15 Qualities of Top Wedding Vendors

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15 Qualities of Top Wedding Vendors   Based on my last 20 years of working as a bandleader in one of the busiest Chicago wedding bands with a wide variety of wedding vendors, I’ve compiled this list of some qualities I’ve noticed in all the top wedding vendors throughout the nation.   1. EDUCATED – […]

Chicago Is The Nation’s Third-Most Expensive Wedding Location

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We’ve been featured in the Chicago Tribune! They sourced the best Chicago vendors for wedding essentials at the high-end and more budget friendly options, including food, beverages, venue, music and flowers. Here’s what they said about us: “Price: $18,975 for six hours. This is the company’s most expensive package (most couples get the $6,700 option), […]

5 Most Important Factors for Choosing a Wedding Ring

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Picking out your wedding ring is a choice of a lifetime, and we mean that in the literal sense! This small sentimental piece will adorn you and your partner’s fingers as you journey through this exciting new adventure together. Being such a huge decision, it can be surrounded by anxiety and stress, making it an […]

The Most Popular Songs to Choose for Your First Dance

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There are so many decisions to make when planning your wedding. If you’re struggling to find a first dance song, click here, and see the most popular songs. The first dance is one of the most important wedding traditions. It will set and carry the mood throughout your wedding reception. It’s also the first dance […]

Best and worst ideas for Wedding transportation

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Congratulations! You just got married, and it’s off to the reception for the big party! Now, how are you getting there? It’s your wedding, so you don’t want to roll up to the party in your normal car. There are a lot of different options for wedding transportation, some standard like convertibles and some unexpected […]

The Five Most Important Words For a Great Chicago Wedding Band

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Choosing the right Chicago wedding band for your big day is one of the most important and challenging decisions you’ll need to make. Your guests will soon forget about the bows on the back of the chairs, the beautiful flowers and décor, if you don’t have great music to keep all of your guests dancing. […]

What have you done for me lately?

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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 […]

Features vs. Benefits

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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 […]

Shhhhhh!

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Here’s how to get every guest to be quiet instantly. It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with 50 or 500 guests. This works EVERY TIME! Just say this, “Ladies and Gentleman, please turn to your neighbor and say Shhhh.” People don’t like to be told to be quiet, but are more than happy to tell […]

Stay Up to Date!

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VENDOR TIP: If you have a website that has an schedule or upcoming events page make sure it is 100% current. Showing dates from 2009 says that you’re really not on top of your business or website. Always keep everything updated. You could be a great guy, but if you show up wearing an Members […]

Benefits vs. Features

Features and benefits

When you talk about you company on your website or in person make sure you explain the BENEFITS not just the FEATURES. Benefits is what your clients REALLY care about! FEATURE: We have a full time arranger on staff. BENEFIT: You can have any song you want arranged free of charge. Know the difference!

Think about your Links!

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VENDOR TIP: If you have a website, make sure you test ALL the links and videos to make sure they all work. Then do the same on all other sites you are listed on. Brides will leave your site very quickly if anything doesn’t work properly. Broken links says to the bride, “this is good […]