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Tina & Michael | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Christina & Michael

I’ve had a long-standing belief that the first wedding of the new year sets the tone for the rest of the year. If that’s the case, I couldn’t be more ecstatic to get going on this year’s wedding season, as Christina & Michael’s wedding reception was as good as it gets.

While the outcome of the Seahawks-Falcons playoff game earlier in the day was less than desirable, any disappointment was left at the front door as guests and vendors entered Melrose Market Studios, excited to celebrate Tina & Michael. And from the romantic, intimate ceremony to the group sing-a-long to Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” and Sparkler Send Off, everyone did just that.

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This Weekend: Seattle Wedding Show, Booth #237

A huge weekend is here with two major events going down! First, on Saturday afternoon, the Seattle Seahawks play the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional playoffs; I’m predicting a 20-17 Seahawks victory and a matchup against the Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship at Century Link Field!

The other event? The Seattle Wedding Show is this weekend and the doors open to all brides-to-be and grooms-to-be Saturday at 10 am!

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12 Questions To Ask At A Bridal Show | Tony Schwartz

12 Questions To Ask At A Bridal Show

Yesterday, I posted 25 tips to help you make the most of attending a bridal show. In that post, I encouraged brides to bring a list of questions. If you aren’t sure what to ask, that’s perfectly okay! Here are twelve great questions – some hard-hitting! – to ask when meeting vendors at your local bridal show.

“Are you available for my wedding date?”
It may seem obvious, but this is the very first question you should ask; especially at larger shows with hundreds of vendors exhibiting. If the vendor is already booked, it’ll save both of you a lot of valuable time.

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25 Tips for Attending a Wedding Show | Tony Schwartz

25 Tips for Attending a Wedding Show

With the euphoria of your engagement starting to taper off, it’s time to start the planning process towards your wedding day. And one of the best ways to begin the planning process is by attending a local wedding show! A wedding show – also referred to as a bridal show, wedding expo or bridal fair – is a great tool for planning your wedding; even the busiest of brides will benefit from attending one.

In addition to finding creative inspiration from all the great ideas on display, you’ll have the opportunity to meet local wedding professionals in your area face-to-face. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about their experience and what they offer. In essence, attending a wedding show is a great way to accumulate a massive amount of information in a very efficient amount of time.

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Nineteen First Dance Song Ideas & Suggestions | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Nineteen First Dance Song Ideas

Over on my Facebook page, I posted a simple question: What was your First Dance song at your wedding?

The following nineteen songs, all varying in genre – contemporary, country, classic rock, crooners, soul, indie, alternative, etc. – were posted in the comments. And all of them serve as great suggestions for engaged couples struggling to pick that perfect First Dance song.

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21 Hip-Hop & R&B Songs From The 90s That Still Pack Dance Floors at Weddings | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

21 Hip-Hop & R&B Songs From The 90s That Still Pack Dance Floors at Weddings

Aww yeah! As a 90s kid who wasn’t much for grunge music, there were two things I liked: country and hip-hop music. To this day, when I opt to listen to some hip-hop and r&b, I listen to the songs of this “Golden Era” most of the time. And there’s so many songs to choose from! More than likely, I will do a couple of versions of this playlist as most of my brides and grooms love to get down to some 90s hip-hop and/or r&b at their wedding reception!

And so this list isn’t cliché, “Baby Got Back”, “Ice, Ice Baby”, “U Can’t Touch This”, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit’ It”, and “Jump Around” won’t be found on this list.

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Amanda & Stephen | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Amanda & Stephen

Question: What do you do when “The Storm of the Century” threatens your wedding day?

Answer: Exactly what Amanda & Stephen did: ensure the proper precautions for worst case scenarios are accounted for, put on your wedding attire, smile big, get married, enjoy the company of your family and friends, and celebrate until the night is over!

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Jasmine & Delas | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Jasmine & Delas

From time to time, I get a strong inclination just from the initial consultation meeting that with the right approach, certain wedding receptions have the potential of becoming awesome, unforgettable evenings. And just from my first phone conversation with Jasmine, I knew that if her and Delas selected me as their Master of Ceremonies and DJ, their wedding reception would definitely be one of those nights.

And I’m not going to lie: I may have slightly underestimated my inclination. Jasmine & Delas’ wedding reception wasn’t just an awesome party; it’s a strong candidate for Reception of the Year. And possibly even Reception of the Decade.

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Jaclyn & Mark | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Jaclyn & Mark

It was a spectacularly sunny September Sunday; Jaclyn & Mark couldn’t have asked for better weather at the beautiful Laurel Creek Manor in Sumner, Washington. And I doubt they could have asked for a better celebration amongst their family and friends.

As you look at the photos captured below by the wonderfully talented Melissa Kilner, you see two best friends that are madly in love with each other. Jaclyn and Mark both have infectious smiles, and I don’t think they stopped smiling the entire night. And neither did the dancing, as guests started to find their way to the dance floor during dinner.

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22 Soul Songs For Cocktail Hour At Your Wedding | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

22 Soul Songs for Your Wedding’s Cocktail Hour

I love a good soul song because deep down, you can’t help but feel moved by it. Soul music gets you to sing-a-long, it gets you to tap your toes, and it puts you in a good mood. And that’s why I believe soul music is a great choice for the cocktail hour of a wedding reception.

And the best part is: soul songs range from the 1960s through today. Gospel, jazz, blue-eyed, Motown, neo, funky, retro, and more, are all inspired by soul music. Even different cities have its own soulful sounds, like Memphis, Chicago, Detroit, Philly, and New Orleans. Or go international and try some British soul. It all works; especially at a wedding reception!

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