Why You Shouldn’t DJ Your Own Wedding

Here at BrideBox, we absolutely love the concept of DIY as a way to save money and exercise your creativity, especially when it comes to your wedding. However, sometimes things should be left to the professionals. For example, trying to create and set up your own lighting system may sound like a great way to cut costs, but we all know that hiring a skilled professional would guarantee much better results.

It may seem obvious that you would want a professional company to do your lighting, but what about something like music? Your reception is the time for everyone to relax a bit and let loose on the dance floor. And let’s be honest, we’ve all been to a concert or a party with a DJ and thought to ourselves, “That looks easy. I could totally do that.” In this day and age, more and more people are taking the DIY approach to music by loading up an iPod or other music player with their favorite tracks and just letting it play throughout the night. But what most people may not realize is that relying on a tiny device to provide such an integral part of your big day opens the door to many potential problems and issues. Here are a few of the undeniable reasons why you shouldn’t DJ your own wedding.

Technical difficulties

The most common issue with DJing your own wedding is technological difficulties. There are a lot of different components to getting your sound system to work and sound good, and speakers, cords, the sound mixer and the actual music playing device are just a few of the key ones. Any number of technical failures could happen with any of these devices which would cause you to have no music for your ceremony and reception. In addition to electronics not working at all, electronics are also notorious for not working as they should. Poor sound quality, harsh feedback and extreme differences in volume from song to song are all technical failures that would disrupt the flow of your reception and negatively impact your guests’ experience. All it takes is one faulty cord or an iPod crash to ruin your perfect day.

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Planning a Wedding Without My Mother by Lori Reynoso

When we began our search for our BrideBox Blogging Brides, we were simply overwhelmed by all the amazing stories we received. One in particular stood out to us and although she didn’t quite meet the requirements to become a Blogging Bride, we wanted to share her unique story with our readers regardless. So without further ado, we’re pleased to introduce Lori Reynoso.


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In January of 2010 I lost the most important person in my world; the kind, compassionate, generous and amazingly wonderful woman I called my mother. I know everyone thinks their mom is the best and coolest mom in the world but she REALLY was! And there were tons of people that agreed with me.  I remember growing up and having numerous friends and family members say “I wish she was my mom” but she wasn’t theirs, she was all mine icon smile Planning a Wedding Without My Mother by Lori Reynoso Don’t get me wrong, we fought ALL the time (I can be quite a pain in the butt), but we loved ten times harder and laughed a million times more profoundly. So when she suddenly passed away from surgical complications that were exacerbated by a large tumor in her pancreas, I vowed that I’d never walk down the aisle without her.
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Wedding Candy 101

Buffets are one of the best ways to feed your guests at your wedding reception, and dessert buffets are becoming more and more popular. One of the hottest trends in wedding food today is a candy buffet. What better way to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth and inner child than with an assortment of your favorite candies? Here are some fantastic ideas to help you incorporate a candy buffet in your wedding.

Type of candy

To get started with a candy bar, you’ll have to decide what kinds of candy to include. There are so many options and we know it’ll be tough to narrow it down. Start with your favorite candies. Will you choose hard or chewy candies? Sweet or sour? Chocolate or fruity? If you choose fruity candy, will you choose just a couple flavors or have all of the flavors? It is also important to consider guests’ dietary restrictions – if there are people allergic to specific ingredients or need to be gluten-free, for example, you’ll want to make sure that the types of candies you get fall into these categories. Answering these questions will help you select a few types of candies to include in your buffet.

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Candy display

As with everything else in your wedding, you’ll want your candy buffet to be pretty and aesthetically pleasing. How will you arrange your candy – in jars, bowls or trays? Will they be separated by color and type, or mixed together? Will the flavors you chose fit the overall color scheme of the wedding? Are you going to have the candy on one buffet table for guests to serve themselves, or will there be containers on each dinner table? Once you’ve decided where and how to arrange your candy, you can brighten up the displays with decorations such as stickers, ribbons and signage.

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As much fun as taste-testing candies to include in your candy buffet is, you’ll also have to handle some more serious logistics. For example, figuring out how much candy to buy can be tricky. You’ll have to account for the guests that won’t eat any candy and for those that will eat a little extra. A good estimate of how much candy to purchase is about 6 ounces of candy per guest, or about 3 full size candy bars. So, if you are inviting 100 guests, you will need 600 ounces, or 37.5 pounds of candy. You’ll also want for guests to have the option to take candy home with them in a goody bag, so prepare for this by having cute themed bags ready for them to fill up at the end of the reception.

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Top 20 Wedding Photographers in Florida

If you’re looking for someone to shoot your wedding in Florida, look no further. We’ve got the top 20 best wedding photographers in the Sunshine State right here. Please note that this list is not in any specific order and all of these photographers would be an excellent choice for your big day.

1. Eleven Weddings Photography – Sarasota, FL

Chip Litherland has been a professional photographer for over twelve years, beginning in the photojournalism and commercial photography fields and then breaking into the wedding photography industry. A self-described addict to color and light, Chip shoots weddings in the same manner that he does editorial assignments. His aim is to go beyond cookie-cutter wedding images and provide genuine, emotional photos. Chip is an award-winning member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association and his work has been recognized by such prestigious associations as Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism and the National Press Photographer’s Association.

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2. Stout Photography – Jacksonville, FL

Jessica Stout has shot weddings all over the world, making her truly an international wedding photographer. Her love for photography is evident in her photographs, which demonstrate life organically, beautifully, creatively and genuinely. Jessica is an award-winning member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association, Fearless Photographers and the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers.

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3. Dana Goodson Photography – St. Augustine, FL

Dana Goodson loves shooting weddings, from extravagant soirees to intimate ceremonies. Her favorite part of shooting weddings is knowing that these photos are what will enable couples to relive their beautiful day so that they never forget the story of how it all started. Dana is an award-winning member of Fearless Photographers and the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers and her work has been featured in many publications, including the top online wedding resources.

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4. Clau Photography – Miami, FL

Claudia Cebrian has been a professional photographer for over 20 years. She began her career as a photojournalist, receiving much recognition for her work in the field. As a wedding photographer, her aim is to provide her clients with fresh and natural images that are unique and different. Claudia is an active member of the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers and her work has been featured in many well-known international publications such as Elle Magazine.

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