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Here are ten things you should know about getting married. (Courtesy of Glamour and MSN.com)

1. Your proposal — and wedding — may not be magical.

Your proposal and wedding day will undoubtedly be special and memorable. But there’s a caveat: You’ve spent so much time building up each moment in your head that when those moments come, they may be as awkward and un-perfect as any first-time experience, says Meredith Bodgas, weddings blogger at Merital Bliss. Relax — the “flaws” in your stories will end up being your favorite parts to recount.

2. A short engagement is a good idea if…

You’re a high-stress person who knows she’ll agonize over the details down to the last minute, changing your guest list, or refusing to make the final call on your flowers, your bridesmaid dresses, etc. Spare yourself the anxiety — and the flip-flopping — and get married sooner.

3. You might consider a longer engagement if…

You’re searching for a home while trying to plan a wedding, you have a baby, or you’re involved in any other highly time-consuming life commitments. Wedding planning takes up a lot of evenings and weekends, and if you’re going to be stretching yourself beyond your limits or actively reducing the quality of your life to get married sooner, reconsider your target date — for a better wedding and your sanity.

4. Once you choose a wedding date, stick to it.

“Your wedding date is the first anniversary you pick yourself, so you want to make sure you get it right,” Fusaro says. “So go ahead and take your time selecting the perfect date.” But don’t change it! It’s a big deal if you ask the members of your wedding party, who’ve requested time off and may also be involved in other friends’ weddings, to shift the date — if you switch to a different weekend, they may not even be available

5. Don’t go shopping for your wedding dress without doing these three key things.

First, be certain you really, truly know your budget so you won’t try on a dress you can’t ultimately afford. Second, make sure you know your venue so you’ll pick an appropriate dress. And third, pick your company wisely. (DON’T go with an entourage — too many opinions will drive you crazy.)

6. When wedding planning, get everything in writing.

Prevent nasty wedding budget surprises by getting all arrangements on paper. Reiterate oral agreements, especially with vendors who might not give you a contract, like your makeup artist, to make sure everyone’s on the same page and to ensure everyone stays honest.

7. Relax the day of your wedding.

You’ve been stressed for months, so take this one day for yourself and trust that you’ve made all the right decisions — and let everyone else handle the hiccups

8. You’ll find out things about him you didn’t know before…

…and they may leave you scratching your head asking, “Who’s this guy in my house?” Well, you’ve changed over the years, and that means your husband has too. It’s a good thing, and it’s part of the discovery of marriage — and chances are he’s thinking the same about you.

9. If you want to change your last name, you’re going to have to do a lot of paperwork.

You’ll have to change your license, Social Security card, passport, credit cards, IRS info, etc. If you don’t feel like tackling the job on your own, services like MissNowMrs will help you take care of it for a fee

10. Your partner should make you feel like a better person.

According to a study from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the marriages that last are the ones in which your partner helps you expand your definition and value of yourself. We couldn’t agree more.

Again, thanks to Glamour and MSN.com. We hope this helps your transition from single to married life. For more great information like this contact us at Desert Music Entertainment DJs and Videography of Arizona and San Diego.

Did you ever wonder how the tradition of the bride and groom kissing at the end of the ceremony ever come about?  (It’s not what you think.)  Why was rice thrown after the ceremony?  Why does a bride carry a bouquet?

These are just some of the traditions that just about every wedding observes but do you know the meaning behind these traditions.  Well, if you are curious, read on!

Traditionally, rice was thrown after the ceremony to signify, are you ready, FERTILITY.

White wedding cakes symbolize what?  That’s right, FERTILITY.

Flower girls represent what at a wedding?  You might recognize a theme right now, it’s FERTILITY.

Why do brides and grooms kiss at the end of the ceremony?  No, it’s not about FERTILITY (although kissing may play a part in that later), it’s because in old Roman times, the belief was that the bride and groom exchanged a piece of their souls during the kiss.

Why does the bride carry a bouquet?  Again, in old Roman times (do you know any old Romans?) the belief was that the bouquet ‘warded off evil spirits.’

Did you know that 40% of brides marry the first man they ever fall in love with!

This is just an example of how Desert Music Entertainment’s DJ entertainers can keep your guests entertained during the release of the tables for the buffet or during cocktails.  For more information about our DJ entertainment or Videography service for your wedding, CONTACT US NOW at 480-967-7333 (Arizona) or 855-967-788 (San Diego) or check out our website at www.DesertMusicEntertainment.com (Arizona) and www.DesertMusicDJs.com (San Diego.)

 

Toasts have been a part of wedding celebrations for hundreds of years, possibly one of the oldest wedding traditions.  How many times have you been to a wedding and the toasts were great?  They were probably more along the lines of boring or worse embarrassing.   One of the secrets to a good toast is being prepared.  ‘Winging it’, unless you are a professional comedian, generally doesn’t work (and professional comedians very rarely ‘wing it,’ what appears to you, in a performance, as a spontaneous remark has actually been rehearsed many times to sound ‘spontaneous.’)

So what are the secrets to giving a good wedding toasts?  The following link that will give you some insight on what makes a great wedding toast.  Brides you may want to send this link to anyone that you think might want to give a toast at your reception.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4deue0KdMXM&feature=fvwbrel

(Thanks to the folks at ThinkrTV)

San Diego website

Just finished designing our San Diego website (www.DesertMusicDJs.com.) We have performed at a few events in San Diego over the past couple of years and have several others coming up in the next few weeks. We are looking forward to having more a presence in San Diego, so we can pick up more business.

 

Weddings, Wedding Venues
2011 Bride's Choice Awards | Best Wedding Photographers, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Florists, Wedding Planners & More
Weddings, Wedding Venues
2012 Bride's Choice Awards | Best Wedding Photographers, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Florists, Wedding Planners

Tim and Shannon Long celebrated their Arizona reception (they were married in Michigan at the end of June) on Saturday, July 14, 2012.  It was held at the Foothills Golf Club in Ahwatukee.  They had a small but enthusiastic group of guests.  The photographer was Bonnie of Bonnie Aileen Photography and the photo booth was provided by Daniel of Fun In A Flash Photo Booths.  DJ JJ of Desert Music Entertainment provided the musical entertainment.  Congratulations Tim and Shannon, we wish you many years of happiness in your new life together.

Jill and Ryan Scott’s wedding and reception were held at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff on Saturday, July 7, 2012.  The ceremony was held outside amongst the pines of the golf course and the reception was held in the banquet room of the clubhouse.   They had such fun guests that the guests were spontaneously doing the ‘wave’ BEFORE the grand entrance of the wedding party.  We provided the sound system for the ceremony and the emceeing and musical entertainment for the reception.  Other vendors working with us at this event were, of course, the staff at Forest Highlands Golf Club, Amanda from Butterfly Petals provided the beautiful flower arrangements for both the ceremony and reception, Jared Harrison of Shutterbooths of Arizona provided the photo booth and the photographers were Robin and Renee of The R2 Studio.

It was a fun event, congratulations, Ryan and Jill, we wish you many years of happiness in your new life together.

Desert Music Entertainment DJs and Videography

Ceremony set-up for Ryan and Jill’s ceremony at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Arizona

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