wedding reception

Vendor Review Sites: The Full Picture

When you’re looking to buy something, what’s one of the first things you do? Aside from comparing prices, more than likely you read reviews online about it. Online reviews have become one of the most powerful word-of-mouth marketing platforms of today. Doubting all the buzz? Take a look at these results published in a recent survey:

  • 72% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations
  • 58% of consumers trust a business which has positive online reviews
  • 52% of consumers said that positive online reviews make them more likely to use a local business

The cool thing about online reviews is that they are available for almost anything! If there isn’t a specific site providing online reviews for something, chances are there is some sort of forum or discussion board that may provide the insight you’re looking for.

When planning your event-whether it’s a wedding, religious celebration, birthday or anniversary party-it’s a great idea to research reviews of your prospective vendors. However, there is a proper way to dissect reviews so that you can get the full picture. Take into account the following tips to ensure you don’t wrongfully hire, or dismiss, a vendor.

1. Quantity. When you’re trying to get to know a vendor via online reviews, it’s best to gather as much information as possible. Read as many reviews as you can to get an overall scope of people’s experiences with the vendor. This will help you create a collective understanding of their overall performance. If you see a 1 star review in an ocean of 10 star reviews, chances are the majority’s experience will be yours as well.

2. Quality. What may be more important than the number of reviews you read about a particular vendor, is the quality of the reviews. Taking the writer’s tone into account let’s you decide whether or not their review is valid. For instance, if the review is entirely emotional-expressing only opinions and not facts- it may not be the best source for information. Reviews that mention points like punctuality, friendliness, enthusiasm, quality of equipment, attentiveness, and other relevant information, will be your best resources.

3. Go to the Source. No matter how many reviews you read and how deeply you read them, you might still be left with unanswered questions. At this point it would be best to reach out to the vendor themselves. Asking them about a negative review allows the vendor to explain their perspective on the matter. And don’t be afraid to prepare a list of concerns-if they’re a vendor worthy of your business, they’ll be happy to address all of your points of interest.

4. Pay it Forward. Once you’ve worked with a vendor for your event, it’s a great idea to review them online. You’ll be helping other people choose which vendor to hire, just like the reviews you read helped you decide who to use. Writing online reviews also gives you the opportunity to rate your vendors publicly. If you’re happy with their service, do them a favor and share your experience. If you were dissatisfied with their service, provide specific details as to why you were left unhappy. Either way, create a review that you would appreciate reading and that gives the reader the full picture.

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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.

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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.

Post By: Izabella De Souza

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