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Choosing A Live Band or A DJ For Your Wedding

Author:  Bryan Wong

Music is the live of a party. That is also true for a wedding. The song for the first dance will be in your memory for ever, so make sure it is played the way you like it. After the first dance musical entertainment can enhance your wedding or put a damper on the festivities. When choosing music for your wedding day it usually comes down to choose between a live band or DJ. It is important to choose a live band or DJ who is capable of ensuring that the guests in attendance are having a great time. This means that the band or DJ needs to able to sense the mood of the crowd and adapt to meet their mood and vibe in order to keep the party moving.

The choice for a live band or DJ is not so easy. One great way to ensure that you are choosing a good live band or DJ is to seek recommendations from close friends or family members. If you didn’t attend their wedding or don’t remember their entertainment, ask them if they would recommend their live band or DJ. If they do come highly recommended, ask your friend or family member if you can borrow a copy of their wedding video. Pay special attention to the parts of the video where the guests are dancing and decide if you think the live band or DJ might work for your wedding.

Before you can make the decision for a live band DJ you need consider the following issues. The first thing is price. A live band is usually more expensive than a DJ. The DJ often is just one person and a band has more than one performer. That is where the price difference is, the live band has to pay several people while the DJ is just one maybe two persons. The second thing is music selection. A band often has a more limited musical selection than a DJ. A DJ can have a considerable amount of CD and records available. This can be important when wedding guest request individual songs. When a band doesn’t have that particular song in their repertoire it can be a disappointment for the wedding guest. Another thing is that a DJ can play the duration of the wedding and a live band usually takes several breaks during the party. You need to keep these things in mind when making your choice.

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However, the best way to decide for a live band or DJ is see them at a wedding. Ask the band or DJ if you can see them perform at a wedding and if the couple that is getting married is OK with your attendance. During their performance you can judge if they feel the mood or the crowd and how they adapt to meet the mood and vibe in order to keep the party swinging.

When hiring a DJ it is very important to make a contract which specifies the name of the DJ and companions if needed. It sometimes happens that a DJ becomes so popular that he or she can not play at your wedding. In this case the DJ may offer your wedding party to another DJ for a small finder’s fee. This means that the DJ can sell the right to perform at your wedding to another DJ. It can also happen that the DJ sends a less experienced DJ that works for him to do the job. To make sure that this will not happen to you, you must make sure to specify the name of the DJ on the contract.

It is best to interview at least three to five candidates before you make your final decision even if you already made up your mind. Make sure you see the band or DJ in action at a wedding and set up a contract that specifies all of the details of your wedding as well as all of your expectations.

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For a list of Musicians/Live Bands & DJs in the Greater Cleveland and Akron Canton areas, visit TodaysBride.com

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Today’s Bride Announces 2010-2011 Bridal Show Schedule

CLEVELAND OCTOBER 2010 SHOW
Sun, Oct 17, 2010
Embassy Suites, Independence
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, OH
Doors Open:  10am Р4pm
Fashion Shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, & 2:30pm

AKRON/CANTON OCTOBER 2010 SHOW
Sun, Oct. 24, 2010
Sheraton Suites
1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Doors open: 10 – 4pm.
Fashion Shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, & 2:30pm

Each event has OVER 80 Exhibitors, Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Battle of the Grooms, Make-Over Bride, Prizes, Discounts, and Giveaways!¬† Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last)
$10 Admission.  Purchase Tickets online at http://www.todaysbride.com at 50% off!

AKRON/CANTON JANUARY 2011 SHOW
Sun, January 9, 2011
John S. Knight Center, Akron, OH
77 E. Mill St., Akron, OH
Doors open: 10 – 5pm.

Fashion Shows: 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm, American Commodore Tuxedo Dancers, latest fashions in Bridal gowns, Veils, Mother-of dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and more!

Over 150 Wedding Professionals to help you plan your BIG day!¬† Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Gallery of Reception Table Ideas, Gallery of Wedding Cakes, Portrait Gallery, Prizes, Discounts, and so much more!¬† Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last).
$10 admission.  Purchase tickets at 50% off by registering at www.todaysbride.com

CLEVELAND JANUARY 2010 SHOW – Now 2 Days!
Sat. & Sun, January 15 & 16, 2011
I-X Center, Cleveland, OH
One I-X Center Dr., Cleveland, OH
Doors open: 1/16/11 from 4-8pm
1/15/11 from 10 – 5pm.

Fashion Shows on Sunday:  11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm, American Commodore Tuxedo Dancers, latest fashions in Bridal gowns, Veils, Mother-of dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and more!

Over 200 Wedding Professionals to help you plan your BIG day!¬† Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Gallery of Reception Table Ideas, Gallery of Wedding Cakes, Portrait Gallery, Prizes, Discounts, and so much more!¬† Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last)
$8 parking, $10 Admission. Purchase Tickets at 50% off online at www.todaysbride.com.

The Soundtrack of Your Lives – Wedding Ceremony Music

From the moment your guests arrive at the ceremony, they will be serenaded by the sweet sounds of music – – as they enter the church, as you are accompanied down the aisle, and when you arrive at the reception.

Whether you’re planning an informal garden ceremony or a traditional church wedding, large or small, you can characterize the mood of the event through your musical selections. Most wedding ceremonies, civil or religious, call for music in at least three places: before the wedding (the prelude), during the bridal party entrance (the processional), and as you make your exit (the recessional). You may also include post-ceremony music (the postlude) and/or additional songs — interludes — during the ceremony.

Prelude music is light, ambient music that sets the mood while guests are being seated and waiting for the ceremony to begin. It usually begins when the doors open, or as early as 45 minutes prior to but no later than 20 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony. Traditionally, Baroque classical music is played during the pre-ceremony while guests are being seated. There are a number of standards to choose from, including Bach‚Äôs ” Air On The G String” , though you should feel free to consider alternative ideas to design a unique ceremony. Couples focused less on tradition may choose contemporary tunes that mean something to you and your fianc√© — perhaps the first song you danced to, or the song that was playing on the radio when he proposed.

Next is the processional, which accompanies the entry of the extended wedding party — family, bridal party, and bride. The same song can be used for each, or you can change to another song when the bride enters to add drama and highlight her entrance. There’s no right or wrong way to choose your processional march. Whether you want something traditional, such as Wagner’s ” Bridal Chorus” (” Here Comes the Bride” ) or Pachelbel’s Canon, or something out of the ordinary, experienced musicians have extensive play lists that can help you make the perfect choice.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the recessional plays. As the name implies, this music accompanies you as you recess (that is, make your exit) and is traditionally bright and lively. The recessional tends to be more informal than the processional, thereby affording you even more freedom in regard to your musical choice. You’ve been officially declared husband and wife, so here’s your chance to be unique and really have some fun. Have someone play a violin, or even a set of bagpipes, as guests head toward the exit. You could even ask the musician to lead guests out of the ceremony in a parade like fashion.

When choosing pieces for the processional and recessional, keep the length of the aisle in mind. Longer pieces will need to be adapted for a short walk down the aisle, or as a combination of songs for a long aisle.

Many couples choose to add interludes or songs played during significant moments such as the unity candle lighting or the ketubah signing. When choosing ceremony music, take cues from your site’s architecture and decor.

When saying your vows in a place of worship, you’ll probably want (or be asked to choose) the traditional accompaniment of an organ, harp or string quartet. On the other hand, if your wedding will take place at an alternative site, you may have a variety of options to choose from.

Lastly, think about matching the musicians and musical selections to your wedding theme or style. For example, a bagpiper for a Scottish or Irish wedding, a New Orleans-style jazz band for Cajun-flavored festivities, or a harpsichord for a Baroque-inspired day. Since music plays a key factor, be sure to seek out the type of talent that will suit your wedding style!

Experienced Wedding Planner Can Save You Valuable Time & Money

An Experienced Wedding Planner Can Save You Valuable Time & Money, All the While Making Your Dreams Come True

As couples begin thinking about their wedding, they are often overwhelmed deciding how much to spend, where to obtain specialized services, and how to choose vendors. These worries can mount as quickly as the cost of the wedding does. And after the euphoria wears off and the reality settles in, it’s shocking to discover of how much preparation is involved in planning a wedding.

Faced with decisions about everything from invitation wording to planning their honeymoon, combined with full-time careers and limited time to devote to planning details, couples often find they want the help of a professional wedding planner.

Not long ago, a wedding coordinator was thought of as a luxury, only considered practical for couples with unlimited budgets. Now wedding planners are nearly essential to a well planned affair, having become indispensable today to many brides and grooms who find their services well worth the investment.

A wedding consultant guides you through the planning process and the wedding day itself, assisting in whatever capacity you need. He or she can help you refine your ideas, connect you to the appropriate vendors, advise you on proper etiquette, and suggest ways to use your budget wisely.

Read more about Wedding Consultants and Planners HERE

For a list of wedding planners & consultants in the Greater Cleveland and Akron/Canton areas, visit our website

Brides-to-be…What to do After the Bridal Show

Ok, so you went to the bridal show and talked to a lot of people, picked up a lot of literature, saw great fashions shows with the latest in wedding and bridesmaid gown design, awesome wedding cake ideas and so much that you are getting dizzy.  Hold on!  We made it happen, we will help you through it!  Great organization, follow through and planning can turn piles of brochures into a well thought out and perfect wedding day. 

1) Dump & Categorize

Dump your bag out and separate the brochures by category; DJs, cake companies, photographers, bands/live music, flowers, reception halls, etc.¬† Once you’ve done that, take each pile and pull out the company, or companies, ¬†you actually had the opportunity¬†to talk to.¬† These will be the first people to review.¬† From that group, chose one to three¬†companies from each¬†category, paying attention to any coupon or show pricing deadlines,¬†that made the biggest impression on you when you spoke, i.e. personality of the representative, overall look of their booth – samples, photos, etc – and any offers they presented.¬† These will be the¬†first people you want to consider for your wedding.

2) Contact them

Now that you’ve narrowed it down, the next step is to contact them and set up an appointment to talk about what you’re looking for, what your budget is¬†for that particular service, availability on your date, etc.¬† The one thing we¬†do not¬†recommend¬†is just calling up a company and asking what they charge.¬† That doesn’t give you a true idea of what that company can offer you.¬† Here’s something to think about, just because a company may LOOK expensive, i.e. high quality ads, brochures, booth displays, etc. doesn’t mean they are expensive, that they aren’t willing to work within your budget.¬† You’d be surprised how many companies can offer you their best work and still won’t break the bank.¬† Give them a chance.¬†

3)Research what you need to ask

After you set the appointment, print out  a copy of our wedding
planner¬†¬†http://www.todaysbrideonline.com/planning_tools.phtml. ¬†It contains great information and just about every question you should ask.¬†¬† You may want to check out their website too.¬† Many companies will list their services and possibly a price list.¬† But don’t let that be the end¬†of your research.¬†¬†A true measure of a company is not necessarily what they look like online or¬†what their brochure look like, it’s the people and how they interact with you.¬† Which brings us to the next step…

3)Get to know them personally

While talking with the vendor, make sure everything they will do for you will be written¬†in the contract and that every aspect is covered.¬† Yes, they know what they need to do, but you need to know too!¬† They do this for a living and it’s second¬†nature to them.¬† What you might assume will be included, often times is not and could be an issue later on down the line.¬† Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t be afraid to¬†ask for it in writing!

4)  Time to Make a Choice

You’ve “interviewed” your top choices. Now comes the hard part, choosing that one company that will make your day perfect.¬† Review all of the¬†information you collected when you spoke.¬† Take into consideration the personality of¬†the person you spoke to, the atmosphere of where you met, any testimonials or recommendations from others that have used their service, etc and the choice should be obvious.

5) File It Away

Once you have made your final decisions and booked your wedding professionals, don’t throw away your research!¬† File it away for a future use.¬† You never know when you’ll need the services of a company you talked to or received literature from¬†but didn’t use.¬†

Your wedding day is the most important day of your life and the companies you choose to help you celebrate play a big role in making it perfect.¬† Follow your heart, after all, it brought you to this point and hasn’t been wrong yet.

Money Can‚Äôt Buy Love: Northeast Ohio weddings still going strong despite economic downturn

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by Jennifer Boresz on January 20, 2010

Weddings tend to boom during decade years.

Who knew?

My fiancé, Brian, and I sure didn’t plan to get married in 2010 for any particular reason. It’s just the way things worked out. But bridal vendors throughout Northeast Ohio are hoping others will also choose this decade year to plan their big day. It would give their businesses a boost, following a not-so-great 2009.

It seems that just about everyone has been impacted by the struggling economy. Even though some couples in 2009 worked within a budget to throw the weddings of their dreams, others decided to postpone their big days. A decrease in wedding funds may delay plans, but bridal vendors can count on one thing: People will still continue to fall in love and get married.

This Friday night (January¬†22, 2009) ¬†at 8:30 on NEOtropolis, we‚Äôll talk about the economic impact of Northeast Ohio weddings. If you think about it, just one wedding ‚ÄĒ one single day ‚ÄĒ touches many different vendors. By having your wedding here in the region, instead of a ‚Äúdestination wedding‚ÄĚ out of the state or even the country, you‚Äôre actually helping the local economy.

According to the Wedding Report through the Bridal Association of America, the average U.S. wedding cost more than $30,000 in 2009! (Now I’m not saying everyone pays that much, but can you imagine the impact thousands of weddings have on Northeast Ohio businesses each year?)

Here are some interesting statistics from the same 2009 study that I thought you might enjoy:

17 months = average engagement time

169 = average number of guests

26 = average age of bride

28 = average age of groom

2,326,485 = numbers of weddings in the United States (a 2.37 percent increase from 2008)

I’m proud to say that since Brian and I are both native Northeast Ohio residents, we are using all local vendors for our June wedding. We’re even incorporating elements from the Lake Erie shore into our centerpieces and decor to reflect the region we love.

What about you? Are you a bride or groom who is planning a wedding? Will it take place in the region? Or, if you’ve been to a wedding recently, did you notice that it was less extravagant due to the economy? What stood out? And who are your favorite Northeast Ohio vendors?

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See Today’s Bride’s own Jim Frericks and Jennifer Fyffe discuss the outlook for the Northeast Ohio bridal industry on this episode of NEOtropolis.

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January is Bridal Show Month!

January is a very busy month for bridal show producers, including Today’s Bride.¬† We are the largest Bridal Show producer in Northeast Ohio for over 20 years, bringing newly engaged couples hundreds of wedding professionals¬†all in one place!¬† It’s one-stop-shopping for all your bridal needs.

This Sunday, January 17th will be our largest show of the season at the IX Center in Cleveland.¬† Over 200 wedding professionals will be on hand, from florists to teeth whitening, Bridal gowns in Henri’s gown showroom to photobooths¬†that will add¬†additional craziness and fun to your reception.¬† It’s all here!¬† Beautiful fashions shows highlighting this seasons most sought-after gowns will be at 11:00, 12:30, 2:00 & 3:30pm, brought to you by Henri’s Cloud Nine with fashions from Henri’s, Expressions Bridal, David’s Bridal, Dora’s Bridal & Formal and more!¬†¬†For the Mother-of, beautiful gowns from Peneventures will also be featured.¬† Don’t forget to check out the American Commodore Tuxedo dancers showing off the latest in formal attire for the groom too!¬† They are sure to rock the show!

Doors will be open from 10am to 5pm.  Admission at the door is $10 but you can get a $3 off coupon or buy tickets online for 50% off by pre-registering at www.todaysbride.com.  Parking is $8.

To help you prepare for the show, check out our bridal survival guid by clicking here.  Come to the show excited and prepared!