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6 Tips for an Amazing Bridal Shower on a Budget

Congratulations! You’ve accepted the invite to be a bridesmaid for your close friend or family member. Being asked to be a bridesmaid or Maid of Honor is certainly flattering and speaks to the special bond you share with the bride to be. But it also comes with some responsibilities.  One of the most important of these is planning the bridal shower.  

As anyone who has ever planned any type of event, large or small, planning can be a lot of work and, if you are not careful, quite expensive. 

So how do you meet the high expectations for the shower and still not blow the budget? It can seem like an impossible task but here are a few tips to throw an amazing party without breaking the bank. 


Use Hobnob Invites

This incredible app allows you to create amazing invitations that are sent electronically. This app does far more than save on the hassle and costs of traditional mailed invitations!

This app allows your guests to RSVP instantly, which they are far more likely to do because it is so easy! All of your guests will receive a text one hour before the start of the bridal shower with directions and any changes or notes you would like to include. 

Not only are you able to save the planet by not using paper, your guests will appreciate how easy you have made it for them to RSVP and add to their social calendar. A win/win!

Find a Free Venue

This is not nearly as daunting as it seems. There are literally tons of private and public venues that would love the opportunity to host your party. 

Elks, The Moose, AmVets, VFW, and American Legions all have banquet and meeting rooms large or small. These are often available for  very small groups or events at no cost depending on the day of the week. Often times, these clubs are happy to provide the space simply for the opportunity to provide drinks. 

While many times these clubs will not compare to hotels and other venues in terms of curbside appeal, you will be surprised at how nice many of them are inside. 

By the way, don’t limit yourself to just these choices. Hotels, Bars, Clubs, and Restaurants often have meeting spaces that go unused. Always ask for a room for free. You are bringing significant business to their establishment. You will be surprised what aggressive businesses are willing to offer for that.

Make a Signature Cocktail

Budget Bridal Shower

Instead of buying a bunch of different types of alcohol and mixers try making a signature cocktail for the event. Think of a drink to commemorate the bride and groom? Either way, by creating a signature cocktail you only need the ingredients for that drink and can make pitchers of it. If you feel you need more variety, get some wine or soda. 

Bring a Dish

Skip the catering and do it yourself. Ask all attendees to bring a dish with them. You may not have this option with every venue so make sure you factor this cost into the budget if the free venue requires you to allow them to cater your party.

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Check out this app for tons of money saving and DIY ideas! From décor to desserts, this app will provide ideas and inspiration of how to throw an amazing bridal shower on a shoestring budget. 

Cheap Bridal Shower Ideas

Skip The Prizes

No one really needs those little soaps and trinkets. Besides, the fun part is the game, right? So, just play the game. It’s not necessary for everything to have a prize attached to it, and I’m sure everyone will have just as much fun without it. If you still feel the need to provide a prize, wrap up some cookies for the winners of the bridal shower games. 

Remember What This Is Really About

Remember the scene in “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Story” when Linus took center stage to explain that Christmas wasn’t about the tree and gifts? Neither is the bridal shower. 

This is about friendship fun. It is about creating memories. 

If you plan the event and give it your all, even if something goes wrong, no one will be angry. It’s all about the time you get to spend together, not fancy prizes and food. So take a deep breath, exhale, and focus on the fun.

Looking for more DIY Ideas?

Then check out this video for event more inspiration. You got this!

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, advice, and sharing our event experiences. 

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.  

Tips from a Lancaster Wedding DJ to Choose your First Dance Song

As a busy provider of DJ Services in the Lancaster, York, and Harrisburg area, we are frequently asked for suggestions when couples are compiling their wedding ceremony or wedding reception playlist. This is natural since most couples have not planned a wedding before. As the saying goes, “If you do it right the first time, once is enough!”

In my opinion there are two songs played the entire day that are equally more important than all of the other songs that your guests will hear that day. The two most iconic songs for your wedding day are:  the Processional song (played as the bride walks down the aisle) and the first dance song. 

Why are these two most important songs your DJ will play at your Lancaster Wedding?

There are a several reasons the most significant of which is that these will be two instances where one hundred percent of the guest’s attention will be on you and not distracted by anything else. Since these two events are the most highly anticipated of the entire celebration, their focus will be laser-like as they immerse themselves in the moment. 

All of this attention can be a bit intimidating but it doesn’t have to be.

Here are a few tips to help you choose the perfect song for your first dance and leave your guests dreaming or reminiscing about their firs t dance:

  • The Right Beat. 

    The beat can be everything when it comes to your first dance! Not only do you need the right beat to get into the mood for your dance, but it also needs to fit the occasion and be easy to glide across the dance floor to. This is your first dance as newlyweds, and depending on the mood you are trying to set, your beat should help you communicate this special emotion. If you are seeking a slow, yet romantic song, consider a tune such as At Last by Etta James. Or, for a more upbeat song, Is This Love by Bob Marley would be an ideal choice.

  • Meaningful Lyrics. 

    Songs are a way to communicate our feelings and express our emotions. After all, the lyrics tell a story. Discovering songs with lyrics that speak to the relationship that you share with your partner will help you make this moment much more meaningful. There are so many songs that you could choose. 

Bob Dylan wrote a song that Billy Joel, a prolific song writer; called the “best love song he had ever heard”. That song had not been released and Dylan’s album would not be out for another year. Billy asked if he could record and release it and he did. That song later became hits for both Garth Brooks and Adele. 

When one of the greatest song writers ever declares a song the best love song he has ever heard, I tend to listen. “To Make You Feel My Love” is in a class of its own and Garth gets the nod if I am picking the version. 

“When the evening shadows and the stars appear

And there is no one there to dry your tears

I could hold you for a million years

To make you feel my love”

  • Agreement. 

    The point of your newlywed dance is to celebrate you and your partner joining together! The song you choose should tell your story and deliver your message. Your relationship is like music. It is a living, breathing thing and it has a beat and a vibe of its own. 

You may already have “your song”. If so and you feel comfortable dancing to it, share it with your guests. If you don’t have a song or at least one that you want to dance to, take some time to listen to those on the readily available “Top 50 First Dance Songs” or other such lists that is merely a Google search away. 

If you choose us to provide your Lancaster DJ Service and I hope you will, we are not only happy to assist with any of your music planning, we have a very cool smart phone app that puts both a DJ and a Wedding Planner in your pocket.

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3 First Dance Tips to Wow your Guests

As a DJ Service provider who works with many brides and grooms, we get asked a lot of questions regarding wedding planning. This article is one of many found on our blog page that isn’t simply about DJ Services. It is written to help couples plan their dream wedding and take a bit of the stress off of planning.

If you are planning a wedding or event in the Lancaster, York, Harrisburg area, I hope that you will follow this page and if you find it helpful, share with those who may also find value in it.

When you’ve invested so much in thinking about and planning a celebration it is natural to want it to be flawless and exciting. Over the course of your celebration much of the time and focus will be shared with family and friends. One of the moments of the wedding reception where the spotlight will be only on you is the first dance. 

This traditional wedding activity brings enjoyment to everyone. I think there are a couple of reasons for this. I believe that it brings people joy to see others happy; how could anything compare to the happiness of two lovers who have become one? I think another reason is that it is human nature to want to witness firsts.  

Knowing that you’ll have the attention of those who mean the most to you could make you feel a bit of pressure to perform. Relax! Keep in mind that those who are watching you are not critics. They are pulling for you not only in this once in a lifetime moment but in all moments to come. Here are a few tips to make this moment a little less stressful and more fun. 

Know Your Song. 

One of the first steps to creating a fantastic first dance is to choose the right song and to know it well. This will help you set the tone, pace, and even the style of your dance. Sit down with your partner so that you can find a song that is meaningful to you both. A song that showcases heartfelt lyrics that represent your relationship would certainly be ideal.

Short & Sweet. 

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This is a special moment that you may want to last forever; however, in this age of instant information and shorter attention spans, this may not be the best option. The pace of your wedding reception is critical to having a successful event. The last thing you want at any point in your wedding’s reception is for your guests to become bored! It’s best to keep your dance to a reasonable time limit. Ideally, your dance should last approximately three to three and a half minutes. 

Lessons. 

Choreographing a dance is no easy task. You can sharpen your dance skills by enrolling in classes. The sooner the better, in fact. Not only will you have some quality dance moves to show off on the dance floor, but you will also get to spend some quality time with your fiancé.

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 Chambersburg PA.

This convenient location permits us to offer wedding DJ services to clients from Washington, D.C. to Frederick, 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 plan’s click the link below or simply send us a text.