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Wedding Planning Advice - Bridal Showers

  
  
  

Before you were planning your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding, you likely dreaded the thought of going to another boring, simple themed wedding shower. There’s no doubt about it, we’ve all been to tedious bridal showers with what feels like hundreds of strangers, the same food, cake and silly games. But your wedding shower doesn’t have to strike the same horror in your friends and family. A wedding shower is an important event – it’s an opportunity for the bride to be “showered” with gifts to start her new life – and a great opportunity for the closest female friends and family members of the bride to honour her and celebrate her upcoming wedding. If you’re trying to figure out a way to host a fun-filled party that everyone will remember for being a great time, here are some things to consider about bridal showers.


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Who Hosts the Shower?
The maid of honour usually hosts the bridal shower, unless she’s a member of the bride’s immediate family. Etiquette frowns on a family member (such as the bride’s mother, sister or mother-in-law) hosting the party because it could appear that this person is asking for gifts for the bride. Though your mother, sister or mother-in-law can be involved, they’re not usually the ones who host the party. This means the maid of honour is responsible for picking up the tab for the party. If it is an informal or casual affair, this is appropriate. However, if the shower is going to be a formal or potentially expensive venture, it’s perfectly acceptable for the maid of honour to ask the other bridesmaids to chip in.

Set The Tone
Just as with any party planning, there is usually a theme for the bridal shower and the theme can be carried through from the invitations to the food to the venue to the type of gifts given to the bride. If you choose a theme, try to be creative. No one wants to go to a pink and white themed party. Think cosmopolitan, rustic, lingerie or pick a country where the couple will be honeymooning and run with it. There are so many ways to spice up the bridal shower by using your imagination and website such as Pinterest and wedding magazines.

Timing Is Everything
Your wedding shower should take place anywhere from six months before the wedding to the week before your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding. Keep in mind if you’re planning a bridal shower close to the wedding, it might feel overwhelming for some guests. Hosting the wedding a couple of months before the wedding is a nice touch, providing some anticipation for the big day. You can host a wedding shower at any time of the day, though afternoon showers are most popular.

Who Do You Invite?
Your guest list will depend on the type of shower that’s being thrown. However, you must ask the bride for a guest list. If a bride has more than one shower, it is imperative the hosts consult each other to ensure guests are not invited to both showers. There really are no rules as to who should be invited to a shower except that they should be also attending the wedding. The one exception is an office shower. Sometimes, you can’t invite all your coworkers to your wedding, but they might want to throw you a wedding shower.

Traditions and Fun
Most of the wedding shower will be spent eating, laughing, talking and opening presents. Some people have bridal shower games, such as making a toilet paper wedding gown or putting bows from the gifts onto a paper plate to create a hat for the bride to wear or a bouquet for her to use for the wedding rehearsal. But if you’re having a posh affair, forego the silly games and focus on laughter, stories and sorority. The tradition of having the groom attend the wedding shower with flowers for his fiancée is a nice touch and often a lovely moment. It also gives anyone who hasn’t yet had a chance to meet the groom (for example, an aunt who lives out of town) the opportunity to do so.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Niagara Falls Wedding Advice - How to Choose Your Wedding Reception

  
  
  

Selecting your wedding venue is one of the first items you’ll have to decide after you get engaged. Once know where you want to get married, then all the other details, such as theme, colour scheme, menu, etc. will just fall into place. But selecting a wedding venue isn’t just determining what you like. There are other factors to consider, such as parking, accessibility and price. We’ve come up with some of the most important things to consider when selecting your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding venue.

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Style Me Pretty
What is your style? Do you fancy yourself sophisticated and are looking for a chic rooftop wedding? Maybe you’re a classicist and want to be married in a grand ballroom? These are the types of things you need to iron out before you start looking for wedding venues. As well, if you are searching for a single location to hold both your ceremony and reception, make sure your religious wishes can be accommodated.

A Little Personality
What modifications can be made to your site to display your personality? Some venues prohibit any changes being made to the existing décor, such as historical venues and churches. Make sure you find out if you can hoist up a piñata before you get excited at the prospect of doing so.

Logistics
If you have settled on your favourite park, you must realize that you, and you alone, are responsible for hauling in the chairs, the aisle runner, the décor, etc. If you’re not willing to take on that much work, then maybe an indoor venue with an on-site wedding co-ordinator is a better option. Make sure you don’t let your imagination run away with you before you check out what’s feasible. Another important point is to determine how accessible your site is, particularly if you have guests with mobility issues.

Lots of Room
This might seem obvious, but make sure your venue can accommodate all your guests comfortably. There is nothing worse than attending a July wedding in a hall where seating is at a maximum and the air conditioning quits. Make sure your venue provides ample room to seat all guests, as well as provides areas to move around freely.

Privacy Please
If you want to be the centre of attention on your wedding day in every way possible, then make sure you find out how many other weddings are taking place at your venue. If you’re getting married in a public space, be prepared for on-lookers and strangers to watch your nuptials.

Lights, Sound!
While these items are certainly not top of mind for most couples, you don’t want to get married in a basement. Check out how much light your venue offers, both naturally and what can be controlled. This is particularly important for the photographer, who will have to adjust to make sure they take great pictures even in low lighting. As well, find out what the acoustics are like to ensure everyone can hear your speeches and if you have hired live musicians that they will be heard in the best possible way.

Décor
What kind of backdrops or views does your venue offer? A beautiful view of a Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard, a twinkling city skyline or a parking lot? Also, what does the décor look like? Is it updated, crisp and clean, or are there stains on the carpet and the walls are peach coloured? Make sure you feel comfortable in your surroundings so you will enjoy seeing your photos for years to come.

Simple Site
Make sure there is plenty of parking for your guests and that your venue is easy to find for those coming from out of town. If it’s a little out of the way, can a shuttle bus or van take your guests from a central meeting place or can you tie white bows on telephone polls to mark the way?

The Fine Print
Although everything might seem perfect, make sure you are getting what you think you’re getting. Ask twice if you’re not sure. Read the fine print. Make sure you know exactly what costs are included, how much gratuities are and where you might be charged for set up fees, taxes and little extras.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Niagara Falls Wedding Advice - Wedding Finances 101

  
  
  

Weddings are definitely filled with love. But before a happy couple can tie the knot, there is another not-so-romantic topic that all newlyweds or engaged couples need to think about: finances. According to the American Institute of CPAs, more than a quarter of married couples say disagreements over finances are most likely to lead to arguments. As you plan your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding, take time to examine your finances – and not just those related to your wedding. Having a frank, open discussion about your goals, dreams and reality can go a long way. Financial advisor, author and CEO Patrick Bet-David has made financial literacy his crusade and he says talking about finances not only reduces fights, but can also get you on a path towards a successful financial future after your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding. These are Patrick Bet-David’s tips to cover the basics. However, if you can’t afford it, don’t buy it, and in any financial discussion, the key is open communication between both partners, he says.

Know Each Other’s Financial Histories
Gather all your paperwork, statements, bills and personal financial information and really evaluate your finances so you both are on the same page. Do either of you have student loans or credit card debt? What kind of retirement plans or saving vehicles do you contribute to? How much are you paying for your cell phone and cable bills? Do either of you have an emergency fund? What is your general attitude about money?

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Beneficiaries
Revisit all of your accounts from retirement plans to insurance policies, and update your beneficiaries where you see fit.

Insurance
Review your medical, life and car insurance plans. You might find combining coverage might save you money or that your plans have some overlap.

Name Change
If you or your spouse is opting for a name change, it is important to notify all government agencies of your intention to do so. You will also want to notify financial institutions.

Joint or Separate Accounts – or Both?
Long gone are the days when it was assumed that marriage meant newlyweds would open a joint bank account and share credit cards. Some couples are now keeping separate accounts, while others still choose the traditional route. Everything in between is also a viable option.

Determine a Budget and Financial Goals
As you prepare for your wedding is a good time to start the invaluable practice of budgeting. Once you have a joint budget, you can evaluate your discretionary income and determine both short-term and long-term financial goals.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Wedding Planning Advice - Wedding Budget

  
  
  

 You’re getting married and, right after the thought, ‘I’m so happy,’ came the realization: this is going to cost a lot of money. But a wedding doesn’t have to break the bank. If you use some common sense and decide what’s really important to you and your fiancé, you can have a spectacular Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding for a reasonable price. Here is some advice to make sure your wedding is not only glorious but also affordable.

Set It
You and your fiancé should sit down and figure out how much you can afford to spend – and then stick to it. We’ve all heard that the average wedding costs anywhere between $20,000 and $30,000 so if you’re planning on spending that amount, make sure you don’t end up forking out $80,000 and are paying off your wedding for years. And don’t assume your parents are going to come to you at the last minute with an extra $10,000 “to help out.” If you are hoping to get some parental monetary assistance, find out ahead of time.

Timing is Everything
Saturday weddings used to be the norm, but if you’re looking to save some money, think outside the calendar box. Get married on a Friday or a Sunday or even a Thursday evening. Also, think about what time of year you want to get married. If you don’t have your heart set on June (one of the most popular times of year to marry) then consider a November wedding. Particularly in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, you can save thousands by marrying during off-peak seasons.

Look for Free or Alternatives
If you have your heart set on getting married in a Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard, then you will need to pay the going rate. But if you just want an outdoors wedding, consider getting married in a park. If you want to have a string quartet play at your wedding, consider hiring students. There are many ways to reduce your costs – or locate free options – if you spend some time searching.

Beg, Borrow or Find Used
While this would be sacrilege to some brides-to-be, consider finding a gently used wedding gown. It’s only worn once, after all. You will find a great selection of women selling their wedding gowns on Internet sites, such as eBay and Kijiji, for a reasonable price. Borrow sound equipment from your friend who’s in a band. Have someone go to your local farmers’ market on the day of your wedding and pick up some freshly cut stems for centrepieces or even the bouquets. Rent items when possible.

DIY
We’re not suggesting you should send out invitations that have been smudged or where the colour is off because your printer isn’t of great quality. But you can save a bundle on cutting down on stationery and postage. There are many ways to create beautiful invitations that you can print in colour for a great price. You can do away with save the date cards and other unnecessary fillers that increase the cost of postage. You can even evite if you really want to.

Accept Help
Let your closest friends and relatives contribute. If your best friend is a cake artist and she wants to make your cake as your wedding gift, let her. Maybe you know someone who owns a luxury car and you can have that person drive you to the ceremony and away from the reception. There are endless ways to pare down the bill.


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Here are some other suggestions
    Cut the guest list, which will drastically reduce your food and liquor bill, as well as the number of centrepieces, favours, etc. that you need.
    Hold a wedding brunch or luncheon or an evening wedding with appetizers and drinks. To that end, offer beer, wine and a signature cocktail instead of a full bar.
    Hire a DJ instead of a band. Or, if you really want to cut costs on entertainment, use some apps to create iPod DJ lists.
    We do not recommend skimping on the photographer. Your photos are the best souvenir you’ll have of your day. But maybe a videographer isn’t necessary.
    Wait for sales. You usually have at least a year to plan your wedding. Wait until you see a sale to purchase the paper for your invitations or the gifts for your wedding party.
    Redeem credit card and department store points. Do you have an Airmiles card? Use it to book the honeymoon or airfare. Some store cards now allow you to redeem points for merchandise. A little planning will go a long way.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Niagara Falls Wedding Planning Advice - Popular Wedding Headpieces

  
  
  

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a shift in wedding headpieces, one that has elevated them to become a vital part of the bridal ensemble. Wedding headpieces can showoff your personality, tie the theme of your wedding together or simply add a unique or creative touch to your outfit in a way a bridal veil cannot.

The wedding headpiece is increasing in popularity for a number of reasons and, like most bridal trends, you can spot them on celebrities, such as Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman and Kim Kardashian (in her second most recent marriage to Kris Humphries).
Wedding headpieces are a great option because you can wear them throughout the entire day, they stay in one place and require little maintenance so you don’t have to remove your wedding headpiece to eat your dinner or dance. Wedding headpieces are also very versatile and you might be able to wear it for a special occasion following your wedding, which is a special way to relive your wedding day feelings and memories.

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Pick Your Style
The great thing about wedding headpieces is that they come in a wide-range of styles. No matter what style of wedding gown you choose, you will find something to accentuate your ensemble. Thanks to the popularity of the Roaring 20s, there are many old Hollywood and Art Deco pieces available, including birdcage veils, but you can also select a piece that is bohemian, vintage or classy or even Indian.



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The wedding headband has replaced as one of the most popular selections for bridal headpieces. They are very low maintenance and can be adjusted without ruining your entire hairstyle. You can select a very simple band to keep every hair in place or you can opt for a sophisticated and ornate band with ribbons, rhinestones and crystal embellishments or one that will add a punch of colour to your outfit, depending on your style.

Bling It On
From fascinators to hair combs, wedding headpieces can be very glitzy, sparkly and the focal point of your wedding attire. You can select beautiful Swarvoski crystal-encrusted pieces, headpieces with large silk flowers or fun and flirty headpieces with feathers. There are endless options and most selections also cost far less than a veil.

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Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.


Niagara on the Lake Wedding Planning Advice - Winery Weddings

  
  
  
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Niagara has a lot to offer brides and grooms. And something particularly unique to this area is our wine region, which is a breathtaking and memorable place to host a wedding. From saying your vows in front of a gorgeous backdrop of vines to vintage, stone buildings and Niagara farm-to-table cuisine, holding your wedding at a Niagara winery will certainly impress your guests. Here are some wineries in Niagara that host weddings. This is neither a definitive list nor is this list recommending any of these locations. It is simply to introduce you to some of the gems located in the Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls area.

Caroline Cellars - http://www.carolinecellars.com/
1010 Line 2, Virgil
Located in quaint Virgil, Caroline Cellars features a rustic loft overlooking vineyards. The room is warm and cozy, with pine planked walls and rustic maple flooring, but also features sophisticated large windows and gas fireplace. Can accommodate up to 200 seated guests. The winery’s menu features high-quality ingredients that are local when possible.

Reif Estate Winery - http://www.reifwinery.com/
15608 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Reif features a Grand Victorian mansion for intimate weddings. The winery’s menu is customized and planned by the couple with one of their chefs. A tasting with the winemaker to select wines for the meal also takes place.

Château des Charmes - http://www.fromtheboscfamily.com/
1025 York Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake
The quintessential storybook wedding. You can literally marry on the grounds of a majestic chateau, surrounded by vineyards. The winery’s culinary partner is first-rate Vintage Hotels, of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Hernder Estate Winery - http://www.hernder.com/
1607 Eighth Avenue Louth, St Catharines
With two ceremony locations available, Hernder can accommodate both intimate and large-scale weddings. You can marry in front of the pond (up to 300 guests) or the East Patio (up to 200 guests with green wrought iron chairs). The property also features a covered wooden bridge and wide-range of menu options.

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery - http://www.staffwines.com/
3210 Staff Ave., Jordan
The exclusive winery venue for Festivities Events and Catering, Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery is surrounded by 50 acres of vineyard and is nestled within the Niagara Escarpment. Accommodates one event per day only, and weddings are held in the gazebo, overlooking an hourglass pond. A tented reception and banquet area features full chandelier lighting and can accommodate 50 to 200 guests.

Inn on the Twenty - http://www.innonthetwenty.com/
3836 Main St., Jordan
The winery’s quaint farm building, which has been scrubbed and whitewashed, is the perfect backdrop for a rustic wedding, though outdoor weddings are also available. Inn on the Twenty has reception space that can accommodate up to 140 guests, with customized menu offerings.

Legends Estates Winery
4888 Ontario St., Beamsville
Located on Lake Ontario, Legends Estate Winery features tended receptions on the lake, with a backdrop of the distant Toronto skyline. This outdoor venue is available for dinner and dance receptions of 100 to 250 guests. The winery also features an indoor banquet room for intimate receptions of 40 to 100 guests in the heart of the winery’s wine cellar. Ceremonies are held in a white gazebo overlooking the lake.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoying reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Niagara Falls Wedding Advice - Wedding Couple App

  
  
  

There is nothing more difficult for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake couples planning their weddings than trying to do so from two different locations. What cake should we pick? Do you like these peonies? What do you think about filet mignon for the main course?

When you’re trying to plan a wedding, you need your partner near you. But if being right by each other’s side is impossible, then there’s an app for that. Couple is an app available for Android and iPhone that makes staying in touch with your favourite person easier. Visit couple.me to download the app.

Couple was created by California-based TenthBit Inc., in 2012. After being disconnected from their significant others, the apps’ founders discovered they were repurposing other services to talk to their partners. After many frustrating Skype calls and international text messages, they decided to build Couple. The app now has more than two million downloads and has facilitated more than one billion messages between couples.

The app, which is free and private, connects you to only the most important person in your life. Though ideal for long distance relationships, the app can also be expertly used for couples in the same city. With many uses that can benefit engaged couples planning their Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake weddings, Couple was named one of the top five apps to help plan your wedding by Huffington Post.

The most interesting aspect of the app is its ability for couples to be close, even when apart. Using the ThumbKiss feature, the couple can touch the same spot on their phones to make them both vibrate simultaneously.

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The app’s features also include:


•    Private timeline to build a shared history and remember special moments;
•    Real-time messaging and share videos, voice messages and photo filters to express yourself;
•    Express your moods and emotions through stickers (these must be purchased);
•    Sketch together in real-time to allow you to make diagrams of seating, create vows or even just spend time together playing games;
•    Share to-do lists;
•    Calendar reminders to schedule dates and automatic notification of important dates;
•    Find highly rated nightlife venues and restaurants to help plan showers, rehearsal dinners and other events;
•    Broadcast your location to each other in real-time using Live Beacon to make it easier to meet up;
•    Chat using the web app when you’re on your computer.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoying reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.




Niagara Falls Wedding Advice - Wedding Day Treats

  
  
  

For Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake brides who aren’t crazy about the idea of a wedding cake, a new book written by food blogger and author Shaina Olmanson might inspire you to add some flair to your dessert table.
The book, entitled Desserts in Jars, features 50 perfectly-portioned sweet treats, ideal for DIY wedding desserts and party favors.

If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you’ll likely attend multiple weddings a year, and the most common dinner meal plan will go like this: traditional salad-steak-cake. Everyone loves dessert, but who wants to end their party with yet another cake that’s so easily forgotten?

Desserts in Jars features recipes like Mini Peach Bourbon Pies for rurally-inspired weddings, Pumpkin Cheesecakes with a Gingersnap Crust for fall nuptials, Rosemary-Peach Cobblers for summer celebrations, and even Flourless Chocolate Cake for those who want traditional dessert with a twist.
Desserts in Jars also features party favour ideas so you can give your guests the opportunity to savour the sweetness of your special day by sending them home with Macarons in Jars or mix for White Chocolate Spice Cookies. The jars can always be reused, and, with your wedding as their inspiration, guests will remember the special day each time they grab the glasses to make their own desserts in jars.



Here’s a sample from Olmanson’s book.

Flourless Chocolate Wedding Cakes
You won’t even know you’re missing the flour with these fudgy cakes. Only a bit of confectioners’ sugar is needed for garnish, with the chocolate standing on its own as the star of the show. One bite will have you instantly going back for more. Makes 14 individual cakes.

Ingredients
• Oil for greasing the jars
• 7 ounces bittersweet chocolate
• 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
• 4 large eggs, separated
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease fourteen 8-ounce jars. In a double boiler over simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter until smooth. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. In a separate bowl, use a handheld mixer to beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
2. In a stand mixer, beat together the granulated sugar and egg yolks until thick and creamy. Mix ¼ cup of the melted chocolate and butter into the egg yolks. Continuing to mix, slowly pour the remaining melted chocolate mixture into the egg yolks until all is incorporated. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture.
3. Spoon 4 to 5 tablespoons of the cake batter into each greased jar. Place the jars 2 inches apart on a large baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the tops of the cakes start to crack.
4. Remove from the oven and let the jars cool. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoying reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.




Niagara Falls Wedding Planning Advice - DJ Options

  
  
  

 

In the age of trying to maximize wedding dollars, Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake brides and grooms are always looking for places to cut costs. One area usually up for discussion is the DJ. Many couples think they can save hundreds of dollars but just lining up some songs on their iPod and letting it take the musical place of the DJ during the reception.

 

To help engaged Niagara Falls couples with this decision, here are some things to consider. But the bottom line is if money isn’t an option, then hire a DJ. If the DJ’s on the chopping block, make sure you’ve thought of everything before nixing them.

 

More Than Just Music

The biggest argument for having a DJ is that they do more than just spin records (or play MP3s). He or she helps the wedding reception flow smoothly, from the speeches to the dance to the cake cutting to the couple’s departure. They also emcee the evening and are the one responsible for making sure people are out dancing and having a good time.

 

Light! Amplification! Dancing!

When thinking about using an iPod as substitute, you are likely forgetting that DJs also plan for ambiance, which includes lighting and a very good sound system. Your party is quickly going to become lame if no one can hear the music.

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The Music Itself

DJs come with thousands of songs ready to be played. If one song or genre is a complete bust, they’ll quickly have a replacement. They are also masters at cross-fade and ensuring there’s no dead air. As well, unless you’re a genius at editing techniques, you’re likely stuck with the vamping and looping of remixed songs. Another note, just because you love Nine Inch Nails, not everyone else does. If you’re creating a play list, make sure you have enough variety to catch most people’s tastes, not just jazz or 90s dance music, and there’s music for all ages.

 

Hands Off!

It’s going to take a pretty bold guest to try and wrest control away from the DJ, but it’s going to be a lot easier for your cousin’s date to do it if the music controller is four inches tall. Everyone knows how to use iPods so if they don’t like a song and want to change it, no problem! If you’re going to have an iPod as your DJ, then you need to assign the iPod bouncer job to at least one or two people for the entire night. They will also need to turn down requests.

 

App It

If you’re determined to have the iPod run the music for your wedding, then you should check out some apps, including WeddingDJ. For $5, this app helps you plan the music you need at the wedding using the songs and playlists you have in iTunes. You will still need to have an emcee or other person in charge of running the iPod. The app also promises to cross-fade, prevent accidental skipping or pausing, take requests and allow you to reorder upcoming songs and modify your music plan on the fly.

 

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoying reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town. Please view her new website - www.niagara-weddings.ca , Niagara Weddings with Patti Wallington.

 

 

Niagara Fall Wedding Advice - Bouquet Preservation

  
  
  

 

While it’s difficult to keep a sample of the appetizers you served your wedding guests or to display the shoes you wore down the aisle, a preserved wedding bouquet can be a lasting memento of your wedding day.
Your wedding bouquet is a personal touch added to your wedding ensemble. It’s something everyone sees and it’s timelessly captured in photos. But if you want to keep the memory of your glorious stems alive forever, here are some ways you can preserve your bouquet.

First, decide whether you want to hire a professional or you’re planning to do it yourself. You need to know this at least a couple of months in advance so you’ll have enough time to plan for the process because it must begin no later than one to four days after your wedding.

You’re going to want your bouquet to be in the best possible shape when you begin the preservation process. Therefore, make sure you have found a place you can leave your flowers so they won’t get crushed or torn. Also, don’t throw your original wedding bouquet at the reception, get a tossing bouquet.

If you want your preserved bouquet to look as it did on your wedding day, consider having it professionally freeze-dried. In this lengthy process, the bouquet is deconstructed, freeze-dried and then put back together. This is the only preservation process that allows flowers to be in an open formation afterward.


freezedried bouquet
You can also choose to have your bouquet professionally pressed. Though it will still take a couple of months for your bouquet to be returned, in this process, the bouquet is taken apart, the flowers are pressed and then rearranged and framed.

To professionally preserve your wedding bouquet, expect to pay at least $100 and as much as $500, depending on which method you select. The cost will also be determined by any extras you choose, such as special frames, shadow boxes or glass enclosures.

If you’re going to preserve your wedding bouquet yourself, do your research. You will need to make sure you devote the proper amount of time to do it correctly, and you will need to begin shortly after the wedding day.

For the do-it-yourselfers, there are several methods you can use, but essentially you need to dry the bouquet. You can use silica gel, where you place the bouquet or petals in a sand-like substance, or you can hang the bouquet upside down in a cool, dry place until it dries.

If you want to press your bouquet, consider pressing just a few petals. A dictionary is a good book to use. Place the blooms on a folded paper towel and then close the book and leave it flat. Make sure you are extremely careful when you are working with dried flowers because they are fragile and brittle.

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