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

Photos from Unique Hudson Valley Weddings — Summer and Fall 2010

The visual elements of your wedding can truly define your event’s unique style.  A personalized look can tell your guests what type of celebration your wedding will be:  a formal occasion, a gathering of close family and friends, an elegant reception, a real party, or a little bit of all of the above!

Hudson Valley Wedding Image Courtesy of Beautiful Memories

Consider these different looks from some of the Hudson Valley weddings I’ve had the privilege to provide music and lighting services for as the owner of DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style over the past few months:

Lisa and Michael at Mills Mansion, Images Courtesy of Lori O’Toole Images:

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Jill and David at The Links at Union Vale, Images Courtesy of Wishimay Photography:

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Jill was also interviewed by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani of Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever about her wedding’s unique style: 

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Trudi and Patrick at The Grandview, Images Courtesy of Lori O’Toole Images:

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Katelyn and Fernando at The Grandview, Images Courtesy of Elissa I. Davidson Photography:

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Michelle and Dustin at The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Images Courtesy of Vivian Photography:

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Nicole and Paul at The Grandview, Images Courtesy of Allan E. Levine Photography:

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Andrea and Nick at The Links at Union Vale, Images Courtesy of Owl’s Eye Studios:

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To truly create a unique look for your big day, talk to all of your professional Hudson Valley wedding vendors about how they can contribute to your wedding’s visual style–your caterer and / or reception venue or location, photographer, videographer, florist, and DJ can all give you great ideas on how to achieve the look you want for your once-in-a-lifetime celebration. 

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

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

DJ Bri Swatek’s Featured Interview on Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever

Check out my featured interview on Stephanie and Jeff Padovani’s website, Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever:

http://www.besthudsonvalleyweddingever.com/how-to-plan-a-wedding/how-to-make-your-wedding-unique

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“DJ Bri On the Fly: How To Make Your Wedding Unique”

Jeff and I met Bri Swatek of Spinning With Style quite a few years back at a Knot mixer for wedding professionals held at the incomparable Round Hill House in Washingtonville, NY.  We were immediately impressed by his eagerness to learn and his friendliness to us (his DJ competitors!)  It wasn’t long before we were personal and professional friends.

So as I attempt to bring together the best wedding planning tips and advice for Hudson Valley couples, I know we HAVE to talk to Bri.  He simply rocks when it comes to incorporating a couple’s personal style into their entertainment.

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Spinning with Style Sarah Immel Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Spinning with Style Sarah Immel Photography

Jeff and I held a conversation with Bri via Skype.  Through magic of web cams, we hold a conversation, Bri in his baseball cap and jersey.  (Do I need to tell you that I am in my sweats?  Too late.)

Bri reveals some of his story…

When Bri and his wife Brenda got married, they found a place within their budget.  Their wedding could have easily become lost in the “wedding factory” environment: “Bri and Brenda in Ballroom C.”

Bri learned from his own experience that it’s vitally important to choose your color, theme and music to reflect your personality so that your wedding really stands out.

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek First Dance Links at Union Vale Cheryl Bolton-Reuter Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek First Dance Links at Union Vale Cheryl Bolton-Reuter Photography

Ideas For Making It Personal

First, Bri urges you to take the pressure off.  “You don’t have to have an elaborate ‘theme’ to make your wedding unique,” he explains.  “It’s more about personalizing the day so that it reflects you.”

Think about what you have in common and what you like about each other.  Do you have a favorite sports team?  Different ethnic heritages?  TV shows or movies you love?

One of Bri’s couples had a travel themed wedding.  Each table was named after a destination they had visited together: the Paris table, the London table.

Another couple hosted a Yankees vs. Mets wedding to highlight their team rivalry.  Half the wedding cake was decorated with the Yankees insignia and the other half was Mets!

Still another couple held a Hawaiian luau wedding at the Grandview.  Bri found a string quartet’s Polynesia tropical version of Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the ceremony and put together a cocktail hour play list of traditional Hawaiian music and steel guitar instrumentals.  They even chose Elvis’ “Blue Hawaii” for their first dance song.

“Okay, Bri.”  I smirk.  “It’s not too difficult to make a wedding unique when the couple knows what they want…but what if I don’t have a clue?”

I challenge Bri with a “hypothetical” scenario… Newlyweds first dance.

“Jeff and I are getting married.  I want be introduced to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme and he wants White Snake’s ‘Still of the Night.’  What do you do?”

Bri doesn’t even hesitate.  “Your wedding is a blend of your personalities, your family and your friends.  Maybe you could make an even exchange, a compromise that you are both comfortable with.”

He’s better than my therapist; my hypothetical feathers are already beginning to unruffle.

He clears his throat and smiles.  “Maybe you could agree on an introduction song…and you could use ‘Still of the Night’ for your first dance.”

Jeff grins at me in triumph.

“In all seriousness,” Bri continues as we stop chuckling, “A lot of couples don’t know what they want at first.  But I ask some questions and their interests emerge, the things they like and don’t like.  I feel a responsibility to get to know them to help them find it.”

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Bedinotti Photo

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Bedinotti Photo

Some frequently asked questions:

Do I HAVE to walk down the aisle to “Here Comes the Bride” or “Canon in D?”

“NO,” Bri answers.  “You do not have to do anything.  Every aspect of your wedding can be unique.  You don’t have to have house music and lights for a grand entrance.  You don’t have to play ‘Love Shack’ at 9pm.  We want to make your friends and family to smile and laugh and say, ‘Yes, this is so you!’”

If you’re really stuck coming up with ideas for your themed wedding, here are Bri’s tips:

•  Have conversations with other brides and grooms.  Not only your family and friends, but in forums on The Knot or Wedding Bee.  If you ask them for ideas about how to host a Yankee themed wedding, you’ll get 100 responses filled with ideas you would have never thought up.

•  Ask around on Facebook and Twitter.

•  Talk to wedding pros and experts.  They’ve seen a lot and will probably be happy to share their experiences.

“And remember,” Bri concludes.  “You don’t have to do anything.  Your songs should reflect you.  One of my brides danced with her dad to ‘It Takes Two’ and it was amazing.  It’s fun for me too, that unique moment I get to be a part of.”

“So I CAN have Buffy at our pretend wedding!” I announce to Jeff.

He pats my shoulder.  “Whatever you want, honey.”

Bri smiles.  Mission accomplished.

Bri Swatek is the owner of Spinning With Style Hudson Valley DJ service and he can be contacted at http://www.djbriswatek.com.

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

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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

Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever . . . Great Wedding Planning Ideas, Resources, and Vendor Reviews

Looking for the best in Hudson Valley wedding planning ideas, resources, and vendor reviews? Look no further than Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever!
    


    

Stephanie and Jeff Padovani’s Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever is the premier local website for New York wedding planning in the Hudson Valley including Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Columbia County weddings and beyond! Looking for a way to make your wedding a once-in-a-lifetime event that reflects your unique style? Visit http://www.besthudsonvalleyweddingever.com.

Congratulation 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