Pump It Up! The Best Wedding Workout Songs

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Jan 062016
 
Best Wedding Workout Playlist

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We're ringing in the new year with a workout playlist curated for all you active brides-to-be. As we dive right into 2016, full steam ahead, it's never been a better time to start fresh with your workout routine. So if you've found yourself slacking off from your fitness regimen ever since the holidays, it's time to dust off those tennis shoes and grab those earphones. We picked out the best bass-dropping, pump-up jams and dance mixes that will give you that much-needed boost to get you back on track as you crunch your way toward your ideal wedding-day body.

Kick things off with a deliciously sweet remix of Maroon 5's "Sugar," featuring Nicki Minaj who adds her signature fiery verses to spice up one of last year's hottest pop tracks. Another duo we're loving combines newcomers Hudson Thames and Oscar-nominated actress-turned-pop-star Hailee Steinfeld in the feel-good song "How I Want Ya." Seriously, you'll be singing along to the chorus the second you hear it.

We also incorporated our favorite house tracks that will totally get your blood pumping. Warm up to Apres' original "Chicago" mix — a crescendoing dance track with an irresistible beat, perfect for a quick cardio session. Or if you're looking for a mid-tempo track for tackling those weights, you're going to love when Sam Smith teams up with Disclosure for the R&B-tinged, electronic hit "Omen." The DJ duo also lended their dubstep sound to Lorde's "Magnets" to create a dance-heavy track that's guaranteed to keep your adrenaline rushing.

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Now of course a workout playlist wouldn't be complete without our favorite pop heartthrobs. "Levels" by Nick Jonas will have you wondering, "When did baby Jonas start dropping these club bangers?" Shrug. We're definitely not complaining. And no one does smooth, mid-tempo grooves like Jason Derulo. His track "Try Me" featuring Jennifer Lopez is exactly what you need to keep you going for that extra mile on the treadmill. And before you think we forgot to include a certain blond-haired, tattooed, angsty pop-star in the mix, don't you fret. We fully expect JBieb's "Sorry" to win the hearts of all you repeat-button listeners. You're welcome.

Ready to kick those New Year's workout resolutions into gear? Pull up our Spotify playlist, hit play, and in 3, 2, 1... go!

The Best Songs for a Holiday Engagement Party

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Dec 232015
 
Best Christmas Songs for Holiday Engagement Party

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So it may not exactly be a winter wonderland at the NYC BRIDES offices, with a mere 65-degree cloudy forecast for the week, but that doesn't mean we're not getting festive with our holiday cheer this season! For all you winter brides throwing a cold-weather bash, it's never been a better time to crank out those festive holiday tunes. Whether you're sitting on the couch cozying with your love poring over your venue options or throwing a dinner party as the flurry of snow gently taps against your frosted windows, these feel-good Christmas songs are exactly what you need to get in the holiday mood.

Light the fire and warm up the mulled wine. The perfect holiday song to kick off your engagement status? The ubiquitous Christmas classic "All I Want for Christmas is You," by Mariah Carey. Seriously, what would the holidays be without the Queen of Pop? Plus, it's a sure-fire hit for getting your guests on the (living room) dance floor. Keep the pop spirit rolling with fellow 90's divas Britney Spears' and her infectious "My Only Wish" and Christina Aguilera's soulful, romantic rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

If you're going for a modern twist on the holiday season, you're going to love Ariana Grande's "Winter Things," Carly Rae Jepsen's "Last Christmas," and Meghan Trainor's "I'll Be Home." Or slow it down and mingle by the fireplace with slow-burning R&B jams like R.Kelly's "A Love Letter Christmas," Ne Yo's "I Want to Come Home for Christmas," and Sam Smith's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

We also incorporated some cozy acoustic singles that indie-lovers are sure to appreciate along with a warm mug of hot cocoa or hot apple cider. Cue Bahamas' "Christmas Must Be Tonight," featuring croony, stripped-down vocals that will have you holding your fiancé close all night. Get enchanted by Jack Johnson's acoustic single "Angel," featuring a sweetly festive rendition of his fan-favorite hit that's undeniably charming.

Ready to celebrate your newly-engaged status with a cheerful holiday playlist? Press play and gather 'round the fire, because Christmas time is almost here.

The Best Songs to Wake Up to the Morning of Your Wedding

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Nov 182015
 
Best Songs to Wake Up to the Morning of Your Wedding

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Dawn is breaking and the sunlight slowly peeks in through your window. After countless days of frantic wedding planning and last-minute to-dos, the big day has finally arrived. You're probably thinking "Is it here already?! It's actually happening!" And in the few minutes of quiet that you have to yourself (before the wedding mania begins!) take a minute to revel in this special moment. Whether it's a relaxing morning with you and your coffee or sharing your bed with your five BFFs as you all giggle in excitement for what's to come, we've curated the perfect morning-of playlist to help you soak it all in.

We're starting our mix with a beautiful acoustic instrumental by Laura Veirs, and we're totally giving you permission to spend a few extra minutes in bed — after all, who's to deny the bride-to-be a little extra R&R before the most important event of her life? No one of course! Next is the feel-good classic "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles, covered by Nathan Johnson, that will have you beaming with joy before you join in on the chorus (seriously, we dare you not to sing along). There's no true lazy morning without a sunny, nostalgic croon of a Jack Johnson song — and Us The Duo covers the folk singer's "Better Together" with lovely, heartwarming ease. Next up, singer-songwriter Lucy Schwartz teams up with Aqualung in "Seven Hours," a sweet, indie-pop ballad that is guaranteed to give you butterflies as they sing "seven hours 'til I get to see you" — a chorus we're sure you'll relate to as you count down the hours until you say "I do."

Along with the light, acoustic tracks, we've incorporated some total throwback jams that might just give you all the feels. Cue "100 Years" by Five for Fighting, and try to fight back those tears or sway along to Rusted Root's "Send Me On My Way" as you start getting ready. No one can resist John Mayer's boyish charm in "Your Body is Wonderland" or Angus and Julia Stone's sweetly haunting rendition of "You're the One That I Want," both capturing the expanse of emotions every bride-to-be experiences on her wedding day from sheer giddiness to deep anticipation. Finally, we end our mix with Glen Hausard's "Wedding Ring," a beautiful last track to send you off to the rest of your "forever."

Ready to start listening? Sit back, take a breath, and relax. This morning is going to be all about you.

The Best Songs for Getting Ready With Your Bridesmaids

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Oct 072015
 
The mimosas are being poured, your 'maids are sporting matching robes, and your makeup artist has just arrived. What's next on the itinerary? Playing a killer playlist to get you and your gals ready for the big day, of course! We've curated a mix of old and new, with nostalgic '90s classics that will you bring you back to a major #TBT moment and current hits that are total dance-worthy tunes.

We're starting off with a love song that's anything but sappy (you can save that for the first dance), and of course there's no one like Queen Bey to belt out a power ballad that brings you to your feet — and "Love on Top" is the perfect getting-ready opener. Extra points to whoever makes it to the 5th key change! Sing along to "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry and Miley's "Party in the U.S.A.," classic feel-good summer jams, and segue into the iconic 80's synth-claps of Whitney's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" — you're going to want to put down the hairdryers and curling irons because this one deserves a full lip-syncing dance off. Another diva we're putting on the playlist? Our girl Mariah with our all-time favorite "Always Be My Baby" followed by our MTV idols Britney Spears and Destiny's Child with "...Oops I Did It Again" and "Bootylicious."

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Now it's time to bring it back to 2015 with pop staples like Ariana Grande's "Problem," Rihanna's laid-back "FourFiveSeconds," and Charlie XCX's "Boom Clap." We're also adding Maroon 5's "Sugar" to the mix, because honestly it's totally addicting and we think every playlist needs a little Adam Levine love. So now it's time to grab the mic (your iPhone will do) and get loose — after all, with that ring on your finger, and your BFFs by your side (and with divas like Whitey and Mariah singing the classics) we'd say you're in good company for a big-day celebration.

The Best Indie Playlist for Your Wedding

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Sep 232015
 
There's nothing better than a good playlist to get your guests pumped up for a night of celebrating. With your wedding-day mix, it's never been easier to showcase your favorite songs, and moves, on the dance floor. For couples who want to skip the cliché wedding songs and opt for something more current and unique (but still wedding-friendly), you're in luck! We've curated a mix of indie pop tunes that read more like backyard bash than a formal ceremony, but will still have your friends and family on the dance floor all night.

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Ever think you would be dancing to Beyoncé for your first dance? Well now you just might! Every indie wedding playlist should include an acoustic cover of a major pop song, but with a twist: cue the acoustic versions of Beyonce's "Crazy in Love," Charli XCX's "Boom Clap," and Elvis' "Can't Help Falling In Love," all of which are totally first-dance worthy. Let David Gray's "This Year's Love" or Jack Johnson's "Angel" provide you with all the feels as you share a sweet moment with your father on the dance floor. (Seriously, we dare you not to cry).

After the traditional dances it's time to open the floor for you and your besties. And we think the best way to signal a dance off is with Haim's "The Wire," because no one can resist that guitar opener, right? Follow up with electric hits like Grouplove's "Tongue Tied," Florence + The Machine's "You've Got The Love" and Marina and the Diamond's crazy addicting "Primadonna." Don't forget to include the young ones on the dance floor with the help of the classic, folksy melody of "Home" by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Next, get couples paired up to the utterly romantic "Sweeter" by Awake or Sleeping and the always-reliable Bruno Mars with his song "Marry Me." Finally, whether your send off is through a sea of waving sparklers or riding off in a getaway car, make a grand exit to an epic closer like "The General Specific" by Band of Horses or "My Body" by Young the Giant.

Feeling inspired? Click through our curated playlist of wedding-worthy indie jams. We won't tell anyone if you're already practicing your dance moves.

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