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Musical Mondays : Adding Fun to Your Small Wedding

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There is so much wonderful music that proclaims love and would be suitable to have at a marriage ceremony. On Mondays I will look at different songs and investigate their origin, creation and the artists behind the songs.Candy Proposal

This week I will start with Bruno Mars’ “Marry You”. I figured with a title like that would could be more appropriate. I first became aware of this song while stumbling across a video on YouTube that had a guy planning a flash mob dance to this song, to ask his girlfriend to….. you guessed it….marry him. I loved the melody and the spontaneity of getting married because hey thats what you want to do. The song was written by Mars, Jared Kuliberda, Philip Lawerence and Ari Levine and released on the Doo-Wops & Hooligans album in 2011. The concept behind the song, according to the writers, is that it is a crazy, spontaneous party. It was meant as a bit of of racy idea rather than a traditional concept of marriage. Interestingly this song did better outside of the USA where it peaked at number 85 on The Billboard Hot 100 but was number 10 on the Canadian Hot 100. While it has become a favourite for proposals and wedding soundtracks it still has a quirky, non traditional message regarding seeing a wedding as a fun, spontaneous and maybe regrettable act, “If we wake up and you want to break up its cool” As the numerous videos (just search marriage proposals) on YouTube illustrate, many couples have embraced this fun upbeat song.

(Information regarding song found on Wikipedia)

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Be Careful Out There

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Inexpensive wedding may not be as cheap as you first think

An incident at an outdoor wedding reminded me of one of the reasons I started GTTC.  Early September 2013, a couple were having their wedding ceremony at Ferguson Point in Stanley Park. Ferguson Point is a beautiful spot overlooking English Bay in Vancouver and is often used for wedding ceremonies and wedding photos. While the couple were exchanging their vows, everyone’s attention including the photographer’s was focused on the bride and groom, a passerby walked by the bag of photography equipment and scooped it up. The thief, who was captured on video, was later caught.

The audacity of the theft is incredible, but the incident also made me think of the lack of privacy with a cheap wedding ceremony in a public space, no matter how beautiful it is. If you decide to have your ceremony in an open public space you definitely have to be comfortable with passersby and onlookers. I recall an incident at another venue in a park in Toronto where an off leash dog ran up to the bride and jumped on her white dress with, you guessed it, muddy paws. I think an incident like this reminds us all the benefits of a private small venue for a wedding ceremony. If you still want that beach or park wedding, have someone at the ceremony whose purpose is to watch the crowd not the ceremony. Even in this situation there were possibly two people working together, one to distract one to pinch. It is hard to control all the elements of your wedding but you certainly don’t want some stranger ruining it for you.