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10 Ways to Make Sure Your Wedding Isn’t Boring

Want to keep ‘the fun’ in your wedding?  Listed below are 10 ways in which you can use to keep things fun and lively at your reception.

1. Make introductions at the rehearsal.

A wedding brings together two families and two sets of friends.  The last thing a bride and groom want is for a big group of people who don’t know each other very well (or at all) to attempt awkward small talk while waiting for the bride and groom to make their way into the reception.  A good way to solve this problem is to invite family and friends to the rehearsal dinner to break the ice BEFORE the big day.  The second time they see each other will be like old home week for them.

2. Stick to your schedule

No one expects things to run with military precision but you don’t want to force your guests to idle around while you take your after ceremony pictures.  This is where the cocktail hour comes in handy.  Set up a lounge or shady courtyard for your guests to mingle and equip the area with snacks, drinks, plenty of of places to sit  and even some background music to set the mood  and keep the party atmosphere alive.

3. Don’t let your guests go hungry during the cocktail hour

Two words, hors d’oeuvres.  Even if you plan on having a full meal at the reception, it’s a good idea to have a few snacks available for your guests to munch on during the cocktail hour.  You don’t want them to get too hungry (read: cranky) or too drunk while waiting for you to finish up your pictures.

4. Plan an exit strategy

If you really want guests to be able to enjoy themselves at your reception, arrange for transportation to get them safely home afterward.  Some couples choose to hold their reception in a hotel banquet hall and block off rooms for the guests (this will also help keep your guests around to the end of the reception) while others hire a shuttle service to run throughout the night.  This consideration gives your guests the freedom to relax (read: drink) without worrying about getting home safely when the party is over.

5. Consider your venue

Of course, your budget will be a deciding factor in determining where you hold your reception but selecting an interesting reception site can go a long way toward keeping your guests entertained.  Many museums rent out their exhibit areas for things such as weddings and zoos often have banquet areas with full view of the animals.  Even in an otherwise bland reception space you can ‘dress up’ the decor with things such as accent lighting or a photo booth or a custom image projection.

6. Work you seating chart

There’s nothing more uncomfortable than being the one couple at a table where you don’t know anyone and everyone else went to high school together–particularly if you can see friends having a good time five tables away.  A well thought out seating arrangement is an easy (and cheap) way to make sure your guests spend time with people they like and have similar interests.  You may be even able to set them up with someone new!

7. Put a time limit on toasts

Yes. it’s fun to hear ‘stories’ about you from your friends and family but unless your friends and family are professional comedians, an overly long toast can go from sentimental to painful very quickly.  Limit the amount of toasts to a few key members (Best Man, Maid of Honor, Mom or Dad.)

8. Bring in the …….clowns?

Remember the scary clown/magician from your eighth birthday party?  Today’s speciality performers are nothing like that.  The options for wedding (cocktail & dinner) entertainment span from an interactive DJ to balloon animal artists to belly dancers to singing waiters–these people are PROS at making sure weddings aren’t boring.

9. Think beyond wedding cake

Wedding cakes are still a staple but consider expanding the selection for those with a sweet tooth–we’re talking about a full dessert bar with everything from whoopie pies, truffles, cupcakes, candies and a chocolate fondue fountain.  The dessert bar can double as your wedding favor by setting up plastic bags or boxes for your guests to take a snack for the ride home.

10. Relax—seriously

Planning a wedding can be stressful but when the day arrives, everyone will have more fun if you can overlook any little mishaps (and there’s always SOMETHING that doesn’t go quite according to the plan) and let loose.  Think about it, do YOU have fun at parties where the host is constantly on edge?  To avoid sabotaging your good mood, assign any last minute details to a bridesmaid, relative or your wedding planner—and designate a friend who, if they observe you getting stressed, will ply you with a cocktail or TWO.

Other wedding vendors we like to work with

Here is a list of other wedding vendors that we have worked with over the years that we enjoyed working with and know will do a great job for you.

Venues

Antique Wedding House/Mesa                                Windemere Resort & Conf. Center/Mesa

480-649-1934                                                              480-985-3600

IronOaks (Oakwood) Country Club/Sun Lakes         Doubletree Suites/Phx. Airport

480-895-7275                                                              602-225-0500

Foothills Golf Club/Ahwatukee                           Embassy Suites/N. Phoenix

480-460-4653                                                      602-375-1777

Inside The Bungalow/Mesa                               Bella Giardino/N. Phoenix

480-844-2353                                                    623-582-3905

Officiants

Ken Froessel/Sedona Wedding Officiant                  Larry James/Celebrate Intimate Weddings

928-300-1658                                                              480-998-9411

Montana Meadows/Bird of Paradise Weddings      Randy Williams/Phoenix Wedding Pastors

520-977-8561                                                              602-421-1345

Phil and Gwen Waring/Arizona Ministers                Sare-LynParrault/A Spirit of Joy

480-502-0707                                                           480-895-0024

Roseann D’Antonio/A Memorable Wedding Ceremony

602-254-3751

Andy Ragone/AZ Dream Wedding

602-622-4400

Florists

Wendell Design Group Florists                                 Blume Events

480-654-0998                                                              480-649-7100

Wolz’s Florists

602-938-2100

Wedding Coordinators

Margie Walinski/Party Presentations LLC                 Amina Michele/Some Like It Classic

480-659-7955                                                              602-740-1099

Marie Drinkhouse/Uptown Weddings and Events

602-739-0323

Photographers

Marsha Waz/Memories by Marsha                          Scott Lundahl Photography

480-396-4983                                                           480-510-5257

Alan Morris/Cherished Moments Photography       Lasting Images Photography

602-292-2227                                                          480-219-3156

Harley Bonham/Photographic Artist                            Alli/Life Through A Lens

602-254-1711                                                              480-294-3731

Patty Kaufman/ItsUPhoto                                         Jennifer Radack/OGrace Photography

602-866-8328                                                            602-253-5544

Photos By Natalie                                                      Alayne Vogel/Memory Layne Photography

602-402-7277                                                              623-334-8406

Tracy Kreck/Photographic Passion                            Leandro Chavira/LeoProPhoto.com

602-369-5431                                                              480-363-5636

Christine/A Captured Moment Photography                       Debbie Moon/Moon Photography

480-636-0450                                                                      480-748-9424

Amanda Saccuci/Rule of Faith Photography                        Danielle Daigle/Danielle Daigle Photography

928-231-7635                                                                        480-544-0658

Kara Layne Photography

602-228-9548

Caterers

Salernos Catering                                                       Bon Cuisine

480-892-0048                                                              480-860-0575

Bartenders

Shake It Up Bartending                                              PourMasters

480-241-2672                                                              602-505-7293

Portable Pubs

480-593-5075

If you talk to any of these vendors, tell them you got their name from us at Desert Music Entertainment DJs and Videography!  Good luck with all of your planning.

Desert Music Entertainment is a winner of the Wedding Wire’s Bride Choice awards for 2011

Gilbert, Arizona – January 28, 2011 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce that Desert Music Entertainment has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Disc Jockey Entertainment!
Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

Desert Music Entertainment stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud Desert Music Entertainment for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that Desert Music Entertainment is among the very best Disc Jockey Entertainment companies within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at http://www.WeddingWire.com/DesertMusicEntertainment.

For more information on the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011, please visit http://www.WeddingWire.com.

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