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Always Have a Backup Plan

Your wedding day is packed full of things for you to worry about. From ensuring that you greet all of your guests to making time to eat, you’ll have a lot on your plate! The last thing you want is to add worrying about the reliability of your entertainment. That’s why Wenning Entertainment’s professionally trained DJs always come with a backup plan. 

Prepare Your Backup Plan

 What if something goes wrong with the speakers? What if the DJ has car trouble on the way to the venue? Everything should have a backup plan. If you have an outdoor wedding, you should have a rainy day location to switch to. The same is true for your entertainment. It’s life, things will happen. Whether your first DJ gets sick or a piece of equipment breaks, we have backups.

Cheaper Isn’t Always Better

We don’t leave anything to chance. Rest assured that if one DJ can’t make it, we have another professionally trained DJ ready to go whenever you need them. If you book your entertainment with a cheaper, smaller-time DJ service, they won’t have the backup plan guarantees that Wenning offers.

So, don’t rely on just one person for all of your entertainment needs on your wedding day. Book your entertainment with Wenning Entertainment and get not only a great DJ but an equally experienced and trained replacement as well as state-of-the-art equipment and equipment backups. Don’t get caught with a room full of people and no way to entertain. Get the peace of mind you need on your big day when you book your DJ with Wenning Entertainment.

 

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Budget Knowledge | Average Wedding Cost

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Average Wedding Cost

The average cost of a wedding can vary depending on the location. An average wedding budget in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas can cost around $35k. This is based on the industry standards of the wedding professionals across the country. The average cost of a wedding depends on what the bride and groom wants for their special day. This does not mean one is better than the other, especially if you budget properly to create the wedding of your dreams!

Venue, Food and Beverage Budget

The most expensive thing to budget for at your wedding is going to be the venue, food, and the beverages. The venue contributes to several parts of a wedding like the decorations, cake, and linens. Feeding your guests is also the main part of a wedding reception so make sure to budget for what you need! Keep about 50% of the budget for your favorite venue, food and drinks.

Photography/Videography

Photography is another important aspect of a wedding because you need to capture all of the special moments that day. Professional quality pictures that will last a lifetime can be achieved by reserving 15-20% of your total budget for this. Now-a-days it is becoming a necessity to have a videographer at weddings. A Quality video of your wedding with professional editing to create a highlight reel can be achieved by budgeting 15-20% for this. You never know how sentimental a wedding video can be until you can reflect back on the evening!

Entertainment

Several surveys showed that the entertainment aspect is what 80% of people remember most about a wedding. Allocating only 10-15% of your total budget will be well worth it to make sure you can hire the DJ that will make your wedding a night everyone will remember! Budgeting this amount for entertainment guarantees a professional for the entire length of the evening.

Creating a wedding budget around the most important aspects of your wedding will allow you to prioritize everything. This will help you make sure you are able to afford everything you desire for your wedding!

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Budget Knowledge | Price Details

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Several factors need to be considered when creating your wedding budget and deciding how much to put towards entertainment. Understand what you need and what you want; this will help you create (and stick to) your budget.

Creating a budget entails knowing what wedding services cost. A good rule of thumb is to budget 10-15% of your total budget towards your wedding entertainment. Research shows 80% of people say entertainment is what they remember most from a wedding. Food and alcohol are a close second.

Remember, a professional wedding DJ does more than just stand behind a table and play music. There are elements such as planning, crowd management and timeline flow that go into a successful wedding day. These elements also go into the final pricing of your professional wedding entertainer.

Length of Event

How long of a day your DJ will have plays into the final cost of your wedding entertainment. If you are having your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all at the same venue you will be saving money in the venue category. However, if you will be having a cocktail, ceremony, reception at that one venue in various rooms of the venue then you need to have multiple sound systems set up.

Pre-Planning

DJs are accountable for the timeline of your event. They are also responsible for coordinating with the various vendors that you will be using throughout your Big Day and keeping everyone on the same page.

Most professional DJs will also include a 2-hour set up and 1-hour teardown free of charge. The client is only charged from the time that the first guest arrives until you say the night is over. Your DJ will also invest unpaid time into your event via 20 or more hours of playlist preparation, timeline organization and going over bridal party names.

Number of Systems

You may be saving money having your event in one venue, which you are on your venue costs but because your professional DJ will not move systems you might have to pay for additional system set ups. Not only is it unprofessional but it is also time consuming and goes against insurance obligations. Having a system setup in each room of your venue that will be used helps with the flow of the evening and keeps from disrupting you guests as they enjoy the atmosphere of your special day.

Venue

Each venue has a different layout that may affect the sound. Some venues may be less accessible for the DJ and his equipment, so the needs of the equipment may need adjusted which can affect the price.

Keep in mind that with your final price you are paying for experience, accountability, peace of mind, back-up equipment and personnel as well as professionalism, contractual obligations and insurance. Most venues will not let an entertainer perform if there is no liability or workers compensation insurance. So if you decide on a hobbyist be sure that they have all of their I’s dotted and T’s crossed!

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Budget Knowledge | Professional Entertainer vs. Hobbyist

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To understand industry standard pricing it may be helpful to know the difference between a professional entertainer and a hobbyist.

Differences

A professional entertainer is an expert in their field. They are certified or have a degree that exhibits their talents. They provide talent and proof of commitment by the time and money they have invested into becoming a professional of their craft. Professionals also have higher level of experience that they bring to the table. Experience is important because talent only goes so far. Experience equates to knowledge and knowledge is what counts when it comes to troubleshooting problems, understanding equipment, signal flow, etc.

A hobbyist does a job on the side for pleasure or as a hobby. Meaning that the job is not a top priority. A hobbyist is generally a one-man show. This can be a bad idea because what is their backup plan in the event of some unforeseen instance? What happens in the event of an accident, food poisoning or even a death in the family? You can’t simply invite your guests back next weekend so having a firm backup plan as well as backup equipment is crucial.

Insurance

To achieve a successful wedding reception goes far beyond showing off your equipment and how loud your sound system can get. Not only do you want to be sure that you have a contract with clear expectations for both parties for your event you also want to be certain your entertainer has proper insurance coverages. Some venues require both liability and workers compensation insurance in order to perform. Having this insurance will cover you as well in the event that someone gets hurt you will not be liable for any damages that may occur during the evening.

Credentials

Hiring a company comprised of professionals guarantees you are paying for commitment and success. Full time entertainment companies provide contracts, backup equipment and personnel as well as proper insurance. The company will have paid staff on call so there is always a professional entertainer available for your booked event. They also have backup equipment on site just in case of any sudden issues. Hiring someone dedicated to the success of your event is far more inviting then someone who only has time for your event after they complete their 9-5 job. Be sure to ask questions and do your fact finding before making a final decision on your wedding entertainment.

Check in with us next week to grab more budgeting tips for planning your upcoming wedding!

WWTW | The Meaning of Affordable

Budget Knowledge | The Meaning of Affordable

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Several factors need to be considered when you when determining what affordable is and means to you. If you prioritize the most important aspects of your special day then you will be able to see what you have left to budget on the less important items. You should never have to sacrifice quality for saving money.

What is Affordable?

Generally, affordable will mean a product or service is reasonably priced to meet needs in relation to quality. However, affordable means something different to each individual. This is why when you call a DJ and say, “Hey, I’m looking for a reasonably priced DJ. How much do you charge?” The answer is never that simple. Industry standard is 10% – 15% of the total budget you have set aside for your wedding day.

When setting your wedding budget and determining what is affordable to you remember to consider experience. At least once during planning you may go into “sticker shock” but consider experience and understanding that there is a list of unforeseen incidents that can happen. If you are choosing to book with an entertainment company, then bear in mind that they have planned for each and every contingency that can occur. Details like these can be accounted for in the final pricing that you may receive from your vendor.

Check in with us next week to grab more budgeting tips for planning your upcoming wedding!

WWTW | De-Stress Tips | Reviews You Can Trust

De-Stress Tips | Reviews You Can Trust

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It goes without saying that planning your wedding can become one of the most stressful times in your life. You want everything to be exactly as you imagined, but you also want to be sure your guests enjoy themselves. Try trusting some people to help you with confident decision making.

Preferred Vendor List

When you receive vendor recommendations from a trusted source, take note. Sure, you can research on your own. But with each review that you read online, do you actually know the source of that review? Most likely not. However, when it comes to your venue, you are trusting them to handle all of you and your guests requests so why wouldn’t you trust their opinion on various wedding vendors.

Venues will regularly update their Preferred Vendor List with the best vendors they have worked with at the venue. They have seen more Entertainers, Photographers, and Videographers than any one member of your family or friends. With this list, your venue is putting their reputation on the line, so they will not be recommending a mediocre vendor. Sometimes getting the review from an actual wedding professional can give added insight on the vendor. Venues can be more honest about their experiences with a vendor since they work closely during events.

Make Planning Easier

Listen to the professionals who have personally seen specific service vendors in action. Venues offer a list of Preferred Vendors, for a reason. They want your event to be a success!

Your venue knows what works and what does not work for their site, and so do their preferred vendors. They also know what vendors will be able to execute their industry service skillfully and professionally at your venue. Preferred vendors have completed events at that venue quite a few times and are most aware of the setup needed and how to successfully get your guests to have a great time.

Once you receive your Vendor List, still do your research, but keep in mind that recommendations do not come to those who don’t put in the work to receive such a compliment. You’ve done the work in selecting the venue, now it is time to take the vendor recommendations to help with further planning!

Be sure to stop back next week for more Wedding Planning Tips. New month, New topic!

WWTW | De-Stress Tips | Take Advantage of Technology

De-Stress Tips | Take Advantage of Technology

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Technology Advantages

Over the last few years technology has flourished in so many different ways. Technology Advantages can be a huge help when planning your wedding! Smart phones act as miniature computers and even personal assistants. Most phones have a plethora of versatile functionalities that are built into the device. Accessing information on the internet, especially when on the run, has never been easier or more convenient because of smartphone technology. This makes doing research and contacting vendors for your wedding less of a hassle when you can work on these things quickly and easily throughout the day, in between the busy parts of your schedule.

Helpful Apps

The notepad app is perfect for keeping all your notes in one place. Scheduling an appointment with vendors and venues can be kept organized through the calendar app. All smartphones have some version of it. You can even create alarms and reminders so you will never miss a beat!

Organizational Websites

Most people don’t realize the immense number of websites available to help with wedding planning. There are sites for calculating budgets, organizing seating charts, theme ideas and so much more! Use any search engine to find the most closely related sites that will be the useful to you.

Check in next week for more Wedding Planning Tips to help de-stress your upcoming Big Day!

WWTW | De-Stress Tips | Confident Decision Making

De-Stress Tips | Confident Decision Making

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It goes without saying that planning your wedding can become one of the most stressful times in your life. You want everything to be exactly as you imagined, but you also want to be sure your guests enjoy themselves. Try trusting some people to help you with confident decision making.

Don’t Second Guess Yourself

Your wedding day is most important to two people only, you and your soon to be spouse. Choose the details and the styles that you like most and that will be true to your personalities. Trust your gut and don’t over think the details. Think about it, who is really going to remember what your centerpieces looked like or what floral arrangements you had.

Remember, you don’t have to try to please everyone!

Pros & Cons

Trust yourself and the decisions you make. Did you fixate on the cons list when you were deciding on your future spouse? Probably not! No one and nothing is perfect so make decisions based on what is right for you and what fits you and your spouse best for your Big Day.

Check in next week for more Wedding Planning Tips to help de-stress your upcoming Big Day!

WWTW | De-Stress Tips | Proper Delegation

De-Stress Tips | Proper Delegation

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It goes without saying that planning your wedding can become one of the most stressful times in your life. You want everything to be exactly as you imagined, but you also want to be sure your guests enjoy themselves. Try trusting some people to help you with some of these decisions.

Proper Delegation

Remember, you don’t have to do everything yourself! Consider all of your options when it comes to enlisting help. You can hire a professional wedding planner. This person can make vendor recommendations or even disclose insider suggestions to enhance your special day.

Another option is to take advantage of family help. If you have someone that is overly willing to help do some research (or any task you don’t want to do)…LET THEM! You can even give a few suggestions and let them choose which one they will enjoy helping with the most.

By trying these methods you have already shared your wants and everyone helping can assist with the logistics of making it come to fruition. Usually they will speak up for your guests as well but keeping things in perspective for you. Usually anyone you enlist to help with planning will be excited to help out!

Check in next week for more Wedding Planning Tips to help de-stress your upcoming Big Day!

WWTW | Marriage License | Timeframe

Marriage License | Timeframe

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Your marriage license is one of the most important documents you will need in order to get married. There are so many details and variables that go into the application process. This month, we are going to focus on the where, when and how long it takes to get a marriage license for your upcoming Big Day!

When to Apply

Don’t wait until the last minute to apply for your marriage license because it does take a few days. Your marriage license will have an expiration date anywhere from 30-90 days after it is issued. Schedule time to apply for your license 2-3 weeks prior to your wedding date. Unfortunately, there is a 3 day waiting period to complete processing your marriage application.

In-Person or On-Line

Many states allow you to apply for your marriage license on-line or in-person. If you apply in-person some states will give you the license right away. However, your license will not be valid until 3 days after submission. Other states will simply mail the license to you after processing.

Waiting Period

You must wait 24-hours after your application is processed before your ceremony can be performed. Your marriage license is ONLY valid for 30-60 days after being issued. That means you MUST get married within that timeframe. If you don’t, you will have to restart the application process.

*If you are having a destination wedding be sure to allow additional time. There may be a longer processing time and added steps to complete the application*

Be sure to stop back next week for a new Wedding Tip next month!

WWTW | Marriage License | Essentials to Apply

Marriage License | Essentials to Apply

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Your marriage license is one of the most important documents you will need in order to get married. There are so many details and variables that go into the application process. This month, we are going to focus on the where, when and how long it takes to get a marriage license for your upcoming Big Day!

What You Need

The essentials for applying for your marriage license may be one of the simplest tasks you have to cross of of your list. Most states require your a valid photo ID (i.e. driver’s license) and social security number. If you are under 18 you will need your birth certificate. If you have previously been married or are widowed, don’t forget to bring along the divorce decree or death certificate.

Destination Wedding

If you are having a destination wedding you should check with that local marriage bureau to double check on what requirements that state, or country may have. Some locations require your birth certificate, a blood test, or even a Visa. Depending on where you are going you may need to translate your wedding documents as well.

Application Fee

Check to see if your local court accepts cash, checks, credit cards. Be sure to double check before you go to see what forms of payment are accepted during the application process. You can expect to pay anywhere from $80-$100 depending on your state and/or prior marriage.

Be sure to stop back next week for more information on wedding paperwork and obtaining your marriage license!

WWTW | Marriage License | Application Process

Marriage License | Application Process

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Your marriage license is one of the most important documents you will need in order to get married. There are so many details and variables that go into the application process. This month, we are going to focus on the where, when and how long it takes to get a marriage license for your upcoming Big Day!

When to Apply

If you are thinking about waiting until the last minute to start the application process, then you are planning on making a huge mistake! In most states, you need to acquire your marriage license at least 72 hours before your wedding. Don’t go down to apply too early though. Marriage licenses’ have an expiration date anywhere from 30-90 days after being issued so 2-3 weeks prior is ideal.

Where to Apply

Once you determine the timeframe of when to apply for your marriage license submit an application for approval. You can either submit an application online or in person at your local marriage bureau or courthouse. Once your application is approved you will receive your marriage license via mail. Now, it is time to take the license to be notarized. This usually requires both parties also. Some states require both parties when applying, others allow a wedding proxy or a stand in if one party is not available.

If you are having a destination wedding you should check with that local marriage bureau to double check on what requirements that state, or country may have.

What to Bring

Your prospective spouse is a great start! You should both also bring valid ID, passport and depending on which state you are in maybe even your birth certificate. If you have previously been married or are widowed, don’t forget to bring along the divorce decree or death certificate.

Application Fee

Check to see if your local court accepts cash, checks, credit cards. Be sure to double check before you go to see what forms of payment are accepted during the application process. You can expect to pay anywhere from $80-$100 depending on your state and/or prior marriage.

Be sure to stop back next week for more information on wedding paperwork and obtaining your marriage license!

WWTW | Marriage License | Research Requirements

Marriage License | Research State Requirements

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Your marriage license is one of the most important documents you will need in order to get married. There are so many details and variables that go into obtaining your marriage documents. This month, we are going to focus on the where, when and how long of getting a marriage license for your upcoming Big Day!

Research State Requirements

Each state has different requirements in obtaining a marriage license. Most times you and your prospective spouse will have to appear together to sign the application. You both will need to provide a current ID, birth certificate as proof of age and sometimes a blood test. If you are under 18, you WILL need parental or court consent to wed. If you are widowed, you will need a death certificate and if you have recently been divorced you will need to show your divorce decree.

Destination Wedding Requirements

If you will be getting married in a different state or country then you reside, be sure to research that states marriage license laws. More research is always better than a lack of research. You don’t want to have any surprises or delays!

Be sure to stop back next week for more information on wedding paperwork and obtaining your marriage license!

WWTW | Creative Wedding Ideas

Creative Wedding Ideas | Wedding Dress Trends

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Creative Wedding Ideas

You want your wedding day to be memorable and you want your attire to be just as memorable. This month we are focusing on 2018 Wedding Trends. If you are considering making your wedding day stand apart from the rest, consider some of these creative wedding ideas!

Wedding Dress(es)

Several brides have been flirting with the idea of having two wedding dresses on their Big Day. One formal, more traditional style dress with tulle and train for the ceremony. The other dress may be a more revealing short dress that accommodates the less formal party vibe of the reception. If you’re changing due to personal preference or because of comfort and style, you deserve to be comfortable either way. Make the decision that will let you enjoy your special day!

Why Change

It has been a tradition for years in several cultures for the bride to make a wardrobe change. This trend has become more and more popular in the past years for contemporary and modern weddings. Some brides have a tough time choosing their favorite dress, but the majority of brides deciding on two dresses do so because the dress they love for the ceremony is restrictive and doesn’t allow free movement for dancing. Depending on the time of year or the venue there may be an indoor/outdoor option as well. A change in dress will allow the bride to go from hot to cold comfortably.

When to Change

Changing after the I do’s and before the toasts is most common. During the cocktail hour once your formal photos are complete is ideal. While guests are grabbing a drink and catching up with each other you can get changed and touch up your hair and makeup to be sure to wow your guests once again during your grand entrance. You can also decide to do the first dance in your ceremony gown then change during dinner before guests hit the dance floor. This option allows you to feel flirty and sultry as you dance the night away!

Regardless of the time you decide to change, be sure to have your shoes, accessories and dress laid out for ease. Pick 1-2 bridesmaids or family members to accompany you while changing. Now, be sure that once you arrive in your changing area that someone sets an alarm or timer for 5-10 minutes. This way, you won’t end up spending too much time changing and gabbing and miss your reception!

Alternatives to Changing

Simply put, all dresses are not made for dancing. Something more comfortable with casual shoes will help you finish the evening of a long day. The idea of two wedding dresses has become so popular that designers have begun to make convertible dresses or two-in-one dresses. This option is a more cost effective way to achieve the look of two dresses without going over budget. This is also a great idea for the bride that absolutely loves their dress but just wants a little less dress to enjoy dancing in.

Going this route will ensure that you get the fairytale dress for your ceremony and remove the tulle skirt to reveal a classy but stylish look for the reception. For a more modern chic look, brides have even been incorporating jumpsuits into the mix for reception attire!

Check in with us next week for more creative wedding ideas you can add to enhance your Big Day!

WWTW | Photography Series

Photography Series | Engagement Session

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An engagement session is a more relaxed photo shoot. The couple gets photos taken to use for save the date cards, wedding website, or even display at the reception! Another great reason to do an engagement session is getting a preview of how things will actually go on your wedding day. You’ll also get a preview of what it’ll feel like in front of the camera. It goes without saying that you will be spending a lot of time with your photographer on your wedding day. This gives you a chance to get to know your photographer and share with them the vision you want captured for your wedding day!

Timeline

Your engagement session should be scheduled approximately 8 months before your actual wedding date. This usually falls somewhere around 2 months before the Save the Date cards go out. When you schedule, your photographer will tell you how much time they’ll need to edit the images before returning them. If you’re creating save the date cards or just want to use some of the images at the reception, you will have enough time to design everything.

Packages

Typically an engagement session package includes a 2-hour session. Your contract may include unlimited locations, however, bare in mind that you have to account for travel time as well. Try planning for 2 locations that are close to each other so that you can maximize your time. Expect your engagement session package to run around $400 for the 2-hour session. There may be some add-on services you can take advantage of. Check with your photographer to see if they have anything additional that you may be interested in.

Stop back next week for a recap of the great wedding photography tips Megan and Sarah shared with us!

WWTW | Photography Series

Photography Series | Time Expectations

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When you hear someone say unlimited is included in any wedding package your imagination starts to run wild! Most wedding photography packages include unlimited locations but realistically, is there enough time to visit multiple locations?

If you are planning on taking photos at more than one location, be sure they are close to each other or you have a lot of time available before your reception. When you take into account distance and traffic you may end up eating into far more time than you thought you would. Also, depending on the season and the time of day you may end up running short on daylight.

Instead, try choosing one location for your wedding photography. Choose the location you adore the most and let your photographers maximize that one location. They can get some memorable portraits that make it seem like you were at multiple locations just by using their imagination! By going this route, you will set your timeline up for success and won’t keep your guests waiting too long while you get that must have shot.

Be sure to stop back next week for more wedding photography tips for your upcoming big day!

WWTW | w/ David Alan

David Alan Series | Custom Groomsmen Suits

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If you will be having a smaller bridal party make the investment into your groomsmen and get them a custom shirt or suit from David Alan Clothing. The suits can all be the same on the outside but can have varied details to personalize for each of your groomsmen. Each jacket can have a different liner, maybe each of the guys have a different favorite sports team or went to different college. Why not line their jacket with something cool, out of the box and meaningful to them. You can also think about getting their name or initials monogramed inside of the jacket. Think about the great photo shoots you can get with customized suits like these. Contact David Alan and his team of style consultants today to see what options you have for your groomsmen!

WWTW | w/ David Alan

David Alan Series | Grooms’ Gift

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Not sure what to get your groom for his grooms gift? If your favorite guy is a bit hard to shop for try a David Alan Clothing gift card. What a better way to treat your guy then to a custom suit that is sure to get him noticed each time he wears it! With that gift card your groom will be able to enjoy the products offered by David Alan Clothing as well as The Proper Knot.

“In a world of big box retail, and online stores where tens of thousands of people can all own the same piece of clothing, there is no better time in our culture to build your very own look, that defines who you are, and who you want to be.” David Alan

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David Alan Series | Groomsmen Gift Ideas

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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 a few trendy gift suggestions for your favorite groomsmen. Instead of getting your groomsmen the timeless flask or pint glass as a gift try something new for your upcoming wedding. Have you ever considered a custom dress shirt? This can make a great groomsman gift idea! There are ways you can personalize each shirt to make them stand apart from each other. You can put a monogram of each groomsmen initials on their shirt sleeve or even add custom cufflinks and combined present them as a gift set for your groomsmen. The best thing is this is a gift that will pay for itself when your groomsman continue to wear their personalized shirt even after your wedding! Remember, the best gifts are useful gifts. Contact David Alan Clothing today to get more details on styling your groomsmen for your upcoming wedding!

WWTW | w/ David Alan

Custom Tux

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Custom Tuxedo Ideas

Everyone is going on and on about the bride and her dress. Now, it’s your turn to get to the style consultant and order your custom tux! When you make the investment in getting a tailored wedding tuxedo with David Alan Clothing unlike the bride, you will have the opportunity to wear your custom tux more than once.

Add the color and detail to everything from the buttons, inside lining and lapels. Think of it as a blank canvas. Contact David and his team today to discuss your style options and create your custom made tuxedo for your upcoming Big Day. Give them a call and schedule your consultation today, visit David Alan Clothing for more details.

WWTW | Saving Money | Gift Ideas & Off Season Planning

Saving Money | Gift Ideas & Off Season Planning

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Couples planning their wedding day are always open to new ideas. They usually also want tips on ways to save money. If you have set a budget and are trying to keep costs low here are some ideas on ways to find some savings! Remember, there are certain aspects you will want to spend more on, but some items are less important than others.

Bridal Party Gifts

Since it is a customary tradition to give each member of your bridal party a gift; try to DIY something instead of buying a gift from a store. Maybe you or your fiancé have some hidden talent like painting or woodwork that would make an excellent gift idea! Pintrest may have some great ideas for you to try also. Your bridal party will cherish anything handmade more than anything store bought.

Book Out of Season

Some vendors offer a discount if you book your wedding during the off season. Consider off season as being late fall or winter. You can also think about booking on a Friday or Sunday during prime wedding season. You may not receive as deep of a discount as off season but you may still be able to save some money. Sometimes if there is an upcoming long holiday weekend you can try to plan your Big Day for a Thursday. Since they are not very busy on those days, and especially during the off season, venues look being booked for the right price!

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking out of the box. Be sure to check in next week for some more wedding planning tips!

WWTW | Saving Money | Flowers, Lights and Linens

Saving Money | Flowers, Lighting & Linens

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Couples planning their wedding day are always open to new ideas. They usually also want tips on ways to save money. If you have set a budget and are trying to keep costs low here are some ideas on ways to find some savings! Remember, there are certain aspects you will want to spend more on, but some items are less important than others.

Flowers

Most couples include flowers into the budget for their Big Day but most people don’t realize how much flowers can actually cost. Instead of spending close to $9000 on flowers, that you will ultimately give or throw away after your reception, cut that budget and supplement your design. Try spending around $1500 and create a small lighting budget that will give a bigger effect while saving you money!

Lighting

Try adding lighting to give your venue the perfect look. Sometimes simple can be just enough! There are many lighting design styles that you could use to add to the special décor for your upcoming wedding reception. A monogram is a timeless way to illuminate the dance floor at your wedding. Display your names or initials on the wall or dance floor but don’t forget you have options in this area also. For an added interior decoration, try a monogram that matches your theme, snowflakes for a winter décor or even your personalized wedding logo!

Up-lighting and down-lighting will add an effect to whatever they are shining on! Down-lights will transform your chandeliers while up-lights are used for walls and sconces. Not all venues are able to use pinspot lighting for tables and centerpieces. Using LED up-lights will give you the same effect without changing your centerpieces!

Linens

If you will be using any linens or drapery to decorate your venue it may be more cost effective for you to actually buy your own linens rather than renting them. We know, it doesn’t make sense, but once you factor in delivery and labor costs in addition to cleaning fees for the next rental you are looking at spending anywhere from $1200 on linens to $4000 depending on the style you choose. You will save money going this route and then after your event you can have them cleaned and resell them on any of the various wedding resell websites.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking out of the box. Be sure to check in next week for some more wedding planning tips!

WWTW | Saving Money | Rehearsal Dinner & Guest Lists

Saving Money | Dinner & Guests

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Couples planning their wedding day are always open to new ideas and saving money is a top priority. If you have set a budget and are trying to keep costs low here are some ideas on ways to find some savings! Remember, there are certain aspects you will want to spend more on, but some items are less important than others.

Rehearsal Dinner

Your rehearsal dinner doesn’t have to be a formal grand affair. Remember, that part comes on your actual wedding day! Instead, a great idea to save money for this event is to have something less formal. Maybe a backyard cookout if the weather permits or possibly your parents or a friends house can hold your guests and will host a catered dinner in your honor. You don’t have to have a huge dinner, just invite your bridal party, parents and officiant. Not all of your guests have to be there so don’t splurge on this part of your wedding. Your rehearsal dinner is just that, practice for the real show the next day!

Guest List

If you happen to have a list of people you are unsure if you should invite try making an A, B & C List. Your A List should include your close friends and immediate family. Use the B & C List for co-workers, friends you may not have recently been in touch with and those distant cousins and other family members you haven’t seen in years. Now, who makes the cut? If you have guests on your B & C Lists that you have not talked to within the past year it is acceptable not to feel obligated to invite them to celebrate this special day with you. If you’re still unsure if you should invite them, try this strategy. Would you take this guest out to dinner and spend $150 per person at a 5 star restaurant on them without blinking an eye? Or, would be just as satisfied with taking them to Applebee’s and spending only about $40 on their meal? If Applebee’s is your decision, don’t invite them. (Note: We Love Applebee’s!)

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking out of the box. Be sure to check in next week for some more wedding planning tips!

WWTW | Saving Money | Cake & Alcohol

Saving Money | Cake & Alcohol

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Saving money is a top priority for couples planning their wedding day. If you have set a budget and are trying to keep costs low here are some ideas on ways to find some savings! Remember, there are certain aspects you will want to spend more on, but some items are less important than others.

Cake

Just because you are expecting 250 guests does not mean you need to accommodate with 250 slices of cake! This is a big money saving tip. Not all of your guests will want to have cake for dessert. Plus, if you are having a wedding in Pittsburgh you will most likely have a cookie table as well. Instead, try a sheet cake for the staff to serve to your guests. You can still cut the top tier and save it for your First Anniversary but the bottom tier of the cake can be fake and your guests will never know the difference. Going this route you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a cake they may or may not be eaten.

Alcohol

Most of your guests will be excited to know that you have an open bar. Just like all other areas of your wedding, saving money is an option on drinks also! Most wedding receptions have an open bar for 5-6 hours which includes your cocktail hour. That being said, hopefully your guests won’t mind the bar being closed for 1 hour during dinner. Instead try serving iced tea, lemonade, water and soda. If you think your guests would really enjoy a beverage during dinner another money saving alternative is just offering wine during that time also.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking out of the box. Be sure to check in next week for some more money saving wedding planning tips!

WWTW | Saving Money | Favors & Centerpieces

Saving Money | Favors & Centerpieces

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Couples planning their wedding day are always open to new ideas. They usually also want tips on ways to save money. If you have set a budget and are trying to keep costs low here are some ideas on ways to find some savings! Remember, there are certain aspects you will want to spend more on, but some items are less important than others.

Favors

When you think about a really great favor it is usually edible or simply useful. Everyone is familiar with the long-held Pittsburgh traditional cookie table. For this you can utilize printed cookie bags or boxes to make taking cookies home easily. Some other ideas could range anywhere from beer bottle or wine cork openers with your names and date on it. Something that guests will continue to use over the years and be reminded of the great time they had celebrating your big day with you!

Centerpieces

A lot of trendy ideas for wedding centerpieces are not only wide but also very tall. They may look great in pictures but you have to keep in mind that you may have guests sitting at a table that haven’t seen each other in a long time or may just be getting to know each other for the first time. With these big & tall centerpieces it won’t be easy for them to converse at the table. Imagine your guests bobbing their heads back and forth just trying to make eye contact with the person across the table they are trying to talk to.

Keeping things as simple as possible will help get your point across. Candles, flowers and even something specific to your hobbies or careers is perfect. Sometimes the most simple and most intimate ideas can truly go a long way.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking out of the box. Be sure to check in next week for some more wedding planning tips!

WWTW | Drapery & Ceiling Treatments | Design Ideas

Drapery & Ceiling Treatments | Design Ideas

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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This month we wanted to share some important tips for customizing the pipe and drape for your upcoming wedding. Here is a quick recap of the varying factors that go into the budgeting for drapery and ceiling treatments.

Budget

Remember, it is nearly impossible to accurately budget for drapery and ceiling or wall treatments without speaking with your vendor first. Take into consideration your venue, your fabric and your design before setting a budget on what to spend on this service. Packages are almost never offered for drapery design since it is all generally customized to suit your needs. You may see many designs online that you like, but those designs may not always be budget conscientious.

Labor

Speak with your venue to find out what they have going on in the ballroom you will be using before (and after) your event. How soon will staff be able to begin to transform the area before your event? How much time and how soon will they be able to access the room to begin teardown? If your venue has anything going on immediately before your event or immediately after, you may want to consider a simple design. Some designs that are more detailed may also require more equipment to complete the look. With that said, be sure to keep setup and teardown times in mind. Your venue may have to be flexible to ensure you have enough time for your design.

Design

If you know you want to spruce up your venue a little, but aren’t really sure of what to do take a peek at the photos we added to this vlog to help with some ideas. Ceiling treatments, drapery and wall treatments aren’t always going to be cost effective but sometimes they can replace flowers or other visuals and still be appealing to your guests.

Give us a call today to discuss your ceiling or wall treatment or even drapery options. We will schedule your site survey and get you custom pricing for your design ideas!

WWTW | Drapery & Ceiling Treatments | Wall Treatments

Drapery & Ceiling Treatments | Wall Treatment

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Wall treatment ideas can be a great way to add some special décor to your wedding venue. This is when you use pipe and drape to design special décor. You can utilize wall treatments to supplement most costly ceiling treatments or simply use then in lieu of ceiling treatments. As with all special décor, there are many variables that go into accurate costs.

Costs

Costs for wall treatments generally are prices per linear foot. That can range anywhere between $12 and can go upwards of $30. Pricing will depend on the type of fabric you use. Sheer, satin, velour etc. Also, would you like to add a valence or lighting to your design? This would only enhance the look you are creating in your ballroom. Keep in mind that the height of your fabric will play into the cost as well.

Labor

Most wall treatment ideas can be completed easier than ceiling treatments saving you on labor costs. Consider wall treatments a more cost-effective way to create a new look to your wedding venue. Keep in mind, having photo ideas of what design you would like created is always a huge help for your designers!

Give Us A Call

As with most wedding services, there are many variables that go into completing your concept. Remember, packages are almost never offered for services like this. Visit our webpage AND give us a call today @ 412.292.8776 to schedule a site survey and get accurate pricing for your wedding wall treatments!

WWTW | Drapery & Ceiling Treatments | Budgeting : Part 1

Drapery & Ceiling Treatments | Budgeting : Part 1

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Drapery & ceiling treatments are becoming more and more popular lately. But don’t be surprised if you contact a vendor to ask about drapery & ceiling treatment packages and they tell you that is not something they offer. Each item is custom made so a package is not something that can be made available for a service like this. Plus, there are a ton of variables in cost. When you start thinking about using drapery & ceiling treatments for your upcoming wedding day decor you will want to keep a few things in mind. You will have to consider fabric options, ease of setup, your venue capabilities as well as labor.

Budget

The average cost for drapery & ceiling treatments is around $5000. Now certainly, that completely depends on what you want done to create the look at your venue. It could very well cost more, or less. It always helps to have a picture of what you want to share with your vendor. This will help them understand the look you want and they can explain to you what would need to be done in order to create your vision.

A realistic budget when planning on using drapery & ceiling treatments is not going to be any less than $2000. Labor alone may be $1000. Then you have to consider the type of fabric you would like to use for your ceiling treatments. Fabric options generally include sheer, satin, velour and then we cannot forget the multitude of colors you can choose from. FYI, white is usually the most expensive. Are you thinking about incorporating lights at all? Depending on the style, you have to not only factor in the lights but also the additional labor in setting the lights. Does your venue have outlets in the ceiling or will the power be coming from the wall? Generally, these are questions that you do not think about when trying to attain the look to make your venue reflect your style and personality. Once you reach out to discuss your drapery & ceiling treatments your vendor should schedule a site survey to ensure the venue is able to accomplish what you want done.

We don’t want to scare you with these numbers. Remember, this is an informative blog and we just want to ensure that you are empowered with as much information as necessary going into your meetings with various vendors. Make sure to stop back next week to learn more information on drapery & ceiling treatments budgeting: part 2!

WWTW | Reception Tips | Toasts

Reception Tips | Toasts

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This month we have been focusing on reception tips and how to make sure you enhance your wedding reception so that your guests will remember it for years to come. This week we want to give you some guidance on toasts and speeches.

You want to make sure that your toasts are given while you have all of your guests’ attention. It may seem like it would make sense to give toasts during dinner, maybe between courses, but that is actually the worst time to give them! The only time you really have your guests’ full attention is directly before you begin dinner. This is after your grand entrance. It is best to do any toasts, speeches or greetings at that time while all of your guests’ eyes are directed toward the head table and you have their full attention.

Between courses your guests will want to run to the restroom, go to the bar, or simply catch up with other guests at other tables. Instead of sitting down and listening to your toasts and blessings they are walking around with other intentions completely oblivious to what is being said. Remember, it is difficult to settle your guests once they have begun to move around.

Another reason we recommend getting those toasts and speeches out of the way before you lose your guests attention is because most likely the person giving the toast is not a professional speaker. When your guests are up and moving around they are not paying attention to the person speaking and this could be a huge distraction to whomever is giving the toast. The distraction can lead to jolting their nerves or causing them to lose their train of thought. When this happens, it could take longer to get toasts and speeches completed which take time away from the catering staff who are patiently waiting to serve your guests the hot meal you paid so much money for. If you did decide on toasts and speeches between your courses being served bear in mind that the catering staff is going to stop serving your guests when there is someone speaking because they do not want to interrupt. But again, do you really want to make your catering staff pause their duties because of poor time management?

Be sure to stop back next month for a new Wenning Wedding Tip topic!

WWTW | Reception Tips | Timeline

Reception Tips | Timeline

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Now that it has come time to plan your timeline for your upcoming wedding there are a few details you will want to keep in mind. When possible, you never want to front-load your wedding. Don’t make “keys and purse” time come early during your special wedding day!

You don’t ever want to “front-load” your wedding. What is that you ask? It is when we introduce the Bride & Groom, then go into their first dance, then directly to the cake cutting, then into any other speciality dances, bringing everyone to the Toasts, Blessing and Dinner being served. Based off of years of experience and psychology, we have seen guests leave directly after dinner. Once they eat, there is nothing else obligating them to stay after, they have already seen everything they came to witness. We call it “Key’s & Purse” time. You don’t want everyone to see the “Whole Show” an hour an a half into the 5 hour event. That’s like doing a 50/50 raffle in the very beginning instead of towards the end of your event.

When completing your timeline for your wedding reception do not feel like you have to list a time next to each item. Listing only a few times is perfectly fine because those are your main important highlights of the evening. Things such as your grand entrance, dinner and last dance are items you want a time next. We need to know when Dinner is scheduled so we can work everything else around that, this way, the food that you spent so much money on does not get cold! Outside of those details, everything else can be played by ear and will fall into place with the order of things. Most Bride & Groom’s will want to do a ‘Meet n’ Greet’ after they eat just to say “Hi” to all of their friends and family that came to spend the day with them! So that is why we do not have any times for the Cake or First Dance, because every Bride and Groom are different and we tailor our needs to each client.

We understand that not every wedding is going to have an “Anniversary Dance, Money Dance, or even a Garter and Bouquet Toss.” But those are generally done toward the end of the evening. Using the right Emcee and/or DJ to work with you on your timeline is critical. It could either make or break the flow of your Big Day.