Video of the Grandview, a Truly Unique Hudson Valley Wedding Venue, Courtesy of Preston Films

Thanks to videographer Preston Films for sharing this fantastic video of one of the Hudson Valley’s best wedding venues, the Grandview in Poughkeepsie.


Hudson Valley Weddings – The Grandview – Poughkeepsie, NY

With its spectacular views of the Hudson River, indoor and outdoor ballroom options, and first class food and service, it’s no wonder that the Grandview is a premier choice for Hudson Valley brides and grooms looking to make their wedding unique and memorable.  Don’t forget to stop at Shadows on the Hudson as well for your rehearsal dinner or wedding after-party!

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

Video of the Bonura Hospitality Group’s Unique Hudson Valley Wedding Venues

Planning your upcoming Hudson Valley wedding? Looking for the perfect venue for your big day, with first class food and service in an unforgettable setting?

Make sure to visit the Bonura Hospitality Group’s site for a great list of locations for your once in a lifetime wedding celebration, including Anthony’s Pier 9, the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Grandview Events, and West Hills Country Club.  All highly recommended!

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding,

Bri

________________________________________________________

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

Photo Gallery of West Hills Country Club, a Truly Unique Hudson Valley Wedding Venue

With its spectacular views, outdoor ballroom, and first class food and service, it’s no wonder that West Hills Country Club is a premier choice for Hudson Valley couples looking to make their wedding unique and memorable.  Be sure to visit their recently updated Google 360 photo gallery online

West Hills Country Club

West Hills Country Club – Google Photoshoot

to see more of this one of a kind venue.  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

Photo Gallery of the Grandview, a Truly Unique Hudson Valley Wedding Venue

With its spectacular views of the Hudson River, indoor and outdoor ballroom options, and first class food and service, it’s no wonder that the Grandview is a premier choice for Hudson Valley couples looking to make their wedding unique and memorable.  Be sure to visit their recently updated Google 360 photo gallery online

The Grandview

The Grandview – July 2014 Photoshoot

to see more of this one of a kind venue.

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding,

Bri

__________

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

Red Maple Vineyard: A Truly Unique Hudson Valley Wedding Venue

If you’re looking for an outstanding, truly unique venue for your upcoming Hudson Valley wedding, be sure to visit Red Maple Vineyard (formerly West Park Winery.) Gary and the staff at Corner Stone Caterers have completely transformed the location, enhancing the amazing setting with tons of new features, including an all-new tented outdoor ballroom–not to mention the great food and service.

Hudson Valley Wedding Venue Red Maple Vineyard

Red Maple Vineyard

http://www.redmaplevineyard.com

Highly recommended for your big day!

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding,

Bri

________________________________________________________

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

 

Video of the Grandview’s Outdoor Ballroom, a Truly Unique Hudson Valley Wedding Venue

Thanks to photographer Gary Cirlin of Christine Studios for sharing this fantastic video of one of the Hudson Valley’s best wedding venues, the Grandview‘s Outdoor Ballroom in Poughkeepsie.


The Grandview – Outdoor Ballroom

With its spectacular views of the Hudson River, indoor and outdoor ballroom options, and first class food and service, it’s no wonder that the Grandview is a premier choice for Hudson Valley brides and grooms looking to make their wedding unique and memorable.  Don’t forget to stop at Shadows on the Hudson as well for your rehearsal dinner or wedding after-party!

Floral arrangements in this video were provided by my good friends at Flowers by David Anthony.  Uplighting of the Grandview’s Tent in this video was provided by my good friend DJ Andrew Enriquez at Enriquez Entertainment.  All of these vendors are highly recommended!

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding,

Bri

________________________________________________________

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

Video of the Grandview, a Truly Unique Hudson Valley Wedding Venue

Thanks to photographer Gary Cirlin of Christine Studios for sharing this fantastic video of one of the Hudson Valley’s best wedding venues, the Grandview in Poughkeepsie.


The Grandview – Grand Ballroom

With its spectacular views of the Hudson River, indoor and outdoor ballroom options, and first class food and service, it’s no wonder that the Grandview is a premier choice for Hudson Valley brides and grooms looking to make their wedding unique and memorable.  Don’t forget to stop at Shadows on the Hudson as well for your rehearsal dinner or wedding after-party!

Floral arrangements in this video were provided by my good friends at Flowers by David Anthony.  Uplighting of the Grandview in this video was provided by my good friend DJ Andrew Enriquez at Enriquez Entertainment.  All of these vendors are highly recommended!

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding,

Bri

________________________________________________________

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

How to Hire a DJ for Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding

For most couples, hiring a wedding DJ is a new — and sometimes challenging — experience.

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at Locust Grove Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Allan E Levine Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at Locust Grove Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Allan E Levine Photography

Although some couples may have previously hired DJs for other personal or workplace events — and many couples have seen DJs perform at weddings for family and friends — most brides and grooms find themselves searching for a truly professional wedding DJ for the very first time.

What should you look for when searching for the best of the best in professional Hudson Valley wedding DJs? Where should you look for reviews of Hudson Valley DJs?  What questions, beyond the price or cost of DJ services, should you ask Hudson Valley DJs?

The number one question you should always ask up front of any Hudson Valley DJ is one that many couples often overlook:  “who is coming to my wedding?”

Hudson Valley Wedding at Locust Grove Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Allan E Levine Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding at Locust Grove Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Allan E Levine Photography

“If we hire your company, who will be working at our wedding?” and “Do you ever subcontract your work out to other wedding vendors?” are two excellent opening questions when interviewing a prospective DJ for your once-in-a-lifetime event.

There are many great companies in the Hudson Valley that offer multiple DJs for you to choose from for your wedding celebration. They offer the opportunity for you to see samples of their work and meet with your personal vendor before the big day. However, there are also a number of services in the tri-state area that offer “too good to be true” prices for “someone” to come work at your wedding.

I’ve said this many times in my career as a DJ, MC, and event host: the words “surprise” and “wedding” rarely go together well. You should know exactly who all your wedding vendors are — especially your DJ — and you should have the opportunity to be totally comfortable with them well in advance of the big day. Anything less than that feeling of complete confidence is not worth it.

Once you have confidence that you are talking to the actual person who will be there with you from the initial planning stages to the last dance of the night, it’s time to get to know your wedding DJ.  Don’t ever be afraid to ask your any of your wedding vendors — including your DJ — any of the following questions:

– Are you a full-time wedding professional?
– How many years of experience do you have in the wedding business?
– How many weddings do you work per year?
– How many weddings do you (or does your company) work in one day?
– Are you registered as a legitimate business? (DBA, Inc., or LLC)
– Are you a member of a professional association?
– Are you insured for liability?
– Do you use professional equipment?
– Do you provide backup equipment at my wedding?
– What’s *your* backup plan?
– What happens if I cancel the wedding or need to change the date of the wedding?
– When will you arrive on my wedding day?
– Will you be suitably dressed for our wedding?
– Will you be willing listen to me, and follow my plans for my wedding?
– What are your pricing packages, options, and services offered?
– What specifically is in included in your pricing, and what is “extra,” an “add-on,” or a “fee?”
– How much is your deposit, how do payments work, and what methods of payment do you accept?
– Do you provide a written contract?
– Can I have references and contact information from previous customers?
– Can I have references and contact information from other wedding professionals?
– Why did you decide to become a wedding vendor?
– What do you enjoy most about being a wedding professional?

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

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

The American Disc Jockey Association provides questions like these, as well as things to look for in your vendors’ potential answers, online. While the ADJA’s guidelines are mainly focused on hiring a DJ, these questions could easily be applied to most of the wedding vendors you are looking to hire for your big day.

In addition, as the owner of DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style, I would recommend these additional resources to use when you begin to look for Hudson Valley DJs to provide music, entertainment, Disc Jockey, and MC services for your upcoming wedding:

American DJ Association
10 Questions to Ask a DJ before You Hire Them

Bridal Guide
10 Questions to Ask Before Booking Your DJ

Huffpost Weddings
10 Questions To Ask A Potential Band Or DJ

The Knot
22 Questions to Ask Your Band or DJ

Brides.com
Every Single Question You Need to Ask Your Wedding DJ or Bandleader

Martha Stewart Weddings
Hiring a Disc Jockey

Here Comes the Guide
Questions to Ask a DJ or Live Entertainment

Wedding Vendor Reviews:  The Knot

Wedding Vendor Reviews:  WeddingWire

Here are a few articles from fellow industry pros as well:

“Do Your Research – Finding the Perfect Wedding DJ”

Alan Robb, owner of Accent Events in Wisconsin suggests you “Do Your Research” when “Finding the Perfect Wedding DJ.”

“Say YES to the DJ!”

Elite Wedding and Event Planning’s Angela Christoforo — located in the Hudson Valley of NY — offers a list of great advice on hiring the perfect DJ for your wedding day.

“How Much Should Your Wedding DJ Cost?”

Stacie Tamaki of I Found the Place interviews a number of the best professional wedding DJs across the country to demonstrate that “there is a big difference between how “professional” and “stereotypical” DJ’s view weddings” in her article “How Much Should Your Wedding DJ Cost?”

“How to Choose a DJ . . . a Decision Worth the Effort”

Judy Lewis at HudsonValleyWeddings.Com offers great advice on hiring Hudson Valley DJs in her article “How to Choose a DJ . . . a Decision Worth the Effort.”

“How to Select a DJ”

Shandria Strickland, Chief Entertainment Officer of A Woman’s Touch Entertainment in Atlanta offers advice on “How to Select a DJ” that could be applied in any area of the country, including the Hudson Valley.  Hear her unique perspective on the value of hiring a professional to DJ your once-in-a-lifetime event.

“6 Things Brides Really Look For In A Wedding DJ”

At Digital DJ Tips, Barney Grossman offers a list of qualities that every good wedding DJ should strive for in terms of performance and professionalism.  It’s also a great list of questions to ask your potential wedding DJ.

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

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

Finally, while these articles are mainly focused on brides and grooms hiring Hudson Valley DJs, many of these questions could easily be applied to almost all of the Hudson Valley wedding vendors you are looking to hire for your big 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

Hudson Valley Bridal Show at The Links at Union Vale on Sunday, February 24, 2013

Planning your wedding in the Hudson Valley of New York?  Here’s information about a great upcoming Hudson Valley Wedding Expo, courtesy of my good friend Teri Stellato at The Links at Union Vale:

Bride & Groom’s Dance, Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek, Image Courtesy of Cheryl Bolton-Reuter Photography

Bride and Groom’s Dance, Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek, Image Courtesy of Cheryl Bolton-Reuter Photography

“Join over 30 wedding experts for an afternoon of food, fun and entertainment in our elegant ballroom! The Links at Union Vale Bridal Show will feature cake samplings and delicious food prepared by our chef, as well as door prizes, special offers and gifts for the Bride-to-Be.

10th Annual Bridal Expo
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Noon to 4pm
Admission is FREE for brides and two guests.
(Additional guests welcome at $5 per person.)”

“As one of the Hudson Valley’s premier wedding facilities, we think every bride deserves a distinguished reception site and individualized attention, regardless of your budget. That’s why we’ve assembled a variety of the best wedding professionals in the area who will ensure your special day is perfect in every way.

If you’re engaged, you can’t afford to miss this year’s show!

Pre-register by calling (845) 223-1002 today or email us: events@thelinksatunionvale.com
Visit www.TheLinksAtUnionVale.com for more information and directions.”

Looking to make the most of the show? As the owner of DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style, I highly recommend that you read these articles before attending a wedding expo:

Making the Most of Bridal Shows in the Hudson Valley
https://djbriswatek.wordpress.com/making-the-most-of-bridal-shows-in-the-hudson-valley/

How to Hire Vendors for Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding
https://djbriswatek.wordpress.com/how-to-hire-vendors-for-your-unique-hudson-valley-wedding/

Looking forward to seeing you at the show,

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

Video of the Grandview’s Grand Ballroom and Outdoor Ballroom, a Truly Unique Hudson Valley Wedding Venue

Thanks to Gary Cirlin of Christine Studios for sharing this fantastic virtual tour of one of the Hudson Valley’s best wedding venues, the Grandview in Poughkeepsie.


The Grandview – Grand Ballroom

With its spectacular views of the Hudson River, indoor ballroom and outdoor tent ballroom options, and first class food and service, it’s no wonder that the Grandview is a premier choice for Hudson Valley brides and grooms looking to make their wedding unique and memorable.


The Grandview – Outdoor Ballroom

Floral arrangements in this video were provided by my good friends at Flowers by David Anthony.  Uplighting of the Grandview in this video was provided by my good friend DJ Andrew Enriquez at Enriquez Entertainment.  All of these vendors are highly recommended.

Don’t forget to stop at Shadows on the Hudson as well for your rehearsal dinner or wedding after-party!

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding,

Bri

________________________________________________________

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