Staff writer Doug Denison and Community News multimedia specialist Sarah Bingler tied the knot this past weekend, so this list is for them. Our favorite first dance song, the wedding faux pas we’d like to become extinct, and our favorite part of any wedding.


Jeff Brown, news editor
Song: “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder. It says everything.
Faux pas: Raunchy toasts. These things should be funny, but not embarrassing to the bride and groom.
Favorite part: The entrance of the bride to Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.”

Brian Citino, staff writer
Song: “Your Song” by Elton John — Yeah it’s sappy, but it’s a wedding. It’s supposed to be.
Faux pas: A dry wedding — Just because you don’t drink, doesn’t mean I don’t. Dry wedding = RSVP in the negative.
Favorite part: Open bar — See: No. 2

Jayne Gest, staff writer
Song: “At Last” by Etta James
Faux pas: When the wedding party invites guests to just the ceremony or reception. If you don’t want me at both, then don’t bother to send me an invitation at all. The only exception would be a destination wedding.
Favorite part: The beginning of the reception when the wedding party is introduced and the night is young.

Sarika Jagtiani, staff writer
Song: “The Story” by Brandi Carlile — A twinge of rock, a lovely sentiment: I was made for you.
Faux pas: Too-long toasts. Unless it’s funny — and let’s face it, there aren’t that many funny people — keep it short and heartfelt.
Favorite part: After the couple kisses and are presented as husband and wife for the first time. You can read the relief on their faces when they realize they finally did it.

Maureen Raitz, editor
Song: “A Matter of Trust” by Billy Joel. My wedding song.
Faux pas: A lack of RSVP etiquette. A few guests responded to my wedding with more people than were invited. Then after we accommodated the uninvited guests on the seating arrangements, they didn’t show up.
Favorite part: Watching the husband as the bride walks down the aisle. I have a priceless photo of my husband at that moment.