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Ten Wedding Flower Tips to Keep in Mind

 

 

•Convey your vision. You know how you want your wedding to look. Maybe you want a tropical vibe, or cool elegance, or a casual country feel. Let your florist know your vision, rather than insisting on specific flowers. She may be able to help you create the look and feel you want for less money.  Use Pinterest and pictures to communicate your ideas.

 

•Be honest about your budget. Figure out what you have to spend on flowers before placing an order. If your dream wedding flowers cost 50% more than you have to spend, your florist can help you figure out where to cut back without sacrificing impact.

 

•Beware DIY. Creating the floral vision you want on your own is harder, and often more expensive, than it looks. Unless you’re very sure about the availability and quality of the flowers you need, and about your own skills, you’ll reduce stress by letting a pro handle the flowers.

 

•Bigger is not always better. Don’t overestimate the size your bouquet needs to be. The goal is to accent, not overwhelm, your dress. You want to look like a bride, not like you just won the Kentucky Derby.

 

•Less can be more. A few dramatic orchids can have more impact than a basket of carnations for the same price. Don’t sacrifice quality for quantity.

 

•Consider the backdrop. If the bridesmaids’ flowers blend into their dresses, they will not photograph well. Choose colors that complement, but won’t blend in. Similarly, the table linens at your reception shouldn’t wash out the flowers in your centerpieces.

 

•Show your flowers some love. Find out if bouquet flowers need special care to keep them looking good throughout the day and in photos.

 

•Don’t be late for your date. Your florist has a cooler in that back room, not endless fields of flowers. Be sure to allow plenty of time to order and ship the blooms you need.

 

•Remember function. Tall table centerpieces may look sleek and elegant, but when guests sit down to eat, those centerpieces obscure vision and hinder conversation.  Bonus: smaller often equals less expensive, too.

 

•Reuse and recycle! The flowers at your wedding ceremony will likely cost hundreds of dollars and be seen for an hour, at most. Enlist someone in advance of the wedding to transport them to the reception site so they can do double duty.

Written by Rebecca King ~ Copyright © 2013 exclusively for Atmosphere Productions

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The Bond Ballroom: Stephen Charles Photograhy

Caitlin and Patrick selected The Bond Ballroom, overlooking the Hartford skyline, for their wedding reception.  It was a beautiful day for such a great couple, uniquely captured by Dan from Stephen Charles Photography…. as you can see from the images below, Caitlin and Patrick had an unforgettably fun reception, with sound and lighting provided by Atmosphere Productions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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3 Tips for Happily-Ever-After Wedding Planning

 

 

Wedding planning can really put a strain on a relationship–and not just the one between a bride and groom. Just as most brides have dreamed of their wedding day, most mothers of girls have dreamed of seeing their daughters walk down the aisle. When those dreams conflict, what should be a joyful time for everyone can become a tearful one. Here are some tips for keeping all your wedding tears happy.

1. Money Matters. 

Wedding dreams often run up against financial realities. Before the wedding train starts gathering steam, all parties involved should set a budget and understand what it allows for. Then, adjust expectations: brides shouldn’t expect to have their parents pick up the tab for everything without having some input; mothers of the bride should understand that paying for all or part of their daughter’s wedding doesn’t mean they get to call all the shots. One of brides’ most common complaints is that their moms try to seize control of the wedding planning.

2. Guest List Graciousness

Whether it’s your wedding or your daughter’s, it’s a big day, one that you want to share with all the important people in your life. Depending on the couple’s desire for a large or small wedding, the budget, and the size of the families, hard choices may need to be made on the guest list. Brides should expect to allot some of the spaces on the list to close friends of their parents. Moms shouldn’t abuse the privilege, though. Their friends will understand, especially if they’re told in advance, “Bob and Ann are on a budget and really have to limit their guest list.” If Mom can’t bear for the whole garden club to be excluded from the celebration, she can always host a tea or second reception at a later date.


3. Something Old, Something New (Your Daughter’s Wedding is not About You) 

Weddings are times of tradition, and many a mother has saved her wedding gown in the hopes her daughter would one day wear it. It’s often beautiful to see something from the past carried into the future, but mothers of the bride should understand if their daughters don’t attach the same meaning to that fingertip veil circa 1974 that they do. If there are one or two things that are really meaningful to a MOB, she should present the ideas to her daughter as a suggestion, not a mandate. The more you ask for in this situation, the less you’re likely to get. And daughters–consider honoring reasonable wedding requests from your mother. Sooner than you think, you may be standing in her shoes, trying to help your daughter plan her dream wedding. 

 

Written by Rebecca King ~ Copyright © 2012 exclusively for Atmosphere Productions

 

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Julie and Jason’s Wedding – A Villa Louisa, Bolton, CT

 

It’s time to share some images of our recent wedding at A Villa Louisa in Bolton, CT at Julie and Jason’s wedding reception.

Not only was Julie and Jason a great couple to work with in the planning stages of their wedding but they also knew what they wanted on the big day….. a fun reception!  That was no problem for us.  Check out these pictures and judge for yourself:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PhotoPros Studios of Connecticut

DJ Network member Atmosphere Productions recently worked with Rick from PhotoPros Studios of Connecticut, at Tania and Paul’s wedding at the unique  Merlot On The Water in Broad Brook.

Thanks Rick for these great shots…. we look forward to working with you again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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5 Bridal Show Tips

 

OK, here is an amazing stat. Did you know that 70% of all of the engagements that happen each year will happen on Christmas/New Year’s/ Valentine’s Day? I don’t know if the gentlemen are just lacking for originality, or if the romance of the season is just too good to pass up? What is the result of the 70%??? Thousands of newly (excited) engaged brides flood the bridal show market each year, which is why, in New England, we have these shows from November – March.

A bridal show is the ultimate way to shop for wedding services. Unlike a magazine or web site, you can see, touch, sample, and question everything wedding related at these events! Here are a few tips of what to look for and what NOT to look for in a bridal show vendor. Now first and foremost, please remember that the vendors have paid to be here! They can pay up to $1500 for a small booth just to have the chance to fight the other vendors to romance your business. This fierce competition can lead to less than desirable behavior at times. These rare moments can make some bridal show attendees shy and unwilling to talk with the vendors.  Big mistake!

Rule # 1: Talk with the vendors! The best way to find out whether or not a service is right for you is to always have a conversation. You will determine, usually in the first few minutes, whether a service is right for you. If a vendor is pushy or will not take “NO” for an answer, put down the literature and say, “Thank you for your time.” Then move on. I feel that if a vendor is a “Hard Sell,” they must be desperate for work. If they are that desperate, maybe they are not that busy? If they are not that busy, maybe they are just not very good at what they do? Just my theory…

Rule # 2: Look beyond the candy! Some vendors use the craziest things to lure you into their booth. I have seen things like cookies, dancing girls, water dispensers, and Hummers. Ask yourself, what does any of this have to do with the service the vendor is providing? Chances are that if the vendor has the need for gimmicks to get you into the booth, the substance of the product may be lacking?

Rule # 3: Trust the quality of the paperwork. This area might be the second best way to evaluate a vendor, after speaking with them one on one, of course. If you receive a handout that has been made on a home computer, if the handout looks and feels CHEAP, or if it lacks information, then usually the service lacks as well.

When you dump all of the contents of your bridal show bag onto your kitchen table, look for the paperwork that is of quality. If it is well prepared, informative, and well presented, then chances are the service vendor puts the same care into their customers as they put into their paperwork.

Rule # 4: Beware the Bridal show specials! People love a deal. If you really think you are getting a deal at a bridal show, think again. Many “show specials” are fake. You think you are getting a deal, so you book. In reality, the vendor is charging you the same as if you meet then outside the show. They raise the normal rate for the show to make the “Show special” look that much more attractive. Oldest trick in the book! The deals you can get are the ones you don’t want.

Some vendors will get into quoting wars with other vendors at the show. YES, you might be able to beat down a vendor if you play them against another service provider at the show, but this is a sign of desperateness and you might not like the service you have after the smoke clears. Some vendors will also give you the lowest level of service possible, if you beat them down on price. “Small price = Small service.”

Did anyone ever hear the phrase, “You get what you pay for?” If a vendor does not negotiate price, that is usually the sure sign of a stable, quality, reputable business. Watch out for Bridal show prize boxes! They are usually a way for the vendor to market you after the show. You actually win nothing except a mail box full of junk literature and phone solicitation. Don’t fall for gimmicks. Look for substance.

Rule # 5: If it looks and sounds too good to be true, usually it is too good to be true. I would encourage any bride-to-be to get out and enjoy a bridal show. It is a big part of the experience of getting married. Just be careful and realistic when speaking with vendors.

Best wishes to all those that are getting married. Hope to see you at the next bridal show.

 

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Free Tickets to The Western New England Fall Bridal Show – This Sunday

Don’t Miss The Area’s Largest One Day Fall Bridal Event !
This Sunday, November 18, 2012
The Western New England Fall Bridal Show

The DJ Network invites you to join us as The Wedding Day Sourcebook and CJC Events present The Western New England Fall Bridal Show at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main Street in Springfield on Sunday, November 18, 2012. This is one of the premiere events at this beautiful state-of-the-art venue and is the largest one day bridal show in the area. This show features the area’s best Bridal Fashion Show, live music and much more:

http://www.westernnewenglandbridalshow.com/

As a courtesy, you can print the Complimentary Vendor Ticket below and present it at the door for up to 4 FREE tickets to the bridal show (a $32 value).

CompVendorTicketFall-DJN2012

You must include YOUR NAME, YOUR WEDDING DATE and who/what business you received the tickets from for it to be valid.  One certificate per person please.

Look out for our Bridal Show tips in our next post.

 

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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3 Cost Effective Wedding Flowers Options

More and more brides are on a tight budget when it comes to planning their special day. For some the first thing to try to cut back on are flowers. If you do plan on cutting back here are a few things to consider:

First: Try to pick a florist who understands your budget requirements and wont try to up sale you on flowers that are out of season or not in your budget. Be honest with you florist about bottom line cost and what you have to have and what you can live with out.

Second: Be very careful when price comparing with florist. Prices vary based on a multitude of reasons. If you are planning on price shopping, be sure to know exactly what you are pricing out. For instance I had a bride come into my shop and had told me that she had gotten a much less expensive quote form another florist, but could not tell me what flowers were being quoted or quantity. One bouquet quote for the same flowers may vary just based on quantity alone. So be sure to know exactly how many roses, flower etc. are going into your bouquet or arrangement so you will have an accurate comparison from florist to florist.(I.E: an $80 bouquet from one florist may have 6 roses where another florist may have 12). If there is minimal price difference go with the florist you feel most comfortable with and who understands your style and needs.

Third: Look for alternative options for your floral needs. Here at Flower Boutique we offer a “DIY” service for the budget conscious bride, or for the hands on bride. You and your bridal party create your own bouquets and centerpieces. Our space and services are designed to have bridal parties come in and create their own bouquets and arrangements for their wedding. It is a fun and affordable way to have flowers for your special day with a cost savings of anywhere between 30% — 50%.

For more information:

 

Rebecca Daleb

280 Murphy Road

Hartford, CT

860-524-8580

 

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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Interesting Introduction Ideas For Your Wedding

The DJ Network have a wealth of suggestions and ideas for your introductions…. and we are always open to new ideas. Here are some options:

  1. Traditional Introductions: Include announcements of Grandparents, Parents and the entire Bridal Party. Typically one piece of music for the Bridal Party and a different piece for the Bride & Groom.
  2. Custom Introductions: Include announcements of Grandparents, Parents. The Bridal Party Bridesmaids & Ushers get different custom edit song for each couple and a different piece of music for the Bride & Groom. Listen to these samples of a Custom Introduction, from one of The DJ Network members.
  3. Love Story Introduction: You get the chance to tell your guests how you met.  A short story just prior to your introduction with appropriate background music.
  4. Formal Bridal Party Introduction: Just an introduction of the Bridal Party and Bride & Groom. Either one piece of music for both or two different pieces of music.
  5. Casual Bridal Party Introduction: Introduction of the Bridal Party and Bride & Groom just using First Names only. Either one piece of music for both or two different pieces of music.
  6. Bride & Groom Introduction: Just a casual or formal introduction of the Bride & Groom.
  7. No Introductions: Just a welcome, then into Blessing, Toast and Speeches.

You are not limited to these suggestions, but they should be used as a guide to selecting the option that best fits your situation. Each event is customized to your special needs, so please feel free to contact your DJ Network member to discuss you ideas.

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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Josephs Photography: Chris & Julie’s Wedding at The Water’s Edge.

DJ Network member Atmosphere Productions recently worked with Joe from Josephs Photography, of Chester, CT, for Chris and Julie’s wedding at The Water’s Edge in Westbrook, CT.

Thanks to Joe for these exceptional images of Chris and Julie’s special day.

 

Videography by Craig from Classic Video Productions

 

Chris and Julie’s First Dance:

Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am

 

Bride and Bride’s Father Dance:

Tim McGraw – My Little Girl

 

Groom and Groom’s Mother Dance:

Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World

 

Last Dance:

Black Eyed Peas – Time / Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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