Your Wedding Planner Checklist

Planning your wedding can be an exciting adventure, but you’ve got to be prepared for the process so that you don’t get frustrated. When planning your big day, you’ll need to be flexible – you may have to change your idea of what your wedding will like midstream. Sometimes things come up – finances can become a problem and bookings can get cancelled, so you may find that you need to compromise throughout the process.

Month One

As soon as possible after you set a date for your wedding day, you should start to plan the event. The first decision after you set a date will be to decide on how much of a budget you’ll have for your big day. Second, you’ll need to figure out what type of wedding you’d like to have – whether it will be in a church, at a destination, a themed wedding, or something entirely different. These two decisions will help you determine which location will be best for you. Contact several potential locations and arrange to take a tour of the facility. Be sure all your questions are answered before you sign on the dotted line to reserve your space!

Month Two

The booking of a live band or DJ is a very important part of planning your wedding. Finding a live band or DJ can be fun, but you’ll need to decide how much of your budget you’ll be using for your wedding entertainment. Watching a video of each band and each DJ’s performance is a good way to determine who would be the best fit for your wedding. Be sure the entertainer you decide to use will have a backup available on the day of your wedding if any unforeseen emergencies come up.

Month Three

Now that you have all that handled, you can concentrate on finding your wedding dress or tuxedo. As you’re probably already aware, there are so many different styles and colors to choose from – so be sure to allow time for several trips to try on gowns. Also be aware that stores that take special orders may take four to six months to ship the dress to you. If you don’t have this much time, consider shopping at a local bridal or formal store that has more options available on the racks.

Once you’ve got your wedding dress picked out, it’s time to choose wedding rings for each other. This process can be as simple or as complicated as you like. You and your fiancé may prefer simple bands, or you may want to purchase a set that matches your engagement ring and is engraved with your names or the date of your wedding. Fortunately, there are many jewelry stores for you to choose from that employ knowledgeable sales people who are ready to help you out.

Month Four

The selection of your wedding cake and decorations will come next. Of course, these decisions both have a lot to do with personal preferences. Do you like chocolate, yellow, vanilla or maybe a little of both when it comes to eating cake? You’ll need to decide how many tiers your cake will have and how you want it to be decorated. You’ll also want to decide on whether you want a groom’s cake or not. Decorations and flowers will depend on the theme of you wedding, and can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. If you’re looking to cut costs, you can do all of this yourself or employ caterers to help you.

Your personal time schedule for wedding planning will depend on how far out your date is set and how elaborate a wedding you plan to have. However, the main thing to remember when you’re planning your wedding is to try not to stress and have fun, fun, fun!

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Filed under: Wedding Planning — vicky at 8:26 pm on Thursday, January 15, 2009

Live Musicians Verses DJs – Which to Choose for Your Wedding?

A wedding is a wonderful and joyous time in anyone’s life, but there are many different components that go into the perfect wedding day. You’ll want beautiful flowers, a gorgeous dress, and of course, the right type of music. Music sets the mood for your unforgettable day, but what’s the best way to go when choosing your music? Should you hire a live singer or band or get a cool DJ to play music during your reception? While much of your decision depends on you and your partner’s personal preferences, there are advantages and disadvantages to each.

Live Musicians

There’s something about a live musical performance that you can’t get with a DJ. You not only get to hear the music, but you get to see the actual performers and enjoy the ambiance they provide. You can either dance to the music or just watch the live musicians as they entertain, if dancing isn’t your cup of tea. Your guests will be captivated by the festive sights and sounds of a live band.

However, live music can be much more expensive than hiring a DJ – especially if you want to hire a full band. You can cut costs by hiring student musicians, just be sure to audition them carefully beforehand. Ask for recommendations from their former clients to be sure you’re hiring respectable students, not a group that will bail on you at the last minute. The last thing you want is for your wedding to be disrupted by no-show musicians!

Another thing to consider is the style of music you’d like to have played at your wedding and reception. If you’re into big band or jazz music, you won’t have any trouble booking live musicians for your wedding. However, if you’d like to have more popular music played at your reception, you may want to consider a DJ instead of a live band.

DJ

Flexibility is one thing that a DJ can offer that a live band can’t always deliver. The setup time for a band is usually more complex, so if your wedding and reception will be held in two separate locations, it will be easier for a DJ to setup more quickly than a live band. In addition, a live band will typically take more breaks than a live DJ, so a DJ can keep your guests dancing longer.

Another thing is to consider is that DJs often specialize in wedding performances, while a band may not have as much experience in this arena. A good DJ knows how to blend into a crowd, while keeping the fun of the event going. A DJ can offer a huge variety of music from oldies to more modern day music, depending on your tastes. Finally, a live band may have to cancel if something comes up for a band member, whereas a DJ usually has another trained back-up DJ to take his or her place.

Obviously, there are good and bad reasons to choose both a live band and a DJ. Your decision should come down to several factors. You have to decide which musician will better suit your personal tastes and event. For instance, if your wedding will be a formal, elegant event, you may want to hire a live orchestra band to help create a more sophisticated mood. If you’re having a reception with a wide range of guests, or if your personal tastes lean more towards popular music, you might choose a DJ. No matter what type of musical entertainment you decide to use, your friends and family are sure to have a wonderful time!

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Filed under: Entertainment — vicky at 8:23 pm on Thursday, January 15, 2009
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