Songs for the First Dance

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, Party Planning, reception planning, wedding ideas, wedding music, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    

When the bride and groom step onto the dance floor for their first dance, the song they choose to dance to is more than just a pretty tune. It’s ‘Their Song,’ a deeply-meaningful first dance song that reflects their relationship, their joy, their new life together. First dance songs are now being chosen from a list of songs that have played a big part in the bride and groom’s love story, perhaps the first song they ever slow-danced to.

Wedding deejays and wedding bands in our North Jersey region say there is a trend toward perennial favorite first dance songs, and that many wedding couples say they’re choosing their first dance song together as a team. They’re also reporting that the couple is now choosing two special songs for their wedding reception’s spotlight dance moments: one for the First Dance and another for the bride and groom’s last spotlight wedding dance of the reception.

Here are the top First Dance Songs that you may wish to consider for your own big moment:

Amazed by Lonestar
At Last by Etta James
Beautiful In My Eyes by Joshua Kadison
Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion
Breathe by Faith Hill
Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John
Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Frankie Valli
Come Away With Me by Norah Jones
Embraceable You by Nat King Cole
Everything I Do (I Do It For You) by Bryan Adams
Faithfully by Journey
Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra
From This Moment by Shania Twain
Groovy Kind of Love by Phil Collins
Have I Told You Lately by Rod Stewart
Here And Now by Luther Vandross
I Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
I Could Not Ask For More by Sara Evans
I Cross My Heart by George Strait
I Only Have Eyes For You by Flamingos
I Swear John by Michael Montgomery
I’ll Be There by Michael Jackson
It Had To Be You by Harry Connick Jr
It’s Your Love by Faith Hill/Tim McGraw
Just The Way You Are by Billy Joel
Someone Like You by Van Morrison
The Best Is Yet To Come by Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
To Make You Feel My Love by Garth Brooks
True Companion by Marc Cohn
Unforgettable by Nat King Cole
Wedding Song (There is Love) by Petula Clark
What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
When A Man Loves A Woman by Percy Sledge
When I Fall In Love by Celine Dion
When I Said I Do by Clint Black
Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton

Some songs are contemporary, some are classic, some country, but all – and so many more — are open to your consideration as the soundtrack for your lovely first dance as husband and wife.

Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Château

Good Lighting Can Make Your Dream Wedding

Thursday, September 9th, 2010 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding | author: By Keith Sly,    

By Christopher Gellings, Director of Sales and Catering, Pleasantdale Château

LED uplighting and projected monograms are one way more couples are making their special day even more special. Though it does add to the cost of a wedding reception, uplighting can dramatically change a room and make it look even more festive and exciting. Lighting at the perimeter of the room in a color relevant to your décor, for example, really will complete the space. And if you really want to put your individual stamp on the festivities, brides and grooms can personalize the space by projecting a monogram of their initials.

If this appeals to you, make sure that the venue where you’re having the reception is suitable for the display. The size of the room, the equipment needed for the projection, the availability of electrical outlets, all should be discussed with the vendor well in advance. As with any vendor you haven’t worked with before, getting references and calling people who have used the service to enquire about their experience is a good idea.



Welcome to The Art of Reception

Monday, April 5th, 2010 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Cost Savings Ideas, Going Green, Party Planning, Style Alert | author: By Keith Sly,    

Welcome to The Art of Reception, a blog about everything to do with weddings. The Knowles properties (The Manor, Highlawn Pavilion, Pleasantdale Chateau and Ram’s Head Inn) have been hosting wedding of every size, style, nationality and budget since 1953. That’s more than five decades of experience, something few others can claim.

As a result, we have some of the finest, most capable bridal experts both in-house and as preferred vendors. This blog will feature the expertise and helpful hints from our in-house bridal experts and occasionally we’ll hear from our preferred vendors too, on trends specific to their line of work. Here’s a Who’s Who of our blogging wedding experts… Read more…

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