So, you’re planning your wedding and want it to stand out from all the rest? Of course, you do! It can be overwhelming to think of all the details that go into making a wedding special. But don’t worry—we have some tips from top wedding pros that will make your big day one-of-a-kind. Read on for some helpful advice from experienced professionals to help make your dream wedding a reality.
Choose Your Venue Wisely
Where you choose to host your nuptials can add a unique flair to them. Consider hosting in an unusual space like a museum or vineyard. For a more traditional setting, think outside of the box by designing something unexpected—like adding bright colors and textures to complement the venue’s existing beauty. Your venue should reflect who you are as a couple and provide guests with an unforgettable experience.
Conch Concierge Weddings:
“Take the stress out of destination wedding planning and hire a planner who knows the top locations and has strong relationships with talented event professionals,” says Michael Vernon owner of Conch Concierge Weddings, a company specializing in Key West wedding packages.
Big Daddy Walker Productions
“Be sure to add a couple of bridal shows or venue open houses to your planning mix,” says Allen Walker, owner of Cincinnati DJs Big Daddy Walker Productions. “You’ll find lots of fresh ideas and it’s a good way to get to know your potential vendors.”
My Event Pros
Alan Chavez, a Los Angeles wedding DJ and owner of My Event Pros, is a firm believer in entertainment teams. “The DJ experience kicks in only when the dance floor is open. A talented MC will keep your event on schedule, keep your vendors on track and engage your guests while they are seated.”
“Don’t forget your ceremony,” reminds Brendan Lafferty, one of the top wedding DJs in Rhode Island and owner of B-Sharp Entertainment. “Not only your musical selections but mics and a sound system as well. You worked hard on those vows – make sure everyone hears them.” Live ceremony music can also enhance the guest experience.
Think About Displays
Displays are always impressive when done right! For example, create a wall of photos of both of you together throughout your relationship—it’s sure to tug on everyone’s heart strings! If there is space for it, consider having an interactive display where guests can write their favorite memories or marriage advice for you and your partner on cards or postcards. This is sure to be something that your guests will remember long after the wedding day has passed.
“DJ’s are an invaluable resource when it comes to putting together a reception timeline. They understand there’s a flow to a reception and know how to adjust a timeline when necessary – we do it all the time,” says Rob Schneider, owner of Volume Entertainment and a wedding DJ in Connecticut.
“Take advantage of multiple consultations and planning sessions with your vendors,” advises Jim Slaiman, a wedding DJ in Buffalo NY and owner of Premier Sound. “Whether it’s face to face, Zoom, or a phone call, these opportunities are the place to iron out details and do some creative brainstorming that will make your wedding uniquely yours.”
“Consider live streaming your wedding,” suggests William Sanchez, owner of Hercules Entertainment, specializing in DJs in Northern Virginia, including bilingual. “It’s a great way for those who can’t make the wedding to still enjoy being part of your day.”
Exquisite Sounds Entertainment
“Don’t micromanage your playlist,” says Toryn Lankford, a DJ in Atlanta and owner of Exquisite Sounds Entertainment. “You’ve hired a professional to create an amazing party atmosphere. We’ll make sure we get your favorites seamlessly blended into the mix and avoid songs you do not want.”
Get Creative With Refreshments
Who said refreshments had to be boring? Spice things up by offering creative foods like gourmet popcorn bars, french fry stations, or even mini milkshake shots! You can also get creative with drinks—think sangria bars or craft cocktail stations where each guest gets to customize their own drink depending on their preference and taste. These fun additions will be sure to keep people talking about your unique reception food and drinks long after they leave!
The Mackey House
“Get your partner onboard with planning and delegate certain tasks,” says Trey Mackey, owner of The Mackey House, an elite wedding venue in Savannah, GA. “It’s only fitting that you take this journey together. And you’ll get a lot more done – and quicker – if you have your other half help you.”
The Estate at Florentine Gardens
Says Ciro Diadone from The Estate at Florentine Gardens, a top wedding venue in north New Jersey, “Venues are great resources for finding other wedding professionals. They witness the talent of vendors on a regular basis. Build your vendor team with experienced pros who work well together.”
Coastal DJ & Video
“Entertainment companies offer more than just DJ’s,” explains George Wainwright, owner of Coastal DJ & Video and a wedding DJ in Wilmington, NC. “Ask about packaging entertainment with other services like lighting, photo booths, and videography that really enhance the event.”
As wedding decorators in Chicago, Aly Heintz Raddatz and his team at Elevated Events, affirm “Lighting is one of the most transformative decorating elements and always adds a “wow” factor to any reception. It creates amazing ambiance for your reception.”
Your wedding day should be one that reflects you as a couple and provides an unforgettable experience for your guests! By taking these tips from top wedding pros into consideration during the planning process, we are confident that your big day is sure to stand out amongst all others! Get creative with venues, displays, refreshments – and whatever else comes up along the way – and have fun with it! After all – this is YOUR day! Good Luck!
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