Club Bands are In

by Myrna 26. May 2011 08:08

 If you want your reception to be a fun party, but not so traditional, many couples are now hiring club bands, not necessarily wedding bands.  They tend to be smaller in number of musicians, maybe 3 or 4, but will still play the traditional renditions to meet the needs of the first dance, and father/daughter dance. The musicians are not dressed in suits or tuxedos, but in casual clothing most times, just as if they were playing at the club.  When it comes to the party time of the evening, the music can be any genre  and  the dance floor is always jammed with happy guests no matter how loud the music.

If you need some suggestions about trying out one of these type of bands for your wedding, give us a holler at fao-events.com or call us at 703-222-5912.  We would be most happy to share our knowledge so you can have a rocking evening!

To Gift - Or Not To Gift??

by Jackie 26. May 2011 06:25

As soon as a ring is bought and the question is asked, everyone wants to celebrate by throwing a party. From Engagement parties to Showers to the actual Wedding, it can be a little confusing when it comes to gifting. Whether you are the newly engaged couple or find yourself attending any one of a number of pre-wedding celebrations, here are a few gift suggestions.

Did you know that engagement parties were orginally planned by the couple to surprise close friends and family about their engagement? Now many couples choose not to have engagement parties for one reason or another. Should you find yourself hosting or attending an engagement party, don't feel obligated to bring a gift. These are more of an excuse for everyone to get together and celebrate the couple in a casual environment. If you are the newly engaged couple and you happen to get a gift, it should be opened after the party, in private, rather than in front of everyone attending.

Bachelor and bachelorette parties are planned by the couple's respective attendants. No gifts are given during these parties, but those who attend usually pitch in so that the future bride or groom don't have to pay for anything that day. 

Bridal showers can be hosted by anyone. If the bride and groom are from two different towns or states, then a lot of times there will be more than one shower. Guests to a shower will bring a gift, though it won't be something as elaborate or costly as a wedding gift. If you've gotten a shower invite and can't attend, make sure to send well wishes to the couple along with your RSVP. Purchasing a gift is not necessary if you aren't attending the event.

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Put Happy Guests Into Your Wedding Plans

by Jackie 20. May 2011 11:58

It is true that there wouldn't be a wedding without you and your fiance. However, there wouldn't be a fabulous party without all of your family and friends in attendance. One of your goals, as a newly married couple, should be to host an unforgettable party that guests will rave about for years to come. Over the years, we have collected ideas from our couples about what they did to ensure their guests were happy at their wedding. Below are just a few standouts that we'd like to share with you.

When creating a gift registry, be sure to include items in every price point.

When selecting food for your reception, keep possible allergies in mind. If there is something you and your new spouse must have, that may not be widely liked, (like hot chili peppers or liver) make it an appetizer for your cocktail hour instead of pairing it with the main course.

Choose a centerpiece that makes a unique statement, but make sure your guests don't have a problem speaking to each other across the table.

Do your best to greet each of your guests. The easiest way to do this is during dinner. Receiving lines take a long amount of time and takes away from pictures after your ceremony. After finishing your first course, walk around to each table and say hello to everyone - they will appreciate it a lot.

Keep your vendors in mind when planning the reception. Most of them, such as your photographer, videographer and wedding planner, have been working with you all day and haven't had the opportunity to eat. Most caterers will provide a "vendor meal", for a much smaller fee than your guests' meals, if requested. 

Unless absolutely necessary, try to keep the break between your ceremony and reception to less than an hour. Your guests are excited about your reception, but waiting too long in between can be tiring if there is nothing for them to do.

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