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Tylar Delegeane Photography

Tylar Delegeane, Tylar Delegeane Photography {Creative Partner Spotlight}

Nothing beats getting to sit down and talk to our fellow creatives, especially people like Tylar that truly enjoy making every couple’s wedding dreams come true! We love seeing the artistic way Tylar captures all of those special moments of a wedding day — and after talking to her, it’s clear that her craft is inspired by her passion for weddings!

Tylar Delegeane Photography

Here’s a bit about Tylar Delegeane Photography and the woman behind the lens:

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

Originally I wanted to be a sports photographer! During my college years, I worked for a local photography studio that specialized in weddings and the rest is history! I fell in love with weddings and I’ve been wanting capture love stories ever since.

What do you love about your job?

I love all aspects of a wedding day – the details, the beautiful dresses, the gorgeous cakes but I love the emotions the most. A bride’s first look with her dad, a mother and son’s dance together, the bride and groom walking into their reception seeing all of their loved ones clapping for them – it’s all so special and I still can’t believe that I get to be the one to capture these stories. It’s so special and humbling!

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

One of my biggest tips is to ENJOY the planning process! It’s a lot to take in with all of the different vendors you have to meet, planning meetings to attend and seating charts to make but it goes by so quickly. Pick a certain day of the week to do one new task on your list or enjoy a tasting (or a glass of wine)! This is a once in a lifetime moment!

If you enjoyed reading about Tylar and her passions, make sure to follow her on Instagram!

5 annual events in livermore

5 Annual Events in Livermore to Plan Your Wedding Around

Planning your wedding around local events can bring a lot to the table. If your guests plan on being in the area for an extended wedding weekend, a local festival or activity can add to their experience! Talk about a wonderful opportunity to bring loved ones out to celebrate your wedding AND showcase the beauty of Livermore, California. 

However, planning a wedding around large-scale events could present logistic challenges like increased traffic, pricier airfare and accommodations, and limited space at restaurants and other attractions.

So whether you have a certain experience in mind or you want to steer clear of a busier-than-usual weekend, here are a few of the Tri-Valley’s biggest annual events to know as you plan your Livermore wedding!

Shamrock 5K Walk And Run

Shamrock 5K Fun Run & Walk

This is the perfect event for people that want to participate in a run, but don’t want to worry about a long-distance marathon during a wedding weekend! Nearby Dublin, CA pulls out all the stops for the Shamrock 5K Walk and Run every March with plenty of festivities to keep you and your guests busy around town.

Livermore’s Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend

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With 40 different venues participating, this spring weekend is for all of the wine-lovers out there. If you and your loved ones enjoy local wine, planning your wedding around Livermore’s Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend would make your wedding the event of the year. Just make sure to plan around the afternoon tastings!

Livermore Rodeo

Livermore Rodeo

If you envision your wedding with a rustic vibe, you might just want to consider planning around the Livermore Rodeo. With lots of festivities leading up to the rodeo, you and your guests can enjoy tons of fun for days leading up to your celebration. Tie the knot, enjoy some BBQ, and enjoy the shows!

Music in the Orchard

Music in the Orchard

Thursdays are the perfect night for a low-key wedding pregame, and Music in the Orchard fits that bill! Consider flying out a day early to enjoy this concert series and jam to local artists before all the wedding festivities begin. It’s a fun way to welcome guests and give them a taste of the Tri-Valley area!

Holidays at the Vineyards

Holiday in the Vineyard

If you dream of a holiday wedding, look no further. There are plenty of fun festivities when you plan around Holidays at the Vineyards! With holiday-themed activities and specials at all of the local wineries, it’s a perfect way for you and your guests to get into the holiday spirit before your big day!

If you’re wanting to add some extra pizzazz to your big day without it coming out of your pocket, planning your wedding around local events just might be the perfect option for you. And lucky for you, Livermore has plenty to offer — so we can’t wait to welcome you to our little slice of paradise!

Wedding DJ Guest Requests

Should Your Wedding DJ Allow Guest Requests?

When you’re planning a wedding, one of the many decisions you’ll make on the way to the aisle is the type of music and entertainment you’ll have for guests. Do you hire a DJ or a live band? Do you create your own playlist or let them run with it? 

While DJs bring a lot to the table (no pun intended), it’s important to select a wedding DJ you can trust to keep the party alive. And in searching for the best fit, you’ll want to ask the all-important question:

How do you handle song requests as a wedding DJ?

There’s only one right answer: It’s up to you! A great wedding DJ leaves that decision to the couple, as it’s a matter of preference. 

While we leave it up to our couples, we generally support guest requests as it adds an element of interaction to the celebration. If guests pick songs they love, it will surely get them on the dance floor! (Plus, there may even be some jams you forgot about in the shuffle of planning your wedding!)

Wedding DJ Guest Requests

But accepting guest requests doesn’t mean you lose control of your wedding vibe. Here are a few suggestions for opening the floor while maintaining the right energy:

Collect song requests before the wedding.

A popular way to involve guests in the party process early is by asking for song requests on the RSVP card. This will get your guests thinking about your big day and, when the wedding day arrives, they’ll be excited to hear their song! To jazz it up even more, consider placing RSVP cards conveniently for the wedding DJ to pick them out and shoutout your guests’s requests. Nothing brings the hype like a spotlight!

Create a “do not play” list.

Don’t worry about hearing songs you hate on your wedding day. If there are certain songs you can’t stand, create a “do not play” list to share with your DJ! That way, you aren’t surprised by a song that makes you cringe on the dance floor. That goes for those overplayed wedding songs that might feel a bit cliché for your big day. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries with the songs you don’t like!

Discuss expectations with your DJ.

Of course, most couples’ main concern is that someone will request a song they hate or one that isn’t appropriate for the rest of their guests. (There’s no need to make grandma blush on your wedding day!) That’s why working with an experienced DJ is essential. 

A DJ with wedding experience will know which requests are worth taking and which aren’t a good fit for your big day. It’s their job to keep a pulse on the vibe of the party, so you can trust a seasoned DJ to take all requests with a grain of salt. 

Make sure to set clear parameters around the style of songs you would like played. Just like your well-considered decor, your music needs to fit the vibe too. So share all the details, like your favorite artists, whether explicit music can be played, and which genres you would like to avoid. 

Remember: This is your big day and your wedding DJ is there to make it all the better! Just like your other vendors, it’s vital to find a DJ you love and feel comfortable working with. After all, the DJ runs the party — so pick the best party manager you can!

Bridges Country Club

VENUE SPOTLIGHT: Bridges Golf Club

We’re back with another venue spotlight in the beautiful Tri-Valley! We are so lucky to be surrounded by such stunning venues, so the fun part is picking out the perfect one for your celebration. Today, we’re featuring Bridges Golf Club!

Bridges Golf Club has a variety of beautiful spaces to offer:

  • The Fireside Room: An intimate space with elegant decor
  • The Clubhouse: This space seats up to 120 and harnesses a very romantic vibe
  • The Garden Pavilion: The most spacious and dramatically elegant room of them all. With the fairway views and ample room, this is a crowd favorite

Couples also get access to a spacious getting-ready suite to kick the day off on the right foot!

Along with the event spaces, Bridges Golf Club also offers:

  • Floor-length white or ivory linens, dining tables, china, flatware, and glassware
  • A limo golf cart with driver
  • White ceremony chairs and beverage station for the ceremony
  • Onsite ceremony coordinator and one-hour rehearsal 

Are you ready to check this event space out for yourself? Our friend, Sandy Tijero, will be happy to get you on the books! Schedule a site tour at Bridges Golf Course by emailing stijero@thebridgesgolf.com or calling (925) 735-4253 x3.

Address – 9000 S. Gale Ridge Rd. San Ramon, CA 94582

Wedding Planning Roundup: 6 Helpful Resources

We never want couples to feel overwhelmed by the wedding planning process, but we also want to avoid underwhelm from their big day not going as planned. That’s why we’ve rounded up some helpful tips to make this planning process better for you!

Wedding Planning Resources

Photography Credit: Hazy Lane Studios

Check out these resources to help you along the way:

How to Level Up Your Ceremony Design (Glamour & Grace)

If you want to take the look of your ceremony to the next level, you’ve come to the right place. That “wow” factor is just a click away!

The First 8 Wedding-Planning Decisions You Need to Make After Getting Engaged (Martha Stewart Weddings)

It’s easy to get overwhelmed figuring out where to start something you’ve never done before. Take a deep breath! Steps one through eight are waiting for you whenever you’re ready!

DIYing Your Wedding: What to Try and What to Leave to the Pros (Glamour & Grace)

“It can’t be that hard” — every DIY couple’s famous last words. There are so many wonderful DIY opportunities to make your wedding special and affordable, but make sure you’re picking the right opportunities!

Tips for Planning a Guest List Full of Love and Support (Love Inc.)

No one needs a day of passive aggressive remarks from a distant relative. A guest list filled with the best of the best ensures pure bliss on your big day!

Your Wedding Vendor Tipping Cheat Sheet (The Knot)

A guessing game no one wants to play: how much to tip the vendor. No need to ask questions on a taboo topic! We’ve got it all right here. 

50 Creative Wedding Favors That Will Delight Your Guests (Martha Stewart Weddings)

When you spent all day wowing your guests with a top-notch wedding, nothing says over the top like the best wedding favors. 

With the power vested in us by the Fantasy Sound team, I hereby declare you prepared! Go forth and conquer, lovebirds!

Jessica and Kurt's Palm Event Center Wedding

Palm Event Center Wedding | Jessica + Kurt

We always love celebrating our couples, and we loved every minute celebrating with Jessica and Kurt! This sweet and vibrant couple brought smiles to everyone’s faces until the day was done — and we couldn’t help admiring their love for one another!

Palm Event Center Wedding

These two put together an elegant yet simple wedding day — talk about beautiful!

Jessica and Kurt Livermore Wedding  Jessica and Kurt's Palm Event Center Wedding

The iron chandeliers casted a moody romantic vibe that made their white roses and greenery pop. It was the perfect industrial-chic combination! 

Livermore Wedding

The beauty of their big day really shined through the details, with specialty drink and snack stations tying the mood of the room together!

Livermore, CA wedding

Livermore, CA wedding

With a bunch this fun, it’s impossible not to have the best day ever! With their besties by their side, Jessica and Kurt were able to be themselves and live it up.

Palm Event Center Wedding 2022 Bridesmaids Livermore, CA

That’s a pretty great start to a lifetime together, if we do say so ourselves! 

Jessica and Kurt's Palm Event Center Wedding

Congratulations, Jessica and Kurt! The beauty of their big day wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing creative partners. Thank you for helping us make the happy couple’s big day so special!

Photography: Hannah Berglund Photography | @hannahberglundphotography

Venue: Palm Event Center | @palmeventcenter

Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals | @pleasantonrentals

Lighting & Installation: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Florist: The Flower House | @theflowerhouse_ca

Linens: Napa Valley Linens | @napavalleylinens

DJ: Amos Productions | @amospro

california wine month

Celebrating California Wine Month in Tri-Valley

September brings us one of the best times here in Livermore: California Wine Month! The Tri-Valley area is made up of top-notch wineries, and we love any excuse to talk about wine. 

california wine month

Visiting the wineries in Livermore is a must-do when you’re here any time of year, but harvest season in the valley is something special! Get behind-the-scenes looks at the winemaking and harvesting processes, enjoy events, and book tastings at wineries across the Tri-Valley area. 

We have a few favorite wineries, so check out their schedules and don’t miss out on the fun! See a list of our faves here!

25 Best Songs for a Wedding

25 Romantic Songs for Your Wedding Ceremony

One of the biggest challenges couples face during the wedding planning process is selecting the perfect music for the wedding ceremony! Music is an integral part of your wedding day and sets the tone for the ceremony, so we understand the pressure.

25 Best Songs for a Wedding

Photography: Kat Ma Photography

But, as any DJ should, we also happen to know some of the best weddings songs around — so let us help!

Here are 25 songs to consider for your big day:

Prelude 

  • Better Together by Jack Johnson
  • Rewrite the Stars by The Piano Guys
  • Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran
  • Maestro by Hans Zimmer
  • Fearless by Taylor Swift

Pre-processional

  • Over the Rainbow by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole
  • Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
  • Marry Me by Train
  • Baby, I Love Your Way by Peter Frampton
  • Oh, It is Love by Hellogoodbye

Processional

  • Open Arms by Journey
  • How Long Will I Love You? By Ellie Goulding
  • Only Time by Enya
  • You Are The Reason by Calum Scott
  • Beautiful Day by U2

Recessional

  • Hallelujah Chorus (from The Messiah) by George F. Handel
  • Spring Allegro (from The Four Seasons) by Antonio Vivaldi
  • We Found Love by Rihanna and Calvin Harris
  • I Choose You by Sara Bareilles
  • On Top of The World by Imagine Dragons

Postlude

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Tammi Terrell & Marvin Gaye
  • Soldier by Gavin DeGraw
  • For the Beauty of the Earth by John Rutter, The Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia
  • Feelin’ Alright by Joe Cocker
  • I’ve Been Waiting For All My Life by Tootsie

Remember, this is your big day — make it yours! It’s important to work with your DJ or ceremony musicians to create the perfect playlist. Need help? Let’s chat!

A Look Ahead at Fall Wedding Trends in 2022

As summer comes to a close, we cannot wait to see all the wedding trends popping up for the fall 2022 season! Fall wedding trends are to die for — there’s a reason October is the busiest wedding month for most regions!

Let’s dive into a few fall wedding trends on the horizon:

Virtual Save-the-Dates and RSVPs

Fall 2022 Wedding Trends

When push comes to shove, easy and cost-effective options are the way to go. Virtual save-the-dates save time and money for everyone involved. You don’t have to worry about wrong addresses or guests losing them in a pile of mail. You can send a text or email, and bam! You’re all set. 

If you dread spending hours addressing save-the-dates and placing stamps on just right, the virtual route is a perfect solution. With wedding websites, it’s never been easier to keep track of your guest list and manage your RSVPs, so you might as well keep it all in one place!

Wedding Weekend Getaways

Wedding Trends for Fall

With travel back on everyone’s agenda, weddings are becoming a wonderful excuse for a getaway. Turning destination or out-of-state weddings into long weekends is a mini vacation waiting to happen! After the travel hiatus of the century, people are chomping at the bit to spend time outside of their familiar areas. 

Bold Colors

Colorful Fall Wedding

After what seems like years of neutral colors in wedding décor, vibrant is back! Big, bold, beautiful colors are making their grand re-entrance into weddings this fall. With colors livening up the party and giving decor a personality, the party is only just beginning. Whether couples are starting with small pops of color or diving headfirst into the world of Pantone, we are excited to see it happen!

Honeymoon Registries

Trends for Fall 2022 Weddings

As the average age of couples getting married continues to climb, wedding gifts aren’t necessary like they used to be. Couples have already #adulted for awhile and likely own everything they need, so instead of upgrading to a new toaster, many are choosing to indulge in adventure! 

Free honeymoon registries have increased in popularity, with wedding goers free to contribute to a honeymoon fund with a thoughtful note. Couples can also send a thank you note right from the website. The ease, convenience, and benefit for all involved makes life a (beachy) breeze!

Pearls

Trending for Fall 2022 in Weddings

The vintage style takeover hasn’t stopped at the wedding industry. Pearls have made a huge comeback and we are here for it! The beauty, grace, and elegance of the vintage aesthetic make pearls an easy decision for decor, jewelry, or accents on veils, dresses, or shoes. 

As summer begins to wind down and we start to pack up our sandals, we can all look forward to enjoying the fun and fresh wedding trends fall will bring. We can’t wait to see these trends in action — so whether you are attending, planning, or celebrating your wedding, enjoy!

Elegant Sweetheart Table

Photo of the Month: Elegant Sweetheart Table

An elegant sweetheart table of your dreams: White roses, greenery, and our iconic rustic Edison beam chandelier. With a satin backdrop to make all the details of your big day pop, you’re bound to achieve the look of your dreams! The rustic aesthetic from the chandelier and a pop of industrial with the edison bulbs ties this space together perfectly

Elegant Sweetheart Table

Our rustic Edison beam chandelier fits every style — dress it up with florals and greenery (as seen here!), drapery swag, or leave it bare for a simple, classy look. Add some candles to the scene for the icing on the cake! 

Cheers to Ashley Maxwell Photography for capturing every inch of the beauty!

Real Winery Wedding

Casa Real at Ruby Hill Wedding | Thuy and Keheim

It’s always a beautiful day to celebrate a wonderful couple! Today, we’re featuring Thuy and Keheim and their elegant wedding day at Casa Real at Ruby Hill. 

Real Winery Wedding

Winery wedding in california

I mean, look at these sweet lovebirds! Who wouldn’t want to celebrate them? A wedding to remember is absolutely an understatement. 

Casa Real Wedding

Livermore Winery Wedding

Fun-filled and ready to party, they celebrated the couple in the classiest way; this wedding party came to have a blast!

Casa Real Wedding

California Real Wedding

Every detail of Thuy and Keheim’s big day exuded beauty, grace and class.

Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

Casa Real Events

From tasteful Edison bulbs to luxurious round chandeliers, we lit up the night at Casa Real for Thuy and Keheim!

Fantasy Sound Event Services Real Wedding Casa Real Events Real Wedding

Thuy and Keheim’s wedding was night to remember for everyone involved! 

Livermore, California Wedding Casa Real

Congratulations to the happy couple!

And a huge thanks to everyone who made this beautiful day possible:

Photography: Studio Dizon | @studiodizon

Venue: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery | @casarealevents

Lighting & Installation: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Delford West Flowers

Karl R Eckel, Delford West Flowers {Creative Partner Spotlight}

Floral arrangements can make an event space come to life with the right florist. Lucky for you, we got to interview the very talented owner of Delford West Flowers, Karl R. Eckel!

He’s got an extraordinary eye for design, but we’ll let him tell you more about himself!

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

I was brought into the event industry on a recommendation from my uncle, a friend needed a part time driver for a flower shop. It was during high school and I was in the work study program and was able to attain credits with a part time job. After working there for two years, I wanted to own my own business and decided on a flower shop.

What do you love about your job?

I love my job because it is always changing and evolving, from the business aspect as well as the clients. I knew that I was not a person to work in an office with set hours. Even though we sell wedding flowers, I feel we are helping people fulfill the dreams of their perfect wedding, no matter how big or small.

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

The best tip I can give to engaged couples is to have the wedding they want; the only people they should please are themselves.

Who doesn’t want the best of the best bringing their space to life?! If you’re looking for a fantastic florist in Livermore, Delford West Flowers can hook you up. Check out their floral eye candy at @delfordwestflowers while you’re at it!

 

Vendor Credits –

Venue: Palm Event Center in the Vineyard
Wedding Coordinator: Ybarra Events
Videographer: Toast Wedding Films
Florist: Delford West Flowers
DJ: DJ Jeremy Productions
Hair & Makeup Artist: Styles By Ann
Wedding Dress: Novella Bridal Boutique
Tux: Generation Tux
Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services
Livermore Wedding Venue

Venue Spotlight: Fox Hill Ranch

The Tri-Valley area has many wonderful venues to offer and we are thrilled to highlight Fox Hill Ranch! Rustic, classy, and farmhouse chic, Fox Hill Ranch offers the perfect spaces to fulfill your rustic wedding dreams. 

Fox Hill Ranch

Fox Hill Ranch offers a few spaces to enjoy on your wedding day, including:

  • The Barn: Perfect for a reception and offers plenty of space for dancing and activities.
  • The Pavillion: Enjoy your ceremony under a beautiful pavilion that will stand out not just in your pictures and video, but in your guests’ eyes too!
  • Bonus: You’ll also find a quaint area that throws you back in time to the Old West with a saloon, hotel, and bathhouse that is perfect for guests to explore during cocktail hour. Talk about unique photo opportunities for you and your guests!

Livermore Wedding Venue

In addition to the staged spaces, the property offers a suite to take photos while the wedding party gets ready. With mirrors, tall ceilings, and room for the whole gang, Fox Hill Ranch is ready to accommodate you and your loved ones!

A wedding venue like no other, Fox Hill Ranch will make your big day stand out for years and years to come. To live out the farmhouse wedding of your dreams, schedule a tour of Fox Hill Ranch!

Address: 3458 Byer Rd, Byron, CA 94514

Phone Number: (925) 580-9125

Vendor Credits:

Wedding Planning Roundup: Helpful Resources

One of the most overwhelming parts of wedding planning are the many opinions people have about how your big day goes down. Considering this is your wedding day, you should get to plan it exactly the way you want it! 

wedding planning resources

Photography Credit: Ashely Maxwell Photography

Lucky for you, we rounded up a few helpful resources to help with your planning! The more you know, the easier it is to make educated decisions. Without further ado, let’s get this party started. 

Wedding Floral Trends You Need For Your Wedding Day (Glamour & Grace)

If you have an idea of what blooms you want, but don’t know the right words or have the right trends on hand to make the call? This is the blog for you.

Advice Our Favorite Wedding Pros Share With Their Just-Engaged Besties (Love Inc.)

Ready to handle all the opinions, thoughts, and advice every Facebook friend has to share with you? No? Well, that’s understandable. No one is ever prepared for that! Get advice from the pros for how to handle it best!

Communicating Effectively With Your Partner During The Planning Process (Popped!)

Stressful times can easily strain communication with your partner. Let’s avoid all that madness!

Hacks To Stay Organized When Planning A Wedding (Pretty Pear Bride)

The little details can pile up really fast and no one needs their head spinning like a top. Stay organized from the get-go and keep your sanity too!

Copycat Friends: How To Deal With Stolen Wedding Ideas (So This Is Love)

You pour your heart and soul into planning the details of your big day just to watch someone copy your ideas and paste them on their wedding date? Ouch. Find out how to get over that together. 

It’s time to soak in every wedding planning moment with a smile. That’s the least anyone could ask for, right?

Megan + Tyler's First Dance

Palm Event Center Wedding | Megan + Tyler

We are so excited to showcase the beautiful celebration of Megan and Tyler on the blog today! We love working with Palm Event Center, but we love it all the more when we get to celebrate an amazing couple like Megan and Tyler.

Fun fact: Megan is part of the Fantasy Sound family and a much-loved member of the Livermore wedding industry, so you know we had to throw down for her!

Livermore Wedding

Megan and Tyler found the perfect balance between elegant boho and all the fun! 

Megan + Tyler’s First Dance

Our favorite wood-bead chandeliers paired beautifully with overflowing floral arrangements (shoutout to Nicole Ha Design!) truly brought this wedding reception to life. 

Livermore Wedding Lighting

The beauty is in the details — and that is no different on Megan and Tyler’s big day! Their gorgeous wedding cake and captivating floral arrangements tie together all the decor perfectly. 

Boho Wedding at the Palm Event Center

Livermore California Wedding

Palm Event Center provides stunning views all over the venue for countless photo ops — as you can see! 

Livermore Wedding

Palm Event Center Wedding Livermore

We always love the opportunity to work with such amazing creatives and vendors to make special wedding days like this happen! Thanks to all of our event partners who made Megan and Tyler’s big day a reality!

Photographer: Corinna Rose Photography | @corinnarosephoto

Lighting, DJ, Video, Photo Booth: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Florist: Nicole Ha Design | @nicolehadesign

Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals | @pleasantonrentals

Hair and makeup: Status Salon | @statussalonagency

Grooms hair: Livermore Barber Shop | @livermorebarbershop

Venue: Palm Event Center in the Vineyard | @palmeventcenter

Dress: J’aime Bridal | @jaimebridal

Tux: The Black Tux | @theblacktux

Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery

Venue Spotlight: Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery

Livermore, California has a multitude of beautiful wedding venues that scale the stunning countryside. Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery is one of these venues, offering breathtaking views of their vineyards. 

There are a number of event spaces available for booking that include:

  • Lush lawn with rustic wooden gazebo – perfect for ceremonies!
  • Garden Courtyard with lights and a shaded arbor
  • Barrel Room filled with rustic vineyard vibes

When you celebrate your wedding at Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery, it comes with a few bonuses:

  • An on-site event manager to help you plan your day
  • Use of their newly remodeled bridal suite with private bathroom, dressing area, floor-length mirrors, vanities, and comfortable seating to relax before your event
  • Complimentary one-hour rehearsal time block
  • White padded chairs and a variety of table sizes for your ceremony and reception
  • Glassware included with the beverage package
  • Set-up service and tear down 
  • Nine hours of onsite time for setup, celebration, and cleanup

Crooked Vine Winery is available for weddings, private parties, and corporate events seven days a week. If you are ready to take a tour, call the number below to get on the books!

Address – 5625 Greenville Rd, Livermore, CA 94550

Phone Number – (925) 449-0458

Wedding Planning Resources

Wedding Planning Roundup: 5 Helpful Resources

If you find yourself in the “most exciting time” of your life, but are feeling stressed about ironing out all the details of your big day, this is the place for you! You shouldn’t have to stress and worry while planning your wedding. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the best tips and tricks to alleviate some of the wedding planning chaos. 

Wedding Planning Resources

Photo Credit: Studio Dizon

90s and Y2K Music Is Back, Back Again (Love, Inc.)

This news is worthy of the ultimate fist pump! We’d be lying to ourselves if we said we weren’t waiting for permission to bring this back in full force. Get ready to jam out on your wedding day!

Meaningful Wedding Ceremony Ideas (Glamour and Grace)

How do you make something your own if you’ve never done it before? This is a phenomenal resource to help you make your big day YOURS!

The Best Late-Night Snacks for Your Wedding (Glamour and Grace)

This is arguably the most valuable information for your wedding day. It may not seem like it now, but trust us, you’ll thank us later!

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

Furry friends make huge impacts on our hearts, so why not include them on your big day? Here are a few ideas to help you bring your furry friends with you down the aisle. 

Unexpected Wedding Party Woes and How to Address Them Quickly (Elizabeth Anne Designs)

The not-so-fun part of wedding planning is preparing for the things that don’t go as planned. It’s much easier on you and your partner to be prepared for any potential problems than not, so give this blog a quick read. 

Planning your wedding is such a fun time in your life, so if you find yourself overwhelmed, take a deep breath, step back, and hop back on the ride! You’ve got this!

 

7 Creative Wedding Entertainment Ideas to Spice Up Your Wedding

Who doesn’t want their wedding to be the event of the year? Imagine your big day as a day no one will ever forget — that sounds pretty amazing, right? Well, with the right wedding entertainment, it’s not as hard to achieve as you think! 

With just a few creative wedding ideas, your celebration will undoubtedly be one for the books. To keep the fun rolling all night, keep reading and get your creative juices flowing!

Yard games

Let’s not overlook a simple yet super fun addition to any party! Instead of guests feeling stuck at their table, they can have the opportunity to play cornhole, horseshoes, rope toss, giant Jenga, connect four, and other yard games. Everyone loves the opportunity to play — and a little friendly competition never hurt!  What’s more fun than a classic backyard party experience?

Team mascots

Just think about how stoked your guests would be if everyone’s favorite team mascot walked in to join the party; too fun, right? Dancing and snapping photos with your fave mascot will definitely stick with your guests for years to come! 

Live entertainment

wedding entertainment

Photo Credit: Maurice Ramirez

Live entertainment isn’t limited to live bands! Comedians, impersonators, artists (caricature, silhouette, etc.), tarot card readers, and many more are ready to join your big day and get your guests in the party mood. Whether they’re warming up the crowd during cocktail hour, livening up the reception after dinner, or surprising your guests near the end, there are a multitude of options to keep your loved ones on their toes!

DIY food stations

interactive food stations

Photo Credit: Jay Tsai Photography

Doughnut towers, ice cream sundae bowls, chocolate fountains, popcorn bowls, champagne flute stations, and so many more options are ready for you to make your own! Everyone loves an opportunity to eat, especially something they love! Get your guests off their feet and into your creative use of space and food; you and your guests will not be disappointed! 

Choreographed dances

Hear us out: flash mob. Nothing like shaking up your guests’ expectations like surprising them with entertainment filled with familiar faces! This will take a little more time and planning but is so worth the added pizzaz on your big day. It’s also a very fun bonding moment for you and your wedding party!

A nod to shared passions

Think outside of the box. What are you and your future spouse passionate about? How can you incorporate that into your wedding day? The options are endless for your big day’s itinerary, so make it your own! If you love board games or murder mysteries, consider hosting a murder mystery game before dinner is served (a la The Office). Remember, it’s YOUR day!

Fireworks

If your venue permits, fireworks are always an exciting addition that adds a romantic flare to your wedding day. Enjoy the lights and shimmers in the sky before your big sendoff. Talk about going off with a bang!

There’s no need to feel confined to the typical wedding itinerary! The options are truly endless for your big day, so get creative and don’t hold back. Allow yourself the opportunity to thoroughly enjoy your day and your guests!

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

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

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.