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A reader on my Facebook page requested a post about song suggestions for an iPod playlist for a DJ-less wedding reception. She likes all kinds of music (Top 40 on the radio with a mix of some late '90s and lots of classics) but her fiance has the complete opposite taste in music. They'd really just like a variety of songs that will make everyone happy (from 20 and 30 somethings to the older crowd, too). In my experience, a collection of songs from the '80s/'90s along with some pop-style country and big hits from the '50s/'60s are the best mix for a wedding reception. Here are my suggestions: Image Courtesy of: Stephen Seward Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO Bust a Move - Young MC Jumpin' Jumpin' - Destiny's Child Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi Day O - Harry Belafonte Footloose - Kenny Loggins Moves like Jagger - Maroon 5 Roar - Katy Perry Push It - Salt 'N Pepa Marry You - Bruno Mars Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & the Waves Jump Around - House of Pain No Diggity - Blackstreet and Dr. Dre I Gotta Feeling - The Black-Eyed Peas Landslide - Fleetwood Mac Everlasting Love - Carl Carlton Come On, Eileen - Save Ferris Version Ain't too Proud to Beg - The Temptations To Make You Feel My Love - Adele Intergalactic - Beastie Boys Call Me (Maybe) - Carly Rae Jepsen Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett Now That We Found Love - Heavy D and the Boyz Crazy in Love - Beyonce and Jay-Z The Edge of Glory - Lady Gaga Baby Got Back - Sir Mix A Lot Some Nights - fun. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder Bootylicious - Destiny's Child Poker Face - Lady Gaga Sweet Caroline -... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Kiss My Tulle
New Hampshire is just the place for a casual and cool camping themed wedding by a lake. Embrace the outdoors and your guest's playful sides by erecting a mass of tents and setting up s'mores stations. Incorporate lots of pinks and bright turquoise to smarten up the rustic woods and nature. Keep things simple with bunches of wildflowers and a fun dessert table filled with mini versions of everyone's favorite sweets. Think a fun and informal lakeside camping wedding might just be for you? Then check out this New Hampshire wedding inspiration board for more ideas! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Kiss My Tulle
You know you do it. You're on Pinterest, cruising through all the pretty and BAM! You just pinned half a dozen different potential wedding table tops. Don't worry, we've all been there and don't judge you. Inspiration is everywhere and can help you focus on the wedding reception look you really want. And I'm here to help you get that look affordably. Take this gorgeous table top featuring a rustic modern look: Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Kiss My Tulle
When it came time for Melanie to start eating, the thought of having to remember to buy all those little jars of baby food, lug them home, and then figure out how to get rid of a shit ton of empty jars... was NOT going to happen. Like, it seemed easier to make the damn food myself than deal with that hassle week after week. And y'all, I can absolutely confirm that is it MUCH easier to make baby food than you think. Here's the Lazy Bitch's Guide to Making Baby Food: Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Kiss My Bump
It's summer, y'all! And you know what that means? Gorgeous summer weddings! All those bright colors, fresh foods, and venues bursting with blooms. Planning your own summer wedding? It's not to late (or too early) to enjoy these amazing summer-inspired wedding picks. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
And we've come to then end, folks! Melanie is 1 whole year old and so is this little photo project. In the next month or so, I'll rework it to work in a photobook and, once it's printed, I'll be sure to share it with y'all. In the meantime, here it is. The last one - a twelve month update (I'm sharing this in a format that I plan on using in the photobook) of Miss Melly: Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Kiss My Bump
Thinking of doing your own wedding invitations? Or semi-homemaking them (like I did)? Then you'll need some killer (and FREE) fonts! Here's my favorites: Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
Bailey is my 1-year-old Lab mix. She's an awesome dog, but like most Labs, she high-energy and needs a ton of exercise or she'll tear my house to shreds. It's because of her that I've been heading out at least four times a week to go for at least a one-mile walk. It's because of her that I've been able to lose any weight at all. Sufficient exercise not only keeps you in shape, but keeps your dog lean too. It will keep you both healthy for the long haul and your dog will have less behavioral problems. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
Today's state inspiration board is courtesy of Krisstin Thorburn, the bad ass blogger behind On The Go Bride. From Krisstin, "One of my favorite things about Nevada is that it offers one of the most diverse landscapes throughout the state. From mountain ranges to open deserts, Nevada has a variety of outdoor locations suitable for any wedding theme or inspiration." Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
Getting married doesn't have anything to do with having a wedding. The actual act of getting married is pretty basic and simple (see how to get married in your state here) and requires a little paperwork and no fanfare. But having a wedding? ANYONE can have a wedding (The Boy and I had two!). Which begs the question - why have a wedding? Well, I can only speak for myself but I loved having a wedding since it was an excuse to gather up friends and family I rarely see and have a great party. But don't listen to me, here's why other bloggers and Tulle readers think a wedding is the shit: Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
In today's 5 for 5, I'm offering suggestions on how to save money on the wedding rings (on the 5th day of every month, I share a downloadable infographic with my Top Five Budget Tips for a specific facet of wedding planning). Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
If you can't do a country barn wedding in Nebraska then where can you? And, in case you're wondering, YES. Yes, you CAN have a chic and lovely cowboy wedding. just incorporate lots of corals and oranges and mix them with some weathered woods and boots. Keep things elegant with lots of lush arrangements made from the brighter wildflowers and simple bridesmaids dresses in different hues. Love the idea? Then check out this Nebraska wedding inspiration board for more ideas! Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
We've been following the USA Men's Team in the World Cup (let's all take a moment and sob at the outcome of yesterday's heartbreaker) and enjoying how cute it is to see Melanie clap while we chant "USA! USA! USA!". Between yesterday's match and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, I was inspired to whip up a little something to show off Melanie's patriotic side - a no sew rosette headband in red, white, and blue! Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Kiss My Bump
Today's edition of Wedding Candy is in honoring of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday! A modern take on this color combo could be so amazing for a grown-up and chic Independence Day wedding celebrations. I like to think that sticking with jewel tone versions of the traditional red, white, and blue would make this a perfect Fourth of July wedding color palette! Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
Ah, wedding traditions. Some love them. Some hate them. But, alas, they do exist and while wedding planning - you WILL have to decide which ones you'll be participating in. And keep in mind that eliminating some standard wedding traditions can actually SAVE you money! Here's my top 5 wedding traditions to nix and save some money: Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
Our friends at ModCloth have some AMAZING short white dresses that would be perfect for an informal wedding or elopement. And the prices? Whoa! SO affordable. Here are my favorite short white wedding dresses from ModCloth: Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
I troll the Internet weekly for amazing weddings, engagement sessions, and killer couples to share with you. To save y'all a bit of time, let me introduce you to THE BEST of weddings 'round the web from this past week. Image Courtesy of: Stephanie Williams Photography An easy tutorial on making your own succulent favors for your wedding. Get your engagement session or wedding album now because from now until June 30th, Blurb is offering 20% off purchases with no minimum! A sweet and intimate (read affordable) wedding in Red Rocks. Turn up the heat with these “haute” bra and panty sets on sale now. A chic punk wedding? It can be done and it would look awesome! Holy cow, this offer from Easy Canvas Prints is an over-the-mantle steal! Did you know that you can DIY Billy Balls for your bouquet? Time to stock up on bridesmaid's gifts (use coupon code SUPERSTARS). A wonderful wedding at a community church. *may contain affiliate links* Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
If you have never experienced a Montana sunset then you are really missing out! It's all flaming reds, vibrant oranges, and streaks of gold that light up the night sky. Why not pair those lush colors with rustic details and use it as inspiration for your Montana wedding. If you're a big fan of country, nature, and down home gorgeousness then it may be the perfect theme for you and you'll love this striking Montana state wedding inspiration board. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
What did we serve? How did we do it? Was it something anyone could do? My answer? YES. You can DIY cater your own wedding reception IF you are flexible and have realistic expectations. Read my post on how we did it and, if you're up for it, I've got some recipes for a fun and informal pizza and beer reception for your downloadable pleasure (click on each image for its download): Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
We all love Pinterest. Like, LOVE. And, more than likely, you've been pinning away at all things pretty for your wedding. I totally did, too. And that's awesome because Pinterest is an amazing platform for sharing ideas and gathering inspiration. However, for a budget bride or groom, Pinterest can be very difficult to navigate with a practical eye. So here's 5 ways to use Pinterest to plan a budget wedding and remain at peace: Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
But what if you don’t have the standard $3,000 - $5,000 dollars to invest in a wedding photographer? Not a problem, there are ways to save (while still investing) and NOT resort to handing your sweet uncle a point-and-click. Here’s a few suggestions: Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
Holy shit, my baby is almost a whole year old! Melanie 11 months old and so, so fun to be around. She is walking, playing in her own room (FINALLY), and talking all over the place. Here's an eleven month update for y'all because I know you love them (I'm sharing this in a format that I plan on using in a photobook featuring her first year): Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Kiss My Bump
The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis are lush, and gorgeous, and simply amazing. If you're a big fan of gardening or botany then it may be the perfect venue and theme for you. Just surround your wedding in soft greens and greys then add a big of shimmery gold and pop of yellow for a fabulous statement. If that sounds intriguing to you then you'll love this stunning Missouri state wedding inspiration board. It's filled with bits of gold, rich greenery, and calming botanicals. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
One of the easiest ways to save money on your elopement is to find a deal on a cute, short dress. Not only are they adorable but generally, the more informal dresses cost MUCH less than their full-length counterparts. Here are my top 5 places to buy a dress for your elopement: Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
Our friends at ModCloth give good dress. So in honor of their low, low prices and adorable polka dotted wedding details - I present y'all with my favorite polka dotted bridesmaid dresses from ModCloth: Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle