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Wedding Timeline Planning

When faced with planning your wedding timeline, your to-do list might seem very scary at first. Do you order the catering first? What about the flowers? And of course, you have your dress to think about and that has to be perfect!

This month at Wenning Entertainment, we’re going to cover the exact order you should book your vendors in to make sure that everything runs smoothly for your big day!

Step 1: Your Venue and Reception Hall

To cover all of your bases, you want to focus on the hardest, most in-demand vendors first. So, the first thing you want to do is book your venue and reception hall. These can be separate or combined depending on your location and price point. It’s best to get a jump on this first so that the place you have in mind will be available for your date. Plus, knowing the venue will make planning the fun stuff like flowers and seating arrangements way easier.

Step 2: Your Entertainment

The next step is to book your entertainment. If you aren’t familiar with the world of wedding vendors, you might be overwhelmed with the volume of wedding bands and DJs there are. Entertainers can be booked up to 2 to 3 years in advance so get a jump on that. To make sure that you find the best one to keep the party alive all night long you’re going to want to research and research early.

Step 3: Your Photographer

Then, your next step is to book your photographer. Good photographers can be booked for up to 2 to 3 years in advance so get a jump on that. This is one of the most important days of your life. You’re going to want it captured by a reliable photographer that you trust. So book them early!

Step 4: Your Videographer or Cinematographer

Lastly on this list is your videographer or cinematographer. Some people are still wary about traveling and large parties. To make sure you have a video worthy of showing grandma, book your videographer or cinematographer in advance. They always book up to about a year and a half to three years in advance.

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Keep Your Wedding Memories Alive

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Keep Your Wedding Memories Alive

Wedding videos are so much more than a simple film. It is a collection of you, your partner, your family and friends all living life and having a great time. Your video will stay as a permanent glimpse into your magical day, a collection of irreplaceable footage, and a visual way to keep memories alive on your wedding day!

Keep your wedding memories alive

During your wedding, you will have all sorts of guests in attendance. Young friends and old relatives alike will be laughing, dancing, singing, and having a great time! Having that all in the same video is so valuable. Later in life, It will be great to look back and see old friends, family, and your partner smiling and having a blast!

Preserve their memory forever

This wedding video will also be a testament to the memories captured that day. You never know what what life has down the road. A family member can pass on or a friend can get into an accident, or a loved one could move somewhere far away. However, their memory can be captured in your wedding video in a way that photographs cannot reproduce.

Keep your wedding memories alive

Wenning Entertainment’s own Eric and Heather learned first-hand how important having video can be. 3 days after their marriage, they found out Heather’s father was diagnosed with ALS. Luckily, there was so much recently-filmed footage of Heather’s father giving a toast, dancing, and smiling and having a great time. Even after the terrible effects of ALS had set in, there will always be that night of life and joy captured forever on video.

keep your wedding memories alive with video you can look back and watch in the years to come!

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What Should I feed my wedding vendors?

What Should I Feed My Wedding Vendors?

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What Should I Feed My Wedding Vendors? | Wedding FAQ    

Your Wedding Videographers, Photographers, and DJs will be spending almost an entire day working to make your big moments feel magical and memorable. One great way to repay these wedding vendors is to feed them a delicious meal!

People often ask what they should feed the small team of vendors who spend almost 12 hours working for them. It is common etiquette to feed them a hot meal for their long day, even a protein and a starch can go a long way. Remember, the better you treat them, the more willing they will be to help you out!

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Vendor Meals

Some venues may offer a “Vendor Meal”, which is a specific meal package made for the Videographers, Photographers, DJs, and others. Sounds perfect, right? However, sometimes this meal is not as good as it might sound. Some places might provide a cold turkey sandwich and an apple, or reheat some pasta and call it a meal. Worst of all, they might even charge the bride and groom up to $60 or $70 for this “Vendor Meal”.

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This is one reason why it is always important to find out this information beforehand. Find out if the Venue offers a Vendor Meal, and if so, what are the specifics? What is included, what does it cost, will you be getting a good value?

If there is no Vendor Meal, make sure you have another plan to feed your vendors. Make sure it is something warm and delicious, because you will see your investment pay off. When your vendors are happy, you’ll see the results, both in your experience that day, and also in the footage afterwards.

 

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Wedding Videographer Pricing Breakdown

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Wedding videographers are an essential part to the biggest day of your life, but how do you know if you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck? This breakdown of wedding videographer prices makes it easy to understand how and why they price their services!

Some basics:

ALL videographers price their services and packages differently

The average cost of a wedding videographer in the U.S. is $1,800, but the average range is between $1,000-$2,500

Prices can go up to $12,500 for a luxury videographer that can take your wedding and turn it into a quality, TV-ready star for the day

That’s a lot of money we’re talking about here, so what is included in the cost?

This is depending on what YOU want! The great thing is, is that you can work with your videographer to create and personalize your package to your wants and needs.

One more factor to consider is that between June and October, prices will run higher because it is wedding season during that time.

Packages usually include how much time you will get the videographer and staff for, but you can always request extra time. Extra time can cost around $200-$500/half hour. This is to pay for their time and their assistant’s time, extra editing, and video cards.

Extra services like drone footage or travel expenses can add additional costs as well.

What you’re really paying for is the final product and what goes into it

First and foremost, the videography service! Make sure your videographer matches your style so that the final product is everything you could have ever imagined and more

The post-production is something that people usually don’t consider either. This process is the most time-consuming part of making your dream video. Sometimes the videographer lets you make your own edits, but that could be an additional cost

Your final wedding video is the whole reason you even got the videographer in the first place. Your video will most likely be provided to you on a DVD, Blu-ray, or USB drive. Sometimes, a highlight reel may also be made for your video, and it can be made easily accessible via YouTube or Vimeo.

The last thing included in your cost is your videographer’s equipment. You only want the best for your wedding, and videographers only want the best equipment for their business. You are paying to use their high-definition cameras, lighting equipment, etc.

The last cost established with videographers is tipping and how much you should tip them. It is recommended that you tip the lead videographer $50-$100, and if they have an assistant, $50-$75 is acceptable.

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Getting the BEST Out of Your Wedding Videographer

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It’s not a secret that you can get the best out of your videographer on your wedding day. Now, how to get the best is a different story. You may think you don’t know where to start or what questions to ask, so these are the basics of how to get the best from your videographer.

There are some things you and your videographer need to talk about! Tell them what moments that are the most important to you and your partner

You may be thinking “everything!!” but that can’t be the case, unfortunately. So, curate a list of moments such as the first kiss, cake cutting, reception venue, etc. Be sure to be open and honest so you can relive what you want to and not think to yourself “there’s something missing here.”

Depending on how many videographers you have, they can’t be everywhere at once, just like you can’t! So, if you only have one videographer, they will ONLY be following you and your partner, OR they start scrambling when there’s a dull moment so that they can shoot details, exteriors, and other details.

Letting your videographer know exactly what you want can be crucial to the wedding video of your dreams. The more you can help them out by knowing what you want, the better the final product will be.

Now you’re probably thinking “so they told me the first step, now how do I go about hiring a videographer?” We have the answer for you! At Wenning Entertainment, we provide you with a planning service, and you can hire them for a FULL EVENT!

Other tips for hiring a videographer:

  • If you’re going for a specific look, don’t be afraid to ask for samples! You have to know what you’re paying for before you purchase something as meaningful that you’ll have forever.
  • See if your vendor has any recommendations for videographers! Now this may depend if they have a preferred or exclusive list, but if they don’t they may have people that you may not have heard of.
  • Finding someone who has experience with your venue is essential for a great wedding video! If your videographer already knows the lay of the land, lighting, acoustics, etc. of the place, then your video will turn out amazing!

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Things wedding guests care about

10 Things Wedding Guests DON’T Care About

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I know how important it is to impress your wedding guests on your big day, but the amount of things that your guests DO NOT care about will shock you! There are a few things that you should put your time, effort, and money into, but some things you don’t need to splurge on. Here are the top things that your wedding guests do not care about, A.K.A. where not to spend a lot of money.

Things wedding guests care about

The invitations (shocking, I know)

Invitations end up in the garbage or recycling bin way faster than you would think. So, instead of splurging on them, there are cheaper alternatives! Try getting them made at Target, Walmart, Shutterfly, or you could get them handmade by a small business on Etsy.

Things wedding guests care about

Wedding programs

Does this need an explanation? There a thing of the past, so leave them there.

Things wedding guests care about

Top-shelf alcohol

Let’s be honest, at weddings, people don’t care what alcohol is available; they care if it’s free and if there is a lot of it! There are more affordable ways to stock the bar for your big day. You could pick the option that doesn’t include top shelf alcohol, or you could try the option that’s just beer and wine if your guests aren’t picky.

Things wedding guests care about

Crazy escort card displays

They make a great photo opt for your guests to get pictures for their Instagram’s, but other than that, they’re really unnecessary and can become an extra cost.

Things wedding guests care about

Extra amenities

Some people put so much into decking out their entire venues, even the restrooms, but don’t do that! Keep it simple and have things people might actually need like a bathroom amenity basket or personalized napkins because your extra efforts may go unnoticed.

Things wedding guests care about

Aisle décor

Your aisle décor really depends on where your ceremony will be held, but your venue may not need a ton of décor for the knot tying. Sticking to highlighting the alter or arch may really compliment the place without costing you extra.

Things wedding guests care about

The linens

Listen, does anyone really pay attention to the tablecloths at the reception? I know I don’t! At the end of the day, you won’t even want those tablecloths, runners, or napkins that you paid extra for. As long as they match the color palette and are pretty, your guests won’t care.

Things wedding guests care about

Bouquet toss

Now this one is up to your personal style, but they’re old fashioned and the trend has been dying out in the recent years.

Things wedding guests care about

Wedding favors

Please, please, please do not give out engraved champagne flutes or custom candles, I beg of you! Those are a thing of the past, and they should also stay there. Try doing something like sweet treats for after the reception, those are always great. Or, you could even donate the money put towards favors to a charity of your choice, and that will definitely be a widely received gesture.

Things wedding guests care about

Long ceremonies

Keep it short, keep it sweet, and keep it simple. Guest will be so excited to watch the couple profess their love for each other since that is the whole point but keeping the ceremony around 30 minutes or less will keep everyone happy!

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Buddy-Moons & Mini-Moons

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Heard to believe a new decade is only a few months away at this point. What should we look to see in Weddings as we move into the new decade? This month we will be talking about several different trends that will be occurring for 2020 and beyond. This week we will be talking about Buddy-Moons and Mini-Moons.

In the past, honeymoons were traditionally taken as soon as the wedding was over. A lot of couples would change straight out of their wedding attire and hop on the next flight out. In the next decade, you can expect this to change dramatically because a lot of people are not able to travel right away. Sometimes restrictions such as work, or school schedules can conflict with having a honeymoon immediately after. You did just plan a wedding so at least take a little bit of time to relax. Here are two of our favorite alternatives to think about other than a traditional honeymoon, the buddy-moons and mini-moons!

Buddy-moons are exactly what you are thinking, a honeymoon with your friends! This is actually more common than you think. Couples will have a weeklong party for their wedding which also doubles as a honeymoon. Take the next few days to celebrate and hang out with the friends and family. You’ll have a fun group to be with you but also be able to sneak away for private time with your new spouse. This type of honeymoon is especially great if it is a destination wedding so that it makes everyone’s trip in worth it.

Are you worried about spending any more money or have taken to much time off before the wedding? If having a two week long vacation to the Bahamas isn’t an option, then the mini-moon is perfect for you. A mini-moon is a smaller vacation right after the wedding and then plan the longer honeymoon for a later time. You might go with a delightful bed and breakfast instead. This can be great for people that can’t afford to miss another week of work. Another great instance this is good for is if the weather isn’t up to par with what you originally had planned.

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Sustainable Weddings

Sustainable Weddings 101

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Heard to believe a new decade is only a few months away at this point. What should we look to see in Weddings as we move into the new decade? This month we will be talking about several different trends that will be occurring for 2020 and beyond. This week we will be talking about sustainable and ecofriendly weddings.

Don’t be surprised if you attend a lot of sustainable or eco-friendly weddings in the new decade. That means getting rid of a lot of plastic and things that are not biodegradable. This could be a whole variety of different things starting with the invitations. Couples may decide to send old school wedding invitations, but for save the dates, paperless is becoming more popular.

When it comes to food, people are starting to turn towards local farms for healthier foods. It has become more accessible than ever and but keep in mind that organic food may cost you more.  Locally grown products will help ensure there are no preservatives in the food and also guarantee that it’s the freshest it can be.  Turning to the neighborhood baker is also a great idea if you’re looking to save some money with desserts. Why spend hundreds of dollars on a professional bakery when you can get assistance from friends and family?

Sourcing things that are more locally grown such as flowers or decorations will become more popular as well.  Ordering flowers can become rather expensive, but brides are turning towards smaller florists that are known in the community. Some brides will even grow their own gardens ahead of time or have friends and family help them. This is a great way to use the local resources and reduce a big carbon footprint affecting the world.

Ultimately, brides and grooms are looking for better ways to impact the climate. Using local farms, florists and food vendors are great ways that can help preserve the earth. Expect to see a lot of weddings like this in the future to come as people are starting to realize the true impact the Earth is going through right now. In the years to come, keep an eye out and you will see more weddings that are going with the eco-friendly approach.

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BEWARE The Ghost Bride!!

BEWARE The Ghost Bride!!

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Since it is finally October and getting close to Halloween we will be having fun with everything that is spooky and scary.  Have you ever wondered where the main wedding traditions originated from?  This month we will be talking about several different traditions and how there was a sinister start to them.  But, for this week are switching it up and talking about ghost brides.

Beware the ghost bride! Today we will be sharing with you a spooky ghost story! So, picture it, a happy couple is planning their wedding.  They are in the midst of calling vendors to book services. The vendor and the happy couple end up having a great conversation and then, they ghost you! They stopped answering the phone! They stop emailing you back! DON’T be a ghost bride or a ghost groom!

If you are contacting a vendor, and you’re talking pricing or setting up meetings.  Make sure to go through with to the end. It is okay if you have found someone else that you want for your wedding.  This happens a lot with vendors constantly popping up or if you received late advice about better options to choose from. Let all the vendors that you have spoken with that you will no longer need their services.

By letting the professional vendor know, it will let them move onto the next. They will no longer have to save the date for you and allow someone else to take your place. Sounds like a common courtesy but you would be surprised how many people just disappear.  The vendor won’t be upset if you say you found someone else, that’s just business. Everyone has been ghosted at least once in our lifetime, it’s not the best feeling ever!

So, don’t be a spooky ghost bride. Just let them know, via phone or email that their services are no longer needed. That is all you have to do! Sounds easy enough. Professional companies like us will continue to call and contact brides and grooms until we know the answer is “no.”

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Best Friend or Body Guard

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Since it is finally October and getting close to Halloween we will be having fun with everything that is spooky and scary.  Have you ever wondered where the main wedding traditions originated from?  This month we will be talking about several different traditions and how there was a sinister start to them.  Have you ever wondered what the true purpose of being the best man in a wedding is?

Was the best man really the groom’s best friend or his body guard? The wedding tradition of the “best man” originated back in the 16th Century during the Germanic Goths period.  Unlike today’s tradition, this man wasn’t your closest friend, he was there for other crucial roles. Here are some of the important things the best man did for the bride and groom.

Back in the era where chivalry was the main system in place, women were sometimes forced to stay home under close watch.  To address the issue, the best man played the role in helping the groom capture the bride from her home.  Helping fight off angry family members was very common and resulted in a lot of deaths. Once the capture was successful, the best man would lead them to a secure area where no one would find them.  The couple would stay there until the day of the wedding.

Just like in today’s tradition, the best man stands next to the groom during the ceremony.  The original reasoning for this was that he was able to guard the couple from any outrageous family members.  The best man would usually stand to the right of the groom so that he had quick access to his sword.  Anyone that dared to charge the alter would have to go through the best man first which gave the couple time to escape.

Next time you are at a wedding, imagine the best man having to fight of several angry family members of the brides.  Even try to imagine him and groom going to the bride’s house and capturing her to be married.  Time have certainly changed; will your best man be a good swordsman, or will he just be your best friend!

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The Terror Tale of the Veil

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Since it is finally October and getting close to Halloween we will be having fun with everything that is spooky and scary.  Have you ever wondered where the main wedding traditions originated from?  This month we will be talking about several different traditions and how there was a sinister start to them.  Here is the terror tale of the veil!

The terror tale of the veil originated in the early Roman time period.  The idea of wearing a veil was to protect the bride from evil spirits.  They thought that the bride was vulnerable to enchantment and took every precaution necessary. The veil wasn’t always white like today’s tradition.  It was actually flamed-colored to scare off those spooky spirits.  However, there were also several reasons as to why the bride wore a wedding veil.

According to many other historians, the bride wore a veil to hide her face from the groom.  Why would she do that? The family of the bride was worried that the groom wouldn’t be happy with her looks right away.  While this was covering her face, the groom didn’t have the opportunity to see what his wife looked life till it was to late. The veil saved everyone some embarrassment in the short term.

Many religious historians also believed that the bride wore a veil as a sign of humility and respect for God during a religious ceremony. The Victorians turned this into a status symbol which in today’s traditions still occurs.  The archaic customs were formally put into proper weddings from there on out.  The weight, length, and quality of the veil were all signs of the bride’s wealth.  Only royal brides had the longest veils that were several yards long which touched the floor behind her.

Next time you go to a wedding, look at the veil and think that this was created to fight off evil spirits during the ceremony. Now that you understand this spooky tradition, how long will your veil be at your wedding?

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The Spooky Truth of the Honeymoon

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Since it is finally October and getting close to Halloween we will be having fun with everything that is spooky and scary.  Have you ever wondered where the main wedding traditions originated from?  This month we will be talking about several different traditions and how there was a sinister start to them.  Here is the spooky truth about why newly weds have honeymoons.

The creation of the “honeymoon” dates back as far as the fifth century in Europe and the measure of time was based on the moon cycles that occurred each month.  At the wedding, the newlywed couple was presented with the “moon” or one month’s worth of mead. Mead was believed to be an aphrodisiac, giving the couple an opportunity to binge on wine for 30 days to get drunk enough to conceive a child. Doesn’t sound too bad, right? Wrong!

According to many historians, the honeymoon was meant to hide and protect his bride from others.  Family members who didn’t approve of the wedding if it was an arranged marriage would try to kidnap the bride.  Former lovers that were not able to marry the bride would also make attempts to kidnap her. It was also believed that poorer men did this to avoid having to pay the woman’s family a dowry.

The kidnapping would occur immediately after the wedding was over.  It was crucial for the groom to get his wife out of there quickly. In many cases, the happy couple would go away for a month or two. Tracking the moon cycles was a great way of knowing how long they were gone.  This allowed time for all the drama to subside or allow the bride to become pregnant before returning to their village.

It seems a bit extreme  in today’s culture, since everyone is going to away to celebrate. There was a much more serious nature as to why a honeymoon was ever created in the first place. Now that you’ve heard this, aren’t you lucky your honeymoon will be much more relaxing?

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The True Tale of the Bridesmaids

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Since it is finally October and getting close to Halloween we will be having fun with everything that is spooky and scary.  Have you ever wondered where the main wedding traditions originated from?  This month we will be talking about several different traditions and how there was a sinister start to them. Have you ever wondered why Bridesmaids all wear the same dress?

The bridesmaid tradition was created during the ancient Roman time period.  They believed that on any wedding day, evil spirits would gather together for the wedding.  The evil spirits would make an attendance to ruin the happy atmosphere that was taking place in the church.

One of the most important roles of a bridesmaid was to get rid of the evil spirits or at least confuse them. Sounds like a crazy task don’t you think? During the ancient Roman times all the bridesmaids and bride would wear the exact same dress.  The patterns, silhouette and accessories were all exact. This was so the ghosts wouldn’t be able to determine who was who. A floor length tunic with no trim, tied up at the bodice and waist with a single length of cord was usually the design.

Unable to tell which woman was getting married, the spirits would therefore leave because of the unsuccessful attempt.  Not only did they believe that the evil spirits would not longer hurt the bride, it would leave all the other women in attendance alone for the ceremony.  The tradition became so popular that it would later expand into some areas of Italy.

Even in today’s culture, it is still very popular for all the bridesmaids to wear matching dresses for the wedding. Where the problems do come in today, is the color. Now that you know about the bridesmaids tradition, would you want your bridesmaids to wear the same dress?

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Do I Really Need A Professional Photographer?

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There are a lot of misconceptions about weddings and how they should be organized because you overheard someone talking about a cheaper alternative.  This month we will be debunking different myths about the planning process. Do I Really Need A Professional Photographer?

Is hiring a Professional Photographer to capture photos at my wedding absolutely necessary? Why can’t I just take the photos or have a family member do it?

Professional Photographers are doing more than just walking around snapping photos. They are providing you with high quality photos while using the latest techniques. Additionally they have the resources and knowledge to edit these photos to produce the best work possible. This isn’t just a hobby to them, this their career and passion that they take seriously.

Photographers have also been trained to make adjustments while taking photos. This could be when there is poor lighting or if the weather conditions aren’t good while taking them. Their objective is to make sure that there is a countless amount of beautiful photos.

You don’t need a “DIY Photographer” capturing this special day. Putting a friend or family member in charge will not be able to capture the photos you’re looking for. Most likely they don’t have enough experience to do this and don’t know the several techniques to make sure the photos turn out professionally. Plus, they most likely don’t have access to the programs to be able to edit the photos like a professional.

Since you’ll be looking back on these photos for the rest of your life, always go with a professional photographer. This is not an area that you want to cut corners on and hire an amateur.  There are plenty of affordable professionals out there that will able to take amazing photos for your special day. Just do some research and ask to see the professionals portfolio before hiring them so you know what to expect.

 

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Can’t I Be My Own DJ?

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There are a lot of misconceptions about weddings and how they should be organized because you overheard someone talking about a cheaper alternative.  This month we will be debunking different myths about the planning process. Why can’t I be my own DJ?

Is hiring a Professional Entertainer to perform at my wedding absolutely necessary? Why can’t I be my own DJ?

Professional Entertainers are doing a lot more than clicking buttons for a couple of hours.  They are providing a whole soundtrack for your big day. Plus they are playing the role of emcee to ensure the event goes off without a hitch.

If the guests are not reacting to the music, the DJs have the skills to read the crowd and make adjustments.  Their job is to make sure everyone there active and engaged. Keeping guests on the dancefloor as long as possible is critical.

You don’t need a “DIY DJ” running the show.  Asking a family member to play music all night will end in disaster.  What if they play music that isn’t appropriate or an issue arises? They have not been trained to handle to stress professionally.

Since 85% of a Wedding Reception’s success is dependent on the entertainment, spend your money wisely.  Make sure you do plenty of research before booking such an important vendor for your Wedding. Professional entertainers are always the safe bet when it comes to booking a vendor.

There are plenty of DJs available that specialize in Weddings and know exactly what kind of music to play and how to read the crowd accordingly. This is not an area you want to cut costs. Consider scaling back on the floral arrangements or the decor before hiring an amateur DJ.

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Will A Wedding Planner Break My Budget?

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There are a lot of misconceptions about weddings and how they should be organized because you overheard someone talking about a cheaper alternative.  This month we will be debunking different myths about the planning process and how to avoid spending more money than necessary.

When planning for a wedding, its always important to look into several different options that may work better with your set budget.  Ever think about hiring a Wedding Planner to coordinate your special day?  Can you afford to hire a Wedding Planner while maintaining the set budget?  The answer is yes and this is why!

There is a misconception out there that people think wedding planners  are very expensive which is not always the case.  There are a ton of reliable wedding planners that do amazing jobs that can adjust to your budget.  Take your time and do some research on all the local professionals until you think you’ve found the perfect person to help run the big day.

Still worried about trying to get a professional wedding planner to help out but still be affordable?  Their main focus of that day is solely on you and are there to make sure everything is going as planned. This will help relieve some stress and allow you to enjoy the special day!

Another plus to having a wedding planner is that they have it in with a lot of the vendors and venues.  More than likely they have planned weddings dozens of time with a good majority of the local venues and vendors.  If they already have a relationship with the vendors or venues, they will be able to help you negotiate a better deal for you.  What more could you ask for?  Not only did you find someone to help plan your wedding, now they are helping you save money!

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Do Backyard Weddings Really Save $$$?

Do Backyard Weddings Really Save $$$?

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Don’t always believe what you hear! What you think might be a more affordable alternative might’ve just cost thousands.  This month we will be debunking different myths about planning weddings and how to avoid spending more money than necessary.

When planning for a wedding, its always important to look into several different options that may work better with your set budget.  Ever been to a wedding that is at someone’s home?  It looks like it may be a more affordable alternative than a traditional wedding reception at a venue.  But is it? The answer is no and this is why!

Take in account that if there are more than 50-75 people than you will have to rent the tents for people to be under.  These tents aren’t cheap either, needing several of them will cost you big.  Not to mention that you have to pay for chairs and tables that go with the tents for all the guests to be seated at. Next, comes the food, the cutlery, the alcohol, still want that open bar?  Paying for each piece separately can become a nightmare by the time comes for the big day. This can add up very quickly and turn what you thought was a cheaper alternative into costing you thousands of more dollars.

The more affordable and better route is to find a traditional reception in a venue.  These are trained professionals that have done countless weddings before yours and know how to react if something is going wrong.  Venues take care of all the necessary things a wedding reception needs including all the food, decorations, tables, etc. all in the set price.  Alleviate the stress levels and enjoy your special day without breaking the bank.

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Asking the right vendor questions

Asking Vendor Questions

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Booking professional vendors for your wedding can be stressful. Finding the perfect match for your big day isn’t the easiest of tasks, especially with so many options to select from these days. Asking vendor questions, prior to booking their services, is critical. Do you know what questions to ask? If not, this video is designed with you in mind.

What happens when you have narrowed your search down to two or three vendors offering the same type of service? You need to look beyond their reviews and ask the right questions, in order to pick a winner, for you big day. A lot of times vendor will only share with you what they think is important, however, asking the right questions can help you select a vendor that meets your needs, while staying within your budget.

An important thing to note is that you should never lead a conversation, with a vendor, by asking their price. This gives the impression that quality does not matter to you. That’s the furthest thing from the truth. You need to remain mindful of your budget, however, need to book the best “fit” for your needs.

Here are a few questions, you may consider asking , your vendors:

  1. How long have you been in the industry?
  2. What is your contingency plan, the day of, if there is an emergency?
  3. Do you have liability insurance?
  4. What advice would you give to a first time bride and groom about planning their wedding and selecting a vendor?
  5. How do you justify cost with quality?

Remember you are interviewing the vendor and should ask appropriate questions to determine who is best suited to participate in your big day. So asking the right vendor questions, up front, will help you feel confident in the vendor and his or her services, you selected.

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Reviewing Your Reviews

Analysis Paralysis: Reviewing Your Reviews

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Reviewing Your Reviews

Booking professional vendors for your wedding can be stressful. Finding the perfect match for your big day isn’t the easiest of tasks, especially with so many options to select from these days. You need to know the right questions, to ask vendors, prior to booking their services. Do you know what questions to ask? If not, this video is designed with you in mind.

Booking professional vendors for your wedding can be stressful. Finding the perfect match for your big day isn’t the easiest of tasks, especially with so many options to select from these days. You need to know the right questions, to ask vendors, prior to booking their services. Do you know what questions to ask? If not, this video is designed with you in mind.

What happens when you have narrowed your search down to two or three vendors offering the same type of service? You need to look beyond their reviews and ask the right questions, in order to pick a winner, for you big day. A lot of times vendor will only share with you what they think is important, however, asking the right questions can help you select a vendor that meets your needs, while staying within your budget.

An important thing to note is that you should never lead a conversation, with a vendor, by asking their price. This gives the impression that quality does not matter to you. That’s the furtherest thing from the truth. You need to remain mindful of your budget, however, need to book the best “fit” for your needs.

A few questions, you may consider asking, are:

  1. How long have you been in the industry?
  2. What is your contingency plan, the day of, if there is an emergency?
  3. Do you have liability insurance?
  4. What advice would you give to a first time bride and groom about planning their wedding and selecting a vendor?
  5. How do you justify cost with quality?

Remember you are interviewing the vendor and should ask appropriate questions to determine who is best suited to participate in your big day. This will help you feel confident in the vendor and his or her services, you selected.

Conflicting Articles

Analysis Paralysis: Conflicting Articles

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Conflicting Articles

When reading through wedding articles, it can become frustrating to see conflicting articles from reliable sources. Don’t let these conflictions cause analysis paralysis!

Lets face it. It can be hard to make big decisions about your wedding. Planning for it is difficult to do without some sort of guidance. You have probably been reading hundreds of articles about wedding planning, venues, and about every aspect of your wedding day. All of these articles and tips and ideas can become quite confusing, and especially if they conflict!

For example, one article may specify a wedding planning timeline in which you should order your cake 4 months before, and another says 8 months before. Many people put these helpful timelines together for their own particular wedding ceremony and reception. However, not every timeline may work for every bride and groom! This is just one example of conflicting articles that you should not worry about. You can use these ideas as a general guideline, but don’t take the advice verbatim.

Many articles are also written by people who aren’t as experienced on the topic as others. You should find information that comes directly from a reliable source. In the end, it all comes down to your preferences. Your wedding day is for you and your spouse, so make it your own and don’t follow someone else rules word for word. Make your big day yours!

Analysis Paralysis

Analysis Paralysis: Numbers Poison Weddings!

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Analysis Paralysis – Numbers Poison Weddings!

 Don’t become paralyzed by numbers! Do your research, choose your vendors wisely, and avoid an analysis paralysis!

When looking to hire vendors for your wedding, a big problem many people face is the cost analysis paralysis. This happens when the numbers come flying at you from vendor after vendor and you have no idea what any of them mean. Before you get in way over your head, take time to stop and figure out the numbers.

The first step in this process is to do your research. Often times, couples will pick a vendor, a DJ for example, based solely off of price. This is not the way to go. Professional DJs are definitely more expensive to book than hobbyist and part time DJs, without a doubt. However, you should research the vendor first to see if they align closely to what you are looking for. It’s important to not settle based solely on price, but rather baed on style and preference. After you pick the DJ hat best suits your wedding reception, they you should figure out pricing. This process can be applied to venues, caterers, bakeries, and any step in between. Don’t let the numbers get to you.

Another point is to do your research on websites, like the Knot or Wedding Wire, and stay educated so you know the right questions to ask. Vendors will be throwing numbers at you, but what is really important is that they meet the expectations you are looking for. Be sure to find the vendors that meet your reception expectations. Don’t get caught in an analysis paralysis! Do your research, ask questions, and make the right decisions!

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Yinz Gettin Married?: Get the Look: Black n’ Gold

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Get the Look: Black n’ Gold

The people of Pittsburgh are known to bleed black n’ gold. Incorporating these Pittsburgh colors into your wedding decor can be elegant and shows homage to your Pittsburgh roots!

If you know one thing abut Pittsburgh, it’s that Pittsburgh has a unique and internationally recognized color scheme. Many people don’t know, however, that this color scheme originates from William Pitt, the man Pittsburgh is named after, and his family coat of arms. The Pitt family coat of arms was used to design the crest of the city and the colors we know and love today originated from it.

Pittsburgh is a city that has a deep rooted background in professional sports that dates back to practically its founding. The Pirates, Steelers and Penguins are the three major professional teams in the city. Yinzers are in love with their sports teams and the culture is so deep rooted into their blood. A unique aspect of Pittsburgh sports, only seen in a few other cities, is the overarching color scheme of Black n’ Gold. The toughness and simplicity to these colors emphasizes these qualities of the city itself.

Besides sports teams, the Steel City color scheme can be seen everywhere you look in the city. The color of the bridges, the city’s flag, and even featured in the Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa’s #1 hit song “Black and Yellow” all show how important these colors. However, black and gold can be used as a classy and elegant color scheme for your wedding day. Without a doubt, this color scheme can be applied to centerpieces, flowers, and on your cake for an elegant finish.

Finally, of all city color schemes, the Pittsburgh original black n’ gold is certainly the most versatile and elegant. For your Pittsburgh wedding, incorporating these colors is a great way to show off your Steel City pride!

Pittsburgh Aesthetic

Yinz Gettin’ Married?: The Pittsburgh Aesthetic

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The Pittsburgh Aesthetic

Pittsburgh is known for having some of the best views out of any city in the country. Use the beautiful Pittsburgh Aesthetic to your advantage on your big day!

Of all the unique qualities of Pittsburgh weddings, the Pittsburgh views and skyline are certainly the most stunning!

The views in Pittsburgh are second-to-none in terms of wedding photo locations. From the lookouts on Mt. Washington to the deck of the Gateway Clipper, Pittsburgh is full of perfect photo spots. Many couples will take time to make the trip up Mt. Washington (preferably via one of the Inclines) to take in the wonderful skyline and to snap some photos. Point State Park is also another location in which you can truly capture the essence of the Pittsburgh aesthetic.

Venues with amazing views are also plentiful in Pittsburgh. Rooftop and skyline views are abundant when it comes to Pittsburgh wedding venues. There are also a number of very unique locations throughout the city that offer a genuine Pittsburgh feel to your wedding. Numerous art museums, the Phipps Conservatory, the Aviary, and sports venues like PNC Park all offer unique views and a great atmosphere. No matter where you decide to have your wedding in the Steel City, be sure to take advantage of that genuine Pittsburgh aesthetic! Take a look at these must-see Pittsburgh views for some further photo-op inspiration!

Yinz Can Dance

Yinz’ Gettin Married?: So You Think Yinz’ Can Dance?

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So you think yinz can dance?

All over the country, people line up on the dance floor for those dance routines we all know and love. The Cha-Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, and the Electric Slide are all songs that come immediately to mind. However, in the Pittsburgh region, there are dances that originated here and date back generations. The Chicken Dance, the Dollar Dance and Polka are all huge Pittsburgh traditions. Moreover, for your wedding, be sure to include those song that are frequently played at receptions in the ‘Burgh!

Polka is huge in Pittsburgh. Czech, Austrian, German, as well as Polish cultures rooted deeply in the Pittsburgh region are why this style of dance is huge at weddings. The Pennsylvania Polka is heard all across the state, played for relatives of all ages to dance to.

Also, a polka hit that is traditionally played at weddings in the region is the Chicken Dance. With simple steps and a silly words, the Chicken Dance is beloved by all ages!

Another tradition is the Dollar Dance. It’s symbolism varies, but typically the money is a gesture to help the couple get started in their new lives together. Generally, it’s an upbeat and interactive part of the reception involving music, dancing and bills of money being tossed at or handed to the couple.

So you think yinz can dance? These dance traditions will make your wedding a true Pittsburgh wedding!

Pittsburgh Foods

Yinz Gettin’ Married?: Do You Even ‘Rogi, Bro?

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Do You Even ‘Rogi, Bro? – Pittsburgh Foods

Pittsburgh food is loved by Yinzers and visitors alike! For your Pittsburgh style wedding, make sure you include some traditional dishes of the Steel City!

Have you ever had a pierogi? How about haluski? Ever tried a barbecue chipped ham sandwich? All of these foods, and more, are staples of Pittsburgh local cuisine. Ultimately, you should consider having Pittsburgh food at your Pittsburgh style wedding!

Pittsburgh foods are a huge part of the Steel-City’s culture. Pittsburgh is a massive melting pot of various cultures and ethnic backgrounds. German, Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Polish, Irish, as well as many, many others make up this cities great mix of culture. Pittsburgh foods will not only be loved by your out-of-town relatives, but they’ll want to bring these delicious food ideas back home with them!

At your wedding, considering having a “Steel-City Buffet” included in your dining options. This buffet would include any Pittsburgh foods that you desire. Barbecue chipped ham, Pittsburgh salads, pierogies and haluski are all popular options for this style of buffet. Furthermore, to explain what these Pittsburgh foods are, the Pittsburgh Salad consists of a salad with a generous amount of fries, chicken/steak, and cheese! Usually topped off with a large portion of ranch dressing, the Pittsburgh Salad is a Pittsburgh go-to.

Also, for those of you who don’t know what haluski is, it is a mixture of cabbage and noodles cooked together to make a delicious side to any Pittsburgh meal. The perfect main course, without a doubt, is pierogies. Likewise, these are small, half-circle shaped pockets of dough filled with potato, onion, and sometimes cabbage, and cooked to perfection. Additionally, chipped ham barbecue also makes a great dish! “Chipped ham”, or Yinzer for finely sliced deli ham, is slow cooked in barbecue sauce and served in the form of sliders on small, toasted buns. Finally, you will be giving your guests a taste of this great city on your wedding day!

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Yinz Gettin’ Married?: Where’s Your Cookie Table?

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Wheres Your Cookie Table?

The Cookie Table is a staple of Pittsburgh weddings! Don’t miss out on having this at your wedding!

Pittsburgh has many traditions that stem from the numerous regional backgrounds and heritages found in this city. Pittsburgh is considered a melting pot of cultures and tradition unlike many other major cities around the world. Italian, Polish, German, and many, many more are what create our wide ranges of diversity. But, when defining our most traditional aspect of our weddings, being the Cookie Table, we created a nationwide trend.

The cookie table is unlike others, where you have the freedom to include any type of desert that you desire. Likewise, it will be a good way to get your family and friends together before hand to bake the cookies! Traditionally, it is the mothers, grandmothers, and other women of the family who will put their baking efforts to the test for your big day. However, anyone is welcome to pitch in! Whether it’s one table or an entire room, the designated cookie table area is always a highlight for Pittsburgh weddings.

From lady locks, to brownies, there is no limit on what you bring. Remember, be sure that you have enough cookie to feed your guests! Smaller venues may call for a more simple and elegant cookie display. However, large, extravagant wedding receptions can handle a huge assortment! Dozens of assorted cookies will fill the tables to overwhelm people with options; in a good way of course. Then, when the party is all said and done, provide bags for whomever to bring home some treats for later!

No matter if you are from Pittsburgh or not, a table full of cookies is an aspect to any wedding that will truly stand out. From your youngest cousin, to your great grandmother, every one of all ages will absolutely love the cookie table. Consider this for your upcoming big day!

Pride Month: Is Your Vendor Gay Friendly?

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Pride Month: Is Your Vendor Gay Friendly?

Do you have a dream vendor that you want to get married at, aren’t sure if its gay friendly? Well, we are here to help you ultimately make the decision and guide you through a worry-free path! Conducting proper research, as well as contacting your list of venues that you have created will promise you and your partner a great time. Less stress equals a better time! So, why create unnecessary weight on your shoulder when simply selecting the location for your wedding?

The stress you may imply on yourself can be quite overwhelming when choosing your wedding vendor. Why? Well, there is always a chance that a vendor may not allow a same sex marriage. For the whatever reason this may be the case, we don’t want you to have to experience that situation. By going online and searching for vendors that promise you that they are gay friendly is an action everyone should take. We want you to have this to be a minimal effort, as well as trusting the process.

Finally getting to the asking the vendor part may be a tad nerve racking at first. To ease the task, browsing the vendors photo page is a start, check to see if they have any other gay wedding photos or something that can show they’ve had some in the past. Secondly, try to read their language. Seeing how the company promotes their selves and discusses the events, that may be a good reading when considering them as a potential candidate. Thirdly, check for blogs! Blogs are a very good way to read and get a more personal understanding of the vendor.  A few other quick ways would be to check their social media, as well as, seeing if they are certified. We want this process for you to be as easy as possible, so why stress the little things!

Pride month Who's Walking Down the Aisle

Pride Month: Who’s Walking Down the Aisle?

Pride Month: Who's Walking Down the Aisle?

Deciding how you and your partner walk down the aisle is an important aspect of your wedding. Here are some ideas to change things up!

The way a couple walks in traditional weddings is almost always the same. They begin with the groom waiting patiently at the altar for his bride while she walks down the aisle. However, what happens when your wedding involves a same sex couple? Should you both walk together? Do you both stay at the altar? Do you meet up half way down the aisle?

The answer is simple: Do whatever you want to do! If you both want to walk together, go for it! If you want to have one person walk down the aisle, that works too! Ultimately, do whatever you think will work best for your wedding! Some other ways of walking down the aisle include using two aisles, meeting halfway, and the communal entrance.

If the venue allows, the two-aisle entrance is perfect to give both you and your spouse the spotlight at the same time! This would involve you and your partner walking simultaneously down two separate aisles then meeting at the altar. Also, if using this method, be sure to have enough photographers to capture images on both sides!

The communal entrance is another creative way of starting your ceremony. With this method, there is no need to worry about who starts the ceremony or who walks down the aisle. Before the ceremony, all guests and wedding party members will be mingling. Whenever you and your partner are ready, just make your way up to the altar and get the ceremony started!

Finally, its most important to remember that these decisions are ultimately yours. This is a choice for you to make with your partner for your wedding day! You should decide which method is best for you and your partner on your big day. Work together to pick the style that represents your relationship best.

Pride Month: Choosing Your Wedding Party

Pride Month: Choosing Your Wedding Party

Don’t be held back by the uncertainty of who to Choose for Your Wedding Party. Choosing your party for your LGBTQ+ wedding is easier than you may think!

When considering the Bridal and Grooms party, how will you decide who to include? Who cares, just make sure they are there to support you and be there for you! Ask whoever, as long as you believe they are a true fit. You can have a man of honor, a best woman, or whatever variation you desire. This doesn’t matter! All that matters is that you are happy with your party on your big day. It all comes down to you and your personal preference.

When organizing your wedding party, don’t feel held back by ‘traditional’ wedding guidelines. For weddings today, there are not any specific standards or rules that must be followed. Just remember, when considering your invitees, don’t just ask someone because they asked you to be in their party. Be honest and understanding when choosing your party and leaving others out. This way, you can also avoid hurting anybody’s feelings.

The first step is to consider the size of your wedding. Larger weddings could usually mean a larger party, and the opposite for smaller weddings. With that in mind, you can still have as many or as few bridesmaids or groomsman as you wish. There is not a limit on who you can include. Remember, however, the quality of your party is more important than the size. Quality over quantity!

It is also crucial to remember to include the people who mean the most to your relationship. These are the people who supported you through the good, the bad, and everything in between.  Your brothers, sisters and closest friends are a great place to start.

Finally, the most important aspect of your party is to do what makes you happy! Man-of-honor, best woman, or whoever you may want to include; It all comes down to what’s best for you!

Pride Month: Subtle Pride Decor

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Pride Month: Subtle Pride Decor

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Are you unsure of how to decorate your LGBTQ wedding? This pride month, we will be talking about pride decor and keeping it subtle! It is important to be proud of your relationship and to stay true to who you are. Showing off your pride during your wedding and wedding reception are acceptable and even encouraged. However, there are ways to keep your LGBTQ wedding from becoming a full-blown rainbow extravaganza!

The last thing you want for your wedding is an explosion of rainbow pride filling the room. It is best to keep any rainbow or multi-colored accents subtle and tasteful. One subtle way to incorporate color is to accent your table decorations. Multi-colored flowers or rainbow ribbon adds a splash of color to any part of your tables’ centerpieces. In addition, another way to incorporate a subtle showing of your pride would be to include a rainbow-colored cake. Making the inside layers represent a rainbow, this is an eye-catching addition to your wedding that won’t go overboard.

Another large portion of your wedding reception that can benefit from more color is the cookie or candy table. Having an array of colorful cookies for your guests will take the cookie table from bland to bold. Additionally, including a candy station with multi-colored candies can incorporate a bit of sweetness to your big day. Lights on the dance floor can represent the colors of LGBTQ pride. Furthermore, adding subtle colors to your attire using pins, ties, or flowers, brings rainbow accents into your wedding and reception.

Just remember, there is no official design to your LGBTQ wedding so feel free to have it however you desire. Likewise, everyone there is supporting you and wishing you a joyful life. But you don’t want to be over the top and potentially make your guests feel uncomfortable. As long as you are happy and the venue is pretty, it will reflect well on your big day.