for the kiddos… (or others!). For outdoor activities you can supply lawn darts, horseshoes, or even a ping pong table. Try to gear the games to what you can reasonably expect your guests to enjoy, but overall they will appreciate that there is something else to do besides dance, especially if you aren’t a dancer!

 

2 :: Have a contest and a prize :: Ask guests to write their best marriage advice. Gather the papers and have you and your spouse (or ask a couple of wedding party members) to select the top five answers and read these aloud. Ask the guests to vote on the best advice by virtue of applause, and consider offering a prize to the winner. Maybe that prize is a toaster from your wedding registry! 😉

3 :: How about a photo booth? :: Today’s photo booths have fun and interactive props for your guests and create an instant memento. Check out our previously posted blog on these fun additions to your celebration by clicking here.

4 :: Put on a skit :: Engage your friends in creating a skit about the two of you. It can feature stuff like how you met, how the proposal was asked, what will life be like in fifty years. Assuming you have creative friends, this can be a fabulously funny show!

5 :: Schedule an entertainment event :: I recently attended an event that featured Spanish dancers. Not only was it great fun to watch them, but they offered Spanish dancing lessons afterwards. It was really funny to watch some of the guests try the moves and watch a few build some confidence with their Spanish skills! Another event featured a comedy team similar to “Whose LIne is it Anyway?” that was totally entertaining. You can call a local booking agent and find out what talent is available in your area.

Well there it is, dear readers. MRSter would love to hear your ideas on wedding reception fun. What have you seen or have planned for some extra fun at a wedding?

St. John, USVI :: Mark & Mike :: Sunset Ceremony // Real LGBTQ Wedding

:: Sunset Ceremony ::

Submitted by :: Mary Bartolucci of Island Style Weddings
Photographed by :: STJ Creative Photography

Mike and Mark wanted a simple tropical ceremony and they had the beach all to themselves as they exchanged touching vows at sunset. Trunk Bay beach was the perfect backdrop for this memorable ceremony. They were the first lucky couple to legally marry on St. John… Which was a huge honor for Mary Bartolucci who officiated the ceremony. With such breathtaking views, there really was no need for anything other than themselves and simple white boutonnieres.

After their ceremony, the couple and their guests enjoyed a delicious dinner at Asolare, an intimate restaurant overlooking the beautiful Caribbean sea.

DISTINCTIONS

Sunset Ceremony. Making History. Ocean Views.

THE PROFESSIONALS

Photography :: STJ Creative Photography
Event Planning :: Island Style Weddings
Officiant :: Mary Bartolucci of Island Style Weddings
Reception :: Asolare
Floral :: Roses Too Flowers

LOCATION

St. John, United States Virgin Islands

COLORS

 

Wedding Wisdom Wednesday :: Last Name After Marriage // To Change Or Not To Change - That Is The Question

:: Last Name After Marriage // To Change Or Not To Change – That Is The Question ::

Much has changed. I remember attempting to buy a car back in the 70s. (Yes, I’m an old broad.) The salesman advised me to come back with my “husband.” I was totally insulted! The nerve of that guy!!! As if I wasn’t equipped to make such a big decision on my own. Grrr. It still irks me when I think about it. Needless to say I bought my car elsewhere.

The tradition of the “wife” taking the last name of the “husband” stems from the days when wives were considered property. The woman moved from her father’s home to her husband’s home and thus took his name because she now belonged to him. Historically, most cultures were founded on a patriarchal system. Consider the fact that even in America, woman have had the right to vote for less than 100 years so although we have evolved, we still have a long way to go.  

Yes, much has changed, and now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, the question again arises of what to do about a last name for the newly created family unit. There are several schools of thought on the issue of adopting the name of your partner.  

Love Is Love

On the pro side, sharing the same last name creates a feeling of family unity and makes the two easily identifiable as a couple. If there are or will be children in the mix, sharing a common last name identifies the family as a whole. Also, there is something that speaks of commitment and honor to be willing to take on the name of your partner.

On the con side, there is still that element of possession, loss of personality identity, and somehow being a less important person than the one whose name you take. Then there is the element of traditional male roles versus traditional female roles which society at large still finds confusing in relation to the LGBTQ community.

As always, you have the right to do what you want to do in this country, as long as you are not a danger to yourself or others. So our position here at MRSter is to do what is right for you as a couple. We would like to add that we think the idea of combining both last names into one brand new last name is an exciting and compelling alternative, and speaks volumes of the commitment to the new family unit. This idea affords a lovely way to merge your identities in a creative, committed way.  

What are your thoughts? To change or not to change your last name after marriage?

Top Five Friday :: Top 5 Wedding Traditions You Can Pass Along in Your Family

:: Top 5 Wedding Traditions You Can Pass Along in Your Family ::

Didya ever see Fiddler on the Roof”? It’s a musical that focuses on the importance of tradition, and happens to take place in pre-revolutionary Russia. To me, it’s another reminder that we, as human beings, are more alike than we are different – by a long shot!

What is a tradition in your family? I remember at my aunt’s marriage, one big tradition in our Italian family was the money dance, where people danced with the bride and pinned cash to her veil. If you don’t have a family tradition, why not start one? In the meantime, here are MRSter’s Top Five Wedding Tradition ideas that are updated and easily passed on to your family.

1 :: Something old, something new something borrowed, something blue :: This tradition comes from the Victorian era, with old representing old friends, new representing the creation of a new family, borrowed representing something borrowed from a happily married friend, and blue representing purity and modesty. Make this tradition your own by borrowing a family heirloom to incorporate into your bouquet or wearing blue undies, for example. There are many, many ways you can use this tradition to make it uniquely yours.

2 :: Changing the “Bride’s” name to the last name of the “Groom” :: This tradition started because brides were considered the property of the groom back in the old days. Nowadays, people are often hyphenating names to demonstrate their partnership. Consider creating a brand new surname from the last name of each of you. In this way, you are both fairly represented in your new partnership and your love is reflected in your brand new name.

3 :: Tossing the garter :: Instead of tossing the garter, why not auction it off to the highest bidder with the proceeds going to your favorite charity? You can donate the proceeds in the name of the person who bid the highest. Sweet!

4 :: Throwing rice :: This tradition started because rice was considered to enhance fertility. The problem is getting a rice kernel In your eye! Instead of rice, consider using birdseed, bubbles, flower petals, confetti, glitter, streamers, or whatever other fun and safe throwable item you think of.

5 :: Readings :: Spice up your readings with words that carry special weight in your world. From Dr. Seuss to Shakespeare, from the Bible to the great poets, choose readings that have a special significance for the two of you.

Wedding Reading

Photography :: Berg Photography

Choose new traditions that resonate who you both are. Your wedding is all about the two of you, your love, and the joy you want to share with those that are close to you. Have you made any wedding traditions your own? We would love to hear about them!!

Wedding Wisdom Wednesday :: Modern Wedding Trends

 :: Modern Wedding Trends ::

One thing MRSter totally promotes is that your wedding is what YOU want, not somebody else’s idea of what your wedding should be. For the modern couple, we’ve noticed that new trends are cropping up everywhere. We thought we’d share some ideas we really like that you might think is right for you.

:: Consider different entertainment options :: Utilize your musician friends, hire a contemporary choir, use a cabaret singer, entertain with a retro big band orchestra or a rock and roll band or a blues band, or ethnic music of any sort. You can hire a combination of different styles for different parts of the evening. For instance, have a cabaret singer perform during the cocktail hour and a big band orchestra perform for dancing the night away. Find entertainment options by clicking here and searching your location.

Wedding Entertainment

Photography :: Berg Photography

:: A modern take on the wedding party :: How about getting Grandma and Grandpa to act as flower girl and ring bearer? If done right, this can be both dignified and a beautiful, heart warming addition to your ceremony.

:: Create unique centerpieces :: We’ve seen centerpieces of submerged flowers, shimmering jars with candles, desert plant groupings, teacups or wine glasses, fruits and veggies, twigs, paper and marbles, and much more! Virtually anything you can conceive of can be turned into attractive centerpieces. Check out our florists listed on our FABuLIST to connect with a designer.

:: Dance your way back up the aisle :: Hey, it’s a joyous occasion! What better way to express your happiness than dancing all the way back up the aisle as your friends and family are cheering you on? Whoo hoo! This isn’t necessarily a new trend but we believe strongly in the power of music and we’d like this trend to stick around.

:: Food… Glorious food :: Who says you have to keep to the traditional plated chicken dinner? Love hamburgers? Hire a catering truck. Getting married at the beach? Have a clambake. Honeymooning in Italy? Serve spaghetti. Love Mexican food? There are a variety of taco trucks out there… Or have a burrito bar. You can provide munchie stations, dessert stations, cheese and cracker stations, sushi stations… The ideas are only limited to your imagination and your budget.

:: Looking good :: You can be fancy or casual in your wedding clothing, dress up or down, wear sneakers and jeans, show off your western wear, utilize ethnic dress, have a costume party wedding or any kind of themed wedding wear, ask all guests to wear specific colors for a feeling of unity, or just be traditional! It’s all up to you.

What is a trend you are planning or have seen recently that you love?

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Wedding Wisdom Wednesday :: Wedding Color Trends // 2016

:: Wedding Color Trends // 2016 ::

Personally, my favorite color is green. Green speaks of newness, regeneration and life. Green can come in many shades, from subtle to intense, but you know, I am also personally not the color trend setter. However, I say go with your gut. Choose colors that make YOU happy for your wedding. But, if you’d like to know what the trend setters are saying, here’s the scoop.

Perusing the web on the subject, everyone seems to have something a little different to say. One article promotes metallics and another promotes pastels. Some say pink and blue, while another suggests neutrals. Still, another suggests a concentration of various hues of one color. My conclusion is that there really isn’t a prominent trend. So it’s back to my original idea… Select colors that make you happy!

Wedding Color Trends

Photography :: Berg Photography

There are certain parameters that you should follow, however, and my artistic nature offers these ideas:

Step 1 :: Start by picking the color with which you’d like to work. Consult with your partner and settle on the main color you both love and agree upon.

Step 2 :: Give yourself a mini education on color theory. Think about harmony – how well colors compliment each other. Think in terms of primary colors, which are defined as red, yellow and blue: secondary colors, which are defined as green, orange and purple, which are made by mixing the primary colors; and tertiary colors, which are colors produced by mixing primary and secondary colors. You don’t need to be an expert of course, but it pays to have a basic idea of how colors go together.

Wedding Trends

Photography :: GSquared Weddings

Step 3 :: Consult a color wheel. These are readily available on the net and can give you ideas about parallel, monochromatic, complimentary, and other various shades and hues that are pleasing to the eye and create good vibes.

Step 4 :: Consider harmony. Harmony is found in things that go together, like you and your loved one! Visually, harmony is largely seen by the arrangement of color, creating balance, order and promoting a pleasing sense. A lack of harmony offers either a lack of pleasure due to blandness or on the other extreme, a feeling of disorder. I had a girlfriend years ago who painted her bedroom a super bright orange… I never felt comfortable in that room! Bedrooms are for relaxing, but the bright orange was overly stimulating and made me feel tense and irritable. I like the color orange, but not necessarily on bedroom walls.

Wedding Color Trends

Photography :: {MRSter Approved} Molly + Co

Step 5 :: Go with it. You can incorporate your color scheme into your clothing, your flowers, your table decorations and really everything to create a harmonious whole. It doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy, but you want to go for harmony. Harmonious colors will help set the mood for a joyous celebration.

What colors do you have planned for your upcoming wedding? Comb through our Brag Mag for inspiration from real weddings.

Wedding Wisdom Wednesday :: Get Celebrity Style for Less for Your Big Day

:: Get Celebrity Style for Less for Your Big Day ::

Talking to Michael Schmidt of award winning {and MRSter Approved} Parker and Schmidt Clothiers was a real learning experience. Michael has been in this family business for 12 years and really knows his stuff. Gleaning from his father, Michael started the business by going door to door and is now doing 40-50 weddings per month! Michael is a bi-lingual entrepreneur with an MBA and a great sense of style. You can purchase {MRSter ApprovedParker and Schmidt Clothiers stunningly great looking products at very reasonable rates, which is an exceedingly better option than renting a tux or suit.

Parker and Schmidt

Here are the results of our interview…

MRSter :: What tips can you offer to achieve celebrity chic?

Michael :: One button suits and tuxes with a shawl lapel (rounded edge in a continuous curve) are very much in vogue for formal occasions. Jacket and pants don’t need to match, but if you’re wearing a vest, it should match the pants. For a modern look, consider a jacket with elbow pads. Yup, that’s right… They are coming back! Open collars are an option for a less formal look. Michael can help you customize your look so you can look trendy, yet comfortably you.

MRSter :: What styles should you avoid?

Michael :: Peak lapels (lapel edges point up and toward the shoulder) are trying to make a comeback, but it’s not going to happen. Striped pants are definitely dated, as are pleated shirts and cummerbunds. Polyester blends are not the best fabric choice, and linen wrinkles like crazy.

MRSter :: What are some practical designs for long days of looking your best?

Michael :: Super 140s through 180s lightweight wool (refers to fineness) is the way to go. This fabric is quite comfortable, keeps you cool in warm weather and warm in cool weather, and is resistant to soiling and wrinkling. We now carry non-iron cotton shirts in 23 colors with cuts from slim to traditional. Some have french cuffs. We get these overseas from a vendor that infuses the cotton with fabric softener during the manufacturing process. Also, proper tailoring is important for comfort as well as looks. You can have the finest suit or tux in the world and still look frumpy if is ill-fitted.

MRSter :: Speaking of tailoring, there are quite a few women who opt for wearing a tux or a suit. Are their special techniques to tailoring a suit to fit a woman’s body?

Michael :: Absolutely. We offer modern and hip styling and proper tailoring is of the utmost importance. Suit/tux alterations are a major aspect of our business, but a simple operation. For women, alterations are generally focused around the hips and front of the pants as well as the waist. We often remove the belt line, raise it and reattach it. The biggest issue in tailoring for women are shirts due to the smaller size of a woman’s neck. What we generally do is utilize two shirt sizes, removing the collar of each, swapping them, and re attaching the collar to the smaller neck measurement. This allows for a perfect fit. By the way, suspenders and bow ties are definitely in and make for a fun experience. Also the trend is wearing Vans or Converse shoes – very popular!

Well, there you have it readers. Thank you, Michael! We appreciate your expert input (plus it was fun and interesting to chat with you!). Don’t forget to check out Michael’s FABuLISTing here.