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Choosing a Wedding Planner Based on Your Needs

You know what they say, a girl’s wedding day is “the most important day of her life.” Although planning a wedding may be the happiest, most exciting time in a bride’s life, it can also be quite hectic, stressful, and overwhelming. There are so many tiny, intricate details that go into planning your special day, which is why many couples decide to hire a wedding planner – someone who assists you in every aspect of your day. But what if your budget isn’t large enough for a wedding planner? Or what if there’s only one aspect of your wedding you’d like extra help with? An easy solution is to hire a wedding specialist – someone who assists you with one specific aspect of your day. Whether it’s the cocktail hour, the décor, the food, or particular vendors, there’s a wedding specialist out there ready to help! Check out some of the components these specialists control to make your life easier and less stressful while planning your wedding.

1. Cocktail Hour. The cocktail hour of your reception is, in other words, the “happy hour” of your wedding where your guests mingle and enjoy themselves. It’s the beginning of your wedding reception and we’re sure you’d love to start it off right-and most importantly-make it stand out. Some of the things your cocktail hour specialist can do includes creating a signature cocktail drink for your guests or arranging comfortable, chic seating for relaxation. They can also draft a menu of delicious appetizers for your guests to have at their leisure or build a playlist of music to set a distinct mood. They can even help you add personalized details such as monogrammed napkins.

2. Décor. Decorating for your special day may be one of the most stressful aspects to your wedding because it involves so many details. We know you’d love to have your guests blown away with your wedding’s décor, and having a décor specialist takes that stress off your shoulders, and has the ability to transform any venue from bland to beautiful. These specialists assist you with your color scheme, flower services, balloon services, backdrops, drapery, lighting, centerpieces, table settings, chair and table coverings, and every minor detail in between to make your wedding unique and one of a kind.

3. Food. Whether you and your partner are interested in a sit-down or a buffet-style dinner for your wedding, the food at your reception affects everyone. Wow your guests with the ultimate feast and a fine dining experience with the help of a wedding caterer. They have the responsibility of designing the meals depending on the time of your wedding and on your guests, incorporating food trends such as cupcakes instead of a wedding cake, selecting main dishes and desserts, and may even choose linens and plates for each table.

4. Vendor Selection. The most stressful part of wedding planning is hiring the right vendors. Be it florists, entertainment, or limos, you want to make sure you hire the right people for your special day. And if you don’t know anyone that personally owns a limo, you might be in the dark as to which is the right company to hire among so many choices. Wedding planners often have developed business relationships with several wedding professionals that they can recommend. Because the reputation of the planner is as much at stake as the vendor, they are sure to only recommend vendors they trust. If you trust your planner, you can trust their vendors.

 

Post By: Izabella De Souza

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First Dance Songs Made for You!

One of the highlights to any wedding is the first dance. The bride and groom’s first dance fills the air with love and illustrates the story of their relationship. So, if you were to describe your relationship in a song, what melody would you sing? Are you a caring and romantic, quirky and fun, or a traditional and classic pair? There are a plethora of aspects to explore when choosing the song for your first dance, and we’re here to help narrow down the choices! Check out some options for your first dance and see which category you and your partner fall into.

Romantic. Are you and your partner in total adoration with each other, and want everyone to know it? Nothing is greater than two hopeless romantics on their wedding day, and the wedding song should display that perfectly. Here are some options for lovebirds that are interested in a sweet and touching first dance.

  1. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  2. Marry Me – Train
  3. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  4. So Close – Jon McLaughlin

Fun. Of course you are in love, but do you want to go beyond that and show your relationship’s fun side in a song? What better way to start your wedding by showing all of your guests you and your partner’s fun, upbeat personalities? If your goal is to have a light-hearted yet loving first dance, check out these options below.

  1. Better Together – Jack Johnson
  2. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Michael Buble
  3. Is This Love – Bob Marley
  4. Dream A Little Dream Of Me – The Mamas & Papas

Classic. You know what they say, oldies are goodies! The best part about having a timeless song for your first dance is that they are powerful – not to mention everyone in the room will most likely already be familiar with it. You simply cannot go wrong with a classic love song. They effortlessly fit into any wedding along with most couples’ personality and taste. If you and your partner are looking for a song that will please you and your guests, these classics will not disappoint!

  1. For Once in My Life – Michael Buble
  2. At Last – Etta James
  3. Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
  4. Something – The Beatles

Keep in mind, the best song to choose for your first dance should be the one most meaningful to both you and your partner; and you may not always find that on any list.  If you already have a song that you have branded “Our Song,” that would be the one to choose. Remember, it’s your day. So what if your guests have never heard of the indie artist you guys have seen at countless shows; or even if your song is as goofy as doing the chicken dance while wearing a tutu. This is a song that has helped bring your and your fiancé to this very day. While you are dancing together, staring into each others’ eyes and seeing your future with this person, it helps to have the right soundtrack to go with your vision. In the end, that’s the only song that matters.

 

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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.

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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/

 

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…

On Sunday, the ladies of LJ Productions will take their first trip to Vegas together with Jack & Jorge. We have watched tons of movies about Vegas and heard the crazy stories about it as well. This does give us a little bit of a clue of what is about to happen to us, but I still wonder if Sin City is really as crazy as everyone claims it is. I really hope I do not wake up on the roof of some random hotel but knowing Jack & Jorge who knows what they have up their sleeves for their Vegas virgins.  Of course, we will be working while in Vegas but who says the girls can’t go out and play too?  I know I am definitely looking forward to seeing the strip, dancing at the clubs, and of course watching the Giants win the Superbowl.  One of my plans for Vegas is to capture some of the strips madness with Jacks fancy Canon DSLR that I dream about on a regular occasion.  I have two reasons for doing this; 1. I would love to start my own photography business that focuses on families, couples, and babies; and 2. I think candid photography captures a better story than any other method out there.  Vegas is full of characters and I cannot wait to meet & photograph as many as I can.

While the girls work on their usual office duties the boys will be attending the seminars provided by Mobile Beat.  Looks like fun huh?  Well, if your a DJ this is the place to be especially if you want to check out all the new equipment out there.

Well, pray for us girls and cheers to a good time in Vegas.  I will be blogging and tweeting on behalf of LJ Productions throughout the trip. Make sure you keep up with all the action here at our blog, facebook, and twitter!

Feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page with any pointers for the ladies.  We’d love your suggestions on where to go, what to see, and who to meet! And if you need an entertainment company that will rock your world, give us a call (973.751.8850).

Viva Las Vegas

<3 Mariza

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