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2019 Fall Wedding Guest Dresses to Fall Head Over Heels For

September 24, 2019 | nicole

photo by Summer Leigha Photography

It’s that time again babes — fall wedding season! If you’re on the hunt for 2019 fall wedding guest dresses, you’re in luck because we’ve rounded up 50 — yes, FIFTY — gorgeous dresses to wear to those upcoming nuptials. This list includes ’70s vibes, classic glamour, velvet, ruffles, florals, and all your favorite autumnal tones to help you nail the dress code in style.

Rachel Parcel Tiered Ruffle Midi Dress

Vince Camuto Velvet Off the Shoulder Dress

Eloquii Tie Neck Long Sleeve Dress

Madewell Backyard Blooms Georgette Smocked Midi Dress

Bardot Morgan Long Sleeve Velvet Faux Wrap Dress

Cupcakes and Cashmere Floral Wrap Dress

Eloquii Floral Faux Wrap Dress

Rachel Parcell Floral Tiered Chiffon Dress

Leith Button Front Midi Dress

Bobeau Lumi Puff Sleeve Wrap Dress

Eliza J Bell Sleeve Lace Cocktail Dress

Eliza J Leopard Print Long Sleeve Midi Dress

City Chic Sweet Wishes Maxi Dress

Dress the Population Louisa Butterfly Sleeve Cocktail Dress

Eliza J Floral Print Midi Dress

All in Favor Dolman Plissé Midi Dress

Eloquii Wrap Waist Jersey Midi Dress

Rachel Parcell Smocked Dress

ASTR the Label V-Neck High/Low Hem Midi Dress

All in Favor Floral Print Midi Dress

R29 x ELOQUII Star Print Long Sleeve Maxi Shirtdress

Reformation Floral Wellfleet Back Cutout Dress

Dress the Population Uma Floral Embroidered Lace Dress

Eloquii Lace Bodice Pleated Long Sleeve Evening Dress

Reformation Gavin Dress

Rachel Parcell Cheetah Print Long Sleeve Satin Wrap Dress

Eloquii Wrap Dress

Eliza J Bateau Neck Crepe Sheath Dress

Halogen Long Sleeve Wrap Dress

Gal Meets Glam Celeste Fit & Flare Dress

Eliza J Long Sleeve Wrap Front Jumpsuit

Reformation Cosa Midi Dress

Chelsea28 Ruched Waist Minidress

Chelsea28 Smocked Neck Long Sleeve Chiffon Midi Dress

Vince Camuto Animal Phrases Shirtdress

Chi Chi London Off the Shoulder Lace Cocktail Dress

WAYF The Meryl Floral Long Sleeve Wrap Gown

City Chic Cute Girl Dress

All in Favor V-Neck Dress

Sam Edelman Embroidered Mesh Dress

City Chic Twist Love Dress

Eliza J Asymmetrical Lace Dress

Eliza J Tuxedo Collar Long Sleeve Jumpsuit

Estelle Crimson Garden Short Sleeve Wrap Dress

Band of Gypsies Smocked Bodice Long Sleeve Minidress

AFRM Danai Floral Puff Sleeve Dress

Bobeau Liv Puff Sleeve Wrap Dress

Chelsea28 Velvet Faux Wrap Midi Dress

WAYF The Meryl Floral Long Sleeve Wrap Gown

Looking for some fancier 2019 fall wedding guest dresses for a black tie affair? Check out these 2019 fall bridesmaids dresses for more options!

photo by Summer Leigha Photography

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2019 Summer Wedding Guest Dresses to Add to Your Cart Right Now

July 9, 2019 | nicole

photo by Page & Holmes Photography

Yellow, summer is calling! Orange you shopping for something to wear to upcoming summer weddings? Rust us when we say we’ve got all the summer wedding guest dresses you’ve been searching for! From citrus hue wrap dresses to floral printed midi dresses, we’re poppy sure these summer wedding guest dresses will have you feeling hot (and staying cool) all season long!

Row A Button Front Midi Dress

Leith Midi Wrap Dress

Leith Wrap Dress

Reformation Locklin Dress

City Chic Fresh Field Jumpsuit

Bardot Noni Lace Halter Dress

City Chic Stripe Affair Cold Shoulder Stretch Cotton Dress

Leith Piped Cami Jumpsuit

Eloquii Drape Front Midi Dress

Leith Surplice Maxi Dress

City Chic Frill Sleeve Fit & Flare Dress

Eliza J Dot Print High/Low Party Dress

Rachel Roy Dot Sequin Faux Wrap Dress

Ali & Jay Cutout Maxi Dress

City Chic Summer Sprig Dress

CeCe Cascading Ruffle Halter Neck Dress

City Chic Cheeky Knot Midi Sundress

One Clothing Faux Wrap Maxi Dress

City Chic Rippled Love Off the Shoulder Sheath Dress

Bardot Sunshine Lace Sheath Dress

Bobeau Liv Puff Sleeve Wrap Dress

Vince Camuto Multistrap Fit & Flare Dress

Gibson x Hot Summer Nights Natalie Off The Shoulder Ruffle Dress

Dress the Population Eve Sweetheart Twist Front Sleeveless Midi Sheath Dress

Leith Floral Flounce Detail Dress

Eliza J Floral Halter Crêpe de Chine Midi Dress

Reformation Lena Sheath Dress

Rachel Roy Easy Floral Faux Wrap Dress

Row A Shirred Bustier Bodice Sundress

Leith Midi Wrap Dress

Hinge Floral Sleeveless Wrap Dress

Gibson x Living in Yellow Calla Keyhole Halter Neck Dress

Maree Pour Toi Floral Print Ruffle Dress

Dress the Population Lita Tie Cocktail Dress

City Chic Romantic Tie A-Line Dress

BB Dakota Jacqueline Lace Shift Dress

Eliza J Floral High/Low Maxi Dress

Fraiche by J High/Low Wrap Maxi Dress

Leith Faux Wrap Minidress

All in Favor Isabella Wrap Dress

Boden Amy Asymmetrical Midi Dress

Vince Camuto Country Bouquet Ruffle Hem Sleeveless Dress

LuLu’s Good Deeds Lace-Up Skater Dress

Looking for more 2019 summer wedding guest dresses? Check out our picks for the cutest 2019 spring wedding guest dresses for more flirty and floral dresses to choose from!

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What to Wear to a Spring Wedding – 2018 Spring Wedding Guest Dresses

April 4, 2018 | nicole

photos by Jamie Mercurio Photography

The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and the wedding bells are ringing! Wedding season is upon us, but do you know what to wear to a spring wedding? Don’t worry, we’ve rounded up a fresh bundle of our favorite 2018 spring wedding guest dresses to help you on your hunt!

Ali & Jay Chasing Butterflies Cold Shoulder Fit & Flare Dress

Plenty by Tracey Reese Daphne Wrap Dress

Chelsea28 Asymmetrical Ruffle Shift Dress

Eliza J Bell Sleeve Tiered Dress

Felicity & Coco Dara Shift Dress

Urban Outfitters Blooming Asymmetrical Hem Midi Dress

Glamorous Floral Print Tie Waist Dress

ASTR Lace Midi Dress

Eliza J Laser Cut Shift Dress

Urban Outfitters Strappy Back Wide-Leg Jumpsuit

Topshop Devoré Floral Cold Shoulder Dress

Chelsea28 Tiered Bell Sleeve Shift Dress

Eri + Ali Foliage Shirtdress

June & Hudson Wrap Maxi Dress

Shoshanna Analise Dress

Charles Henry Off The Shoulder Dress

City Chic Floral Print Wrap Dress

Maeve Cleary Dress

Chelsea28 Flutter Sleeve Shift Dress

Eliza J Floral Bell Sleeve Dress

Corey Lynn Calter Danica Smocked Dress

Eliza J Jewel Neck Cape Sleeve Dress

Vince Camuto Embroidered Midi Dress

Eva Franco Tulip Maxi Dress

London Times Crepe Surplice Dress

Wayf Polermo Wrap Midi Dress

Still not sure what to wear to a spring wedding? Check out these wedding guest dresses for more inspiration!

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What to Do for Your Out-of-Town Wedding Guests

March 8, 2018 | juliette

photo by Carolyn Scott Photography

Chances are some of your wedding guests don’t live in the city where you’re getting married, and there are some important things to keep in mind especially for them. From logistics to tokens of appreciation, these are all the things you need to make your out-of-town wedding guests feel right at home.

photo by Cody and Allison Photography

Find accommodations near the venue

When it comes to accommodations, the closer you can get to the venue the better. If your venue provides accommodations, obviously you should start there. Contact the venue manager and ask about availability, room rates, and discounts. If your venue doesn’t provide accommodations — or they are too expensive — pick 2-3 hotels closest to the venue and book a block of rooms at 1 or 2 of them. When you’re ready to book, you don’t have to know the final number of out-of-town guests, but you do need a pretty good estimate. A general rule is to cut your out-of-town guest list number in half and book that number of rooms. (So, if you have 20 out-of-town guests, you would block 10 rooms to start and add more rooms later.)

The most important thing to note is that hotels vary in terms of how they block rooms. Some hotels require you to block a set number, pay a deposit, and be financially responsible for all unsold rooms you blocked. That’s not an ideal situation, but it might be necessary if your wedding is in a town with limited accommodations or coincides with a huge event. Some hotels can be more flexible and offer a discounted rate to guests without blocking a certain number of rooms, but you run the risk that the hotel could fill up before all your guests make a reservation. On the bright side, some hotels can block a set number of rooms without a deposit and will guarantee those rooms and rates until a specific date. Because there are so many possibilities, we suggest you start your search early and encourage your out-of-town guests to reserve their rooms as soon as possible.

photo by Rachel Photographs

Brainstorm transportation options in advance

Some hotels provide shuttle service to/from the airport, and some even provide shuttle service to/from certain destinations if they are planned in advance. When you call to reserve your room blocks, ask about any transportations services they can provide, as well. The prices will vary by hotel, so make sure to ask the rate so you can let your guests know in advance. If the hotel(s) don’t have a shuttle, take some time to consider how your guests can get to the hotel and to the venue. What is the best form of public transportation, where are the pick up and drop off points, and what are the rates? Is ride-sharing available in your city? Would it be possible to connect your out-of-town guests with in-town guests to set up carpools? Do you have a rental car company to recommend? Most of your out-of-town guests can probably figure those out on their own, but it is nice to provide guidance so they can plan ahead and don’t have to stress about it on the actual day or weekend.

photo by Jaicee Morgan

Compile a list of meaningful places to eat, drink, and play

While you’re focused on your big day, you’ll want your out-of-town guests to have plenty of things to do once they get into town. So, put together a list of your and your fiancé’s favorite places to eat and drink and activities around the city. You could even do a little research to find out of if there are any festivals, live music, or special events that they might want to check out. Sure, they could use Google to find places to go, but this is a great way to not only introduce your city to your guests but you also get to share little nuggets of your everyday life with them. Anyone can find a Starbucks for their morning coffee, but not everyone will know which coffee shop you and your fiancé love for your lazy Sunday coffee dates. And we bet most of them would love to know that! So, when you’re compiling your list, consider adding a little note about why you recommended those places. It’s that little something extra to connect with your guests and help them feel totally welcome.

photo by Ben and Colleen

Plan a pre-wedding and/or a post-wedding get together

Inviting your out-of-town guests to pre-wedding and/or post-wedding get togethers is another surefire way to make them feel welcome. Do you and your fiancé love the outdoors? Invite your guests to go hiking or kayaking a day or two before the wedding. Are you beer lovers who spend your weekends enjoying local breweries? Ask your guests to join you for a mid-afternoon pint. We’ve even seen couples skip the traditional rehearsal dinner all together and open up dinner to anyone who is in town. And the party doesn’t have to end with your reception send-off. If you’re a night owl or just don’t want to the party to end, ask your guests to head to your favorite bar for an after party. We also love the idea of wrapping up your perfect wedding weekend with a day-after brunch to spend quality time with anyone who is still in town and say your final goodbyes in a more casual setting.

photo by Thanasis Kaiafas

Make a visual timeline of events

One of the best ways to eliminate stress and limit the number of calls to your designated contact is to create a comprehensive timeline of your wedding events. Whether your guests are invited to events over multiple days or just the wedding day itself, organizing everything into a visual timeline is key. For each event, you should include the following: name of event, name and address of the venue, date, time, and dress code. We even recommend including the ceremony and reception information so your guests have every detail they need in one handy place. If your out-of-town guests are invited to pre-wedding or post-wedding events, make sure to let them ahead of time so they can pack appropriate attire. Not sure where to start? There are some great wedding timeline templates on Etsy to help you create beautiful printables in no time!

photo by AGPcollective

Create fun and informative welcome bags

Your out-of-town guests will be making an extra special effort to attend your wedding, so we think welcome bags are a must to show your appreciation. The best part is that you can really flex those creative muscles and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make something truly special. At a minimum, you should include a little something to eat and drink to ease your guests out of their travel day. Bottled water is a must, but you could also include a local beer, a bottle of bubbly, or another local favorite. As for snacks, make sure to give a savory and a sweet option to satisfy every craving. Then add a couple of personal details, such as a cute souvenir, a candle, or even a stamped postcard they can send home. Round out all those goodies with the information essentials: a map, the weekend itinerary, your list of local recommendations, and the information for your designated contact. Finish it all off with a personalized thank you note and wrap it all up in a cute paper bag or reusable tote. A welcome bag is a simple, thoughtful gesture that your guests will love! Just make sure to let the hotel know that they need to give each guest a bag when they check in.

photo by The Lou’s

Prepare a travel playlist

One of our Junebug couples created wedding weekend mix CDs and sent them to each of their guests a week before the big day, and we absolutely fell in love with the idea! You and your fiancé could make it a pre-wedding date night where you go through all your favorite music and create either physical CDs or a Spotify playlist that sets the tone for your weekend. It’s the sweetest, most unexpected finishing touch that will make your out-of-town guests’ travel day so much more enjoyable, whether they are flying or driving.

photo courtesy of Joy

Put every detail on your wedding website

You’ve got your hotel blocks set, your transportation ideas brainstormed, your schedule ironed out, and your list of recommendations ready. What do you do next? Put all of that information your wedding website! Yes, all of it! Even if you created printable itineraries and lists for your welcome bags. Your website should be your one stop shop for all your wedding details — trust us, this will be your out-of-town wedding guests’ most used resource. If you’re not sure something should be included, the answer is probably yes. But we’ve also got this handy checklist that has everything you need to include on your wedding website so you can triple-check yourself.

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Use These Tips to Narrow Down the Wedding Guest List

February 8, 2018 | juliette

photo by Jonnie + Garrett Wedding Photographers

Choosing your wedding size and creating a wedding guest list with or without a wedding guest template can be one of the most stressful parts of planning. There are many factors to consider like your and your fiancé’s vision, your families’ expectations, and your friends’ feelings. It seems impossible to please everyone—because it is! After creating an all-inclusive list it’s time to do the dirty work: narrow down the wedding guest list.

Unless you have an unlimited budget and unlimited resources you will never please everyone. When all is said and done, your guests will affect how you and your fiancé feel on your wedding day and be part of your precious memories forever. Since it’s much easier to stay firm in your decisions when you have a plan in place, here are some tips to help you narrow down that your wedding guest list.

photo by Shadi Garman Photography

Pick a Venue That Aligns with Your Vision and Your Budget

Vision and budget are arguably the two most important pieces of the wedding planning puzzle. Once those connect, everything else can begin to fall into place around them—including your guest list. If visions of a cozy ceremony in a greenhouse and a dinner-party style reception at a local restaurant fill your wedding mood board there will be a natural cap for your guest list.

Even if your dream venue can accommodate hundreds of people, a more intimate gathering might be all you’re looking for. In this case, book the venue and set a cap yourselves. This is your special day and you want to get married somewhere that is meaningful that captivates you. Don’t let an inflated guest list, of all things, dictate where!

Divide and Narrow Down the Wedding Guest List by Tiered Categories

Trying to cut people from one long list can be both intimidating and down-right uncomfortable. One way to make the process easier is to divide everyone into categories: immediate family, close relatives, extended relatives, close friends, family friends, coworkers, acquaintances, children, and so on. Then rank those categories in order of importance and start cutting from the bottom.

There may be potential guests that fit into two different categories, such as a close coworker that consider a friend. We recommend putting people in the highest category you feel comfortable with. Using this divide-and-cut method allows you to cut more people at once while also decreasing the risk of hurting anyone’s feelings once they realize they were not singled out.

Consider the Present and the Future

Keep from looking back at wedding photos and wondering, “who is that?” by only inviting people known to both you and your fiancé. A wedding day is not the time for introductions—couples divide their time and need to find ways to stay present as it is. While taking personal relationships into account, also identify people you haven’t talked to in the last year or people you don’t see yourself keeping in touch with 5 years from now. This will help focus the guest list on the people who mean the most now and who likely will in the future.

photo by Leeann Funk Photography

Allocate a Percentage of Invites for Your Parents’ Friends

It seems to go against the last tip, we know. One of the hardest issues to navigate when creating the guest list is dealing with parents’ expectations. Keeping both families happy and sticking to a vision is easier said than done. There are a few ways to handle this split, and the conversation. If you are paying for the wedding yourselves, up to 20% of the invites can be allocated to your parents.

Parents Who Pay Should Get a Percentage of Invites

If parents are helping pay for the wedding, a fair split could be 50% for you and your fiancé and 50% for your parents combined—whether that means 25% and 25% for either set of parents, or a smaller percentage for multiple sets of parents. If one parent is paying for the majority of—or the entire—wedding, they might get a larger percentage. However you decide to split it, make sure not to give up more than 50% of the guest list. Your guests are the top priority.

Limit or Eliminate the “Plus One” Option

This is one of the easiest ways to cut a guest list almost in half. Either make plus ones exclusive for the wedding party and immediate family or make a general “no plus ones” rule for everyone. It should be enough to address your invitations to just the people who are invited. For example, “Mrs. Jane Smith and Guest” vs “Mrs. Jane Smith.”

Guests may assume a plus one is included. If you receive an RSVP with a plus one that wasn’t offered simply call your guest—yes, call don’t text or email—and be honest about your decision. When it comes time to create your reception seating chart, consider putting single friends together so don’t feel left out of the couple crowd.

photo by Victoria Gold Photography

Make it Adults-Only

Adults-only weddings will never go out of style, especially if budget or venue constraints mean choosing between inviting friends or inviting children. While it would be great to invite everyone’s families, often it’s not realistic. If you decide to have an adults-only wedding, make it clear on the invitation and on your wedding website so there’s no confusion. If there are too many children in your circle for an adult-only wedding, consider hiring a babysitting service to take care of the children at the venue so they are nearby but don’t require an extra seat.

Stagger the Invites

If all else fails and the guest list isn’t quite down to the number you set, be sure to send invitations in waves. Break up the final list into two groups: people who must attend and people who would be missed. Send invitations to the first group 5-6 months before the wedding. As you begin to get RSVPs, send out invitations to the next group of guests in an agreed-upon order. Make sure you give the second wave of guests enough time to RSVP and make travel plans. Make sure all the invitations sent no later than 8 weeks out.

Turning folks away from your joyous day will never be fun, there’s no getting around it. We hope these tips helped cut through some of the noise and made those tough decisions a little easier. Once you’re able to narrow down the wedding guest list the next step is invitations. Luckily, our vendor list includes the world’s best custom wedding invitations. Check them out, you’ll be glad you did.

 

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5 Creative Wedding Guest Book Alternatives You’ll Love Revisiting

June 7, 2017 | nicole

Wedding guest books typically happen one of two ways: you stress to find the perfect book before the wedding, only to leave it in a box in your garage OR you forget until the last minute, and whatever you end up buying ends up in a box in your garage. Today, we are here to end garage guest books, once and for all! These wedding guest book alternatives are creative and practical, and we promise you’ll love revisiting them for years to come!

Polaroid Selfies

What better way to look back on who celebrated your big day than to see their smiling faces! We are positively obsessed with this picture perfect wedding guest book alternative. Provide an Instax camera, a sharpie, and either a place to hang or stick the photos, and your wedding guest book is taken care of!

photo by Kindred Weddings

photo by Krista Ashley Photography

photo by Karra Leigh Photography

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Framed Artwork

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a memory of all the love you felt on your wedding day hanging right in your home? Enter the framed guest book option. There are endless options for prints to hang in your home with all your besties’ John Hancock, but we’re especially big fans of these by BirdAndKeyUK because the signatures really become a part of the art! Looking for something even more unique? Check out these cool 3D option by CeladonHome. Any of these would look SO much better in your living room than in a box in your garage!

photo by Carolyn Scott Photography

photo by Adonye Jaja Photography

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Jenga

Are you a big game night couple? This guest book alternative is perfect for you! Take a trip down memory lane every time you pull out your signed Jenga set for a fun game. Now the only decision you have to make is this: a small set for indoors or giant Jenga for patio parties!

jenga wedding guest book alternative photo by APictureLife Photography

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Vintage Postcards

This guest book alternative makes for a sweet activity both during and after your wedding! On the day, have guests fill out a vintage postcard of their choice with their names and a message. On your first anniversary (or any ol’ time!), pull them out and read what your friends and family had to say! These could also make for a cool art piece in your home if you want to display them in your home!

photos by You Are My True

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A Globe

This alternative wedding guest book is perfect for adventurous couples whose love is bigger than all the countries combined! Some of our favorite guest books we’ve seen are actually the furthest possible from a book — a globe! Not only is it fun for guests to decide where in the world they want to sign their name, but a globe guest book looks great in your home too!

photo by Vic Bonvicini

photo by David Le

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Never Feel Guilty About Your Wedding Guest List

April 13, 2017 | riley

Image by Sophia Veres. See more of this real wedding here. Read on about your wedding guest list

Your wedding day should be 100% about you–and we’re not just saying that. We truly believe it. However, we know the challenges you may be up against when planning a day that doesn’t cater to other people’s opinions. One aspect of your planning that can be especially uncomfortable to maneuver is your wedding guest list.

Whether you’re inviting two to 200 of your closest friends, there are bound to be hurt feelings over who makes the cut and who doesn’t. Despite the unfortunate sad/frustrated feelings you may encounter if you’re confronted by someone who didn’t make your official headcount, we’re here to let you in on a little secret–you never have to feel guilty about your guest list.

Why You Don’t Need To Feel Guilty About Your Wedding Guest List

Image by Stephanie Nachtrab. See more of this real wedding here

Your Venue Accommodations

So you’ve found the perfect venue, only to find out that it only accommodates 100 people. Without even sitting down to start a list of friends and family to invite, you now have a set number you need to work within. This can feel like both a blessing and a curse.

You may have to make cuts to your list that you’d rather not, but you also have a built-in excuse should anyone question why they didn’t receive an invite. You simply can’t put more people in the venue than it allows. If someone gives you a hard time about this, you can tell them that it’s technically out of your hands.

Image by Heather K Purdy. See more of this elopement here

Your Wedding Budget

Your wedding budget is one of the most obvious reasons why you shouldn’t feel guilty about your guest list. It’s also one of the most reasonable. No one expects you to have a disposable income when it comes to planning your wedding, and it’s generally understood that throwing a wedding is quite an expensive ordeal.

From the meal they are served to the chair they sit in, each guest–logistically–comes with a price tag. There are people in your life for whom you are happy to pay that price. For others, you may not be so willing. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Image by Paola Lattarini. See more of this elopement here

Your Wedding Day Timeline

When you’re building your wedding guest list, we recommend taking a moment to envision yourself celebrating your day with each and every guest as you add them to your spreadsheet. However, if you have a larger wedding, your wedding day timeline may not give you the time to say hello to all your guests–much less spend more than a few moments with them. So although it may be surprising, choosing your wedding size and your wedding day timeline go hand in hand.

If sharing moments with every one of your guests is a priority for you, you may want to keep your list smaller. If you’re happy to have more people present who will participate in your day, possibly without one-on-one time together, then you have the ability to increase your headcount. It’s all about fulfilling your expectations, not theirs.

Image by Rowanberry Lavender. See more of this real wedding here

Your Vision of Your Day

Speaking of your expectations, the bottom line is that your guest list is all about your vision of your day. How big or small your wedding is and who’s there should always be up to you. Whether your future mother-in-law has her own list of people she wants to invite or you promised your college friends that they would be invited years ago, at the end of the day, this is about you. It’s about who you will look out to see in the audience when you’re speaking your vows, who you’ll hug and dance with at your reception, who you’ll look back and see photos of when flipping through the album of your day. Every aspect of your wedding should be about your vision, not someone else’s.

To make putting together your wedding guest list a piece of cake, we’ve put together a free wedding guest list spreadsheet with everything you need to keep track of along the way.

Image by Brittany Loeffelholz. See more of this real wedding here

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Creative Wedding Guest Books

August 27, 2014 | lexi

Don’t like the thought of your wedding guest book gathering dust over the years? Try something less traditional and more personal by creating a guest book worthy of displaying in your home or somehow using in the future. We hope you can gather some inspiration from these alternatives to the run-of-the-mill guest book.

texas

Magan Blasig of Urban Grey Photography

Try using something that you could turn into a piece of art, such as a crafty wall piece, like this Texas shaped hardwood wall art above. Have guests sign their well wishes, and showcase your favorite state and guest book in your home. You’ll have a great memory hanging on your wall for years to come!

jenga

Photo by L Hewitt Photography

Love playing games? Turn your favorite game into your guest book and all future games will bring back fun memories of your wedding day. Jenga is the perfect game for this, as the wood blocks are long lasting and just the right size for a congratulatory note!

GUESTBOOK

Photo by Kate Miller Photography

Have guests leave a visual signature by incorporating some sort of photo guest book. You’re more likely to keep these photos than a few pages of signatures. Remember, a photo is worth more than 1,000 words, anyways!

champaigne

Photo by Freixenet

Find a fun bottle or your favorite drink and have guests sign their well wishes to you. On your anniversary, you can drink up and reminisce as you read over your guests’ words of wisdom, congratulations, and humorous anecdotes.

leafprint

Photo by Nine Photography 

Have guests leave their mark with a fingerprint and each signature will truly be unique. The overall effect is artistic and creative. You can also use your fingerprint guest book as a wall piece for your home.

We hope you found some inspiration in these creative wedding guest books. Just remember to keep it personal and useful!

 

xoxo

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Modern Wedding Guest Books Alternatives

October 11, 2010 | editorial team

alternative wedding guest books with recipe cards by Cut the Cake Designs

If you’re looking for an alternative guest book idea for your wedding, take a look at these fun recipe card and Rolodex style guest books from Cut the Cake Designs on Etsy! Great for weddings or wedding showers, some designs come with invitations that double as recipe cards so your guests can leave you with instructions to make one of their favorite tasty treats. Others contain simple address cards to record everyone’s contact information (helpful for all those thank you notes!) and they leave room for sweet words of advice and encouragement. Fun! What kind of guest book are you picturing for your wedding day?

alternative wedding guest books with recipe cards by Cut the Cake Designs

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These Wedding Reception Songs are Guaranteed to Get Your Guests on the Dance Floor

January 21, 2023 | morgan

Most couples want to host a fun wedding. Of course, you want the cake to be delicious and your florals to be amazing, too. But when it comes to your big day, it’s also a unique time to show off your dance moves with the help of a professional. After toasts are done and dinner has been served, it’s time to open up the dance floor with amazing wedding reception songs. Thankfully, you don’t have to go at it alone—as long as you’ve already hired a professional wedding DJ.

When discussing your wedding reception playlist with your DJ, make sure to include a mix of songs that you like. Cover various genres, tempos, and eras to encourage people to shake their tail feathers. We mean it. You should include something for all your guests. That’s why we recommend including a section on your RSVP cards where guests can request their favorite songs be added to your playlist. Ready to get dancing? Then keep scrolling to see some of our favorite wedding reception songs!

Wedding Reception Classics

These are classic wedding reception songs. Folks will know how to dance to them, you won’t risk offending your new in-laws, and these are sure to inspire some singing on the dance floor. Throw a few of these into your mix, and even your great-grandmother will get up to show off her moves.

Mambo No. 5 — Lou Bega

Shout, Pts. 1 & 2 — The Isley Brothers

We Are Family — Sister Sledge

Don’t Stop Believin’ — Journey

My Girl — The Temptations

Signed, Sealed, Delivered — Stevie Wonder

I Want You Back — Jackson 5

Play That Funky Music — Wild Cherry

Boogie Shoes — KC & The Sunshine Band

September — Earth, Wind & Fire

Sweet Caroline — Neil Diamond

Dancing in the Moonlight — King Harvest

Love Shack — The B-52’s

Stayin’ Alive — Bee Gees

Respect — Aretha Franklin

Build Me Up Buttercup — The Foundations

(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life — Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes

Do You Love Me — The Contours

Walking on Sunshine — Katrina & The Waves

Hot Stuff — Donna Summer

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Country Dance Floor Music

If you’re not personally into country music, that’s okay. These carefully selected country songs are crowd-pleasers and many of them have built-in dance moves. Throw a few of them in and watch your dance floor expand.

Tennessee Whiskey — Chris Stapleton

Honey Bee — Blake Shelton

Country Girl (Shake It For Me) — Luke Bryan

You Belong  With Me — Taylor Swift

Wagon Wheel — Darius Rucker 

Boot Scootin’ Boogie — Brooks & Dunn

Man! I Feel Like a Woman — Shania Twain

Footloose — Kenny Loggins

Meant to Be — Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line

Butterflies — Kasey Musgraves

Why Don’t We Just Dance — Josh Turner

Drink In My Hand – Eric Church

Cruise – Florida Georgia Line

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R&B Wedding Reception Songs

R&B music is perfect for your wedding reception. Some of these have different tempos that will keep some of your guests dancing and allow some of your guests to take a quick break to hit your reception bar

Down – Jay Sean

Blinding Lights – The Weeknd

I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

Good Feeling — Flo Rida

My House – Flo Rida

Family Affair — Mary J Blige

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough — Marvin Gaye

The Business — Tiësto

24K Magic — Bruno Mars

Love on Top — Beyonce

Yeah! — Usher, Lil Jon, Ludacris

I Feel Good — James Brown

Forever — Chris Brown

Celebration — Kool & The Gang

No One — Alicia Keys

Want to Want Me — Jason Derulo

Nothing Can Come Between Us — Sade

Jumpin’, Jumpin — Destiny’s Child

This Is How We Do It — Montell Jordan

Mi Gente — J Balvin, Willy William

Better Now — Post Malone

How Will I Know — Whitney Houston

Rhythm Is A Dancer — SNAP!

We Found Love — Rihanna, Calvin Harris

Crazy In Love — Beyonce

If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys

You’re The First, The Last, My Everything — Barry White

Get It Shawty — Lloyd

Because of You — Ne-Yo

Aint Nobody — Chaka Khan

Best Part – Daniel Caesar, H.E.R.

Hip-Hop Reception Music

There’s no getting around it, hip hop songs are a surefire to get your guests dancing. Whether it’s Missy Elliot encouraging your guests to lose control on the dance floor or Lizzo announcing the results of her DNA tests, hip-hop wedding reception songs are some of the most fun.

I Like It – Cardi B

My Chick Bad – Ludacris

In Da Club – 50 Cent

Swimming Pools (Drank) – Kendrick Lamar

Pursuit Of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix) – Kid Cudi

It Takes Two — Rob Base & DJ EZ Roc

Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It — Will Smith

Push It — Salt-N-Pepa

Bust a Move — Young MC

Boom — Tiësto, Sevenn, Gucci Mane

Hey Ya! — Outkast

The Way I Are — Timbaland

Me Porto Bonito — Bad Bunny

Cyclone — Baby Bash, T-Pain

Taki Taki — DJ Snake

Truth Hurts — Lizzo

Jump Around — House of Pain

Kiss Me More — Doja Cat

What’s Luv? — Fat Joe

Lose Control — Missy Elliot

Don’t Stop The Music — Rihanna

Cha Cha Slide — DJ Casper

Gonna Make You Sweat — C & C Music Factory

Do It — Chloe x Halle

It’s Tricky — Run DMC

Hold On, We’re Going Home — Drake

Hypnotize — Notorious BIG

Mayores — Becky G, Bad Bunny

That’s What I Like — Bruno Mars

Pump Up The Jam — Technotronic

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Rock + Alternative Reception Music

Don’t forget about your rock and alternative loving friends when it comes to wedding music. Sure, they might not be confident in all of their dance moves, but they’ll get on the dance floor for songs they know. These songs will offer a fun mix to change up the mood and keep everyone dancing–even those who claim they hate dancing.

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Brown Eyed Girl — Van Morrison

Take On Me — A-Ha

Livin’ On A Prayer — Bon Jovi

Should I Stay or Should I Go — The Clash

You Shook Me All Night Long — AC/DC

Dancing in the Dark — Bruce Springsteen

All the Small Things — Blink 182

Sugar, We’re Goin Down — Fall Out Boy

Summer of ’69 — Bryan Adams

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) — The Proclaimers

Mr. Brightside — The Killers

Sweet Home Alabama — Lynyrd Skynyrd

Dog Days Are Over — Florence + The Machine

Come On Eileen — Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Best Day of My Life — American Authors

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go — WHAM!

Shut Up And Dance — Walk the Moon

You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates

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Pop + Dance Reception Tunes

Just like Cyndi Lauper suggests, wedding guests just wanna have fun. Light-hearted pop hits from multiple eras are the key to success for your wedding reception songs. Don’t just turn on Top 40 to get inspired—those aren’t necessarily good dancing songs. Use this list instead.

Shivers – Ed Sheeran

Get Lucky — Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers

Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Justin Timberlake

Electric Love (Oliver Remix) – BØRNS

Stay – Justin Bieber, The Kid LAROI

The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris

Give Me Everything – Pitbull, Ne-Yo

Roses – The Chainsmokers

Beautiful Now – Zedd, Jon Bellion

Don’t Start Now — Dua Lipa

Levitating — Dua Lipa

Girls Just Want to Have Fun — Cyndi Lauper

Heat Waves (Oliver Heldens Remix) – Glass Animals

Clarity — Zedd 

Shake It Off — Taylor Swift

I Gotta Feeling — Black Eyed Peas

Despacito — Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee

As It Was — Harry Styles

When Love Takes Over — David Guetta

I Love It — Icona Pop

Vivir Mi Vida — Marc Anthony

We Can’t Stop — Miley Cyrus

Party In The U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus

Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough — Michael Jackson

Toxic — Britney Spears

Since U Been Gone — Kelly Clarkson

Uptown Funk — Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

Suavemente — Elvis Crespo

Wannabe — Spice Girls

Let’s Go Crazy — Prince

Higher Love – Kygo, Whitney Houston

Dancing On My Own — Robyn

Livin’ La Vida Loca — Ricky Martin

Everybody — The Backstreet Boys

Turn Down For What – DJ Snake, Lil Jon

Bye, Bye, Bye — *NSYNC

Single Ladies — Beyonce

Danza Kuduro — Don Omar

SexyBack — Justin Timberlake

One More Time — Daft Punk

Dancing Queen — ABBA

Slow Songs To Dance To

Slow songs are important for your dance floor. Don’t sleep on them and make sure that you include a mix of them for all of the couples attending your wedding. 

All of Me — John Legend

At Last – Etta James

Make You Feel My Love — Adele

Kokomo — The Beach Boys

Can’t Help Falling In Love — Elvis Presley

The Way You Look Tonight — Frank Sinatra

Because You Loved Me — Céline Dion

Dream a Little Dream of Me — Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong

I Choose You — Sara Bareilles

Being With You — Smokey Robinson

You Send Me — Sam Cooke

We Danced — Brad Paisley

From This Moment On — Shania Twain

Perfect — Ed Sheeran

Paper Planes — Alexander Jean

First Day of My Life — Bright Eyes

Keeping your guests in mind when choosing your wedding reception songs will ensure you create a collection of the best wedding reception songs. If you’ve hired an expert wedding DJ they’ll also help you curate the mood on the dance floor with their extensive knowledge of both popular and classic wedding reception songs. This is one wedding decision, thankfully, you won’t have to handle by yourselves.

Now that you’ve got your wedding reception playlist rolling you can focus on the other important musical elements of your wedding like your first dance song.

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