As much as we adore Etta James’ “At Last” and the Righteous Bothers’ “Unchained Melody”, there are so many other great first dance songs to explore as options. The first dance is the perfect opportunity to reflect your style as a couple and the love you share. If you don’t already have a signature song, get ready to start slow dancing in the kitchen because we’ve rounded up a list of 10 amazing (and unexpected) first dance songs that you and your sweetheart are sure to love.
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Deciding on your perfect wedding colour palette is an essential part of the planning process for your big day. From selecting save-the-dates to deciding which colour of dresses your bridesmaids will wear, most decor decisions will be made with your wedding colours in mind. Regardless of your theme, incorporating your wedding colour palette into the details of your wedding will ensure that your everything — from the stationery to the bouquets and the treats on your sweet table — comes together in a beautifully cohesive way.
Below we’ll show you five of the hottest new wedding colours and show you all of the different ways you can work these hues into your colour scheme.
In celebration of our country’s birthday, we came up with a host of ways you can salute our nation and pay homage to your roots on your wedding day. Whether you’re getting hitched abroad or at your childhood cottage, show your true patriot love by incorporating some of these classically Canadian wedding details into your celebration.
Sentimental love songs are usually romantic, which is why finding the perfect song for your father-daughter dance is not always an easy task. This sweet moment with dad will be something you two will always remember, and you want the music and lyrics of this important song to capture the unique bond between you and your old man. We’ve made a list of our favourite father-daughter dance songs that will play as dad takes you for a twirl on the dance floor in what will surely be one of the best moments of both of your days.
Bracken took Julien completely by surprise when he popped the question during what was supposed to be a PR shoot to promote his career as a professional hockey player. “He told me that we needed to film an entire days’ events to capture ‘A Day in the Life of Bracken Kearns’ for PR purposes,” explains Julien. “I didn’t think much of it as we continued to film our daily activities — morning coffee, a trip to the dog park and an evening walk to tire out our pooch. While on the walk, Bracken had me chase our dog, Franc, around and when I did so, he managed to throw a note on the ground. He told me I had dropped something, and as he continued to film me reading it, he got down on one knee and proposed. I was in complete shock and did not see it coming at all! I love that I will always have such a perfect day captured on video — including my embarrassing and elated reaction to his big proposal!
For their celebration the couple opted for a romantic outdoor party at UBC farm. Gorgeous gold and pink details filled the couple’s reception tent but Julien admits that her favourite wedding accent was her sweet table featuring macarons and a stunning ombre cupcake tower.
Julien Floyd and Bracken Kearns, July 14, 2012, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Photography courtesy of Lindsay Skeans.
Ceremony and reception location: UBC Farm
Bridal gown: Isabelle’s Bridal
Bridal makeup: Jayna Marie
Bridal hair: Blo Bar
Bridesmaid dresses: Shopbop and ASOS
Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein
Cake: Mozart Bakery
Caterer: Louis Gervais Fine Foods
Favours: Old Navy flip-flops
Wedding planner: Decon Dunn from Fairy Godmother Weddings
See more of this romantic orchard wedding in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Southern Suite, a collective of wedding vendors in Southern Manitoba, used organic materials and textures combined with an autumn colour palette as inspiration for this lovely styled shoot. “We used natural elements like wood, berries, and vintage furniture, while playing up the soft and pretty side with a fitted lace gown, a flowy updo with a handmade boho halo and dreamy makeup to really contrast the elements,” says Becky Radtke of Jack and Ruby Photography.
“We hauled out lots of goodies and printed things to the location in Morden Manitoba to complete the organic look,” says Radte. “The location was picked for its long grass and rows of apple trees and we complemented it with fresh apples (we are the home town of the Corn and Apple Festival after all), succulents from our local greenhouse, berries still on the branch, calla lilies, amaranthus and fall leaves, which were used to decorate the shoot,” says Radtke.
Photography courtesy of Jack and Ruby Photography.
Flowers and styling: Bloom
Accessories and styling: Dove Tree Art & Design
Makeup: Glo Makeup Studios
Stationery: Paper Airplanes
Hair: Shear Bliss Salon & Day Spa
Birdal gown: Bliss Bridal Boutique
See more of this autumn-inspired wedding shoot in Manitoba.
Candice and David met at McGill University while they were both earning their education degrees. The day before he left for a month long education conference overseas, Candice found a bouquet of flowers from David in her car with a note that instructed her to turn on the music. “As Pachelbel’s Canon was playing in the background, the notes instructed me to go to other parts of the car. This continued with various notes and poems explaining how much he loved me,” Candice says with a smile. Eventually, she found the ring-box; beside a note that said David was around the corner, and to call him if she would marry him. “I called him in tears and he came running over. He got down on one knee and I said yes!” Candice reminisces.
The two held their wedding at a stylish golf club on Montreal’s West Island, where they recited their own vows at a beautiful outdoor ceremony. In lieu of favours, the couple made a generous donation to the Montreal Children’s Hospital in their guests’ names.
Candice Adams-Barbiero and David Barbier, Montreal, Quebec, August 17, 2012.
Photography courtesy of Creative Perspectives Photography.
Ceremony and reception location: Golf Saint-Raphael
Bridal gown: Château de la Mariée Nadia
Bridal party attire: David’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Tuxedo Plaza
Caterer: Golf Saint-Raphael
Favours: Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation donations
Music: Marco Ferri Entertainment
Bridal hair: Filomena Barbiero from Salon Avanti (514) 727-9327
Bridal makeup: Julia Liscio (email@example.com)
Flowers: Mary Ann and Jackie Lecomte from Fleurifik
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Linen rentals: Bravo
Miscellaneous: The Wedding Shoppe
Bridal jewellery, wedding bands and bridal party gifts: Robert Richer Jeweller
See more photos from this elegant outdoor wedding in Montreal, Quebec.
Bright raspberry pink and romantic roses were the inspiration for Valentina and Jim’s elegant September wedding. The color palette of raspberry pink and ivory paired with stunning floral arrangements created a romantic and elegant ambiance that was present throughout Valentina and Jim’s special day.
“The flowers were incredible,” Valentina reminisces. “The florist went way beyond our expectations by presenting a final product that was simply breathtaking and gorgeous.”
The stunning floral arrangements couldn’t compare to the beauty of the moment when the bride first saw her husband-to-be standing at the alter. “My favorite memory of the day was when I walked down the aisle with my dad and could see a very emotional Jim waiting for me,” Valentina recalls.
The couple had a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony and celebrated at the Jewel Event Centre where they had their first dance as a married couple to “Endless Love” by Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross.
Valentina Odreman and Jim Triantafillos, September 30, 2012, Toronto, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Eyecontact Photography.
Ceremony location: Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Church
Reception location: The Jewel Event Centre
Bridal gown: Ferre Sposa Boutique
Bridal party attire: Bridesmaids designed their own dresses
Groom’s tux: Freeman Formalwear
Cake: Irresistible Cakes
Caterer: The Jewel Event Centre
Bridal makeup: MAC at Yorkdale Mall
Bridal hair: Donato at Yorkdale Mall
Flowers: The Rose Emporium
See more photos of this elegant pink wedding in Toronto.
After a week of dating, Kyle convinced his sister to let his new girlfriend, Melissa, join them on a trip to Europe they were planning to go on that spring. “That trip pretty much sealed the deal for me, I knew Melissa was the one I wanted to be with for the rest of my life,” Kyle shares.
Kyle made it official two years later when he proposed to Melissa with his mother’s engagement ring on a romantic sunset walk.
For their big day, the two decided on a rustic autumn celebration, which featured rich gold and red accents and lots of lovely sunflowers. “Our favorite detail of our wedding was definitely the venue. It was the perfect backdrop for our special day,” Melissa shares.
Melissa Anne Nicolson and Kyle Alexander Evan Maslak, September 10, 2011, Okotoks, Alberta.
Photography courtesy of Anna Michalska.
Ceremony and reception location: The Saskatoon Farm
Bridal gown: Sonia’s Bridal Studio
Bridal hair: Brittany Burrows
Bridal makeup: Manel
Bridal party attire: Purchased from Etsy and altered at Sonia’s Bridal Studio
Groom’s tux: Cameo and Cufflinks
Cake: Kyle’s Aunt, Lily Davies
Caterer: The Saskatoon Farm
Music: Hi Fidelity Entertainment
Flowers: Catalaya Floral Design and Gifts
Stationery: Jen Dunne from Turn of Phrase
See more photos from this rustic autumn wedding in Okotoks, Alberta.
With a short and sweet ceremony in mind, Jiwoun and Stephen hosted a romantic afternoon wedding with 60 of their closest friends and family. Inspired by the lush greenery of their chosen venue, the two decorated their special day with elegant white accents and baby’s breath, the bride’s favorite flower. “The weather was perfect, it wasn’t very hot, and the surrounding trees kept the cool winds away,” Jiwoun reminisces. Following their “I dos”, the bride and groom honored Jiwoun’s heritage by wearing Korean wedding ensembles and participating in a traditional custom that brings newlywed couples good luck in their new lives together as husband and wife. “The bride and groom hold a special cloth at each end into which guests throw big handfuls of nuts,” Jiwoun explains. “The more we caught, the better luck we would have in the future.”
Jiwoun Back and Stephen Campbell, May 25th, 2013, Toronto, Canada.
Photography courtesy of Taylor Jackson.
Ceremony and reception location: Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa
Bridal gown: Alfred Angelo from Ballett’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Black by Vera Wang from Moores
Cake: The Cake Box
Caterer: Langdon Hall Dining
Favour: Handmade Organic Soup
Harp and cellist: Moria Nelson and daughter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hair and makeup: Tomoko McCartney
Flowers: Carolina Soares from The Event Firm Inc.
See more photos of this outdoor spring wedding.
It was a Thursday morning and both Michelinne and Darren had both taken the day off work. “We lazed over omelettes and a movie, like we do most Saturday mornings, almost completely unaware that it was our wedding day,” Michelinne shares. The two became husband and wife in an intimate ceremony on a hotel terrace with just their photographer, officiant and wedding planner as witnesses. “We definitely had pangs throughout the day when we missed our friends and family, but we will be forever grateful for these three beautiful people. They supported us and celebrated us just like close friends,” says Michelinne.
Michelinne and Darren got ready for their ceremony together, which was the highlight of their special day. “There was something very intimate and special about having Darren zip up my wedding dress and give my hand a squeeze. In a way it felt very symbolic – Darren will be the one zipping up my dresses for the rest of our lives and walking with me hand-in-hand throughout all of the significant moments we will face; always by my side,” Michelinne explains.
After their romantic ceremony where the two exchanged handwritten vows, Michelinne and Darren ended the evening with a tapas-style dinner underneath the stars.
Michelinne Gagne and Darren Gonek, September 6, 2012, Ottawa, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Blair Gable.
Ceremony location: Terrace of the Bonaventure Suite at the Westin Ottawa
Bridal hair: Jenna at The Loft
Bridal makeup: Lena Colasante
Bridal gown: BCBG with a custom belt made at With Love Bridal Boutique
Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo from Holt Renfrew
Bride’s robe: Plum Pretty Sugar
Groom’s tux: Holt Renfrew
Cake: Cat Campbell from The Cake Whisperer
Caterer: The Shore Club at the Westin Ottawa
Wedding planner: Tia Ward, Sales Manager, Catering at the Westin Ottawa
See more photos of this romantic intimate wedding in downtown Ottawa.
Twitter brought David and Melissa together, and it was love at first tweet. “I quickly developed a crush on him for what he had to say, his interests, and his adorable profile picture. We began tweeting, which progressed to daily conversations,” Melissa explains. “After a few months, I mustered up the courage to ask him out for drinks. He suggested dinner instead. When we finally met in person, it was as though we’d known each other our whole lives and a relationship quickly blossomed.”
Three years later David popped the question. “He asked me to marry him by hacking my website and creating a meme-filled proposal of internet proportions,” says Melissa. “I came home to have my best friend call saying my blog had been hacked. Turns out she was in on it. I frantically pulled it up and found a half-naked David Hasselhoff covered in puppies and the words ‘click here’ on his crotch. I tried to hack back into my site and jumped on the phone with my web hosting company. Dave kept saying, ‘why don’t you just click the button?’ I explained I didn’t want to download a virus – who ever hacked me had to be good! He took the phone from me and calmly clicked the button. All of my favourite memes danced across the screen and a picture of our puppy popped up with the words ‘I can haz hand in marriage?’ It was perfect.”
Three years later, the two planned their special day where they chose to forgo traditions like the garter grab and the bouquet toss. “We wanted the wedding to reflect us and put a fun and modern twist on it when possible,” Melissa explains, noting how much fun it was to choose her wedding dress with David.
As they look back on their wedding, the bride and groom both agree that their favourite part of the day was their first look. “The moment we set eyes on each other, I couldn’t help but swell up in tears. I’ve never felt so lucky in my whole life as I did then,” Melissa shares. It was in that heartwarming, private moment where David gifted his bride-to-be with a book of their first tweets, conversations, and pictures they’ve shared together in the early stages of their relationship through social media.
David and Melissa Coleman, May 19, 2013, Thornhill, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Chad Munro.
Ceremony and reception location: Bayview Golf and Country Club
Event design and floral: 5th Element Events
Bridal gown: Nicole Miller
Bridal party attire: David’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Dolce and Gabbana from Harry Rosen
Caterer: Bayview Golf & Country Club
Wedding planners: Michelle Garber from Fab Fete
Hair: Shawnna Downing
Makeup: Dat Tran from Dat Salon
Transportation: Hailo Taxi
Incorporating their love of computer science into their sophisticated, autumn wedding was an obvious choice for Julia and Rob, who met at McMaster University while studying software engineering. “I loved the nerdy details, like the floppy disc table numbers, a binary table chart and the live twitter feed,” Julia shares. The couple took photo’s at Rob’s grandmother’s house, and a succulent from the grandfather-of-the-bride’s garden was included into the wedding bouquet. Julia and Rob both agree that their grand entrance into the reception was the best moment of their day. “We did ‘The Bernie’ ,” Julia laughs, a dance style performed by leaning one’s head back while your arms wobble loosely.
Julia Druce and Rob Wiecha, November 17, 2012, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Trevor & Larissa.
Ceremony and reception location: Queen’s Landing
Bridal gown: Allure from Taylor’s Bridal Boutique
Bridal party attire: BCBG
Groom’s tux: Moores
Caterer: Queen’s Landing
Favours: DIY canned honey, peaches and jalapenos
Music: DJ Flash from ATB Entertainment
Hair and makeup: Niagara Mobile Hair and Makeup
Flowers: Ooh La La Designs
Stationery: Savvy Sendables
Pianist: Ben Phelan (email@example.com)
Bride’s shoes: Vera Wang
Chairs and draping: Simply Beautiful Décor
See more of this sophisticated, autumn wedding in Niagara, Ontario.
Lovebirds Rachel and Travis first met on Twitter. “While looking at a list of followers of an acquaintance, I noticed Rachel, and I thought she was beautiful in her tiny little avatar, so I hit ‘follow’. Thankfully she followed me back, and the rest is history,” Travis explains.
In a nod to their modern day fairytale, the two decided to share their vows via tweets during the ceremony. “When our officiant announced it was time for us to read our vows, we both pulled out our cellphones and created a Twitter archive of our love,” Rachel reminisces. In lieu of a traditional reading, the Travis and Rachel asked their officiant to read a passage from the Dr. Seuss book Oh The Places You’ll Go.
The original details of this creative couple’s awe-inspiring celebration included a 13-foot-tall burlap word search puzzle containing the couple’s favorite quote: “Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly” as well as a gorgeous ampersand marquee. “We built the ampersand from scratch with the help of a couple friends, cutting a large sheet of wood, bending and bolting aluminum flashing, drilling holes for and mounting lights, and hand-painting the finish,” Travis says. “As the sun set, the glow from the marquee created a beautiful photo backdrop. The marquee now sits on display in our home.”
Rachel Longo-Tosoian and Travis Hines, June 30, 2013, Toronto, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Jayme Morrison Photography.
Ceremony and reception location: Gardiner Museum
Caterer: Jamie Kennedy Event Catering
Dessert course: Nadege Patisserie
Bridal gown: David’s Bridal
Maid of honour’s attire: Modcloth
Groom’s tux: Burberry from Holt Renfrew
Favours: Field Notes and macarons from Nadege Patisserie
Music: Maximum DJ
Hair: Emily Sara Pike
Makeup: Makeup Worx
Officiant: Ceremonies with Choice
Transportation: The Electric Bus Company
Groom’s and best man’s pocket squares: Handsome and Lace
Groom’s shoes: Cole Haan
Engagement ring: Tiffany & Co
Bride’s wedding band: Spence Diamonds
Groom’s wedding band: Barry’s Jewellers
See more of this whimsical DIY wedding in downtown Toronto.