Weddings

How To Control Your Wedding Costs

Although very few people have $10 million to blow on their wedding, getting hitched is certainly getting more expensive. The average cost of a wedding reached $23,330 (Canadian) in 2011, up from $20,129 in 2010, while the average price tag for a wedding gown rose to $1,798 from $1,093, according to Weddingbells’ Annual Reader survey. Read More

Wedding Elegance On A Small Budget

Brides and grooms who desire an elegant wedding but need to proceed with a limited budget should select a few elements that are most important to them. A wedding is not about showing off. It’s about creating moments and memories. The best way to do that is to concentrate on a few “wow” items. Beyond that, following are a few other ways to save… (Read More)

Danee’ & Michael’s Wedding – August 7, 2011

On Sunday August 7, 2011, DJ/Emcee Rich Mason performed at Danee’ and Michael’s wedding & reception held at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Oregon.

Wedding Highlights:

  • Ceremony: 2:00pm
  • Processional: Train ‘Marry Me’
  • Recessional: Adam Sandler ‘Grow Old With You’
  • Cocktails/Dinner: Variety (including Country Favorites)
  • Bride & Groom Introduction: Black Eyed Peas ‘I Got A Feeling’
  • Toast: Best Man & Maid of Honor
  • Cake: Alan Jackson ‘Livin’ On Love’
  • First Dance: Allison Krauss ‘When You Say Nothing At All’
  • Father/Daughter Dance: Tim McGraw ‘My Little Girl’
  • Money Dance: Garth Brooks ‘Friends In Low Places’
  • Bouquet Toss: Beyonce ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’
  • Garter Toss: Queen ‘Another One Bites The Dust’
  • Last Dance: Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’

Congratulations Danee’ & Michael from Great Rate DJs!

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Best Wedding Songs

It can be difficult to choose which songs you would like played at your wedding, especially the first dance with your new spouse and mom or dad. Fear no more, go to http://www.greatratedjs.djintelligence.com/search/requested.asp to see the most popular songs in multiple categories such as Overall Top 200, Top 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, 10’s, Top Bride & Groom selections, Top Bride & Father songs, Best Groom & Mother dances, Most Popular Bridal Party hits, Great Bouquet & Garter Toss songs, Perfect Cake Cutting music, Best Introduction songs and more!

Wedding on a Budget: Finding a DJ

In most cases, brides and grooms share a special song or two and know exactly which selection they would like played for their first dance, but the music chosen after that is very important to determining if the reception is a delight or a dud.

If you are on a tight budget for your wedding, you may have thought of having an inexperienced friend be the DJ or (gulp) use an iPod. When going this route, here are some things to consider and questions that need answers: Which unlucky friend would have to “work” your wedding? How would you ensure a good flow and rhythm to your reception? What is your backup plan? Saving money is important, but at the expense of giving your guests a good time?

With Great Rate DJs, you will be relieved to find wedding DJs in your price range, who will make you feel comfortable throughout the entire process… from planning to performance. You can save the most by having a DJ assigned to you a few weeks before your event. However, for only a little more, you can also choose your DJ from our large network of affordable entertainers.

Economical Wedding Ideas

Great Rate DJs specializes in affordable wedding disc jockeys, but what about everything else? Here are some ideas to help you produce a cheap, yet stylish wedding:

Choose an off-peak day. Most venues are more affordable on Sundays.

Hold your wedding at a park or a friend or family’s residence.

Plan your ceremony and reception with your mom or a friend.

Invite fewer guests.

Design and print your own invitations.

Grooms normally rent a tux. It’s okay for the bride to rent her dress.

Have a friend or relative officiate the ceremony.

Purchase alcohol in bulk from Costco, Sam’s Club or other price-shopping club.

Share the expense of flowers with a bride from the previous or following day.

Wedding favors: candles, a plant, baked goods, homemade crafts

Most important – evaluate your priorities and resist feeling obligated to have certain effects. Remember that your valued guests will not care if your wedding cost $100 or $10,000. This is about two people making a commitment to one another. Feel comfortable with what you spend and savor your big day!