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WEDDING BLOG

Vintage Vineyard Wedding in Michigan – Dan Stewart Photography

December 6, 2012 | editorial team

It’s hard to know where to begin in introducing Lauren and Jon’s sweet vineyard wedding – from the vintage decor and soft pink, blue and gold wedding color palette to the crisp, fresh photos from Dan Stewart Photography every bit of this day is eye candy! To tell you all about it, we have both the bride, Lauren, and wedding planner Alicia Caldecott of A Day in May Event Planning & Design

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The Couple: Lauren and Jon

The Wedding: 6.23.12 – Ciccone Vineyard & Winery – Suttons Bay, MI

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

What three adjectives best describe your wedding day?

The Bride, Lauren: Romantic, elegant, timeless

Was there a decor theme that ran through your wedding? What was the inspiration for that particular idea and how did it reflect you as a couple?

Wedding Planner, Alicia Caldecott: Lauren came to A Day in May Event Planning & Design wanting to incorporate tri-metallics (gold, white gold, and rose gold) and a very refreshing blue/green tone – which we aptly dubbed Leland Blue Stone – into her wedding day decor. The stationery was wildly important in creating the romantic, vintage, layered look Lauren wanted, and the lace on her gown added a timeless quality to her vision. The location selection of Ciccone Vineyard also played a part in the design. Lauren and Jon were not looking to have a vineyard theme wedding but rather wanted to play homage to the beautiful location through subtle details.

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vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

What were some of the different ways you used decor elements to create the beautiful, cohesive event you were envisioning?

Alicia: The design for Lauren and Jons wedding was inspired by their romance, a timeless sophistication, and a love of all things beautiful. We used every ounce of Ciccones hilltop scenery to create a cohesive event: the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and reception were all held on location, and each was designed with a dominant metallic to highlight Laurens love of the layered hues.

Ceremony: During the ceremony, we wanted all eyes on the bride and groom – but we knew it was important to frame their love story using the altar and aisle. While Lauren and Jon were the focal point, we suspended a crystal chandelier over the altar, lined the aisle with petals, and embellished wrought iron gates with floral and vines.

Cocktails: After the ceremony, the guests flooded the lawn to mingle and navigate through cocktail tables draped in soft ivory fabrics. Guests enjoyed a variety of beverages, including two signature drinks in mint julep cups which included two types of wine bottled on site. Blues, pinks, and coral florals were present in the whimsical table and bar decoration, along with vines and wild garlic.

Dinner: The dining tent was the introduction and backdrop for the after-wedding festivites. At the entrance, guests were greeted by a stacked wine bottle display and wood veneer escort cards – which were foiled in Lauren’s signature tri-metallics and set with Leland Blue calligraphy. The tent itself was draped in rich gold hues, and custom copper wine charms acted as place cards and party favors. On one side of the tent, a mirrored bar and wall displayed the couple’s new monogram, and the west wall opened up to reveal a stunning panoramic view of the vineyard and rolling hills – with a viewing deck to take it all in. The tables, covered in trimetallic and blue linens, were topped with an ornate place-setting and accented with a stunning foil letterpressed menu. Florals and candlelight were abundant: bright pink, fuschia, tangerine, and coral flowers coupled by towering gilded branches with delicately hung candles were the crowning glory to the beauty of the space.

 

Dancing: Guests passed by the centennial barn on the property en route to the ceremony – little did they know, it would house the dance party as the final touch of the beautiful vineyard wedding. After dinner, the bride and groom escorted their guests to their lounge where the band played and played and played! Eggplant sofas and rose gold seating arrangements were flanked by festooned columns and dramatic overhead lighting.

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

Where did you choose to hold your wedding, and how did the location influence your decor decisions?

Alicia: Lauren and Jon fell in love with the beautiful vistas and privacy of Ciccone Vineyard & Winery, its proximity to Traverse City, as well as Black Star Farms (where the family and wedding party were staying for the weekend). Ciccone was also very flexible in allowing us to create a look specifically for Lauren and Jon; it was a blank canvas for their individual and unique style.

Looking back, do you have a favorite project or successful decor idea from your wedding? Tell us what you loved about it!

The Bride, Lauren: Our custom monogram was something that was really unique and helped to tie everything together. We used various forms of it on the save the date, invitations, custom bar, cocktail napkins, etc. And we now use it in our home!

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

vintage metallic vineyard wedding in Michigan, photo by Dan Stewart Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Dan Stewart Photography
Event Planner: Alicia Caldecott of A Day in May Event Planning & Design
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ciccone Vineyard & Winery
Preparation Location: Inn at Black Star Farms
Transportation: Horse-drawn Carriage from Black Horse LLC
Videographer/Film Maker: Style & Motion
Invitation Designer: Custom Monogram – Monogram Inc; Stationery Design – A Day in May & Gwyneth Paige; Couture Letterpress
Calligraphy: The Elegant Touch by Vicki Corwin
Catering: Epicure Catering
Florist: Field of Flowers Farm
Cake: Aunt Bs Cakes & Desserts
Wedding Dress: Le Salon
Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Women’s Apparel & Accesories: Nordstrom & Thomas Knoell
Groom’ Apparel & Accessories: Suit – Joseph Abboud; Shirt – Mens Wearhouse; Tie – Exclusive Mens Neckties; Shoes – Cole Haan
Hair: Niki Novak; Style North Salon and Spa
Make-up: Amber Kaczmarek
Cocktail & Ceremony Music: Bob Mervak
Reception Music: Simone Vitale Band
Sound: Sound Environments LLC
Transportation: Celtic Shuttle & Compass Coach
Photobooth: Northern Michigan ShutterBooth
Rentals: Special Events Rentals; Nuage Design; La Tavola Linen
Rings: The Jewelry Factory & Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry
Deacon: Ron Kenney of St. Johns Evangelist Catholic Church in Fenton, MI
Recycling: Bay Area Recycling for Charities

Amazing. Thank you, Lauren and Jon, for sharing the beautiful and unique details of your wedding!

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These 70 Mother-Son Dance Songs Won’t Leave a Dry Eye in the House

June 27, 2020 | riley

We’ll be the first to admit that emotional groom moments make us cry like nobody is watching, and the mother-son dance is no exception. The mother-son dance is more than just a tradition. It’s a way for the groom to thank his mother—the first love of his life—for raising him. With this in mind, we’ve curated a mother-son dance songs playlist fit for unique weddings—full of everything from sentimental classics and old school dance songs to tear-jerker new hits and music fit for any country wedding songs.

With the right music and a trusted photographer, these touching mother-son dance moments will be captured memories that will last long beyond the wedding day. As a bonus, we’ve included our favorite lyrics for every song. If listening to the options in search of the one is more your speed, then tune in to the Spotify playlist at the bottom of this post and get your planning notepad ready.

  1. Image by The Times We Have.

  2. Country Mother Son Dance Songs

    Mother Like Mine – The Band Perry

    Oh the wars would all be over / ‘Cause she’d raise us all as friends / Tonight would be easier / And our dreams would all be deeper / If the world had a mother like mine

    My Wish – The Rascal Flatts

    My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to / Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small / You never need to carry more than you can hold / And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to / I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too

    Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw

    Go to church ’cause your mamma says to / Visit grandpa every chance that you can / It won’t be wasted time / Always stay humble and kind

    You Are My Sunshine – Morgane Stapleton and Chris Stapleton

    You are my sunshine, my only sunshine / You make me happy when skies are grey / You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you / Please don’t take my sunshine away

    Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney

    Don’t blink / Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you / Wake up and you’re twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife / Don’t blink / You just might miss your babies growing like mine did

    He Gets That From Me – Reba McEntire

    His curly hair and his knobby knees / The way the sun brings those freckles out / Talkin’ talk never miss a beat / Yeah he gets that from me / He gets that from me

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  4. There You’ll Be – Faith Hill

    In my dreams, I’ll always see you soar above the sky / In my heart, there will always be a place for you, for all my life / I’ll keep a part of you with me / And everywhere I am, there you’ll be

    I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

    I hope you never lose your sense of wonder / You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger / May you never take one single breath for granted / God forbid love ever leave you empty handed / I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean / Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens

    Then They Do – Trace Atkins

    Then they do / And that’s how it is / It’s just quiet in the morning / Can’t believe how much you miss / All they do / And all they did / You want all the dreams they’ve dreamed of to come true / Then they do /

    Godspeed – The Chicks

    Godspeed little man / Sweet Dreams little man / Oh, my love will fly to you each night on angel’s wings / Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)

    Never Alone – Lady A

    May your tears come from laughing, you find friends worth having / As every year passes, they mean more than gold / May you win and stay humble, smile more than grumble / And know when you stumble, you’re never alone

    Like Jesus Does – Eric Church

    All the crazy in my dreams / Both my broken wings / Every single piece of everything I am / Yeah, she knows the man I ain’t / She forgives me when I can’t / The devil, man, no, he don’t stand a chance / ‘Cause she loves me like Jesus does

    Mother – Sugarland

    She’s your mother, you love her / There won’t be another / place like her again that you call home / She stands here to help you / there’s nothing she won’t do / As long as she’s alive / you’re not alone / you’ve got each other / That’s your mother

    Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

    The one they picks, the one you’ll know by. / Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry / So just look at them and sigh / And know they love you.

Image by The Portos.

  1. R&B Mother Son Dance Songs

    A Song For Mama – Boyz II Men 

    Mama, Mama you know I love you (You know I love you) / Mama, Mama you’re the queen of my heart / Your love is like tears from the stars, yes it is

    Hero – Mariah Carey

    And then a hero comes along / With the strength to carry on / And you cast your fears aside / And you know you can survive / So when you feel like hope is gone / Look inside you and be strong

Image by Kaoverii Silva.

  1. Vintage Mother Son Dance Songs For Any Mom

    Unforgettable – Nat King Cole

    Unforgettable / In every way / And forever more (And forever more) / That’s how you’ll stay (That’s how you’ll stay)

    God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

    I may not always love you / But long as there are stars above you / You never need to doubt it / I’ll make you so sure about it / God only knows what I’d be without you

    You Are The Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder

    You are the sunshine of my life / That’s why I’ll always be around / You are the apple of my eye / Forever you’ll stay in my heart

    Moon River – Frank Sinatra

    Moon river, wider than a mile / I’m crossing you in style some day / Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker / Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ your way

    I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin

    I run for the bus, dear / While riding I think of us, dear / I say a little prayer for you / At work I just take time / And all through my coffee break-time / I say a little prayer for you

    What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

    It’s a wonderful world / I’m just walking on air / Talk of heaven on earth / I’ve got more than my share / Haven’t got a care / Happy all day through / It’s a wonderful world / Loving wonderful you

    My Mother’s Eyes – Frankie Valli

    Just like a wandering sparrow / One lonely soul / I’ll walk the straight and narrow / To reach my goal / God’s gift sent from above / A real unselfish love / I found in my mother’s eyes

  1. Rock n’ Roll Mother Son Dance Songs

    Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd 

    And be a simple kind of man / Oh, be something you love and understand / Baby, be a simple kind of man / Oh, won’t you do this for me, son, if you can

    You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins

    For one so small / You seem so strong / My arms will hold you / Keep you safe and warm / This bond between us / Can’t be broken / I will be here / Don’t you cry

    The Wish – Bruce Springsteen

    I remember in the morning, ma, hearing your alarm clock ring / I’d lie in bed and listen to you gettin’ ready for work / The sound of your makeup case on the sink / And the ladies at the office, all lipstick, perfume and rustlin’ skirts / And how proud and happy you always looked walking home from work

    Beautiful Boy – John Lennon

    Out on the ocean sailing away / I can hardly wait / To see you to come of age / But I guess we’ll both / Just have to be patient / ‘Cause it’s a long way to go

    Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel

    I wouldn’t leave you in times of trouble / We never could have come this far / I took the good times; I’ll take the bad times / I’ll take you just the way you are

    Blessed – Elton John

    And you, you’ll be blessed / You’ll have the best / I promise you that / I’ll pick a star from the sky

    Do I Make You Proud – Taylor Hicks

    This is what we dream about / But the only question with me now / Is do I make you proud / Stronger than I’ve ever been now / Never been afraid of standing out / Do I make you proud

    I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song – Jim Croce

    Well, I know it’s kind of late / I hope I didn’t wake you / But what I’ve got to say can’t wait / I know you’d understand / ‘Cause every time I tried to tell you / The words just came out wrong / So I’ll have to say “I love you” in a song

    Letter to My Mother – Edwin McCain

    Mama, how do I write the words to you / You were the only one who loved me true

    Wildflowers – Tom Petty

    You belong among the wildflowers / You belong in a boat out at sea / You belong with your love on your arm / You belong somewhere you feel free

    I Will – Matchbox Twenty

    And if you go / Take a little piece of me / Hang it by the place you sleep / And dream of me / Don’t leave

    Landslide – Fleetwood Mac

    Well, I’ve been ‘fraid of changin’ / ‘Cause I’ve built my life around you / But time makes you bolder / Even children get older / And I’m gettin’ older, too

    Your Song – Elton John

    I hope you don’t mind / That I put down in words / How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

  1. Pop Mother Son Dance Songs

    How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding

    How long will I love you? / As long as stars are above you / And longer if I can / How long will I need you? / As long as the seasons need to / Follow their plan

    I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders

    I’ll stand by you / I’ll stand by you, won’t let nobody hurt you / I’ll stand by you / Baby, even to your darkest hour, and I’ll never desert you / I’ll stand by you.

    Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

    You were my strength when I was weak / You were my voice when I couldn’t speak / You were my eyes when I couldn’t see / You saw the best there was in me / Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach / You gave me faith ’cause you believed / I’m everything I am / Because you loved me

    In My Life – The Beatles

    There are places I’ll remember / All my life, though some have changed / Some forever, not for better / Some have gone, and some remain / All these places had their moments / With lovers and friends, I still can recall / Some are dead, and some are living / In my life, I’ve loved them all

    You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban

    You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains / You raise me up to walk on stormy seas / I am strong when I am on your shoulders / You raise me up to more than I can be

    The Only Fan – Backstreet Boys

    You showed me / When I was young just how to grow / You showed me / Everything that I should know / You showed me / Just how to walk without your hands / ‘Cause mom you always were / The perfect fan

    Forever Young – Rod Stewart

    May good fortune be with you, may your guiding light be strong / Build a stairway to heaven with a prince or a vagabond / And may you never love in vain / And in my heart you will remain

    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

    Listen baby, ain’t no mountain high / Ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough baby / If you need me call me no matter where you are / No matter how far, don’t worry baby / Just call my name I’ll be there in a hurry / You don’t have to worry

    Close to You – The Carpenters

    On the day that you were born the angels got together / And decided to create a dream come true / So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue

    Take Your Mama – The Scissor Sisters

    When you grow up, livin’ like a good boy oughta / And your mama, takes a shine to her best son / Something different, all the girls they seem to like you / Cause you’re handsome, like to talk and a whole lot of fun

    No Matter What – Calum Scott

    She said, “I love you no matter what / I just want you to be happy and always be who you are” / She wrapped her arms around me / Said, “Don’t try to be what you’re not / ‘Cause I love you no matter what” / She loves me no matter what

    All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

    All you need is love / All you need is love / All you need is love, love / Love is all you need

Image by Sarah Joy Photo.

Soul Mother Son Dance Songs

Days Like This – Van Morrison

When it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this / When there’s no one complaining there’ll be days like this / When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch / Well my mama told me there’ll be days like this

I’ll Be There – Jackson 5

I’ll reach out my hand to you / I’ll have faith in all you do / Just call my name and I’ll be there (I’ll be there)

Lean on Me – Bill Withers

Lean on me, when you’re not strong / And I’ll be your friend / I’ll help you carry on / For it won’t be long / ‘Til I’m gonna need / Somebody to lean on

Stand By Me – Ben E. King

When the night has come / And the land is dark / And the moon is the only light we’ll see / No I won’t be afraid / Oh, I won’t be afraid / Just as long as you stand, stand by me

I’ll Always Love My Mama – The Intruder

I’ll always love my mama / She’s my favorite girl / You only get one, you only get one, yeah / I’ll always love my mama / She brought me in this world

Mama Hold My Hand – Aloe Blacc

When I was just a little boy / I would go to play / And I would wander so far from home / That I would lose my way / Then I call my Mama to help me / And she came right away / To help me get back home, where I wanna be

Solo Singer/Songwriter Mother Son Dance Songs

Home – Jack Johnson

So I, try, to understand, what I can’t hold in my hand, and where ever we are / Home is there too / And if you, could try to find it too / Cause this place is overgrown into with works in bloom / Home is wherever we are, if there’s love there too

Kind & Generous – Natalie Merchant

You’ve been so kind and generous / I don’t know how you keep on giving / For your kindness I’m in debt to you / And I never could have come this far without you

Child of Mine – Carole King

You don’t need directions / You know which way to go / And I don’t want to hold you back / I just want to watch you grow / You’re the one who taught me / You don’t have to look behind

Loves Me Like A Rock – Paul Simon

Oh, my mama loves me, she loves me / She get down on her knees and hug me / Oh, she loves me like a rock / She rock me like the rock of ages / And loves me

Over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high / There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby / Oh, somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue / Clouds high over the rainbow, makes all your dreams come true, ooh

93 Million Miles – Jason Mraz

Son in life you’re gonna go far / If you do it right / You’ll love where you are / Just know that wherever you go / You can always come home

A Mother’s Song – Daniel Kirkley

Be faithful and be true / Show love in all you do / Then you’ll know, just how / You make your mother proud

Home – Phillip Phillips

Hold on, to me as we go / As we roll down this unfamiliar road / And although this wave is stringing us along / Just know you’re not alone / ‘Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Old Pine – Ben Howard

We stood / Steady as the stars in the woods / So happy-hearted / And the warmth rang true inside these bones

Indie/Folk Mother Son Dance Songs

Time After Time – Iron and Wine

If you’re lost, you can look and you will find me / Time after time / If you fall, I will catch you, I’ll be waiting / Time after time

Here Comes The Sun Again – M. Ward

Kingdoms and queens they all bow down to you / Ranches and ranch hands are bowing too / And I’m takin’ off my straw hat for you, singin’ / Here comes the sun again

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor

I needed the shelter of someone’s arms and there you were / I needed someone to understand my ups and downs and there you were / With sweet love and devotion

Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel

When you’re weary, feeling small / When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all, all / I’m on your side, oh, when times get rough

Mother – Overcoats 

Mama, don’t you love him so? / Just wanna light the way wherever he goes / And kiss his forehead when he needs to know / He’ll have a home with you / You won’t be alone

Sweet Love of Mine (Acoustic)  – Joy Williams

Oh, my darling, sweet love of mine / I’ll hold you all through the night / I gave you your name; you gave me back my life / You’re the heart of me, oh, sweet love of mine

Oh! My Mama – Alela Diane

Oh my Mama / She took my little hand and held on tight / Oh the Mamas / Give the waters of their wells / Oh the Mamas / Give the babies this very dirt we’re walking on

The mother-son dance closely rivals the father-daughter dance for our favorite scene of the evening. Whether you’ve chosen a sentimental slow dance or a new age pop jam, you can be confident that you and your guests will cherish this perfect moment between a mom and her son. Once you’ve got this song picked—or choices narrowed down—it’s time to pick your DJ and find the perfect outfit for your dance. We’ve gathered a carefully collected list of Junebug-approved DJs for you. Just be sure to give them this list of wedding reception songs that are guaranteed to keep your guests on the dance floor!

Lastly, don’t neglect a wedding photographer to document your mother-son dance, either. At Junebug Weddings, we’re here to help you find your dream vendor team and make sure every moment is picture perfect.

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These 60 Father-Daughter Dance Songs Get Us Right in the Feels

March 1, 2017 | nicole

photo by Regina as the Photographer

When it comes to wedding moments that make us cry the father-daughter dance is always at the top of the list—even after all this time. What can we say, we’re big softies here at Junebug! A great father-daughter dance photo captured by the best photographers has been known to send us into tears. With that said, it’s the father-daughter dance songs that really melt our hearts even though we can’t hear them through the photos. If you’ve been looking for just the right tune to dance with your father, we’ve got 60 father-daughter dance songs that we think are perfect for your special moment together.

Check Out Our Top 10 Father-Daughter Dance Songs:

    1. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
    2. You are My Sunshine – Johnny Cash
    3. The Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice
    4. My Little Girl – Jack Johnson
    5. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
    6. When The Stars Go Blue – Tim McGraw
    7. Wildflowers – Tom Petty
    8. Dream – Priscilla Ahn
    9. Into My Arms – Nick Cave
    10. Across the Universe – Rufus Wainwright

photo by Love Hunters

Other Perfect Wedding Music for Father-Daughter Dance Songs

If the options in our Top 10 didn’t feel quite right, there are more options to choose from! It’s worth noting that we had a hard time choosing our Top 10 list, there are options for any father-daughter relationship below.

Kind and Generous – Natalie Merchant

Tiny Dancer – Elton John

True Love Ways – Buddy Holly

You Look So Good in Love – George Strait

Painter Song – Norah Jones

Daughters – John Mayer

You Belong to Me – Dean Martin

Wild World – Cat Stevens

Don’t Know Much – Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville

Shining Star – The Manhattans

Photo by Sambajoy Photo & Art

More Today Than Yesterday – Spiral Staircase

In My Life – The Beatles

My Darling – Wilco

You Can’t Hurry Love – Phil Collins

Then They Do – Trace Adkins

Daddy – Beyoncé

Sweet Pea – Amos Lee

As – Stevie Wonder

To Sir With Love – LuLu

You’re My Best Friend – Queen

To Build a Home – The Cinematic Orchestra

Songbird – Fleetwood Mac

photo by Clarkie Photography

Daughter – Loudon Wainwright III

My Girl – The Temptations

She’s a Rainbow – The Rolling Stones

Re: Stacks – Bon Iver

Rope the Moon – John Michael Montgomery

Unforgettable – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole

Longer – Dan Fogelberg

Because You Loved Me – Céline Dion

Ain’t That Love – Ray Charles

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

photo by Jeff Brummett Visuals

It Won’t Be Like This for Long – Darius Rucker

Through the Years – Kenny Rogers

A Song for You – Carpenters

Gracie – Ben Folds

Here For You – Neil Young

Is This Love – Bob Marley & The Wailers

Landslide – Dixie Chicks

photo by Athena Grace

When You Need Me – Bruce Springsteen

The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5

You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor

I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

When You Come Back Down – Nickle Creek

You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban

They Can’t Take That Away from Me – Willie Nelson

Do You Believe In Magic – The Lovin’ Spoonful

Lullaby – Billy Joel

Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart

Is it just us, or is it suddenly raining on our keyboards? Listening to the list might be the best way to get inspired so we’ve created a Spotify playlist for easy listening. Follow along on our Spotify playlist to listen to all these songs with dear old Dad—and your wedding DJ—to choose the perfect tune to capture your relationship. Once you’ve got your Father-Daughter song nailed down, get ready for your reception with these songs guaranteed to get guests on the dance floor.

 

photo by Stephanie Sorenson

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Oceanside Wedding at Stewart’s Cove in Carmel

July 30, 2015 | nicole

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With an ocean wedding in mind, Jenessa and Tyson fell head over heels for Stewart’s Cove in Carmel the first time they visited. The oceanside locale made the perfect setting for the couple’s beach ceremony, not to mention their sunset portraits after saying “I do!” Heather Elizabeth Photography impeccably captured the rustic and romantic details that personalized Jenessa and Tyson’s dream wedding by the sea.

The Couple:

Jenessa and Tyson

The Wedding:

Stewart’s Cove, Carmel, California

The Inspiration:

We both decided early on into the planning that getting married by the ocean was the way for us. We both find spirituality being near the ocean, and thought it would be such a magical place to say our vows. Plus, we were engaged by the ocean so it just fit!

One of my really good friends introduced me to “Stewart’s Cove” in Carmel and I just melted! It is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to in California. The water is turquoise, the sand is white, and there is a rustic beauty to it. I love romance and pretty, soft colors, so we went with a “rustic beach meets bling” theme. Soft pinks and mints for the wedding party, a pop of bright flowers, crystals and sheer fabric hung from the canopy, and beach wood candle holders to line the aisle.

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The Moments:

When I surprised Tyson and sang to him with the amazing band. Looking into his eyes and singing to him was almost better than saying our vows! I chose to sing “Right Down the Line.” It was such a magical moment.

The Couple Recommends:

The flowers were absolutely stunning, Rick is honestly so talented and easy to work with! Heather our photographer was able to capture the most amazing pictures and did so without an assistant! We have SO many wonderful frozen memories to choose from, and she is also very easy to work with! The food at Kula Ranch was so yummy, we received a lot of good feedback from our guests. The cheesecake bites that we had for desert from Cheesecake Dreamations were also a hit. Steve Ezzo is so talented and his band is amazingly professional. Our guests had an amazing time dancing the night away! We were also very impressed and happy with our wedding video! I am SO happy with all of our wedding professionals all around!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Heather Elizabeth Photography
Ceremony Venue – Stewart’s Cove
Reception Venue – Kula Ranch Island Grill
Floral Design – FVJ Luxuries Floral Design
Cake – Cheesecake Dreamations
Live Music – Ezzo Entertainment
Videography – Zonga Productions
Wedding Dress – La Sposa
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – David’s Bridal
Groom’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse
Rentals – Monterey Beach Rentals

Congrats to Jenessa an Tyson on their romantic beach wedding at Stewart’s Cove in Carmel! If you loved this wedding, be sure to check out more of Heather Elizabeth Photography‘s dreamy style in Whitney and Jonathan’s vintage DIY backyard wedding.

xoxoNicole

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Sunny, Rustic Barn Wedding in Michigan with Photos by Dan Stewart – Claire and Todd

November 11, 2013 | christine

If the fall rain has been getting you down lately, cheer up with this sunshine filled rustic barn wedding photographed by Dan Stewart Photography! With a happy color scheme of pale yellow and light grey, this wedding was full of fun details. Claire even arrived in style in an old vintage Chevy truck and Todd got the perfect groom’s cake featuring his proud alma mater, the University of Michigan.

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The Couple: Claire and Todd

The Wedding: 7.6.2013 – Crooked Creek Ranch, Cedar, Michigan

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The Goals: For us, our wedding was about bringing our family and friends together in a place we both love, Traverse City, Michigan. We knew we wanted to have an outdoor ceremony by the water, so all we had to do was find the right place with enough rustic charm to make everyone feel relaxed and right at home. We also added a lot of small personal DIY touches that made the day feel even more special.

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The Design: We both love the outdoors and enjoy being by the water. Once we stumbled upon Crooked Creek Ranch, we knew that an outdoor ceremony on Lake Leelanau and a reception in the beautifully renovated barn fit us perfectly. Since we were having a summer wedding, we decided to make everything fresh, light and airy by choosing a yellow and grey color scheme with small details of hearts and love birds on the cake and stationery. Our ceremony was set up in an open field facing the lake and acoustic guitar played as an old white Chevy helped make a memorable bridal entrance. Our reception followed in the old red barn, decorated with paper lanterns and pomanders, market lights, and an old door with mail slot for cards. We kept our flowers simple with mostly whites and yellows and some greenery and texture, which created just the right balance of sophisticated elegance with easy rustic charm. It turned out to be even better than we expected.

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The Look: For the dress, I wanted something simple, elegant and lacy that would fit in with our outdoor rustic barn wedding. I settled on a fit and flare style that was light enough to move around in and have a good time. I loved the horizontal striped pattern of lace running down my dress and the way the pattern swooped onto the train. The little bits of sequins and beading made the dress sparkle in the sunlight without being too overpowering, and mid-length veil was the perfect finishing touch. My husband and I are about the same height, so it was important that I not wear heels for our wedding. My sparkly flats were absolutely amazing and made me feel like a bride. The bridal party wore strapless pale yellow dresses from David’s Bridal. The mix of styles in coordinating color was perfect along with their own shoes and accessories.

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sunny rustic barn wedding in Michigan with photos by Dan Stewart | via junebugweddings.com

The Moments: We both agree that our favorite part of the wedding was our ceremony. We did not see each other before the ceremony, which made that moment walking down the aisle extra special. We also chose to write our own vows. It was a heartfelt and real expression of our love for one another and we’re so happy that we could share it with our friends and family. Lastly, we chose to use beach sand from where we each grew up in our sand ceremony. Our ceremony was so romantic and personal for us, and at the end it was such a huge relief to finally look at each other as husband and wife.

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sunny rustic barn wedding in Michigan with photos by Dan Stewart | via junebugweddings.com

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sunny rustic barn wedding in Michigan with photos by Dan Stewart | via junebugweddings.com

sunny rustic barn wedding in Michigan with photos by Dan Stewart | via junebugweddings.com

sunny rustic barn wedding in Michigan with photos by Dan Stewart | via junebugweddings.com

sunny rustic barn wedding in Michigan with photos by Dan Stewart | via junebugweddings.com

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sunny rustic barn wedding in Michigan with photos by Dan Stewart | via junebugweddings.com

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sunny rustic barn wedding in Michigan with photos by Dan Stewart | via junebugweddings.com

sunny rustic barn wedding in Michigan with photos by Dan Stewart | via junebugweddings.com

The Advice: With so many opinions to juggle, it’s extremely challenging to keep your sanity while wedding planning and keep the wedding focused on the two of you. My first piece of advice is to pick the top three things in your wedding that you really care about and make sure they are exactly they way you want them. Take the time and energy to be sure they are perfect. My second piece of advice is to trust your wedding professionals. Most have a very good ideas of what will work and what will not work, and might even have new things in mind to make your day even more special (my florist actually added handmade and vintage pieces of lace to my bouquet that were absolutely breathtaking). My third and most important piece of advice is to set aside time for personal pampering during the wedding planning process. Whether it is getting your nails done, or getting massages, take the time you need for yourself away from it all to relax and decompress. You will feel better and everyone else will too.

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The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Dan Stewart Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Crooked Creek Ranch
Officiant: Paul Allen
Invitation Designer: Anna Malie Design
Catering: Corky’s Wine Bar & Bistro
Florist: Flowers by Marla Courtney Wood
Cake: Aunt B’s Cake
Wedding Dress: Lis Simon via The White Dress
Bridal Accessories: Benjamin Adams (shoes)
Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessories: David’s Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel & Accessories: Captain’s Quarters
Hair & Makeup: Pavlova Salon
DJ: Dynamic James DJ
Live Music: Music by Gael
Favors: Sleeping Bear Farms
Rings: Jared, Rogers and Hollands
Decorator: Sensational Events

Thank you Claire and Todd for sharing your sunshine-filled rustic wedding with us!

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Blush and Gold Wedding at a Private Family Estate in California – D. Park Photography – Emily and Chris

November 8, 2013 | sarah

At a private family estate in California, Emily and Chris were married in a day that exuded elegance and ease. D. Park Photography was there to capture the dazzling decor in gold and blush and all the joyful moments of dancing and toasting beneath crystal chandeliers. I love it!

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The Couple: Emily and Chris

The Wedding: 7.20.13 – Private Family Estate, Dana Point, California

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The Goals: Our main goal for our wedding was making sure it was a great party. We wanted to celebrate our marriage, but more important make it a celebration of the people we love in our lives. We wanted to make sure that the event was special but not uptight and where people could relax and enjoy themselves. The DJ was important to us because he set the mood.

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The Look: For my dress, I wanted something I hadn’t seen before. My dress was the second one I tried on and no other dresses compared. I wanted to do something classic but with a unique touch which is why I loved the stitching on the dress. It looked like watercolor flowers. I wanted my hair to be really romantic so I did loose curls for the ceremony and a side pony for the reception. My bridesmaids wore soft blush, floor length gowns with sweetheart necklines. I liked that all of us had sweetheart necklines. I bought each of the girls a gold necklace with their first initial in crystal that they wore that day. The groomsmen wore classic black suits and skinny ties with patent leather shoes. The men’s look was classic but fashionable with the skinny ties.

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The Design: We wanted to create a fun, relaxed, summery feeling. I wanted it to be ethereal with candlelight, soft creams, blushes, and gold. I added a little bit of sparkle here and there. I loved our cake – our designer used edible gold dust on the middle tier. It was so fun and I loved that it was different.

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The Moments: The day went by so fast it’s hard to decide which part was my favorite…I loved our first dance together as husband and wife. We love the song we chose…Jack Johnson’s “Better Together”. Another special moment was my dance with my dad. We danced to Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young” and we had so much fun!

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The Advice: There’s a lot of advice a couple will hear as they prepare for the big day, but I think the one that helped Chris and I the most was keeping in perspective why we were marrying each other. So many people become involved, trying to keep to our budget, stressing over color schemes, family drama, but when all is said and done, the two of you will be married and will spend the rest of your lives together. Basically don’t sweat over little things because when the big day comes it is about you and your love committing yourselves to each other, nothing else will matter. Our biggest wedding planning success was starting early and taking baby steps. There’s so much information out there, tackle items one at a time if you can. It makes the process much more manageable and fun! Also, Pinterest is your friend…I love that site!

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The Wedding Team:

Photographer: D. Park Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, Dana Point, California
Reception Venue: Family Private Estate
Event Designer and Coordination Team: A Good Affair
Invitation Designer: Darla Marie Designs
Catering: 24 Carrots Catering
Florist: French Buckets
Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery
Wedding Dress: Lian Carlo
Bridal Accessories: Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessories: Jasmine Bridal – B2078 in New Shell Pink
Hair: Tymorie Covington
Makeup: Jo at Flawless Faces
DJ: Patrick of 123 DJ’s
Videographer: One Plus One Cinema

Thank you Emily and Chris!

 

 

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9 Wedding Dessert Table Ideas to Sweeten Your Reception Decor

May 22, 2018 | juliette

We must admit that we love that most couples these days are opting for a full wedding dessert table rather than just a traditional wedding cake because it adds such a personal (and sweet) touch to the reception! It also allows couples to make the dessert/cake table a focal point of the reception decor and get creative with styling. Here are 9 of our favorite sweet and simple ways to make a big impact on your wedding dessert table.

Cute Table Signs

photo by Shannon Lee Miller, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Wolf N Fox Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Finch Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Sarah Joy Photo shot for Melissa Prosser Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Jamie Jones Photography, see more from this wedding here!

SHOP SIGNS

 

Custom Banners

photo by Kreativ Wedding; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Oak & Myrrh Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Sarah Joy Photo shot for Melissa Prosser Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Lieben Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Sarah Libby Photography, see more from this wedding here!

SHOP BANNERS

 

Statement Backdrops

photo by Emily Chidester Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Cassie Loree Photography, see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

photo by Rubi Z Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Jenna Borst, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Peyton Rainey Photography and Chelsea Denise Photography, see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

SHOP BACKDROPS

 

Unique Cake Stands

photo by Lindsey Paradiso Photography, see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

photo by Finch Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Emily Magers, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Elizabeth Lauren Photography, see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

photo by John David Weddings, see more from this wedding here!

SHOP CAKE STANDS

 

Mix-and-Match Serving Trays

photo by Suzuran Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Yellow Bird Visuals, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Dan Stewart Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Bethany Jeffery, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Jordan Voth Photography, see more from this wedding here!

SHOP SERVING TRAYS

 

Wood Planks

photo by Samantha Floyd Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Sarah Karlan, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Dawn Photo, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Lieben Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Paige Nelson Photography, see more from this wedding here!

SHOP WOOD PLANKS

 

Donut Peg Boards

photo by Vicky Baumann, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Jamie Jones Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Abby Roses, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Nicole Veldman Photography + Video, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Vein + Vessel Studios, see more from this wedding here!

SHOP PEG BOARDS

 

Floral Arrangements

photo by Elizabeth Lauren Photography, see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

photo by Alex Mari Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Vic Bonvicini Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Julia Kinnuen Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Anni Graham Photography, see more from this wedding here!

Greenery

photo by Cyrience Creative Studios, see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

photo by Daring Wanderer, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Wolf N Fox Photography, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Vicky Baumann, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Jason Burns Photography, see more from this wedding here!

Need just a bit more sweetness after seeing all these wedding dessert table ideas? Indulge in some of our other wedding dessert tips for even more mouth-watering inspiration:

19 Super Sweet Wedding Dessert Displays

5 Dessert Ideas That Will Make You Reconsider Your Wedding Cake

18 Creative Reception Bar Ideas

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18 Creative Reception Bar Ideas

June 27, 2017 | nicole

When planning your reception, including an interactive element is a great way to get guests mingling and get the party started! When you hear the word “bar” you might envision a mixologist pouring adult beverages behind a counter, but there are so many creative bar options beyond cocktails and glasses of wine! From burgers to Bloody Marys and beyond, get inspired by these reception bar ideas from real weddings.

Biscuit Bar

photo by Taylor Lord Photography; see more from this wedding here!

Bloody Mary Bar

photo by Happy Day Media; see more from this wedding here!

Burger Bar

photo by Amila Photography; see more from this wedding here!

Cheese Bar

photo by Matthew Land Studio; see more from this wedding here!

 

Cigar Bar

photo by Stephanie Rogers Photography; see more from this wedding here!

Coffee Bar

photos by Kelly Ginn Photography; see more from this wedding here!

Craft Cocktail Bar

photos by The Nickersons; see more from this wedding here!

Dessert Bar

photo by Kreativ Wedding; see more from this wedding here!

Ice Cream Bar

photo by Shelly Anderson Photography; see more from this wedding here!

Milk and Cookie Bar

photo by Kelly Ginn Photography; see more from this wedding here!

Mimosa Bar

photo by Stephanie Gregory Photography; see more from this wedding here!

Mule Bar

photo by Brett & Jessica; see more from this wedding here!

Pancake Bar

photo by Vanilla Photography; see more from this wedding here!

Oyster Bar

photo by Henry + Mac; see more from this wedding here!

Scotch Bar

image by Dan Stewart Photography; see more from this wedding here!

S’Mores Bar

photo by Jamie Jones Photography; see more from this wedding here!

Tea Bar

photo by Shannon Rosan; see more from this wedding here!

Whiskey Bar

photo by WhiteSmoke Studio; see more from this wedding here!

Love these reception bar ideas? Check out these 9 creative reception activities your guests will love and these 9 drinks station setups!

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40 Reception Table Numbers We Absolutely Adore

May 9, 2017 | nicole

While some details are purely for looks, others are important from a logistics standpoint on your wedding day. Luckily, table numbers can be as cute as they are useful! We’ve rounded up 40 of our favorite table numbers to help your guests find their seats in style. See a look you love? Don’t worry, we did the hard part of tracking down a few options for sale of each style!

Wooden Table Numbers

Planning a rustic wedding? Wooden table numbers are for you! Even non-rustic weddings get a little bit of charm from numbers lettered onto wooden blocks, so don’t rule them out if your wedding isn’t on a farm!

photo by Richard Cao; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Gavin Farrington, event design by Kate Whelan Events; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Brett & Jessica; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Sophie Epton Photography, event design Kate Rose Creative Group; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Chelsie Burkhart Photography, event design by Gigi Noelle Events; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Amanda Basteen Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Ten21 Photography, event design by Lily Annabella; see more from this wedding here!

photo by F2Studio, event design by Bodas de Cuento; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Amber Gress, event design by Gilded Lily Events; see more from this wedding here!

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Geode and Agate Slide Table Numbers

Add a pop of color and a modern touch to your reception décor with geode or agate slide table numbers! DIY your own with a metallic Sharpie or shop some of our favorites below.

photo by John David Weddings, event design by Bird Dog Wedding; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Jamie & Sarah Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Nicole Marie Photography, event planning by Love + Lace Event Design; see more from this wedding here!

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Gold Table Numbers

Gold table numbers add a dose of glamour to your wedding design. Keep it understated with sleek metal numbers or bring in a touch of whimsy with glitter-covered numbers.

photo by Hannah Costello, event design by To La Lune; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Mango Studios, event design by Event Wise; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Lindsay Nickel; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Shannon Rosan, event design by Hilary Gregersen; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Matthew Moore Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Magnolia Studios, event design by Maria Vella; see more from this wedding here!

photo by A Brit & A Blonde, event design by Darling and Daisy and Kate Mackenzie; see more from this wedding here!

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Laser-Cut Script Table Numbers

Laser-cut script table numbers make for a classy and feminine addition to your centerpieces. We love both these wooden and gold options!

photo by Paula O’Hara; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Xandra Photography, event design by Divine Weddings; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Justin Kunimoto Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Melani Lust Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Sun + Life Photography, event design by Take the Cake Events; see more from this wedding here!

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Wire Table Numbers

photo by Studio 29; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Chrisman Studios, see more from this wedding here!

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Framed Table Numbers

A framed table number gives a polished sense to your wedding design. We especially love hand-lettering directly on the glass of the frame!

photo by Dan Stewart Photography, event design by Bay Harbor; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Daring Wanderer; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Erica Rose Photography, event design by Blomma Designs; see more from this wedding here!

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Watercolor Table Numbers

Watercolor details are positively ethereal! Whether painted or printed, we love these watercolor table numbers.

photo by Amy Fanton Photography, event design by Savile Rose; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Paula McManus Photography, event design by Betty Williamson, stationery by Paperbark; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Aljosa Viditec, event design by My Italian Wedding Planner, stationery by Christian Lacroix; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Fete Photography, event design by Occasions by Emily; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Jennifer Moher Photography; see more from this wedding here!

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Botanical Table Numbers

Botanical-inspired weddings are one of this year’s biggest trends, so make sure each and every detail fits the theme — even your table numbers!

photo by Matt Lien; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Victoria Carlson Photography, stationery by Jolly Edition; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Danfredo Photos + Films; see more from this wedding here!

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Alternative Table Markers

Looking for something totally “you” to identify tables? Forget the numbers and mark each table with another theme. Game of Thrones or Harry Potter houses, favorite book or movie titles, places you’ve visited together or even your favorite animals all make for fun table number alternatives!

photo by The Hursts & Co.; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Matt Lien; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Hartman Outdoor Photography; see more from this wedding here!

Looking for more wedding décor inspiration? Check out these awesome ideas:

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9 Creative Reception Activities Your Guests Will Love

March 30, 2017 | nicole

photos by Let’s Frolic Together

We love a wedding that really lets the couple’s personality shine. From hand-written vows to hand-me-down wedding details, there are so many ways to personalize your day! One aspect of the wedding where you can really turn the volume up is your reception. By 2017, we’ve all been to at least one wedding with a photo booth setup. While there are always new, inventive ways to have a photo booth (in a VW bus! with face-in-hole cutouts of the bride and groom! making use of an stylish lounge area!), we started thinking of reception activities beyond the booth. If you’re looking for ideas to entertain your guests between dinner and dancing, these creative reception activities are for you!

Typewriter Poetry

Much like you would book a DJ or emcee to entertain your reception, there are talented typewriter poets for hire! Give your guests the gift of words with a poem written on the spot, just for them. We guarantee your guests will be raving about this wedding take-away for years to come!

P.S. We highly recommend checking out The Haiku Guys + Gals for amazing on-the-spot typewriter haikus at your wedding!

photo by UNIQUE LAPIN Photography; see more from this wedding here!

Live Painting

You’ve obviously got an incredible photographer to capture each little moment throughout your day, but there is another kind of artist that can capture your wedding in a unique way! Hiring a live artist to paint or draw a scene from your reception is impossibly classy. Not only will your guests be wowed as they sneak peeks at the masterpiece throughout your affair, but you receive a one-of-a-kind canvas to display in your home that was created in full during your wedding.

photo by Dan Stewart Photography, live watercolor artist Lisa Flahive Fine Art; see more from this wedding here!

Synchronized Swimmers

Does your reception venue come with a pool? String lights and colorful floaties are eye-catching, but you’ll really turn heads with a team of synchronized swimmers! Words can’t really express the delight of seeing a group of brightly-suited dancers take on the water in sync, so we’ll let these Palm Springs wedding photos below do the talking!

photos by Let’s Frolic Together

Karaoke

Confession time: we are huge fans of karaoke here at Junebug Weddings. That said, we’re dying for an invite to a wedding reception with karaoke! What better way to get guests involved in the fun than belting out “Don’t Stop Believing” as one massive group?

photo by Sam Hurd Photography; see more from this wedding here!

Tattoo Station (Temporary or Real!)

Whether your guests are a heavily tattooed crowd or don’t mind a little temporary body art, a tattoo station is an activity guests won’t soon forget! Give your guests something they can take home with them to remember your day by. The quickly fading temporary tattoos may not last as long as a permanent one, but your guests are sure to remember either experience as creative and totally YOU!

photos by Alixann Loosle Photography, event planning by Bella and Co.; see more from this wedding here!

photos by Bruno Rezza, tattoo artist Slim Brown; see more from this wedding here!

S’mores

When it comes to DIY dessert, there’s no option more delicious than s’mores! From roasting marshmallows together over an open fire pit to crafting their perfect treat, guests will have way more fun with dessert when they get to play with their food. Step up the s’mores game with Reese’s, cinnamon sugar graham crackers, and flavored marshmallows.

photo by Jamie Jones Photography; see more from this wedding here!

Mixologist Lessons

Having a signature cocktail is always a lovely personal touch to add to your reception. Now, imagine that all of your wedding guests left the party knowing how to recreate it at home? Rather than simply hiring a bartender for your event, consider booking a mixologist to provide craft cocktail lessons on the spot. Who doesn’t love a little learning with their liquor?

photo by Myles Katherine, styling by CK Wedding and Event Design, cocktails by Mint & Mirth; see more from this feature here!

Tarot Reading

Weddings are all about celebrating the next chapter in your life. Having a tarot card reader at your reception fits in perfectly, getting your guests in the mindset of thinking ahead to what their own future holds. Especially if your wedding reception has a bohemian or eclectic aesthetic, a tarot reading could be your perfect reception activity!

photo by Peyton Rainey Photography and Chelsea Denise Photography; see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

Cigar Lounge

A cigar lounge during your reception provides a perfectly relaxing getaway for guests from the strobe lights of the dance floor. Many guests may have never experienced a cigar before, making this both a unique wedding activity and a crossed-off bucket list item.

photo by The Schultzes; see more from this wedding here!

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