The moment you announce your engagement, your friends and family are sure to ask, "So when's the wedding?!" Before you get overwhelmed by the deluge of questions about your wedding date, here are a few key things to consider: 1. Season. Do you want to marry indoors or out? On the beach, at a hotel or in a cozy mountain lodge? Consider the style of wedding you'd like to have and the right season for it as you begin to think about your wedding date. 2. Budget. Believe it or not, it's more expensive to marry in June than it is in November. If you're on a tight budget, consider marrying in the off-season. Alternatively, venues are often cheaper to rent on non-Saturdays -- meaning any other day of the week. Marrying on a Friday, Sunday, or during the workweek can be a tough thing to ask of your guests, but if you're having a relatively small wedding and give people plenty of notice, we're certain your friends and family will understand. 3. Destination. Dreaming of a destination wedding? You'll want to investigate the weather patterns in your desired wedding locale before making any commitments. Keep in mind hurricane season afflicts the Caribbean and many of our eastern states, so do some thorough research before you book a venue. Also, keep in mind the flexibility of your wedding guests: Destination weddings are often smaller than at-home affairs, but if there are VIPs you want to have at your wedding (think elderly grandparents) you might want to consider tying the knot closer to home. 4. Your schedule. Many couples want to take a honeymoon immediately after the big day, so be sure you can get enough time off of work or school to accommodate your busy pre-wedding schedule and your post-wedding vacation. Also consider the busy times of year in your profession: accountants, for instance, will probably want to avoid marrying between January and April. 5. Significant dates. Numerically-significant dates often fill up fast. These types of wedding dates make your anniversary date easy to remember. You could also choose to marry on a day that's significant for you -- perhaps the anniversary of the first time you met, or your first date -- or on a date that's special to your family, like your grandparents' wedding anniversary, for example. You can explain the significance of your chosen date in your program, on you wedding website, or somewhere else at your wedding. 6. Venue availability. If you have your heart set on marrying at a particular venue, you'll need to check their availability early on. Many traditional wedding venues book weddings 12 to 18 months in advance, though non-traditional venues may be more flexible. 7. Guests' schedules. While the most important people at your wedding are you and your spouse-to-be, you'll want to ensure you pick a date on which all or most of your VIPs are available. Is one of your cousins getting married on the other side of the country? Don't pick a date too close to that event or you'll be competing for guests who have to take time off work to travel. 8. Photographer availability. If you want to work with a popular wedding photographer, you'll need to get in touch with them soon after you begin your wedding planning to check their availability. Be flexible, though, and know that there are plenty of great photographers out there if you just can't nail down Elizabeth Messina! 9. Health of the marrying couple and family members. If there are ongoing health issues affecting you, your spouse-to-be or members of your family, you'll want to take that into consideration when setting your wedding date. Do you need to marry sooner rather than later on account of an ailing grandparent? If so, be flexible with your date and accommodate those who matter most to you. 10. Holidays. There are pros and cons to marrying on or near a holiday. On the one hand, if you marry around a holiday like Christmas, your friends and family may have traveled back home already and no extra travel costs are required. On the other hand, families are often very busy around Christmas and food and venues prices shoot sky high. Some venues also book up quickly around the holidays for family gatherings. But tying the knot around a holiday like Labor Day, however, can be a boon for marrying couples: You can often get a better price on a venue on a Sunday, and your guests won't have to take extra time off work over the long weekend. Plus, attending a wedding on a long weekend is a nice excuse for a little getaway.
I love MC'ing wedding receptions! It's like being invited to a great party every weekend. I captured this photo recently at an incredible beach house in Sandbridge. Look closely to the left and you'll see the bride's Father passing a tissue to her Mother just as the ceremony is beginning.
Imagine Dragons started by playing their own songs and covers of the Stones and The Cure in Vegas casinos. They had years to wrap their heads around how to meld together the raw sounds of a rock band with beats, hip-hop and rhythmic music. Check out their new track, "Shots."
As a Hampton Roads wedding DJ/MC I'm all about that Bride! Check out some fun trivia questions where the answer is always 'C'.....
Men who kiss their wives in the morning are said to live how many years longer than those who don't?
a) 10 years b) 15 years c) 5 years
(and guys, may I suggest to brush first! I know in the movies that couples kiss passionately after sleeping all night but that's not real!)
How can you know whether or not you are engaged to a good marriage partner?
a) he's rich b) he's good and plenty c) by how big his smile was in his high school or college yearbook. Big smile = good partner
(if your current partner didn't smile, don't worry, maybe he forgot his homework)
The average married couple has sex how many time a year on average?
a) once a week b) once a day c) 68 times a year, a little more than once a week
(I kinda wish the answer was b.....)
The word Bride comes from an old proto-Germanic word meaning...
a) I'm #1 b) worship me c) to cook
(I'm not making this stuff up)
Most married couples are happiest in their blank year of marriage.
a) the first year b) the 5th year c) the 3rd year
(can you go back and relive your 3rd year LOL?)
Hey thanks for swinging by and playing the "the answer is always C." Please pass my name along if you know of a bride that might be looking for a wedding MC/DJ! You can check out my reviews on www.weddingwire.com
Red Robin are you out of your mind? No they're not but get a "bite" of this deal. A Red's Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries for just $6.99! That's a "get out of the kitchen and take the family to dinner" price my friends.I had the Burnin' Love burger with jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and salsa! Yum! Thanks Whitney at our neighborhood Red Robin was terrific. Remember, Red Robin the place to go for a great tasting burger. With over 24 different burgers to choose from they have something for everyone!
If Santa Claus (in the form of your fiancé) placed a ring on your finger for the holidays, congratulations! I thought I’d share a few stats about weddings in Hampton Roads courtesy of theweddingreport.com
Year End Wedding Statistics Summary for Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA
Number of Weddings 13,386
Average Wedding Cost $26,683
Average Number of Guests 159 – 169
That is a lot of I do’s! One of the must do events is the Show Bride wedding fair on January 25th at the Newport News Marriott at City Center. Dream weddings don't just happen. They are planned! Relying on experience, training, tradition and old-fashioned intuition, certified planners at the Marriott help you determine an overall vision for your wedding and help you execute each detail, which includes setting an event budget, deciding on a menu, arranging table settings, and finding florists, photographers, and entertainment for your big day!
Listen to me in January for a chance to win free tickets. Brides & Guests are $5 tickets online or $10 at the door. Those arriving before 2pm become VIP attendees to gain access into The Rotunda after registration, to see and hear what this wonderful venue has to offer. At 2pm, doors will open to the The Grand Ballroom with the fashion show featuring David's Bridal and The Men's Wearhouse in The Pearl Ballroom scheduled for 4pm in the last hour. And remember, there are always great things to win like free wedding bands, Las Vegas vacation and more.
Get even more details at www.showbride.com and www.djbarrymckay.com
From my friends at Zankyou.com here are a few tips if you are going to pop the question this Christmas!
1. If you’re having lunch with her family, you’re either pretty close or have been stuck in bad weather! I hope it’s the former, and if that’s the case, what better moment to share than this one? However, don’t underestimate the dad’s reaction…especially if there are guns in the house.
2. Do it when you are exchanging gifts. “Oh, open this one, open this one!” Remember, nice packaging will get you everywhere.
3. If you’re not together, but you really want to seize the Christmas moment, you could do it over the phone or via a video call. I strongly recommend however that if you can, wait til the next time you meet her, it’s nicer ; )
4. And as you know, there are plenty of people who have made a show out of getting engaged. I don’t know if you have to go this far, but hey, there’s nothing that will warm the cockles of a crowd’s heart like a bit of romance! For upcoming bridal shows in Hampton Roads check out www.showbrides.com and if you are looking for an MC/DJ for you wedding reception, check me out at www.djbarrymckay.com