Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Jewels & Bryan Photo Booth Wedding Pic

What a blast! Never a dull moment at The Brighton for a Guyanese-Trinidadian wedding. It was great to see Jewels and Bryan tie the knot and having so much fun with all their guests. Hope you enjoy sharing your photos.
Congratulations guys. It was fun working with you. We wish you a lifetime of happiness. To see all Bryan & Jewels, guest Photo Booth wedding pics go to our Facebook page.

How to entertain wedding guests

Obviously lush flowers and a gorgeous venue are some of the elements of a beautiful wedding, but picture-perfect d├ęcor doesn't ensure an epic party. Score a 10 out of 10 for overall experience by following these simple yet effective tips that will have your guests talking about your wedding for years to come.
1. Ask for Song Requests
To ensure everyone is having a great time and dancing the night away, have your guests request a song via the invitation response, recommends Key Largo wedding planner Lynn D'Ascanio of "Give this list of songs to your DJ, along with the name of the person who requested each song. That way, if the dance floor starts to thin out, the DJ can play songs off of the request list." This pretty much guarantees that the person who requested the song will get up and dance and encourage others to do so as well.
2. Don't Let Your Friends and Family Talk Forever
"Many fun events have been driven into the ground by deathly long speeches," points out Lynn Jawitz, owner of Florisan Wedding and Event Design in NYC. To keep the party popping, ask your speech givers to keep their toasts short and sweet.
3. Remember to Thank Your Guests
Speaking of speeches, it's important to let your guests knows how much you personally appreciate them coming. "It's hard to believe how often this simple step is overlooked," notes Jawitz. "Bite the bullet, make a speech (keep it short, of course) and just genuinely thank your guests for dropping their lives that day to share it with you."
4. And Keep Them in the Know
According to D'Ascanio, the best weddings are the ones that are organized and follow a timeline. "When the events of the day unfold in a timely manner, and the bridal party and guests alike are not left standing around wondering what's next or where they should go or what they should be doing, the entire day seems flawless."
5. Add in an Element of Surprise
Who doesn't love a special surprise at a wedding? "You could hire a group of singers or dancers disguised as wait staff to break out into song or dance during dinner," suggests D'Ascanio. Or you and the groom could perform a practiced dance routine yourselves for the first dance, offers Greg Jenkins, founder of Bravo Productions. "A 'wow' factor can be memorable and will ensure your guests have a blast."
6. Opt for a Short Ceremony
If possible, try to keep your ceremony simple and short in length. "A long, drawn-out ceremony takes away that guest energy level at the onset, and sometimes it cannot be recovered for the reception," warns Jenkins.
7. Give Birthday Shout Outs
Does your BFF have a birthday on the same day as your big day? Or is it his parents' anniversary too? "Have your MC acknowledge any birthdays and/or anniversaries with a dedicated song during the reception," advises Daniela Grafman, wedding & special events coordinator at Vision Entertainment Group LLC. People love attention. Plus, it's just a sweet gesture.
8. Hire a Great Band or DJ
After all, they can, in fact, make or break a party. Florida wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner, recommends looking for a high energy performer, while being careful not to choose an annoying personality to be your MC. "Great vocals, great dance moves and great spunk will have everyone up on their feet until it's time to go home. Seamless song transitions and the ability to read the crowd when they want to hear more of the same sound or a desire to switch to a different sound is where a DJ's talent also comes into play."
9. Provide Transportation
If you're hosting a destination wedding or your wedding is in a remote location, be sure to provide transportation for guests from their hotel to your wedding and back, says Lauren Randolph, founder of My Hotel Wedding. "This way people don't have to worry about driving home drunk, which guarantees that they can party harder."
10. Allow Your Guests Plenty of Free Time
This is particularly important if you have a destination wedding or a bunch of guests in from out of town, says professional wedding planner Sandy Malone of Weddings in Vieques. "Back to back activities after a long trip will run them into the ground. Let them have some time and space to explore and they'll be refreshed and excited at all of your events." We concur.

Real - Life wedding crasher stories

While some people crash weddings for the free food and drinks, others just want to join the party and share a quick dance. And hey, we can't blame 'em; weddings are fun! These stories are living proof that wedding crashers not only exist, but that unlike in the popular 2005 film Wedding Crashers, they aren't always there simply to hook up.
"Our wedding was crashed by the wedding party from the venue across the street! Lesson number one of wedding crashing should be to not show up in very obvious bridal party attire from another wedding. I decided to have some fun with them, and since I had already changed into my little white dress, they didn't realize I was the bride. After a few minutes of asking them to tell me some funny stories about their good friend the bride, I let them know that their charade was up and that they should kindly finish their drinks and move along. Their faces dropped when they found out I was the bride, and they hustled out of there as quickly as they could.

"I knew everyone at my wedding, so when I noticed a middle-aged couple on the dance floor midway through I knew we had crashers. I was actually kind of happy though, what fun! I went over to them immediately and nicely introduced myself. They were a bit abashed and explained that they had gotten married at our venue 30 years ago to the day. They were back celebrating their anniversary, saw our wedding and popped in for a dance.

"My sister got married at a giant amphitheater, but it also has a separate building for weddings. On that particular day there was a Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker concert going on, so you can imagine what type of crowd that show attracted. As if hearing the music in the background wasn't annoying enough, I realized that these sweaty drunk idiots kept sneaking into the venue and using our bathroom! I ran into the ladies room and even saw them using all of her bathroom basket supplies! Same story in the men's room. To say that I raised hell is a definite understatement.
"When my husband and I were having our wedding reception, we were dancing in a conga line that I was leading and my husband leaned over to me and laughed, 'I dare you to go into another wedding'. So I did. I led our bridal party conga line down the steps from our room and up the steps to another reception. At first I wasn't sure how this would be received because the other wedding looked at me like I was crazy, but then the bride of the other wedding joined our conga line and together we brought back their whole bridal party to our wedding. My friends and family still tell this story and laugh hilariously about it. The only sad part is the videographer left before he got it on video.

"The night before a wedding I was planning, my husband and I escorted a very drunk (and very married) cousin of the groom back to her hotel room early. After I tucked her in, she escaped and went to the hotel bar and made new friends. She invited one of them to the wedding the following day. This particular man was already known as "Weird Pat" on the island. When I saw him arrive my head almost exploded. I explained that a verbal invite from a drunken wedding guest at a bar didn't constitute an official invitation and he couldn't stay. He protested until my husband pointed out that his 'date' was standing with her 300-pound linebacker husband taking family photos and that hubby would probably be none-too-pleased to learn of Pat's presence at the wedding. He left, and for the past seven years has been referred to as 'Wedding Crasher Pat' instead of 'Weird Pat'.

"About halfway through my wedding I noticed a man in his late 40s/early 50s dressed in a brown western style suit wearing a bolo tie. Each time I would catch a glimpse of him, he'd have a new drink in his hand. He even caught my garter! I couldn't believe the guts this guy had. My dad, who is usually pretty mild mannered, walked up to him very quickly and snatched the garter out of his hands, and then pushed him. This was a Marine Corps wedding so when the Marines saw my dad pushing someone in the middle of the dance floor, one of them yelled, 'F-i-g-h-t!' I never saw a man run so fast in a suit.
What do you think: Would you kick a crasher out of your wedding, or would it depend on the situation?