August 22

Bride’s Diary: The One Year Mark

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

As promised, I’ll pick up our wedding planning process from the one year mark. Between June and now, a lot has taken place. We’ve hired a photographer, booked a caterer, found a florist and ordered bridesmaid dresses! (This list makes me tired just typing it.) Sounds so simple when you put it on paper, but trust me a lot of meetings, phone calls and emails went into finding the perfect vendors.

While all of this has been going on, my bridesmaids have booked and started planning the bachelorette party. Palm Springs, here we come! I have to say, I am most excited about the bachelorette party… spending time with my best friends, relaxing and celebrating. I mean how can you not look forward to spending a weekend here?

Umm, did I forget to mention the cake topper?  We also ordered that and I ‘m really excited about it.  Really…does it get any cuter?

We are now trying to tackle the question of where to go on our honeymoon. The list started out long: Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesian Islands, Greece, South America… you get the picture. But, as of today, I think we have settled on the Mediterranean. I signed up for a honeymoon planning service through Jetsetter that I am really excited about. They help you pick destinations, book hotels and make recommendations. Fingers crossed that this will help alleviate some planning time. Trying to keep my eyes on the prize:

This weekend we’ll be flying to LA to meet with our makeup artist, do two cake tastings and meet with multiple DJs (hopefully we can choose one soon). Despite the hectic schedule, I am trying to keep in mind how truly fun all of these things are. I mean cake and makeup and shopping and music. It could definitely be worse. Much worse…

Meet Jessica

Jessica and Dan met nearly 7 years ago on Myspace. (Remember Myspace?) It took weeks of contemplation until they decided to finally meet… and I guess you could say the rest was history. After discovering their mutual shoe addiction, surviving countless Thanksgiving family meals together and three apartment/house moves later—they are officially ready to tie the knot.

Jessica and Dan are getting married May 27, 2012 at Malibou Lake Mountain Club in Los Angeles.


January 3

Making DJ Requests: Today’s Diva Dish

Once you have your perfect DJ and playlist all set up, there’s only one thing that can throw a wrench in your plans: requests from guests. Here’s what we recommend should you find yourself in this type of situation…

Dear Divas,

I hired a great DJ and put a lot of thought and care into the songs I selected for my wedding reception. I want to be sure that the music is appropriate for my entire guest list, young and old, and does not offend anybody. However, I have several friends who will be attending that I fear may request songs from the DJ that might not be appropriate. What should I do?


DJ Dilemma

Dear DJ Dilemma,

We applaud your efforts to try and make sure that everyone will enjoy the music at your reception. It’s very thoughtful of you! Just make sure you don’t get too bogged down in details like this—we promise that as long as the mood is lively and cheerful, everyone will be sure to have a good time.

As far as DJ requests go, you can always tell the DJ you hired to simply not take requests from guests. Alternatively, you can give him or her a set of guidelines (no songs with inappropriate lyrics, no heavy metal, no gangsta rap…whatever sounds most appropriate to you). Either way, make sure to put the DJ in charge so you can just sit back and enjoy the big day without worrying about the music.

What advice would you give to DJ Dilemma? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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August 23

Three Questions to Consider When Selecting Your Wedding Music

Whether you’re selecting the music for your first dance, the last dance of the night or any of the songs in between, our team of staff brides have a little advice to give on what to consider before you simply compile your favorite songs together in a playlist. Have you thought about these three important questions yet?

1. Will your guests know the songs? Sure, you might have an eclectic taste in music and your wedding should showcase your style to a certain extent, but if your guests don’t know the majority of the songs playing on the dance floor, odds are they won’t be joining in the fun.

2. Will they sing along? Nothing will ruin the romance of your first dance quite like Uncle Jerry’s top-of-his-lungs rendition of your favorite song…

3. Can they dance to it? If you want your guests to get out of their seats, select songs that are either fast enough or slow enough to make them easy to dance to.

Do you think these are the most important things to consider when selecting your wedding music? What else would you add to the list?


April 17

Rant or Rave: iPods Over DJs

I’ve never been the kind of girl who spends all her money on concert tickets, follows her favorite bands on tour or rushes to download the hottest new releases the second they hit the market, so the thought of lightening a wedding budget by using an iPod in lieu of a DJ doesn’t bother me.

In fact, since I’m a bit of a control freak, it sounds like the ideal way to ensure that the Electric Slide will NOT be a part of my reception.

But if you had plans for a swing band or know a fabulous DJ that you had your heart set on, I can see that an iPod would be an unsatisfactory substitute when it comes to entertainment. What are your music plans? Are you splurging on a band, DJ or just rented speakers for your MP3 player? Does the thought of using an iPod at your reception make you want to rant or rave?