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Why You Need 2 Wedding Videographers

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Having a videographer for your wedding will put the motion to the memories so that you can relive them whenever you like. But, have you ever thought of the reasons why you may need 2 wedding videographers to fulfill your video dreams?

Here are some reasons why you need 2 wedding videographers:

Having more cameras is a safer option! You never know when a battery could die, the memory card is corrupt, or a guest could stand up right in front of the couple’s first kiss. So, if any of these things happen, no they don’t! You have another videographer recording from a different angle getting the shot.

Both videographers will be capturing things differently. One will have a wider lens to capture the crowd’s reactions. The other will have a tighter lens that helps get the close-ups and reactions. Put these together and you get a beautiful, cinematic wedding video.

When there is more than one videographer there, there is a chance that they could capture more unique or riskier shots that could end up being beautiful.

Hiring two videographers will make your wedding video more comprehensive. Videographers are not superhero’s and can’t be in two places at once, so don’t be stuck picking between the moments you want to relive.

These are some examples of some things you may have to choose between:

  • The bride and groom getting ready

Most likely, the videographer will be with the bridal party capturing their mimosas and hair and makeup sessions. That means while the groom and groomsmen are hanging out and getting ready, no one will be there to film them. This is where the second videographer comes into play

  • The first look or the ceremony location

Now, one sounds more important than the other, but filming the venue before the guests arrive is essential. The venue sets the tone for your wedding film and it helps the videographer get the audio prepared so that you’ll be able to hear your vows. Be sure you don’t have to pick between the first look and clear audio

  • The decision between the bride’s entrance or the groom’s reaction

This is obviously one of the biggest moments of the day, so having both of these moments captured is very important! You don’t want to have to choose, so it’s better to have both

Having more than one videographer is so important too because anything that can go wrong usually does.

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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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Buying a wedding gift

When to Buy a Wedding Gift

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I have a quick quiz for you before the article begins, so True or False: It’s okay to give a couple their wedding gift for up to a year after their big day (the answer will be revealed later).

Anyways… SEND THAT GIFT!! Couples already have enough to worry about on their wedding day, so don’t bring a gift that they need to keep track of.

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The perfect timing

As for actually buying your gift, it’s recommended to do it as soon as you receive the URL to the couple’s registry site! This is usually about 4-6 weeks before their wedding date. Getting on the site ASAP will help find a gift that suits your budget, and you might even be able to find something with a special meaning. Sometimes, the couples are even relieved because that is one less thank you card they have to write after the wedding.

Buying your gift closer to the wedding date can have some kinks to work out. In this case, you should send the gift to the couple’s preferred address. This could mean their new home if they plan on moving, or even moving someone into the other’s place. Sending the gift to the preferred address will make it easier on them because you’re giving them an exciting box to unwrap instead of another box to pack.

ANSWER ALERT: It’s false! You absolutely do not have a full year after the wedding to send the couple their gift. Try to get it in the mail within 3 months of the wedding date. If you’re finding it hard to get a gift, give cash or a cash equivalent instead.

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The gift of cash

Speaking of giving cash, this is a total no brainer, but picking the perfect time to give it can be tricky. You could always bring it to the wedding and put it in the card box. Doing this, you risk the chance of it getting lost in the fast-paced environment, or some sicko could steal it. Other, and safer, options for giving money could be picking a gift card for a retailer on the couple’s registry site. This is a good alternative to a bad gift or just cash. Another option could be contributing to the couple’s honeymoon fund, cash registry, or home improvement fund.

If there is one thing to take away from this article, it’s to get the gift early send it right away.

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5 Ways To Impress Your Wedding Guests

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It may be your wedding day, but don’t forget, the reception is all about celebrating with your guests! The reception is meant to represent your overflowing gratitude towards everyone who could make it to your wedding to support you. They deserve the very best!! So today we’re releasing our Top Five Strategies for creating the perfect, show-stopping reception that will leave a lasting memory for your guests, as well as for you and your partner.

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Prioritize Lighting

Concept Lighting! What is it? “The inclusion of lighting design during the conceptual phases will enable the lighting to enhance a perception of space, reinforce the activity within a space or highlight prominent areas” (First in Architecture). You’re now probably wondering “how do I incorporate that into my wedding day?” Well, you could use low-hanging chandeliers to add an elegant luminance to your reception. Or, you could add string lights from the ceiling to give it that starry night effect. The possibilities, and photo ops, are endless when you have a vision and goal in mind.

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Out-of-this-World Entertainment

Entertainment seems like one of things most people forget, but don’t do that! Entertainment is so important for you to impress your guests and keep them wanting to stay. A DJ or band, or anyone that plays great music honestly, gets your guests on their feet and dancing. Picking songs that everyone will love and will be able to dance to is a necessity on this day. Another thing that your guests will undoubtedly love is a photo booth. Yes, you read that right. Photo Booths are the perfect way for your guests to bring home more than just favors from the wedding, they bring memories home with them too.

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Personal Touches

Personal touches are a really good way to make everyone know that you and your partner are in love. Writing your own vows will impress your guests since you aren’t reciting the old and tired vows that are traditional. Another way to incorporate you and your partner’s personal touch is to have custom cocktails! Cocktails are a must-have at any wedding (obvi!), but what if you put a custom twist on it? You and your partner making custom cocktails adds a flare to the bar, and people will (or won’t) remember that you had really delicious, one-of-a-kind drinks at the reception.

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Get Funky with The Food

You’re probably thinking “what does that mean?” I will tell you. You can do anything with your menu since it’s your wedding! Your caterer can create the perfect combination out of you and your partner’s favorite food into an ideal wedding menu, so don’t be shy. Other ideas to take into consideration are incorporating family recipes into your special day. This is so creative, and you can share you background and culture with your guests in a sweet way, and your guests are sure to love your grandma’s apple pie recipe!

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The Exit

Now that the big day is over, you have to think about how you and your forever are going to make a grand exit. If you want to go out with a bang, fireworks are definitely the way to go. For more edgy couples, you could make a fast getaway on a motorcycle. And, if you are a more traditional couple, your guests can send you off with some sparklers from the venue doors to the doors of your car!

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Wedding Vendor Stability

Wedding Vendor Stability and RED FLAGS

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It’s almost the end of 2020 and there is ONE WORD that really defines whether you are in or out as a business, and that word is stability. Wedding planning is difficult enough. Wedding planning in 2020 has been a mountain for brides and grooms everywhere. How can you foresee if that company you talked to a month ago is still even in business? It’s so vitally important for you to research your vendors to see if they have been able to hold down the fort through this pandemic, and what their plans are to excel in the future.

Stability Equals Experience

Wenning Entertainment has been around almost 30 years. We’ve gone through highs and lows, and we had the experience to withstand this past year and come out on top. Can the same be said for other vendors? Vendors who have only been around a year or two might not have the backup plans and security to offer the same great service they once did. Look into these companies and be sure to ask the hard questions. How have they handled their business this past year? What have they learned about the changing tides now that weddings, or any large gathering, are looked at very differently this year?

Stability Equals Estate

Where is your vendor located? In a private office space? In their parents’ basement? Consider where your vendor does business. This could be relative to their strength in the industry. Now, you can’t fault businesses that don’t need a standalone office. However, for the businesses that should have an office, observe this vendor and if they try to hide the fact that they lack one. This could lead to the hiding of even more information.

With that, we here at Wenning Entertainment want to wish you and your family a Happy New Year! Take this time to enjoy those around you and reflect on all the positive moments of the year. Now you can look forward to a happy married life and hopefully a covid-free wedding reception!

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No Work Gallery

No Work Gallery? Wedding Vendor Red Flags!

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Whether it’s through photos or videos, what do you do if there is No Work Gallery? Wherever you go, there are good eggs and bad eggs. More than likely, this is your first wedding and you’ve never had to deal with event vendors before. That means it’s vitally important for you to do your research to determine what makes a good vendor, or you’ll be left with that bad egg! This week’s tip is all about a lacking work gallery! 

No Work Samples? What’s That MEAN?

How can you pick a vendor if you can’t see any of their work? Especially their RECENT work? It’s 2020. We can’t expect all vendors to have a hefty sample of recent work, simple because there WERE almost no events this year! That being said, any professional, trustworthy company is going to have work samples from previous years. Don’t dismiss those! Across the board, this is what vendors are going to be showing off since their 2020 events were postponed or cancelled.

How Can You Compare Vendors Then?

What’s their social media look like? When’s the last time they posted? Consistent posting, especially if paired with past or present work examples, is a smart sign that the company is still in business and is thriving.

Companies are always going to be proud to show off their work. Their website and social media pages should be full of references so that you can visualize what your wedding will look like. If this is not the case, think twice about pursuing the vendor.

Keep these tips in mind when you’re comparing vendors, and you’ll be able to visualize your wedding through their work examples!

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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.