Get with the Program!

WeddingProgram_Blog_GraphicWhy you need wedding programs to complete your upcoming ceremony.

By: Gregg Wood

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If you have been to a wedding within the last 5 years, chances are you saw a wedding program. It was that piece of paper you picked up on your way into the ceremony. After reading over the program it conveniently doubled as a fan because your boyfriend’s cousin just had to get married in the middle of August on the hottest day of the year. As wedding trends change with each season, programs are becoming a staple of the ceremony seen more and more. Many people wonder what a program is and why you need it. It may not be a necessity, however it is a nice touch. There are three main reasons to include a program at your wedding and the creative team here at In The Mix Event Group is here to tell you all about them.

The first purpose of your program is to serve as an itinerary to your ceremony and reception. You have gone through a lot of prepping and planning to make your wedding a beautiful experience for both yourself and the guests celebrating with you. Use your program to outline the day so guests know what fun things are you have in store. Include a timeline of your ceremony with the events, special readings or songs, and other personal touches you added while you exchange vows. After the ceremony, let guests know what will be happening at the reception. Signature drinks, that fun photo booth in the corner, special dances, family customs, and entertainment appearances are all things you will include on your program. You want to tell guests what you have for them to enjoy so they don’t miss it. WedProgram4

Another purpose of a program is to introduce the team to your guests. You have assembled your best friends and siblings in your bridal party. Your parents and grandma are in attendance with love and support. Your officiant, readers, singers, and other helpers are ready to do their part. The program is a nice way to acknowledge these people. They have planned your shower and final flings. They helped shop and get it all together without a complaint (to your face). Using your program to show that they were an important part of your special day is a nice gesture in their honor, and a fun way to let your guests know who they are.

A grWedProgram1eat way to use a program is to send a message to your guests. Do you have a close family member or friend that left us too soon and are not able to physically be a part of your wedding? Include an “in memory” section on the program to remember these people. Are you excited to see the crazy pictures that your guests post on social media after the wedding? Include your own unique wedding hashtag on your program so guests will tag their photos for everyone to see. Sometimes couples choose to make a donation in their guest’s name to a charity instead of spending the cash on wedding favors. Your program is the perfect place to explain why no one will be leaving your wedding with a tiny bag of almonds or the mini bubble wand they were looking forward too.

The last thing you may or may want to include on your program is a little insight into you as a couple. People are there to celebrate with you, but do they really know your story? Do they know where you met or where he popped the question? Do they know what kind of pets you share or your favorite weekend hobbies? Tell your guests a little about what makes you the perfect match for each other.

So as you plan for your save the date announcements and invitations, also think about your wedding program. What would you want to include? Who do you want people to know is important to your wedding? Adding a wedding program is a unique way to give guests all the details about why your wedding is going to be a night to remember.

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SOLT/ESCOBAR WEDDING 7/3/17

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In The Mix Event Group had the honor of providing the music for Dan and Mia Solt as they wed at the beautiful Inn at Twin Linden in Narvon, Pennsylvania. Laurie and her daughter Kendal run a wonderful rustic inn that can be the perfect location for a small wedding or other celebration.

20170603_1809072Mia and Dan needed to put together their wedding with only two weeks to plan and In The Mix Event Group was happy to help them in a crunch. First and foremost the weather for Dan and Mia’s wedding was perfection; a bright sun gleaming, a nice light breeze, and not a cloud in the sky. The inn backs up to what seems like miles and miles of vivid green farmland and open blue skies. Mia, a hair and makeup artist based in New York looked the image of perfection as expected. Dan looked equally as dapper in his tan suit as he awaited to marry his best friend. The open outdoor area where Dan and Mia’s wedding was held had great features that provided a charming rustic look to their wedding day. A floral archway served as the ceremony area where the couple exchanged vows. After their ceremony guests wandered across the lawn to a covered portico entwined with natural branches around the columns and roof. This is where beverages and cocktail fare were served. Under a nearby tent framed in lights their dinner was served to guests as they chatted around long family-style seating tables adorned with beautiful flower arrangements.

DJ Panix played a young and upbeat set for the couple and their group. During dinner a mix of 90’s and early 2000’s music was enjoyed. As the sun set the partyIMG_4599 began. Top 40, bachata, pop, and hip hop had the guests making good use of the dance floor that was set up for the event. The sun was down and the twinkling lights were bright as the end of their six hour wedding celebration neared. It was sad to see it end, but it was more than apparent that all of their guests enjoyed the casual wedding atmosphere and exciting party.

In The Mix Event Group wants to congratulate Dan and Mia on their marriage and we wish them lots of love, luck, and a bright future. Luck isn’t needed when you are as perfect for each other as Dan and Mia are. We were honored that our team was able to provide the music for their impromptu wedding, and we would love to be part of Dan and Mia’s next life celebration.

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DESTINATION WEDDINGS

Everything you need to know about getting married in paradise.

By: Gregg Wood

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Destination Weddings can be an amazing experience. The perfect weather, the perfect setting, the perfect celebration; they can all be a short plane ride away. Destination weddings can seem to plan themselves. You make a few selections via telephone and everything is set. Your guests will be paying for their own trip so all you have to do is get a dress or suit and walk down the aisle. This can be all well and good, however this may also lead to some regrets after the sun sets on the horizon and your wedding is complete. In The Mix Event Group is here to help by making sure you know the ins-and-outs of destination planning and give you some things to think about before signing the check for your wedding abroad.

THE VENUE
Destination_3For some reason people think beach when they hear the words “destination wedding.” There are so many more destinations from coast to coast. We all know the sandy beaches of the Caribbean and the fiesta lifestyle of Mexico will make a great setting for your wedding, but think outside the box. Maybe a wedding on the shores of Washington state with orca whales and purple mountains majesty is more your style. What about the sprawling vineyards of southern California for a wedding where the wine is flowing all night? The Latin flair of Miami can heat up the dancefloor for your guests as a glowing sunset falls in the background. Whichever you chose make sure your first step is to read the resort reviews. Brides have no problem expressing their frustrations with a resort or venue when the staff dropped the ball on their big day. Reviews on facebook and google can not be deleted by a venue and will give you true insight into whether your wedding will be a fit for royalty or a royal disaster.

ENTERTAINMENT
Any resort you chose for your destination wedding will have a house DJ. As an entertainment company we know that a great DJ could make or break your wedding. You may be tempted to just book the house DJ and be done with it. Stop right there. Slow your roll for a second and think about every wedding you have ever attended. The DJ has a lot of responsibilities. In addition to keeping the dancefloor packed, the DJ also makes announcements for you and your bridal party. If getting married in Mexico or the Caribbean it is more than likely that English is not the house DJs native language. The DJ has to play the right song at the right moment, such as when you have your first dance. When getting married abroad you will have very little interaction with your DJ before you head down the aisle. Are you comfortable with having a DJ you never met be the most important part of your wedding? In The Mix Event Group suggests having a DJ travel with you. You can have multiple meetings with your DJ if they are local to where you live, you can go over every detail of your music, and you can be sure that the DJ you hired will be well prepared for the big day. Couples save money when having a destination wedding because guests pay for their own trip. We suggest putting some of those savings into making sure the most important part of your wedding (the DJ) is exactly what you want for your celebration.

TRAVEL
Nothing is worse than a beautiful destination wedding with no guests because their travel accommodations weren’t correct. Just as much thought should go into your travel agent that did into your venue and DJ. When choosing a destination for your nuptials think about a few key things. How easy is it to travel there? How long does it take to get there? How much is it going to cost guests to travel? If you pick a destination that is fourteen hours travel time between a plane ride and a boat ride and will cost guests $2,500 in travel they are not going to come. You want a beautiful wedding in the setting of your choice, but a wedding isn’t any fun without your closest friends and family there to celebrate with you. Before you book the venue contact your travel agent. Ask the agent if they have ever book travel for destination weddings in this country before. Ask the agent if they have heard of any nightmare stories from former clients about wedding destinations to steer clear from. Ask the agent an estimated cost for your guests to attend the wedding. You can even ask the agent if they have any suggestions for wedding locations that were simply splendid for other couples. They book travel for a living and can point you in the right direction.

STYLE
Destination_2Dressing for the occasion is very important. Think about where you are getting married. Long sleeves don’t work in St. Thomas. Short dresses won’t work in Alaska. Same goes for the guys. Don’t try and wear wool in the islands or linen on a glacier. You will either end up with sweat stains that go from pit to belt loop or your teeth chattering in every photo. Ladies, whatever you do… PLEASE don’t wear ball gowns on the beach. You look like that girl in Starbucks that is wearing Uggs in the summer. It don’t work. That is all.

We hope this helps you plan the perfect destination wedding. The team here at In The Mix Event Group can help you with an awesome DJ and an awesome travel agent to keep your big day running smooth no matter which country you tie the knot it!