How to save money while planning your special day!


Are you getting married in one of the most expensive locations in the US?  If you are an LJ bride then most likely your answer will be yes.  Here is a list we have created here at the office that can provide you with some extra cash after your wedding day for things like an amazing honeymoon, house, or a baby!

1. Learn how to negotiate with vendors:  Never fear asking if thats the best the vendor can do, price wise.  Ask them for their opinion on how to save money on their packages.  Most likely, the vendor will work with you and give you options within your budget.

2. Centerpieces:  Over 75% of the weddings we have attended the centerpieces are these large ornate bouquets that scream TOO expensive.  Ask your florist for smaller options, cheaper flowers, and other centerpiece options that require less flowers.  Another tip: think outside of the box and look for other centerpiece ideas such as candelabras, birdcages, wine bottles, feathers, or more.  

3. Favors:  When is the last time you left a party with the favor and said, Oh, my word I really needed another corkscrew or useless doodad that will end up collecting dust.  Another way to thank your guests is by making a donation on their behalf to an organization that hits close to home such as Kicking 4 Celiac, American Heart Association, and/or American Cancer Society.

4. Limousines:  The last thing you need is 3 different limos driving to the same exact place.  Our suggestion is to get a party bus which has room for up to 50 people, food, and more alcohol.  They come equip with more head room as well so your bridal party will not have to crouch down and get all wrinkled before their grand entrance at the reception. You can also add some character to your wedding and rent a school bus for approximately $200-300 for the day!

5. Seat Covers:  Honestly, who even remembers that you had seat covers?  Remember people sit on them so it is one of the last details any guest will rave about.  Most of the time they end up annoying your guests because they just fall apart and end up on the floor by the end of the night.

6. Photography & Videography:  My fiance and I did our own little survey of our married friends to decide whether or not we needed a videographer.  Our conclusion was that they only watch their video once its completed and it ends up right along with all their other movies collecting dust on a shelf.  So with that being said, you can skip the video and hire a quality photographer who is skilled in the art of photojournalism.  They will capture great candids that will last a lifetime and speak wonders.  Another hint, do not have your photographer make a photo album which can add up to $600 to the bill.  They will provide you with a dvd of all your proofs and at some point you can either make your own album or online slideshow.

7.  Food:  One way to save on food is by lengthening your cocktail hour.   You can have a never-ending cocktail hour which provides your guests with passed Hors D’oeuvres for a few hours.  Another option is to have the buffet option where there is no sit down dinner but a buffet with more options.  Also, skip all the add ons that will increase your per person price by $5-20.

8. Rehearsal Dinner:  Who said that the rehearsal dinner had to be a mini version of your wedding day?  Instead of the same old sit down dinner in a fancy restaurant, have a luau in your yard, a backyard bbq, or even a pizza party! Get creative and think outside of the box for this one.  This is another chance for your bridal party to mingle making the wedding day that much more intimate.

Do you have any ideas that we may have missed?  Leave us a comment below, on facebook, or via twitter! 

If you need entertainment for your special day please give us a call and speak with one of our event specialists today! (973.751.8850)  Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook , or repin us on Pinterest!

<3 Mariza

Jack Bermeo: DJ of The Year

Belleville, NJ, August 24, 2011 – Jack Bermeo, owner and operator of LJ Productions / Entertainment LLC was recently crowned as “DJ Of The Year” by DJ TIMES, the premier magazine for DJs in the United States, at their annual DJ Expo held in Atlantic City, NJ.  The competition challenged 11 DJs from across the nation to showcase a routine or game they created to an audience and panel of judges, all comprised of fellow mobile entertainers.

A Belleville native, Jack Bermeo is an entrepreneur and entertainer at heart; therefore he jumped at the chance to participate in the time-honored “DJ Of The Year” competition at this year’s DJ Times DJ Expo. After months of grueling planning, production, and practice, he performed his signature dance in front of over 5,000 attendees at the Casbah Nightclub located at the Trump Taj Mahal. The dance, based on Pitbull’s hit song,  “I Know You Want Me”, incorporates easy “follow-me” moves that can be performed by anyone with a little pep in their step. The performance showcased Jack’s ability to captivate and motivate a crowd.

Whether at a wedding, mitzvah celebration or corporate event, this dance is a crowd mover. This was never more apparent than during this year’s competition. Jack’s custom dance went up against 10 other seasoned professionals, all whom developed their own signature styles and dances. However, Mr. Bermeo’s performance captivated the crowd and judges alike, all whom unanimously crowned Jack Bermeo as the “DJ Of The Year”.

“The honor that comes with being named DJ Times DJ Of The Year is indescribable. There are dozens of DJs who can have this honor bestowed upon them, and I am beyond ecstatic to have been given this award. This will allow me to showcase my talents and my passion for this industry to a new audience and will most certainly help LJ Productions reach the next level,” said Jack Bermeo.

Jack Bermeo has owned and operated LJ Productions / Entertainment LLC for over 10 years. He was introduced to the mobile DJ industry by a local teacher in 1994 and decided to set out on his own in 2001. For the last 11 years, Jack and his team has solidified their stances as one of the leaders of the mobile DJ industry in the metro NYC area. Jack is not your 80’s MC who resorts to outdated techniques and loud overpowering dialogue; rather he embraces the crowd as if they were part of his entourage. Thus, this allows Jack to provide his audience with a pleasant and entertaining MC experience.

Jack Bermeo lives and breathes music, as it is apparent when you visit his office in Belleville, NJ. His inspiration ranges from Michael Jackson to Rebecca Black! He draws his satisfaction from witnessing his clients enjoy themselves each and every weekend.  He and his team provide DJ, lighting, and video services for thousands of satisfied clients all over the Tri-state area. His work has lead him to host parties for Donald Trump, Chelsea Handler, NY Jets owner Mike Tannenbaum, NJ Devils Player Ken Danyeko, rappers Jim Jones and Juelz Santana, as well as radio personalities Lil Cee, Camilo, DJ Reymo, & DJ Toro.


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