Sunday, June 28, 2009

9 tips for selecting the perfect ceremony music

Your ceremony is the most significant component of your wedding, and selecting the music is a detail that is often given the least amount of consideration. Where do you begin? Below you will find some guidelines to help you get started…

1. The most important factor in selecting your ceremony music is being knowledgeable of the rules and regulations of your venue. Selecting secular music in a church that only allows Christian music could be an unpleasant situation. If having a church wedding make sure you have a copy of the guidelines for weddings and become very familiar with them.

2. Decide on if you would prefer live or pre-recorded music. Do you want to have a soloist?

3. Once you have made your decision on live or pre-recorded music, consider the execution. If live music was selected, what instruments, which soloist? If pre-recorded music is selected will there be an available sound system, if not how would one be obtained, and who will run it? (Remember to refer to your venues rules and regulations.)

4. Decide on the style of music you would like to have. Do you want to be traditional and select the traditional classical wedding songs? Do you want more of a contemporary flair? Would you prefer only Christian music, or would you like a combination of all of the above?

5. There are several wedding sites that have clips and wedding music suggestions. Your wedding consultant is also an expert in this field and can assist you with your selections. Some good resources for selecting and/or listening to wedding clips are:

6. Make a list of the songs you like best then narrow your choices and fit them into categories below you will find some suggestions:
· Prelude
· Lighting of Candles
· Entrance of the Grand Parents / Mothers
· Processional
· Entrance of the Bride
· Unity Candle
· Blessing or Lords Prayer
· Solo
· Recessional

7. Make sure your music selections have a good flow and are cohesive with the atmosphere you want to create.

8. If selecting music with lyrics make sure you have listened to the song in its entirety, and there are no offensive lyrics. Also make sure the lyrics are appropriate to be used in a wedding for example; “I will always love you” is a beautiful song, but they are talking about breaking up and leaving each other.

9. Don’t be afraid to show some personality. Incorporate some of the songs that are special to the two of you.

Your musical choices will set the mood for the entire wedding. Make sure you put a stamp on your wedding that all will remember for years to come.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Celebrating 15 years of Excellence

Elegant Weddings by Lisa is celebrating our fifteenth year of making dreams come true. Who would have known that a young woman’s dream to open a bridal gown shop would turn into 15 years of successful wedding and event planning and coordination? As I look back and reflect on all the wonderful people I have helped down the aisle I get a since of joy. I have had a chance to get to know some of the most special people in the world while celebrating one of the happiest days of their lives. We look forward to many more years of providing quality service. In honor of this occasion Elegant Weddings by Lisa will be offering some specials as our gift to you for sharing in our success.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Elegant Weddings by Lisa In The Media

Lisa of Elegant Weddings by Lisa was quoted in The Florida Times Union last week. Take a look at this interesting article...

Wedding bells chime a little softer in Duval
Number of weddings has declined by 11 percent since 2002
By Deirdre Conner

A deluge brought Kim and Mike Ireland together.
Last Tuesday, they declared that no disaster, natural or otherwise, would tear them apart.
Their marriage, touched off when they met during Tropical Storm Fay, was a low-key affair: Just the two of them and a Duval County notary.
For Kim (formerly Dengler), 40, and Mike, 44, whether to get married or not was never in doubt. So when he proposed to her in the produce aisle of the Food Lion where she works, she didn’t hesitate.
Many other couples are.
Some are waiting to tie the knot and others are never planning to, according to the state’s Office of Vital Statistics. The number of weddings in Duval County has steadily declined by 11 percent since 2002, and in 2008 it was off 20 percent from a high of 10 years ago.
Broad social forces and, potentially, the economy are pushing down the rate of couples getting married, both locally and nationwide. And those who do get married have been scaling back.
Lisa Burnett, co-director of the Association of Bridal Consultants’ Northeast Florida division, said the recession is taking a toll on couples’ (and their parents’) finances, forcing them to and rein in spending on lavish celebrations.
Burnett said that in her own business, Elegant Weddings by Lisa, about 80 percent of couples are choosing less expensive, more intimate affairs. Shrinking rehearsal dinners, slashing guest lists and choosing less expensive flowers are some of the steps brides are taking. She has seen vendors of all varieties — such as entertainment companies and wedding planners — go out of business or migrate away from the wedding business, she said.
Nationally, the average cost of a wedding sank to about $22,000 in 2008, about 24 percent lower than 2007, according to The Wedding Report, a company that tracks trends for wedding vendors. It also reported that 62 percent of couples are cutting their budgets by a third, and 24 percent are postponing weddings because of economic problems.
Burnett said she is seeing some uptick in bookings this year, now that the uncertainty of last fall is over. “They’re still getting married; they’re just scaling it down or putting it off,” she said.
The economy was on the minds of Jonas and Anamarie Houston, who married June 1. The courthouse ceremony marked their second anniversary together. But a big wedding? Not right now.
They figured their savings were best used to turn the recession into a financial advantage: “We just bought a house,” she said.
They still want the big party; so, like many of the couples Burnett sees, they’re saving up — for next year. In the meantime, Jonas, 28, and Anamarie, 25, returned to their new home on Monday as newlyweds. “I just said, why wait?” he said.
The economy might be delaying plans for big celebrations. But although researchers are fairly certain that job losses and financial problems are likely to split up couples, the economy’s impact on the number of people deciding to get hitched is less certain.
Wider forces are at work than just the current downturn. When you factor in for population growth and generational changes, marriage rates are declining — and have been for a while, said Adam Shapiro, chairman of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of North Florida.
That is explained largely by the rise in non-marital cohabitation, which has been on the rise, he said. And marriage has a very different meaning than in the past, with people now mostly marrying for companionship and personal fulfillment.
“The companionship model has really made for some rethinking of what marriage means and why we marry,” Shapiro said.
One thing the economy could affect, he said, is the number of couples who decide to live together. With job losses and economic problems prevalent, girlfriends and boyfriends might decide to live together to stay afloat financially. People who live with an unmarried partner tend to have lower incomes.
For those who do choose matrimony, research is indicating that there are some positives to the changes in marriage, such as more equality between men and women and less confinement in an unhappy marriage. Yet while married people enjoy higher rates of financial stability and happiness, single people are catching up. “Research still shows that in general that married people tend to be healthier and better off psychologically,” he said. “But the gap between the married and unmarried is growing smaller.”
And wedding planners say a scaled-back ceremony could be better in the long run, too.
“Now, you have to be on the A list to get invited,” Burnett said. “My honest opinion is, it’s making their weddings more intimate. They’re really inviting people who are important.”

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Cupcakes Are So Now...

Cupcakes are back! The latest trend in wedding cakes is the return of the cupcake. Cupcakes can be decorated in many different designs, and custom wrappers can be used to add another personal touch. Cupcakes are often less expensive than the traditional wedding cake, and can save on cake cutting fees. If you still want to have the traditional cake cutting ceremonies as well as cupcakes opt to have the top tier as a regular round and cupcakes for the remainder. Make your display spectacular with towers or custom stands. Most of all cupcakes are fun, and that is ultimate goal of your reception to have fun.

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