April 9, 2009

Music and Your Wedding Reception

Posted in Uncategorized, Wedding Planning tagged , , , , , , , at 8:24 pm by Favor Warehouse

By Erica C. Lamar

Lots of newlyweds get so tied up in all the planning that goes along with setting up their wedding that they end up with a monotonous DJ who doesn’t meet their standards or a band that doesn’t appeal to all of their guests.  A great way to avoid making your perfect day merely almost-perfect simply because of a lackluster playlist is to follow the music of your heart.

first danceMix it up! If you’re not having a themed wedding, you’ll want to mix up the music, and although you may enjoy it, you don’t want your grandparents listening to hip hop all evening. Jot down a list of songs from different genres (not a LAUNDRY list) for when you consult with your DJ or band beforehand. This will give them the chance to decipher whether or not the music will they are planning to play for your reception will be suit your needs and make him aware of the type of crowd you will be entertaining. Select the romantic wedding songs that you’d like to play from classics such as “Because You Loved Me” and “Unforgettable”  from The Definitive Wedding CD.

Research! Check your DJs references. You won’t be happy when you realize that your friend-referred DJ doubles as an impromptu comedian and starts picking on your guests, or even worse, he brings half of his equipment to your very special occasion. Professional disc jockeys are usually listed under the AJDA (American Disc Jockey Association)and the organization will provide for you imperative information about the DJ of your choice’s membership.  Be sure that you meet with him beforehand, and do not merely speak with him over the phone! Ensure that your DJ has liability insurance in case one of your guests is injured by their equipment.

Make it a Band! Whether or not you’re throwing a themed wedding, give your guests a spectacular twist with a professional band instead of a DJ. Consult with the band just as you would with the DJ, to tell them the songs you’d like to be played for your guests as well as the instrumentation you’d like to be highlighted.

Favors Anyone? Make your wedding a night to remember with unique wedding favors like music note place card holders or musical note candles. Go a step further with personalized favors; create CDs of your favorite romantic songs for your guests that will allow them to capture the moments of your wedding forever.

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April 7, 2009

How to Remain Stylishly Budget-Friendly When Planning Your Wedding

Posted in Affordable Wedding Favors tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:51 pm by Favor Warehouse

We’ve all seen (and envied) those exorbitant weddings strewn about on television, and perhaps have participated in a couple.  Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for a bride-to-be to spare little to no expense when planning her big day.  However, just because economizing has become more important lately, that doesn’t mean that you have to scrimp on your wedding extravaganza.

You Name It, We Frame It

According to celebrity insiders, the choice favor of celebs including Britney Spears and Shaquille O’Neill is picture frames, as it compliments everyones tastes, captures the moment and adds personality. Invitations, photos of the couple or from the event can later be added to the guests’ liking. Many wedding favor websites offer a plethora of frames that range in size and style, and can melt the heart of any bride, groom or guest.

Diva Fever

Personalized favors are always appreciated, because they reflect character; and for the bride whose guests are as character-oriented as she is, kitschy and stylish favors may be in order. Celebrate your wedding day in the spirit of celebritydom: Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman gave their guests personalized clocks with the message “A Moment in Time,” while John and Rebecca Romjin-Stamos created potpourri hangers with a photo of themselves and the message “Our Love Will Last Forever” inside. Show your guests your unique flair with your favors by personalizing your favors before your big day.

For the cover-girl bride, personalized lip balms, compact mirrors and scented bath salts are great favors to keep your guests refreshed after the festivities.

Believe in the Season – Discount Wedding Favors for Every Season

Summer: This is the “it” season for weddings. Let guests know that you care with personalized iced tea packets, or key chains. Both are hot for the summer wedding season, and tre’ affordable.

Fall: Don’t worry, girls, just because you plan a fall wedding doesn’t mean every idea must be pumpkin-oriented. Autumn weddings inspire color and flashiness, and this will be what your guests will look forward to in the theme of your wedding, and what they will expect in their favors. Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler celebrated their nuptials in an unconventional way when they evoked the spirit of Halloween and fashioned their wedding after The Nightmare Before Christmas. Follow the same trend in an affordable way by giving out personalized chocolates for $2.49 a pop or other fine treats as fall favors.

Winter: Take a cue from Christina Aguilera and Katie Holmes, who knew that walking in a winter wonderland was a nice way to take those steps down the aisle, but spare yourself an arm and a leg by celebrating in a venue that will allow you to incorporate Christmas decor, so that you can recycle the decorations for years to come.  This idea also applies to the favors that you bestow upon your guests, become a Santa Claus of sorts! They can use the beautiful winter coasters  and Winter Wonderland wine stoppers  for the entire season.

Spring: April showers bring May…weddings! Brides-to-be everywhere are springing to book venues for their weddings, and will spare no expense for their events to be the best. Know that it doesn’t take millions to make your wedding successful. Keep guests happy with a fun-filled wedding and thoughtful favors!  Lavender soap tulips will keep even the pickiest guest content while you can never go wrong with silver rose card holders!

In closing, finding cheap wedding favors and having a stylish wedding are not mutually exclusive. With a little research and creativity you can accomplish both at the same time.

By Erica C. Lamar/Dimitri Stefanopoulos – FavorWarehouse.com