At Twin Ponds, we pride ourselves in our elegant event venue for weddings and banquets. With our experienced background we know that planning can become stressful for the bride or the banquet planner. So every Wednesday we’ll be posting some tips and tricks for your special occasion!

Tell the DJ or band to play one of these first dance songs, and your wedding reception will be one to remember. Whether you’re looking for a country ballad, a soulful tune or a popular first dance song that all of your guests can sing along to, we’ve compiled the very best first dance songs to kick off your wedding reception. After all, the opening tune will set the tone for the rest of your reception music. (So if you want your guests on the dance floor all night, you’ll want to pick a great first dance song.)

Browse our favorite picks below, along with standout song lyrics that are sure to give you and your guests all those first dance feels.

In this article: 

  • Most Popular First Dance Songs
  • Country First Dance Songs
  • Classic First Dance Songs
  • Folk and Alternative First Dance Songs
  • Rock First Dance Songs
  • Soul and R&B First Dance Songs

Most Popular First Dance Songs

According to data from The Knot 2019 Real Weddings Study, the most popular first dance songs are likely ones you’ve heard before. Of over 27,000 couples surveyed, the tune that took the top spot is “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. This marks the third year in a row the pop ballad, which was released in 2017, has been deemed the most popular first dance song. Coming in at the second spot is country love song “Speechless” by Dan + Shay. Rounding out the top three songs is “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley. See the entire list of the most popular first dance songs below.

1.”Perfect,” Ed Sheeran

Lyrics you’ll love: “When I saw you in that dress/Looking so beautiful/I don’t deserve this/ Darling, you look perfect tonight”

2. “Speechless,” Dan + Shay

Lyrics you’ll love: “Ever since the day that we meet/You take the breath out of my lungs/Can’t even fight it”

3. “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley

Lyrics you’ll love: “Like a river flows surely to the sea/Darling so it goes/Some things are meant to be”

4. “Yours,” Russell Dickerson

Lyrics you’ll love: “You make me better than I was before/Thank God I’m yours”

5. “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran

Lyrics you’ll love: “I’m thinking out loud/Maybe we found love right where we are”

6. “From the Ground Up,” Dan + Shay

Lyrics you’ll love: “And we’ll build this love from the ground up/Now ’til forever it’s all of me, all of you”

7l “Say You Won’t Let Go,” James Arthur

Lyrics you’ll love: “And I wanna stay with you until we’re grey and old/Just say you won’t let go”

8. “All of Me,” John Legend

Lyrics you’ll love: “Give your all to me/I’ll give my all to you/You’re my end and my beginning”

9. “At Last,” Etta James

Lyrics you’ll love: “And here we are in heaven/For you are mine/At last”

10.  “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne

Lyrics you’ll love: “The way you move me, it’s crazy/It’s like you see right through me/And make it easier/Believe me, you don’t even have to try”

Country First Dance Songs

Give your wedding reception a sentimental flair with these sweet country first dance songs.

1. “Change Your Name,” Brett Young

Lyrics you’ll love: “I wanna know you like I know every road back home/From that first tell-all, I knew that I’d never, I’d never let you go”

2. “Big, Big Plans,” Chris Lane

Lyrics you’ll love: “But I don’t think she can understand/Just how far I’ve been lettin’ my heart fall”

3. “Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves

Lyrics you’ll love: “You’re my golden hour/The color of my sky/You’ve set my world on fire/And I know, I know everything’s gonna be alright”

4. “You Make It Easy,” Jason Aldean

Lyrics you’ll love: “You’re my sunshine in the darkest days/My better half, my saving grace/You make me who I wanna be/You make it easy”

5. “Made That Way,” Jordan Davis

Lyrics you’ll love: “Everything falls into place/As soon as I see your face/Don’t stop loving me”

6. “Then,” Brad Paisley

Lyrics you’ll love: “Now you’re my whole life/Now you’re my whole world/I just can’t believe/The way I feel about you girl/Like a river meets the sea/Stronger than it’s ever been”

7.  “Amazed,” Lonestar

Lyrics You’ll Love: “I don’t know how you do what you do/I’m so in love with you/It just keeps getting better”

8. “Grow Old With Me,” Mary Chapin Carpenter

Lyrics you’ll love: “Grow old along with me/Whatever fate decrees/We will see it through”

Classic First Dance Songs

From Frank Sinatra to Adele, these classic first songs would be excellent for a first dance.

1. “Fly Me to the Moon,” Frank Sinatra

Lyrics you’ll love: “Fill my heart with song/Let me sing forever more/You are all I long for/All I worship and adore”

2. “Your Song,” Elton John

Lyrics you’ll love: “I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words/How wonderful life is while you’re in the world”

3. “Everything,” Michael Bublé

Lyrics you’ll love: “And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times/It’s you, it’s you, you make me sing/You’re every line, you’re every word, you’re everything”

4. “Make You Feel My Love,” Adele

Lyrics you’ll love: “Nothing that I wouldn’t do/Go to the ends of the Earth for you/To make you feel my love”

5. “I Am Yours,” Andy Grammer

Lyrics you’ll love: “You take my breath away every night/Still can’t believe it when you say your mine and I am yours”

6. “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri (from Twilight: Breaking Dawn)

Lyrics you’ll love: “Darling, don’t be afraid/I have loved you/For a thousand years/I’ll love you for a thousand more”

7. “By Your Side,” Sade

Lyrics you’ll love: “When you’re on the outside baby and you can’t get in/I will show you you’re so much better than you know”

8. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” Frankie Valli or Lauryn Hill

Lyrics you’ll love: “I love you baby and if it it’s quite alright/I need you baby to warm the lonely nights/I love you baby, trust in me when I say”

9. “I Only Have Eyes for You,” The Flamingos

Lyrics you’ll love: “Are the stars out tonight?/I don’t know if it’s cloudy or bright/I only have eyes for you, dear”

10. “It Had to Be You,” Dooley Wilson (from Casablanca)

Lyrics you’ll love: “And it had to be you, it just had to be you/It had to be you”

11. “I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz

Lyrics you’ll love: “I won’t give up on us/Even if the skies get rough/I’m giving you all my love/I’m still looking up”

12. “Lucky,” Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz

Lyrics you’ll love: “Lucky I’m in love with my best friend/Lucky to have been where I have been/Lucky to be coming home again”

13. “Marry Me,” Train

Lyrics you’ll love: “Together can never be close enough for me/To feel like I am close enough to you/You wear white and I’ll wear out the words, ‘I love you’ ”

14. “Sparks,” Coldplay

Lyrics you’ll love: “But I promise you this/I’ll always look out for you/That’s what I’ll do”

15. “The Best Is Yet to Come,” Frank Sinatra

Lyrics you’ll love: “Come the day you’re mine/I’m gonna teach you to fly/We’ve only tasted the wine/We’re gonna drain the cup dry”

16. “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds

Lyrics you’ll love: “And where was I before the day/That I first saw your lovely face?/Now I see it every day/And I know/That I am/I am/I am/The luckiest”

Folk and Alternative First Dance Songs

Looking for a tune that’s not commonly played at weddings? Consider any one of these folk or alternative first dance songs.

1. “Everywhere,” Fleetwood Mac

Lyrics you’ll love: “Can you hear me calling/Out your name/You know that I’m falling and I don’t know what to say”

2. “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes

Lyrics you’ll love: “Yours is the first face that I saw/I think I was blind before I met you/Now I don’t know where I am/ I don’t know where I’ve been/But I know where I want to go”

3. “Such Great Heights,” The Postal Service or Iron and Wine

Lyrics you’ll love: “And I have to speculate/That God himself did make us/Into corresponding shapes/Like puzzle pieces from the clay”

4. “Wonderwall,” Oasis

Lyrics you’ll love: “I said maybe/You’re gonna be the one that saves me/And after all/You’re my wonderwall”

5. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” Sleeping At Last

Lyrics you’ll love: “And when I’m dreamin’, well I know I’m gonna dream/I’m gonna dream about the time when I’m with you”

6. “Better Together,” Jack Johnson

Lyrics you’ll love: “It’s not always easy and/Sometimes life can be deceiving/I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together”

7. “How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You),” James Taylor

Lyrics you’ll love: “With sweet love and devotion, deeply touching my emotion/I want to stop and thank you baby”

Rock First Dance Songs

Bring some excitement to the after-party with these soulful classic rock songs.

1. “Crazy Love,” Van Morrison

Lyrics you’ll love: “I can hear her heart beat for a thousand miles/And the heavens open every time she smiles”

2. “In My Life,” The Beatles

Lyrics you’ll love: “Though I know I’ll never lose affection/for people and things that went before/I know I’ll often stop and think about them/In my life I love you more”

3. “I Will,” The Beatles

Lyrics you’ll love: “Love you forever and forever/Love you with all my heart/Love you whenever we’re together/Love you when we’re apart”

4. “Just the Way You Are,” Billy Joel

Lyrics you’ll love: “I said I love you and that’s forever/And this I promise from my heart/I couldn’t love you any better/I love you just the way you are”

5. “Maybe I’m Amazed,” Paul McCartney

Lyrics you’ll love: “Maybe I’m amazed at the way you help me sing my song,/Right me when I’m wrong/Maybe I’m amazed at the way I really need you.”

6. “Steady As We Go,” Dave Matthews Band

Lyrics you’ll love: “In the darkest times/You shine on me/You set me free/And keep me steady as we go”

7. “Up Where We Belong,” Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

Lyrics you’ll love: “Love lifts us up where we belong/Where the eagles cry on a mountain high”

8. “We’ve Only Just Begun,” The Carpenters

Lyrics you’ll love: “And when the evening comes we smile,/So much life ahead/We’ll find a place where there’s room to grow/And yes, we’ve just begun”

9. “Wild Horses,” The Rolling Stones

Lyrics you’ll love: “No sweeping exits or offstage lines/Could make me feel bitter or treat you unkind/Wild horses couldn’t drag me away”

10. “You Are So Beautiful,” Joe Cocker

Lyrics you’ll love: “You’re everything I hoped for/You’re everything I need/You are so beautiful to me”

11. “You’re My Best Friend,” Queen

Lyrics you’ll love: “You’re the best friend that I ever had/I’ve been with you such a long time/You’re my sunshine/And I want you to know”

Soul and R&B First Dance Songs

Guests will love watching you and your spouse sway to these heartfelt soul and R&B first dance songs.

1. “If I Ain’t Got You,” Alicia Keys featuring Usher

Lyrics you’ll love: “Some people want diamond rings/Some just want everything/But everything means nothing/If I ain’t got you”

2. “Here and Now,” Luther Vandross

Lyrics you’ll love: “When I look in your eyes, there I’ll see/All that a love should really be/And I need you more and more each day”

3. “Stand by Me,” Ben E. King

Lyrics you’ll love: “No I won’t be afraid/Oh, I won’t be afraid/Just as long as you stand, stand by me”

4. “As,” Stevie Wonder

Lyrics You’ll love: “As around the sun the earth knows she’s revolving/And the rosebuds know to bloom in early May/Just as hate knows love’s the cure/You can rest your mind assure/That I’ll be loving you always”

5. “As Time Goes By,” Dooley Wilson (from Casablanca)

Lyrics you’ll love: “And when two lovers woo/They still say, ‘I love you.’/On that you can rely/No matter what the future brings/As time goes by.”

6. “Come Rain or Come Shine,” Ray Charles

Lyrics you’ll love: “I’m gonna love you, like nobody’s loved you/Come rain or come shine”

7. “La Vie en Rose,” Edith Piaf (French), Louis Armstrong (English)

Lyrics you’ll love: “And when you speak angels sing from above/Everyday words seem/To turn into love songs”

8. “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green

Lyrics you’ll love: “Let’s stay together/Love you whether, whether/Times are good or bad, happy or sad/”

9. “L-O-V-E,” Nat King Cole

Lyrics you’ll love: “Love is all that I can give to you/Love is more than just a game for two/Two in love can make it”

10. “Our Love Is Here to Stay,” Billie Holiday

Lyrics you’ll love: “It’s very clear/Our love is here to stay/Not for a year/But ever and a day”

11. “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding

Lyrics you’ll love: “I’ll be the rainbow after the tears are gone/Wrap you in my colors and keep you warm/That’s how strong my love is”

12. “That’s Where It’s At,” Sam Cooke

Lyrics you’ll love: “Lights turned way down low/Music soft and slow/With someone you love so/That’s where it’s at, yeah”

13. “Unforgettable,” Nat King Cole

Lyrics you’ll love: “That’s why, darling, it’s incredible/That someone so unforgettable/Thinks that I am/unforgettable too”

Source: The Knot


At Twin Ponds, we pride ourselves in our elegant event venue for weddings and banquets. With our experienced background we know that planning can become stressful for the bride or the banquet planner. So every Wednesday we’ll be posting some tips and tricks for your special occasion!

Before you go buying every pretty note card in sight, determine your needs by breaking down your wedding day. Use your wedding style, however formal or casual, as well as time and budget to guide you through the boundless options. It’s helpful to establish a thread of consistency—with color, theme or motif—and apply it to each piece. For efficiency and cost effectiveness, strive to order all your stationery needs from the same place and, ideally, at the same time. Both stationers and online retailers like Elli, Minted and Shutterfly offer the below items. Here’s everything you need to know about the paper products you’ll be ordering.


The centerpiece of your wedding stationery, the invitation reflects the tone of your wedding, whether black tie or beach party. An invitation can have several pieces: the outer envelope, an unsealed inner envelope, the invitation, a reception card (if the party is held at a different venue than the ceremony) and a response card with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Printed maps and information on hotels is often also enclosed.

  • Traditional:

    These are heavy stock, 100-percent cotton or linen paper in white or ecru, engraved with black or charcoal ink, and with a square of tissue to protect the type.

  • Twist:

    Couples are steering away from the standard invitation and using papers in unusual sizes and colors, with exotic textures (perhaps relating to the color scheme of the wedding), and emblazoned with motifs, graphics, monograms and family crests. Waste-conscious couples with less formal invites often forgo the unsealed inner envelope (originally used to protect the invitation from the elements when mail was hand-delivered and often arrived in shoddy shape).

  • Order:

    Three to four months before the wedding date. The sooner you order them, the more time you’ll have to proof them, make any changes and address the outer envelopes (a calligrapher, for example, can require weeks to address 100 invitations).

  • Send:

    Six weeks before the date is the most common; eight weeks is ideal (10 weeks for guests coming from abroad). You have more leeway if you send save-the-date cards first.

Reply Cards

These cards are, of course, sent with your invitations with a self-addressed stamped envelope.

  • Traditional:

    Reply cards often ask each guest to check a box letting couples know how many people will attend the wedding. A date for the return of the reply card is essential.

  • Twist:

    Since so many people have dietary concerns, many reply cards now include the menu options so that guests can check off what they wish to eat that day, and so the caterer can be fully prepared for the number of vegetarian, vegan or other special meals that need to be cooked. Additionally, if it’s a weekend wedding, the reply card will often include a list of activities with check boxes so that guests can let the couple know which events (such as a tennis tournament or golf outing) they plan to attend.

  • Order:

    With your invitations.

Reception Cards

These are cards sent with the wedding invitation to inform guests where the party will take place.

  • Traditional:

    A small card that asks guests to join the newlyweds and their families for a celebratory reception. It gives the date, place and time.

  • Twist:

    Play with fonts and designs (like a motif or monogram) on this card, especially if your invitations are classic.

  • Order:

    With your invitations.

Wedding Programs

Not only can they provide useful information, but they also make charming mementos. Programs are often in the form of a small booklet and include information about the ceremony, such as the date, the names of the bridal party (and perhaps their relationships to the couple), the order of events and the titles of readings and songs. Couples may also choose the program to honor deceased loved ones, to thank important people and/or to explain unfamiliar rites of the ceremony.

  • Traditional:

    The front cover of the booklet bears the couple’s names or joint initials. The pages are bound, usually by the stationer, with a satin ribbon.

  • Twist:

    A less expensive option is a single piece of heavy-stock paper with a vellum overlay, tied together with a ribbon reflecting your color scheme. Some couples are including their favorite poetry or the story of how they met or got engaged. Other couples are crafting creative programs, such as ones shaped as fans (especially popular for beach or summer weddings).

  • Order:

    If the programs will be formal and multipaged, it’s best to order them with your invitations. Otherwise, order four to six weeks before the wedding date.

The Knot Note: Read more on wedding program basics before you visit your stationer.

Menu Cards

These cards are becoming more popular and thankfully so. No one likes to sit down to a meal when they have no idea what is about to be served.

  • Traditional:

    Often designed as a single card in a heavy cotton stock in a rectangular shape and containing the elements of the meal, including different wines or other beverage options.

  • Twist:

    This is a great place to list why you’ve chosen a particular dish if it has cultural or personal significance. Drink cards (listing the five martinis available to guests, for instance) are cards that stand at the bar.

  • Order:

    At least six weeks before the wedding day.

Place Cards

Place cards inform guests which chair to sit in. (Escort cards direct people to their tables.)

  • Traditional:

    Small, tented cards that are printed with each guest’s name and placed at the top of every setting.

  • Twist:

    You can choose to use any kind of prop you like to tell guests where to sit: small stones with hand-painted names, the tag of each favor, even a die-cut flower to enhance your wedding aesthetic.

  • Order:

    With your invitations (or buy them about four weeks before the wedding day).

The Knot Note: Instead of writing each guest’s table assignment on the escort card itself, slip the card into a small envelope that’s tagged with a table number. This way, you can easily swap guests’ table assignments up until the last second.

Thank-You Cards

These handwritten notes—from both of you—should thank guests for their gifts and/or presence at your wedding.

  • Traditional:

    Cards that say “thank you” or have your new married monogram and address stenciled into them.

  • Twist:

    Our favorite idea is a picture card or postcard with your wedding photo (or a photo of all the guests at the ceremony) on the front.

  • Order:

    With your invitations.

  • Send:

    No later than one month after your honeymoon for gifts received the day of your wedding. You should ideally send thank-you notes out immediately for any gifts received before the wedding day.

Source: The Knot


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It’s always a FUN Friday at Twin Ponds!
Friday, 2/21 | 6pm-9pm
Live music by Monk Rowe!
Happy Hour
4:00PM – 7:00PM
Two for One Mixers
$1 Off Beer Bottles & Drafts
Buy One App Get Second Half Off
4:00PM – 9:00PM
Make your dinner reservation now


At Twin Ponds, we pride ourselves in our elegant event venue for weddings and banquets. With our experienced background we know that planning can become stressful for the bride or the banquet planner. So every Wednesday we’ll be posting some tips and tricks for your special occasion!

How to Use the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year at Your Wedding

It’s official: We have a new color of the year! Yesterday, Pantone announced its Color of the Year for 2020, and we’re totally here for it. Their pick? PANTONE 19-4052, aka, Classic Blue!
The company says the shade is “a timeless and enduring hue elegant in its simplicity,” more specifically saying it resembles the color of the sky at dusk. And while Pantone describes the hue—which is darker than sky blue but lighter than midnight blue—with descriptors like “tranquil,” “easily relatable,” and “relaxed,” their reasoning for choosing a favorite color such as blue, especially after vibrant shades like Living Coral and Ultra Violet in previous years, is quite simple: It’s a universal favorite! “We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
And while we’re always here for shades that shake up the fashion and design landscape, we also can’t help but love a classic such as Classic Blue. We trust that you will too so we rounded up a list of ways to incorporate the trendy yet timeless color into every element of your wedding day from the fashion to the favors.
Keep reading for 15 ways to use Classic Blue, the Pantone Color of the Year, at your wedding in 2020.
1) Embrace Colored Paper
Set the scene for your big day before it even starts with an impactful invitation! Classic Blue is a deep enough hue that you can use it for either the text or background on your paper suite. That said, we think it pairs especially well with a gold metallic accent..
2) Buy a Pretty Ring Box
Any wedding day involves moments that are “for the ‘gram,” so take advantage and order props to style day-of accessories like your jewelry, invitation suite, and bridal shoes.
3) Rock Statement Shoes
Brides, listen up: Take your “something blue” to the next level with an unexpected accessory like these blue velvet platforms.
4) Think Beyond the Tux
Guys, too, can hop on this trend by rocking a blue suit. We love this look, especially when paired with accessories like a tonal tie and boutonniere. And the best part? Even the little attendants can take part with a coordinating suit or bowtie!
5) Incorporate Flowers
Blue flowers can be tricky because you don’t want them to appear artificial, but that doesn’t mean chic options aren’t out there! Delphiniums, muscari, and darker-hued hydrangeas are a few of our favorites.
6) Dress Your Wedding Party
You can always ask your wedding party to wear the same dress in Classic Blue. But if you’re looking for a cohesive yet mismatched look, we suggest sharing the Classic Blue swatch (that’s what it’s here for, right!?) with your bridesmaids and letting them choose any style they please.
7) Accessorize the Little Ones
If you’re having flower girls, consider adding pops of blue with their accessories. This little sash and berry crown couldn’t be any more adorable.
8) Decorate the Altar
When designing the focal point of your ceremony, it’s important to make an impression but not take away from what’s most important: the two of you! We love the look of a greenery altar with an asymmetrical floral touch for this reason.
9) Customize Cocktail Napkins
Any day-of paper good can be done in a blue hue, and these cocktail napkins are no exception. If you order in bulk, you can stock your bar cart with a dose of Classic Blue after the wedding.
10) Set Up a Lounge
This is a color about relaxation, meaning it fits especially well in lounge areas that are all about comfort. The shade can be tailored to any style, whether you opt for a neutral base with pops of blue or a monochromatic look.
11) Have an Escort Card Display
For a more romantic interpretation on Classic Blue, consider using it in a watercolor wash as this couple did for their escort card display. A watercolor wash can be done on any day-of signage and printed material from the invitation suite to the menu. That said, we’re especially into this treatment for an escort card display because it feels like a transition from day to night (aka what the color is all about!).
12) Use a Dark Linen
Want to wow your guests? Forget a classic white tablecloth and do Classic Blue instead! We love how a dark base can make any table pop, but especially so when paired with romantic candlelight, neutral plates, and woven touches like these rattan chairs.
13) Set the Table
While we’re obsessed with dark linens, we’re also here for a bare tabletop with blue accents. When setting a table with such a bold color, it’s important to consider balance and place the color accordingly. Take this photo as an example: The blue works because it’s placed strategically at different heights—the plate, the goblets, and, finally, the candelabra—so it doesn’t overwhelm the eye at once.
14) Have a Statement Cake
In a wedding cake, Classic Blue goes a long way! We love the look of a single-tiered confection topped with a romantic wreath of olive leaves and dark-hued roses.
15) Create a Mood-Late-Night!
As you may know, we’re usually opposed to colored uplighting. (Tip: Warm, amber-toned lighting presents any space and any guest, for that matter, in a more flattering light!) But we know that a vibrant hue can change any room from romantic to disco-ready, which is why we are going to make an exception to our rule and say go for the blue light—as long as it’s after the cake cutting and, possibly, includes these heart-shaped neon lights in the background.

It’s always a FUN Friday at Twin Ponds!

Friday, 1/31 | 6pm-9pm
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Happy Hour
4:00PM – 7:00PM
Two for One Mixers
$1 Off Beer Bottles & Drafts
Buy One App Get Second Half Off
4:00PM – 9:00PM
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At Twin Ponds, we pride ourselves in our elegant event venue for weddings and banquets. With our experienced background we know that planning can become stressful for the bride or the banquet planner. So every Wednesday we’ll be posting some tips and tricks for your special occasion!

Beyond the “I Do”: 10 Ways to Have a Meaningful Ceremony

With all the million wedding planning ideas and to-dos swirling around in your head, we wanted to make things a little easier on you and create a list of things for you and your soon-to-be-spouse to think of to make it feel personal and meaningful. So take note of these 10 things that will ensure a meaningful wedding ceremony feels like you because as long as it feels like you, mission accomplished!
1. Determine the “Heartbeat” of Your Ceremony
This may seem a bit tedious because who likes homework, but we think you’ll like this one! Snuggle up on the couch with your fav beverage of choice and think about things that are important to you both. This will help determine the “heartbeat” or overall vibe of your ceremony. What elements about other weddings hit you right in the feels? Include those too if they speak to your heart! Do you want traditional elements? Do you want a religious ceremony? These are great questions to ask yourself and each other while you try not to cry in all the wedding videos we know you’ll inevitable watch. Because we’re also #guilty.
2. Create the Soundtrack of Your Relationship
Now that you have a sense of the overall vibe of your wedding ceremony, it’s time to think music! There are a lot of moments to incorporate music into your wedding ceremony. Family entrances, bridal party, your entrance, any songs you’d like sung live or played during communion, a sand ceremony, hand ceremony…you get the idea. Again, do you want traditional songs? Or do you want to include that funny song you guys both secretly love, or the song that was playing during your first kiss? Include music that has meaning to you! Every time you listen to that song afterwards will bring you right back to your wedding day.
3. Write Your Vows
You want to give yourself plenty of time to write something that’s authentic and meaningful without feeling rushed. Chat with your partner about a general feel or outline you’d like to each follow and then get cracking! If you’re feeling stuck, start with this guide!
4. Include Your Loved Ones
There are a few different ways to include your family and friends in your wedding ceremony that will just warm your heart. The most obvious one being, have a friend of family member officiate your wedding. Just think of all the personal details they can incorporate including your love story from their perspective. So sweet! You can also have a friend do a reading (see more on that at number 8!) or one of my favs is a “ring warming”. Whether this just be the parents, or maybe the bridal party, but the ring will be past between a few people before reaching the bride and groom. As they pass the ring, they are sending it with a well-wish on your marriage therefore “warming” the band for you and your spouse.
5. Personalize Details
Whether you use a line from your song as a couple in the programs or include sentimental objects from your relationship in the wedding, it will make your ceremony feel so much more personal and meaningful. That beautiful goblet from your grandmother might be perfect for communion or the roses you kept from your first date can be included in a bouquet. It doesn’t necessarily have to stand out for your guests, but will be something that you know is there and will warm your heart.
6. Incorporate Cultural Traditions
The blending of cultures amongst two people is always a gorgeous and heart-felt moment. So if your husband is Scottish, does he want to wear a kilt or include a hand-fasting ceremony? Or how about jumping over the broom? Or including a specific color that has special meaning. The list can go on and on that can allow both people to be equally represented in what will be a forever equal partnership.
7. Rethink the Ceremony Layout
Have you thought about having your wedding in the round? Or how about a U shape? If you have the flexibility in your ceremony location and want it to feel more intimate, there are several different layouts to consider that you should definitely chat about with your wedding planner. Again, thinking back to number 1, what do you want your wedding ceremony to feel like?
8. Research Ceremony Readings
This goes back to item number one on your checklist, but if you’re wanting to include a ceremony reading or two, you will want to do your research so it still connects with the overall vibe you’re going for. Whether that be deep or light-hearted, you can pull ideas from your favorite movies, a spiritual book, one of the many romantic sonnets by Shakespeare or your other favorite author, or even a sappy moment from your favorite TV show. Nothing here is off-limits.
9. Include Your Pup
Honestly, this is our favorite one to consider. Do you want to have a dog-of-honor like these cuties? Or maybe they will just make a surprise appearance that is a delight to everyone. Your dog could even act as a ring bearer or flower girl. Either way, including your furry friend, who is really family, is a great idea to consider.
10. Include Your Favorite Treat
Are you having a morning wedding and just love mimosas? How about a welcome drink into the ceremony? Or maybe you just love confetti, have your guests toss some as you walk down the aisle. Or you guys are chocolate lovers and met on a tour of a chocolate museum and want to include a piece of chocolate on each chair. As long as it’s not outdoors during summer, go for it! Your favorite treats don’t have to be saved exclusively for your reception. I mean it is YOUR wedding day after all.
We hope these 10 ideas will help create a meaningful wedding ceremony that feel like you, and give you the chance to reflect on the love you share for each other amidst all the crazy wedding planning details swirling around in your head! Oh while you want to ensure you have a rain backup plan if your wedding is outdoors, you might just want the rain to come after seeing this gorgeous rainy day wedding!

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Friday, 1/24 | 6pm-9pm
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4:00PM – 9:00PM
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It’s always a FUN Friday at Twin Ponds!

Friday, 1/24 | 6pm-9pm
Live music by Frank Cannistra!
Happy Hour
4:00PM – 7:00PM
Two for One Mixers
$1 Off Beer Bottles & Drafts
Buy One App Get Second Half Off
4:00PM – 9:00PM
Make your dinner reservation now