Fall ’18: Autumn Updates

With the super busy 2018 wedding season winding down, I’m finally getting this blog post out. It’s been a few months, so forgive me as it’s kind of a megamix hodge-podge of information.

First off, I attended the Wedding MBA conference in Las Vegas last week.  This is the wedding industry’s top event for wedding professionals.  Over 5,000 attendees from all over the world converged on the Las Vegas Convention Center for 4 days of education. I’ve attended this a few times, but this year I signed up for a fun tour of some unusual wedding venues put on by LV Connection, the one-stop resource for Vegas weddings.

For car aficionados, what better place for a wedding ceremony or reception than the Shelby Auto Museum. Nice big dance floor, too!

Here’s a unique idea you’ll rarely see outside of Vegas…a wedding formalwear boutique that rents dresses to brides. Not surprisingly, it’s called RENT-A-DRESS-AND-TUX, and it’s a couple of blocks off The Strip. The owner, Dianne gave us a great tour and even a fashion show!

 

 

Tacky? Yes. Fun? Definitely yes! The last stop on the tour was the world-famous Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, where we witnessed a couple renewing their vows, and officiated by Beetlejuice. Of course, you can also have Elvis or almost any other celebrity do the honors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK, back to reality…

November is the start of engagement season. December leads the way, followed by February and January. Not surprisingly, the Top 5 engagement days are Christmas Day, Valentine’s, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Why do I mention this? If you’re planning a wedding in 2019, keep in mind that most prime dates (the 20 Saturdays from Memorial Day to Columbus Day weekends), are usually reserved by late February for most wedding vendors.  So don’t wait too long to start setting up meetings to get your A-Team together and contracted. As of mid-November, I only have six prime summer weekends left open, and I know many of my local DJ friends and other wedding pros are already filling their calendars for what looks like a big 2019.

Links and other stuff…

Speaking of hiring an A-Team of vendors, here’s a informative article from the New York Times written by Laura Cannon with the International Association Of Professional Wedding Officiants detailing why you may want to consider hiring a professional officiant instead of asking Uncle Bob. NY Times article HERE

Here’s a great photo blog from one of my favorite Colorado photographers RANDY & ASHLEY featuring a great wedding we did together this past summer down at the beautiful Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs.

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about music on my blog, and since I’m a DJ it’s probably long overdue.  Here’s a great discussion featuring two East Coast DJ friends of mine, Mike Walter and Joe Bunn debating the TOP DANCE SONGS OF THE CENTURY at their weddings this year on their weekly podcast.  By the way, that’s not the last century, but this one (2000-2018). It’s been a great 18 years for artists like Black Eyed Peas and Pitbull all the way to Bruno and Bieber.

Speaking of music and dance songs….I’ll be listing my annual top requests of 2018 and top trends looking ahead to 2019 in the next blog post coming in January.  Until then, Happy Holidays….

 

 

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