Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wedding Ceremony Music | Toledo Wedding Planner | Perrysburg Wedding Planner

35 Wedding Processional Songs

Want something dramatic for your walk down the aisle. Our list of wedding processional songs will help you make the most of this beautiful moment.

Don't worry if "Here Comes the Bride" (Wagner's "Bridal Chorus") isn't your speed for your wedding processional song -- you have plenty of alternatives. Here are 35 wedding processional ideas to accompany you, and everyone else in your party, as you walk down the aisle:


1. "Air" (from Water Music Suite), (George F. Handel)
2. "Bridal Chorus" (from Lohengrin), (Richard Wagner)
3. "Canon in D" (Johann Pachelbel)
4. "Procession of Joy" (Hal Hopson)
5. "Rigaudon" (Andre Campra)
6. "Spring" (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi)
7. "Te Deum" (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
8. "The Prince of Denmark's March" (Jeremiah Clarke)
9. "Trumpet Tune" (Henry Purcell)
10. "Trumpet Voluntary" (Jeremiah Clarke)
11. "Trumpet Voluntary" (John Stanley)
12. "Wedding March" (from The Marriage of Figaro), (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Traditional Alternatives

13. "Canzon V" (Giovanni Gabrieli)
14. "Coronation March for Czar Alexander III" (Peter I. Tchaikovsky)
15. "Overture" (from Royal Fireworks Music), (George Frederic Handel)
16. "Promenade" (from Pictures at an Exhibition), (Modest Mussorgsky)
17. "Romeo and Juliet Love Theme" (Tchaikovsky)
18. "Sinfonia" (from Cantata No. 156), (Johann S. Bach)
19. "Toccata" (from L'Orfeo), (Claudio Monteverdi)
20. "Trumpet Tune in A-Major" (David N. Johnson)
21. "Sonatas for Organ, Op. 65, No. 3 (con moto maestoso)," (Felix Mendelssohn)
22. "Winter," Largo, (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi)


23. "Appalachia Waltz" (Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor)
24. "Sunrise, Sunset" (from Fiddler on the Roof), (Sheldon Harnick & Jerry Bock)
25. "The Look of Love" (Dionne Warwick/Burt Bacharach)
26. "The Vow" (Jeremy Lubbock)
27. "To A Wild Rose" (Edward MacDowell)
28. "Flatbush Waltz" (Andy Statman)
29. "Wedding Processional" (from The Sound of Music), (Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein)


30. "All People That On Earth Do Dwell" ("Old 100th" hymn)
31. "Dona Nobis Pacem" (16th century hymn)
32. "Hanava Babanot" (A Love Song), (Neeman)
33. "St. Anthony's Chorale" (Franz Joseph Haydn)
34. "Hymn Fanfare from The Triumphant" (Francois Couperin)
35. "Scalero de Oro" (traditional Sephardic)

35 Wedding Recessional Songs

Make your ceremony exit riveting and rapturous with a robust, triumphant ceremony recessional music to match your just-married mood.

After your officiant pronounces you husband and wife, you'll want to follow up with a triumphant fanfare. Your wedding ceremony recessional music should inspire your wedding guests to stand up and cheer you on as you make your way down the aisle. Here are 35 favorites:

Traditional/Classic Recessional Wedding Music

1. "Allegro Maestoso" (from Water Music Suite), (George F. Handel)
2. "Brandenburg Concerto No. 1," Allegro, (Johann S. Bach)
3. "Brandenburg Concerto No. 4," Allegro, (Johann S. Bach)
4. "Coronation March" (from Crown imperial), (Sir William Walton)
5. "Fugue in E-Flat Major" (from St. Anne), (Johann S. Bach)
6. "Hallelujah Chorus" (from The Messiah), (George F. Handel)
7. "Hornpipe" (from Water Music Suite), (George F. Handel)
8. "Ode to Joy" (Ludwig van Beethoven)
9. "Spring," Allegro, (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi)
10. "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" (George F. Handel)
11. "Toccata" (from Symphonie 5, opus 42), (Charles-Marie Widor)
12. "Trumpet Tune and Bell Symphony," (Henry Purcell)
13. "Tuba Tune in D" (Craig Sellar Lang)
14. "Wedding March" (from A Midsummer Night's Dream), (Felix Mendelssohn)

Traditional Alternative Recessional Wedding Music

15. "Badinerie" (from Orchestral Suite No. 2), (Johann S. Bach)
16. "Concerto grosso in D Minor," Op. 2, No. 3 (Presto), (Francesco Geminiani)
17. "Rondeau" (from Abdelezar), (Henry Purcell)
18. "Rondeau" (theme from Masterpiece Theater), (Jean Joseph Mouret)
19. "Sonata in G Major" (Giuseppe Tartini)
20. "Triumphal March" (Edvard Grieg)
21. "Variations on the Kanon by Pachelbel" (George Winston)

Contemporary Recessional Wedding Music

22. "Anthem" (Suzanne Ciani)
23. "Beautiful Day" (U2)
24. "From This Moment On" (Cole Porter)
25. "Linus & Lucy" (Peanuts Theme), (Vince Guaraldi)
26. "Little Martha" (Allman Brothers Band)
27. "Oh! You Pretty Things" (David Bowie)
28. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" (Stevie Wonder)
29. "Sunshine of My Life" (Stevie Wonder)
30. "The Long and Winding Road" (The Beatles)

Religious/Sacred Recessional Wedding Music

31. "Exultate, Jubilate" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
32. "Joy" (George Winston)
33. "Now Thank We All Our God" (Johann S. Bach)
34. "Now Thank We All Our God" (Sigfried Karg-Elert)
35. "Psalm 19" (Benedetto Marcello)

Thank you to The Knot for these great ideas!

Bring Your Own Alcohol wedding | Toledo Wedding Planner | Perrysburg Wedding Planner

In today’s economy brides are trying to stretch every last penny of their wedding budget. One of the easiest ways to save a bunch of green on your wedding day is to choose a venue that allows you to provide your own alcohol. At venues that require you to buy their alcohol, your liquor tab can be one of the most expensive things for your wedding. Avoid these high cost by finding venues that will let you bring in your own alcohol, purchased at liquor store prices. Some of our favorite venues that allow you to bring your own alcohol are: St. George Hall in Rossford, Strawberry Acres in Holland and Ole Zims in Gibsonburg!

Having control of the bar at your own wedding also gives you some other great advantages and opportunities to apply your personal touch. Perhaps one of your wedding colors is lavender and you want to serve lavender lemonade cocktails, or maybe you want to have a Mojito bar with four different kinds of Mojitos. The options are endless when you have control over the bar and you will be able to put a very special and memorable touch to your reception.

. Here are a few tips to remember:

Drink Up

How much liquor will you need for 100 guests? Talk to your bartender (we recommend Premier Pour); in the meantime, here are some averages:

  • Beer: 5 to 6 cases
  • Whiskey: 1 liter
  • Bourbon: 1 liter
  • Gin: 2 to 3 liters
  • Scotch: 2 liters
  • Light rum: 1 liter
  • Vodka: 5 liters
  • Tequila: 1 liter
  • Champagne: 1 to 1 1/2 cases
  • Red wine: 2 cases
  • White wine: 3 1/2 cases
  • Dry vermouth: 1 bottle
  • Sweet vermouth: 1 bottle

Where to buy it?
Now you ask, where do I purchase the alcohol at. Some of our suggestions are: The Anderson's, The Beer & Wine Cave or have a Stock the Bar shower. This shower will get you all the supplies you need to "stock the bar" at your wedding!

Your Perfect Day....because you deserve it!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

DIY Rustic Wedding Table Numbers | Toledo Wedding Planner

DIY Rustic Wedding Table Numbers

I recently bought a set of wood coasters from Carina Sherlock in Armadale. It struck me that they would look beautiful transformed into wedding table number signs for a rustic style wedding.

I thought they would look especially good when combined with a set of nature-inspired numbers I had recently illustrated.

After some research I discovered that I could use Lazertran decal transfer paper to transfer the numbers onto the wood surface and successfully create the table number signs I had imagined!


  • A few sheets of Lazertran inkjet transfer paper
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Scissors
  • 2 brushes
  • Pure Turpentine
  • Glass jar - (to hold the turpentine)
  • Oil-based Polyurethane
  • Wood coasters or wood rounds (1 for each number)

I purchased my Lazertrain paper locally from Eckersley's Art & Craft. You should be able to buy it in good art/craft stores near you or at the online Lazertran shop.

For the wood coasters, here are a few sources I've found online:

Hickory Coaster Set from Terrain.

Olive Wood Coasters from Ten Thousand Villages

Rustic Natural Juniper Wood Coasters from Jasmins Treasures on Etsy.

White BIrch Wood Coaster from Virtual Design Lab on Etsy.

or save some money and make your own with this DIY Wood Coasters Project spotted at Earth Friendly Goodies.


Print out your numbers onto the Lazertran paper. Use your scissors to cut around the edges of your number decal. Allow the ink to dry for 30 minutes or so.

Soak the decal in water for 1 minute. (I've done this in the bathroom sink). This will help loosen the decal from it's backing. Retrieve your number from the water and remove any excess water.

Brush on a coat of Pure Turpentine onto the surface of your wood. (Make sure you're in a well-ventilated area!)

Slide the decal sideways slightly, away from it's backing (a centimetre or so). Stick the exposed edge of the decal to the surface of your wood (in the correct position) then slowly and gently slide the rest of the backing out from under the decal. The rest of the decal should now fall smoothly into place.

If there are any air bubbles you can use your brush and some turpentine to gently flatten them. However, don't use too much turpentine or the image will break apart!

As the number dries, the edges will turn white.

To remove the white edges and to stain your wood, brush on a couple of coats of oil-based polyurethane.

Your finished piece should look something like this (above).

I found the process a little tricky at first - you may wish to do a practice run. However it's really quite simple once you get the hang of it!

You can use your wood table numbers in combination with a rustic-style floral centerpiece. I've just propped it up against a jar.

Thank you to Eat Drink Chic for this great idea!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Emerald and Aqua | Toledo Wedding Planner | Perrysburg Wedding Planner

Looking for ideas for a Emerald and Aqua wedding? Here are a few ideas from Martha Stewart Wedding!

Drink Flags
Give signature drinks proper fanfare by flagging them with colorful swizzle sticks. The flourishes are a breeze to make: With gardening shears, trim a wooden skewer so it's a few inches taller than the glass you'll put it in. Cut a 9-inch length of 15-millimeter grosgrain ribbon. Fold in half and make a loose knot. Slip knot over skewer and tighten. Notch ribbon ends

Attendant Gifts

Set off a snowy gown or attendants' outfits with a demure whisper of color or a flirtatiously bold hue. Clockwise from left, here's something old and blue (and sparkling): A vintage aquamarine flower from Alice Kwartler Antiques. Aquamarine teardrop clusters by TenThousandThings are at once classic and contemporary. A diamond-encrusted emerald from Fortunoff has a glamorous, 1930s feel. This aquamarine pendant by Tiffany & Co. is dainty and sweet. A Wendy Mink beaded necklace with an onyx leaf pendant makes a lovely bridesmaid's gift. Wear Tiffany & Co.'s aquamarine stunner with the similar-looking earrings at left or simple diamond studs. The mother of the bride might affix her corsage with a glittering emerald stickpin or a multicolored gold pheasant one, both from Alice Kwartler Antiques.

Emerald and Aqua Stationery

Grass-green meets sky-blue in this stationery suite, which features pieces burgeoning with graceful boughs. An envelope is adorned with vintage stamps, and a place card is trimmed with satin ribbon. Contact Jen at for your custom invitation, program and place cards.

Emerald and Aqua Neckwear

Here's a chic way to tie the knot: with custom neckwear for the groom, his attendants, your father and father-in-law, and even your ring bearer. Choose any fabric (silk, wool, and cotton weaves work better than stretchy knits), then send it to Tiecrafters, which will fashion the material into neckties or bow ties. (You can also pick from their own selection of solid and patterned cloths.) Dress the guys to match, or opt for a range of coordinating colors or patterns, such as we show here. Either way, the men in your life will have a keepsake they'll tie, tie again.

Topiary Flower Girl Basket

A topiary is transformed into a flower girl's basket filled with hydrangea petals

Mossy Ring Pillow

A mossy ring pillow would look fetching at an outdoor affair. To make: Glue green ribbon around an ice-cream-pint top. Glue green felt to bottom. Arrange spike moss in top. Anchor ribbon to moss with floral wire. Slip rings through ribbon; tie a bow.

Emerald and Aqua DIY Lanterns

Lanterns made of vintage Mason jars clad in gold-trimmed ribbons exude homespun charm. Use them to illuminate walkways or arrange on a table with place cards or cocktails. (Beware: Jars get very hot.) To prevent sticking, fill vessels with 1/8 inch of water before setting votive candles inside.


Nature offers vibrant colors and textures that can be woven into a wedding in unexpected ways. Left, clockwise from top: Boutonnieres consist of hydrangea and hypericum berries; chamomile, trachelium, and mahonia leaves; and unripe blueberries and mahonia.

Your Perfect Day...because you deserve it!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Five Hot Wedding Trends for 2011 | Toledo Wedding Planner | Perrysburg Wedding Planner

What’s hot for 2011 weddings?

1Vintage touches

One of the top wedding trends for the upcoming year is vintage and retro-inspired with a modern twist. What’s old is new. We’ll see:

  • vintage wedding dresses with cap sleeves
  • beautiful textures
  • ornate details
  • natural settings, including outdoor and backyard weddings
  • photo booths (actual and set areas with draped-cloth backdrops)
  • vintage photography

2Eco-friendly weddings

In 2011, we’ll continue to see more green, environmentally friendly weddings. Think second-hand and vintage wedding dresses, LED lighting, recycled paper invitations and programs, and food from local farms and providers. Charity donations will continue to be a popular option instead of traditional wedding favors, and more couples will be asking for donations to their favorite charity instead of wedding gifts.

3Modern choices

The contemporary, modern wedding will still be big in 2011. Brides are opting for non-traditional dress choices, such as: beautiful hues instead of the usual white or ivory; old shoulder instead of strapless; and short cocktail dresses (the little white dress) instead of a long gown. This trend will continue through d├ęcor, as well, with couples steering away from the customary 10-person round table and opting to mix table shapes and sizes. They are also incorporating bright and bold colors, cool lounge settings, and after parties; choosing cupcakes instead of a wedding cake; and letting color tie together the bridesmaids as they choose different styles of dresses.

4DIY weddings

“Do it yourself” is another wedding trend we’ll continue to see next year. Originally brought on by the economy, this trend is here to stay because it not only saves money, but also adds a special something to the big day. Personalized touches and little details are very important; couples are incorporating their favorite interests, hobbies, places and even sports.

5Social media influence

We’ll also continue to see social media play a part in the wedding planning process. Couples will keep guests informed through wedding websites and post updates about their excitement and plans on Facebook and Twitter. Posts such as “We booked the band today!” allow friends and family to feel like they are part of the planning.

Thank you to The Beauty Bridal for this 5 great tips!

Your Perfect Day....because you deserve it!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Feather ideas for your wedding | Perrysburg Wedding Planner | Toledo Wedding Planner

Feathers were flying from New York to Milan, and this Fashion Week trend will be making its way down 2011 white aisles!

White and ivory feathers are cropping up on everything from wedding dresses to wedding invitations, and bold peacock feathers are making a major comeback, too! If you're looking for an alternative to fresh wedding flowers, feathers are a wonderful choice.

I just love the romantic, whimsical vibe that feathers bring to wedding reception decor!!

Chic wedding invitation adorned with genuine peacock feather

Photo: Chic wedding invitations with real peacock feathers by Oh So Sweet Prints

Romantic bridal hair accessories- handmade feather flower fascinators

Photo: 2011 Wedding Trend- Feathers!

2011 halter wedding dress by Allure with romantic feather-embellishments

Photo: 2011 Wedding Trend- Feathers!

Feather-adorned vintage inspired bridal headbands by

Photo: Feather bridal headbands by Ban.Do

Peacock feather boutonniere for the groom

Photo: Peacock feather bout for your groom

Short wedding reception dresses with feather details

Photo: Short wedding reception dresses adorned with romantic feathers

Feather-festooned peep-toe bridal heels by BHLDN

Photo: Feather-adorned BHLDN bridal heels

Bridal bouquet of ivory roses and feathers

Photo: Classic ivory rose and feather bridal bouquet

Feather bridal bouquets and colorful feather bout for the groom

Photo: Romantic feathers adorn bridal bouquet and bout

Thank you to OneWed for these great ideas!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bottle Wedding Favors | Toledo Wedding Planner | Perrysburg Wedding Planner

With Spring approaching us, that means wedding season is right around the corner. Whether you are having a wedding of your own or you are invited to a wedding, one of the questions on your mind is "what is the wedding favor?"

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite bottle wedding favors!

Jones soda is a favorite for all ages. The coolest part is you can create your own label at Jones Soda.

Wine is always a fun wedding favor. Your Perfect Day can create custom labels for your wine bottle! Just email us today for your sample.

Instead of giving everyone a glass of champagne, go ahead and give them their own bottle.

Put a family recipe into a bottle and share with everyone!

Water bottles are the perfect gift since they are reusable (and good for the environment).

If you are having an outside wedding, give everyone a bottle of water to keep them cool throughout the ceremony.

Find some clear glass bottle and fill them with candy. Or use these bottle at your candy buffet table.

If you need an custom labels for your wedding favors, be sure to email us at for your free sample!

Your Perfect Day....because you deserve it!