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Planning to DIY some things for your Washington DC Wedding? Here are some things to do and a few to don’t.

As a Washington DC Wedding DJ | Photo Booth | Event Lighting services company, I’ve seen many ways that bridal couples have gone about reducing the costs or to add personal touches to their weddings. One of the most common ways to accomplish this and something that has always been “in” is to do certain aspects of the ceremony and reception themselves.

It is likely that every item or service has seen couples do it themselves. But, in my opinion not everything should be. At their best, homemade or do it yourself items are activities are personal and unique. They have their own character and make your wedding different from any other.

At worst they are tacky, sub par, and considered the “cheap way out” by your guests, some of whom may have traveled at a significant expense to share and celebrate this day with you. The last thing you want to do is lessen their enjoyment of the moment or leave them with a bad memory of this event.

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How do you decide what items to do yourself?

I think that as you think about the day and all of the things that go into it, there are many things that you can do to either save money or make the wedding unique. Whatever the motivation is, there are projects large and small that you can undertake.

The things that I would not suggest that you do yourself are those that require a specific skillset of a great deal of experience. Another would be things that will impact the comfort or enjoyment of your guests if it doesn’t come out well.

I would personally ask myself “What is the worst that can happen if I cannot pull this off or if it doesn’t come out right?” To me the worst that can happen is that I have to live without it being a part of my day. I choose to live without it because I don’t like the result or I don’t have the time or the budget to buy it or have someone else do it for me.

WEDDING DIY DO’S

The Invitations

Nowadays, it’s pretty easy to make high-quality wedding invitations yourself. There’s no limit to what you can do! There are a lot of easy-to-follow templates online. Making the invitations yourself is also a great way to show your guests that you care. With a small enough guest list, or enough determination, you can personalize each invitation with a fun little note. Have them printed at a local print shop or find a place online!

Let’s be honest, most wedding invitations end up in the same place, in the trash can. If it were my wedding I would craft a few invitations for the most special guests. These are the guests that

you really don’t need an RSVP from. They have always been there. For them this isn’t just an event invitation. This is a milestone. Create something personal that they can scrapbook.

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For the rest of the guests, make it easy and inexpensive. Try Evite, Green Envelope, or one of the other online wedding invitation creation services. Many offer cool features such as drive time to the venue so they know what time to leave their house. Your guests won’t realize you are saving money. They will simply think that you embrace technology.

The Centerpieces

The table centerpieces at your Washington DC wedding reception are a great way to bring out your creative side. They don’t have to be very complicated—in fact, its better that they’re not. An overly large centerpiece impedes dinner conversation. It can also block their view of special dances and other planned wedding activities.

Let Google and Pintrest be your guide and you will find loads of ideas to create the ambiance that fits your personality.

At one recent wedding the bride and groom were known to be bookworms by all of their guests. There centerpiece on each table were short stacks of antique looking books with colorful ribbon serving as the book strap and a few tea lights.

The Favors

Making your own wedding favors is a good way to save money and add a personal touch. Let the wedding favor tell your love story. Perhaps give guests some of your favorite candy? It won’t be too expensive to buy pretty bags and ribbon, and there are an endless number of gifts for you to fill the bags with. Don’t be afraid to get sentimental!

The Place Cards

Decorating your own place cards can be really fun, especially if you have a themed wedding. If you’re having a beach wedding, the place cards could be disguised as fish in the sea. If it’s a more elegant wedding, feel free to have some fun with the calligraphy!

Signage

Signs are another great and easy way to get creative while adding a personal touch. You could do anything from a classy framed blackboard to the ring bearer wearing a sign that says “Has anybody seen the rings?” There’s no end to the ways that you can demonstrate YOU as a couple through words.

WEDDING DIY DON’TS

The Photos

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Unless you have a friend who’s an actual wedding photographer, I would hire a professional to do this. There are a lot of photographers out there who are hobbyists more than anything, and this is one of the most important days of your life. You’re not going to want to remember it with blurred or off-center photos. Photographing an event is harder than you think, so please hire a professional.

My mother takes LOTS of pictures! Whenever she is near us and her grand children that camera is attached to her hand. The difference between her and professional photographer is that my mom takes few GREAT pictures. On the most important day of your life, you want quantity AND quality!

The Cake

This is another one of those situations where people think, “I’ve made a cake before. Why pay for someone to do it?” I get it, I do. But unless you or a relative owns a bakery, I don’t recommend it. It’s so easy to mess up a cake, and so hard to fix it. They’re impossible to transport, and who actually knows how to professionally decorate them?

The Food

If the biggest meal you’ve ever cooked was Thanksgiving dinner, you don’t want to try cooking for 100+ people. And if it’s not you, you really don’t want to ask your poor family to do it. A professional catering company has the kitchen and experience to cook for that many people. Let them do it. Your mom may make the best roast beef known to man, but she may not be able to make 30 of them at once.

The Music/Entertainment

In this day in age, it’s easy to think “Why do I need a DJ? I have Spotify!” The thing about Spotify is that it can’t read a room. If the playlist is bombing, it won’t change. And someone still needs to stop the music and make announcements. They need to change the music. They need to make the playlist. They need to…be a DJ and MC. Some people ask their friends to do this, but it’s not really fair to ask them miss out on the wedding. Either they have to be a great DJ by missing out on all the activities and socializing, or a horrible DJ who drinks and hangs out with all their friends. See the problem?

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. 

Planning a Wedding? Read This Before You Start!

As an in demand DJ | Photo Booth provider serving highly populated areas (such as Baltimore MD, Northern VA, and Lancaster PA to name a few), we receive daily inquiries regarding the services that we provide. These inquiries are generally for weddings that are happening six months to two years from now. Every now and then we will receive and inquiry from a couple that is looking for a great DJ for their wedding which is happening in a month! 

Whenever I receive such an inquiry I always wonder what happened. Did life get in the way of planning? Were they unable to decide on the entertainment? Did they make the mistake of hiring a DJ they found on the cheap that has now taken their money and stopped replying to their emails? Unfortunately that last one happens from time to time, and, while unfortunate, it is sometimes a lesson learned about some things being too good to be true. 

More often than not though, waiting too long to decide on entertainment is simply a lack of experience and not knowing the best way to plan a wedding. You don’t do this on a regular basis!

There are many resources available that will offer you advice on how to plan and prioritize your wedding or special event. While I am not saying that I am an authority or more highly qualified than another, I am highly involved in the wedding and event business and do have my opinions on the topic which I am happy to share. 

Start planning your wedding early!

You should begin planning your wedding as soon as you possibly can. This doesn’t mean that you need to rush out and sign contracts right away; it simply means you should start having discussions and making a list of what things need to be decided on and putting that in a priority order. 

That order should be after some discussion in terms of what is most important to you. As you set the order put items into two groups. One group should contain scarcity type items. Examples in this category will be Venue, Photographer, DJ Service, and Videographer. Items that are in ample supply should go onto the second list. This would include items like: floral, décor, and bakery.  

Scarcity items should be your top priority to book. If the venue is the most important and your first priority is a barn venue in Loudon County, VA, then by all means make a list, schedule site visits, and get the location reserved. This is especially true if your date is between April & November on a Saturday!

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Photographer

There are literally tons of people who take pictures. Heck, I take them all the time! That doesn’t make me a great photographer. The best photographers are not beating the bushes looking for weddings to shoot. The best photographers are in high demand. 

You are only going to get one chance at creating a magnificent portfolio of the greatest day of your life! If this is important to you then it should be near the top of your list of services to secure. 

Entertainment

In my opinion, booking your entertainment provider should be no lower than third on your list. This is not simply because I operate a DJ Service; it is because this service is the only service other than the venue that has a direct impact on your guests’ enjoyment for the duration of your celebration. 

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Often the DJ Service provides music for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Over the course of the day, your DJ will be in constant contact with your guests and ostensibly a reflection of you and the vibe that you want to create and share with them. 

No other vendor will be as directly responsible for the enjoyment of your guests and determine how long they remain at the event as the DJ Service.  Long after the meal, décor, flowers, and vegetable platter are forgotten, the guests will remember the fun they had celebrating this moment with the two of you.

What should I book first when planning my wedding?

I think I gave away my opinion in the last few paragraphs. 

  • Venue – Why? There is only one of these. When it is booked it is no longer available.

  • Photographer / DJ – In my opinion these are 2a and 2b. Both are extremely important !

  • Everything Else – Prioritize what is important to you and take care of the most important first. Example: Catering, Wedding Dress, & Floral

What you don’t want to be in short supply of is choice! 

The earlier you begin your selection, the more choices you will have. Nothing is more frustrating than weeks of intense research, budgeting, and debating all mean nothing when you find out that your first choices are no longer available. 

It may be a cliché, but when it comes to weddings, the early bird definitely gets the worm. 

Use your resources!

Your vendors can be great resources for you! Take advantage of them. Our company performs at weddings every single weekend. We know lots of people. If you are looking for a great photographer, videographer, or fantastic catering, we know who to call. 

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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 | 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. 

The 10 Best Apps to Plan Your Wedding

As wedding DJs who work all over the Central PA, Northern VA, and Baltimore MD areas, we have the pleasure of helping couples who are vastly different in terms of style, vibe, tastes, and desires. As different as they are individually, most of them have one thing in common: they are a bit stressed, because they have never planned a wedding before. 

As a business owner, I can relate to how you feel. I get very apprehensive whenever I undertake something that I have never done before. In my case it is usually website or tech related. The fear of making a mistake or messing something up can be almost paralyzing. When you feel like you cannot afford a professional IT Specialist in my case or a Professional Wedding Planner in yours, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. 

Thankfully for you and I, there has never been more information readily available to help us accomplish a task we have never done before!

For those who cannot afford a wedding planner or just want to save a bit of money in favor of more important things that your guests will enjoy-- did someone say photo booth-- here are some helpful smartphone applications that will help you plan your dream wedding. 


Wedding Planner by the Knot

This is the one application that every bride should have on her phone! This is close to an all in one app. Tools included are: A Wedding Checklist, Wedding Timeline, Guest List Manager, and a Budget. This application allows you to create a custom wedding website directly from the app. 

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Zola Weddings

Are you looking for an easy way to stay organized as you plan the biggest party you have ever thrown? Zola has you covered! This app leads you through all of the wedding planning basics, including scheduling, and allows you to create a gift registry using the Zola Registry companion app. 

Using the registry application allows you to select all of the gifts that you want without the hassle of creating registries through individual store fronts. 

Evernote


While this is app is not specifically for wedding planning, it is a fantastic application for taking notes, creating to-do lists, collecting images and websites, and creating reminders. 

This application allows you to organize all of the information and wedding notes you have collected into planners and virtual notebooks. 

For the do-it-yourselfers this app is a must have!

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Pinterest

Looking for inspiration? This is the place to find and save ideas you want for your wedding. If you are searching for wedding dress, engagement ring, or wedding décor ideas, Pinterest makes it easy to collect and save all of your ideas to Pinterest boards that you can refer to later. 

Etsy

Etsy is not only an inspirational app, this is a DIY brides dream! You can not only browse and buy unique and often hand-crafted items, you can find and purchase all of the supplies needed to create them yourself. 

The Guest

This application is super cool! As the name implies, this is not an app for you, but for your guests. That doesn’t mean however that you will not want it!

During a wedding guest will take lots of photos that the bride and groom often never get a chance to see. With The Guest app, all of the photos taken by your guests are automatically shared with everyone attending the wedding, including the couple!

Hobnob Invitations & Text RSVP

This is another application that will benefit both you and your guests. 

This application allows you to create spectacular wedding / party invites and get RSVPs almost instantly! 

Another way too cool feature that your guests will appreciate is that an hour before the start time for your event this app will text each of your guests directions to the event as well as any updates about the event. 

Mint

This is a great app for setting up your wedding budget and tracking expenses. Anytime you are entertaining 75 – 300 guests it can get expensive. The Mint app allows you to rest a bit easier knowing that you are staying on top of it all. 

Honeyfund

This wedding app ensures that you will get what you want rather than a fine china place setting that was cool fifty years ago! 

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Using the Honeyfund your guests can contribute toward the cost of your honeymoon as your wedding gift. Not only can your guests purchase fun excursions at your honeymoon destination, they can also purchase meals or simply add to your overall fund. 

Either way, the Honeyfund allows you to get what is important to you.

PHE Planning

This planning app is reserved exclusively for couples and clients who work with us at Perfect Harmony Entertainment. This application is designed to help you easily create the wedding day you have dreamt about! 

Our application allows you to plan every hour of the big day as well as all of the once in a lifetime moments that will occur. With the swipe of a finger you can easily create a custom timeline, plan your grand entrance, select announcements to be made, and note any items you don’t want. 

The other cool feature of our application is that you can select, listen to, and plan your important songs and playlists in the application! Pick the perfect song for your First Dance. And if you need inspiration, there are many reference lists to provide popular suggestions. 

The auto save feature means that you will never lose your information, and if you and your partner are both planning on your lunch hour, both of you will have instant visibility to any changes made. 

Creating a custom event has never been easier! 

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.