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MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT WILL BE AN INTEGRAL PART OF YOUR WEDDING PLANNING

For many brides, choosing the music and entertainment for their wedding will be one of the most important decisions that they make. In many cases, music and entertainment will place very high on the list of emotional, core elements of a wedding. Music sets the mood and reflects the personalities of those involved. The bride will most definitely want to hear here favorite songs played at her wedding. For brides where MUSIC is a HUGE part of their lives, the choices they make in this category of wedding planning will be crucial.

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT VENDORS FOR YOUR WEDDING.

When we hear the term ‘music’ for your wedding, we automatically think of the wedding disc jockey or live band for the reception. For many weddings, however, there will be more music and entertainment to think about. For instance, a string quartet for your wedding ceremony music, or how about a piano player for your cocktail hour? The disc jockey is the most obvious example of your wedding music. That said, we want to take it a step further and bring you some food for thought about the other areas of your wedding that you will need to consider when it comes to the MUSIC and Entertainment for your wedding.

But before we get to that, let us first talk about the wedding reception.

DISC JOCKEY OR A BAND, OR BOTH?

A good disc jockey or live band is the key to getting your wedding guests energized and ready to burn off some of the calories consumed during wedding feast. Make sure to interview as many dj’s and bands as you can. Gather information about packages and pricing, and be sure to see them live in person or on a video. Seeing the vendor in action will play a key part on whether or not that particular vendor is right for you!

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL!

Don’t cut costs on your wedding disc jockey or band! You might regret it in the long run. But don’t just take our word for it, check out some of these sad videos of not so professional wedding disc jockey’s.

Heartfelt Sweepstakes Entry

Posted by on Dec 28, 2012 in Wedding Blog, Wedding Planning, Wedding Sweepstakes | 0 comments

Heartfelt Sweepstakes Entry

We just received this heartfelt sweepstakes entry from a bride who sounds incredibly sincere and honest and we wanted to share it with you. We urge our preferred vendors [as well as any other vendors for that matter] that are in a position to help this bride, to please do so. If you are able to help this bride, contact us and we will put you in touch with the bride. My Dream Wedding is what i am most intrested in because I feel like this is something, like most girls, have been planning for their entire life. Now that I have the chance to finally be planning the biggest day of my life I am falling way short of funds. This experience is way more expensive then I would have ever thought of it being. The times are tough for alot of people these days, so I am not expecting a huge, glamours, expensive wedding. I have a dress picked out that is around $275.00 and that is being ordered offline, and is made in China. I have a ring picked out at this point that is about $900.00 and that is our most expensive thing so far. We have chose to have our receptions at a Fair Grounds for $300 dollars. Our Ceremony is probably going to take place at a park because its mos likly free. We have a few locations actually picked out that are very pretty and scenic but they are far to expensive for us. The one is $500 just for ceremony and that does not include fee per chair for rental. The other place is a State park that charges per car entering the park. That can really add up for us. We are coming to the conclusion that we just have to make do with what we have. So I am currently posting on Facebook for people to contact me if they have wedding decor for sale, that way I am doing all my own decorations on used items for either free or cheap. I am a girl who is very strict when it comes to orginization, but I feel i have compleatly lost my ability to be organized with this wedding because we only have so much to spend and everything is so spread out. Even a tent rental, cost $1,400 from one place and thats before table and chair rental also. I mean this is suppose to be the most exciting time of my life, and I am more stressed about money, and trying to make sure everything pans out that I havent had a joyful moment YET! I am tired of TRYING to plan this wedding already with the funds we lack that I dont even know if the wedding will happen on time. We chose October 12th of 2013 because myself and my husband to be, have the same birthday. Our birthday is October 13th. Our theroy behind this date is that at Midnight it turns into our Birthday Bash! We never have all our family together for our birthdays so why not now, when we are celebrating our first birthday as a married couple! Well I have alot more to say but I feel like words cant experss what i need to say so I hope...

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Wedding Budgets

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Wedding Blog, Wedding Planning | 0 comments

Wedding Budgets

Our advice to brides and grooms regarding wedding budgeting is SPEND AS MUCH AS YOU CAN!!! In the interest of a booming economy we urge our visitors to spend as much as you possibly can on your wedding and DO NOT REGRET IT! Spend money on the wedding related items that are important to you. Your wedding is a once in a lifetime occasion so trust yourself to spend wisely and invest your money properly in the wedding community. To help you do this, we offer you the very best, pre-screened wedding vendors available. Please register with us so that we can send you information about vendors in your area. Name: Email: Wedding Date Region/Area of Wedding Most Interested In: Agree to our Terms Of Use VIEW TERMS OF USE CAPTCHA...

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Halo engagement rings uniquely designed

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in Wedding Blog, Wedding Planning | 0 comments

Halo engagement rings uniquely designed

Halo engagement rings are stunning pieces with classic style and exceptional sparkle. These uniquely designed rings are a top option when you desire a piece that is different without being too trendy. The halo setting is an intricate design technique where micro-pave diamonds encircle the center stone. The additional diamonds enhance the center stone and make it appear a half-carat larger. The understated bling and unique beauty of halo engagement rings make them a popular choice for everyday brides and celebrities alike. The diamond halo setting is lauded for its versatility, as halo engagement rings look beautiful with several diamond cuts. To create a customized, unique wedding rings, choose diamond cuts that are less common. For example, princess-cut halo designer rings are a great choice due to the center diamond’s square shape. The diamond appears prominent on the finger and the halo provides a beautiful frame for the stone. A princess-cut halo engagement ring can also fit additional side stones, lending the piece greater brilliance. Pear-shaped diamonds will also put a distinctive twist on the halo diamond ring’s design. The stones have a vintage flair that beautifully complements the setting’s classic beauty. Additionally, a pear-shaped halo engagement ring will give the ring an old-world charm that is reminiscent of Victorian-era Europe and Hollywood’s golden age. Whatever diamond cut you choose, the halo engagement ring will make your bride-to-be feel like a princess. Fancy colored diamonds are remarkably beautiful in halo engagement rings. Pink, yellow and black diamonds are dazzling when encircled by colorless stones. The contrast between the diamonds creates a stunning piece that will stand out on her finger. If you want the fancy colored center diamond to appear larger, surround it with diamonds of the same color. Halo designed rings look beautiful with a variety of bands, from simple, polished metals to diamond-studded beauties. A thin band affixed with channel, prong, or pave-set diamonds adds an air of daintiness, and provides a beautiful backdrop for the center stone. A wider band design can be lined with multiple rows of diamonds to create a showy piece. Colorful precious metals will also enhance the band design. Most halo engagement rings are made from platinum or white gold – however, rose gold will give the ring an original flair. A multi-color band will make the center diamond stand out more, as the contrast will highlight the diamond’s shimmering beauty. A rose and white gold band will give your ring fancy elegance, while tri-colored bands featuring a combination of rose, yellow and white gold create the ultimate statement...

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Green Wedding Planning

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Wedding Blog, Wedding Planning | 0 comments

Green Wedding Planning

In this modern, eco friendly age and awareness of Global Climate Change, many brides and grooms are looking to GREEN up their wedding. We applaud this effort to save our planet and have created this page to further help those who are looking for green, eco-friendly wedding vendors, providers and professionals who take Global Climate Change, global warming, whatever you want to call it, seriously. This is just the beginning of this page. In the coming months, we will provide a complete list of wedding vendors who are on the green side…eco-chic and eco-friendly. Only wedding vendors who display the utmost seriousness of being environmentally friendly will be offered on this page. GOING GREEN: Going green goes way beyond recycling. However, recycling is a good start for those who are just beginning the process. The process is too extensive to go into detail here, so we will just stick with how going green and being environmentally conscience applies to your wedding and wedding planning. WAYS TO GREEN FOR YOUR WEDDING: We had one bride tell us that for her wedding favors, she had re usable grocery shopping bags made. These bags had the bride and grooms name and wedding date on it. Now everytime a guest goes shopping, they can do their share by cutting down on landfill waste, as well as think of the bride and groom. We had another bride tell us that they gave out a small TREE seed, as a wedding favor. Going green for your wedding also involves using as many renewable materials as possible. We just spoke with one bride who used ELECTRONIC SAVE THE DATES to send to potential guests, family and friends. BOOKS: There are some great books out there now that can aid you in planning a green and eco friendly wedding. contact us if you wish to be listed...

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Planning The Perfect Wedding Part One

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Wedding Blog, Wedding Planning | 0 comments

Planning The Perfect Wedding Part One

Planning the Perfect Wedding: Part 1 ~Theme & Vision~ by Rochelle Maze Siena Aline Special Events (415) 624-6383 www.SienaAlineEvents.com “Where do I begin?” is the question I am most often asked of brides beginning the planning process of their wedding. This is, in fact, the most important day in a person’s life, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming and stress-inducing. How does one plan the perfect wedding and actually enjoy the journey? Here are some tips that will make the process a lot less daunting for you. Before you attempt the search for ceremony and reception locations, or venues, it is important to identify what will make this day unique to you both. Will it be formal, semi-formal or informal? Do you have a particular theme or color combination that speaks to you? What are the different venue types out there that will complete your wedding vision? Wedding themes are an unique to each couple: they stand out and say, “this is a celebration of us and what sets up apart!“ For some, color themes are important: black and white, pink and gold, but for others, a more elaborate theme speaks to them. I once did a wedding with a Madmen television show theme. Here are some examples that may speak to you: • A Midsummer Night’s Dream • Roaring 20’s • Rock & Roll 1950’s • Victorian • Brazilian Carnival • New York • Hawaiian/Luau • Rustic Italian (perfect in Wine Country) • Las Vegas • Harvest A particular theme may not jump out at you right away, and that’s ok! Your inspiration may bloom from visiting a certain venue that fits your style and vision, first. But where to begin…..what types of venues are my style? Below are some examples of different site suggestions, and you may be surprised by how you feel when you’re there, so try several to expand the possibilities available to you. • Art Gallery • Beach • Bed and Breakfast • Country Club • Cruise Ship or Yacht • Farmhouse • Mansion • Museum • Private or Public Garden • Private Home or Estate that can be rented • Hotel • Rooftop Restaurant • Winery The possibilities to create a truly unique and memorable wedding are endless. Hopefully, these ideas are a helpful first step in beginning the planning process. Stay tuned for Part 2 of Planning the Perfect Wedding: How to locate the perfect venue like a...

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Live Band For Your Wedding Reception

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Music and Entertainment, Wedding Blog | 0 comments

Live Band For Your Wedding Reception

Live bands are a great way to have a concert at your wedding reception. If you want to have a live band at your wedding reception, you will need to do lots of research. In some cases and depending on what area of the US you are in, a live band will cost more than a disc jockey, so you’ll want to do lots of shopping around and checking out different live band websites for rates. If you decide to have a band, check to see if the band also handles the announcing/emcee duties of the evening. Does the band having someone that will announce the bridal party, and make general announcements during the night? Some bands require or request that the bride also hire a disc jockey, to handle these critical announcements and to play music when the band is on a break. Be prepared to feed you band as they will most likely require a meal at some point during the...

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Planning Your Reception

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Featured Articles, Music and Entertainment, Wedding Blog, Wedding Planning | 0 comments

Planning Your Reception

Here’s an informative guide to planning your wedding reception from one of our preferred wedding Disc Jockey’s, Mark Welch Entertainment. Planning your Wedding Reception We believe that the planning session for your wedding is the foundation of a successful reception. It is important to schedule this meeting with your DJ 3 – 4 weeks prior to your wedding. We realize that you will have many personal obligations prior to your wedding. However, it is important that we have both the bride and the groom in attendance for our final planning session. To help you budget your time, be prepared that this meeting will last 45 minutes to 1 hour. The Sound System & Set-Up One of the most important factors in the success of your reception is where our DJ sound system is to be set. It is critical that the DJ system is placed in an area directly next to the dance floor, and that the DJ has a good line of sight to the entrance of the room, head table and cake table. As your Master of Ceremonies, our DJ’s need to be able to see each of these areas in order to control the timing of each. It is not a good idea to surround your dance floor on all four side with tables. Remember, our speakers need to carry sound to the dance area. If there are tables directly between the speakers and the dance floor, the guests seated at those tables will have an uncomfortable level of sound. Please be sure to provide us with a minimum of a 6′ x 10′ area to set the sound system and speakers. If you have any guests seated in an adjacent area or room, we can provide additional speakers so that all of your guests can hear the announcements and music at a comfortable level. A nominal charge will apply for this customized speaker option. The Sequence of Events In addition to the set-up, the order and time-line of events is a very important part of the overall success of your wedding reception. As an entertainment professional, we are experts at helping you plan the very best sequence for all the events and formalities. While you may get ideas from others, only your Master of Ceremonies can create the perfect sequence for you – one that effortlessly flows from one event to the next, while maximizing guest enjoyment and participation. If you are planning a tentative agenda with any other wedding professionals (caterer, photographer, etc.) please call us first. We will be happy to share our expertise and experience that will help you customize the very best...

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Disc Jockey Styles

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Music and Entertainment, Wedding Blog | 0 comments

Disc Jockey Styles

Do you want a wedding disc jockey that plays to the crowd? is more talkative? and comments during key moments of your wedding? Or do you prefer a disc jockey who is more laid back, passive and will pretty much just play the music that you have requested. There is no right or wrong answer here. Just be aware that there are different styles of wedding disc jockey’s to choose from.

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Wedding Budget

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Wedding Planning | 0 comments

Wedding Budget

FORWARD: This article is based on my experience as a professional wedding vendor in the San Francisco Bay Area wedding community for more 17+ years, AND as someone who has planned not one, but TWO weddings for myself and my wife. My first wedding was a destination wedding in Las Vegas. The second was a traditional church ceremony and hotel reception wedding. I feel it is pertinent to mention this information so that my readers will understand what I am stating here is based on facts, real world and actual experience. Please bear in mind as you read that I am not a professional writer, and that this is only my opinion. You can take it or leave it. Hopefully, you can get something useful out of it. My budgeting concept involves steps and thought processes that are not necessarily new or original unto themselves, but when combined as a whole, create an entirely new way of thinking. Thus, giving the bride a fresh approach with the goal of putting their hard earned dollars in the proper areas of their wedding. In order for this plan to work, but bride must be willing to do the following: 1. Place top value AND top dollar on the wedding products and services that MEAN THE MOST TO YOU!!! 2. Shopping!…And lots of it! This portion of the concept involves shopping for what you really want by getting out there and seeing as much as possible. Do not settle for the first thing you see and be sure to see vendors in ALL price ranges! 3. Beware of the budget advisor/budget calculators. The budget advisor is basically a list of items you need to shop for, along with a percentage (of your overall budget) of what that item should cost you. These archaic ways of determining what a particular product or service should cost have actually been detrimental to many brides throughout the years. This is discussed in detail below. We’ll discuss all of these items in detail but first let me give you a synopsis of the entire concept in a nutshell. The concept, at it’s core, involves dispelling the myth that a product or service is going to cost you a certain amount of money, whatever the reason (i.e., what your friend paid, how much the vendor you just saw charges, or what the budget advisor says it should cost). More often than not, brides pigeonhole themselves into a particular price bracket for a particular product or service, without fully researching the area of the wedding market they are shopping for. Example: A bride sees a high end wedding photographer who has a retail store-front right in the heart of downtown. She knew his prices were high and possibly out of her range. However, using the concept we are discussing, she sees the vendor, loves it, and now has an idea of what she wants, quality wise. Whether or not she can now find that quality in her price bracket is her task! She did not waste her time looking at a vendor she could not afford. But rather, she can now take the knowledge and experience and apply that to searching for a vendor who offers similar quality and service, for the price she is looking for. And, she...

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Why rent a photo booth for your wedding?

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Wedding Blog, Wedding Planning Photography | 0 comments

Why rent a photo booth for your wedding?

Few things can compare to the fun and spontaneity a professional photo booth can create at your wedding reception or next special event. A Photo Booth will provide your guests with a unique, interactive wedding/party favor and an entertaining experience that everyone will remember for years to come. A photo booth is a terrific way to bring family and friends together at your special event. It’s a sure way to get people out of their chairs, laughing and enjoying each others company. The photo strip, printed with your name, event name and date, also provide them with a priceless keepsake that they will certainly cherish. Photo booths come in many shapes, sizes and build quality so it is always advisable to ask questions about the look and operation of the specific booth you are planning on renting. Guests enter a professional photo booth, view themselves on the monitor, then press a lighted arcade style button. Four photos are taken at timed intervals and within moments the four panel photo strip (complete with custom event banner) is printed to everyone’s delight. Most photo booth rentals will include delivery, set up and an attendant to run the booth. Popular upgrades are Party Props, Double Prints and Scrap Book...

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