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Wedding Sense – Making your wedding sensibly memorable

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To have a wedding that everyone will enjoy, try tapping into the five senses! Each person’s memory is connected and recalled by each of their senses for different situations and events. For example, when smelling funnel cakes or cotton candy at whatever time of year, you are instantly brought back to the great time you had at the county or state fair during the summer. You want to incorporate the same concept into your wedding. Everyone can remember the great time they had for different reasons. See the several tips below on how to make your wedding sensibly memorable.

Sight-
The first things your planned guests will see are your wedding invitations. Make sure these set up the theme that your invitees should expect.

Decorations should describe the bride and groom as well as compliment the theme. Having strong color schemes that include deep greens, contrasting colors (green and red), black and white, or gold or silver give the wedding good memorable visuals for everyone involved.

Seeing fresh flowers, fancy non-traditional dresses, and beautifully set tables helps to get everyone in the mood and flow of the wedding as they arrive.

Smell-

Sometimes wedding attendees will smell the wedding before they even get to it. This first impression as guests step into the wedding area should be unique. Try including candles, fresh flowers; or consider putting something such as rosemary or essential oils of your choice into your centerpieces for a great first impression as the guests roll in. A soft evergreen oil or candle will make the whole place smell like Christmas without overbearing the room. Try to make sure the smell of choice fits with the theme as well. Also, by serving coffee, this gives the guests a familiar smell that will be comforting to many.

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Try playing music when guests first come into the venue. Let the music set the tone for your wedding theme. For example, if your wedding theme is black tie and elegant, try incorporating some timeless music. Include background music for all events including entry and exits to keep the wedding flowing. You could also consider sounds of birds singing or peaceful nature sounds if you want something nontraditional for background music. Make sure whatever music you choose sets the mood, pace, and feeling of the occasion.

Touch-

The first things your invited attendees will touch are the wedding invitations that they will hold onto until the wedding.  The quality of paper and raised ink will set the formality, theme, and color scheme that guests should expect to see at the wedding

Once there, they will feel everything from the chairs they sit in, linens, china, and glassware they use, all the way to the food and beverages they consume. Try adding small details such as bows to the chairs, fancy rings around the napkins, special glassware to drink out of, and even different textures and tastes of foods and beverages to delight the senses of all.

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Taste everything before you serve it to your guests. If you don’t even like it, why would they?

Since the food is the number one activity that the guests will be involved in, make it count! It may be the most memorable to some. If your budget permits, try offering different types of meals for the guests with dissimilar taste than yours. If you have quite a few guests coming to your wedding who have specific food requirements, make sure to include them in the taste experience too. You can also try offering a variety of desserts for those who don’t particularly favor cake. Ad mints, cookies, or other goodies to satisfy the sweet tooth of many.

By think of these suggestions while planning your wedding, you’ll be amazed how many of your guests will notice the little things you’ve done to make the night enjoyable for the whole crew! And when your guests see, touch, smell, hear or taste something similar later, they’ll be transported back to your special wedding day.

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Rocking the wedding dance..Helpful tips for wedding choreography, routines and dance lessons

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We’ve all seen the great wedding dance Youtube videos. It starts off with the bride and groom dancing at the reception. A beautiful couple dancing a waltz or slow dance, and suddenly, the lights flash, the new couple stops and the music hits! As soon as you know it, they are in-sync and dancing a perfectly choreographed (and some times hilarious) dance routine!

And while you may want your wedding dance to be slightly more low-key than that, it is always good to know what to expect in the process of creating a wedding dance. How does one go about coordinating a memorable dance for a wedding reception and does it take a lot of work? What if you are working with two left feet? Don’t worry, LimeLight Expressions has put together some basic tips for helping you coordinate a fantastic dance number for your wedding reception!

From fox trot to hip hop, flash mob style to father daughter dance routines, there’s no doubt about it…dancing has become a very popular way to entertain guests at wedding receptions! Dancing at your reception is a timeless tradition. Wanting to add a bit of dance flare to your steps seems only natural, right? But it really boils down to what you want to do. If that means sweeping the dance floor with graceful steps and elegant turns you may want to sway your way into a ballroom class. Or maybe you are going for something a little less traditional, like moon-walking to your favorite Usher song. No matter what, your wedding dance should be uniquely yours and something you will remember forever.

What are the different dance styles to choose from?

  • Waltz: Be smooth, light on your feet and graceful with the Waltz. This dance will leave you gliding across the dance floor and is great for an elegant, black-tie wedding. It is also a perfect style for the father/daughter dance.
  • Foxtrot: Channel your inner Fred and Ginger with the Fox Trot. This style of ballroom is glamorous and a total classic. It will make your first dance unforgettable.
  • Salsa/Latin: Break away from the ordinary with a Latin themed dance routine. From Cha Cha to Salsa, this upbeat dance style is sure to get the party started.
  • Hip Hop: Surprise your guests with an unconventional or even funny dance routine. Go old school with MC Hammer or go modern with Usher, with hip hop, the choices are endless.
  • Musical Theater/ Jazz: This style is perfect for those who intend to lip-sync and dance a routine at the same time. Find your inner “Glee” and put on a show with this over the top style!
  • Disco: Take it back to an unforgettable era with dances like the Hustle! Disco is truly entertaining. Oh and nobody will ever forget your John Travolta-esque dance number!

What if we are not fantastic dancers…does this matter? 

A dance routine doesn’t have to be difficult to look fabulous. Most ballroom styles as well as choreography will consist of a series of basic steps which are repeated. The key to a great wedding reception performance is to keep the routine nice and simple as well as easy to remember, especially after the champagne has been flowing!

What kind of dance should we do for our wedding reception choreography?

Most couples will dance a ballroom number, like a waltz or foxtrot for their first dance, it looks beautiful and is very traditional. While flash mob wedding routines are mostly done in the style of jazz, hip hop or musical theater. They are done as a “feature” at the wedding reception. However, don’t let the ‘norm” limit your creativity! The sky is truly the limit, from Bollywood to country western dance..Go with a style that you enjoy watching, feel comfortable dancing to, with a song that you love!

Does a choreographed dance have to include both the bride and groom?

You can always plan a surprise dance routine or flash mob dance as a gift to your new spouse. Some surprise routines include the bride and bridesmaids or the groom and groomsmen dancing a routine together. A choreographed dance can also be perfect for father & daughter dances, mother & son dances etc.

Should we choreograph something ourselves, or do we need a professional? 

Yes, you definitely can choreograph it yourself. It will really depend on your ability to make up the choreography or memorize the choreography you want to learn. Some people take to Youtube to help them learn dance moves by searching through various dance tutorials. You can take dance lessons in the style you’ve chosen for the wedding dance, and utilize the new moves you’ve learned from there. Or a mixture of both. With that said, hiring a teacher can really make a dance routine have that “wow” factor. I know many brides and grooms who felt that using a professional choreographer or dance teacher was really worth it for them. The dance practices can be tremendously fun for the bride and groom, or for a group routine, with family and friends! Another benefit to working with a teacher or choreographer is you don’t need to worry about being in charge of the routine as well as performing it. Whew!

What exactly is a wedding “flash mob”?

Wedding flash mobs are very popular now a days. They look amazing and are relatively easy to pull off. One person, say the groom, starts the dance off and little by little, additional people jump into the dance routine until it becomes a “mob” of dancers. It can involve the whole wedding party, the groom leading the groomsmen or anything your creativity can come up with! Note: Everyone involved must be able to coordinate practice times together. If your wedding party is coming from out of town, this may be a bit tricky.

Dancing is something that is intended to be a happy experience and fun for all involved. It can be incredibly beautiful, funny or creative as an end result. It is a past-time that many people enjoy, however, many people have a deep fear of. First and foremost, make sure you and your partner are both on board for dancing a routine. Neither of you should feel overwhelmed by the idea.

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