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Five Rules for a Modern Wedding Without Sacrificing Tradition

A Good DJ is a Must!

The most cringe-worthy sentence to any wedding vendor who’s been around is, “my friend is actually DJing my wedding”. Yikes. When a friend DJs your wedding it’s probably a lot cheaper, it may even be free. However, it’s definitely NOT a good idea! DJs are the reason wedding receptions sink or swim, and here are a few reasons you should consider a professional DJ over a cheap one.

Reception Coordinator

First off, a Disc Jockey/Emcee is responsible for running the show all night long. That includes getting things set up like the toasts, cake cutting, first dance, etc. Without a professional DJ, you may end up with someone who’s unexperienced in running a wedding, and maybe even someone who’s altogether unaware that these are even their responsibilities! A professional Disc Jockey and Emcee will know how to run the reception smoothly and will make sure the night you planned goes exactly how you envisioned.

Attention-Getter

Along with running the order of events for the reception, a DJ should also be able to command a room so that everyone can be on the same page and the night can run the way it was planned to. By not knowing how to take control of a wedding reception, a DJ will likely end up shoveling off the responsibility of running things over to the bride and groom. It is, after all, the bride and groom’s reception. If the DJ who was paid to do it can’t perform, then it’ll kind of have to be them.

Disaster Diminsher

Finally, a professional DJ has been through many situations and can power through any unfortunate event. Unfortunately, we still haven’t found a way to make wedding days immune to the accidents and crazy stuff life throws at us. However, we have found a way to look past the crazy, unfortunate things that happen and make weddings fun and special no matter the circumstance. Things happen on wedding days all the time, like medical emergencies, power outages, mix ups with wedding vendors, etc. Having an experienced and professional DJ will give you piece of mind knowing that the night will go on, no matter the circumstance.

Professional wedding DJs are a must for a wedding reception. After all, if you get a bad cake, you have a bad cake, but if you get a bad DJ, you have a bad reception. It’s well worth the money to get a good DJ. Make sure your wedding reception is the best you could imagine it to be!

View our Fort Lauderdale wedding DJ profiles here!

Dapper Ring Bearers Who Completely Stole Our Hearts

Remember, children playing a part in your wedding only adds to the festive experience. Whether you’re looking for outfit inspiration, fun ideas to personalize his entrance, or simply want to click through sweet photos of adorable attendants, you’ll find that there’s plenty to see here.

Some ring bearers, especially first timers, may be shy at first, while others will be super excited about their roles. With a smile on their face or not, whichever camp your guy falls into, he will be sure to impress all your guests. Need proof? Check out the cutest ring bearers here. We know…the dapper suits get us every time too!

Modern, Floral Wedding Arch Ideas

The modern wedding arch comes from the Jewish “chuppah,” the four-post canopy Jewish couples stand under at their ceremony. In the most basic sense, the arch symbolizes the home you two are beginning a family in. Your wedding arch is also a key design element in setting the tone of your ceremony. It can be romantic, modern, whimsical, or whatever you like.

Framing your “I do’s” with a beautiful wedding arch can be daunting if you aren’t sure what design you want! Thankfully there’s plenty of inspiration online, like these wedding arch ideas by ProFlowers. Begin by deciding the types of material with which you’d like to decorate your arch: flowers, greenery, fabric or other special accents. Here are a few other ideas to get you started.

Romantic Arch

classic romantic wedding arch ideas

Go traditional by decorating your arch with lots of big flowers. Light pink and white flowers are timeless choices. We recommend dahlias or hydrangeas for their soft, delicate petals. Cluster the flowers at the top of the arch and use more greenery towards the bottom. This will add height and visual interest to your arch.

Leave no part of your arch uncovered for a seriously stunning focal point. You will look and feel straight out of a fairytale with this design!

 

Old Vineyard Arch

rustic old vineyard wedding arch ideas

This is a great design for rustic weddings. Upcycle old furniture like a large window frame and arrange it into an arch. The aged wood will right into a countryside aesthetic. Decorate the arch with flowers to match your bouquet, though use them sparingly with this design. You want the unique arch to be the focus.

Try draping lemon leaves or ivy around the edges of the arch. Sprinkle rose petals underneath where you will be standing to create a small stage for you and your boo. So charming!

 

Typography Arch

modern typography wedding arch ideas

For a modern and playful display, go with a typography themed arch. Pick up or make your own typographic display to hang in the middle of the arch. It could be you and your spouse-to-be’s initials, wedding hashtag, or simply “I Do.” Spray the final product with a metallic paint to make it pop!

To finish this arch display, keep things simple. Decorate the aisle with candles or sparse greenery that will lead the eye to the front. Carry the metallic theme throughout the ceremony by painting some foliage to accent.

The wedding arch can set the mood of your wedding ceremony, so it’s worth putting thought into. Create the perfect backdrop for your and your sweetie to share your vows by DIYing it!

Check out their full guide below:

 

full guide for wedding arch ideas

How-To: Lighting The *Affordable* Way

Uplighting. String lights. Candles. When affordable candelabras for every table are tough to come by, we suggest opting for one of these three budget-friendly options to light up your event. Adding a flicker of glow to your wedding reception or event has never been as easy.

Uplighting

The first step to bringing life to a drab room is uplighting the rooms perimeter. Highlight the head table, tall architecture, or simply the rooms outer walls with LED lights that beam upwards from the floor. You can easily stop there and just use uplights to achieve a big impact in your space. Complete Weddings + Events uplighting make it easier on you or your event planner since the set-up and tear-down of the lights are complimentary.

Candle Light

If your venue allows, flickering candlelight is an attractive, romantic option. Flameless, flickering candles will give you the same effect if an open flame is not permitted.

 

String Lights

Create beautiful evening scenery with string lights which pair perfectly with an outdoor wedding. Clear bulbs dangling around the space create help distinguish which area the party should be mingling in.

 

Looking for more lighting inspiration, try a custom gobo light or view our lighting gallery here.

The Bride’s Guide to Bridesmaids

Nails that Slay on the Big Day

Weddings are not always perfect but your nails can be, right? Whether you are thinking of spending more on a professional and fresh manicure or a standard one, it’s always a great idea to share the session with your bridal party. And we’ve got some interesting ideas to help you nail your wedding day nails.

No.1 Go Neutral:
The most famous options? Pale pink, solid white, classic nude, and traditional french tip manicure. Classic, timeless, and flattering on all nail shapes and lengths, neutral nails win the battle for almost every bride.

 

No.2 Glitter it Up:
Cascading glitter on top of neutral or pink nails makes a statement that you are ready to celebrate!

 

No.3 Something Blue:
Every bride needs ‘something blue’, so why not make your nails just that in a light or bold blue.

 

No.4 Pop of Color:
Add a pop of color to your all-white bridal look with red, pink, or a color from your bouquet. You can also wear the color of your bridesmaids’ dresses on your nails which brings a beautiful and cohesive touch to the details of your big day!

R and B Garter Toss Songs

Finding the right song for the groom to toss the bride’s garter to all of the “available” men and boys in attendance at his wedding is a moment captured in video and pictures. Play the perfect R&B garter toss song to accent your moment.

R&B is the most popular music style in America and finding the right one for the Garter Toss is our goal. See a list of our favorites below and if you have one not on our list, be sure to submit it as a comment.

 

R&B Garter Toss Songs

Ridin’ Solo – Jason Derulo
2010, Jason Derulo

If I Was Your Girlfriend – Prince
1987, Sign ‘O’ the Times

Nobody – Keith Sweat feat. Athena Cage
1996, Keith Sweat

I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince
1979, Prince

Don’t Wanna Be a Player – Joe
1997, Booty Call

Bump ‘N Grind – R. Kelly
1993, 12 Play

You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
1975, Hot Chocolate

Whatta Man – Salt ‘N’ Pepa and En Vogue
1993, Very Necessary

Addicted – Ne-Yo
2007, Because of You

Do Me – Bell Biv DeVoe
1990, Poison

Better Man – Leon Bridges
2015, Coming Home

Suit and Tie – Justin Timberlake and Jay Z
2013, The 20/20 Experience

Pony – Ginuwine
1996, Ginuwine…the Bachelor

Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker) – Parliament
1975, Mothership Connection

Superfreak – Rick James
1981, Street Songs

Earned It – Weeknd
2015, Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack

Step In the Name of Love (Remix) – R. Kelly
2003, Chocolate Factory

How Many Drinks? – Miguel
2012, Kaleidoscope Dream

The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
1987, Center Stage

Drunk in Love – Beyoncé
2013, Beyoncé

Hotline Bling – Drake
2016, Views

Yeah – Usher
2004, Confessions

It’s a Man’s Man’s World – James Brown
1966, Released as a single

The Man – Aloe Blacc
2013, Lift Your Spirit

Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child
2001, Survivor

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. Pharrell
2013, Blurred Lines

Hope you enjoyed this list of R&B garter toss songs.

Site credit to www.myweddingsongs.com

No Matter Your Style, A Simple Approach to Bridal Fashion

From the layers of tulle to breathtaking, detailed lace and sequins for the perfect bit of sparkle, there’s that perfect dress for any bride- to-be. For some desiring a more ‘less is more’ approach to your dream dress (no- frill but stunning nonetheless), we have good news and believe this can be easily showcased. Attracted to clean lines, minimalist aesthetic, and of course, the top of the line craftsmanship, these wedding dresses showcase that no matter your style, you can go simple.

Princess

Princess gowns don’t always have to sparkle and shine! These full skirts are contrasting light and full on layers, but both make a unique statement with beautiful lace details.

Glamorous

Vintage- inspired with the allure of glamorous style of bridal fashion. Focus on showcasing that structured shape and fabric, which is the true heart of glamour.

Traditional

This traditional sleeve never gets olds. While the lace details is a soft touch, its texture and details can bring a sophisticated sort to the front and center of the dress’ design.

Edgy

Bold necklines and daring angles will define for the true, avant-garde bride. Choose a dress that will turn heads- the ultimate statement for these brides.

Modern

This contemporary route might lead you to be all about texture. Uniquely shaped and high to low hemlines might bring a new and fresh take on the big day’s dress.

Boho

As a huge trend in the market, these simple, albeit individualistic dresses should still shine in a way that lets them do it all on their own. Say hello to flowy and unrestricted.