Advice We Love: How to Choose Your Wedding DJ Wisely

Jon Simon, aka DJ Gatsby, is one of our favorite DJ’s to work with.  He has a unique style, is a pleasure to be around  and has a knowledge of all musical genres.
We’re excited to offer you his tips below on how to choose your wedding DJ.

 

How to Choose Your Wedding DJ Wisely:

You’re about to marry the love of your life, but could do without his musical tastes.  He’s a country bumpkin from Montana who also digs hip-hop, while you’re a city girl from the Northeast who can’t do without your ‘80s jams.  Who do you go with to bridge your disparate musical tastes in a thoughtful manner on your special day?  Of all the DJs out there, how do you differentiate one between the other?  A poll conducted by Bridge & Groom Magazine a few years ago asked guests the #1 thing they remembered the most, and 80% answered the entertainment.

Besides their rates, you can pick the right DJ for you by keeping these questions in mind:

 

  • Is the DJ a full or part-timer?  64% of DJs work on a part-time basis, and because of this their experience and qualifications should be questioned.  How many affairs do they have under their belt if it’s not their full-time gig?  Do you also feel that they would be able to answer your questions in a timely manner or work meetings around your schedule if they have a day job?
  • What’s their DJ background?  If they don’t have any or much club DJ experience, they may be lacking the instinctual ability to get the dancefloor packed and keeping them there as well as the important skill of blending the music aligning the tempos together.
  • Are they part of a DJ company or on their own?  DJ companies tend to operate like wedding factories because they do the same dog and pont show most weekends and just swap out the names of the bride and groom.  Their DJ sets could sound stale because they do the same routine over and over without creating a custom playlist based on what you particularly like and dislike.  Ask them how they can meet your needs specifically. Will the person making the sale also spin your wedding, or will they send someone else out to spin?  Because big DJ/Entertainment Companies do so many weddings, they can tend to limit the amount of individual say you can have for your own event.  If they don’t respond to your correspondences within 24 hours during the sales/inquiry process, that should be a sign right there that they won’t be the most attentive and get back to you when the date draws near and communication is crucial.
  • Have they offered to send you recommendations for their work in the past?  A DJ who doesn’t jump on the opportunity to send you references may tell you something about their experience or their job performance.
  • How do they run a face-to-face meeting or a phone chat with you?   In the end when you choose a wedding DJ, you’re going with whom you trust the most with the level of responsibility. Meetings are crucial for you to see how comfortable you feel about the potential vendor and how they operate. Listen in to see if they seem proactive and genuinely interested in taking care of you and your fiancé and not simply going through the motions.
  • What is their philosophy about MCing?  If they spin a lot of Bar/Bat Mitzvahs or Sweet 16 parties, I would really be wary.  These DJs either out of habit or style get in people’s faces as if they’re teeny boppers and spend too much time on the mic.  Most of my clients tell me that they want to avoid the “cheesy DJ” stereotype and love when I tell them that I use the mic solely to direct the flow by make necessary announcements and really allow the music to do the real talking.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this article and have any additional questions, or would like to receive a quote– please do not hesitate to get in touch with me at: djgatsby@gmail.com

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Wine Pairings for Valentine’s Day Delights: by Gina King, Founder & CEO, Domaine Somm

Valentine’s Day is a day to honor love in every form and what better way to do so than to indulge in some exciting food and wine. Whether you’re celebrating with friends or that special someone in your life, a mind- blowing food and wine pairing experience can absolutely enhance the occasion. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’ve put together wine pairing ideas and tips for a few common aphrodisiacs: oysters, chili peppers, and chocolate. We’ll start off with a refreshing platter of oysters, move on to something with a bit of heat, and finish off with some chocolate for dessert.

OYSTERS

In general, it’s best to pair oysters with a bone dry white wine or bubbly, but since they come in so many shapes, textures and flavor profiles depending on their origin, we’ve put together a few guidelines to maximize your enjoyment.

The northeast coast produces skinny oysters that have a longer shaped shell with lean flesh while still retaining a moderately briny, salty, steely flavor. Examples are Long Islands (the original Bluepoints), Wellfleets (from Cape Cod), Delawares and Bristols (Maine). In Canada, “Novys” (from Nova Scotia), Malpecques (Prince Edward Island) and Caraquets (New Brunswick). Due to their lean and minerally taste, the best wine match for Northeastern oysters is a bone dry white with perceptively minerally or flinty qualities. Sauvignon Blanc from France’s Loire Valley, most commonly bottled as Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé is an ideal match. Sauvignon Blanc from the New World doesn’t work as well since they tend to be fruity and lack stony, minerally or flinty character.

2011 Domaine des Vieux Pruniers Sancerre

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The Northwest coast produces fatty oysters that are the broadest, roundest, fruitiest, fleshiest and creamiest in texture. Examples are Hama Hamas, Quilcenes, Hood Canals, Pearl Bays, Caraquets, Chef Creeks, Sinkus and the biggest of all, Tottens. Dryer style Rieslings, Gruner Veltliner, and Pinot Grigio work well.

2011 Schloss Gobelsberg Gruner Veltliner Gobelsburger

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Olympia and Kumamoto oysters from the Pacific Northwest are unique and produce the smallest variety. Olympia oysters are the Pacific Northwest’s only native variety and are small, mild, and yet meaty. Kumamotos are a sub-species of Pacific oysters, which originated from Japan, but are now farm raised in Washington State and Northern California. They are tiny, plump, sweet, and succulent. A perfect match to both is a dry Champagne or sparkling wine.

 NV R.H. Coutier Brut Tradition Champagne, Grand Cru

 

 

 

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CHILI PEPPERS

Many people assume the sweeter the better for wine as the dish heats up with spice, but in reality, the sweetness will take away from the flavors. Wines that are on the fruity side with low to moderate alcohol levels work best. Avoid wines that have subtle flavors as the spices will overpower the wine. For white wines, try a Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, off-dry Riesling, Roussanne, or Sauvignon Blanc. Herbal and tangy Sauvignon Blanc tends to go well with Southwestern dishes that have cilantro and lime notes in addition to spice. The sweet-hot flavors of some East and Southeast Asian fare go well with Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling. A touch of sweetness often found in these varietals tones down chili heat while harmonizing with sweeter sauces, such as sweet-and-sour or coconut milk-based sauces. The lower alcohol content gives your tongue refreshment and relief.

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Rosés made with Grenache based blends also work beautifully with spicy dishes, even those with a meat element. And by the way, rosés are not just meant for summertime enjoyment! They’re very food friendly and great to enjoy year-round, especially on Valentine’s Day.

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For red wines, stick with lower alcohol wines with noticeable spice character, forward fruit and moderate tannins. Barbera, Cru Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and sometimes Tempranillo work well.

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CHOCOLATE

The general rule of thumb for pairing wine with anything sweet is that the wine should be at least as sweet, if not a touch sweeter, than the dessert you are serving it with. Otherwise, the taste may quickly veer towards sour. Since there are many different styles of chocolate, it’s not possible to choose one style of wine as an ideal partner. So, we’ve drilled it down to white, milk, and dark as a starting point.

White Chocolate has sweet flavors of honey, vanilla, caramel, and/or fruit, which pair nicely with a sec or demi-sec Champagne. The acid in sparkling wines produces tart flavors when paired with the cacao in milk or dark chocolate; however, there is no cacao in white chocolate, making a sweeter style of Champagne or sparkling wine a wonderful match. Riesling or Pinot d’Alsace is another great option as they show an exotic sweetness that complements the vanilla, caramel and honey flavors of white chocolate. Fresh strawberries dipped in white chocolate would be great with the following wines.

NV Drusian Extra Dry Spumante Rose, Rose Mari 

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Milk chocolate has flavors of brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla, honey, caramel, nutty and/or malt, so an optimal pairing is Tawny Port.  Its nutty nuances highlight milk chocolate’s nutty and caramel notes and enhance the overall chocolate flavor. A couple of other good partners are Hungarian Tokaji, which goes beautifully with chocolate ganache, and Muscat or Moscadello (Italian), a rich wine with honeysuckle and honey mingled notes which also complement the vanilla, caramel and honey flavors in milk chocolate.

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Dark chocolate can have bitter, roasted, earthy, and/or nutty notes. Due to the intensity of flavors, bittersweet and dark chocolates need to be paired with stronger red wines with concentrated fruit notes. Vintage Port is a classic pairing with a decadent dark chocolate dessert or truffles. For a non-fortified option, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, or Zinfandel also work well. While some of these varietals may appear too tannic to pair with chocolate, the cocoa butter decreases the astringency and dryness of the tannins and the higher cacao content enables bittersweet chocolate to pair well.

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Chocolate with caramel, toffee, or coconut goes extremely well with Sauternes, a rich, sweet dessert wine with honey and apricot flavors that complement caramel, toffee, and coconut.

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Domaine Somm provides
a personal sommelier service to elevate wine experiences at any occasion.
We create enriching wine programs and curate high quality, distinctive wines for events, wine clubs, and our online wine boutique. We also donate a portion of all profits to charities within the areas of sustainability, health, education and the arts.

Gina King, Founder & CEO of Domaine Somm, is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and received the Advanced Certificate with merit from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. Prior to founding Domaine Somm in 2012, she was the Head of Global Event Marketing at a global financial services company based in NYC for more than a decade. Gina earned a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and was formally trained in wine education and service at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley.

Advice We Love: Holiday Beauty by Sharon Becker of SB Beauty

New York City turns every season into a special occasion, but December holidays in New York are extra special. Visitors from all over the world descend on Midtown Manhattan to enjoy the lights and festive atmosphere, and we New Yorkers get to revel in the glow of all the decorations in offices, homes, store windows, and even city busses. What I enjoy most is attending holiday parties (you never have to beg me to wear sparkles) and toasting my friends and colleagues.
So, with parties, gift shopping, decorating, and travel, the holidays are busy. How do you quickly and easily adapt your makeup to suit the season?  Add one or two new products! Depending on your age and personality, you can emphasize one or two features. (We are talking holiday parties, not Mardi Gras).
LIPS: Red is a natural choice for a holiday lipstick, and it comes in every shade and form imaginable. If you wear a gorgeous red as a change, you can keep the rest of your makeup simple. To keep your lipstick from fading at a party when you’re eating and drinking, start with MAC Lasting Lust, $23. Another long-wearing shade for holiday is Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense #21 (pearly bright red), $19.
Photo courtesy of MakeupForever.com

Photo courtesy of MakeupForever.com

You can also use one of your favorite lipsticks and glide a glitter gloss on top; try LORAC 3D Liquid Lustre in either gold glitter or silver shimmer. Easy, and only $16! Sephora brand also has a Glossy Gloss that has a few high shimmer shades, and that’s just $10.
Photo courtesy of LoracCosmetics.com

Photo courtesy of LoracCosmetics.com

EYES: Let’s create some pop without breaking the bank! If you like to have fun with makeup (and you should – makeup is fun), then pick up Sephora’s Glitter Eyeliner and Mascara combo, which comes in a dozen flashy shades. Swipe it on your regular makeup look for an easy and very festive change.
Photo courtesy of Sephora.com

Photo courtesy of Sephora.com

A more subtle holiday shine can be achieved by using one of your favorite light shimmer shadows on the inner corner of your eye (tear duct area). Use a small natural bristle brush and pat the shadow onto the top and bottom of the tear duct V, blending it into your other shadows and liner for a seamless look. Finish with a little extra mascara in the area so that your lashes don’t catch the shadow. If you’re feeling extra frisky, you can swipe a tiny bit of the same shimmer shadow across the top of your cheekbones for a subtle highlight. Voila!
BODY: For New Year’s Eve, try a little glitter spray. Hey, it’s on sale at Sephora for $7! On January 2, give it to your niece.
Photo courtesy of Sephora.com

Photo courtesy of Sephora.com

All great makeup looks start with beautiful skin, so take care of yourself in December – eat good food, rest, drink plenty of water, exercise, and smile!
Photo by Sofia Negron courtesy of SB Beauty

Photo by Sofia Negron courtesy of SB Beauty

SB Beauty creates fresh, contemporary looks by embracing current trends and incorporating cues from glamour icons. Sharon’s work has been featured in Uttlerly EngagedGrace Ormonde Wedding Style, and blogs like Style Me Prettyand Ruffled. Her work spans advertising, fashion, and bridal. Please contact her via email or Facebook; visit her blog, and website; and follow her on Twitter.
Look like yourself on your best day!

Organize the Holidays

Things can get overwhelming during this hectic, holly-jolly time of year.  That’s why we here at CUE call upon the expertise of Lisa Zaslow (www.GothamOrganizers.com) to keep us at our very best.  Here are her tips for a stress free, organized holiday season:

GothamOrganizers Holiday Survival Tips

“Holidays are an expensive trial of strength. The only satisfaction comes from survival.”

— Jonathan Miller

Bah humbug Mr. Miller! The holidays should be a time to feel blessed, not stressed!. Follow these tips to save time, effort and energy this holiday season!

First, stop beating yourself up for not picking up gifts for everyone on your list all year long and for not having your cards addressed before Thanksgiving. This is the home stretch – time to focus your efforts on what you can do.

* Presto Presents – Technology is your friend. Use the power of the internet to pick, click and ship gifts for everyone on your list, from clients to cousins. Gift certificates to sites like Amazon.com, Gap.com and CrateandBarrel.com will appeal to a wide range of folks. If you must get actual presents, hit a few big stores at off-hours and knock off many items on your list in one shot.

 

* Wrap It Up – Why wrap? I’m a big fan of tissue paper and gift bags. They’re super-speedy and no tape, ribbon or scissors needed.

 

* Go-to Hostess Gifts – One for all and all for one. Get a slew of one great item – a nice bottle of olive oil, beautiful kitchen towels, fancy nuts and/or chocolate, or the tried and true gift soaps or bottle of wine. Pick up a bunch of gift bags and you’re good to go.

 

* Speedy Decorating – Go minimalist. Candles are quick, inexpensive and festive. And you can use them year-round and don’t have to store them.

 

* Feast Without Fuss– Let someone else cook. Put pre-prepared foods on nice serving dishes with a little garnish and no one will be the wiser. Ask your guests to contribute dishes and lighten your cooking load. You can hire a caterer to cook entire meals or just a few key dishes.

 

* Quick Cards – Again, technology is your friend. Cut and paste a photo into an e-mail and you’re done, or send an electronic card at egreetings.com or similar sites. If you really love the idea of sending actual cards, you can extend your deadline by a few extra days and send New Year’s cards this time around.

One last note

Take a deep breath and remember that the true spirit of the season doesn’t require any of the above. Spend your time with friends and loved ones, not running around trying to fulfill an idealized vision of the holidays that may not fit your current lifestyle. Happy holidays!

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Lisa Zaslow, founder of Gotham Organizers, has helped hundreds of people get organized at work and at home. Her expertise has been featured on The Nate Berkus Show, Inside Edition and in numerous publications including The New York Times, Real Simple, and InStyle. Get Lisa’s super-easy organizing tips at www.GothamOrganizers.com

© 2011 Lisa Zaslow. All rights in all media reserved.

{Advice We Love}: Selecting the Right Wedding Officiant

Selecting the Right Wedding Officiant

Yolanda Shoshana (Luscious Lifestyle Diva)

It is always interesting when a bride-to-be waits till the last minute to find an officiant. This may not be the best move, especially if you are getting married during the popular wedding months. The best officiants get booked fast, and you just may end up with an officiant you have to settle on. You work hard to plan everything so that it is a perfect day, so why should your wedding officiant blow it? A wedding officiant sets the tone and pace of the wedding ceremony, so you will want the right one standing before you.

It is important that you and your partner decide what type of ceremony you want to have such as interfaith, spiritual, traditional, etc. before you select an officiant. Feel free to think outside of the box with what you want in a ceremony; you really can have exactly what you want. Having in mind the type of ceremony you want will help you narrow down your search for an officiant.

Find out what the state you live in requires in the qualification of an officiant. Each state has its own rules when it comes to who can officiate weddings. For example, in New York State anyone you choose can marry you, but in New York City it’s a whole other case. The person officiating the wedding has to be registered with the court. If you live in a state where it is required for the person to be registered, they should be able to supply you with a number from the court, so make sure you check the number to confirm they are legit. The last thing you need is to find out on your ten-year anniversary that “technically” you aren’t considered married. Check the officiant number.

You should question how much the officiant is willing to customize the wedding ceremony. There are officiants who will create one ceremony and use it for every couple that they marry. Talk about boring and impersonal. Then there are officiants like me who specialize in creating customized ceremonies. In a customized ceremony, you can add prose, poems, songs, have dancing bears, that basically allow your imagination to run wild. Also, find out if you want your friends and family to play an active role in your ceremony and see how the officiant feels about that. These are important questions to ask when you interview. The officiant should be incorporating your vision into the ceremony.

Personality is key when selecting an officiant. For the most part, when you interview the officiant, what you see is what you get. Choosing someone with personality will ensure that your ceremony is unique, plus there is nothing worse than an officiant so boring that everyone at the ceremony is falling asleep. Everyone has been to a boring wedding; you know you don’t want that to be you.

Last but not least, find an officiant who makes you feel comfortable. Don’t forget that the officiant works for you, not the other way around. It is your big day, one to remember forever.

{Advice We Love}: If the shoe fits: comfort and style

Here’s the second wonderful article by Lorraine DarConte on examiner.com.

Shoes not only do they need to work with your gown, they also should be comfortable enough to get you through the day without sores or blisters. If guests see you grimace as you walk down the aisle, they may wonder if you’re having second thoughts! Here, some tips on choosing stylish yet comfortable footwear for your big day.

Danielle Bobish, Founder/Creative Director of Curtain Up Events (www.curtainupevents.com) in NYC, agrees comfort should be a bride’s first consideration because a wedding day is a long day.  “Once you’re in your dress there are pictures followed by a ceremony followed by a reception, etc.  Standing (and dancing) in heels for that long can be painful,” notes Bobish.  “With that said, keep comfort in mind when looking to buy your wedding shoes.  [Your shoes] can still be beautiful, but being able to walk and dance is key. The second factor is, of course, beauty.  With some gowns, you will never even see the bride’s feet, but with others they are visible the entire time.  If that’s the case,” continues Bobish, “you want to have stylish shoes that compliment that gorgeous dress!”

“Shoes may be beautiful on the outside,” adds Erika Phipps, Bridal Stylist La Belle Reve Bridal (http://www.labellereve.com/index.php), “but you may find that they can feel like a torture device for your feet if you are not careful. Try the shoes on and walk around in them for a few minutes before you make your purchase decision, be sure that you get the right size, and width for your foot. And above all, make sure you break in your wedding shoes before the big day. Otherwise,” continues Erika, “you may be in a world of hurt. If you decide to wear heels, the break-in rule is about four days. This means you should wear them for at least four to six hours for four days before the wedding. When it comes to the groom’s shoes color and comfort are the two main things to pay attention to. When the groom is looking for shoes, he should first match the color, then the size, and then break-in his shoes, as well. The break-in rule for leather or men’s shoes is generally three days.”

Alissa Kraisosky, owner and designer for SummerJasmines (www.summerjasmines.com) suggests brides steal a trick used by models. “Choose bridal shoes that are one to two sizes larger than your usual shoe size. Walk around the shoe salon to test that they don’t slip. Especially if you have a sky-high heel, this will provide more comfort and your feet will thank you later. In addition, a pair of foldable sandals or ballet flats are a great accessory if and when your shoes start to pinch. Stay stylish and yet keep (comfortably) dancing the night away!”

Shoe News
Shoe designer Chie Mihara (http://www.chiemihara.com) has added a romantic new addition to her feminine and eclectic collection by launching her first bridal collection. Silhouettes include high heels, classic shapes and booties with both subtle and elaborate details, and materials range from classic soft leather to grainy leathers, satin pleated laces, rouching and soft floral details. The twenty bridal styles are designed with a soft color palate of rose, pale yellow and cream. Sweet and rounded shapes seen throughout the collection are nostalgic of the renewed energy of spring fashion trends. “Entering the bridal market was a natural evolution,” states Chie, “and fits within the collection. For me, it was important that women have unique and comfortable options for one of the most important days of their lives.”

For the groom, consider stylish shoes by Magnanni, which feature classic lines, ultra-quality materials and old world craftsmanship. Founded by Sebastian Blanco, the family company is run by his son Pascual and four grandsons in Almansa, Spain. A close attention to detail, combined with limited distribution, has garnered Magnanni a global reputation for excellence.

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Please see the original article at examiner.com. LOVE IT! Thanks again Lorraine!

{Advice We Love}: If the shoe fits: make a splash with color

Check out the latest article that CUE’s very own Danielle Bobish is featured in! Lorraine DarConte is writing a series of articles featured on examiner.com that discuss the latest trends for brides and that perfect shoe. See what Danielle has to say…

If the shoe fits: make a splash with color


Although finding the perfect wedding dress is a challenge, so is tracking down the perfect pair of shoes to compliment your gown. Should you wear heels or flats—something classic or trendy? “You want to have stylish shoes that compliment that gorgeous dress,” states Danielle Bobish, Founder/Creative Director of New York City-based Curtain Up Events (www.curtainupevents.com). “Going with matching shoes seems like the obvious choice, however, I really enjoy seeing shoes with a shot of color or a nice metallic hue. Maybe,” suggests Bobish, “make your shoes that ‘something blue’!”

According to Erika Phipps, bridal stylist, La Belle Reve Bridal (http://www.labellereve.com/index.php), one of the biggest trends for 2010 is colorful shoes. “If you are wearing a white dress,” says Erika, “then why not add a splash of color to your feet, since you won’t be running the risk of mismatching. Purple or black are the two most popular colors for the wedding season, she notes. However, it’s your day, so choose whatever color you want.” Erika suggests either picking a shoe in your favorite color or perhaps one that matches your bridesmaids’ dresses. “Don’t be afraid to make your feet pop,” she says.

Ariana Gestson, who is a fashion enthusiast and fashion blogger for District Bride Guide, says picking shoes for your big day should be the least stressful and most enjoyable part of organizing your wedding ensemble. “For about 90% of brides, shoes will be hidden under layers and layers of silk and tulle,” she states. “This is why it has become so trendy to wear a statement color shoe under bridal gowns. Not only do brightly colored shoes make women feel sexy, it is also fun to know that under your traditional white dress you are making a fashion statement. While the shoes may be hidden throughout the ceremony,” reiterates Gestson, “they should certainly come out to play for pictures. A bright dash of color against a white dress can look phenomenal in photos.”

Embellishments and accents such as flowers, bows, feathers and bling are another great trend for shoes right now. “These embellishments also add more character to the overall bridal look. Add a bow for a touch of girlish sweetness; feathers for timeless elegance; or gems to show how much of a princess you are,” concludes La Belle’s Erika.

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Thanks again Lorraine! Check out the original article on examiner.com.

Don’t Fight Your Venue

In these times, many of us don’t have the money (or don’t want to spend the money) to completely drape an entire event venue to completely transform it from what it is into something new and different. One thing we notice of late, is that our clients think that by choosing a less expensive venue for their event and spending on extravagant transformations of the space will in the long run save them money. This is completely untrue!

Don’t fight your venue! Period. End of story.

If you are settling for a venue that doesn’t fit into your event vision, perhaps this is not the right location for you. You will spend thousands of dollars trying to transform your space, and your funds will more than likely run dry before you can really do the space justice, leaving you with a half-hearted theme that stands awkwardly against the original structure.

If you’ve chosen an old mansion for your event, think about bringing in colors and décor that compliments the space rather than fights it. A Great Gatsby theme could be just as fun and elegant and much more fitting than a Moroccan lounge, and a 70s disco party might not be the most fitting theme for an elegant ballroom. If you work with, rather than against your venue you will end up with not only a beautiful event, but some extra cash in your pocket as well.

People like congruity—it’s something that makes us feel comfortable. This doesn’t mean that juxtaposing competing concepts can’t work wonderfully, but it takes a strong concept and expert execution to pull such events off flawlessly. It takes more than just hanging fabric and bringing in furniture to completely transform a space to an entirely different vision.

Fighting your venue is a lost cause. Find a venue that you are happy with and build off the beauty that originally drew you to that space. We promise, you’ll be much happier in the long run!

Picture Curtosy of Martin Jobes Design

**A theme that worked in the space! When you work with your venue, amazing things can happen.

Hiring a Professional Wedding Coordinator

Weddings are typically one of the most important events in a person’s life, and in many cases, one of the most expensive. We turn to a salesman who is considered an “expert” when we go to buy a car. We turn to a real estate agent when we go to buy a house, again, another “expert.” Many consult accountants and financial advisors when doing their taxes or making large financial decisions. With all of these “experts” in your life, why not consider hiring an expert when it comes to your wedding?

If just one of these ten reasons to hire an event consultant can help you enjoy your day even more, or help keep the peace during the planning process, wouldn’t it be worth it?

We want to hear from you! What are your reason for hiring (or not hiring) an event professional for your next big bash?

xoxo,

Emily