Snowed In? Here’s a Fun Snow Day Wedding Planning Guide for Your Upcoming Hudson Valley Wedding

Snowed in today?  Today’s the perfect day to catch up on your wedding planning for your upcoming Hudson Valley wedding.

. . . and I think I know which Hudson Valley DJ has to plow the driveway out of them today too.

Whose woods these are I think I know . . . and I think I know which Hudson Valley DJ has to plow the driveway out of them today too.

In addition to the wedding planning articles located here on Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding, I, DJ Bri Swatek from Spinning with Style invite you to read the latest ideas about how to share your unique style with your friends and family on your wedding day on these great Hudson Valley wedding blogs:

The Best Wedding Reception Ever!™

If you’re looking for a good wedding planning book to read, head over to Amazon.Com to order a copy of Peter Merry’s book, The Best Wedding Reception Ever!™  If you want to be both creative and realistic in planning your wedding, I highly recommend you read this guide to planning your entire event, from setting a date to hiring vendors, to the big day itself.  Peter Merry’s example weddings and lists of pros and cons provide brides and grooms with a number of realistic examples of how their planning might turn out given different choices you might make. His years of experience as a “Wedding Entertainment Director” allow him to address a variety of options, such as the daytime wedding vs. the evening wedding, scheduling a wedding at different times throughout the year, when and how to schedule photos, and what type of entertainment to hire.  Peter also maintains a wedding planning blog, Merry Weddings.

The Knot and Wedding Wire

You can find wedding ideas, wedding planning tools, bridal community forums, and local wedding vendors and their reviews at both The Knot and Wedding Wire.

The Knot’s Hudson Valley Forum is located at
http://forums.theknot.com/categories/local-wedding-boards_new-york-hudson-valley

and their Westchester / Hudson Valley Wedding Resources can be found at
http://wedding.theknot.com/local-wedding-vendors/hudson-valley-weddings.aspx

Wedding Wire offers planning tools to get started at
https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-planning.html

and their resources are located at
https://www.weddingwire.com/vendor-reviews

Wedding Vendors of the Hudson Valley

Lisa Zaro’s blog for the local professional wedding vendor association offers couples “inspiration, ideas, and contact information for local vendors” and much, much more.

Borrowed & Blue — Hudson Valley

Borrowed & Blue offers “Real Wedding” stories, an inspiration and advice Wedding Blog, and a guide to Local Vendors.

Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever

In addition to a wide variety of recommended wedding services and reviews of local wedding vendors, Stephanie and Jeff Padovani’s website Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever also offers new articles and interviews on a regular basis about the latest wedding trends, ideas, and resources.

Hudson Valley Wedding Vendor Blogs on Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding

If you scroll down to the “Blogroll” located further down on this page to the right, you will find a number of great Hudson Valley wedding blogs brought to you by some of the best venues, locations, photographers, videographers, florists, and other wedding vendors in this region of New York.  Get great ideas on how to make your wedding day unique from a gathering of true wedding professionals!

Finally, don’t forget to check out this blog, Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding, on Facebook as well for additional ideas, articles, and resources for your big day:  http://www.facebook.com/youruniquehudsonvalleywedding

Let’s Keep the (Snow) Ball Rolling

Do you know of any other great Hudson Valley wedding planning blogs?  If so, please email me at briswatek@gmail.com or leave a comment below to share links to other great wedding planning resources that you’ve found helpful in creating a unique wedding day.

Enjoy planning your once-in-a-lifetime event, and Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding,

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

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Shari and Matthew’s Unique Hudson Valley Wedding Featured on Bijou

Check out this excellent feature on Bijou about Shari and Matthew’s recent unique Hudson Valley wedding at The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills. Shari shares her advice with future brides-to-be as well.

http://bijou-bride.blogspot.com/2012/04/bijou-bride-shari.html

At DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style, I had the honor of being invited to provide Shari and Matthew’s DJ and uplighting services on their big day.  Special thanks to my good friend Custom by Nicole Photography for capturing the day.  (Additional vendors are listed at the end of the article.)

Congratulations Shari and Matthew, thank you for inviting me to be a part of your wedding day!
DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style

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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@aol.com
Phone: 845.235.0080
Online: www.djbriswatek.com

Images from Cheryl Bolton-Reuter Photography

Please enjoy the following wedding images sent to me by one of the best professional photographers in the Hudson Valley, Cheryl Bolton-Reuter:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwbTlfYKQpY

You can view more of Cheryl’s work on the Bolton-Reuter Photography website.  The pictures speak for themselves of course, but Cheryl is also a wonderful person to work with.  I highly recommend her and her work for your special day!

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your Professional Disc Jockey and MC Service
in the Hudson Valley of New York

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

What Is “Typical” Wedding Music? (What to ask for or avoid in planning your Must Play and Do Not Play Lists!)

What is “typical” wedding music?

What music should you either ask for or avoid when creating your Must Play and Do Not Play Lists?

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Spinning with Style Sarah Immel Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Spinning with Style Courtesy of Sarah Immel Photography

Music Sets the Tone

As the owner of DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style, I know that choosing music for a wedding is a matter of personal taste.  In choosing songs for your wedding day, you want to find titles and artists that reflect your own personal style as a couple.  From the grand entrance to the last dance, the music you choose (or choose to avoid) sets the tone for your event as much as the venue, the food, the flowers, etc.

Most of us know what we like in terms of music.  How does the playlist on our iPod fit into a wedding?  Also, what other lists of songs should a couple consider when planning music for their wedding day?

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

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

Must Play and Do Not Play Lists

When you put in the time and effort to plan a truly unique wedding that actively involves your friends and family throughout the festivities, filling the dance floor will be a natural part of your wedding day.  Your friends and family want to celebrate your marriage, and getting up and dancing is one of the best ways to do so!

We all have music that we personally love–and music we can’t stand to hear.  Our iPods, computers, and phones are full of our favorite songs that we like to “listen” to.  But how does this music translate to “dancing” at a wedding?

One question I often encourage my couples to ask is, “who are all these other people at our wedding, besides the two of us?”  What about your family and friends?  It may seem like an obvious question, but when you begin to make your Must Play and Do Not Play Lists, it’s easy to lose sight of your friends and family.  What music do you think that they will get up and dance to?

As a professional wedding DJ in the Hudson Valley, NY, over the year it has been my experience that a short, specific list of 10-15 songs is a good length for a “Must Play” List.  A 10 or 15 song “Must Play” List leaves room for a professional DJ to read the crowd and take guest requests at your wedding reception.  Your “Do Not Play” List should also be no longer than 10-15 songs — just long enough to acknowledge the types of music or specific songs you would like to avoid on your big day.

It’s important to strike a balance between the songs you love the most and songs that will give your guests an opportunity to dance to the music they know and love as well.  If your Must Play List is full of music only you know (and your guests are not familiar with or don’t like), they won’t have the opportunity to help you celebrate on your wedding day by dancing.  Similarly, if you fill your Do Not Play List with all of the most requested, most popular songs that people expect to hear at a wedding, your guests might be disappointed at your event.  No one wants an empty dance floor at their wedding!

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at the Grandview Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Owl's Eye Studios Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at the Grandview Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Owl’s Eye Studios Photography

“Listening” vs. “Dancing” Music

For titles and artists you truly love, but can’t see anyone dancing to on your big day, consider times such as cocktail hour, your entrances, dinner, and cake cutting to share your favorite “listening” music with your family and friends.  Also, if you know that a unique “dancing” selection is important to a particular person or group, indicate that on your wedding planning paperwork, so the song can be played at the right moment with the right people there to enjoy it.

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Dutchess Manor Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Allan E Levine Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Dutchess Manor Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Allan E Levine Photography

Party Classics

Oftentimes, my couples will ask me for the same list of songs for two very different reasons:  they want to make sure that their family and friends can enjoy certain songs that they know and love, but at the same time, they want to avoid titles or artists that they personally dislike.  Phrases such as “typical,” “usual,” “cheesy,” “non-cheesy,” “party classics,” “fun,” and “wedding music” can all be used positively or negatively for this very same list of songs, depending on your point of view!

All of my couples at DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style receive comprehensive song lists featuring “classic” wedding selections from the 1940s to today’s hits, as well as “current” music that is popular now.  The classic song list is continually updated based on notes I gather after each wedding I DJ, and is organized into a variety of categories to make wedding planning easy.  The current song list is updated regularly as well, based on the radio-edited pop, rock, hip hop, dance, Latin, and country music I receive each month from Promo Only, “The Industry’s Complete Source for Music.”

These lists are extremely comprehensive and offer a variety of ideas for wedding planning.  But what about something simpler?  What if you want to quickly identify the “typical” music that guests often hear and request at a wedding–either to add to your Must Play List or your Do Not Play List?

A great song list that I share with my couples comes courtesy of Mobile Beat magazine, an industry resource written by and for Mobile Entertainers, including Wedding DJs.  The list is called the “Mobile Beat 200,” and can be found online here at www.mobilebeat.com.

The “Mobile Beat 200” is based on all of the requests given to thousands of DJs by their customers in advance of their wedding, party, or event.  As such, it’s often described by my customers as a real “love it or hate it” list–because so many types of events around the country are represented on this list, any couple is sure to find at least a few songs for both their Must Play and Do Not Play Lists here, if not more.

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Dutchess Manor Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Allan E Levine Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Dutchess Manor Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Allan E Levine Photography

“The Dance Floor Was Packed All Night Long!”

Every wedding is unique, and so is every group of friends and family.  Songs that work at one event may not work at another.  Must Play and Do Not Play Lists are incredibly important tools that you can use to tell your DJ in advance what types of music you think your friends and family will enjoy, and what songs you do not want to hear.  Finding a balance between showcasing your unique style as a couple and taking your guests’ taste in music into consideration will ensure that the dance floor will be packed all night long.  By considering your own personal tastes, as well as who is coming to your wedding and what music you think those family members and friends would love to hear (or avoid), you can create a wedding day that reflects your unique style as a couple–a celebration of your marriage set to a soundtrack of the music you love the most!

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

The Vow Factor: Great Wedding Planning Ideas

Just a quick note to remind all the brides and grooms out there in the Hudson Valley about Sarah Bradshaw’s wonderful wedding planning blog, The Vow Factor, located at

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=weddingblog&plckBlogId=Blog%3aa6cc7a12-0dc9-4ada-bf47-64400ced771a&sid=sitelife.poughkeepsiejournal.com

It’s a great wedding planning resource that I highly recommend!

 

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your Professional Disc Jockey and MC Service
in the Hudson Valley of New York

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

The Knot Best of Weddings 2009 Pick

DJ Bri Swatek is proud to announce that Spinning with Style has been rated by local brides and voted a The Knot Best of Weddings 2009 Pick.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2009 Pick

The Knot Best of Weddings 2009 Pick

 
Please pick up a copy of The Knot Best of Weddings 2009 magazine and check out our listing.

Thanks to all the brides and grooms who voted!

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your Professional Disc Jockey and MC Service
in the Hudson Valley of New York

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

Best of the Knot Weddings 2008

DJ Bri Swatek is proud to announce that Spinning with Style has been rated by

local brides and voted a The Knot Best of Weddings 2008 Pick.  Please pick up a

copy of The Knot Best of Weddings 2008 magazine and check out our listing.

DJ Bri and Bride Lauren Courtesy of Bedinotti Photo

DJ Bri and Bride Lauren Courtesy of Bedinotti Photo

 

Thanks to all the brides & grooms who wrote in to give me this award.  I really appreciate it!  

As always, thank you for inviting me to be a part of your special day!  –Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your Professional Disc Jockey and MC Service
in the Hudson Valley of New York

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