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Why you need wedding programs to complete your upcoming ceremony.

By: Gregg Wood

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.

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 great 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.

SOLT/ESCOBAR WEDDING 7/3/17

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.

Mia 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 party 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.

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!

Destination Wedding

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

Sharkey/McArdle Wedding

When I think about prepping for the McArdle wedding, and there is more then 50 classmates, high school teammates, and kids from the neighborhood in the crowd, its always a little more pressure. But, I honestly love it, and it keeps me on my toes! I love getting to do weddings for kids I grew up with. Not only did I go to high school with them both, but I knew there was multiple guests that have been to weddings that In The Mix has done before, and knew without a doubt, they would be on the dance floor to help us get things started!

The venue took place at the new FOP hall right down the street from where we all grew up! Now don’t get me wrong, I never mind driving down the shore for weddings in the summer time, but its definitely a treat to work a Saturday night 5 minutes away from your house!

As I started lining up the bridal party, I saw some of them dressed in old Archbishop Ryan gear and even had the schools flag as one of the props! It’s always fun to see people really get pumped up for the introductions. I kinda wish I had my old football jersey on underneath my shirt and tie and ripped it off during the intros! Now that would have been a fun prop! Ha Ha

 

The wedding was exactly how I predicted it would be…. AWESOME! We had a bunch of guests dancing before early on before we officially opened up the dance floor. DJ Saint James put on Frankie Valli’s “ Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and the instantly the dance floor was jumping. At that exact moment I knew that we were in for a great night! Jim played a great mix and had the dance floor packed as always! There was a special moment during the night when Jim played “I’ll Always Love My Mama” by The Intruders, it was dedicated to Melissa’s mom and all the moms in the room! That’s such a great song and always reminds me of my grandmom who passed away. So I loved that she wanted that song to be a special moment during the wedding. As the night came to an end, Frank the groom asked if one of the guests could sing the last song. She was a recording artist who has done the National Anthem at Eagles games before. My response was “of course, its your wedding, whatever you want!” As I hand her the mic and “Don’t Stop Believing” started, everyone in the room sang along with her. Toward the end of the song DJ Saint James, slowly cut the song and let her and the whole crowd sing the rest of the song by themselves! It was a pretty amazing sight to see!

I just want to thank Frank and Melissa for being such a treat to work with and for letting In The Mix be a part of their special day! Congrats again, Jim and I wish you nothing but happiness!

 

Marchione/Kashow Wedding 7/9/16

kashow 2When Chris and Kira first walked into our office I feel like we immediately clicked with the concept of what they wanted at their wedding. Then when I heard that they wanted to do a “Flash Mob” at their wedding, I was instantly excited to hear more! Like every couple on their wedding day, they wanted a big party! Who doesn’t right? I remember thinking back to the thought of opening up the dance floor while the bridal party breaks out into a full blown choreographed skit, it made me want the wedding to be the following weekend! Sadly, it was only early 2015 at this point!

So as the big day anxiously arrived, DJ Los and I were pumped for the party! The weather was looking like it was going to rain off and on all day. As we arrived at the beautiful Manor House at Commonwealth, the ceremony was all set up to be inside because of the rain. The bride really had her heart set on having her ceremony outside. The staff at the Manor House checked the weather forecast one more time and they gave the green light for everything to be outside. The couple were thrilled because that’s how they envisioned everything would take place. It winded up being such a beautiful ceremony after all with no rain in sight.

As everyone was sat in the reception room, the bridal party was anxiously practicing their moves in the cocktail room as we were lining up for the formal introductions.  After the crowd screamed as the brkaskow 5ide and groom entered the room and dinner was served, it was time for the big show! The show I have been so hyped to see happen was finally about to go down! As the song started you hear “Ladies and Gentleman, Lets Get Ready To Rumble”  and like a fire alarm going off, the whole bridal party including the bride and groom ran to the dance floor for their skit! Not only was this an unforgettable moment, but they pulled it off flawlessly! The best part was, halfway through the song they all grabbed guests from the dance floor and it might have been the quickest we’ve seen 120 people on a dance floor to start a party! From that moment  on, DJ Los put on an incredible mix that had the crowd going til the very last song! The electricity in the room was insane! As the kids today would say “This wedding was Lit”

I just want to send a special shout out to Chris and Kira for not only trusting us on their big day, but for an unforgettable evening! Thanks again, and we can’t wait to be part of your family’s next big event in the future! Plus, Im looking forward to getting to see some great pictures from the wedding! Always a pleasure to get to work with Krista and Mike from Michaels Photography! Can’t wait to see Flash Mob pictures!

 

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Summer 2016 Entertainment Spotlight Award

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The Entertainment Spotlight award for the summer of 2016 is awarded to James Epright. Heres a little more info about one of In The Mix’s shining stars!

James grew up in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia and now resides in New Jersey with his wife Amy DSC_5177-Editand two daughters Chloe and Rory. Jame’s has been DJing well over 10 years and has been with In The Mix for almost 4 years now. He has worked at many venues, some of his favorites over the years were Transit, Silk City, Shampoo, Valanni, Tracadero and Xfinity Live.

Since joining In The Mix, he has done hundreds of private parties, corporate events and his personal favorite weddings. I can’t tell you how many compliments we receive about his services and how many referrals we get about him after the events take place. His style and knowledge of music helps keep dance floors packed for hours! If your looking for a professional entertainer who has done it all, make sure you check out DJ Saint James for your next event!

 

Ludin/Hauser Wedding 3/12/16

IMG_1979Many couples have similar goals for their wedding day with the Entertainment, like keeping everyone on the dance floor, or interacting with the crowd. With that being said, I’m still a firm believer that each and every wedding is completely different in so many ways. So when I sat down with Jennifer and Matt the game plan was “We Want a Party!”  Of course that’s exactly what everyone wants, but we at In The Mix try to dig deep into each couples likes and dislikes on music tastes. We set the couple up with a check list to fill out and after reviewing everything, they wanted a good combination of country, a little bit of Mo-Town, 80s-90s hits and top 40. Which is always great to see on our music sheet having a variety of music!

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So as the big day came, and the bridal party was announced, the room was electric and everyone was on their feet as the Rocky Theme Song starting pumping. I was happy to officially introduce the new Mr. and Mrs. Hauser!

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Something that will really stick out to me about the Hauser wedding was when it was time to do the parent dances. Jennifer dances with her father and then, without them knowing, I asked two of Matt’s aunts to join him on the dance floor. Unfortunately, Matt’s mom is no longer with us, but I think we still made it extremely special for him. It’s not every day I get choked up at weddings, but this specific moment really touched me.

 

As far as the rest of the night went, Crystal (DJ SKITLZ) really worked her magic to keep the crowd going strong! As I preach to every couple, the entertainment makes or breaks each and every wedding, and with that being said, I think we did our part to make a lasting impression on the couple.  Plus a fun bridal party always makes my job that much easier to get the crowd going, and this bridal party was on point from the very beginning.  From fun introductions, to battling it out during the Perculator, they were definitely a big part of the success on the dance floor!

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I just want to personally thank Jennifer, Matt and of course little Cole for having In The Mix be part of such a special day! It was such an honor and we can’t wait to be able to host the next milestone in your lives! This will definitely be a wedding I’ll never forget!

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Stocklin Wedding 3/11/16

Written by: Harry McCloskey
IMG_1968I must start this blog by telling you what fun it was to work with Danielle and George! At In The Mix Event Group we offer many different services for your wedding day. We want to not only create a great wedding for you, we also want to relax our couples and not have them go to 5 different places to get 5 services they need for the big day. Why have a ton of vendors when you can get it all done at one place? It saves time and headaches! Danielle and George are one of the couples who took advantage of our full offerings. They booked 4 different services with us and we couldn’t have been happier to help them put it all together!

Our creative director Gregg sat with Danielle to figure out exactly what she was looking for when it came to her ideas for invitations. The look on her face when she saw the finishing product was amazing! After that Gregg couldn’t wait to get started on the custom seating chart. I can honestly say in all the weddings I’ve done, I have never seen a cooler seating chart; I swear I’m not being biased! Plus they had a fun custom guest book too. Gregg did a great job taking all Danielle’s ideas for their “Philly” theme, and he created some beautiful designs in a fun, artistic way.

As the big day approached DJ St James and I we were pumped! The reception was at Celebrations in Bensalem and we have done tons of weddings there. The room went from pretty to spectacular once our up lighting was set up. The uplighting doesn’t change only the look of the room; it changes the feel. After that, we couldn’t wait to get the party started! Throughout the night I saw people coming and going into the other room to take some pics in the ITMEG photo booth. They came back to the dancefloor wearing funny hats, giant glasses, and even some feather boas. It’s one of my favorite things at a wedding, because I always grab something extravagant and run out to the dance floor with it on!

We winded up having a blast doing the Stocklin wedding. Both DJ Saint James and I loved playing a bunch of throwback freestyle club hits towards the end! We never mind getting requests for some Stevie B or Lil Suzy. The crowd was fun and the bride and groom were a pleasure to work with!

To George and Danielle, thank you so much for putting your trust in our team here at In The Mix Event Group. I hope we made your wedding planning process a breeze. It’s exciting to also add that the couple have already booked ITMEG for another event in June. We cant wait!

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Barbaro Wedding 2/27/16

IMG_1829When Andrew and Jessica came in to my office as a referral from old friends who talked us up pretty big, I knew that we have to deliver an unforgettable experience! When they told me they were getting married at Bear Creek Mountain my excitement began to rise! Not only do I love the venue, but we just happen to always have AMAZING experiences ever time we do a wedding there!  This so happened to be the first time we have done a wedding there during ski season too, which was pretty cool. Best part was that it was also close to 60 degrees out in late February! I never got to see people ski on the mountain, let alone on such a beautiful day!

As the newlyweds walked into the room for the first time, you could tell that they were ecstatic that they decided to go with it with up lighting! It set a mood for the room that would later bring the energy up and I always tell people it also sets the tone for the dance floor to be packed all night, and that’s exactly what happened!

As soon as the introductions were finished it was time for me to witness one of the most memorable first dances I’ve ever witnessed! Now I have seen a lot of first dances in my career but this is one I’ll never forget! The song was “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, and if you ever seen the video, there is a choreographed dance throughout the song that Jessica and Andrew absolutely nailed! Credit to them both, you could tell they put work into performing it and I don’t think it could have turned out better!

When it was all said and done I think we continued the streak of awesome weddings at Bear Creek and I think it was safe to say everyone had a great time! I’d like to thank the Barbaro’s for trusting us for such an important day in their lives and also want to thank the amazing crowd that kept the energy going throughout the night!  We can’t wait to work at Bear Creek again!

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