If you’re looking for ways to put a unique spin on your wedding day (and maybe become an internet sensation at the same time), special dances are a great opportunity to do just that.

I’m always a fan of song mash-ups and choreography… this video has both! Take a look at this Mother/Son Dance that’s blowin’ up on YouTube:

Let me introduce you to an incredible artist: Adele.

What’s that? You’ve already heard of her? Of course you have. She’s been pretty high profile for years, especially with her most recent 2011 smash album “21.”

I, like many, enjoy listening (and painfully singing along) to Adele’s music.  It’s always a delight to see my musical tastes validated, and they are by how often she is requested for wedding music. Many people view “21″ as the ultimate break-up album, and Adele as the ultimate break-up artist. But to hurt that much from a relationship comes from loving deeply. The woman knows love, and isn’t that what a wedding is all about?

These are the three most recent requests for Adele we have received from brides:

“Make You Feel My Love” from her first studio album “19.”

One and Only from “21.”

Lovesong from “21.”

 

So you want to include kids in your wedding? How very lovely, and how very brave. Here are some ways they can participate:

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The most popular roles for kids are, of course, flower girl and ring bearer. Traditional etiquette limits your choices to children between 3 and 7 years old, and your own and your siblings’ children take priority. An 8-year old girl can be a junior bridesmaid until she turns 18, when she is promoted to full-fledged bridesmaid. Boys are out of the game at age 8 until they’re old enough to be a groomsman at 18. I can’t imagine they’re too upset about that.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. If you’re not a traditionalist, anything goes!

If you have tons of nieces and nephews, or are the Old Lady That Lived in Her Shoe, don’t fret. There are many other roles kids can play in your special day. They can distribute programs, act as ushers, do a reading, or hand out the rice. (If you’re looking for an alternative to throwing rice, check out this Pinterest page for some cute ideas). How about our favorite: if they’re musically inclined have them sing or play an instrument.

Just make sure to keep a sense of humor. Anything can happen when kids are involved…

The verdict is in: this Save the Date video is the best thing in the entire world, let alone the most creative save the date we’ve ever seen.  Oh, and it is also the thing that made me cry happy tears at my desk.

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It illustrates the sheer joy and simplicity of falling in love when it’s right. We love love!!!

Get a crate of tissues and watch this amazingness.

As if I needed another reason to crush on Robert Downey Jr., turns out he has a killer singing voice too?

Back in October of 2011 Sting celebrated his 60th birthday with a concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. He was joined on his favorite tunes by fellow superstars Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen… and Robert Downey Jr.

Turns out Sting and RDJ have been pals for awhile now. Back in 2006, both appeared on Ellen to promote the film “A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints,” with Sting as executive producer, and starring RDJ. It was there that RDJ expressed his thanks to Sting for helping through his experience in prison. RDJ said, “Your album, Brand New Day, came out and it was just so strange because it was never really a brand new day (for me); it was the same day all over again. But that helped me so much because it was such a beautiful and hopeful album.”

RDJ joined Sting and his band at his birthday concert on a killer cover of The Police song “Driven To Tears.” Footage of this performance was recently discovered and has gone viral. It’s hot. Check out the vid below, then go listen to Robert Downey Jr’s 2004 album “The Futurist.”

This week’s Music Monday shall be known as “Tunes Tuesday.” Because it’s Tuesday. Sometimes you gotta shake things up a bit, keep ‘em guessing. Yeah, that’s why it’s a day late… on purpose.

This week’s pick comes to us courtesy of Jeff Stitely himself: it’s the jazz trio The Bad Plus.

He saw them in Chicago at the Jazz Showcase 3-4 weeks ago, after his interest was piqued through his 11 year old daughter. Jeff’s daughter is in a billion dance classes, and is currently doing a modern dance choreographed to the CD version of the song “Flim.”

The Bad Plus consists of pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King. Their music combines elements of modern avant-garde jazz with rock and pop influences. They have recorded killer versions of songs by Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Rush, Neil Young, David Bowie, Queen, Radiohead, and Tears For Fears.

Check out their version of “Everybody Wants To Rule the World.” This was recorded live at The Basement Night Club in Sydney, Australia.

And here is the song that started it all: “Flim.”

If you feel like road-tripping, the trio will be back in Illinois in March at The University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, in  Champaign-Urbana, IL. Watch them combine forces with the Mark Morris Dance Group.

 

There were so many classic and beautiful weddings that took place this past year – too many to recap. So, let’s focus on the wonderfully weird and unique ones!

This one is our favorite due to its musical theme: a bride and groom played a guitar duet when the bride walked down the aisle.

The groom is a guitar teacher, so of course he pulled out an electric guitar during the processional and started playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D. To add to the surprise, the bride joined in having just learned how to play.

Check out the video, it’s adorable.

See the other 9 wedding stories HERE

Call us sentimental. Call us nostalgic. Call us to book one of our bands for your wedding. It’s January after all, and we know you just got engaged over the holidays! Congratulations!

There’s a beautiful silver lining to the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013. James Costello was waiting at the finish line at the Boston Marathon when his life was dramatically changed. In a twist of fate, his life was also changed for the better.

Costello suffered severe burns on his right arm and leg, sending him to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital for treatment. It was there that he met his future wife, nurse Krista D’Agostino. Eight months later, on an all-expenses paid “Heroes Cruise” with other victims and first responders,  Costello asked D’Agostino to marry him in the French city of Lyon.

“I’m happy to announce that we will spend the rest of our lives together. I now realize why I was involved in the tragedy. It was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life,” he wrote on Facebook.

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And they lived happily ever after.

Check out the full story at People.com

It was my turn to pick the song for Music Monday this week. Hurray! (This is Sarah, by the way. Nice to meet you.)

Since it’s always hard to choose just one song, I picked something that covers the bases. This is “Evolution of Music” by the insanely talented a cappella group Pentatonix:

A Cappella is defined as “without musical instrument,” and while accurate, that definition barely does it justice. A Cappella has become more mainstream in the past few years, with hit shows like The Sing Off  and Glee, and the the movie Pitch Perfect. Ben Folds, one of the judges on The Sing Off, recently wrote a blog post that can explain this phenomenon way better than I can. Check it out here.

Pentatonix is made up of five vocalists, Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola.  The group is named after the pentatonic scale, a musical scale or mode with five notes per octave, a concept the group believed matched their membership. They replaced the “c” on the end of the word with an “x” to make it more appealing.

The group gained real notoriety when they won the third season of The Sing Off. They also have a pretty significant online presence on YouTube; check out the rest of their videos here. If you want to see them live, they are kicking off a worldwide tour in 2014.

In homage to the holiday season, here is Pentatonix’s version of “Carol of the Bells.”

 

 

Do you love bacon? I do!!

Organizers behind the annual bacon festival in Des Moines say they’ve booked their first reservation for a bacon-themed wedding. The Iowa Bacon Board (yes, that exists) says the lucky couple will be wed at the seventh annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.

Though the “Viva Las Bacon” weddings will take place in the private Chapel OHHHH Bacon, one wedding will be free if the ceremony takes place publicly on a stage.

There are three more wedding packages available, so get on it! After months of dieting to squeeze into a wedding dress, I can think of no better way to celebrate. Oink!

Via Huffington Post