The 15 Biggest Wedding Trends for 2015 Courtesy of Bridal Guide

It’s your wedding day–are you ready to celebrate?  Be sure to check out these great ideas courtesy of Deborah Witt at Bridal Guide:

The 15 Biggest Wedding Trends For 2015
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bridal-guide/the-15-biggest-wedding-tr_b_6262838.html

 

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Highlands Country Club Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kimberly Coccagnia

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Highlands Country Club Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kimberly Coccagnia

(#13 is my personal favorite–who doesn’t need some smooth yacht rock grooves now and then?)

For more great ideas about how to express your unique style on your wedding day, visit my blog, Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding.

Congratulations,

Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email:   briswatek@gmail.com
Phone:   845.235.0080
Online:   www.djbriswatek.com

9 Tricks to Keep the Dance Floor Packed at Your Wedding Courtesy of MSN Lifestyle

It’s your wedding day!  Ready to celebrate?  To “keep the dance floor packed all night,” be sure to check out these great ideas courtesy of Elizabeth Mitchell at MSN Lifestyle:

9 Tricks to Keep the Dance Floor Packed at Your Wedding
http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/weddings/9-tricks-to-keep-the-dance-floor-packed-at-your-wedding/ar-BBjCUts

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Mills Mansion Courtesy of Lori O'Toole Images Music and Uplighting by DJ Bri Swatek

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Mills Mansion Courtesy of Lori O’Toole Images Music and Uplighting by DJ Bri Swatek

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Mills Mansion Courtesy of Lori O'Toole Images Music and Uplighting by DJ Bri Swatek

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Mills Mansion Courtesy of Lori O’Toole Images Music and Uplighting by DJ Bri Swatek

(I would also add #10:  Make sure to select music for your Must Play and Do Not Play Lists the reflects your unique style as a couple!  There’s nothing better than celebrating with your family and friends to all the music you love–and none that you don’t!)

For more great ideas about how to express your unique style on your wedding day, visit my blog, Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding.

Congratulations,

Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email:   briswatek@gmail.com
Phone:   845.235.0080
Online:   www.djbriswatek.com

Samantha and Mike’s Unique Hudson Valley Wedding at the Grandview Courtesy of Uplift Photography

Last summer I had the honor of providing DJ, photo slide show, and uplighting services for Samantha and Mike’s wedding celebration, working with all my friends in the tented outdoor ballroom at  The Grandview on the Hudson.  Thanks to my friends at Uplift Photography for capturing all of the memories.

Hudson Valley Wedding Ceremony Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek at the Grandview Tent Courtesy of Uplift Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Ceremony Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek at the Grandview Tent Courtesy of Uplift Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Toast with DJ Bri Swatek at the Grandview Tent Courtesy of Uplift Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Toast with DJ Bri Swatek at the Grandview Tent Courtesy of Uplift Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Uplighting by DJ Bri Swatek at the Grandview Tent Courtesy of Uplift Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Uplighting by DJ Bri Swatek at the Grandview Tent Courtesy of Uplift Photography

Samantha and Mike Wedding 8-22-14

http://www.grandviewevents.com/samantha-mike-8-22-14/

Congratulations,
Bri
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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email: briswatek@gmail.com
Phone: 845.235.0080
Online: www.djbriswatek.com

6 Things Brides Really Look For In A Wedding DJ Courtesy of Digital DJ Tips

In a recent article on the blog Digital DJ Tips, Barney Grossman offers a list of qualities that every good wedding DJ should strive for in terms of their own performance and professionalism.

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Owl's Eye Studios

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Owl’s Eye Studios

While the article is written with the DJ in mind, it also serves as an excellent list of questions that a couple could use to interview potential wedding DJs for their big day.

6 Things Brides Really Look For In A Wedding DJ
http://www.digitaldjtips.com/2015/04/6-things-brides-look-wedding-dj/

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek at West Hills Country Club Courtesy of Owl's Eye Studios Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek at West Hills Country Club Courtesy of Owl’s Eye Studios Photography

Interested in finding out more about my DJ service and how you can share your unique style with your family and friends on your wedding day?  I’d be more than happy to set up a meeting to answer these questions–and more!

Congratulations,

Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email:   briswatek@gmail.com
Phone:   845.235.0080
Online:   www.djbriswatek.com

Choosing Unique Ceremony Music for Your Hudson Valley Wedding

Today, many couples are looking beyond “traditional” music selections for their ceremony processionals and recessionals.  As the owner of DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style, I don’t play the standard string quartet versions of “Canon in D” or “Here Comes the Bride” (Wagner’s Wedding March) quite as often anymore, but they still do get requests.
Hudson Valley Wedding Ceremony at Candlewood Inn Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Surprise Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Ceremony at Candlewood Inn Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Surprise Photography

More and more, it’s about customizing your ceremony processional to fit your unique style as a couple.  John Legend’s “All of Me” and Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” (either Part 1 or Part 2) have been very popular processionals recently, either with the vocals or as an instrumental.  Classics by Etta James (“At Last”), the Beach Boys (“God Only Knows”), and more, are popular as well.  Movie music is always a fun choice too–think Princess Bride, Father of the Bride, and Love, Actually.The same can be said for the ceremony recessional.  A string quartet version of Mendelsohn’s “Wedding March” still gets requests, but a lot of couples pick a song where they think that the lyrics or the music will set a tone on the way to their reception.  I recently played “This Will Be Our Year” by the 60’s group The Zombies for a couple and it was perfect fit.  Same with a recessional to Pit Bull’s “Give Me Everything.”  However, I do not think those two songs would have worked at the other couples’ weddings if I had swapped them!  The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” is always a fun choice as well.

In both cases, many couples have also looked to instrumental artists such as Vitamin String Quartet, O’Neill Brothers, Brian Crane, and Guitar Tribute Players for non-traditional ceremony processionals and recessionals.

Several popular wedding planning websites offer some great ideas for ceremony music choices:

The Knot gives you the most traditional choices.
https://www.theknot.com/content/ceremony-processional-selections

Pop Sugar has a few really unique choices.
http://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Wedding-Processional-Songs-34604637#photo-34604637

Weddingideasmag shows you a little bit of both.
http://www.weddingideasmag.com/12-wedding-ceremony-songs-walking-in-and-walking-out/#.VR_3Xy8tGpo

In the end, it’s all about sharing your unique style with your friends and family on your wedding day.

Congratulations,

Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email:   briswatek@gmail.com
Phone:   845.235.0080
Online:   www.djbriswatek.com

#lovewins: The U.S. Supreme Court Recognizes Marriage Equality

In June of 2015, the United States Supreme Court recognized marriage equality for gay and lesbian same sex couples nationwide.

Both professionally and personally, I want to congratulate the Supreme Court, the couples who brought their cases forward, their legal teams, and their supporters for this historic ruling providing same-sex couples equal rights to marry.

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Supports Same Sex Marriage Equality 

As the owner of the Hudson Valley Wedding DJ service DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style, I have always welcomed the opportunity to help same-sex couples celebrate any important event in their lives, including marriage.  If you are planning an upcoming Hudson Valley wedding, please contact me at http://www.djbriswatek.com to find out more about the DJ services I can provide for your big day.  I am always honored to be invited to be a part of a couple’s wedding day!

In addition to the resources found on this blog, Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding, I would also recommend that couples visit GayWeddings.com, a great nation-wide resource for information, resources, and recommended vendors, located at http://gayweddings.com.

#lovewins
Congratulations,

Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email:   briswatek@gmail.com
Phone:   845.235.0080
Online:   www.djbriswatek.com

Laura and Steven’s Unique Hudson Valley Wedding at the Grandview Courtesy of Alicia King Photography

Last summer I had the honor of providing DJ and uplighting services for Laura and Steven’s wedding celebration working with all my friends at The Grandview in their one-of-kind outdoor ballroom on the Hudson River.  Thanks to my good friend Alicia King Photography for capturing all of the memories.

A toast at the Grandview set to music by Hudson Valley wedding DJ Bri Swatek courtesy of Alicia King Photography

A toast at the Grandview set to music by Hudson Valley wedding DJ Bri Swatek courtesy of Alicia King Photography

Hudson Valley wedding uplighting at the Grandview's outdoor tent ballroom by DJ Bri Swatek courtesy of Alicia King Photography

Hudson Valley wedding uplighting at the Grandview’s outdoor tent ballroom by DJ Bri Swatek courtesy of Alicia King Photography

Laura and Steven Wedding 6-22-14

http://www.grandviewevents.com/laura-steven-wedding-6-22-14/

Congratulations,
Bri
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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email: briswatek@gmail.com
Phone: 845.235.0080
Online: www.djbriswatek.com