Wedding Deals Are Out There!

Have you been planning your wedding and woke up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, frantically thinking “how in the hell are we going to afford all of this”?!  You’re not alone.  Almost 43% of engaged couples are paying for their own wedding. And that’s a tough task to tackle when faced with school loans, credit card bills, car payments, rent/mortgages and the list goes on!  Take a deep breath and here’s some great ways to save money on the bigger expenses of your wedding! Read more

The Music Debate: Choosing Between A DJ Or Band For Your Big Day

You’ve been down the aisle and you’re ready to celebrate!  How do you plan to party after your “I do’s” have been said?  Choosing the entertainment for your reception is one of THE biggest choices you have to make.  These days, DJ’s take the stage at most post-wedding celebrations, but bands are slowly making a comeback.  Which is right for you?

Find The PERFECT Wedding Band 

Having live music is a great way to celebrate on your wedding night.  Most wedding bands have special sets for the dinner portion of your reception, and then specialize in a certain “style” of music for getting the party started.  DON’T expect your wedding band to play all top 40 songs, or even the overplayed line dances you’re used to hearing.  The band you choose will be responsible for entertaining your guests with a limited number of songs.

The perfect band is out there, but you need to leave yourself time to find it!  Start your search 9 months before your big day.  Prices of live entertainment vary by the number of band members and the length of your reception.  Expect a 4 person band to cost you $800-$1,300 for a 4 hour party, and a 5-6 member group to cost between $1,500 and $2,000.  You may find a deal out there, but be sure to request a “live performance” DVD so you know exactly what you’re getting!

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Having Kids At Your Wedding: How To Cater To Your Littlest Guests

You’ve carefully selected your party favors, picked out your wedding band or DJ, and finally decided on a dinner menu that’s sure to please most everyone.  Your youngest guests won’t always appreciate the details you’ve worked so hard on, and may need something more to keep them occupied and having fun.  Here are a few ideas that cater to the kids at your wedding reception.

Kid-friendly Party Favors

Keeping kids busy doesn’t have to be a chore.  A basket-full of crayons and coloring books at your hall entrance is the easiest way to ensure the little ones have something to do before dinner is served.  They can also be used to write congratulatory messages to the bride and groom.  Want to go one step further? Create a game sheet with tic-tac-toe, crosswords, true and false questions, and fun facts about the bride and groom.

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