Dave Shannon DJ
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”Dave & his team made our wedding! The ceremony timing was flawless. The cocktail/dinner music was perfect. The dance was WAY too much fun & the photobooth was a HUGE hit with all our guests - including my 93 year young grandma. Thanks again Dave for giving us lifetime memories we’d hoped for!”
~ Max & Vanessa ~

Edmonton All Event Pros
(780) 445-9800 text/phone 24/7

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We are excited to offer our professional entertainment services for the one day you’ll NEVER forget! Hiring our company for your ceremony, DJ and photobooth needs offers several compelling reasons:


1. **Professional Expertise**: Our team consists of experienced DJs and photobooth operators who specialize in wedding entertainment. We understand the unique dynamics of wedding ceremonies and receptions, ensuring a seamless and memorable experience.


2. **Customization**: We work closely with you to tailor the music and photobooth experience to your preferences and theme. Whether you want a specific playlist or personalized photo templates, we accommodate your vision.


3. **Equipment and Quality**: We invest in top-of-the-line audio and photobooth equipment, guaranteeing high-quality sound and picture resolution. 


4. **Reliability**: On your big day, you need vendors you can trust. We pride ourselves on being reliable and punctual, so you can have peace of mind knowing your wedding entertainment will run smoothly.


5. **Interactive Experience**: Our DJs are skilled at reading the crowd and keeping the dance floor lively. We engage with your guests and ensure they have a fantastic time. 


6. **Stress Reduction**: Let us handle all your technical and entertainment aspects so you can focus on enjoying your wedding day. We take care of setup, sound checks, and troubleshooting, so you don't have to worry!


7. **Comprehensive Service**: We offer a bundled package for both DJ and photobooth services, saving you time and potentially reducing costs compared to hiring separate vendors.


8. **Client Satisfaction**: Our track record of happy couples and positive reviews speaks for itself. We take pride in exceeding our clients' expectations and making their weddings truly memorable.


Choosing our company for your wedding DJ and photobooth needs means entrusting your special day to pros dedicated to making it all unforgettable.


We look forward to working with you to help you create your most AMAZING wedding day! 

~ Dave ~

Dave Shannon DJ has been delivering results for 1000s of Edmonton brides for an outstanding 25+ years! All our team members have 15+ years wedding experience. (If you’re looking for a trainee or rookie to practice at your wedding, don’t contact us.) Our goal? To simply ensure your most special day is “worry free!”

Ceremony Music/Audio
  • Travel + early arrival + set-up + sound check
  • Wedding-appropriate music as your guests arrive
  • A mic for your officiant and yourselves
  • Processional entrance music
  • Wedding license signing music
  • Recessional exit music
Reception & Dance
  • Travel + early arrival + set-up + sound check
  • Wedding-appropriate cocktail music to set the mood
  • A mic for your MC + guests
  • Reception grand entrance music
  • Wedding-appropriate dinner music
  • Cake-cutting announcement + music
  • Starting your dance whenever you're ready 
  • Coordinating + announcing all your special 1st dances
  • Pro dance floor lighting
  • An ultra-wide variety of party-poppin' tunes + requests
  • Coordinating/announcing your bouquet/garter toss/songs
  • Announcing late lunch, last call, all announcements
  • Equipment tear-down + return travel.
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“That really was a mistake!” - said no one EVER with an event photobooth!

There’s simply no other way to describe it. It’s just way too much silly fun! Great for all your guests when they’re not dancing or if they don’t dance. It really is the perfect fit for all ages. EVERYONE absolutely loves a photbooth!

Surprise your guests with the most AMAZING wedding favour they’ll NEVER forget!

Wedding trinkets, keychains, treat bags, bottle openers are like SO last year! We know this is the ONE wedding favour with the greatest impact for fun & fond memories!

You and all your guests will enjoy the fun of our digital photo booth all night long!

Digital: Unlimited pics sent directly to your guests' phone/social media, there's a ton of silly props, we take care of the full set up & teardown & we'll be there the ensure it all runs perfectly!

Every pic customized with your names, wedding date/event date or company/organization!

We'll send you an online link with every photo taken for you to share with all your guests, family & friends. What a great way to keep the fun & fond memories of your special day alive!

 Dave & Maria provided a DJ + photobooth & even went above & beyond helping us set up our venue & décor. They were simply amazing! Easy to talk to, organized & experienced. We cannot stress enough how important it was to have reliable pros for our day. The photobooth album was a really nice thing to flip through a few days after our wedding & a memorable keepsake for the rest of our lives. These 2 have to be the best in town. Thanks again guys, truly having you working with us made our day so much easier! 

~ Dylan & Victoria ~

 WE DANCED THE NIGHT AWAY! Dave Shannon DJ took the time to understand what we were looking for for DJ and MC services. They made sure everyone was out on the dance floor all night! They know how to read a room and took the pressure off us so we didn’t have to ask one of our guests to MC. They were the perfect choice for our wedding! 

~ Richard & Leah ~

 They went above and beyond to help us with our wedding day, from answering questions to providing knowledgeable insight and recommendations. They were absolutely fantastic! We used them for both our ceremony and reception and our guests had a great time. Highly recommend to anyone. Thank you again guys! 

~ Mitch & Julie ~


22Feb

While making sure you look your best on your wedding day often sits at the top of the list of priorities, feeling your best is just as important. When it comes to wedding preparations, self-care often takes a backseat. Finding ways to prioritize your mental and physical health can play a key role in stress management and finding balance, which can help you better enjoy the process. 

We tapped a few experts who shared some tips for prioritizing self-care for brides and grooms to feel their best ahead of their wedding days. 

FACIAL MASSAGES 

When it comes to maintaining a healthy complexion in the months leading up to the big day, Natalie Sischy, CEO of holistic skincare and wellness brand Province Apothecary, recommends facial massage routines for stimulating blood flow, relieving tension and reducing stress. 

“Ideally, we would recommend starting your facial massage routine at least a couple of months before your big event, like a wedding. However, even a few weeks can make a significant difference,” says Sischy. “The facial massage really helps to stimulate blood flow, which promotes a healthy complexion and that sought-after bridal radiance. It can also enhance lymphatic drainage, which aids in reducing puffiness and achieving a more sculpted appearance.” 

Sischy also says that massaging specific pressure points can help to relieve tension, alleviate stress and even improve sleep quality. “The temples, for instance, the jawline and cheekbones, can help contour and define your features. To address puffiness, gently glide your fingers over the under-eye area using outward motions to promote lymphatic drainage.”

MINDFUL MOVEMENTS 
Ariel Swan, owner and co-founder of the contemporary movement studio Jaybird, says it’s important to incorporate mindful weddingmovements and yoga into a self-care routine to reduce stress and boost your mood before the big day. 

“Some of the benefits of practicing yoga on a consistent basis include improved flexibility and strength, reduced stress and the ability to better manage anxiety and depression,” says Swan. “Yoga does this through breathwork, meditation and mindfulness practices, and by promoting relaxation and boosting the release of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters. It has been practiced for centuries and is known for its positive effects on physical health, mental well-being and emotional balance.” 

With physical health closely linked to mental health, Swan says that besides exercising regularly, it’s also important to eat a balanced diet, drink water and get enough sleep. These are all great tips to help you look your best on your wedding day.

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EAT CLEAN 

Along with drinking enough water ahead of the big day, Simon Bennett, co-founder of the wellness brand Sense Naturals, recommends eating Ayurvedic plants and spices such as turmeric, ginger and fennel, which use key fasting protocols to cleanse, restore and renew the body.

“Our cellular bodies are made up of 60 to 70 per cent water. Maintaining proper fluid balance is essential for effective oxygen delivery, regulating body temperature and excreting toxins,” says Bennett. “When we are properly hydrated, we have balanced energy levels, improved brain function, fewer headaches, and better digestion, skin and sleep.” 

In terms of how long in advance brides and grooms should be eating clean ahead of their wedding days, Bennett says 16 weeks, which is the time frame in which one can lose approximately 7lbs of fat mass and gain 5lbs of lean muscle mass.

JUST BREATHE 

Breathing exercises can also go a long way, according to Bennett, which can help alleviate stress and achieve a calm state ahead of the big day. 

“Unfortunately, too many of us concentrate on inhalation and never fully exhale leading to over breathing,” says Bennett, adding that this can initiate the body’s stress response and prevent it from being able to adequately use the oxygen it takes in. According to Bennett, this can cause a perceived need to take in more oxygen which leads to inhaling more and a vicious over-breathing cycle. 

“Carbon dioxide, the gas we exhale, has an unfair reputation as being just a waste product when it is actually essential for oxygen exchange and the regulation of our nervous system. Without full exhalation that allows carbon dioxide levels to rise in our blood stream, we cannot process all the oxygen we inhale,” says Bennett. 

“The truth is that exhales are equally as important as inhales for respiration. When it comes to leveraging your breathing to achieve a calm state, we need to put more emphasis on slowing down and extending the exhale,” he adds. 

Along with breathing exercises, Bennett also recommends supercharging the body everyday by viewing sunlight within 30 to 60 minutes of waking up. 

“Exposing your eyes to morning sunlight stimulates the release of a hormone called Cortisol. This enhances the immune system, increases metabolism, focus and the ability to move the body,” he says. “No windshields, no sunglasses and inside your home does not count.” Just remember not to stare directly into the sun.

There you have it! Some wonderful advice on how you can look your best on your wedding dayAnd bonus? These are also great tips for your everyday life! 


21Feb

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but with this guide, you'll know exactly where to start and what to prioritize.

Basking in the glow of your recent engagement, you’re probably still caught up in the sparkle of that beautiful ring on your finger. The thrill of saying ‘yes’ to forever is undeniable, but as reality sets in, so does the excitement of planning the wedding of your dreams. No need to worry, though – we’ve crafted a simple yet comprehensive wedding planning guide to steer you from cloud nine to the perfect soirée. 

Set your wedding budget

First things first – let’s talk about money. You really can’t (or shouldn’t) start planning your wedding until you know how much you can afford to spend on it. So, begin with speaking with your family and your fiancé about who will pay for what and determine an overall budget for the big day. And while it might be tempting to go all out and splurge, it’s essential to remember that this is the start of a new life together, and financial stability should be a priority. When creating your budget, make sure to consider all elements of your wedding – the venue, photography, catering, décor, attire, invites, and any other services you might want.

Pick your wedding date

One of the most important things to do when wedding planning is to set the date. After all, you can’t hire vendors or choose a venue without a wedding date. So take time to think about your preferences – do you want a warm, sunny outdoor ceremony or a cozy, indoor winter celebration? And consider factors like important dates, weather conditions, what flowers will be in season, and the overall aesthetic you’d like for your wedding. Doing this can help you select the best date for your “I do’s.”

Choose the perfect venue

Next on your wedding planning checklist is to choose your venue. Whether you’re drawn to the romance of a vineyard, the urban chic of a cityscape, or the tranquility of a garden, your venue sets the stage for the magic to unfold. Consider the ambiance, envision your first dance under its roof, and let the venue speak to your heart. It’s more than a location; it’s the backdrop that turns your dream wedding into a tangible reality. 

Create your guest list

When creating your guest list, consider the size of your venue and your budget and, most importantly, surround yourselves with those who have been a part of your journey. While it may feel like a puzzle at times, creating the guest list is an art of balancing affection and logistics, making sure your wedding day is a reflection of the cherished connections that have shaped your story.

Hire key vendors

There are so many moving parts to hosting a wedding that you’ll need help to pull it off. You’ll need to hire wedding vendors like photographers, videographers, florists, caterers, and entertainment. Make sure to research and interview prospective vendors and read reviews to ensure they match your vision. And don’t wait! Hire these vendors early to give yourself enough time to coordinate with them to plan and execute the perfect wedding day. 

Choose your bridal party

Choosing your bridal party is an important and often emotional part of wedding planning. These are the friends and family who will stand by your side, offering both support and love. But it’s not just about finding people to fill a lineup; it’s about choosing those who have shared in your laughter, wiped away tears, and witnessed the unique love story that led you to this moment.

Design your wedding style

Next, you’ll want to decide on the main look and theme for your wedding. Whether you lean towards rustic charm, modern elegance, or a whimsical fairytale, let your personality shine through in your wedding décor. Having a clear plan will help you make choices about things like invites and decorations from start to finish. 

Decide on music and entertainment

Another important aspect of wedding planning is selecting the entertainment. Music sets the tone for the event, so it’s important to first decide on what type of entertainment you want, live music or a DJ, then work with them to craft the playlist for your wedding ceremony and reception.

Select the menu

Fancy a five-course meal or prefer a simple buffet? Your menu should reflect your tastes, dietary needs, and budget! Consider the diverse palate of your guest list and try to incorporate a variety of flavours to accommodate everyone. If you have guests with specific dietary restrictions, ensure you provide options for them as well to make everyone feel included in the celebration.

Create a registry

Creating a wedding registry is a delightful and practical aspect of wedding planning. From kitchen essentials and home décor to personalized experiences, a well-thought-out registry helps guests contribute to your new life together. Make sure to select various items across different price points, ensuring that they reflect both your shared tastes and individual preferences. Whether it’s the perfect set of cookware or a dream vacation, your wedding registry is an opportunity to build a foundation for your future.

Send invitations

Send out your wedding invitations approximately 6-8 weeks before the big day to give your guests ample time to plan and RSVP. Include all necessary details, including the date, time, location, dress code, and RSVP instructions. 

Finalize details

In the weeks leading up to your wedding, you should finalize all the necessary details. Confirm vendor contracts and duties, create a day-of timeline, and communicate any last-minute changes with your team...and here's to your smooth and stress-free wedding day!

17Feb

Get ready for your Mexican honeymoon with this essential packing guide!

With its pristine beaches, vibrant culture, and endless opportunities for adventure, Mexico sets the stage for a romantic honeymoon like no other. Imagine basking in the warmth of the Mexican sun, savouring each moment with your beloved amidst breathtaking landscapes and captivating sunsets. But before you set off on this enchanting rendezvous, it’s time to pack your bags for an unforgettable Cancun honeymoon. From beachside essentials to evening enchantments, let’s ensure every moment of your getaway is filled with passion, adventure, and pure tropical magic.

Romantic items for a hassle-free honeymoon

Packing for your honeymoon is a whole different ball game compared to your typical travel preparations. It’s not just about throwing in your usual essentials; it’s about curating a collection of items to set the stage for an unforgettable romantic adventure. Think of these essentials as your trusty companions, ready to enhance every moment of your post-wedding getaway.While your regular travel checklist may include the basics like sunscreen and guidebooks, your honeymoon packing list requires a more thoughtful approach. Pack for your Cancun honeymoon with a purpose, starting with these romantic items: 

  • Tealight candles (opt for real ones or battery-operated ones for safety)
  • Massage oils or essential oils for intimate moments of relaxation
  • A corkscrew to enjoy a romantic bottle of wine together
  • Elegant lingerie to set the mood for passion and romance
  • A personalized honeymoon playlist featuring your favourite songs and a portable Bluetooth speaker for romantic evenings
  • Heartfelt love notes for your new spouse to discover throughout your honeymoon
  • Small, meaningful gifts to commemorate your special journey
  • A journal to document your adventures and capture precious memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime
  • Rose petals to transform your hotel room into a romantic haven 

Essential items to pack

Whether your journey leads you across borders or keeps you closer to home, ensure you have the right identification before you leave. This includes confirming the validity of your driver’s license or passports, ensuring they extend at least six months beyond your planned departure date, as well as obtaining any necessary travel visas and immunizations. And remember to keep your passports, IDs and necessary documents in your purse or carry-on bag, never in your checked baggage. It's also essential to include any prescribed medications when packing for your Cancun honeymoon. For added peace of mind, you may want to pack over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, allergy medication, anti-diarrhea medication, and motion sickness pills to address common travel-related discomforts. Additionally, having a supply of bandages in your travel kit can prove useful for addressing minor injuries or blisters while on the go.

Emergency contact information

One aspect of honeymoon packing that often slips under the radar is preparing a list of emergency contacts. Many travelers overlook this crucial step, failing to anticipate the need for quick access to vital information in case of unforeseen circumstances. In the event of an emergency during your Cancun honeymoon where you may be incapacitated, local authorities may require contact details for your trusted individuals. So keep a list of contact names and their phone numbers and email addresses on you at all times in case of an emergency.

What to pack in your carry-on bags

Carry-on luggage is like your best friend when travelling because it never leaves your side. So, packing as many of your essential items in your carry-on bag as possible can help minimize the stress of losing your checked bags along the way. Here are some things to include in your carry-on bag for your Cancun honeymoon:

  • Travel-sized toiletries: To breeze through security checkpoints, opt for TSA-approved, travel-sized toiletries. Include toothpaste, deodorant, facial wipes, moisturizer, lip balm, and hand sanitizer.
  • Snacks and water: To curb hunger pangs, pack a selection of healthy snacks such as nuts, granola bars, and dried fruit. Stay hydrated with a refillable water bottle, which you can replenish at airport water stations.
  • Entertainment: Load your tablet or e-reader with your favourite books, podcasts, and movies to pass the time during flights and layovers. Don’t forget to pack headphones, a charging cable, and a portable charger to keep your devices powered up.
  • Change of clothing: If you have space, one of our best travel tips is to pack a few articles of clothing or a couple of outfits in your carry-on bag. This can be a lifesaver if your luggage gets lost or delayed, allowing you to just get right into the honeymoon swing without stressing about what to wear.
  • Travel pillow and blanket: If you’re anything like us, it’s always freezing on a plane! Don’t forget to tuck a travel pillow and a small blanket into your carry-on; it’ll make your flight much more comfortable.

Toiletry essentials for your romantic getaway

Preparing your toiletry kit is an essential step in ensuring a comfortable and refreshing honeymoon experience. From skincare essentials to oral hygiene products, having the right toiletry items on hand can make all the difference during your travels. Take the guesswork out of packing with our comprehensive list of must-have toiletry items for your romantic getaway.

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Perfume/cologne
  • Sunscreen
  • After-sun care
  • Contact lens solution and case
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hair styling products
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Dental floss
  • Lip balm
  • Moisturizer
  • Facial cleanser
  • Makeup/makeup remover
  • Cotton swabs
  • Travel-size shampoo/conditioner
  • Bodywash

Clothing essentials for every occasion

From beachside bliss to candlelit dinners, curate a versatile wardrobe to suit all occasions and climates because you never know when the occasion will call for it while on your Cancun honeymoon.

  • Swimwear: Pack a variety of swimsuits to suit your mood and activities, including bikinis, one-pieces, and board shorts. Consider reversible styles or mix-and-match separates for maximum versatility.
  • Lightweight clothing: Embrace the laid-back vibe of Cancun with lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton, linen, and bamboo. Pack a selection of breezy dresses, shorts, tank tops, and linen shirts to stay cool in the tropical heat.
  • Evening attire: Elevate your look for romantic dinners and evening outings with elegant attire. For her, pack a chic cocktail dress, flowy maxi dress, or stylish jumpsuit. For him, opt for tailored trousers, a crisp button-down shirt, loafers, or dress shoes.
  • Lingerie: Surprise your partner with a curated selection of lingerie sets in luxurious fabrics and flattering silhouettes. Choose styles that accentuate your best features and make you feel confident and irresistible.

Celebrate your love and savour one of the most important times of your marriage! 

20Dec

Amid the whirlwind of wedding excitement, there’s typically a silent force working behind the scenes, ensuring everything falls seamlessly into place – the bride’s mother. Picture her as the ultimate wedding superhero, blending love, tradition, and a touch of magic to make your special day extraordinary. In this article, we’re pulling back the curtain on the dynamic role these incredible moms play. From pre-wedding preparations to the big day itself, we’ll cover everything you need to know about mother-of-the-bride duties.

Venue selection:

Choosing the perfect wedding venue is always a crucial decision. As the bride, you may appreciate the input and a second set of eyes during venue tours, so venue selection is one of the most essential mother-of-the-bride duties. The mother-of-the-bride can provide feedback, ask insightful questions, and help you consider factors you may not have considered.

Assisting with wedding attire:

Shopping for the wedding dress is a memorable experience and is another top mother-of-the-bride duty. The mother plays a vital role in adding that extra sprinkle of joy and support during the search, going far beyond simply being a shopping buddy or paying for the gown. Your mom knows you best, knows what you like and don’t like, can read you, and has your best interest at heart, so she will play a pivotal role when you shop for a wedding dress. She can help you navigate the sea of endless gowns to find the one that suits you and your wedding vision best. And she’ll also help you manage your emotions, making the experience more enjoyable.

Organizing the guest list and seating arrangements:

If you’re inviting family far and wide, your mom may have insight into which relatives should make the list. She can also assist with seating arrangements with her knowledge of familial relationships and history, ensuring that everyone feels welcome and comfortable during the reception.

Incorporating family traditions and heirlooms:

There’s no one more fitting than Mom to help incorporate family traditions and heirlooms into your wedding. These traditions can be incorporated into the ceremony, reception, or even pre-/post-wedding celebrations, adding a personal touch to the wedding. Additionally, she can offer heirlooms for “something old” or “something borrowed,” completing your wedding day look.

Hosting or co-hosting your bridal shower:

Mother-of-the-bride duties extend beyond planning the wedding; one task she often takes on is planning or co-planning and hosting the bridal shower. This pre-wedding celebration is a heartfelt opportunity for the bride’s closest friends and family to gather and shower her with love, gifts and well wishes. From selecting a venue and coordinating invitations, to curating a theme and organizing games, your mom will help to create an intimate and memorable atmosphere for you and your loved ones. The wedding day

Assisting with pre-ceremony preparations:

Mother-of-the-bride duties take on a whole new level of importance on the wedding day. Besides helping with any last-minute details, she’ll also play a pivotal role in some of the day’s most heartfelt moments, starting from early morning preparations when you and your bridal party get dressed. You’ll want your mom there to enjoy breakfast with the girls, sip mimosas and, most importantly, help put on your wedding dress and veil. It will be a moment Mother-Daughter won’t soon forget.  You may want her to join you for a morning of relaxation, enjoying breakfast or sipping mimosas with her and the bridesmaids.

Being the point person for vendors:

If you haven’t hired a wedding coordinator or don’t fully trust anyone else with this responsibility, mother-of-the-bride duties may extend to being the point person for vendors on the wedding day. She can be the primary contact for florists, caterers, entertainers, photographers, and other vendors. Just remember to provide her with all the necessary details in advance to ensure a seamless execution of your dream wedding.

Hostess:

Age-old mother-of-the-bride duties dictate that she fulfill the role of hostess during the reception. She should take time to greet and welcome guests, ensuring everyone feels comfortable and included. She may also want or need to help guests find their seats, be part of the receiving line, and give a speech ... and here's to your AMAZING wedding day!

30Sep

One of the most important parts of your big day is your wedding invitations. Your wedding invitations will set the tone for your wedding, and they will provide your guests with all the important information they need to attend your special day. So, what do you need to include in your invitations? Read on.

Basic Information

Every wedding invitation should include some basic information. This includes the date, time and location of your wedding ceremony and reception. It’s also a good idea to include an RSVP card or an email address where guests can respond.

Invitations by The Paper Boutique

Accommodation Details

If you have guests coming from out of town, you may want to include information about local accommodations. This can include hotel options, Airbnb recommendations or even a block of hotel rooms reserved for your guests. Be sure to also include any information about transportation to and from the accommodations.

Transportation Information

Speaking of transportation, it’s a good idea to include information about how guests can get to your wedding venue. This can include details about parking, shuttle buses or even ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft. You want to make sure your guests can get to your wedding without any stress or confusion.

Wedding-Related Events

If you’re planning any wedding-related events before or after your wedding day, such as a rehearsal dinner or a post-wedding brunch, be sure to include this information in your wedding invitations. This will help your guests plan their trip and make sure they don’t miss out on any of the fun.

Dress Code

If you have a specific dress code for your wedding, such as black tie or beach casual, you may want to include this information on your invitations. This will help your guests know what to wear and feel comfortable and confident on your big day.

Registry Information

It was once considered poor etiquette to include registry information on your wedding invitations. However, many couples now choose to include this information on a separate insert or on their wedding website. Many guests find registries really helpful and are happy to receive this info.

Children

If you’re having an adults-only wedding, include this information on your invitations. This can be a delicate topic, so be sure to word it in a way that is polite and respectful. You can also consider providing childcare options for your guests who have children.

Website Information

Many couples now create a wedding website where they can share additional information about their big day, including directions, accommodations and registry information. If you have a wedding website, include the URL on your invitations so that your guests can easily access it.

Trends to Consider

Gone are the days of cookie-cutter invitations. One popular trend right now is incorporating illustrations or watercolour designs into your invitations. You may also want to consider using bold, modern fonts or incorporating metallic accents. Another trend is using eco-friendly materials like recycled paper or plantable seed paper.

Invitations by Moss and Marble

Your wedding invitations are an important part of your big day. Be sure to include all the necessary information and consider any additional information that may be helpful for your guests. Remember to keep your wording and design choices in line with your wedding style. And most importantly, have fun with your invitations and let your personality shine through! ... and here's to your AMAZING wedding day! ~ Dave ~


27Sep

Your wedding day is about celebrating love, and your wedding website is your digital window into that love story. It’s where you can share all the details about your special day – the who, what, when, and where – with your cherished guests, keeping everything organized and in one easy-to-access place. But what specifically should you include on your website? And how should it look? Whether you’re a tech-savvy duo or just dipping your toes into the world of wedding websites, we’ve whipped up this handy guide to help start you on the right foot.  

Event details

Start with the basics that every guest needs to know. To avoid confusion, clearly indicate your names, the date, time and location of your wedding near the top of your website. Think of this section as your digital invitation suite. From the ceremony location, date and time to the reception venue, menu and schedule, you should present this information clearly and concisely.

The love story page

Your website’s “Love Story” page is the enchanting prologue to your journey as a couple. In addition to the primary location details, date and time, sharing details about your love story on your wedding website is a great way for guests to learn more about your history as a couple. From how you met, to milestone moments and all the way up to the proposal, your guests will love learning more about your journey to “I do.”Feel free to also share personal notes about why you chose your venue or your inspiration for your menu or wedding theme. These little details will help to keep your guests excited about your big day. 

Dress code

Your wedding website is the perfect platform to establish the style and vibe. You should designate a place on the site to specify the dress code, letting them know whether it’s black-tie elegance, semi-formal, or anything-goes. Don’t leave them guessing; help them shine in attire that complements your wedding vision.

Wedding party bios

Your wedding day wouldn’t be complete without your bridal party by your side, so give the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other important individuals (ushers, flower girls, ring bearers, etc.) a spotlight on your website. Share fun facts, epic photos, how you met and funny stories. 

RSVP online

Gone are the days of snail mail RSVPs. Simplify the process with an online RSVP form. It’s a swift and eco-friendly way for guests to confirm their attendance. Additionally, gather meal preferences and special requests through the same platform, ensuring that every guest’s dining experience is tailored to their liking.

Gift registry

Your wedding website can be the gateway to a thoughtful and convenient gifting experience. Provide direct links to your preferred gift registries, ensuring your guests can effortlessly find and select the perfect present. 

Accommodation information

Ensuring your out-of-town guests have a comfortable place to stay is crucial. On your wedding website, suggest nearby hotels and accommodations that align with your venue. Many hotel accommodations offer group rates so be sure to ask ahead of time, or work with a travel agent to secure a block of rooms. Remember to provide essential details, such as booking codes and per-night prices, making it a breeze for guests to book their stay.

Countdown timer

A countdown timer is the digital heartbeat of your wedding website, steadily ticking away as the big day approaches. It’s more than just numbers; it’s a virtual drumroll that builds excitement and anticipation. Keeping guests informed ensures no one forgets the date, making your wedding the talk of the town well before it even happens.

Photo galleries 

One of the best parts about having a wedding website is that you can curate and share a selection of photos. These photos allow your family and friends to take a sneak peek into your love story. From images in the early stages of dating, to vacation snaps and official engagement photos, the photo gallery will be one of the best – and most visited – parts of your website

Interactive guestbook 

Give your guests a voice and let them leave heartfelt well wishes with a virtual guestbook on your wedding website. With just a few clicks, family and friends from all corners of the globe can send you personal greetings and marriage advice online. This is also a great way for those who are unable to attend the wedding to participate and engage with you from afar.

Contact page 

Ensure your guests can easily reach out by including a ‘Contact Us’ page, complete with ‘To’, ‘From’ and ‘Message’ fields. Try to avoid posting your personal phone number and email address as your wedding website may be viewable to the public. But if you have a couple’s Instagram account or other social media links that you’d like to share, feel free to share with your guests so that they can follow along on your journey to wedded bliss. 

Social media preferences

If you plan to have an unplugged ceremony where no cell phones are allowed, get the word out early and post the rule on your wedding website and wedding invitations. Alternatively, if you’ve created a wedding hashtag and are encouraging guests to use it to share their photos of the wedding, be sure to list it on your website as well as on site, at each table, the day of the wedding,

FAQ section

Minimize pre-wedding inquiries and keep your guests well-informed with a dedicated FAQ section. In this section, you can include answers to popular questions, such as whether you can mail RSVPs or respond via digital communications, directions, dress code, room blocks, accommodations, plus-one etiquette, and more...and here's to your AMAZING wedding day! ~Dave~   

09Sep

The wedding bells have rung, the confetti has settled, and you’ve embarked on a grand adventure as a married couple. As you step foot into this uncharted post-wedding territory, it’s time to explore the unspoken tasks that await beyond your “I do’s.” We’ve compiled a post-wedding checklist that will help you smoothly transition from the whirlwind of wedding planning to the reality of married life. While it may not be as exciting or as romantic as picking out your bridal gown or choosing a song for your first dance, each item on our list is just as important to ensure a successful and fulfilling journey ahead.

Name change

Step one on the post-wedding checklist is the name change. For those who choose to take on this age-old tradition, changing your name is a significant part of the post-wedding process, symbolizing the beginning of your shared identity as a married couple. Whether you decide to take your partner’s last name, hyphenate both surnames or even combine them to create a new name, updating legal documents like your driver’s license, passport and health card should be done soon after the wedding. And don’t forget to inform institutions like banks and insurance providers, too.

Write thank you notes

The guests at your wedding took time from their busy lives to attend your wedding. Many may have travelled from far away, while almost all have certainly given you generous gifts. The least you can do is thank them, properly, with a handwritten note of thanks. Get some custom stationery printed from an online store or a nearby printer with matching envelopes, and start the process of writing thank you notes with your spouse to mail to your guests. Though printing a generic note on all the cards may be faster and easier, handwriting them and addressing each guest personally will be much more appreciated.

Review and adjust your finances

You’ll want to start married life on the right foot, with common financial goals that will set you and your partner up for life. Assess your financial situation as a couple and review any debts or loans you may have, and plan a strategy for managing them together. You may also want to consider merging or reorganizing your bank accounts. It’s also a good idea to speak with a financial advisor to discuss budgeting and savings goals.

Evaluate healthcare and insurance

Another important item that should be on your post-wedding checklist is evaluating your insurance policies. Consider adding your spouse to your employer-sponsored health insurance plan or exploring individual policies. Update other types of insurance, such as car or home insurance, to include your spouse.

Update your beneficiaries and wills

Review and update beneficiary designations on retirement accounts, life insurance policies, and other vital documents. Consider creating or updating your wills and powers of attorney, taking into account any changes in assets or beneficiaries.

Preserve your wedding dress

One big decision that should be on your post-wedding checklist is to figure out what to do with the wedding dress. Some brides preserve it as a cherished keepsake, while others sell, donate, or repurpose it. If you wish to preserve your wedding dress, consider getting it professionally cleaned and store it properly to maintain its pristine condition for years. Selling or donating your dress can bring joy to another bride while at the same time recoup some of the cost. And for those feeling creative, repurposing the dress into a special memento or transforming it into a new garment allows you to cherish its sentimental value in a unique way.

Write reviews

As part of your post-wedding checklist, remember to take the time to write reviews of your wedding vendors. Sharing your experience and feedback is a valuable way to express your gratitude and helps future couples make informed decisions when choosing their vendors. Whether it’s the talented photographer who captured your special moments or the caterer who delighted your guests with a delectable feast, a thoughtful review on forums like Yelp or Facebook, or on the vendor’s personal website, can go a long way in supporting these professionals and recognizing their hard work. Take a few moments to share your honest thoughts and experiences, highlighting what made each vendor exceptional. Your words can significantly impact their reputation and serve as a helpful guide for couples embarking on their wedding planning journey.

Take down your wedding website

Your post-wedding checklist should also include taking down your wedding website, if you had one. While it served as a hub of information during your wedding planning journey, it’s time to bid farewell to this online presence gracefully. Remove any outdated information, RSVP forms, and event details. Consider writing a final message expressing gratitude to all who supported and celebrated your union. Taking down your wedding website signifies the end of a chapter and allows you to shift focus toward the future as a married couple.

Finalize your wedding registry

With the wedding festivities behind you, it’s time to wrap up your wedding registry and address any unwanted gifts. Take the opportunity to review your registry and ensure that all desired items have been purchased or fulfilled. If you received duplicates or items that you don’t need, promptly handle the returns or exchanges. Express your gratitude to those who gifted you, regardless of whether you decide to keep or return their presents. By finalizing your wedding registry and managing any returns, you’ll close the gifting chapter and set the stage for the next phase of your married life...and here's to your AMAZING future together! ~ Dave ~

09Sep

As the morning sun rises on your wedding day, the last thing you want is to be overwhelmed by stress and anxiety. You should feel the flutter of excitement and giddiness as you prepare to marry the love of your life. But for many, the wedding morning stress can tie them up in knots. Let’s face it, stress is real, and it’s the last thing you want to feel on your wedding day. So, we’ve rounded up some tips on how to avoid anxiety and stress on your big day to help you breeze through the precious hours leading up to your “I dos.” Say goodbye to pre-wedding jitters and hello to a morning filled with tranquility, laughter, and anticipation.

1. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for starting your wedding morning on the right foot. Prioritize sleep the night before to wake up refreshed and energized. Create a calming bedtime routine by dimming the lights, avoiding screens before bed, and indulging in soothing herbal tea.

2. Incorporate fresh flowers

Fresh flowers, especially calming ones like lavender, can set a peaceful tone for the morning. Consider having a small bouquet or a vase of lavender on your bedside table or in the room where you’re getting ready. The gentle aroma can help reduce nervousness and promote relaxation on your wedding morning.

3. Enjoy a nourishing breakfast

Start your day with a nutritious breakfast that includes your favourite foods. Choose foods that provide sustained energy and won’t leave you feeling hungry before the ceremony. Incorporate protein, whole grains, and fruits to keep your energy levels steady throughout the morning.

4. Opt to get ready solo

While getting ready with your bridesmaids can be super fun, minimizing potential stressors is still essential. Getting ready solo can allow you to focus on yourself and avoid unnecessary drama. Consider having a special moment or first look with your bridesmaids after you’re all dressed and ready.

5. Practice your vows

If you’ve written your own vows, practice them in the morning. Familiarize yourself with the words you’ll be saying, which can help alleviate nervousness and ensure you feel confident when the time comes.

6. Delegate responsibility

Delegate tasks to trusted individuals to handle any last-minute details. Choose a member of your bridal party or a close friend/family member who knows your preferences and can be your go-to person for questions or issues that may arise. This will allow you to focus on getting ready and enjoying the moment.

7. Embrace your own traditions

While some wedding traditions can be charming, don’t hesitate to embrace your own way of doing things. If certain traditions add stress or don’t resonate with you, feel free to discard them. Make choices that align with your personalities and preferences as a couple.

8. Have a backup plan

It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan in case of unexpected changes. Weather, vendor delays, or other unforeseen circumstances can occur. By having contingency plans in place, you’ll feel more at ease knowing that you’re prepared for any curveballs that may come your way.

9. Set the mood with music

They say music feeds the soul so take some time to listen to your favourite tunes on your wedding morning. Songs that make you dance in front of the mirror, sing into your hairbrush, or instantly put you at ease are what you need to start your day off right. So, before the big day arrives, create a playlist of your favourite songs that uplift and soothe your spirits. Music can enhance your mood, and listening to songs you love can make the morning feel even more special.

10. Don’t sweat the small stuff

Remember that perfection isn’t the goal; celebrating your love is. Minor hiccups may happen, but they won’t define your day. On your wedding morning, focus on the bigger picture and the happiness of marrying your partner. The little details won’t matter in the grand scheme of things.

11. Embrace the culmination of planning

You’ve spent months planning and organizing, and now it’s time to let go and enjoy the day you’ve envisioned. Confirm all the details with your vendors and bridal party a few days before the wedding so you don’t need to worry about logistics on the actual wedding morning. Relish in the fact that everything is in place, and you can simply bask in the joy in one of the most important celebrations in your life ... and here's to your AMAZING wedding day! ~ Dave ~

07Sep

 

Your wedding should be all about you and your partner, a celebration of your love story and the happily ever after that awaits you. But of the many personal touches that will be included in your big day, none will be more meaningful as your wedding vows. Crafting heartfelt wedding vows is an art form, a delicate balance between expressing deep emotions and avoiding overly sappy clichés. Here are some tips that will help you pull off the perfect amount of sentiment when saying your ‘I do’s!


  • Reflect on your journey. Looking back on your journey as a couple is like flipping through the pages of your love story. From the first spark that ignited your connection to the adventures, hurdles, and personal growth you’ve embraced together, these memories will serve as the heartbeats of your vows. Share brief details on how you met and any milestone moments that helped define your relationship.


  • Set the tone. One of the first things you should do when writing your wedding vows is decide on the tone. You’ll want your vows to reflect your personality, so decide if you want it to be funny, light-hearted, romantic, or a little more serious. Take into account your audience – are your guests mostly close family and friends who know you and each other well? Are you inviting a lot of work and professional colleagues, or out-of-town guests who you rarely see? Knowing who will be attending will help determine how personal – and funny – you can be with your vows.


  • Keep it personal. Your vows should be a reflection of you and your relationship. Share anecdotes, inside jokes, and personal experiences that are special to both of you. This is your chance to let your personalities shine.


  • Be honest and sincere. Authenticity is key. Speak from the heart and be sincere in your promises. Don’t overcomplicate things with fancy words; keeping it simple often makes for the biggest impact. And if you get choked up while speaking your wedding vows, that’s perfectly okay. Your guests will appreciate the sincerity of your feelings.


  • Keep it concise. While pouring your heart out is tempting, remember to keep your vows concise. Aim for around 2-3 minutes per person. Short and sweet can be incredibly powerful.


  • Make promises. Vows are promises, so don’t forget to include them. Think about what you’re committing to and express it clearly. Whether it’s “I promise to always make you laugh” or “I promise to support your dreams,” these commitments matter.


  • Practice, but don’t memorize. Practice your vows aloud to get comfortable with the words, but don’t feel pressured to memorize them. A small cue card with your vows is a great backup plan in case you stumble or forget your words.


  • Get feedback. Share your vows with a trusted friend or family member ahead of time to get their feedback. They can offer suggestions and ensure your vows are balanced and heartfelt.


  • Embrace the moment. When it’s time to recite your vows, remember to embrace the moment fully. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the business of the day and certain parts will feel like a blur. But the moment you become united as one is definitely worth remembering so take a deep breath, look into your partner’s eyes, and relish in the moment.


  • Don’t aim for perfection. Nothing’s perfect, not in love and relationships, and the same can be said for your vows. Don’t feel pressured to write or recite your vows perfectly, it will only cause you stress in the long run. Instead, speak from the heart and be authentic. And if you fumble a word or two, it makes no difference as the end goal of being married remains the same...and here's to your AMAZING wedding day!  ~ Dave ~
06Sep

With fall just around the corner, love is in the air in more ways than one. It’s the season of cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice everything, and enchanting weddings! If you’re engaged or simply a wedding enthusiast with an affinity for the rustic charm of autumn, you’re in for a treat. We’ve whipped up a list of fun and unique ideas for fall weddings that will delight your guests.
Photographer: 135 mm Photography

Fall wedding venue ideas

Selecting the right venue for your fall wedding sets the stage for an unforgettable event. Think barns, wineries, homesteads, cottages, and gardens for a cozy and rustic vibe. Mountain lodges nestled among the changing leaves, historic estates with timeless charm, and waterfront locations reflecting the autumn hues are also great ideas for fall weddings. But if something more grand fits your vision, you can also consider a chateau, a resort or ballroom, all of which can be decorated to suit the season.

Fall wedding flowers

Your wedding flowers can instantly transform a venue from ‘ho-hum’ to ‘oh, wow!’ With autumn’s deep colour palette, you have at your disposal a whole spectrum of hues to play with, from deep burgundies and warm yellows, to rich browns and metallic gold. Consider creating arrangements that highlight the season’s natural beauty with unique textures – you can add rustic twigs, berries, and dried leaves to give that authentic touch. Sunflowers, dahlias, autumnal roses and chrysanthemums are beautiful options that perfectly capture the lively spirit of fall. For elegant flower ideas for fall weddings, create arrangements in jewel tones like deep purples, burgundy and velvety red. Use premium blooms such as orchids, calla lilies, roses, and lush greenery to achieve a refined yet luxurious ambiance that truly stands out. 

Fall food stations

From hearty Canadian classics to inventive delights, these food station ideas for fall weddings promise to elevate your wedding reception with seasonal tastes as inviting as the crisp autumn air:
Photographer: 135 mm Photography
  • Soup bar: Warm up your guests with a cozy soup bar featuring options like butternut squash soup, hearty chili, and creamy potato leek soup. Don’t forget tasty toppings like croutons, crumbled bacon bits, crispy shallots, parmesan crisps, spiced pumpkin seeds, grated cheese and fresh herbs.
  • Mashed potato bar: Create a comfort food haven with a mashed potato bar where guests can customize their spuds with toppings like bacon bits, cheddar cheese, chives, and gravy.
  • Maple syrup pancake station: Pay homage to Canadian flavours with a pancake station featuring fluffy pancakes served with pure maple syrup, whipped cream, fresh berries, and crunchy nuts.
  • Cider and donut station: Treat your guests to a quintessential fall pairing with a station offering warm apple cider and a variety of freshly baked donuts. Have a selection of donut flavours like cinnamon sugar and maple glaze, and beautiful garnishes like cinnamon sticks and sugared orange peels for each cup of cider.
  • S’mores bar: Embrace the cozy vibes with a DIY s’mores station, complete with marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate squares and fun fillings like M&Ms and caramel chips to create the perfect fireside treat.
  • Poutine station: Nothing says ‘Canadiana’ more than a classic poutine. Celebrate your Canadian roots with a self-serve poutine station featuring crispy fries topped with rich gravy and gooey cheese curds. You can also offer a variety of toppings like caramelized onions and crumbled bacon.
  • Cheese and charcuterie station: Curate an assortment of cheeses and locally sourced charcuterie, accompanied by artisanal bread, crackers, and a selection of chutneys and preserves.
  • Hot chocolate bar: Create a hot chocolate bar with toppings like mini marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and flavoured syrups, perfect for warming up during the crisp fall evening.
  • Candy apple dipping station: Allow guests to channel their inner child by dipping apples into melted caramel or chocolate, then rolling them in toppings like crushed nuts, sprinkles, or coconut flakes.What a fun and interactive idea!
  • Fire up the fondue: Delight in dipping an array of delectable treats into rich, velvety melted cheese or luscious chocolate, creating a memorable and interactive addition to your autumn wedding celebration. For a cheese fondue, serve a variety of cubed or torn breads like sourdough, bagels and croutons. For a chocolate fondue, lay out a selection of sliced fruits, graham crackers, cookies, marshmallows and salted pretzels. 
Elevating your fall wedding decor beyond the ordinary opens up a world of creativity and charm. Consider hanging vintage-inspired frames adorned with pressed leaves as a distinctive and nature-inspired backdrop. For a playful twist, swap out traditional seating cards for mini, personalized pumpkins that guests can pluck from a pumpkin patch-inspired display. Cast a warm, inviting glow over your wedding festivities with an array of unique lighting ideas for fall weddings. Enchant with the delicate twinkle of fairy lights, add a touch of elegance with suspended chandeliers and evoke a cozy atmosphere with mismatched lanterns. And let the season’s natural beauty shine with softly lit pathways bordered by illuminated pumpkins. And don’t overlook the magic of scent – incorporate cinnamon-scented candles or apple-infused potpourri to transport your guests to the heart of the fall season...and here's to YOUR amazing wedding day! ~ Dave ~


06Sep

Planning a wedding is a magical time, but let’s be honest, it can also be pretty overwhelming. Don’t worry; we’re here to make the process a bit easier and much more fun!Unless you’ve planned a wedding before, you are wading into new waters…into the deep, blue sea of endless decisions, checklists and to-do lists. So many moving parts are involved in pulling off such an unforgettable event, and it can be easy to get derailed and lose sight of what should be done at each stage of the planning process. One of the best things you can do to ensure your wedding day goes off without a hitch is to create a wedding timeline, which is simply a roadmap for planning your big day. A timeline is crucial for ensuring everything runs smoothly, that you stay on track, and that details don’t get overlooked. It will also help keep your stress levels to a minimum – we all know how wedding planning can often spiral out of control!So here are a few tips on how to use a wedding timeline to make planning your dream day a breeze.

1. Start Early

The earlier you start planning your wedding, the better. Begin by setting your wedding date and then work backwards to determine when you need to book vendors, send out invitations, and make other important decisions. Give yourself plenty of time to research and make informed choices.

2. Prioritize Your Tasks

Make a list of all the tasks you must complete and prioritize them based on importance and when they need to be completed. This will help you focus on the most pressing tasks first and avoid feeling overwhelmed by everything that needs to get accomplished.

3. Consider Hiring a Wedding Planner

Many people think hiring a wedding planner is unnecessary, but trust us, they are worth their weight in gold. When planning a wedding, there are hundreds, maybe even thousands of decisions to make, which can quickly become overwhelming. Having a wedding planner takes some of the pressure off because they can tackle many items on your to-do list.They can also help you create a wedding timeline, stay on track and budget, recommend vendors, explain contracts, assist with decor advice and execution, and manage the many details of your big day. Having a wedding planner in your corner can be a lifesaver and save you a lot of tears and frustration.

4. Communicate with Your Vendors

Make sure you communicate with your vendors regularly to ensure everyone is on the same page. This is a great item to include on your wedding timeline as a reminder to confirm deadlines, review contracts, and make sure everyone knows their responsibilities.

5. Build in Some Flexibility

Wedding planning can be unpredictable, so be sure to build some flexibility into your timeline. Give yourself some extra time in case things don’t go as planned or unexpected events arise.

6. Don’t Forget About Rehearsals and Post-Wedding Tasks

In addition to planning your big day, remember to include time in your wedding timeline for rehearsals and post-wedding tasks such as thank-you notes and returning rental items.

7. Involve Your Partner

Wedding planning is a joint effort so be sure to involve your partner in the planning process. Work together to create a wedding timeline that works for both of you and divide tasks based on your strengths and interests.

8. Delegate Tasks to Your Wedding Party

Your wedding party is there to support you in your journey to the altar and should be able to help you navigate the planning process. So, feel free to delegate tasks to your wedding party, especially if you have a large group of bridesmaids or groomsmen. Assign specific responsibilities such as managing the guest book or helping with the seating chart to help ease the burden of planning.

9. Stay Organized with a Wedding Planning App

Plenty of wedding planning apps are available to help you stay organized and on track. Look for apps that allow you to create a wedding timeline, manage your guest list, track your budget and more. These apps are super handy and can be like having a virtual wedding planner on your phone.

10. Take Time to Relax

Wedding planning can be stressful, so be sure to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Plan date nights or take a weekend getaway to recharge and reconnect. .. and here's to YOUR amazing wedding day!  ~ Dave ~

30Aug


Here is a list of some of the pros and cons and thoughts of hiring a DJ versus playing a Spotify playlist for one of the most important days of your life.


Hire A Wedding DJ?


Pros

•Splurging on an experienced DJ is better than having an unprepared DJ.

•Knowing what song to play for the biggest positive outcome. This only comes from experience.

•As an example, an experienced DJ knows from the time guests arrive through the meal is a gold mine of information as to the style of music guests prefer. The music played helps DJs determine what songs are guests bobbing their heads to, tapping their toes to, and lip-syncing to.

•A party’s biggest failure during the reception’s party time is emptying the dance floor. DJs think 3 songs ahead to keep the dance floor bopping at all times.

•An experienced DJ knows what it will take to make an amazing party and not just a family get-together. Knowing what songs to play to keep the energy up is a coveted talent.

•Having announcements made with style and class. Plus, knowledge of when not to be on the mic - like announcing tables for buffet eating. 

•You can almost always find a DJ for any budget.


Cons

•An increased cost to the budget.

•Having trust in the DJ to create your desired type of celebration.

•Whether family and friends have a good time at your wedding is primarily in the hands of the DJ. Hiring an incompetent DJ could be catastrophic to the success of the event. 


Play a Spotify Playlist?


Pros

•Couples on a limited budget may not be able to hire a professional DJ. A Spotify playlist satisfies this scenario.

•You play exactly the songs you want in the desired order.

•Internet is not needed as long as you activate offline mode on Spotify.

•You don’t have to worry about hiring a DJ that is 1. unprofessional, 2. doesn’t show up, or 3. doesn’t care about the success of the event.

Cons

•Guests typically remember if they had a good time or not at your wedding. Having a DJ will exponentially increase the odds of everyone enjoying themselves by playing the right tracks at the right time.

•Someone will need to prepare the playlist.

•Will the playlist creator know what song will get guests excited and in a party mood?

•The playlist is set in stone. There are no switching song selections if guests are reacting positively or negatively to a specific era or genre.

•A person is needed to queue the playlist for specific moments of the wedding day (like formal dances).

•You will need a sound system to play the music from your Spotify playlist.

•This could include the use of an in-house system already available at the venue, Bluetooth speakers, and a PA System and speaker rental. I recommend you rent a professional PA System over Bluetooth speakers to prevent spotty connections.

•I am going to put this as a con to a Spotify playlist. It is the DJ’s job to work closely with the couple to create a memorable celebration for everyone. However, the success of the wedding should be only judged through the eyes of the couple. DJs have the experience and dedication to make that happen.


Details of an Experienced DJ


•If you hire a DJ for a four-hour reception, contemplate what goes into the four-hour event for the DJ.

•Communication time with the wedding couple with phone calls. texts, emails, meetings, etc. (2-4 hours)

•Building a music library. DJs cannot legally play music directly from YouTube. DJs must legally purchase their music for public performances (Big Bucks). Why not just play songs from YouTube? Besides the legal ramifications, there is a quality of sound issue. Basically, the songs sometimes don’t sound good through a sound system.

•DJ equipment including laptops, DJ software, speakers, headphones, microphones, furniture, lighting, and more. (minimum investment of tens of thousands)

•Preparation time includes assembling a pre-planned playlist, arriving 1-2 hours prior to the event, and not leaving until at least 1 hour after the event ends. Travel time to the event with loading and unloading time. Preorganizing the day’s events. (minimum of five hours to ten hours - also count in years of experience to know what songs work well together for specific crowds at designated moments)

•Splurging on an experienced DJ is better than having an unprepared DJ.


Details of a Spotify Wedding Playlist


•A premium individual Spotify account is $10.99 per month.

•This is required to not have commercials played during your wedding.

•Time is needed to review the optimal settings such as blending songs (known as crossfading).

•Click your profile picture at the top, and select Settings.

•Scroll down to Playback.

•Switch Crossfade songs on.

•Move the slider to select the crossfade length. (start at 3 seconds)

•Time is needed to create music folders for your wedding day.

•Time is needed to select all of the music to play during your wedding day.

Tips for Playing a Spotify Playlist

•Create music folders for your wedding day.

•Folder for ceremony

•Folder for background music

•Folder for formal moments such as dances

•Folder for party dance songs

•Consider the preferred eras and genres of music of all of your guests. Be considerate of their enjoyment at your wedding. Even if you love metal rock music, there is a way to tastefully incorporate it into your wedding day (there are many cover songs).

•Try to be more open-minded about the dancing time of your reception. Play party favorites during the party time for everyone to sing their heart out and dance to their favorite hits.

•As a rule of thumb, the worst song you can play is the one that no one knows (unless the song has special meaning to the wedding couple - then it is a must-play).

•Get song ideas and a wedding music checklist on MyWeddingSongs.com


Warning: Don’t wait until the last week before the wedding to create your playlist. Give yourself a month to plan out a playlist everyone will enjoy.


Duplicate your playlist with someone you trust with access to it offline as a backup.


A Spotify playlist can be ideal when:

• You having a "cake-only" reception.

• You’re inviting less than 30 guests.

• You’re not planning on dancing.


There is no right or wrong answer. Only you, as the wedding couple, can decide what you think is best for your wedding...and here's to YOUR amazing wedding day! ~ Dave ~