Finding the Right Words for Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding

Your wedding is a celebration of who you are as a couple.  However, sometimes it’s tough to find the right words for your ceremony vows, readings, or to help round out a great toast.

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Toast Dutchess Manor Allan E Levine Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Toast Dutchess Manor Allan E Levine Photography

Here are a few resources to help make your wedding speeches truly unique–feel free to share with friends and family that you’ve asked to provide a reading or give a toast as well!

Lighthearted wedding readings that’ll make you laugh AND cry from the Offbeat Bride

Wedding Poems from the Poetry Foundation

Wedding Poems from the Academy of American Poets

Wedding Poems from Hitched

Real Wedding Vows You’ll Love from The Knot

Steal these vows from the Offbeat Bride

Wedding Toast Tips: Leave Wedding Guests Speechless from The Knot

How To Give A Great Wedding Toast from Jezebel

Wedding Speeches from Hitched

Wedding Speeches from the Huffington Post Weddings

6 Rules for Giving a Wedding Toast from Martha Stewart Weddings

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

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

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

Checklists and Timelines to Make Your Hudson Valley Wedding Unique

The ring.  The proposal.  The engagement.

The checklist?

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at Crabtree's Kittle House Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Tripp Street Studio

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at Crabtree’s Kittle House Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Tripp Street Studio

Planning your wedding can seem overwhelming to even the most organized brides and grooms.  Fortunately, there are a number of resources online to help you make sure you have every last detail taken care of before your big day.  As the owner of Spinning with Style, a wedding DJ service in the Hudson Valley of New York, I, DJ Bri Swatek, recommend some of the following checklists and timelines to ensure that you have nothing to do except enjoy, eat, drink, dance, and celebrate with your family and friends on your wedding day!

At Wedding Wire, you will find interactive Wedding Checklists, as well as other great resources for your big day.

The Wedding Channel’s Perfect Planning Checklist is a great print-and-go resource.  The Wedding Channel also features a link to their interactive checklist through their partner site, The Knot.

The Knot’s Wedding Checklist is an interactive and customizable online tool.  The Knot also features many other great resources for your wedding day.

Google Weddings features a variety of tools and documents to help you organize your wedding day.

OneWed’s Wedding Checklist & Timeline is another interactive tool with helpful ideas.

Real Simple’s Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist is another great print-and-go resource.

The Bridal Association of America offers both their famous Wedding Day Planning Reception Time Line as well as their My Wedding Companion software.

Best Wedding Plan features Wedding Checklists for each aspect of your big day.

Hudson Valley Wedding Last Dance Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek at the Villa Borghese Courtesy of Kristine Palmer Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Last Dance Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek at the Villa Borghese Courtesy of Kristine Palmer Photography

When and how will I get all of this done?

Your wedding is a celebration of your marriage and who you are as a couple–it should express your unique style.  No two weddings are the same, and the same goes for the planning process.  Focus on the items, vendors, and services that are most important to you early on, and never be afraid to ask your key vendors for their advice, input, and help–true wedding professionals want to make sure you have the very best wedding and will be more than happy to do anything they can to help you realize your dreams on 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

The Knot Best of Weddings 2009 Pick

DJ Bri Swatek is proud to announce that Spinning with Style has been rated by local brides and voted a The Knot Best of Weddings 2009 Pick.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2009 Pick

The Knot Best of Weddings 2009 Pick

 
Please pick up a copy of The Knot Best of Weddings 2009 magazine and check out our listing.

Thanks to all the brides and grooms who voted!

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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