Q + A with Jim Brickman, "America's Romantic Piano Sensation" + a Giveaway

Happy Monday. With this week being the kick-off to the holiday season for my family {and likely yours as well}, I thought it would be fun to have a giveaway plus a Q + A with America's Romantic Piano Sensation, Jim Brickman. With it being engagement season and Jim's annual Christmas Tour just about to start - I wanted to ask him some questions about his romantic music and of course all the requests he receives for proposals at his concerts. My hubby and I have attended his holiday shows in the past and loved each one. They are magical and always in an intimate setting making them very romantic for all the couples in attendance. Below are my questions to Jim Brickman along with his replies and after the Q+A, there is a great giveaway where 4 lucky readers of Brenda's Wedding Blog will win a copy of Jim Brickman's brand new holiday album called "On a Winter's Night".

Q. Why do you think so many people approach you to propose at your concerts?

A. Couples connect to the romance, emotion and message they hear in my songs. And the concerts have such an intimate feeling, proposing in front of a huge audience doesn't seem to matter. It's about the moment and sharing it with each other.

Q. Do couples approach you to perform one of your songs at their wedding?

A. Yes, I'm honored to tell you that I'm asked all the time.   But it truly impossible due to my tour schedule. Couples have told me that their entire wedding ceremony was accompanied by Jim Brickman music, and they danced their "first dance" to one of my songs.

Q. When you write music, do you intend to be romantic? Do you have scenarios in mind when writing the music?

A. I try to imagine where the song will be heard, but I want the listener to create their own story. If I wrote a song and the melody sounded too specific, it wouldn't take on the universal theme of love and romance. Couples connect and find the emotion even in my Christmas albums. I could definitely picture my new CD "On A Winter's Night" being  played in front of a crackling fire.  The holiday songs create a warmth and intimacy that couples young and old find captivating during the holiday season. On this album the legendary Kenny Rogers sings "That Silent Night" about the longing to be together during the holiday season.  

Are you ready to enter to win? Simply complete one or all of the possible entries below for your chance to win a copy of Jim Brickman's brand new Holiday CD, "On a Winter's Night" {there are 4 prizes}. Good Luck. The giveaway runs thru Monday December 7th at 11:59 pm EST.

Murano Glass Wedding Favors : Italian Inspired Works of Art

Inspired by the beautiful works of the famous-for-centuries glass artisans of Murano, Italy, these featured Murano Glass Favors are exceptional tributes to the Italian treasures. Each piece of Murano glass is a colorful work of art that each and every one of your guests will enjoy. Do you have a favorite?

What's Hot in Fonts {Typefaces} for Wedding Invitations | Vol 1

There are so many amazing fonts available for the DIY Bride looking to create invitations or any paper goodies for her wedding. Or, maybe you're planning a bridal shower and want to create some fun and pretty place cards and menus. Well, today I am kicking off a new series that focuses on fonts for my readers that like to create but aren't always sure where to begin. I always like to think of what I'm designing first and then I look for a fun font that matches the design style {think elegant versus casual or vintage versus modern}. Today, I'm sharing some of my current favorite fonts that are perfect for wedding invitations and more. There's even a font that's on sale for 50% off right now.

1. Powder Script $35
2. Bellissima Script Pro - $79
3. MonteCarlo Script A - $29.95
4. Carolyna Pro - $89
5. Fantasy Pro - $24.95 {on sale for 50% off until Nov 30}

Happy Crafting!

How Will You Celebrate Your Union . . . Sand Ceremony or a Unity Candle?

I love posts with a survey as it's fun to see which choice comes out ahead. Today, the question is from Daisy Days is . . . How will you celebrate your special union at your wedding ceremony? Simply click on your choice in the survey below and we'll see if a unity candle ceremony wins or if the unity sand ceremony comes out ahead.
How Will You Celebrate your Wedding Union? With a Unity Candle or a Sand Ceremony? Come vote for your choice on www.BrendasWeddingBlog.com and see which one comes out ahead.
Choice 1: This Cream Lace Candle Set is made from cream-colored wax and the set includes a unity candle and two taper candles. It features a beautiful fabric lace wrap and a cream satin sash that is adorned with a shiny rhinestone embellishment.

Choice 2: This Together Forever Unity Sand Ceremony Set includes one 10" tall glass vase with a hanging charm, two 6.75" accessory glass vases, one white rubber cap for the tall vase, and variegated tan and white sand. A silver chain wraps around the large vase and holds the charm that reads "Together Forever".

Laser Cut Table Numbers : the perfect way to WOW your guests

Table Numbers are a functional and decorative part of any wedding reception table. These NEW Laser Cut Table Numbers from The Wedding Outlet will compliment almost any style wedding or special occasion. The Kraft shade is absolutely perfect for Rustic Themed Weddings while the Black is a must for any black tie affair and perfect for any color scheme. These table number cards are available in both a traditional card style and a more modern wrap style to allow couples the choice in how to incorporate this fun table number into their table decor. The beautiful laser cut lace detailing makes these table numbers a unique choice.
Featured New Arrivals:
Black Laser Cut Table Number Cards, Black Laser Cut Table Number Wraps, Kraft Laser Cut Table Number Cards, Kraft Laser Cut Table Number Wraps

If you are looking for more unique and trendy wedding accessories and favors, you will definitely want to stop by and see the New Arrivals from The Wedding Outlet. It's your chance to see all the latest products to hit the wedding world for 2015 weddings.

The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide from ModCloth + a December Wedding

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I know I don't usually post on Sunday but I've been designing away for my daughter's 8th birthday and wanted to take a little break to look thru The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide from ModCloth. The design of this guide is beautiful with the pretty gold ornaments that let you select the category to browse thru including: trendsetters' picks, vintage inspired finds, party style, treats under $20 and much more. There's even Free Printable Gift Tags {in pink - my favorite color}.

I saw the Essential Elegance Skirt in Black and I'm thinking this might work for a wedding I'm headed to in December. It's a great length and would look cute with a dressy tank and a red crop cardigan. The plaid heels {The Only Galaxy for Me Heel in Student} would look super cute too as I think they're very Christmas like and with a wedding just before the holidays, I could even wear these again for Christmas.

I've already attended the bridal shower - but I certainly wish I had seen these adorable Scoops of Flower Measuring Spoons beforehand. They would have been perfect as the bride-to-be does a lot of baking. They're the perfect gift and what a conversation piece.

What are your favorites from the Gift Guide?

Top 7 Wedding Cake Topper Styles . . . that Sparkle

Create a spectacular wedding cake with one of these 7 crystal studded elegant cake toppers from With this Bling. You can decorate your cake with wedding cake jewelry in any of the fabulous styles of lettering, such as impressive Roman toppers, graceful Renaissance rhinestones, or vintage elegance lettering for a special, personal touch to your wedding cake.