Holiday Brunch in the Hudson Valley — Easter and Mother’s Day

Looking for a truly unique venue for your upcoming Hudson Valley wedding?

Hudson Valley Wedding Venues and Locations Courtesy of DJ Bri Swatek

A holiday brunch is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the Hudson Valley’s best wedding venues.

Easter Brunch and Mother’s Day Brunch are the perfect opportunities to find out more about the food, service, and overall style of some of the Hudson Valley’s best wedding venues and locations.  As the owner of DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style, I would recommend a few of my favorite venues to visit with my family and friends for a holiday brunch:

Anthony’s Pier 9

Blu Pointe

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa

The Chateau

Diamond Mills

The Grandview

The Links at Union Vale

Shadows on the Hudson

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: http://www.djbriswatek.com

The Truth about iPod Weddings and DIY or Family Friend Wedding DJs

Considering asking a friend or family member to provide music at your wedding?  Has a friend or family member offered to DJ your wedding for little or no cost as their gift to you?  Or, are you considering the prospect of DJing your own wedding?

Are you concerned that no DJ can provide the music you truly want at your wedding?  Are you thinking of renting equipment, using your computer, iPad, or iPod, and becoming your own DIY DJ on your wedding day?

iPod Wedding

If your friend or family member truly is a professional wedding DJ, you will most likely have a fantastic wedding with them.  Asking a few simple questions (found on numerous “How to Hire a DJ” websites) will help you to determine whether or not this is the case.

However, if he or she is simply someone who “has a lot of music” on their computer with little or no experience as a professional wedding vendor, you could be headed for a real problem on your wedding day.  Trying to direct the people and events and attempting to coordinate the music on your wedding day can be a very challenging task for someone who is not a trained, professional DJ.  Wedding ceremony and reception timelines move very quickly and your other vendors will expect to be working with a trained professional who can keep pace with them on your big day.

DJing your own wedding is next to impossible.  With the multiple demands placed on your time during your wedding day–visiting with your guests, taking photos, simply *being* a bride or a groom–there’s little time to add in being your own DJ as well.  As the owner of DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style I always tell my couples that their main jobs on their wedding day should be to eat, drink, dance, and celebrate.  Hire experienced vendors, create a plan with them in advance that reflects your unique style as a couple, and you can leave the worry and the work to the professionals.

Here are three big reasons why you should hire a professional wedding DJ to play music and MC your once-in-a-lifetime event:

1. Organization

While many couples are looking for less “talk” or crowd motivation from their DJ, these are concerns that can be easily addressed with a professional wedding DJ.  An experienced DJ will listen to your ideas and tailor their MC work to fit the overall style of your event.

However, there are times when you do need a professional DJ to act as your MC at your wedding.  Who will make introductions?  Who will announce events?  How will your guests know that you are transitioning from dinner to dancing?  Who will coordinate with your other vendors?

With the amount of time and money you’re investing in your wedding day, you want to make sure that your carefully planned event comes together with perfection.  A highly trained wedding DJ will serve as your MC, coordinating with your team of vendors, organizing your wedding party, and directing you and your guests from one event to the next–all while playing the right songs at the right time!  From your first dance to your toasts and from dinner to your last dance, a professional wedding DJ will use your timeline, input from your vendor team, and his or her own training as a public speaker to create a natural flow of events for you and your guests.

2.  Reading the Crowd

Certainly, wanting to avoid typical wedding music and looking to have a “non-cheesy wedding DJ” experience is very important.  However, it doesn’t mean that you have to try to Do It Yourself or ask a family friend to be your DJ or MC.  In fact, you could end up having an even worse experience on your wedding day by trying to take on too much yourself.

Having a solid Must Play List and Do Not Play List the reflect your personal style is a great first step to a successful party on the day of your wedding.  However, an experienced DJ will also be able to “read the crowd,” paying attention to what is going on both on and off of the dance floor.  Sometimes your guests need one extra song–or one less.  Sometimes the mood on the dance floor changes and a planned song request needs to be moved up, moved back, or switched out for a different one.  Years of training and experience lead a DJ to knowing when to play the perfect song that fits that moment on your big day.

3.  The Back-Up Plan

Most couples either have or have access to a computer, iPad, or iPod full of music. Renting a speaker system and a microphone (or using equipment provided by a venue) is relatively easy as well. However, when it comes to DJ gear, having the equipment is only half the battle. Knowing how to use it and what to do when something goes wrong is where hiring an experienced DJ makes all the difference.

Each venue space is unique and requires a professional sound check and constant adjustments throughout your wedding to make sure the that music isn’t too loud and that the microphone is crystal clear.

In addition, having back-up gear and a back-up plan is a must on your wedding day. DJ equipment can fail for a number of reasons and there is little to no time during a wedding to try to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. A professional wedding DJ will bring a complete back-up system to your weddding and have multiple “what-if” back-up plans (built on years of experience) to keep the music going at your once-in-a-lifetime event.

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek in the Mix Courtesy of Owl's Eye Studios

Asking a friend or family member to help you with a Do It Yourself / iPod Wedding could end up costing you much more than the little bit of money you might be saving–there’s no reason to ruin your big day over concerns about the playlist or customizing the music to fit your style as a couple.  In fact, any truly professional wedding DJ will agree that your Must Play and Do Not Play Lists should reflect your personal style and the type of wedding you want your guests to enjoy.  A truly professional DJ will make these lists of songs an essential part of your unique wedding day, using professional MCing to keep a careful balance between food, photos, dancing, special moments, and everything in between!

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

Black Friday? Try White Friday for Hudson Valley Wedding Planning!

Black Friday? Try White Friday for Hudson Valley Wedding Planning!

Whether you’re already engaged or thinking of getting engaged over the Holiday season, the weekend after Thanksgiving is more than just a great time to shop–it’s also a great time to do some wedding planning.  Why now?  Besides the fact that you may have a bit additional time off of work, there are two reasons why late November is a great time to dive into your planning process for your Hudson Valley wedding.

Black Friday? Try White Friday for Hudson Valley Wedding Planning!

#1. Let’s Get Together!

Many of your friends and family may also have some time off of work this weekend.  Now’s a chance to get together, talk, share, or even go out looking for the vendors, products, and services you will need for your Hudson Valley wedding.  You know that everyone in your life has an opinion on your upcoming wedding.  Take this opportunity to ask friends and family to help you with your wedding planning process, before everyone gets overly busy with their Holiday plans.

#2. Buy Now!

January and February are traditionally packed with winter Hudson Valley bridal shows.  In the Hudson Valley, there will be over a dozen bridal expos in these two months.  However, as the owner of Spinning with Style, a wedding DJ service in the Hudson Valley, I, DJ Bri Swatek, can tell you firsthand that more often than not, by February, key dates on that same year’s schedule for wedding vendors are already filled.  Many Hudson Valley wedding vendors actually set up booths at these winter Hudson Valley bridal shows and expos looking to book weddings for the following year, as that current new year is already almost completely booked.  Your wedding date is like a piece of real estate.  Just like a house, you’re building something incredibly special on that particular day on the calendar–a once in a lifetime event for your family and friends.  Many professional Hudson Valley wedding vendors can (or choose to) only work at one wedding per day, and by mid-Winter, your date could already be booked.  Consider signing contracts and paying retainers now–especially with your Hudson Valley wedding venue–before you miss out on that great service or vendor you had your eye on.

Where to begin?

An Internet search for Hudson Valley wedding venues, products, services, and other vendors can be more than a little overwhelming.  There are tons of Hudson Valley wedding vendors out there, and the level of quality and professionalism varies widely.  As the owner of Spinning with Style, I, DJ Bri Swatek, would recommend that you combine all those great referrals that you have (and will get) from your family and friends with some of the great services highlighted on this blog.  On Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding, you will find links to lots of great

– Caterers,
– Florists,
– Photo Booth Vendors,
– Photographers,
– Wedding Planners,
– Limos and Transportation,
– Wedding Venues, and
– Videographers,
– and more!

Each one of these Hudson Valley wedding vendors is a high quality wedding professional that I have worked with on numerous occasions and I can personally recommend as someone who wants nothing but the best for their brides and grooms on your wedding day!

Congratulations,

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

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

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

DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style on Facebook

DJ Bri’s Blog:  How to Plan Your Hudson Valley Wedding to Reflect Your Unique Style is now also available on Facebook at

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

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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