Wedding Planning

Keep Your Lancaster Party Guests Cool With These Cocktail Options

Summer weddings in the Lancaster | York | Harrisburg area are massively popular! The sunny blue skies make for beautiful photo’s. There is no doubt though that wedding goers in Lancaster PA may have to deal with high heat and humidity.

If you are trying to keep guests comfortable at a warm weather celebration like a spring or summer wedding, or you're just hoping to surprise your attendees with an inventive signature cocktail, frozen drinks are a great way to spice up your big day's libation menu. They're fun, they're flavorful, and they're extra refreshing, too—what's not to love?

When you see the term "frozen drinks," a seaside resort might be the first thing that comes to mind. Those are definitely an option, and look fantastic in photographs. Keep in mind that there are more options beyond frozen margaritas and daiquiris. Childhood favorites such as like slushies, milkshakes, or even sippable snow cones are among the options you have to create a unique Lancaster cocktail menu. Throw in some alcohol, and these all become beloved "adult" treats.

Use your google finger to research. Choose creative flavors, work with colorful ingredients, and serve the stuff in unique vessels, and you've got yourself an amazing menu addition! Think of all of the fun you can have leading up to your big day trying these out!

Once you've picked the drink (or drinks) that you want to offer to your Lancaster party guests, it's time to decide on when to serve. Cocktail hour is an obvious choice, but there are other opportunities throughout your special day, as well. If it is one of those “feels like 100+” days, kick off the proceedings with a pre-ceremony beverage. Trust me, you guests will thank you! These can also make for unique night caps at your after-party.

Too get your search started here are a few video.

Top 5 Frozen Cocktails

Adult Snow Cones

Adult Milkshake Options

How Playing The Right Songs At The Wrong Time Ruined A Wedding!

As a busy DJ | Photo Booth | Event Lighting company that serves brides all over the Lancaster PA, Frederick MD, and Leesburg VA areas; we get to experience all types of wedding celebrations. Some are small intimate affairs of several dozen guests and others can make you wonder how a couple can know so many people!

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Typically, though, the weddings we do are on par with the national average in terms of guest count. Our couples usually have about 100 – 125 friends and family in attendance. Of these guests there are typically at least three generations in attendance and sometimes four. 

The range in ages can be an important factor to keep in mind when thinking about your open dancing playlist. This is especially true at the beginning of the open dancing when your guests are trying to determine if this party is “their kind of party”.

I can share a personal experience to illustrate the impact that the early set list can have on the success of an event:

This bride lived out of town, so her mother did the initial interview of the vendors including the DJ. The mother made it clear that there would be a lot of family and long-time friends of the family and her co-workers in attendance, about 110 guests in all.

At the final consultation with the bride she made it clear that she wanted a raging dance party! “No problem” I said, after all, that is what we do! To make a long story shorter, the open dance set began with a slow dance song and a couple of fast dance songs that were familiar to most guests in attendance.

Before the third song ended the bride and her bridesmaids demanded that specific songs be played from her must play list immediately and in order. These twelve to twenty people had a fantastic time!

The private dance party had gone on for about 45 minutes when the Maid of Honor said “We need to have the sparkler exit now while there are still people left! Everyone is leaving!” The “exit” was done in nearly full sunlight one hour into the open dance portion of the party.

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Was their wedding ruined? In their eyes, it wasn’t. The parents and close relatives stayed until the end. Mom was disappointed that she didn’t get to dance with her girl friends to “her music” like she had planned. Her music was played long after her friends had given up on hearing any music that they liked to dance to. But the newlywed couple and their friends got to dance to all their jams.

What they don’t realize, is that there was never any danger of those songs not being played. Instead of having a party that 110 people will remember fondly for years to come, about guests will be asked about the event and say “Yeah, it was ok.”

You and your guests deserve more than ok. Make sure that your early playlist includes a few songs you know that they’ll love. Your going to play about 15 songs and hour. Give them 10 winners and you will keep your guests there well after the cake is cut!

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. 

Fun Send off Ideas for Your Washington DC Wedding

If you’ve chosen the right Washington DC DJ Service to rock your wedding the last thing you will want to see is for this magnificent celebration to end! With the super cool photo booth, amazing event lighting, and never-ending dance party, who would?

As they say, “All good things must come to an end.” But how it ends is totally up to you. Here are a few suggestions of how to wrap up your celebration and make a “Grand Exit” from your DC area wedding venue.

Indoor Options

If you would like to end your celebration in the reception area there are a few options that we have seen. All of them take place on the dance floor.

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A low key way to end the reception is to simply ask the MC to announce that this is the final song of the evening and thank your guests before playing the final song.

Another option is to play two different songs. The first of these two songs is the final dance with the guests. This can be any type of song. It can be an upbeat dance song. It can be a sing along song that everyone knows or, it can be a slow dance song.

The last of these two songs is a slow dance song with only the newlyweds are on the dance floor.

The “Friendship Circle”…

This also takes place on the dance floor and is begun with the newlyweds in the center of the floor and the MC asking the guests to form a circle around them. The DJ then plays a slow dance song typically, as the guests join hands and form a slow rotating circle around them.

This provides great photo opportunities if the photographer is scheduled to stay until the end.

Outdoor Options

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If you choose an outdoor option it is nearly a given that the photographer will be on hand to capture the scene. Here are a few ideas that are image worthy.

“Baby you’re a firework”…..

If the DC area wedding venue allows it and it is in your budget, light up the sky with a full fledged fireworks display. For most that is not and option and you can get an awesome result using hand held sparklers.

Want more color options that will make it less formal? Use glow sticks instead of sparklers. Not only are these safer, there is no debris left on the ground since your guests will take them with them.

If your exit is taking place in the daylight hours you have a couple of options. One option is a bubbles exit with each guest receiving a small container of bubbles to blow as you make you way to your awaiting transportation.

Another less common exit that I have seen is a “bell exit”. For this exit the guests are given small bells that they ring as the newlyweds walk into the next phase of their journey.

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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 our service area, we would love the opportunity to learn more about your plans. Our DJ’s routinely travel to all areas within a 90-minute drive from Washington DC.

We offer wedding DJ | Photo Booth | Lighting services to clients from Washington DC to Frederick and Baltimore MD, as well as wedding DJ’s 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.