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How to Plan Your Raleigh Area Wedding

You’ve begun to start making plans for the most special day of your lives but you don’t really know what to do and even where to start.  Let us help.  I personally have over 6 years of experience at weddings and have seen just about everything!  If I could only give you one piece of advice, it would be this…

1.  Do It Your Way!

Before you begin shopping for flowers, dresses and venues, sit down with your significant other and talk about what makes your relationship special.  Are you super fun and just want a day for all of your friends and family to enjoy and remember?  Are you traditional and want a wedding full of memories and special moments?  Or maybe you’re somewhere in between?  Anything you want to do during your wedding day is okay.  Use your imagination and be creative.  Plan something special for just you two that you’ve always wanted to do.  Which leads me to my second piece of advice…

2.  Get Organized

Now, that doesn’t mean that you have to have every minute of your wedding and reception planned out.  Create an e-mail address just for your wedding contacts that both of you can access.  This will keep everything in one place and you’ll never have to search your personal e-mail for hours just for the phone number of your caterer or wedding DJ.  Keep a wedding planner for your appointments and keep all the wedding papers and brochures in one binder.  Remember, your wedding and wedding reception will be the biggest events that you ever plan.  So make sure you…

3.  Get Some Good Advice

And don’t be afraid to use it!  That advice can come from all kinds of different sources.  Whether it is Mom and Dad, friends, wedding professionals like All Around Raleigh DJ Company or even trusted online sources like The Knot, My Raleigh Wedding or Get Married.  There aren’t really any second chances on your wedding day.  Everything needs to go right the first time.  This is why wedding professionals must be good at what they do.  If someone is charging you a really low rate there is a good chance it is because they are inexperienced or don’t take the responsibility very seriously.  This is exactly why you should always…

4.  Hire Professional Wedding Vendors

Now that does not mean that your friend that is a photographer or your aunt with a catering business is not a professional!  By all means, if you have friends and family that want to help you out and you trust them you should do it.  It is very important that you like the people that are attending your wedding and, like it or not, your wedding vendors will be guests at your wedding and they will be part of your wedding memories.  You need to …

5.  Hire Wedding Vendors That You Like

If you meet a vendor and you think they might do a good job but your personalities clash, I don’t suggest working with them.  Working with a professional wedding vendor that you enjoy being around and has a similar personality to yours and your fiances will probably think like you and will:  like music that you like or take photos that you like or serve your guests like you would.  What could be better than being surrounded by people that you like on your wedding day?  But remember the most important thing…

6.  Have Fun!!

Guest will probably be late.  Your schedule will probably need some last minute changes.  That’s okay because your wedding day is about the first day of the rest of your lives together.  Pack some comfy dancing shoes for the reception, hug everyone twice, dance with your family, laugh, eat and cry.  Just don’t forget to let loose!!

 

What’s Your Wedding Music Style?

Now onto planning your wedding entertainment!

 

Confused about what music to play at your ceremony or reception?  Start thinking about the music that makes you happiest.  Is it contemporary like Michael Buble, Colbie Cailat and Jason Mraz?  Is it classic like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Norah Jones and Van Morrison?  Is it fun, light and easy like Four Tops, Temptations, General Johnson and Neil Diamond?

 

Check out my blog for tons of great wedding song list.  All Around Raleigh DJ Company will also bring song suggestions for everything from your cake cutting to garter toss to your grand entrance and your last dance to your reception just in case.  Go to Pandora and Live 365 and start listening to some stations that play Motown or Romance or Jazz or even look up the songs from the 101 Wedding First Dance Songs and whatever ‘grabs you’ should be played at your wedding.  All Around Raleigh DJ WILL play your song requests – guaranteed!  Want to listen to a radio station that just plays wedding music?  Check out this great wedding reception music station on AOL.

 

Thanks!!

 

Eric (DJ Hey-Now!)

Owner and DJ, All Around Raleigh DJ Company