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

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From “I Do” to “Thank You”: How to Use a Microphone Properly at Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding

Many people rank “Public Speaking” as one of their greatest fears.  Giving a toast or presenting a reading at a wedding–not to mention the couple themselves saying their vows or giving a thank you speech–becomes even more challenging when they’re unfamiliar with how to use a wireless microphone.

Here are a few tips from public speaking coaches and experts to help make your wedding moments involving a microphone go smoothly–feel free to share with friends and family that you’ve asked to provide a ceremony reading or give a reception toast as well!

How to Speak into a Microphone by TJ Walker

Giving Speeches and Toasts On A Microphone by Brian S. Redd

How to Hold a Microphone by Impromptu Guru

Proper Microphone Use by Richard Male

Using a Microphone for Public Speaking by The Public Speaker

Public Speakers:  Five Tips for Using a Microphone from the Washington Times

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

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

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

Black Friday? Try White Friday for Hudson Valley Wedding Planning!

Black Friday? Try White Friday for Hudson Valley Wedding Planning!

Whether you’re already engaged or thinking of getting engaged over the Holiday season, the weekend after Thanksgiving is more than just a great time to shop–it’s also a great time to do some wedding planning.  Why now?  Besides the fact that you may have a bit additional time off of work, there are two reasons why late November is a great time to dive into your planning process for your Hudson Valley wedding.

Black Friday? Try White Friday for Hudson Valley Wedding Planning!

#1. Let’s Get Together!

Many of your friends and family may also have some time off of work this weekend.  Now’s a chance to get together, talk, share, or even go out looking for the vendors, products, and services you will need for your Hudson Valley wedding.  You know that everyone in your life has an opinion on your upcoming wedding.  Take this opportunity to ask friends and family to help you with your wedding planning process, before everyone gets overly busy with their Holiday plans.

#2. Buy Now!

January and February are traditionally packed with winter Hudson Valley bridal shows.  In the Hudson Valley, there will be over a dozen bridal expos in these two months.  However, as the owner of Spinning with Style, a wedding DJ service in the Hudson Valley, I, DJ Bri Swatek, can tell you firsthand that more often than not, by February, key dates on that same year’s schedule for wedding vendors are already filled.  Many Hudson Valley wedding vendors actually set up booths at these winter Hudson Valley bridal shows and expos looking to book weddings for the following year, as that current new year is already almost completely booked.  Your wedding date is like a piece of real estate.  Just like a house, you’re building something incredibly special on that particular day on the calendar–a once in a lifetime event for your family and friends.  Many professional Hudson Valley wedding vendors can (or choose to) only work at one wedding per day, and by mid-Winter, your date could already be booked.  Consider signing contracts and paying retainers now–especially with your Hudson Valley wedding venue–before you miss out on that great service or vendor you had your eye on.

Where to begin?

An Internet search for Hudson Valley wedding venues, products, services, and other vendors can be more than a little overwhelming.  There are tons of Hudson Valley wedding vendors out there, and the level of quality and professionalism varies widely.  As the owner of Spinning with Style, I, DJ Bri Swatek, would recommend that you combine all those great referrals that you have (and will get) from your family and friends with some of the great services highlighted on this blog.  On Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding, you will find links to lots of great

– Caterers,
– Florists,
– Photo Booth Vendors,
– Photographers,
– Wedding Planners,
– Limos and Transportation,
– Wedding Venues, and
– Videographers,
– and more!

Each one of these Hudson Valley wedding vendors is a high quality wedding professional that I have worked with on numerous occasions and I can personally recommend as someone who wants nothing but the best for their brides and grooms on your wedding day!

Congratulations,

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

The Links at Union Vale’s Mini Wedding Expo and Mock Wedding: Not Your Ordinary Hudson Valley Bridal Show

Planning your upcoming Hudson Valley wedding and looking for a fun event to help you explore your options and ideas for the big day?  Look no further than The Links at Union Vale’s Mini Wedding Expo and Mock Wedding on Saturday, November 13, 2010. 

According to Teri Stellato, Club Manager and Food and Beverage Director at The Links at Union Vale, “is NOT your ordinary Bridal Expo,” but “rather an innovative way for you to experience The Links.  Have you wished you could do a “trial run” of your reception to be certain you have chosen the perfect place? Well, this event has been created for couples who are searching for the perfect wedding reception.  Ideally located in southern Dutchess County just minutes from the Taconic State Parkway, The Links is hosting a Mock Wedding and Mini Bridal Expo to give you the opportunity to see what your wedding could be like.”

Teri continues, “Cocktail hour begins at 5 pm with stationary and passed hors d’oeuvres (cash bar). Then transition into our elegant ballroom where you will enjoy a 3-course served meal, sampling items from our wedding packages.  For your entertainment, enjoy the sound of Spinning with Style and Enriquez Entertainment. Then meet several of our recommended wedding professionals in a relaxed setting.”

“Amazing special offers will be available only at this event. Dramatic savings will be offered for selected dates if you book at this event.  Space is limited to just 50 couples and is completely FREE.  Reservations are a must! Please Call 845-223-1002 or email.”

Register now for this unique Hudson Valley wedding event:

http://www.thelinksatunionvale.com/golf/proto/thelinksatunionvale/wedding_specials/wedding_specials.htm

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