Photo Gallery of Heather and Darrin’s Unique Hudson Valley Wedding at the Links at Union Vale Courtesy of EID Photography

This weekend I had the honor of providing DJ and uplighting services for Heather and Darrin’s wedding celebration, working with Doreen and all my friends at the one and only The Links at Union Vale Weddings. As always, the food, service, and setting were outstanding. My good friend Elissa from EID Photography was on hand to capture some truly amazing images of all the festivities. Heather and Darrin put together a truly unique, entertaining set list (with everything from Coolio to Queen and the Zac Brown Band to the Muppets!) and it was great getting to see a few familiar faces as well.

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at the Links at Union Vale set to music by DJ Bri Swatek courtesy of EID Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at the Links at Union Vale set to music by DJ Bri Swatek courtesy of EID Photography

Heather and Darrin

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

Photo Gallery of Chrissy and Peter’s Unique Hudson Valley Wedding at the Links at Union Vale Courtesy of Majestic Studios

This weekend I had the honor of providing DJ and uplighting services for Chrissy and Peter’s wedding celebration at The Links at Union Vale Weddings. As always, Teri, Doreen, and all my friends at the Links put together a fantastic day for Chrissy and Peter. It was great to see some familiar faces in the wedding party as well! My good friend, the one and only Mark Greenstone from Majestic Studios was on hand to capture all the memories as well.

Hudson Valley Wedding at the Links at Union Vale set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Majestic Studios

Hudson Valley Wedding at the Links at Union Vale set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Majestic Studios


Christina & Peter!

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

Photo Gallery of Jen and Terrence’s Unique Hudson Valley Wedding at the Links at Union Vale Courtesy of EID Photography

Recently, I had the honor of providing DJ and uplighting services for Jen and Terrence’s wedding celebration at The Links at Union Vale. Thanks to my good friend Elissa Davidson from EID Photography for capturing all of the memories.  

Hudson Valley Wedding Party at the Links at Union Vale with DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of EID Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Party at the Links at Union Vale with DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of EID Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Floor at the Links at Union Vale with DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of EID Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Floor at the Links at Union Vale with DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of EID Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Floor at the Links at Union Vale with DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of EID Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Floor at the Links at Union Vale with DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of EID Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Floor at the Links at Union Vale with DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of EID Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Floor at the Links at Union Vale with DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of EID Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Spinning with Style at the Links at Union Vale Courtesy of EID Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Spinning with Style at the Links at Union Vale Courtesy of EID Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Sparkler Send Off at the Links at Union Vale with DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of EID Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Sparkler Send Off at the Links at Union Vale with DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of EID Photography

Jen and Terrence (Facebook Gallery)

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

Making the Most of Wedding Shows and Expos in the Hudson Valley

Whether you are recently engaged and just starting your wedding planning, or you have set a date and are looking for professional vendors to make your Hudson Valley wedding truly unique, a high quality wedding show can be an important–and fun–part of the wedding planning process.

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Surprise Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Surprise Photography

As the owner of Spinning with Style, your professional wedding DJ service in the Hudson Valley, I, DJ Bri Swatek, have participated in a number of wedding expos over the years.  I would offer the following tips to brides and grooms planning to spend a few hours taking it all in at their next local wedding show:

Bring Your Wedding Team!

Wedding shows can be very overwhelming, as you will meet a variety of vendors offering many different services in different ways.  Bring along friends and / or family members who you know will enjoy the experience with you and be helpful to you throughout the show.

Take Notes.

Assign one of your Wedding Team members to take notes for you, especially if you are already keeping a wedding journal or notebook of some kind.  Spend your time as a bride or groom talking with vendors directly, and ask your family and friends to write down responses that you found interesting, so that you can review these notes later when visiting vendors’ websites or setting up meetings.

Hudson Valley Wedding Cake Cutting at the Links at Union Vale Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Owl's Eye Studios

Hudson Valley Wedding Cake Cutting at the Links at Union Vale Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Owl’s Eye Studios

Protect Your Privacy.

Most wedding shows will ask you to register in order to win a prize.  In addition, many of the vendors at the wedding expo will also ask you to register at their booths for their individual prizes.  Decide in advance what phone number, address, and / or email address you want to provide, as vendors will be contacting you after the show to discuss your wedding plans further.  Many brides and grooms set up a unique email address just for their wedding planning process, to keep emails with vendors separate from their work-related or personal messages.

Stickers Save Time.

Bring two types of stickers to wedding shows.  First, prepare labels in advance so that you do not have to fill out vendors’ cards for further information and / or prize giveaways.  Be sure to provide information on these labels that directs vendors as to how you want to be contacted.  If you prefer a certain email address or phone number be used, make sure to include it.  Second, bring along a fun or silly sticker (such as a gold star or smiley face) to note which vendors you felt you connected with when discussing your wedding.  After visiting with a vendor that you particularly liked, ask one of your Wedding Team members to place a sticker on the vendor’s brochure, business card, or other provided information.  This note to yourself about your first impressions will be invaluable in the weeks to come when you are deciding which vendors from the show you want to speak with further.

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at the Grandview Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of EID Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at the Grandview Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of EID Photography

Ask Questions.

Most wedding vendors are prepared at a wedding expo to answer your questions about pricing, packages or options, and the availability of their services for your wedding date.  However, one of the most important questions you can ask a vendor at a wedding show is “who will I be working with on my wedding day?”  If the sales representative at the booth is not the actual wedding professional you would be working with, find out how and when you would be able to meet that person prior to your wedding day.  As always, insist on the best for yourself—hire and work with full-time wedding professionals who will provide personal attention to you throughout the wedding process.

Buyer Beware.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  If a price is too low, find out what is (or isn’t) included.  Don’t feel rushed into making a decision simply due to a special offer or prize.  Don’t be afraid to ask if the vendor is a full-time wedding professional.  Don’t be afraid to ask for references from a vendor’s previous customers.

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Vivian Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Vivian Photography

Enjoy the Show!

Most wedding expos provide food samples and a fashion show.  Make sure to see and experience what you want that day, and make sure to have fun!

In the Hudson Valley, the many venues offer excellent wedding shows throughout the year.  Check out the following venues’ websites on a regular basis to get the latest on their upcoming wedding expos:

Anthony’s Pier 9

The Garrison and Highlands Country Club

The Grandview

The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

The Links at Union Vale

West Hills Country Club

In addition, “DJ Bri’s Blog:  Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding,” features links to highly recommended Hudson Valley wedding venues, caterers, photographers, videographers, florists, transportation, and more.  All of the vendors recommended on my blog are professionals that I have worked with closely over the years, who I know will provide the very best in service for your 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

Jill and David’s Favorite Music, Colors, and Style Create a Unique Theme for Their Hudson Valley Wedding

Uplighting in Red by DJ Bri Swatek Bride and Groom's Table at a Hudson Valley Wedding at The Links at Union Vale

Uplighting in Red by DJ Bri Swatek Bride and Groom's Table at a Hudson Valley Wedding at The Links at Union Vale

Looking to create a unique theme for your Hudson Valley wedding? 

Read here how my bride and groom Jill and David incorporated their favorite music, colors, and style into their “Beatles Love in Black, White and Red” wedding on Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever.

Special thanks to Stephanie and Jeff Padovani for interviewing Jill and posting her wedding reviews of The Links at Union Vale, WishIMay Photography, and my disc jockey service, DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style, on their fantastic website, Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever.

While you’re there, check out my featured interview on Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever as well, here.

Thanks Steph for capturing all the fun we had talking about wedding planning and turning it into a great article for Hudson Valley brides and grooms!

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding,

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