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Experience The Difference Lighting Can Make At Your Event

 

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Atmosphere Productions: Before & After

Experience The Difference Lighting Can Make At Your Event

Notice the difference in this before and after video with our new Blizzard Lighting’s Puck Q6A Unplugged™ Flat LED PAR can featuring 6 state-of-the-art 10-Watt Quad-Color LED’s, with extreme output and exceptional color mixing.

 

Email the DJ Network to request further information and for us to check our availability.  Be sure to provide us with your mailing address, phone number, wedding date, event location and the number of guests that you are expecting.  Thank you.

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Providing:  Connecticut Wedding EntertainmentMassachusetts Wedding Disc Jockey Services, Wedding Up-lighting, Event Lighting, Karaoke Entertainment, Sweet 16 DJs, Bar Mitzvah Entertainment, Fashion Show Lighting, Photo Booth Services, Live Musicians, Jazz Combos and Strolling Violins.

 

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Unique Outdoor Ceremony

Now this is a unique set-up for your an Outdoor Ceremony….. A Spiral Ceremony.

 

We recently provide Ceremony Sound for Sarah & Jerry’s wedding.  They wanted something different for their wedding at The Barns at Wesleyan Hills.  They certainly did…. everyone had a front row seat for this Ceremony!

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Planning Tips For Your Wedding Day

 

 

You’ve decided on a wedding day.  You’ve picked out the church.  You’ve got your photographer.  What time should the ceremony start? What about the reception start time?  How much time do you need for photos?

 

Planning your wedding day time-line can be difficult.  Let’s break it down and see how much time you should plan for each section of your wedding day.

 

Your Ceremony:

Typically you can expect a Justice of the Peace civil ceremony to last 30 minutes maximum.  If you are planning a full mass service – you should plan a full hour to the ceremony.  If you are doing a receiving line after the ceremony – plan on about 20 minutes for every 100 guests. (If you have 200 guests, your receiving line will take 40 minutes!).  If it’s hot out, you do not want to keep your guests in the heat – let them get to the air conditioned reception site.  Exposing your guests to extreme heat for prolonged periods of time drains their energy – and they will not be as responsive later on for dancing.

 

The Photographs:

If you are not doing photographs prior to the ceremony, you need to dedicate time to get a good formal photograph session.  Typically you should plan 30 – 45 minutes for formal photos.  (this does not include travel time to and from photo session location)  The more family and bridal party, the longer photos will take.

 

Travel:

Obviously it takes time for your guests and the bridal party to get from point A to point B.  Take into consideration any special traffic situations on your wedding day (is it near a major concert, sporting event, is it a friday night, etc?).  If so, traffic may be an issue and you should either plan on circumventing this area in your travels or plan on travel taking longer than normal.

 

The Reception:

Most people start their reception with an hour social hour.  If you expect to be long taking photos, you might want to extend the cocktail time to an hour and a half.  Typically, at the end of cocktail hour, we do formal introductions and first dance, blessing and toast.  If you are having social hour in a separate room, plan on 10 minutes to 15 minutes transition time for your guests (longer if stairs or an elevator is involved).  It will take about 30 minutes to organize introductions, introduce everyone, first dance, bridal party dance and blessing/toast.  If you are having more than 1 toast, ensure that each person knows that their toast should be brief (2-5 minutes).  If someone gets up and does a 20 minute toast – that is 20 minutes that you will not have later on in your reception for dancing.  Time is of utmost concern at a wedding – make sure you curtail both blessing and toast to an appropriate timeframe.  We’ve seen clergy give 20 minute blessings and best men eat up 30-40 minutes for their toast.

 

Dinner:

From start to finish, your meal service should be between 45 minutes and 75 minutes maximum.  There are many facilities that drag out or are slow on meal service.  If so, you should consider dancing between courses to allow for maximum dancing time and to mask the slow meal service from your guests.

 

Dancing:

At a typical 5 hour reception – you should expect 2 – 2 1/2 hours of dancing.  Everything that takes longer above, eats into this dancing time.  If your concern is to have all your guests up and dancing, then you need to keep everything else in check to allow for this.

 

In Summary:

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Ceremony – 30 – 60 minutes

Receiving Line – 0 – 60 minutes

Travel Time (between ceremony and reception site) – 0 – 45 minutes

Cocktails – 60 – 90 minutes

Introductions/Speeches/Formal Dances – 30 minutes

Dinner – 45 – 75 minutes

Dancing – ?

 

 

Email the DJ Network to request further information and for us to check our availability.  Be sure to provide us with your mailing address, phone number, wedding date, event location and the number of guests that you are expecting.  Thank you.

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Providing:  Connecticut Wedding EntertainmentMassachusetts Wedding Disc Jockey Services, Wedding Up-lighting, Event Lighting, Karaoke Entertainment, Sweet 16 DJs, Bar Mitzvah Entertainment, Fashion Show Lighting, Photo Booth Services, Live Musicians, Jazz Combos and Strolling Violins.

 

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Creative Wedding Cake Alternatives

Once upon a time, there was one color for wedding cakes (white), one shape (round), and one embellishment (a bride and groom on top). Eventually, bakers branched out: tinting icing, decorating with fresh flowers, experimenting with new flavors and shapes. Today, if you can imagine something, you can probably have it turned into a wedding cake.

But what if you want something truly different? Wedding planners, bakers, and chefs in the Berkshires and throughout New England are willing to help you design a treat that will delight your wedding guests and be remembered long after your reception. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.   READ MORE HERE

 

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Your Wedding Day Beauty Prep Timeline

Even if you’ve planned thoroughly in the weeks and months leading up to your big day, a lot happens on the wedding day long before you walk down the aisle. Wondering how to make the most of that pre-ceremony prep time? Here’s what you need to consider:

When should I do my nails? If you’re planning on a mani/pedi, consider getting your nails done the day before. Depending on the formula used, nail polish can take awhile to harden completely (they might seem dry but many kinds of polish can be easily dented hours after application), so you’ll be unable to do much of anything until they are fully hardened. Unless you’re getting a fast-drying manicure at the very crack of dawn, save yourself the frustration by getting it done the day before (and set aside a bottle of a matching color & top coat for any emergency chips!)

Which comes first, hair or makeup? In a perfect world, hairstyling happens first because the hot styling tools might cause perspiration, and also because the makeup artist can remove any overspray from the skin before starting. However, your schedule may dictate that hair and makeup happen in tandem – or, in a pinch, simultaneously. As long as you avoid having a shine product sprayed too close to your face after your makeup has been done, it’s OK to switch up the order. (Definitely try to avoid going under a hot dryer with a finished face, though – that can be uncomfortable!) Also think about your chosen style – for example, if you’ll have bangs or wispy pieces of hair across your face, that section should ideally be finished after the makeup, or gently pinned back before makeup begins.  READ MORE HERE

Email the DJ Network to request further information and for us to check our availability.  Be sure to provide us with your mailing address, phone number, wedding date, event location and the number of guests that you are expecting.  Thank you.

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Members of the DJ Network:  www.keithalan.com www.atmosphere-productions.com www.RobAlberti.com

Providing:  Connecticut Wedding EntertainmentMassachusetts Wedding Disc Jockey Services, Wedding Up-lighting, Event Lighting, Karaoke Entertainment, Sweet 16 DJs, Bar Mitzvah Entertainment, Fashion Show Lighting, Photo Booth Services, Live Musicians, Jazz Combos and Strolling Violins.

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Take Your Seat: Five Essential Tips For Wedding Seating Arrangements

Wedding planning, for the most part, is a lot of fun. Choosing flowers, food, cakes and colors is a source of great enjoyment for most couples. Figuring out where everyone is going to sit at the reception is usually not. Whether mom is nagging you not to seat feuding Aunt Nellie and Aunt Edith next to each other, or you just can’t figure out what to do with that lone friend from graduate school, planning seating arrangements can be a drag.

Generally, though, you should do it anyway. If you don’t, some people will rush for the “prime” seats. This could result in your great-grandma relegated to a back corner with your co-workers and some of the groom’s frat brothers. Some couples may have to split up to find seats. Shy guests may be uncomfortable approaching a table of strangers to ask if they may sit there, and once seated, may feel excluded from the conversation. The bottom line: help your guests have a good time by designing seating.

Here are some tips:
1. Seat VIPs First. Aside from the head table, there are parents, grandparents, clergy and other guests who deserve a little extra consideration. Figure out first where they’ll be (likely in the front, near the head table) and work from there.
2. Think of the Children! If you have families with children, or pregnant women, at your reception, seat them as conveniently as possible to a bathroom. With little kids, too, it’s often best to seat their families toward the back of the room so they can relax without fear of the kids being disruptive.
3. Respect Your Elders. Older guests and relatives will want to be seated in a place where they can hear speeches and toasts, but where they won’t be blown away by blasting speakers when music plays. If you can’t achieve both goals, seat elderly guests far away from the music so they can at least relax and chat while other guests dance the night away.
4. Make Seats Easy to Find. Rather than putting guests’ place cards directly at their seats, have numbered place cards arranged in alphabetical order by last name right inside the reception area. Then have the table numbers prominently displayed on each table so guests can find theirs.
5. Mix and Match. Everybody likes to sit with someone they know. But consider putting small groups who don’t know each other together at tables, so they can meet someone new, too. We know a couple who met in just this way—and fifteen years ago, they had their own wedding

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Catherine Fiehn Photography: Sarah and Jerry’s Wedding

Sarah and Jerry’s wedding day was a chilly one, but the location for the outdoor Ceremony and indoor Reception at The Barns at Wesleyan Hills, had picture perfect Autumn colors.  No one seemed to mind the cold, especially the beautiful Bridesmaids and the guests who enjoyed a unique Spiral Seating Ceremony Set-up.

 

ATMOSPHERE PRODUCTIONS provided microphones and sound for outdoor Ceremony music.  The guests moved indoors for Cocktail Hour and Dinner with our Custom Photo-Booth option. Sarah and Jerry selected a Custom Love Story Introduction and danced the night away with some carefully selected favorites.

 

Photography Courtesy of Catherine Fiehn Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email the DJ Network to request further information and for us to check our availability.  Be sure to provide us with your mailing address, phone number, wedding date, event location and the number of guests that you are expecting.  Thank you.

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Providing:  Connecticut Wedding EntertainmentMassachusetts Wedding Disc Jockey Services, Wedding Up-lighting, Event Lighting, Karaoke Entertainment, Sweet 16 DJs, Bar Mitzvah Entertainment, Fashion Show Lighting, Photo Booth Services, Live Musicians, Jazz Combos and Strolling Violins.

 

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14 Fascinating Engagement Facts

 

 

Brides.com recently posted 14 fascinating engagement facts that we found intriguing.

 

  1. 61% of guys consult with their girlfriend before buying the ring.
  2. The most popular month for engagement? December.
  3. 27% of brides call their best friend first after the proposal.
  4. Cost of the average engagement ring: $5,229.
  5. 75% of brides change their Facebook status soon after they get engaged.
  6. Approximately 2,000 couples get engaged every year at Disney World.
  7. 29% of men would wear an engagement ring.
  8. The average length of engagements is 14.7 months.
  9. 75-100 couples take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty every year to propose.
  10. 69% of couples take engagement photos.
  11. 7% of Facebook readers dated for 3 months before they got engaged.
  12. 62 proposals were made on the Jumbotron at Fenway Park in Boston in 2011.
  13. 37% of brides were completely surprised by the proposal.
  14. 46% of couples announce their engagement via Facebook.

 

You can get the full details here at Brides.com

 

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Kasey Matson Photography

 

DJ Network Members Atmosphere Productions recently worked with Kasey Matson Photography for Ashley and Frank’s wedding day in town of Brooklyn, Connecticut and the Golden Lamb Buttery, overlooking the rolling hills and fields of this beautiful area of New England.

The planned outdoor Ceremony had to be relocated indoors because of the torrential rain.  Undaunted,  and still with a huge smile, Ashley seemed unfazed…. It was going to be her DAY – no matter what!

Atmosphere Productions provided microphones and sound for Ceremony music officiated by Andrea Burr. The guests remained indoors for Cocktail Hour and Dinner with the uniquely decorated barn-style dining area.

Ashley and Frank’s prime concern was getting everyone dancing.  We did just that!  Once the rain let up, guests could be seen dancing the night away outside, under the stars, to some carefully selected favorites Ashley and Frank.

Ashley and Frank’s Recessional Ceremony Song:
Colbie Caillat – I do

Ashley and Frank’s First Dance:
Jack Johnson – Better Together

Bride and Bride’s Father Dance:
Tim McGraw – My Little Girl

Groom and Groom’s Mother Dance:
T. Carter – A Mothers Song

Cake Cutting Song:
Luke Bryan – I Don’t Want This Night To End

Special thanks for all the photography Courtesy of Kasey Matson Photography
See more pictures from Ashley and Frank’s wedding day here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email the DJ Network to request further information and for us to check our availability.  Be sure to provide us with your mailing address, phone number, wedding date, event location and the number of guests that you are expecting.  Thank you.

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Providing:  Connecticut Wedding EntertainmentMassachusetts Wedding Disc Jockey Services, Wedding Up-lighting, Event Lighting, Karaoke Entertainment, Sweet 16 DJs, Bar Mitzvah Entertainment, Fashion Show Lighting, Photo Booth Services, Live Musicians, Jazz Combos and Strolling Violins.

 

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Top 20 Rock Standard Love Songs

 

We’ve put together a not-so-scientific list of our most recently requested Rock Love Songs.  These songs have become standards at weddings because they stand the test of time and sound just as good today as they did when first released.  Spanning the 70’s & 80’s, see if your favorite made our list:

  1. Someone Like You – Van Morrison
  2. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  3. Billy Joel – Just The Way You Are
  4. Sea Of Love – Honeydrippers
  5. Faithfully – Journey
  6. Color My World – Chicago
  7. Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
  8. Angel Eyes – Jeff Healey
  9. Your Song – Elton John
  10. You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor
  11. In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
  12. Crazy Love – Van Morrison
  13. We’ve Got Tonight – Bob Seger
  14. You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
  15. Open Arms – Journey
  16. Precious And Few – Climax
  17. Waiting For A Girl – Foreigner
  18. Heaven – Bryan Adams
  19. When I’m With You – Sheriff
  20. Wild Horses – Rolling Stones

 

Email the DJ Network to request further information and for us to check our availability.  Be sure to provide us with your mailing address, phone number, wedding date, event location and the number of guests that you are expecting.  Thank you.

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Members of the DJ Network:  www.keithalan.com www.atmosphere-productions.com www.RobAlberti.com

Providing:  Connecticut Wedding EntertainmentMassachusetts Wedding Disc Jockey Services, Wedding Up-lighting, Event Lighting, Karaoke Entertainment, Sweet 16 DJs, Bar Mitzvah Entertainment, Fashion Show Lighting, Photo Booth Services, Live Musicians, Jazz Combos and Strolling Violins.

 

 

 

 

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