Planning Music and Events for Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding

When planning the music and events for your unique Hudson Valley wedding, what are the most common mistakes to avoid?  How can you make sure that all of your guests have a great time, all of your special moments are set to the music you love best, and that your dance floor is packed all night long?

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

The first step is to hire a professional Hudson Valley DJ who specializes in weddings and will *listen* to your requests.  The second step is to work closely with your DJ service to create a plan that avoids common wedding music pitfalls.

The great folks over at The Knot recently published an article called “Wedding Music: The Top 10 Wedding Music Mishaps.”  Interviewing DJs around the country, Justine Lorelle Blanchard at TheKnot.Com came up with an excellent list, including tips such as insisting on meeting the actual DJ who will be performing MC services at your wedding in advance, varying your play list to include different types of music for *all* of your guests, avoiding requesting too many specific songs, and thinking about the overall flow of your wedding reception.

Read Blanchard’s interviews with top wedding planning experts about each of these topics.

As the owner of DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style, a DJ service specializing in weddings in the Hudson Valley of New York, I would offer up my own #11 to this great wedding planning list:

11.  As a couple, you will set the overall style of your event.

More than anything or anyone else, you two will set the tone for your guests on your wedding day.  Your friends and family have come to celebrate your marriage, and they will follow your lead throughout the event.  If you visit tables, your guests will stay at theirs, waiting for your arrival, hoping to get a few minutes to talk with you.  When you’re at the bar, outside the venue’s ballroom, or in another location, your guests will also migrate there, to be with you.  And when you’re on the dance floor, your guests will know that the party’s started!

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

Your Style: What Does “Fun” Mean to You?

When hiring a DJ for your wedding it is extremely important to find an MC or Host that will help you to customize your event to fit your own personal style, sharing your definition of “fun” with your friends, family, and invited guests.

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Dance Party Orange County Arboretum Lori OToole Images

DJ Bri Swatek at an Orange County Arboretum Wedding Courtesy of Lori O’Toole Images

Throughout the planning process, your DJ should work with you and listen to you as you choose a level of interactivity from “low” (a DJ who is “heard but not seen,” providing only key introductions and announcements, and steering clear of participation dances and props or give-aways) to “high” (featuring only the participation dances and / or party props you choose–and none that you don’t!)

Regardless of your definition of fun–be it low-key, high-energy, elegant, interactive, or classy–a professional DJ will make sure that your event is about you and your guests, and nothing else.

Using your input and direction, DJ Bri Swatek will provide opportunities for you and your friends, family, and invited guests to join in your celebration when and how they choose, dancing to all the music that you know and love–and none that you don’t!

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