When one thinks of wedding planning, certain things often come to mind. For many it’s all things bridal–lace, pink flowers, and possibly bridezillas. But with both men and women establishing themselves in their careers and have busier lives before tying the knot, the load of wedding planning is starting to be more equally distributed.
Take a look at the following articles that include interviews with grooms-to-be who feel their opinions and responsibilities should be equal to those of their fiancé.
What do you think? Are weddings still all about the bride? Or should both parties be equally represented in the event?
This weekend folk duo The Milk Carton Kids and singer/songwriter Sarah Jarosz teamed up in a collaboration tour and headed to Milwaukee, WI for a Halloween performance. While listening to mellow folk tunes may not be everyone’s ideal Halloween night, it was truly a show worth seeing! The musicians even got in the Halloween spirit during the encore! Check out the link to their encore performance (feat. “Joni Mitchell” and “Simon & Garfunkel”) below!
Whether we admit it or not, we all love T. Sweezy. She’s just cheesy enough to appeal to middle school girls and just hip enough to appeal to fraternity bros. With the release of her newest album, 1989, the Queen of Break-Up Tunes is pushing the boundaries of her identity as an artist, refusing to be pigeon-holed in one specific genre.
Even though Swift is trying to “shake it off,” she is still undoubtedly renowned for her many break-up songs that you just can’t help but sing along with. Gone are the days when break-up songs inspired you to sit on the couch and eat a pint of ice cream—they are now taking a turn toward the upbeat. See below for a list of break-up tunes through the ages that you just can’t help but sing along with.
Break-Up Songs List:
1958 – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – the Platters
1962 – Big Girls Don’t Cry – The Four Seasons
1972 – You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
1978 – I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
1980 – Keep On Lovin’ You – REO Speedwagon
1983 – Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
1990 – It Must’ve Been Love – Roxette
1992 – I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
1996 – Don’t Speak – No Doubt
2006 – Irreplaceable – Beyonce
2009 – Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
2010 – Rolling in the Deep – Adele
2012 – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
2013 – Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
With so many danceable break-up songs out there, we in the wedding industry ask: Would you want to hear break-up songs at your wedding?
We want to hear from you! What is more important: Lyrics that match the tone of your wedding, or a beat that gets people on the dance floor regardless of the words? T. Swift seems to draw from the best of both worlds—what do you think? Comment below!
By now we’ve all heard of the “wreck the dress” trend in which brides ruin their wedding dresses by swimming or exploring through nature to get some unique photos post-ceremony. This bride featured on ABC takes it to a whole new level by scaling a 2,300 foot mountain in her dress—with fiancé, officiant & photographer in tow—to be married at the top. Check out the stunning images of this couple’s climb to tie the knot—a journey that was literally—and figuratively—breath-taking.
Here is a fun post I found on the Knot. How many of these traditions/superstitions did you know?
Stitely Orchestra's talented keyboardist, Chris White is headed to the Birch Creek Music Performance Center to teach lucky students at the Jazz Vocal Camp from August 10th-15th. Birch Creek Music Performance Center on Wisconsin's beautiful Door County peninsula is a young musician's dream. Founded in 1976, Birch Creek is a unique summer music school that provides talented students (typically age 14-19) advanced training as well as the opportunity to perform publicly alongside some of the top music professionals around. The camp offers four 2-week resident summer sessions in Symphony, Percussion & Steelpan, and Jazz. The student-faculty ratio is 2-to-1, ensuring that students receive attentive hands-on mentoring from top music educators and performers.
Chris obtained a B.A. in English from the University of Toronto and then decided to focus his studies entirely on music. In 1997 he attended Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music and pursued his Masters degree in Jazz Studies, graduating with a Phi Kappa Lamda award (National Music Honors Society). Gaining valuable experience in Indianapolis, he performed with The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, David Baker, Jamey Aebersold and Oliver Nelson, Jr. He has studied piano with Luke Gillespie, Lynne Arriale, Joanne Brackeen, Barry Harris and Andy LaVerne. In August 2000 Chris was invited to perform in the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia hosted by James Moody, Rufus Reid and David Baker. Currently he is an instructor of jazz piano and theory at Lake Forest College, North Park University and North Central College. He is also a combo and theory instructor at Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, IL. Chris has performed at The Jazz Showcase, Andy’s, The House of Blues, Navy Pier, The Peninsula Hotel, the Coq D’or at the Drake Hotel and many more. In 2010 he completed his Doctoral of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Here in Chicago, we have plenty of winter. Depending on the year, it can start as early as October and last until early April. And as any wedding professional will tell you, January through March are typically slow wedding months. Snow, slush, unplowed Chicago streets…..these are just a few reasons to opt for warmer months.
But, brides who live in sunnier, warmer areas of the US and want to have a Winter Themed Wedding, can get their wish. One of many companies providing that snowy winter wonderland look is Snow Business. Working with both corporate and wedding ciients, they can create snowy effects ranging from gently falling snow to enough snow to stage a snowball fight. And all without the cold!
This weekend, August 1-3, Grant Park will once again host one of Chicago’s largest music festivals, Lollapalooza. Organizers have a great line up of headliners including Eminem, King of Leon, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, The Avett Brothers Cage the Elephant and Foster the People, among many others.
2014′s summer weather has been fantastic, if you like it on the cool side and this weekend will be no different lots of sun and temperatures in the low 80′s. So if you were lucky enough to score tickets, make the most of the weekend!
One of the hottest new trends in wedding proposals is the engagement ring box camera. Invented by a team of students at Hope College in Michigan, the ring box with a tiny camera in it for filming the proposal has ensured that the priceless reaction of the bride-to-be is captured forever. Ladies, would you like your reaction to your wedding proposal captured for posterity?
Chicago Groove Collective’s dynamic and multi-talented bandleader, Derrick Procell, will be performing from Noon to 1pm at the Summer Courtyard Concert in Waukegan on July 11, 2014. Sponsored by the Waukegan Public Library, Derrick will entertain the lunchtime crowd with his unique blend of Country, R&B and Rock & Roll. You can check out more about Derrick by visiting his web site at http://www.derrickanamerican.com/