I am fortunate enough to have worked with some of the best wedding vendors in North Alabama. We have teamed up to provide you with helpful tips and things to consider for your wedding. I hope you find this information helpful as you plan your wedding! ~ Kyle
Wedding Planning Tips
by Kristen Bentley; Simpson's Florist, Decatur Alabama
- Splurge on whatever item is the most important to YOU!
What is the most important part of the wedding to you? The dress? Photography? Flowers? I have so many brides tell me after the fact that they wish they had splurged on one of these items - because it was what was the most important. Don worry so much with what online planning blogs tell you how much each category should cost, because you are going to spend more on the categories that are more important. It's your day, so make it all about you two!
- Need to save some money? - Trim your guest list.
If you are on a budget, trim your guest list. It can save you thousands of dollars on the combination of venue, invitations, food, centerpieces, etc.
- Hire a wedding coordinator.
We always recommend hiring a day of wedding coordinator. You want to enjoy your wedding day, right? Having a coordinator or planner is the best way to ensure the bride and her family get to enjoy the day because the coordinator handles all the scheduling and stresses for you.
- Remember, no wedding is going to go absolutely perfect.
At some point, whether it is the night before or the day of, something is going to go wrong. Do not let it ruin your day. Emotions run high for weddings. Relax and remember how awesome it is to be marrying the love of your life! Just remember that at the end of the day, the ceremony of you, your groom, and God are all that matter!
by Steve Metz; Metropolitan DJ, Huntsville Alabama
Choosing Your Entertainment / Special Event Lighting Service
When choosing a professional disc jockey for your wedding event, start by making sure you’re dealing with a professional. You may ask questions such as:
- Are you dealing with a part time or full time wedding business?
- Do they have a business license and insurance?
- Do they utilize professional equipment?
- Do they have backup equipment and staff?
- Are they experienced in the wedding arena?
- Are they well known for the skill set and talent they provide and utilize at events?
These may sound like simple questions, but it’s important to remember your wedding day is not only one of the most cherished days of your life, it’s also one of the most expensive. Don't take the risk in hiring a non-professional.
Next, check their professional and experience credentials:
- Can they provide a history of credible testimonials and public accolades?
- Do they have adequate wedding experience?
- Are they well respected in the wedding community as a service with integrity?
- Will you need to worry about any aspect of what they promise to provide?
Then, decide if your DJ will be a good match for the style of event you desire:
- Will they listen and understand your expectations and needs?
- Will they honor your wishes during your event?
- Will they present themselves in a professional manner?
- Do they fit an image and persona which make you comfortable for your event? (in many respects they will represent you at the reception)
Don't forget, one of a bride’s best resources are the services already hired/retained. Ask your trusted vendors (your venue, your wedding planner, photographer, florist caterer, etc.); odds are they have worked alongside the best (and the worst) in the wedding industry and can help you avoid services which do not handle themselves in a professional manner.
Finally, once you are confident the DJ you are considering qualifies with all the items mentioned above, trust your intuition:
- Would you enjoy their performance and services if you were a guest?
- Does your DJ make you feel comfortable and confident about their ability to handle the entertainment and services at your event?
- Do you have a good rapport with your DJ?
- Have you enjoyed the time spent with your DJ during your consultation?
For your final decisions - don't be afraid to trust your instinct!
In today’s marketplace, most professional wedding disc jockey services also offer complete audio/visual production services to wedding clients; this may include professional audio services for the reception, ceremony and/or the rehearsal, plus a qualified emcee to assist the wedding couple and help guide their guests at the event. It may also include special event lighting enhancements and décor such as spotlights, uplighting, gobo projection, table lighting and a variety of illuminated visual enhancements; plus video monitors, projection screens, trussing and some basic production services are now commonly being offered.
Special Event Lighting has become an important part of creating ambiance and contributing to the décor of an event. Item’s like uplighting, gobo projection, café string lights, suspended “Chinese” lanterns, spotlights and more add visual enhancements and a level of customization to an event’s décor and should always be considered as a way to complement the venue’s atmosphere and create a unique visual experience.
There are a variety of wedding vendors handling a cross selection of these type of services; however, these item’s typically fall under the category of “Audio/Visual” so you’ll likely find your sound/music entertainment service is likely to possess the technical knowledge, equipment, experience and expertise to handle all of your audio/visual needs including sound, lighting décor and emcee duties. These are areas which are natural for a sound/light technician to handle with knowledge and understanding. Caution should be exercised if you’re using a non-audio/visual professional provide your audio/visual lighting, or production equipment. It’s always best to trust your experts to handle the areas which encompass their expertise… and again, for your final decisions - don't be afraid to trust your instincts!
Makeup Artist Tips
by Nancy Finnegan; Nancy Finnegan MUA, Huntsville AlabamaHiring a MUA has many advantages for wedding day. Very often people think they can do their own makeup well or have a good friend that does, but here are some things to think consider being trying to do it on your own:
- This is a special day, you are in a special dress...THE dress!! It is wedding day and that requires a special, yet you, makeup look!
- A makeup artist is prepared for whatever might happen with the weather that day. Different makeup is required for different types of weather in order to be long lasting and best applied.
- Every bride wants to look her best on wedding day, too often that is when the skin will not behave it's best. A good makeup artist is prepared with the right products in her caddy to solve whatever problems may arise.
- It is very important for the bridal party to get their makeup done too. The bride has taken the time to strategically plan the look of the wedding and that should include the appearance of the bridal party too. A photo can get ruined if some of the bridal party uses their own makeup and it is reflective in photos and that can be too hard (or impossible) for the photographer to edit and fix, therefore more costly for the bride in the end. It can also ruin some of the unification and overall look of the photos.
- Getting makeup done for the bride, moms, and bridal party allows them to be accounted for on wedding day, which can result in less stress and remaining on time with the days schedule.
- A professional makeup artist knows which products, for example false lashes, will look best in photos so that you do not look washed out or overdone. It is also important that she uses what will last and what products will not interfere with others or your skin