The week is finally here, yay! If you have done all of the other things, listed in our other 2 posts, you shouldn't have too much to stress about! Here are the final things to do, the week of your wedding.
Overall, we know planning your wedding can be a long, exhausting journey, but rest assured, it's worth it! As the company owners and certified wedding/event planners, weddings are our life! We're always happy to help with any tips or suggestions. Please feel free to send us an email and we'll be happy to provide help!
- Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths
If you're planning a wedding, quinceanera or event, chances are, you have already created a Facebook invite, maybe an Instagram hashtag, and perhaps a wedding website. Though we're in the Austin & central Texas area, we know that this is the case for most weddings and events, worldwide! Cell phones have become such a major a part of our lives that most people simply cannot attend an event, or even go through a regular day or two, without texting, or using social media to post about their daily activities. It's the norm and it's just what we've become used to.
Believe it or not, there was a time before cell phones, where people attended weddings or events and did not take pictures with their phones (remember the old disposable cameras), did not text people, did not post on social media, etc. People simply enjoyed the event and lived in that moment. We actually attended a comedy show, with Dave Chappelle, a few weeks ago, here in Austin, Texas. Dave Chappelle created a no-phone policy and had everyone get a "Yonder" pouch upon entry. Everyone placed their phone in the pouch, and it was locked by a staff. You could keep your phone with you, but you had to have it on silent or vibrate and could not access it, until after the show, when they opened the pouch for you, at the exit. I thought wow, he must be very concerned about people taking video of the show and sharing it online; however, I also thought, wow, this is the first time I've come to an event in a while, and did not use my phone! What a brilliant idea!
Well, why not "unplug" your wedding or event? You'll already hire a photographer and possibly a videographer, so there will be plenty of great pictures and videos. If you want to share those pictures and videos with your guests, you can always post them on social media, later, or send them via email or Google drive, etc. You don't have to go and buy lockable phone pouches, but simply ask your guests to turn their phones off (or on silent) and to please not take pictures or post on social media. Then, you and your guests can fully enjoy the moment, with no distractions, just like the days before cell phones! All thanks to Dave Chappelle or to our blog! :) Just kidding, but really, it can be done!
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Wedding Sparkler Send-Off
When it comes to send-offs, by far, the most popular send-off for the weddings we do in the Austin and Central Texas area is the sparkler send-off. It looks GREAT in photos and is easy to do! You simply need to buy sparklers, bring a way to light them, and a bucket with water! Buying sparklers isn't too hard, either. There are plenty of websites that have them for sale. The prices can really vary, depending on the seller and on the size you need. We recommend 36 inch sparklers, since they last about 3-4 minutes, each. 20 inch sparklers are okay, but they only last 1-2 minutes. You'll need longer time, since you have to light everyone's sparkler, before the couple walks through!
The site we use to purchase our sparklers, is "Wedding Day Sparklers. They have the best prices and great products. Find your sparklers, here: weddingdaysparklers.com/wedding-sparklers/
Wedding Bubble Send-Off
Bubble send-offs also look great for pictures! Keep in mind, however, that the lighting has to be bright, so the bubbles show up well in the photos. If you want to do a bubble send-off, try scheduling a "mock send-off" early. You can have all your guests line up, early in the evening (just before sunset photos is a great time) and take send-off photos! They'll look great and all your guests will be in the photo. Then, you can go right back inside and party! :)
Neon Glow Sticks Send-Off
If you don't like the idea of actual fire or if the venue does not allow sparklers, glow sticks are a great alternative! They look great in pictures, too! These can work in day or night settings and you simply need to have your guests grab one on their way out. No time wasted, waiting for everyone to light their sparklers. Keep in mind many of your guests may be "tipsy" so lighting sparklers can often take longer than it should! :)
Other more environmentally friendly send offs are great too! Bird seed send-offs, which have to be done in brighter settings, unless the photographer has the appropriate lighting, which they should. Another alternative is leaves! In the fall, the various leave colors look amazing in photos!
These are the most popular send-off ideas that we commonly see in the Austin and central Texas area. There are plenty more ideas, of course. Thanks for reading!
- Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths Team
If you're having a wedding, quinceanera, party or event, you'll need a "save the date" card or reminder. Sure, you can certainly make an online only version, to send to your friends and family, but it's best to send out actual cards. Why? Well, not everyone is tech savy or uses the internet well. Think about older relatives, grandparents, those who may not have internet access, etc. Plus, it's very nice to have a nice, printed version of your special event! :)
If you really want to save, then just do the online version for everyone that you know has internet access and only print invitations for those who may not, or your immediate family and close friends. You can certainly print your own, but they may not be the same quality as having them printed with a high end printer. We chose to do magnets for our save the dates, so no one misplaces them. They'll simply put them on the fridge and have a reminder! Here's a link to vistaprint. A very good option, that is also pretty economical!
Good luck and feel free to comment with other ideas!
- Austin's Best DJs Team
When you're planning a wedding, quinceanera or party, one thing you may have already found out, is that it's a lot of work! It's almost like having a part time job! We meet with clients who are having their wedding or event in the Austin or Central Texas area, every week, and they tell us exactly this! We know, from experience, just how much goes into planning, since we planned our own wedding, too! We always appreciate any helpful tips and great websites, beyond the usual Pinterest and other sites. This is actually why we write this blog, too!
One great website for all the DIY Brides and clients, is Oriental Trading. They have all types of decor and supplies for nearly any type of event. They have decor and supplies for weddings, birthdays, holiday themes, etc. For weddings, you will find wedding decorations, cake toppers, centerpieces, knife and cake servers, champagne flutes, candy for a candy bar, candles, sand for a sand ceremony, arches and columns, aisle runners, and just about anything you may need for your own wedding or event. The prices are very reasonable and the quality is good! Visit www.OrientalTrading.com and get all your supplies for your wedding or event! Good luck!
- Austin's Best DJs Team
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We've taken our decades of experience and compiled it into a few helpful articles, to help you plan your wedding or event!