Choosing the Right Reception Entertainment

Choosing the most suitable and wonderful entertainment for your wedding reception is an extremely important aspect of planning for an amazing and endearingly memorable wedding reception. The overall mood of the reception itself can potentially be greatly influenced by the musical ensemble and the selection of songs that ensemble is going to provide for your appreciative guests to enjoy. It is up to you to decide if the music will inspire your guests to end the night with the lampshades on their heads or maintaining a more dignified ballroom aesthetic. In either case, your guests will appreciate your consideration of their sensory environment and the caring attention you have given to providing them with a wonderful musical experience.

It is important to first decide just exactly what kind of environment and mood you want to sculpt for your reception guests. Only then can you proceed to deciding on the type of entertainer best suited for the task at hand. Generally you will likely be choosing between a DJ or a band, or a mix of both, or even multiple bands and a DJ. The main difference between a band and a DJ is the live and potentially elaborate feeling of a band versus the ability of a DJ to play just about any popular song ever made as it is actually remembered by the guests. A band will sometimes be able to play a wide variety of popular songs, but it may be difficult to expect them to play your favorite pop RnB or club track as you expect it to sound. A good guideline to generally follow is to hire a DJ for all of your favorite pop songs and hire a “big band” or ethnic band for a more elegant injection of style. An MC, or “master of ceremonies”, is also a potentially wise addition if having multiple acts since a good MC can really keep a reception lively and on track. Often a DJ will double as a wedding MC and this won’t even need to be a separate consideration.

A good way to get through the decision process quickly and confidently is to essentially just sit down and plan out what songs you would like in your reception playlist. Some delicate care should go into sculpting the evening with attention to the potential for timing energetic peaks and deeply romantic moments. Obviously it is extremely important to pick the right song for your very special and romantically slow spotlight dance with your new life partner. It is also wise to pick a few songs that you know the majority of your guests will resonate with so that you can avert any potential lulls in crowd energy. The best song selections can resuscitate just about any dance floor and bring smiles to your reception guests.

Hopefully this has helped you better decide just what kind of entertainment you want to have at your wedding reception. Remember to enjoy the entire process as it is a celebration and should be enjoyable.

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Filed under: Entertainment — vicky at 11:50 am on Thursday, June 18, 2009

Planning a Destination Wedding in Mexico

Mexico has a lot to offer as a vacation destination, and as a wedding destination. Each of the larger cities in Mexico has something special to contribute, both for the wedding ceremony and for your guests to enjoy. The following are some of the things you’ll need to know before you start planning your destination wedding in Mexico.

The requirements for marriage vary from city to city in Mexico, so be sure to contact the city where you plan to be married well in advance to find out their requirements. In addition, you’ll want to plan to arrive at least four full working days before your wedding to handle any necessary paperwork before your event. You’ll generally need a fair amount of documentation as well, including passports and other forms of identification. Sometimes, public notices have to be posted in advance of your event, and the Mexican Consulate that serves the area where you were born will have to translate and notarize a certified copy of your birth certificate. There may even be residency requirements you’ll need to fulfill, depending on where you plan to wed.

In addition, some cities don’t allow religious ceremonies, only civil ones. Others have restrictions over the days of the week that weddings can be held. For this reason, a wedding planner with experience in destination weddings in Mexico may be a big help to you – otherwise, you’ll need to gather all this information yourself. You can choose a U.S. based wedding planner with experience in Mexico or a planner based in Mexico to help you plan your big day.

When planning your wedding, consider not only how much lead time you’ll need to make the arrangements, but the season as well. Not only are flights and hotels more expensive during vacation season, but during the summer the weather is typically hot and rainy. If you’re going to be on the Yucatan Peninsula, you also need to avoid hurricane season. Planning your wedding well in advance will give your guests time to make their own reservations, secure passports and any other needed documents and save for their trip.

One way to help your guests save money is to choose an all-inclusive resort or cruise. Not only can this save money, but these choices offer ready-made activity options. You also have the option of reserving a room for yourself at an expensive hotel and reserving a book of rooms at a more economical hotel nearby for your guests. This can give you some additional privacy, particularly during the honeymoon! In addition, if you’re holding the wedding at your hotel and it’s all-inclusive, find out if your guests will need a pass to attend the wedding. These can be expensive, at up to $100 per guest.

You should also plan to visit Mexico at least once before your wedding – preferably more than once. You’ll need to choose your wedding location and meet with the people that will be working with you on your wedding, including the wedding planner, caterer and/or on-site wedding specialist. You’ll want to have tastings with the caterer and try some wedding cake samples – things that can’t be done while you’re abroad. In short, all of the things you’d do for your wedding in the U.S. will need to be done for your Mexican wedding.

Finally, plan to arrive in Mexico several days before your wedding. Not only will this give you a chance to complete all the wedding requirements and deal with any last minute problems, it will give you a chance to overcome any jet lag before meeting your guests at the airport.

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Filed under: Destination Weddings — vicky at 4:00 pm on Monday, June 8, 2009