Monthly Archives: December 2012

Your Wedding… Enhanced!

We’ve all been there – you’re at a wedding, the reception is beautiful, the food is great, and the DJ is getting everyone on the dance floor; but there’s just something missing. There’s nothing too memorable about it. What was the couple’s biggest mistake in planning the wedding reception? They simply focused too much on the wedding basics, without thinking to add that special touch. Learn from others’ mistakes and go the extra mile! To make your special day memorable, strive for enhancements that go beyond the basics. When choosing which enhancements to incorporate into your party, consider those listed below and make your reception one for the books!

1. Photo Booths.  A photo booth is fun for people of all ages, and is the best way for your guests to remember how great your wedding was. The booth prints a photo strip featuring three pictures taken by your guests, which is theirs to keep as a souvenir from your big day. What’s in it for you? Many photo booths print two photo strips which allow for a copy of your guests’ images to be added to an album for you to keep. It’s no wonder photo booths are one of the most popular enhancements at wedding receptions.

2. Uplighting. If you’re looking to create a memorable atmosphere on your big day, consider uplighting.  Uplighting is a source of light which is cast upwards to illuminate the ceiling. Add extra flare to your reception by including your wedding colors in the uplighting scheme. When you and your guests enter the reception, you will instantly feel the elegance, beauty, and love in the room!  Uplighting is an easy, yet soft touch to add to your wedding, and will set a luxuriously magical mood for the night.

3. Cloud Machines. Speaking of magic, why not add some cloud effects to your special day? Cloud machines are one of the easiest ways to put your unique stamp on the party, and your photographer will thank you for the incredible shots. Add a little mystery to the party by having your first dance on a cloud. Cloud machines are often used during the grand entrances of the wedding party as well as bride and groom, but feel free to use them any way you’d like! Unlike fog machines that can sometimes trip a fire alarm leaving your special day a soaking mess, cloud machines operate with dry ice that does not set off alarms.

4. Cabanas. Each table at your reception is meant for formal dining, but what about casual mingling? Cabanas can be considered lounge areas, and are one of the best ways to make your wedding cocktail hour stand out. You and your guests will have a chance to mingle with each other in a sexy, unique way. Your guests will appreciate your effort in making their comfort a priority. After all, the party wouldn’t be the same without them being there to celebrate with you.

Post by Izabella De Souza

The Dos and Don’ts to Building Your Reception Playlist

 

Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight. Sounds like the perfect plan for your wedding day, right? We certainly think so. But before you can do that little dance, you’ve got to set the scene for the right wedding reception playlist. Here are some rules to live by when consulting with your DJ about building the ideal playlist.

1. Playlist Harmony. It may come as a surprise, but this is also someone else’s wedding too…your future spouse’s! And just because you’ve come to love one another enough to spend the rest of your lives together, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your playlists feel the same way about each other. Remember to consider both yours and your beau’s musical tastes when compiling a wedding playlist. A variety of wedding songs are to be expected, so don’t worry about his Guns N’ Roses clashing with your Gangnam Style! Maybe he wouldn’t mind hearing an acoustic version of a classic during dinner.

2. Spread the Love. It’s important to keep your guest list handy when formulating the wedding playlist. What will Aunt Debbie and Uncle Rich enjoy dancing to? Or how about Grandma Sue’s favorite ditty, Runaround Sue? Even a sprinkle of some oldies may be appropriate for a portion of the crowd. If your cousin Jaime loves Madonna, throw in a little Like a Virgin. Even if something may not be exactly to your taste, you’ll enjoy seeing everyone else having a great time dancing.

 

3. A Little Goes a Long Way. The biggest mistake people make when going to meet with their reception DJ is bringing along a big list of songs they want played at the wedding. For most DJs, this is unnecessary. At maximum, your DJ should need is a list of about 12-15 songs that depict the mood you want at your reception. From there, he or she will be able to compile a larger playlist based on the list you provide. Remember, DJs have extensive databases of songs from every genre. You may spend hours putting together a list of hundreds of songs that they would be able to compile in minutes.

4. DJ Knows Best. There’s a reason why people hire a DJ. It’s not just to play music; it’s to guide the atmosphere of the party. DJs are trained to read the vibe of the crowd. From there, they choose the best song for the moment. Receptions are usually just 4 hours in length, a time span that is further decreased by formalities like speeches and dinner courses.  It’s crucial that you trust your DJ to make musical decisions during the party. After all, that’s why you hired them in the first place. To feel most comfortable about handing over all the music power for your reception, it’s a good idea to have at least one face to face meeting with your DJ prior to the wedding. It’s best to meet about a month in advance to discuss your expectations, as well as provide a DO NOT PLAY list. This way you’re guaranteed to not hear the songs you dislike. Now you can relax on your big day, knowing the party is in the best possible hands.

Post By: Izabella De Souza

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5 Tips for a Successful Wedding

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What makes a successful wedding? If you’ve never planned a wedding before, the question probably sounds pretty simple. A cake, a little music, some food, and you’re good-right? If you were to ask a couple that has gone through the wedding planning process, you’d find out that nothing is simple when it comes to creating the perfect wedding. However, if you stick to a few key components, your big day will be a great success and leave your guests with an amazing impression.

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1. First, it’s so important to remember that you are throwing a party- and a party is nothing without guests. Be sure to consider what kind of party you want have. We all know and respect that Nana and Pop Pop have to be there. But if you want to have a packed dance floor and party that goes way into the night, be sure to invite the people you know
can make this happen. As long as they’re your friends, it’s a win-win.


2. Then there’s the ceremony. As with any part of a wedding, the more creative it is, the better. And the ceremony is where people can afford to get creative without the added costs (pun intended). One tip is to make it short. People don’t usually enjoy a long, drawn-out ceremony, so they’ll appreciate a condensed ceremony. Instead of splurging
on flowers, why not invest in some butterflies to release at the end? They’re only about $100 per dozen. Here’s where you can find them: http://www.butterfly-gifts.com/livebutterflyreleases.html. A good friend of mine did this after her ceremony and it was beautiful! Some of the butterflies even landed on the bridesmaids dresses which made for
some great pictures!


3. Next comes the reception. And let’s face it, it’s the only reason people attend a wedding ceremony-if at all. We all love to party and wedding receptions tend to be the greatest parties of all. Setting the mood for your wedding reception is key. One of the best ways to do this is with the lighting scheme. Tinted hues of violet and blue add
so much elegance to a room. Your guests will feel like they’re in for a great time in a luxurious space.

4. On to my favorite part of every wedding…the food! Whether you’re having a cocktail hour or not, you want the food you serve to do more than just look good; it absolutely must taste good. It’s important to focus on having food you know your guests will enjoy. What’s the point of having rack of lamb or filet mignon if no one eats it? Stick to what you know is good. If that’s some baked macaroni and cheese, so be it. With a good caterer, they’ll know how to make those classic favorites into something special for your big day.


5. Now to what is probably the most important aspect of a wedding, the music. Ok we admit, we’re a little biased in this area, but can you blame us? Music is everything. More than people, lighting and food (maybe not drinks), it sets the stage for an amazing and memorable party. The DJ has the power to guide the party just the way the bride and groom would like, while keeping guests enthusiastic during every moment. Investing in a DJ is major, and we happen to know a pretty good one…

Post by: Izabella De Souza

Photo Sources: http://simplywed.com/2011/02/wedding-mood-board-rustic-italian/, http://www.seweddings.com/uplighting.htm, http://www.christinaweddings.com/officiating-services-ceremonies, http://dancerconnection.com/?page_id=274, http://www.aisledash.com/2010/12/24/champagne-for-every-wedding-budget/

 

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