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Accent lighting, Wash the Walls

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Technology has come a long way since the days when DJ’s commonly had what we call the helicopter beacon lights that rested on the floor in front of their turntables. Not only has the price tag of high end lighting come down, but newer and more efficient lighting effects are becoming available as LED’s illuminate the future. There are three basic type of lighting fixtures… a spot, wash, and an effect fixture. The type of fixture used to create a colored splash of light over a large area is a wash light, most commonly using RGBW (Red/Green/Blue/White) LED’s.

This fixture, Color Splash Jr, depicts a standard LED wash light.  123dj.com

This fixture, Color Splash Jr, depicts a standard LED wash light. 123dj.com

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Incorporating Eclectic Tastes

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Imagine this frightening scenario:  You choose the music you love for your wedding reception, and your guests don’t dance!  Many couples are anxious about incorporating their own music tastes into their wedding playlist, because they don’t listen to “pop” music.  This has become a fairly common concern, but you need not fear – there are plenty of ways to accommodate any type of music at a wedding.

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Short Songs for Those Who Hate To Dance

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Many brides have asked for suggestions on first dance songs that are extremely short — often because they, or their groom, simply don’t feel comfortable dancing in front of an audience.  Choosing the right song, especially for a formal dance like the mother-son dance, is very important – see Chris’ WeddingAces post for some great advice on picking the perfect parents’ dance.

Here’s a list of 10 songs that definitely fit the bill for your short first dance, in no particular order.  Some of them are also appropriate for a father/daughter or mother/son dance as well!

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Wedding Bookshelf

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I often get asked from our brides, if I have any books that I would  recommend for them in the planning stages of their wedding? And, the answer is Yes, of course. There are some very useful books out there that I often refer to and others that I have purchased for my fiancé, since we are planning our own wedding. I recommend these 5 titles, but feel free to browse through the other titles:

  • The Best Wedding Reception…Ever! | by Peter Merry
  • Jo Gartin’s Weddings : An Inspiring Guide for the Stylish Bride | by Jo Gartin
  • Emotionally Engaged – A Bride’s Guide to Surviving the “Happiest” Time of Her Life | by Allison Moir-Smith
  • 1,000 Best Secrets for Your Perfect Wedding | by Sharon Naylor
  • Your Stress Free Wedding Planner – Expert’s Best Secrets to Creating the Wedding of Your Dreams | by Alison Davis
  • BONUS for all my eco-friendly couples (like us) — Organic Weddings | by Michelle Kozin
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Finding the Perfect First Dance Song

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For some couples, choosing their first dance couldn’t be easier — they’ve known since they became engaged what song they’d dance to on their special day.  But for others, finding that perfect song is more of a challenge.

A great place to start is always your memories as a couple.  Perhaps you can remember a song you heard on your first date, or a concert you attended while you were dating, or the theme to a movie you saw together.  Choosing a song with personal significance, if one exists, always makes that moment just a little more special.  Of course, for some of us, those kinds of memories run together.  In that case, there are a few approaches you can take to find a song that will be meaningful to you.

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Choosing the Right DJ

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Entertainment is one of the most rapidly growing facets of the wedding industry, and with literally hundreds of available DJs in most major metropolitan areas, it can be hard to know what to consider when interviewing performers for your special day.

A DJ does more than just play the music. They engage you guests, get them excited and involved. That is why choosing the right DJ for your reception is extremely important.

Here are some things you should look for to help you determine if a DJ is right for you:
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Monogram Gobo – What, Why, Where & How?

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WHAT – A gobo refers to a small disc about the size of a silver dollar.  The gobo has a design on it, and when a high power lamp is shown through it, the design is projected.  The word gobo is used interchangeably to describe the small disc with the pattern, the pattern itself, and the actual projection you see.  Gobos can be simple or intricate.  They can also include colors. Depending on the pattern needed and the lamp used, they can be made out of several material… typically glass, metal, or plastic. Read Full Article

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Wrangling the Rogue DJ

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In an ideal world, every couple would find their dream DJ, with glowing references, the perfect price and, of course, availability on their date.  Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, and sometimes you’re left scrambling to make arrangements that are less than ideal.

Maybe all the DJ companies that were recommended to you were sold out, and you had to sign with a company you knew little about.  Or, maybe you took a gamble on a company that assigns DJs well after the initial sales meeting.  Perhaps you just met with your DJ, and realized that you are in a world of trouble — he doesn’t seem reliable, doesn’t seem to “get” you, and is nothing like what you expected.

You may feel like your hands are tied, but there are some things you can do to make lemonade out of the lemons you’ve been given.

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In Lieu of Bouquet and Garter Ceremony

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The traditional bouquet and garter ceremony was once a staple of mini wedding events at a reception. As with anything done repeatedly and especially with something that has the potential to be somewhat embarrassing to the people involved, this ceremony has become an activity that many guests don’t look forward to. The unfortunate aspect of this realization is that it’s only half of the ceremony that people seem to dislike… the garter ceremony. It seems as though couples would rather replace the Bouquet/Garter ceremony than remove it all together so here are a few ideas that you can try in lieu of the usual bouquet and garter ceremony.

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It’s Electric! Should You Incorporate Group Dances?

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Sorry for the goofy title. I couldn’t resist!  Being in the business of entertainment coordination, I have visited the topic of audience participation thousands of times.  I have done the Y.M.C.A. probably somewhere between 800-1000 times, second only to the electric slide.  How many people do you know can honestly say that!?

Let the truth be told, no matter how much fun it looks like I am having each time I do a conga line, these audience participation songs are not on my iPod.   As a matter of fact, I don’t know anyone who listens to Hands Up in the car or while showering.  My point is that these songs have a specific purpose and they should be used [played] appropriately… that is, if they are used at all.  The topic is very debatable.  Some people think that songs like the Cha Cha Slide are cheesy and others think they are fun.  A bride might be mortified if the chicken dance is played at her wedding, but her parents can’t imagine a celebration without it.  How about you?   Will you have audience participation at your wedding?  Do you generally do the electric slide when it’s played?  Read Full Article

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