We spent a great week at The Special Event in Chicago last week. Lots of networking, design classes, business training and parties! From The Knot seminar, here are what they have selected as the Top 10 Wedding Reception Trends for 2013.
156 days and counting….
What a great week! We have been managing better with the cleanse and between the two of us, we have lost about 45 pounds! YIKES! We just have to make sure when we are done we don’t gain it all back when we eat our first piece of bread! HA!
From all the writers at theBrideScoop, we wish you a prosperous and happy new year!
Looking forward to another fabulous year of all things wedding and much much more!!!
One of my favorite movies of all time is The Sound of Music. It is truly timeless. And as we reflect on the spirit of the holidays this time of year, it is truly wonderful to be reminded that the best things in life are simple and free. Enjoy My Favorite Things as performed by Julie Andrews!
What are your favorite things?
Do you part! Shop local and support your friends and family members that own a small business… because to them, it is not a small business, it is their livelihood!
From Colin Cowie’s Wedding Notes: Essential Questions To Ask Before Booking Your Entertainment dated October 20, 2011.
Good entertainment is instrumental when it comes to keeping the party flowing, so I thought it would be helpful to go back to basics and discuss the must-ask questions to review with any entertainment before you book them. This will ensure you have all the information you need to make the right decision about who to hire for your wedding day.
The first and most important step is to find someone with a great personality, that will light up the crowd by curating the right music selections. The music should tell a story and create a rhythm: upbeat cocktails, more subdued and chic music for dinner and then dance sets moving into house music and beyond. I always prefer hearing original music rather than a cover band.
As with everything, hiring and negotiating successfully has most to do with how you approach people. Remember, creativity is not a light switch. You want to make sure you really gel with your talent. If you are hiring a DJ, spend several hours over a bottle of wine and go over the music selection making sure he or she understands what you like and what you don’t like. Tailor the playlist with them and never think of them as a Juke Box and ask them to change direction after every song. And let them know what your policy is with requests.
Here are some basics to remember when you are meeting talent:
Verify Their Skills
- It is important to ask detailed questions about the performer’s skills and resume: How long have they been in business? Training? References? (Ask if you can see a video of a previous performance. It will help you assess more thoroughly.)
- What exactly will they need for their performance? (Staging? Equipment? Is it rented or do they have their own?)
During The Wedding
- While you may be focused on what your bridal party is wearing, you must also ask your entertainment these questions so it doesn’t throw off the vibe of your party: What will they and their assistants be wearing to your event and when they set up their equipment?
- Do they have a wireless microphone that guests can easily use during the wedding for speeches, etc?
- Are you guaranteed that you will have the performer of your choice at your event? Are you guaranteed a backup DJ or performer if they get sick?
- When do you need to submit your playlist and event details? Can you submit a “do not play list”? How will they handle guest requests during the party?
It’s All About the Money
- This can be the “make or break it” category for most, so be careful when asking these questions because you can really save money (or lose it) depending on the answers: What is the complete breakdown of cost? What is required for a deposit? Does it include everything (the assistants, cancelation deposits, transportation, delivery fees, etc.)?
- Do they carry liability insurance?
- What is their overtime policy? Are they prepared to play overtime if the party is going strong? What’s their rate for overtime?
Remember, there’s nothing wrong with being straightforward and requesting the information you need. It’s important to be inquisitive now, when you have a world of options in front of you. And great entertainment doesn’t mean you need to hire a band, although that is certainly a great option. I am a HUGE DJ Fan. I think today’s DJ’s are the ROCKSTARS of tomorrow!
DJ secured! That felt really good to say! We met with our first possible DJ last week and after about 15 minutes, we knew he was it! It was such a relaxing and laid back time to just sit and talk about “our day” and how we want it to play out. DJ Harsh came with a glowing recommendation from our wedding planner, Claudia. Now, everyone that she recommends is always top notch but this is the first time we had to meet with someone personally without her with us. Once again, she hit it out of the park with recommending him… so much so that the next day we cancelled the other appointments that we had because that was it, he needed to be booked!
We wish we could say it was the same way for the photographer! While all three people that we were introduced to are amazing, there is so much to consider when choosing. Price is important of course but so is personality! We are currently battling with each other over going the “less expensive” route or going with the one we will have “the most fun with” on our big day. One of us (CJ) wants the personality while the other (Dr. Tim) just wants the lowest bottom line. Who is going to win this one? Not really sure at this point… stay tuned. The impatient one (CJ) wants this done TODAY!
Do we smell our first argument over the impending nuptials? In a word: yes. We both promise to fight fair so no one gets injured!
CJ and Dr. Tim
We invite you to join us at The Wedding Salon on October 3, 2011 at The W City Center!
This event brings together the best of the best in the weddings industry featuring amazing names including a couture fashion show by Jenny Yoo, The Knot, Saks Fifth Avenue Beauty featuring Laura Mercier and Giorgio Armani, The Registry at Bloomingdale’s, David Rothstein Music and many more.
Other treats include cocktails, cake tastings and a luxury gift bag for the bride. Brides can additionally enter to win honeymoon giveaways from top destinations including the Mexico Tourism Board.
We would like to extend complimentary tickets to you to this event! To register, simply use the code WPBC at www.WeddingSalon.com.
Fashion designer Michael Kors and his long time partner Lance LePere picked up their marriage license in New York City this morning.
“Lance and I are very excited to finally be able to have the opportunity to marry in our home state after many years together,” said Kors. “We have no plans for a major party but we will be getting married privately.” They met in 1990 when Lance joined Michael’s company as an intern.
We wish them a lifetime of happiness!