Let’s Dance!

Choosing the right songs for special moments at your wedding can be a fun, yet daunting part of your planning process! We asked one of preferred Disc Jockeys, Tom Pluister, his advice on the “Top Songs” to play at a wedding. Here is his favorite list.

Top 5 First Dance Songs
The bride and groom’s first dance is a very special time for the couple and their families. Choosing a song that touches your heart is the most important thing to consider when making this decision.

1. “At Last” by Etta James

2. “When You Say Nothing At All” by Alison Krauss

3. “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds

4. “First Day Of My Life” by Bright Eyes

5. “I’m Yours” (Bass over Babylon Mix) by Jason Mraz

First Dance on the Rose Garden Veranda -  Lizzie Photo

First Dance on the Rose Garden Veranda – Lizzie Photo

Top 5 Father-Daughter Dance Songs
The father-daughter dance is typically a song of endearment from father to daughter. It’s also one of the hardest choices for a bride and her father to make… to curb emotions on the wedding day, Tom suggests a fun twist: Half way through the slow endearing song, Tom and his staff segue’ abruptly into a quick, fun song and the bride and her father pull out some choreographed dance moves! The guests love it and it brings everything back to celebration mode!

1. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

2. “Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

3. “I Loved Her First” by Heartland

4. “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright III

5. “My Girl” by The Temptations

Father-Daughter Dance  at Stafford's Perry Hotel - Paul Retherford Wedding Photography

Father-Daughter Dance at Stafford’s Perry Hotel – Paul Retherford Wedding Photography

Top 5 Mother-Son Dance Songs
Again, the mother-son dance becomes a difficult choice for many of the same reasons. This formal dance is entirely optional. Many mothers and grooms simply just take a moment together on the dance floor at some time during the night to show their appreciation for one another.

1. “Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

2. “I Hope You Dance” (Single Version) by Lee Ann Womack Featuring Sons of The Desert

3. “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

4. “In My Life” by The Beatles

5. “Simple Man” (Acoustic Version) by Shinedown

Mother-Son Dance in the H.O. Rose Room at Stafford's Perry Hotel - Dan Johnson Photography

Mother-Son Dance in the H.O. Rose Room at Stafford’s Perry Hotel – Dan Johnson Photography

Top Party Songs
Variety is key to a great wedding celebration. When thinking of dance songs, mix up the genres and eras… good music is timeless. Here are Tom’s favorite Dance Floor Filling tracks!
1. “Respect” by Aretha Franklin

2. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” by  The Four Tops

3. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey

4. “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO (Featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock)

5. “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson

6. “Yeah!” by Usher Featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris

7. “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC

8. “Love Shack” by The B-52′s

9. “Stayin’ Alive” by Bee Gees

10. “Mustang Sally” by  The Commitments

11. “Jump Around” by House Of Pain

12. “Bust A Move” by Young MC

Stafford's Bay View Inn Wedding Reception - RJ Scott Photography

Stafford’s Bay View Inn Wedding Reception – RJ Scott Photography

Who is ready to dance? These are very popular songs amongst our wedding couples at Stafford’s. Did your song make the list?

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Announcing Stafford’s Annual Wedding Show: Sunday, January 19, 2014

You won’t want to miss our Annual Wedding Show set for Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Stafford’s Bay View Inn in Petoskey, MI.

Stafford's Wedding Show

Participating Vendors

  • Ceremony and Receptions
    Stafford’s Bay View Inn, Crooked River Lodge and Perry Hotel
  • Officiants
    Edwin & Glad Remaly
  • Disc Jockeys
    Pluister Entertainment Inc.
    Sound Productions
  • Rentals and Attire
    Taylor Rental
  • Photographers
    Andrew Williamson Photography
    Chris Van Winkle Photography
    Paul Retherford Photography
    Photography by Paquette
    Pure North Photography
    VT Frenchtouch Photography
    Weber Photography
  • Florists
    Bloom
    Sky’s the Limit
  • Bakeries
    Bella E Dolce
    Cakes by Colleen
    Simply Sweet by Jessica
    Sugar Bean, LLC
  • Transportation Services
    Mackinaw Trolley Company
  • Photo Booth Services
    Northern Michigan ShutterBooth
  • Event Design
    Tableau
  • Magazines
    Michigan Wedding Guide

View more details as they become available here.

Paul Retherford Photography

Paul Retherford Photography

Wedding Feature: Ross & Amy

Ross & Amy were married in August at Stafford's Perry Hotel in Petoskey, MI.

Ross & Amy were married in August at Stafford’s Perry Hotel in Petoskey, MI.

Their Story
Ross and I knew some of the same people but had never met until I was home for the summer during college (I was going to school in New York City). He asked for my number from one of my friends and texted me out of the blue one day and asked me to hang out. We spent everyday together that summer and I never went back to New York. Instead, I transferred to Michigan State University so we could be together and we have ever since!

Wedding Blog 6Ross proposed on Oval Beach in Saugatuck. MI. He surprised me, both of our parents were there to celebrate and go out to dinner. He had made reservations at a hotel and packed us an overnight bag in the trunk of our car. The next day, he planned a big engagement party at my parents house.

Wedding Blog 5There is no where more beautiful than northern Michigan. We wanted to get away and make an entire weekend of our wedding. My sister was married at Stafford’s Bay View Inn and my step-sister was married at Stafford’s Perry Hotel - so it’s a family tradition!

We had the best day and I wish I could re-live the entire thing over and over!Wedding Blog 4

Wedding Blog 67Wedding Ingredients
Ceremony Location: Bayfront West Park
Reception Location:
H.O. Rose Dining Room at Stafford’s Perry Hotel
Photographer: Lindsey Kay Photography
Cupcakes: Sweet Maria’s Confections
Flowers: Ceremony flowers created by the bride and her mom from Bill’s Farm Market
Bouquests & Centerpieces: Nature’s Garden
Dress: Lace backless fit and flair by Casablanca Bridal from Renee Austin in Grand Rapids
Color Scheme: Neutrals
Wedding Favors: Cookies from Tom’s Mom’s in Harbor Springs, MI
Make-Up: Talulu Beauty Lounge

- Submitted by Amy W.

WEdding Blog 3Congratulations Ross & Amy! Best wishes from all of us at Stafford’s!

Wedding Feature: Aaron & Michelle

Michelle & Aaron were married in August of 2013 at Stafford's Perry Hotel in Petoskey, MI.

Aaron & Michelle were married in August of 2013 at Stafford’s Perry Hotel in Petoskey, MI.

Their Story

Aaron and I are both originally from the metro Detroit area, but we both moved to Chicago after graduating from college, and ended up working at the same investment consulting firm in Chicago. We were always friendly as coworkers and our firm had many happy hour events and outings that allowed us to begin to get to know each other a little better outside the office. From there, our relationship grew closer and we’ve never looked back!Michelle & Aaron

Aaron pulled off the ultimate surprise for our engagement – I had absolutely no idea it was coming, which made it so fun. It was my 25th birthday and we were having a drink on our rooftop and opening my birthday gift before going out to dinner to celebrate. One of my gifts was a book titled “The Things To Do Before the I Do’s,” which I did not understand until I saw Aaron down on one knee. My first reaction was total shock and the words “SHUT UP,” but eventually I got the “yes” out amid happy tears. We had a great time sharing the news with all our family and friends and celebrating in the weeks after. Michelle & Aaron 2

To us, there’s really no place like Northern Michigan in the summer! I have really great memories of family vacations spent up there growing up, and Aaron and I have had some really fun weekends in Northern Michigan together since we started dating. Petoskey, in particular, has always been very special to me, and I really wanted to find a venue where our guests wouldn’t really have to get back in their car once they arrived for the weekend, which made Stafford’s Perry Hotel perfect. Michelle & Aaron 4

Details of the Big Day
We tried to incorporate some fun Northern Michigan-type things for our guests, for some of whom it was their first trip there, whether it was mini Adirnodack chairs to hold our escort cards, or Taffy Barrel taffy in their Welcome Bags. We also tried to add some personal touches, like “his” (Kentucky Mule) and “her” cocktails (Moscow Mules), which were a big hit. But mostly, we just tried to have fun in the whole wedding planning process, and not get too stressed out about the little details, because at the end of the day we were going to married surrounded by all of our family and friends and that’s all that really mattered.Aaron & Michelle 1

Planning a destination wedding isn’t always the easiest, and we could only squeeze in one trip to Petoskey between booking our venue and our wedding week, but Angie, Lauren and the rest of the staff at the Perry made it so stress-free for us. untitledI didn’t have to worry about anything, and you could tell they have run their fair share of weddings. We already look forward to returning to Perry and reminiscing about our wedding day!

-Submitted by Michelle W.Michelle & Aaron 3

Wedding Ingredients
Ceremony & Reception Location: Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel
Photographer: Christopher Belli Photography
Videographer: John Curtis Videography
Cake: Sweet Maria’s Confections
Centerpieces: Monarch Garden & Floral
Dress: Augusta Jones
Color Scheme: Soft peaches and coral
Make-Up: Simply Be-YOU-tiful
Hair: La Dolce Vita Salon

Watch their wedding video: Aaron + Michelle – 8.3.13 – Petoskey Michigan Wedding from JohnCurtisphoto&Video on Vimeo.

Congratulations Aaron & Michelle! Best wishes from all of us at Stafford’s!

Wedding Feature: Amy & Taylor

Amy & Taylor were married in July at Stafford's Perry Hotel, downtown Petoskey.

Amy & Taylor were married in July at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, downtown Petoskey.

Their Story
Taylor and I met in Chicago through a mutual friend, Matt. I had gone to high school with Matt, and when he and Taylor moved to Chicago he introduced Taylor to me at his own birthday party. Four years later, Matt was a groomsman at our wedding.

Taylor proposed after a 15-hour day of moving us into our new apartment. When we had finally moved everything in and returned the U-Haul, it was 2 a.m. and right when I was about to fall asleep Taylor got down on one knee and proposed! I had no idea it was coming and was very surprised. 

We got married in Northern Michigan because I grew up in Petoskey and Taylor grew up in Charlevoix. I have always lived very near Lake Michigan, and still do in Chicago, so we wanted to get married on the lake. Stafford’s Perry Hotel was perfect for us because it has a gorgeous garden with a magnificent view, and it is an elegant, historic building deeply ingrained in the community, and it is just four blocks from the house I grew up in. Amy & Taylor Wedding Collage 3

Details of the Big Day
A few extra things that were especially fun at our wedding were the band and the photo booth. The band was Trilogy from the Detroit area. They were excellent – they played a wide range of genres and kept the dance floor lively all evening. Taylor and I danced our first dance to The Beatles’ I Will (which Trilogy learned for us), and they played Take Me Out to the Ball Game for my dad’s and my dance. And from what I heard, guests loved the photo booth. It was from Up North Photo Booth and Kristen Richardson did a great job running it.  And at the end of the night Taylor and I got an album with all the photo strips in it.

Another special thing, I wore my great-grandmother’s pearl and crystal necklace. My grandmother, her sister, my mom, and her sisters all wore the same necklace when they got married.Amy & Taylor Wedding Collage 2

- Submitted by Amy F.

Wedding Ingredients
Ceremony & Reception Location: Stafford’s Perry Hotel – Rose Garden Veranda
Cake:  Julienne Tomatoes
Flowers & Centerpieces: Monarch Garden & Floral
Photography: Stephanie N. Baker Photography & Graphic Design
Band: Trilogy
Photobooth: Up North Photo Booth
Color Scheme: Navy Blue

Congratulations Amy & Taylor! Best wishes from all of us at Stafford’s!

Wedding Feature: Michael & Robert

Michael & Robert were married in June 2013 at Stafford's Perry Hotel.

Michael & Robert were married in June 2013 at Stafford’s Perry Hotel.

Robert and Michael met in June 2005 at the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC. Michael was Rob’s mentor when he first started working at the firm. We quickly became friends and began dating in October that year. Since then, we’ve adopted two dogs, Finnegan and Reba, and have renovated a town home in downtown DC. Michael-Rob0064

In June 2011, on our balcony overlooking the Hanalei Bay in Kauai, we both brought up the idea of marriage and our commitment and love for each other. It was a special moment when the two of us were thinking the exact same thing, and we decided to get married. Michael & Rob Wedding Collage 2

Michael’s family is originally from the Cheboygan area and has been vacationing at their lake house on Mullet Lake since the 1930′s. Rob was introduced to the area in summer of 2006 and immediately understood Michael’s passion for “Up North.” Both of us have a great respect and love for the area and enjoy spending as much time as possible at “the cottage” and exploring the region.
We are both avid boaters and love being by the water. When we had cocktails in July 2012 on the Rose Garden Veranda, both of us knew this would be the place to host our wedding.Michael-Rob0274
We approached our good friend, Trenard Laurentis, in October 2012 about planning the wedding, and he immediately set course with the Perry Hotel. From our trip in February, with 2′ feet of snow, to June 15, this experience has been amazing and unforgettable. We couldn’t have chosen a better venue to share our love with our friends and families.
Wedding Ingredients
Ceremony and Reception Location: Stafford’s Perry Hotel Rose Garden Veranda
Cake/Pie: Pies by Libby Davis, Cheboygan
Desserts: Simply Sweet by Jessica
Flowers & Centerpieces: Bloom, Bay Harbor
Suits:  J. Nordstrom linen suits with Lilly Pulitzer bow ties
Color Scheme: Hopeful Pink and Fresh Greens

Congrats Michael & Robert, best wishes from all of us at Stafford’s!