12 Question Ask At A Wedding Show | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ
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12 Questions To Ask At A Wedding Show

Yesterday, I updated my 25 tips to help you make the most of attending a bridal show for 2019. 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 even 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.

25 Tips For Attending A Wedding Show | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ
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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 Puget Sound wedding show! A wedding show – also referred to as a bridal show, wedding expo or bridal fair – is a great tool to kickstart the planning of 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.

Questions To Ask A Wedding DJ | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ
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Questions To Ask A Wedding DJ

Below is a list of the most important questions to ask a wedding DJ you are considering hiring. They will not only ensure your disc jockey meets professional standards, but they will also help you accurately gauge the DJ’s professionalism, skill set, reliability, personality, honesty, and standards.

The Halloween Playlist | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

The Halloween Playlist

What does every great Halloween party need? Some spooky decor, awesome costumes, tons of candy, some ghoulish drinks, and of course, a great playlist of Halloween-themed songs! And while I can’t help you with the first four – I’ll be busy decking out my parents’ driveway once again and entertaining trick-or-treaters as they get candy from my mom (who only gives out the good stuff!) – I can help you with my Spotify playlist of over 50 songs that are perfect for your Halloween party!

The Classic Crooners Cocktail Hour Playlist | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

The Classic Crooners Cocktail Hour Playlist, Volume One

When it comes to Cocktail Hour music at a wedding reception, there may not be a more popular playlist than this Rat Pack Era inspired mix. There is just something timeless about listening to the soothing voices of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Etta James, Louis Armstrong, and other classical jazz vocalists, while sipping cocktails and mingling with family and friends. Whether your wedding’s theme is sophisticated, classy, traditional, timeless, or any combination of the aforementioned,  this Classic Crooners Cocktail Hour playlist will set the perfect mood and atmosphere.

Kendall & Donald | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ
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Kendall & Donald

Kendall & Donald designed their wedding ceremony and reception with a Great Gatsby-esque theme, which to me meant presenting their celebration with a classic vibe and concluding with an epic party. And as evident by the video above, their wedding reception was exactly that, as the Bellevue Club was transformed into an upscale nightclub for one night only.

90s Hip-Hop & R&B Songs That Still Crush Weddings, Vol. 1 | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

90s Hip-Hop & R&B Songs That Still Crush Weddings, Vol. 1

Aww yeah! As a kid growing up in the 90s who never got into grunge music, there were two genres I really 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!

The 90s R&B Cocktail Hour Playlist | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

The 90s R&B Cocktail Hour Playlist, Volume One

Back when I used to play bars and nightclubs, I would play a ton of 90s R&B to start off the night. In my opinion, no other genre of music set a better atmosphere, mood, and/or tone for a good party like some great uptempo 90s R&B. As it turns out, with a little bit of research and proper programming, it’s also a great genre to feature during the Cocktail Hour at a wedding reception.

Jessica & Adam | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ
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Jessica & Adam

I take great pride in the fact that so many of my friends from Sumner High School have asked me over the years to be a part of their wedding vendor team. First, there was Andrea & Bryan, then Janet, and now, I can add Jessica to that list, as her and Adam had a beautiful wedding celebration over Labor Day Weekend at Swans Trail Farm in Snohomish, Washington. And for Jessica, it couldn’t have been more perfect: her beloved WSU Cougs beat Wyoming, and the UW Huskies lost to LSU.
Together, Jessica & Adam are a really fun couple who have the perfect chemistry; plus, their hobbies, interests, and personalities really balance each other out. And they genuinely like each other and have a playful friendship, which I observed multiple times throughout the entire planning process. But most importantly of all, they have a fantastic core group of friends that made for a fun evening! While their wedding could be described as a bit more intimate in terms of guest count, that didn’t stop Jessica, Adam, and their friends from GETTING DOWN on the dance floor as I mixed Top 40 hits and classic party favorites. And when I dropped “Pony” by Genuine? Easily the highlight of the night. Easily.

Brooke & Dana | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ
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Brooke & Dana

The moment I knew Brooke & Dana’s wedding was going to be awesome? When they informed me that they selected Harold Faltermeyer’s “Top Gun Anthem” for their ceremony’s Recessional. (Well, that and the fact I had done Brooke’s brother’s wedding at Roche Harbor two years prior; I love the Powers family!) Brooke & Dana are a great couple: fun, easy-going, upbeat, and very social, which was perfectly reflected during the duration of their wedding reception.