Ask The Right Questions Before You Book Your Wedding Reception

Think saying “I do” is going to be the most emotional moment in your wedding? Probably so, but putting down a deposit on your wedding venue could be a close runner-up.

Reception costs consume almost half the budget for the wedding, which these days means you can expect to lay out almost $ 18,000, including food. And the venue you select can not only limit your choice of caterers or bakers, it’s sure to affect how much you spend to “cover up” its weak spots or accent its highlights. Most stressful of all, the popular venues book far in advance, forcing brides to make the big decision almost as soon as they set the date.

For that reason, the savvy venue-hunter wants to know what questions to ask before she walks in the door, much less signs the contract. Here are a few ideas:

Do you have a pre-set list of caterers I can use, or can I choose my own?

Some venues — high-end ones with their own catering staff, or small-town ones with little competition — require you to use the in-house caterers or choose from a small list of “approved” vendors. It can be difficult to get taste-tests or otherwise put this type of vendor through its paces. If you’re stuck with such a list, search high and low for brides who have “been there, done that” and can give you their honest opinions.

Any restrictions on decorations?

Many venues have them, but rules vary widely from place to place. Common restrictions include: no open flame (or no flame whatsoever), no tape or tacks on the walls, or no confetti. When linens are provided, some halls will prohibit the use of pins. Ask if the hall can provide any decorations themselves, especially around holidays. Useful centrepiece items such as hurricane lamps or Eiffel vases are not uncommon.

Can we bring our own liquor, is there a “corkage” fee, and do we need a license?

If the liquor’s to flow freely at your wedding, you’ll save an immense amount of money by bringing your own. But some venues prohibit this and require you to buy from them. Even worse is the venue that says “yes” to bringing your own alcohol, but charges you a mandatory “corkage fee” to serve it — which typically starts at an unbelievable $10 per bottle or more! You’ll want to be crystal-clear on the fine print regarding alcohol before you commit to a venue.

As for licensing, many places consider wedding receptions to be an “unlicensed social function,” meaning you don’t need one as long as you’re not charging anyone for the alcohol. But be sure to check your local regulations before moving ahead — and ask your venue if they know of any licensing requirements. (SOCAN)

Is there a cake-cutting fee?

Some venues even limit your choice of bakers, but most don’t. A more common (and sneakier) tactic is to charge you a cake-cutting fee, which like corkage fees, can really add up — often at $1 per slice!

DIY Detective Work

These, of course, are only a few of the questions you’ll want to ask a prospective venue manager. A few more tips while you’re checking out the place:

– Bring a tape measure. Get the dimensions of the room, the tables, and the distance between any features that might impact your decor, like windows. How many outlets are there and where are they located? What kind of climate control is available to you?

– Check the kitchen. Does it look clean, roomy and suitable for your catering staff to work from?

– Check the hall itself. Where will you put the DJ , the cake table, the coffee service? Are there coat racks for your guests? Is a sound system available? Is there an “tie-in” fee to bring your own entertainment ?

– Check out the parking. Is it ample? Is it paved, or can it get muddy in the case of rain? Is there handicap access?

One final thing to get clear before you autograph that contract is your venue’s cancellation policy. But hopefully, with these helpful tips, you’ll have done enough homework to rest easy in your choice and not worry about having to cancel. Now that you’ve signed, take some time to sit back and relax … before you tackle the next task in that thick wedding planner!

We would love to hear your thoughts . Please comment below, stop by and check out www.djxtc.net Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram
#wedding #weddingdj #weddingblogger

Why Have An Online Wedding Toolkit

medium_2895125913

Two people meet, they fall in love, they go crazy planning the wedding. That’s usually how the story goes, notwithstanding the fact that it is the golden age of wedding planners. Even with the most seasoned wedding coordinator on your speed dial, you, the bride-to-be, are probably on pins and needles about the wedding details. The little things become big things and the big things become gargantuan tasks that tax your strength and take away all the fun you’re supposed to be having. We don’t blame you for going a little nuts. After all, it is the most beautiful day of your life. Talk about pressure.

Some people start compiling and collecting the things or ideas they want to have in their own special day very early. Not all brides-to-be are gifted with that kind of foresight though; and if you’re one of those brides-to-be, don’t start hyperventilating yet. I’m going to tell you about what could be your best friend during this entire thing: the wedding kit.

What it is

A wedding kit is anything you can use to organize and compile wedding ideas or samples. It may be as plain as a scrapbook (to collect pictures of nice venues or wedding dresses) or as big as a box (with fabric samples or souvenirs)

Online wedding toolkits are becoming more and more popular with brides-to-be as well. These kits are much better than mere notebooks and boxes for one reason: they are more organized. They contain step-by-step guides, schedules, and reminders of what needs to be done up until the moment you say, ìI do.î Did we mention how easy they are to update? All you have to do is delete a task or idea you no longer want to do and replace it with something better. Maybe you’d changed your mind about that scuba wedding thing and decided that something aerial looks more fun?

Why Get One

A wedding toolkit, especially one you get online, gives you a sense of control when you start feeling a little overwhelmed. Not only does it keep you and all the details organized, it also keeps you on top of things. Your contact numbers, to-do lists, and countdown to the big day are all stored and organized in one place: your computer.

So instead of looking for a brown paper bag to breathe into, stop for a moment. There’s so much help available to ease the load of bringing your dream wedding to life. Remember, the most important thing during your wedding day is you, celebrating the start of your new life with the man you love. The rest is clutter.
We would love to hear your thoughts . Please comment below, stop by and check us out on Facebook Twitter and www.djxtc.net

#wedding #weddingdj #weddingblogger

Seven Tips On Wedding Vows

The wedding vow is the promise the bride and the groom make to each other during the wedding ceremony.  A wedding without vows is an unfamiliar sight.

Wedding vows are essential in any marriage ceremony.  Now-a-days, modern wedding ceremonies offer the flexibility of allowing you to write and say your own vows.

If you decide to write your own personally meaningful wedding vows, then here are a few things to keep in mind.

1.  When you write your own vows, you naturally start to think of all the good reasons why you want to be with the person you are going to marry.  Writing your own vows makes the words you say more natural and from the heart.

2.  If you don’t know what to say, or you don’t know how to start it, or you just want to add a few additional thoughts, then you can get ideas by reading books on the topic or performing a search on the web for free wedding vows.

You can look at a few of the sample wedding vows online and borrow some ideas or words from each to add to your own unique vows.  You can also try taking a particular sample and just changing a few words to suit you.  You can also take a wedding vow you really like and use it as is.

3.  If you want a touch of artistic expression to your vows, try adding a few lines of poetry from the popular works by Gibran, Keats or Browning.

4.  You may want to include some of the lyrics from your favourite song.  Couple’s often have a song or tune that symbolizes their love for each other, sort of like the song that is danced to during the reception or after the wedding dinner.

5.  While you are thinking about what to say in your vows, you may consider your lifestyles, your personalities and your interests.

7.  Share with each other what you have written.  You both can bounce back ideas; revive special moments you had with each other.  This will help you discover what to include in your vows.

Make sure you let the Officiate or person who will be marring you know ahead of time that you are writing your own vows.  He or she can inform you about what must be included and may provide a few pointers.

One final thought.  Saying your wedding vows during the ceremony can be frightening.  You may be scared that you might mess up.  Well don’t be.  It’s okay to stumble a bit.  You will be able to correct yourself.  Know that writing your own vows and practicing a bit will help you both gain the confidence you need to do well.

We would love to hear your thoughts . Please comment below, stop by and check out www.djxtc.net Facebook and follow us on twitter  

#wedding #weddingdj #weddingblogger #weddingvow

Awesome Wedding Gift Ideas

weddinggiftdjxtc

Ever got stuck trying to come up with the ultimate wedding gift? Well, you are not alone. Each day thousands of people rack their brains trying to come up with unique wedding gift ideas, only to throw their hands up in frustration and buy any of the common wedding gifts being sold out there. Below are some wonderful wedding gift ideas most people don’t think of that you can use:

1. Gold-Plated Picture Frames – the perfect way to display favourite photos of their special day. Have them engraved with the couple’s names and the wedding date for a treasured memory.

2. Etched Wine Glass – Have their wedding invitation, or other special verse engraved on a glass sculpture. This will be treasured for years to come, and definitely unique. Or, for a little variation, get the actual invitation, and mount it on a glass plate and finish it with matching coloured paint.

3. Honeymoon Photo Album – this could be made out of wood, with something like “A Honeymoon to Remember” engraved on the cover a perfect place to capture those wonderful honeymoon memories.

4. Gift Certificates to a spa for the bride and groom are great before or after the wedding. The wedding day is often stressful, so you could offer a day at the spa to prepare them for the wedding day. Or, they could use it just after their honeymoon, as they prepare to resume their regular activities.

5. Keepsake Box – As time goes by, memories begin to fade, and what better and more unique gift than a special box where they can safely store all those precious mementos that become more cherished as the years go by This box is perfect for things like marriage license, special photos, place cards, vows, and all those other special keepsakes that often get lost as time passes.

6. Couples Home Spa Kit – As an alternative for the day at the spa, you could give them a spa in a basket, including monogrammed robes, towels, and a few other relaxing items, like candles, bath and body lotions, some romantic music, and even engraved wine glasses accompanied by a bottle of wine for a special evening at home.

Now, who says coming up with the perfect wedding gift idea is hard?  Ok they may not be the ultimate gifts but they are unique . The next time you go to a wedding, try picking up any of the above wonderful wedding gift ideas and you would be surprised at how well it works! What are some other original gift ideas that you have heard of ?

Please feel free to comment below. Stop by and check us out on Facebook and www.djxtc.net .
Follow us on twitter @weddingdj1 and Pinterest

Wedding Crashing 101

 

weddingcrashers

For most occasions, there are invitations. In every invitation, there is an invited guest. There-in lies the subject of our discussion. You see, for every party, there are bound to be party crashers.

A prime example is wedding celebrations. There are people who come to the event without an invitation and who in fact are not even invited. These are known as the wedding crashers.

Wedding crashers are unexpected guests mainly because they were not invited to the event. These crashers are drawn to these occasions like moths to a flame.

So, for anyone who wishes to know how to become a wedding crasher, here are some tips that you can use.

1. Try to be a long-lost cousin or someone who is within the family.

In most wedding celebrations, the family is always included. In fact, most of the wedding invitations tend to be some sort of family reunions since many family members are present from out of town.

And because there are a large number of relatives present in the celebration, the bride or the groom will be less inclined to notice who you are or where you came from. This makes the “long lost cousin” strategy effective.

The above “crash technique” works particularly well when carrying a beautifully wrapped gift box with you. After all, who would question somebody who has brought such a lovely and beautifully wrapped gift with them.

Side-note:  Hope you’re finding this useful? I have always been curious about this matter.   And when I found very little quality information about it, I decided to share a part of what I’ve learned about it – which is why this came to be written.  Read on.

2. Try being a staff member of the wedding caterer or wedding coordinator.

In order to be able to crash a wedding, you could always pretend to be a staff member.

In a wedding, there are lots of people being hired in the planning and preparation. So one way of crashing into the scene is to impersonate a staff member of the catering company or the flower arrangement company.

This added bonus will allow you to enjoy a very nice meal. If questioned by another guest, you could always explain that you are a friend of someone who is also at the party.

Pick the name of your choice. You can always find someone else’s name when you are being asked why you are at the party or who you are with.

This is a safe tactic if you do not feel like choosing whose side of the couple you will take in order to introduce yourself. With this strategy, you can be quite sure that with over a hundred or 200 guests in the party, not many people would even think of verifying your name or identity.

4. Dress to kill.

The best part of being a wedding crasher is to dress up a little bit in order to suit the occasion. Even if it means that you were dressed to kill,î it would be better to dress appropriately in order to fit in the event.

After all, wedding crashing is not all about free food and wine. It can also be one way of finding that one true love.

5. Proper Timing is essential.

One of the most important things one should remember when crashing the party is to arrive very late. This is because by the time you have arrived, most guests have started drinking and socializing, to a point where their guard is down and there is no defence is relatively low.

As a result, when you arrive, most people will not notice your entrance and you may easily join the party and blend in.

Indeed, wedding crashing can fill up your social calendar quite quickly if you so choose.

I hope you gained something from this .  Be sure to check for additional information online on this topic. You may drop me a quick note to share your thoughts and comments on it.

We would love to hear your thoughts . Please comment below, stop by and check out www.djxtc.net  , Facebook and follow us on twitter @weddingdj1

 

#wedding #weddingdj #weddingcrasher #weddingblogger

 

10 Must Have Gift Ideas For The Wedding Party

DW Wedding 86

A photo album complete with a picture of you and the bridesmaid or the entire wedding party can be another unique gift idea for the bridesmaids. You could purchase photo albums with the date of your wedding engraved on the front cover and start the photo album with a picture of you and the bridesmaid. This is a wonderful gift idea because the bridesmaid can place her photos from the wedding day in the album and will always have a precious souvenir from your wedding day.

Gift certificates to a spa or a salon also make unique gift ideas for your wedding party . They most likely spent a great deal of time and energy in helping you to plan your wedding. The week prior to your wedding was also probably especially hectic with a great deal of last minute details to attend to and errands to run. While you will have your honeymoon to relax and renew your energy your wedding party do not have this luxury so by honouring them by presenting them with a gift certificate to a spa or salon you are giving them the gift or being pampered and the gift of relaxation.

A few more unique gift ideas for your wedding party gifts include handcrafted or homemade gifts. For example you could put together a CD of some of favourite songs. You could make the CDs different for each person and include a photo of the two of you on the cover and include a heartfelt poem on the inside of the CD cover.

You could also create a scrapbook for each person . You could either make the scrapbook a memory of your entire friendship together and include photos and other items from your various adventures throughout the years or if you plan ahead and take many photos documenting your wedding preparations, you could create scrapbooks as a remembrance of the wedding planning that you shared.

Any item that relates to a specific hobby that your partner enjoys is a great idea for a wedding gift . This is a popular choice because giving a gift that relates to one of his/her hobbies demonstrates that you understand their likes and that you want them to continue to engage in activities that they enjoy.

Another unique gift idea for is a gift certificate to a local restaurant. Assisting in your wedding preparations was probably extremely stressful and time consuming for the wedding party and they certainly deserve a night on the town and the opportunity to not have to cook for a night. This simple gift lets them know that you appreciate their efforts and that you want to thank them for all that they have done to support you.

Unique gift ideas can also stem from the wedding theme. For example if you are having a beach themed wedding you might want to give a gift of a tote bag, a beach towel and a novel to enjoy on the beach. This unique gift idea ensures that your friends will remember your wedding fondly the next time they are at the beach.

Although the tradition of exchanging gifts on the wedding day is beginning to fade, many couples still wish to honour this tradition. Many couples spend so much money on their wedding and reception that they feel as though they cannot afford the additional expense of buying gifts for each other. While it may be true that the couple cannot afford one more extravagant gift it is also true that a truly thoughtful gift for the groom does not have to be overly expensive. If the couple is partaking in this tradition it is advisable that they exchange gifts that truly reflect the personality of their spouse.

We would love to hear your thoughts. Please comment below, stop by and check out www.djxtc.net Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram

3 Things To Pay Attention To For Your Budget Wedding

o-WEDDING-BUDGET-facebook

 

Getting married is one of your most important day of our lives. Some people tend to have a budget wedding as to save their money for some practical reasons. What is important to know is that a budget wedding does not mean a cheap wedding. It all depends on how smart you plan your budget wedding. There are many aspects that you can cut cost of your wedding expenditures. However, you should pay attentions on some aspects so that you will not sacrifice the quality of it.

First, Wedding Photography and/or Videography. A professional wedding photographer can charge you anywhere between $1000-$3000. You might think that you can just ask your friend or relative to take your wedding pictures. It is a No No. Wedding pictures and videos are the only things that you can see or view to re-live your wedding moments in future. If you really need to cut your budget, try asking around from some photography clubs. There are some members out there who really have a hobby of photography and would not mind to give you lower prices. One good practice is to pay them first to do your pre-wedding picture or video. If you satisfy with the results, you can contract him/her again for your wedding day.

Wedding venue. If you think that you could save money by having your wedding money in your house for free of charge, make sure that your house if conformable enough for guest to gather around. We would like the guest to be comfortable so that they would stay longer. In the end, how could the wedding party be nice when guests are leaving early? Try to find good venue that match your theme. You would find that in some days or time, the price could be lower.

Flowers. Have you asked around how much it will cost you for arranging wedding ceremony flowers? You get shocked when it could cost you above $700 right? Some of the flower vendor could charge you very cheap. But the be careful of vendor that will show you a good sample of flowers, and when it is time for your wedding day, he/she will arrange the flowers with some “not fresh” ones. Well, you can always cut your cost here buy ordering the flowers that are in season. Or, you can have a garden wedding without adding more budgets to flower decorations.

I am a little biased when it comes to the dj/entertainment. The first complaint after wedding is about the dj and music played . Do yourself a favour and don’t cut corners here. Make sure that your once in a lifetime event is exactly that for you and your guest. Hire a professional. Remember when it comes to a dj ” You Get What You Pay For” There are other aspects to consider for your budget wedding. Overall, the important thing is to have proper planning for your budget wedding. You can cut cost up to 50% We would love to hear your thoughts . Please comment below, stop by and check out www.djxtc.net Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram