The Social Wedding

In the quest to become ever more digitally connected, more couples are taking to social media to share their important moments with every friend and follower.

Theknot.com and Mashable.com teamed up to create this infographic based on their #SocialWeddingSurvey to show just how many people change their status at the alter, use facebook invites or share pictures on their honeymoon. The full results below may surprise you.READ MORE

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9 Wedding Splurges (That are totally worth it!)

Beyond the basics (dinner, dress, flowers) there are so many different ways to spend your wedding dollars — from custom postage stamps to monogrammed toilet paper (seriously, it exists!). But one of the biggest mistakes you can make is blowing your budget on a detail that you end up regretting (when no one notices it). That’s not going to happen to you, though. Here’s a few of the most get-noticed totally-worth-it wedding details that’ll add serious impact to your wedding day.READ MORE

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Top 9 Wedding Music Mistakes

Sure your dress should be to die for and your wedding color palette is critical, but at the end of the party it’s the music that makes your wedding memorable. After all, music is a key factor during almost every moment of the day, from the walk down the aisle to the cocktail hour and your reception finale. More important, it’s a reflection of your personalities. Whether it’s searching for the perfect string ensemble for your ceremony or picking a big brass band for a swinging reception, the music matters. So make it count. From volume control to song choice, here’s what to watch out for.
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Your name or mine?

Why not use both? With a discussion that can become as spirited as it can tenuous, Danielle Leitzke and Dan Geiss began their first moment of marriage with a compromise. The ceremony at Mercer Island Congregational Church concluded with Mr. and Mrs. Geitzke recessing down the aisle to resounding cheers. Their reception in the sanctuary of the church was accented with black white and red. We added our touch by putting a glowing red hue to the drapery behind the sweetheart table.

Their spring celebration somehow forced uncharacteristically nice weather on to Mercer Island that day, which provided perfect lighting for the photos below. Enjoy!READ MORE

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An American style wedding for the Japanese bride

5 Years ago Scott LaMont left his comfortable Woodinville neighborhood and ventured off across the globe to teach English in Japan. But on this day he returned to that very neighborhood to marry his beautiful bride. Elly, born and raised in Japan, was excited with the possibility of a western style wedding, and the Crystal Lake Lodge provided the perfect backdrop to begin their lives together. With Scott’s sister Lindsey coming home from Greece to help with preparations, this was a wedding that would connect a family on three continents.

The ceremony began as a story of adventure and discovery with Scott as the protagonist in this tale. And the final moments of the evening provided the conclusion worthy of a classic storybook. Proving that the hero could get the girl, return to his new home and indeed live happily ever after.READ MORE

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South Africa and Nebraska come together…

How do South Africa and Nebraska come together? In the form of Andy and Jamie. Their wedding was on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at the Seattle Tennis Club on the shores of Lake Washington. The April showers broke just long enough for Mt Rainier to make an appearance through the Southeast window of the club. Guests made their way in from City Church to a reception they would truly remember.

Andrew and Jamie’s reception was a celebration and a joining of two people who had come from so far, only to become so close. As evident by their friends’ toasts, Andy and Jamie had been preparing for this day since the first time they met. This was the day they had dreamt of sharing with their family and friends.READ MORE

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A Planner’s take on Entertainment

Ideal Entertainment would like to welcome in guest Blogger and distinguished event coordinator Liz Webster for her take on why to hire a professional entertainer.

If you were to ask me if you should hire a DJ/Emcee for your event my answer will most likely be yes.  I have been to hundreds of events, some with good DJ’s, some with bad DJ’s, some with just an ipod, other’s with live music, the list goes on and on and your options are seemingly endless.

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Plan for the Impactful

I am often asked about the most important factor in a wedding reception and I usually (and easily) selfishly answer  – Entertainment.

Consider this: using gross averages, a wedding reception usually costs between $10,000 and $25,000. These costs include the dress, caterer, facility,  photographer, videographer and maybe transportation. However all the money spent on creating the ambiance of the day can be ruined with subpar entertainment.READ MORE

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Why Hire Professionals?

Many a horror stories have been told, but not always have the cameras been rolling to verify. This may be hard to watch, but this is a perfect example of why to hire the professionals.

 

Difficult to watch isn’t it? Most don’t make it all the way through the 5:53 of awkwardness. Wrong songs, missed cues, confusion, unfamiliarity with equipment, unprofessional announcements, excuses (“it’s very dark over here…?”), even the MC’s attire left much to be desired. Clearly the couple could not have been pleased with this performance.READ MORE

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You Get What You Pay For…

I was speaking to a new client for an event a few days ago and we were speaking about my experience and what kind of events I specialize in. At that time she revealed to me her very own horror story about her wedding DJ. Feedback, missed cues, miss-pronunciation, and clumsy announcements all seemed to be more prevalent than dancing. Now, usually at this point in the conversation I have to tread very lightly because I don’t want to insult (on purpose or by accident) another company in the industry. However, this time I couldn’t help myself. Already recognizing the name of the company she mentioned I had to ask….

“Do you mind if I ask you how much they charged?”READ MORE

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