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

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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

When to Hire Vendors for Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding

Searching for vendors for your upcoming Hudson Valley wedding would seem like a simple matter–especially if you already have some idea of who you want to hire for your big day. There are a number of excellent checklists and timelines available online that provide a great starting point for your vendor search. Many sites offer local vendor reviews as well as detailed advice on how and when to get started on each step of the wedding planning process.

However, the truth is, rather than asking “when should I hire my wedding vendors?” couples should be asking another question: “who is coming to my wedding?”

Hudson Valley Links at Union Vale Wedding Bride and Groom First Dance Set to Music and Uplighting by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Owl's Eye Studios

Bride and Groom’s First Dance at their Hudson Valley Wedding at the Links at Union Vale, Set to Music and Uplighting by DJ Bri Swatek, Courtesy of Owl’s Eye Studios

It is never too early, once you’re engaged and you’ve set your wedding date, to begin searching for your key vendors. This is especially true if you have certain vendors in mind. Simply put, the same vendor can not be in more than one place at one time, and once they’re booked, they’re no longer available. Chances are, if you’ve seen or heard of a vendor that you think is the right style for your big day, so have other couples as well. Professional wedding vendors who truly treat each wedding as if it were their own are often in demand long before the timelines suggested on traditional wedding planning checklists.

Even a “multi-op” company that offers several staff members under one name is still just a group of individuals–people who will eventually become booked as it gets closer to your wedding date. A professional wedding vendor will always provide you with a written contract stating exactly who is coming to your wedding and exactly who will be working for you on your big day. If a company seems great at the outset and claims that “they’re available” for your date but is then reluctant to give you the exact name of the person who is guaranteed to be at your wedding, it’s probably time to take a step back and look at your other options.

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

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

Once you’ve set your wedding date, sites such as The Knot, WeddingWire, Huff Post Weddings, and Bridal Guide offer a wealth of local reviews, checklists and timelines for your upcoming Hudson Valley wedding:

Reviews

The Knot

WeddingWire

Timelines

The Knot — Planning a Wedding

WeddingWire — Wedding Timeline

Huffington Post — Wedding Planning Timeline

Bridal Guide — Countdown Calendar

Checklists

The Knot — Wedding Checklist

WeddingWire — Wedding Checklist

Finally, if you do find that any of your top vendor choices are already booked for your wedding date, don’t hesitate to ask them for recommendations. Most professional wedding vendors network closely with a number of their “competitors” and would be more than happy to point you in the right direction toward similar services that would ensure the very best for your once-in-a-lifetime event.

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

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