Unique Hudson Valley Wedding Photography with Jeremiah Shaffer

At “I Am the Photoman,” Hudson Valley wedding photographer Jeremiah Shaffer is “conscious about making images that you are going to want to look at forever.”  Jeremiah’s “mission is to make images that you can’t wait to hang in your home.”  Learn more at www.jeremiahshaffer.com.www Jeremiah Shaffer com

Highly recommended for your unique Hudson Valley wedding!

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 Barn Weddings

Jean Kallina’s Hudson Valley Barn Weddings “brings you the best Hudson Valley Barn Wedding Vendors, Rustic Venues and Industrial and Alternative Venues in New York.”

http://www.HudsonValleyBarnWeddings.com

Highly recommended 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

Snowed In? Here’s a Fun Snow Day Wedding Planning Guide for Your Upcoming Hudson Valley Wedding

Snowed in today?  Today’s the perfect day to catch up on your wedding planning for your upcoming Hudson Valley wedding.

. . . and I think I know which Hudson Valley DJ has to plow the driveway out of them today too.

Whose woods these are I think I know . . . and I think I know which Hudson Valley DJ has to plow the driveway out of them today too.

In addition to the wedding planning articles located here on Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding, I, DJ Bri Swatek from Spinning with Style invite you to read the latest ideas about how to share your unique style with your friends and family on your wedding day on these great Hudson Valley wedding blogs:

The Best Wedding Reception Ever!™

If you’re looking for a good wedding planning book to read, head over to Amazon.Com to order a copy of Peter Merry’s book, The Best Wedding Reception Ever!™  If you want to be both creative and realistic in planning your wedding, I highly recommend you read this guide to planning your entire event, from setting a date to hiring vendors, to the big day itself.  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.  Peter also maintains a wedding planning blog, Merry Weddings.

The Knot and Wedding Wire

You can find wedding ideas, wedding planning tools, bridal community forums, and local wedding vendors and their reviews at both The Knot and Wedding Wire.

The Knot’s Hudson Valley Forum is located at
http://forums.theknot.com/categories/local-wedding-boards_new-york-hudson-valley

and their Westchester / Hudson Valley Wedding Resources can be found at
http://wedding.theknot.com/local-wedding-vendors/hudson-valley-weddings.aspx

Wedding Wire offers planning tools to get started at
https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-planning.html

and their resources are located at
https://www.weddingwire.com/vendor-reviews

Wedding Vendors of the Hudson Valley

Lisa Zaro’s blog for the local professional wedding vendor association offers couples “inspiration, ideas, and contact information for local vendors” and much, much more.

Borrowed & Blue — Hudson Valley

Borrowed & Blue offers “Real Wedding” stories, an inspiration and advice Wedding Blog, and a guide to Local Vendors.

Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever

In addition to a wide variety of recommended wedding services and reviews of local wedding vendors, Stephanie and Jeff Padovani’s website Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever also offers new articles and interviews on a regular basis about the latest wedding trends, ideas, and resources.

Hudson Valley Wedding Vendor Blogs on Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding

If you scroll down to the “Blogroll” located further down on this page to the right, you will find a number of great Hudson Valley wedding blogs brought to you by some of the best venues, locations, photographers, videographers, florists, and other wedding vendors in this region of New York.  Get great ideas on how to make your wedding day unique from a gathering of true wedding professionals!

Finally, don’t forget to check out this blog, Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding, on Facebook as well for additional ideas, articles, and resources for your big day:  http://www.facebook.com/youruniquehudsonvalleywedding

Let’s Keep the (Snow) Ball Rolling

Do you know of any other great Hudson Valley wedding planning blogs?  If so, please email me at briswatek@gmail.com or leave a comment below to share links to other great wedding planning resources that you’ve found helpful in creating a unique wedding day.

Enjoy planning your once-in-a-lifetime event, and Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

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

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

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

Bear Mountain Inn

Blu Pointe

The Chateau

Christo’s Catering

Diamond Mills

Valley Restaurant at The Garrison

The Grandview

The Links at Union Vale

The Rhinecliff

The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls

Shadows on the Hudson

Terrapin

The Villa Borghese

Villa Venezia

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

Wedding DJ Reviews

With the amount of time and money you’re putting into planning your upcoming wedding, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to hire professional wedding vendors that come highly recommended by other brides and grooms.  This is especially true for your wedding DJ.  From the First Dance to the Last Dance, you want to make sure that your DJ handles all your most important moments correctly and has your dance floor packed all night long, with your friends and family celebrating to all your favorite songs.

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at Bethel Woods Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kevin Ferguson

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at Bethel Woods Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kevin Ferguson

If you’ve attended a lot of weddings over the past few years, you have a number of first-hand experiences to draw upon when searching for a wedding DJ – you’ve seen different DJs and different couples’ ideas of fun at a wedding.  You have a lot of friends and family to ask “who was your wedding DJ?” and “were they good?”

However, if you haven’t attended a lot of weddings recently (or if you have, and still haven’t found the type of DJ you’re looking for!) there are a number of outstanding review sites online for brides and grooms searching for vendor recommendations.

WeddingWire and The Knot are two excellent resources for brides and grooms looking for reviews posted by other couples after their big day.  While vendors can advertise on these sites as well, the reviews are written and posted by previous customers, not the businesses themselves.  This ensures that you get honest opinions and the information you need to make the best decision you can when hiring your wedding DJ.

Hudson Valley wedding DJ’s business pages on Facebook and Google+ are also excellent places to read reviews and hear from previous customers.

(For reviews of my DJ business, please visit http://www.DJBriSwatek.com, where you will find direct links to my company’s page on each of these online review sites.)

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Bethel Woods Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kevin Ferguson

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Bethel Woods Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kevin Ferguson

For most couples, hiring wedding vendors—especially their wedding DJ—is a new, once-in-a-lifetime experience.  In addition to first-hand experiences, personal recommendations, and referrals by other wedding vendors, don’t hesitate to search out reviews of the DJ you’re looking to invite to MC and entertain your closest friends and family on your big day.

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

Wedding DJ Prices

“How much?”

When planning your upcoming wedding, “How much?” seems like a simple question.  You need a DJ for your wedding, to play your most important songs and MC your most important events.  You want the best DJ for your wedding, to keep your dance floor packed all night long, with your friends and family celebrating to all your favorite songs.

Why, then, do you get so many different answers, and which one is the right one?  “How much does a wedding DJ cost?”

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at Highlands Country Club Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kimberly Coccagnia

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at Highlands Country Club Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kimberly Coccagnia

For most couples, hiring a wedding DJ is a new, once-in-a-lifetime experience.  After recommendations from family, friends and other wedding vendors, online searches, posts in forums, visits to bridal shows, and reading reviews, most couples are left asking, “who are all of these DJs, who’s the right one for us, and why are all of their prices so different?”

The American Disc Jockey Association (which I, DJ Bri Swatek, am proud to be a member of) provides a few things to think about when hiring a DJ for your upcoming wedding.  The Association notes that “Disc Jockey rates vary” across the country, “based on talent, experience, emcee ability, service, coordination, equipment needed, music knowledge, mixing ability and personality” and that “the best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a wedding. As a matter of fact, surveys conclude that nearly 100% of brides would have spent more money on their entertainment and made it their #1 priority in hindsight.”

Wedding planning sites such as WeddingWire, The Knot, or The Wedding Report’s “Cost of a Wedding” note that “How much?” really depends on what you are looking for in your wedding DJ.  According to the wedding industry-respected Costofwedding.com, “You should expect to pay, on average, 50% to 100%+ more when choosing well-experienced professionals, designer labels, popular event locations, unique or custom products and services.”

Simply put, full-time, professional wedding DJs set prices that are a reflection of the time, effort, quality, and service that they will provide for your once-in-a-lifetime wedding celebration.

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Highlands Country Club Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kimberly Coccagnia

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Highlands Country Club Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kimberly Coccagnia

Once you’ve established the overall budget for your wedding, the next step to determining “How much?” is to find and then meet with and interview DJs in your area that provide the best possible answers to a few simple, to-the-point questions:

– Are you a full-time wedding professional?
– If we hire your company, who will the DJ at our wedding?  Will it be you, or someone else?
– How many years of experience do you have DJing and MCing weddings?
– How many weddings do you DJ per year?
– How many weddings do you (or does your company) DJ in one day?
– Do you ever “subcontract” your work out to other wedding DJs?
– 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 and would 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?

Once you’re satisfied with the DJ’s answers, you might also want to consider getting to know your potential wedding DJ / MC a bit better.  After all, this is the person who will introduce you, your family, and closest friends at your wedding, play your first dance, and keep your party going all night long!

– Why did you decide to become a wedding vendor?
– What do you enjoy most about being a wedding DJ?
– Have you ever DJed a wedding like ours?
– What suggestions do you have for our wedding?

When it finally comes to talking numbers, with your overall wedding budget in mind, never be afraid to ask any of the following questions of a truly professional wedding DJ:

– 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?

With the amount of time and money you’re putting into your once-in-a-lifetime celebration on your wedding day, you deserve to know exactly who your wedding DJ is and what their answers are to any and all of these questions.  Anything less than a feeling of complete confidence in your wedding DJ is not worth the price, no matter “How much.”

(For a complete price quote of my DJ services for your upcoming Hudson Valley wedding, please contact me at http://www.DJBriSwatek.com.)

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