If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I was born and raised in Alaska, roughly two hours from the Canadian border. It’s funny growing up there, because it always feels like Canada is a part of you (like, you refer to the continental United States as “the Outside” but Canada is “next door”). Growing up, we often hosted high schools from Canada at sporting events or cultural activites. So much so, that basically everyone in Alaska knows both of the national anthems of the two countries. I sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and “O Canada” before many a high school basketball game and, to this day, I still know both by heart. So when I realized that my “other homeland” was going to be celebrating their 150th birthday – I immediately wanted to do a little something to embrace those memories of singing their gorgeous anthem. So, I busted out my trusty Cricut Explore Air and made a fun, glittery banner! Check out my step by step tutorial on how to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with this DIY “O Canada” banner!
Here’s my list of some great country songs that would be perfect for a recessional but haven’t been used at every wedding ever (hint: no Carrie Freaking Underwood):
The First Dance is an opportunity for the two of you to share a public “private” moment in the midst of your wedding reception plus it’s a goldmine of photographic moments. But! What about the song for your first dance? Oy, with the “Titanic” theme song and the various version of “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”… what if country is more your thing?
So far this whole wedding planning thing hasn’t been the greatest. We’ve spent the bulk of it stressing out over unemployment, remodeling, and a dying dad. So I’ve been grabbing my bits of wedding planning joy where I can. And…