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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.”
- New York Times
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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The Wedding Crasher;
1. A person they know, such as a relative, friend, or possibly their ex coming to your Wedding even if they are not invited.
2. To come with another person who is invited whom they wish to accompany and disrupt your Wedding.
The Wedding crasher is not just a stranger that shows up pretending to be part of the family or pretending to be a friend of an invited Friend or guest or even relative. OK, that is one definition of a Wedding crasher. Have you taken into consideration that Children can also be a Wedding Crasher?, because at some point during any part of the Wedding or Reception,You and Your guest can and most often will be interrupted by sudden outburst from children, consistent getting up going to the restroom or Parents taking them outside to another area of the Ballroom to get them to settle down. I have nothing against children seeing what could ultimately be them one day. Also, Children can and will take over your dance floor and who wants to escort that adorable dancing child off the dance floor? Not me!. Now your ballroom has turned into a playground.
Children can also have a big impact on your Wedding financially. A big Wedding can have between 20 and 40 children and babies present which can effect your plate count, thus, causing a rise in your total entree bill. Most often children do not eat all of their food.
When you are planning your Wedding or Event guest list you will have to make a decision on if there will be any children allowed at your Wedding or Event. When you are sending out your save the date cards or emails and you prefer not have children present, all you need to do is specify that "This is an Adult only Affair" and because of the size of the Venue and the Theme will be geared towards Adults, Our desire is to not have Children present. Make sure you specify who you are inviting because if you leave it up to your invited guest to bring a "Plus One" Guest, they might think its OK to bring a child or someone that you care not to be at your Wedding.
If children show up at the wedding, do your best to accommodate them without disrupting the Wedding. Before the ceremony, have your wedding coordinator or a friend say something to the parents like, “Could you please move to the back of the Ballroom or Church if your child begins to fuss?” That will get a much better response than if someone asked them to leave the venue altogether and you run the risk of being labelled a Bridezilla.
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WHAT WILL YOU DO TO SET YOUR WEDDING AND RECEPTION APART FROM ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS WEDDING? WILL IT BE BECAUSE OF PROPER PLANNING, A LARGER BUDGET OR IS IT BECAUSE YOU ARE MORE ORGANIZED THAN THE REST OF YOUR FRIENDS. WHAT HAPPENED AT A WEDDING YOU ATTENDED THAT MADE YOU DECIDE THAT YOURS WILL BE EVEN BETTER?
ALSO, TAKE A LOOK AT OUR SERVICE'S AND SOME OF OUR SERVICE PROVIDERS THAT WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH. TOGETHER WE CAN ENSURE THAT YOUR WEDDING WILL BE THE ENVY OF ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS. PLEASE COMMENT BELOW. - THANKS
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A New Wedding trend that seems to be growing in popularity is Dummy Cakes or as some call it "Fake Cakes". A fake cake is a cake made of Styrofoam and decorated with either Perma Icing or Fondant frosting. Foam cakes can often cut your cake budget in half. For example, consider a wedding reception for 150 people: 150 people x $3.50 per slice of decorated bakery cake = $525. A decorated fake cake of the same size starts as low as $110 and remains a beautiful centerpiece throughout the entire evening. Sheet cakes start as low as 16.99/48 servings. You do not serve your Designer foam cake, you serve a sheet cakes to your guests, resulting in a significant savings to your cake budget. But is it the right thing to do considering most wedding traditions call for a full size real cake to be served. Some times budget plays a major role in the decision to have a "Fake Cake" or "Real Cake". As a Wedding Professional in the St Louis Metro Area, I have seen more and more of these so called "Fake Cakes" present at Weddings quite often. I think that they can come in hand when you have a short time period before your wedding starts. However, if you plan ahead and have enough time to budget in the cost of a Real 2 or 3 tier cake, you should do so.
We have a list of Dynamic Wedding Caterers that will work with you on any budget Designing Real Cakes to ensure that this part of your Reception taste sweet and finger licking good. To find out more about Real cake Designers Click Here
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The Do It Yourself Bride. I have had the honor of providing entertainment services to many newlywed couples over the years and I find it quite interesting that today's Brides are doing all of the the leg work from calling around to setup vendors to finding the perfect place to have the wedding and reception and all aspects between. My question is, Can this be good for her doing everything or is she setting herself up for failure in the long run. I have seen wedding planners that the Bride hired to do majority of the leg-work throw their hands up in disgust.
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