Some Like It Hot…Some Maybe Not

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Summer is a beautiful season to have a wedding in coastal southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. It is a great destination for your family and friends to enjoy your wedding or event. You can expect sunny skies, late afternoon pop up showers, high humidity and extremely warm temperatures.

There are many venues that offer outdoor events to include hotels on the beach, beach rental residential properties, barns, stables, beside lakes and rivers, under tents on private property. Since you are adding the element of the outdoors to your special day, you should consider a few things that could impact your day.  

Do you have a weather contingency if any part of your day or evening is outside? Do not just think rain. Your day can be impacted by high winds and severe heat. Consider pests such as mosquitoes, fleas and flies. If you cannot come inside and are using tents, talk to the rental company about sidewalls, fans, air conditioning and heating. Don’t forget the bug spray or bug wipes for your guests.

Are you planning your event in a park or public area? Remember that others will be sharing your airspace. Consider the noise factor.  At the ocean, there is the noise from the surf, noise from birds overhead, and (yes, do I have to say it) Jet Noise. This does not even account for the noise coming from rude folks in the vicinity. So plan accordingly, use a lapel microphone for vows so your guests can hear your officiant!

If you are having food outside, you must keep it chilled or heated at proper temperatures to keep the food safe. A professional catering service should help you with this issue.

Your wedding cake could melt outside. We have seen it happen and in fact the top tier almost slid off onto the stable floor! Plus you need to consider how you will protect it from flies and blowing dust from the wind. Speak to your baker to consider your options.

Heat can impact your guests, particularly your elderly guests like your grandparents. They may not be able to tolerate extreme heat, so try to keep them cool. Keep everyone hydrated! Bottled water should be everywhere on site and have it staged as soon as guests begin arriving.

Finally, think of how to dress. Keep it light and comfortable if you are outside. Sweating and humidity can wreck your hair and makeup. When you are hot, you cannot have the same joy as when you are cool. Make your day fun and stress free. Your photo ops will be better for the effort.

Enjoy!

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Make Time to Enjoy your Special Day

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Happy New Year! This is a refreshing time. Fresh beginnings and a new start is promised. You “said yes” and you are so excited to plan a new life with your partner. When choosing to marry, you take the fresh beginning to another level.


Now what? Working with couples, Time is now your biggest asset or liability. It is up to you to choose. Whether you are young, getting married for the first time, or choosing to renew life and love for the 2nd time, a lot of things are changing and transitioning for you both.  Such as school, career changes, purchasing a home, or relocation. You will both be torn in many directions in the upcoming months.

Time management is a must! Keep your “Big Day” slotted for less hectic times. Don’t pick a date near the time for your final exams, or buy and move into a new home. Even the most organized person cannot do 2 things at one time well. You will have lots of details to handle prior to the last days before your wedding. Remove the stress to alleviate some of the drama that comes with planning a life changing event.

What last minute details will you need to handle? Things like:
A member of the wedding party cannot show up.
The flowers that were ordered did not come in as planned.
The weather is adversely affecting my outdoor wedding.
I have waited until the last minute to decide on ceremony and reception music.

Give each event in your lives the appropriate amount of time and effort. Your monetary investment deserves your full attention. Hire professionals that can advise of any obstacles that can negatively impact your special day of celebration. Their costs will be worth the money you invest in them for saving time, effort, your budget and your sanity.

Regardless if you have a beach wedding, barn wedding, traditional church wedding, or destination wedding, keep one final thought when setting your expectations: After your official ceremony, the remainder of the day is just “a party”! Enjoy it!

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Budget Weddings - Winter Weddings

Welcome to our first blog installment! We plan to share ideas and suggestions frequently throughout the year. Our goal is to help you make your event fun, cost effective, and stress free as possible by using our observations from previous clients' and our experiences. In our first installment, we will talk about the advantages of Winter Weddings. 

So you and your partner are planning a wedding. Price is not a problem! REALLY? You both start shopping prices and working on your vision vs budget. Then you realize that your vision and your budget are battling each other. What do you do? You need to plan a “budget wedding”.

The time of the year can impact your wedding budget. The winter wedding season goes from December through March, and they are the slower months of the year for events. There is historical data to prove this fact-look at Endless MIC’s calendar to prove it. Trust me when we say our DJs and musicians are starving during this time. We need to keep them fed!

Check out the handsome faces of our staff at www.endlessmicentertainment/meet-us.

If our wedding DJs and musicians are slow, the venues are slow, the caterers are slow, and the bakers are slow. The florists are slammed the week before and a few days after Valentine's Day in February but are basically slow, too.

Slow means the wedding vendors have flexibility in their pricing to You! Vendors need to keep their staff working. You need professionals for these events and it takes time to train the right people. Remember the cute faces of Endless MIC Entertainment’s DJs and musicians? You do not want to lose valuable staff. Our young people are extremely talented; every DJ is a musician as well. So, as a wedding vendor, you sacrifice on your pricing so the staff continues to work.                                                                
In the winter, you sacrifice being outdoors. You do not want your 80 year old grandmother shivering and catch pneumonia, do you? However, you gain in saving on your budget, and granny can easily participate in Your Special Day where it is warm inside. In winter in Virginia Beach, we have some mild days. You may still easily get some "photo opportunities" in the winter. Check our website for the wedding video at the Chrysler Museum. This wedding was in January, 2017!

Visit www.endlessmicentertainment.com/wedding and choose “Chrysler Museum Wedding with Endless MIC Entertainment” video.

If you and your partner choose a winter wedding, can it still feel special? Absolutely! With Endless MIC Entertainment (and likely most wedding vendors), you can now afford upgrades that you would not have afforded in the spring, summer, or fall. Our upgrades include musicians playing live, up lights, gobo monogram spots, black lights, and DVD monitors.

There are two other reasons that winter weddings offer benefits. First, you will not be sweating in your wedding finery, spoiling your makeup and pretty clothes. Second, you don’t have to worry if there is rain on your wedding day…You are inside! If you want to take outdoor photos, have your photographer give you a clear umbrella. It makes for a great photo opportunity!

In the coming months, we will talk about the other seasons for events, the music that is trending, and the things that can go really "wrong" during your dream wedding.

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 Romance in the Rain at the Planter's Club, Suffolk, VA

Romance in the Rain at the Planter's Club, Suffolk, VA