Cost of Wedding Band vs DJ: the Difference

Today, we’re going to be looking at the differences in cost of wedding band vs DJ

What Is A Wedding Band?

The wedding band can set the tone for the entire day. Every band will have its own unique style and way of performing, so it’s definitely best to do your research and read up on any reviews. Although you may think it’s “just the music”, the music can have a huge impact on the wedding. From the gathering of your guests at the ceremony to the last song of the evening – the band can cover it all!

What Is A Wedding DJ?

A wedding DJ is slightly different from a wedding band. While a band usually has a unique way of making music and will generally stick to a theme throughout their performance, DJs are very different. DJs can take requests and they only typically arrive for the reception of the wedding – when the dancing begins! They have a huge setlist and can play a wide selection of music of your choice.

How Much Does A Wedding Band Cost?

The cost of a wedding band will vary massively depending on where you live, the popularity of the band, the time of your wedding, and the size of the band. However, the average cost of a wedding band is just under $4,000 – yes, they’re definitely not cheap! This is because they are usually there throughout the day, as well as the evening. And there’s usually a larger amount of people that need to be paid for their work.

How Much Does A Wedding DJ Cost?

On the other side of the spectrum, a wedding DJ will set you back around just over $1000, on average. But again, this will all depend on where you live and how well-known the DJ is. DJs tend to be cheaper because they’re only there for the evening and it requires considerably less effort than the work of a band.

Pros And Cons Of DJ Vs Band

There are pros and cons of both a DJ and a wedding band. Let’s compare notes!

DJ

  • Pro: Price is the biggest bonus when it comes to a DJ. The amount of money you’ll save using a DJ in comparison to a band will be huge and will help towards other parts of the wedding
  • Con: DJs are very much about getting up and having a dance. If you don’t think many of your guests are suited to this, it may not be the best idea
  • Pro: Variety. DJs can play pretty much any song you’d like at your wedding. And they can also take requests from guests on the night, so there will likely be music suitable for all ages
  • Con: Personality. Bands tend to have huge personalities and their own unique style, which is unusual for a DJ to bring.

Band

  • Pro: Themes. If you’re having a themed wedding, bands are perfect. They can almost transport you to your theme of choice and make sure the tone matches the mood of your theme
  • Con: Space. If your venue is already tight on space, you may struggle to have a band at your wedding. There will be a lot of people, with a lot of equipment!
  • Pro: Musicians know how to work a crowd and to get your guests going. After all, getting the guests excited and happy is their job
  • Con: Money. They are considerably more expensive than a wedding DJ. While we may understand the reasoning behind it, financial issues are the main reason why couples opt for a DJ, rather than a band

If you’ve decided on a band for your wedding, be sure to check out this list of questions from the Wedding Planner LA to ensure you’re asking all the right questions, at the right time.

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped with the differences between the cost of a wedding band vs DJ. Although the differences between the two are huge, the price does reflect that, and rightly so. No matter which music you choose to have at your wedding, you and your guests will have the most incredible time. Music brings everyone together – no matter which form it’s in.

Did you have a band or a DJ at your wedding? I would love to hear your experiences, so please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

FAQs

What Percentage of Wedding Budget Should be DJ?

The Knot suggest that just 7% of your budget should be used for your wedding music - whether that be a DJ or a wedding band. This may seem like a very low percentage, but in comparison to some of the other costs of your wedding, a DJ seems relatively cheap in comparison!

How Much Should a DJ Charge For 4 Hours?

The average cost a DJ should charge for 4 hours (the average time of a reception) can be anywhere between $600-$1200. Be sure to get quotes from several DJs before you make a decision, to ensure you're getting the most for your money.

Is a DJ Cheaper Than a Band For a Wedding?

Yes! If you're on a tight budget, you should definitely opt for a DJ, rather than a wedding band. They are a fraction of the price - and just as fun! Bands are so much more expensive because of the amount of people in a band, and the length of time they spend at your wedding. 

Is it Tacky to Have a DJ For a Wedding?

Absolutely not! I had a DJ for my own wedding, and I loved every minute of it. While some DJs may be cheesy and cliché, others are certainly not. Every DJ is different and it's important to find one that suits you. I, personally, love DJs at weddings, and feel they cater to everyone's music tastes, rather than just to a particular genre of music. What's your thoughts on this? Please feel free let me know in the comments below.

Native American Wedding Ceremony Readings: Top Picks

Today, we’re going to be looking at the best Native American wedding ceremony readings to choose for your own wedding. There’s a huge range of poems, blessings and proverbs you may want to use throughout your ceremony, as Native American culture is not just full of love, but also full of wisdom.

Blessings vary from tribe to tribe, but having a Native American reading at your ceremony is the perfect way to honor your ancestry. So let’s take a closer look at Native American weddings.

What is the Native American Wedding Blessing?

It goes by many names, and you’ll likely already be familiar with it. You may know it as the Apache Blessing, or the Indian Wedding Blessing. Whichever name you know it by, it’s the perfect blessing to use on your wedding day.

“Now you will feel no rain,
for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
for each of you will be warmth for the other.
Now there is no more loneliness.
Now you are two persons,
but there is only one life before you.
May your days together be good and long
upon the earth.”

It’s important to note, that although this is an extremely popular reading at weddings, it’s thought that the prayer itself is not part of the traditional Apache culture, despite contrary belief.

Native American Readings to Use at Your Wedding Ceremony

There’s a range of meaningful and sentiment-filled readings to use throughout your wedding ceremony. Many of which are incredibly infamous. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular choices of readings to use at your wedding.

Pueblo Blessing

Hold on to what is good, even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe, even if it is a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do, even if it is a long way from here.
Hold on to life, even when it is easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand, even when I have gone away from you.

You Are a Part of Me – Lloyd Carl Owle (Cherokee)

You are part of me now.
You touched me with your kindness,
So enchanted.
your lips are kind.
Your eyes glow with life.
I’m glad you touched me.
You’re part of me now.

Tale of Two Wolves (Cherokee)

One evening, an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”‘

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Navajo Wedding Blessing

Now you have lit a fire and that fire should not go out. The two of you now have a fire that represents love, understanding, and a philosophy of life. It will give you heat, food, warmth, and happiness. This new fire represents a new beginning – a new life and a new family. The fire should keep burning; you should stay together. You have lit the fire for life until old age separates you.

Shoshone Wedding Blessing

Fair is the white star of twilight and the sky clearer
at the day’s end, but she is fairer, and she is dearer
She, my heart’s friend.
Fair is the white star of twilight and the moon roving
to the sky’s end; but she is fairer, better worth loving
She, my heart’s friend.

Native American Customs For Your Wedding Ceremony

There is a range of customs you can smoothly intertwine throughout your wedding ceremony. Here are just a few of the most common.

  • sacred eagle feathers
  • vase ritual
  • blanket ceremony
  • sacred fire and smudging
  • groom’s processional
  • turquoise jewelry
  • celebration of nature
  • ceremony in the round

You can find out more about these Native American traditions and their meanings, here.

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you to become more familiar with Native American wedding ceremony readings. There’s a huge selection of beautiful readings to choose from, that once you go searching – you’ll be spoilt for choice! These are just a handful of some of the most popular options you may like to choose from to honor your heritage.

Did you have any Native American readings at your wedding? Or did you use any of the Native American traditions? If so, please feel free to share your experiences with me below. I would love to learn more! Sharing is caring.

FAQs

What is a Traditional Native American Wedding?

Native American weddings will vary from tribe to tribe, but generally speaking, evening is the most common time for a ceremony to take place. For example, Navajo weddings are held in the inside of a Hogan. Throughout the ceremony, water is a very important symbol, which symbolizes purity and cleansing. 

How Do Native American Get Married?

Much like the traditional weddings we're more familiar with, the weddings can be formal or informal. And they come with a host of their own traditions, depending on which tribe you are part of. Feasts are very important throughout the wedding, as is water.

How Long is a Native American Wedding?

The length of a Native American wedding will vary from tribe to tribe. It will be a time to celebrate with food and merrymaking. 

How Do You Congratulate an Indian Marriage?

There are many ways to congratulate the happy couple. Here's just a few examples you may want to use, "may your joining together bring you more joy than you can imagine", or "may the years ahead be filled with everlasting love and joy", or "start a new chapter of your life with blessing and good wishes".

Candy Buffet Price List: How Much?

Today, we’re going to be looking at a candy buffet price list and how much you can expect to be paying for a candy buffet on your wedding day. In recent years, candy buffets have become increasingly popular – especially at weddings. It’s the perfect addition to a wedding day. Not only does it look gorgeous aesthetically, but it’s always a hit with guests of all ages!

Points To Consider

Whether you’re creating the buffet yourself or hiring a professional, you’ll want to know a rough estimate on price, and how much candy you may need to buy. Alongside the candy, you also will need to be thinking about glassware, tables, linen, and any other décor you might need. So how much is the average candy buffet? Let’s take a look.

It’s important to note that although it may appear cheaper to do everything yourselves, you must consider a few factors. When hiring a professional, you’re not just getting the candy, you’re also paying for their equipment, time, and expertise. All of which you’ll need to pay for yourself if you decide to do it independently.

Depending on how large you want your candy buffet, will also impact how much candy you will need. The general rule of how much candy you’ll need per person is around 1/4-1/2lb per person. Remember, it’s always best to purchase more than you need – you can enjoy the candy after your wedding then too!

How Much?

The average price of a candy bar can range anywhere from $50-$200, but can obviously be a lot more depending on how many guests you’re having at your wedding. A few factors to consider when searching for a supplier are:

  • how many guests will be attending
  • what candy do you want (specialty, standard, etc.)
  • variety of candy

How to Calculate the Amount of Candy?

Here’s an estimate to follow, depending on the amount of guests you’re having:

  • 50 Guests – Five Candy Varieties (16-17 containers of sweets)
  • 100 Guests – Six Candy Varieties (17-18 containers of sweets)
  • 150 Guests – Seven Candy Varieties (18-19 containers of sweets)
  • 200 Guests – Eight Candy Varieties (20-22 containers of sweets)
  • 250 Guests – Eight Candy Varieties (22-24 containers of sweets)
  • 300 Guests – Nine Candy Varieties (24-25 containers of sweets)
  • 350 Guests – Nine Candy Varieties (27-28 containers of sweets)
  • 400 Guests – Ten Candy Varieties (30-32 containers of sweets)

Popular Candy Choices

The most popular options include:

  • Lollipops
  • Taffy
  • Jelly Beans
  • Caramels
  • Sour Candies
  • Molded Chocolates
  • Hard Fruit Candies
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzels
  • Rock Candy
  • Peppermint Sticks
  • Gumballs
  • Buttercream Mints
  • Licorice Sticks
  • Chocolate Covered Nuts

Some guests choose candy to match their color scheme, so it ties in with the wedding perfectly. Or you may want every color of the rainbow in your candy buffet – the choice is up to you!

What Does A Candy Buffet Usually Include?

If you’re wondering whether to plan the candy buffet yourself or questions you’ll need to ask the supplier if you’re renting, check that it has the following equipment (alongside the candy, of course!). Some popular items that usually come with your candy buffet package are:

  • Unique Jars
  • Décor of Your Choosing to Match Your Wedding Aesthetic
  • Linens for the Table
  • Take Out Candy Bags and Ties
  • Candy Scoops
  • Candy Tongs

It’s also worth checking whether the price of the candy buffet includes delivery and set up charges, and how much needs to be paid upfront. Good suppliers will offer you a contract with all the necessary details. Candy buffet contracts usually look something like this.

Should I Make My Own Candy Buffet?

If you’re on a strict budget and looking for ways to save money – it may be worth making your own. It will be time-consuming and will require more effort than hiring. But you can re-use everything you buy after the wedding, and it’s a great idea if your budget isn’t huge.

Bulk buying the sweets themselves can work out much cheaper than buying from a candy buffet supplier. And it’s easy to find stockists of glass jars (in different shapes and sizes), and accessories like take-out bags, etc. It’s certainly worth shopping around!

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you to identify a rough candy buffet price list estimate, how much you’ll be looking to pay per guest – and even the best candy to include! Whether you’re hiring a professional or doing it yourself – a candy buffet is the perfect addition to any wedding.

Did you have a candy buffet at your wedding? I would love to hear about your experiences. Please feel free to let me know any responses in the comments below.

FAQs

How Much is a Candy Buffet Per Person?

When guests are serving themselves, it's always best to overestimate how much candy you'll need - especially if there's a lot of children at your wedding! Guests will often indulge at a wedding, so doing as much preparation as possible, is key. Prices per person can vary massively depending on where you are in the world, and what candy you choose to have. In the US, the average price per guest sits at around $4-$7 per guest.

What is the Average Price for a Candy Bar?

The price of a candy bar at your wedding will depend on where you're having your wedding, and even how far in advance you make your booking. It's always best to give your supplier plenty of notice, as that's when discounts are usually made.

How Much Candy do I Need for 150 Guests?

As we've seen, the price will depend on a variety of factors but there is a general rule of thumb for how much candy you'll need and how many varieties of candies you'll need, with the number of guests attending your wedding in mind. If there are 150 guests attending your wedding, you'll need around seven varieties of candies and around 18-19 containers of sweets to ensure each guest gets their fill of sweets!

What Candy Do You Use For a Candy Buffet?

You can choose any candy you like for your candy buffet, but there's definitely a few options that are more popular than others. And it's always to best to keep any allergy or dietary restrictions your guests may have when choosing your candy.

Appetizer vs Hors D’oeuvres: What’s The Difference?

Today, we’re going to be looking at the differences between appetizer vs hors d’oeuvres. You’ll probably be familiar with both, and already know that they’re both extremely popular in relation to food. But they are most certainly not the same thing! Let’s first take a look and what they are, and then we’ll get onto the differences between them.

What Is An Hors D’oeuvres?

An hors d’oeuvres is a small savory dish, that are more commonly known as finger foods. There are a range of hors d’oeuvres you can find, including:

  • crudités
  • antipasto
  • pastries
  • canapes
  • mini quiches
  • bruschetta

Hors d’oeuvres are usually bite-sized and eaten with your fingers. You’ll usually find them paired with cocktails, where you can mingle and enjoy the food and drink.

What Is An Appetizer?

An appetizer gets its name because this dish is meant to stimulate your appetite. Again, it’s a small dish – but it can be a food or drink. You’ll enjoy appetizers before the serving of your meal.

Differences Between Hors D’oeuvres and Appetizers

  • When to Eat. As we’ve seen, hors d’oeuvres are served before the meal officially begins, whereas the appetizer signifies the beginning of your meal
  • Size. Another significant factor is portion size. While hors d’oeuvres are usually eaten with a singular bite or two, appetizers are slightly bigger. They usually take several more bites to finish
  • How You Eat. Hors d’oeuvres are finger foods, so are most often eaten with your hands. Appetizers are eaten with cutlery
  • Setting. Appetizers are part of a sit-down meal, whereas hors d’oeuvres are usually for a social event. You will be standing and mingling while eating your hors d’oeuvres, so it’s usually a little more relaxed
  • Selection. With an appetizer, you usually only have one – but with hors d’oeuvres, it’s not unusual to have several different types

Events to Celebrate has great appetizers vs hors d’oeuvres quiz you may like to try to see if you’ve cracked the difference between the two! It gives you a range of scenarios and you must identify whether the guests are enjoying an appetizer or hors d’oeuvres! You can take the quiz here.

Differences Between Hors D’oeuvres and Canapes

Canapes are a type of hors d’oeuvres. Hors d’oeuvres can be small servings of anything savory, whereas a canape has a distinct definition and has to include the following:

  • base
  • spread
  • topping
  • garnish

Canapes may be a small piece of bread or pastry, with a topping. Whereas hors d’oeuvres can be absolutely anything. This is why canapes are always hors d’oeuvres, but hors d’oeuvres are not always canapes.

Examples Of Hors D’oeuvres

If you’re looking for some inspiration for hors d’oeuvres for your wedding day, why not try some of these? Some of our ideas include:

  • Crab and Avocado Toast
  • Smoked Shrimp
  • Bruschetta
  • Olives
  • Greek Salad Skewers
  • Blini with Salmon
  • Devilled Eggs
  • Stuffed Mini Peppers
  • Crab Pinwheels
  • Meatballs
  • Pork Satay
  • Sausage Pinwheels
  • Mini Quiches

Examples Of Appetizers

The most popular appetizers for a wedding are much more common knowledge, and they’ll be foods you’re already familiar with (and probably love!). Some of the most popular appetizers to enjoy at a wedding are:

  • Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
  • Crab Cakes
  • Chicken Skewers
  • Mini Sliders
  • Spring Rolls
  • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Beef Satay
  • Chicken Tempura
  • Lobster Mac and Cheese

Depending on the size, you may be able to mix and match the appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. The main difference between the two is sizing and time of serving, so experiment all you like! Don’t choose something because it sounds good, be sure to choose tastes and flavors that you like.

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you to identify the differences between an appetizer vs hors d’oeuvres. While they’re all the same delicious small food, it’s important to know the differences; especially if this is something you’re planning to serve on your wedding day. Your caterer will likely have tonnes of options to choose from and can help you navigate the menu if there’s anything you’re still unsure of.

Did you have appetizers or hors d’oeuvres at your wedding? I’ll be honest, my wedding was extremely chill and we had a buffet in the daytime and the evening – so this wasn’t something I ever needed to consider. That’s why I’d love to hear your experiences, so feel free to let me know any responses in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

FAQs

Is hors d'oeuvres appetizer or starter?

If you're wondering whether an hors d'oeuvres is an appetizer or a starter, the answer is: neither! Appetizers and starters are essentially the same thing, but hors d'oeuvres are separate. Served outside the main courses and the "set meal", they deserve their own category.

If it's small, you're served it while standing up and you can finish it within a bite or two - it's a hors d'oeuvres. If it's small, you're served it sitting down and you can finish it within four or five bites - it's an appetizer or a starter. This is the biggest distinction between the two, and the easiest way to differentiate them.

What is the difference between hors d'oeuvres and canapes?

Now where do canapes come into it? Canapes are finger foods that are most often served when guests are mingling - does this mean they're the same as hors d'oeuvres...not quite! The most important point to remember is that canapes are a variety of hors d'oeuvres but not all hors d'oeuvres are canapes. Let's take a closer look at this!

What makes a dish an hors d'oeuvres rather than an appetizer?

They both sound very similar by definition, right? But there are some distinct differences between the two. For starters (excuse the pun!), hors d'oeuvres are not part of your "standard" meal. They are usually served separately or before the meal, whereas the appetizer is the first part of the "standard" meal. In fact, did you know that hors d'oeuvres is French and quite literally translates to "outside the meal"?!

Irish Mother Son Wedding Songs: Top Picks

Today, we’re going to be looking at Irish mother-son wedding songs and seeing what our top picks are for the first dance between the mother and son, and other Irish wedding songs you may like to incorporate throughout your special day. If you’re Irish yourself, or just love Irish music – there are plenty of choices to choose from; suitable for any moment of your wedding. Let’s take a look at our top choices.

Irish Songs Throughout Your Wedding Day

From the first song of the ceremony to the last dance of the reception – there’s an Irish song suitable for all the moments of your wedding. If one, or both halves of the happy couple or Irish, or you have any Irish in your family, you may want to include some Irish songs to celebrate where you’re from. You definitely won’t be disappointed with any of our choices. Whether you’re looking for songs about Ireland or songs from Irish artists – we’ll be looking at them all!

Irish Mother Son Wedding Songs

For Irish songs about mothers, for mothers, there are a few choices to choose from.

  • My Son by Pat Roper. By far the most popular choice for an Irish mother and son wedding is My Son. It’s a timeless classic and has the most beautiful, profound lyrics.
    Lyrics: “My son, you were the seed of life in me, and now, I can’t believe the man I see, with pride, I watched you grow up, you wanted so much to change the world for me”
  • A Mother’s Love is a Blessing by Bridie Gallagher. If you’re looking for the perfect way to honor your mom at your wedding, this is the perfect song to show her how much you care.
    Lyrics: “A mother’s love’s a blessing, No matter where you roam, Keep her while she’s living, You’ll miss her when she’s gone”
  • Did Your Mother Come From Ireland? by Bing Crosby. Another popular Irish favorite, to make your mom feel loved.
    Lyrics: “Did your mother come from Ireland, for there’s something in you Irish, and that bit of Irish steals my heart away”

Irish Father Daughter Wedding Songs

Another special dance is the dance between father and daughter. Here are some of our top picks.

  • Daughter of Mine – John McDermott. If you’re looking for a song that will leave everyone with tears in their eyes for this special moment, this is most definitely the song for you. The lyrics are so powerful, and perfect for any wedding day
    Lyrics: “These are the thoughts of a father, On the wedding day of his daughter, As his mind wanders back to the first time he held her, He looks at her now, the same pride in his eyes”
  • Sure, She’s Irish by Sonny Knowles. The perfect way for a father to share the love he has for his daughter on her wedding day; while not forgetting her roots too!
    Lyrics: “Sure she’s Irish, she’s the belle of ball, she’s the star of them all”

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Irish Songs for the Ceremony

For the ceremony, you’ll likely be looking for songs that are romantic and calm. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites.

  • Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor. While this song isn’t popular for being the happiest of tunes, it’s a beautiful song nonetheless
    Lyrics: “I know that living with you baby was sometimes hard, But I’m willing to give it another try, Nothing compares, Nothing compares to you”
  • Love You ’til the End – The Pogues. One of my favorite songs of all time. This would also work well as a first dance between the happy couple – it’s stunning
    Lyrics: “I just want to be there, When the morning light explodes, On your face it radiates, I can’t escape, I love you ’til the end”
  • The One – Kodaline. No song is better suited for the first dance than this song by Kodaline. It may be more modern, but it’s going to be a wedding classic in years to come
    Lyrics: “‘Cause I knew the first day that I met you, I was never gonna let you, Let you slip away, And I still remember feeling nervous, And tryna find the words to, Get you here today”

Some other ceremony songs to consider are:

  • When You Say Nothing at All – Ronan Keating
  • You Raise Me Up – Westlife
  • The Irish Wedding Song – Andy Cooney
  • The Sweetest Thing – U2
  • Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison

Irish Songs for the Reception

Once the ceremony is over, and the first dances have been had – you want to celebrate the night away! There’s a huge selection of Irish songs to get everyone up on their feet – classic and modern. Here’s some of our favorites.

  • Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran. It’s the perfect song to get everyone on their feet – and who doesn’t love Ed Sheeran?
    Lyrics: “She played the fiddle in an Irish band, But she fell in love with an English man, Kissed her on the neck and then I took her by the hand, Said, “Baby, I just want to dance”
  • Come on Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners. While there aren’t any particular lyrics within the song that screams “wedding”, it’s an iconic song regularly played at weddings, that everyone loves

Some other reception songs to consider are:

  • Mr. Brightside – The Killers
  • Thunderstruck – AC/DC
  • Brown-Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

You can find a range of Irish wedding songs here, many of which we have taken a look at today.

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you to become more familiar with the many Irish mother-son wedding songs available, and other popular Irish favorites that will fit in perfectly with any Irish wedding.

Do you know of any other Irish songs that would work well in a wedding, that didn’t make the list? If so, please feel free to let me know any suggestions in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

Wedding Announcement Not Invitation Wording: How To

Today we’re going to be looking at wedding announcements, not invitation wording, and the best ways to break the news to anyone that did not receive an invite. Wedding announcements for those not invited can be quite difficult to navigate, as it can be hard to find the right words, in a polite manner, to share the news. But never fear – we’re going to be looking at the best ways to word your announcement. And share the happy news of your recent nuptials!

What Is A Wedding Announcement?

You may be unfamiliar with what a wedding announcement actually is. I know I’ve never received one before! A wedding announcement is an announcement that is made to share the news of your recent marriage. Wedding announcements are usually for destination weddings or for couples that elope.

However, with the recent ongoing pandemic, many weddings have had no choice but to have a very limited guest list – so it’s a great way to announce that your wedding has taken place. And to let those people know that you wish they had been there. It’s far more uncommon with local weddings with an extensive guest list, but some couples choose to do so.

What Is The Difference Between A Wedding Announcement And An Invitation?

A wedding invitation is a way to let your guests know that you would like them to attend your wedding, and is usually sent several months before the day. However, a wedding announcement is for anyone that did not receive an invite, but with whom you’d like to share your news. Usually, these are mailed after the wedding day, very shortly after the wedding. That way, they are one of the first to be aware of the news – particularly if it was a private, very intimate wedding.

Wedding Announcement Wording For Uninvited Guests

Whether you’re looking for the words to post publicly on social media, or more private wedding announcement wording – there are plenty of polite ways to put it, without causing any offense. As for the guest, if you receive an email with a wedding announcement, it’s courteous to reply with an email. Or a phone call for a phone call, a letter for a letter, etc.

You may not be inviting someone to your wedding for a whole host of reasons. But how to put it politely? Let’s take a look at how to, for each instance.

Ongoing Pandemic

People will probably already be aware that coronavirus has had an impact on your wedding, and will understand the restrictions you may need to put in place.

  • This isn’t a choice we’ve taken lightly, but due to the ongoing pandemic, we’ve made the decision to have a small ceremony. This is to keep everyone as safe as possible. We look forward to celebrating with you soon!
  • The pandemic has meant we’ve had to change our wedding plans. The guest list is now much smaller than we originally thought it would be, so unfortunately we do not have space for any more guests. We hope you understand, and this wasn’t an easy decision for us
  • We do want to celebrate our wedding with you, but the pandemic is making it impossible for that to happen right now. As soon as we can have a reception after our wedding date, you will receive an invite and we can celebrate in style!

Work Colleagues

Your work colleague has just heard you’re getting married soon and strikes up a conversation about how they can’t wait. Awkward! But there’s an easy way to put it right.

  • Our guest list is quite small and we are planning on an intimate wedding. But let’s go out for dinner and drinks after work so we can celebrate in style, together!
  • Our venue can only seat a certain number of people, and unfortunately, we’re already at our limit of family and friends. Let’s celebrate together another time
  • We simply don’t have the budget to invite everyone that we love to our wedding. I hope you understand and hope we can celebrate soon

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Distant Friends

It’s likely that as soon as you announce your engagement on social media, old friends will start appearing in your messages. They’ll be wanting to catch up and chat about all things wedding. While it can feel quite uncomfortable, don’t pressure yourself into expanding your guest list, if you can’t. Try one of these ideas.

  • I’m so pleased we managed to catch up before the wedding – I had a great time. We’d love to invite you to the wedding, but the guest list is very small and unfortunately, we can’t have everyone at our wedding. But we would love to see you for dinner and drinks soon
  • Our venue capacity limit means we need to manage a small guest list. We both appreciate your good wishes and hope to see you soon for a catch-up 

What To Include In An Announcement?

The wedding announcement usually contains the following information.

  • Both partner’s full names
  • Both sets of parents’ full names
  • Date, time, and location of the ceremony and reception
  • Officiant’s name
  • A description of the dress and bouquet
  • Where do you plan to honeymoon
  • New address (if you have since moved home)

If you’d like to know more about what to include in an announcement, and the standard etiquette, Brides have a fantastic article that will have all the information you possibly need.

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you to navigate wedding announcements, not invitation wording, and all the most important information to include in a wedding announcement. Now more than ever, I think people will be understanding and courteous about not receiving a wedding invitation. As long as you’re polite with your wording, that’s really all you can do.

Do you have any tips or tricks for navigating wedding announcements, not invitation wording? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

Beatles Father Daughter Wedding Songs: Top Picks

Today, we’re going to be looking at our top picks for Beatles father-daughter wedding songs, and other ways to incorporate the Beatles into your wedding, if you’re a Beatles fan. It’s unsurprising if you’re a fan, as they’re one of the greatest groups of all time. They’re iconic, and they seem to have a song suitable for any celebration – including weddings. Let’s take at the best Beatles wedding songs – brace yourselves, there’s a few!

Beatles Wedding Songs for Throughout Your Wedding Day

From the ceremony, right up until the first dance, there’s a song suitable for them all. Most of them are well-known and will be crowd-pleasers, but others only the truest Beatles fan will know. If you, your parents, or your grandparents are Beatles fans, you won’t be disappointing them with any of our top picks. Let’s take a look.

Beatles Songs for Father Daughter Dance

The father-daughter dance is one that’s usually very important to both the bride and her father. It’s a special moment that will only happen once in your lifetime. So you definitely want to pick the most perfect song to create those unforgettable memories. Here are our top choices.

  • And I Love Her. This timeless classic is perfect for the first dance between parent/child or as a first dance with your new lifelong partner.
    Lyrics: “Bright are the stars that shine, Dark is the sky, I know this love of mine, Will never die, And I love her”
  • Take Good Care of My Baby. There are not many songs more perfect for a father-daughter dance than this iconic cover from the Beatles.
    Lyrics: “Just tell her that you love her, Make sure you’re thinking of her, In everything you say and do. Take good care of my baby”
  • I’m Happy Just to Dance With You. While this may seem like another first dance song for the happy couple, it has lyrics that ring true for every parent.
    Lyrics: “I don’t need to hug or hold you tight, I just wanna dance with you all night, In this world, there’s nothing I would rather do, ‘Cause I’m happy just to dance with you”

Beatles Wedding Recessional/Processional Songs

  • Here Comes the Sun. It’s happy, serene and will leave everyone with a smile on their face.
    Lyrics: “Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting, Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear, Here comes the sun”

Beatles Wedding Reception Entrance Songs

  • All You Need is Love. One of the most iconic songs in Beatles history. What better way to enter the room for the first time to this classic tune?
    Lyrics: “All you need is love, love is all you need”

Beatles Songs for First Dance

  • Do You Want to Know a Secret?. The perfect song for the first dance with your new lifelong partner.
    Lyrics: “Let me whisper in your ear, Say the words you long to hear, I’m in love with you”
  • PS I Love You. A beautiful song that oozes love in every note.
    Lyrics: “Remember that I’ll always, Be in love with you, Treasure these few words ’till we’re together, Keep all my love forever”

Beatles Songs for Mother-Son Dance

  • Hey Jude. While there aren’t any particular lyrics that are fitting, it’s an iconic song that was written for one of the Beatles’ sons, which makes it a perfect song for a mother to dedicate to her son
  • In My Life. If your mom is emotional and always knows the right thing to say, this song works perfectly.
    Lyrics: “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”

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Beatles Songs for Cake Cutting

  • All My Loving. It’s great to have a song playing when you first cut the cake, and what better than this fast-paced, classic from the Beatles?
    Lyrics: “All my loving I will send to you, All my loving, Darling, I’ll be true”

Beatles Songs for Dancing the Night Away

  • Eight Days a Week. The Beatles created some of the best songs to dance the night away too, and many of the choices we’ve seen today would be perfect for any part of the ceremony – but I particularly love dancing to this one!
    Lyrics: “Oh, I need your love, babe, Guess you know it’s true, Hope you need my love babe, Just like I need you”
  • Twist and Shout. While the Beatles were not the first to sing this song, their cover of this favorite is one of the most popular versions – and it’s not difficult to see why! It’s a song that regularly gets everyone up on their feet at weddings.
    Lyrics: “Well, work it on out, honey, You know you look so good, You know you got me goin’ now, Just like I knew you would”

Beatles Songs for the Last Song

  • A Hard Day’s Night. What better way to end the evening than with this tongue-in-cheek song about what a hard day it’s been? It’s perfect to leave everyone at the wedding with fond memories, and a smile on their face.
    Lyrics: “It’s been a hard day’s night, I should be sleeping like a log, But when I get home to you I’ll find the things that you do, Will make me feel alright”

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you to discover the best Beatles father-daughter wedding songs and the best ways to include Beatles songs among other pivotal moments throughout your wedding day. You can find a range of Beatles albums, featuring all of these incredible hit songs, here.

Did you use any Beatles songs at your wedding? Did your choice make the list? If you have any other ideas, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

How To Tell If He’s Going To Propose: The Signs

Today, we’re going to be looking at how to tell he’s going to propose. And the signs and hints your boyfriend may give when he’s on the road to making his grand proposal. But what should you be looking out for? Can you really tell when he’s about to pop the question? Let’s take a closer look.

Can You Tell When A Man Is Going To Propose?

Let’s be honest, we can never truly know when a man is going to propose, as every man will respond in different ways to the build-up of the proposal. But there are subtle hints and signs you may want to look out for and start preparing for your perhaps imminent engagement.

How Soon Is Too Soon To Propose?

I don’t believe it is ever too soon to propose. While your family and friends may not agree with the proposal, it’s essentially when feels right for the couple. I remember when I and my husband got engaged we’d been together a year and had been living together for 6 months – everyone thought it was too soon. But when you know, you know. And almost 6 years of marriage later, we’re still in a happy marriage.

It’s important that you’re both on the same wavelength, and at least discuss marriage in some way before you propose, as marriage may not be something your partner wants. But as long as you both feel ready, that’s all that matters. Whether that’s two years down the line or two months!

Signs He Will Propose In The Future

There are some signs to look out for that may mean he’s about to propose. Let’s take a look!

Tightening the Budget

If your partner suggests out of the blue that he’s on a tighter budget than usual, or spending less money than he usually would – that may mean a proposal is on the way. Engagement rings can be incredibly expensive, so it could mean he’s saving up for the ring of your dreams.

Becoming More Interested in Jewellery

Is he suddenly asking for your ring size? Or asking if you like silver or gold? Or wondering if you like diamonds or another gemstone? It may just mean he’s buying a piece of jewelry for your birthday or Christmas…or it may mean he’s getting ready to pop the question!

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Hanging Out with Your Family Without You

Is he pulling family members inside and having secretive chats? Or going out for a coffee on his lunch break with your mum? Or asking for family’s phone numbers? If this is something he wouldn’t usually do, he may be looking for information on how to make the proposal as perfect as possible, or even asking for permission!

More Conscious of Plans

Is he asking what you’re doing months in advance? Or telling you to keep a particular day or weekend free? While he could just be planning for some quality time together, he may also be organizing a moment you’ll likely never forget.

Planning a Surprise Vacation/Weekend Break

Is he suddenly whisking you away for the weekend on a surprise trip? This is one of the telltale signs that something exciting is about to happen. More often than not, if it’s a surprise vacation – it may end with an engagement!

Talking About Marriage More

Is marriage being mentioned more than usual? Or have you just had your first serious chat about whether marriage is something you’re open to? While the proposal may not be in the imminent future – it’s definitely on his mind, and could be on its way soon.

Suggesting You Have a “Pamper” Day

Most men know that getting that perfect engagement ring shot is important. So he may tell you to go and “treat yourself”, “have a spa day”, “get your hair and nails done”. If he’s suggesting you do any of those things, you may have a shiny ring on your finger within the next few days.

Questions About the Future

If your future is becoming increasingly important to him, engagement may be on the cards. If he’s asking questions like:

  • Where do you see us in 5 years?
  • Do you want to have children in the future?
  • How did you like ____’s wedding?
  • Do you think we’ll spend the rest of our lives together?

then he clearly sees a future with you and hopes you feel the same way too. A proposal certainly won’t be far behind these questions – as long as you’re answering with positive responses, of course.

How A Man Acts Before He Proposes

Let’s be honest, it’s impossible to predict how every man acts before he proposes – because everyone is different. But usually, you will notice at least some change in your man’s behavior in the lead-up to the proposal. Some men may become more needy or anxious. Others may even become agitated and irritable.

Remember, this is a terrifying moment for him, as he plucks up the courage to ask you to spend the rest of his life with him. So if you notice his general attitude change, alongside any of the signs above – he may be about to propose, so you may want to cut him some slack!

Conclusion

While most men will try for the element of surprise, it’s likely you’ll have some kind of “gut feeling” when it’s about to happen. Whether that be a few weeks before, or a few hours before – you’ll just know. I didn’t think I would with my engagement and I was looking for signs everywhere, but it turned out my instinct was the best sign to follow – and I was correct!

If you’re now excited about proposals and want to look at the cutest engagement ideas, be sure to check out this post from The Knot on 66 Proposal Ideas. It’s super cute!

I hope this has helped to give an idea on how to tell if he’s going to propose. Do you have any other signs? Let me know in the comments below!

Where To Buy Ring Bearer Outfits: A Guide

Today, we’re going to be looking at where to buy ring bearer outfits and what the suitable ring bearer attire is for toddlers and children. Whether you’re the parent of the child looking to buy an outfit for an upcoming wedding, or you’re one-half of the happy couple looking for an outfit, you may be unsure which outfit to choose. The internet is swamped with ideas and it can be overwhelming – so we’ve got you covered. Whether you have a formal Summer wedding or a casual Spring wedding – we’re here to help.

What Is A Ring Bearer?

I may be getting ahead of myself – you may not even know what a ring bearer is! A ring bearer has a huge responsibility on your wedding day. They are the lucky person you’ve chosen to walk down the aisle during the ceremony. Usually, they’ll then present the rings to the best man, or keep watch of them until the happy couple needs them for the exchanging of rings.

How Old Is A Ring Bearer?

If you have flower girls within your ceremony, they’ll often be the same age as them. The average is around 3-8 years of age. Although that’s the traditional age, those are just guidelines and they’re not set in stone.

Your ring bearer can be of any age, although it’s usually a child. If it’s an older child, they’re often far more responsible so they’ll be less worried over the safety of the rings. If it’s a younger child, you can use fake rings for the ring bearer, and keep the real rings with the best man. And if it’s a toddler or smaller, it may be best to have someone accompany them down the aisle – we all know how little ones are prone to outbursts and tantrums!

Who Pays For The Outfit?

Usually, the parents of the child pay for the outfit. There will usually be discussions about the outfit, such as color schemes and general outfit ideas, then the parents will purchase it. However, if you want your ring bearer to wear a specific outfit of your choosing, it’s seen as polite to gift the outfit yourself. If the parent(s) are willing to pay for the outfit, you can gift an accessory for the wedding such as a bow tie.

Ring Bearer Attire

Usually, the attire of the ring bearer will match the attire of the rest of the bridal party/groomsmen. Your ring bearer should be easily identifiable as part of your special day. Whether that be wearing the same color as the bridal party, or the same tie as the groomsmen – the choice is yours! Let’s take a look at some ideas for outfits for toddlers and boys.

Ring Bearer Outfits for Toddlers

Usually, you’ll be wanting a toddler to look cute as a button. The most common choices to opt for a suspenders and bowtie combo with linen shorts, shirt, and waistcoat. If your wedding is a bit more casual, feel free to remove the waistcoat.

Bowtie and Suspenders

Often, suspenders will come separately to an outfit, which for toddlers may be quite frustrating and may distract them. However, this super cute linen 3 pieces from Etsy. If you buy the full set, it comes with suspender shorts, a vest, a bowtie, and a shirt. For the full set, it comes in at around £116. The set comes in over 50 different colors, so you’ll be sure to find a match suitable for your wedding.

Onesie/T-Shirt

If you’re having a more casual wedding, or you’ve chosen a baby as your ring bearer, you may want to choose a onesie or a t-shirt. There’s a great personalized Ring Security Shirt/Onesie for any toddler or baby in your life. It’s super cute and no one will doubt what their role is on your wedding day.

Ring Bearer Outfits for Boys

For a boy aged 3 or over, you can definitely still use the items above (they come stocked in older ages). However, you may like them to feel slightly more grown-up and part of the “groomsmen”. This is assuming your ring bearer is a boy, of course!

Formal Outfits

If you’re having a formal wedding, this Ring Bearer 4-Piece from White Bridal Boutique is a stunning option. It comes with trousers, a jacket, a vest, and a white long-sleeved shirt. Prices start at just over £100 for the entire set – which is definitely great value for money. The age range is from 9 months – 14 years, so you won’t be stuck for sizing issues. It’s only available in navy blue, charcoal grey, light grey, and black; but those colors will usually work well within any wedding.

Casual Outfits

If you’re looking for something a little more casual, Vestos has a good selection of informal (and formal) outfit choices for ring bearers. I particularly love this choice of a Boys Linen Suit. It has removable braces if you want to dress the outfit up or down. Prices start at around £130, but the outfits are definitely high quality and you can see that. You can choose any height from 56cm-134cm.

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped to identify where to buy ring bearer outfits. When I was looking for such outfits for my wedding, I found sites like Etsy and notonthehighstreet to be the best places to find unique outfit choices. However, you can also try your local bridal and groomsmen boutiques. They often have a range of outfits, which can usually be tailored. However, the price for these will often be significantly more due to the extra time required.

Did you have a ring bearer at your wedding? Where did you buy their outfit from? I would love to hear any ideas or tips you have for buying a ring bearer outfit. So please feel free to let me know of your experiences in the comments below. You may be helping out a future couple with their ring bearer outfit choice!

How Many Ring Bearers In A Wedding: What’s Normal?

Today, we’re going to be looking at how many ring bearers in a wedding, and answering questions like how you should ask them and what to get them as a thank you gift for being such a special part of your day. Make no mistake, ring bearers play a very important part in your day. Usually, you’ll choose your own child, or a child you’re close to within your circle of family and friends to fulfill the role.

But you may not even know what their role is! Let’s first take a look at what their special job is and how many ring bearers you usually have within a wedding.

What Is A Ring Bearer?

You may already know, but it’s the ring bearer’s responsibility to walk the wedding rings down the aisle to the happy couple, during the ceremony.

How Old Is The Ring Bearer?

If you’re having flower girls within your wedding, ring bearers are usually around the same age. The average age is 3-8 years old. Although this is the traditional age of a ring bearer, there are no guidelines you need to follow, and your ring bearer can be any age you choose!

There are some couples who will choose their baby to be carried down the aisle (with an adult, of course) and others who will choose their grandparents as ring bearers. There is no right or wrong answer! However, most couples will choose a child who’s responsible to take on this role – it is one of the most important jobs, after all!

How Many Ring Bearers Should There Be?

If you’re following tradition, there is usually only one ring bearer. If the child is particularly young, an adult or older child will often accompany them, but it’s usually a one-child job.

However, it’s definitely possible to have more than one! It’s just important to assign each person involved a set task on the day. Children usually love to have their own special role, so it’s important to make them all feel valued if you’re asking them to be part of your wedding.

Here are some ideas to involve more than one ring bearer:

  • Have each child hold one ring each
  • An older child could pull small children in a wagon/cart
  • Other children could walk down the aisle with the ring bearers holding signs

What Does The Ring Bearer Carry?

The ring bearer carries the happy couple’s wedding bands down the aisle. However, some couples opt for their ring bearer to carry fake rings down the aisle; that way, there’s no worry of any damage coming to the real wedding rings.

Ring bearers often carry the rings on a pillow or a special box. More recently, it’s become popular to present the rings looped around greenery, such as baby’s breath and magnolia leaves.

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How To Ask Ring Bearer?

There’s a range of ways to ask your ring bearer to be part of your special day. However, the most important thing to do first (if it’s a child), is to get the parent’s permission. Generally, the child’s parents will be more than happy for their child to be part of your wedding, but it’s always best to ask. And that way, you can start planning their outfit too – which the parents of the child usually pay for themselves.

Here are a few tips to ask your ring bearer:

  • Be patient. Children are excitable and impatient! So ask them as close to the wedding as possible (usually a few months before)
  • Buy them a book when you ask them (there are some great choices on Amazon). Sit down and read through the book with them, and get their parents to do so every so often. It helps them to become more familiar with their role and gets them excited for the big day
  • Make a proposal. Children love feeling important – so why not make a proposal for them to be your ring bearer? Marketplaces like Etsy have a huge amount of ideas; including cards, personalized puzzles, t-shirts, and balloons. You can find more ideas here

What To Get Ring Bearer For Gift

It’s seen as a tradition to present anyone who has a role within the wedding with a small gift of thanks. Adults are usually much easier to buy for when it comes to thanking you gifts! So if you’re looking to buy a thank you gift for a child ring bearer, here are some ideas:

  • A “Ring Security” personalized t-shirt. This is a gift to show the little person in your life how important what they’re doing is. If you’re looking to make them feel important, this will certainly do the job!
  • Buddy Bearer. If the child is anxious or looks like they’re in need of a friend – why not buy them a soft toy? And explain to them that this bear was specially made to walk down the aisle with the ring bearer. It may calm any nerves and make the walk down the aisle less scary for them!
  • A Game or Activity to do After the Ceremony. Let’s be honest, weddings are boring for children. So why not get them a game to play or something like a personalized coloring book to keep their little hands busy?
  • Something catered to their interests. What’s their favorite show? What are their favorite sweets? Let them know you’ve had them in your thoughts when picking out their gift.

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped to answer the question as to how many ring bearers are in a wedding and other questions you may have, such as how to ask them and what to get as a thank you gift. Children are easily pleased, so as long as you make them feel included and special – that’s the most important thing.

How many ring bearers did you have at your wedding? How did it go? I would love to hear your experiences, so please feel free to let me know in the comments below.

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