The Wedding Planner Magazine

Southern West Virginia 2-1

A magazine highlighting the premiere wedding professionals in Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas. Includes interviews, real weddings and numerous articles written by local and professional wedding planners.

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Y our reception is the time to let your hair down and have fun with those who have to come to share in your big day. How do you want to spend this time with them? Chatting and catching up? Dancing and having a party? This decision will play a big part when planning your reception and entertainment. Elegant and relaxed For a laid back atmosphere where you can mingle and chat with your guests, consider light instrumental entertainment. There are a lot of amazing options including acoustic guitar, harp, and violin. These will give the reception an elegant feel without over- powering the room, allowing you talk and visit. Most live musicians don't provide DJ services, such as recep- tion announcements, so you will need to ask if it is included in their package. If not, you will need to have someone who can do this. DJs normally include announcements in their service pack- ages. These include introducing the bridal party as they enter, announcing when the cake cutting, or calling for toasts. You don't want your guests to miss these events because they were in another area of the venue. Get the party started If a dance party is more your style, then look into the best DJs and party bands in your area. Deciding between a DJ and band is a personal preference and will depend on your taste in music. Bands typically have a style of music they play, so you want to ask about that. If you want a variety of music, communicate that and ask to see a play list. Look the playlist over and make sure the style you are going for is there. If you want to dance, especially to popular group dances such as The Cupid Shuffle and The Cha-Cha Slide, consider hiring a DJ. Most DJs are well equipped to handle your music needs. Provide them with a list of songs ahead of time you want for your recep- tion. Tending to the bar Do you want to serve alwcohol at your party? Consider a bar. Receptions with a bar often tend to be upbeat, especially when a DJ or party band is hired to perform. When planning the time of your life, keep your family and friends in mind and select entertainment that will provide them – and you – with an event not to be forgotten. Kelli Carrico Photography Casaundra Sheppard Photography Kelli Carrico Photography

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