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How Do You Find the Right Function Band For Your Evening Wedding Reception?

 

When planning your wedding evening entertainment, you need a top class live band who can keep your guests dancing to their favourite songs all night long. You’ve had a long day to organize from hairdressers to florists, from church to hotel, from photographer to food. Wouldn’t it be good to be able to relax after the end of your wedding breakfast and not to have to then organize the evening as well.  

I have heard many tales of woe from brides who were married in the north east area where the only entertainment booked has been a DJ, often no more than one of the hotel staff with virtually no training or experience, put behind the built in antique disco console with a small collection of tired 80s disco hits. Needless to say, the majority of the guests have sneaked away as soon as the buffet has been served and left the Bride and Groom with an empty room and a very sad end to their day. It’s no good at this point wishing they’d spent a few hundred pounds extra – often no more than the cost of the cake which has not been touched – on an experienced live band to provide some first class professional entertainment for the evening.

There are some excellent professional wedding bands serving all the north east including Darlington, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside and of course some not so good!

So, what kind of band would you look for? Here are my tips for finding the right band for your event.

First and foremost you need to remember that you will have 3 or 4 generations represented among your guests and you need a band who can entertain them all. Avoid “club and pub” bands who tend to only play heavy rock. You may have had a great time after a few drinks but how would your mum and dad like them? Much better is to seek out a band that has performed for a lot of different kinds of function and will therefore have a much broader repertoire of songs.

Second, always ask what the band will wear. If you and your guests have spent a small fortune on new clothes, do you really want a bunch of guys in tee shirts and jeans traipsing into your wedding?

Third, how loud will they be? Can they perform at a lower volume if the venue is small, and, for that matter, can they make enough noise to fill a huge marquee?

Fourthly, will you get the band you think you booked. Some bands can’t resist taking on every booking offered to them which means that on your special night you could see a bunch of “deps” introducing themselves to each other and trying to sort out what songs they can all play! Try to book a band that only accepts one booking per day.

Probably the most important question is can you trust the band to organise your evening entertainment so that it works well for you and not just for them, Will they bring recorded music for their intervals or will your guests be left sitting in silence, and will they perform for sufficient time to justify the expense.

The best way to find a great band is to search Google or other good search engines for wedding bands in your area, perhaps searching for “wedding bands north east” and check out the bands’ websites. A good band will generally have a good informative website, and remember, if their website is dull they probably will be too!

Above all, remember a good live band will make your evening and will always be preferable to just a DJ, and considering that the cost will no doubt be a small fraction of the overall cost of your wedding it could turn out to be your best investment.

 

Charles F Barnes is a music consultant living in the north east of England. The Dean Solomon Band are a function band and they are a top 4 piece professional wedding band north east who provide music for weddings, functions, parties and all events in the North East, North Yorkshire and Co Durham.

Catering Healthy Food For Your Wedding Reception

Catering a wedding reception is no longer about trays of finger sandwiches, tea cookies, small bowls of nuts and mints, and punch. Now catering wedding receptions is about presentation of succulents meats, crisp vegetables, pasta dishes, platters of fruits and, of course, the bar. Catering is now about flatbreads, rice dishes, vegetables, fish and fowl. Most importantly, it is about providing healthy options, without sacrificing variety and flavor.

Many people have the idea that healthy eating means raw celery and plain chicken; this is hardly the case. Options vary greatly, and can include roast pork and red snapper, shrimp in garlic sauce and lobster. Boiled or roast potatoes and mixed vegetables are the perfect side for practically any entree. It can mean stuffed mushrooms and stuffed sole, baked ziti, and baked potatoes. So what are some choices for catering your wedding reception with healthy foods?

The various fish dishes associated with Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine are a perfect fit for any reception. Try clams in garlic sauce or shrimp in garlic sauce. There are cod cakes and shrimp cakes. Octupus, calamari, lobster and mussels are available. Do you prefer other meats? Roast suckling pig, BBQ chicken, meatballs and ribs are all popular and affordable options. Do you not care for vegetables? Perhaps three bean salad, macaroni or potato salad in addition to rice and pastas will work.

And that is just the appetizers. Your guests will be delighted when they are served lobster tail with filet mignon, stuffed filet of sole, roast veal with mushrooms, roast pork, beef and lamb, paella and mascada. Grilled is also represented with grilled grouper, shrimp and filet mignon. Healthy is in how the food is prepared and how well the food retains its vitamins and minerals, because high heat can destroy these vital things. Roasting, grilling, and slow cooking help to retain these necessary vitamins and minerals.

Catering is all about presentation, which encompasses all the five senses. Healthy food is all the more appealing when it’s presented in attractively garnished warming trays set on tables clad in white cloth. When the venue is clouded with the aromas of succulent dishes and you follow your nose, healthy smells good. When healthy foods at a wedding reception are served by well dressed polite servers, healthy food does not feel so different. When the flavors touch your tongue and each taste is an adventure in discovery, healthy food tastes wonderful. Complementary wines complete the experience, enhancing the flavors of the foods.

Catering is all about presentation. Caterers bring their product to your venue from setup to clean-up so that you do not have to worry about anything but enjoying your special day. Catering your wedding reception with healthy foods means you can enjoy this time with your family and friends, knowing that they will benefit from eating the healthy food presented by the caterer. Their healthy bodies will not tire from dancing all night, catching the bouquet and tossing bird seed at the newly married couple as they drive off into their future hand in hand.

Healthy does not have to be raw, nor unappetizing. Leaving the task of providing healthy food up to a premier caterer guarantees elegantly fed, healthy, smiling family and friends and a worry free wedding reception to be remembered fondly by all.

Bill Oliveira is the owner of Chateau of Spain Restaurant located in Newark, NJ. The restaurant is conveniently located close to the Prudential Center. This establishment offers a wide variety of food for dine-in, catering, and more.http://www.chateauofspain.com

Ideas for Inexpensive Wedding Reception Table Decorations

In case you’re preparing for your wedding, you should think about decorations for the reception. Traditional floral decorations are lovely; however they also cost a lot, since florist services require a lot of work and attention to detail. What do you do if you’re not getting married on a big budget?
The good news is that there is no rule requiring you to stay to the typical reception decorations. There are plenty of enticing and enjoyable options that will not cost you all that much. Stick along with your theme and your shade scheme, and you can create engaging, interesting tables that everyone will love, however you won’t need to spend a bundle. Let’s check out a few of your options.
Sweet
Informal weddings can use brightly colored candies to add a light touch. A reasonable set of glass containers, similar to giant goblets, bowls, or even wide-mouthed vases, transforms into a gorgeous set of centerpieces once you fill them with enticing candies. Try chocolate, like M&Ms (you can get them custom-colored and custom-printed), or attempt something fruit flavored, like jelly beans. Traditional wedding Jordan almonds are a fantastic alternative, too. Buy them in bulk from a Middle Eastern food supplier, rather than from a wedding retailer, and you’ll save quite a lot of money. Top off your dishes with a lovely (organic) flower or two, and your visitors can enjoy the look and the taste of your centerpieces.
Flowers
You can nonetheless have floral decorations on your reception tables, if you’re willing to go professional yourself. Try a bunch of cheap flowers, like Gerber daisies, and just place them in simple containers, like a glass pitcher. This is a casual look, however it will work for a lot of weddings, and it will not value you all that much. For fancier weddings, make the centerpieces yourself by using high quality synthetic flowers. A number of hardy, exotic flowers may be positioned in a simple vase and accented with candles, for a minimalist look. Simply use two or three flowers per table, and fill the remainder of the container with stones or glass beads.
Potted flowers are another inexpensive option. They are often purchased in all places in the right season, and if you wait for a sale, you may pick them up very cheaply. Repot them in prettier containers, or cover/paint the present pot to create a centerpiece that friends can take home to plant there.
Candles
You can’t go wrong with candles.  They lend a sublime touch in an affordable way.  You’ll be able to pick up votives or the next size up plus the candle holders in the design of your selection at your native craft store. 
Balloons
Floating balloon bouquets can be a great choice for a beautiful table, too. There are all kinds of shapes, colors and types, so it is simple to match your wedding colors and themes. Stick with pearly pastels, or create more dramatic balloon bunches. Cut the ribbons in several lengths to create an attractive range of heights (rather than a bunch that says “circus” to most people.) This is a simple activity to delegate. Add flowers, sweets, or confetti, and have fun popping balloons later in the day or night. Try using sweets or fruit as an alternative of conventional weights, and your guests will be able to take home a snack after the reception, too.
Decorating your reception tables doesn’t have to cost a fortune. All it requires is just a little imagination, a willingness to shop for bargains, and some of your time to put all together.

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Unique Reception Entertainment On Your Wedding Day

People always look forward to weddings. Whether they are part of the entourage or just simply guests, to be a part of this romantic event is truly exciting. For your guests, regardless whether they have traveled far or have always lived nearby how do you keep them entertained and not sleep through the whole wedding reception? Here are some exciting ideas that you have in your wedding reception:

-Photo Booth Remember those photo booths where you drop a coin, and you get to do silly poses? You can put an updated version of these photo booths and have them at your wedding reception. There are photo booths up for rental, and instead of a small enclosed photo area, the photo booths now are open, have a huge backdrop instead, and there are props that you can use. For the backdrop, you can make it personalized to contain your name, and for some, you can use images or the couples photo. For the props, they can either be full costumes or lots of silly hats and colorful wigs. The photos are normally printed immediately so the guests can also take them home as souvenirs from the event.

-Singer or a Band If your budget can afford it, or if you have friends or relatives who are singers or are in a band, you can hire them and do your reception music. No need to hire Celine Dion or Elvis Costello, an upcoming or a budding artist can have a more forgiving talent fee. You can visit recording studios in your area so can get an idea of who to get.

-Wine Tasting Station No other drink spells romance more than wine. You can set up a wine tasting station at your reception and have your guests see and taste the different wines available. The booth should have a sommelier or an expert that can truly describe and give more information about each wine. This is a twist to the traditional toast made more modern and fun.

-Chocolate Fountain And no other food spells romance more than chocolate. Have a chocolate fountain in one side of your reception hall, and apart from being a dessert lovers dream, it can easily be a conversational piece where you can have your guests mingle and warm up to each other. Have a variety of biscuits, fruits and marshmallows as your guests will indeed be coming back again and again.

Receptions can be as simple as an intimate dinner or as exciting as a party celebration. Depending on the mood that you want to set, you can create that perfect reception atmosphere by choosing the right reception entertainment. Whether an elegant wine tasting booth or a fun photo booth, what is important is that everyone gets to have fun and you get to enjoy your wedding in an ambience that you truly love. Make your wedding extra special by providing entertainment that will knock everyone off their feet, whether because of the alcohol or the chocolate bliss.

Criss White writes about entertainment and wedding topics. For more info or to check out some wedding placecard holders or some candle wedding favors, visit Bridal and Wedding Favors.

Some tips to organize a wedding reception

The wedding day is not only the moment when two people seal their union, it is also a chance to celebrate. Certainly the ceremony, be that religious or civil, is the solemnest moment of the day, we might say that it is the climactic moment, the core of each wedding day, but the lunch or dinner with relatives and friends is definitely the moment when bride and groom release their tension and can really have fun with their guests. No matter if you organize your reception in a restaurant or if you choose a different location, perhaps a villa in a picturesque place: in any case the reception is an essential feature of your wedding, and it has to be organized paying attention to many different things.

First of all, you need to consider the budget you have at your disposal. A sumptuous reception can really fleece you, especially if you have extended the invitation to many people. According to Eurispes, which has carried out a survey about wedding costs in Italy, the reception is the part that most affects the total costs of the wedding day: the reception in Italy costs on average 6,000 euro, and in general we can say that in the south of Italy receptions are usually more expensive than in the north. The average price of receptions in Italy is so high also because only few couples choose a reception for few people: according to Eurispes, indeed, over 55% of couples invite more than 100 people. Thus if you have a limited budget you might want to consider the idea of a less sumptuous reception, with a smaller number of people, and choose a standing buffet or, if you would like to do something unusual, you can offer an informal reception, organizing a barbecue or a picnic.

If you want to choose something more traditional, spending a bit more money, you can organize the reception in a restaurant. The choice of the restaurant is to be done after considering different factors. First of all, the style of the restaurant: before you book have a look at the room where the reception is supposed to take place and discuss the table arrangement with the person in charge of this. If you want to be sure that food and service are good, you can have a dinner in the restaurant before you book. Secondly, if you do not have an alternative location where to take photos, be sure that the restaurant has a garden or other nice places. Last but not least, consider the distance to the restaurant from the church or the town hall, which should not be too long, especially if some of your guests come from far away. All these variables are to be kept into consideration also if you choose another location, like an ancient villa or a castle, the perfect places if you want your wedding to be a fairytale one.

Another important choice is that of the reception time: it usually depends on the time when the ceremony takes place, and the most popular moments are dinner and lunch. But if you want to try something new, you can organize a breakfast, a brunch or a drink in the aperitif time.

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How to Choose a Unique Wedding Reception Venue

For years, brides have been willing to settle for the usual venues for their wedding receptions. The ceremony would conclude and the guests would head to a banquet hall, or a country club, to dine on chicken, prime rib, and a wilted salad. The focus was on the bride and groom, who would dance the night away beside a live band or DJ and would then be bid farewell with a toss of the rice. In recent years, things have begun to change. Some brides are looking back to simpler times before weddings became complicated, expensive affairs and hosting their receptions in quaint, out of the way locations. Others are turning average spaces into something spectacular for their big day. Locations like a public warehouse or a fulfillment have become destinations for wedding receptions.

Another option for a one-of-a-kind reception is a farm or barn. Some farm owners have realized they can host events on their property and they renovated spaces to make them more party friendly. In other cases, a bride may find a location that needs some work and take care of the decor herself. If the exterior is scenic and pleasant, it does not take much to create dining space and an area for dancing. Using a barn or farm for your wedding reception creates a feeling of rustic simplicity most couples love.

Those with access to a shopping mall after hours, or who can speak with the mall’s manager about renting the empty space, have the perfect, spacious reception venue on their hands. Not all malls will be right for the idea, but many feature elaborate courtyards and center courts where mall events take place. Imagine setting up a banquet area and dance floor in this space for your reception. If the bride is known for her passion for shopping, she will love celebrating her nuptials surrounded by shoes, handbags, and jewelry.

Many people are lucky enough to know a homeowner with a home big enough for a wedding reception. A private residence may be one of the most cost effective locations for a reception you can find. Depending on whose home you are using, there may not even be rental cost for the space. If you are using a private location, work with the homeowner to make sure you create an atmosphere they approve of for your reception. The last thing you want is to damage the space you have been offered out of the kindness of someone’s heart.

Your final option for a unique, affordable wedding destination is celebrating in a community park or open outdoor space. You may need to speak with the local government about space rental, but fees are usually very reasonable. Having an outdoor reception means you will be relying on the weather to enjoy your special day, but there are few scenarios that provide a more scenic, enjoyable time on your special day. If you are planning a spring or fall wedding, consider turning a local park into your private party venue.

Stewart Wrighter recently stored the overstock from his store in a Los Angeles public warehouse. He rented a Los Angeles fulfillment warehouse to store his seasonal products.

Unique Reception Entertainment on Your Wedding Day

People always look forward to weddings. Whether they are part of the entourage or just simply guests, to be a part of this romantic event is truly exciting. For your guests, regardless whether they have traveled far or have always lived nearby – how do you keep them entertained and not sleep through the whole wedding reception? Here are some exciting ideas that you have in your wedding reception:

– Photo Booth – Remember those photo booths where you drop a coin, and you get to do silly poses? You can put an updated version of these photo booths and have them at your wedding reception. There are photo booths up for rental, and instead of a small enclosed photo area, the photo booths now are open, have a huge backdrop instead, and there are props that you can use. For the backdrop, you can make it personalized to contain your name, and for some, you can use images or the couple’s photo. For the props, they can either be full costumes or lots of silly hats and colorful wigs. The photos are normally printed immediately so the guests can also take them home as souvenirs from the event.

– Singer or a Band – If your budget can afford it, or if you have friends or relatives who are singers or are in a band, you can hire them and do your reception music. No need to hire Celine Dion or Elvis Costello, an upcoming or a budding artist can have a more forgiving talent fee. You can visit recording studios in your area so can get an idea of who to get.

– Wine Tasting Station – No other drink spells romance more than wine. You can set up a wine tasting station at your reception and have your guests see and taste the different wines available. The booth should have a sommelier or an expert that can truly describe and give more information about each wine. This is a twist to the traditional toast – made more modern and fun.

– Chocolate Fountain – And no other food spells romance more than chocolate. Have a chocolate fountain in one side of your reception hall, and apart from being a dessert lovers dream, it can easily be a conversational piece where you can have your guests mingle and warm up to each other. Have a variety of biscuits, fruits and marshmallows as your guests will indeed be coming back again and again.

Receptions can be as simple as an intimate dinner or as exciting as a party celebration. Depending on the mood that you want to set, you can create that perfect reception atmosphere by choosing the right reception entertainment. Whether an elegant wine tasting booth or a fun photo booth, what is important is that everyone gets to have fun and you get to enjoy your wedding in an ambiance that you truly love. Make your wedding extra special by providing entertainment that will knock everyone off their feet, whether because of the alcohol or the chocolate bliss.

Criss White writes about entertainment and wedding topics. For more info or to check out some wedding placecard holders or some candle wedding favors, visit Bridal and Wedding Favors.

Wedding Reception- Tips In Selecting A Good Venue

Most brides and grooms know where they will be holding the ceremony before they decide where to have the reception, so we have compiled five observations that can help you when selecting your venue.

Distance – If people must drive a time consuming way to get from the ceremony to the reception, some will get distracted or decided to do something else. Try to keep the reception within less than 30 minute drive of your ceremony. If it is not possible to get a reception hall close to your ceremony, make a caravan.

Have the Bride and Groom leaded the parade, as well as people will follow you to your reception.

Time – Time is just like the distance issue. If your reception is several hours after the ceremony, people will get busy doing other things and not show up for the reception. Try to start the reception within an hour or two of the ceremony
Size – People like their personal space, as well as they have most likely spent an hour packed into a church for your ceremony.

If you let them spread out, they will enjoy themselves more. Make sure your reception hall has plenty of room for your guests. The people renting the location might tell you it holds 200 people, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will hold 200 people comfortably! Make sure to visit the venue before booking.

Climate Control – Having a summer wedding? Is your reception hall air conditioned? If people sweat while just sitting, they won’t dance. On the flip side, if they are cold they won’t dance either (who wants to dance in a parka?). Also make sure you know who has control of the thermostat so the temperature can be adjusted if needed. Chances are your reception will be warm and stuffy while all the guest are there, but as they trickle out during the night the room will begin to cool down.

Smoking – This is a hot button issue, but if your reception hall is non-smoking, you can fully expect smokers to leave your reception for 15-30 minutes every hour. If enough of them leave the reception area, you may get a huge percentage of your guest just hanging out in the smoking area. This can be a huge problem if you have lots of smokers in your wedding party. You must not allow smoking, but it is something you should consider, especially if anyone has health problems like asthma or allergies that could be triggered through smoke. If you decided not to allow smoking in the reception area, how close is the nearest place for a smoker to go? Is it close enough that you will be able to get needed wedding party members during events like the bouquet toss or garter auction?

Facility coordinators will no doubt bring up several other factors for you to consider when you interview them for your booking, but these are frequently missed items, especially if they don’t favor the potential venue. If you keep the overall picture in mind and work with your wedding planner or event coordinator on the decorating ideas, you will no doubt have an enjoyable and memorable wedding reception.

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Planning Tips: DJ At Your Wedding Reception

After wedding ceremony is over, now it is time for your wedding reception; an occasion that also has its own importance.  In your wedding reception, people come to congratulate you for your new life with your partner.  On that day you also need to entertain your guests.  A DJ at your wedding reception should be such that he is able to handle the guests in a perfect manner.  All your family members and friends should appreciate the entertainment as they have come to celebrate your day.

To choose a DJ for your reception day requires a great amount of time and dedication.  It is necessary to choose a perfect DJ for your reception who can make all your guests happy.  It is better to choose a professional DJ who knows how to entertain everyone and knows different kind of songs for different people.  People of different age groups and different tastes will be present at your reception, so your reception DJ should have songs for all kinds of people to make them happy and enjoy your reception.

The DJ that you choose should be able to adjust himself in the space available at the venue.  He should possess equipment that does not disturb the guests or the décor of the room.  A beautiful room can be quickly ruined by an amateur DJ setup on the edge of your dance floor.

It is always better to choose a DJ whom you have seen performing at a friend’s wedding reception. Without seeing the performance it is not wise to hire a DJ for your reception.  He may spoil your day and make your guests leave early.

It is better to choose a professional DJ/Emcee because they are more flexible than a live band.  Secondly, it will be more reasonable as live bands may cost much more than your budget can afford.  It is customary to provide food to the performers at your party.  So, if you hire a live band you may have to serve food to many people but if your hire a DJ there is only one or two people generally.

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Strategies On How to Give a Perfect Wedding Reception Speech

Whether you can give a perfect speech at any event, such as wedding ceremony, depends a greatly on the amount of time that you prepared before. Giving speech at a wedding is much more formal than others where you can ad lib or come up with a few jokes to get you through as there would be many guests. If you want to give a good impression to everyone about your speech, then you should write it down, review it and rewrite it, therefore, you can remember about what things you will be talking. Careful preparation and practice will make you feel more confident. 

 

Do Your Homework

Find out about the person or the people you are toasting, particularly if you do not know them well. What are their interests? What is their background? Are there any stories you can tell about them to help the audience know them better? If you are toasting the bride and groom, talk about how their relationship blossomed or talk about the prospect of a wonderful life together or the family environment they have come from, which should stand them in good stead for the future.

 

Humour is Good

It is a happy occasion so everyone is ready listen to your wedding toast and to be entertained. It is not hard to get people to laugh. This means you do not have to try to be overly funny. Warm, humorous stories always go down well.Many people present will know each other and will know amusing stories within the family or their own circle. You can pull on these stories to help make a point. Make sure any jokes are tasteful and do not embarrass anyone. While humour helps relax the audience and get their attention, when it comes to the actual toast, your comments should be serious and sincere.

 

Personal Presentation

Present yourself well. Make sure you have not had too much to drink. If you are chewing gum, get rid of it. Before you stand to talk, take a few deep breaths and calm yourself. Try not to move around nervously, as this makes others nervous. Carry notes of your speech to help you stay on track. If you do need to read your notes, do not read into them – use them as reminders then put your head up and talk directly to the audience. Do some practice before the day to help your confidence.

 

Not Too Long

No not drag it out. If you cannot say it in 3 or 4 minutes, then you are probably saying too much. Do not ramble aimlessly as you will soon lose your audience. There is really no set form for making a wedding toast so the format, the content and the length will be up to you. This means you will be totally responsible for how it turns out. If you are having trouble preparing it then get some help. Say it out to someone who can help you.

 

In the end, if you have spent enough time on its preparation and done your best to deliver it well, your wedding toast will be a success and you will make a positive contribution to the day.

 

William Burnell has been a groom, a best man, father of the bride 4 times and a wedding MC. He has delivered many other speeches over the years and he knows how daunting speaking in front of an audience can be. You will find all the help you need and a wide choice of professionally written wedding toast speeches that you can make your own at http://www.makeaspeechnow.info