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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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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 Wedding 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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