Hudson Valley Wedding Video Highlights Courtesy of Beautiful Memories — Maeghan and Dan, West Park Winery, Summer 2009

My good friends and fellow Hudson Valley wedding vendors Jenn and Michael at Beautiful Memories have posted highlights from Erin and Mike’s wedding that I, DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style, DJed at West Park Winery this past summer.  Check out the wedding video highlights on the Beautiful Memories Blog located at

Beautiful Memories Hudson Valley Wedding Video Maeghan & Dan's Wedding at West Park Winery

Beautiful Memories Hudson Valley Wedding Video Maeghan & Dan's Wedding at West Park Winery

http://beautifulmemoriesvideo.blogspot.com/2010/01/maeghan-dans-dancing-highlights.html

Thanks for inviting me to be a part of your special day Maeghan and Dan! Thanks for the great videography Beautiful Memories!

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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

DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style’s YouTube Channel

You can now get updates on DJ Bri Swatek’s Hudson Valley DJ service, Spinning with Style, as well as DJ Bri’s Blog:  “Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding” on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/user/briswatek

DJ Bri Swatek’s YouTube Channel features lots of great links to other Hudson Valley Wedding Vendors and wedding planning resources as well.

Thanks,
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

Follow DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style on Twitter

You can now follow DJ Bri Swatek’s Wedding Planning Blog “Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding” on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/DJBriSwatek

as well as on my Facebook Fan page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wappingers-Falls-NY/DJ-Bri-Swatek-Spinning-with-Style/54350875357

Thanks,
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

Green Wedding Ideas from DJ Bri

“Green Weddings” or “Eco-Friendly Weddings” are more than just a trend–they’re a new way of thinking about wedding traditions, many of which have their roots in a celebration of nature and life.  In fact, the bride’s bouquet as a symbolic connection to nature is a wedding tradition that dates back in various forms for thousands of years.

The Heather H Bouquet, Courtesy of A Night in Bloom Event Floristry

The Heather H Bouquet, Courtesy of A Night in Bloom Event Floristry

Today, more than ever, brides and grooms are looking to decrease their wedding’s impact on the environment.  The Sierra Club’s website 10 Steps to a Green Wedding has a variety of ideas for brides and grooms with an eye on their wedding’s environmental footprint.  Similar advice on going green on your wedding day can be found at How to Go Green: Weddings and Great Green Wedding and its blog.

The New York Times and USA Today have also recently published articles on green weddings as well.

When considering an eco-friendly wedding, the words “green” and “DJ” might not seem to go together at all!  Truthfully, a disc jockey’s mobile setup in the 80’s or even 90’s did consume a lot of power.  Turntables for vinyl records and the motors on CD players used a lot of energy.

Lighting was always the worst draw in a DJ’s environmental footprint though–traditional or halogen bulbs required at least 250 watts, and usually more in the neighborhood of 500 watts to have an impact on a banquet room or tent.  Most of these lights had powerful fans as well, to keep the units from running too hot.  DJs using 4 or more of these lights usually drew so much power that the lighting needed to be plugged into a separate circuit.

Technology has come a long way in the past few years toward allowing a DJ to run a much more green setup than ever before.  Laptops or hard drives have replaced CDs as a much more reliable, environmentally friendly source of music.

The real revolution has come in mobile DJ lighting though.  LED, or “light-emitting diode” lighting uses far less power than traditional or halogen lighting.  As Scott Davies, General Manager of the DJ equipment company American DJ explains, mobile DJs no longer have to “worry [about] finding enough power to run their lights. They can also run their lights longer without worrying about overheating. DJ’s will also be free of what is now a pretty much constant concern about replacing lamps, because of the very long useful life of LED units”.  In addition, more and more of these lights are running on rechargeable batteries, further decreasing their impact on the environment.

As the owner of Spinning with Style, I, DJ Bri Swatek, my entire lighting system for Hudson Valley weddings consists of eco-friendly, battery-powered LED lighting.  The two types of lighting effects I use in my DJ setup are the Eternal Lighting CubeEcho and EchoIcon.

At Spinning with Style, the lighting is always pointed at the ceiling and upper walls of the venue to ensure that the effect is “felt” but not distracting in terms of being at eye level.  The lighting system can kept turned off during important dances and special events to allow photographers to work with the venue’s normal lighting, ensuring the best photos possible.

LED lighting is just one of many choices that a bride and groom can make to decrease the environmental impact of their event and “go green” on their 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 

Recommended Reading for Brides and Grooms

There are a lot of great guides out there to help brides and grooms plan their wedding.  In fact, a trip to the book store or an online search of the subject can be a little overwhelming! 

 

If you want to be both realistic and creative in planning your wedding, I highly recommend you read Peter Merry’s book, The Best Wedding Reception Ever!™

 

Peter Merry is a disc jockey and wedding entertainment industry innovator, based in California.  While Peter Merry does reflect on entertainment’s role at a wedding, the book is an overall guide to planning your entire wedding, from setting a date to hiring vendors to the big day itself.

 

As a full-time mobile DJ and MC, I feel that Peter Merry’s book provides brides and grooms with a chance to focus their vision in terms of planning their wedding event. It is possible to be both realistic and creative and to spend wisely without cutting corners. However, planning and research are essential in order to create an outstanding, memorable experience for your friends and family on your wedding day.

 

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.

 

With weddings costing tens of thousands of dollars and taking one to two years to plan, reading a few books and articles on how to invest your time and money only makes sense. I highly recommend you include The Best Wedding Reception Ever!™  by Peter Merry as one of these pieces of research. It’s certainly the kind of book that will get a bride and groom (and their family and friends) talking about their ideas for their wedding day.

 

The Best Wedding Reception Ever!™ by Peter Merry is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

 

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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