We often get asked by brides, "what do you suggest?", when we start to discuss first dances. Wedding planning is overwhelming. Every little detail needs a decision, and if you're like me, it takes me forever to decide on what I like. I know how making one more decision feels like a mountain. So I want to help you.
First, I think it's super important to try to be different. Why? Your guests have gone to many weddings so attending another wedding can feel like groundhog day. You want to stand out, be unique, be bold with your choice and people will be touched by your choice.
Second, go to YouTube. Make a night out of it - make dinner with your fiancé and listen to songs you find on the platform. YouTube will give you the opportunity to listen to options and something might strike a cord.
Third, is there a song you love but feel like it's been played too many times? Look for a cover! There are many versions of songs that still bring the beauty of the words but adds enough uniqueness to make your first dance magic.
Here are a few choices I picked out:
1. Candace & Michael - Is this Love (cover)
2. Ella Henderson - Yours
3.Leroy Sanchez - Love Someone (cover)
4. Dan & Shay - Speechless
5. Kiana Lede - I Choose You
6. Emily Hackett & Will Anderson - Take My Hand
7. Kina Grannis - I will Spend My Whole Life Loving You
8. Renee Dominique - At Last (cover)
9. Music Travel Love - Stand by Me (cover)
10. Alice Phoebe Lou - Girl on an Island
2020 has been a difficult year for many brides since so many of you have had to delay your wedding plans to next year. I'm trying to be sensitive to what we're dealing with during this pandemic, and while some would say given what this virus has unleashed weddings are not essential, I also strongly empathize with brides as I know how much work goes into this day so many of you have been dreaming of forever.
I've been thinking of what 2021 weddings will look like and no doubt some colour palettes will cross over from the weddings we expected this year. Although, I can't wait to see what wedding couples will come up with after another year of planning. So, what's trending for 2021 weddings? Here are my favourites so far.
1. Terracotta Dreaming
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Who doesn't love the earthy and raw tones of terracotta mixed with a lovely sage green, luxurious cream, and dark navy blue? I almost wish I could get married again just to try this combo out. I adore the hints of gold that you can add in to drive home earth's precious resources. This natural palette is wonderful for weddings since it brings the outdoors in, and provides warm and comforting atmosphere. Which we will all need in 2021 after dealing with the anxiety-ridden 2020.
Colour palette: terracotta, sage green, cream, dark navy blue
2. Natural Elegance
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Who knew that au natural was trendy for weddings? It is surprising and yet refreshing. No, it's not basic as few would argue. It is an understated elegance that will put guests at ease. The beautiful bride, surroundings, foliage, and smiles will all stand out with this canvas laid out before them. 2020 has given us a renewed love of our surroundings and this is the perfect palette to take all the loveliness in.
Colour palette: light grey, cream, forest green, black
3. Lilac Fields
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Lilac is going to be a big trend next year. As part of the Pantone colour picks for Spring/Summer 2021, I love how lilac can be the "it" colour and yet be a highlight as well. The key is to not to overdue it - you don't want a tacky wedding look from the 80s - use lilac touches instead. Draw on complementary colours such as dark navy blue or green, gold, cream, and lavender to make your palette a 2021 success.
Colour palette: lilac, lavender, dark navy blue, gold, and cream
4. Boho Wildflower
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2020 threw us into the wild, literally. Nature has provided us with a beautiful escape from our quarantined lives and that's why I think wildflowers and foliage are going to big trends for 2021 weddings. According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, there are about 3,000 species of wildflowers in Canada. Visit your backyard for inspiration or seek help from a florist or garden centre expert to identify the types of wildflowers you want in your wedding. Wildflowers are not only a sustainable option, but they will also be less expensive, giving you more money to spend on a chic and well-stocked bar.
Colour palette: olive green, pale rose, carmine, old gold, robbin egg blue
Hello from beautiful Ottawa, Canada! I'm Diana, a dog-mom and wife, married for 12 years to a DJ company owner. I have been part of the exciting wedding industry for 20 years and I hope my posts offer you some help, tips, and tricks for your wedding. Best wishes, xo