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Glittery Chandelier

Photo of the Month – Glittery Chandelier

Enchanting evenings and beautiful receptions cannot happen without the help from our stunning chandeliers! A night dancing under the stars without the worry of weather is easily achieved with this breathtaking centerpiece light fixture. 

Glittery Chandelier

From the gorgeous centerpiece chandelier to the glittering backdrop, that dreamy feel is effortlessly achieved. They may have their eyes locked together, but all other eyes are on the happy couple as they slide across the floor for their first dance. This stunning photograph was captured by Leo Pham Photography and perfectly showcases the breathtaking scene. 

Photography Credit: Leo Pham Photography

Lauren Feddersen Photography

Lauren Feddersen of Lauren Feddersen Photography {Creative Partner Spotlight}

For today’s Creative Partner Spotlight, allow us to present Lauren Feddersen of Lauren Feddersen Photography and we are so excited to share her enthusiasm with you! Lauren’s passion for the wedding industry is infectious. 

Lauren Feddersen Photography

Tell us a bit about your professional background. What brought you to the event industry?

I had always had a passion for the arts and I was always that friend who had a little point-and-shoot camera ready to capture anything. The summer after I graduated high school, I took anniversary photos of my parents and posted them on Facebook. I found out how powerful word of mouth is and the rest is history! I shot my first wedding in college – I was hooked and I knew I wanted to continue this exciting journey of photography!

What do you love about your job?

I take pride in the relationships I am able to build with my clients and I truly hope we can make our relationship something special! What excites me the most about what I do is the connections that I get to make with my clients and their families. Not only do I get to be present for these monumental occasions, but I also have the rare opportunity to commemorate those snippets of life in a way that will last a lifetime! To me, seeing that smile on a client’s face during the shoot or knowing that they are head over heels for their pictures afterward is what makes it all worth it!

If you could share one wedding planning tip with an engaged couple, what would you tell them?

Find vendors that you connect with! Your wedding day is going to go by in a flash and having vendors that you’re comfortable with can make a world of difference!

Lauren is always a pleasure to work with, and we are confident you will find the same experience with her! Be sure to check her out on Instagram at @_lfedphoto and give her a follow!

Livermore Weather for a Wedding

Livermore Weddings: Selecting a Date with Weather in Mind

Here in Livermore, we’re fortunate to have beautiful weather all year long! This makes picking a wedding date that much easier. But as you choose your wedding date, you’ll want to be mindful of the seasons as it will influence every last detail of your planning. 

After all, it’s crucial to incorporate every factor before settling on your perfect date. While summers can climb up into the 90s, winter can drop to the 40s and 50s. Here’s what you need to know for your Livermore wedding.

Livermore Weather for a Wedding

Photography Credit: Apollo Fotographie

Plan around your ideal attire

Attire is critical for achieving the perfect vibe for your big day. Warmer months like May through September are perfect for flowy dresses and light suits, giving off a light and airy feel. Cooler months allow for extra layers like cozy shawls and thicker overcoats that will give you a deeper, heavier, romantic vibe. 

What wedding attire will you want to rock? If your wedding dress is sleeveless, a warmer month might be better for you. It’s important to consider how you and your partner want to dress on your wedding day before picking your ideal date!

Consider your rain plan

No one wants rain spoiling the day, but unfortunately, rain is always a possibility — no matter where you tie the knot! But you might get lucky here in Livermore, where it averages zero days of rain between June and September. Instead, December through March tend to be the rainier months. And if you’re looking for snow, it might be best to look elsewhere or invest in a fake snow machine! 

So, if you have your heart set on an outdoor venue, the summer months may be your best option! If you’re planning for an indoor wedding, you won’t have to worry so much about rain. But remember: you might want to snap a few pictures outside! 

Think about your color palette

Finding the perfect feel for your desired aesthetic is important when considering a wedding date and wedding colors! Most people don’t sport pastels or bright, fun colors in the fall or winter, so you might want to stick to the summer months if that’s your color scheme.

On the other hand, fall or winter might be your best bet if you prefer moody color palettes. Some tones pair better at certain times of the year, so keep that in mind! While the weather in Livermore may not vary as much as in other cities, seasonal color palettes are still worth considering. 

It’s always a beautiful time to get married in Livermore, but it’s essential to find the perfect date for YOU! There’s an ideal time of year for everyone, so don’t be shy; celebrate your big day in Livermore whenever it feels right.

Nayeli and Scott

Casa Real Wedding | Nayeli and Scott

Casa Real always shows us a great time, but it’s extra fun when the couple is a blast with a wonderful sense of humor. We got to spend some time with the beautiful couple on their stunning wedding day, and we are definitely the lucky ones!

Nayeli and Scott

This sweet couple radiated elegance and class throughout the entire day. Smiles all around all day long!

   Fantasy Sound Lighting   Casa Real Couple

The happy couple was surrounded by loved ones and stunning floral arrangements all day long. What really took our breath away was, of course, the gorgeous lighting that shone no matter where you were! 

Casa Real Late Night Snack Casa Real

The couple wasn’t the only thing here that was sweet. This adorable dessert table was a hit, and the decorations were top-notch and high-class! 

Casa Real Livermore Wedding

Happy tears and fanny packs are always the best way to spend the day. Nayeli and Scott had a wonderful support system on their wedding day, which only added to the fun!

Real Wedding in Livermore Casa Real Wedding

Between the magnificent sunset and the elegant string lights, Nayeli and Scott were illuminated in the perfect ways every moment of the day. Cheers to the happy couple!

Photography: Anna Hogan Photography | @annahoganphotography

Venue: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery | @casarealevents

Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals | @pleasantonrentals

Lighting & Installation: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Florist: Bloomsters | @bloomsters

DJ: Rich Media Company | @richmediacompany

3 Types of Event Drapery Fabric

Whether it’s a Pinterest mood board, a fave Instagram aesthetic, or an idea in your head, you have the look and feel of your wedding day nailed down. If you want to achieve a particular look and feel, you will want all the details right.

A perfect wedding entails the right flowers, venue, colors, and drapery fabric! Yet, drapery fabric often gets overlooked, so let’s talk about how to pick the right style. 

Sheer Drapery

Sheer Drapery

Photo Credit: Jennifer Skog

Sheer drapery might be your jam if you’re after a romantic, dreamy, light, and airy feel. Sheer fabric is lightweight, great for uplighting, and easy to manipulate into whatever you need. It gives off a soft, flowy look that is perfect for layering! 

Poly Satin Drapery

Poly Satin Drapery

If elegance and high-class vibes are your goal, poly satin drapery is the fabric for you. This material has a glossy finish and comes in many colors, so you can get creative with your color palette. Poly satin’s sheen steps it up a notch and elevates a space for a more elegant feel.

Velour Drapery

Velvet Drapery

Photo Credit: Tyler Vu Photography

Royalty and old-world class are easily achieved with velour drapes. You might mistake this material for velvet, but velour is a superior choice over velvet as it’s more durable than its delicate counterpart. This fabric offers a soft texture that makes the space feel cozy and inviting. Perfect for making a large room feel more intimate for smaller guest counts! 

Event drapery allows you to be creative in a multitude of ways, whether dressing up a table for food, guest books, and gifts or creating defined spaces within a larger room. Plus, certain materials can draw light in when needed or block light out for a dramatic effect — so a lighting designer can help you create the right design! 

You can also use fabric to draw attention to certain areas of the room by hanging or draping around features like the sweetheart table, cake table, or dance floor. You can even use the material to accent centerpieces. The possibilities are endless! There are so many options for drapery and fabric, so be sure to check out what we have to offer!.

Venue Spotlight: Ruby Hill Golf Club

Ruby Hill Golf Club, located in Pleasanton, California, is ready to book your big day! Ruby Hill provides the perfect setup for any wedding style with a plethora of wonderful additions. 

Ruby Hill Golf Club Ballroom

Photo Credit: Shani Studios

Their beautiful venue offers a variety of event spaces, including:

  • The Clubhouse Ballroom: This stunning space features a grand staircase with a spacious ballroom and balconies with breathtaking views. You don’t want to miss out on the two-story event space with lots of natural light!
  • The Grille: No wedding day is complete without an outdoor cocktail hour in the beautiful Southern California weather. The Grille is an outdoor covered area for the most perfect cocktail hour!
  • Outdoor Ceremony Space: This little slice of heaven features a pergola with flowers and vines to serve as the perfect ceremony backdrop.

There are two dressing areas for wedding party members to get ready and enjoy the day. 

Ruby Hill Golf Club has plenty of additional benefits for couples as well, including:

  • Complimentary dance floor 
  • Complimentary cheese and fruit with champagne in each dressing room 
  • Five and a half hours of dedicated time for the ceremony and/or reception 
  • On-site catering and event staff 
  • Tables and chairs for up to 250 guests 
  • Table linens and linen napkins 
  • China, glass, and flatware 
  • Complimentary on-site parking

Are you ready to see this dreamy space for yourself? Give our friends at Ruby Hill Golf Club a call! 

Phone Number – (925) 417-5840

Address – 3400 W Ruby Hill Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94566

helpful wedding planning resources

Wedding Planning Roundup: Helpful Resources

Wedding planning shouldn’t be stressful! With a few tips, tricks, and support, the journey to the aisle can be fun, enjoyable, and stress-free. Lucky for you, we’ve done a little research for you!

Here are some helpful resource to guide you along the way.

Ten Wedding Things You May Hesitate Spending Money on (But Will Be Glad You Did) (Wedding Chicks)

You only plan your dream wedding once, so let’s be sure you get it right! Here are a few tips from the experts. Check it out!

Eight Wedding Shortcuts to Avoid (Brooklyn Bride)

It’s so easy to get planning fatigue and want to cut corners. Trust us, cutting corners will not make your life easier (or your wedding better)! Give this article a read, so you don’t cut the important corners. 

Seventy Best Processional Songs for Your Wedding Party (Brides)

Are you having trouble choosing the perfect processional song for your perfect wedding party? Let’s narrow that list down a bit and review some of the best!

Having a Small Wedding Party? How to Have the Awkward Conversation with Friends (Brides) 

No one likes feeling left out or having tough conversations, so this article is here to help you! Those talks don’t have to be hard; follow the tips in this post to make it an easy discussion.

Groom Duties: The Ultimate Groom Checklist (Brides) 

Even though it’s easy to joke that the groom has it easy, let’s help him out a bit, shall we? Here’s the list he needs in his hands for the big day. 

With a handful of helpful tips and a little bit of knowledge, your wedding planning won’t have to be stressful, and you can enjoy every step of the process!

Wente Vineyards in Livermore

Must-visit Wineries in the Tri-Valley Region

The wineries in Livermore are a “must-experience” item for your list the next time you’re in the Tri-Valley area! Nestled in the heart of wine country, Livermore is home to many wonderful wineries and gorgeous views to enjoy. 

If you’re in town for a wedding, these vineyards will turn your trip for the wedding into a weekend getaway. After all, you might as well stop and smell the vines while you’re here!

Ruby Hill Winery 

Ruby Hill Winery in Livermore

Ruby Hill is family-owned and operated winey that has occupied the Tri-Valley area since 1887. Wine tastings are available from 11-5:30 with the option to elevate your experience with a “portfolio tasting.” Go ahead — try ‘em all! Reservations for your visit are available, so give Ruby Hill a look!

Tenuta Vineyard

With a tagline as bold as “Give us 30 minutes and we’ll be friends for life,” how could we not put this gem on our list? Tenuta Vineyard is all about a phenomenal experience, but fair warning: you have to reserve your spot and it’s a popular destination. So, act fast! You won’t want to miss this one. 

Wente Vineyards

Wente Vineyards in Livermore

Certified sustainable and family-owned, Wente Vineyard knows what’s most important in this life! Their motto is to “make time for the things that truly matter,” and wineries in Livermore are right at the top of that list for us. Book a tour or reserve a tee time on the property to get the most out of your wedding weekend in Livermore. 

Murrieta’s Well

Murrieta's Well

As one of California’s most historic wineries, Murrieta’s Well has plenty to experience during your time on the estate. Be sure to check out all the tasting and tour options before you go; they have a plethora of varietals to suit everyone’s tastebuds!

Cuda Ridge Wines

Cuda Ridge Wines

Cuda Ridge has events, tours, and tastings to fit everyone’s interests. Larry and Margie Dino own this gorgeous vineyard, and there is a high probability you will get to meet them or their family members during your visit! It’s truly a home-grown experience here.

Garre Vineyard & Winery 

Garre Vineyard & Winery 

Wine tastings, tours, and a full menu, oh my! At Garre Vineyard and Winery, there is plenty to enjoy, but reservations are recommended. Indoor or outdoor seating is available to accommodate any comfort level, so save your spot and have a blast!

So, won’t you stop and stay awhile? With all the wineries in the Tri-Valley area, there is plenty to see,do, and imbibe. Turn your wedding experience into a weekend getaway to celebrate love and soak in some time away. You won’t regret a second of your time in the beautiful Tri-Valley area. 

Photo of the Month – Wooden Chandeliers

The perfect touches to your big day are in all the little details. However, these gorgeous chandeliers hardly feel like little details! Elegantly draped with wooden beads and encased with modern black iron, these stunning light fixtures fit so many beautiful styles. 

wooden chandeliers

This gorgeous photo is brought to life with the captivating floral arrangements done by Nicole Ha Design that add the perfect pop of color. The stunning scene sets the stage for the happy couple and all their loved ones to celebrate their big day with the perfect lighting shining down! 

Want these gorgeous chandeliers at your wedding? Get in touch with us!

Photographer: Corinna Rose Photography  

Lighting, DJ, Video, Photo Booth: Fantasy Sound Event Services

Florist: Nicole Ha Design

Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals

Venue: Palm Event Center in the Vineyard

Event Lighting Q&A

Lighting is critical to the success of your big day. You will want more than a few light switches controlling the look of your space, so it’s best to have a professional handle it! The last thing you want is to poor lighting reflecting in your pictures and videos of your big day after all the hard work you put into planning and preparing. After all, your pictures are the best way to carry the memories of your big day forever! 

Uplighting

Photography Credit: Ether & Smith

Q: Do I really need a lighting designer?

A: Yep – lighting design is what brings the rest of your wedding together! Even the most beautiful flowers won’t look so stunning under stuffy overhead lighting. An expert will ensure that your event space is well-lit while highlighting all of the amazing details.

Q: Do I need to have technical AND decorative lighting?

A: Yes! Technical and decorative lighting have very different purposes. While decorative lighting is intended to dress up your venue and add more dynamism to the space, technical lighting ensures everything is well-lit and functional. For instance, uplighting adds color to the room while spotlights highlight specific elements like the cake table or dance floor!

Event Lighting Q&A

Photography Credit: Ether & Smith

Q: How much can I expect to spend on event lighting?

That ultimately depends on how large your venue is, the size of your guest list, and your overall vision for the space. We recommend setting aside at least $1,500 in your budget, but your wedding planner and lighting designer can help you land on a more accurate estimate.

Q: When should I book a lighting designer for my wedding?

There is no such thing as too soon — especially with this year’s wedding boom! We suggest securing your wedding lighting contract shortly after booking your venue and wedding planner, as lighting will play a significant role in your planning process’s overall design and timeline.

While you might save a few dollars by nixing the lighting specialists, all the elements you invested time planning and putting together will suffer without a professional highlighting every last detail. 

Wondering if we’re the right fit for yor big day? Get in touch with us

The wedding of your dreams turns into a “night to remember” when all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the night under the stars — or is that just our stunning chandelier?

Creative Partner Jinger Lenoard-Norton

Jinger Leonard-Norton, The Flower House {Creative Partner Spotlight}

In this edition of the Creative Partner Spotlight, we’re thrilled to present The Flower House! We love interviewing local vendors and our friends at The Flower House are no different. 

So without further ado, allow us to introduce you to the owner, Jinger Leonard-Norton! 

Creative Partner Jinger Lenoard-Norton

Tell us a bit about your professional background. What brought you to the event industry?

Growing up I LOVED weddings, everything about them, and was planning on becoming a wedding planner. With the pressure of outside influences, I went into the corporate world for 15 years and hated everything about it. I did a lot of soul searching and turned toward my original passion. I took a chance and created Romantic Moments a wedding planning service. My company worked with The Flower House with a bride and began a relationship with the owner. Within a few months and lots of cocktails, I became the owner of The Flower House in October 2005. I knew nothing about flowers but what I loved was weddings and the designs became my true passion.

What do you love about your job?

I love helping brides articulate what their wedding will look like to reflect their personality. When the lightbulb goes off and then they can finally see what they have been struggling with. I also love a challenge and force myself to always look for new ways of creating a look. I also love working with my daughter Michaela. Having her to bounce ideas off of and having her support is what I call a beautiful blessing.

If you could share one wedding planning tip with an engaged couple, what would you tell them?

Trust your gut and stop overthinking things. I see my brides drive themselves crazy trying to make decisions. If you go with your gut feelings, get out of your head, and trust your vendor things will be fantastic and a true reflection of you. Also, change your linens!!!

Everyone needs a vendor who cares about them as much as Jinger cares about all of The Flower House’s clients. If you’re planning a wedding or simply love blooms, be sure to follow them at @theflowerhouse_ca!

Hopefully, you’re lucky enough to bump into Jinger, but if not, we hope you carry the words of wisdom with you as you plan your big day! 

 

Guided Tours to Add to Your Tri-Valley Wedding Weekend

What better way to get to know an area than a guided tour? Not only do they allow you to see a lot of an area quickly, but they offer an excellent bonding experience for your guests. And fortunately, there are plenty of guided tours in Livermore to add to your wedding weekend itinerary!

Tri-Valley Guided Tours

Here are a few of our favorites:

Livermore Segway Tour

Enjoy the vast hills and beautiful wine country without breaking a sweat! What better way to tour the valley and the wineries it offers than by segway?

Livermore Foodie Tour

Don’t let the name fool you; this tour may offer a fine dining experience, but you will also get to soak in history, culture, Livermore’s revitalized downtown and architecture, shops, and much more. And don’t worry about eating too much — this walking tour will ensure you get your steps in!

Lake Del Valle Scenic Boat Tour

Take a cruise and soak in all the beautiful views Lake Del Valle has to offer. Pick out your favorite spot to slow down and take a breath on this 90-minute cruise around the lake. 

Ravenswood Historic Site Tour

History and architecture lovers will swoon over this tour of one of Livermore Valley’s oldest estates. Check the dates and see if you can catch one of these free tours!

Black Tie Transportation Wine and Brew Tour

This tour screams high-class with luxury travel options and custom itineraries available for your choosing. By sampling a wide variety of wineries and breweries, you’ll learn exactly which ones you want to go back to for more!

There you have it – whether you’re a foodie looking for a delicious bit or it’s wine that wins your palate, there’s certainly a Livermore guided tour for you and your guests to enjoy!

 

Follow Us on Social Media

Planning a wedding? We’ve got all the inspiration you need over on the Fantasy Sound Instagram page! 

follow us on social media

The show-stopping lighting and gorgeous photos are enough to hit the follow button, but we’ve also got all the tips and tricks to make your wedding planning a breeze. Whether you’re looking for stunning pictures as inspiration or want to know the ins and outs to make your big day smooth sailing, we’ve got you covered!

Click here to follow us on social media!

wedding ceremony

Wedding Planning Roundup: 5 Helpful Resources

Getting engaged is such an exciting time in your life! The last thing you want is to feel overwhelmed by planning all of the fun. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered some helpful wedding planning resources to save you from the stress. 

Let’s get this party planning started!

2022 Wedding Trends (Martha Stewart Weddings)

Turns out destination weddings and micro weddings are here to stay this year. Looking for more wedding trends? You won’t want to miss this article! 

Is There a Specific Order I Should Follow When Hiring My Wedding Vendors? (Martha Stewart Weddings) 

Booking wedding vendors can feel like a lot of work — especially when you’re newly engaged! This article will help you build the perfect wedding dream team without the stress. 

Honoring Your Pets on Your Big Day (So This Is Love)

We’re big fans of seeing couples’ four-legged friends at their weddings! If it’s a priority to have your furry friend a part of your big day, make sure to read this article about honoring your pets at your wedding!  

Navigating Friends + Family the Week of your Wedding (Wedding Chicks)

Everyone is here to see YOU – which can end up feeling overwhelming in the days leading up to your big day. Check out this article for tips to simplify the week of your wedding while putting the guest experience first!

When You & Everybody Else You Know is Getting Married (Everyday Bride)

When the whole friend group is planning a wedding, things can get busy…and emotional. This article will help you all navigate the process with ease, so no feelings get hurt!

Just a few tips and planning the wedding of your dreams can be a breeze! Enjoy your time as an engaged couple and don’t sweat the small stuff. 

 

Summer Wedding Trends: 6 to Know in 2022

Who doesn’t love a beautiful summer wedding? There’s a reason it is the most popular time of year to get married! The warm weather, bright green grass, and flourishing landscape make for a gorgeous wedding day. 

Don’t even get us started on summer destination weddings. Hello, mini-vacation! Let’s make sure your summer wedding hits all the hot trends!

Over the last few years, there have been a lot of new and fun non-traditional traditions popping into the limelight. From ditching wedding parties to throwing a grand celebration following a micro-wedding, couples have found ways to personalize their big day to their liking. What a breath of fresh air! 

Here are a few summer wedding trends to know in 2022:

Intimate Wedding Ceremonies 

These have increased in popularity as people enjoy traditions filled with their close friends and family; no more, no less. Better yet, couples are discovering that their budgets can go much further when they can plan for a smaller guest list! 

Destination Weddings

Destination weddings are here to stay! With travel restrictions lifted, destination weddings are hitting everyone’s books. So if you’ve been bitten by the wanderlust bug, your dream wedding awaits! 

Minimalism & Simplicity

2022 summer wedding trends

Photography Credit: Anna Hogan Photography

If simple is the name of your game, you’ll be thrilled with this trend. Minimal decor and simple florals are popping up left and right. We all love simple, right? These stunning arrangements are everything in 2022!

Pastels

Photo Credit: Hazy Lane Studios

Pastels are back and, with these trendy colors, your summer wedding is sure to glow. Whether you’re at the beach, in the countryside, or looking for elegant ways to introduce color, pastels will be your best friend. 

Black-tie Affairs

Black-tie is in and we are here for it! Dressing to the nines is a hit this summer, so don’t be afraid of adding the words “black-tie affair” to your save-the-dates. 

Wedding Weekends

Why limit your big day to one evening? Wedding weekend experiences are keeping guests entertained this summer. This trend is growing in popularity as people reconnect with their loved ones, and one day simply isn’t enough. So, plan all your favorite events and live it up!

Looking to fill your Livermore wedding weekend itinerary? Check out our recent blog post!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Channel your inner Holly Golightly – pearls and champagne towers have made their way back into the decor scene. So if you want a classy yet simple and elegant wedding day, think about including these to make your party pop!

Whether your big day is big or small, casual or formal, black-tie or pastel-filled, your summer wedding is sure to be a big hit! 

Photo of the Month– Fantasy Sound Crystal Beaded Chandelier

Two is better than one, right? If you don’t believe us, now you can! Here are two of our elegant, crystal beaded chandeliers cascading one around the other to prove our point. The breathtaking elegance of these classy light fixtures dazzles everyone in the room — every time.

However, our showstopping chandeliers won’t take away from the couple of the night! Instead, the warm, clean light shines down eloquently on the newlyweds and their admirers. The raining crystals of these chandeliers are the perfect touch to any space for your big day! 

 

 

Questions to ask the DJ After You’ve Popped the Question

It’s no secret that a DJ can make or break a wedding reception. The last thing you want is someone who doesn’t know how to create a vibe! Yet, there are so many options on the market for a DJ that it can be an intimidating task to find the right one. This makes the interview process all the more stressful. It’s essential to ask the right questions to get the very best for your big day! 

First and foremost, let’s cover a few basic interview questions.

questions to ask your DJ

How long have you been a professional DJ? How many weddings do you do per year?

This question gets overlooked time and time again. You definitely don’t want your big day to be your DJ’s first event! So, ensure your DJ is well-seasoned in the wedding and events industry before signing on the dotted line.

How would you describe your style? What are your favorite types of weddings to DJ?

A typical answer you may hear is that they can match any style or “vibe.” But go beyond that by getting to know the person behind the business! What are their favorite weddings and events? The answer will reveal whether your DJ knows a good time!

Do you have any recent references?

You can’t have an interview without asking for references! Imagine how much better you will feel knowing there was a very happy couple who loved this DJ just weeks before you spoke with them. It’s crucial to build confidence and credibility with the vendors you choose.

Is our date available?

This is the most critical question. Ideally, you’ll know this before the interview. Otherwise, you’re wasting your time!

 Next, it’s good to get to know your DJ, how they will conduct the wedding reception, and let them get to know you, your preferences, and how you want your big day to look!

Can we have a “do not play” or a “must play” list?

This is YOUR day! It is imperative that you get to customize all services to your liking!

Do you offer any assistance in choosing music for special parts of the day?

There are so many options for first dance songs! Why not let the professional help you decide if you struggle to find the perfect tune?

Will you serve as our emcee?

The last thing you want is to falsely assume your DJ will oversee your reception schedule, only to find out they’re not. So make sure your DJ will cover every requirement you have.

Will you be the one performing at our wedding? If not, can we meet our DJ?

If you’re meeting with a company, it’s important to know who will show up for your wedding. Your day will run much smoother if you like the chosen vendors!

Lastly, let’s make sure all the loose ends are tied.

How much are your services? How and when do you take payment? Will you require a deposit? Are there any additional charges?

Although you might know some of these details before you meet, no one likes a financial surprise while wedding planning. So let’s make sure there aren’t any surprises!

Do you bring all the necessary equipment? What about backup equipment?

A DJ without the proper equipment wouldn’t be ideal for your reception. Make sure they have everything they need — otherwise, you may need to consider AV rentals, which will add to your budget.

What time will you arrive to set up? Will you take breaks? If so, how many and how long? What time will you tear down to leave?

Logistics, logistics, logistics! Your venue will appreciate knowing this upfront as well.

Everyone wants a stress-free wedding day! Feeling confident in your vendors, DJ included, will allow a refreshing deep breath and no added nerves on your special day.

4 Outdoor Adventures for Your Livermore Wedding

There is never a wrong time to get married in Livermore, California. The weather is gorgeous year-round, so beautiful wedding pictures are a guarantee! And if your guests are coming from out of town, there are plenty of outdoor opportunities to keep them (and you!) busy during their stay. 

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite local gems for your loved ones to enjoy, whether they’re seeking an adrenaline-filled weekend or prefer a calmer stroll through nature.

Brushy Peak Reserve 

Brushy Peak Reserve 

Talk about the perfect escape! Brushy Peak Reserve is typically less crowded than some of the other nature attractions in the area Plus, it’s free to enter (bonus!). 

These sun-filled trails are accommodating to many different types of adventure. However, you won’t want to forget your sunscreen! Whether you’re bringing horses or dogs or your favorite running shoes and bicycle with you, there are plenty of options to welcome you to your next scenic adventure. 

East Bay Del Valle Regional Park District

outdoor adventures in Livermore

While more developed than Brushy Peak, East Bay Del Valle it comes with its perks! If you’re looking for a place to swim, sail, fish, kayak, or boat, this lakeside adventure awaits. 

Don’t know where you want to start? The visitor center can direct you to the right location for you and your loved ones. Be sure to bring some money with you; there will be a few fees or costs associated with things such as entrance, parking, or adventures out on the water, but rest assured it will be worth it!

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Center

outdoor adventures

Shadow Cliffs has something for everyone! There are numerous trails to accommodate hikers of all experience levels. The world is your oyster, from beginner trails to trails ranging up to 118 feet in elevation! 

Want to cool off with a dip in the lake? Seasonal swimming is also available, along with a refreshment stand. Across 80 acres, there’s plenty of room for you and your guests to stretch out and explore!

Sycamore Grove Park 

outdoor adventures in livermore

As part of the Livermore Area Recreation and Parks Department, park rangers give free guided walks throughout the 847-acre park. So whether you’re looking for paved or dirt paths to enjoy, you have plenty of options for your hiking, biking, walking, or riding needs. There is a small parking fee, but feel free to leave your wallet in the car. You won’t need it after that!

No matter where you and your guests choose, you will not be disappointed! Livermore, California is a wonderful destination to get away and celebrate your loved ones thanks to its beauty and charm. 

So whether you and your guests are spending time adventuring pre or post-wedding, or you’re enjoying your big day in the beautiful outdoors, your guests will thank you for the beautiful time they enjoyed celebrating you and your partner.