CUE Vendor Spotlight: City Sweets & Confections

The Vendor Spotlight series is back!!!!

 Not only do we bring you the latest bridal fashion fresh off the runway, but here at CUE, we like to feature different vendors, both new to the business and veteran favorites we love to work with.

 We felt it was very fitting to bring back our vendor spotlight feature with one of our all time favorite vendors, City Sweets & Confections!!!

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Photo Courtesy of Caroline Frost Photography

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Photo Courtesy of Caroline Frost Photography 

City Sweets is a couture cake art studio that specializes in creating beautiful, delicious, and unique wedding cakes.

Deborah Lauren founded City Sweets & Confections in 2000, where she has been creating custom designed cakes ever since.

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Photo Courtesy of City Sweets

Not only does City Sweets offer an amazing selection of flavors, but they pride themselves on using only the freshest ingredients!!!

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Photo Courtesy of City Sweets

The CUE girls love cake and are never disappointed when working with City Sweets. Not only are the cakes absolutely delicious, working with Deborah Lauren is a real treat. Deborah is such a joy to be around and her positive energy is infectious!

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Photo Courtesy of City Sweets 

The CUE team is always excited when we get to work with City Sweets and Deborah Lauren, who is as sweet as her cakes!!

Check out more information at www.citysweets.com

Make sure to keep a look out for more Vendor Spotlights and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!  🙂

Xoxo, Megan

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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{CUE Vendor Spotlight}: Abigail Kirsch

What began in the 1960s as a cooking school  in the basement of Abigail Kirsch’s home has turned into a phenomenal catering service which the girls at CUE have had the wonderful opportunity to work with.  They are not only professional and fun to work with, but they go above and beyond expectations. Not only does Abigail Kirsch cater, they also have exclusive venues in eight different locations throughout the tristate area.

The goal of Abigail Kirsch is “to produce creative and delicious menus, whether serving 20 or 2,000.” Though we all may eat with our eyes first, this catering service ensures that every bite tastes as amazing at it looks!

                             

Strawberry Pots de Creme                           Lobster Caprese                              Duo of Sippers & Sweets

All photos courtesy of Abigail Kirsch

Abigail Kirsch caters for a wide array of events from weddings to corporate meetings. Whatever your event, they are certain to impress! Check them out at www.abigailkirsch.com/

Xoxo,

Sheri