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Lancaster Brides 10 Most Common Wedding Planning Questions

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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 wedding 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.   

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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 all 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 venue?

A: 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. 

There are tons of options that can reduce the venue cost and provide a beautiful photographic backdrop for your wedding. These are places that may not be top of mind. Here are just a few examples that I have personally visited: The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Shippensburg University, The Barn at Norlo Park.

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

The Barn at Norlo Park

The Barn at Norlo Park

The Barn at Norlo Park

The Barn at Norlo Park

Q: Should we have 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: 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 than an average per person bar cost. Not only will you typically not save money, it creates yet another item on your to do list.

I am all for saving money and we have several blog posts that offer money saving tips. In this case however not only do you not save money, you create more work for either yourself or whomever you task with doing it.

If you really want to do it yourself and save money, I have seen one way it can be done. In this case the uncle of the bride was a beer and liquor distributor. The price was wholesale saving them about 25% - 30% of the cost. If you “know a guy” you could pull this off.

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

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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 motifs on a dining table can make all the difference.

Uplighting is an easy and inexpensive way to transform the look of the venue and create a wow factor. The versatility and the safety of this type of lighting are two more compelling reasons to consider.

For more on lighting options check out our blog post: Event Lighting Options To Wow Your Guests!

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.

Keep in mind that each guest you add will impact what you can offer to all guests. Did you know that the average per plate cost per guest is $30? Keep in mind, that is the average. The difference in adding a few additional guests can impact your ability to provide a photo booth for guests to enjoy or the accent lighting that will highlight the cake you spent so much time designing.  

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

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 pm 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!

How Your Washington DC DJ Service Can Make Your Entrance Grand!

Your Washington DC DJ Service will have a major impact on your wedding and your guests’ enjoyment of it. How can the Wedding DJ Service not have a major impact when so much of the day features a musical accompaniment? Not so long ago most weddings had the ceremony at a church and the cocktail hour and reception were held elsewhere. That was not a Washington DC norm, it was nationwide.

The norm now is that every part of the wedding takes place at the venue. That includes the ceremony. So that means that the DJ Service you choose for your wedding is making an impact on your guests from the moment they arrive to the property. No other vendor has that impact. Only the venue does.

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Of the many festivities that take place The Grand Entrance is one where the DJ can make a significant impact and where you can set the tone for your celebration. Here are a few planning tips and ideas to make your wedding entrance grand!

Song Choice

Everyone here has experienced the emotional impact that music can have.

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Think about being in the stadium of your favorite team and you hear “We will, We Will, Rock You!” You already hear the drums in your head as you read this!

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Think about this line: “Oh, my love. My darling, I‘ve hungered for your touch. Are you, still mine……!” You can already envision this scene and are probably thinking the word “Ditto!”

Nothing will have a greater impact than the song that you choose for your Grand Entrance. There are tons of song suggestion lists only a Google search away. YouTube is another way to get ideas. If you already have a song that is “yours”, share that with your guests.

Lighting

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By utilizing lights, you have the opportunity to create a festive atmosphere! Spotlights are a wonderful way to enhance the moment, as they will ensure that all eyes will be on you.

Next to music, nothing makes a greater impact in terms of ambiance, emotion, and mood than lighting. Think about it. When you plan a romantic moment with your partner do you turn every light in the room on? Of course not! Why? It ruins the mood.

How about the Christmas tree at the National Mall at Christmas time? Sure, it looks great decorated but they have a lighting ceremony for a reason. It creates excitement!

You can create that same feeling by adding a Spotlighted Grand Entrance to your DJ Service. For Perfect Harmony Entertainment it is one of the DC Event Lighting Services that we offer. We offer to include a Spotlighted First Dance as well should you choose.

A great thing about adding this option to your DC DJ Service is that you get to share it. Put your parents in the spotlight! Think about how great a feeling it would be for the members of your bridal party. They have made a commitment to you and went thru fittings and rehearsal. Imagine how you will make them feel as they enter to roaring applause and the celebrity spotlight!

Choreography

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There is making and entrance and then there is making an entrance! Spice things up by incorporating a dance or a short routine and you and your bridal party enter. You don’t have to be a great dancer. You simply have to be willing to loosen up and have a little fun.

If you are looking for ideas, YouTube is a great resource of things you might want to do as well a epic fails that you don’t.

Our team at Perfect Harmony Entertainment does far more for our couples than provide great music and fun activities such as our photo booth. Our focus is to help our couples and corporate clients create the events they have envisioned. We do that in part through offering tips and advice and sharing our event experience.

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

If you are planning a wedding or corporate event in the Washington DC area we would love the opportunity to learn more about your plans. Our DJs routinely travel to all areas within a 90-minute drive of the District of Columbia including Leesburg, Rockville, and Frederick.

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. 

5 Fun Ways To Make Your Wedding Unique

A wedding celebration is filled with tradition. Cake Cutting, First Dance, the Bouquet Toss have been happening at weddings for decades! Some of these items are as beloved as singing “Thank God I’m A Country Boy!” during the 7th inning stretch of the Orioles game. You wouldn’t want to change it even if you could. It is tradition. 

However, traditions certainly don’t mean that you should have a cookie-cutter wedding. You don’t want your wedding to be just like all of the others! Showcase who you are as a couple and make it memorable. Let it tell your love story, and give your guests a different experience from the other weddings they have attended.

You may think that these extra personal touches will be expensive and blow your budget. While there is a cost associated with some items, it is entirely possible to personalize your wedding without breaking the bank. Here is a list of items of varying price points to make your celebration a bit unique.

Signature Cocktails

Signature drinks are always a fun touch. They can be named after the bride and groom, special events, or inside jokes. The signature drink may also reflect your wedding style or theme. 

Themes are another way in which cocktails can be used. We have seen our couples incorporate this into their Harry Potter, Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones themed celebrations. The guests love it because it is “them”.  Remember, many of your guests have traveled many miles and some may not have seen you for years! Personal touches like this allow them to reconnect to the adults that you have become. 

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Lighting

Lighting should not be overlooked when searching for something to make an impact. You can completely change the atmosphere of your venue based off of your lighting choices, but it’s often a forgotten option. 

Done correctly, lighting can be a very easy and cost-effective choice. From fairy lights to lanterns or candles, there is no end to what you can do to control the mood of your wedding.  I’ve seen floating candles, hanging candles, and tapered candles in vases along a walkway. They’re all beautiful options.

Uplighting, pin spot lighting, and monogram lighting can make a massive difference in the appearance of a venue! These reduce clutter and are infinitely safer than candles. These lights provide a larger variety of color options and are extremely versatile. They also are not susceptible to wind or rain. 

Decor

I always love it when the décor is personal and doesn’t just follow an arbitrary color scheme. If you and your significant other met at a baseball game, love gardening, or even enjoy cheesy Rom-coms, I’d love to see evidence of that in the décor. The décor is the easiest way for you to tell your love story to guests, and it’s the best day to do so.

This doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor either. All it takes is a bit of craftiness and some strategically placed props. It doesn’t have to take over the entire wedding, but this a great chance to show your loved ones who you are as a couple.

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Games

Whether it’s a game everyone participates in—or one that only some can play—games are a great way to boost the fun at a wedding and get people mingling. The games can revolve around the happy couple, or just be a fun thing for guests to do to pass the time. At outdoor weddings, I’ve seen corn hole, ring toss, and horseshoes. 

Photo Booth

A photo booth is an extremely popular way to differentiate your wedding. The photo strips can be customized to your theme, font, and color preferences. You can add unique props to increase the personalization. Most of all, every session is a different experience for you and your guests. 

A photo booth allows multiple generations to have fun and interact that simply will not happen anywhere else including the dance floor. Best of all, both you and they receive a memento of this day that can be shared for eternity. 

Think about it: can you think of a better party favor to give your guests than this memory of the day they shared celebrating with you?

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We hope that you have found this article helpful and if so, we invite you to share it with others. 

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 services to clients from Washington D.C. to Frederick and Baltimore, 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.