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When Is The Best Time for Your First Dance?

Your first dance is one of the most important aspects of your wedding reception. You've spent hours picking the perfect song. It's a chance for you and your spouse to be the focal point of the reception. All eyes in the room should be glued to you. Unfortunately, sometimes due to poor planning, this is not the case. At it's worst, I've seen guests out of the room, at the bar, or even gone for the evening when the first dance takes place. How can you avoid this problem? It all comes down to planning: wedding

OUR EXPERIENCE HAS PROVEN THE BEST AND WORST TIME DURING YOUR RECEPTION FOR YOUR FIRST DANCE. THE RIGHT TIME FOR YOUR FIRST DANCE:

1. Is a time when all your guests are in the reception hall.

2. Is when your guests are not distracted with anything else.

3. Does not interfere with the overall flow of the event and allows you and your spouse the opportunity to personally visit with each of your guests.

CURRENT TRENDS IN WEDDING RECEPTION PLANNING PUTS THE FIRST DANCE AT A VERY UNCONVENTIONAL TIME – VERY FIRST - BUT IT'S NOT FOR EVERYBODY!

Please don’t hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions or ideas about your wedding reception timeline!

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Make Your Entertainment Dollar Go Further

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The economy is on just about everyone’s mind these days. Are you dreading to open your brokerage or 401k statement? In these trying economic times, many people are looking for ways to get the most out of their entertainment dollar. People don’t want to give up their special celebration, but are just trying to be as cost efficient as they can in making decisions about their plans. Let me caution you – there is a difference between being smart with your money and being “cheap”. The most certain waste of money is on a product or service that doesn’t meet your needs or expectations. I have put together a few smart ways to get stretch your entertainment dollar, without compromising the success of your event!

Schedule your event during a non-peak time – most vendors and venues maintain a full schedule on peak times, however discounts may be offered during non-peak times, such as certain days of the week or certain seasons. Potential savings: 10%

Pay in Advance – ask if your vendor if they will consider offering you a small discount if you pay in full upon booking your event. Potential savings: 5%
Pitch in where you can – find out if there is something you can do that would normally be provided by the vendor. Depending on the job, you may be able to handle things like delivery or setup to save some money. Potential savings: 10%

Combine events – if you have another event in the near future which you may need a vendor again, see if a discount will apply for multiple bookings. Potential savings: 15%

These are a few simple things you can check on to see if you can make the most of your entertainment buck without making any compromises in quality. Smart ideas for any economy! Best wishes!

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Keeping Your Guests on the Dance Floor All Night

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No matter if you are hosting a birthday party, wedding reception, school dance, corporate function, or other celebration, everyone can agree that showing your guests a good time is a key to a successful event. If you’ve decided that dancing will be a part of your event, you hope your guests will spend the evening enjoying themselves on the dance floor. However, just because you’ve hired a DJ and have a dance floor, doesn’t mean your guests will dance. Here are some tips to ensuring your guests will get out of their seats and dance!

  1. Your event playlist shouldn’t look like your “most played” on your iPod – we most certainly want to incorporate some of your favorites at your event and we like to have some idea of what type of music you think will work well with you guests, but keep in mind that your guests might not have the same taste in music as you and not every song is conducive to dancing.
  2. Watch out for distractions – if you plan on having other attractions at your event such as a bonfire, swimming, or games, remember these things will detract from dancing.
  3. Make the dance floor accessible – be sure the dance floor is just that – a good place for dancing. Don’t count on the dance floor on being created by moving tables after a meal, for example, since that requires displacing guests in the meantime.
  4. Count the number of chairs – if you aren’t serving a meal at your event, the surest way to keep your guests dancing is to have your guests outnumber the chairs in the room! I’ve seen a room with fewer than 25 chairs for over 200 guests – needless to say, they were dancing all night!
  5. Have realistic expectations – no matter what you do, understand that it is unlikely that 100% of your guests will dance, which is OK. You want all your guests to have a good time at your event on their terms, not by forcing them into an uncomfortable situation if they chose not to dance. Make sure your event is inviting to guests that don’t like to dance.
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