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WWTW | Professional > Hobbyist

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 | 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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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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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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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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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 | 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

WWTW | Saving Money | Gift Ideas & Off Season Planning

Saving Money | Gift Ideas & Off Season Planning

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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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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 | Favors & Centerpieces

Saving Money | Favors & Centerpieces

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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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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 - part 2

Drapery & Ceiling Treatments | Budgeting : Part 2

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There are so many aspects that go into drapery and ceiling treatments we thought it would be a good idea to do a Part 2. We just want to share our “insider info” with you so that you recognize some areas that you may not have considered going into drapery and ceiling treatment selections! First thing you will need to identify is how intricate do you want your design to be. Since packages are not ever offered for special décor, be sure to contact any vendor you are thinking about using to ensure they can complete your design idea.

Venue

Be sure to speak with the coordinator at your venue to find out more information about their rigging options. Will they allow you to hang drapery and ceiling treatments? Depending on the what you want from your design we may need to know the weight limits of the rigging points and height. Based on the intricacy of the design, we will also need to know how soon access will be allowed to the venue to create your drapery design.

Equipment

The weight restrictions and height requirements are just one aspect that goes into deciding what equipment is necessary to create your design. Are the ceiling treatments able to be done using a tall ladder or will a scissor lift be essential to gain height and produce your project. If you want to utilize lights for your design we also have to think about what will be necessary to attach them to the drapery or will they be stand-alone lights? These are just some things to consider when planning your special décor design.

Fabric

Another key factor when making your design decisions is what type of fabric would you like to use. The type and color will almost always make a difference in price. Some fabric types are more cost effective than others and the same goes for the color of the fabric. Sheer and satin can be more expensive then velvet or velour – but that all depends on the amount of fabric and color as well.

Be realistic when creating your budget for special décor and drapery or ceiling treatments. Just because you see something online that looks beautiful does not always mean that there is a cost-effective way to produce the same look. Some designs just are not budget conscientious.

Labor 

Labor is something that generally is not accounted for correctly when creating a budget for drapery and ceiling treatments. Most companies work from a hourly minimum for labor costs. This will usually take into account both setup and strike times but if your design is more detailed then you will need to account for more labor costs since it will most likely take a little more time to create the design. If you want something more detailed that requires more time you will need to ensure that there are no other events going on at the venue earlier the same day or in some cases, the day before. The same idea goes for striking your drapery and ceiling treatment design. How soon is the crew able to get in after the event to begin taking everything down and when is the next event scheduled so that your laborers are able to have everything cleaned up in time for the next event.

These ideas and more have to be taken into consideration when you want to use drapery and ceiling treatments. Check in next week to get more information in creating your drapery and ceiling treatment design.

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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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.

 

WWTW | Bridal Shower Planning Tips | “Save the Date"

Bridal Shower Planning | Save the Date

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Your wedding day is quickly approaching which means it is time to get the save the date announcements out to your friends and family! There are a ton of creative ways you can personalize your bridal shower. This week we are going to focus on how to include your style and personality in the save the date and invitations for your bridal shower.

Planning Tips

Your Maid of Honor will most likely have put together a wonderful afternoon/evening to honor your pending nuptials. When it comes to preparing for this day you want to be sure to have some input. Alternately, you also want to try to sit back and enjoy what your friends and family have put together for you. No guests should be invited to your Bridal Shower that you have not invited to your wedding. Traditionally, bridal showers are an intimate affair with close female friends and family. But depending on your theme and venue you may be considering going off of the beaten path.

Let’s go with the Rule of 2 for initial planning steps. Try to plan to have your invitations out to your guests about 2 months before the shower date. This way everyone can be sure to clear their schedule and have plenty of time to make adjustments if necessary. That being said, it is probably wise to try and have your bridal shower about 2 months before the Big Day. This way hopefully you will not feel overwhelmed with all of tasks that you have to complete the month before the wedding. If you give yourself some added time to breath you can enjoy your events more!

Creative Ideas

If you already have a theme you want to stick with it may make your choosing your invitations a little easier. There are so many creative ways to share your announcement with your guests. Why not consider printing the details on a balloon to send to send out? This way, when they receive the balloon and blow it up they have all of the details they need for your event. They also have a balloon to celebrate the upcoming bridal shower!

Another cool add-on to this ideas is creating a list of “Favorites” for the bride to be. Have your guests do a scavenger hunt as something fun and different. With their list of favorites, have them take a photo with the save the date balloon you sent at one of your favorite locations. Afterwards, they can post the photo online using the wedding hashtag you created. This can turn into a really cool game or giveaway when it comes to your shower date also!

Feel the Love

Planning your wedding can be both stressful and the most fun you experience in your life. Many activities are done with the companionship of those who know and love you and want nothing but the best for the happy couple. Remember during all of the fun and sometimes madness to take a moment and soak it all in. Remember, this is one of the most important times in your life!

WWTW | Wedding Planning Misconceptions | “Planning is ALL FUN with ZERO STRESS!?”

Wedding Planning Misconception: Planning is ALL fun with ZERO stress

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Wedding Planning Misconception: Planning is ALL fun with ZERO stress

The truth is, planning your big day can be one of the most stressful times of your life! Now, we don’t say this to scare you, just being realistic. We want you to understand that there are many fun aspects of planning your wedding. There are also going to be times that you wish that you would have just eloped!

Everything from decór, attire, guest list, food and alcohol. There are many details involved in making your day go off without a hitch. Not to mention the fact that this is most likely your first (and only) wedding you will have to plan. While we cannot promise to keep all details of planning your wedding stress free, we certainly try our best. Most professional vendors will have online planning tools to make things easier for you during the planning process.

Online Planning

Gone are the days of putting pen to paper. When you book your DJ with Wenning Entertainment you have access to an online planning site to help you stay organized. Our clients receive their own username and password to access the site. This is where you can list song selections, timeline details and bridal party/parent names. You will have separate online planning forms to complete if you book a photographer/videographer. Here is where you will list your various shoot locations and shots not to be missed. 

Not only will you have all of your information online for your DJ to see, but in the case of an emergency and someone needs to step in as a backup they will be able to know exactly the details you want for your wedding without needing to contact you at the last minute.

Relax & Enjoy

There will be some give and take as you plan for your wedding day. Just remember, at the end of all of the planning you will be joined with your best friend in front of the people that mean the most to you and have a rockin’ party to celebrate! Everything will seem like a blur so try to take some time to breathe and enjoy the moment. It will all seem to go slow at first and then extremely fast. So try to remember to take a moment to soak it all up!

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Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Pro | #2 & #1

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This month we focused on the Top 10 reasons you should hire a professional vendor for your wedding day. Last week we covered why “Professional Equipment” and “Level of Commitment” are so important. If we have not already convinced you to hire a professional, this week we have the TOP 2 reasons why you definitely should use professional vendors for your upcoming wedding day!

#2: Experience

Now, we know you all expected experience to be the top reason to hire a professional. Believe it or not, there is something more important. You definitely do not want to be the guinea pig for a hobbyist to get a “first wedding” under their belt. We understand that everyone has to have a first wedding, but no one ever wants their wedding to be the first! Your DJ can become more comfortable and gain additional experience from a Sweet 16 or Corporate Event, but your wedding is far too important to have them mess it up. 

Do as much research as you can and ask other vendors about the vendor you hired. Anyone can create a website, put photos online and link reviews from past events, but doing your research will ensure that your vendor is telling you truths about their company and experience. The professional training your vendor has received should be adequate and have helped them build on the art they enjoy so much.

#1: Back-Up

Back-up equipment is always a necessity for any vendor. You have no way of knowing if the technology you are using will malfunction. Additionally, have you ever thought about what could happen the day of your wedding if any of your vendors have a death in the family, get sick or even encounter a car accident? We have. It is for that very reason why your vendor should have both back-up equipment and personnel from their company, not outsourced. This will guarantee the back-up personnel is familiar with the company policies and how to access all of the information you previously shared with your vendor about your wedding. The replacement should be able to jump into your big day without any notice and still make it memorable as though there were no hiccups along the way. You want to be sure to ask about back-up equipment as well. Not only should your vendor have back-up equipment on hand at your wedding but you also want to ensure that it has been maintained and in working condition. 

You have hired the professional based on their skill, experience and personality. You want to make sure that your wedding is something you and your guests will never forget. You only get one shot to create memories during your wedding day. If you choose to hire a hobbyist yes, you will most likely save money…but at what cost?!

Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Pro | Tip 4 & 3 | Wenning Entertainment

Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Pro | #4 & #3

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This month we are focusing on the Top 10 reasons you should hire a professional vendor for your wedding day. Last week we covered why “Planning Tools and Professional Relationships” are so important. If we have not already convinced you to hire a professional, this week we have 2 NEW reasons why you definitely should use professional vendors for your upcoming wedding day!

#4: Professional Equipment

The equipment used by your professional should not be anything that your uncle or cousin got from Best Buy. Your professional vendors should be using professional quality equipment to perform. Your photographer and videographer should have the proper lenses to create different effects throughout the day. They should also be utilizing a professional grade camera instead of a consumer grade product. This will help avoid dark or blurred images or poor sound quality in recordings.

In order for equipment to maintain its quality it also needs to be cared for. That means proper maintenance on equipment as necessary. Your DJs equipment is no different. The equipment should not be anything you would use in your home to throw a party. The equipment should be comparable to what major recording artists use when they go on tour!

#3: Level of Commitment

When you hire a professional vendor, you are hiring someone who makes their craft their main business. Not someone who works in an office during regular business hours then tries to find time to commit to your event “when they can”. In order to accurately plan for any event you need adequate planning time. This means there may be the occasion where an event needs more attention then you initially thought it would.

When you are spending your money on wedding services you certainly do not want to play second fiddle to other obligations your vendor has. Hiring a professional will help to eliminate the doubt that your upcoming event is anything other than their main concern!

Be sure to stop back next week for more reasons on why hiring a professional vendor is necessary for your upcoming event! You only get one shot to create memories during your wedding day!

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Special Décor | Lighting Design Ideas

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A wedding is a classic event where simple special décor lighting design can usually go a long way. When you think you need more, maybe less is actually what you are looking for. Try some of these lighting design styles to add to the special décor on your upcoming big day!

Monogram

A monogram is a timeless way to illuminate the dance floor at your wedding. Often couples display their 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!

Intelligent Lighting

As the evening goes on these lights will give amazing complex effects. These lights are also known as moving heads since they have automated abilities more advanced than a stationary light.

Up-Lighting & Down-Lighting

These styles of lights 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!

Get The Right Look

Try adding lighting to give you the perfect look. Sometimes simple can be just enough!

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Special Décor | Custom Decor Ideas

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There are a lot of ways to use custom decor ideas for your Wedding Day. Custom decor ideas can be everything from pipe and drape rentals, to string chandeliers or even crystal chandeliers. Alone, these special decor ideas may not seem like much but when put together at your venue these simple add-ons can bring a completely different look to your wedding décor!

Pipe and Drape

Pipe and drape rental ideas are truly endless. We can set a drape behind the head table that will add to the photos taken at the table. This classic look will also bring the attention of your guests in your direction by standing out from the rest of the décor. Elaborate ceiling treatments can make a great special décor also. With the pipe and drape needs being greater for this style of décor you will need to plan to have a greater budget to accommodate the transition.

String/Crystal Chandeliers

If your venue is able to provide ways to accommodate a more complex custom idea, then you may want to consider utilizing chandeliers. Both string chandeliers and crystal chandeliers are a great way to add a timeless look to your venue. You can also choose to add down lighting to the chandeliers for an added effect in your special décor.

Custom Backdrop

We can create a custom backdrop for anything you may think you would like to use it for. If you would like something different for your selfie station or photo booth this is a great way to use customization. You also get to keep the lightweight fabric backdrop to create an unforgettable keepsake!

Visit our web page for some examples of the various special décor options we offer. You can also schedule a consult with any of our advisors to make your vision a reality for your big day!

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Drapery & Special Decor

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A great way to add more elegance to the décor of the venue on your Big Day would be by adding ceiling treatments. Those beautiful fabrics hung in a design from the ceilings enhance the décor with custom drapery in various sizes and colors! You can choose to use any type of fabric such as a shear or a velour fabric, depending on the vision you want to execute. Just keep in mind that considering the size of the room, the color and type of fabric you would like used as well as the labor necessary to complete the job can make this custom idea a little more expensive than you may have budgeted for. When going this route, you are looking at easily spending anywhere from $4,000 – $6,000 no matter what professional company you choose to use. Give us a call and talk with our lighting designers to see how to achieve the added style and classiness to give your venue a one of a kind look for your Very Special Day!

To get a better idea of some Special Decor options <CLICK HERE> or <CLICK HERE> for Pipe and Drape Rental Ideas! 

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4 Tips to Make Sure Your Next Corporate Event is a Big Hit

If you are planning a large corporate event in Pittsburgh, there are many factors you must take into consideration, above and beyond the number in attendance. Whether your event is all fun, or a mix of business and pleasure—the tips below will help you to plan a successful event.

Select Your Event Theme and Décor

Your event is likely to have some sort of theme. For example, if it is an annual brand conference, you may title the event around a bullet point from your vision statement. If it is an end of year party, you may go with general New Year décor. Your theme will help you build excitement, and select your event décor.

Plan for The Catering—Even If Only Beverages And Finger Foods

Catering must be taken into consideration when planning your event. If your event is several days long—you may opt for 1 or 2 meals each day, or at least provide snacks and plenty of time for dining outside of the event.

  • If you are planning an event directly after work, you may opt for seasonal or traditional appetizers and desserts.
  • If you are planning a formal event, you must decide if you prefer a buffet or table service.
  • If you are planning a short event, at the very minimum you want to provide basics such as water, coffee, tea, juice—and maybe even fruit and cookies.

Identify Host, Speaker, Or Entertainment

One of the most important elements of your event, whether it is a conference or a party—is identifying appropriate corporate event entertainment. Your entertainment is what will make the event memorable, so you must choose wisely. An event production company in Pittsburgh can help. They are familiar with everything from the most effective forms of entertainment—as well as the best entertainment to complement the theme of your event, and culture of your company.

You may opt to have a familiar face host the event, or you may want to seek out an outside host. To motivate and inspire your team, you may also want to hire an event speaker—either from within your industry, or who has a story to share that translates across many genres.

A/V Equipment

The corporate event entertainment you select will require A/V equipment—which is most often not available from the location you are hosting your event. If you are not sure what kind of production equipment rentals you are in need of—reach out to a local event production company.

Aside from microphones, speakers, and sound system—don’t forget the importance of lighting to highlight your entertainment, and set the mood for your event. Your event production company will help you to create custom Pittsburgh lighting design.

The four tips above will help you to throw a successful corporate event your guests will remember for years to come. If you’re looking to give your guests a bit more of a ‘wow’ factor with your next corporate event, contact the team at Wenning Entertainment. From screen projectors and staging to equipment rentals and lighting design, our corporate event production team can handle all of your planning needs. Don’t leave the success of your next event up to chance, contact Wenning Entertainment for all your corporate event production needs.