Venue Review

Lily Manor Wedding | Michelle + Exequiel

Lily Manor in Mifflin PA was the site chosen by Michelle and Exequiel to share their love story with their family and friends. Lily Manor is by far one of our favorite wedding venues in Central PA! The manicured landscape, customer service, attention to detail all at an incredible value simply cannot be matched by many comparable venues.

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Michelle and Exequiel met by chance thousands of miles from Michelle’s home. Married for two years, this year presented them the opportunity to share their love story and celebrate it with their friends and family. While the couple lives in Texas the planning was made super easy by using our planning process which ensures you will get the vibe that you want.

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Lily Manor

The vibe for this Juniata County wedding ceremony and reception was part romantic love story and part raging party!

On hand to capture the wonderful images you see here was Sara of Bona fide Photography. She was a treat to work with and should be on your list to contact for any event in the Central PA area.

The chance of the showers moved the ceremony inside. While the photos won’t feature the landscaping backdrop for the vow exchange, I think the guests were happy to forgo the high heat and high humidity for the AC of the Ball Room.

Lily Manor
Lily Manor

For the prelude music the couple chose the always popular “Vitamin String Quartet”. Whether your wedding is taking place in Lancaster PA, Leesburg VA, or Frederick MD; you cannot go wrong with this musical group’s classical take on modern music.

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The First Dance took place immediately following the toasts and before dinner and offered the first of several surprises on the evening. As the couple danced to “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris, Michelle’s Father Dave and Exequiel’s Mother Graciela came to the dance floor and danced with their daughter |son. They were then joined by Lisa and Juan, wife and husband to Dave and Graciela.

The dance party began immediately after the conclusion of dinner and once it started, it never stopped! There were so many great moments including dance circles, dance offs that it is difficult to remember them all.

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Lily Manor
Lily Manor
Lily Manor

While the guests were kept busy on the dance floor, our touch screen photo booth and terrific assortment of props allowed the dancers to catch their breath and capture one of a kind memory of this fantastic celebration!

Music serves as the driving force behind an unforgettable wedding experience! Perfect Harmony Entertainment is dedicated to providing our couples and clients with exemplary service to help them create fantastic events!

If you are planning a wedding or corporate event in our service area we would love the opportunity to learn more about your plans. Our DJs routinely travel to all areas within a 90 minute drive from Chambersburg PA.

This convenient location permits us to offer wedding DJ | Photo Booth | Event Lighting services to clients from Washington DC to Frederick MD, as well as wedding DJs for couples celebrating in Lancaster and Harrisburg PA.

Our demand is as large as our service area! If you would like to check our availability for your date or chat about your event click the link below or simply send us a text. 

12 Questions you Must Ask your Lancaster Area Venue!

The prospect of touring many of the stunning venues in the York | Lancaster | Harrisburg area can be very exciting. After all, what’s not to love? You’ve been waiting for this day your entire life and now that dream becomes more real with each passing day.

Whether it is the elegance of Linwood Estate or the rustic charm of Stoner Commons, it is so easy to get swept up in the beauty of the space and forget all about the logistical questions you need to ask.

That's why we have created this article which is a list of questions you should ask while visiting a prospective venue.

While the price tag is likely the first thing that comes to mind when choosing your event venue, you need to dig deeper than that to determine if the venue is a deal or will cost more than you originally thought. While some of these questions may not seem nearly as exciting other decisions that you will make, creating personalized cocktails for instance, these can make a huge impact on both your budget and guests comfort.

What is your availability?

It's easy to get caught up in the love of a venue and if you have a set date in mind it's best to check before diving head first into planning logistics of a certain location only to be disheartened down the road. So, do your due diligence and add this to the top of your venue question checklist!

What services do you include?

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The services provided by each venue often vary. It is important to understand what support the venue is providing leading up to and including the day of your event. Some may assist with setting out the place cards. Few will be responsible for creating the seating charts. Services are sometimes negotiable and it never hurts to ask. That said, make sure that the expectations are clearly written in your contract so that there are no unexpected surprises should there be a change in personnel.

As you visit multiple venues be sure to compare the included and excluded items to make a fair comparison between venues.

Is there a kitchen on site?

From a catering perspective, the most important questions to ask relate to infrastructure:

Does it have cooking equipment or is it just a staging area?

How far is it from the guest service area?

Does the venue provide tenting for caterers?

Is there ample power supplied or are generators needed.

Is there running water?

Is there parking at the caterers set up location?

Is access provided in advance of and after the event?

These are all great questions to ask as any gaps may ultimately affect the cost of your catering.

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Does your venue have load in and load out terms?

This is HUGE! There are venues in the market that will not permit access to the venue until 45 minutes prior to the ceremony. This will have a significant impact on your expense!

Most vendors: Florist, Caterer, Décor, and the DJ; are arriving with van loads of equipment, flowers, or décor items. All of these take either time to set up. To set up faster requires more people. The cost of that labor will come out of your pocket and not the venue’s.

To give you an example of what is involved from the DJ Service for a typical event in terms of set up, here is an example. Our typical wedding includes the ceremony as well as the reception. These are in two different locations. Since they are in two locations, we bring two complete sound systems.

On a summer day the temps here are often in the “feels like” one hundred degree plus. To set up two sound systems, complete sound checks for both, and to change into proper attire is a stretch. Add in setting up a photo booth and doing uplighting and you are asking for something to go wrong.

This may not win me venue owner fans but here is my opinion: We are in the service business. In our line of work we get one chance to get it right. There should not be an unrealistic set up expectation. DJ equipment is not a radio that you plug in and turn on. There are components that are designed to be dialed in to work together. If the venue is more concerned about what time they have to arrive to unlock the doors than they are about the quality of the event, then in my opinion

they are should not be in the service business and there is no way I would book them for any event!

Does the property allow multiple events in the same day?

Inquire about additional events that also may be taking place on your wedding day. If other weddings are taking place, how will the on-property staff handle multiple events? You will want to ensure that you have a team of staff solely designated to your wedding.

Do we need to flip the space?

If you plan on hosting your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all at one venue, finds out if the venue needs to reuse the ceremony space to accommodate the dinner reception. If so, this will impact other vendors, like your DJ and florist, since they will only have one hour to get equipment into position or to set the dinner tables.

You'll want to be sure that both are prepared with a large enough team to make the flip as seamless as possible. Keep in mind that this likely will have an impact on your total cost since items have to be set up multiple times.

Is there a fee if I bring in items from outside vendors?

When you are going through the planning process, there might be special items that you want to bring on-property like for example, if you bring a cake from an outside vendor, is there a cutting fee? Make sure to ask these questions ahead of time so you aren't hit with additional unexpected costs.

Are there any alcohol limitations?

If you have visions of personalized cocktails flowing at your wedding, be sure to ask if the venue has any limitations on serving alcohol. Some venues, especially wineries, are not licensed to serve alcohol and it could be a disappointment if you later learn your guest can only drink beer and wine.

What are your recommendations for guest transportation?

Don't forget about transportation when it comes to your venue—how your guests arrive/depart is important to keep in mind during your planning. Here are some suggested questions to ask regarding transportation: Is a shuttle mandatory to/from the property and local accommodations? Do you offer valet parking? If not, can we bring in a service for this? Is there a designated parking area for guests?

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Will you be the person handling my wedding and will you be at my wedding overseeing all the details?

When touring a venue, it is very important to understand who you will be working with throughout the planning process and on your wedding day. I would also suggest that you find out their time in position. This will give you an idea of their likelihood of being there when your big day arrives.

What is our rain plan?

Always make sure to see the back-up space in case of inclement weather. You do not want to be in a situation where you have to move your wedding indoors and they have unattractive space, or worse, no space available!

Is there a noise ordinance?

Be sure to ask potential venues about their noise ordinance. Often times, venues have an outdoor curfew out of respect to their neighbors. If you are interested in extending the party, be sure to ask about options for an indoor location to utilize late night!

At Perfect Harmony Entertainment we provide exceptional DJ | Photo Booth | Lighting | Amusement service to clients in the four state area. Our dedicated team of DJs perform at events in Harrisburg | York | Lancaster as well as Washington DC | Northern VA | Frederick MD and all neighboring areas.

If you would like to learn more about our services or discuss your event in greater detail please reach out to us in the manner you prefer: Call | Text | Email.

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We help people create legendary events. Compromise some place else.

12 Common Northern Virginia Wedding Questions

We’ve provided DJ and Photo Booth services to many couples in both Northern Virginia and Washington DC. Nearly all of them were planning their first wedding. For many, just getting started can be somewhat daunting. Here are 12 of the most common questions our couples have asked and our take on them.

Q: How much does a wedding cost?

A: While it this is likely not the answer you are looking for it is the truth. No two weddings are alike, and no two couples are alike. While this is not the precise answer you were likely hoping for, I am happy that there is such variety in weddings and in the couples, we celebrate with.

We provide DJ Services to two markets. The Northern VA | Washington DC area is one market. Looking at statistical data for 2018, the average wedding cost was just under $37,000. We also provide DJ Services to the Central PA market and to the Frederick MD area as well. The average wedding cost in those areas for 2018 was just under $31,000.

Our suggestion is that the couples come up with an amount that they feel is reasonable for their market. Use that number to design the wedding that is perfect for you and includes the items that are most important to the two of you.   

Q: Where should I focus my budget?

A: The answer to this question depends upon what is most important to you as a couple. Do you want amazing décor? If you do, then make finding the designer that can create the look that you have imagined a priority. Do you want a raging dance party your guests won’t want to see end? Put your money towards a spectacular DJ and bar list!

Before putting together your budget, sit down with your fiancé, and parents and discuss how you envision the day going and think about the elements that are most important to bringing your vision to life.

Q: Do we have to ____________?

A: The answer is usually no. You call the shots and can make the wedding exactly as you want it to be! You do not need anyone’s permission to go off-script. This is your moment. Of course, you want to create a great experience for the guests, but you need to make sure that it is meaningful and enjoyable for you.

Q: How do I sort through all the information that's out there?

A: The moment you get engaged, you may find herself surrounded by well-meaning friends and family who are suddenly experts in wedding traditions and etiquette. You may feel overwhelmed by the (sometimes, contradictory) advice and find that some of it may conflict with their own ideas of how you have envisioned your wedding day.

Stay true to yourself. Wedding guests know you, either as individuals or as a couple, and if the wedding reflects who you are, it will brim with love and charm.

Q: How do we find the best Northern Virginia venue?

A: There are so many beautiful venues in Virginia and Washington DC. I suggest that you start your search online. There are plenty of websites such as “The Knot” and “Wedding Wire” that will provide much of the basic information such as maximum number of guests and often general pricing or and average cost.

In addition to these national websites, there are many venues that you will not find listed on these sites. Searching Facebook is a great way to find venues that may not have a website yet. This is particularly true for Farm/Barn Venues that have gone from being active farms to part-time or full-time wedding venues.  really special.

Q: Should we offer our guests an open bar?

A: You know your crowd best, and if they are not much of a drinking group, then it is understandable that you may be hesitant to invest in an open bar. However, even people who don't drink on a normal basis are apt to want to enjoy a glass of wine or champagne at a wedding, and it's a generous gesture. If budget is an issue, consider an open bar for the cocktail reception only, or assign a dollar amount that you are comfortable with on a hosted bar. Once that number is reached, guests can start picking up their tabs.

Q: What elements will make the biggest impact on ambiance?

A: Lighting is an important factor in setting the mood for your event. When in doubt, opt for 'soft amber' bulbs; they're classic and flattering. Candles are a part of the lighting design and even just a few votive candles on a dining table can make all the difference.

Nothing will transform a venue more than lighting! The number of options is incredible and make differences that you can see immediately. The first thing that most think of in terms of wedding lighting is uplighting. There are many other options that will make an impact. Among the offerings are pin spots to show off the wedding cake and centerpieces you have spent so much time and money on. Ceiling wash which will bath the venue in color. Dancing Under the Stars which will create a nighttime starlit sky for you and your guests to dance under.

This video illustrates both uplighting as well as a ceiling wash effect.

Q: How do I form a guest list?

A: We recommend reviewing your guest list several times after you think it's final. You don't need to invite everyone on your high school sports team, and the same goes for work friends: you may find yourself in a different job during the planning process. Make sure that your list is full of relationships that you value now and will value later. Those are the people you'll want to take part in your day. And don't forget the cardinal rule: once you send a save the date, the guest is invited to the wedding, no questions asked. If you're on the fence about anyone, better to hold the save the date and send an invitation only later, once you are 100 percent sure.

Q: How do I know what to do next?

A: When working with a planner, rely on their experience to help guide you through the process. They will help you outline the decisions that need to be made, and in what order. If you do not have a planner to guide you, there are many resources and lists online that will help you to know which steps to tackle next.

Q: How can I predict how many guests will RSVP 'yes'?

A: There is always the tried—and mostly true—'two-thirds of the invited guests will attend' rule, but I have quickly learned that this theory can be very wrong. When planning your list, feel free to use this as guidance, but ALWAYS be prepared to host a full guest list, just in case. If you are unable to host the full list for some reason, you may want to re-evaluate your numbers!

Q: We want to stock the bar ourselves to save money. Will it?

A: By the time you buy all the mixers, liquors, beers, fruits, ice, and tools, you'll spend more money then an average per person bar cost. Plus, you'll be burdened with setting it up, and—not to mention—the liability should any guests over serve themselves (assuming you also forgo any bartenders).

Q: Is there a venue that will let us dance until 2 a.m.?

A: Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and, understandably, you want it to last forever. But all good things, even weddings, must come to an end. Six to seven hours is plenty of time to wine and dine your guests and dance the night away (start your event by 5 p.m. and have it end by midnight). The affair should end with a bang (and with your guests wanting more), rather than with a fizzle. Plus, you'll spend extra money on overtime staffing fees so that your handful of raging friends can stay out late, and that's just not worth it!