This is Asia’s final post for us! It has been such a pleasure having her share her fabulous wedding planning adventures, and  now her and her hubby Cory are enjoying married life. :) In case you missed it, you can see her gorgeous southern wedding right here which was featured earlier this week. Today Asia is sharing all about the music that she chose for her wedding. Enjoy, and make sure to leave her lots of love!

xoxo, Becky

One of the most daunting tasks of planning a wedding is choosing music. There are so many places that you need a special song. There are obvious moments that we all think about like the walk down the aisle or the first dance, but what I didn’t realize while planning was that you need a song for every little moment! I had never thought about a song to play while we cut the cake or when the garter was tossed.

Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography

To make things more difficult, there are a lot of songs that sound wonderful and sweet, but when you listen to the lyrics, the song has a completely not-so-sweet meaning. Southern Girl by Amos Lee is beautiful and one of my favorite songs, but it is about a break-up. Totally inappropriate for a wedding!

So from one bride to the next, I am here with some inspiration. My husband and I are music lovers to the core. Rarely do we talk on road trips – most rides are spent with the windows down and both of us singing at the tops of our lungs. We put a lot of thought into what songs set the mood but also describe us as a couple. We wanted to use music as another way for our friends and family to know us better.

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We love music so much that our favors at the wedding were CDs. We included songs that were played during the ceremony, at special moments during the reception and some that we just love to sing along with on the road.

So, without further ado, here are the songs we used for those special moments in our day:
Prelude: Unfailing Love – Jimmy Needham
Processional: Divine Romance – Phil Whickham
Bride’s Entrance: Makin’ Plans – Miranda Lambert
Communion/Prayer: Don’t Forget His Love (Psalm108) – Ellie Holcomb
Recessional: You Make my Dreams Come True – Hall n’ Oats
Reception Entrance: We Found Love – Rihanna
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son (we did these at the same time): Never Alone – Lady Antebellum
First Dance: Love me Tender – Norah Jones cover of Elvis Presley
Cake Cutting: Heavenly Day – Patty Griffin
Bouquet & Garter Toss: I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
(That was one of my favorite parts of the wedding because right after the garter was caught, Whitney hit the chorus and everyone flocked back to the dance floor singing at the top of their lungs.)
Dollar Dance (This is a mid-west tradition that I grew up with and all our Southern guests loved. Essentially all the gents get their last chance to dance with the bride and the ladies get their last chance to dance with the groom before it’s all over. Each group forms a line and pays to dance with the bride or groom for 10-20 seconds until the next person cuts in. It’s also such a fun way to get to interact with more guests! We had a lot of guests so we used two songs for our dollar dance): A Woman like You – Lee Brice and The Way I Feel – Matt Wertz
Getaway Song: You and I – Ingrid Michaelson (This felt like a movie with the sparklers lit up all around us!)

{photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

And on our CD’s we included most of those and a few other gems. That line-up is here:
1. Heavenly Day – Patty Griffin
2. Swept Away (Sentimental Version) – Avett Brothers
3. Makin’ Plans – Miranda Lambert
4. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
5. Loving You is Easy – Ben Rector
6. Divine Romance – Phil Whikham
7. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
8. Free (Extended Version) – Zac Brown Band
9. Just You and Me – Zee Avi
10. What You Thought You Need – Jack Johnson
11. You and I – Ingrid Michaelson
12. For Me, It’s You – Train
13. Nothing Fancy (Acoustic Version) – Dave Barnes
14. Love Me Tender – Norah Jones cover of Elvis Presley
15. Unfailing Love – Jimmy Needham
16. I Love You – Lecrae
17. When I’m Sixty Four – The Beatles
18. Don’t Forget His Love (Psalm 108) – Ellie Holcomb
19. You Make my Dreams Come True – Hall n’ Oats

CD Wedding Favor

We had a blast deciding what music reflected our lives (as you can tell, we pretty much like it all) and know that our guests loved it as well. I hope you have found some inspiration of your own!

I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with this whole wedding planning thing lately….I’m a very organized, “to-do” list person, and if I don’t know how to do something, or what steps I need to take to do it, I get overwhelmed quickly, so I went in search of something to help me get a little more organized and help outline what exactly needs to be done.

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After looking through lots of sites that had basic lists I started to feel a little discouraged…weren’t there any resources that would help people like me who had NO wedding experience at all know what they needed to do? Finally I stumbled onto RusselandHazel’s wedding site, where they offer not only a full wedding planning binder, but also a link to several downloadable worksheets to help all the to-do list brides like me! The worksheets are available here.

Wedding Checklist

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I printed them all out and made my own binder, next step is going through the millions of magazine clippings that I have collected over the last couple years and narrowing down décor ideas, color schemes, etc.

I also purchased the “Real Simple Weddings” magazine, and am excited to check off things on the to-do lists in that as well!!

Real Simple Weddings
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As weird as it might sound, it’s amazing how much a little organization and wedding planning structure helped relieve my wedding stress, and how much more excited I am now that I know exactly what lies ahead! Since we moved our wedding back I have adjusted my wedding planning attitude from “just get it done” to focusing on enjoying the process and enjoying this special time together. Jeremy and I spent the weekend in Lake Chelan with my maid of honor, her boyfriend, and his family…We got to relax and enjoy the sun together, and we even got some wedding planning done!!

Lake Chelan

Lake Chelan

One thing I’ve discovered since becoming an “adult”– life happens, and although it’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s not always easy! Due to some recent “life” events, Jeremy and I have made the difficult decision to push our wedding back. To next year. It was a hard decision for us to make, however, once it was made I felt a sense of relief. Moving our wedding to next year ensures that one of our most special guests will be able to make it to the wedding, as well as a special little guest who won’t be making his or her appearance until next year (sorry, that’s all the details I can give right now, I promised!)

It also means we will have a little more time to put aside some money, and spend more time creating decorations and other special touches. It also means we will both be able to enjoy the planning experience. I’ve always been a go, go, go kinda girl, and it’s taken me awhile to get through my head that I need to slooooow down and enjoy the process…after all it’s the only chance I’ll have to plan my wedding! Not only will Jeremy be away to drill less often in the coming months, now I won’t be trying to plan our wedding after work hours, in between classes, etc. When we get married I’ll be graduated. Done. Whew! That will be an amazing feeling! Even though I know that moving our wedding back is what is best, I still feel guilty (and flaky) for changing the date, especially right after we sent out save the dates…Anyone else ever done this that could offer any advice?

In other news…this weekend is the Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction, to anyone that lives in Kitsap County…you already know what a huge deal that is, to anyone that doesn’t…The Rotary Auction is basically the worlds biggest yard/rummage sale and is a yearly tradition for most Bainbridge Islanders. I know Jeremy is excited to go look at the tools (like we don’t have enough already!) and last year we scored a pretty sweet antique desk and dresser, but this year I’m excited to see if they have anything that we can use for the wedding, maybe some more mason jars (ok, ok, I don’t really need any more mason jars!) or some mini glass milk jars (which I’ve been looking everywhere for!) or some vintage fabric for bunting. Either way, I’m sure we won’t be going home empty handed, and I’ll make sure to take some pictures and update you next week!!

In the meantime, here are some things that I am super excited to incorporate into our wedding!

Wedding Tent Bunting!!

Floral Bunting

A S’More Table (I’m getting hungry just looking at it!)

S'more Table

Or S’More Pops

S'more Pops

These CUTE little place cards

Doily Place Cards

Cute Hay Bale Seating (I’m sure my horses won’t mind ;))

Hay Bale Wedding Seating

Sparkly Jars (My soon to be sister-in-law and I will be attempting this with Mason Jars as soon as I get my Modge Podge!)

DIY Sparkly Jars

Super cute mini-milk bottles!

Milk Bottle

I would like to give an official welcome to our fabulous new guest contributor, Meghan! Meghan is getting married this September at a horse barn on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She is going to be posting wedding planning updates once a week here on BT&B, so stay tuned! Her wedding sounds like it’s going to be absolutely AMAZING!! Read on to hear all about the details her and her fiance, Jeremy, have figured out so far. :)

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Hey everyone! So, this is my first time ever writing for a blog…so please excuse the jumbled thoughts, I promise I’ll get better at this! When Becky announced that she was looking for someone to share their wedding planning experience week by week I decided to give it a shot, and I’m super excited to share my experiences with you all!

A little bit about my fiancé and I– Jeremy and I have been together for almost 4 years now, but we grew up down the street from each other so we’ve pretty much known each other our whole lives. I’m a small-town, country girl at heart, a senior at Washington State University studying small business marketing, an aspiring photographer, and a lover of all things beautiful. I grew up on an island, but spent most of my time traveling and showing horses and I can’t imagine my life without my fiancé, our families, our two dogs, or my horses.

Photo by Raina Skye Photography

Jeremy is my rock, he supports everything I do (or try to do) and is a super-talented baseball player who is a commercial electrician apprentice and is enlisted in the National Guard. Our lives are pretty crazy busy, and between his passion for baseball and mine for showing horses, there’s rarely a day that we aren’t on the go…but that’s ok because that’s how we like it! When we’re not on the go you can usually find us hanging out with our families, 4-wheeling, camping, or at the beach with our pups We have been engaged for about a year and a half and can’t wait to plan our wedding and start our lives together.

Photo by Raina Skye Photography

First and foremost, we both wanted our wedding to be a family-centered, laid back, and un-stressful (if that’s even possible!) event where we could celebrate our love and marriage with our closest friends and family members. Our wedding reflects who we are; a little bit of boho and a little bit of country, with a whole lot of sweet little details and special family touches!

While there is still a lot for us to figure out, we do know some of the basics…We are having both the ceremony and the reception at a beautiful horse barn on Bainbridge Island, Wacky Nut Farm, who has been a dream to work with throughout all my date changes (I changed my date 3 times!!) and is extra special to us because it’s where I keep one of my horses. We will be serving BBQ and a gorgeous cake made by Kara of The SweetSide (who is a total doll by the way…if you’re looking for a Seattle cake-maker, she’s your girl!).

We were blessed enough to win 13:13 Photography’s wedding photography giveaway (see here) and I can’t even express how excited I am to have Ashley, Philip and Sarah there to capture our special day…not only have I been in love with their work since before I was even thinking about marriage, but they have been so sweet about our date changes, and I love talking to Ashley about anything wedding, she feels more like a friend then a vendor!!

Photo by Raina Skye Photography

My dress is being made by the oh-so-talented Sarah Seven and although we don’t have the groom or the bridal party’s attire picked out yet, we do know that (at least) me and my girls will be in cowboy boots. Our two dogs, Chase and Rudder are very important to us and are a big part of our lives, so we knew that we wanted them to be a part of the wedding; I have this grand vision of them wearing flower wreaths around their necks (like all the adorable dogs you see on pinterest!) and walking quietly down the aisle and sitting on either side of us while we say our vows…without stopping to try and scratch off the flower wreaths, or jumping on our guests, or getting up and wandering away in the middle of the ceremony…yeah right! We’ll be doing some practicing with them, so I’ll keep everyone updated on how that goes!

We get our engagement pictures taken in August by Two Bird Studio *so excited*, so until then I will share with you some photos that we’ve had taken in the past by the fabulous Raina Skye Photography.

Photo by Raina Skye Photography

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