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My Friend Can be the D.J. at our Wedding Right? They have an iPod…….

Wrong!!!!

Welcome back to the Wednesday Blog with Elegant Whims Tips & Trends from your Certified Wedding Planners, Patti & Melinda.     Today we are excited to introduce you to the fabulous D.J. Dayna.  We enjoyed a fun lunch interview a few weeks ago and learned about how she got started in the business, do’s and don’ts for our readers.

As Planners we cringe at the words, “We will be using our iPod for our Wedding Music”.  Trust us when we give you the reasons, that this is not a good idea.  It is your Wedding Day, you don’t want something to happen to the music during the ceremony or your first dance, and with that piece of advice, I turn it over to our capable intern, Meredith…..

Elegantly,

Patti & Melinda

Pottinger Photography

Pottinger Photography

A couple weeks ago, Elegant Whims was lucky enough to interview a promenade DJ in the Cincinnati area: DJ Dayna. Go check out her website!

Dayna got her start in College while pursuing a BA in Mass Communications at Miami University (oxfrod). She had friends who were DJs and eventually started trying it out herself. She had her own radio show on the school station and thought that might be a good fit for a career – however the days of radio shows were on the decline and she was advised to not get stuck in that particular profession. She went on to be a local TV producer, but still DJ’d on the weekends.

She moved to LA to pursue journalism, still DJing on the weeekends where she got more into the wedding business. In fall of 2013, Dayna got offered a position to work as a celebrity DJ on cruises. She’s back from the cruise life for now, which gave us the perfect opportunity to talk to her about what we really want to know: Weddings.

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What was different about LA weddings compared to here?

No cheesiness. In LA they were strictly against anything like the chicken dance, or line dances, or anything like that. Absolutely no country music. At. All. There also wasn’t a whole lot of dance floor lighting, or excess lights or anything.

LA has also been doing photo booths for forever. A lot of DJs started offering that in their wedding packages before it was even a real thing back here.

How do you pick songs for a Wedding?

Based off of the requests from the Bride and Groom I know what I’m going to play. It will change according to the crowd of course, but I can usually get a good sense of what kind of crowd it will be just based off of the Bride and Grooms requests.

People always ask what our favorite part of weddings are – but what’s your LEAST favorite?

When people wait until the last minute for requests. It just makes my job easier, the earlier I get those must have/must not have songs from the couple.

Or when the bar is in a totally different room than the dance floor – it majorly cuts down on how much people dance!

What would be your advice to engaged couples? 

*Definitely look at least two to three different DJs before you decide. Compare and contrast, shop around, unless you just  KNOW at first sight that it’s the perfect DJ for you – make sure you look at your options.

*Bring Questions to the DJ!

You will feel so much more comfortable if you’re leading the discussion and getting a feel for who I am instead of me just asking you the regular questions and just giving you a spiel. That way we can both know if we’re right for each other.

*Any DJ you talk to, make sure you ask about Liability.

Have a do-not play list. Unless you don’t care if Cotten-Eyed-Joe plays at the request of your uncle, make sure you tell me what you don’t want to hear.

The biggest advice I can give you is don’t try to DJ yourself OR have a family friend do it. I know that cash is tight, but you will just have a less stressful day if you hire a DJ. You don’t need to worry about why your iPod is freezing up during your first dance!

Be sure to check out DJ Dayna’s article in the upcoming November Issue of Mobile Beats!

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Until next time,

Elegantly,

Meredith

Elegant Whims Intern

Merideth

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2016 Wedding Trends

It’s never too early to start looking into the new year’s trends! 

We are slowly but surely coming to the end of the year.

What this means for us is that most of the weddings we are planning are no longer taking place in the great year of 2015.

As Planners we always have to be several steps ahead with designs to offer our clients for their events.  We are coordinating Fall and Winter 2015 Weddings, but creating and planning for the 2016 season.  What’s cutting edge and will be the next trend.  Be a trend setter with your Wedding and Even design with the help of Elegant Whims.

Take it away Meredith…..

Elegantly,

Patti & Melinda

Pottinger Photography

Pottinger Photography

So what can you expect pinterest and Bride Magazine to have in store for you in 2016?

We got you covered. 

According to planyourperfectwedding.com, weddings are will shortly become the lavish feasts they were in the past. As in, waay in the past. What do we mean by lavish?

Live Music.   We are seeing more and more live music for the Ceremony. But in 2016 we will see Live Reception Music grace the Reception venues, giving guest a wonderful evening of live music and dancing.

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Desserts & Food

Think  pudding cakes, Tiers of Cheese Wedding Cake, little tarts, and pies savory mini pies. Multicultural foods served on multi colored dinnerware. Different but wonderful flavor combinations, rubbed meats, food stations and a show stopping menu of  hor d’orver platters. Forget the lighted cake table, be a trend setter and light an appetizer station for a 2016 Wedding statement.

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The biggest design element is the instragramable (yes, it’s a word. I just made it up.) factor. Brides and designers have been more and more focused on the idea that whatever they choose will end up on the social media site. So everything is starting to be arranged so that the size and filters of Instagram will show it off to the best advantage.

Read more of their predictions here: http://www.planyourperfectwedding.com/article/receptions/wedding-trend-predictions-2016

What else is new?    Well it’s not new, but a continuation of this year’s trend. Vintage. 

Who doesn’t want an old world feeling to their big day? This year we saw it in the form of rustic, and shabby chic. in 2016 there will more of an emphasis on the elegant vintage whimsy.

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As always, make your wedding your own. Don’t be swayed by what’s the latest trend. Instead, be inspired by them!

Elegantly,

Meredith

Elegant Whims Intern

Merideth