Wedding Planner Jimmy

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It’s Pretty…But Will It Be Fun?

A major concern for soon to be married couples regarding their wedding day is that their guests have fun at the reception.  Specifically, they are usually worried that no one will dance, but the truth of the matter is, as long as everyone enjoys themselves in any way, you should be happy with how your reception turned out—even if a single person leaves without hitting the dance floor.  (Speaking of dancing, here’s how to hire the perfect wedding DJ)  The typical mindset is that if people don’t dance, they will get bored and leave early.  You should understand that, yes, your guests may head out early if they are bored, but people don’t leave because the dancing didn’t happen.  Nor do they say your wedding sucked because they didn’t dance.  This is why I’ve come up with this list of ten reception tips that will save your celebration.  Tips that couples, wedding coordinators, location consultants, planners, DJ’s and more haven’t even considered!  Get ready as I pull the curtain back on these sneaky little reception wreckers you can easily fix!

 

1: The bar is outside of the reception room.

Believe it or not, the location of the bar is the biggest negative issue most receptions face!  If you put the bar out of the reception area, what will happen is your wedding guests will get divided up into groups…those that drink and like to be loud and have fun and those that don’t drink but still like to be loud and have fun (be sure to go over that guest list!).  The people at the bar are not only separated from the event reducing the look of your guest count, they also may miss an important event like the first dance or the bouquet toss.

The train of thought that a lot of couples have is that putting the bar outside on the patio or in the lobby is a great idea because a)People can have a place to escape to and have a conversation and b)We gotta use every little space we can at the reception hall to get our money’s worth!  Both ideas are wrong.

First off, if the music is so loud that people can’t have a conversation somewhere in the reception room, you need to fire your DJ–or at least tell them to bring the music down to a tolerable level.  Secondly, just because you have different areas doesn’t mean you have to utilize the space.

This goes for trying to compartmentalize your reception by putting different components in different areas, such the photo booth in the lobby, the candy bar in the side room, and the coffee station out on the patio.  Of course, you don’t want to cram everything in the room if it’s going to feel “crammed” but you want to avoid separating your wedding guests into little cliques.  A family that stays together, parties together!

Do your best to put the bar in the room with you or at least in an area that is within ear and eye-shot of the main hall.

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2: The couple gets taken away from the celebration by the photographer.

Many times a photographer will have their own agenda regarding their photo shoot–I mean, your wedding reception.  Seriously though, most photographers understand, if they need to take you away for a sunset shot or a cool side picture, that they need to get you back within 10 to 15 minutes.  If they keep you away too long, some guests who are unable to find you might actually think you’re gone for the night.  And the truth is, if you’re gone, they’re gone!  People typically don’t stay and celebrate after the couple leaves for the night.

If your photographer needs you for a shot, be sure they don’t keep you away more than 15 minutes or your reception might suffer.  Just look at your watch and tell them you need to be back by a certain time–and if they rudely keep you over, just walk away.  But make sure they come back with you to finish shooting the night!

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3: The bride and groom get trapped in the lobby talking for an hour.

Since the bride and groom are truly the central focus, wherever they be so be the party!  Therefore, if you get stuck out in the lobby talking to guests for an extended period of time, many more guests will gravitate toward where you are.  In effect, you are emptying your reception room, leaving those remaining to think that things must be wrapping up since the guest count is becoming fewer and fewer.

You don’t want to just walk away from those guests in the lobby–oh, how rude!  Simply bring them back into the reception room to talk and hug and kiss and receive massive amounts of complements of how good you look!  Again, a professional disc jockey should have top-notch equipment that won’t blow out conversations even during open dancing (see Bose L-1’s on the right for reference!).

fun wedding reception ideas, fun wedding reception songs, fun reception ideas, fun wedding ideas for reception, fun wedding reception games, fun reception songs, fun wedding reception activities 4: The cake cutting timing in the night.

If you are thinking you need to hold off on the cake cutting until late in the evening because it’s the signal that guests can leave, you couldn’t be more mistaken.  People don’t leave early because of the cake cutting.  They leave due to the cake cutting interrupting the fun!  Coordinators and the like will schedule the cake cutting event in the middle of open dancing.  So, to have your cake cutting, you kill the music and turn up the lights.  Sounds like the end of the party, huh?  As long as your guests have been enjoying themselves through dinner (see #5), you can have your cake cutting early–and eat it, too.

There’s nothing wrong with scheduling the cake cutting right after dinner–which is when dessert usually happens, last I checked.  If you’re concerned people will be too full to eat the cake then, pre-plan that the catering staff wait about an hour to serve the cake.

5: The dinner hour is an hour of nothing.

If your friends and family are having great conversations, moving around, and having a good time already during dinner, then you shouldn’t worry. If you need to liven it up–which most weddings do–consider adding some fun.  Getting your guests involved during dinner may mean interrupting their meals, so be sure whatever events you have planned that they are only a couple of minutes long.  Whether it’s a center piece give away or a First to RSVP game or even the newlywed game, keep it short and sweet.  There are a lot of fun ideas in the Wedding Songs Timeline Planner. How convenient, right?

6: Guests are too spread out through the room.

Sometimes the RSVP’s don’t come back as strong as they should and the number of guests don’t match up with the reception room.  If that’s the case, don’t try to fill the cavernous areas with guests by spreading out the tables, leaving large gaps in between. Not only will you be putting some of the guests further away from you, the stars of the night, but they will be further away from each other and less likely to interact with each other–which is what you want at a wedding.

Instead draw the tables in and leave the wings open for strollers, camera bags, and of course, the bar, photo booths, gift tables and so on.  People won’t look behind them and think, “Wow, how empty!” but they will turn their attention toward the head table and the dance floor.  Check it out:

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7: Dinner and dancing are in two separate rooms.

What?  I’m not kidding.  Some locations are small, but they want to make more money, so they quote you higher maximum guest counts.  Cha-ching for them, wah-wah horn for you.  It turns out they will pack your “dinner room” then expect everyone to get up and move to a separate room for the dancing.  Some brides and grooms may even want this, but in the end, there are so many things wrong with this kind of set up, I would highly recommend finding a location that won’t inconvenience your guests in this manner.

Can the above work?  Of course, but you will need to make sure everything and anything associated with dinner and dining (main course, dessert, cake, etc.) are completely done.  Also, expect to lose a percentage of people in the transition.

8: It’s too bright for dancing!

I have done many daytime weddings, with bright sunlight glaring in through the windows, where the dance floor was packed.

The main reason for the above reaction is that I set these people up with fun in the hours leading up to dancing.  This is the exception, not the rule, especially when it’s a night time affair.  Most DJ’s or bands have no idea how to prime a large group to dance.  Also, believe it or not, grown ups are actually shy and do not want to be up dancing in front of everyone if it’s too bright.  I know you’re thinking, “What? Are we in Jr. High again?” but it’s true.  So, it’s best to have the DJ or the coordinator ask the catering lead dim your lights for dancing.

9:  The wedding DJ, entertainment, or band is either bad, mediocre, or a non-factor.

Of all the vendors and pieces of your “wedding pie” the one that will have the biggest impact on the overall success of your reception being fun is your entertainment.  Sorry photographers, florists, coordinators, and cake people, but I’ve been to weddings that were missing you–and they were still an awesome and fun celebration!  I’m not saying the previous aren’t important in the overall scheme of things, but without great entertainment, your wedding is either just a group dinner (over in an hour) or a pretty art display.

Choose to hire–no, invest–in the best band or DJ you can find or your event may become a regret.

10: Inappropriate or wrong styles of music.

You can play the most beautiful mix of harp, classical, and Enya during dinner, but that still won’t keep your guests from…falling…a…sleep…zzz.  When I refer to the wrong music, that is what I mean.  The previously mentioned styles are great for just before a ceremony, but not during the cocktail hour or dinner.  If you want a lively and robust reception choose lively and robust music for the background mix.  Of course, LMFAO or Pantera is going a little too far, but you get what I’m saying.  And you don’t have to play love songs all through dinner either!  You’re in love.  We get it.

Also, watch the dance mix, too.  There’s no reason your DJ or band should do a 50 minute mix of disco or rap if no one is dancing.

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Yes, It Was Fun!!!

Easily fixed by pre-planning.

As you can tell, the above can all be handled ahead of time by speaking with your location contact, your entertainment, your coordinator, and your photographer.  Although some of these items do refer to your dance floor, most are more about logistics.  I’ve been involved with tons of weddings where there was no dancing at all (read some Mormon weddings) and yet at the end of the affair, the guests were filing out, they were going out of their way to say to me that it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to.

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Be sure you hire entertainment that knows how to get your guests involved in a non-cheesy and interactive way, along with guiding you with your music selections.  Talk with your coordinator to make sure they aren’t stuck in their way of doing things, and are willing to try a different approach.  Finally, find a location that does not have their own agenda and understands the importance of keeping your guests and you together to celebrate the happiest day of your lives!

Oct 122011
 

One of the most popular wedding themes of all time is the beach wedding.  This is especially true here in southern California, where a lot of the wedding ceremony and receptions happen at or near the beach.  Who doesn’t want to get married in front of the ocean?  It’s romantic, fun, and gives everyone that feeling of “vacation.”  That is the right frame of mind for a wedding celebration.  Besides decoration and location, what else can tie your beachy wedding theme all together?  Using the best beach wedding songs, of course!  There are two main areas where you can use beach style wedding music, so let’s take a look at those and what music will fit for each.

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There are many areas of your wedding ceremony where you can use beach style music.  You will want to stay away from party songs, like I Get Around by the Beach Boys, but there’s no reason why you can’t use Warmth of the Sun, Don’t Worry Baby, and Surfer Girl.  These are mellow enough to use as a part of your preceremony music for guests arrival.  Some people are happy using Wouldn’t It Be Nice as one of either their beach wedding processional songs or recessional.  So, Beach Boys work, but they are the obvious way to go.

beach wedding songs, beach wedding ceremony songs, beach wedding processional songs, beach wedding reception songsA little less obvious might be Hawaiian artists such as Isreal Kamakawiwo`ole and The Green. Some other artists include Hapa, Punahele, and Makaha Sons, all of which produce more relaxed ceremony style music.    Even Elvis Presley performed his share of Hawaiian music, all of which ring true as beach wedding songs.

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Here is an area where you can have a lot of fun. You want to go more upbeat with your beach music here, so don’t be afraid to play some of those fun songs like I Get Around and Fun, Fun, Fun.  Besides the obvious Beach Boys, you can add surf tunes from Jan and Dean, The Ventures, and the Chantays.

Besides surf rock, there are a lot of artists that do beach songs.  Even Nat King Cole has a few summer songs.  Jimmy Buffet is another fun artist that works.  There are also a few country songs out there that speak of the beach and summertime.  Steel drums and Caribbean music will give you the same atmosphere.  The same goes with most reggae music, mon!  As you can see, there are a ton of genres and artists that can add that beach vibe to your reception.

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beach wedding songs, beach wedding ceremony songs, beach wedding processional songs, beach wedding reception songsThere is an easier way to go about finding beach music for your wedding.  Search for songs with these words in them: Beach, Water, Summer, Sand, Wave, Boardwalk, and Surfing.  You should come up with plenty of songs that fit your theme along with a big enough variety to please every one of your guests.  Mahalo!

Listen to these song clips, look at the picture on the right…See? Any song can be a beach song!

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Oct 102011
 

One of the highlights of any wedding reception is when the wedding party and the bride and groom enter the room for the very first time. Loud and fast music is played and the MC announces everyone, especially the newlyweds, to a raucous crowd. It’s basically your kick-off to your celebration! I’ve come up with so many different wedding entrance ideas over the years and what I have learned is that it is all based on personal preference. I’ve had couples enter to Top 40 dance songs, classic rock, oldies and Motown, even classic Disney songs like So This Is Love from Cinderella. But music is only one component of the grand entrance. There are a few things you can do to enhance and entertain the wedding guests while still using the song you’ve always dreamed of coming in to.

Wedding Party Entrance Ideas

Let’s start with your wedding party. These are the bridesmaids, groomsmen, best man and maid of honor, and so on. You can always add the parents if there are still married–and still get along–and the flower girls and ring bearers if they are old enough. Don’t hesitate to put the little kids with their parents if they are in the wedding party. There are more components to setting it all up and these ideas and suggestions are in the Wedding Songs Timeline Planner.

Playing a song for each wedding party couple is always a good idea.  You can’t really play the groomsman’s theme song, though, because he’s escorting the bridesmaid in!  If you only have a few attendants, there is no reason why you can’t have them come in as individuals.  Once you bring in the wedding party the guests will probably be wondering…”Who the heck are these people?”  That’s why it’s a good idea to share some background on each attendant.  “Joe Smith is Tim’s (the groom) best friend from college, and Joannie Jones is Kim’s (bride) work BFF!”  If y ou have a great MC they can even “roast” the wedding party, making fun of their hobbies and job.  Download the planner for more details.

Bride and Groom Entrance Ideas

Now that we’ve talked a bit about the wedding party, how do you make your entrance awesome?  Even if you only play a high energy entrance song, you will still have a great entrance.  All of your guests will go crazy for you as you enter.  If you want to spice it up a little, come up with an entrance routine.  Check this video out below filmed by Reel -N- Motion, llc and Entertainment and Choreography by Electric Entertainment:

This might be one of those over the top wedding reception entrance ideas, but if you can pull it off, it can be fun.  In regards to the roast idea, you can also have your MC or DJ introduce you then go into a love story about how you met and how you ended up where you are today–getting married!  Be sure to make a little fun of yourselves, such as your idiosyncrasies and so on.

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Of course, the bride might not be able to change, simply because you only get to wear this dress once and you should wear it as much as possible on your wedding day!

Fore more ideas be sure to download your copy of the wedding songs timeline planner!

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Oct 072011
 

Let’s talk about wedding party songs!  These are those songs that get your reception rocking, that pack the dance floor, and that make your celebration a PAR-TAY.  Some of the top wedding party songs that come directly to mind are ones you shouldn’t be playing at your wedding in the first place!  And some of the best wedding party songs are ones you may not have thought of.   Sure, I can give you lists of Play and Do Not Play songs but it’s best if I just give you samples of each and you make your own decision.  It is, after all, your wedding, so make decisions based on what you think would be best to get people dancing and partying.

Right off the top, most wedding guests are way, way, way over The Chicken Dance, the Macarena, YMCA, and so on.  Those group dances need to die a quick and painless death.  I recommend quick and painless because they did give us years and years of interactive fun and dancing.  Now they are just painful, don’t you agree?  If you still want to use these, go right ahead, but understand that you will get your fair share of eye rolls and dance floor flee-ers.  You know, most wedding guests are also done with those standards you think are simply fun. Celebration by Kool and the Gang, We Are Family, Old Time Rock & Roll are all considered tired now.

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So, what are the new “standards?”  The trend now seems to be leaning toward 80’s rock, like Bon Jovi and Guns n Roses.  For disco and dance, it’s leaning more toward the old school vibe, like Fantastic Voyage by Lakeside and Got To Give It Up by Marvin Gaye.  Earth, Wind, & Fire (Let’s Groove, September) works well, too.  So, find those older hits that aren’t played out, and you should be in good shape with your wedding party dance songs.

Since we are focusing on wedding party songs to dance to, we could go straight to wedding party dance songs 2012 and a few years older.  These songs change with the seasons.  One song that is super huge today, may wear out it’s welcome by the time your wedding rolls around.  I Gotta Feeling is a great wedding party song, but I’m sure you’re sick of it.  I recommend checking out websites like mp3skull.com to see lists of top downloads–but don’t do this until you’re about a month away from your wedding or the above issues will pervade!

Now what do you do if NO ONE is dancing?  Here’s some great advice from an incredibly handsome gentleman…okay, it’s me.

So let’s review.  Standard cheesy group dances (for some reason, Shout is still okay) are typically off-limits.  If you’re German and MUST do the chicken dance, by all means poultry away.  Avoid the cliche’s unless you really need to play them.  Maybe a groomsman is planning to channel Tom Cruise in Risky Business.   Who”s hot now, may not be hot in 6 to 12 months.    And what about those unusual songs I mentioned?  Try dropping Footloose in there.  Sweet Caroline.  Livin’ On A Prayer.  Wannabe by Spice Girls. What?!?!  I’m serious.  They will go crazy and sing the whole dang song!

Sep 062011
 

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Getting your marriage prediction means you will have to visit the religion of Hinduism.  If you are of another denomination, you may be hesitant to do so, and I can understand why!  If you treat it like a serious prediction and follow their teachings, understand that you are making a conscious choice to follow that religion.  If you are like me, and just find it fun, quirky, interesting, and understand that it’s all just fluff, then there should be no harm in spending a minute trying to figure out your future life predictions based on your date of birth.

This prediction is based in numerology and astrology.  You can find a lot of information by searching those terms along with finding different sites that will give you a free marriage prediction based on date of birth.  Be cautious, though, as some of these sites will ask for very personal information.  The last thing you want is to have your identity stolen.  I am not saying all of these websites are out to hock your persona, but it’s always better to air on the safe side.  NEVER use your last name and possibly use a fake first name!

Another popular query is checking on compatibility based on date of birth between you and your current partner.  Again, refer to the above paragraphs to see how this information sits with reality!  There are ways that you can predict when you are going to get married, and it is a very simple process.  Here’s how to REALLY do this!

1.  Take a good look at yourself! 

In other words, ask yourself, “Do I want to get married and live that married life?”  Do not ask yourself, “Do I want to marry this particular person?”  This becomes too subjective and many people end up not marrying in their lifetime based on the people around them that they have dated!  Look inside and see if you think marriage is for you.  This is the first step in the right direction. You also shouldn’t focus on wedding details before even having a fiance!  Yes, people do this.  They focus on changing your name after marriage or finding their wedding flowers bridal bouquet.  They spend hours flipping through catalogs full of modern engagement rings and wine bottle centerpieces for wedding.  they predetermine whether they want a traditional or black and white wedding dress then shop for Maggie Sotero prices on gowns.  This is a waste of time and energy.  Everyone wants to have a wedding–who wouldn’t?!?!  They are fun and exciting and focused on you.  The question is do you want to share the next 30 to 60 years with someone.

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Once you have decided that marriage is for you and you believe you want to spend the rest of your life with one person, now is the time to take a look at the person you are dating.  Are they someone you can talk to?  Do they make you laugh?  Do they make you happy?  Do they possess the inner-qualities of someone you can respect?  This list can go on and on, so you need to decide what is most important to you when it comes to the person you will marry.  Remember:  Money, good looks, fame, great jobs (and even sex!) all fade away in the end and you will be left with the person.  Focus on the person.

3.  Take a good look at one person at a time!

THIS is the most critical of all the steps!  If you are dating several people at once, you are making the decision unfair to you and to them.  It turns into “this person does this but this person does that” and “he is like this but he is like that!” and in the end you end up comparing them to each other instead of to the character and person you desire in a spouse!  If you do this, you may never find someone who’s “perfect.”  As a matter of fact, you should give up on “perfect” as you will never attain that.  What you will do is surprise yourself as you find great qualities and major flaws in each person you date.  So, date one person for a while. If you realize they are not the one, end it.  Be nice, but be swift and resolute.  They aren’t the one so why waste your time AND theirs?

That’s it.  If you follow those steps, you will come closer to getting married than any number or astrology chart can tell you.  So if you ‘re wondering when you will be getting married, I can make a prediction for you right now.  Follow the above steps and you will be getting married sooner rather than later.  Or not.

Sep 022011
 

love songs for wedding ceremony, songs for wedding, songs for wedding ceremony, love songs for a weddingA wedding ceremony is the start of an incredible, once in a lifetime event. Music plays a huge role in making the ceremony an unforgettable and touching experience.  Besides the standard songs for wedding events such as the parent’s processional and the bridemaid’s processional among other wedding processional music selections, you do have other options.  Canon in D and The Bridal March are not your only choices!  There is no  reason why you can’t incorporate your own love songs for wedding ceremony uniqueness and personalization.  Coming up, I have some great ideas as to how you can go about adding contemporary songs and themes and making sure they fit as songs for wedding ceremony events and such.

One of the biggest worries is wondering if your favorite songs are appropriate.  Can you include love songs for a wedding that won’t offend or, well, completely embarrass yourself in front of all your friends and family?  The answer is of course you can!  Now, when you think of love songs, immediately your brain goes to wedding first dance songs.  This special wedding song can be a love song–but it doesn’t have to be.  Listen to “She’s No Lady (She’s My Wife) by Lyle Lovett to see what I mean.  Still, most couples will consider using At Last for their first dance song but won’t even consider it for one of their wedding processional songs.  The fear is that it isn’t “traditional” enough.  This is a legitimate concern as we want to make sure we don’t offend anyone who considers the wedding ceremony sacred.  If you are embroiled in that sticky situation–one of conservative grandparents or parents or family members–you should consider not inviting them to the wedding.  I’m kidding.  Seriously, though, if you do want to use a love song or two for your ceremony, just be sure the officiant or pastor busts out a very traditional and conservative ceremony– you do not want him going into funny quotes about marriage! This will please them and you as you get to have your love songs!

Many couples who aren’t hankered down by stodgy attendees can go ahead and let it fly.  Bride, you walk down the aisle to whatever fits with you and whatever song you want your future husband to hear when he sees you for the first time on your wedding day.

A Secret Trick!

If you are simply in love with a song but the words aren’t exactly perfect or you are stuck trying not to offend or ruin the ceremony, there is a secret trick to getting your song and eating it too–or is that cake?  Anyway, here’s what you do.  There are a ton of artists on YouTube who compose and perform their own versions of these popular tunes.  All you need to do is search for the song and add the instrument you want the song played on.  For instance, you could search for I Finally Found Someone Piano.  There is bound to be someone covering that song in piano.  You can contact them to see if they have a high quality version of the song, or get your DJ to create a copy–I can do that and have often done so for my clients.  Contact me if you need help with that!  Wedding DJ James.

When it comes to your wedding recessional songs, you usually have no fears about using pop tunes and the like.  this is good, because you really want to end that ceremony with a bang.  I’m not saying you have to go with a song that is like your wedding party entrance songs, but you can if you want!  Also, sexy garter toss songs should be saved for that event and not for the end of your ceremony!

Other special songs like your father and daughter wedding songs should be easier to pick than the love songs for your ceremony, but don’t be afraid to go with modern, fun, and romantic songs to walk down the aisle to.

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Aug 292011
 

“Wine is the liquid of love, the fluid of folly, the elixir of elation, and the fuel that awesome celebrations run on.” – James Loram, Wedding Songs Timeline Planner.

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The wine bottle centerpieces for weddings can be made up very easily by you or a crafty friend.  There are a few different ways to create the wine bottle centerpiece.  Here are some of the most popular and attractive.

Flower Wine Bottle Centerpiece

As typical for any centerpieces for weddings, incorporating flowers are almost de rigueur.  There’s no question that flowered wine bottle centerpieces are the most requested.  In this situation, you will most likely need to incorporate more than one bottle in your display and here’s why.  It is hard to fit more than one or two stems into a wine bottle opening.  Unless you are going for a minimalistic or sparse look, I highly recommend going with a group of bottles.  See the pic below as an example.

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Candle Wine Bottle Centerpieces

These are very simple to make, although the look incredible.  I know what you’re thinking. How did they get that darn candle down into the bottle?  All you need is a bottle cutter and cut off the bottom of the bottle!  Some people like to replace the cut out piece after inserting the candle.  wine bottle centerpieces for wedding, wine bottle centerpieces for weddings, wine bottle centerpiece, centerpieces for weddings, wine bottle centerpieces, centerpieces for wedding receptionsThis is fine as long as you know you can light the candle through the bottle top opening.  By gluing the cut out piece back onto the bottom, you won’t be able to replace the candle.  This makes the candle a one-time use item.  If you give the centerpiece away (which I highly recommend!) you should simply place the bottom back on or just leave it away entirely. Also, if you do give away the candle wine bottle centerpieces, be sure you sand the cut glass edges!  It would be sad if one of your guests got slashed from your gift!

Lighted Wine Bottle Centerpieces

We are not talking about those Tiki torches you see at beach parties.  The lighted centerpieces for wedding receptions are not flaming torches of glass.  All you need are those battery-operated Christmas lights that you can slide into the top opening.  Of course, you will need to add some other embellishments to this style or you will look like you, well, simply stuffed some lights in a bottle!

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This last style of centerpiece is a very popular one as the guests get one or two actual bottles of wine to take home with them at the end of the night!  Again, the wine bottles are the center of a more elaborately designed arrangement.  Now, there’s no reason why you can’t use elements from all of the above, but remember that less is more, and elegance is simple. Have fun making or creating your own wine bottle centerpieces for weddings!

Aug 292011
 

wedding party entrance songs, bridal party entrance songs, wedding party reception entrance songs, wedding party entrance song, wedding reception entrance songsYou are about to start your Grand Entrance!  Of course, your mind goes directly to the bride and groom being announced into the room to a lot of applause.  The reality is, that part is the end of the grand entrance!  The grand finale, the climactic conclusion, the Bam! Said the lady! of the entrance.  What you need to focus on right now is choosing the bridal party entrance songs.  And there is even someone else who typically gets introduced even before them!  Who comes in first?

When it comes to your wedding reception entrance songs, you first should consider the order in which your important people will come in.  First off, the bride and groom’s parents are introduced.  Keep in mind that this is optional!  If you have parents who are separated or divorced–or just don’t like the spotlight and would rather not be introduced–you can skip or remove the parents from the wedding reception entrance.  More details are covered in the Wedding Songs Timeline Planner regarding this part of the entrance.

Here are a few ideas, a short list, if you will, of some great wedding party entrance songs that work–sorry, that ROCK!

  • Smells Like Team Spirit – Nirvana
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  • Espionage – Green Day
  • Get Ready For This – 2Unlimited
  • Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
  • I Gotta Feeling – BLack Eyed Peas
  • I’m Gonna Get You – Bizarre, Inc.
  • Misirlou – Dick Dell & His Del-Tones
  • Rock & Roll, Pt. II – Gary Glitter

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  • Pick Up The Pieces – Average White Band

After the parents come the wedding party proper.  We are talking bridesmaids, groomsmen, best men, maid or matrons of honor, you name it!  The wedding party reception entrance songs can and should be upbeat.  You certainly don’t want them as low key as your wedding processional music, which are your entrance songs into the ceremony.  These wedding processional songs are typically quiet classical pieces.  Even your wedding recessional songs, although faster and typically upbeat, might not have the oomph you’re looking for.  You can also use a separate song for each couple if you prefer.  Be careful with that, though, as sometimes the song may reflect the groomsman’s personality, but not the bridesmaid’s and vice versa.  Again, I thoroughly go over the main points regarding introducing the wedding party in the planner.

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There are a few guidelines I want to put forth so you have a successful entrance.  I’ll give these away for free because they are critical.   First, try to find instrumental songs to bring in the wedding party peeps.  There’s nothing worse than having the DJ screaming over the lyrics, trying to announce the names of the bridal party so they are discernible.  If you do use full songs, try to get to the meat of the song–the chorus.  I explain the “cut to chorus” technique in the Wedding Songs Timeline Planner.  Finally, whatever wedding party entrance song or songs you choose, do your best to find selections that do not outdo yours, the bride and grooms, entrance song!  Although the wedding party is important, you should still keep in mind that YOU are the main attraction.  If you are entering to a more romantic song, then you should be find with high energy grand entrance songs for your wedding party…as long as your song fits YOU!

Immediately after your grand entrance, you can go directly into your wedding first dance songs or into the toasts. You might pick up some energy from your toasts if they add some funny quotes about marriage in there, but don’t count on it.   Later in the evening, you will be utilizing your father and daughter wedding songs and the garter toss songs and so on.  These will also have a completely different feel from your entrance tunes.  You really want to kick off your wedding with a bang so make your entrance songs rock!

Aug 252011
 

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The bride first sees the aisle, then the altar, then him…The wife sees the same thing: I’ll alter him.

We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.

In my house I’m the boss, my wife is just the decision maker.

A bachelor is a man who never makes the same mistake once.

When I got married I told the wife I make all the big decisions and she can make all the little decisions.  It’s been 20 years and we have yet to make a big decision.

  • The above is one of those funny wedding quotes that came directly from a father of the bride speech. He was Chinese (and probably still is!) and said it in broken English–and it was a huge success! I’m sure an interesting conversation could be heard during their dances to the father and daughter wedding songs!

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Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.

Marriage is like a phone call in the night: first the ring, and then you wake up!

When a man steals your wife there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.

It’s a funny thing that when a man hasn’t anything on earth to worry about, he goes off and gets married.

  •  You might not find all of these marriage quotes funny, but understand many are classics that have been around for years!

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A man in love is incomplete until he is married. Then he’s finished.

Before marriage, a man declares that he would lay down his life to serve you; after marriage, he won’t even lay down his newspaper (or put down the lap top) to talk to you.

There’s a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It’s called marriage.

Your marriage is in trouble if your wife says, ‘You’re only interested in one thing,’ and you can’t remember what it is.

Marriage is give and take. You’d better give it to her or she’ll take it anyway.

You know what I did before I married? Anything I wanted to.

The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he’s a baby.

I fell in love at first sight… I should have looked twice.

Marriage is the only war in which you sleep with the enemy.

Marriage is like a hot bath. Once you get used to it, it’s not so hot.

Marriage is nature’s way of keeping us from fighting with strangers.

Compromise: An amiable arrangement between husband and wife whereby they agree to let her have her own way.

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I’ve had bad luck with both my wives. The first one left me and the second one didn’t.

Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music, and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.

The appropriate age for marriage is around eighteen for girls and thirty-seven for men.

Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn’t, they’d be married too.

I got rid of my husband. The cat was allergic.

I require only three things of a man. He must be handsome, ruthless and stupid.

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.

I never knew what real happiness was until I got married. And by then it was too late.

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?

After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin; they just can’t face each other, but still they stay together.

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Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right and the other is the husband.

A marriage license is a license which allows a woman to drive a man!

A wife’s view point! “What’s “hers is hers”! And “What’s yours is hers also”!

The only mistake for which people are congratulated is marriage.

Love is one long sweet dream and marriage is the alarm clock!

Remember–you can either be happy or RIGHT.

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Marriage is when a man loses his bachelors degree and woman gets her masters degree.

One day the thunderbolt will hit you, and if you survive that you’ll make the dumb mistake of getting married.

Behind every successful wife, stands a surprised mother in law.

The only moment that my wife listens to me is when I’m talking in my sleep.

Marriage is when a man and woman become one; the trouble starts when they try to decide which one.

Every man wants a wife who is beautiful, understanding, economical, and a good cook. But the law allows only one wife.

Marriages are made in heaven. But, then again, so are thunder, lightning, tornados and hail.

Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not.  Albert Einstein

When I married Ms Right, I didn’t know her first name was “Always” !

It seems like I was only married yesterday.  If it was tomorrow I would cancel it.

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Why are wives more dangerous than the Mafia?  The mafia wants either your money or life… wives want both!

My wife treats me like a God… She takes very little notice of my existence until she wants something.

Contradictions: Found missing, Fully empty, Clearly misunderstood, Exact estimate, Small crowd, Act naturally, Happily married

Some remain single and make wonders happen.  Some have boyfriends and see wonders happen.  The rest get married and wonder what happened.

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I truly hope you found these funny quotes on marriage humorous, enlightening, and hilarious.  I’ll be adding more over time as they come in.  If you have your own funny quotes about weddings and marriage, be sure to add them in the comments section below!  I’m looking forward to hearing them!

Aug 242011
 

November 5th, 2011 – Patrick & Stephanie Reagan!

There’s not much I can say about this wedding except AWESOME!!!  I would write more and add pics but I put together a video instead.

It was a lot of fun…and the power dance set of music consisted of Creedence, The Hollies, and Grand Funk Railroad!  Yes, it was an older crowd, but they are the FUNNEST!  No reservations about dancing and having fun…

Here’s their first dance song with their vows edited in throughout the song…

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It brought tears to a lot of people’s eyes. 🙂  Congrats to an awesome couple.

October 29th, 2011 – Tim & Michelle Fraley!

Boy was this one unique!  She works in a mortuary and he is a UPS guy…They had cool gothic decor and we had an obnoxious UPS guy deliver the garter!  Check out her shoes!

The cake columns were crow legs and feet!  In the above pic you can see my Bose L1 Speakers–they look great but sound even better.

Here’s what the happy newlyweds had to say about me!

I worked with Curtis from Enchanted Portraiture…he and his team were a lot of fun!

August 6th, 2011 – Justin & Kimberly Munyon!

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At Casa Romantica in San Clemente, CA. What a great party!  I really enjoyed this one, working with Iva Lee’s catering and Pam Scott Photography.

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Here’s a special video tribute as far as wedding first dance songs go!