Wedding DJ Blog
Over the years I have the pleasure to DJ hundreds of wedding, even attended a few as a guest. Some weddings just kind of end while others plan a send off. Send offs are kind of tricky sometimes. You seem to start losing guests after 3 or 4 hours, there are exceptions but this is my experience. That is something to think about, especially when the ceremony and reception are taking place at separate venues. Sometime photographers like to stage fake send offs, so that they can get a picture with more people. The problem there is it still signals to some guests the party is over even though we make announcements explaining it’s just for pictures. I suggest if you are going to do a fake send off, to wait as long as you can and judge it by when you are losing guests.
My real idea about writing this was to discuss send off ideas. Traditionally rice was thrown at the newly weds as they left and that became taboo because the rice choked birds. So people started throwing birdseed instead, either way they don’t make good pictures in day or night pictures.
Daytime – Sendoffs, I recommend bubble, they are inexpensive, you can buy them at the Dollartree, Party City, Hobby Lobby and online. I would also recommend buying a few of the toy bubble guns, these can put out a lot more bubbles, give these to the groomsmen and bridesmaids. It is generally not a good idea to do bubbles inside as it does make wood and tile floors slick
Nighttime – sendoffs, Sparklers look great in pictures. Buy the long ones, and try to find easy lighting ones. The short ones don’t last as long, if you have a lot of guests they can be fizzling at the front of the line while the end of the line is still lighting. Also the heart shaped ones don’t create the effect that people expect. Some venues don’t allow sparklers due to city ordinances or insurance reasons. A great alternative is glow sticks. Remember to get the long ones, like they use for necklaces, these will look the best.
The #1 Rule when planning your Wedding…IT”S A CELEBRATION!! So, Don’t over think it. If you allow the planning of your wedding to stress you out or ruin the process, you don’t need to be having a wedding. Allow yourself to be in the moment, to enjoy the process, to leave behind the things you don’t need, to accept the things you cannot control or change, and to have fun! It’s Your Wedding, don’t allow relatives or friends to have too much influence, such that it takes away the “you” part of your wedding. You NEED a Venue, Food, Alcohol, Entertainment, a Minister/Rabbi/Officiant, Photographer, and some flowers…you should strongly consider a Month Of Coordinator, A creative designer/florist, a videographer, and a cake/dessert baker. Beyond that, there are things you might want, which will make the event more fun and memorable, but start with the things you know you need and get that part under control. If you’re a busy/highly successful person, you should hire someone (a Professional Wedding Planner) to help you design the decor and timelines and to help hire the vendors, but you probably already know that if you’re a highly successful person. Finally, the entertainment, (which we are biased about) is crucial to the “memorable” and “Fun” factor…choose wisely. If you’re one of our current or previous clients, hopefully you feel that you made the right choice! CELEBRATE, LOVE, DANCE, and LIVE Happily Ever After! Happy Planning friends!