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emcee-feature

your emcee and wedding timeline…

Picking your entertainment is CRUCIAL to your event. This is why…

We can plan and strategize your timeline and how you would like the events to unfold, but when someone is on the “mic” it is ultimately up to them on how the events will unfold. As wedding planners, we aren’t going to sprint to the Emcee and tell them (in front of all the guests) that what they just announced is wrong. WE (meaning the bride/groom and wedding planner) are the only ones that know that it is out of order or not appropriate to the timeline that you spent hours thinking about. The guests don’t know, so why draw attention to it?

Wedding planners will work with your entertainment, but they have control of the announcements.

Not that that this is a bad thing. It’s how it rolls at weddings. There are many times when we change things up (because of the bride/groom) at the actual reception. Vendors know this and roll with the punches.

My personal biggest pet peeves are times there is silence. “Dead Air” is so noticeable at any event. Professional entertainment will not let this happen.

Just food for thought, as you plan your wedding!

plan on!

 

first-dance-feature

how to do your first dance at your wedding

The first dance is something that all your guests look forward to. It’s a sweet moment and the first time you will dance as husband and wife.

Many couples are taking dance lessons to make their first dance extra special. Then there is our clients, Priya and Rob who were married, 10.10.10.

Priya Milani is an accomplished and retired ballet dancer and Rob, well he’s no slacker in the dancing department (but let’s face it, he has to work hard to keep up with Priya).

Their beautiful infused Indian & Italian wedding will be highlighted later, but for now, please enjoy their beautiful first dance. As Rob’s father told me, the judges of Dancing with the Stars would have given them a: 10 10 10 !!!

feature photo image: pfe iPhone

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craig

a little Christmas poem …

Guest blogger …

Craig Sumsky, Director of Cutting Edge Entertainment
Twitter: cuttingedgedjs

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when he asked for her hand,

And shortly thereafter a wedding was planned.

They first looked at places for a reception so grand,

Then pondered the question “A DJ or Band?”

They wanted things festive, classy and fun,

And with that thought in mind the search had begun.

They first shopped for bands and their music was nice,

But they took pause to book them because of the price.

So they met with a DJ and booked him with haste,

With a wide range of music for everyone’s taste.

So they planned and they planned for the big wedding day,

And they picked out the songs for the DJ to play.

The DJ had all of the tunes that they chose,

With the radio versions that everyone knows.

And when the time came for the big wedding night,

The DJ introduced them and said the names right.

The guests all were dancing and then danced some more,

And they danced the whole evening til’ their feet were sore.

And when it was over, and the music was done,

The guests all agreed it was sure lots of fun.

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Thank you Craig, that was an awesome poem!

happy holidays everyone!

children's songs debut at weddings

Trend Spotted:

Children’s songs are finding their way into wedding ceremonies and receptions. We’ve had two brides come down to super cute and adorable songs:

All I Want is You by Barry Louis Polisnar (made popular from the movie, Juno)

The Rainbow Connection by The Muppets (or more specifically that favorite froggie, It’s Not Easy Being Green: Kermit)

We think the use of individualism and creativity is just nifty.

What have you seen?

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dj-setup-feature

do not box in your wedding DJ :: part one

Welcome to our “don’t box us in” five part series about your wedding vendors!

Your DJ will want to know what kind of music you expect/like to have at your wedding. They don’t want to play gangster rap when the your favorite music and most of your guests are country lovers. The following is based on our experience at watching many wedding receptions and hearing input from guests, clients and DJ’s.

Before your wedding day, your DJ will discuss with you what kind of music that you like to listen to and determine your style (and what you anticipate your wedding guests liking as well). We encourage this meeting! Your DJ does not want to fail nor have an empty dance floor.

Often the bride and groom is encouraged to create a list of songs that they would like to hear and what they would not like to hear. This is NOT a bad idea, all by itself. But we have seen this morph into a bride and groom making a strict playlist for the DJ to play. This is not a good idea for many reasons, as you will read below.

Tips for the best outcome working with your wedding DJ:

1. Don’t tie your DJ’s hands. They are there to please you and your guests (you do want your guests to have a good time, right?).

2. Your strict playlist may be too darn long. There are so many minutes in an hour and hours at a reception. You cannot possibly give 60-80 songs and expect them all to be played within a 4-5 hour period.

3. Try not to create a strict DO NOT PLAY list. Such as, old classics such; Chicken Dance, the Polka, Electric Slide, etc. I understand, these songs do not motivate me personally to dance. However, what happens if approx 45 guests WANT to hear one of these songs (whatever the song may be). Why do you want to put your DJ in a difficult situation by having to tell your guests “No, I cannot play that song for you”. Really? What do you care if your dance floor is packed and your guests are enjoying themselves and you hate the song? Use this opportunity to go to the bathroom. Instead, tell your DJ that unless requested by your guests (and by more people than the sugar-induced 12 year old), then please don’t voluntarily play these songs.

Instead give general guidelines to your DJ. You’re hiring a professional, let them do their job by playing to the crowd, taking some requests and making everyone happy.

Your rented dance floor will thank you for being constantly used. Trust your DJ.

featured photo credit: pfe iPhone

Tomorrow, part 2 of this “don’t box us in” vendor series

plan on!