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Creating Your Wedding Playlist

30 Apr

Have you hired a DJ, live band, string quartet, or orchestra for your wedding? Or maybe are you going to take charge of your own music for your event by using CD’s or your Ipod.  Either way, you should still try to get a play-list together to make sure you have songs picked out for some of the highlights of your wedding.  What kind of music have you always dreamed of hearing as you walk down the aisle?

Are you looking for a DJ who will also serve as an MC for your wedding? This person will essentially be the voice of your wedding, as he or she will be keeping the event flowing and announcing your entrance, first dance, cake cutting etc. A good DJ has finesse, and can get all of your guests onto the dance floor, and keep the party going.  Take the opportunity to meet potential DJ companies to ensure that you feel comfortable with their level of professionalism. Don’t be shy about what your expectations are, and determine what equipment is included such as a cordless microphone, lighting effects etc.  Last, make sure your wedding venue has accessible power outlets for the DJ to set up their equipment.

Next, take the opportunity to define your personalities, and set a tone for your event  by choosing great music.  First, make sure you know the basics of wedding ceremony music. TheKnot.com has a great article about wedding music, so we have provided an excerpt here for you. “The most basic wedding ceremony music setup involves a minimum of three types of songs: preludes, processionals, and recessionals. Prelude music is light, ambient music that sets the mood while guests are being seated and waiting for the ceremony to begin. It usually begins when the doors open, or as early as 45 minutes prior to but no later than 20 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony.

Next is the processional, which accompanies the entry of the extended wedding party– family, bridal party, and bride. The same song can be used for each, but we love the idea of changing to another song when the bride enters to add drama and highlight her entrance. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the recessional plays. As the name implies, this music accompanies you as you recess (that is, make your exit) and is traditionally bright and lively — a reflection of your joy. ” (TheKnot.com)

There are tons of resources for lists of traditional, contemporary and modern wedding music, and these are a few we found to be really helpful.
www.TheKnot.com
www.WeddingWire.com
www.Weddingvendors.com
www.Projectwedding.com
www.Ourweddingsongs.com

If you plan on using some of the more traditional wedding processional songs such as (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen by Edvard Grieg, or one of the many versions of “The Wedding March,”) a piece of advice is to listen to the song using YouTube, so that you can hear the song first.

A handful of great classical/traditional songs:

Romance ( Op. 44, No. 1) Anton Rubenstein
Vocalise – Sergei Rachmaninoff
The Maestro –  Composed by Hans Zimmer
Bridal Procession – Edvard Grieg
All I Ask Of You – Phantom of the Opera, (Piano)
Canon in D – J Pachelbel
Ave Maria – (There are several beautiful instrumental versions)

Here is a list of some recommended songs, from many different genres.

Marry Me – Train
This Year’s Love – David Gray
I Do – Colbie Caillat
Rhythm of Love – Plain White T’s
Your Guardian Angel – Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Time of My Life – David Cook
Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Better Together – Jack Johnson
She’s Everything – Brad Paisley
Why Wait – Rascal Flatts
Are you Gonna Kiss Me or Not – Thompson Square
Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood
Only You Can Love Me This Way – Keith Urban
Wishn and Hopin – Dusty Springfield
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
I loved Her First – Heartland (Great Father Daughter Dance Song)
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
Spend My Life With You – Eric Benet
I Do – Boys II Men
L-O-V-E – Nat Cole King
I Cant Help Falling In Love – Elvis
That’s what makes it a love song – Miranda Lambert
Better Half – Keith Urban
Oh Love – Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood
Our Love is Here To Stay – Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald Versions
I Could Not Ask For More – Edward McCain
Sail Away – David Gray
The Only Exception – Paramore
Forever – Chris Brown
Wedding Bells – Coldplay (This song is not yet released, but has an anticipated release date of late 2011)

Don’t forget to check out our Vendor Directory, to find great DJ’s and other Entertainment.

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Mark Your Calendars

26 Apr

The Palms Pavilion in Chico will be having an open house at their beautiful venue, on May 10th, 2011.  The admission is free, and as if that wasn’t exciting enough, each couple will each receive a free engagement photo!  If you have never visited The Palms, check out all of these great amenities included in their wedding package.

AMENITIES:
•   Luxuriously furnished, private bride and groom dressing rooms •   Fully equipped catering kitchen • Air-conditioned and fully lighted pavilion space, accommodating up to 300 guests •   Built-in beverage service bar •   Portable stage with overhead lighting •   Parking spaces for 250 automobiles •   Multiple ceremony spaces throughout the landscaped gardens •   Tiki torches light up evening celebrations •   Koi ponds and fountains provide water features.

Enjoy h’orderves and champagne, while you take in the scenery and  mingle with other engaged couples.  WeDo Designs is the on-site wedding designer, and Rabina Khan along with her team are sure to wow you with their elegant designs and modern innovations to wedding decor.   Many brides watch shows like Platinum Weddings, or My Fair Wedding with David Tutera and feel like those weddings are just a fairytale. Let us assure you that with the right vendors, you can have the Platinum Wedding you have dreamed of without breaking the bank! Check out WeDo Designs, for picture galleries, pricing and available services.


So mark you calendars, and make sure to attend this great Open House at The Palms Pavilion.  May 10th, 2011 from 4 to 7pm.

The Palms Pavilion is located at 2947 Nord Avenue, Chico CA 95973

For more information contact:

Rabina Khan, WeDo Designs
(530) 566 – 7603
2947 Nord Ave
Chico, CA 95973

Hire a Professional Beverage Service/Bartender

23 Apr

Even if you are having a “dry” wedding, your guests will still be thirsty.  Hiring a professional bartender or beverage service helps to make sure that you and your guests can enjoy the evening without having to pour your own drinks! Catering companies often supply water, tea, or lemonade but when it comes to champagne or cocktail drinks you are on your own.  With a professional bartender you can rest assured that your guests will be taken care of.

Make a statement, and treat your guests with signature cocktail drinks made special for your wedding. You will need to check with your wedding venue to ensure they allow outside alcohol for your event.  You can create signature drinks that match your theme, or plan around the season of your wedding.  White Russians for winter weddings and blended margarita’s or mojitos for the warmer months.

For our DIY brides out there, look for sales and deals on alcohol and drink mixes and stock up on supplies such as straws, cocktail napkins, stiring sticks etc. Stirrings.com offers printable labels for your stirring sticks, which you can personalize with your monogram, intials or wedding date etc. Another way to keep your budget in check, is to only serve alcohol during the cocktail hour (which may also help keep your guests from getting over indulged.) Have a friend or relative that knows a thing or two about making drinks? Don’t be afraid to ask them to help out if you aren’t planning on hiring a bartender.

For local professional bartenders and beverage services check out our directory. Below are some cocktail drink recipe ideas, and keep in mind there are endless options out there. Use the recipes for bridal showers, bachelorette parties as well.  If you have a smart phone you can also download free cocktail recipe apps!

White Russian  
1 1/4 Vodka
1 1/4 Cofee Licquer
1 1/4 Heavy Cream
Directions: Stir together in a pitcher, then pour into ice filled glasses.

Cosmopolitan
(serves one)
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Rose’s sweetened lime juice
1/2 oz Cranberry juice
Lime Wedge
Directions: Shake liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice, Place lime wedge on the rim of  Martini glass. Pour mix into the glass & Enjoy

Lemon Drop (Shots)
1 Shot Absolut Citron
1 Slice Lemon
1 tsp Sugar
Directions: Place sugar on lemon, take the shot and then bite down on the lemon!

Mojito                                                                                        
2-3 oz of Light rum
Juice of 1 lime (1 oz)
2 tsp Sugar
2-4 Mint Sprigs
Soda water
Directions: Mix the mint and sugar with a splash of soda water in a mixing lass, until sugar is dissolved.  Squeeze the lime into the glass, add the rum and shake with ice. Top off with soda water, garnish with ming sprig and serve.

Real Northern California Weddings

21 Apr

Veronica & Daniel
Chico, CA
10.10.10

With all of the planning leading up to my wedding day in October, I had begun to get overwhelmed with all of the details. Eventually, I let myself stop stressing and try to enjoy everything that was happening. I knew my vendors had everything under control so it was time for me to just be a Bride!

Initially I had wanted to hire a wedding coordinator, but I had confidence that I could handle organizing the details myself, and although there were a few rough patches I must say everything went rather smooth!  (Believe me when I say I was far from a DIY Bride)

My theme was black and white damask, with an accent of red. (Oh and of course some bling)  When I booked WeDo Designs, I knew that the owner, Rabina Khan really understood my vision and from samples of her work I knew she would be able to exceed my expectations.

The wedding venue was The Card Center in Chico, which offers an outdoor area for the ceremony as well as indoor reception area with a patio for the cocktail hour.   The Card Center staff provided me with a floor plan of the reception area, and we were able to work on the layout
and plan out how the tables and chairs would be set up.  We also decided we would use floor to ceiling fabric, and up-lighting to really transform the room. See the before and after photos below.

When I met Lisa Hunter of Lisa’s Flor Décor, I was hooked on her artistic creations with flowers and centerpieces. I had so many different pictures of designs I liked, but she was able to choose designs and flowers that were cohesive with my wedding theme. She made sure that the centerpieces were an appropriate height for the room and really accomplished what I had asked of her. I loved that she was willing to mix things up and play with different heights and centerpiece ideas.
When it came to the altar, Lisa brought my vision to life and I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out.

I really loved our aisle, and Lisa’s Flor Decor made a beautiful Monogrammed “E” covered in Roses.

Speaking of flowers, every bride dreams of walking down the aisle holding her beautiful bouquet! I loved the mix of flowers used in the my bouquet, and the Gerbera Daisy’s had a dark center which matched the bridesmaid dresses.

I wore a Casa Blanca wedding gown and the Bridesmaids wore Black Alfred Angelo gowns with Red Accents.

Daniel wore a black Tuxedo with a White Vest, and the Groomsmen wore Black Tuxedos with Red Accents from Mens Wearhouse.

What is a wedding celebration without appetizers and a delicious dinnner? Leslie with Shelly’s Creative Catering really brought her A game to the wedding and not only was the food amazing but she was also great at keeping the festivities on schedule. The cocktail hour consisted of an open bar, fruits, cheese and crackers, and veggies, followed by a tri-tip and chicken buffet dinner.

Christy, with Christy’s Creations created a cake that tasted amazing and fit perfectly into our theme. It was a three-tierd white cake with fondant.

The photo-booth was a blast, and the photos served as our wedding favors. Chico Photo and Video brought the booth to the reception, provided props and also a cd of the photos for us to be able to see all of the pictures. Having the props really added to the fun, and since there was no limit on how many pictures we could take I think the kids at the wedding probably went in the booth over 20 times!


Tracy with Tracy Lynn Photography captured some great shots, and really made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. She knew I wasn’t a picture person so she really had a challenge on her hands!

Cheers!

Wedding Planning 101: Timeline!

19 Apr

No matter where you are in your wedding planning, staying organized is important.  Part of being organized is to refer to a timeline and checklist to make sure you don’t have a last-minute wedding crisis on your hands.  If you have a wedding coordinator they should be assisting you with creating an outline of the planning process, and helping you stay on track.  There are many wedding planning resources and tools out there, so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

Depending on how far out your wedding date is, you should be able to space out the time-line so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.  Word of advice: ask your fiance to help you with the parts that he can help you with because it is his wedding too! If he can’t help you then look to your friends and family because chances are they are pretty excited for you and would love to help.

Below is a checklist that we found online, and thought it was very helpful.  Depending on how large or small your wedding is, some of the items may or may not apply.  Click here to download or print this checklist.

Check back for next weeks article, “Wedding Planning 101: Wedding Budget”

9-12 months before the wedding

  • Officially announce your engagement
  • Decide on who pays for what and set an overall budget
  • Set a wedding date (consult with registry office and officiant)
  • Decide on the type of wedding (formal, semi-formal, informal…)
  • Book reception site (liability insurance necessary?) and arrange parking
  • Book ceremony location (liability insurance necessary?)
  • Decide whether you need/want pre-marital counseling
  • Get some useful wedding checklists or prepare your own ones
  • Hire wedding planner if you wish
  • Start first draft of your guest list

6-9 months before the wedding

  • Announce wedding date (especially for out-of-town guests)
  • Start shopping for wedding dress, shoes, jewelry etc.
  • Decide on bridesmaids dresses
  • Organize (flower) decoration and bouquets
  • Hire catering service
  • Hire wedding photographer/videographer
  • Hire DJ/band
  • Choose officiant and discuss ceremony process
  • Start thinking about gift registry options
  • Reserve hotel rooms (in varying price ranges) for out-of-town guests
  • Have an engagement party if you wish
  • Book honeymoon

4-6 months before the wedding

  • Select and order wedding invitations and stationery
  • Choose wedding cake
  • Discuss menu ideas with catering service
  • Arrange for rental items (arches, candelabras, china, crystal, flatware…)
  • Buy wedding rings
  • Organize groom’s tux and decide what groomsmen will wear
  • Make sure bridesmaids ordered their gowns and decide on accessories
  • Look for wedding favors
  • Confirm dates for bridal shower and bachelorette parties
  • Start registry (before sending bridal shower invitations)
  • Get ideas for wedding hair and makeup
  • Organize helpers (readers, musicians, guest book attendant etc.)
  • Organize additional management staff, babysitters etc.
  • Give guest list to shower hostesses
  • Decide whether you want wedding insurance

2-4 months before the wedding

  • Finalize guest list and send invitations
  • Select place for rehearsal dinner
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner plans
  • Finalize menu
  • Select music for ceremony, reception etc.
  • Book makeup artist and hairstylist
  • Check tuxes for groom and groomsmen have been ordered
  • Organize wedding transportation (for you and your guests)
  • Order wedding favors
  • Find gifts for each other, your attendants, shower hostess, parents etc.
  • Purchase bridal party gifts
  • Purchase wedding accessories (candles, baskets, ring pillow etc.)
  • Check registry regularly (there always have to be enough options left)
  • Joint bank accounts, insurance, merging of money…
  • Start preparations for honeymoon
  • Send invitations 8 weeks before wedding date

1-2 months before the wedding

  • Have first bridal gown fitting
  • Schedule a final fitting for your gown so it can be ready for formal bridal portrait
  • Finalize ceremony readings, songs, etc.
  • Design wedding programs
  • Meet with officiant to finalize ceremony
  • Arrange “Bridesmaid Luncheon” and other “Pre-Wedding Parties”
  • Write vows
  • Set appointment with photographer for your formal bridal portrait.
  • Prepare photo and video shot list
  • Check requirements for blood test and marriage license in your state
  • Discuss and finalize details with wedding service providers

3-4 weeks before the wedding

  • Get marriage license (normally no earlier than 30 days before wedding)
  • Arrange name change
  • Mail rehearsal-dinner invitations
  • Meet with stylist to discuss makeup and hair
  • Confirm hotel arrangements for out-of-town guests

1-2 weeks before the wedding

  • Call guests who have not responded to invitation
  • Make final payments for all services that require payment
  • Have final wedding gown fitting
  • Finalize wedding-day schedule and share with attendants, parents and all vendors
  • Pick up wedding dress and make sure all accessories are together
  • Reconfirm all wedding plans: ceremony, reception site, florist, photo/videographer, musicians, DJ, baker, honeymoon
  • Give caterer/reception site final head count
  • Provide wedding party and out-of-town guests with itinerary and maps
  • Prepare emergency kit with needle, thread, safety pins, tape, mirror, etc.
  • Give someone at home emergency numbers of honeymoon locations, credit card numbers etc.
  • Finalize seating arrangements
  • Prepare place cards
  • Prepare “wedding box” for ceremony accessories
  • Prepare “reception box” for reception accessories
  • Prepare wedding favors for transportation
  • Complete seating plan for reception
  • Confirm all rental and floral delivery dates and times
  • Confirm arrival times for attendants
  • Pack for wedding night and honeymoon

The day before the wedding

  • Prepare payment envelopes, choosing who is responsible for each one
  • Hand out assignment lists and checklists to ensure everyone knows their tasks
  • Hand out ceremony box to appropriate person
  • Hand out reception box to appropriate person
  • Hand out favor box to appropriate person
  • Give rings to best man
  • Gather wedding dress and all accessories
  • Get a manicure, pedicure, massage
  • Rehearse ceremony with officiant and wedding party
  • Confirm flight arrangements for honeymoon
  • Compile an emergency list of all wedding vendors with phone numbers

The wedding day

  • Try to eat breakfast
  • See hairdresser
  • Have makeup applied
  • Don’t forget rings (if you haven’t given them to best man) and wedding license
  • Take a relaxing bath

After wedding

  • Get wedding gown cleaned and preserved
  • Preserve bouquet
  • Write and send thank-you notes
  • Complete process of name change
  • Finalize gift registry
  • Meet with photographer/videographer to finalize albums/video

(Photo Credit: weddingbycolor.com/Timeline Courtesy of http://www.myweddingchecklist.net/wedding-timeline-checklist)

Say Cheese!

13 Apr

There are many ways to capture the memories and kodak moments of your big day. From the professional photos or videos taken by your photographer, to candid snapshots taken by your guests.  A photobooth gives you a combination of the two, because the photos are taken with a professional camera and it is just plain fun!

Photobooth companies often supply props and costume pieces that allow the guests to take as many playful pictures as they want.  You can have your names and date or monogram printed onto the photo strips so that they become a keepsake for you and for your guests.  Give your guests the option to keep half of the photo strip and place the other half into your scrapbook where they can write a personalized note to you.  Keep in mind that in most cases you will get a cd with all of the pictures on it for you to enjoy, and make extra prints if necessary.

So in between the father daughter dance and your bouquet toss just throw on a cowboy hat and some oversized sunglasses and have a unique photo with your friends and family forever!

Check out these examples of Photobooth Fun, and don’t forget to checkout our directory to find local photo booth rentals.
 

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