In terms of invitations, the old ways are the best. The formal invitation is much less open to interpretation than an email, and as long as your response card doesn’t contain a “can I let you know later?” option, you’ll know exactly who is coming and who they are bringing.
But what happens when the bride and groom can’t agree on a guest, like in this question posed to Glamour magazine? While a potentially difficult situation, as long as the two of you communicate, there’s no hurdle you can’t cross together.
Who Do I Invite?
Give Love Not Gifts
It’s not about flashing the cash…it’s about love and how you choose to show it, and that shouldn’t just be celebrated one day out of the year.
For those couples about to get engaged, welcome to the sometimes crazy but wonderful world of marriage. For all who are celebrating, “love is all you need.”
Happy Valentine’s Day!]]>
There was an interesting post on the website The Offbeat Bride just the other day about using Spotify or other online music services in place of hiring a DJ for your wedding. Now, I’m all about saving a buck and yes, I do think I have fabulous taste in music, but when it comes to my special day, I don’t want to think about any technological malfunctions; whether I’ve got the clean or explicit versions downloaded (because when I stream music, I want the original versions, thank you very much, but I don’t want to have to worry about the younger ears in my family hearing some inappropriate language during the wedding reception); or wondering if my friend is going to get the music cues right. What if they play “Pour Some Sugar on Me” instead of “What a Wonderful World” for the first dance (epic fail!)?
I know when we were planning our wedding, getting the right DJ was a huge part of our reception plans. I wanted a good selection of music, I wanted to dance with my friends and husband, and I wanted things to run smoothly. I made sure to meet with the DJ to get a sense of whether or not I liked them and whether or not they could provide the music I wanted, and I felt confident and comfortable that they would do what I asked and not take attention away from me and husband, because, let’s be honest here, it’s OUR day, not the DJ’s.
I think that, in reading this article, sure, she comes up with a potentially viable solution if you don’t want to hire a DJ. Would I choose that option? Absolutely not. I do think that there are major pitfalls around this, most notably putting the pressure on a friend or sibling or distant family cousin to be in charge of handling the music playlist and following your cues. How do you even know when everything is “supposed” to happen during your reception? If we didn’t have the DJ, I wouldn’t know what we were doing when. You have to be greeting your guests, getting photos taken, hopefully getting a chance to eat and have a drink, have your first dance, have the wedding party dance, dances with your parents, cut the cake…I needed someone to essentially tell me what to do and when on my wedding day (I haven’t been married before; I needed someone to tell me how it all worked!), and that person was the DJ. He made things run smoothly and kept everyone entertained. I don’t see how a non-professional could do the same. I know, for me, creating a playlist and then handing it off to a friend and putting all that pressure on them to get it right would not be the right way to go; I’d likely lose a friend, and I’d be stressed the whole time that they’d screw something up. Sheesh…I’m getting stressed just thinking about this.
Surely, it makes sense to go to a professional who can discuss your musical tastes with you, plan the reception out in advance, and when it comes time for your reception, you can just go with the flow and enjoy yourself. Weddings are stressful enough; the last thing you need to do is to create more stress for yourself. Leave it to a professional, and enjoy yourself.
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Married October 23, 2004.
Write down everything, get confirmation of your discussions, confirm them again when you make your reservation, and confirm them once again in the run up to your wedding day.
And what are some things to be thinking about when it comes to renting a venue for your reception, plus making sure things haven’t changed since you first discussed the event? Here are just a few ideas of questions to be asking: is the venue taking care of the decoration and furniture? Can you bring your own caterer, and is there an additional fee for doing so? Does the venue have a curfew?
When it comes to getting your wedding just right, no question is too big or too small, because the last thing you want is to be surprised by the answers on your special day.]]>
Jay-R has been dancing for over 15 years and currently dances with DS Players and Fresh Dynamix, as well as being a lifetime member of Nu-Origin Dance Crew. He’s active in the dance community in a variety of ways: whether on stage, in battles, or coordinating various events. Besides being an exciting performer, he has also taught and choreographed in the San Francisco/Bay Area, in addition to teaching overseas with the Passion Society in the Philippines. He is also involved with the All the Way Live Foundation.
Jay-R has said that he considers himself a lifelong student of dance and grows as a dancer by sharing his knowledge and teaching others.
Let’s welcome Jay-R, and you will be seeing him soon at an event near you!]]>
Matt is a double major at San Jose State University, with Japanese being one of his majors, so it was the perfect opportunity to immerse himself in Japanese culture while studying at Tokyo’s Waseda University. Not just content to study the language, Matt said, “I spent a lot of my time hanging with Japanese dancers and getting to learn how they perceive dancing and music.” Matt even travelled to Taiwan and won their National Bboy Day Bboy Battle!
Matt said, “I spent a lot of my time hanging with Japanese DJ’s and dancers, getting to learn how they perceive music and dance.” Matt even travelled to Taiwan and won their National Bboy Day Bboy Battle!
Matt is also becoming a highly requested DJ on the Alan Waltz team specializing in Bar Mitzvah’s, school dances and weddings!
Omedetogozaimasu*, Matt, and welcome back to the AWE family!