Wedding DJ – Los Angeles – The Ebell Club Long Beach

By Ian B

If you are planning a wedding in the Long Beach area and are looking for a great wedding venue, then I would highly advise checking out The Ebell Club in Long Beach. The Ebell Club is an excellent choice for a wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. This venue has a large main room in the center that doubles for both the ceremony area in the beginning of the event and serves as the dance floor later in the night. The main room has two large rooms on each side of it. One of these rooms is for the cocktail hour and the other large room is for the dinning area. The main room has high ceilings as well as a second floor that has multiple rooms that can be used for the bride and bridal party to get ready in, etc. What is also cool is that during the ceremony or reception the bride and the bridal party can actually enter from the second floor making a dramatic entrance for their moment. The Ebell Club is good in size and can accommodate a large number of guests easily. Another plus about this venue is the very wonderful and helpful staff of The Ebell club. Always pleasant and eager to be of assistance.

Out of respect for the wishes of the couple’s privacy I am not going to show to many photos of the event. The ones I am showing give you a good idea. Also, if you or someone you know is planning an event or a wedding and they are in need of a DJ and you want them to be absolutely taken care of, please by all means have them check out here DJMC IAN B Weddings or DJMC IAN B Social Events for the service they deserve. Enjoy!
The Ebell Club Long Beach ceremony area
The Ebell Club Long Beach ceremony decorations
The Ebell Club Long Beach ceremony area
The Ebell Club Long Beach main room
high ceilings at The Ebell Club Long Beach
The Ebell Club Long Beach ceremony in action
nice day for a white wedding cake
The Ebell Club Long Beach sign in table
sign above fireplace
mr. and mrs. name tags
bride and groom first dance at The Ebell Club Long Beach

Venue: The Ebell Club
DJ: DJMC IAN B

 

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Wedding DJ – Inland Empire – Whispering Oaks Terrace Temecula

By Ian B

If you are planning a wedding in the Inland Empire area with a rustic feel then you should check out Whispering Oaks Terrace in Temecula. This venue is like it’s own little town. It is a beautiful secluded location for you and your guests. How I found out about this location is due solely to a really wonderful couple Karla and Robert.

Karla and Robert contacted me, and right off the bat I knew I would love to work with them and I was right! They had great energy about them. These two were happy and in love and you could hear it in there voices. When their wedding came around, the only thing that changed I think, was that they were now more happy and more in love. These two radiated joy! It was a total privilege to be able to assist them on there big day!

Two other great things happened at Karl and Robert wedding, I got a chance to work with two awesome vendors. The first is Pam Barton from Unique Gourmet Rotisserie Catering. Pam is a caterer who cooks the food on site and let me tell you I was blown away by how delicious everything was. It was absolutely amazing! If you are looking for a caterer to come to your event and knock your socks off, call Pam! The second, is a photography Ryley Parent from Barefoot Photography. Ryley was super cool to work with and as you can see from the photos below is fantastic at what she does. Here are some images from Karla and Roberts wedding. Enjoy…
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candle and love notes
whispering oaks terrace swing
wedding dress hanging at farm house at whispering oaks terrace
bride having hair and make-up done
groom arriving at whispering oaks terrace with friends
bride putting on wedding dress
bride getting bow tied on wedding dress
barefoot photography
first kiss after saying I do
bride and groom at whispering oaks terrace
bride and groom posing in barn
bride and groom dip at whispering oaks terrace
bride and groom first dance at whispering oaks terrace
bride and groom kiss after first dance whispering oaks terrace
And a Rock Star Photo!

Rockstar photo with bride and groom

Rock Star Photo!

Venue: Whispering Oaks Terrace
Caterer: Unique Gourmet Rotisserie – Pam Barton
Photography: Barefoot Photography – Ryley Parent
DJ: DJMC IAN B

Wedding DJ – Inland Empire – Crossroads Church Corona

 

By Ian B

If you are planning to have a Christian wedding in a beautiful church in the Corona area, then I would highly recommend The Crossroads Church in Corona. This church is beautiful inside and out. I was given a tour of the church and was very impressed. Also, everyone who worked there was cheerful and more than happy to help. The church is also an excellent choice for large weddings with ample room to accommodate your guests.

I would not have known about the Crossroads Church without knowing two of the nicest people in the world, Susan and David. Susan found my information on The Knot and we hit it off right away. Together we dialed in Susan and David’s wedding day just the way  they wanted it to be and it was perfect! We love what we do but, when you get to help out really great clients it is literally the icing on top!  Here are some images from there wonderful day!
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crossroads church of corona wedding sweetheart table
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dining area at the crossroads church in corona
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view of reception area at the crossroads church
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crowd dancing crossroads church

bride and groom nice photo with DJMC IAN B

One nice photo.

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One Rockstar photo!


A really superb wedding for a really wonderful couple. Thank you Susan and David!

Venue: Crossroads Church
DJ: DJMC IAN B

 

Wedding DJ – Orange County – Hotel Laguna Laguna Beach

By Ian B

If you are getting married and planning to have a wedding at a beach in Orange County and lets say you actually want to have your toes in the sand when you say your vows to the love of your life, then you definitely want to check out Hotel Laguna. Hotel Laguna is a beautiful historic property, located right on the beach. It is one of the few wedding venues that you can actually get married, right on the sand in Orange County.

Now, before I tell you about these two wonderful ladies who I had the privilege of working with I need to tell you about weddings that are planned quickly with short notice. To make this a quick story, our two ladies had plans to get married one way and one of the moms decided to offer an upgraded wedding as a surprise. The first time I spoke to this couple was on a Monday night and their wedding was that Friday so, that is THREE DAYS to dial in a wedding and we did it to a (T) of exactly what these ladies wanted! At DJMC IAN B we are experts at weddings on short notice. Here are some photos from the wedding.


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Rock Star Photo!!!

Big thank you to our lovely couple! Thank you to the wonderful staff at Hotel Laguna!

Venue: Hotel Laguna
DJ: DJMC IAN B

Wedding DJ – Orange County – Eagle’s Nest Clubhouse Cypress

By Ian B

The Eagles Nest is a wonderful Orange County wedding venue. The Eagles Nest is hidden away in the city of Cypress. The layout of the Eagles Nest makes this place especially great for weddings. The reception room is in the middle and outside one door is the patio for the ceremony area and out the other door you are in the indoor/outdoor cocktail area. These area’s being in such close proximity, makes things very convenient for everyone attending the event. The Eagles Nest is a spacious venue that is surrounded by a lush golf course. This venue also has a first class staff, first class cuisine, and first class treatment of their guests. If you are planning a wedding in Orange County, this venue is definitely worth checking out. I have had the pleasure of doing a few military weddings at the Eagles Nest. Speaking of military weddings…

Enter our military couple Mandy & John. John being the one in the military. We are really fortunate that we get to work with so many really cool and wonderful people and Mandy and John were beyond cool. Mandy and John needed a Orange County wedding DJ that could help structure and coordinate their day. Mandy, had contacted me and explained what she and John wanted for their wedding day. We had a great conversation and needless to say, she liked what we could do for them and the rest as they say is just the beginning…
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orange county wedding dj And the ceremony begins!

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orange county wedding dj DJMC IAN B eagles nest clubhouse cypress

Beautiful first dance.

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Grand Exit!

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Nice photo together.

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Rock Star photo together!

Special Thank you to:
Couple: Mandy & John
Venue: Eagle’s Nest Clubhouse
Photographer: Donna Morici Photography 714-494-6002
DJ: DJMC IAN B

 

 

 

 

Wedding DJ – Orange County – Mesa Verde Country Club Costa Mesa

by Ian B

Orange County wedding DJ DJMC IAN B advice. If you are planning a wedding in the Costa Mesa area of Orange County and are in search of a wedding venue, make sure Mesa Verde Country Club is on your list. This venue is spectacular. Absolutely beautiful inside and out. This country club is hidden away in Costa Mesa for the upmost privacy. Sprawling landscapes add to the exterior beauty of this venue. While on the inside you will find a spacious beautiful ballroom with a view to match. I am not so thrilled however, with the photos I captured from this event. The photos do convey the blast of a wedding our couple had and that is my focus. This blog is to give insight into what a really awesome wedding is like. Now for a couple photos of the venue…
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orange county wedding dj DJMC IAN B mesa verde country club costa mesa
orange county wedding dj DJMC IAN B mesa verde country club costa mesa
Now for our couple, Jenny and Alex. From the initial phone call, this couple was just super cool. Great energy, positive, and upbeat. My kind of couple! Jenny and Alex wanted a Orange County wedding DJ who could provide them with an elegant traditional ceremony and a fun party reception and I was the lucky DJ they chose. Here are some photos from there wedding!
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orange county wedding dj DJMC IAN B mesa verde country club costa mesa

orange county wedding dj DJMC IAN B mesa verde country club costa mesa

The cake is beautiful. I know you can barley see it but look at the view through the window.

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Hava Nagila starting

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This crowd kept the dance floor packed the entire night!

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A nice photo after the wedding.

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Then a Rock Star Photo!

You want the recipe for an unbelievably fun fantastic wedding? Take a wonderful couple Jenny and Alex, add a gorgeous venue Mesa Verde, then top it off with Orange County’s finest wedding DJMC IAN B and there you have it!
Special thank you to all of our ingredients.

Couple: Jenny and Alex.
Venue: Mesa Verde Country Club
DJ: DJMC IAN B

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding DJ – Los Angeles – The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel

By DJMC IAN B

If you are planning a wedding in Los Angeles, do yourself a favor and check out  The Legendary Park Plaza hotel. This hotel is grand in every sense of the word! The Park Plaza has a very regal, majestic feel. The phrase “they don’t make them like that anymore” comes to mind. The Park Plaza has a retro old Hollywood style that increases the overall beauty to this hotel. This grand hotel was fitting for our grand couple!

Cheeia & John, are a wonderful couple. They knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding. For starters, they wanted a Los Angeles wedding DJ that could bring out the fun in their guests and keep the energy level at a good vibe.  With the help of Christine and Erica from live.love.create events, we were able to deliver a wedding beyond all expectations. Working with Christine and Erica was an absolute pleasure. I also had the pleasure of working with the very talented photographer Yuna Leonard, who was kind enough to provided the pictures below. Let the story begin…


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los angeles wedding dj DJMC IAN B legendary park plaza hotel groom getting ready before ceremony
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The Legendary Park Plaza also offers a substantial private patio to accommodate outside ceremonies as requested by our couple.
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The reception ballroom was beautiful. With high wood ceilings and large wood columns this ballroom has a warm and rich glow. The warm characteristic’s were further accentuated by the red up lights we had in place. Red is a elegant color choice to use as an up light in this room. The openness of the room with the warm hues already in place make the red stand out and pop!
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And now on to the Grand Entrance and let the reception begin!
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This wedding was so much fun. The guests were so great. Our couple Cheeia and John could not have been more gracious. Just an absolutely awesome wedding. As I said in the beginning a grand hotel, a grand group of guests, for a grand couple!
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I would like to give the utmost gratitude of thanks to our cast and crew.
Couple: Cheeia & John
Coordinators: live.love.create events Christine & Erica
Photographer: Yuna Leonard Photography
DJMC IAN B: Ian B
Venue: The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel

Wedding DJ – Orange County – Alta Vista Country Club Placentia

I wanted to create this post for several reasons however, the main two reasons are because of how awesome of a couple Jessica and Jake are and also the hidden jewel of a venue Alta Vista Country Club is. How I met Jessica and Jake actually started a year earlier when I had the good fortune of meeting Jessica’s mom Renee. Renee was in the market for an Orange County wedding DJ for her other daughter Michelle and her then fiancé Jeffery. Renee and I hit it off immediately and she hired me on the spot. I had the pleasure of being the DJ for Michelle and Jeffery’s wedding and there wedding was just an absolute blast! Jessica and Jake were at the wedding who were already engaged to be married. So, when the time came around a year later, Renee asked me to be the DJ for there wedding as well. I was honored and grateful for the opportunity. I know siblings all have there differences but one thing was the same, they both had super fun weddings with great guests, lots of love, some cool surprises, and a whole lot of dancing. I will say, that for the mom Renee, both of her daughters Jessica and Michelle, the apple certainly does not fall far from the tree. All three of these ladies are genuinely wonderful people and I feel truly lucky to have had the pleasure to work with them and to have been a part of there events! orange county wedding dj DJMC IAN B alta vista country club placentia grand entrance

Not only did we provide DJ services for this wedding, we also provided lighting services. At this wedding we used 16 up lights which seemed to be just right for this room. The reception room is very large, keep in mind one entire wall is floor to ceiling windows. We also provided two pin spot lights on the cake which was just perfect!


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Nice group photo!


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Couple Kissing group photo!

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Rock star group photo!
Now let’s get to some dancing!

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Now, if you are planning a wedding Alta Vista Country Club is an absolute hidden jewel of a venue. Alta Vista Country Club is centralized between the cities of Brea, Fullerton, Anaheim, Orange, and Yorba Linda. This venue is large with plenty of space. We had over 250 guests and the fit was very comfortable. The reception room is long and one whole wall is floor to celling windows that provides during the daytime, a panoramic view of the golf course. At night, the outside patio has lighting to display the grounds. Another great feature of this reception room is that it has a built in full bar so your guests can grab a beverage and not lose touch of the activities during the wedding. The venue also has a large dance floor area. The staff is top notch and overly helpful. The food is delicious with large portions. Also, the venue has a bridal suite room which is important, especially if you have read the article “6 Tips for Choosing Wedding Venues all Newlywed Couples Should Consider.” You will not have any trouble parking at this venue either. Before you ask. No. I am not getting paid to advertise this location. I do care about my clients and want to provide some insight for you if you are currently looking for a wedding or party location.

Now for a surprise! It’s the USC Trojan Marching Band!

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Get the dance floor rocking again!
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Serious photo with Jessica and Jake
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Now, a Rock Star Photo with Jessica and Jake
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Like I said, totally awesome couple and totally awesome wedding!

Venue: Alta Vista Country Club 
Contact: Taryn Weickert 714.524.1591

DJ: DJMC IAN B     949-791-7077

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014 Announcement

Orange County, CA – April 22, 2014 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named DJMC IAN B as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014 for DJ Services in Orange County!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with DJMC IAN B. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“There’s no better way to start the year than by honoring the hard work, commitment and success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “It is exciting to celebrate a sixth year recognizing businesses whose clients believe they are committed to quality, professionalism and all around top-notch service. We are honored to recognize DJMC IAN B for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards™ winner, DJMC IAN B is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout North America and abroad.

DJMC IAN B is proud to be one of the top DJ Services in Orange County in the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014.

For more information about DJMC IAN B, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at DJMC IAN B.

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6 Tips for Choosing Wedding Venues all Newlywed Couples Should Consider


Planning a wedding should be a enjoyable stress-free process. I said should be! Being newlyweds you don’t know what you don’t know. Wedding professionals should help and guide new couples through the process. If your not getting this kind of help, guide yourself to new wedding professionals! Choosing a wedding venue is an important aspect of any wedding planning. It can be a little challenging to say the least. Venue’s dates are booking up, your wedding date is getting closer, and of course things always cost more than you thought they would. In all the fun and excitement sometimes you miss out on a couple of key details when making your venue selection. Key details like things you normally wouldn’t think about in the hour long walk through tour of the venue. Here are 6 tips to help you get some clarity and focus on what’s important. This will help you to hang on to your wedding date, your money, and the rest of your sanity.

1. Location, Location, Location!!!
Did he say location? Yes he did! (If your ceremony and reception are at the same venue please go straight to tip #2) Before you pick a venue you should know where you are going to have your ceremony. I have been to more than a few weddings where couples have there ceremony in a church or somewhere else that is 30min to an hour away from the reception venue. One wedding, the church was in Norwalk and the reception was in Studio City. This is a 45 min drive with no traffic. Then you add that they were driving around 5 p.m. on a hot summer Saturday on the 5 freeway. It took some of the guest almost 2 hours to make it to the reception. If there is even a minor fender bender on the freeway you can expect delays. The couple in this wedding most of there cocktail hour photo time was spent in traffic. Also, take into consideration some of your guests might not be the fastest getting in or out of there cars. It takes a certain amount of time to park. Most of your guests are not familiar with either your venue or ceremony location or even the route in-between. So what can you do? Keep things simple for you and your guests. Keep the distances short if having two separate locations. Or be realistic with your time line planning. If the distance is 30 min in normal traffic but in bad traffic an hour then give it an hour. It is easier to cut time off an event or end early then it is to add time on with most venues because of how the schedule there employees and there events.

2. The View, The View, what to do, what to do???
This tip is assuming that your ceremony and reception are at the same venue. The view of the ceremony area and reception room or the lack there of. If you want to have a certain view or backdrop for your ceremony such as the beach, the golf course, the harbor, a mountain range, etc. Then you have to find a venue that offers this. If this is your dream then by all means pursue it, just realize that it does come with a price tag. Now on the other hand you want to have a wedding in Newport Beach however, you have no view for your ceremony and your reception is in a normal banquet room with four normal walls. Then you are paying for Newport Beach zip code with out the beach. Choosing a fancy venue and paying a fancy price that gives you what you want such as the view makes sense. Choosing a fancy venue just to be in a big banquet room financially does not make sense. If you and your guests are having a great time in a big room with four walls then it doesn’t matter what city its in. You can save thousands of dollars by being one city over and have the same great time. I have been to very fancy hotels and there ceremony area is literally 50 feet away from the guests rooms. I have seen multiple hotel guests sit on there balconies and watch the ceremony. Also, I have seen hotel guests walking to and from there rooms during the ceremony. Ladies and gentlemen you put so much effort into planning and details, with meetings and money. I am guessing you don’t want to profess your love to each other at the alter while a hotel guest sits on there balcony watching in a bath robe drinking coffee. Just a thought!

3. Bridal & Groom Suites…
What is a bridal suite. A bridal suite is a room for the bride and her bridesmaids or girlfriends to help the bride get ready in. The bridal suite plays two parts. The first part the bridal suite is used by the bride before the ceremony starts. Most photographers will capture the bride and her girlfriends applying make-up, primping their hair, getting ready, the whole “before the day starts images”. The second part the bridal suite comes in to play is after the ceremony and the couple’s first photos together. So let’s say 10 min or so before the grand entrance the bride, groom, and bridal party usually come back to the room to freshen up have some beverages. This is also a great idea because everyone who is in the grand entrance can meet at this room prior to the reception starting. Now, some venues don’t have a bridal suite room for a variety of reasons. Some venues like the Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano have a bridal suite, a bridesmaid’s suite, and a grooms room. The grooms room comes with a pool table and a flat screen TV. Needless to say these rooms are extremely useful and helpful. If you have a bridal suite it will make your day easier for sure!

4. Food for thought…
The venue that you choose is going to have two options. Either they have there own food service or an outside caterer is going to take care of it. Both are wonderful. If the venue has there own food service set up a tasting right away to make sure the food is in line with your plan. If the venue has an outside caterer same thing set up a tasting right away. Some venues will have a choice of caterers some venues will only use one as the preferred caterer. If the venue has multiple caterers get quotes from all of them and set up a tasting with all the ones that are in your budget. Like any vendor you want to be on the same page and feel confident in there service. The food could be great but, the caterer is tough to deal with or the caterer is great but, the food is tough to deal with. All things have to be in harmony with you.

5. Going the distance!……………………………………………………………….!
You have decided to have your ceremony and reception at the same venue excellent! Choosing your venue keep in mind the distance from your bridal suite room to the ceremony area. The ceremony area to the cocktail area. The cocktail area to your reception room. Your bridal suite room to the reception room. Also, take some time to scout out some area’s on the property that you want to take your first married pictures together. Having a plan in mind for where you want your photos taking is going to give you more time taking photos on the actual wedding day instead, of looking for where to shoot them. Photographers can be expensive and if there awesome at what they do then it’s totally worth it so, spend your time wisely with them. Now, why you ask, am I telling you to keep in mind the distance from one location to the other. Simple, It takes time to walk from on to the other. Let’s say it’s a hot day, and your make and hair is done perfectly. Do you really want to be trekking all over the place in a big dress and heels. Can you say cranky? The last thing you want is for your feet to be hurting you before the dancing has even begun. So just take in to account how vast the venue property is. Maybe the venue has a bridal golf cart to take you around. Consider your guests as well, it takes time to move people from one area to another. This is a relaxing, enjoyable, fun day not a cross fit training regime. You and your guest should have smiles not sweat, on your faces.

6. Park the car superstar…
Is he really going to talk about parking? Yes, yes I am and for good reason. Now, I know this seems silly however, I have been on several site walkthroughs with couples at there chosen venue and at the end I ask, where is everyone going to park? Now these are very intelligent people and just like everyone else they get so caught up in the moment that they didn’t think about it. I have been to huge venues that hold hundreds of people and there is nowhere to park. Or you can park and walk 5 blocks. Venues by the beach are notorious for this. Private residences up in the hills same deal. Listen your venue is fine and the parking is fixable with a shuttle service or valet you just need to budget this and keep this in your timeline. Ask yourself the parking question before you book the venue that way you are proactive instead of reactive. The goal is stress-free and the little details are the ones you miss.