Hiring a DJ vs. a Live Band

One of the most important decisions you will make while planning your wedding is Your entertainment! Should you hire a DJ, Live Band or Both? I honestly don’t think one is better then the other. I think no matter which direction you choose, as long as you hire professionals your guests will have a great time.  However, below I give you a few comparisons on how they are different, pros and cons and a few ideas to help you make a decision for Your wedding reception!  Personal Preferences, Budget, Reception Logistics, and Guest Satisfaction. Preferences-What kind of tone or ambiance do you want at your reception? DJ Party time!!! If your preference is party all night after the nuptials, a DJ might be your best bet.  DJ’s have access to a large variety of music right at their finger tips. So more than likely, every guest can have the opportunity to hear a song that makes them get up out of their seat. DJ’s have also become the more traditional choice of brides and grooms and appeal to all generations. Band Live music always adds a “Wow Factor” to any wedding. Live bands are more interactive, guests can sing along and feel like they are at a concert. Bands can perform different renditions of your favorites and make your reception much more personalized. There is an inherent power and energy in live entertainment that usually captivates and appeals to the audience.  Budget- How much are you willing to spend? DJ DJ’s are less expensive for the most part. Unless you hire a Celebrity DJ.  The average DJ ranges from...

End of Summer/Fall Weddings!!

It’s back to school time and before you know it the leaves will start turning brown and the weather will start to get cooler and poof it’s Fall. I am still holding on to my last few weeks of summer before the Fall Season officially begins (Sept. 22nd).  I will be sad to see Summer go, but with the change of seasons comes opportunities for new excitement, new challenges, and new delights! Sometimes is California it’s hard to plan for season changes because our seasons are so similar, but when it comes to planning your wedding there are some fun ideas you can incorporate as the “season” changes! The end of summer, going into fall, is a great time for a wedding because the season is changing. In my opinion this is one of the best times to get married in Southern California. Usually it’s not as hot and certainly not as cold as other parts of the U.S.!! September, October and November are great months to tie the knot! I got married in September and it was perfect (so I may be a little biased)!! Here are some tips to transition into the fall months.   Tip # 1: Often this can be confusing on what colors to chose for décor if you chose to follow the seasons. Using the bright summer colors everyone loves but toning them down to a darker shade or choosing a lighter shade is a great place to start. Popular colors for this time are often orange, yellow, and green in different shades to bring out the best of the season.   Tip...

5 Tips my Intern Learned this Summer

What a fabulous summer!! We were so busy this summer helping our clients plan their weddings and we had very successful weddings this summer. One of the best parts about my summer is bringing in two wonderful interns – Shelby and Ashely!! They both were a huge help to me in the office and at several of my weddings. Since this is their last week I asked Shelby to tell me what were the 5 things she learned this Summer to help Brides and I am sharing it with you below! Written By: Shelby Sopkin 1)     Smile and enjoy your day- A bride should learn to relax and just enjoy the day because it is one that you cannot relive. Hiring a wedding planner can definitely take your stress away to help you enjoy your engagement and wedding day. 2)     Outdoor weddings- Outdoor weddings can be very beautiful however, the weather might not be ideal. If you are planning an outdoor wedding I would suggest that you provide a fan for your guests. Even a program for the ceremony could easily double as a fan. Adding a handle to the program is a great way to hint to your guests that it is appropriate to use the program as a fan. If you expect your guests to sit in the warm weather, providing glasses of water or a refreshing cocktail as they walk into the ceremony will keep them from complaining about the heat. They will greatly appreciate it.   3)     Personalize- This is YOUR wedding.  Of course everyone will know who’s wedding they are attending, however adding pictures...

How to Beat the Heat at Your Summer Wedding

Summer is the most popular time to get married. 90% of my weddings happen between May – September!. But, just like brides that get married in the winter have to plan for storms, rain and the chilly weather, brides in the summer months should also be conscience of the HOT weather when planning their summer wedding! We have had some scorching hot days the last couple of weeks and I want you to have a plan just in case your wedding day falls during a heat wave. In California we can get some really hot summers days so below are a few tips and ideas to help you and your guests beat the heat for your summer wedding. Tip #1: Try and have the ceremony and reception indoors if the facility has central air-conditioning (not such a good idea if they don’t). Tip #2: If you are having any part of your wedding outside in the summer heat, try and schedule your start time for the late afternoon or early evening. If at all possible do not schedule a start time for 12pm-3pm (hottest time of the day). Think about a sunset wedding or a nighttime wedding! Tip #3: If there is no natural shade available consider renting a tent. If a tent isn’t in your budget, consider offering Paper Fans that can double as your program, Parasols or Market Umbrellas to help keep your guests cool. Tip #4: Schedule your event close to the coast, it’s usually 5-10 degrees cooler than inland. Tip #5: Make sure to provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages to keep your guests hydrated (alcohol is dehydrating)....