Wedding Articles, Ideas and Inspiration

Whether you're way ahead of the game or starting to feel the time crunch, we're here to help. We like to inspire your creativity. In this way, we hope to ease your stress and make your wedding fun. After all, that's the way it should be, right? If you're looking for different ideas or searching for professional wedding services in the Chicagoland area, you've come to the right place.

Further below the articles you'll find song suggestions for the first dance, father-daughter, mother-son, and last dance.

 


 

 


 

Articles / Wedding-Related Information

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Music and Song Suggestions

As you know, music is an integral part of the wedding day. Take time to carefully plan the music you use. Your choices should always enhance the mood rather than take away from it. When in doubt, consult with the DJ / band / musician.

Choosing an appropriate song for the first dance, last dance, or for dances with the parents, leave some couples at a loss. Use our list of suggestions to help you narrow down your selections. Links provided go to iTunes.

 

Introductions

  1. Bron-Yr-Aur - The Complete Led Zeppelin (Remastered)
  2. River - Watermark by Enya
  3. Soul Bossa Nova (Original Mix) - Talkin' Verve: Quincy Jones
  4. Start the Commotion - The Antidote by The Wiseguys
  5. Sunchyme - Sunmachine by Dario G
  6. "The Beat Goes On" by Gabor Szabo
  7. The Walk (Everything Mix) - Mixed Up by The Cure

 

First Dance

  1. A Perfect Day - Sol to Soul by Freddie Ravel
  2. After All by Cher & Peter Cetera
  3. All My Life by K-Ci & Jojo
  4. Amazed - The Greatest Hits by Lonestar
  5. Best of Me, The by David Foster w/ Olivia Newton-John
  6. Can You Feel The Love Tonight by Elton John
  7. Could I Have This Dance by Anne Murray
  8. Destiny by Jim Brickman w/ J. Hill & B. Porter
  9. Endless Love by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  10. For The First Time by Kenny Loggins or Rod Stewart
  11. Forever and Ever by Randy Travis
  12. From This Moment On (Pop On Tour Version) - Shania Twain: Greatest Hits by Shania Twain w/ Bryan White
  13. Give Me Forever (I Do) - Forever More - The Greatest Hits of John Tesh by John Tesh featuring James Ingram
  14. Here and Now by Luther Vandross
  15. I Cross My Heart - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Best of George Strait by George Strait
  16. I Could Not Ask for More - Messenger by Edwin McCain
  17. I Do (Cherish You) by 98 Degrees or Mark Wills
  18. I Don't Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith
  19. I Finally Found Someone - Duets by Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams
  20. I Knew I Loved You by Savage Garden
  21. I'll Always Be Right There by Bryan Adams
  22. If by Bread
  23. It Had To Be You by Harry Connick, Jr.
  24. It's Your Love by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
  25. Just The Two of Us by Grover Washington, Jr. w/ Bill Withers
  26. Just The Way You Are by Billy Joel
  27. Just You and I by Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gayle
  28. Keeper of the Stars by Tracy Byrd
  29. Let's Stay Together by Al Green
  30. Longer by Dan Fogelberg
  31. Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller
  32. More Than Words by Extreme
  33. Music of My Heart by N'Sync & Gloria Estefan
  34. My Commitment - Open Road by Gary Barlow
  35. Now and Forever by Richard Marx
  36. On Bended Knee by Boyz II Men
  37. One In A Million You by Larry Graham
  38. Say It by Voices of Theory
  39. Stuck On You by Lionel Richie
  40. The Way You Look Tonight - Single - Maroon 5 by Maroon 5
  41. The Way You Look Tonight - Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  42. To Make You Feel My Love by Garth Brooks
  43. Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
  44. We've Only Just Begun by Carpenters
  45. When I Fall In Love by Celine Dion
  46. Your Love by Jim Brickman & Michelle Wright
  47. You're In My Heart by Rod Stewart
  48. You're Still The One by Shania Twain
  49. You've Got A Way by Shania Twain

 

 

Father-Daughter Dance

  1. Always, In All Ways - More Songs from Pooh Corner by Kenny Loggins
  2. Daughters - Heavier Things by John Mayer
  3. Daddy - Daddy - Single by Beyonce
  4. My Little Girl - Best Sellers / Best Price - EP by Tim McGraw
  5. A Song For My Daughter - A Song For My Daughter by Ray Allaire
  6. Because You Loved Me - Falling Into You by Celine Dion
  7. Butterfly Kisses - Sweet Dreams and Starry Nights, Vol. 1 by Bob Carlisle
  8. Daddy's Hands - Holly Dunn
  9. Daddy's Little Girl - The Anthology 1931-1968 by Al Martino or Mills Brothers
  10. Have I Told You Lately...? by Van Morrison or Rod Stewart
  11. Isn't She Lovely - The Complete Stevie Wonder by Stevie Wonder
  12. Isn't She Lovely - Duet by Biréli Lagrène & Sylvain Luc
  13. Hero by Mariah Carey
  14. Music of My Heart by Gloria Estefan & NSYNC
  15. My Girl by Temptations
  16. Sunrise, Sunset (traditional)
  17. The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra or Fred Astaire or Tony Bennet or Steve Tyrell
  18. The Way You Look Tonight - Single - Maroon 5 by Maroon 5
  19. The Way You Look Tonight - Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  20. Through the Years - Number Ones by Kenny Rogers
  21. Wind Beneath My Wings - Experience the Divine - Greatest Hits (Deluxe Version) by Bette Midler

 

Mother-Son Dance

  1. I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack: Greatest Hits
  2. A Song for Mama - Legacy - The Greatest Hits Collection (Deluxe Edition) by Boyz II Men
  3. A Song For My Son - A Song For My Son by Mikki Viereck
  4. Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion
  5. Boy Of Mine - Specially For You, Mother by Ann Breen
  6. I Wish You Love by Natalie Cole
  7. Sunrise, Sunset (traditional)
  8. Through The Years by Kenny Rogers
  9. Times Of Your Life by Paul Anka
  10. Unforgettable by Natalie & Nat King Cole
  11. What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
  12. Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler
  13. You're the Inspiration - The Very Best of Chicago - Only the Beginning by Chicago

 

Last Dance

  1. Last Dance by Donna Summer
  2. Closing Time by Semisonic
  3. Come Away With Me by Norah Jones
  4. I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher
  5. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) by Green Day
  6. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
  7. What A Wonderful World by Kenny G & Louie Armstrong
  8. Tonight I Celebrate My Love by Peabo Bryson and Roberts Flack