We all know how important the bride’s details are, but don’t forget about the groom! For those moments when all eyes are on the groom, add some details that will make him standout. Try adding some customization or color accents on his bow tie, socks, watch, pocket square, or cuff-links. Make sure that all of the groom’s details are together in one place when the photographer arrives so they can be styled and capture all of the special details. Check out some of our favorite ideas below:
Since all eyes will be on you for your engagement party, you will want to make sure you look your best! We’ve found some outfits so you can dance the night away! These outfit options are easy to move in and even have a little sparkle!
If you are planning a more casual party location, you can also opt for jeans and a cute top. Just make sure to let your guests know what kind of attire is acceptable, so they can feel comfortable as well.
All party inspiration above is from ASOS!
Hi guys! I’m back today with another installment of “Lit Life Wedding Chat”, featuring DJ Jay-P of Alliance Entertainment Group. Check out our interview below and learn what it’s like to work with a professional DJ.
How did you get in wedding entertainment?
I was looking to make a transition from DJ’ing in Clubs. I met a DJ who was doing weddings and he needed some help with some of his double bookings. I did my first wedding in 2002 at DD Ranch and have been doing 90% weddings since that day.
Describe the entertainment services that you provide for wedding clients?
We want Alliance to be known as your “One Stop Entertainment Company”. We offer DJ, MC, Lighting, Dancing in the Clouds, Cold Sparkulars, Photo Booths, Bar Tending, Photography and Limo Services. We can rock the party with music, light up the party with the right lighting, capture the moments with our photographer or photo booth and take you away on your our limo to start your honeymoon.
What sets Alliance Entertainment Group apart from other wedding entertainment companies?
Knowledge of various genres of music, Diverse Staff, Years of experience, attention to details and hands down the best customer service.
How would you describe your entertainment style?
I would describe my style as Amoeba like, the ability to fit into any atmosphere. Diversity is the key in today’s wedding industry.
What advice would you give to a couple when hiring a wedding DJ?
Make sure you are hiring an wedding experienced DJ. Hire a DJ who can get you down the aisle and out the door. Demand the DJ you hire can read the room and keep your guest engaged.
What do you enjoy most about DJ weddings?
Seeing the couple relaxed and having a good time at their reception. Our Brides faces when the door opens for them to walk down the aisle is always a rewarding moment for me.
When you’re not working with couples, what do you do for fun?
Love to get in a round of golf and travel during those days off.
Describe your typical wedding client experience.
Each experience with our clients is uniquely different because each client has a specific vision for their special day. We help them capture their vision musically.
Go to Alliance Entertainment Group to check out their services and tell them I sent you. Happy Planning!
Selecting your venue is definitely one of the most exciting but also stressful parts of the whole wedding planning process! As a planner we know it is a very big decision, and want to help make sure you are choosing the perfect wedding location. See our top 6 tips of what to consider when choosing your venue:
Budget: First and foremost, set a budget and guest count, so you don’t go looking at venues that are out of your price range or cannot accommodate your size group.
Don’t book the first venue you see. You may want to get it over with, but trust me. Select at least three places that may be a good fit for your budget and style; then write down the pros and cons of each one. I promise it will make the process easier. Plus, getting quotes from multiple venues will ensure that you’re getting a good value.
Choose a venue that aligns with your vision : Choosing a venue that fits in with (and enhances) your theme will enable your wedding to feel more connected to the space.
In-house food and beverage: keep in mind this also plays a part in the overall wedding budget, but can be also be a plus to have a one-stop-shop.
Weather: If you are getting married in the hot summer months or dead of winter, be cautious of booking a venue that doesn’t have temperature control.
Location: Consider the proximity to downtown for driving time and if you want to provide transportation for your guests.
Lastly, be sure to read your venues contract in full, so you are aware of all the rules and regulations before signing. Each venue has different guidelines, so be sure you are in the know of their restrictions such as smoking on property, music end time, and parking.
With Valentine’s Day approaching, are you looking for a special gift for your bride-to-be? We’re here to talk about the gift that keeps on giving, the Infinity Rose Collection by Fleurs de Paris. The brand stands for timeless elegance, feminine charm, and luxury in its purest form. Fleurs de Paris has several collections in a wide color palette ranging from Pure Whites to Black Beauties arranged in beautiful hat boxes. The life span of the roses can last longer than one year if taken care of properly. The Infinity Rose allows you to gift your bride to be with a timeless piece on this special day that will last until your one year anniversary! A year later you can still see the radiant light that the charm of Infinity Roses brings. See more here.
Happy Wedding Tip Tuesday! I’m excited to bring a new series to the blog titled “Lit Life Wedding Chat”. In this spotlight I will feature Q&A from select Dallas and or Destination wedding professionals. For brides and grooms this should provide excellent insight into what to expect when hiring wedding professionals.
Name: Tay Robinson
Company: C.A.S Experience
Why did you choose a career in the beauty industry?
I was born with a passion for the beauty industry. I knew when I was 5 years old I was going to be a successful hairstylist.
Describe your services that you provide for wedding clients?
I have a mobile hair and makeup agency with a large team of beauty professionals that caters to weddings and events.
What sets C.A.S Experience apart from other wedding beauty companies?
We cater to our client needs and concerns. On the wedding day our brides receive mini facials before their makeup service and are left with touch up bags to help them look flawless through out the day. We also have artists that specialize in all hair texture and skin tones.
What advice would you give to a couple when hiring a beauty vendor?
When picking a beauty vendor make sure they can provide photos of the type of look and style your going for. It’s very important to communicate with the artists about your concerns, wants, and expectations. Also be prepare to put down a deposit.
When your not working with brides, what do you do for fun?
Because some of the jobs I do outside of weddings can be interesting, I would consider that as having fun or going shopping with my kids.
Do you offer a bridal trial session? If so, what can the bride expect from this experience and how should she prepare?
Yes, we do offer bridal trials. For a hair trial, the client should shampoo her hair the night before and don’t put in any products unless they have natural or dry hair but less product as possible is better. It’s best to discuss your desire hairstyle and your hair texture before your trial. If you need to do a little blowout or straighten, that’s ok.
For a makeup trial, have a clean face but continue your daily skin-care routine. Don’t put on any makeup products before your trial. A clean face will hold makeup better. Please provide photos of your desire hair and makeup look for you and the artist can have a clear understanding.
Go to https://casexperienceconta.wixsite.com/casexperience/services to check out Tay’s beauty agency portfolio and tell her I sent you. ! Happy Planning!
Whether you’re entertaining loved ones or trying to drink them away, the run-up to Christmas and New Year’s is a good time to build or improve your home cocktail bar. Invest in basic equipment, and stock up on essential liquors. Get your tools ready before thirsty friends and relatives descend for the holidays.
Unless you already have a built-in bar, a mobile bar is the best option, as it can be wheeled out when needed and stored when not. A slick sideboard will also fit the bill – bonus points if there’s a cabinet to display your favorite bottles.
The equipment needed to mix a cocktail is simple to master, and you don’t need a lot of it.
- Ice bag
- Bar spoon
- Cocktail shaker
- Ice cube trays
Depending on you and your guests’ favorite cocktails, you’ll want to have a range of different glassware. Having a selection of highballs, rocks glasses, champagne flutes, wineglasses and Martini glasses should set you up to service any request.
A ten-bottle bar should meet all your cocktail needs, giving you the ingredients to make hundreds of recipes. Here’s the only liquor you need, along with mixers.
Bourbon: For Manhattans, old fashioned, and whiskey sours.
Gin: For martinis, gin and tonics, Tom Collinses, etc.
Rum: For daiquiris and mojitos
Tequila: For margaritas, sunrises, and palomas. The best tequilas are made from 100 percent agave; check the label.
Vodka: Vodka is the workhorse of the liquor cabinet, used in basic drinks such as vodka tonics, screwdrivers, and the vodka martini.
Cognac: For sidecars, brandy milk punches, crustas, daisies, and smashes.
Cointreau or Triple Sec: A bar essential — clean, full of natural orange flavor, and not too sweet.
Vermouth dry/sweet: For Manhattans. Essential for truly sublime martinis.
Bitters: are used not to make the drink taste bitter but to help other flavors blend.
Sodas, all of them: The “soda” in most cocktail names refers to club soda or seltzer, not cola. But honestly, having cola, ginger ale, and a fizzy citrus choice around alongside seltzer isn’t the worst idea. Plenty of people drink them, after all. Bar tip: buy individual cans rather than larger liter sizes—if you’re a regular soda drinker, you’ll know that these are your mixer stash. If you’re not a regular soda drinker, you’ll won’t lose any money on spare soda going flat.
Find a good cocktail book or app. No one knows every drink out there. So find a good guide to mixed drinks. I suggest an actual book rather than an app for a few reasons. First, drinks don’t really change so you don’t need something that is being updated. Second, you can leave it behind the bar and tab the drinks you make often. Third, you don’t have to worry about getting your mobile device wet or sticky!
Happy Holidays everyone! This time of year signals the beginning of engagement season. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, to New Year’s to Valentine’s Day, you can expect to hear of lots of couples getting engaged.
According to Wedding Wire’s 2019 Newlywed Report, 19 percent of engagements occur during the month of December, with Christmas Day seeing the most engagements. But all in all, the stretch from Thanksgiving to February sees the most engagements compared to any other time of year.
Whether you know a proposal is coming or you just got engaged during this joyous engagement season, there are immediately important things for you to set your sights on as soon as your partner slips that ring onto your finger.
1. Call the VIPs
Yep, make the announcement to your closest family and friends. You definitely want them to get the news from YOU and not anyone else. While you’re at it, call up your bridal party too. The earlier you ask your friends to be a part of your wedding the better.
2. Think About Your Wedding Style
If you’re like most brides you may already have an idea of the style of wedding you want. If not, start thinking about you and your fiance’s individual and collective style, so that your wedding will be a reflection of both of you. For instance, consider if your style is more traditional, modern, or maybe glamorous. If you choose traditional, maybe you would like to marry in a church. If you consider yourself to be modern, maybe you would consider marrying in a park, museum or hotel ballroom, just to name a few.
3. Money, Money, Moneeeey
You and your fiance should have a talk about your wedding budget BEFORE you make any wedding plans. Be sure to bring in all contributors: parents, grandparents and anyone else who is paying for your wedding. Set a figure that is realistic, within your means, and agreed upon by all parties.
4. Consider a Planner
If you are considering hiring a wedding planner, be sure to engage him/her at the BEGINNING of the planning process. This can save you so much time and money, I promise :-). We know the right people and places to connect you to and since we have planned more weddings than you, we can educate you on how to do things the right way! And remember, most planners offer different levels of service, so at the very least hire a planner for day of coordination, so that you can relax on your wedding weekend and not worry about anything going wrong.
5. Hire the Pros
This will include selecting a ceremony and reception venue, photographer, entertainment, caterer and more. If you choose to work with a wedding planner, he or she will be able to refer you to reputable vendors in each of the categories above, that fit your style and budget. If not, just remember that wedding professionals can get booked very quickly, so contact them as soon as possible.
I’ve done quite a bit of holiday hosting in my life, and even when it’s a relatively small gathering, it can still be a lot of work. The key to hosting a fun and stress-free holiday gathering is planning ahead.
Whether it be a chic invitation, delicious food, fun entertainment, and festive cocktails, there are a variety of elements that can help you pull together your very best holiday party. Here are several tips to help you prep for those parties ahead of time.
Set a Date
The holiday season is a very busy time o year. To help narrow down the ideal holiday party date, you’ll want to get the party date on the calendar early.
Put Together a Guest List and Invitations
Put together a list of people to invite and decide how you’re going to get the word out (you can send an invitation via email or post, or you can call guests). We suggest inviting your guests at least three to four weeks in advance if not sooner, as calendars fill up fast around the holiday season.
Now that you know what type of party you’re going to host and you have a guest list, it’s time to pick what you’ll serve. If you’re having a dinner party, or cocktail party choose which recipes you want to use and create your own holiday menu. If you’ve decided to host a cocktail party, put together a list of the appetizers you’d like to serve. We suggest using recipes that can be made in advance such as this Easy Charcuterie Board, which will save you time and energy on the day of the party.
Decide on Decorations
With all the energy you put into planning don’t overlook the importance of taking time to make your home shine with a creative touch. Go festive with holiday-specific decor or keep it classic with timeless decorations placed throughout the home to make it really sparkle.
Set up a separate station (in another room or area if possible) for drinks. Stock it with both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverage choices, ice, cocktail napkins, and appropriate glassware.
Create Music Playlist and Fun Activities
There’s no party without the perfect playlist. A great playlist will set the festive tone and allow your guests to feel at ease. It’s an important element that can either make or break your event. After the dinner and drinks, it’s a good idea to take part in a fun activity that will bring the group together. My family loves classic board games, cards, and dominoes.
Prepare for unexpected
Having a few snacks and bottles of wine on hand at all times means you’ll be ready to handle any and every surprise—including unexpected drop-in guests—the holiday season throws your way. Those impromptu gatherings sometimes are the best ones. I always have an assortment of veggies and some kind of dip (usually hummus), so I can easily throw together a simple crudité. I also almost always have some cheese, like aged Gouda, and a soft cheese, like Brie. Having pretzels, peanuts, and cookie dough on hand is also a great idea. Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh baked cookies, especially during the holidays.
Keep in mind that the holidays are all about spending quality time with your closest friends and family. The evening of the party, remember the number one rule of hosting: relax and enjoy yourself. Now that you’re armed with the best holiday entertaining tips around, it’s time to plan a holiday party of your own!
The grown-up way to eat your Halloween candy. These martinis use Reese’s Pieces to infuse the vodka so that they taste just like your favorite peanut butter cup.
FOR THE REESE’S-INFUSED VODKA
1 c. vodka
1/2 c. Reese’s Pieces
FOR THE COCKTAIL
3 oz. Reese’s-infused vodka
3 oz. milk
2 oz. Chocolate Liqueur
1/4c. peanut butter, for rimming glass
1/2 c. crushed Reese’s Pieces, for rimming glass
2 Reese’s peanut butter cups, for garnish
2 tbsp. chocolate syrup
- In a mason jar, combine vodka and Reese’s pieces. Cover with tight-fitting lid and shake. Refrigerate overnight, then strain.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then pour over strained vodka, milk, and chocolate liqueur. Shake until chilled.
- Put peanut butter on one small plate and crushed Reese’s Pieces on another. Dunk tops of two cocktail glasses in peanut butter then roll in crushed Reese’s Pieces
- Drizzle about a tablespoon of chocolate syrup into each glass. Divide cocktail mixture between glasses and garnish each with a peanut butter cup.