Spotify, The Wedding Song Selector

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been dreading the idea of creating some sort of playlist for your big fabulous day. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably dropped in onto one of your bridesmaids’ hands. Side note: This stuff is right up her alley; I think she is enjoying it. I know I am supposed to rely on the DJ for his music selection expertise, but I don’t. I have a pretty mean looking list of “Don’t You Dare Touch It” Music.

In addition to choosing music for just the reception, you have to select music for those magic moments. That is another challenge in itself (that I pushed off onto my bridesmaid).

While selecting a new playlist to listen to on Spotify, it hit me….

There must be wedding playlists on Spotify! Oh, are there. And I came to find out that a large chunk of those playlists are compiled by bored hipsters! It’s perfect. Below are some of my favorite playlists for your unique, indie and slightly hipster wedding. Enjoy.

Unique Wedding Locations in Northeast Ohio

In my previous posts, I talked a lot about the reception sites we visited.  I wanted to share some of the places I found when researching venues. These three places were great little gems, but due to their size, they just weren’t right for us. Enjoy!

Northeast Ohio’s Little Gems:

Squire’s Castle — Willoughby Hills, Ohio
Cleveland Metroparks

Stone Cottage  — Peninsula, Ohio
Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Hines Hill Conference Center — Peninsula, Ohio
Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Wedding Clichés

If you are a fan of How I Met Your Mother, you’ve probably seen the episode where Lily and Marshall plan their wedding and they reveal a list of wedding clichés that they won’t do. We would like our wedding to be trimmed of some wedding clichés. In this article, I have compiled a list of classic wedding clichés. Some are just overdone and some are just plain awful.

Wedding Cliché #1: You’re glowing, literally.

Ladies, when you’ve been pale in every other situation in your life other than your wedding, it looks fake. That “beachy glow” you got from a spray can and a few hours trapped in a microwave looks weird. I would like Cody to recognize me when I walk down the aisle. I don’t want him to think, “Who is that?”

Wedding Cliché #2: Your hair makes you look like an alien.

When your head of hair gets so top-heavy, you can’t keep it up, that’s a problem. Brides start to look like Marie Antoinette. During your wedding day, you should look like the best possible you and not a Tim Burton creation.

Wedding Cliché #3: One more time with feeling.

Oh, Pachelbel’s Canon in D & Wagner’s Wedding March. It is just a bit overdone. I would find those songs appropriate in a huge lavish wedding. Our little wedding, no. We are looking to give off more of a casual vibe to our wedding. So, we are ditching the stuffy marches.  Since, I am such a huge 80s movie fan, I am thinking St. Elmo’s Fire’s Love Theme.

Wedding Cliché #4: I wonder what they will read.

Corinthians is overdone, no surprise there.

Wedding Cliché #5: 1, 2, 3! JUMP!

Oh, those awful wedding picture clichés. It is a classic. Nothing says classy like a duckfaced bride. It is truly beautiful. One of my favorites is a bride standing alone looking at herself in the mirror or groomsmen with flasks, classy. The worst is the black and white photos with the random pop of color. It looks so natural.

Wedding Cliché #6: If you clang your glass one more time….

As comical it is to watch the drunk guy start the clanging of the glasses, it gets a little old. But I suppose it isn’t a heart-ship to give your sweetie a kiss to humor the crowd.

Wedding Cliché #7: How low can I go? Not far.

The following line dances will not be welcomed at our wedding:

a. The Electric Slide
b. The Cha Cha Slide
c. The Macarena
d. The Chicken Dance
e. The Congo Line
f. The YMCA

Wedding Cliché #8: The Do Not Play List

  • “Every Breath You Take – Police (Unless you’re marrying your creepy stalker, this is not a romantic song!)
  • I will Always Love You – Dolly Parton/ Whitney Houston (It’s about a break up. Please, no talk of “bittersweet memories” at your wedding.)
  • Lips of an Angel – Hinder (The angel’s great lips are enough to make him think about cheating on his girlfriend).
  • My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion (She’s singing the song to her dead boyfriend. Dead and weddings don’t mix that well.)
  • Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton (Yet another death song I’ve heard at too many weddings. I know there’s the life insurance policy, but it’s a little too early to be talking about death, don’t you think?)
  • I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor. (Not only have I heard this at a million weddings, but I’ve also seen it on lists of “popular wedding songs!” People, it’s a song about surviving a horrible breakup! Don’t play this at your wedding.)
  • Jesse’s Girl – Rick Springfield (Go ahead. Fuel rumors that the bride is sleeping/has slept/will sleep with the Best Man.)
  • White Wedding – Billy Idol (Idol himself says that the song is about hating his sister’s fiancé.)” -Via: Wedding Receptions – The Do Not Play List

Wedding Cliché #9: Cake smashed face.

I think it is about time that the cake in face bit to retire. I believe it is a bit juvenile. It makes me cringe. I heard that couples that do this are more likely to get divorced. I am not sure about that, but I am sure it would be a rocky start if both parties didn’t agree on the matter and it still happened.

Wedding Cliché #10: Catching the bouquet & garter

I believe both practices demean women. Done.

Overall, I believe clichés can lead to predictability and a forgettable wedding. Great creative and think of new ways to make your wedding something your guests will remember.

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What you got there is a…

RECEPTION SITE. It’s 100% official. Saturday, we put down a deposit on Country Cottages & Gardens. Woohoo! Now for the next 710 days until the wedding, we will need everyone to rally good thoughts for wonderful weather on our wedding day (don’t be the weak link, do your part). And yes, I do have a countdown on my phone and every night I tell Cody the current count. Needless to say, we still have awhile.

In the mean time, here are some things we like:

Photos from ruffledblog.com. Awesome site.

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The Reception Site

After an extreme weekend of reception venue viewing, Cody and I have decided on a location! Oh, boy is this exciting. On May 4th, 2013, Cody and I will be getting married at Country Cottages and Gardens in Mineral City, Ohio. Before we get to the good stuff, let’s first discuss the other candidates.

Friday, mom and I visited Quaker Square in Akron, Ohio. Quaker Square has a huge ballroom with impressive chandeliers and tall ceilings. It was a little too massive and impersonal for our taste. The site does have some great photo locations. We did get to go into one of the hotel rooms. They are all round! Like my Aunt Jill said, the rooms do have a weird echo. Overall: boring and typical.

Then Saturday, we went to Tara, A Country Inn in Pennsylvania. Tara is beautiful and unique, but not for us. They have two locations for large parties, a tent outside in the garden and the Old South Armory, a large room inside of the house. We first saw the tent, very nice. The good part comes when we go to the Armory. I walk into the Armory and every (EVERY) wall is covered with “the largest collection of Civil War guns in America.” I should have thought something when they said “Armory”. I say to our tour guide, “You have quite an impressive gun collection; can we cover them up?” Yeah, that was a big fat no way. Overall: unique, pretty and totally hilarious.

Let’s go back to the good part, County Cottages and Gardens. The estate has a large estate house and then smaller cottages surrounding the main house. My close family and friend will be able to stay in the surrounding cottages, making it a very wedding weekend. They also have a boathouse and pool house as well. In the center of the property is a large pond; we would be getting married right in front of it. As for the reception, we would walk over to the property’s massive deck! The desk comes with a super sweet bar and outdoor grill. The staff chef would be outside cooking everyone’s meal, think hibachi. We will be able to see and smell our tasty meal. Best of all, the estate comes with a full staff, a stress free day! The whole property gives off an easy/not-so-stuffy vibe. As for the price, let’s just say, you get a wallop of a bang for your tiny little buck. Overall: Perfect.Related articles

Extreme Wedding Weekend

Akron, OH 106

Image by steve loya via Flickr

Are you ready to hear what I’ve got planned for this weekend? Hold on to your hats, it’s going to be an extreme weekend of wedding shenanigans-gans-gans-gans. On Friday, I have a viewing of the ultra cool Quaker Square in Akron, Ohio. Courtesy of Wikipedia, “Quaker Square is a mall located in downtown Akron, Ohio, which is the result of the renovation of the Quaker Oats mill, silos, and factory which originally operated there. The complex is currently a hotel and a dormitory for the University of Akron.” When you stay at the hotel, the rooms are round because you sleep in a silo! It was a museum/ice cream parlor. Now, it’s just a weird mall.

They have a few different options for locations at Quaker Square. I will learn more about them Friday. From what I understand, there is a ballroom inside of the hotel, a large café with railroad cars and an additional building not attached to the hotel. Oh, the possibilities. I always imagined myself getting married at Quaker Square, but we shall see….

Saturday, my sisters, Roni and Rachel, my mom and I are heading to Pennsylvania. We are first going to The Winner to try on bridesmaid dresses and wedding dresses for the first time. We don’t plan to buy, but when you are so close to the magic that is The Winner, you must stop. The Winner is extreme shopping to the max.

After a quick trip to The Winner, we are headed to Tara! “Tara! Home. I’ll go home, and I’ll think of some way to get him back! After all, tomorrow is another day!” Oh, the drama.  Tara is a nice country inn near Sharon, PA. From what I understand, it has tons of Gone with the Wind memorabilia. How terribly exciting! My mother failed to tell me that everyone at Tara dresses in period clothing, lots of hoop skirts and corsets, hoop skirts and corsets…

Then we are going to the place where dreams come true, Ikea.

Sunday, day of rest? Not a chance! We are all headed to Mineral City, Ohio to visit Country Cottage & Gardens. From what I can tell on the website, it looks so adorable. But, their pictures could be strategic.  Sneaky.  I like CC & G; they have a reception site combo. They have a cheap site fee and they do the catering.  The catering is probably where they make their money though. The food looks tasty, but they could be strategic. Sneaky.

Next week, I will have reviews and pictures of the locations and a report back from The Winner. Cody has to work the whole weekend, I have to take super notes. Wish me luck.

Location, location, location

With the wedding many months away, we are dreaming, looking and planning. Our day is May 4th, 2013. I believe that in order to know how your wedding is going to feel/look like, you need to find a reception site first. Since, Cody and I won’t be getting married in a church, the reception site is the most important to us. We want the ceremony and reception to happen in the same location. This will reduce cost and help with moving guests around.

Currently, with the wonderful help of my mother, we are looking for a reception site. Ideally, we would like a barn. We want our wedding to have a vintage feel and a bit rustic for my groom. Is that a lot to ask for from Ohio of all places! Ohio, you’re like the Queen of Barns!

I’ve have looked briefly at Happy Days Lodge a few weeks ago. We will probably have to look again together and when it isn’t so busy. It has the rustic look with huge wooden beams and wooden floors. It is also located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It would be an easy drive for family and friends. It being in a park, it does offer a reasonable price. The parking would be kind of funny. They have about ten spots right outside of the hall and then parking across the street. You get to the lodge by walking in a tunnel under the road and then up a long drive to the lodge.

This Saturday, Cody and I will be visiting Botzum Farmsteadin Akron, Ohio. This venue is very close to Happy Days Lodge and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Botzum is the home to many old beautiful barns and gorgeous green grasses, well from what I can gather from the pictures. It will be interested to see what Botzum can offer. From looking at the wedding pictures, it is beautiful. And exactly what I am looking for. But we will see, I don’t want to get my hopes up.

Botzum

Finding unique reception location has proven to be quite challenging especially in Ohio. Maybe I am just making excuses? We want a location that is completely different from the hotels, mansions and halls that people normally use for weddings. We want something new and exciting; somewhere no one would have ever thought to have a wedding. Maybe we just need to get more creative, rather than blaming Ohio for the lack of uniqueness.

As for my mother, she is hoping for something a bit grander like the Canton Palace Theatre. Don’t get me wrong, it is unbelievably beautiful, but it’s a little much for me and Cody. We want to keep it more causal and not so regal. We just aren’t that couple that spends $30,000 on a wedding (gulp).  We are shooting for  under $10,000. We want an awesome wedding for dirt cheap. Wish us luck. I think with a little creativity, imagination and hard-work, it is possible.