WEDDING BUZZ

Wedding BUZZ

By Elite Weddings & Events 20 Dec, 2017

A couple of quick tips for having the BEST wedding Ceremony!

1.  Make sure you have a day-of-coordinator or someone there to help get your wedding party down the isle. This really helps - whatever you did at the rehearsal everyone seams to forget - have that trust worthy professional to help.

2. You want an Officiant or Minister who does SEVERAL weddings.  Be sure they know your style - if you want a sermon - ask for one. If you don't let them know you do not want a sermon. Have them customize your ceremony to fit you both.

3. Pick music that FITS you both! The Ceremony should be fun and while your mind is going a million different places -  something about have music that best fits you and your better half just makes it a little bit more relaxing and fun for BOTH you and your Guests.

4. Finally - your recessional - MAKE IT FUN! Happy - Get everyone ready for the EXCITING events about to begin at your reception. They are all awaiting the party - Also when you pick something fun to exit to - it gets you even more excited about what you just accomplished as a couple.

There are tons of advice out there for ceremonies. These are just the few we found to focus on - the rest will fall into place the way it should.

Happy Planning!

By Elite Weddings & Events 16 Dec, 2017
Venue Coordinators:
  •  When you're picking out your wedding venue, one of the first things you should ask is whether or not there's an on-site wedding coordinator at your disposal. If your venue offers a coordinator as part of its package, that means there's no added cost for this added benefit.
  •  A venue coordinator works for the venue, not directly for you. They'll act as a liaison between you and the venue's operations team, which means they'll show you the venue, help coordinate any services offered on-site (from in-house catering to valet parking), and process the final invoice.
  •  They'll typically deal with the logistics of a wedding on the day of, like giving vendors access to the site for setup and breakdown, setting up tables and chairs, ensuring the power and plumbing works, cleaning the space before and after the event, keeping things safe (cleaning up that glass your drunken uncle dropped on the dance floor), and more.
  •  Make sure you have a firm understanding how much the venue coordinator is willing to do for you. If they will ONLY handle the big picture elements of your big day, then you need to consider who will help with the little details.
  • We have found a ton of GREAT venue coordinators in our area we really enjoy working with that do a lot for you and your event/wedding. Be sure to ask the questions!

So maybe your wedding party and reliable family members can chip in with folding napkins and setting up personal items, but it might be wise to hire a coordinator to tackle these tasks so that you can enjoy the day!


Wedding Coordinators:
  •  If the venue you're considering does NOT offer an on-site coordinator, you may want to hire a wedding coordinator. This person is separate from the venue and will be hired directly by YOU, which means you'll need to factor this expense into your budget. It's an added cost, but will prove to be a very worthwhile one!
  • A wedding coordinator is similar to a wedding planner, so they'll help you plan the details of your big day. If you hire someone from the very start, they'll be present for every major wedding related decision you make and will help turn your dream into a reality. If you'd rather plan the wedding yourself but want someone present to help with the day-of details, a day-of coordinator will help carry out your vision on the actual day. Whether you bring someone on from the start or at the last minute, a wedding coordinator will be an advocate for YOU.
  • There's usually no limit to what a wedding coordinator will do for you. They'll handle a moody bridesmaid, track down a missing vendor, tie some bows when the groom suddenly realizes NO ONE knows how, and generally ensures everything you planned comes to fruition. Your wedding coordinator will travel with you from wherever you're getting ready to your ceremony and then on to your reception. Your wedding coordinator will also act as the liaison between you and ALL of your vendors in order to make sure everyone is on the same page at all times
  • Your wedding coordinator's goal is to make sure you are able to enjoy every moment of your wedding without worrying if the right people are in the right place at the right time or about whether or not you're sticking to the schedule. Consider them your big day BFF, they are there to guide you and your partner through the whole process as smoothly as possible.  After all, they'll be by your side from the moment you start planning until you make your grand exit.
Be sure to meet with BOTH and ask many detailed questions.  It will only helping you while your are planning your special day!

By Elite Weddings & Events 16 Dec, 2017
A while back I did a video that was about 15 mins. long to discuss this topic.  This blog simplified the video so that it would be an easy read.  Please check out below to help you better understand this information when you are headed out to search for the right DJ for your Wedding.  Below is a quick reference recap.   If you have time - check out the full Facebook video below this article.

1.  The "Friend Rate" this is around $400.

I've even heard of people quoting $250. I'm sorry to say this,  but here's the TRUTH? NO DJ works for this cheap that is the DJ you want for your wedding. The DJ equipment is "consumer grade" they got it on sale, a pawn shop, maybe a garage sale. They have just enough equipment that you can hear music but you get a muffled sound and then your guests can't hear your "toasts".

Pros
None, well okay...CHEAP

Cons
Lack of experience, not professional or reliable equipment, lack skills, song selection, and can ruin your wedding


2.  The "Craig's List Rate" is usually around $600 to $700.  

Tons of DJ start ups start here. It's the cheapest form of advertising possible. There are two "types" of Craig's List DJ's. The first is the self employed DJ and you run into issues of no back up plan should anything happen and they get sick or an "act of God" event happens.

The second is the DJ's that work for a "multi-op" company. These are DJ companies with a pool of DJ's. They have limited skills due to being beginners with very high turnover rates. With these companies the DJ gets paid a low hourly rate and uses equipment the company purchases. Half the time it's beat up and or the equipment has issues the DJ spends time at your wedding trying to overcome. On top of that they are still learning how to mix and MC.  

Pros
Again, none, well okay... CHEAP

Cons
Lack of experience, not professional or reliable equipment, lack skills, song selection, they might just NOT show up for your wedding, you don't know your DJ, and no back-up plan


3.  The" Weekend DJ Rate" runs about $800 to $1200. 

I like to call them the "weekender DJ". I can personally relate to this DJ because that's how I got started. It is really a 50% chance in finding the right DJ for your wedding. The "weekender: works on the weekend. They have a full-time job and do this is a hobby, to make extra money, or are planning a career in the industry. I was on the path to planning a career so every event and wedding counted. Some of  these DJ's just want the extra money and then if the wedding goes bad they are just not worried about it because they will get another one later. This DJ type is really hit or miss - it's a roll the dice luck option.

Pros
Some experience, better equipment, do it because they enjoy it, and like making the extra money or plan to grow a business.
Most likely are Insurance, and have music library and licenses

Cons
You are not their first priority, they have great mixing skills but can't MC, work a day job so no time to invest in your wedding preparation, last minute planning, no venue or vendor relationships.


4.  The "Professional DJ Rate" price ranges are $1500-$2500 if not more.  

Professional DJ's provide "value". This will affect the price range. Value is great for you as a couple - so be sure to look at what is most important to you. Sometimes it's better to go with bundled packages and sometimes it just isn't. So do the research on the "value" packages.

We rely on those reviews for repeat business.  You also know your DJ and team involved. There is a genuine relationship between you and the DJ. This is just "peace of mind" and it's worth the rate.  

Professional DJ's provide package options that add value to your wedding day. MC skills, music skills and vendor relationships are important to a professional DJ. This is their career and they look forward to the next wedding. A professional DJ will also spend quality time to master your wedding cue points. Professional DJ's also have the time to learn and master their skills and perfect their performance.
 

Pros
Experience, high quality equipment, genuine concern for your wedding day, Insured, relationship with venues and vendors, top of their game, reliable, back up plans and equipment...

PEACE OF MIND

Cons

Limited Cons. Just be sure to check reviews. If they say they have been in business for 25+ years make sure they have updated equipment, updated reviews, and updated music selection.  

Wedding BUZZ

By Elite Weddings & Events 20 Dec, 2017

A couple of quick tips for having the BEST wedding Ceremony!

1.  Make sure you have a day-of-coordinator or someone there to help get your wedding party down the isle. This really helps - whatever you did at the rehearsal everyone seams to forget - have that trust worthy professional to help.

2. You want an Officiant or Minister who does SEVERAL weddings.  Be sure they know your style - if you want a sermon - ask for one. If you don't let them know you do not want a sermon. Have them customize your ceremony to fit you both.

3. Pick music that FITS you both! The Ceremony should be fun and while your mind is going a million different places -  something about have music that best fits you and your better half just makes it a little bit more relaxing and fun for BOTH you and your Guests.

4. Finally - your recessional - MAKE IT FUN! Happy - Get everyone ready for the EXCITING events about to begin at your reception. They are all awaiting the party - Also when you pick something fun to exit to - it gets you even more excited about what you just accomplished as a couple.

There are tons of advice out there for ceremonies. These are just the few we found to focus on - the rest will fall into place the way it should.

Happy Planning!

By Elite Weddings & Events 16 Dec, 2017
Venue Coordinators:
  •  When you're picking out your wedding venue, one of the first things you should ask is whether or not there's an on-site wedding coordinator at your disposal. If your venue offers a coordinator as part of its package, that means there's no added cost for this added benefit.
  •  A venue coordinator works for the venue, not directly for you. They'll act as a liaison between you and the venue's operations team, which means they'll show you the venue, help coordinate any services offered on-site (from in-house catering to valet parking), and process the final invoice.
  •  They'll typically deal with the logistics of a wedding on the day of, like giving vendors access to the site for setup and breakdown, setting up tables and chairs, ensuring the power and plumbing works, cleaning the space before and after the event, keeping things safe (cleaning up that glass your drunken uncle dropped on the dance floor), and more.
  •  Make sure you have a firm understanding how much the venue coordinator is willing to do for you. If they will ONLY handle the big picture elements of your big day, then you need to consider who will help with the little details.
  • We have found a ton of GREAT venue coordinators in our area we really enjoy working with that do a lot for you and your event/wedding. Be sure to ask the questions!

So maybe your wedding party and reliable family members can chip in with folding napkins and setting up personal items, but it might be wise to hire a coordinator to tackle these tasks so that you can enjoy the day!


Wedding Coordinators:
  •  If the venue you're considering does NOT offer an on-site coordinator, you may want to hire a wedding coordinator. This person is separate from the venue and will be hired directly by YOU, which means you'll need to factor this expense into your budget. It's an added cost, but will prove to be a very worthwhile one!
  • A wedding coordinator is similar to a wedding planner, so they'll help you plan the details of your big day. If you hire someone from the very start, they'll be present for every major wedding related decision you make and will help turn your dream into a reality. If you'd rather plan the wedding yourself but want someone present to help with the day-of details, a day-of coordinator will help carry out your vision on the actual day. Whether you bring someone on from the start or at the last minute, a wedding coordinator will be an advocate for YOU.
  • There's usually no limit to what a wedding coordinator will do for you. They'll handle a moody bridesmaid, track down a missing vendor, tie some bows when the groom suddenly realizes NO ONE knows how, and generally ensures everything you planned comes to fruition. Your wedding coordinator will travel with you from wherever you're getting ready to your ceremony and then on to your reception. Your wedding coordinator will also act as the liaison between you and ALL of your vendors in order to make sure everyone is on the same page at all times
  • Your wedding coordinator's goal is to make sure you are able to enjoy every moment of your wedding without worrying if the right people are in the right place at the right time or about whether or not you're sticking to the schedule. Consider them your big day BFF, they are there to guide you and your partner through the whole process as smoothly as possible.  After all, they'll be by your side from the moment you start planning until you make your grand exit.
Be sure to meet with BOTH and ask many detailed questions.  It will only helping you while your are planning your special day!

By Elite Weddings & Events 16 Dec, 2017
A while back I did a video that was about 15 mins. long to discuss this topic.  This blog simplified the video so that it would be an easy read.  Please check out below to help you better understand this information when you are headed out to search for the right DJ for your Wedding.  Below is a quick reference recap.   If you have time - check out the full Facebook video below this article.

1.  The "Friend Rate" this is around $400.

I've even heard of people quoting $250. I'm sorry to say this,  but here's the TRUTH? NO DJ works for this cheap that is the DJ you want for your wedding. The DJ equipment is "consumer grade" they got it on sale, a pawn shop, maybe a garage sale. They have just enough equipment that you can hear music but you get a muffled sound and then your guests can't hear your "toasts".

Pros
None, well okay...CHEAP

Cons
Lack of experience, not professional or reliable equipment, lack skills, song selection, and can ruin your wedding


2.  The "Craig's List Rate" is usually around $600 to $700.  

Tons of DJ start ups start here. It's the cheapest form of advertising possible. There are two "types" of Craig's List DJ's. The first is the self employed DJ and you run into issues of no back up plan should anything happen and they get sick or an "act of God" event happens.

The second is the DJ's that work for a "multi-op" company. These are DJ companies with a pool of DJ's. They have limited skills due to being beginners with very high turnover rates. With these companies the DJ gets paid a low hourly rate and uses equipment the company purchases. Half the time it's beat up and or the equipment has issues the DJ spends time at your wedding trying to overcome. On top of that they are still learning how to mix and MC.  

Pros
Again, none, well okay... CHEAP

Cons
Lack of experience, not professional or reliable equipment, lack skills, song selection, they might just NOT show up for your wedding, you don't know your DJ, and no back-up plan


3.  The" Weekend DJ Rate" runs about $800 to $1200. 

I like to call them the "weekender DJ". I can personally relate to this DJ because that's how I got started. It is really a 50% chance in finding the right DJ for your wedding. The "weekender: works on the weekend. They have a full-time job and do this is a hobby, to make extra money, or are planning a career in the industry. I was on the path to planning a career so every event and wedding counted. Some of  these DJ's just want the extra money and then if the wedding goes bad they are just not worried about it because they will get another one later. This DJ type is really hit or miss - it's a roll the dice luck option.

Pros
Some experience, better equipment, do it because they enjoy it, and like making the extra money or plan to grow a business.
Most likely are Insurance, and have music library and licenses

Cons
You are not their first priority, they have great mixing skills but can't MC, work a day job so no time to invest in your wedding preparation, last minute planning, no venue or vendor relationships.


4.  The "Professional DJ Rate" price ranges are $1500-$2500 if not more.  

Professional DJ's provide "value". This will affect the price range. Value is great for you as a couple - so be sure to look at what is most important to you. Sometimes it's better to go with bundled packages and sometimes it just isn't. So do the research on the "value" packages.

We rely on those reviews for repeat business.  You also know your DJ and team involved. There is a genuine relationship between you and the DJ. This is just "peace of mind" and it's worth the rate.  

Professional DJ's provide package options that add value to your wedding day. MC skills, music skills and vendor relationships are important to a professional DJ. This is their career and they look forward to the next wedding. A professional DJ will also spend quality time to master your wedding cue points. Professional DJ's also have the time to learn and master their skills and perfect their performance.
 

Pros
Experience, high quality equipment, genuine concern for your wedding day, Insured, relationship with venues and vendors, top of their game, reliable, back up plans and equipment...

PEACE OF MIND

Cons

Limited Cons. Just be sure to check reviews. If they say they have been in business for 25+ years make sure they have updated equipment, updated reviews, and updated music selection.  
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