31st January, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
Selecting your wedding entertainment
Your wedding entertainment could be a make or break decision, so it’s very important that you choose carefully. It’s going to be the biggest day of your life, and the last thing you want is a shoddy tribute band or a student group that just play Queen covers all night. To help smooth the way, here are our tips to top finding the best wedding entertainment.
If you find a group or entertainment that appeals to you, make sure you get a certified reference or testimonial. Don’t rely on their website for a review, it’s so easy these days to just write your own, make sure you get it from an unbiased source. If they have a Facebook page, that would be a good place to find comments and reviews.
Make sure they are insured. If they are professional then they should have a public liability insurance certificate. Some venues might even ask you for a copy of this certificate. Also, when booking a professional service, make you get what you pay for and don’t always pick the cheapest option. A band with ridiculously low prices could definitely turn into a complete disaster. However, do be wary of bands that go the other way and inflate their prices for weddings.
It’s your wedding, so it’s only natural that you get what you want. Be clear in your guidelines: tell them what you want from their list of songs and what you definitely don’t want. Don’t let the band dictate what they want – it’s your wedding. Check if they take requests, having a set list is all well and good, but being able to play songs on the fly might add a little spice to the wedding.
Get a contract. This should include their fee as well as the schedule. This way you can have everything put down on paper catering to both your needs and theirs. Will they bring their own equipment? Do they need any extras? Also check for any cancelation fees – what if any of them fall sick?
To know what you’re getting, go see them perform. You’re not going to drop hundreds or thousands without knowing what you’re paying for, so make sure you get to see the band live in action before the deal is done.
If you’re struggling to find entertainment, then there are plenty of entertainment booking services out there that can help you find something right for you. Chances are they’ll also be able to offer testimonies and information to you, making your life easier.
16th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
There are wedding blogs galore with all sorts of horror stories about what takes place during weddings and the receptions that follow when children are present. But I’m here to tell you-it’s not the children that are the problem. Most of the time, it’s their parent’s lack of disciple that causes the problem.
But that’s another story altogether, so to make sure your youngest guests don’t get bored, frustrated or out of sorts, you might consider the following:
- Provide a nursery area. Most weddings take place in the mid to late afternoon-nap time for most toddlers. By staffing a nursery or nap area with two trusted friends (an adult or college aged female and a teenager, a few toys, a couple of playpens or mats, and a rocking chair, you’ll eliminate the problem of crying babies during the ceremony. This will also allow their moms to enjoy the wedding without feeling self-conscious. NOTE: Make sure you publicize the nursery via the guest book attendants as young families come through the door.
- Provide coloring pages for little ones both during the ceremony and the reception. Oriental trading (www.orientaltrading.com) has wedding coloring pages/puzzles and miniature boxes of crayons packaged in lots of twelve. They are inexpensive and something the kids will enjoy, especially if put in a colorful goodie bag with other treats.
- Provide a play room (with supervision) for the children during the reception. Bubbles, inexpensive craft kits, play dough and kid’s movies will keep them entertained.
- Make your youngest guests feel welcome by playing a few songs for them. They’ll enjoy the hokie pokie, the chicken dance and other fun songs. FYI: so will the adults.
- Teenagers can also feel out of place if the wedding is not one of a close family member; one at which they will know most of the guests. To make them feel welcome, play a few songs for them, as well. You can also provide them with disposable cameras and ask them to snap some candid shots of the reception and provide an area of the reception hall for them to hang out in.
Your wedding day is just that…yours. Well, yours and your husbands. But because your guests take the time out of their busy lives to celebrate with you, you owe it to them to make them feel both welcome and comfortable.
**Photo source: www.affordableutahwedding.com & www.thingsfestive.com
5th March, 2011 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
As you plan for your wedding, get registered for all of your gifts, and prepare your guest list, it is time to consider the experience you want your guests to have on your special day. While yes, the day is most certainly about you and your fiancé, your guest’s enjoyment and experience at your wedding should be a positive one. Many of your guests are taking time away from their life, their jobs, and perhaps even traveling just for you. They’ve taken the time to look their best, be on time (hopefully), and selected a giftfor you and your future bride or groom.
During your reception, it would be most kind if you prepare some various forms of enjoyment and entertainment for your guests, aside from their dinner and traditional dancing. Create a warm ambience that is fun, fresh, and exciting for your guests. Here are some top ideas for wedding entertainment for 2011:
Playing with the Photobooth : This has become quite the favorite at weddings last year, and is continuing it’s popularity into 2011. Renting a photo booth has never been easier, and is fairly affordable as well. Guests will be able to step inside a photo booth with friends, their family, or by themselves and create a fun photo strip to make your special day. If you’re feeling nostalgic, have them print two copies of the photo strip, so you can each have a copy to remember your special day by.
Jammin’ to the Jukebox : Find a Jukebox that guests can enjoy all night long. You can do this one of two ways: have the Jukebox paid for with music credits so that they do not have to fish out change but still able to enjoy music, OR, for a honeymoon twist: post a sign that says “ Honeymoon Fund, Play A Way!”. Your guests’ change will go towards your honeymoon getaway while they enjoy their favorite songs to dance to before or after your DJ is done spinning his tunes (or, use this as a DJ alternative)!
Movie Maker: Your wedding is going to be one of the most memorable days of your life, so let your guests be a part of that special day. While your videographer will be capturing some of your most special moments, your guests can tell part of the story too! Set off a room, booth, or hallway in your reception area to set up as a video area. Setup a camera on a tripod ( or you can have someone monitor and hold the camera for them) and let your guests tape a 30 second to a minute segment just for you and your bride or groom. You could make this a sweet sentimental gesture, or make if goofy with a box of silly props for them to choose from and improvise with. You’ll be able to cherish their kind words (or silly antics) to mark your special day, and they will have fun doing it too!
Comedy Rules: Nothing makes an event more enjoyable like a good laugh. Comedians are a hit everywhere and that is why they would make a perfect entertainment addition to your wedding day. You could hire a comedian for the reception itself, or even comedian waiters to loosen up and lighten the mood throughout the meal and into the night. Be sure to meet with any sort of comedian beforehand, as some are more “ adult friendly” and if you have kids present at the reception, you don’t want anything off colored said . Enjoy it, and laugh a lot!
Photo Source: Carey Bryon Photography
30th January, 2011 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
A reader wrote to me and gave me the heads up about a creative new trend in the bachlorette party world. Beading Buds, an Ontario based travelling jewelry making party. This company is ideal for bridal showers as a fun activity for the guests who will love creating one-of-a-kind jewelry. This also takes care of the bonbonniere since the guests will be taking home the jewelry that they make. Jewelry making parties are also the perfect solution for brides that want to have a bachlorette party and would prefer celebrating by spending a cosy girl’s night in with their close friends and family, especially in the Canadian winter!
Another great service this company provides for brides is a “bridal jewelry making party”. The bridal party and the mothers of the bride and groom get together for a fun night where they make the jewelry that they will wear on the big day. A Beading Buds designer will work with the bride prior to the party to design the bridal party jewelry using pearls, swarowski crystal and semi-precious stones to create beautiful jewelry that is completely custom and fits in exactly with what the bride is envisioning for the big day. The designer will be at the party to assist the bridal party and to make sure that everybody has a piece of jewelry that they love and will be proud to wear. This is the perfect attendant gift for the bridal party and is a fun way to celebrate the bride and the upcoming wedding.
The concept of Beading Buds is that they are like having a bead store come to your home or choice of venue to assist you and your guests in making jewelry. They send beading designers/instructors who bring beading tools and hundreds of beautiful glass beads in every shape, size and colour imaginable as well as a wide assortment of unique sterling silver plated clasps. The instructors assist you in picking your beads and designing and creating your piece. Their prices start at $18 per person. The company originally started out as a birthday party entertainer for kids, but in the last few years have expanded to doing adult birthday parties, corporate events, holiday parties, bachlorette parties and bridal showers.
They are located in the GTA and service Hamilton, Guelph, Georgetown, Milton, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Port Credit, Streetsville, Brampton, Etobicoke,Toronto, North York, Vaughan, Woodbridge, Thornhill, Richmond Hill and Newmarket. You can reach them via e-mail or telephone by visiting their MPW profile at Beading Buds.
**CONTEST FOR OUR LUCKY READERS, WIN A PAIR OF CUSTOM-MADE EARRINGS!**
Beading Buds has donated a pair for earrings for one lucky reader. And so you can get a taste of custom designed jewellery, Beading Buds will design a pair of exclusive earrings for the winner that nobody else will ever own. All you have to do is visit http://www.facebook.com/beadingbuds– click “LIKE” and leave a post saying that you’re a Marketplace Weddings reader and what colour earrings you would like. All posts will be entered into a draw to win the earrings. The contest closes on the 15th of March 2011 and the winner will be posted on our blog 10 days later!