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5 Tips For Planning The Perfect Wedding

5 Tips For Planning The Perfect Wedding

5 Tips For Planning The Perfect Wedding Everybody wants their special day to be extra special. Planning ahead is key. Read here for 5 tips on planning the perfect wedding. The weeks and days before your wedding can bring an infinite amount of anxiety. Whether you have 50, 100 or 200 guests coming, making sure … Continue reading “5 Tips For Planning The Perfect Wedding”

24 June, 2017 Posted in Wedding Planning

Why You Need to Hire a Chicago Wedding Band

Why You Need to Hire a Chicago Wedding Band

Why You Need to Hire a Chicago Wedding Band A wedding is a special day for everyone there, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun. Here’s how to make your wedding fun with a Chicago wedding band. Do you want your special day to be boring? There is nothing worse than a DJ … Continue reading “Why You Need to Hire a Chicago Wedding Band”

First Dance Playlist

First Dance Playlist

Written by Marc Robisch The first dance for a married couple is important because it shows the guests two people coming together as one. It is a moment to share with the person you love most. Whether you are spinning them around in your arms, gently swaying or getting lost in their eyes the first … Continue reading “First Dance Playlist”

5 January, 2016 Posted in Dancing, Wedding Reception

6 ways to integrate dogs in your wedding

6 ways to integrate dogs in your wedding

Written by Marc Robisch Dogs truly are a man’s best friend. Who better to share your big day with then your dog? Dogs are always excited, and to say they will look adorable in a little groomsmen bow or flower crown is an understatement. “A pet plays an important role in a couple’s life and … Continue reading “6 ways to integrate dogs in your wedding”

8 Things to calm your nerves on your wedding day

8 Things to calm your nerves on your wedding day

For some people, weddings are beautiful ceremonies that celebrate the love two people share. For others, weddings are train wrecks waiting to happen. It is important to stay calm on your wedding day, and not freak out when little things mess up. The folks at David Rothstein Music have compiled this list of little things … Continue reading “8 Things to calm your nerves on your wedding day”

11 January, 2016 Posted in Daily Tips, Unique Ideas, Wedding Planning

Cringeworthy Father/Daughter Dance Songs

Cringeworthy Father/Daughter Dance Songs

Written by Marc Robisch The father/daughter is one of the sweetest moments of the wedding. The right song won’t leave a dry eye in the house. There are a number of wonderful songs fathers and daughters can dance to at weddings, but it is important to analysis the lyrics before you pick your song. A … Continue reading “Cringeworthy Father/Daughter Dance Songs”

14 January, 2016 Posted in Dance Music, Dancing, Father Daughter Dance

Weird and unique ways people have proposed

Weird and unique ways people have proposed

                      An engagement all starts with the proposal. There are a number of ways people have proposed over the years. A romantic walk on the beach, a quiet dinner where you find a ring in a glass of champagne or on the top of a … Continue reading “Weird and unique ways people have proposed”

15 February, 2016 Posted in Wedding Planning

Awesome geeky wedding ideas

Awesome geeky wedding ideas

Your wedding is a classy affair celebrating the love between you and your partner. Some people think your wedding should be traditional: elegant flowers, a beautiful dress and exquisite food. You don’t need to have every traditional element at your wedding. Something that you love most about your partner may be the passion you share … Continue reading “Awesome geeky wedding ideas”

4 February, 2016 Posted in Unique Ideas, Wedding Planning

Top 10 Regrets Couples Have About Their Wedding

Top 10 Regrets Couples Have About Their Wedding

Planning a wedding and your wedding day itself is a LOT to handle. Many couples have trouble dealing with all the different aspects of throwing this affair. You may be so focused on food that you forgot to plan the music. The old saying is true: Hindsight is 20/20. Be smart and organized while planning … Continue reading “Top 10 Regrets Couples Have About Their Wedding”

12 April, 2016 Posted in Wedding Planning

Wedding planning tips for the introvert couple

Wedding planning tips for the introvert couple

Unless eloping is an option, then your wedding day can feel like a nightmare when you are an introvert, even if, at the back of your mind you know, that you are going through the whole affair because you want to spend the rest of your days with the one you love. It comes with … Continue reading “Wedding planning tips for the introvert couple”

14 November, 2016 Posted in Wedding Planning

Would you call a plumber for new shoes?

Would you call a plumber for new shoes?

If you injured your shoulder would you go to your mechanic? If you needed to get your hair done would you go to a hardware store? If you needed to have your computer fixed would you call your dentist? Then why would you consider having your uncle do the video for your wedding? This applies … Continue reading “Would you call a plumber for new shoes?”

7 August, 2012 Posted in Wedding Planning

Have the Best Day of Your Life as a Chicago Bride

Have the Best Day of Your Life as a Chicago Bride

Have the Best Day of Your Life as a Chicago Bride As a Chicago bride, your wedding day is the best day of your life, so everything has to be perfect for you. Keep reading for how a band will do just that. Keyword(s): chicago bride If you’re planning a wedding, it’s easy to get … Continue reading “Have the Best Day of Your Life as a Chicago Bride”

2 May, 2017 Posted in Dance Music, Dancing, Wedding Planning

6 common mistakes made when planning a wedding

6 common mistakes made when planning a wedding

To say planning a wedding is overwhelming would be an understatement. It seems there are hundreds of things to keep track of and accomplish with so little time to do it. Because of all the work involved, there are some mistakes couple make when planning. These involve everything from flowers to the dress. The folks … Continue reading “6 common mistakes made when planning a wedding”

25 January, 2016 Posted in Wedding Planning

What Makes One Chicago Wedding Band Better Than Another?

What Makes One Chicago Wedding Band Better Than Another?

Let’s face it, you’ve never hired a wedding band before, and planning a wedding in general is a very challenging process. You have to buy a large number of products and services you’ve never bought before, and learn a great deal in a short period of time. Many couples decide on letting price be the … Continue reading “What Makes One Chicago Wedding Band Better Than Another?”

What YOU Love!

What YOU Love!

Fill your wedding with everything you both LOVE. Pick the colors, flowers, music, dresses, food, venue and guests that represent every that says who you are as a couple. Even if Martha Stewart, the Kardshians, or the Knot say it isn’t the hottest trend for 2010 it doesn’t matter. Your wedding has to be YOURS. … Continue reading “What YOU Love!”

21 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

Remember to Say Thanks!

Remember to Say Thanks!

After you’ve returned from your honeymoon and are reflecting back on your wedding there’s one important thing you can do to help all the people that helped you. Write reviews about them. They are incredibly valuable not only for the vendors themselves, but also to other couples that are considering hiring them. When vendors speak … Continue reading “Remember to Say Thanks!”

19 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips

Preparation is the Key to a Great Wedding!

Preparation is the Key to a Great Wedding!

I recommend having all the details for your wedding finalized about a month ahead of time. This will allow time to make any minor last minute adjustments. Give your vendors all the info they need to do their job. You’ll get their best results and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your big day. … Continue reading “Preparation is the Key to a Great Wedding!”

23 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

What Makes a Song Danceable?

What Makes a Song Danceable?

The truth is, there is no measurable answer. As you think about what songs you’d like your band to play, try this: Close your eyes and picture yourself at the wedding hearing that song. Would you be inspired to stay on the dance floor? Some songs are great to listen to but not good for … Continue reading “What Makes a Song Danceable?”

20 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Dance Music

Whose Wedding is it Anyway?

Whose Wedding is it Anyway?

As you plan your big day, you will get a lot of opinions. Listen to them all, but ultimately it’s YOUR wedding. What if your cheesy Uncle say you HAVE to the Electric Slide? Or a florist says you HAVE to have $50,000 worth of flowers? Your well meaning parents may base the prices or … Continue reading “Whose Wedding is it Anyway?”

17 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

A Very Important Word for Choosing Your Wedding Band

A Very Important Word for Choosing Your Wedding Band

One of the most important words to consider when selecting Chicago wedding bands is finesse. What I mean by that is the ability of the bandleader and the musicians to adapt to the various changes that happen during the course of both planning and executing the wedding. Just like any sports team that is presented … Continue reading “A Very Important Word for Choosing Your Wedding Band”

24 February, 2014 Posted in Ceremony Music, Wedding Reception

The Big Picture of Reviewing Chicago Wedding Bands

The Big Picture of Reviewing Chicago Wedding Bands

One of the most important decisions you can make for your wedding is choosing the right band. When researching Chicago wedding bands, it’s important to take other factors into consideration beyond just the music. The role of the band is to not only provide incredible live music, but be the life of the party, and … Continue reading “The Big Picture of Reviewing Chicago Wedding Bands”

11 February, 2014 Posted in Ceremony Music, Dance Music

The Best Time to Book Your Vendors

The Best Time to Book Your Vendors

It’s never too early to be booking your wedding vendors. 
OK maybe over two years is a little much, but in general it’s always to your advantage. By booking well in advance you can get much higher quality vendors because more dates will be available. This will also give you time to be guests at … Continue reading “The Best Time to Book Your Vendors”

16 April, 2012 Posted in Wedding Planning

TEAM YOU

TEAM YOU

DELEGATE! You may feel the need to control every aspect of your wedding, but this is not a good idea. You have the luxury of having great vendors, family and friends that are there to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask them for help and advice. Everyone loves you and is willing to do … Continue reading “TEAM YOU”

14 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

Musical Food

Musical Food

When considering the dance music for your wedding, think of it as a huge menu with all of the different songs and styles you’ve ever enjoyed dancing to in your life. On that menu will include a variety of different styles, tempos and artists for you to choose from. Within this menu are subcategories, such … Continue reading “Musical Food”

5 November, 2013 Posted in Dance Music, Wedding Reception

What Will You Really Remember?

What Will You Really Remember?

What your guests will remember the most is how much fun they had at your wedding. and the Chicago wedding band you choose

29 October, 2013 Posted in Wedding Planning

Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

Finding the perfect room for your reception is just like a a great fitting suit. If your room is too big you won’t able to show off your big shoulders etc. Your guests will be stretched out across the room while you lose the focus of the party. If it’s too small you will feel … Continue reading “Location, Location, Location”

7 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

Wedding Bands Versus Real Bands

Wedding Bands Versus Real Bands

Let’s take a look at the differences between real bands and wedding bands when looking for great Chicago wedding bands.

22 October, 2013 Posted in Dance Music, Wedding Planning

Choosing the Right Band

Choosing the Right Band

Finding the best Chicago wedding band for your wedding doesn’t have to be a grueling process with our help

15 October, 2013 Posted in Ceremony Music

Don’t make this mistake for your Wedding!

Don’t make this mistake for your Wedding!

Let’s say you’ve got a very important meeting with your largest client. While you’re making your presentation, the CEO starts reading a magazine about his favorite sports team.  How would you feel? Now consider your wedding…You’ve spent the last year planning every little detail. You can’t wait to start the dancing. The Chicago wedding band starts playing … Continue reading “Don’t make this mistake for your Wedding!”

11 September, 2012 Posted in Wedding Planning, Wedding Reception

How do I stay Organized for my Wedding?

How do I stay Organized for my Wedding?

There are many details to keep track of for your Chicago Wedding. This how we can help you stay organized. Once you have signed the contract, you will receive a template of your wedding schedule. Once the form has been completed then simply email it back to me. I will confirm your schedule with you. … Continue reading “How do I stay Organized for my Wedding?”

28 August, 2012 Posted in Wedding Planning

Budget vs. Value

Budget vs. Value

“I’m on a budget.” Of course you are, but don’t let the word BUDGET restrict you from getting what’s important to your wedding. If you shop by price your wedding doesn’t stand a chance. Shop by VALUE. Pay more for what’s crucial. When you set your budget, get a general idea of cost by talking … Continue reading “Budget vs. Value”

2 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

Will you learn a new song ?

Will you learn a new song ?

We welcome your requests. Jeff Sanders is our music director and arranger. Just give us the song titles as soon as you know them, and we’ll have them ready for your Chicago Wedding. Not all Chicago wedding bands want to learn new songs, they’d rather just play the same stuff every week over and over again. This is … Continue reading “Will you learn a new song ?”

What are your payment terms?

What are your payment terms?

To reserve our music company for your date, we require a 30% security deposit along with the signed contract. This deposit is non-refundable, but is transferable if your date is cancelled or postponed. The remaining balance for weddings, anniversaries or private parties is due one week prior to the date of your celebration. Overtime will be … Continue reading “What are your payment terms?”

How do we select the songs?

How do we select the songs?

Once you are contracted, I will email you our current song list. Over the next several months prior to your event, you simply highlight songs you really like and cross out songs you really don’t like. If there are additional songs not found on our list, we can have those songs arranged for you free … Continue reading “How do we select the songs?”

Do you perform outside Chicago?

Do you perform outside Chicago?

Yes, we have performed for events throughout the U.S. We have a travel agent we work with who can provide the exact costs involved in bringing us out for your event. Depending on your schedule, we usually prefer to have the musicians arrive the day before your event. David will schedule a meeting at the venue … Continue reading “Do you perform outside Chicago?”

17 June, 2012 Posted in Information about David Rothstein Music

Are there any additional expenses not listed?

Are there any additional expenses not listed?

There are a few additional expenses not found on our pricing packet: Parking– The client is required to cover all parking expenses for musicians and sound personnel. This only applies to events in downtown Chicago. Meals – We only require meals for musicians performing 3 hours or longer. Staff meals are far less expensive than … Continue reading “Are there any additional expenses not listed?”

10 June, 2012 Posted in Information about David Rothstein Music

How to hold a Microphone for toasts…

How to hold a Microphone for toasts…

For the microphone to pick up a clear and undistorted sound it must be held about one to three centimeters from your mouth. Hold the mic at a constant distance so the volume of your voice doesn’t keep changing. Try to keep the mic steady and don’t let it wave about. Do not press the microphone … Continue reading “How to hold a Microphone for toasts…”

3 June, 2012 Posted in Toasts

When is my Final Payment due?

When is my Final Payment due?

  The final Balance is due during the week of your wedding. We accept Checks, MasterCard and Visa. There will be a 3% fee for using a credit card.  If you’d like to make a payment prior to your wedding, we do accept early payments. We will give you a receipt and keep track of your payments. … Continue reading “When is my Final Payment due?”

Investment vs. Cost

Investment vs. Cost

VENDOR TIP: For all business owners- don’t refer to your prices as the COST. Explain to your potential clients that they are making an INVESTMENT. To me a cost is a bill like Com Ed. An investment is something that gives you something back ideally worth more than you paid. Also change CONTRACT to AGREEMENT. … Continue reading “Investment vs. Cost”

13 March, 2012 Posted in Vendor Tips

Is Everybody Creative?

Is Everybody Creative?

I believe we all have an inner artist whether we take the time to get in touch with that side of us. It’s always there waiting inside to be discovered. We live in a society that says we need to be a brilliant artist or we should just be quiet and leave it to the pros. … Continue reading “Is Everybody Creative?”

1 May, 2012 Posted in Ideas for Life

Bridal PARTY!!

Bridal PARTY!!

DAILY WEDDING TIP: Your Bridal party can help keep your wedding roaring. They are your parents, best friends, brothers and sisters. Make sure they understand they are also leaders of your wedding. Your guests will follow their lead. If they see them dancing like crazy, your guests will join them. If they are all socializing … Continue reading “Bridal PARTY!!”

26 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning, Wedding Reception

How did you get started?

How did you get started?

I grew up in Chicago. I lived behind Wrigley Field until I was about 6. Go Cubs!  We moved out to Elk Grove Village where I went to high school. During 6th grade, I started playing the string bass. Prior to that, I played the violin. Going into junior high with pimples, braces, playing the violin, … Continue reading “How did you get started?”

24 April, 2012 Posted in Information about David Rothstein Music

The Power of Anticipation

The Power of Anticipation

Take a few moments the night before or morning of your wedding, to envision everything that you have planned for your big day.Think through the sequence of events. By doing this you’ll feel mentally prepared for everything that’s going to happen. You’ll have a wonderful excited positive attitude that will spread out to all your … Continue reading “The Power of Anticipation”

Posted in Wedding Reception

Hire Friendly Experts

Hire Friendly Experts

To fully judge a vendor, try to set up a face to face meeting. This is by far the best way to judge a vendor’s work. Also, consider how comfortable you feel with this person. This is especially important for your Band, Wedding Planner, Venue and Photographer. These are the people you’ll be dealing with … Continue reading “Hire Friendly Experts”

22 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

Hire who you trust and trust who you hire!

Hire who you trust and trust who you hire!

You’ve spent a lot of time researching and choosing the absolute best vendors for your wedding, right? The next step is to TRUST them. They have likely performed hundreds of weddings in a variety of sizes and venues and dealt with nearly every situation. They know how to handle everything for you. You hired them … Continue reading “Hire who you trust and trust who you hire!”

18 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

My Cocktails/Dinner are in different rooms.

My Cocktails/Dinner are in different rooms.

Let’s say you are using our Chicago Jazz Trio (Piano, Bass and Sax) for Cocktails and Dinner. The Chicago Jazz Trio can easily move from the cocktail area into the ballroom very quickly and easily. For example, your cocktails are scheduled from 6:00-7:00pm. The Chicago Jazz Trio will play from 6:00-6:45pm and move into the other … Continue reading “My Cocktails/Dinner are in different rooms.”

17 April, 2012 Posted in Cocktail Music, Wedding Reception

Can I Help You?

Can I Help You?

Ask Questions. Your vendors or potential vendors LOVE questions. Don’t worry if you think it’s silly or that we’ve heard it a million times before. We are all very knowledgeable and sincerely want to help you. We know you’ve never hired a caterer or hired a band before. Don’t worry. Ask away!!

12 April, 2012 Posted in Wedding Planning

Dancing King and Queen

Dancing King and Queen

DANCE! People will want to talk to you all night. Do it during cocktails and dinner. Once the dancing starts, make sure you’re on the dance floor! It will inspire all you guests to keep dancing too. They all want you to be happy. This is YOUR time to celebrate with everyone you love. Don’t … Continue reading “Dancing King and Queen”

11 April, 2012 Posted in Dance Music

Only one chance for a First Impression

Only one chance for a First Impression

“Do I really need live music for my cocktail hour?” YES! The cocktail hour is the first impression your guests will have of your reception. If you use piped in music or no music, your guests will think you have a DJ. A solo pianist or Jazz Trio will create the perfect atmosphere. You know … Continue reading “Only one chance for a First Impression”

10 April, 2012 Posted in Cocktail Music

Acknowledging the Death of a Parent

Acknowledging the Death of a Parent

When a parent or other close relative has passed away recently, it’s important to find an appropriate way to remember them without ruining the joyous tone of the wedding. After all, a wedding is a celebration, and while a missing parent is certainly sad, it shouldn’t overpower the wedding day.Some ways to remember a parent: … Continue reading “Acknowledging the Death of a Parent”

Posted in Wedding Planning

If you could do it over again…

If you could do it over again…

Ask your married friends, “What are three things you wish you had done for your wedding?” It could include tiny aspects. Then make sure you address them for YOUR wedding. This will save you a TON of time and regrets later.

9 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

There’s no place like home

There’s no place like home

One of the best places to start your wedding planning is your home. What colors, textures, and fabrics have you chosen? What style or era is your furniture? What style of clothes do you love to wear? You can get outside ideas from magazines, websites and other people’s weddings, but start with what you already … Continue reading “There’s no place like home”

8 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

“I have to check with my parents first”

“I have to check with my parents first”

If at all possible, have all decision makers at your meetings for the bigger choices Venues, Music, Food. It’s tricky if you love something and then have to try to recreate the meeting for your parents. You’ll forget a great deal of the info and your parents will mainly just look at the price. Even … Continue reading ““I have to check with my parents first””

6 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

What do you really want for your wedding?

What do you really want for your wedding?

Before you make one phone call, look at one website, or read one magazine spend some time talking to each other. Talk about all the weddings you’ve been to. What did you like or hate about each of them? Then take some time to examine your personal styles and personalities. The clearer your vision is, … Continue reading “What do you really want for your wedding?”

5 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

What have you done for me lately?

What have you done for me lately?

What have you done for me lately? Ask the band or vendor to show you the latest example of their work. Are you more interested in seeing their vocalist’s hairstyle in 1997 or a packed dance floor from two weeks ago? How recent are their reviews? How recent is their video/audio? Think of it as … Continue reading “What have you done for me lately?”

4 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

Help Your Vendors Help You

Help Your Vendors Help You

Ask your wedding vendors the following question. “What information do you need from me so you can do your best work?” You want to make sure all your vendors are happy especially those that are with you all day. You will get the best results when you treat them like friendly professionals instead of hired … Continue reading “Help Your Vendors Help You”

3 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

You Called?

You Called?

When you fill out a form on a website requesting information don’t be shocked when you get a phone call from them following up with you. They are not calling to sell you aluminum siding for your house from a giant list of random numbers. Filling out the form tells the company you are interested … Continue reading “You Called?”

1 April, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

Two Rooms = Two Weddings

Two Rooms = Two Weddings

Make sure you keep your bar or sweet table inside the room where you are having dancing. If they are outside the room or way off in remote corners, your dance floor will be diluted. Keep the focus on the dance floor. You don’t want to have three different areas your guests can wander off … Continue reading “Two Rooms = Two Weddings”

29 March, 2012 Posted in Cocktail Music, Daily Tips, Wedding Reception

Features vs. Benefits

Features vs. Benefits

VENDOR TIP: I just bought a new car. During this process I learned a lot about cars and desire. Why did I end up buying the car I did? Before I started looking I had a clear idea of the type of car and features I wanted. I did my homework on line for several … Continue reading “Features vs. Benefits”

28 March, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips

There are two types of brides…

There are two types of brides…

Consider hiring a videographer to your wedding. What would you pay to see your Parents’ or Grandparents’ wedding? I’m guessing quite a bit, right? Here’s your chance to make sure you CAN show your wedding to YOUR kids. There are two types of brides, those that hired videographers and those that wish they did. Here’s … Continue reading “There are two types of brides…”

26 March, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

Top 10 Wedding Requests for Solo Harp

Top 10 Wedding Requests for Solo Harp

Here are the Top 10 Requested for Solo Harp: 10. “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella 9. “A Time for Us” from Romeo and Juliet 8. Handel’s “Passacaille” 7. Bach’s “Prelude” 6. “How Beautiful” by Twila Paris 5. “The Wedding March” by Mendelssohn (for recessional) 4. “One Hand, One Heart” from … Continue reading “Top 10 Wedding Requests for Solo Harp”

21 March, 2012 Posted in Ceremony Music, Wedding Planning

What do Wedding Vendors REALLY Cost?

What do Wedding Vendors REALLY Cost?

BUDGET. Think of it more of a guideline. Ask a variety of vendors what they charge, DON’T get a cost from a random wedding magazine or website. Even if they tell you a photographer should cost $300 you’ll be VERY disappointed when you can’t find one for that price. Get the best quality you can … Continue reading “What do Wedding Vendors REALLY Cost?”

17 March, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips, Wedding Planning

Wedding Bands are Better than Club Bands

Wedding Bands are Better than Club Bands

There is a huge difference between a wedding band and club band. Even if they are your all time favorite band and you are best friends with the singer. Bands that play in clubs: 1.  WON’T: Play the music YOU want them to play. 2.  WON’T: Know how make introductions. 3.  WON’T: Play music designed for … Continue reading “Wedding Bands are Better than Club Bands”

14 March, 2012 Posted in Dance Music, Wedding Reception

Give them what they want most!

Give them what they want most!

VENDOR TIP: The key to building a great website is really knowing who your target audience is and what they are looking for. It’s your job to give it to them in the clearest, simplest way possible. People will leave your site quickly if they can’t find what they want in under 10 seconds. This … Continue reading “Give them what they want most!”

13 March, 2012 Posted in Vendor Tips

The Power of the 2 Minute Call

The Power of the 2 Minute Call

VENDOR TIP: The Power of the two minute call. I do about 20 two minute calls a day. Use them to confirm meetings, stay in touch or just let someone know you’re think of them. They will appreciate your respect for their time and show that you care about yours. Get more done and raise … Continue reading “The Power of the 2 Minute Call”

Posted in Vendor Tips

What is Dancing Between Courses/East Coast Style Wedding?

What is Dancing Between Courses/East Coast Style Wedding?

First let’s define what dancing between courses is. It is used for all weddings on the east coast and amazingly enough called East Coast style. It has become very popular for weddings throughout the country because of the many benefits. The biggest difference is that the dance orchestra starts at the beginning of dinner instead of after. … Continue reading “What is Dancing Between Courses/East Coast Style Wedding?”

12 February, 2012 Posted in Dance Music, Wedding Planning, Wedding Reception

How to Give a Great Wedding Toast

How to Give a Great Wedding Toast

Hey guys –  Boring your guests, insulting your inlaws, and pronouncing your love for your best friend’s wife are all pretty much faux pas in the game of life. So why the temptation when making a speech at a friend or family member’s wedding? Well, here are a few pitfalls to avoid, and a few … Continue reading “How to Give a Great Wedding Toast”

12 March, 2012 Posted in Toasts

What can I do to get my wedding dress to fit me perfectly?

What can I do to get my wedding dress to fit me perfectly?

One of the unforeseen wedding costs is the alteration of the wedding dress or bridesmaid dress… • Wedding dress alterations can range from $300 to $700 depending on the style, design and size of the dress and take a minimum of 8 weeks to complete. Bridesmaid’s dresses take an average of 2 weeks to complete … Continue reading “What can I do to get my wedding dress to fit me perfectly?”

29 January, 2012 Posted in Wedding Dress

What does cooking have to do with my Wedding?

What does cooking have to do with my Wedding?

Think about the best meal you’ve had recently. Now imagine it without one of the key ingredients. How does it taste now? Remember in College making Macaroni and Cheese with water instead of milk? Those same cheap substitutes can ruin your wedding. I’m not saying you need to get the very best of everything for … Continue reading “What does cooking have to do with my Wedding?”

6 November, 2011 Posted in Wedding Planning

A Thousand Words

A Thousand Words

VENDOR TIP: If you are a wedding vendor and have a website, use only the top quality photos. People will run away if they are out of focus, poorly lit or are too close or far away. Visitor’s standards are MUCH higher now. If it’s a bad photo leave it off. Remember a photo says … Continue reading “A Thousand Words”

13 March, 2012 Posted in Vendor Tips

Get Organized for Wedding Planning!

Get Organized for Wedding Planning!

You’ve had friends to your home for dinner. Maybe you’ve hosted a Super Bowl party or two. But have you ever planned and coordinated an event for 50-300 guests? If you haven’t, then welcome to the world of wedding planning. Caterers, florists, and other wedding-related companies will be banging down your door to get your … Continue reading “Get Organized for Wedding Planning!”

15 January, 2012 Posted in Organization, Wedding Planning

What’s the most important word for a Great Wedding?

What’s the most important word for a Great Wedding?

MOMENTUM What does that have to do with a great Chicago wedding?
 Think about a great date, hopefully with your fiancé. Remember the great energy of the conversation, the connection, the eye contact? You just couldn’t wait until the next date. Even when they called, your heart fluttered. Time just flew along. Now remember one … Continue reading “What’s the most important word for a Great Wedding?”

9 October, 2011 Posted in Wedding Planning

Let’s Talk!

Let’s Talk!

Make sure every page on your website includes an inquiry form or at least your contact information. Make it as easy as possible for your potential clients to take the next step. Your site must also have a SEPARATE Contact Us page. It should also be located all the way to right with your heading … Continue reading “Let’s Talk!”

13 March, 2012 Posted in Vendor Tips

You Never Know…

You Never Know…

VENDOR TIP: If you have a nice encounter with someone while out running errands, socializing, riding the bus etc… Give them your business card. I might say something like “I’ll even give you the Target discount price.” I’ve booked several BIG weddings just by doing this. Use your judgment of course, but look for these … Continue reading “You Never Know…”

Posted in Vendor Tips

Is it important to use a Professional Emcee for my Wedding?

Is it important to use a Professional Emcee for my Wedding?

Remember back in junior high, what did we do when we had a substitute teacher? We knew they didn’t know what they were doing, so we didn’t really listen to them or take them seriously, right? Why did this happen? There wasn’t a strong leader. The same applies to your Chicago wedding. Things don’t just … Continue reading “Is it important to use a Professional Emcee for my Wedding?”

18 December, 2011 Posted in Wedding Planning, Wedding Reception

Wanna Hear a Great Story?

Wanna Hear a Great Story?

Tell Stories about SPECIFIC weddings, brides and situations. This is FAR more effective than just general ideas. “We care about our clients” vs. “Last October we played a wedding at the Omni Hotel. The beautiful blue eyed bride Julie was crying since one of the ushers suddenly became sick just before the ceremony. I gave … Continue reading “Wanna Hear a Great Story?”

13 March, 2012 Posted in Vendor Tips

The Blog that ate Detroit!

The Blog that ate Detroit!

VENDOR TIP: What’s a Blog? A blog is page on your or a separate website. A professional blog contains articles that provide clients with helpful information related to what you do. You can also describe recent events with your company. Ideally it shouldn’t be a direct sales tool. By providing quality info you will be … Continue reading “The Blog that ate Detroit!”

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How is my Wedding like a Movie?

How is my Wedding like a Movie?

Think of the last great movie you saw. Each scene had its own feel to it. A chase scene uses fast exciting music to add to the drama. A romantic scene uses beautiful sweeping love songs to enhance the mood. What if you used the same music for both? What would that romantic scene be … Continue reading “How is my Wedding like a Movie?”

THANKS!!

THANKS!!

Say Thanks! One little way to bring good Karma to all your relationships is just to say thanks. Sometimes it means sending flowers, sometime a hand written note or even just a handshake/hug, a look in the eye and saying “thanks”. Do this to EVERYONE who does anything to help you big or small. It’s … Continue reading “THANKS!!”

13 March, 2012 Posted in Daily Tips

Remember to SMILE!!

Remember to SMILE!!

SMILE! When you meet with clients, don’t forget to smile, make eye contact and use their name as much as you feel comfortable. Also be ENTHUSIASTIC!! Not like an used car salesman. Show your clients how much you sincerely believe in what you do and how you can help them. They WILL feel it. Remember … Continue reading “Remember to SMILE!!”

Have you got a Card?

Have you got a Card?

CARDS. How many times have met someone you wanted to stay in touch with but realized you just ran out of business cards? You could write your name on the back of their card or piece of paper, but that will likely be thrown away. Here’s the solution- Keep cards EVERYWHERE! 1. Wallet/Purse 2. Car … Continue reading “Have you got a Card?”

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You Look Marvelous!

You Look Marvelous!

How we dress says a lot about the pride we take in ourselves and our work. Make sure your suit/tux fits, shirts tucked in and right from the cleaners, ties tied properly, shined black dress shoes. Cuff links and pocket squares are a nice touch too. Pretend it’s YOUR wedding. Make sure co-workers do the … Continue reading “You Look Marvelous!”

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Ready, Set, Go!!

Ready, Set, Go!!

VENDOR TIP: Keep everything related to your business up to date. The Equipment, Cases, Business Cards, Website, Computers, Car, Cell phone, Videos, Photos, Suit/Tux all promo Materials etc… By staying up to date will show that you are a leader in the field. Take each item one by one and keep improving. Now is the … Continue reading “Ready, Set, Go!!”

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Social Networking

Social Networking

VENDOR TIP: It is no longer OK to have a company without a website, Facebook/Twitter page etc… We are so fortunate to live in a time when we can access more brides than ever. Don’t be intimidated by technology, embrace it. Ask experts questions. The more you learn, the easier it gets. Brides expectations are … Continue reading “Social Networking”

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Be a Friendly Expert!

Be a Friendly Expert!

DAILY VENDOR TIP: Learn as much as you can about your clients as people before you say one thing about your company. Use their names right way and throughout the meeting. Adjust your presentation based on THEIR personality and specific needs. Couples don’t care about Features, they ONLY care about Benefits. How will your special … Continue reading “Be a Friendly Expert!”

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There’s No “I” in Team

There’s No “I” in Team

DAILY VENDOR TIP: Be a team player. Even though you may have never worked with these vendors before, you must bond ASAP. Introduce yourself right away, exchange card and be positive! Weddings are no place for big egos. Make sure you know the schedule. If you need to change your lens, charge your battery or … Continue reading “There’s No “I” in Team”

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Do your Homework!

Do your Homework!

DAILY VENDOR TIP: I dedicate at least an hour a day to studying. One easy way to do this is to buy books on CD. I LOVE these. So instead of listening to NPR to learn about the history of Ugandan Bees, listen to a book about marketing, business or becoming a better person. Instead … Continue reading “Do your Homework!”

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Can I get your Signature?

Can I get your Signature?

DAILY VENDOR TIP: Your email signature can be a great marketing tool. How many emails do you send out everyday? I’m guessing 50-100. Each time you send an email you have a chance to tell vendors and clients about you. Include your name, company name, email address, website, Facebook Fan Page. Other options include Slogan/Logo/Photo, … Continue reading “Can I get your Signature?”

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Three Types of People

Three Types of People

DAILY VENDOR TIP: There are 3 types of people: Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic. Visual people want to imagine how things would LOOK. Auditory: Want to hear how it would SOUND. Kinesthetic: How it would make them FEEL. Figure out which ones your clients are and present your info in THEIR style. Visual: Show them. Auditory: … Continue reading “Three Types of People”

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It’s Their House!

It’s Their House!

DAILY VENDOR TIP: Each venue has their own policies for loading, parking, etc… Ask about these details PRIOR to the event. Keep a log, so you are prepared for next time. Arrive with a POSITIVE attitude. Leave extra time. Learn the staff’s names. If they help you, thank and tip them. You’ll build a great … Continue reading “It’s Their House!”

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There’s a Reason Why!

There’s a Reason Why!

DAILY VENDOR TIP: You’ve just booked a terrific wedding. Now is the perfect time ask them an important question, “Why did you choose me over my competition?” Really listen to what they have to say. You will learn a lot about your company and your competition. Better yet, ask clients you DON’T book. There are … Continue reading “There’s a Reason Why!”

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Check Your Ads!

Check Your Ads!

DAILY VENDOR TIP: Spend some quality time reviewing all the websites you advertise on. Make sure your photos, links and contact information is current. Make sure all your descriptions represent what makes your company special and the experts in your field. Enter your name into Google. See where you are listed. You may be surprised … Continue reading “Check Your Ads!”

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The Tortoise vs The Hare

The Tortoise vs The Hare

VENDOR TIP: Don’t worry if your website is up or down one or two positions in Google. Look for patterns. Just keep doing the right things to increase the amount of content and number of inbound links to your website. You will get there. You don’t workout at the gym and then weigh yourself once … Continue reading “The Tortoise vs The Hare”

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SMILE!!!

SMILE!!!

DAILY WEDDING TIP: You’ve got your Dream Dress, The Best Band, Incredible Food, Beautiful Flowers, All Your Favorite Guests and The Love of Your Life. You’ve prepared every detail for the last year. Now there’s only one thing missing. It’s one of the most important things: A warm, loving, enthusiastic and appreciative attitude. Dance, Laugh, … Continue reading “SMILE!!!”

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How to Stay in love while planning your Wedding

How to Stay in love while planning your Wedding

Planning a Chicago wedding can be stressful. Likely you’ve never done this before. How can you prevent the arguments and stay in love during this time? A couple told me their secret for keeping their relationship happy during the sometimes stressful time of planning a Chicago wedding. What they do is set aside one night … Continue reading “How to Stay in love while planning your Wedding”

26 February, 2012 Posted in Wedding Planning

Wedding Reception Styles from Classy Wedding Favors.com

Wedding Reception Styles from Classy Wedding Favors.com

When it comes to wedding receptions, this is your special event and a way of thanking guests for participating in your special day. For this reason, most bride and grooms want to look at all their options to choose the one that will best match the wedding, the budget, and the guests. Once you know the … Continue reading “Wedding Reception Styles from Classy Wedding Favors.com”

1 January, 2012 Posted in Wedding Planning

How do I make the best decisions for my wedding?

How do I make the best decisions for my wedding?

Planning a wedding requires many small and large decisions. There are many decisions that make a wedding reflect your style. Where do you start?!   Define your style: The first decision is to spend some quality time looking at your home, your car, how you dress, what you do for fun, your job, the colors … Continue reading “How do I make the best decisions for my wedding?”

23 October, 2011 Posted in Wedding Planning

The absolute worst idea for a Wedding

The absolute worst idea for a Wedding

THE RECEIVING LINE…. This out dated tradition was never a good idea. Here’s why…. First let’s define how it works: Mother of the Bride Mother of the Groom Bride Groom Maid of Honor Stand shoulder to shoulder at the entrance to the ballroom. All the guests line up and one by one say congratulations to … Continue reading “The absolute worst idea for a Wedding”

25 September, 2011 Posted in Wedding Planning