Go DJ!! That’s my DJ!!!


So–of course, entertainment, bands/ DJs, can make or break a wedding reception.
And seeing as though I really want to party after dinner, I need good entertainment!
Between web site search engines and catch-all web sites like PartyPop and Decidio that claim to be directories for wedding “service providers” I had become frustrated trying to find a good dj.
I came across dozens of DJs with web sites that revealed them to be one or all of the following:

a. cheesy
b. overpriced
c.unprofessional
d. 45-year-old white male


Now, there is nothing wrong with any of the above categories, but it is not exactly what I had in mind for me and Drue’s wedding.
After all, we are:

a. not cheesy
b. on a budget
c. very professional
d. twenty-something, young and black

So, of course, I took matters into my own hands and dug way down deep to the skills I learned in one journalism college class called “Information Gathering”- to find who I was looking for.

Enter Clint. Clint is the co-owner of a newly established disc jockey company based in Sandusky but that plays all over Ohio and Detroit. Now, I won’t link to his web site, because at first glance, it is kind of cheesy…BUT after one really searches it, there is tons of great content, including several examples of music mixes he’s done that you can actually listen to, videos showing his very professional equipment and lighting etc.

I was very impressed with his services. Mainly because I am very eclectic, and to see the range of music he knows and can mix really shocked me. He did hip-hop, old school, reggae…even HOUSE (although fiance may not allow it, I love it!!)

AND he has experience spinning in nightclubs, which is very cool.

AND his pricing is “music to my ears”–he quoted me at a discount of several hundred dollars of his normal pricing because I will be the first booking in the Cleveland-area.

AND he will do the ceremony and cocktail music (6-hour booking) and act as an emcee at the reception and will honor our “Please play” and “Do NOT play” lists!

I’m excited. Fiance and I have decided to reserve our date with him, and just as confirmation to how fabulous we think he is, we’re going to try to go to one of his events to hear him spin over holiday break.

August 30, 2007. vendors. Leave a comment.

Go DJ!! That’s my DJ!!!


So–of course, entertainment, bands/ DJs, can make or break a wedding reception.
And seeing as though I really want to party after dinner, I need good entertainment!
Between web site search engines and catch-all web sites like PartyPop and Decidio that claim to be directories for wedding “service providers” I had become frustrated trying to find a good dj.
I came across dozens of DJs with web sites that revealed them to be one or all of the following:

a. cheesy
b. overpriced
c.unprofessional
d. 45-year-old white male


Now, there is nothing wrong with any of the above categories, but it is not exactly what I had in mind for me and Drue’s wedding.
After all, we are:

a. not cheesy
b. on a budget
c. very professional
d. twenty-something, young and black

So, of course, I took matters into my own hands and dug way down deep to the skills I learned in one journalism college class called “Information Gathering”- to find who I was looking for.

Enter Clint. Clint is the co-owner of a newly established disc jockey company based in Sandusky but that plays all over Ohio and Detroit. Now, I won’t link to his web site, because at first glance, it is kind of cheesy…BUT after one really searches it, there is tons of great content, including several examples of music mixes he’s done that you can actually listen to, videos showing his very professional equipment and lighting etc.

I was very impressed with his services. Mainly because I am very eclectic, and to see the range of music he knows and can mix really shocked me. He did hip-hop, old school, reggae…even HOUSE (although fiance may not allow it, I love it!!)

AND he has experience spinning in nightclubs, which is very cool.

AND his pricing is “music to my ears”–he quoted me at a discount of several hundred dollars of his normal pricing because I will be the first booking in the Cleveland-area.

AND he will do the ceremony and cocktail music (6-hour booking) and act as an emcee at the reception and will honor our “Please play” and “Do NOT play” lists!

I’m excited. Fiance and I have decided to reserve our date with him, and just as confirmation to how fabulous we think he is, we’re going to try to go to one of his events to hear him spin over holiday break.

August 30, 2007. vendors. Leave a comment.

Go DJ!! That’s my DJ!!!


So–of course, entertainment, bands/ DJs, can make or break a wedding reception.
And seeing as though I really want to party after dinner, I need good entertainment!
Between web site search engines and catch-all web sites like PartyPop and Decidio that claim to be directories for wedding “service providers” I had become frustrated trying to find a good dj.
I came across dozens of DJs with web sites that revealed them to be one or all of the following:

a. cheesy
b. overpriced
c.unprofessional
d. 45-year-old white male


Now, there is nothing wrong with any of the above categories, but it is not exactly what I had in mind for me and Drue’s wedding.
After all, we are:

a. not cheesy
b. on a budget
c. very professional
d. twenty-something, young and black

So, of course, I took matters into my own hands and dug way down deep to the skills I learned in one journalism college class called “Information Gathering”- to find who I was looking for.

Enter Clint. Clint is the co-owner of a newly established disc jockey company based in Sandusky but that plays all over Ohio and Detroit. Now, I won’t link to his web site, because at first glance, it is kind of cheesy…BUT after one really searches it, there is tons of great content, including several examples of music mixes he’s done that you can actually listen to, videos showing his very professional equipment and lighting etc.

I was very impressed with his services. Mainly because I am very eclectic, and to see the range of music he knows and can mix really shocked me. He did hip-hop, old school, reggae…even HOUSE (although fiance may not allow it, I love it!!)

AND he has experience spinning in nightclubs, which is very cool.

AND his pricing is “music to my ears”–he quoted me at a discount of several hundred dollars of his normal pricing because I will be the first booking in the Cleveland-area.

AND he will do the ceremony and cocktail music (6-hour booking) and act as an emcee at the reception and will honor our “Please play” and “Do NOT play” lists!

I’m excited. Fiance and I have decided to reserve our date with him, and just as confirmation to how fabulous we think he is, we’re going to try to go to one of his events to hear him spin over holiday break.

August 30, 2007. vendors. 1 comment.

Black is the new…BLACK!!


Word on the street is that chocolate is the new black–and from the weddings I’ve been to this year, chocolate as THE accent color for weddings is EVERYWHERE. It looks good. But its omnipresence is exactly why I will not use it in my wedding.
Now, black…I love.
I know, I know. Why in the world would I want the color *black* to make an appearance at our wedding??
After all, black is synonomous with things like:
-dark
-evil
-sinister
-funeral
-licorice?
Well, not for me. Black is, indeed my favorite color. And for good reason. Black is:
-timeless
-elegant
-sophisticated
-classic
Think “the little black dress,” or “black tie formal.” Point is, you cannot go wrong with black.
That is why my bridesmaids are going to wear black dresses!
Now, don’t be concerned. Black is not in our “color scheme,” if you will. Rigid color schemes, where everything is matchy-matchy, are PLAYED OUT to me. So we just have what I call “color inspiration.”
We’ve chosen 4 or 5 colors that complemt each other to feature throughout our wedding ceremony and reception.
In fact, the ONLY thing that may be black are the ladies’ dresses and guys’ suits.
To me, black will act as an accent color that kind of “finishes” and “pulls together” the other colors and makes them “pop.”
Seeing as though the wedding begins in the evening, it will be even more fitting.
So if any of my BM’s are reading this and *hate* that little dress above, please, “speak now, or forever hold your peace,” cuz I’m feeling it!!
Cheers to black!

August 28, 2007. bridal party, gowns. Leave a comment.

Oh, Mermaid… my Mermaid…Where Art Thou, my Mermaid!?

OK— Bridal Boutique Rule #1:
Do have a VARIETY of gowns for brides-to-be to try on when they drive 25 miles on a Saturday to visit your shop!!
Arggh! I’m so frustrated. In the past few weeks I’ve visited at least five bridal salons and NOT ONE has had more than 3 mermaid/trumpet-style gowns for me to try on.
They “claim” that the mermaid–a fit-and-flare, sophisticated silhouette gown– is not in high demand…however, several other young brides in these shops were looking for this style and shared my frustration and many runway styles for Fall 2007 are in this mermaid shape.
This from Wedding Channel:

“One of the season’s hottest looks, mermaid gowns are showing up in the collections of top designers such as Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier and Mika Inatome.”

And this from Bridal Discounters:

“Wedding gown styles for 2007 are swiftly shifting to a high fashion focus….Mermaid gowns are abound, modified mermaids are the most popular, showing fitted bodice that stretch to below the hip, with exaggerated, full, low skirts, a definite retake on the 1950s Barbie.”

Not in high demand…?
I am sure i want to be a “mermaid” bride. I have a list of gowns I’m interested in…but none of the shops in my area have any of them on the racks…and not even anything close! This is why I am super giddy about going to New York City this Friday to storm some of their infamous bridal outlets to at least get a sense of how the mermaid looks on me before I order one.
Here are some gowns that inspire me. Thanks, Ariel!




And two more of my favorite gowns that I CANNOT afford, by Jim Hjelm and Alvina Valentabut do keep in mind— I am one ENTERPRISING sista!:


August 27, 2007. gowns. Leave a comment.

One Year & Countin’!

Today is August 23, 2007…and it’s a very special day for me and fiance. Why, you ask?? Well, today is exactly the ONE year mark BEFORE our big day!!
I know…it seems like I have a whole lot of time to get all of this together. But time flies, and with gowns taking up to six months to come in (geez) we need to get moving!
There’s also the question of vendors. Catering is included in our venue, so in the next few months we need to figure out:
-A DJ
-A Florist- (Please note, the cast and I will doing most of the flowers ourselves, but we are purchasing my bouquet and the guys’ bouts, so we need someone for that.
-My GOWN!!! and accessories
-Bridal party’s gowns and guys’ stuff
-The Cake (Momma may have already nailed this down)
-Decorator(I’m interviewing someone in October to see what she’s working with…)
-Rental place
-HONEYMOON!
-And maybe, if budget permits, entertainment for the cocktail hour

I think that’s all. Let me know if I’m missing something. And get ready for a year’s-worth of my blogging non-stop about this journey! Ciao–

August 23, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

One Year & Countin’!

Today is August 23, 2007…and it’s a very special day for me and fiance. Why, you ask?? Well, today is exactly the ONE year mark BEFORE our big day!!
I know…it seems like I have a whole lot of time to get all of this together. But time flies, and with gowns taking up to six months to come in (geez) we need to get moving!
There’s also the question of vendors. Catering is included in our venue, so in the next few months we need to figure out:
-A DJ
-A Florist- (Please note, the cast and I will doing most of the flowers ourselves, but we are purchasing my bouquet and the guys’ bouts, so we need someone for that.
-My GOWN!!! and accessories
-Bridal party’s gowns and guys’ stuff
-The Cake (Momma may have already nailed this down)
-Decorator(I’m interviewing someone in October to see what she’s working with…)
-Rental place
-HONEYMOON!
-And maybe, if budget permits, entertainment for the cocktail hour

I think that’s all. Let me know if I’m missing something. And get ready for a year’s-worth of my blogging non-stop about this journey! Ciao–

August 23, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

One Year & Countin’!

Today is August 23, 2007…and it’s a very special day for me and fiance. Why, you ask?? Well, today is exactly the ONE year mark BEFORE our big day!!
I know…it seems like I have a whole lot of time to get all of this together. But time flies, and with gowns taking up to six months to come in (geez) we need to get moving!
There’s also the question of vendors. Catering is included in our venue, so in the next few months we need to figure out:
-A DJ
-A Florist- (Please note, the cast and I will doing most of the flowers ourselves, but we are purchasing my bouquet and the guys’ bouts, so we need someone for that.
-My GOWN!!! and accessories
-Bridal party’s gowns and guys’ stuff
-The Cake (Momma may have already nailed this down)
-Decorator(I’m interviewing someone in October to see what she’s working with…)
-Rental place
-HONEYMOON!
-And maybe, if budget permits, entertainment for the cocktail hour

I think that’s all. Let me know if I’m missing something. And get ready for a year’s-worth of my blogging non-stop about this journey! Ciao–

August 23, 2007. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Gowns: "Inspired By…"

Yea…so for the past day or so I had been getting
really excited
about what I admittedly thought was a goldmine of knockoff gowns from Ebay sellers based in China.
Several
of these sellers–many whom even have good ratings–are offering all
kinds of knock-off designer gowns for super-cheapo prices…like $100
for the gown and $80 for shipping. They claim the gowns are
custom-made to your measurements and are dead-on replicas of the
original…

Well, long story short, after due research it seems like, as with anything else, usually you get what ya pay for.
Apparently,
many traditional bridal boutiques are having to actively combat online
retailers to protect their businesses from being swallowed by web
bridals. They especially have to watch out
for sellers peddling shabby, bad quality fakes.

To discredit Ebay and other knockoff sellers, one online discount bridal shop actually bought a few of the China-made
knockoffs and put them right up against the designer photos they were
claiming to produce.

CLICK HERE
to see the real gowns VS. the knockoffs.
It’s pre-tty bad.

I hope this “un-inspires” anyone else who is tempted about going the “alternative route.”

I’m not saying that ALL Ebay or other online sellers who custom-make designer “inspired” gowns are
of horrible quality like these. I AM saying to be VERY careful and to
do your homework before buying from such a seller.

Several web sites for brides–weddingchannel and indiebride,
to name a few— are a treasure trove of info and host thriving message
boards where past brides and brides-to-be are sounding off on any and
every vendor you
can think of. I suggest taking a few days to do as much info-gathering
as possible on these “alternative” vendors before taking a chance.
Especially helpful
are message threads where members post photos of these gowns they have
received from little-known vendors. That’s hands down the BEST way to
get a feel for what YOU would get if you ordered.
For instance, many former/future brides seem to swear by Queens, New York dress-maker Julius Bridal Inc. There is lots of info on Julius’ gowns on indiebride and even more on weddingchannel, where dozens of ladies have posted photos of themselves in their discount/custom-made Julians…and theydo look good:)

August 23, 2007. gowns. 1 comment.

Honeymoon Registry??


Ummm…ok…I had never heard of this before until today.
Apparently, in lieu of a traditional wedding registry a la Crate&Barrel, Target, you now can set up registrys with the likes of Sandals and Starwood Resorts. Sorry if this is old news, but it’s new to me!
This from weddingchannel.com:
A Honeymoon Registry isn’t just one of the hottest trends for today’s couples — it’s an incredible opportunity for newlyweds to take the trip of a lifetime AND have their friends and family help pay for it as their wedding gift!
Why Are Honeymoon Registries So Popular?
· They’re a great option for couples that already have most of the traditional household items, but still need wedding-gift ideas for friends.
· Couples paying for their own wedding and honeymoon are able to take a more luxurious trip.
· Honeymoon Registry programs come with FREE honeymoon planners to help plan the perfect trip and make arrangements for local activities and romantic dinner.
· Friends can now give a gift they’re sure the couple will love AND use.

How Does It Work?
It’s super simple. After you make your honeymoon reservation at any of the participating Sandals or Starwood hotels or resorts, go to WeddingChannel.com to tell us how much you want to register for. We then create a honeymoon registry so your friends can see where you are going and buy gift certificates in any amount they want. That’s it!

What Do The Gift Certificates Cover?
Depending on the hotel, Gift Certificates or Gift Checks can be used on just about anything that can be applied to your hotel bill, including: · Room charges · Hotel dining and bar tabs · Hotel spa treatments, golf fees, and more!

How Do I Tell My Friends?
After creating a Honeymoon Registry on WeddingChannel.com, your registry automatically appears in our famous registry search. All you have to do is tell your friends to go to WeddingChannel.com, or send our “tell a friend email” with links directly to your honeymoon registry (and any other registries you may have on our site).

So, I have two questions:
1. Has anyone ever heard of or had experience with this before?
2. Is this totally TACKY?

August 21, 2007. Honeymoon. 2 comments.

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