|Posted by Michelle Culp on July 22, 2013 at 4:05 AM||comments (0)|
When it comes to your wedding, all you dream about is floating through the day on a cloud
made practically of love, and all the hard work and your planning finally paying off. But in
the months and weeks leading up to the preparation of your big day, it can be hard to feel
relaxed with so much stress occurring around you.
At Essence of Events, we completely understand your frustration with wedding day
preparation, and so we have compiled a few of our favorite quotes and accompanying
beautiful wedding images for Motivation Monday to help you through your wedding anxiety.
Keep calm, read on, and know that we’re here for you in all of your event apprehension.
Love is in the details, and no detail should be overlooked.
Don’t discount off-the-cuff ideas you may have.
Your wedding is not just another party.
A wedding doesn’t have to be expensive to be memorable.
If you can dream it, they can build it!
For help planning your dream wedding and to get all of your questions answered, and to
find out more about Essence of Events packages, services, and specials we are currently offering, contact
To schedule your free, initial consultation to discuss your wedding plans call 253.292.1482
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Samantha Macrae
|Posted by Michelle Culp on July 15, 2013 at 4:10 AM||comments (0)|
At Essence of Events, LLC we know choosing your first dance song with your husband can be tricky business, but chosing a first dance song with another very important man in your life can also be some tough stuff. I’m talking about the father-daughter dance.
Now you may have some rough memories of your middle-school dances where bring dad along was mandatory, and the pink frilly dress was a tragic obligation that you wore with horrific 80’s pride, but hopefully at you’re upcoming wedding this moment will be a little more sentimental.
In lieu of this big day and moment, we have compiled a list of tunes, modern, classic and all perfect for you and the first man you ever loved, for you to consider. You don’t want them to be romantic, just heartfelt and right for those few moments together before you move to the next stage of your life.
“Gracie” - Ben Folds
“Daughters” - John Mayer
“100 Years” - Five for Fighting
“When You Need Me” - Bruce Springsteen
“How You’ve Grown” - 10,000 Maniacs
“Daughter” - Louden Wainwright, III
“My Girl” – The Temptations
“Wildflowers” – Tom Petty
“Daddy’s Little Girl” – Michael Buble
“It’s For My Dad” - Nancy Sinatra
For DJ and musician recommendations to make this moment even more special, and for more playlist recommendations, contact Essence of Events today. To schedule your free, initial consultation to discuss your wedding plans call 253.292.1482 or email email@example.com
Written by Samantha Macrae
|Posted by Samantha on July 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
The glitz and glamour of old Hollywood casinos can turn a mediocre event into a night to remember and Essence of Events, LLC can help you plan it! Whether you are designing a corporate event or want a unique aspect in your wedding, casino style elements are unforgettable.
They get your guests up and interacting with one another and no one will leave without a smile on their face. Hire professional card dealers and setup blackjack, poker, and roulette tables at convenient locations throughout your venue. Looking to go above and beyond? Then in addition to the other casino games, include a craps table. You’re sure to see guests cheering and high-fiving with excitement at each roll of the dice.
What else goes well with casino games you may ask? Dirty martinis!
To complete your casino style entertainment, set the mood for your guests with exceptional lighting.
For more casino entertainment ideas contact Essence of Events, LLC to setup your free initial consultation at 253.292.1482 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Katie Kerbell
|Posted by Michelle Culp on July 1, 2013 at 4:35 AM||comments (0)|
Let’s face it, when you’re at your reception the majority of the time you will be posing for photos, visiting friends and family, and heck, just enjoying the fact that you just got married. The last thing on your mind is wanting to worry about whether or not every single guest is enjoying themselves. So why not plan ahead and find great ways to entertain guests and minimize potential wedding stress?
Essence of Events has come up with a few unique and easy ways to engage your friends and family during your special day and ensure that your wedding will be one to remember. These are great ideas to entertain your guests throughout your reception and to make sure they always have something to do.
Alternatives to Photobooths
Photobooths are great, but have you ever thought of adding a unique twist to this popular phenomonon? While your guests are taking photos, there are so many different ways to get them chatting with each other. One of our favorite ways to make your photobooth unique for you and your guests is to have them write wedding advice on a chalkboard – they’ll get to talk about their experiences, and you’ll reap the benefits of having tons of smart marriage advice!
Simple and Sophisticated Games
Games can be an easy way to entertain guests, and we’ve seen getting-to-know-you games that are classy, too. Popular picks include “I Spy,” wedding guest bingo, and Mad Libs, though we love the simple “Icebreakers” (above) which is perfect for guests waiting for the buffet line or a food to be served.
Memorable Guest Books
One of the first things your guests will do at your reception is sign a guest book. Make a lasting impression on them by picking a unique guest book that they’ll remember. We love creative ideas like having them sign Jenga blocks, pieces of a puzzle, or contributing to an artful display that you’ll keep forever.
An Excellent Seating Chart
Every guest will need to figure out where they’re seated at your reception, and unfortunately this process is usually more disorganized than fun. Why not try and create a charming experience for your guests instead? We love the idea of having guests find their placecard, and leaving behind a Polaroid picture of themselves before they’re seated. This doubles as a fun seating experience for your guests and a simple, visual way to remember everyone who attended your wedding.
Use a Social Wedding App to Share Moments
Everyone has a smartphone these days, and you can bet that they’ll be Instagramming their favorite moments and trying to look up their fellow guests on Facebook. Why not make it easy for them to get to know each other and share your wedding moments with a personal wedding app? Create an Instagram or Twitter account just for your wedding so your guests can personally hashtag your day and you can collect their photos after the night is over.
A DIY bar
Almost all of your wedding is planned to a T, so why not leave some parts up to the creativity of your guests? Let guests put together their own tasty treats with a DIY dessert bar. Some easy ideas might include a custom ice cream sandwich bar or a gourmet s’mores assembly station. We also love the idea of a DIY confetti bar, where guests can put together a colorful, custom bag of confetti to throw at your getaway.
A Kissing Menu for the Bride and Groom
Clinking glasses all night long to see the bride and groom exchange a couple of pecks can get a bit trite. Why not jazz it up a bit with a kissing menu? This way your guests will need to work together (and have some fun!) before you reward them with a smooch.
A Drink Tasting or Pairing
A little bit of Alcohol is always one way to get people more social – but why not add a twist and make it a little more interesting? Get an expert on your favorite alcohol (your BFF Sarah?) to hold a tasting or pairing for your guests at your reception. If the groom is a scotch aficionado, hold a scotch and chocolate pairing. Other great ideas could be a wine and cheese pairing, or a specialty beer tasting (for all you hipsters out there).
A Spectacular Send-off
Once guests are riding high on a night of dancing and drinks (open bar, right?) sending you off in style can be a fun way to end the night. Make sure you have a fun way to let them participate in your send-off. Sparklers and confetti are tried and true choices, but don’t limit yourself to these! Other ideas may include having guests create and toss paper airplanes, or having them attach a secret note for the bride and groom on a balloon and letting it go!
Door Hangers for the Morning After
Chances are some of your guests over the age of 21 will have a headache to nurse in the morning. It’s the mark of a truly successful wedding, after all! Charm them by leaving the guests staying in hotels with custom do-not-disturb door hangers. They’ll thank you (and think you’re a genius) in the morning.
Written by Samantha Macrae
For help utilizing these great ideas and more for your upcoming wedding, contact Essence of Events, LLC today to set up your free, initial consultation. Call 253.292.1482 or email email@example.com
|Posted by Samantha on June 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM||comments (0)|
Looking for a unique experience for you and your guests? Look no further, Essence of Events is to the rescue! Most couples choose a DJ or a band for their musical delight, but why not ditch the traditional and hire an imposter, I mean impersonator?! Surprise your guests with your favorite artists’ look alike.
A highly popular choice for both young and old would be Michael Jackson.
Looking to please a younger crowd? Try Justin Bieber.
For slightly older guests with country roots, hire Dolly Parton.
Already have your band or DJ booked but like the idea of an impersonator? Never fear, hire trained actors to mingle with your guests. A favorite for all would be Marilyn Monroe.
For these and other great ideas, contact Essence of Events at 253.292.1482 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your free initial consultation.
Written by Katie Kerbell
|Posted by Samantha on June 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
At Essence of Events, LLC we have had over 20 years of experience in the wedding industry, which means that not only have we planned a lot of weddings, but of course we have been at every reception we have coordinated.
Over the years, although tastes in décor have changed, music still seems to gravitate back to some great classics, and some fun party songs too (Gangnam Style, anyone?). Today we are going to share 25 of the most requested wedding songs of all time, in no particular order.
“Bust a Move” by Young MC
“Celebration” by Kool and the Gang
“Dancing Queen” by ABBA
“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
“Don’t Stop the Music” by Rihanna
“Electric Slide” by Marcia Griffiths
“Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
“Forever” by Chris Brown
“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
“Give Me Everything” by Pitbull
“Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas
“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith
“I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
“Just Dance” by Lady Gaga
“Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
“Marry Me” by Train
“Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO
“Shout” by Isley Brothers
“Single Ladies” Beyoncé
“Summer of ‘69” by Bryan Adams
“Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson
“Tik Tok” by Ke$ha
“YMCA” by Village People
As you may have noticed, these songs range from genre to generation, and from style to suitability for age ranges, so when you are selecting music for your wedding make sure you play a variety too. Put some slow songs on to give your guests a break, but try not to pick too many so the reception doesn’t get boring.
Make sure to play an assortment of music toward the beginning of the reception to please all the generations in attendance, and then toward the middle and end of the night tailor it to the people who are still there (mostly your friends, so the music can get a little wilder).
For referrals of DJs who can help you create the perfect ambiance for your wedding day, and help you come up with your dream playlist, contact Essence of Events today. And to set up your free, initial consultation call 253.292.1482 or email email@example.com
Written by Samantha Macrae
|Posted by Samantha on June 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM||comments (0)|
At Essence of Events, LLC we have planned many different types of events, bridal showers included. With all the planning that goes into preparing for the ultimate bridal shower, here are top-tips you are sure to find helpful. Whether you are the Maid of Honor, bridesmaid, part of the planning committee, bride, or anyone looking for some pointers, we’ve got you covered with all these tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way with all our planning expertise.
Create the guest list. This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s the first step you need to take, and it is a lot easier if you have multiple people helping you create it. Other girls might help you come up with names you may not have thought of before. Remember to run the list by the bride before you send out the invites though.
Think of the location and time. Your bridal shower, the theme, and kind of event it will be really depend on where you plan on hosting it and the time of day. Will it be a brunch, spa day, or evening night club extravaganza? These are key details to the type of event.
Theme. This is another big one, because it again dictates how the entire day or evening will run and what kind of event it will be; sophisticated and chic, relaxing and calming, wild and fun, or some combination of the above? Of course your shower doesn’t have to have a theme, but choosing one can lend a cohesive ambience to your party, not to mention that invitees will probably appreciate being given direction when it comes to gift giving.
Décor. This is where a theme may come in handy, because if you have something specific, you can decorate accordingly. However, you can always decorate with a color scheme in mind. We recommend drawing inspiration from colors that remind you of the bride and groom and their happiness and love for one another.
The top areas to decorate are the guest tables, cake table, food tables, gift table, and activities area. Be sure not to be afraid to think outside the box and draw inspiration from things that bring good feelings and your favorite things.
Food and Drinks. A major one, because no one wants to starve (no matter how good they want to look the day of the wedding!) and having a dry shower is no fun either! Plan the menu according to the time, and having plenty of bubbly to go around and a signature cocktail wouldn't hurt either! Think of your theme, colors, or incorporating the bride’s favorites to come up with a menu plan.
Activities. No one goes to a shower expecting to sit around and shoot the breeze; the games and activities are the best part! We’ve included some alternatives of the best non-traditional bridal shower activities for your soirée (and by non-traditional, I mean not the typical Vegas-style, cringe-worthy night club shower activities, if you know what I mean!). Make sure to capture all the memories throughout the day or evening photobooth style with your camera or iPad. Ask your guests to bring a photo of themselves with the bachelorette to make a photo board as people arrive. Give guests cute, printed index cards to write down a piece of advice to the bride-to-be and then have that guest share their piece of wisdom when their gift is opened during the present-opening portion. Have a rapid-fire Q-and-A session with the bride, with questions about her groom (the answers you will have already received from him).
Favors. This is more or less the finishing touch to the party, and it’s the hostess’s job to send all of the party-goers home with a little favor. You want to be sure all your guests know how much you appreciate their support for the bride. Make sure your favor isn't too extravagant but useful, meaningful, and it's always a plus when you are able to tie it in with the theme of the bridal shower.
For more tips on bridal shower planning, event planning, wedding advice, contact our coordinators today. Need help planning your shower, party, or event? Schedule your free, initial consultation today!
|Posted by Samantha on June 3, 2013 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
If you’re choosing to invite kids to your wedding, still thinking about it or hesitant, or maybe have to invite two or three because they’re in the wedding party, then this is a must-read article for you!
This is an important decision that you have to make as a couple, because it can really set the tone for the entire evening; family-friendly affaire, or swanky soirée?
However if you are planning on having an adorable flower girl, and perhaps a rowdy ring bearer, we do have some tips on how to keep them smiling, happy, and entertained (much like the rest of your guests) all night long.
While children can be a lot of fun, boredom can kick in, and sudden temper tantrums are definitely no walk in the park. Passing out noise makers could be the easy way out, but after about five minutes, you and your guests are going to be sick of that obnoxious hoot.
Never fear, Essence of Events is here! We have a list of the greatest games, toys, and ideas, to keep those kiddos from knocking over your fabulous cake (you, and their parents, can thank us later). Now you’ll be able to sit back, and relax, knowing those little squirts can entertain themselves.
Read on for tips on how to keep their kid’s table well stocked with fun games and activities!
Craft tablecloth: Having a craft tablecloth is great because you don’t have to worry about spills and accidents, and it can also opt as a coloring palette.
Crayons and candy: Make cute little bundles of crayons and lollipops for each table setting. Coloring is always a great and easy way to keep kids occupied, not to mention it’ll keep their creative juices flowing!
Washable ink stamp set: It may sound insane, but a stamp set is brilliant. Stamps are fun and interactive! This particular set is washable, so even if they decide to mark themselves on the forehead, it’ll wash off before family portraits are taken.
Bubbles: Who doesn’t love bubbles? Great for the slightly older kids, just watch out for the younger ones in case they decide to take a swig!
Puzzles and games: Uno, Monopoly, or Candy Land are all great choices to keep at the game table.
Scavenger hunt: This is by far a favorite option of kids, brides, parents, and planners alike! Though on the pricier side, kids love scavenger hunts. Place a few disposable cameras on each kid’s table, and have them team up to capture pictures from a list you have put together.
Personalized activity book: While the grown-ups are sippin’ on some bubbly, the kids can be working on crossword puzzles and mazes that you as a couple have personally put together.
Fruit centerpieces: Keeping them snacking is a good way to keep them full and focused (at least that’s what the mini wheat ad’s say!). If you’re planning on having pretty alternative or fancy food, having options that kids can easily distinguish as “normal” is key.
Feeling nostalgic for your youth? Help make the good times roll for these kids at your wedding by implementing these great ideas at your big day! And for even more creative and unique ideas for your event, contact our Wedding Planners today!
To schedule your free, initial consultation, call 253.292.1482 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Samantha Macrae
|Posted by Samantha on May 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
Often times when people think of hiring some form of entertainment, whether it is a harpist, acrobatics, band, quartet, or a DJ, they forget to add the ambiance of lighting and sound effects. The idea of entertainment really is the whole point of hiring these entertainers. Why not add the ambiance you’re looking for? You can get the romantic candle lit feeling with different kinds of LED uplighting in a red or pink tone.
For a personalized look, try out a custom monogram to be on display during your reception. For a disco feel you could go for the dance floor lighting. Perhaps you like the bump-and-groove of a night at the club type you will want to think about incorporating the newest trend of universal lighting that actually creates shapes around the room and can be programed to go to the beat of you and your guest’s favorite songs.
Photo Credit: Essence of Events, LLC
For a local company you are sure to be pleased with be sure to check out Generation X Productions.
Jered is absolutely captivated by all the dynamics that can be involved in the production, reproduction, and capturing of sounds. He loves anything audio, so much so he started his career just out of high school! After attending the Art Institute of Seattle and receiving a degree in audio engineering he accepted a video broadcast media position working on various video formats and learning how to author DVDs. He appreciates the mixed live sound for various bands, some of which he actually played in.
After showing his support by being a DJ for several events for friends and family. Jered slowly noticed that word of mouth was spreading and took the hint that he ought to DJ more and more events. That eventually led to the creation of Generation X Productions with his good friend Ollie.
Ollie's early influence of music led him to seek a career in the entertainment industry from an early age. After performing at several events throughout his time in high school for various people, he was inspired to just go ahead and invest in DJ equipment and learn how to mix and layer music. Since 2002 Ollie has enjoyed entertaining many with his production with hundreds of people for many different types of events.
After meeting these two, you are sure to feel at ease in the presence of their knowledge of music, equipment, and lighting effects. With their efficiency and organized music worksheet you are sure to get the desired effect you are looking for, and more! From weddings, parties, dinners, bars, concerts, electronic festivals, benefit events, to so much more!
With their competitive and reasonable pricing options you are sure to be able to enjoy the planning process of your music and lighting choices. So whatever ambiance you would like to portray; whether it’s on you wedding day, for your grandparents 50th anniversary or just a good old fashioned dance party, you are sure to love the services, options, pricing, and professionalism offered by Generation X Productions.
Contact us for additional ways to enhance your special event or for other local Professional Vendor Referrals. For additional planning, coordination, or design ideas, join us daily for updates on our blog on various subjects for weddings and events.
To contact us, email us at email@example.com or call 253.292.1482
Written by Michelle Culp
|Posted by Samantha on May 20, 2013 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
The atmosphere and entertainment of your wedding can sometimes make or break the night. Whether you want the mood of the event to reflect glamorous sophistication or a feel-good party time, the entertainer you hire needs to represent both you as a couple, and the style of the day.
Essence of Events has compiled a few tips to help you find the best band that will suit your wedding day. Because although you may have spent no end of time fussing over the centerpieces, when the guests leave, it’ll be the bad wedding band that’ll stick in their mind, and no one wants that!
Determine your budget: It would be great if everyone had the ability to spend whatever they wanted on their weddings, but in reality, everyone works within a budget. Sitting down and looking at a budget breakdown, and then deciding what percentage you can realistically spend on entertainment is important; prioritize you needs and determine what you really want. You can pay a little extra for a band you love, and lower the budget elsewhere. Being happy with your choices at the end of the day is what it’s all about.
Think about what kind of band you want: Not all bands are the same, and they definitely aren’t created equal. A band that only plays one style of music, say Motown/R&B or a tribute band, isn’t going to have the same range and song variety that a versatile entertainment band will. If you love 80s music, it doesn’t mean your guests will. If you’re having a themed wedding, like a Roaring Twenties style, perhaps you could add some of that flavor into the mix. But start thinking about what types of music and songs you’d like to hear at your wedding, and go from there.
Consider size: If you have a huge wedding hall or ballroom for a 300 person wedding, you probably want to hire a larger band, than say, a four person string quartet. At the same time, if you’re having an intimate 50 guest wedding at a private residence, hiring a full band would not be appropriate. Remember, if you hire larger bands, they often come with extras, like their own lighting and sound equipment, so although these are great bonuses; they do come with added costs. Make sure you understand exactly what you are getting before you sign.
Listen to samples: Just because their website is professional, doesn’t mean the band can actually carry a note. The only way you’ll truly know how good a band sounds is if you listen to a live sample, watch videos of past performances, or attend an event where they are playing. Check to see what reviews they have, or if they can provide references. Don’t just book a band because your cousin Suzie’s best friend Kate said they were good. Someone’s idea of good music may be different than yours.
Give yourself enough time: Make sure you do enough research, and book ahead. Don’t put hiring a band off until the last minute. While entertainment may not be at the forefront of your mind, it certainly is for a lot of other brides. Coincidently, wedding season (May-September) starts around Prom time, and ends when Homecoming starts. Schools are going to be snatching up your entertainment options, if other brides haven’t, just like the limo services.
Pick a band you trust: This is an important day; make sure you take the time to talk with the band or band leader beforehand. Professional bands should offer free consultations which allow you the opportunities to talk about your expectations and get to know each other’s personalities. They are there to help you create memories, make sure you feel comfortable around them; the band is there to make your day the best it can be.
For more music and entertainment tips, plus other wedding day advice, contact Essence of Events today. To schedule you initial consultation, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253.292.1482
Written by Samantha Macrae
|Posted by Samantha on May 13, 2013 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
Dancing at your wedding can be nerve wrecking, especially the first dance. It can feel like all eyes are on you, which in fact, they probably are. Unless both you and your husband are professional dancers and you know what you are doing out there on the dance floor, chances are you’re probably making it up as you go along.
That is why I highly recommend taking at least one dance lesson before the big day. Your first dance doesn’t have to be a choreographed, So You Think You Can Dance full-scale Broadway-style extravaganza, but knowing a basic waltz or two-step certainly wouldn’t hurt.
One of the best studios to work with is Arthur Murray International Dance Studios. The instructors are wonderful and work with beginners all the way to professionals. They are able to help choreograph your wedding dance, or just give you a few dancing lessons and tips.
Essence of Events works with Arthur Murray in Tacoma, but there are over 260 studios in 21 countries, so there is bound to be a location near you. To find yours, and to learn more, visit: http://arthurmurray.com/
If going to a studio isn’t exactly your thing, at least practicing to your song at home is a must. Knowing that you are both on the same page is important.
While you’re at your dress fitting, make sure you take a spin around the shop and you’re comfortable in the dress. You should make sure that your gown isn’t going to go anywhere and you can dance the night away, after all that’s what your wedding should be about; a celebration!
For more wedding tips, on dancing, music, and general coordination, please contact us for a free initial consultation at email@example.com or call 253.292.1482
Written by Samantha Macrae
|Posted by Samantha on May 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
Many couples already have a song that is “theirs.” Maybe it is a song that reminds them of a special moment they spent together, or the first song they danced to, it could have even just been playing when they met, but no matter the story, that track is special to them.
Other couples may not have music that is so important, so when it comes to selecting something for their first dance, the pressure is on. This tune will become “their song” from now on.
To help ease some of this tension, I’ve created a list of some of the best first-dance songs for your wedding. These songs span multiple genres, and generations, so there is something for everyone here.
“First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes
“Songbird” by Eva Cassidy
“On a Night Like This” by Dave Barnes
“Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
“In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel
“Such Great Heights” by Iron and Wine
“Forever” by Ben Harper
“The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
“Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
“Baby I'm Yours” by The Artic Monkeys
“Blue Eyes” by The Carey Brothers
“Love and Some Verses” by Iron and Wine
“You are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne
“Makin’ Plans” by Miranda Lambert
“My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw
“Crazier” by Taylor Swift
For additional first dance song choices, please contact one of our planners and we will be happy to provide you with a selection that best suits you, and answer your wedding and event related questions.
To schedule your free, one hour initial consultation, contact us at 253.292.1482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Posted by essenceofevents on April 15, 2013 at 2:45 AM||comments (0)|
So you've spent months planning and planning, and the big day has finally arrived. You want everything to go perfectly, so chances are you've been sure to spend countless hours planning all the details before your "I Do's". It goes without saying that you haven't forgotten the details regarding your dress, jewelry, hair and makeup. The interesting thing is that one thing most brides forget is a music playlist for their wedding day.
Choosing an ultimate wedding day playlist for getting ready, can be hard work. It can take countless hours and when you have what seems to be a million other things to do, it can be the last thing you want to tackle. So we've compiled a list of the top 25 ultimate wedding day playlist (in no particular order). These songs are sure to make getting ready with the girls a blast!
"Ever Ever After" by Carrie Underwood
"I Do" by Colbie Callat
"Marry You" by Bruno Mars
"Wedding Bell Blues" by the cast of Glee
"Would'nt it be nice" by the Beach Boys
"Glamorous" by Fergie
"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
"Love Story" by Taylor Swift
"Perfect Day" by Hoku
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" by Beyonce
"Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield
"My Life Would Suck Without You" by Kelly Clarkson
"Crazy in Love" by Beyonce
"Say Hey (I Love You)" by Michael Franti
"You're The One That I Want" from Grease soundtrack
"I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eye Peas
"This Will Be" by Natalie Cole
"All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles
"Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and The Waves
"Forever" by Chris Brown
"I'm Yours" by Jason Maraz
"Love Somebody Like You" by Keith Urban
Remember when selecting your playlist to keep in mind who will be there. If those getting ready include grandparents, parents and little ones, remember to select songs that will be appropriate and be sure to get the censored version of your favorite songs! Be sure to keep the songs upbeat and consider the theme to inspire your song selection. It will be a guaranteed pre-party in your dressing room. Since everyone getting ready is sure to be giddy and full of anticipation, you may want to keep slow songs out of this playlist, you wouldn't want to change the mood.
Don't forget classic songs, and also feel free to ask those who will be getting ready with you for wedding day playlist suggestions. Try asking those who have been included in other weddings, they may have a good idea of songs that work and which song do not. And of course you will want to think of which songs best suit you and make it more personal to you as the bride. Include your favorite songs, ones that will bring back good memories of your time with family, friends and your fiance.
For additional wedding day playlist suggestions and answers to other wedding and event related questions, feel free to contact one of our Event Coordinators today!
Written by Samantha Macrae
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|Posted by essenceofevents on December 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
Essence of Events, LLC often gets requests for professional vendor referrals. Among these are referrals for local DJ's that we have worked with and would recommend for your event. The DJ we selected to feature today is DJRT, a Seattle event DJ. We had the pleasure of working with Ryan Tilton. Ryan has been in the DJ business since 2004 and still enjoys making each event the happy and stress free occasion that it should be. He was very easy to work with and did everything he could to ensure the wedding couple recieved everything they were looking for in a DJ. Ryan is not the only DJ that DJRT has to offer but with every DJ you are sure to get on that is personable, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. They want you to choose the perfect DJ talent from their diverse team. We like that each of DJRT's DJs has created a video pitch to present their unique style for you to choose from!
You can give DJRT custom CDs for your event, select from their music library, and/or allow your guests to request songs from their music library during your event. If you don't want to worry about selecting all the songs, just give DJRT an idea of what you want to hear, and let them draw from their extensive library to pick the right mix for your event. Digital music purchases give DJRT a virtual music library of more than 8.5 million tracks. If they don't have a song already, they will just buy it right on-the-spot.
You need options for audio and visual? Create the exact feel you want for your event by selecting one of DJRT's audio and lighting packages that can be configured to create the ambiance you want, a pounding club feel or relaxing atmosphere. Feel free to add a second system for a ceremony or a projector to display a slideshow. A fully configurable system lets you choose any kind of atmosphere, from rockin' to romantic.
Thinking of your budget and want to ensure you don't go over? No worries with DJRT because their packages start at just $499! Feel free to contact DJRT or us for additional details or to get assistance with you event music planning. Essence of Events, LLC email@example.com or 253.292.1482
|Posted by essenceofevents on December 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
So many often ask which we would recommend, a DJ or Band? This question comes up so often, we thought we would inform you of the options and our feelings on this often controversial subject. Alot can come from discussing what atmosphere you want to create for your event.
Both DJ's and Bands are usually more than happy to accomodate to contributing to your desired atmosphere and overall objective for your event. Both a DJ and a band can offer a variety of music selections and create both fun & energetic or a calm and relaxing atmostphere, for you & your guests. It's thought that a DJ can offer many more selections for genres & songs, this isn't necessarily the case. Although it is easy for a DJ to download off the internet pretty much any song that you request, a band can also learn requests that can be played live during your event.
Many worry that they can't get the lights and sound effects that maybe only a DJ can offer, but in reality it is easy to work with a band that has lighting effects or companies they work with that can offer just as much, if not more.
The average cost of a DJ is usually $1000 and up, a band which provides more than one person will cost about the same depending on the same factors that a DJ takes into account. Location, hours, date & additional equipment.
As you see we feel that the best choice is to select a DJ or band that suits your event, the atmosphere and who you are. With either selection of a DJ or a band you always want to be sure to hire a professional who is easy to work with, understands your needs and is able to offer you the services you desire within your budget.
For additional help in finding a suitable DJ or band, please feel free to contact us for a professional reference. 253.292.1482 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Posted by essenceofevents on December 3, 2012 at 5:30 PM||comments (0)|
Music plays such an important role in any type of event. Whether you are planning a wedding, dinner party, fundraiser or corporate party, music helps you set the tone and mood you desire for your event . It can help relax you guests or get them moving on the dance floor.
This week we would like to feature a local artist and band on this week’s Music Monday blog. We think The Ethan Tucker Band based out of Olympia Washington would be the perfect addition to any occasion.
Ethan seamlessly combines reggae, jazz and blues to create an amazing musical experience for anyone listening. His music pulls you in and holds your attention, no matter what your music preference may usually be. We have seen him perform a number of times now, both with his band and solo, either way you will never be disappointed. His talent and stage presence are phenomenal.
If you want to listen and enjoy his music for yourself, check him out on ReverbNation and iTunes. You can also look him up on Facebook and Myspace.
We strongly recommend you take a little time and listen to his last album entitled “Lost Between” and watch for his soon to be released new album “Misunderstood”. The first album will instantly make you a fan, and from what we’ve heard off of the new album, you will be more and more impressed with each new song!
|Posted by essenceofevents on November 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
"Celebrate good times, come on! "
Great party song right? Sure it is, but does that mean we have to listen to it at every party? Has there been nothing else since 1980?
Here at Essence of Events, LLC we think there have been plenty of great dance songs if you are looking for other options. Keep in mind that great music completely depends on the listener and the mood you are going for. Today we are just concentrating on dance music that gets your guests moving, and isn't tied to just music of this year.
1. Black Eyed Peas- I Gotta Feeling
2. Lmfao Feat. Lauren Bennett And Goon R...- Party Rock Anthem
3. Journey- Don't Stop Believin'
4. Lmfao- Sexy And I Know It
5. Cupid- Cupid Shuffle
6. AC/DC- You Shook Me All Night Long
7. Neil Diamond- Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seem...
8. Bon Jovi- Livin' On A Prayer
9. Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera- Moves Like Jagger
10. Van Morrison- Brown Eyed Girl
11. Beyonce- Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
12. Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer- Give Me Everything
13. Lady Gaga Feat. Colby O'donis- Just Dance
14. DJ Casper- Cha Cha Slide
15. B-52's- Love Shack
16. Michael Jackson- Billie Jean
17. Pink- Raise Your Glass
18. Def Leppard- Pour Some Sugar On Me
19. Taio Cruz- Dynamite
20. Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris- We Found Love
This is just a small sampling of great dance songs we found on www.partyblast.com, if this isn't your style try looking for yourself and you will find plenty of options to fit the style and mood you love!
|Posted by essenceofevents on November 19, 2012 at 1:20 PM||comments (0)|
Want to offer unique and different entertainment to your event sure to wow you guests?
Some great options for any theme and event are: aerial acrobats, atmospheric aerialists, rope and harness dancers, acrobatic stilt walkers, and choreographed dance numbers for every theme. iInteractive 'Animators' such as mimes, jugglers, acro-dancers, showgirls, themed dancers, living décor and living statues to add to the ambience of your event and create a personable experience
'Animated Food Servers' delight guests while serving drinks, appetizers or desserts in elaborate costumes as Roving Buffet Tables, Strolling Champagne Dresses and Aerial Champagne Girls.
From high energy to mesmerizing, our diverse repertory of solo and duo aerial acts include Trapeze, Silks, Hoop, Hammock, Rope & Spanish Web
Enjoy our interactive stilt dancers, create an impression with a living statue, or enjoy a fire performance or juggling show.
Add some glam to your food service with our themed Roving Buffet Tables, Strolling Champagne Dresses and Aerial Champagne Girls.
Our talented performers co-mingle their specialty skills directly with guests to engage and animate a crowd of all ages. Mimes, Jugglers, Acro-Jesters, etc.
Themed dancers and living decor add energy and inspiration with atmospheric performance or choreographed routines based on your theme.
|Posted by essenceofevents on October 15, 2012 at 11:20 PM||comments (0)|
Monday-Music/DJ is here! Many ask us what questions to ask their DJ when they go for the first time? We love this Music & DJ Questionnaire! Feel free to print up and use on your next DJ consultation. If you need help finding local DJ's or Musicians or have additional questions, be sure to contact us!
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