Feb 23, 2008

Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Here is a compiled list of Father-Daughter reception Dance songs. This is in no way a complete list but it does include some of my favorites.

"Then They Do" by Trace Adkins
Listen to This Father and Daughter Wedding Dance Song Here

"I'll Remember" by Madonna
Listen to This Father and Daughter Wedding Dance Song Here

"Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion
Listen to This Father and Daughter Wedding Dance Song Here

"Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carlisle
Listen to This Father and Daughter Wedding Dance Song Here

"Daddy's Girl" by Red Sovine
Listen to This Father and Daughter Wedding Dance Song Here

"Dance With My Father" by Luther Vandross
Listen to This Father and Daughter Wedding Dance Song Here

"Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
Listen to This Father and Daughter Wedding Dance Song Here

"Unforgettable" Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole
Listen to This Father and Daughter Wedding Dance Song Here

"You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban
Listen to This Father and Daughter Wedding Dance Song Here

"Father's Eyes" by Amy Grant
Listen to This Father and Daughter Wedding Dance Song Here

This is in no way a complete Father Daughter Wedding Dance Songs list. It is a starting point. The most important part of finding your Father Daughter Wedding Dance Song is in listening to a wide range of father and daughter dance music. You can also find lists of Wedding Ceremony Songs, First Dance Wedding Songs, Mother-Son Wedding Dance Songs, and Last Dance Songs in the Music and Dancing Category.

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Christmas Wedding Centerpieces

Some traditional and unique Christmas Wedding Centerpiece Ideas are included. I hope this perks your imagination and makes you realize the wealth of ideas on this subject virtually means there is no wrong choice and you never have to settle for what other people you know did.

Giant glass or see-through Bowls of Christmas ornaments can be a great idea for a centerpieces that could double as a Christmas Wedding Favor (they could be personalized or hand-painted with you wedding date). The big round shiny ones . red, green, blue, silver, gold. Fill each bowl with however many people are at that table. Every guest reaches inside the bowl and takes one home as their Favor.
Gift boxes, either small one in a bowl (as above) or big gifts which could be opened at one point in the night. They could hold any Christmas Wedding favor you decide to give...or could just be filled with candy for your guests to enjoy. This can be varied and personalized for your wishes.

Poinsettias can be set in the center of the table and are popular around christmas time. You could also put rings of holly or roping around the table to add that Christmas flair. Oh and Don't forget to add the Mistletoe over the Bride and Groom seats. This will help with the kissing. Just remember both Mistletoe and Poinsettias are Poisonous, so beware if adding to Cake or around children.

Well these were a few ideas I am sure we will add more for you in the near future.


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Feb 22, 2008

Brunei Malay Wedding Traditions

To go with our flair for the international, I am spotlighting an article I found on Bruneiforever.com. It has some wonderful pictures that I hope you avail yourselves of.

Brunei Malay Weddings consist of several events that usually performed in a week or two timeframe. There are also pre-wedding customs that we all had to go through. Below are steps that usually performed for a couple. These steps are that I know of from experience, please correct me if I am wrong or I miss some points here and there


  • Berjarum-jarum. This is where the parents first meet each other and the guy's parents will asked whether the girl is still available for their son. Then they will decide when they will send proper entourage for official engagement between the twos.
  • Bertunang. Groom side will send 2 rings. One is for what we call "pembuka mulut" and the other is the official engagement ring. Parents also discussed on the upcoming wedding. When will be the wedding be held. Also discussed are the "hantaran" (lists of requests) by the groom's side. These requests are not requested by the groom by herself but mostly decided by her parents.
  • Megantar Berian. There are no time frame on how long the engagement period should be. Some people prefer it short. I have seen as short as 2-4 weeks and as long as 5 years. So, after the "Bertunang", its time to get serious. Megantar Berian simply means delivering gifts. These includes all the requests that were stated during the Bertunang discussion earlier between the parents. Mengantar Berian itself is an article long. Perhaps I will cover it up in the near future.
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Wedding Readings #4

Some Wedding Readings for your perusal.

~Genesis 2:18-24
And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
And Adam said:
“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

~Ephesians 5:31-33:
31. As the Scriptures say, "A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one."
32. This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.
33. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

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Feb 21, 2008

Filipinos Wedding Traditions

I found this article on Filipinos wedding traditions on http://www.weddingsatwork.com. I hope our World audience appreciates it.

Filipinos still adhere to numerous widely-held folk beliefs that have no scientific or logical basis but maybe backed-up by some past experiences (yet can be dismissed as mere coincidence). Below are just a few that concerns weddings. Some are still practiced to this day primarily because of 'there's nothing to lose if we comply' attitude while the others are totally ignored for it seemed downright ridiculous. Read on...

Brides shouldn't try on her wedding dress before the wedding day or the wedding will not push through.

Knives and other sharp and pointed objects are said to be a bad choice for wedding gifts for this will lead to a broken marriage.

Giving arinola (chamberpot) as wedding gift is believed to bring good luck to newlyweds.

Altar-bound couples are accident-prone and therefore must avoid long drives or traveling before their wedding day for safety.

The groom who sits ahead of his bride during the wedding ceremony will be a henpecked husband.

If it rains during the wedding, it means prosperity and happiness for the newlyweds.

- A flame extinguished on one of the wedding candles means the one on which side has the unlit candle, will die ahead of the other.

Throwing rice confetti at the newlyweds will bring them prosperity all their life.

The groom must arrive before the bride at the church to avoid bad luck.

It is considered bad luck for two siblings to marry on the same year.

Breaking something during the reception brings good luck to the newlyweds.

The bride should step on the groom's foot while walking towards the altar if she wants him to agree to her every whim.

A bride who wears pearls on her wedding will be an unhappy wife experiencing many heartaches and tears.

An unmarried woman who follows the footsteps (literally) of the newlyweds will marry soon.

Dropping the wedding ring, the veil or the arrhae during the ceremony spells unhappiness for the couple.

In early Filipino custom, the groom-to-be threw his spear at the front steps of his intended's home, a sign that she has been spoken for. These days, a ring suffices as the symbol of engagement.


After the couple has decided to marry, the first order of business is the pamanhikan, where the groom and his parents visit the bride's family to ask for her hand in marriage. Wedding plans are often made at this time, including a discussion of the budget and guest list. Don't be surprised if the groom-to-be is expected to run some errands or help out around the bride's house. This tradition is called paninilbihan, where the suitor renders service to his future wife's family to gain their approval.

Wedding Outfits

The white wedding dress has become popular in the last hundred years or so with America's influence in the Philippines. Before that, brides wore their best dress, in a festive color or even stylish black, to celebrate a wedding. Orange blossom bouquets and adornments were a must during the turn of the last century. For men, the barong tagalog is the traditional Filipino formal wear. It is a cool, almost transparent, embroidered shirt, made from silky pina or jusi, two native ecru fabrics. It is worn untucked, over black pants, with a white t-shirt underneath. These days, a Filipino American groom might wear the conventional black tux, but Filipino male wedding guests will usually show up in their finest barongs.


In pre-colonial days, a wedding ceremony lasted three days. On the first day, the bride and groom were brought to the house of a priest or babaylan, who joined their hands over a plate of raw rice and blessed the couple. On the third day, the priest pricked the chests of both bride and groom and drew a little blood. Joining their hands, they declared their love for each other three times. The priest then fed them cooked rice from the same plate and gave them a drink of some of their blood mixed with water. Binding their hands and necks with a cord, he declared them married. The majority of Filipino weddings are now Catholic weddings, but some native traditions remain. Most have special "sponsors" who act as witnesses to the marriage. The principal sponsors could be godparents, counselors, a favorite uncle and aunt, even a parent. Secondary sponsors handle special parts of the ceremony, such as the candle, cord and veil ceremonies. Candle sponsors light two candles, which the bride and groom use to light a single candle to symbolize the joining of the two families and to invoke the light of Christ in their married life. Veil sponsors place a white veil over the bride's head and the groom's shoulders, a symbol of two people clothed as one. Cord sponsors drape the yugal (a decorative silk cord) in a figure-eight shape--to symbolize everlasting fidelity--over the shoulders of the bride and groom. The groom gives the bride 13 coins, or arrhae, blessed by the priest, as a sign of his dedication to his wife's well-being and the welfare of their future children.


The Filipino wedding feast is elaborate. One feast celebrated at the turn of the last century involved these foods: First was served cold vermicelli soup. The soup was followed by meats of unlimited quantity--stewed goat, chicken minced with garlic, boiled ham, stuffed capon, roast pork and several kinds of fish. There were no salads, but plenty of relishes, including red peppers, olives, green mango pickles and crystallized fruits. For dessert, there were meringues, baked custard flan, coconut macaroons and sweetened seeds of the nipa plant.

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Minnie's Money Musings

Wedding Budgeting can be quite the challenge. It's a common place for resentments to build up. Here are a few tips to help you keep the peace, avoid as much trouble as possible, and keep everybody focused on the Marriage that is being created, and not the hassles of the Wedding Finances.

It used to be expected that the bride's family would pay for the Wedding, the groom's family pays for the Rehearsal Dinner. (Of course, before that, brides were actually "paid for". If you're a couple who wants to buy the bride and her dowry with a flock of sheep, this article may not pertain to you.)

Anyways, nowadays it's not nearly so clear who pays for what. Some couples pay for everything themselves, and some couples have everybody chipping in various amounts. This can be great, but it can also create headaches. This is a stressful time for everybody, even though it's happy.

When the people in your life are making generous gestures towards you and your sweetheart, the number one thing to remember is to be grateful. They might not be giving as much as you'd like, or maybe they're giving more than you think they are comfortable with. Everyone should remember this is a gift, and not a contract. Some people can be very nit-picky about how they want their money spent. Fights over whose side is bigger, whether or not to do an open bar, whether you "need" an ice sculpture, what the invitation should look like or what they say.. all of these can get very unpleasant.

Try to go for the most diplomatic approach you can. If people are a little more relaxed about how what they are giving is being spent, try telling them "because of you, we get to have the wedding we really want, and we get to have..." and tell them something about what their contribution is going towards. (Saying your contribution helped us purchase photos, etc. is also great for "Thank You" notes) Don't tell the people contributing to your Wedding what other people are giving. Everyone's incomes, expenses, and comfort levels are different. With two families coming together, it's best to avoid resentments this early in the game.

Diplomacy is key. Even if they're driving you crazy, remember this is your family. Take some deep breaths, say thank you, and do whatever you have to do to avoid fights. It'll be much better in the long run.


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Winter Wedding Ideas

I have spent so much time discussing Christmas Weddings I have totally forgotten about other wedding themes. Winter Weddings can be fabulous without having to have anything to do with Christmas.
Most Bridal magazines will focus on the summer month wedding ideas, so here is a few ideas for a Winter Wedding.

-Don't overlook silk, long sleeves and elegant Faux wraps for your Wedding Gown.

-Make sure you remember snow can be your friend but you are not guaranteed to have any...Make plans to not Count on having snow...Or plan to have fake snow!

-Sprigs of Holly, Evergreen trees, Occasionally Oak Leaves will go fabulously with the wedding colors of your choice.

-Try to avoid White and Cream table linens, if your reception site has lots of windows and instead try Deeper colors. If it snows the Windows will take care of the white and the deeper colors will add warmth.

-You can add a Velvet Cape to your Gown that will be strikingly beautiful and also keep you warm.

What ever you decide remember this, the best part of an off-season wedding is the discounts most of the big wedding venues will give you. For instance a Reception Site in Boston might cost you $30,000 to $40,000 in the Summer Wedding Months but during the winter will cost half that amount.


Feb 20, 2008

Christmas Wedding Theme

A Christmas Wedding can be a great way to combine these two most festive events; Matrimony and Christmas Spirit. In most cases this is also a cost-saving event, between the time of year and the decorations that will already adorn most venues. Included are some ideas to make your Christmas Wedding truly special.


Most venues and Churches will already have Reds and Greens decorating the space, it will be easy to fit these festive colors into your Wedding theme. You can also pick other colors; including White and Silver, Silver and light Blue, or Gold and Off-White or Cream. White and Gold can help to create a highly formal. elegant Decor.


If a Christmas Tree isn't already part of the decor at your reception consider adding one of your own. Muffs can be used instead of Bridesmaids Bouquets. Centerpieces can be made of ornaments or find some Poinsettias, which are very popular around Christmas. You can decorate your Tree to fit the color theme. So if Gold and White are your colors, affix some white lights to your tree. And instead of a gift Table how about guest placing gifts under the tree and if they have cards they can place them in matching Stockings.

Wedding Invitations

The normal six to eight week suggestion for Wedding Invitations to be sent out might be cutting it close during the Christmas season when most guest will be attending a plethora of Christmas gatherings. Instead plan on sending them out one month earlier to assure you of your guests attendance to your most special celebration.You might be tempted to make your invitation like a Holiday Card, but if you do Guests might get confused and just put them aside...Make your Invitations stand out.

Wedding Favors

You can find mini-candles with an engraving of your names and date of your Wedding. You can have someone or order Individualized Christmas ornaments. Possibly the ornaments that fill the centerpiece can become your favors.

Many considerations go into planning your Christmas Wedding, make sure you start planning early for a Christmas Wedding. If you start a year in advance you can take advantage of After Christmas Sales that might help with Decorations and possibly Favors. With a little Organization you Christmas Wedding will be the party of this very festive season.


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Traditional Irish Wedding

While planning for a Christmas Wedding I have found some great information on other Wedding Themes. I found the original steps for this article on Ehow.com's article entitled How to Plan an Irish Wedding.

Traditional Irish Wedding:

Things You’ll Need:

Select a date for the wedding. The last day of the year is considered an especially lucky time for an Irish marriage.

Choose claddagh rings for your wedding bands. These traditional Irish rings, when worn on the ring finger of the left hand with the heart facing in, tell the world your heart is taken forever.

Hire a piper to play at your ceremony. Contact your local St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee for help in finding one.

Ask a child to present a satin horseshoe to the bride at the conclusion of the ceremony. This represents good luck. Insert the horseshoe open end up (so the luck won't run out) into the bridal bouquet.

Honor the person who introduced you to each other with a special toast at the wedding. This tradition stems from the days when a matchmaker had that role.

Serve a traditional Irish wedding cake, which is a fruit cake filled with almonds, raisins, cherries and spice, and laced with brandy or bourbon. You can order this or make it yourself.

Sign up for ceilidh (dance) lessons for the bride and bridal party prior to the wedding to learn some Irish dances to perform at the ceremony.

Hire a band that can play popular Irish songs, such as "The Irish Wedding Song", "Oh Danny Boy", "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" and "My Favorite Irish Rose".

Include a song or dance that reflects your family's specific heritage.

Tie harvest knots out of straw and decorate them with small flowers or bells to give to guests as favors. Attach a scroll explaining the significance, which is that young Irish men traditionally gave these to their girls to show their devotion.

Suggest your florist weave tiny harvest knots into your bouquet.

*Remember Sunny Days are the luckiest to be married on...So hope and Pray for Sun. If it happens to Rain on Your Parade, don't fuss, this is meant more for fun than for luck.

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Feb 19, 2008

Wedding Favors and Bridal Gifts

I don't really understand the insistence that every person in your Bridal Party should be given the same Bridal Party Gift.
I have five Groomsmen and the only thing they have in common is being my friend. I am going to shop for them equally but individually. I think the rule of thumb to use is to buy the gift for the Person, and NOT the role. If you are lucky enough to have five friend who would enjoy the same gift than buy it. But if like me your friends are from different generations or have different interests make a decision to thank each of them uniquely.

There is also something to be said of doing something like this for the Wedding Favors, also. Practically speaking you aren't going to shop for individual favors, unless you have that kind of money and time, but think about this. Guys and Gals are different. Maybe something like Chocolates for the men and Candles for the ladies...even McDonald's has different gender toys in their Happy Meals.

Be creative and remember these people love you and you in turn love them...It is your day but you picked them to share it with you...Thank them in a way they will appreciate not in a way you would have liked. Be remembered for the caring people you are and not the Bridezilla or SUPERGroom you have become for the last few months.


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Bridesmaids: Your Nearest and Dearest

Well the big question on all the forums is about Bridesmaids' Dresses. This is really an important issue. These ladies are your nearest and dearest, and they deserve to look good, but also to Complement you.

It is important for you to take into account body-type and the ladies feelings when picking out their dresses. I have seen Brides dress their Bridesmaids in every fashion there is...Some just because they can.

Nothing can ruin a friendship quicker then Wedding Pictures featuring your best friend wearing a dress completely wrong for her just because you want it.

Remember to pick colors that accentuate your Wedding Theme and dresses that work for your Bridesmaids.


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Feb 18, 2008

Asking for a Blessing?

Now I want to pose a question.

How many of you (or your fiance's) asked her(your) father's permission (or more commonly) his blessing before you proposed?

In this day and age this custom has seemed to go by the wayside. I know I was torn between the tradition my father taught me and the new customs. I finally did ask for his blessing, over a sausage pizza with a baseball game on the television. The funny thing is my fiancee set it up for me and was upstairs cleaning, while I was twiddling away downstairs.

It was great, I knew I was there to ask. He knew it too. And yet we made it through two hours of watching a game neither of us cared about to get to the actual question.

I broke the ice by saying:
Me: I have a very important question to ask you
Him: Well
Me: Do you like peanut butter?

This was followed by a intense debate of the quality of Peanut Butter, including brands and the important Chunky vs. Smooth debate.

I thought I was lost. And then I decided to say.

"I want to be the one who buys your daughter her peanut butter, for the rest of her life!"

"Does she approve?"

"Well I think she will"

So the moral of the story is asking for your Future Father-in-Laws blessing is important. Just remember to actually ask him straight or he will toy with your emotions just for the fun of it. Oh and if you have daughter remember this story and feel free to use it.


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Feb 17, 2008

First Dance and a Waltz

Mickey actually knows how to dance, I really don't. For both of those reasons a choreographed "First Dance" would be silly. Forced, and not us. Anne Murray's "Can I have this Dance" is a great song; he came across it the day after we got engaged. We put it on the iPod in the kitchen or the office or wherever, and have a little escape dancing to that whenever we need. Hopefully one of these days I'll get the hang of it.

Actually, the other night he did give me some lessons, teaching me to waltz. It was incredibly fun. We danced to Frank Sinatra's "Christmas Waltz." If we can get that down (if I can transform one of my left feet lol) it seems like a natural choice for the wedding.

The weekend we got engaged we'd gone to a wedding of one of my childhood friends. Her parents looked so in love and so happy, and they sang to each other as they danced all night. It was the sweetest sight, everyone was so happy that night, and it made me look forward to still having that with Mickey in thirty years.

-- Minnie

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