Baltimore Bride Tips

Should You Have An Anniversary Session?

An anniversary session is one of the best ways to capture memories from year to year after your wedding and I highly recommend them. After our wedding we decided to have photos taken every year in order to see the changes in our lives and also reflect on the last year. While things haven't changed as much as they will in future photo sessions, it's nice to still look back. 

Just like styled engagement sessions, a styled anniversary session would be a great way to do something different for a night. For our last session with Anne Casey Photography we decided to include one of our favorite activities- wine tasting! We have been to over 20 wineries this year, so we brought a bottle of sparkling wine, some glasses and had a mini picnic during our session. 

Taking an special activity and making it your anniversary session for the year not only makes it more fun but it's also a way to remember what was important that year. In 10 years when we look back on these photos we will be reminded of the wineries we visited and laughs we shared through our second year of marriage. 

What have you done this year that would be a reflection of your marriage? Another great way to document your next year of wedded bliss is to have photos taken while you are on vacation. If you're road tripping through the midwest, why not find a photographer in that area and get some photos in the mountains? If you're traveling to Florida maybe a beach session...or even Disney! There are countless ways to reflect on where you are in life right now, find an activity that best suits you! 

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Have you done a styled anniversary session? We would love to help you style it if you are looking for that extra pizzaz! 

Personalize Your Wedding | Choosing The Music

Throughout the wedding planning process, it is important to highlight the personality of you and your fiancé. Including special details throughout the decor, writing your own vows and choosing your colors are all great ways to make sure your personality shines through - but what about the rest of the day? I am excited to announce a new series on the enchanting blog about personalizing your wedding to be an extension of your relationship. 

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For my own wedding, I wanted our guests to feel like the whole day was very "us" from the colors to the location. One of the most important things to me was the music. I wanted all of the wedding "songs" to mean something to us or our family. This process took some time but I am so glad we were able to chose such special songs for each part of our day. 

Music is the background to the entire day and the main event at some points. Don't just go with "tradition" and take the time to think about what each portion means to you. "Here Comes The Bride" isn't necessary if you want something else, don't be afraid to stray from what your parents had at their wedding.

Be sure to select songs for the following:

Processional. What song should each of the following groups walk down the aisle to? It's fine to even choose one song for all of them, just make sure it is long enough. 

  • Grandparents
  • Parents
  • Bridal party
  • Flower girl & Ring bearer
  • Bride 

Recessional. You are MARRIED! What song would you like to get the party started? It's time to celebrate! 

Reception entrance. What song should you be introduced to? What about the bridal party?

  • Parents
  • Bridal Party
  • Bride & groom

First dance. Your first dance together as husband & wife!

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Formal dances. 

  • Father & daughter
  • Mother & son

Kick off song. We had a specific song we wanted played after the formal dances were over. You can easily leave this up to your DJ, but for us we wanted a remix of I Hope You Dance. It started off slower and then became a "party" mix. It meant a lot for me to have this dance with my mom, and everyone else joined the party, too! 


Tosses

  • Bouquet toss. We promise there are more options than "Single Ladies"
  • Garter toss

Cake cutting
Anniversary dance

Last song
Other important songs.
For us we had a few favorites that we definitely wanted played during our cocktail hour and reception. 

Make note of these songs for your DJ and then trust that they will focus on the dance floor and play what is best throughout the night. It's always important to have some "do not play" songs as well! 

What were or are your top music choices?