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5 Summer Party Themes for Kids

Brittany Anderson

Summer is the best time to throw a backyard bash for your family and friends.  Get ready to kick back and enjoy some fun in the sun.  Where to begin with the party planning?  Look no further - we put together our list of 5 summer party ideas and themes for kids to help get your party planning started!... MORE

Posted May 31, 2019

Wedding Entertainment: Something Different

Drew Stoga

When you help book as much wedding entertainment as we do, you start to pick up on some noteworthy trends.  Still we were somewhat surprised when we began to see more and more non-musical entertainers – impersonators, comedians, and a variety of other performers - being hired to perform at wedding receptions.... MORE

Posted January 10, 2019

Why You Need Engagement Photos

Marta Block

A lot of the recent popularity of an engagement session has to do with social media. In the old days (you know, back in the year 2000 or so), there wasn't much to do with your engagement photos except send them to your hometown newspaper. Today though, with the explosion of social media, your photographs can be seen and shared in so many places. It's hard not to get caught up in the excitement. Like all wedding decisions, whether or not to invest in an engagement session has a lot to do with both time and money. Although you don't have to have an e-session, here are ten reasons we think you should.... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

Real Event: 9/11 Heroes Run - San Diego

Brittany Anderson

On September 10th, 2017, one of the 9/11 Heroes Runs were held at the USS Midway in downtown San Diego.  The event is a 5K race that honors all first responders, active duty, veterans, and families of the fallen.  There are over fifty 9/11 Heroes Runs that take place nationwide each year and all are organized solely by volunteers.  All proceeds from the Heroes Runs go to the Travis Manion Foundation, whose mission is to empower veterans and families of the fallen heroes to develop character in future generations.... MORE

Posted September 20, 2017

Fall Parties for the Family!

Brittany Anderson

Fall means back to school for the kids and busier schedules for the family - but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop! Get ready for the crisp air, sweatshirts, bonfires, foliage, and start planning for some great fall parties.  ... MORE

Posted September 12, 2017

Kids Halloween Parties, Made Easy

Brittany Anderson

Halloween is upon us and it’s time to get spooky! We’ve thrown together some fun ideas that will make hosting a Halloween party for kids easy for any mummy or daddy. ... MORE

Posted September 12, 2017

Bringing Birthday Smiles with The Confetti Foundation

Chelsea Pellegrino

Throw the Confetti, We’re Celebrating… You’ve probably seen The Confetti Foundation featured on The Today Show and plenty of other media outlets. That’s because they're an organization worth celebrating. The Confetti Foundation aims to help every hospitalized child in America celebrate their birthday, and we're proud to say that GigMasters is joining the party!... MORE

Posted February 02, 2016

15 Seriously Creative Proposal Ideas

Chelsea Pellegrino

Now more than ever, people are stepping outside the (ring) box to pop the question. While your proposal should be something unique and meaningful, it doesn't hurt to take a look at some inspiration! From tear-jerkers to jaw-droppes, here are some of the most creative marriage proposals we've seen: ... MORE

Posted October 19, 2015

Your Fall Wedding Photo List

Marta Block

A lot of people think of June as "THE" month for weddings, but Fall is becoming a more and more popular season. The weather is a little more predictable than summer, and the gorgeous colors can't be beat. Wondering what photos you should take to capture the magic of your Fall wedding? We have a list, illustrated of course, with gorgeous wedding photos courtesy of Christy Whitehead Photography in Florida.... MORE

Posted August 31, 2015

Patriotic Themed Wedding

Chelsea Pellegrino

With Memorial Day under our belts and the Fourth of July right around the corner, stars and stripes are everywhere. If you’re donning the white dress soon, or thinking of having a summer wedding in the future, why not add in some red and blue for a patriotic theme! ... MORE

Posted June 30, 2015

Camping in Style: A Glamping Themed Party

Chelsea Pellegrino

Need a unique birthday, anniversary, or plain old "get-together" theme? Instead of a tent, we're pitching this indoor camping party! Don't worry, you won't need bug spray for this one. Skip the road trip, dirt and uncooperative weather, and host an indoor campout in style. "Glamping" is all the rage, so it's certain that your party will be, too! ... MORE

Posted June 23, 2015

Bring on Easter!

Brittany Anderson

Ready for Easter? This year, the bunny comes on April 1. Start planning today...hop, hop, hop to it! ... MORE

Posted March 18, 2015

5 Trends in Engagement Photography

Marta Block

Cover Photo: Zorz Studios Social media has made sharing engagement photos so fun, easy, and expected that engagement photo sessions have become a standard part of the wedding planning process, and another form of couple self-expression.... MORE

Posted January 29, 2015

Wedding Trend: A Normcore Wedding

Marta Block

Have you heard of normcore? Normcore is a style and fashion trend about being, well ... normal. Normcore is about spending less time trying to stand out and more time doing what matters to you. So, what is a "normcore wedding"?... MORE

Posted December 22, 2014

Pantone Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

Marta Block

Every year Pantone announces a new "color of the year." This color is not only expected to show up frequently in design and fashion, it's description is meant to say something about the trends for the year. Wedding designers and vendors always take an interest in the color of the year, not because they suddenly expect everyone to choose it as a wedding color, but because they expect it to influence wedding designs and trends.... MORE

Posted December 16, 2014

We Love the 90s: Birthday Party Theme

Chelsea Pellegrino

Parachute pants, Fresh Prince, MTV, the Gin Blossoms... is there any decade better than the 90s? We say- “As if!” Take a look around, and you’ll see that the era has taken today’s fashion, media and event space by storm (though as LL Cool J would insist, don’t call it a comeback.) You want to be trendy -we know you do-  so a 90s theme is the perfect fit for your next birthday bash! Here are 10 things for a party that Bayside High's cool crowd would rave over:... MORE

Posted November 17, 2014

Bey, Jay, and Celeb Vow Renewals: What You Can Learn

Chelsea Pellegrino

Ever since Elevator-Gate, the world has been patiently waiting for the empire that is Jay-Z and Beyoncé to crumble. But in a drastic turn of events, the celebrity power couple shocked the world – by renewing their wedding vows. So what can this display, and other celebrity vow renewals, teach you about how to hold a renewal ceremony of your own? More than you’d guess...... MORE

Posted November 05, 2014

15 Cult Movie Party Ideas

Terri Zimmer

Some movies are so amazing, you can watch them again and again and again - until you start quoting them in casual conversation. You're not alone. These movies are called cult movies for a reason - those who love the same movie have a similar (maybe slightly warped) shared mindset, heavily influenced by the film.  ... MORE

Posted October 29, 2014

A Spooktacular Halloween Real Wedding

Courtney Pandolfi

Boo! Halloween is coming up and what bettter way to celebrate than with some spooky wedding ideas?... MORE

Posted October 29, 2014

Real Wedding: Power Ranger Groom Rocks Comic-Inspired Wedding

Courtney Pandolfi

This wedding breaks tradition and adds a little comic relief to the big day!... MORE

Posted October 28, 2014

Themed Weddings: Doing It Right

Marta Block

We love themed weddings at GigMasters. Every year around Halloween we set off looking for the most outrageous Halloween-themed weddings, and we've published dozens of real weddings with themes ranging from circus to super heroes to Christmas. But compared to the rest of wedding tradition, the idea of a "theme" is still pretty new. What is a themed wedding? How do you make it work?... MORE

Posted October 28, 2014

Elvis and Tigers and Grooms! A Fun & Funky Real Wedding

Courtney Pandolfi

Having a wedding all about the bride and groom is sometimes the best theme of all. ... MORE

Posted October 22, 2014

Real Wedding: Charming Military Wedding

Courtney Pandolfi

A beauitful bride and a groom in uniform, this couple took a traditional wedding and made it pop with rustic detailing and a touch of class that really allowed the night to have the best of both themes. ... MORE

Posted October 15, 2014

George Clooney's Wedding Music

Chelsea Pellegrino

In case you haven’t heard, the world's most eligible bachelor finally got married. Amal Alamuddin played the role of George Clooney's lucky bride at their Roman ceremony on Saturday, September 27th. So, what song played as the heartthrob and his lovely lady had their first dance? What did reception guests boogie to throughout the night? We have the wedding playlist right here.... MORE

Posted October 03, 2014

Trend Alert: Animated Wedding Cakes

Chelsea Pellegrino

You can frost, fondant and bedazzle your wedding cake - or, you can take some pointers from Disney and make it come to life. If you don't believe us, just watch this cake... (yes, you read that correctly.)... MORE

Posted October 01, 2014

Strip Down to Celebrate: Divorce Party Boudoir Photo Shoot

Terri Zimmer

Almost 900,000 couples say “I Don’t” every single year, and some of them see their divorce as a reason to celebrate.... MORE

Posted September 24, 2014

An Engagement Under the Big Top!

Courtney Pandolfi

A wedding proposal is a thrilling time in a couple’s journey, so the engagement party should give the same energy and excitement from that special moment! After the question was popped, Nicole and Tim were determined to make their engagement party celebration just as special!... MORE

Posted September 22, 2014

Is Used a New Wedding Trend?

Marta Block

When Andrea Lown started SmartBride Boutique in 2008 a lot of her clients couldn't get over the idea that they'd be using someone else's wedding dress. According to Lown, brides were nervous and somewhat secretive about it, hiding the information from friends and family. Today though, Lown says that with the rise of the sharing economy outside of the wedding world, more and more brides are becoming more and more comfortable with the idea of buying a used dress, and selling their dress later. Lown points to the rise her company has seen in resale of dresses costing over $2,000 as evidence that this trend isn't just for the cash strapped, and isn't in fact just about saving money.... MORE

Posted September 16, 2014

Public Weddings, So You Want to Be a Star?

Marta Block

Singer Robyn Monks and L.A. comedian Adam Gropman were happily engaged and happily pregnant when Adam saw the casting call from a friend. The call was looking for couples willing to be married on T.V., no other details provided.... MORE

Posted September 10, 2014

#MyPartyFail: GigMasters Wants to See Your Favorite Fails!

Terri Zimmer

GigMasters knows how to throw a great party. But we also know that sometimes things go wrong. So very, very wrong.... MORE

Posted August 14, 2014

Shameless or Special: The Second Baby Shower

Terri Zimmer

Baby showers for a second baby have long been thought of as faux pas, marking expectant Moms as greedy or showy. However, that standard is changing, and new parents want to welcome Baby #2 into the world with just as much fanfare as the first. ... MORE

Posted August 06, 2014

Ten Wedding Entertainment Trends for 2012

Marta Block

When it comes to wedding entertainment, we're calling 2012 "The Year of Surprises." This year's brides and grooms don't want to just entertain their guests, or have a beautiful wedding, they want to create something new and unique. Here are ten ways that couples are doing that.... MORE

Posted July 30, 2014

What's A Shadow Wedding?

Marta Block

Just when you think you’ve seen every wedding trend and tradition from apron dances to hashtags along comes something new.  Shadow weddings have been making the news this summer. So what is a shadow wedding and do you need one?... MORE

Posted July 29, 2014

Will You McMarry Me? Weddings at McDonald's Are A Real Thing

Chelsea Pellegrino

If you've ever dreamed of getting married under the golden arches, now's your chance. That's right: some McDonald's locations in Hong Kong are now McDoubling as wedding venues!... MORE

Posted July 23, 2014

Real Wedding: Independence Day Inspiration

Chelsea Pellegrino

Being a member of the U.S. Armed Forces is an extremely special attribute, so it’s only right that a service person’s wedding day be an outstanding one. In honor of Independence Day, we want to spotlight this spectacular military wedding. Groom James married his beautiful bride Chelsea at the breathtaking destination setting of Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida. The couple incorporated their surroundings into the theme, with a pale ocean blue color scheme, starfish accents, and even a seashell-covered cake!  Don't take our word for it- view the photos, captured by the talented 84 West Studios.... MORE

Posted July 23, 2014

Father's Day Wedding Plans

Marta Block

Father's Day simply does not get the love that Mother's Day does in our society. It's hard to imagine anyone not realizing they'd scheduled their wedding over Mother's Day weekend. But, when we recently asked couples with weddings scheduled for this upcoming weekend how they were incorporating Father's Day in to their plans, many were surprised to learn that it was Father's Day!... MORE

Posted July 04, 2014

A Flower-centric Wedding Reception

Emily Anderson

Rebecca and Marcus celebrated their wedding with a beautiful reception at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina in South Carolina.... MORE

Posted June 05, 2014

Love in Bloom! Wedding Photo Contest

Chelsea Pellegrino

Wedding season: a time when budding romances blossom into marriages! There are so many beautiful aspects about weddings, but this month we’ve decided to focus on one of our favorite details: flowers! So, we want you to send us your floral photos from any wedding related event. It can be a picture of the centerpieces from your reception, snapshots of your boutonniere, the flower girl at your ceremony, or even the arrangements from your bridal shower. If your photo receives the most votes, you’ll take home some pretty lovely prizes. Here are the details…... MORE

Posted June 03, 2014

2013 Wedding Entertainment Trends

Marta Block

Some say 13 is an unlucky number, but 2013 is looking like a great year for weddings and wedding entertainment. Here are the top 13 wedding entertainment trends we predict for this year.... MORE

Posted May 29, 2014

The Kimye Wedding, News You Can Use

Marta Block

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West kicked off the 2014 wedding season with an extravagant Memorial Day weekend destination wedding in Italy. We'll leave it to other sites to go over the gossip and all the extravagant details. When we come across a celebrity wedding that makes the news, we like to look at it for how it can help you plan your own wedding.... MORE

Posted May 28, 2014

Star Wars Wedding Inspiration

Chelsea Pellegrino

At their wedding, this couple joined forces in more ways than one. Being Star Wars fans, they decided to incorporate their favorite movie into their special day! A handful of intergalactic details were used to make their ceremony unique, yet still keeping things traditional. While it might not have been the Millennium Falcon, the pair did exchange vows on a ship- a chartered yacht, to be exact. With guests dressed as Jedi and an R2D2 ring bearer, we'd say this theme was out of this world! (That's the last space pun, we promise). Check out the photos, captured by photographer Yuri Kriventsoff. ... MORE

Posted May 22, 2014

2014 Wedding Season: What's the Buzz?

Marta Block

Wedding trends always make big news, but how much impact do they really have on the people planning their weddings? We wanted to find out so we undertook a massive task. We surveyed over 1,000 brides, grooms, and wedding vendors with weddings during the most popular wedding months (May – October) this year. Some of what we found may surprise you!... MORE

Posted May 19, 2014

Trends in Pre-Wedding Parties

Marta Block

Bridal showers, bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, couples showers, man shower, engagement parties, rehearsal dinner, pre-wedding breakfast, pre-wedding hike … The list of potential pre-wedding events has grown since the days of one bridal shower and one bachelor party. ... MORE

Posted May 02, 2014

Looking for a Sweet Surprise? Romeo Now Delivers

Chelsea Pellegrino

When Juliet asked “Wherefore art thou, Romeo?,” we bet she didn't think to check her mailbox. But thanks to Romeo Delivers, that’s exactly where a modern-day man can go to surprise the love in his life. The people at Romeo Delivers were sweet enough to send us our own sample surprise kit, so we had to share the adorable service with you!... MORE

Posted April 30, 2014

Girly Bridal Shower Themes

Marta Block

The traditional bridal shower with it's all female guest list and gifts of towels and kitchen supplies is not as popular as it once was. Couples showers and engagement parties with mixed gender guest lists are taking its place. Still, there's something special about getting together with "just the girls." Not every bride wants a raunch, drink-filled bachelorette party and not every bridesmaid can afford a trip to the spa or Vegas. That's where these sweet girly bridal shower ideas come in to play.... MORE

Posted April 15, 2014

Touchdown! An NFL Wedding

Chelsea Pellegrino

When you combine a stunning bride, her NFL-agent groom and a top-notch event planner, the wedding is guaranteed to be a touchdown!  Carrie Zack Events helped to create this amazing wedding day full of sparkling décor and sweet treats.  She even managed to incorporate a few football-themed accents in honor of the groom, Drew Rosenhaus. All of the beautiful moments you see here were captured by Jeff Kolodny Photography, Inc - aren't the photos amazing?!... MORE

Posted April 08, 2014

Wedding Fitness: Just Dance!

Marta Block

A while ago, we ran a blog post about dance as a great wedding fitness routine. It was so popular that we asked our writer to expand it into an article for our guide here. Studies show that dancing can burn over 260 calories per hour--a burn rate equivalent to a fast walk. If regularly practiced, dancing can lead to a slower heart rate, lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol levels, all signs of improved health and fitness. Dancing also is proven to lead to a sense of "well being" and confidence (no small thing when walking down an aisle in front of all your friends and family), and lastly, practice makes perfect so you'll be able to shake your bon-bon even better come wedding day. Here's a look at what each of the hottest dance-based fitness routines can do for your big day countdown:... MORE

Posted March 31, 2014

Does Your Wedding Need a Hashtag

Marta Block

The social media wedding is all over the wedding blogs and magazines lately. But is the trend overstated? We've been conducting a survey of this year's wedding trends and early returns show that only about 35% of this year's couples are planning on creating their own hashtag. Is this a mistake?... MORE

Posted March 25, 2014

Emerald Green and Fuchsia Wedding

Chelsea Pellegrino

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, we figured it was only appropriate to show some love for the color green. Emerald may have been last year’s Pantone “Color of the Year,” but we still love the bold pop this hue brings - especially at a wedding! Take a look at how this bride incorporated emerald and fuchsia to create a vibrant color scheme that really wowed. Thanks to Matthew J. Wagner Fine Photography for sharing the couples' special day with us!... MORE

Posted March 18, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

Marta Block

St. Patrick's Day is a great excuse for a party and can provide great wedding inspiration. Green is the obvious way to go as this board from Rustic Wedding Chic demonstrates, but there are other options as well. ... MORE

Posted March 11, 2014