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Reporters…NOT Always Right!

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By now, you may have seen the NBC News investigative piece making the completely inaccurate statement that vendors use what they call the Wedding Markup to charge clients more money for a wedding than any other type of event. In the course of their investigation they contacted various vendors. Acting as though they were planning an event, one “client” stated they were planning a Wedding and requested pricing and the other “client” requested pricing for a Birthday Party. Well it is obvious to us, and we hope to you as well, that when planning a Wedding in comparison to a Birthday Party there are a lot more moving parts that have to be handled. The Birthday Party DJ has to remember one name while the Wedding DJ needs to not only know the bride and groom names but they also have to remember the parents and bridal party names and be sure to say them all correctly! Keep in mind your Wedding DJ is preparing 20-30 hours before the Wedding as opposed to 1-2 hours of preparation for the Birthday Party. Your Professionally Trained DJ is also responsible for being engaging with your guests while maintaining the energy level or by bringing it up to where it should be. At a Birthday Party the DJ can be more laid back and stand behind his table and press buttons for the evening.

The DJ company that was investigated later stated that “Weddings require much more attention to detail…and backup equipment is also taken. Birthday parties have less formalities and planning time is nearly a minimum.”

This idea was never elaborated on; the Reporter never asked the follow up question we all want to know, “WHY?” If anything further were to be said on what the DJ shared with NBC News it would negate the entire investigative piece! Your Wedding DJ is going to need to be specifically trained with Emcee skills they have been taught help to keep your guest involved during the different events of the evening while maintaining a level of interest and excitement into what they can look forward to happening next.

The news definitely makes you think, but you have to be sure that you understand how all aspects of the requested service you booked comes into play. During a wedding, photographers are snapping shots for 8-10 hours which can result in nearly 1200 images. In addition to a long day they also have to be sure to adjust the lighting in the various locations where the couple wants to take photos to ensure quality!

During a 3-4 hours Birthday Party you are generally just taking photos in one room. This is far easier on the photographer since they do not have to worry with adjusting lighting and only have to edit about 300 photos. This same idea goes for your videographer as well. More hours filming equates to more hours editing your final video that you will share with friends and family.

There is always the chance that the cost of your venue may be increased for your Wedding and not the Birthday Party you are planning. In most cases you will not provide a 4-course meal for your guests that includes surf n’ turf and your bar will have a limited selection of liquors, if any.

The overall planning process for any Wedding vendor requires more organizing and preparation not only with their service but also in contacting the planner, venue and photographer/videographer to ensure that everyone is on the same page before the clients’ Special Day! Be sure to do your research when planning your Big Day. While many bloggers and reporters may suggest that you go see a DJ at a Wedding or call vendors and compare pricing for a Wedding versus a Birthday Party, these people are not Industry Professionals. They basically have no clue on what knowledge to share with Prospective Clients during their quest for Wedding Vendors. Do not get left with unrealistic expectations on pricing and service details!

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Gift Ideas for Groomsmen

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We often cater to the bride and what she needs to do to prepare for her dream wedding day. But what does the groom have to do to prepare for a memorable day? Usually, the groom will assume the responsibility for planning some vendors to be used but he also has to be sure that his groomsmen are all taken care of as well. Groomsmen gifts can be tricky because there are so many options to choose from. There are gifts that are useful, gifts used for libations and of course a variety of personalized gifts! We have found a few trendy and trending gift suggestions for your favorite groomsmen. We understand that budgets will vary depending on the size of your wedding party so we have put together some options that can be used for any size Wedding Budget!

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Day of Checklist

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After months and months of planning for your Wedding Day you want to be sure that the Day of Checklist is covered as well. How far is your planning going to take you if you have forgotten something like your marriage license or even worse, the rings! Make a checklist of items you will definitely need and some items that you would rather have and not need. It is always better to overpack! This way you can mitigate that, “Did I forget something” feeling. Just try to put together some items that will help in most scenarios. You may want to be sure that you have things such as a bag for the money dance, safety pins, stain remover, breath mints, etc. There are so many moving parts to keep track of so just set a bag to the side and as you continue to come up with ideas you can just toss the items right into that bag! Plan ahead for any mishaps that may occur on your big day so that you do not make more work for yourself or your bridal party.

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Honeymoon Planning Tips

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Leading up to your Big Day you should be excited to have a relaxing trip with your new spouse after months and months of wedding planning. Often, Honeymoon Planning Tips will advise that you should not plan on leaving for that honeymoon too soon. If you think it is a good idea to leave for your honeymoon the day after your celebration, think again.

Catch your Breath

Give yourself some time to decompress before embarking on your dream vacation! You will be exhausted because of all of the activities from your Special Day. You do not want to have to miss out on any shenanigans the night of your wedding just because you have to be up for your flight in a few hours. Go home for a day or two and take it easy before you travel.

Travel Prep

Waiting a few days will give you time to rest so that you can enjoy each day of your Honeymoon. You do not want to waste a day of honeymooning because you need to catch up on sleep! Why overwhelm yourself with making sure that you have the essentials for your Wedding Day as well as having everything in line for your 7-14 day vacation?!

If your honeymoon plans mean traveling internationally, see if you can utilize the TSA pre-check. Going this route will help you avoid some of the hassle of security checks and expedite your travel time. With this, you also want to be extremely sure that you book all of your reservations in your current name, not you married name. This ensures that your passport and ID match your reservations.

Thank You

While you are sifting through your gifts, why not begin a list of what you have received and from who. This way, when you return from your honeymoon and begin getting back to your regular life you have already laid the groundwork towards getting out your thank you cards in a timely manner.