Monday, May 6th, 2019

5 Best Mother-Son Songs for Your Wedding

The mother-son dance is one of the most touching moments of a wedding reception. While couples often spend a lot of time choosing the song for their first dance, it’s just as important to pay attention to the parent-child dances. In the honor of the upcoming Mother’s Day, here are five great mother-son songs you could consider for your North Carolina wedding!

 

Forever Young by Rod Stewart

 

This song was written by Rod Steward for his two children. The lyrics talk beautifully about always staying kind and not losing sight of who you are – something all mothers want their sons, and daughters, to remember.

Sweetest Devotion by Adele

 

Adele’s songs are at the top of the wedding playlist for many couples. Sweetest Devotion is a fitting mother-son song because the charismatic artist wrote it for her own son. It’s a beautiful song that’ll capture the moment magically.

 

 

God Made You Beautiful by Beyoncé

 

Another strong mother singing a song for their child is Beyoncé with her God Mad You Beautiful. She wrote it for her daughter and the song’s lyrics talk about the beauty of children and how they make the world just right.

 

I’ll Always Love My Momma by The Intruders

 

If you’re looking for those upbeat mother-son songs, then you must check out this one by The Intruders. It has a funky melody that’s perfect for a choreographed dance to wow the crowds! It’s also a lovely song to remind your mother that you’ll always be her baby boy.

 

A Song for Mama by Boyz II Men

 

You can also get your groove on with this Boyz II Men classic. It’s a great way to show your mom some appreciation during the wedding ceremony. The song is a love song for all the hardworking moms out there and one of our favorite mother-son songs!

 

Tips for Choosing Mother-Son Songs

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The above song suggestions could work well for all sorts of mothers and sons. When you are choosing the mother-son songs, there are few tips that can help you with the process.

 

First, choose the song together with your parent! You could simply ask if the mother has ideas in terms of songs – they might have a favorite song that always reminds them of you. Including your mother into the selection process can make them feel extra special.

 

Alternatively, if you want, you can surprise them with the song. Think about a meaningful song and perhaps ask tips from your father or anyone else really close to your mother – just be ready for the tears to flow when your mother first hears the song!

 

Consider an instrumental version if you don’t think the lyrics are appropriate or fitting for the occasion. Sometimes you might love a tune and the sentiment of the music and it’s perfectly OK to go with an instrumental version.

 

You could also change the tune slightly. The best mother-son songs don’t have to be the ones played on the radio – you can pick an alternative version. Perhaps you love an upbeat song but it’s not ‘danceable’ enough. So pick a slower version! Your wedding DJ will be happy to help so just ask them for advice!

 

What would you love to have as your mother-son song? Share your favorite tunes!

Monday, April 29th, 2019

5 Tips for a North Carolina Backyard Wedding

Hosting a North Carolina backyard wedding is a wonderful way to celebrate your love. But having your wedding party right in your own backyard can be a tricky challenge – but with these five tips, you are bound to succeed!

 

#1: Be Realistic

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First, you have to take a critical look of your North Carolina backyard and assess its qualities with an open mind. How many guests can you actually invite? What kind of food are you able to serve? What about wedding entertainment?

 

Planning is the key to any wedding success but it’s especially important with backyard weddings. So be realistic of what you can achieve – sort out things like the guest estimates, plan B’s for bad weather and your catering early on.

 

#2: Get the Cleaning Done Indoors Too

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Just because you’re holding a backyard wedding, doesn’t mean you want the indoor areas to be messy. While your main decorative focus should be outside, you should get proper cleaning done indoors too. Hire a good North Caroline cleaner if you want less stress!

 

#3: Get Cover and a Dance Floor

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You’ll need two big things to make your North Carolina backyard wedding great: a tent to protect from the weather and a dance floor to make dancing better. The tent can open-wall if you want, the main thing is to have a bit of coverage from the elements.

 

With the dance floor, you guarantee everything can have a good time. Dancing your first dance on the lawn is not fun! Creating a small dance floor in the backyard won’t be difficult – your North Carolina DJ might have lots of tips for you.

 

#4: Don’t Forget the Lights

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You might be planning for a daytime party but you’ll most likely end up dancing the night away! You should think about lighting your backyard and not just the immediate areas of your porch. String lights, candles and all sorts of LED solutions will work perfectly.

 

#5: Get the Games Going

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One great entertainment tips for a North Carolina backyard wedding is none other than lawn games. Giant Jenga towers, croquette and even poker tables are all fun ways to ensure your guests can have a good time even they aren’t eating or dancing. Lawn games are also perfect for keeping the kids entertained!

 

Bonus Tip for Your North Carolina Backyard Wedding

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We have one final tip for you for making your backyard wedding magnificent and that involves creating memories! You want to consider hiring a wedding photographer or a wedding photo booth for the reception. This will allow your wedding guests to take lots of photos that’ll warm your heart for years to come.

 

A Wonderful Way to Celebrate Love

 

A backyard wedding is a great way to organize an intimate wedding reception and our North Carolina weather is perfect for it with wonderful spring, summer and autumn seasons. You’ll be able to save a lot of money and create a beautiful atmosphere that still manages to impress your wedding guests – so get planning!

 

Do you have a tip for hosting a North Carolina backyard wedding? Let us and our readers know!

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Wedding Photo Booth Rules – The Guide to Backgrounds

A wedding photo booth can add a lot of entertainment to your big day. But there are certain rules to follow to ensure your photo booth is a success. We’ve previously talked about the rules regarding photo booth props, but now it’s time to examine the rules regarding photo booth backgrounds.

 

Rule #1: The Right Option Depends on the Booth

Whatever is the best wedding photo booth background for you depends on the type of photo booth you’re using. North Carolina couples have lots of options, as there are plenty of good photo booth wedding vendors in the Lake Norma region.

 

If you’re opting for a traditional, closed booth, you already have a ‘background’ and you don’t really need to play with it. Closed photo booths tend to be rather small so adding stuff on the back wall can make it all look crowded.

 

On the other hand, a more popular option is to pick an open-air photo booth. The Magic Mirror Photo Booth is an example of an open-air booth and with these, you’d want to be a bit more playful with your backgrounds.

 

Rule #2: Keep It Simple

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Your background shouldn’t be the star of the show, so to speak. The focus should be more on the guests having fun and the props adding to this entertainment of the photo booth. The background, therefore, should focus on a simple look – nothing too attention-drawing or complicated. You want people in the photos to stand out and not the background.

 

Rule #3: Play with the Theme

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In terms of wedding photo booths, you should focus on the wedding theme. You can create specific entertainment and flair with your props but the background should go well with your overall wedding theme. This means having the background in your wedding theme colors, for example. If you’re having a spring-focused wedding, you could have a floral background and so on.

 

Rule #4: Take Advantage of Technology

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Now, one great way of following the rule of keeping it simple yet making the background playful is to use technology to your advantage. With modern photo booths, you can use green screen backgrounds. These allow the guests to add whatever background they want on the photos digitally! This is a simple yet fun solution to the photo booth background problem.

 

Rule #5: Set It Up Well

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Finally, it’s important to pay attention to how you place your background. You don’t want it crashing down in the middle of your wedding reception. Make sure you leave enough room between the booth and the background, testing how the background will look in photos. Secure any additional background properly to guarantee it says still – this is especially important if you have lots of kids as guests!

 

Choose Your Wedding Photo Booth Background Wisely

 

A well-chosen background can add cohesion and fun to your wedding photo booth. It doesn’t have to be anything too special – a simple framework that plays with your wider wedding theme will work wonders. And don’t forget to check our previous blog post for background ideas and tips!

 

We’d also love to hear your wedding photo booth background ideas!

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Fun Wedding Games for a Spring Wedding

Wedding games are a fantastic way to add a bit of fun to your wedding reception. If you’re planning for a spring wedding, here are a few game ideas that’ll add ‘spring’ to your big day!

 

Scavenger Hunt

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You should think about organizing a scavenger hunt for your wedding guests. If your spring wedding is close to Easter, this could be an Easter hunt. Simply hide some eggs around the wedding venue and the one who finds the most eggs gets a prize.

 

Musical Chairs

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Ask your North Carolina wedding DJ to help you organize musical chairs. This is one of the best wedding games because it’s fun to watch! You’ll round up chairs and play music with guests scrambling for a seat as the music stops. You can’t have everyone playing at the same time but you could divide wedding guests into groups – for example, the aunts, the uncles, the cousins and so on.

 

A Photo Booth Challenge

If you’re hiring a wedding photo booth for your reception – and why wouldn’t you, as they are super fun! – you could make it more entertaining with a photo booth challenge. This could be something simple like taking a photo with a specific pose, with guests displaying the photos on a ‘photo wall’ and you picking out a winner at the end of the night.

 

Ring Toss

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Since spring weddings might allow you to enjoy some time outdoors, you could organize a few lawn games. Ring toss is a fun and simple wedding game. In fact, you could even use it to seat your guests – the person (or couple/family) will sit in the table number the ring lands!

 

Word Search

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Weddings can involve quite a bit of standing and waiting. So entertain your guests with mini word search games. You can find them online or make your own, print them on a lovely piece of paper and hand out to guests prior to the wedding ceremony or when they are waiting for you to join the reception.

 

Dart Painting

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If you have an outdoor area available for wedding games, use it to create a dart-painting stall. Fill little balloons with paint and then guests will throw darts at the board. The balloons will splash on the backboard, creating a lovely artwork without anyone messing up their gowns!

 

Choosing the Right Wedding Games

 

When it comes to adding wedding games, you want to remember a few things. It’s important to pick games while:

 

  • Being mindful of the feel of your wedding reception – does the game fit with the overall theme?
  • Ensuring everyone can get involved – do you have enough games that are for everyone and not just a selected number of guests?
  • Planning the timing well – think about the length of the chosen games and where you’d like to schedule them early enough.

 

You don’t want your wedding games to be just an afterthought but part of your planning. So, pick your favorite and create the funniest wedding reception for your spring wedding!

 

What are your all-time favorite wedding games? Share your favorite ones with us!