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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

Top 10 Things to Avoid on Your Wedding

By: Dave J. Davies

There is nothing worse than a wedding that ends up as a total disaster. You’ve spent a lot of money, your family and friends have shared their time and experience. The perfect wedding isn’t always easy to pull off. It takes a lot of work to make that special day a lot of fun.

Experts on weddings all give tips and information on how to have a perfect wedding. What they sometimes neglect is the things you should avoid completely. Here are a few tips about things not to do to make your wedding better.

1. Spend Way Too Much Money On Your Wedding

Many couples make this mistake, and it can ruin your entire wedding, and years into your marriage. A perfect wedding isn’t about spending thousands of dollars. It isn’t the price of the wedding that makes it a success. Your guests aren’t going to ask you how much you spent on china and catering. (If they do, you have permission not to answer.)

Develop a budget and stick to it. If you plan far enough in advance, you can have the wedding you want without spending a lot of money. Don’t spend money where you don’t need it. Write down what’s most important to you at the wedding, and research ways to save money on your wedding, so you can save or spend the money as you want later.

2. Forgetting What Will Make It Fun For You

You and your other half have worked hard to get to this moment. You’ve made a commitment to each other, and you know those little quirks and the individual personalities. Does this come through in your wedding? Is this wedding simply filled with things and objects?

Who says the bride has to wear white? Who says the cake has to be traditional? Who says you have to be inside a church? Weddings are not about tradition any more. It’s about a wonderful day, shared with family and friends, as they join you in celebrating becoming husband and wife. Forget tradition if that’s not what will make it a special day for you. Do what you want.

3. Using Just Anyone In Your Wedding

Too many people quickly pick a Master of Ceremonies, a DJ, caterers, without spending time with them. That’s crazy! You never know what the person might say or do. He could be so boring. That caterer could be completely rude. You simply don’t know if you don’t talk to the people before hand.

Don’t pick out a DJ, or a preacher or anyone else involved in your ceremony or involved in the reception based on rates alone. Get referrals from everyone, and talk to each of your options. Get to know them a little bit and you’ll find a personality match.

4. Disorganization On All Sides

The reason why many couples spend much more than they really should have on a wedding is usually due to disorganization. Party favors get bought early on, and then are misplaced and have to be repurchased. That location you wanted, you delayed on getting and now it is no longer available.

It happens at many weddings. Probably the worst offense being tuxes rented too late or wedding rings being misplaced. Such small things can be so much trouble. Help yourself and your loved ones by setting aside one area where you can keep everything organized and together.  For items that need to be reserved, rented, etc, keep a calendar of important dates with your planning information.  Download the Today’s Bride 40pg Wedding Planner to help with all of your planning needs.

5. Rainy Day Wedding

Too many people neglect to check the weather and make separate preparations in case there is going to be rain. Check the weather in your area the week before. You could actually save yourself some trouble by picking beautiful indoor locations for the wedding ceremony and reception.

6. Celebrating The Night Before Or The Morning Of

A huge mistake made by a lot of bride and grooms or friends of the bride and groom is the huge celebration made the night before. It’s common, especially for friends of the groom, to go out and drink and celebrate the night before. However, the disasters that have occurred because of this are plentiful in wedding history.

Think before going out the night before. If you’re planning a celebration, consider having it two or more nights before the wedding. Let the few days and nights before the wedding be relaxing.

7. Not Doing The Wedding Planning As A Couple

All too often, the bride takes over most of the wedding planning, leaving the groom with nothing to do. This is a common mistake. The wedding is just as much for the groom as it is for the bride. Let him pick out a few things he’d like in the wedding as well.

Ask him what he’d like to help out with. Make sure he gets to choose elements that will make it a special day for him too. Working on this together can help strengthen the relationship as well.

8. Being The Star And Asking Too Much

Yes, the bride is usually the star of the wedding, but does that mean that it has to be all about you? Ask for too much from your wedding party , and you could be left disappointed and losing friendships. Take it easy, girl. Remember why you’re inviting your closest family and friends to the wedding, or asking for their help. Be kind to them.

9. Too Many Cooks In The Kitchen Syndrome

Everyone wants to be involved in the wedding planning, both mother-in-laws to be, best friends, sisters, cousins, etc. Everyone wants to contribute because they want to feel they mean something to the bride and groom. In some cases, it can get too overwhelming. Remain organized and in charge of your wedding. Pass out assignments to those who want one, and keep it that way.

10. Is This A Wedding Or Just A Fancy Party?

Weddings don’t have to be traditional, but some people forget the meaning behind the wedding. It’s about the couple coming together as husband and wife, and sharing that moment with close friends and family. Make it special for everyone.

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Edible flowers can take the cake

By Debbi Snook, The Plain Dealer

Who knew that violas — bigger than a violet, smaller than a pansy — had such a heady fragrance? Yet when Mark Toocheck lifts the plastic tarp from a raised bed of the perky-faced flowers, the lilac-like scent of a flower garden whooshes out.

The taste comes later.

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Yes, taste. These yellow and purple flowers are edible, something we might not think about until we learn that Mark’s wife, Karen, washes and sugarcoats them for as much as a year of extended life. Most will end up on cakes or cupcakes at special occasions across the country, delivering the surprise factor that Karen loves.

“Everybody says, ‘I didn’t know you could eat these,'” she said.

You can eat some flower species, but not all of them, a difference that can get tricky. Karen uses day lilies, which are edible, but not Asiatic lilies, which are poisonous. Click here for a long list of edible flowers and herbs.

Every flower Karen makes in her home business, Crystallized Flower Co. in Willoughby, has a delicate snap and a little different flavor, some harder to detect than others.

“The day lilies are a little sweet and sour,” she said. “The violas are a little like parsley, and the borage like cucumber.”

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Integrating Cultures With Wedding Invitations And Themes

By: Amy Carter

Your wedding should be a celebration of you and your fiancé’s love and the seamless union of your cultures.  Often, this can be a difficult task as the religious aspect of your traditions and cultures don’t always mesh together.  To best combine cultures pick those elements that you love and integrate those details into your wedding invitations, reception décor, even your wedding dress and bridal party attire.

A delicate mix

Combining cultures as you plan your wedding isn’t always easy.  It is important that you, your fiancé and your families are comfortable with the things you are including and those elements you are leaving behind.  There is no automatic ‘right’ answer, just knowing that you are going to have a wedding experience that is uniquely your own.  From your wedding invitations to the reception, you should think about intertwining your personal cultural customs and traditions that will suit you.

Picking the right elements

While it is important to include elements from both of your cultures, you should also be aware of the impact of these elements.  Including too many elements, customs and traditions can often be just too much to handle.  Not only will you have your hands full with planning and organizing, but too many things can decrease the significance of any one thing.  You don’t want to have a confusing ceremony or a reception that feels like a multicultural circus.  Choose just a few things to pepper into your ceremony and reception and you’ll have a tasteful and interesting ceremony.

Start with a well-composed wedding invitation

Your wedding invitation is a great place to start your cultural combining.  Since it is a small in size you’ll be forced to choose some essential pieces from both cultures to showcase.  Your wedding invitation is also a great place to include a note about the cultures you are highlighting and the significance of those cultures to you and your fiancé.

Including elements not necessarily from your culture

There are thousands of wedding traditions and customs that you may choose to use in your ceremony and reception.  These elements can have significance in other cultures; they can just be interesting and stylish touches for you. Pick a Celtic knot or a lucky Chinese red for your wedding invitations.  Dress your bridesmaids in traditional Lehnga Choli for your bridesmaids for an unexpected and fashionable touch.  Your imagination and vision is your only limitation.  A classic Jewish tradition, the yicud, when the bride and groom spend a few moments together privately before the reception, is a great idea in any culture.

What is right for your wedding?

There is no black and white answer to what is the absolute right fit for you and your wedding.  Make sure you have an idea in your head about what you must include and what you can live without.  Discuss this with your fiancé and make sure you’re on the same page with regard to the important details – wedding invitation, ceremony, reception accents, etc.  Also keep an eye out for trends.  You just might be able to have a wedding that is culturally significant to you and stylish beyond your dreams.

For information on wedding invitations, reception cites, ceremony sites & so much more, visit our website TodaysBride.com.

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Amy Carter is a former wedding and event planner with lots of great tips, tricks and advice to make your wedding spectacular. Check out MyExpression.com for great wedding invitations. You’ll also find a great selection of stylish theme wedding invitations, wedding announcements and wedding stationery.

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How to Make Your Male Guests Feel Special at Your Wedding

It is a commonly believed myth that men do not like to receive favors at weddings.

I mean, men are far too cool to enjoy personalized chocolates, receive silver bottle openers, down whiskey miniatures or blow bubbles in the shape of wedding cakes aren’t they?

Of course they’re not! In fact, men are increasingly feeling more and more ousted from wedding receptions as their female partners and children are munching through the Jordan almonds, whilst they have nothing to enjoy!

The ancient tradition of brides favoring their female guests has been part and parcel of wedding celebrations for so long that it’s about time this changed.

Research shows that providing they are not too girlie, men adore getting favors at weddings and brides who are already adopting this idea are finding it very well received by all their guests.

Even in terms of the table settings, by giving every guest a favor it adds uniformity to the reception tables and at the same time makes all your guests feel special, which they are!

So, what should you favor your male guests with? Is there a particular favor to give? Well, there is no set favor to give a male guest especially and as it is a very modern idea, the possibilities are endless!

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Chocolate in any form is always a winner; whether it is personalized, heartshaped, on a lollipop, in a box, on a plaque, in a box or in a bag, most guests don’t seem to mind what format it takes as long as it is plentiful!!!

Wine wedding favors also qualify as excellent choices. These may be bottle openers, corkscrews, bottle stoppers, wine sets, wine charms, coasters etc.

Personalized matchbooks are also a great choice for your male guests.

An increasingly popular choice is also the alcoholic miniature; these can be personalized too and look great at place settings. Don’t expect these to be the kind of favor that ends up going home with your guests, they are guaranteed to be consumed there and then!!!

Tuxedo Shaped Boxes and Top Hat shaped boxes are also an excellent idea as these can be filled with your choice of confectionery or, if you want to go for something a little different, why not go for a lottery ticket?

Favors such as these are guaranteed to raise a smile!

Whatever your choice of favor on your big day, just spare a thought for those male guests who more often than not, leave weddings empty-handed. Splash out on gifts for your male guests and you’ll be so glad you did!

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Colorful, Creative Cupcakes: A Wedding Cake Alternative for Today’s Modern Bride

For today’s modern bride, nothing is off limits. It seems now, more than ever, that trend has begun to play just as big of a role as tradition in today’s wedding planning.

While cake is the traditional standby, most newlyweds and their guests look forward to indulging at the reception, cupcakes are proving to be just as tasty and beautiful as their more popular counterparts. They can be dipped, dolloped, shellacked, sprinkled and stacked any way a bride sees fit. Whether a couple is going for over the top or under the radar, cupcakes can give one incredible presentation at any wedding reception celebration. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.

Since each cupcake is its own individual part, brides and grooms don’t have to be limited by flavor or design. They can easily provide a smorgasbord of vanilla, chocolate, caramel swirl, strawberry surprise and every taste in between without worry. There is everything from cupcake towers that could humble even the most ornate cakes to customized creations that are as simple as they are sweet.

Already cut and all ready to serve. Not to mention, their “aww” factor is off the charts! There’s just something about mini versions of anything that makes people go gaga. And although they may be miniature in size, they are still powerful in taste, making these one-of-kind mini cakes a catchy trend.

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After the Vows: A Wedding Reception Checklist and Information

A wedding reception checklist is an ideal organizing tool to ensure everything gets done before your ceremony. With a wedding reception checklist, you can check off everything from wedding reception table decorations to the wedding reception rentals as you accomplish them. Many books and wedding software programs offer comprehensive wedding reception checklists to make your planning more convenient.

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While a wedding reception schedule does not need to be strictly planned out, having an order of events that flows smoothly will keep your guests sticking around. Besides the time for open dancing, the only break in activities should be between the toast and the cake-cutting because to allow time for eating. After dinner, your wedding reception schedule should move along quickly so the people who have attended your reception can enjoy all of the festivities, including: the cake cutting ceremony, the garter removal, and everything else that is typical of a wedding reception.

With your wedding reception checklist, you can organize your wedding reception rentals and equipment. First and foremost, the reception hall is the most important of decision — unless you have made other venue arrangements. Wherever you decide to hold your reception, tables and chairs might be another concern on your list of wedding reception rentals. If you are looking for a more sophisticated touch, you can also get linens and seat covers for added accents and styles. Other wedding reception rentals include a variety of decorations, such as: a decorative arch, a stage and a backdrop behind the head table.

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Decor by Neil Leeson; Lighting by Event Lighting

In some cases, you may want to rent table decorations for the reception tables. Since your wedding reception table decorations will be a focal point for the guests at each table, you’ll want to have an impressive conversation piece to get people talking. Creative and unique centerpieces can be an expensive addition to your wedding budget, but some companies specializing in wedding reception rentals have options for wedding table decorations, too. This can be an affordable way to give your reception an added appearance that you spared no expense — even though you may, in fact, be saving money.

Receptions can be fun and exciting, but they can also be a lot of work for the soon-to-be-married couple. To help you get organized, a wedding reception checklist can help you feel less overwhelmed by the tasks involved. From rentals to table decorations, a wedding reception checklist is a vital tool when planning your reception. With the popularity of wedding websites and wedding planning books, you can find help to accomplish all your important tasks.

For decorating ideas check out our Reception Table Gallery, Real Weddings page and our list of local Decorating/Rental vendors.

Click here to download a copy of our 48pg Wedding Planner

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