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Open bar is where your Guest can grab as many drinks and beverages as they like during the cocktail hour of your Wedding reception and during the celebration part of the Reception. An open bar is more popular among Guest over a cash bar because after all its "free". Obviously most open bars will be dependent upon the size of the guest invited. They can get quite costly. Open bars can often promote a more cheerful crowd and also guarantees more people will be on the dance floor. A cash bar often requires your Guest to pay for drinks and beverages. One disadvantage is to an open bar is overindulgence and sometimes the bar seems to be the popular hangout and could lead to distractions. In the final analysis, Your guest will leave more happier knowing that they did not have to pay for anything at your wedding.
A Cash Bar can sometimes leave bad taste in your guest mouths. Often I would ask guest about their experience at the Wedding. Was the Music great? How was the DJ? And what do you think about the overall Wedding. Most Guest have frowned upon having to pay for their beverages.
Budget is often a deciding factor in determined if you would have an Open Bar or a Cash Bar. If Your budget does not allow for an open bar, here are a few suggestions that could help pull off having an open bar on a budget. First, Introduce signature drinks. You can have your Bartender develop predetermined drinks that you and your fiance' would like to have Instead of having expensive top shelf. Second, consider using drink tickets. Personalized wedding tickets are a great way to reflect your theme and concept. Also can be a great way to make your concept more your own. When choosing to serve Alcoholic beverages at your Wedding, be sure that you hire a qualified Mixologist. Someone that will bring peace of mind knowing that your guests won't have too much to drink and also is able to provide you with the latest drink trends.
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A Follow-up isn't just about selling. It's about building relationships and allowing the sale or the services that you contracted to happen. Doing Follow-ups are critical especially when you have proactively planned your wedding month's or even years before your big day. In fact, Follow ups are the real secret to all success's, whether it is looking for a Job or a promise that was made by someone dear to you. Often, there is a lot of time between when you signed your contract with your Wedding DJ, Photographer and Caterer, and when you need start back communicating with them before the Wedding. Keep in mind that those little details that you have planned in the beginning may have changed slightly and could effect your service providers in a major way. Keeping in contact with your service providers at least once a month shows not only that you are persistent and goal orientated, but also it allows your service providers to update you on changes that they may have so that there are no surprises the day of you Wedding.
Most successful people are successful because of constant follow-ups. They understand the variables and with constant communications, they are able to quickly make necessary changes and adjustments to make sure that everything they do goes as smooth as possible. This goes for both the Client and Service Provider. We all have to be in constant comunications either by phone, Email or Text.
Remember this, If your company does not have a plan in place to do follow-ups, take this time to create one. Your clients will appreciate you greatly and will be happy to refer you to their friends with confidence.
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Your Aunt Carole and Uncle Earl have been feuding since the 80s, your last single girlfriend is hypersensitive to being seated at the "wrong" table, and you have one couple coming from out of the country who only know you and your fiance. What to do? With a little tact, diplomacy and common sense, you can create a seating plan that will make almost everyone happy.
Why A Formal Seating Plan? You may feel that you're not up to the task of developing a formal seating plan. If you provide enough seats, can't everyone just figure it out on their own? Probably, but if you've ever been to a wedding without a seating plan before (and survived the mass tampling), then you know why having one is a great idea. Taking the time to develop a plan will reduce your guests' anxiety of trying to find a seat and it ensures that couples who want to sit together get to.
On the other hand, if your wedding is under about 50 people, you may not need a detailed plan. You could also choose to simply designate the bridal table with place cards, and allow the other guests to seat themselves. Some couples opt to have a cocktail party or buffet with a few tables, in hopes that guests will "alternate" sitting and eating. If this is what you plan to do, make sure that your elderly guests have a place to sit down, possibly even by designating a separate table for them.
Who Sits Where? The Bridal Table: The bride and groom may sit at a long rectangular head table or round table at the focal point of the room, or alternatively, at their very own "sweetheart" table. Some couples choose to have no table at all, but to leave a few seats empty at every table so they can mingle throughout the reception. No matter which configuration you choose, the bridal table is usually set apart from the others by some type of decoration, such as flowers.
Classically, the groom sits to the bride's right and the best man sits to her left. The maid of honor sits to the groom's right. Depending on how large the table is, the other attendants can also be seated near the bride and groom. In the old days, spouses and significant others were relegated to different tables, but this tradition is now generally ignored. If you can only fit the best man and maid of honor along with their significant others at your table, do so. Seat remaining attendants and their "plus ones" at another table.
Family Tables: Often, the parents of the bride and groom sit opposite each other at a large family table, with grandparents, the officiant, and other close friends. An alternative is to have the bride and groom's parents "host" their own tables, consisting of their family members and close friends. In the case of divorced parents, each parent may also host his or her own table, smoothly diffusing any awkwardness or discomfort.
Mix or Match: As for the rest of your guests, should you put friends together or seat them with "new" people? The answer is a bit of both. While it is a great idea to mix in a few new faces at each table, remember that people are most comfortable when they know some of their dinner companions. Be considerate. Not even your most gregarious friends will want to sit at a table full of complete strangers, so put acquaintances together when you can. If you have guests who don't know anyone, seat them near guests with similar interests. If you have a group of friends that cannot fit at one table, split them down the middle, and fill in each table with other guests. Whatever you do, don't leave one of the gang out.
If you have no idea what to do with your parents' friends, let your mother and mother-in-law arrange those tables. They will be thrilled to be involved, and this may keep them from trying to control of the rest of your seating plan.
Singles vs. Couples If you've been dying to fix your old roommate up with your fiancé's cousin, you might take this opportunity to discreetly seat them next to each other. Resist the urge, however, to create a separate "singles" table, though, as this might embarrass your guests. By the same token, don't seat your unmarried friend at a table full of gushing newlyweds. A little sensitivity and some good old common sense are the best guides.
Younger people—or people who love music—should be at tables close to the music makers, while older guests may want a quieter table. If you have several children at your wedding, seat them together at a separate kids' table. If your flowergirl and ringbearer are the only children present, seat them with their parents.
Place Cards, Escort Cards or Seating Chart? Now that you've figured out where to put everyone, all you have to do is decide how to guide them to their seats.
Place Cards: These tented cards can be used alone or with escort cards. Displayed near the entrance of the reception in alphabetical order, they usually include the guest's name and table number. Once at the table, guests usually select their own seats.
Escort Cards: Used in the most formal seating plans, escort cards usually contain the guest's name on the outer envelope, and their table number on the card inside. Place cards await guests at each table, designating their seats.
The Seating Chart: Usually displayed alphabetically in a pretty frame near the entrance of the reception, seating charts are lists of guests' names with their designated tables. Additional place cards may be used at each table to designate assigned seats, if you wish.
Nametags: This is a wedding, not a convention, so skip the nametags, as irresistible as they might be. Your guests are capable of making any introductions you haven't made previously.
Note: Guests should never alter seating arrangements or "switch seats" at a wedding reception, but it is perfectly acceptable to mingle at different tables after dinner.
Before creating your seating plan, it is a good idea to obtain the floor plan and make several copies. This way, you can experiment with various different arrangements before making your final decision. When in doubt, trust your instincts. And no matter how perfect your final seating plan seems, you will undoubtedly receive at least one last minute phone call begging you to change something to make a guest (read: your mother) happy. Try to be accommodating, but don't let it make you crazy. Chances are, after the dinner, everyone will want to get up and mingle anyway. - Bridal Guide
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10: He Doesn't Have Time for a Free Consultation
You meet your DJ for the first time on the big day, and as soon as you see him, you realize you've made a huge mistake. He's unkempt, unprofessional and hardly seems prepared. Oh, and he's two hours late, though you fear the MP3 mix you've been using in his stead is doing a better job than this guy will.
Kevin Cheek, owner of Dawg-Town Entertainment and DJ, is not such a DJ. He's respected throughout the industry, and as the owner of the company, he's a busy guy, but he still takes the time to personally meet with all his clients. We know, the last thing you want to do is meet with another person about your wedding, but think about it: You meet with your caterer, florist and wedding planner, so why wouldn't you meet with your DJ?
Cheek puts it differently. He says: "Months down the road, your guests aren't going to remember the chicken fingers or the taste of the cake, but they will remember the dancing, the mood and flow of the night, all of which is the result of a great DJ, and you're not going to know who you've hired unless you meet with him beforehand."
As you'll see in this article, your DJ can do a lot of dumb things, but nothing is scarier than bringing in a complete stranger to host your event.
9: He Tries to Be a Wedding Singer
You know that guy who annoyingly sings -- or at the very least, lip-synch's -- every song that comes on the radio or plays in the clubs? Yep, that's your DJ, or at least it will be if you hire the wrong guy.
This trait's a little more difficult to spot than some of the others on this list, but there are signs. A good indicator that you're about to hire a wannabe wailer instead of a professional disc jockey is if he tries to sell you both his DJ services and his band, but that's not all you have to look out for. If you meet in a public place, and he's singing the background music, or he lists tryouts at a televised singing competition as related work experience, you probably want to tune him out and move on the next name on your list.
8: He Flirts With Guests from Stage
Weddings may be notorious pick-up spots, but your DJ shouldn't be hitting on anyone before, during or even after the event. This is business, and making lewd comments from the stage or chatting up the ladies during a song is not what you're paying him to do.
So, how do you know if you're hiring a professional disc jockey or a Casanova with a mic? Pay attention to how he conducts himself during your interview. Was he ogling your maid of honor? If you went to a restaurant, did he hit on the waitress? Did he seem to pay more attention to your chest than your song requests? If he seemed to have sex on the brain during your meeting, it's only fair to assume he's going to be more concerned with mixing it up with your lovely bridesmaids than playing the right mix of songs at your reception. Just go ahead and let him watch you walk out the door, because it's the last time he'll be seeing you.
7: He Has an Unpleasant Voice Like radio hosts,
DJs need to have agreeable voices. The last thing someone with a heavy slur, stutter or generally unpleasant tone needs is a microphone, especially at your wedding. Your DJ doesn't need to sound like Ryan Seacrest to get everyone out on the dance floor, but his words shouldn't be hard on the ears. Luckily, a phone call is all takes to know if your disc jockey's tone is pleasant enough for your big day. If you haven't had the time to personally meet with your DJ yet, it's time to pick up the phone and give him a call.
6: He Plays Inappropriate Songs
We mentioned this in the intro, but your DJ doesn't have to play filthy vintage rap to offend your ears.
Depending on what kind of tunes you and your new Mr. are into, anything from hip-hop to recent top-40 hits may not be to your liking. The DJ's job is to ensure you and your guests are having a good time and are ready to dance the night away, regardless of your group's personal music tastes. Even if you and new hubby are die-hard metal-heads, he can't very well spin Anthrax and Metallica all night.
You can give him a few "must have" track selections, a list of "not approved" song titles and a general theme or idea to work with, but the music is pretty much disc jockey's choice, so don't think he's going to stick with a strict list. A real, professional DJ will judge the crowd and play a mix that' will get everyone out on the dance floor, regardless of if they're used to clubs, raves or mosh pits.
5: He Refuses to Deviate from a Set Playlist
Your DJ doesn't have to play dirty songs to be a dud. Some DJs refuse to deviate from a set playlist or will charge you more for asking them to do so. It doesn't matter what his reputation is or how good his playlist may be, this is your wedding, and you're entitled to whatever you want.
As we explained earlier, part of the DJ's job is to play a mix that everyone's happy with; anything else is just lazy and unprofessional. This is one of those issues that needs to be brought up before your big day, as most of the strict-playlist DJs don't go around advertising their refusal or inability to mix things up.
4: He Uses His Microphone as a Soapbox
You've gathered several hundred of your closest friends and family members to see you say "I do," and the last thing anyone wants is to listen to some man with a microphone espousing the virtues of anything other than fresh beats.
It doesn't matter what the guy thinks, and regardless if you agree with him or not, you didn't hire him to make political statements or promote any set of ideas, products or beliefs. It's a free country, and the guy's allowed his opinion, but not on the job and certainly not on your wedding day. If he mentions anything non-business related during your initial meeting, especially concerning politics or religion, tell him to drag his soapbox to another party -- your wedding is a commercial-free zone.
3: He Uses Shoddy Equipment
Maybe the worst-case DJ scenario is that he shows up on your big day with a laptop and a few beat-up old speakers, but you'd be surprised by how often this happens. DJs don't need a license, so any dude with a computer and a dream can call himself a disc jockey.
However, a real DJ should have no problem showing you his setup, which should include two full sound systems (one for use and one for back up), a wireless microphone and extra lighting -- just in case you need it.
2: He Brings His Own Guests to Your Wedding
If a prospective DJ invites you to another person's wedding, watch out! Sure, it'll give you a great idea of his disc-jockey skills, but it will also show you what you can expect at your own nuptials -- skills and extra guests included. It doesn't matter how great his song selection is, you don't want random groups of strangers to show up at your reception, snack on the catered food and start mingling with your guests. No DJ is worth that.
1: He Shows Up Drunk
Many of us like to knock back a few every once in a while, but just as it's not a good idea for you to show up to a business meeting sloshed, your DJ should refrain from drinking alcohol at your wedding. Yes, there will likely be plenty of booze to go around, but nothing is more unprofessional than being inebriated at work, even if your job is playing music for a room full of drunk people.
Be sure to ask your prospective DJ what his policy is regarding drinking on the job, and if he tells you anything other than "it's not going to happen," you need to find yourself another DJ.
Running out of ideas for your Wedding Proposal? Have you considered a Flash Mob?
A certain breed of men, and some women, look upon marriage proposals not as an intimate moment between two people, but as an opportunity for a very public, and recordable, display of affection. In an era in which social media and YouTube play an increasingly dominant role, the bar to garnering public notice has never been lower — and higher when it comes to delivering something unique.
Yet when flash mobs come crashing, with swoon-worthy tunes like Bruno Mars’s “Marry You” and choreographed routines by dancers who quickly assemble and just as quickly disperse, the sum is quite often a cinematic moment that is fleeting but everlasting. Even hard-core cynics can be left feeling a little choked up.
“Most single guys’ reaction to this is like: ‘Oh great, you raised the bar. How am I supposed to beat that for my proposal?’ ” said Craig Jones, 26 and a financial consultant in New York, who took the flash-mob concept one step further when proposing in June in Bryant Park to his girlfriend, Allison Leclaire, 29 and a textile designer. “I really love the energy of a flash mob, but that’s been done before,” Mr. Jones said.
So in addition to hiring a dance troupe, he negotiated to bring in a marching band from Port Chester, N.Y. Bob Vitti, the director of Port Chester High School’s band, so loved the idea that he enlisted his whole 140-piece band.
On the day of the proposal, the band rode into the city on four school buses and did its very best to remain inconspicuous standing by, in formation, on one side of the New York Public Library, next to the park. When it was time to make its grand entrance, as Ms. Leclaire patiently sat, the band hit all the right notes. Of course, Mr. Jones did, too.
When asked why some men make a spectacle of their marriage proposal, W. Bradford Wilcox, the director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, said: “Over-the-top proposals allow men to signal to a future wife, and to family and friends, that they are all in. They are ready to man up, forgo all others and become a responsible husband.”
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Trading your sanity for a Low cost DJ? Is that Practical?
The odds of a DJ winning the Bid for an Event or Wedding is Greater when the cost is extremely Low. Often the buyer is Lead to believe that they are getting the "Deal of a Century". Truth is, Most DJ's that offer Low Ball prices are often Bedroom Dj's, Hobbyist or altogether inexperienced. The average Professional DJ or Entertainment Company will invest as much as 30hrs behind the scenes preparing, updating music, attending meetings, rehearsals and much more to make sure that you have a memorable Wedding experience. So this is what that looks like; If you divide the average 30hrs into the Low ball price of $200.00, it averages out to be $6.67 Per Hour. Wow!
So this is why there is no certified commitment towards your Wedding or Event from the "One Dollar DJ". The trade-off is that you will sacrifice a few dollars for a DJ that perhaps will not show up or show up Ill-Prepared.
So remember that the DJ is not part of your Wedding, The DJ is your Wedding.
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This is the day that you have always dreamed of, Walking down the isle with your Soul-mate. Finally its here, your Wedding day has arrived. Everyone is very happy for you and everything is going as planned. You are at your wedding reception and its time for you to do your first dance. The Dj ques up your favorite song and its not just an ordinary song, Its the first song that you heard after you both met and has sintimental values. It is such a meaningful song that you want everyone at your wedding to share in on a little of what you both experienced at that moment. The song is playing and its a song that has a nice beat and flow, However, the words are suggestive that he or she supports cheating or perhaps leaving someone for another person. There are many so-called love songs that are being played on the radio that are really nice songs, but suggest something totally different if listened to the words very carefully. Like Kanye West "Gold Digger" this song seems to be played often at wedding receptions. Not as a first dance song but as a celebration song. There are many songs that have great beats but denounces a loving relationship.
Brides to be, choose your songs wisely and make sure that your DJ is in accord with what your desires are for the music selection. In some cases certain songs can make your guest think twice about what and who you are.
Can you name a song that your heard at a Wedding, that if that was your Wedding, it would not be played at all? ________________________________________________. Please comment!
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