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  • Why Hiring An Experienced DJ Is A Must For Your Wedding Day

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    Music can make or break an event and there’s nothing worse than showing up somewhere and having bad music. Surprisingly it’s not always the music that’s sub-par, but rather the person running the music that makes it feel that way.

    Hiring an experienced DJ is something that should be at the top of your list so we’re breaking down four reasons why a good DJ is so important!

    They understand your vibe

    The last thing you would want is to have music played at your own wedding that doesn’t represent who you are as a couple, or those pesky commercials popping up while playing the Pandora playlist you threw together. An experienced DJ will take the time to understand your likes, dislikes, and ensure the right music is played. 

    Many DJ’s will have a questionnaire for you to fill out that gives them an idea on the genres you like and those that you want to avoid, your favorite artists, and more! Wondering how to find a DJ who will understand your vibe? If you loved the music played at a recent wedding you attended, ask that person who their DJ was. An experienced DJ will be able to create the perfect playlist just for you!

    They will know the musical timeline and what happens when

    Not only will you have your playlist for the reception, but you will most likely have a song for your bridal party to walk down the aisle to, when you walk down the aisle, when you walk back up the aisle, your formal introduction, the first dance, and more!

    Being able to know the timing of when all of these things are happening and fade songs in and out to create a seamless transition does take practice and attention to detail, all of which an experienced DJ will possess!

    They will keep the party going all night long!

    Your DJ is not only running the musical timeline, but also acting as the emcee. Having the perfect balance of an upbeat tone, some humor thrown in, and knowing what songs to play next if they can tell the guests aren’t in party mode yet can make the biggest difference between a good and a great wedding! An experienced DJ can read the room and know when certain playlists or genres should be brought into the mix to get people on the dance floor and keep them there.

    They bring what’s necessary

    Don’t worry about having to scramble to rent a table, lighting for the dance floor, and teach someone how to use a turntable a week before the wedding. An experienced DJ will have all of the necessary equipment they need, plus extras (like a dance floor if needed) at little to no extra cost! Just double check with them to see if there is anything in particular you need to provide.

    With these tips, you can confidently turn the music up and get the party started while you start your search for the perfect DJ for your wedding day!

  • How To Find The Best Caterer For Your Wedding

    The caterer has a very important role in your wedding. Therefore, you should take extra care in hiring the right caterer for you wedding day. Just like hiring any other vendor, you have to make your selection based on facts not feelings.

    The caterer may be an individual or a business. Even if the caterer is an individual, she still has to operate as a business. The caterer cannot legally cook at home and serve the food at your event. It is illegal for a caterer to use an unlicensed kitchen to prepare food.

    The caterer you hire should be experienced not only in catering events, but catering weddings. During your interview process, you should ask about the kind of events they have catered.

    Ask about the size of the events, how many guests they catered for. Ask if they had to deal with any emergencies or unexpected events. To learn about how they deal with emergencies may help you understand their level of professionalism.

    You should never hire the first caterer you meet. It may be tempting to hire the first caterer, especially, if you hit it off really well. It is in you benefit to meet with several caterers before you make your final decision.

    You must check references before you make your decision. If a caterer does not have any references, walk. You don’t want anything to do with a caterer that offers no references.

    References are important, but they do not provide an absolute protection. You may be able to visit the caterer’s kitchen, so you can see their operation in action. A visit can help you examine their organization and cleanliness.

    Caterers get booked well in advance, so hire one early. You should have a caterer lined up no less than 6 months prior to your reception. If you can find one a year before your event is even better. The more time you leave yourself to hire a caterer the more chance you give yourself to hire the right caterer.

    Once you have made a decision, it is time to put it all in writing. You should insist on a written contract. The contract should include the details of the menu, the date of the event, what is and is not included.

  • How To Pick Wedding Favors

    Basket with wedding favors to distribute to guests

    Can’t decide on wedding favors for your wedding? There are so many kinds of wedding favors you could have – from something handmade to simple flowers to very intricate, personalized wedding favors. And everything in-between.

    Some brides pick the favors to reflect the wedding and its theme. Others like to match the colors of the wedding to the favors. Yes, there are some who want something simple and personalized, for their guests to remember the wedding date.

    We have put together some ideas for you to come up with wedding favors for your wedding:

    Would You Like To Make Them Yourself?

    Some brides love making things themselves. If that is you, and you don’t have too many guests coming to the wedding, you may want to create something yourself.

    On the other hand, if you don’t make things yourself, now is not the time to start. It would be better to buy simple favors, instead of spending your valuable time on learning how to make them.

    Do You Want Them To Match Your Wedding Theme?

    Pick something that will match your wedding theme. For example, if you are wearing a princess wedding dress, and your whole wedding is designed around a fairy tale theme, picking wedding favors that reflect the fairy tale theme as well would be the most appropriate.

    Personalized Wedding Favors are also very popular.

    Get your favors personalized with your names, the wedding date, the location, etc.

    Simple Favors.

    Sometimes you want to have favors, but you want something very simple. In that case, you might want to just buy items that you could use as favors – simple candles or flowers come to mind.

    Seeds.

    We love seeds as wedding favors – they symbolize the beginning of your new family, and your guests will be able to use the favors! Give them seed packets with seeds that they can plant, a favor like this will definitely be used.

    Enjoy finding the perfect favors for your wedding!

  • How To Look Good In Wedding Photographs

    The dress was beautiful, you got through the ceremony and reception without a hitch, but just when you thought your wedding was perfect, your pictures come back and you look awful. What can you do to make sure that your photos are as beautiful as the memories you have?

    Never scrimp on your photographer. Nobody’s going to remember if your bouquets had daisies or rare, exotic orchids. But years from now, your great grand children will be looking at your wedding album. They’re not just souvenirs, they’re heirlooms. Spend on them.

    Avoid complicated hairstyles and veils. You’ll be walking around, too busy talking to guests to check the mirror. You don’t want your veil hanging to the side, or your bangs plastered to your face. Keep it simple and elegant. If you want a dramatic veil for your walk down the aisle, look for a style that allows you to detach part of it, leaving you with something less cumbersome at the reception.

    Buy or make a small clutch bag or pouch that matches your gown. It should carry blotting paper, pressed powder, lipstick and blush. Ask your maid of honor to keep it handy for you.

    Wear waterproof mascara. You will cry a lot. It’s guaranteed. Black mascara will run and leave unflattering raccoon eyes.

    Don’t wear heavy powder eyeshadow. Again, you will cry. You will also sweat from walking around in heavy makeup, a thick gown, and hundreds of guests milling around you. Powder smears and cakes, and ends up under your eyes.

    Don’t wear sheer lipstick. You’ll eat it off. Or if you do, wear a matte or semi-matte base and apply the sheer lipstick as a top coat. Be sure to blot well, or it’ll end up around your mouth or on your teeth.

    Don’t wear heavy shimmery makeup – unless it’s applied by a professional makeup artist. It doesn’t photograph well under less than perfect lighting conditions. If you do, apply only on the eyes.

    Bridal makeup should be soft and romantic, not harsh. Natural pinks are most flattering, and really make you look like a “blushing bride”.

    Avoid hard-edged contouring and dramatic browns – unless blended well and kept close to the eyeline. Even lipsticks should stick to the pinks and brownish pinks. Bright reds look too harsh worn against a white dress.

    You’ll need good foundation that lasts long but doesn’t cake. The trick is to apply moisturizer first and let it “set”. This will prime your skin. Apply a matte or cream foundation, then concealer. Dust powder foundation with a brush.

    Take good photographs right after the ceremony, when everyone’s make up is still intact. You should have solo shots, couple shots, and group photos with your entourage, friends, family members.

    Ask for a few black and white photographs. They always have a soft, romantic feel.

    If you’ll be having outdoor photographs, light is most flattering in the morning and at dusk. Avoid any outdoor shots from 11 am to 2 pm; everyone will just be squinting.

  • How To Buy An Engagement Ring

    The most common of engagement traditions is the groom presenting the bride to be with an engagement ring. Most commonly, the engagement ring is a diamond ring. While diamonds are the preferred precious stones, diamonds are not the only gems used in engagement rings.

    The most important reason diamond rings are so popular is because they are the most expensive of gems; therefore, considered the most precious. The diamond jewelry retail market is a $30 billion market with over $5 billion of it spent on engagement rings in America.

    To the untrained eye, most diamonds look equally beautiful. Most people evaluate diamonds based on its size, shape, and price. A lower price typically means lower gem quality, not necessarily a bargain.

    Estimating diamond quality requires skill and experience. It requires grading a ring based on a combination of characteristics such as cut, clarity, color and carat weight. Such characteristics are called the “4 Cs”. A diamond’s weight is measured in carats. One carat is one fifth of a gram. Generally diamonds range from 0.25 up to several carats. The largest cut diamond in the world is 530.20 carats. Sorry, it is not fore sale. It is called the Cullinan and kept in the Tower of London. The Cullinan is set in the sceptre of King Edward VII.

    In addition to considering weight when valuing a diamond, color is an important factor. Colorless diamonds are rarest and they are the most expensive. Diamonds with a hint of yellow are considered less pure, and they are less expensive. Diamond colors are coded from D to Z. A through D grade diamonds are the most expensive and Z are the least expensive. Diamonds graded D-F are considered colorless and they are the most expensive. Reputable jewelry stores, usually, do not sell K thru Z grade diamonds.

    The most valuable color grades: A – D: Absolutely colorless. The highest color grade, which is extremely extraordinary. E: Colorless. An expert, still considered a rare diamond, can detect only minute traces of color. F: Colorless. Slight color detected by an expert gemologist, but still considered a “colorless” grade and a high-quality diamond.

    Another important factor determining the price of a diamond is its cut. As any of the other characteristics cut is equally difficult to judge for the untrained eye. The grading certificate that normally comes with the diamond will provide you a good idea. Independent testing institutions, such as the GIA, provide certificates with a diamond’s grading from excellent to poor. Naturally, a certified diamond means a larger price tag.

    In simple terms, the clarity of a diamond refers to its purity. Most diamonds have minuscule imperfections called “inclusions”. A flawless (no inclusions) diamond is extremely rare and valuable. At the same time, diamonds riddled with inclusions are less expensive.

    Clarity is graded from “flawless” (FL) to “imperfect” (I1 to I2). Most diamonds fall between those with very, very small inclusions (VVS1) to rocks with slightly larger inclusions (S1). If you can compromise on clarity, you are going to be able to save. To verify a diamond’s clarity, examine the laboratory certificate.

    If money is tight but you must have a diamond ring, stay away from the big name jewelry stores. Brand name more often than not comes with a larger price tag. Buying wholesale may be a viable option.

    As a rule, the wholesaler’s core business is selling diamonds to retailers, but they also sell to the public. Because they do not advertise in the same venues as retail jewelry stores, you have to seek them out. It is easier to find wholesalers than you think since many of them are listed as diamond merchants in the phone book.

  • Why Hiring An Experienced DJ Is A Must For Your Wedding Day

    Music can make or break an event and there’s nothing worse than showing up somewhere and having bad music. Surprisingly it’s not always the music that’s sub-par, but rather the person running the music that makes it feel that way.

    Hiring an experienced DJ is something that should be at the top of your list so we’re breaking down four reasons why a good DJ is so important!

    They understand your vibe

    The last thing you would want is to have music played at your own wedding that doesn’t represent who you are as a couple, or those pesky commercials popping up while playing the Pandora playlist you threw together. An experienced DJ will take the time to understand your likes, dislikes, and ensure the right music is played. 

    Many DJ’s will have a questionnaire for you to fill out that gives them an idea on the genres you like and those that you want to avoid, your favorite artists, and more! Wondering how to find a DJ who will understand your vibe? If you loved the music played at a recent wedding you attended, ask that person who their DJ was. An experienced DJ will be able to create the perfect playlist just for you!

    They will know the musical timeline and what happens when

    Not only will you have your playlist for the reception, but you will most likely have a song for your bridal party to walk down the aisle to, when you walk down the aisle, when you walk back up the aisle, your formal introduction, the first dance, and more!

    Being able to know the timing of when all of these things are happening and fade songs in and out to create a seamless transition does take practice and attention to detail, all of which an experienced DJ will possess!

    They will keep the party going all night long!

    Your DJ is not only running the musical timeline, but also acting as the emcee. Having the perfect balance of an upbeat tone, some humor thrown in, and knowing what songs to play next if they can tell the guests aren’t in party mode yet can make the biggest difference between a good and a great wedding! An experienced DJ can read the room and know when certain playlists or genres should be brought into the mix to get people on the dance floor and keep them there.

    They bring what’s necessary

    Don’t worry about having to scramble to rent a table, lighting for the dance floor, and teach someone how to use a turntable a week before the wedding. An experienced DJ will have all of the necessary equipment they need, plus extras (like a dance floor if needed) at little to no extra cost! Just double check with them to see if there is anything in particular you need to provide.

    With these tips, you can confidently turn the music up and get the party started while you start your search for the perfect DJ for your wedding day!