10 Tips For Planning A Really Fun Wedding Reception | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ
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10 Tips For Planning A Really Fun Wedding Reception

With over a decade of experience in the wedding industry, I’ve attended a ton of receptions. Some as my couple’s selected MC & DJ, others as a photo booth host, or as a part of the A/V crew. I’ve seen – and heard! – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

And over time, I’ve realized that every “fun” wedding reception I’ve ever been apart of shares these ten simple commonalities. When followed, they lead to receptions where no one leaves until the house lights come on; and the memories your family and friends leave with will be talked about for years to come.

Here are my top tips for creating a really fun wedding reception experience:

1) Don’t Micromanage Your Reception’s Timeline
In reality, only three times matter at a wedding: the ceremony’s scheduled start time, what time dinner will be served, and when the reception ends. By not scheduling formalities to exact times, everything in between will flow smoothly and naturally, when handled by a competent professional.

5 Questions Every Couple Must Ask Before Hiring A Wedding DJ | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ
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5 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. Heck, I even wrote this blog post on the very subject. 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 five 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.

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.