Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Card Album

DIY Pinspiration Project
You receive so many thoughtfully chosen cards with wonderful messages and words of wisdom.  So, why throw them away? I came across this project on pinterest awhile ago and knew it would be fun to assemble all the bridal shower and wedding greeting cards we received.  It is so simple and chances are you have some of the materials in your craft closet.
Step 1: Gather your cards
Step 2: Separate Bridal Shower and Wedding Cards (I put bridal shower cards then wedding cards)
Step 3: Decorate the covers
  •  You can use cardstock, posterboard, anything with some weight
  • Decorate with scrapbook paper, stickers, etc
Step 4: Punch a hole in the corner of the cards and covers ( I bought a new 1-hole punch at Staples because some of the cards are thick and my hole punch was on the fritz! )
Step 5: Start with the front cover then place the cards on the loose leaf rings (can be found at staples, office max, office depot, walmart or target)
Step 6: Depending on the number of cards you may need to hook several rings together
Step 7: Add the back cover
It's a simple project that takes about 30-45 minutes.  I keep mine in a basket under my coffee table and flip through it every once and a while with the biggest smile!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Father Daughter Dance

One of the moment's in your wedding that you dream about; dancing with your dad in your white dress on one of the most important days of your life.  Remembering all the special moments you had with your dad before this one. 

You want the song you dance to to be special and meaningful.  Early on in planning my father daughter dance we had decided we would dance to I loved her first by Heartland.  I really like that it was country because my parents listened to country music when I was growing up.  I also really liked the lyrics.

Fast forward to a week before our wedding.  After 12 hours of wedding prep, my dad, mom and aunt were sitting around unwinding with some wine.  We decided to start practicing our slow dance and then it hit us.  Let's surprise everyone with a choreographed dance.  It would fit our fun personalities and give our guests something to laugh about.  We knew we were going to open with a slow song to 'fool' everybody.  So we started with 'I loved her first' by Heartland.  Then we led into a little rock and roll 'Sweet Child O' Mine' by Guns' N Roses.  We ended the dance to 'Amanda' by Dennis Quaid.  Growing up my dad would play Amanda and sing it to me.  The songs met the special and meaningful criteria. 

After practicing a handful of times we hoped for the best and headed out onto the dance floor at the reception ..after a shot of course! (we had to have water because of the caterers' rules..oh well, it's all about the show!)

One tiny problem during our dance...

I tripped on my dress and fell on the floor!

Here is the full video of our dance:

If you are having trouble coming up with a meaningful song, go with a classic:

15 Popular Father Daughter Wedding Dance Songs
  1.  Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle's
  2. I loved her first by Heartland
  3. The way you look tonight by Frank Sinatra
  4. My Father's eyes by Eric Clapton's
  5. Whenever You Remember by Carrie Underwood
  6. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstong
  7. My Wish by Rascal Flatts
  8. Isn't She Lovely  by Stevie Wonder
  9. I hope you dance by Lee Ann Womack
  10. My Little Girl by Tim McGraw
  11. In My Daughters Eyes by Martina McBride
  12. Father and Daughter by Paul Simon
  13. Memories by  Elvis Presley
  14. Daughters by John Mayer
  15. Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns' N Roses

If you aren't able to dance with your dad, choose a person who has been a role model in your life.  I believe the tradition of this dance can be shared with your mom, a brother or uncle.  It is a special dance that reminds you of the family you have grown up with and the family you are starting.