Love, Laughter, & Elegance’s antiquated styled shoot with brushed, aged metallics; muted colors seen in florals or other design elements; and baubles scattered throughout the aesthetic is a divine example of the now-often-seen vintage wedding trend into the current age.
We have been blessed to have been included in an article on WeddingWire, with several other wedding planners, sharing their favorite wedding songs. Thank you, Jenn Sinrich for including us! Who knows, maybe you will find your favorite wedding song among the list. Please feel free to share your favorite wedding song in the comments. Enjoy!
16 Planners Share Their Favorite Wedding Songs of All Time
By Jenn Sinrich
Looking for the best wedding songs of all time to include in your big day? We asked planning pros for their top picks.
On the laundry list of things you need to plan ahead for in preparation for your big day, one major to-do is choosing your music set list. In addition to hiring your DJ or band, it’s crucial that you go over the songs they plan to play for you on your wedding day. In fact, Farah Saint-Jean of Spectacular Affairs, LLC, in New York City believes music to be one of the most important aspects in setting the mood for a wedding celebration. For this reason, she recommends that the couple not only carefully select their music pros, but provide him or her with a song list that holds special meaning for their relationship or some of the best wedding songs of all time, as well as a list of music that should not be played. “The wrong music can ruin the wedding reception,” she warns.
Jodi R.R. Smith, owner of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting, in Marblehead, Massachusetts, agrees that music plays a major role—and recommends songs to match the ages of your guests. “You could play a few from the 40s for your grandmother, a few from the 50s and 60s for your great aunts and uncles, a few from the 70s and 80s for their kids, some from the 90s and 00s for your aunts and uncles, and 2010 to now for your friends and cousins,” she says. “Everyone should be included and everyone should hear a song that resonates so much that they want to get up and dance.”
When meeting with your DJ to plan song selections, be clear in your vision and expectations. Lindsey Sachs of COLLECTIVE/by Sachs in Boulder, Colorado and Minneapolis recommends asking how many songs are reasonable to play given your reception duration so you have a better understanding of how your top picks may be mixed with their selections. “Your DJ may also ask if you’re open to accepting guests requests,” she says. “If so, know that the number of songs played from your list may take a back seat to accommodate.”
To give you some inspiration while you’re making your musical selects for your big day, we asked wedding planners to share, in their view, the best wedding song of all time.
“This is a timeless song that basically expresses one lover’s dedication to the other and evokes emotions of love, gratitude and joy,” says Farah Saint-Jean of Spectacular Affairs, LLC In New York. “It is simply beautiful.”
“The uplifting nature of this song makes me sing out loud every time,” says Lindsey Sachs of COLLECTIVE/by Sachs in Boulder, Colorado. “And, just like a new day, your wedding day is the epitome of the line ‘it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life…and I’m feeling good.’ This song is a beautiful addition to cocktail hour, dinner, or your first dance. When considering the best wedding songs of all time, I think of including songs that most everyone will know, but may not hear that often.”
“Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
“The lyrics are meaningful and unique and opens the doors to a lifetime of love and happiness,” says Amy Katz of Amy Katz Events in New York City. “Also, the tempo is perfect and uplifting!”
“It is a classic song that depicts the excitement of finding your true love at its finest,” says Carine Saint-Jean of Spectacular Affairs, LLC in New York. “‘At last, my love has come along my lonely days are over and life is like a song.’ Those lyrics speak to my soul and so many other people’s souls and it’s such a popular wedding song because it transcends time as this song is older than I am but it resonates with both young and old alike.”
“Whatever It Is” by Zach Brown Band
“This was my first dance song and it talks about the person you love just having that ‘thing,’ the ‘whatever it is’ that draws you to them,” says Amber Anderson of Heavenly Day Events in Austin, Texas.
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
“This song reminds me of my grandparents dancing together,” says Katelyn Stanis of Wedding Words in Brooklyn, New York. “They were happily married for 61 years. Hearing such a classic and romantic song reminds me of what weddings are all about: true love, family, and legacy.”
“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
“Adele’s voice is like rocks in a river, strong, fixed, eternal,” says Nahid Farhoud of Nahid’s Global Events in San Diego, California. “This song brings back lots of memories.”
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
“This song spans across multiple generations and is relatable to practically every wedding guest out there!” says Jen Avey of DestinationWeddings in Wayland, Massachusetts. “It’s energizing and high tempo, but not overplayed or too cheesy. It’s a constant crowd pleaser; something everyone can sing along to and keep everyone’s energy levels up!”
“You & Me Song” by The Wannadies
“I love it because it was my wedding song, but, I also love it because it’s real,” says Jamie Chang of Mango Muse Events in Los Altos, California. “The relationship between two people is you and me. And most of the time, it’s not all romantic or like the movies. It’s about being a team. It’s about choosing each other every day. It’s the silly things, the fights, the simple things like watching TV and still it’s you and me.”
“You for Me” by Johnny Gill
“This song resonates with literally everyone,” says Joanna Sheppard of ValiaRose Events in Birmingham, Alabama. “It tells how the two people were living their lives alone and the universe aligned the couple to meet and fall in love. From that moment, dreams came true and they never wanted to separate.”
“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
“It’s such a fun way to end the night,” says Lindsey Nickel at Lovely Day Events in Napa, California. “Most of the guests know the words, they gather around to sing and dance together. It’s a classic song that a lot of people know, so it gets them on the dance floor.”
“Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve
“Love this song for the recessional to an on-site ceremony,” says Alexis Eliopoulos O’Mara of Unique Weddings by Alexis in Boston, Massachusetts. “ It’s modern, but love the variety of instruments in the song.”
“Perfect Duet” by Ed Sheeran feat Beyoncé
“The song is literally PERFECT!” says Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance in Massillon, Ohio. “With the vocals of both Ed and Beyonce singing their words of love. I think it’s perfect for a first dance wedding song.”
“Kissing You” by Des’ree
“I have loved this song for over 20 years,” says Ashley Espinal of Dulce Dreams Events in Ozone Park, New York. “It is powerful yet romantic and has this beautiful sense of longing and desire. It evokes so many different emotions all surrounded by love! I had a quartet play this song as I walked down the aisle, and it was truly overwhelming. I’ve seen several other couples play this song in different versions and during different times in their celebrations. It is always a tear jerker!”
For those of you who know me, know that I am a huge Sci-Fi fan. Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate – I love them all! Sometimes, the stories within the stories, reflecting the development of relationships between main characters, will grab me and take hold. Especially if the relationship is a romantic one. One such relationship is that of Col. John Sheppard and Teyla Emmagan, on the Stargate Atlantis tv series. Played by actors Joe Flanigan, and Rachel Luttrell, they never quite became a couple but there was plenty of chemistry between the two. If you are part of any ComicCon, fanfiction, or other fan-based groups, you would see that this pairing is quite popular, and many people wish their characters had gotten together during the show. I am certainly one of those fans.
I am so obsessed by John and Teyla’s story, that I designed an entire styled wedding photo shoot around it. This is my interpretation of their wedding, had it taken place during the tv series. My fabulous team of vendors joined me at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio, to produce this stunning visual tribute to one of my favorite shows, and two of my favorite characters. We have been blessed to have this styled shoot featured on the StoryboardWedding blog! I hope you enjoy!
Anyone die-hard “Stargate Atlantis” fanatics? Or how about outer space buffs? Regardless, this “Stargate Atlantis” inspired wedding editorial is right up your alley. Kimberly Lehman from Love, Laughter, & Elegance planned this stellar shoot with epic attention to detail and an explosion of any and all things about space exploration.
Kimberly headed to the Great Lakes Science Center to dress it up with deep jewel tones like midnight blue, royal blue, emerald and jade green; with pops of gunmetal gray and naturally, gold. The shades were a common feature in the sci-fi show and of course, looking up into the heavens, you’ll see a few of them staring back at you. We love the fun allusion of spheres in the ceremony setup, and the reception’s tablescape hosts an elongated floral centerpiece with beautiful geometric structures. Without fail, the EAT Cake 216 stood its ground and rose to the occasion. The three-tiered cake was brushed with various dark shades and had stand-out gold constellations dotted throughout. Cheers to this group of talented vendors. You all out did yourselves!
We have been blessed to have our Earth Angel Styled Wedding Photo Shoot featured on Storyboard Wedding!! The Earth Angel shoot was one of the largest and most elaborate we have produced so far, in February of 2019. Held at the Glidden House in Cleveland, Ohio, and photographed by Stephanie and John Uptmor of Imagine It Photography, it was a wonderful day, filled with fantastic models and vendors collaborating to create amazing art. Enjoy!
An antiquated wedding styled shoot always has a few of these essential components: brushed, aged metallics; muted colors seen in florals or other design elements; and baubles scattered throughout the aesthetic. More is always more when it comes to vintage editorials, and we couldn’t help but realize that this is so on par with moody wedding inspirations. The design concepts for both are almost always luxe and glamorous, with an element of very slight modernity. These two styles absolutely adore their trinkets and their attention to detail, but you’ll also find contemporary styles like geometrics or sharp lines and crisp colors thrown into the mix. Love, Laughter, & Elegance’s moody vintage wedding inspiration is a divine example of these awesome vendor teams taking the now-often-seen vintage wedding trend into the current age.
Event planner Kimberly Lehman was inspired by seasonal transitioning and wanted to showcase it by bringing “heaven on earth”. We are besotted with this color palette: dusty blues, steel greys, lavender, blush, peach, and gold. It’s such a striking line-up and to follow up with that, the florals by Celestial Blooms were so stellar and lush. Large installations were created for the ceremony and reception concepts, respectively. The bridal bouquets donned a variety of blooms like lavender and blush roses, white hydrangea, silver dollar eucalyptus, protea, wheat, pampas grass, albino peacock, and white ostrich feathers. We also get to see a fun idea of having two brides with two different looks, and then outfit changes to give more variety to the viewer. Undoubtedly, after checking out the photos, this inspiration was a labor of love and we completely commend everyone on such a job well done.
Recently, my husband Mark and I celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary. We rarely have pictures taken together, and never in a formal setting. Since I produce several styled wedding photo shoots a year, I thought why not create one that represents my hubby and I. This was a fun one to put together. I sent the photographer’s gallery right over to Shafonne Myers at the Pretty Pear Bride blog, and she loved it! I want to thank all of our wonderful vendors who helped us celebrate. We could not have had a more wonderful evening! Enjoy!
Today’s styled photo shoot is in celebration of the 20th wedding anniversary of Kim of Love, Laughter and Elegance Wedding Planning with her husband, Mark. They decided to have it take place in a location that means a lot to them: Spring Hill Historic Home in Massillon, Ohio. This venue has been the setting of several of her styled bridal photo shoots, and is a treasured location in their hometown. They chose a vibrant color palette of purple and orange, as those shades represent their individual high school colors, and added lavender, pink and gold to complement. Everything turned out so amazing!
What was your design inspiration: My husband Mark and I recently celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary, and we wanted to have some new photos taken for the occasion. We wanted an elegant, formal look. We sat down together and decided on the color palette of purple and orange. These are the colors from each of our respective high schools. They are bold colors on their own, so to soften and balance the look, we added lavender, pink, and gold. We also wanted to have the photos taken at a location that is special to both of us. Spring Hill Historic Home, in Massillon, Ohio is one of the original homesteads in the the town of Kendal, which later became the city of Massillon. This estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was also a stop on the famous Underground Railroad. Mark grew up in Massillon, and I have produced several styled bridal photo shoots at this venue. We love it there. It is an amazing place to visit.
Describe Your Flowers: Our florist Kristi, of Precocious Petals, created some amazing floral designs for our photo shoot! She created a large rustic arbor piece, with hanging jars, moss, bright flowers and tealight candles, that we used as the space to renew our wedding vows. She also created a several small bouquets that we placed in front of the arbor for a soft, finished look. On our cozy dining table for two, there was a circular hooped centerpiece that was just darling. On our cake table, we placed Kristi’s pretty two-toned domed rose centerpiece. My bridal bouquet was a lush delight of blooms in oranges, reds and pinks. My husband’s boutonniere was comprised of a rose and berries, and tied with a thin gold ribbon. Kristi used Gerbera daisies, leather leaf fern, salal, Ming fern, hypericum berries, snap dragons, a few succulents, and lots of gorgeous roses in her designs. We loved her work so much!
Describe your cake: When Sarah asked me about the cake that I envisioned for this occasion, I gave her the colors we were working with, and told her to let her imagination run wild. She created a gorgeous 3 tiered confection that took my breath away. The cake was iced in a delicate shade of lavender. The bottom layer was covered in lavender and gold ruffles, and at the front of the top two tiers there was a molded decorative piece that was brushed in edible gold. Along the side of the cake, cascading from the top to the base, was a waterfall of flowers to match our color scheme. Our cake topper was made by Power Laser Cut, of a black acrylic that read, “Cheers to 20 Years”. We also had a tray of beautifully hand decorated cut-out sugar cookies, made by Heather Kay, to match our “”Cheers to 20 Years” theme. Everything looked too beautiful to eat!
Tell us about your attire choices: My husband, Mark, has always looked great in a suit. I wanted to make sure he was looking very dapper for our anniversary celebration. He wore a dark charcoal grey suit, with a subtle light blue pinstripe. We added a silvery grey dress shirt, bright orange skinny tie, purple and orange argyle socks, and classic wingtip shoes. Mark wore his own wedding ring. He also wore custom made cuff links that read “Cheers to 20”. Those were provided by Over the Moon Bridal.
I wanted my overall look to be glamorous, rather than bridal. I chose a floor length, deep purple ballgown, with an empire waist, and ruched bodice. It even had pockets, which I loved! Since I am not very tall, more of a fun-sized woman, if you will, I chose darling lavender suede heels with dark purple trim to go with the gown, and give me a little height. So cute! My jewelry included my own wedding rings, a long necklace with gems in shades of dark pink and purple, a bold bangle bracelet with stones in the same colors, and delicate purple earrings to match. In my hair, I wore a silver comb, that was decorated with silver leaves and white floral beads. I have to also thank Aimee Alessi and Kassidy Haubold for their awesome hair and makeup skills. I felt like a princess!
Please describe your DIY, handmade or personal details: One of the prettiest pieces that we used in our anniversary shoot, was the custom laser cut charger plate, from Power Laser Cut, that read “Mr. & Mrs. Lehman”. It was too nice to put under a plate! So we held it up between us during our photos to show it off. We will be displaying that piece for years to come in our home!
Describe the tablescape elements: We had two tablescapes, one for our cozy dining area, and one for our beautiful desserts. Our dining table was set up on the porch of the Spring Hill home. I covered the table with a floor length lavender tablecloth, and added a dark plum table runner and a length of sheer gold tulle for some sparkle. The tableware was a lovely combination of old and new. The gold glass beaded charger plates are my own, but I layered two antique china plates with different decorative floral patterns that belong to the Spring Hill Estate. The flatware and heavy white embroidered linen napkins are also part of the Spring Hill treasures. The water glasses are from my personal collection, as are the purple and orange champagne flutes, We had custom menus, place cards and a table number made by Emmy Anastasia designs, to enhance the look of the table. The centerpiece by Precocious Petals was a gold circular hoop, surrounded by lush blooms, succulents and greenery. We added a few votive candles, in orange and gold, to set the mood.
Our desserts were placed on a large antique round table in the parlor of the Spring Hill home. I covered the table in a dark plum cloth, and layered a sheer orange scarf, that was embroidered with silver sequins in a floral design, on top. Our gorgeous three tier cake and silver tray full of had decorated sugar cookies were placed on the table, along with my personal cake cutting set, I also added several orange and silver votive candles and a beautiful arrangement of two-toned roses from our florist Kristi to complete the very lush and romantic display.
We have been blessed to have our Audrey Hepburn – Funny Face Movie Inspired styled bridal photo shoot featured on the Southern Celebrations Magazine website! This feature was also recently published in Vol. 8 of the print edition.
Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire are Hollywood Icons. Funny Face has been one of my favorite movies for as long as I can remember. The fashions (House of Givenchy), the music, the scenery (Paris and New York) are just incredible. I highly recommend watching this classic film! Here is my tribute to them. Enjoy!
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” Audrey Hepburn
Featured in Volume 8.
Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognized as a film and fashion icon, she was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood, and was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.