WEDDING STYLE BLOG

Inspiration for the Long Island Bride

Silverfox Photography
  • Date: Jun 23, 2018
  • Author: Duncan Reyneke
  • Category: Articles   

Weddings are the great equalizer. No matter who you are, or what your own personal style is, wedding dress codes make well-dressed men out of all of us. And there's nobody at the ceremony under more pressure to look the part than the groom.

What he {and, by association, his groomsmen) wears helps to set the tone for the entire event. How lucky, then, that, as it turns out, there's a ton of amazing options out there for creating the perfect look. With a few choice tips and insights, and Long Island Bride and Groom magazine to find your outfit, your choice just became all the easier.

As the groom, you'll find yourself treading a fine line between two very important ideas: being the best dressed man at the ceremony, and wearing something that complements and accentuates your bride's gown. Remember that this is an occasion for photos. You want to look your best so your pictures are amazing years from now, but not over the top or inappropriate next to everybody else.

A short rule of thumb, before we begin: do everything you can to be the best-looking man at the ceremony. Keep that clear in your mind, and it becomes much easier to choose a suit or tux that works for you. Considering coat tails? A top hat or cane? Ask yourself whether these elements specifically are a better look for you, or if you simply like the idea of them. Build your outfit around this credo, and you'll find outfit building much less mysterious, overall.

And, on that note, let's start with a list of five style essentials you'll need to consider before deciding on your attire:

SEASON

This is step one in deciding on any outfit, as it affects the basic structure of your entire wardrobe. Spring or summer weddings mean opportunities for suspenders, bow ties, higher ankles on pants, and rolled up sleeves at the reception. Having your nuptials in fall or winter, on the other hand, calls for layers, wool waistcoats, neckties, and sumptuous tweedy materials. Whatever the season, remember your outfit needs to be practical as well as look good on you.

TONE

Every wedding is a unique experience, and it's up to you to decide on what style you're looking for. That said, part of that decision is in dressing the part. Relaxed daytime weddings with a casual dress code can warrant a linen suit and lighter colors. Something more traditional, perhaps, and men's forma l wear you're in the running for a well-tailored suit in a dark color. Depending on the feel of the wedding, you could go as formal as a tux, white shirt, and stylish accessories.

VENUE

This is a question of practicality. Outdoor weddings don't often merit a set of mirror- shine black dress shoes and full evening dress. Nothing looks better on a ballroom dance floor, though. Similarly, while a hotel reception might not be the place for brown seersucker or khaki, these fabrics really work in a garden wedding.

THEME OR COLOR SCHEME

This one might sound obvious, but nothing goes without saying on a day like your wedding: try to dress to your bride, or, at least, to your overall color scheme. Ball gowns look best next to tuxedos, and flowing flower dresses complement linen shirts. Pick an accent on your suit to match to something she's wearing, like your cufflinks to her belt, and consider matching your tie or bow tie to the predominant color of the decor. If you won't be seeing her dress until the big day, ask her to be transparent about certain elements you could dress to match, without giving away the whole look.

PERSONAL FLOURISHES

It's a common belief that weddings are "for the bride", and that might be somewhat true for yours, as well. Keep in mind, though, that this is your wedding as well. A pair of argyle socks in your favorite color, or a subtle cufflink in the shape of Superman's "S" are examples of grooms having a little fun and showing off their own style in a reserved but meaningful way.

Now that we've covered the basics, you'll be happy to know there are some great trends to look out for in 2017, to give your ensemble a fresh, hip look. Bow ties, for starters, with short vests not falling below the belt line, are popular with grooms. Light shades like silver, white, and gray, for summer, and darker graphites and blues, in winter, are hot property, with designers opting for shaded graphite and grey suits, to give grooms a cooler, more hued effect.

A note on tailoring: one of the most commonly reported issues with wedding photographers among the brides and grooms are poorly-fitting suits that look out of place next to the fitted outfits of guests and the bride. Renting your tuxedo is a perfectly reasonable choice, if it isn't done at the last minute. You still need a suit or tux that fits and looks good on you -this means you should go rental shopping early, to make sure you don't look like you're wearing someone else's suit on your big day.

This is also an opportunity to buy a new, tailored suit, and you should give it some proper consideration. Get measured for your suit and allow for two to three months at the suit-maker, so as not to rush the project. With a few weeks left before picking it up, go in for a final measurement and fitting, so the tailor can adjust it. The final product will look phenomenal - a worthwhile investment and really one of the best ways to look your very best on your wedding day.

Lastly, remember this word of warning: you're only as strong as your weakest link. In this case, that means your groomsmen. Make sure everyone in the groom's party is measured and coordinated at the same time as you're arranging your own outfit. Groomsmen can match the groom in accessories or basic suit elements, such as waistcoats or ties. As w with your own suit, avoid outfits that might not match the style of your event, looking out of place.

Ultimately, your wedding attire should come down to the point we made at the beginning of this article: what would make you look your absolute best on your big day? Don't put off renting a tux or choosing a suit until the last minute - this is a big occasion for you as well as everybody else. Step out in style, with some choice accessories and groomsmen who look the part, and get ready for some good looking wedding photos you can show off for years to come.

 

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Weddings are the great equalizer. No matter who you are, or what your own personal style is, wedding dress codes make well-dressed men out of all of us. And there's nobody at the ceremony under more pressure to look the part than the groom.

What he {and, by association, his groomsmen) wears helps to set the tone for the entire event. How lucky, then, that, as it turns out, there's a ton of amazing options out there for creating the perfect look. With a few choice tips and insights, and Long Island Bride and Groom magazine to find your outfit, your choice just became all the easier.

As the groom, you'll find yourself treading a fine line between two very important ideas: being the best dressed man at the ceremony, and wearing something that complements and accentuates your bride's gown. Remember that this is an occasion for photos. You want to look your best so your pictures are amazing years from now, but not over the top or inappropriate next to everybody else.

A short rule of thumb, before we begin: do everything you can to be the best-looking man at the ceremony. Keep that clear in your mind, and it becomes much easier to choose a suit or tux that works for you. Considering coat tails? A top hat or cane? Ask yourself whether these elements specifically are a better look for you, or if you simply like the idea of them. Build your outfit around this credo, and you'll find outfit building much less mysterious, overall.

And, on that note, let's start with a list of five style essentials you'll need to consider before deciding on your attire:

SEASON

This is step one in deciding on any outfit, as it affects the basic structure of your entire wardrobe. Spring or summer weddings mean opportunities for suspenders, bow ties, higher ankles on pants, and rolled up sleeves at the reception. Having your nuptials in fall or winter, on the other hand, calls for layers, wool waistcoats, neckties, and sumptuous tweedy materials. Whatever the season, remember your outfit needs to be practical as well as look good on you.

TONE

Every wedding is a unique experience, and it's up to you to decide on what style you're looking for. That said, part of that decision is in dressing the part. Relaxed daytime weddings with a casual dress code can warrant a linen suit and lighter colors. Something more traditional, perhaps, and men's forma l wear you're in the running for a well-tailored suit in a dark color. Depending on the feel of the wedding, you could go as formal as a tux, white shirt, and stylish accessories.

VENUE

This is a question of practicality. Outdoor weddings don't often merit a set of mirror- shine black dress shoes and full evening dress. Nothing looks better on a ballroom dance floor, though. Similarly, while a hotel reception might not be the place for brown seersucker or khaki, these fabrics really work in a garden wedding.

THEME OR COLOR SCHEME

This one might sound obvious, but nothing goes without saying on a day like your wedding: try to dress to your bride, or, at least, to your overall color scheme. Ball gowns look best next to tuxedos, and flowing flower dresses complement linen shirts. Pick an accent on your suit to match to something she's wearing, like your cufflinks to her belt, and consider matching your tie or bow tie to the predominant color of the decor. If you won't be seeing her dress until the big day, ask her to be transparent about certain elements you could dress to match, without giving away the whole look.

PERSONAL FLOURISHES

It's a common belief that weddings are "for the bride", and that might be somewhat true for yours, as well. Keep in mind, though, that this is your wedding as well. A pair of argyle socks in your favorite color, or a subtle cufflink in the shape of Superman's "S" are examples of grooms having a little fun and showing off their own style in a reserved but meaningful way.

Now that we've covered the basics, you'll be happy to know there are some great trends to look out for in 2017, to give your ensemble a fresh, hip look. Bow ties, for starters, with short vests not falling below the belt line, are popular with grooms. Light shades like silver, white, and gray, for summer, and darker graphites and blues, in winter, are hot property, with designers opting for shaded graphite and grey suits, to give grooms a cooler, more hued effect.

A note on tailoring: one of the most commonly reported issues with wedding photographers among the brides and grooms are poorly-fitting suits that look out of place next to the fitted outfits of guests and the bride. Renting your tuxedo is a perfectly reasonable choice, if it isn't done at the last minute. You still need a suit or tux that fits and looks good on you -this means you should go rental shopping early, to make sure you don't look like you're wearing someone else's suit on your big day.

This is also an opportunity to buy a new, tailored suit, and you should give it some proper consideration. Get measured for your suit and allow for two to three months at the suit-maker, so as not to rush the project. With a few weeks left before picking it up, go in for a final measurement and fitting, so the tailor can adjust it. The final product will look phenomenal - a worthwhile investment and really one of the best ways to look your very best on your wedding day.

Lastly, remember this word of warning: you're only as strong as your weakest link. In this case, that means your groomsmen. Make sure everyone in the groom's party is measured and coordinated at the same time as you're arranging your own outfit. Groomsmen can match the groom in accessories or basic suit elements, such as waistcoats or ties. As w with your own suit, avoid outfits that might not match the style of your event, looking out of place.

Ultimately, your wedding attire should come down to the point we made at the beginning of this article: what would make you look your absolute best on your big day? Don't put off renting a tux or choosing a suit until the last minute - this is a big occasion for you as well as everybody else. Step out in style, with some choice accessories and groomsmen who look the part, and get ready for some good looking wedding photos you can show off for years to come.

 

One Fine Day Photogrpahers
  • Date: Jun 07, 2018
  • Author: Ivette Manners
  • Category: Articles   

10 TRENDS THAT'LL MAKE YOUR WEDDING ONE-OF-A-KIND

No matter what type of wedding you're planning, we know that you'll want it to be extraordinary and timeless; but even trendy concepts and contemporary elements can make your fete a unique classic. Couples are focusing more on details and style rather than themes to set their grand affair apart. Here are ten of the best trends that will helpyou plan a personalized and unforgettable bash.

1. BREATHTAKING CANOPIES

One of the biggest trends in weddings is actually the return to tradition; and as traditional nuptials are favored again, romantic settings for the ceremony are becoming a highlight of the event. The happy couple framed by gossamer-like fabric, bursts of flowers, or enchanting lanterns as they exchange their vows makes for dreamy photos. Customize your ceremony and keep your guests engaged in the meaningful moment with a tulle-draped arch, garland-wrapped altar, or flower-adorned chuppah. A decorated canopy works for both indoor and outdoor affairs and lends to dozens of options and ideas. You can keep it simple- with a basic structure fringed with cascading flowers or ribbons- or go all out, by including elegant floral structures or a chandelier. Either way, make it the focal point of your ceremony, which will set the mood for you and your guests to feel the excitement of the day.

2. LUSH DÉCOR

There's a major boom in wedding floral decor with more brides no longer skimping on their flowers. Delicate blooms like roses, lilies, and peonies are still the popular petals of choice for dressing up aisles, altars, and tables; but now lush natural greenery is also being worked into the design. Compact flower displays are out and soft presentations are in - think enchanting arrangements suspended over banquet-style dining tables, elevated tablescapes, and whimsical chandeliers made out of flowers or greenery. "Little details like a mini flower arrangement or sprig of greenery attached to a handwritten name makes for a charming place card adornment on each napkin and finishes the table design beautifully," says Lindsey Relyea Richardson, owner and creative director of L'Relyea Events.

 3. LOTS OF TEXTURE

Mixing metals and textured elements with lush flora is the new way to add dimension and glamour to wedding decor. Incorporating unique flatware, decorated glasses, and stylish serving platters steps up your table design and helps showcase place cards, menus, and signs. "Bountiful green foliage alongside beautiful textured elements like vintage sterling silver flatware and crystal glassware creates a romantic look," says Relyea Richardson. 

4. ROSE-GOLD DÉCOR

Rose gold details are the latest accessory for brides- not just to enhance their dress, but also to adorn their event, says Sarah Finlayson-Banasiak, chief creative officer of The Revel Group. Pink-toned metallic touches- from tabletop pieces and chairs to desserts and favors- add warmth and glimmer throughout an event's design. This glitzy look is more subtle and sophisticated than the previously favored high -drama sparkle; and because this lustrous hue complements almost any color palette it's easy to incorporate. Be creative and accent your affair with surprising details like foil -pressed invitations, shimmery dinner napkins, and rose-gold dusted petit fours.

 5. LIVELIER COLORS

While blush and white will always be beloved wedding hues; and neutral palettes of delicate greys and earth tones are still in vogue, a more colorful palette with soft shades like Robin's egg blue, icy lemonade yellow, and misty pink are becoming big bridal requests. Brides are also choosing stronger hues of blue, green, and red for their wedding decor. "The infusion of these new bridal color choices has brought a fresh spin on wedding decor and opened many different possibilities for ideas," says Jacin Fitzgerald, owner and creative director of Jacin Fitzgerald Events. "Brides are now looking to their favorite colors, home decor, and fashion for inspiration rather than other couples' weddings to come up with their color scheme."

 6. LASER-CUT DETAILS

Laser-cut embellishments evoke the look of lace, so no wonder it's currently all the rage for weddings. Depending on how you incorporate the intricate cutout details, it can make your event classic and tailored or modern and fun; and because it's so versa tile you can work it into almost every element of your wedding design. Some great ways to use laser-cut details throughout your event are in your invitations, table numbers, menus, aisle runner, place cards, candleholders, and even the icing on the cake.

7. BRUNCH WEDDING RECEPTIONS

Couples today are always thinking of creative ways to plan inviting, intimate dining settings for their wedding, and what could be more delightful and exclusive than a cocktail-filled brunch reception? Brunch receptions, usually held between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, are rivaling dinner affairs, especially since they let brides play with festive menu offerings that include rose wines and champagne, gourmet breakfast-food passed hors d'oeuvres, and decadent dessert buffets. Keep the look of the event formal by using fine china, lots of flowers, and classy signature drinks; and the atmosphere mellow with soft music and a pretty lounge space.

 8. SMALL CAKES

Tall, over-the-top wedding cakes have long gone the way of the trademark three-layer bridal confection, and now displaying a pretty petite cake with an array of desserts is chic. Couples are loving the idea of serving several small cakes or displaying just one with a variety of cookies, candies, and pastries. You can also choose to serve mini individual cakes to each guest, which makes for a gorgeous presentation and just the right amount of dessert. 

9. COUPLE'S MONTAGE

All of your guests will want to know how you and your groom met and how he proposed, and of course you're happy to tell all. Instead of a long video of baby photos and milestones in each of your lives, amuse your guests with a professionally done video that artfully narrates how you fell in love. Couples are also working with their photographers and videographers to incorporate an engagement photo or video session in the montage, which makes the presentation even more special.  

10. VIDEO BOOTHS AND PHOTO VIGNETTES  

The photo booth has become a popular staple at almost every wedding, offering entertainment for the guests, time for socializing, and a memorable keepsake for the bride and groom. As with all great ideas, they can always be made better. Photo booths have given way to the video booth, which also comes complete with props so that guests can record messages for the newlyweds. The next big thing in wedding photo ops is actually an old idea- a vignette set up for the guests, bridal party, and couple to take portrait-type photos. Style a vignette or set up a fun kissing booth that'll coordinate with your wedding's decor and vibe. Even trendy details can be meaningful and enduring; as long as you choose elements that reflect your personalities and tell your love story, you'll wow your guests and design a truly extraordinary day.

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10 TRENDS THAT'LL MAKE YOUR WEDDING ONE-OF-A-KIND

No matter what type of wedding you're planning, we know that you'll want it to be extraordinary and timeless; but even trendy concepts and contemporary elements can make your fete a unique classic. Couples are focusing more on details and style rather than themes to set their grand affair apart. Here are ten of the best trends that will helpyou plan a personalized and unforgettable bash.

1. BREATHTAKING CANOPIES

One of the biggest trends in weddings is actually the return to tradition; and as traditional nuptials are favored again, romantic settings for the ceremony are becoming a highlight of the event. The happy couple framed by gossamer-like fabric, bursts of flowers, or enchanting lanterns as they exchange their vows makes for dreamy photos. Customize your ceremony and keep your guests engaged in the meaningful moment with a tulle-draped arch, garland-wrapped altar, or flower-adorned chuppah. A decorated canopy works for both indoor and outdoor affairs and lends to dozens of options and ideas. You can keep it simple- with a basic structure fringed with cascading flowers or ribbons- or go all out, by including elegant floral structures or a chandelier. Either way, make it the focal point of your ceremony, which will set the mood for you and your guests to feel the excitement of the day.

2. LUSH DÉCOR

There's a major boom in wedding floral decor with more brides no longer skimping on their flowers. Delicate blooms like roses, lilies, and peonies are still the popular petals of choice for dressing up aisles, altars, and tables; but now lush natural greenery is also being worked into the design. Compact flower displays are out and soft presentations are in - think enchanting arrangements suspended over banquet-style dining tables, elevated tablescapes, and whimsical chandeliers made out of flowers or greenery. "Little details like a mini flower arrangement or sprig of greenery attached to a handwritten name tag, makes for a charming place card adornment on each napkin and finishes the table design beautifully," says Lindsey Relyea Richardson, owner and creative director of L'Relyea Events.

 3. LOTS OF TEXTURE

Mixing metals and textured elements with lush flora is the new way to add dimension and glamour to wedding decor. Incorporating unique flatware, decorated glasses, and stylish serving platters steps up your table design and helps showcase place cards, menus, and signs. "Bountiful green foliage alongside beautiful textured elements like vintage sterling silver flatware and crystal glassware creates a romantic look," says Relyea Richardson. 

4. ROSE-GOLD DÉCOR

Rose gold details are the latest accessory for brides- not just to enhance their dress, but also to adorn their event, says Sarah Finlayson-Banasiak, chief creative officer of The Revel Group. Pink-toned metallic touches- from tabletop pieces and chairs to desserts and favors- add warmth and glimmer throughout an event's design. This glitzy look is more subtle and sophisticated than the previously favored high -drama sparkle; and because this lustrous hue complements almost any color palette it's easy to incorporate. Be creative and accent your affair with surprising details like foil -pressed invitations, shimmery dinner napkins, and rose-gold dusted petit fours.

 5. LIVELIER COLORS

While blush and white will always be beloved wedding hues; and neutral palettes of delicate greys and earth tones are still in vogue, a more colorful palette with soft shades like Robin's egg blue, icy lemonade yellow, and misty pink are becoming big bridal requests. Brides are also choosing stronger hues of blue, green, and red for their wedding decor. "The infusion of these new bridal color choices has brought a fresh spin on wedding decor and opened many different possibilities for ideas," says Jacin Fitzgerald, owner and creative director of Jacin Fitzgerald Events. "Brides are now looking to their favorite colors, home decor, and fashion for inspiration rather than other couples' weddings to come up with their color scheme."

 6. LASER-CUT DETAILS

Laser-cut embellishments evoke the look of lace, so no wonder it's currently all the rage for weddings. Depending on how you incorporate the intricate cutout details, it can make your event classic and tailored or modern and fun; and because it's so versa tile you can work it into almost every element of your wedding design. Some great ways to use laser-cut details throughout your event are in your invitations, table numbers, menus, aisle runner, place cards, candleholders, and even the icing on the cake.

7. BRUNCH WEDDING RECEPTIONS

Couples today are always thinking of creative ways to plan inviting, intimate dining settings for their wedding, and what could be more delightful and exclusive than a cocktail-filled brunch reception? Brunch receptions, usually held between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, are rivaling dinner affairs, especially since they let brides play with festive menu offerings that include rose wines and champagne, gourmet breakfast-food passed hors d'oeuvres, and decadent dessert buffets. Keep the look of the event formal by using fine china, lots of flowers, and classy signature drinks; and the atmosphere mellow with soft music and a pretty lounge space.

 8. SMALL CAKES

Tall, over-the-top wedding cakes have long gone the way of the trademark three-layer bridal confection, and now displaying a pretty petite cake with an array of desserts is chic. Couples are loving the idea of serving several small cakes or displaying just one with a variety of cookies, candies, and pastries. You can also choose to serve mini individual cakes to each guest, which makes for a gorgeous presentation and just the right amount of dessert. 

9. COUPLE'S MONTAGE

All of your guests will want to know how you and your groom met and how he proposed, and of course you're happy to tell all. Instead of a long video of baby photos and milestones in each of your lives, amuse your guests with a professionally done video that artfully narrates how you fell in love. Couples are also working with their photographers and videographers to incorporate an engagement photo or video session in the montage, which makes the presentation even more special.  

10. VIDEO BOOTHS AND PHOTO VIGNETTES  

The photo booth has become a popular staple at almost every wedding, offering entertainment for the guests, time for socializing, and a memorable keepsake for the bride and groom. As with all great ideas, they can always be made better. Photo booths have given way to the video booth, which also comes complete with props so that guests can record messages for the newlyweds. The next big thing in wedding photo ops is actually an old idea- a vignette set up for the guests, bridal party, and couple to take portrait-type photos. Style a vignette or set up a fun kissing booth that'll coordinate with your wedding's decor and vibe. Even trendy details can be meaningful and enduring; as long as you choose elements that reflect your personalities and tell your love story, you'll wow your guests and design a truly extraordinary day.

  • Date: Aug 30, 2017
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom
  • Category: Articles   

To be or not to be, that is the question? Oh wait, wrong event. The question still remains though, to write your own vows or recite the traditional vows. You are deep in the wedding planning process now and you've reached the part about the exchanging of vows. You've known for years that you would really love to write your own vows, but you aren't sure where to begin. The very first step you should take before writing your own vows is making sure that you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to vow writing. If you aren't equally committed, it will show in your vows. There is no right or wrong answer to traditional versus DIY vows; just what is right for you as a couple. 

No matter what, though, writing and voicing your own personal vows in front of your soon-to-be spouse and closest family and friends will add a deeply personal touch to the event and will be a highlight of your wedding day. 

View our digital magazine for more helpful tips. 

Cassarino Studios
  • Date: Jul 03, 2017
  • Author: Sam Milam
  • Category: Articles   

When you daydream about your wedding reception, is your overall vision an atmosphere of fun and energy? You want your guests (and yourself) to have a blast, to dance, to laugh, to eat delicious food, and to remember it as a part for the ages! One huge contributing factor to consider to achieve a successful reception is the music. You can choose between a live band and a DJ, or even a little bit of both. The music creates the energy, so the choice of music is a critical decision! A DJ is a great option for wedding reception music; they are a lot more than just someone playing music over some speakers. They can make or break a party.

CONSIDERING A DJ

A DJ isn't the vision of disc jockeys from yesteryear. They are artists in their own right, and a really good DJ will be capable of carrying your reception effortlessly from beginning to end. They are typically booked 12 months in advance, so finding your music should be a top priority! When choosing a DJ, you can filter through the good and the bad with a few considerations. You will want to consider the type of music that you want played at your reception. Most DJs should be able to obtain any songs that are on your must have list, as well as a variety of music that runs from contemporary to your grand mother's childhood favorites.

Many people will say that a DJ is more affordable than a live band, but that really depends on who you choose. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for, so be wary of someone trying to give you a lowball offer. It is enticing to save money, but not at the cost of the quality of your entire reception. In Long Island, DJ costs run anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 for a basic package, and of $4,000 or more for a DJ with high-end equipment and technology. Some DJs also offer the options to hire live musicians, as well. Plan for an additional $600 to $800 per musician. Coming to terms with the cost of the most important aspect of your party will pave the way for choosing a high quality wedding professional. You will know what to expect as far as prices go and be more open to higher end DJs.

A DJ is what you are after, now the search begins. An excellent way to find quality music is to ask around for referrals and recommendations from friends and other wedding professionals. Maybe you attended one of those wedding receptions where you thought, "that was the best wedding I've ever been to!" Those weddings always have top -notch music. Another place to continue your search is right here in Long Island Bride and Groom magazine where you will find top-rate DJs.

Once you've narrowed it down to some potential options, the next best thing to do is meet them in person and see them perform at an event or showcase, like bridal shows and wedding expos. Make sure they have the charisma to keep the energy up at their events, that you have a good chemistry and vibe from them and that their style fits with what you are looking for in a DJ.

You want someone that is an excellent MC, is creative, and is flexible. After you have chosen and booked your DJ, you can negotiate a fixed rate for your reception to reduce costs that are sometimes accrued from additional, unplanned hours of service.

DJ ADD ONS

Many Long Island DJs have tons of options that you can include in your music package. Most will have an assortment of lighting options. Lights and music can set an energetic and upbeat ambience. You can choose intelligent lights that move to the beat of the music, disco lights, laser lights and fog machines, color kinetics to create a club-like atmosphere, or LED uplighting that casts shades of whatever color you want across the venue; like shades of pink, red, and violet. A DJ can work with the lighting to add drama and energy to the dance scene. They can manipulate the lights to highlight certain tables and remarkable architecture in the venue, highlight the floor and ceiling to amp up the energy during a nighttime event, or project shadows of shapes or words using a metal stencil called a gobo; stars, snowflakes, or the bride and groom's name wrapped up in a heart are some shape options.

There are a ton of unique extras that you can ask your potential DJ about. Consider adding a percussionist, vocalists, or a real brass section to take your party to the next level of sophistication and entertainment. Some DJs offer plasma TVs (at least two) that are set up so that guests can view a video montage of the bride and groom as they are introduced, teaser footage shot earlier in the day by the videographer, or even images and video photographed by guests during the reception. A couple of other interesting options are shadow screens that people can dance behind and cubes that they can dance on. Whatever you choose to add on will add another element of energy and fun to the party.

DJ vs A LIVE BAND

Choosing between a DJ or a live band can be a tough decision. Both have some pros and cons, but each are great options if you hire a quality wedding professional. Live bands typically require more space than a DJ. They usually won't be able to play quite the range of songs that a DJ can, but they can still play a huge variety. They bring a high level of energy if done right, and you can request songs from either. Some additional pros of hiring a DJ are that they can keep the music going throughout the entire event and they can help with the flow of the reception by acting as an MC.

Music is often what people remember most from your wedding day. The music sets the tone and vibe of the event. It allows people to let loose and have a great time. Always sign a contract with your DJ (if they don't offer or agree to one, choose someone else.). Ask about any questions or concerns that you have. Some DJs might want to promote their services at weddings. If this bothers you, feel free to communicate with them about your wishes. You are the client, so your needs should be their top priority. Hiring a stellar DJ will give you peace of mind during your celebration, and allow you to confidently dance the night away knowing that everyone is having a great time!

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When you daydream about your wedding reception, is your overall vision an atmosphere of fun and energy? You want your guests (and yourself) to have a blast, to dance, to laugh, to eat delicious food, and to remember it as a part for the ages! One huge contributing factor to consider to achieve a successful reception is the music. You can choose between a live band and a DJ, or even a little bit of both. The music creates the energy, so the choice of music is a critical decision! A DJ is a great option for wedding reception music; they are a lot more than just someone playing music over some speakers. They can make or break a party.

CONSIDERING A DJ

A DJ isn't the vision of disc jockeys from yesteryear. They are artists in their own right, and a really good DJ will be capable of carrying your reception effortlessly from beginning to end. They are typically booked 12 months in advance, so finding your music should be a top priority! When choosing a DJ, you can filter through the good and the bad with a few considerations. You will want to consider the type of music that you want played at your reception. Most DJs should be able to obtain any songs that are on your must have list, as well as a variety of music that runs from contemporary to your grand mother's childhood favorites.

Many people will say that a DJ is more affordable than a live band, but that really depends on who you choose. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for, so be wary of someone trying to give you a lowball offer. It is enticing to save money, but not at the cost of the quality of your entire reception. In Long Island, DJ costs run anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 for a basic package, and upwards of $4,000 or more for a DJ with high-end equipment and technology. Some DJs also offer the options to hire live musicians, as well. Plan for an additional $600 to $800 per musician. Coming to terms with the cost of the most important aspect of your party will pave the way for choosing a high quality wedding professional. You will know what to expect as far as prices go and be more open to higher end DJs.

A DJ is what you are after, now the search begins. An excellent way to find quality music is to ask around for referrals and recommendations from friends and other wedding professionals. Maybe you attended one of those wedding receptions where you thought, "that was the best wedding I've ever been to!" Those weddings always have top -notch music. Another place to continue your search is right here in Long Island Bride and Groom magazine where you will find top-rate DJs.

Once you've narrowed it down to some potential options, the next best thing to do is meet them in person and see them perform at an event or showcase, like bridal shows and wedding expos. Make sure they have the charisma to keep the energy up at their events, that you have a good chemistry and vibe from them and that their style fits with what you are looking for in a DJ.

You want someone that is an excellent MC, is creative, and is flexible. After you have chosen and booked your DJ, you can negotiate a fixed rate for your reception to reduce costs that are sometimes accrued from additional, unplanned hours of service.

DJ ADD ONS

Many Long Island DJs have tons of options that you can include in your music package. Most will have an assortment of lighting options. Lights and music can set an energetic and upbeat ambience. You can choose intelligent lights that move to the beat of the music, disco lights, laser lights and fog machines, color kinetics to create a club-like atmosphere, or LED uplighting that casts shades of whatever color you want across the venue; like shades of pink, red, and violet. A DJ can work with the lighting to add drama and energy to the dance scene. They can manipulate the lights to highlight certain tables and remarkable architecture in the venue, highlight the floor and ceiling to amp up the energy during a nighttime event, or project shadows of shapes or words using a metal stencil called a gobo; stars, snowflakes, or the bride and groom's name wrapped up in a heart are some shape options.

There are a ton of unique extras that you can ask your potential DJ about. Consider adding a percussionist, vocalists, or a real brass section to take your party to the next level of sophistication and entertainment. Some DJs offer plasma TVs (at least two) that are set up so that guests can view a video montage of the bride and groom as they are introduced, teaser footage shot earlier in the day by the videographer, or even images and video photographed by guests during the reception. A couple of other interesting options are shadow screens that people can dance behind and cubes that they can dance on. Whatever you choose to add on will add another element of energy and fun to the party.

DJ vs A LIVE BAND

Choosing between a DJ or a live band can be a tough decision. Both have some pros and cons, but each are great options if you hire a quality wedding professional. Live bands typically require more space than a DJ. They usually won't be able to play quite the range of songs that a DJ can, but they can still play a huge variety. They bring a high level of energy if done right, and you can request songs from either. Some additional pros of hiring a DJ are that they can keep the music going throughout the entire event and they can help with the flow of the reception by acting as an MC.

Music is often what people remember most from your wedding day. The music sets the tone and vibe of the event. It allows people to let loose and have a great time. Always sign a contract with your DJ (if they don't offer or agree to one, choose someone else.). Ask about any questions or concerns that you have. Some DJs might want to promote their services at weddings. If this bothers you, feel free to communicate with them about your wishes. You are the client, so your needs should be their top priority. Hiring a stellar DJ will give you peace of mind during your celebration, and allow you to confidently dance the night away knowing that everyone is having a great time!

  • Date: Dec 15, 2016
  • Author: Angela Ash
  • Category: Articles   

PIanning a wedding will undeniably be one of the most exciting periods of your life. Not only will you get to try 20 different flavors of delicious cake, but you will spend some wonderful bonding time with your soon-to-be better half, making this a time that you will be sure to cherish.

However, don't think that this won't be a lot of work. EVERYTHING, and I mean everything, must be organized, and before you know it, you may find that your lists have lists of their own. Many couples think that this a challenge that they can take on alone, thinking that they will bask in the few dollars that they save on planners and coordinators at the end of it all.

Yet, for many, this is the first time that you will be putting together this event of your dreams, so you aren't going to have a lot of experience in the situations that you will find yourself in. If you're building a new house, you'll need help. You won't just throw on an old pair of jeans, start cutting wood and banging a hammer. You will seek out assistance from professionals. View your wedding in the same way. You will be building, as well, but these efforts are going toward the start of your new life as a married couple.

PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE

There are a variety of professionals that can provide the help that you will need to pull off each detail of this anticipated celebration. You will soon find that it's pretty difficult to even get off the ground without knowing exactly how to get started, along with solidifying that everything will go according to plan at the actual event.

A wedding planner will provide the expertise needed to completely begin and execute the smallest details of the planning process. A day-of coordinator will make sure that everything goes off without a hitch during the wedding. So, let's explore the roles in detail of these invaluable members of your wedding A-team!

CONSULTING, PLANNING AND WAVING A MAGIC WAND

Your wedding planner is nothing short of a fairy godmother. Once you find a professional to work with, the stress of planning your special day will begin to fade, leaving you more time to actually enjoy this monumental time in your life. A planner will jump right in, clicking the items off your To Do List in record time. The following areas are where a wedding planner really shines, making you wonder how you might have ever thought that you could do this all on your own!

KNOWING WHO TO HIRE

A wedding planner works with wedding professionals every day, so knowing in the blink of an eye who can fill a specific role can be expected. This type of knowledge could cost you hours sorting through advertisements and making phone calls, with the real possibility that you may still not find the right caterer or DJ. However, a consultant KNOWS these people and, more than likely, has worked with them before at other weddings. It's vitally important that your personalities gel, especially when you are faced with situations that could create stress, let your planner take the guesswork out of the equation. If you need a photographer who will think out of the box and find those inspiring settings for your bridal photos, your wedding planner will know who to call!

KEEPING WITHIN YOUR BUDGET

While having white roses and an ice sculpture in the middle of July may be extremely important to you, many couples find that having what they want and staying within their budget might be problematic. But remember that your wedding planner has a general idea of what certain things can cost, also having knowledge as to which professionals can be the right fit for you. This is an area where a wedding planner can most definitely help save some aggravation!

SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS

When you're planning a wedding, you are going to spend some time attending meetings with your potential providers. The positive side of this is that you're going to get to sample delicious sweets from bakers and taste tantalizing delicacies from the best caterers on Long Island! However, scheduling these appointments and maintaining a schedule can be difficult if you're doing it on your own, so this is an area where your wedding planner can help you to save both time and energy. A planner will also work around your schedules to ensure that you can meet with wedding professionals in a timely and efficient manner.

COORDINATING, LEADING AND SUCCESSFULLY MANAGING YOUR WEDDING DAY

Your day-of wedding coordinator will act as your master of ceremonies, making sure that your much-anticipated event surpasses even your wildest dreams. While you may be tempted to micromanage, when you have a day-of coordinator, you will have the time to actually enjoy your wedding, rather than worry that the ceremony is starting late or that the reception music isn't keeping the guests on the dance floor. However, there are many other ways that a coordinator can help you during the wedding. Let's explore a few!

KEEPING TO A SCHEDULE

When you're trying to decide if you need more eyeliner or if someone's tie is crooked, it's hard to look at your watch every 15 minutes. Besides, who wants to be the White Rabbit of their own wedding, running from room to room, announcing that everything is running behind? Your coordinator will make sure that a realistic schedule is set into motion, being certain that everyone is where they're supposed to be when they're supposed to be there.

PAYING ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS

You may think that you would never let any detail, no matter how small, fall through the cracks on your big day, but this happens to brides and grooms all the time, regardless of their determination to avoid it. A coordinator will make sure that the cake is set up on a beautifully decorated table in the right location in the reception facility, the best man didn't leave the wedding ring on his nightstand, and that your aunt was seated on the opposite side of the building from your uncle.

AVOIDING CONFLICT AND OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

Wedding coordinators have seen it all. They've dealt with bridesmaids who forgot that this wasn't their own wedding, a DJ who may have had the music too loud, and a flower girl who came down with an overwhelming case of "stage fright". A day-of coordinator knows how to take these situations in stride, finding solutions to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable time and that you make it down that aisle!

Of course, it's nearly impossible to list the hundreds of ways that wedding planners and day-of- coordinators make certain that your wedding is everything that you hoped it would be. They are conscientious, organized and true professionals. So, don't leave such an important occasion to chance. From the early stages of planning to the clean-up after the reception, your wedding planner and day-of coordinator will provide the level of professionalism that you require to begin this new era of your lives with a day to remember.

 

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PIanning a wedding will undeniably be one of the most exciting periods of your life. Not only will you get to try 20 different flavors of delicious cake, but you will spend some wonderful bonding time with your soon-to-be better half, making this a time that you will be sure to cherish.

However, don't think that this won't be a lot of work. EVERYTHING, and I mean everything, must be organized, and before you know it, you may find that your lists have lists of their own. Many couples think that this a challenge that they can take on alone, thinking that they will bask in the few dollars that they save on planners and coordinators at the end of it all.

Yet, for many, this is the first time that you will be putting together this event of your dreams, so you aren't going to have a lot of experience in the situations that you will find yourself in. If you're building a new house, you'll need help. You won't just throw on an old pair of jeans, start cutting wood and banging a hammer. You will seek out assistance from professionals. View your wedding in the same way. You will be building, as well, but these efforts are going toward the start of your new life as a married couple.

PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE

There are a variety of professionals that can provide the help that you will need to pull off each detail of this anticipated celebration. You will soon find that it's pretty difficult to even get off the ground without knowing exactly how to get started, along with solidifying that everything will go according to plan at the actual event.

A wedding planner will provide the expertise needed to completely begin and execute the smallest details of the planning process. A day-of coordinator will make sure that everything goes off without a hitch during the wedding. So, let's explore the roles in detail of these invaluable members of your wedding A-team!

CONSULTING, PLANNING AND WAVING A MAGIC WAND

Your wedding planner is nothing short of a fairy godmother. Once you find a professional to work with, the stress of planning your special day will begin to fade, leaving you more time to actually enjoy this monumental time in your life. A planner will jump right in, clicking the items off your To Do List in record time. The following areas are where a wedding planner really shines, making you wonder how you might have ever thought that you could do this all on your own!

KNOWING WHO TO HIRE

A wedding planner works with wedding professionals every day, so knowing in the blink of an eye who can fill a specific role can be expected. This type of knowledge could cost you hours sorting through advertisements and making phone calls, with the real possibility that you may still not find the right caterer or DJ. However, a consultant KNOWS these people and, more than likely, has worked with them before at other weddings. It's vitally important that your personalities gel, especially when you are faced with situations that could create stress, let your planner take the guesswork out of the equation. If you need a photographer who will think out of the box and find those inspiring settings for your bridal photos, your wedding planner will know who to call!

KEEPING WITHIN YOUR BUDGET

While having white roses and an ice sculpture in the middle of July may be extremely important to you, many couples find that having what they want and staying within their budget might be problematic. But remember that your wedding planner has a general idea of what certain things can cost, also having knowledge as to which professionals can be the right fit for you. This is an area where a wedding planner can most definitely help save some aggravation!

SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS

When you're planning a wedding, you are going to spend some time attending meetings with your potential providers. The positive side of this is that you're going to get to sample delicious sweets from bakers and taste tantalizing delicacies from the best caterers on Long Island! However, scheduling these appointments and maintaining a schedule can be difficult if you're doing it on your own, so this is an area where your wedding planner can help you to save both time and energy. A planner will also work around your schedules to ensure that you can meet with wedding professionals in a timely and efficient manner.

COORDINATING, LEADING AND SUCCESSFULLY MANAGING YOUR WEDDING DAY

Your day-of wedding coordinator will act as your master of ceremonies, making sure that your much-anticipated event surpasses even your wildest dreams. While you may be tempted to micromanage, when you have a day-of coordinator, you will have the time to actually enjoy your wedding, rather than worry that the ceremony is starting late or that the reception music isn't keeping the guests on the dance floor. However, there are many other ways that a coordinator can help you during the wedding. Let's explore a few!

KEEPING TO A SCHEDULE

When you're trying to decide if you need more eyeliner or if someone's tie is crooked, it's hard to look at your watch every 15 minutes. Besides, who wants to be the White Rabbit of their own wedding, running from room to room, announcing that everything is running behind? Your coordinator will make sure that a realistic schedule is set into motion, being certain that everyone is where they're supposed to be when they're supposed to be there.

PAYING ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS

You may think that you would never let any detail, no matter how small, fall through the cracks on your big day, but this happens to brides and grooms all the time, regardless of their determination to avoid it. A coordinator will make sure that the cake is set up on a beautifully decorated table in the right location in the reception facility, the best man didn't leave the wedding ring on his nightstand, and that your aunt was seated on the opposite side of the building from your uncle.

AVOIDING CONFLICT AND OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

Wedding coordinators have seen it all. They've dealt with bridesmaids who forgot that this wasn't their own wedding, a DJ who may have had the music too loud, and a flower girl who came down with an overwhelming case of "stage fright". A day-of coordinator knows how to take these situations in stride, finding solutions to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable time and that you make it down that aisle!

Of course, it's nearly impossible to list the hundreds of ways that wedding planners and day-of- coordinators make certain that your wedding is everything that you hoped it would be. They are conscientious, organized and true professionals. So, don't leave such an important occasion to chance. From the early stages of planning to the clean-up after the reception, your wedding planner and day-of coordinator will provide the level of professionalism that you require to begin this new era of your lives with a day to remember.

 

  • Date: Aug 25, 2016
  • Author: Angela Ash
  • Category: Articles   

When it comes to your special day, you need as much support as you can get. Your bridal attendants are a lot more than just pretty faces in your wedding photos. These friends and family members will not just stand beside you, but they will offer everything from their opinions on finding the wedding gown of your dreams to their help in ensuring that the reception goes off without a hitch.

Choosing these very vital members of your bridal party will be extremely important, because they can take some of the stress away from your memorable day, allowing you the time and the peace of mind to focus on enjoying every minute. So, let's take a look at how to pick your bridal attendants and what to expect from them when you walk down the aisle!

DECISIONS, DECISIONS

Selecting your bridal attendants can be exhilarating. It's like picking your A-Team, with plenty of options to set yourself up with all of the support that you will need to keep a smile on your face throughout the entire ceremony. However, you may be wondering how to decide amongst your family, friends and even a few close co-workers. Don't worry, because we have a few tips to point you in the right direction!

1.Try To Include Your Siblings In Some Way

These are the people that share a bond with you quite unlike anyone else in the world, whether your relationship has grown over the years or remains rooted in your childhood memories. Let's say you chose your best friend instead of your sister to be your {maid of honor, or bridesmaid), but you still want your sister to be a part of your wedding. Just remember this decision doesn't have to hamper their involvement in your special day. Ask her to be in charge of keeping the reception in full swing, or request that she walk your grandmother or other family member down the aisle.

2. Think About People Who Are Ready And Willing To Jump Right In

While there may be plenty of people in your life that you truly care about and would love to be rewarded with the honor of standing with you on your wedding day, you may be able to pare this list down by considering those who never hesitate to offer a shoulder to lean on or can easily provide the solution to a situation that you may need to overcome. We all have those good-time friends that can make a Friday night full of thrills, but really think about who you can count on in a pinch. These are the type of individuals that you will want to entrust major responsibilities to in the blink of an eye, knowing that they always have your best interest at heart.

3. There's A Role For Everyone (Be Creative)

Just because you don't include someone as an actual attendant in your bridal party doesn't mean that you can't find other ways to make them a part of your ceremony. Ask a friend who is a good  communicator to assist attendees with signing the guest book, or ask two of your especially energetic co -workers to help seat your guests as they enter. This can help take a few thing s off of your plate, while ensuring that no one feels left out. If you use a little bit of ingenuity, you can find a role for everyone that really utilizes their individual skills!

4. Trust Your Instincts

If your gut is telling you that is important to include a particular person in your group of bridal attendants, make sure that you listen. While you may have heard that it is better to follow your head than your heart, try to incorporate a mix of both in making this important decision. If you can't imagine seeing your wedding album without images of a particular person standing next to you, include them, without hesitation, as a bridal attendant.

5. Don't Be Afraid To Be A Bit Unconventional

If your best friend is a male, don't give a second thought to worrying about offering him the role of "man of honor". Time s are changing, and we shouldn't let gender play a factor in who holds that bouquet for you while you say your "I Do's". Next to the happy couple, the “honor" roles take center stage, so don't let traditional views stand in the way!

WHAT'S IN THE JOB DESCRIPTION?

Now that you've decided who will fill the ever-important roles of bridal attendants on your big day, you may be wondering just how to ensure that you make the most of the assistance from this special group that you have gathered. Making certain that you don't ask too much or even too little can really help things run smoothly, alleviating a lot of the guesswork. Let's get started!

1. Don't Be Afraid To Delegate

Your bridal attendants are here to help YOU! This day is all about you and the person of your dreams beginning your life together. So, don't balk at the idea of coming up with a list of responsibilities for each attendant to help out with. Remember that the traditional rules don't always have to apply. Consider each individual's personal strengths and devise a few things that can be taken off of your own "To Do List" that they will excel at and even enjoy.

2. Let The MOH Lead

You put a lot of thought into choosing your maid/matron/man of honor, so let them take the reins when you need the additional guidance. Allow them to not only throw you one grand bachelorette party, but step back as they help schedule bridesmaid dress fittings, find shoes and accessories for the bridal attendants, make hair and nail appointments and spread the word about planning get-togethers and pre-wedding parties or dinners.

3. Encourage Your Attendants To Play Hostess

During your reception, your mind will more than likely be on other things, so being the perfect hostess to so many guests may not be your number one priority. Let your attendants know that you will greatly appreciate it if they can greet guests as they make their way into the facility, make laps around the room to ensure that everyone is having a good time, and even keep your great aunt company for a few minutes if she looks a little lonely. In doing so, you will have more time to set about creating plenty of memories at the most important party of your life. Plus, guests like to feel as if their attendance is appreciated, so make them feel wanted!

4. Expect Your Attendants To Help With The Details

While you may think that you're so prepared that no detail could ever slip through the cracks, a little back-up assistance never hurts. Make a list of all of the responsibilities that you'd like your attendants to help out with, and you may be surprised at how willing they are to jump right in to help. This should include things like hand-writing addresses on the wedding invitations for a personal touch, helping you pack for the honeymoon, attending catering and cake tastings with you for a second opinion, keeping a record of gifts received and coordinating transportation on your wedding day.

5. It's Not Over 'Til It's Over

Once the wedding has occurred, it doesn't mean that all of the responsibilities end. Bridal attendants can still offer a lot of much-needed help for the days ahead. Talk about getting together to send out "thank you" notes, or even plan a special lunch to show your appreciation for their hard work. Always keep in mind that these are moments that you will remember forever. Surrounding yourself with those people who are of the most importance to you will provide yet another reason to cherish this day for the rest of your life.

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When it comes to your special day, you need as much support as you can get. Your bridal attendants are a lot more than just pretty faces in your wedding photos. These friends and family members will not just stand beside you, but they will offer everything from their opinions on finding the wedding gown of your dreams to their help in ensuring that the reception goes off without a hitch.

Choosing these very vital members of your bridal party will be extremely important, because they can take some of the stress away from your memorable day, allowing you the time and the peace of mind to focus on enjoying every minute. So, let's take a look at how to pick your bridal attendants and what to expect from them when you walk down the aisle!

DECISIONS, DECISIONS

Selecting your bridal attendants can be exhilarating. It's like picking your A-Team, with plenty of options to set yourself up with all of the support that you will need to keep a smile on your face throughout the entire ceremony. However, you may be wondering how to decide amongst your family, friends and even a few close co-workers. Don't worry, because we have a few tips to point you in the right direction!

1.Try To Include Your Siblings In Some Way

These are the people that share a bond with you quite unlike anyone else in the world, whether your relationship has grown over the years or remains rooted in your childhood memories. Let's say you chose your best friend instead of your sister to be your {maid of honor, or bridesmaid), but you still want your sister to be a part of your wedding. Just remember this decision doesn't have to hamper their involvement in your special day. Ask her to be in charge of keeping the reception in full swing, or request that she walk your grandmother or other older family member down the aisle.

2. Think About People Who Are Ready And Willing To Jump Right In

While there may be plenty of people in your life that you truly care about and would love to be rewarded with the honor of standing with you on your wedding day, you may be able to pare this list down by considering those who never hesitate to offer a shoulder to lean on or can easily provide the solution to a situation that you may need to overcome. We all have those good-time friends that can make a Friday night full of thrills, but really think about who you can count on in a pinch. These are the type of individuals that you will want to entrust major responsibilities to in the blink of an eye, knowing that they always have your best interest at heart.

3. There's A Role For Everyone (Be Creative)

Just because you don't include someone as an actual attendant in your bridal party doesn't mean that you can't find other ways to make them a part of your ceremony. Ask a friend who is a good  communicator to assist attendees with signing the guest book, or ask two of your especially energetic co -workers to help seat your guests as they enter. This can help take a few thing s off of your plate, while ensuring that no one feels left out. If you use a little bit of ingenuity, you can find a role for everyone that really utilizes their individual skills!

4. Trust Your Instincts

If your gut is telling you that is important to include a particular person in your group of bridal attendants, make sure that you listen. While you may have heard that it is better to follow your head than your heart, try to incorporate a mix of both in making this important decision. If you can't imagine seeing your wedding album without images of a particular person standing next to you, include them, without hesitation, as a bridal attendant.

5. Don't Be Afraid To Be A Bit Unconventional

If your best friend is a male, don't give a second thought to worrying about offering him the role of "man of honor". Time s are changing, and we shouldn't let gender play a factor in who holds that bouquet for you while you say your "I Do's". Next to the happy couple, the “honor" roles take center stage, so don't let traditional views stand in the way!

WHAT'S IN THE JOB DESCRIPTION?

Now that you've decided who will fill the ever-important roles of bridal attendants on your big day, you may be wondering just how to ensure that you make the most of the assistance from this special group that you have gathered. Making certain that you don't ask too much or even too little can really help things run smoothly, alleviating a lot of the guesswork. Let's get started!

1. Don't Be Afraid To Delegate

Your bridal attendants are here to help YOU! This day is all about you and the person of your dreams beginning your life together. So, don't balk at the idea of coming up with a list of responsibilities for each attendant to help out with. Remember that the traditional rules don't always have to apply. Consider each individual's personal strengths and devise a few things that can be taken off of your own "To Do List" that they will excel at and even enjoy.

2. Let The MOH Lead

You put a lot of thought into choosing your maid/matron/man of honor, so let them take the reins when you need the additional guidance. Allow them to not only throw you one grand bachelorette party, but step back as they help schedule bridesmaid dress fittings, find shoes and accessories for the bridal attendants, make hair and nail appointments and spread the word about planning get-togethers and pre-wedding parties or dinners.

3. Encourage Your Attendants To Play Hostess

During your reception, your mind will more than likely be on other things, so being the perfect hostess to so many guests may not be your number one priority. Let your attendants know that you will greatly appreciate it if they can greet guests as they make their way into the facility, make laps around the room to ensure that everyone is having a good time, and even keep your great aunt company for a few minutes if she looks a little lonely. In doing so, you will have more time to set about creating plenty of memories at the most important party of your life. Plus, guests like to feel as if their attendance is appreciated, so make them feel wanted!

4. Expect Your Attendants To Help With The Details

While you may think that you're so prepared that no detail could ever slip through the cracks, a little back-up assistance never hurts. Make a list of all of the responsibilities that you'd like your attendants to help out with, and you may be surprised at how willing they are to jump right in to help. This should include things like hand-writing addresses on the wedding invitations for a personal touch, helping you pack for the honeymoon, attending catering and cake tastings with you for a second opinion, keeping a record of gifts received and coordinating transportation on your wedding day.

5. It's Not Over 'Til It's Over

Once the wedding has occurred, it doesn't mean that all of the responsibilities end. Bridal attendants can still offer a lot of much-needed help for the days ahead. Talk about getting together to send out "thank you" notes, or even plan a special lunch to show your appreciation for their hard work. Always keep in mind that these are moments that you will remember forever. Surrounding yourself with those people who are of the most importance to you will provide yet another reason to cherish this day for the rest of your life.

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