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Monday, September 16, 2019

The Latest Trends in Wedding Music Entertainment

If you are about to get married, you are probably obsessing over planning details. You may be scrambling to find the best venues and vendors while trying to keep track of your guests, ordering wedding attire and more.
One major concern will be the type of musical entertainment you want to hire. Of course, there are tons of cover bands available, but if you want your wedding to stand out, you want to find a band that is in-line with the latest trends.

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Keeping that in mind, here is some of what we are seeing at today’s chicest weddings.
Hiring a Deejay and a Band: Many couples might go back and forth on the issue of whether they want a band or a deejay. Well why not have both?
Deejays are on hand to play in 15 to 20 minute intervals as the band takes breaks. This keeps the atmosphere lively and it is perfect for couples who want to hear a lot of music at their wedding.
Including Specialty Performance Acts: A specialty performance act like a dance troupe, can be brought in to perform while the band plays. They can perform in front or in back of the band while they play…or both!
These performers will not typically be on stage for the entire duration of the wedding but may make one appearance or several periodic appearances.
Boosting the Audio Equipment: Hiring the best band doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t have great audio equipment. Therefore, many couples are choosing to use professional audio services for weddings as opposed to using the venue’s system.
Protocol Dances Are a Thing of the Past: When at a wedding, bands often plan their set list around protocol dances including those that occur between the father of the bride and the bride, the mother of the groom and the groom and the first dance of the newly married couple.

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 Today, tradition is going out the window and bands are adjusting their set lists accordingly.
Cover Bands Adding a New Flair: We are all used to hearing cover bands playing the same old songs the same old ways. Today bands are adding their own flair to the music and making it their own.
Some give their music a Latin spin while others incorporate jazzy flavors to give new life to the tunes they are playing.
If you want your wedding to stand out, a unique band is a great place to start. Think of the theme of your wedding and the tone you are trying to set and go from there to find a band that works well with your celebration. Then, look forward to dancing the night away while hosting a wedding your guests are sure to remember for years to come.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Small Finishing Touches That You May Have Forgotten for Your Wedding

If the big day’s coming up soon then you’re probably equally as anxious as you are excited. It’s a lot to take in
and the planning phase of your wedding probably took a lot longer than you expected–but it’ll all be worth it in
the end when your perfect dream wedding unfolds in front of your eyes.

So to help you add some finishing touches and last-minute improvements, we’ve put together a brief list of things
that you may have forgotten during the planning phase of your wedding.

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Give your guests a welcome bag

If your guests are coming in from far away then a welcome bag will always be appreciated to make the experience
more enjoyable for your guests. This can include basics like a bottle of water, some wipes to freshen up, a small
welcome card, a schedule for the day, a map of the venue and some light snacks.

Tell your photographer who the big guests are

Your wedding photographer has to know who the major guests are. Every guest is important, but there are some
such as family members and long-time friends that should get a little more attention when they arrive at your wedding.

Put together a small bag of essentials

A bag of essentials is a great thing to have when the day is busy and full of activities. It could be a foot mask to help
cool your feet during a hot day, a bottle or two of water to stay hydrated or even a light lunch to ensure that you have
the energy to last until the wedding meal.

Plan follow-up contact with your guests

Your guests should receive some kind of message from you after the wedding. Whether it’s a thank you message,
a small memory that you recall during the wedding ceremony or a promise to stay in touch with distant friends and
family members, a small follow-up gesture is much appreciated.

Let your DJ know what songs to avoid

Whether it’s songs you personally dislike or ones that aren’t appropriate for the kids attending the wedding, make sure
you let your DJ know what songs are off-limits as well as the songs which you absolutely want to hear.

Plan out your wedding flowers

Make sure you have a flower of choice when it comes to decorating the venue. You should also get in touch with services
like BridalBouquets to put together a luxurious bouquet of flowers that will add a unique touch to your wedding attire.

Have a backup for bad weather

If you’re having an outdoor wedding then it’s absolutely crucial that you have a backup plan if there’s a chance that it
might rain. This can take a lot more planning but is well worth the effort even if the chance of rain is really slim.

Check for dietary restrictions and allergies

Lastly, make sure you ask your guest about dietary restrictions and allergies before you plan what meals to serve.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

5 Things to Expect When Shopping For a Wedding Dress

So this is it, it’s the day that we’ve all been waiting for. The day that is going to change your life forever.

That’s right, it’s the day that you are going to shop for your wedding dress. On second thought, that’s not right.

It’s probably going to take more than one day. Well maybe not if you’ve got the right team on your side and if you are

persistent. But for most of us, deciding on the first day of the search just doesn’t happen. 

But anyway let’s not get off track. As I’m sure you know by now, you should never get off track when planning your wedding.

Shopping for your dress is so exciting, but it can also be very stressful, especially if you don’t know what to expect.

Lucky for you though, I’m here to make sure that you don’t go in unprepared. Here are five things that you should expect when

shopping for a wedding dress.

1.    There Are Potential Discounts

Let’s start off with something positive shall we? Because trust me, there is some negative stuff below. But this is a good thing,

and it’s something that a lot of brides are unaware of. Many of them actually decide on a dress without ever even thinking

about discounts.

It’s understandable really, because why would anything to do with your wedding be good for your bank account, right?

Well here’s one way: Trunk Shows. These are events that will show off a specific designer’s collection of bridal gowns.

They’ll all be gowns that you can buy in various salons, but if you buy them on the day of the Trunk Show you could get

up to a 15% discount. That’s a pretty sizable chunk right there. The issue of course is that you have to be available on

the day of the show.

And as well as that, there’s no guarantee that you will actually like any of the dresses in the collection. But it is a good

way to cut down the costs. Another possibility is a sort of package deal offered by certain salons.

If you buy not only your dress, but also the bridesmaids dresses in the same place,  you could get a discount on the

whole bundle. There might be another one if you buy a dress for the mother of the bride. 

Since all of these dresses need to be bought anyway, you might as well try to coordinate them to the same place and

avoid spending too much.

2.    There Will be Paperwork

Once you’ve decided on the dress that’s right for you, you’re almost certainly going to have to sign a contract. This is

probably going to include a deposit too and you are going to have to commit right then and there to alterations and


Nobody likes contractual obligations, but it’s entirely understandable why you would be expected to do this. After all,

the dress is going to have to be changed and fixed up to make sure that it suits your specific requirements.

That’s a waste of a lot of work if you end up deciding that you don’t actually want that particular dress. So prepare to

be sure, don’t sign that contract unless you are 100% decided on the dress that you want to walk down the aisle in.

And also, actually read the thing. Make sure that all of the details that should be in there are in there. This is everything

from colour to measurements to fittings because you don’t want to sign for things that aren’t actually what you need.

You want to make sure too that you’re not agreeing to extra costs which you haven’t already discussed with the salon and the


3.    Your Underwear Matters

Maybe you haven’t thought of this already, but on the big day, you have to either wear a strapless bra or perhaps one with clear

straps. I’m afraid this isn’t really up for debate and it’s what you should be wearing while you’re shopping.

The type of bra that you’re wearing can alter the way the torso of the dress looks if it’s not a perfect fit for you or if it’s got a different

shape or different underwire. And it can actually make the dress a little bit uncomfortable to wear all day.

Get yourself measured for your underwear too and do that before you go dress shopping. If possible wear the same bra while you’re

shopping that you plan on wearing on the day, even though it might feel like you’re getting ahead of yourself. 

Getting measured this way will ensure that there are no surprises in how the dress looks and feels when the wedding rolls around.

This is a little thing that makes a big difference.

4.    The Sizes Can be Terrifying

You’re not going to see your normal number on a wedding dress. The sizes on them are pretty alarming. If you go looking for a wedding

dress in the same size as your normal dresses, it’s not going to fit you, it will be way too small.

So if you end up wearing a size 14 wedding dress, even though you would normally be wearing a size 8 when you are out and about,

don’t let it bug you. It’s not just you, every woman your size has to do the same.

God knows why this is. Maybe it’s one last, spiteful attempt by the universe to make women feel bad about themselves before the happiest

day of their life. Regardless, it doesn’t matter. It’s just the way bridal gowns are sized. 

So don’t get worked up over it. And be aware of it too so that you don’t waste a whole lot of time looking at dresses that are actually way too small for you.

5.    There May Be Some Extra Costs

We started this discussion with the good news, discounts. So let’s end it with the bad news. All of those extra expenses that you may have to deal with.

Now all of this stuff should be in the contract and you need to make sure

that it is before you sign. There are some obvious things like the cost of alterations, the cost of any extra fittings that you might need and your deposit.

This could be different depending on the salon. The place you’re buying

from could have their own pricing policies.

And sometimes they’re not necessarily that reasonable. Do some research and see what you can find out about all of the salons you plan on shopping at.

If their pricing policies aren’t on their website, check things like yelp or

any bride-focused sites and blogs that cover your area.

And if you think it’s all looking like it will cost too much, well then why not buy some materials, an adjustable dress form and make your own!

I’m mostly joking here of course . . . But hey, if you do have any dressmaking experience

this is always an option. It’d definitely be cheaper!

At the end of the day, I guess the most important thing to do is enjoy yourself. As stressful and as exhausting as it is, you’re shopping for you wedding

dress and that’s so exciting. Plus, you’re only going to do it once. I hope.

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