In The Mix’s Top V: COLORS

By: Greg Wood

Top5_Colors_Title_GraphicWith the trends of wedding and events constantly changing, In The Mix Event Group will be showcasing our top V favorites for your upcoming wedding or other celebration.

When planning any event there is always a color scheme. It is the first way people give their event an image. If you want to incorporate the bright summer sun with yellow décor, the warmth of autumn earth-tones, or high end elegance with black and white, color is the first thing that will give your guests the atmosphere you are looking for.
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IN THE NAVY: The color navy is a cool color that was named after the uniforms of the British Royal Navy. Like black, navy can exude elegance. The color navy is associated with feelings of importance, authority, confidence, and power. The great thing about navy is it can be mixed with many other colors like white, pale yellows or peach, or even soft greys to complete your color scheme. Navy can work great in both summer and winter and in any venue. The current trend in navy tuxes can also help bring your groom and his pals a fresh and dapper look.

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SHADES OF GREY: Whether you spell it g-r-e-y or g-r-a-y, any shade of grey could be a good look for your wedding. Grey is one of the easiest colors to work with. It pairs with any other color well. Almost everything is available in the color grey. Grey is often associated with products and places that are formal, conservative, and sophisticated. A grey tux or dress will look good or most any body shape. Light grey can be breezy enough for the spring and a darker grey can bring a dramatic fog on your winter wedding.

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BRONZE BOMBER: Metallics can be the shining moment on your celebration. Standard gold and silver are the boring go-to. Try bronze as a way to give décor an expensive look. Using bronze is daring and bold, but it can be done both successfully and tastefully. A simple cake with bronze accents, or invitation with bronze foil are easy ways to incorporate the color. Bronze dresses or ties are bold and exciting. Bronze is both strong yet romantic. If metallic are your thing this trendy color can be an amazing color theme.

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PASSION OF PLUM: For hundreds of years purple has been associated with royalty. Plum is a beautiful variation of purple. It can give your wedding a picturesque romantic feel. The color plum is strong and can mix well with some of our other favorites on the list like grey or bronze. Flowers, dresses, even tuxes can all look beautiful in shades of plum. Plum is said to give off feelings of relaxation, passion, and joy. These are great emotions to share with your guests as you say “I do.”

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MELLOW YELLOW: If bright and cheery is your idea then yellow is your color. It isn’t an easy color to use tastefully, however when executed correctly yellow can brighten up your big day. Yellow is an attention getting color that represents positivity, clarity, and happiness. Yellow can pair well with grey, white, and other light neutral colors for a jovial event atmosphere that will have guests smiling. Be careful not to just blanket your wedding in yellow. Big Birds nest is not the look you want to convey. Try yellow accents on your cake, flowers, and napkins to brighten the room while not going overboard. When done with style yellow can be the sunshine on your big day.

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When picking the color for your wedding or other celebration think of these trendy hues that are on In The Mix’s Top V picks for colors. Our creative director is ready to point you in the right direction on how to make these colors or any color work!

Island Vibes: How to TASTEFULLY Give Your Local Wedding a Touch of the Caribbean

IslandVibes_TitleBannerAnyone getting married first needs to choose their perfect setting. You might chose a venue with natural woods to play off of your rustic theme, or a hall with white marble and twinkling light fixtures to convey a winter wonderland atmosphere. For many couples the perfect atmosphere would be on a beach in the Caribbean, but the reality of a destination wedding just isn’t in their budget. In The Mix Event Group has some great tips on how to bring a touch of the islands to your local wedding in a tasteful way. When planning and executing the perfect island wedding think about how you will bring the islands to each of your guests five senses – see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.

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Your venue or location will be the first way you convey the islands in your wedding. When someone mentions the Caribbean people will think of ocean waves. Start by researching venues that are on or near water. A local boat house, riverfront venue, or yacht club could be the perfect place to tie the knot. In 2015 In The Mix Event Group helped Livio and Justine DiRubbo plan a picture perfect waterside wedding at The Keyport Yacht Club in North Jersey complete with boats, gentle waters, and silhouettes of New York City in the distance. We have also provided sound to picturesque beach weddings in Atlantic City, Stone Harbor and other Jersey Shore destinations. The ocean and a little sun will have your guests gazing upon an island-like scene while they smell the fresh ocean breeze scent we all love.GetWet_Pic1
WE’RE JAMMIN’
Reggae music is an easy way to bring the islands home. There are tons of great reggae jams for your cocktail hour that will have guests swaying in the breeze with every tap of the Caribbean steel drum. It does not have to be all Bob Marley. John and Jen Yerkov requested in the Mix Event Group play a reggae cocktail hour at their 2017 wedding at Stone Harbor Yacht Club. Guests were enjoying the vibe while sipping cocktails right on the bay. Reggae is feel good music, and even if guests don’t know the song they will be transported to the islands simply by sound. Check out this Spotify playlist with some of In The Mix’s favorite reggae jams to stimulate your guests ear drums. (https://open.spotify.com/user/inthemixeventgroup/playlist/576mZonNU349r7SCC16zwO)
BOOZIN’ AND CRUIZIN’
The taste of your wedding is important. From the time guests get to your reception to the time they leave they will be eating, drinking, eating, and drinking some more. Start by picking signature cocktails that use Carribean inspired ingredients like rum, blue curacao, pineapple, and coconut. The drinks will give people the memory of the last time they were clutching a pina colada on a beach somewhere. Your cocktail hour appetizers will also help guests taste the island. Ask your venue if they can prepare simple and light finger foods that include the flavors of island dishes like seafood, chicken, fruit based salsas, etc.©Alexis June Weddings | Aisle Society Loves Sandals, Sandals South Coast, Jamaica | NYC + Destination Wedding PhotographerBoozin_Pic3

THE SHADE OF IT
One of the best things to do when in the Caribbean is relax under the shade of a beautiful palm tree. They provide protection from the sun while beach bathing or swimming, and look beautiful along the coast of all the Caribbean islands. You cannot bring full palm trees into your venue, but you can have your florist put palm leaves in your floral arrangements. Omar and Tiffany Khanataev had a beautiful waterfront wedding along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, and our creative director Gregg was able to incorporate the palm leaves they chose for their table arrangements into their gorgeous invitation suite and other print.

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So don’t think that you can’t have your dream island wedding just because a trip to the Caribbean isn’t in the cards for you. The planning team at In The Mix Event Group is ready to bring the island vibes to your wedding no matter where it is. Plan a free consultation and see what we can do for you.

Segall Wedding 10/15/17

By: Joe Sanchez

This wedding took place in the Joseph Ambler Inn in North Wales, PA.  It felt like a retreat from the hustle and bustle of Philadelphia, which made it even more enjoyable overall. It allowed everyone to solely focus on this beautiful wedding, especially those that stayed the weekend at the Inn.  The Jewish ceremony was exciting to be a part of. I truly enjoy seeing the wedding traditions of all cultures when I emcee weddings. Love and happiness was abundant in the room as Jeff and Beth shared their vows. This bride and groom are a match made in heaven.

Somewhat limited on time, as well as the wedding taking place on a Sunday night, Jim and I took what we had and made it an incredible and unforgettable experience for everyone, including ourselves.  From the romantic first dance to the sweet and cleverly spoken toasts from the Maid of Honor and Best Man, to the Hora and the parent dedication dances, everything in this wedding fell into place perfectly.  Our only regret is that we couldn’t freeze time and keep the party going.

We thank you Jeff and Beth for having Jim and I be part of your very special day. You made us feel welcome at the celebration as if we were part of your guest list. We hope you can look back at this day and reminisce on the magic and great memories that happened at your wedding.  From all of us here at In The Mix Event Group, we wish you nothing but the best!  L’Chaim!

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Thompson/Clerkin – 10/07/17

By: Joe Sanchez

thompson_photo2Where to begin? From surprise slideshow presentations, to dueling pianos, to even a Michael Jackson impersonator, this wedding involved a plethora of events and challenges for Jim and me as a DJ/Emcee duo, but at the end of the night, we had everyone wanting the party to never end.

Jim the DJ was stationed on a balcony overlooking the entire ballroom all night, which had me separated from him practically the entire night.  Since Jim and I have worked many weddings together, our ability to foresee what the others next move and communicate from far away helped us have the wedding go off without problem. The great cooperation from the catering staff at the Regal Ballroom was also a big help. It made the night run smoothly.  We made sure all events planned for the night were scheduled at the right time and nothing ran on for too long.  I also give the staff props for being able to feed 250 people a la carte and still give us enough time to party the night away (almost 2 hours of nothing but dancing!).

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From the cocktail hour until the end of dinner, we had the company of dueling pianists, who worked with us by playing standby music when needed and livening up the crowd prior to our set starting.  With songs like “Sweet Caroline” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, the pianists had the crowd singing and ready to party, which made for a great party transition. A Michael Jackson impersonator arrived on the scene during the reception and had everyone awestruck.  His performance was out of this world and it felt like we were in the presence of the King of Pop himself! His energy and crowd involvement allowed us to rally the party back to where it left off.  He even stayed and partied with us after his performance.  Truly a great ode to the King of Pop!

Kelly and Kevin are a great couple who knew how to have a good time. We were honored to be a part of their special day and wish them many years of happiness together.THOMPSON_PIC3

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!

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Jesse and Melina came in to our office looking for an invitation suite
that would truly encompass the look and feel of their destination
wedding in the Dominican Republic. We began with the save-the-date.
They wanted their announcements to be a postcard that looked as though
it had been sent from their destination in the future. What a great
idea! The photo they supplied was a great base to build a postcard
design from. Next we spoke about their invitation and how we could
bring paradise to the big city. When the couple was asked why they
chose to have a destination wedding they mentioned the weather, the
sand, and the beautiful sunset that would be the backdrop to their
outdoor ceremony. That was the ticket! When designing this invitation
a purple and orange sunset backdrop was the perfect element to give
the look and feel of the Dominican Republic. Their bridesmaid’s
dresses and groomsman’s ties were a hue of orange that matched the
“orange fizz” colored paper so closely Melina kept mentioning how
remarkable it was. The couple liked the purple accents so much that
they decided to add some different flowers in a range of purple shades
to their white and orange floral arrangements and bouquets. This
invitation was mounted in a pocket so a card with travel
accommodations could be included as well as some other information.
Over all the invitation suite that Jesse and Melina helped create with
the designers at In The Mix Event Group came out perfectly.

This invite includes:

Invitation: 110# Glossy Cardstock

Mount: Orange Fizz Cardstock

Invitation Pocket: Amethyst Sparkle

Envelope: Orange Fizz