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Mistakes Brides and Grooms Make

Once in a while, you come across information that just HAS to be shared with the engaged couples out there. Michael Ferino, an obvious professional, has written a piece for his blog called Mistakes Brides and Grooms Make and so far, it’s incredibly informative. This Connecticut DJ has definitely been around long enough to spot some faux-pas that couples make that can severely effect the flow of your wedding day. Here’s one of the big ones:The Time between the church and reception.If you are having a church wedding ceremony, the time planning process is crucial to making things convenient for your guests. Plan things correctly and the guests will arrive at the perfect time right as the wedding facility is ready to open the doors. Get it wrong, and your guests will be sitting and waiting in a parking lot. Here is the solution….Find out the entire duration of the ceremony. If you are doing a receiving line at the church, add on an additional 15 minutes per 100 guests. On your free time, make the drive from the church to your wedding reception facility. If the route requires travel on a major highway, look into traffic issues. The highway will have different conditions for a Friday evening compared to a Sunday afternoon event. Calculate that time in and factor on your guests arriving 5-10 minutes before the reception start time. NEVER assume anything. You don’t want the wedding guests showing up 30 – 60 minutes before your contract start time. This can get ugly.I have seen wedding guests forced to wait in the parking lot, or crowded into a hall way with the doors locked to the facility. Even if your hall lets the guests in early, it is a bad first impression when your guests are standing in a room where the staff are vacuuming, setting up tables and DJ doing a sound check.If a caterer has another wedding during the day, they will need time to clean the room. Never assume that your guests can go wait outside in the garden area because what if it rains? What if there is a ceremony going on from another party? Always call your wedding facility and ask their policy on guest arrival. Get your facts straight and in advance so you know what to expect.Thanks again to Michael Ferino, Founder of Music in Motion Entertainment.

Real Wedding: Dan & Carlene

A beautiful summer day, great friends and an everlasting marriage.


We were lucky enough to provide the DJ/MC and lighting services to our dear friends Dan and Carlene Iverson during their much anticipated wedding at the gorgeous Avila Beach Golf Resort. This was a perfect venue for 200 guests. Outdoor ceremony facing beautiful Avila Beach, a huge tent to shield the sun during cocktails and dinner with transparent walls to let the beautiful surroundings in. We hung garden string lights inside the tent to give a warm, star filled vibe after sunset.

Jack from Jack Hutchinson Videography shared his “Sneak Peak” with us and, as always, it’s awesome. We love this idea! Jack films and edits together some of the coolest shots from the ceremony and by the time cocktail hour is finished, he’s displaying the awesomeness on his huge monitor AT THE RECEPTION! It’s always a huge hit with the guests. Jack’s friendly, accommodating and most of all talented. Always a joy to work with.


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Cupcakes!

Getting married on the Central Coast and have a desire to treat your guests to something other than a traditional cake? Well no doubt you’ve noticed the trend to feature gourmet cupcakes. Cupcakes are becoming super popular at weddings everywhere and the reasons are deliciously easy to see.They’re made of mostly the same fantastic ingredients, so they can be every bit as good as a traditional cake. They’re individually packaged, so you dont have to pay your caterer extra or make your guests wait for it to be cut, and there’s tons of creative ways to display them! Our friends at TheKnot.com showcase a bunch of different ideas here.Regardless of where or how you set them up, you should always make sure they’re well lit so they get the visual attention they deserve.Our favorite cupcaker? Amy from Amy Bakes Cupcakes. She’s got a huge, yet ever growing menu of uniquely decadent cupcakes and is a dream to work with. Check her out here!

SLO town Salsa – Central Coast Dancing Lessons

Got a wedding or party coming up? Wanna impress your friends and family with some sweet moves?Well a great way to scoot around the dance floor, is to add a little SPICE. That’s right, I’m talkin’ about SALSA! For years the latin dance flair has been the talk of parties. And now, with a little cooperation with a Central Coast non-profit organization, you can get some experience from a real professional.On July 24th at 6pm, meet some other Young Professionals at The Clubhouse in San Luis Obispo for a Salsa lesson with the beautiful Lilliana Graham all for the cost of a donation.Learn the basic steps, a few twirls, get your confidence up and ready to impress the crowds. More importantly, how could this not be fun?!?

Real Wedding: Carley & Matt

The legit wedding blogosphere knows the importance of working with professionals. Lucky for us, our Brides and Grooms are also legit. Carley and Matt really put their trust in some of our favorite wedding vendors for their one-of-a-kind ceremony and reception held at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. The flowers, the decor, the food were all AMAZING

 

We got some DJ advice from the couple after their wedding…

“Hire a wedding coordinator and hire a PROFESSIONAL DJ. Do not have your friend “who has a lot of music and does house parties” DJ your wedding. You wedding DJ is so much more than someone who plays music. They help keep the time of the whole day, they are your voice/emcee of your wedding and they must have a knack for reading the crowd! Kramer Events DJ’d our reception. I have also worked with Kramer many times and I absolutely love them. Beau and Melissa are experienced, professional and just all around really fun, energetic people. They both take great pride in what they do and have built an amazing business. They are great people to consult throughout the planning process and will make your life so much easier. They also have an amazing special event lighting business that includes gobos, uplighting and just about anything you can imagine. Their lighting services truly transformed our venue. I am a huge believer in event lighting and think it is a must for every wedding!”

Santa Margarita Ranch

 

Thanks, Carley and Matt, for sharing your perfect wedding day with us!


 

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Here Comes the …. Guide?

here comes the guide

Wow. I knew the wedding saavy crew at Here Comes The Guide.com was good, but after an in-depth look at their website, we’ll have to upgrade them to GREAT!

When it comes to an in-depth resource for all things wedding, they know where to point you. Although expanding to new areas like Chicago and DC, their real bread and butter (or wine and cheese?) is California. And not just the Central Coast. They’ve got the squeeze on trusted professionals in the Northern and Southern ends of the left-coast state.If you’re looking for help such as finding a quality place to tie the knot, a gown to dress the part, a ring to seal the deal or a bridal fair for all of the above, the clear, concise organization of Here Comes The Guide.com will likely point you in the right direction. Even advice on how to pull off weddings on a budget or going green when wearing white is something these gals are happy to help with. Don’t forget to check out our Special Offer!Check ’em out. Chances are, you’ll learn something cool!

Meridian Vineyards – Barrels of Awesome – Central Coast Wedding Venue

Central Coast Winery Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue Decor Lighting

Those privy to the Central Coast wine trails are no doubt aware of Meridian Vineyards. The gorgeous arbor that marks the entry along the beautiful Highway 46 just outside of Paso Robles is hard to miss. A journey through the gates will lead you to a massive, but incredibly picturesque view of the East Side wine region, but the faces inside will always great you with a warm, small-town smile and some wonderful wines to compliment the scenery.What they may not know about, are the merits to choosing Meridian Vineyards as a wedding ceremony and reception venue. With multiple breathtaking viewscapes capable of supplying any sized guest list with a memorable ceremony, beautiful gardens perfect for cocktail hour, infinite photo opportunities and an enormous, yet cozy barrel room, Meridian has something for all the senses.With the wonderful teamwork of some of our favorite wedding professionals, we were able to give one of our couples an unforgettable experience with regards to their wedding decor.Anxious to try out some of our latest decor lighting features in the gorgeous barrel room, we teamed up with superstar wedding coordinator Laura Robertson with TOS Events, the Bloomdiva herself, Corinne Smith with panacea event floral design and the all-star team of caterers with Epic Weddings. Laurie, the Special Events Supervisor at Meridian was a dream to work with, providing us with everything necessary to ensure the event would go off without a hitch.Following the carefully thought out design plans of Laura and Corrine, we up-lit the surrounding barrels in brilliant light, draped the entire area with beautiful garden string lights, added pin-spots to showcase the beauty of panacea’s centerpieces and washed the dancefloor in a unique pattern of textured leaves.Of course we really couldn’t share the magnificent decor without the help of the incredible photographic team of Jill and Allyson with Allyson Magda Photography. Jill jumped in the barrel room ready to shoot and captured every element that set Tara and Ty’s wedding apart. So excited to work with these two awesome gals at future weddings.Central Coast Winery Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue Decor LightingCentral Coast Winery Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue Decor LightingCentral Coast Winery Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue Decor LightingCentral Coast Winery Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue Decor LightingCentral Coast Winery Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue Decor LightingCentral Coast Winery Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue Decor Lighting

Wedding Reception Seating Tips

Wedding Reception Seating Ideas
Photo By The Collective Photographers Jake & Necia

 

After being in the industry for so many years, we have seen a lot of different seating arrangements. Some arrangements work, others don’t, but either way the night always moves forward filled with love and happiness, and that is important to remember.

With that being said, we also understand how difficult and stressful it can be to place your loved ones in a way where everyone is happy and can mesh well with their neighbors during dinner, which is why we’ve created a short list of tips for seating your friends and family:

 

  • Place the head table first! It’s important to know where the guests of honor will be sitting when taking into account where to place everyone else. The head table is typically a long banquet table, with the bride and groom in the middle, and the bridesmaids seated on one side, the groomsmen on the other. But don’t be afraid to switch it up! Intermix your bridal party or try out a sweetheart table for two!
  • Next figure out how many guests you need to seat, which style of seating you want – long banquet tables, or round tables of 8 – and how many tables you’ll need. Then place your guests in a specific seat not just a table!

 

Our friends at TheKnot.com said it best:“If you’re having 50 guests to a buffet, you may or may not want to give people specific seating assignments. But if you’re having 100 guests or more and serving a seated meal, you’ll want to make sure everyone’s got a specific place to sit. Why? For one, people like to know where they’re sitting — and that you took the time to choose where and who they should sit with.” 

 

  • Sit families together, or sit similar aged friends together. Try your best to put people that have something in common in the same area. This will ease the conversation and often get the party goin’!
  • DO NOT place your elderly guests next to the speakers! If you know ahead of time where your DJ will be setting up, try not to place the elderly, who may already have trouble hearing, next to a set of huge speakers! From an entertainment standpoint, we would rather have the speakers a little louder to ensure everyone can hear toasts and music, so try placing the younger party crowd by the speakers as they won’t be as affected by the volume.

 

***We suggest contacting your DJ when designing your seating arrangement. Chances are, (especially if you’re at a beautiful Central Coast Wedding Venue) the DJ will know the sound dynamics of your venue and can tell you where the speakers will likely be setup.

 

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Ask your friends and family about anyone you are unsure about placing. Their input could definitely help your stress levels and who knows, they might have an idea that you hadn’t thought of!
  • Lastly, don’t feel discouraged when people switch seats. With a crowd of 100+, it’s bound to happen somewhere, but it doesn’t mean all of your hard work went for nothing!

 


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Real Wedding: Tommy & Rosanna

When we first met Tommy and Rosanna at Venteux Vineyards to go over their wedding ideas, we could tell right away that their event would be one-of-a-kind! The love these two share for each other and everyone around them was immediately felt and we were ecstatic to be part of their love.

They chose to make it official at the beautiful Venteux Vineyards in Templeton, California. A wise choice for rural scenery, a caring yet fun loving staff and a beautiful barrel and tasting room. After their ceremony on the lawn, their family and friends gathered for dinner surrounded by our amber uplighting and a soft Starry Night effect. The subtle and warm garden string lights draped across the patio creating a romantic feel for the couple’s first dance as Husband and Wife. During the reception, Tommy and his grooms men surprised the bride and guests with a surprise rendition of the 1982 hit song “Rosanna” by Toto. Complete with instruments and costumes! It was a total hoot!

The creative crew at Venteux had us set up our DJ booth atop a fully restored old, Dodge Flatbed! We even shined some lights under it to set the party mood.  It was a spectacular wedding, full of life and love.

A thousand thank you’s to Viera Photographics for the amazing shots.


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Wedding Planning at your Fingertips

It’s a re-occuring theme. We constantly hear from our couples how cool the online planning forms are when working out the details of their weddings.It’s pretty simple. Once you book your wedding entertainment services with us, we activate your online planning forms. You and you financé will receive a username and a password that you can use to login completely at your leisure.The timeline planner will give you the framework to imagine the flow of your ceremony and reception and chose the events at your desired pace. Of course the most fun part is listing all of your song requests. Everything from your first dance as husband and wife, your must play favorites that you HAVE to hear during open dancing and of course a DO NOT PLAY list. The Chicken Dance isn’t for everybody ;)What you chose to list is completely up to you. Perhaps you need a little direction from the professionals, no problem, we’re here to help. But, the online planning forms will at least give you access to the questions you’d like to starting thinking about. We want your wedding planning process to be as enjoyable and convenient as possible.Login and have fun!