Same-Sex Marriage: The Vote of Freedom to Love

Australia Legalize Same-sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage is now legal in Australia. Same-sex marriage in Australia has been legal since 9 December 2017. It was official on January 9, 2018, because of Australia’s one-month notice policy before marriage.The legislation to allow same-sex marriage, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017, passed the Australian Parliament on 7th December 2017 and received royal assent from the Governor-General the following day after years of political jockeying and fierce public debate. The law came into effect on 9 December, immediately recognising overseas same-sex marriages and allowing weddings in Australia to take place from 16 December 2017.

Other types of recognition for same-sex couples are also available. Under federal law, same-sex couples can also be recognised as de facto relationships, which provide most of the same rights and responsibilities afforded to married couples, although those rights may be difficult to assert and are not always recognised in practice. De Facto [Relationship] is comparable to non-marital relationship contracts (sometimes called “Palimony Agreements”) and certain limited forms of domestic partnership, which are found in many jurisdictions throughout the world.

The move follows a two-month national postal survey that showed 61% of more than 12 million respondents were in favor of marriage equality.

The country is now the 24th in the world to allow same-sex couples to marry, according to Pew Research.

Here at Classic Wedding Invitations, we support same-sex marriage. We offer same-sex wedding invites.

Checkout our blog: Perfect Guide in Planning a Gay Wedding: Essentials for Gay Weddings

What are the Common Wedding Guests Complaints That You Need to Know!

Common Wedding Guests Complaints

There are common wedding guests complaints that you need to consider. Though your wedding is all about you as a couple celebrating your marriage, it is also a celebration you share with your wedding guests: family, friends, and colleagues. Guests may have a bad wedding experience that makes their memory of the event seriously tainted. It’s important to keep your guests comfortable, happy and entertained because although it’s your big day, they’re there to witness it and celebrate it with you.

We all know the saying “You can’t please everyone”! While that may be true, these types of guest criticisms are easily avoided by careful planning — and addressing them now will make everyone’s memories of your wedding day so much nicer.

Here are some wedding guests complaints below.

The music was TOO LOUD!

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Move tables and chairs away from speakers and seat older guests further from the sound equipment.

There are way too long and too many Speeches!

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Keep speeches under five minutes. Ideally, they should last between two and five minutes. Let the toastees know in advance that you don’t want them to stress about writing a novel of a speech, so the cheat sheet version will do just fine. Your DJ can signal a musical cue if it’s time to wrap things up, just like the Oscars.

We didn’t know anyone at our table.

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Take the time to carefully plan your seating arrangement, placing guests at tables with others they know. They don’t have to be fast friends, just acquaintances or people with some kind of connection. Try to seat out-of-town guests, who aren’t likely to know anyone, with others having similar interests.

Invitation confusion

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There is nothing more frustrating than when a guest assumes they’re receiving a plus-one you had no intention of inviting. Don’t dodge the question—it will only make things more awkward. I’d recommend addressing the miscommunication kindly. Please don’t tell someone who thought their children could come that you “can’t have them there because weddings with kids are tacky” (true story). Avoid confusion by writing the names of the guests you want to invite on the response card and having them check off a “will attend” or “will not attend” box.

The bride and groom didn’t stop by to say hello.

Make the rounds of guest tables at your reception, but don’t spend too much time at each. A quick greeting, thank you or compliment will suffice.

The centerpiece was too large.

Your guests couldn’t see or talk to others seated across the table. Smaller, shorter arrangements are best. Your centerpiece shouldn’t be the center of attention (or main topic of conversation) at the table.

The food isn’t great or lack thereof.

Why would you bother spending thousands of your flowers if your food is going to taste just okay? We want a delicious meal way more than we want pretty centerpieces. If it’s not as good as something we’d have at a restaurant, we’re going to be disappointed. Even if the food is tasty, don’t make us go hungry.

No bride wants to give her guests a stomachache—arrange for a food tasting before you carefully plan your menu. Not even spectacular décor can compensate for rubbery chicken or blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shrimp. Ask about food allergies or dietary requirements ahead of time. It’s also important to make sure they don’t run out of food at the cocktail hour. If you’re only having dessert or some light nibbles, that’s fine, but please mention it to your guests (especially if you’re having the party at mealtime).

 I was offended that I had to pay for drinks.

Open bars are the accepted norm. If your budget is tight, offer wine and beer only — or limit drink choices to ‘call’ brands. You can also close the bar during the dinner hour to save on costs. An emerging trend is to create a ‘signature’ drink and offer it along with beer & wine only.

I was never thanked for my gift!

No matter how tempting it is to scrap the thank-you cards (who has the hand stamina for that?) guests WILL notice if you don’t send one. Split the duties with your husband and break it up into manageable chunks so that it doesn’t seem so overwhelming anymore.

Checkout our blog: Is It Okay to Invite your Ex as Your Wedding Guest? Why or Why not?

How to Organize a Vegan Wedding – The Ultimate Guide

Vegan Wedding Guide

If you are a vegan, how will you organize a Vegan wedding without overwhelming your nonvegan guests? More and more brides and grooms are adopting the no meat-no dairy diet, and reception menus are reflecting this trend. What do you do if you want a vegan food theme but know that many of your tofu-fearing, carnivore guests will be unhappy there’s no chicken or beef on the menu?

Once considered a fringe movement, veganism is now mainstream and options are more available than ever before. Beyond food, couples can now opt for non-animal product versions of nearly anything you’d find at a wedding.

Here are some tips that will make a vegan couple’s life much easier:

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  1. Food

One of the most important aspects of planning a vegan wedding is to get the food right. You want to wow your guests (many of whom will have preconceived ideas of what vegan food is like) and show them how incredible and the delicious vegan food is. You may even decide not to tell your guest beforehand that the food will be vegan to avoid anyone turning up with negative preconceptions of what they will be served. Before meeting with your caterers, make sure you do some research and have ideas of your own you can suggest for the menu, and do not settle for stuffed peppers!

2. Wedding Cake

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Meet your cake maker to taste different flavours and take pictures with you of the design you would like. If you can’t find a totally vegan bakery, then go with a baker who offers a vegan option.

3. Clothing

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Most vegan couples know to watch out for and avoid clothing that contains silk, wool, leather etc. When trying on outfits, check the labels first so you don’t fall in love with something that contains animal products before you realise! Another idea is to buy a second-hand wedding dress or suit, which is better for the environment and would count as your ‘something old’!

 

4. Hair and makeup

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Try to find hair and makeup artists who use cruelty-free and vegan products. If you can’t find anyone who uses exclusively vegan products, then ask if they would be happy to use only products that you supply. It’s also a great opportunity to show how easy it is to create a beautiful look that’s cruelty-free.

5. Favours

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Not everyone gives wedding favours, but if you decide to treat your guests there are lots of vegan-friendly options, such as soy candles, handmade bath bombs, soaps, cake jars, chocolates and sweets.

6. Gifts

It is very common nowadays for couples to ask for money as a wedding gift rather than having a traditional gift-list. Let them know that you want money on your wedding invitations. At least, they may not accidentally give you a nonvegan friendly gift.

7. Flowers

If you opt for real flowers at your wedding, then try to make sure they’re Fairtrade. Rather than having cut flowers, a lovely idea for centerpieces is to have potted plants. At the end of the day, either you or your guests could take them home to enjoy. If you choose to buy artificial flowers, be careful to avoid ones that contain silk.

8. Jewellery

Choosing vegan-friendly jewelry to go with your dress is easy as long as you avoid real pearls. When looking for your wedding rings, try to go with a company that uses ethically sourced diamonds and fairly traded gold or silver.

9. Drinks

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Remember that many wines and beers aren’t suitable for vegans due to brewing processes. Brewmasters, winemakers, and distillers may include animal ingredients in their products directly, or they might use them in the processing and filtration. When making the product, dairy, honey, and other things are ingredients in the final recipe. Use barnivore.com to check for vegan-friendly drinks. Luckily there are a number of beerswines, and champagnes that are vegan-friendly, so there’s plenty to choose from. 

10. Your wedding! Enjoy and brush off anti-vegan commenters

Being vegan is about living life in the most compassionate, ethical way you can, so you will want your vegan wedding day to reflect that. Your wedding day is about you as a couple, and it’s the one day you’re allowed to have things just the way you want.

Checkout more on our blog: Rustic Wedding on a Budget: The Ultimate Tips and Ideas

Here’s Why New Year’s Eve Wedding is Great For You!

New Year’s Eve Wedding

New Year’s Eve wedding? Why not? Why only ring in the New Year when you can ring in your new marriage, too? We’ve been thinking about the perks that come with tying the knot on the last night of the year. From popping champagne bottles at midnight to glamourous decor, New Year’s Eve just may be the perfect backdrop for saying “I Do”.

Here are some wedding inspirations that you can try yourself:

Wedding invites with a bottle of bubbly on the outer envelope.

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Let your guests know exactly what they’re in for by adding a little glitz and glam to your save-the-dates.

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Your bridesmaids will sparkle and shine in long metallic dresses! Have them mix and match to create a unique and modern look.

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Confetti and champagne are not welcome, they’re mandatory!

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Plates doubling as clocks topped with a bowl of golden baubles? This table setting is a classy and elegant New Year’s dream.

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This mini gold wedding cake adorned with luscious flowers might be the cutest dessert we’ve ever seen.

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For a fun touch, use noisemakers as escort cards!

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Modify a vintage cake topper to include a gold hat for the groom and fireworks behind the couple for a festive twist on tradition.

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New Year’s Eve fireworks and Sparkles!

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Go out with a bang — make your grand exit under the blaze of crackling sparklers

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You’ll never forget your anniversary! It’s also a plus that in every anniversary it’s like starting another year together.

Check out our blog: Interested in Marrying on Halloween? – Spooky Halloween Wedding Ideas

Christmas Wedding Ideas – Festive Decorations That You’ll Love

Christmas Wedding Ideas

Christmas wedding is quite unconventional. It’s the perfect chance to show off your personality and show your guests the time of their lives. Christmas is a magical time of year, so what better time to tie the knot? While getting married during the holidays doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have eggnog or a green-and-red colour palette, it is fun to get into the spirit with a few festive touches. Here, a collection of our favorite ideas to tastefully incorporate the season into your Christmas wedding.

Send out Christmas cards as your Wedding Iinvitations to get your guests feeling festive.

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Decorate your venue with holly, pinecones, and baubles, or lots of tinsel and glitter.

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Add Christmas themed props to your photobooth (Santa hats, candy canes etc.)

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Incorporate Yuletide hues in an understated manner. The boutonniere comprised white freesia, green seeded eucalyptus, and red pepper berry.

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Decorate the pews at the ceremony or the chairs at the reception with mini wreaths or snowflakes.

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JINGLE BELL EXIT “TOSS” As guests exit the ceremony give them bells to ring as the couple makes their way out.

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Traditional gingerbread or stolen is a great favour idea.

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Suggest a Christmas party inspired dress code – lots of glitter and Christmas jumpers!

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Customise your wedding bouquet with holly, festive berries, pine cones and or lots of gold or silver details.

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Christmas wedding centerpieces

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Christmas Wedding Table setting: Candlelit lanterns and red-and-green plaid runners

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Millefoglie Cake which was given a festive touch with red fruit and greenery

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Follow your meal with a festive Christmas pudding for dessert!

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Arrange for your DJ or band to have a wedding playlist full of Christmas classics.

Checkout our blog: Interested in Marrying on Halloween? – Spooky Halloween Wedding Ideas

Groom’s Wedding Vow to His Bride – Inspiration Ideas

Wedding Vow to His Bride

A wedding vow is a solemn promise to forever. Most men are not expressive as women. They rarely show love and affection. Making your wedding vow is the most personal way to express how deep is your love to your wife. We want to help you in writing them.

Here are some wedding vow ideas to your bride:

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“Come and be my wife. We’ll build our home and chop our wood and make our garden grow… we’ll do the best we know. I promise to live out our lives in love as best we can. That is all I can promise in truth.”

“I stand by you, a rock to lean on, a shoulder to cry on, a pillow to rest your head.”

“I promise to spend each day working to become the truest version of myself, for you, for us, and for our family.”

“I promise to be here to wipe away tears of sadness, to elicit tears of joy, and to cry out to everyone who will listen how much I love you.”

“As your husband, I am yours, and I tenderly deliver you my heart.”

“You are my light, my inspiration, and I am blessed to be able to call you my ever loving wife.”

“I promise to be there for you, in cold winter mornings, to warm you, on soft springs to watch our love grow, in our summers to play in the light of the sun, and in our autumn to kiss your fingers and say, it has all been worth it – every moment of our love.”

“I love you and thank the Lord for bringing you into my life. As we enter into the sacred bonds of matrimony I promise to always love you in sickness as in health, in poverty or wealth, in sorrow and in joy, and to be faithful to you, my wife, so long as we both shall live.”

“You are the kindest, most, sincere, loveliest woman I know and I am lucky to hold your hand, be in your arms and in your heart. If you will have me, I will make my arms your shelter, and my heart our home.”

“I vow to love you and keep you every day of my life as my wife – to look into your eyes adoringly as I do now – and to kiss you tenderly on your lips as a remembrance of our wedding day.”

“My wife is gentle, my wife is kind, my wife is devoted, loving, true, honest, sincere. My wife is all those things, but most amazingly – my wife is you.”

“The simple words “I do” reflect a contract I have with you, my wife. To do whatever and anything it takes to make you happy, to take action in our marriage and not just give lip service to those actions, but most of all that I do love you, and always will.”

“I will shield you from the wind, cover you from the rain, and make a home for us inside my heart.”

“Sometimes I watch just the smallest things you do and think I am the luckiest man alive.”

“As Beatrice inspired the great poet Dante to write sonnet after sonnet, you inspire me to see poetry everywhere.”

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“Sound in body, sober in mind and without reservation I take you to be my wife, through good times and bad, with dignity and honor – I love you, I cherish you, you are my everything.”

“Today all other things melt away as I look at you and love you beyond all reason and beyond all ideal – I stand outside by myself and join with you my loving wife in our new life.”

“I vow to love you as your husband, for ever and ever and ever, and to know that as we write our story together it will be the greatest ever told.”

“You are my wife, my life, my everything and I vow to love you truly and deeply.”

“Hold my hand and I’ll take you as my wife down the road of matrimony, arm in arm with hearts aflame, I’ll teach you what I know and learn from you how to love forever and ever.”

“I vow never to stop loving you as I do today. To carry the warmth of our love over years through difficult times, up hills and over oceans. To be the bannerman of our love and yell to the wide open spaces filling them with these words: This is my wife and I love her!”

“From you I’ve learned how to dream and what it is to have a loving partner who supports your dreams. I vow to help you in your dreams and desires, and to create a life, a family, and a loving home as your husband.”

“I vow to be patient, to be honest, to be everything that love demands of me as a husband. To share our lives until the end of time with humility, grace, and love.”

“This day is the best day of my life – it is the day I pledge myself to my best friend, and my love. It is the day we enter together onto a path of marriage – supporting each other in everything.”

“I promise you only all of myself – to be present – to be supportive, enthusiastic, and loving. I will be there for you as your husband.”

“Today I affirm my love for you, and vow to share my life with you in everything – to respect and love you. You are the most generous person I have ever known – kind, honest, and beautiful. I take you to be my wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health from this day forward you shall be first in my heart and our souls shall be together as one.”

“As your husband I promise to love you without reservation, to comfort you when times are difficult, to rally with you, to anticipate your needs, to give my all, to work toward our happiness and revel in our good times. I will respect you, honor you, and cherish you as long as we both shall live.”

“Today I take you to be my wife and vow to help create for us a life of honesty, fidelity, trust, and love. To love you not as some idea of you, but as you truly are. To grow with you, learn with you, and to live out our days hand in hand.”

“The love I bear for you burns brightly – so bright and so hot that it creates its own star – a place in the firmament where our love warms us everyday. I vow to feed that warmth – to let us flow over us for all time and to never let our star stop lighting our path.”

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep. The more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite. That is truly how I love you as my wife – boundless and free.”

We hope this help you in creating your wedding vows. It doesn’t need to be complicated. The most important thing is speak from your heart, vow from your heart and everything will fall into place.

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Romantic Wedding Vows to Him – Bride to her Groom

Wedding Vows To The Groom

Wedding vows are everlasting promise of love. The pressure of writing your vows can be nerve racking. Plus, the pressure of planning and choosing the perfect wedding dress, in laws, finances and so much more. Finding the right words to say that wholly encompass your love and devotion is an extremely important part of getting married. Speaking from the heart with words full of romance is a great way to tell your significant other that you pledge your love.

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Struggling in writing your wedding vows? Here are some samples for inspiration:

“I love you without fear, without hesitation, and promise to support you, encourage you, and cherish you as your wife.”

“As your wife, I am yours, I pledge my heart and soul to you and you alone.”

“Live with me, laugh with me, love with me, and I will be your devoted wife forevermore.”

“I promise to be a nurturing wife, compassionate companion, and to always be on your side, always.”

“Your mind stirs my soul, your touch delights me, and your faith gives me strength. With you as my husband, I feel the love of the universe which spreads peace and harmony over all things.”

“I saw that you were perfect and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more.”- Angelita Lim

“You are my family, and I want to be there for you in all things, I am so excited to be your wife and share in every moment – not only the good times, but the learning experiences too. I vow to take from every moment the opportunity to love, to nurture, and to grow – and to never forget how lucky I am.”

“It is clear to me now that everything in my life has led me to you – I think back on all my choices and consider even the bad ones blessed, because if I had done even one thing differently, I might never have met you and become your wife.”

“The ring is a symbol of our unity – an eternal unbroken circle and it embodies my promise that wherever I may go, I will always return to you, my husband.”

“Marriage is a verb – it is not something that happens in a moment, but rather something that takes a lifetime. At this moment we pledge to be married for all time, to join our hearts on the journey of marriage. It is how we love each and every day.”

“I love you utterly, completely and madly – I love the way you look at me – I love to gaze into your eyes. It is only natural that I should always be with you as your wife.”

“I take you as my husband and promise to be true to you.”

“I take you as my husband for now and forever more, without any reservation, I give myself freely and with conviction that we will live out our days in wedded bliss.”

“May the ring I give you today remind you all our days of this wonderful moment – and the love we feel for each other that will last all time.”

“Love is not blind, in fact love sees all. I love all of you – your faults and flaws cast a beautiful light – like the flaws of a precious jewel. You are my husband, you are my treasure and I love you for all time.”

“I give you all I have – the stars and the moon and all my wishes, and as your wife, all I long for in return is the touch of your hands on mine as we sit and watch the sun gently set on the horizon, and whisper to each other, this is going to be the best day of our lives. Each and every night.”

“I vow to need you – to say goodnight, to kiss me on the eyelids, to have and adore even when you feel down. At any time, in any place I want only to be by your side.”

“Marriage is a symphony of grace orchestrated by almighty God, reflecting His love to mankind.”

“I promise to challenge you to be everything I know you can be, to never be trapped in despair, to always see in yourself what I see in you, an amazing man, my husband, for whom I will always feel the greatest pride and admiration.”

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“You are my love, and my guide, a true partner, a man that I will love, hold close, honor, kiss, and cry with for all the days of my life.”

“We simply work together. Our love knits perfectly, each part connecting honestly with truth. As your wife I promise to continue to discover new ways we compliment each other with love and devotion always.”

“I take you as my husband, and pledge a vow of honesty and fidelity. It is one I give willingly, easily, gracefully, at this moment and for our whole lives.”

“As we join our lives together let us vow to live in truth, to always communicate fully, to hold each other against the wind, to feel our hearts joined as one. To you I give myself and everything I will ever be.”

“Wherever our journey leads us, I promise to walk with you arm in arm, hand in hand, to hold you as your wife and to learn from you, love you, and surprise you, forever.”

“What I love most about you is your kindness and compassion, I vow to encourage you to let yourself shine through your dreams and look forward to helping shape our lives together into the adventure that we will take. Your soul shines down on me and I vow to tend to you – to keep your soul bright and to offer love all our lives.”

“I believe in you and in everything you want to be. I believe in us – in our power as a couple, in our future as a family, I believe in myself, that within myself I am capable of loving you the way you deserve. I believe that you and I should spend all our days together, me as your wife, I believe in you as my husband. I believe we were meant to be.”

“One lifetime to pledge to you is not enough. You are my partner, my friend, my lover, my hero. to you I pledge trust, understanding, and to raise you up when you are weary, to hold you, to love you always.”

“You are the love of my life and make me the happiest woman on earth. Happier than I could ever have imagined. And I feel blessed to start our lives together.”

“It was an inexplicable force that brought us together – when I first saw you and saw how wonderful you were, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you. I promise to always be your loving wife and to feel that kind of love every day of our lives.”

“I love your sense of adventure and the way you always brighten my day. I vow to join with you in this journey as your wife with an open heart and to make even the smallest of our accomplishments – eating breakfast or changing a light bulb – into an exciting part of our lives together.”

We hope this help you in creating your wedding vows. It doesn’t need to be complicated. The most important thing is speak from your heart, vow from your heart and everything will fall into place.

Check out our blog for more tips: The Best Wedding Planning Checklist – The Ultimate Guide

Spotify’s List of the Most Popular Wedding First Dance Songs of 2017

Wedding First Dance Songs

Spotify recently revealed the top 50 Wedding First Dance Songs and the top wedding reception songs after analyzing thousands of playlists titled “first dance” and “wedding reception” on the streaming music site.

 “Thinking Out Loud” is currently Spotify’s top most-streamed track of all time.

Other oft-played first dance songs include Etta James’ “At Last,” Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are The Best Thing” and Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love.”

Here is the list below:

  1. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
  2. At Last by Etta James
  3. You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne
  4. All of Me by John Legend
  5. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
  6. Make You Feel My Love by Adele
  7. I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz
  8. Everything by Michael Buble
  9. Better Together by Jack Johnson
  10. Amazed by Lonestar
  11. Come Away with Me by Nora Jones
  12. First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
  13. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
  14. Lucky by Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat
  15. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
  16. Marry Me by Train
  17. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
  18. What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
  19. Crazy Love by Van Morrison
  20. I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
  21. The Luckiest by ben Folds
  22. How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Groulding
  23. Your Song by Elton John
  24. Marry You by Bruno Mars
  25. The Way You Look Tonight by Tony Bennett
  26. Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran
  27. Then by Brad Paisley
  28. Stand By Me by Ben E. King
  29. Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers
  30. Ho Hey by The Lumineers
  31. You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker
  32. Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls
  33. My Girl by The Temptations
  34. L-O-V-E – 2000 Digital Remaster by Nat King Cole
  35. Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
  36. (Everything I Do) I Do it for You by Bryan Adams
  37. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith
  38. Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran
  39. You And Me by Lifehouse
  40. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
  41. My Best Friend by Tim McGraw
  42. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Andy Williams
  43. When A Man Loves A Woman by Percy Sledge
  44. Your Song by Ellie Goulding
  45. The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
  46. Baby I’m Yours by Arctic Monkeys
  47. Stay With You by John Legend
  48. I Loved Her First by Heartland
  49. That’s How Strong My Love is by Otis Redding
  50. You & Me Song by The Wannadies

So what will be your own wedding first dance song?

How to Avoid Stress Fights While Wedding Planning

Avoid Stress Fights While Wedding Planning

Wedding planning can be very stressful and time consuming. While the high-pressure nature of prepping this very special event is typically short-lived, the stress it causes can sometimes create tension in your relationship—which is totally normal.

Here are a few romantic ideas to help you reconnect as a couple:

1. Make time to have a romantic stress free dates – keep this during marriage.

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Check one worry off your to-do list, and turn a night out for dinner and dancing into a weekly standing date to prepare for your first twirl together as husband and wife. It’s also the best time to reconnect with your partner.

2. Walk down memory lane.

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If money is tight thanks to a wedding budget that magnetizes any extra cash, skip going out for a night of reminiscing over old love letters and pictures from when you first started dating. Reliving those times is a good reminder of what the day to come is really all about.

3. Sweat it out.

It’s no secret that exercise is a great stress reliever. Instead of working out alone, buddy up with your mate and take a spinning class together or get active.

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4. Exploring the great outdoors together.

Do hiking, biking and kayaking in tandem.

5. Get away.

Who says you have to wait until you’re married to plan a vacation that’s all about the two of you? Just as expecting parents take babymoons before the little ones arrive, treat yourself to a long weekend minimoon before your wedding day. If your honeymoon is set in a beach destination, for example, use your minimoon for scuba-diving lessons, allowing you more adventure time together.

6. Create your vows together.

Wedding Planning

Even if you haven’t officially said your vows to one another yet, practice living them every day leading up to “I do.” When you’re feeling run down, remember what the words really mean, and commit yourself to the promises you intend to make.

Final note:

Always find time to rekindle the relationship and focus on each other.

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Wedding Dates to Avoid or to Consider in 2018 and 2019

Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2018 and 2019

Ready to set your wedding? Confuse on so many wedding dates options? Check this list of wedding dates you might want to steer clear or you might want to consider when booking your wedding.

Personally Significant Days

Check your own calendar for any personal events such as college reunions, family wedding dates, anniversaries, birthdays, and other events like big conventions or festivals in your city  and any annual occasions that involve your family or close friends.

Avoid Valentines day

if you’re looking to marry around Valentine’s Day, be wary of your floral bill, especially if you’ve got your heart set on red roses—they’ll likely be more expensive than at any other time of the year.

Avoid New Year’s Eve Wedding

Likewise, reception sites often charge a higher fee for a New Year’s Eve wedding.

Holiday Weekends

Holiday weekend weddings where you have Friday or Monday off from work have pros and cons. You’ve got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!), plus, you can have your wedding on a Sunday, which is often less expensive than a Saturday one.

Australia Day

Fri 26 Jan 2018
Sat 26 Jan 2019

Labour Day

Mon 12 Mar 2018
Mon 11 Mar 2019

Queen’s Birthday

Mon 11 Jun 2018
Mon 10 Jun 2019

Mother’s Day (always a Sunday)

Make sure your moms are okay sharing this weekend with your wedding. And ask yourself: Do you want your anniversary to fall on the same weekend as Mother’s Day if or when you become a mom?

Weekend of May 12–13, 2018

Weekend of May 11–12, 2019

Father’s Day (always a Sunday)

As you would with your moms, check with your dads about doubling up on this day. And grooms, make sure you’re okay with celebrating your anniversary the same weekend as Father’s Day if you decide to have kids.

Weekend of June 16–17, 2018

Weekend of June 15–16, 2019

Boxing Day

Wed 26 Dec 2018
Thurs 26 Dec 2019

Melbourne Cup

Tues 6 Nov 2018
Tues 5 Nov 2019

Also, don’t forget to consider the impact of a holiday weekend on your guest list—some families have standing plans or traditions they’d prefer not to miss

Religious and Cultural Holidays

Be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (your own and those of your guests) when planning your wedding. There may even be restrictions at your house of worship as to whether you’re allowed to marry at these times.

Palm Sunday

March 25, 2018

April 14, 2019

Easter Sunday

April 1, 2018

April 21, 2019

Passover (begins at sunset)

Friday, March 30, 2018

Friday, April 19, 2019

Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset)

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset)

Sunday, September 9, 2018 until nightfall on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Sunday, September 29, 2019 until nightfall on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 until nightfall on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 until nightfall on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Hanukkah (begins at sunset)

Sunday, December 2, 2018 until nightfall on Monday, December 10, 2018

Sunday, December 22, 2019 until nightfall on Monday, December 30, 2019

Christmas

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Kwanzaa

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 until Monday, January 1, 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 until Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Thursday, December 26, 2019 until Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Ramadan (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar)

Tuesday, May 15 until Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sunday, May 5 until Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar)

Thursday, June 14 until Friday, June 15, 2018

Tuesday, June 4 until Friday, June 7, 2019

Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes; the holiday lasts for about four days)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Ram Navami

Monday, March 26, 2018

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Krishna Janmashtami

Monday, September 3, 2018

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Unlucky Dates

If you’re superstitious, you might want to watch out for these historically inauspicious dates from across several cultures.

The Ides of March 

For ancient Romans, an “ides” was simply a date that marked the middle of the month—until Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15 in 44 B.C. Since then, “Beware the Ides of March” has become the mantra of this superstitiously unlucky date.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday the 13th 

The unluckiest date of the year has questionable origins. Some historians say it comes from the 13 diners who were present at the last supper, but the famous Babylon’s Code of Hammurabi doesn’t include a 13th law, which suggests this superstition is as old as 1700 BC. And it wasn’t until a successful novel titled Friday, the Thirteenth was published in the early 1900s that Friday became part of the unlucky equation.

April 13, 2018

July 13, 2018

September 13, 2019

December 13, 2019

Leap Years Greeks and Romans thought that starting any new life event—from getting married to baptizing a child—in a leap year would bring bad luck.

Next Leap Year: 2020

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Following Leap Year: 2024

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Tip:

Choose several wedding dates you like then narrow down until you reach only one.

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