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What You Need To Know If Asked To Give A Wedding Ceremony Reading | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Six Tips You Need To Know If Asked To Give A Wedding Ceremony Reading

The first time I ever stepped up to a microphone at a wedding reception, I was 22 years old. It was my first time performing as a Wedding MC & DJ and I was absolutely terrified to introduce the Wedding Party into the room. Since that day, I’ve become significantly more comfortable with speaking in front of a group of people. So, for those asked to offer a toast or give a wedding ceremony reading and are absolutely terrified of public speaking: I can relate.

I’m no expert in public speaking, but performing in front of an audience every weekend is no longer a fear of mine. In fact, I absolutely love the thrill of it. So, I feel that qualifies me just enough to offer those of you asked to give a reading at the ceremony the following six tips to know before the wedding day comes:

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Grooms: Do A Welcome & Thank You Speech. Here's How. | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Grooms: Do A Welcome & Thank You Speech. Here’s How.

There is only one thing I strongly encourage all of the grooms I work with to exclusively* do during their wedding reception: deliver a Groom’s Speech. For some, the fear in their eyes shows immediate as I speak those two words; many grooms already dread having to write, and speak, their own wedding vows.

The fact is, a Groom’s Speech shouldn’t be something you fear at all; you should look forward to it. Not only is it a great way to thank those that helped make the wedding reception possible, but it also allows you to reflect on an event that brought two families together. And there are two simple elements to an effective Groom’s Speech: heart and light, playful humor. (Warning: if your humor tends to be sarcastic, tread lightly. In public speaking, it’s best to error towards the safe side.)

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How To Create A Snapchat Geofilter For Your Wedding | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

How To Create A Custom Snapchat Geofilter For Your Wedding

In 2016, every wedding reception I was honored to MC & DJ featured a custom hashtag. And it was a nice option to include, as custom hashtags were – and still are! – a great way to curate photos and videos captured by your guests. And while I don’t see the trend going away this year, I do expect to see a new trend this year: custom Snapchat geofilters.

“Wait, what?!!? We can create our own custom geofilter for our wedding on Snapchat?”

Yes, you can. GAME CHANGER.

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6 Questions Every Couple Must Ask Before Hiring A Wedding DJ | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

6 Questions Every Couple Must Ask Before Hiring A Wedding DJ

I know, I know – there are a million blog posts online on this topic: Questions You Should Ask When Hiring A Wedding DJ. You could even say that this blog post now makes it a-million-and-one.

But this post is actually one-in-a-million. Today, I’m going to list six questions that none of those other posts suggest to ask, and I am rarely asked during a consultation meeting. These questions are “filter” questions, designed to not only evaluate a DJ’s talent, skill set, and offerings, but also to see if that DJ is the right match for you, the bride and groom. Your wedding MC & DJ is one of the four vendors – with the planner, photographer and officiant being the other three – that you need to mesh well with for a great experience, both during the planning process and at the reception itself.

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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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Future Anniversary Notes | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Future Anniversary Notes: A Simple, Brilliant Idea for Your Wedding Reception

Sometimes the simplest of interactive ideas can create the biggest impact upon your guests. Last night, the couple I had the honor to MC & DJ for, Jessica & Matthew, asked me to include one of my suggested presentation ideas, Future Anniversary Notes, as a part of their wedding reception. It was well-received and for the next ten years, Matthew and Jessica will have something to look forward to: reading messages from their closest family and friends – both young and old! –  who were in attendance at one of life’s most memorable occasions.

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Bridal Party vs. Wedding Party | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Bridal Party vs. Wedding Party

Perhaps the biggest misnomer in the wedding industry is the use of bridal party vs. wedding party. Many wedding vendors will use bridal party to incorrectly describe the bride, groom, and their bridesmaids and groomsmen, where as wedding professionals will use the correct term, wedding party. Hence, the distinction in why I use the terms wedding vendors vs. wedding professionals, as professionals are experts in their field, and experts use the correct terminology.

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The Dos and Don'ts of Song Requests at Weddings | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

The Dos and Don’ts of Song Requests at Weddings

A couple of weekends ago, I had a guest approach me and ask if I take song requests. I found this an odd question, because its always been my assumption that wedding DJs do – and should! – take requests. Unlike the bar and club scene where either the venue and/or myself dictates the music programming, I’ve always encouraged them during the cocktail and dinner hours as a way for me to understand what this particular group – on this particular night – wants to hear.

Well, it turns out this guest was a serial song requester and bombarded me during the Open Dancing period of the evening with song requests. Fortunately, I’m able to have a sense of humor about it and take it in good stride, but it did inspire me to come up with a “how-to” guide on making song requests at a wedding.

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