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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 Tips from the Pros: Getting Organized

Brittany Anderson

Having worked at and attended hundreds of weddings a year, wedding pros have a wealth of helpful wedding info they bring to your wedding. That's why every week we bring you tips from some of our favorite wedding pros.... 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

Hiring a Jazz Band for Your Wedding

Marta Block

If you're looking to hire a jazz band for your wedding, we can help! This advice from our Jazz members on how to hire a Jazz Band originally appeared on our sister blog, Life of the Party. ... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

5 Questions to Ask a Wedding Band Leader

Marta Block

There are people who make their living booking bands in to clubs and for special events. Then there's you, an about-to-be-married person who for some reason is instantly expected to know everything there is to know about hiring live entertainment for your wedding. That's why we started this series of 5 Questions to Ask. It's not a definitive guide, just a quick look at some things you should know.... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

How to Hire a Bartender for Your Wedding

Marta Block

In recent years DIY catering and DIY bartending have become popular ways for couples on a tight budget to keep their wedding spending under control. Unfortunately, a lot of couples assume that they can simply ask their uncle or friend to take turns running the bar. Having an amateur bartender may actually wind up costing you money both in terms of alcohol poured, and also in terms of potential legal issues. Here are some key things to understand and questions to ask before you hire a bartender.... MORE

Posted June 22, 2018

5 Questions to Ask a Wedding DJ

Marta Block

There are so many things to consider when hiring a wedding DJ or other entertainment for your wedding. It can seem overwhelming. That's why GigMasters has created this "5 Questions" post. It's not meant to be an all inclusive guide to hiring wedding entertainment, just a quick way to get started.... MORE

Posted June 19, 2018

What to Expect at an Indian Wedding

Marta Block

Photo Credit: Jihan Abdalla PhotographyInvited to an Indian wedding? You're in for a treat. But first, You probably have a lot of questions about what to expect. ... MORE

Posted April 08, 2015

Hot Weather Wedding Savers

Marta Block

The "woodland wonderland" wedding theme has taken outdoor weddings out of the shade this year, but whether your wedding is indoors or outdoors, the heat can still have a big impact on your wedding plans. We have some great tips for keeping your wedding cool this summer no matter where your wedding will be. We've used images from this gorgeous Black Hills, South Dakota wedding with an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception to illustrate some of our points.... MORE

Posted April 02, 2015

How Much Do Engagement Photos Cost?

Marta Block

Photo Credit: Blume Photography Once the rush of being newly engaged has worn off, it's time to think about your engagement photography session. This may be the first of many cost decisions you make together as an engaged couple -- don't let the wide range of prices and endless options zap your romance. Instead, we asked pro photographers from around the country to share their prices to help you navigate your options and find the engagement photographer that's right for you.... MORE

Posted February 13, 2015

Ways to Destroy a Flower Girl Dress

Marta Block

Whether or not to have children at your wedding remains one of the big wedding controversies. Personally, I had a Sunday afternoon wedding and a lot of children in my life, so it made perfect sense for me. One of my favorite pictures of the day is of my Goddaughter and her little brother completely passed out on chairs. But, if I'd known what I now know about kids back then, I probably would have done a little more to occupy the kids at my wedding.... MORE

Posted November 18, 2014

A Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegan Thanksgiving

Marissa Latshaw

My Thanksgiving guest list consists of two diabetics, one vegan, one vegetarian, and my gluten-intolerant mother. For reals. And then there are the few with no dietary restrictions who expect the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, dripping with gravy, cranberry sauce and a nice, plump bird. What's a girl to do? ... MORE

Posted November 07, 2014

How Much Does a Wedding Photographer Cost

Marta Block

I found budgeting to be the hardest part of planning my wedding. Not sticking to amounts, or keeping costs under control, but just figuring out what my wedding budget should be. I found a lot of articles and pie charts telling me what percentage of my budget should be reserved for each element (dress, ceremony, food, etc). But I had a hard time getting anyone, even wedding vendors, to give me actual approximate costs. The cost of a wedding photographer was one of the most difficult items to nail down. ... MORE

Posted November 03, 2014

Should You Go to a Bridal Show

Marta Block

Long before there were blogs and wedding websites there were bridal shows. They go under a lot of different names "bridal expo," "bridal fair," "bridal show," "wedding show." But they all have the same basic idea, you go to one location and meet a lot of wedding vendors and other people interested in talking to the recently engaged. Here are some questions to ask yourself before deciding if a bridal show is a good idea for you?... MORE

Posted October 14, 2014

Wedding Planning 101 (Part 2)

Marta Block

Last week we broke the news to you that the first step in planning your wedding was not Pinning 100 beautiful dresses. Rather, it was coming up with your budget and your approximate guest list. This week, we get to some of the fun stuff, and some more stuff that isn't always so fun. But, to keep you inspired even with the less fun stuff we illustrate it all with a gorgeous wedding.... MORE

Posted September 02, 2014

Wedding Planning 101 (Part 1)

Marta Block

One of the hard things about writing a wedding blog is that you never know where your readers are in their plans. Some people have been planning for years and others are just starting to think about their wedding. Those who haven't been planning for years often find the wedding info available online more confusing than helpful. We thought with everyone getting ready to go back to school it would be a good time to offer an intro course for those of you just entering the fun that is wedding planning.... MORE

Posted August 25, 2014

Top Questions to Ask Your Caterer

Marta Block

Casual or formal, sit down or buffet, food is a big part of any wedding budget. Although it may seem like the most fun wedding vendor to hire (tastings, yay!), hiring a caterer can actually be very stressful. Not only are there a lot of industry terms to decipher (wait, what does plated mean again and what's a charger?), but each catering company has their own way of breaking down the bill so it can be hard to compare quotes.... MORE

Posted August 19, 2014

Ask the Experts: Flower Girl

Marta Block

Question: I want to have a flower girl at my wedding but I'm wondering if she should walk down the aisle - what if it doesn't go well?  A: Traditionally, the flower girl and ring bearer walk down the aisle right before the bride. If the children in your wedding party are under the age of six, you should make sure to keep a parent, or other adult they know well at the back of the ceremony site to walk down the aisle with them if necessary. With young children, it's always important to expect the unexpected. ... MORE

Posted July 26, 2014

4 Steps to Renting a Wedding Tent

Marta Block

A wedding tent can turn any backyard, park, or beach in to a magical wedding venue. But renting a tent for your wedding can be frustrating. It seems like it should be so simple, but somehow it's always more complicated than you think! We break it down in to four easy steps for you.... MORE

Posted July 23, 2014

The How-Tos of Wedding Smart Phone Photos

Marta Block

Special to GigMasters from Ariane Fisher, co-founder StoryMix Media   Taking photos and videos with your smartphones at a wedding can be both a blessing and a curse. Smartphones are a truly awesome and convenient way to instantly capture all those special moments and share them with your friends. But don't be that person that blocks everyone behind you. Or the one taking selfies during the vows. Here's a top 10 list of smartphone etiquette for weddings, so you don't annoy the couple and all the other guests.... MORE

Posted July 23, 2014

DIY Post-Wedding Flowers

Marta Block

Special to GigMasters from Ellen Bowman of Save Your Wedding Flowers Brides are looking for ways to save money by cutting corners here, there and where ever possible! One of the biggest costs of a beautiful wedding is the floral arrangements. Bouquets, church and reception flowers can eat up a huge portion of the wedding budget.... MORE

Posted June 18, 2014

Engagement Party Entertainment Options

Marta Block

Engagement parties can be tricky to plan. Not everyone has one, and there aren't as many established rules. But, with longer engagements and more brides and grooms wanting to celebrate their engagement with ALL of their friends (not just girls at bridal showers and men at bachelor parties) engagement parties have become a more important part of the wedding party season. ... MORE

Posted May 02, 2014

Ten Questions to Ask a DJ or Band Leader

Marta Block

Hiring wedding professionals can be stressful, it's hard to know where to start. That's why we offer these questions for your band leader or DJ, just to get you started! Of course, the best way to make sure you'll be happy with your entertainment decision is to start your search on GigMasters! ... MORE

Posted April 25, 2014

20 Tips for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

Marta Block

By The Editors of So you thought it'd be great to write your own wedding vows, but now a healthy dose of writer's block (not to mention fear of embarrassing yourself) has hit you squarely on the head. Don't know how to transform your heavy, life-altering, feelings into a string of coherent words? You're not alone -- but don't worry, your goal is within reach: Just take it one word at a time. Here's the homework you need to do (and the questions you should ask) to make your wedding vows perfect.... MORE

Posted April 14, 2014

8 Easy Ways to Avoid Wedding Insanity

Marta Block

Special to GigMasters from the Editors at The Let's not beat around the bush: planning a wedding is work. With all those decisions and responsibilities, it's easy to see how some brides and grooms get completely consumed in the minutiae. So how do stressed-out, site-seeing, menu-sampling couples get their eyes back on the ball? By taking a breather from the planning process.... MORE

Posted April 11, 2014

Semi-DIY Wedding: How to Do It Right

Marta Block

Recently in our Ask the Expert column a reader wanted to know how she could find wait staff for her "semi-catered" wedding. The food was being prepared but a restaurant, but they weren't providing servers.... MORE

Posted April 02, 2014

Your Wedding Professionals, Getting to Know Them

Marta Block

When was the last time you spent thousands of dollars to hire a professional musician? When was the last time you spent hours working with a caterer to come up with a perfect menu?... MORE

Posted March 31, 2014

Wedding Day Pranks and Practical Jokes

Marta Block

Practical jokes at a wedding are risky business. Tension is high, nerves are strained and you never know what hornet's nest you might be stepping in to. On the other hand, a really great joke can help calm tensions and make for a memorable day. In honor of April Fool's Day we asked some wedding professionals to share their stories of wedding day practical jokes.... MORE

Posted March 31, 2014

Ten Timeless Wedding Tips from Event Planner Carolyn Miller

Mary Ellen Skawinski

Professional event planner Carolyn Miller of Creative Celebrations knows a thing or two about what it takes to pull off a truly memorable wedding. Check out her tips for any soon-to-marry couple!... MORE

Posted March 05, 2014

5 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer

Marta Block

So, you're planning a wedding? Great! That must mean you're an expert in photography and how to hire a wedding photographer, right? No? Never fear, we have a starter set of questions for you to use when planning your meeting with a photographer. ... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

Wedding Tips from the Pros: Cocktail Hour Fun

Marta Block

Many brides and grooms find planning the cocktail hour to be one of the most challenging parts of wedding planning. Done correctly, the cocktail hour can be a fantastic bridge between the ceremony and the reception, setting the tone for a memorable evening. But, not planned properly, it can be a dead zone where guests stand around slightly uncomfortable and unsure of what to do next.... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

How to Hire a Wedding Officiant

Marta Block

One of the newer items on the wedding "to do" list is hire your officiant, the person who will perform the wedding for you. Even if you belong to a house of worship and have a rabbi or minister who will be performing your ceremony, you may want to consider some of these tips. If you are planning on asking a friend or relative to perform your ceremony, you'll definitely want to do so. ... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

Finding Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors

Marta Block

Although all couples worry about finding the perfect wedding vendors, gay couples have a unique challenge. Although most people in the wedding business believe that "love is love" and are more than happy to serve any couple, you do hear stories about wedding vendors refusing to help gay couples. Many gay couples also prefer to work with vendors who have experience with gay weddings to help navigate some of the issues unique to a gay wedding.... MORE

Posted December 17, 2013

5 Questions to Ask a Wedding Singer

Ryan Levesque

We've all seen the Adam Sandler movie, and it's funny, but if you're looking to hire a singer for your wedding ceremony or reception you should know that it's fiction. Wedding singers are professional musicians, they run the gamut from opera singers to band leaders. No one blog post is going to cover everything you need to know about hiring a singer, but here are 5 questions for wedding singers to get you started.... MORE

Posted December 11, 2013

Hiring a Guitarist for Your Wedding

Marta Block

Are you considering hiring a guitarist for your wedding? We asked some of our favorite GigMasters guitarists what you needed to know about hiring a guitarist. Even we were surprised by some of what they had to say.... MORE

Posted November 12, 2013

Gay Wedding Etiquette

Marta Block

Gay marriage is becoming legal in more and more states. Even in those states that do not legally recognize gay marriages many couples are choosing to do away with the "commitment ceremony" language of the past and call their ceremony and celebration what it is, a wedding. Weddings are steeped in etiquette and tradition so many people planning and attending weddings with a same sex couple frequently have questions about how having two celebrants of the same gender affects things. We're here to help.... MORE

Posted October 01, 2013

How to Create a Wedding Program

Marta Block

Wedding programs are often cited as something that a financially or time-stressed couple can do without for their wedding. It's true, not every wedding needs a program. But, if your wedding ceremony involves cultural or religious traditions with which not everyone is familiar, wedding programs can be very helpful. Programs can also be great if you have things you want to make sure you say and don't trust yourself to do a speech or toast at the reception.... MORE

Posted September 03, 2013

Hiring a Wedding Officiant: Yes, You Should!

Marta Block

Everyone knows that "personal" has become the theme word for weddings these days. As people strive to make this age old tradition more meaningful to themselves they've moved weddings away from churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship and into backyards, barns, and other venues. ... MORE

Posted July 16, 2013

Best Wedding Bands in Orange County

Chelsea Pellegrino

We love when our amazing GigMasters entertainers and vendors receive recognition for outstanding performance and professionalism.  We become like proud parents who want to spread the word about their accomplishments. Today, we are proud to announce that CBS Los Angeles named The N8+ Jazz Band (Newport Beach, CA) one of the “Best Wedding Bands in Orange County.”... MORE

Posted April 12, 2013

How to Hire a Harpist for Your Wedding

Marta Block

Whether it's for the processional or the reception, no instrument says "wedding" like a harp.  GigMasters’ harpist Jessica Frost (Winchester, VA) explains, “The harp itself naturally adds elegance and sophistication to an event." We asked some of our top harpists for important tips and advice to guide you through the process of hiring a harpist for your wedding, or any event.... MORE

Posted January 29, 2013

Wedding Planner Tips

Marta Block

I went to a lovely wedding during the day of New Year's Eve. It was strange, but nice to be sitting in a church in the middle of the day on a Monday. There was a quiet hum as friends and family greeted each other. Even the children attending seemed relaxed and peaceful, and there were a lot of children because the bride is a preschool teacher. There we were all, peaceful, thinking our own thoughts, ready to honor this couple. Then we heard it.... MORE

Posted January 03, 2013

Tips and Wedding Entertainment

Marta Block

One of the most common questions that brides and grooms have for our Ask the Expert section is about tipping. Do you tip the band? The DJ? And if so, how much? ... MORE

Posted December 04, 2012

Questions Wedding Vendors Should Ask You

Marta Block

One of the hardest things about planning a wedding is that the engaged couple and the people they want to hire often live in very different worlds. Good wedding vendors live and breathe weddings. They may work at 100 weddings or more every year! A typical bride and groom plan a wedding once (maybe twice) in a life time.... MORE

Posted November 29, 2012

Hiring a Magician for Your Wedding

Marta Block

Holiday weddings are magical so it's no wonder that magicians are a popular form of entertainment for holiday weddings. But hiring a magician isn't exactly something you do every day. If you need some guidelines for how to do it, let our magical members give you some tips. ... MORE

Posted November 27, 2012

How to Find Wedding Entertainment

Marta Block

A couple of weeks ago I promised to tell you all about GigMasters and how we can help you find the wedding entertainment that you want! This is the first in a series of posts explaining a little bit about how we can work with you. If you're looking for great wedding entertainment options we've got four ways for you to start your search.... MORE

Posted September 27, 2012

What Is GigMasters?

Marta Block

Today, I want to tell you a little bit about who we are. Simply put, we are a full-service online booking agency. Whatever you want for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, or bridal shower,  whether it's an acrobat, a DJ or a wedding band, we can help you find one. We can even help you find photographers and food trucks if that's what you need. You can audition entertainers right on our site, see what other people have to say about them, get free price quotes, and book the entertainment and professionals of your dreams (and your budget).... MORE

Posted September 13, 2012

Hiring Face Painters for Weddings

Nicole Steeger

As trends towards daytime and family friendly weddings have grown, so has the hiring of unusual entertainment. Face painters may never rank with DJs as popular wedding entertainers, but they are becoming more popular and  as with any performer, it can be hard to narrow down the professional that is right for you and your event. That’s why we asked our face painting members to give us some tips that will help you throughout the looking and booking process. Here’s what the experts had to say.... MORE

Posted September 11, 2012

Hiring a Caricature Artist for Your Wedding

Marta Block

Caricature artists have become popular wedding entertainers. Many work behind the scenes, creating caricatures for couples to use in Save the Dates or as posters for guests to sign at the wedding. Others are working at the wedding itself, creating unique party favors and guest book entries. A couple of weeks ago our sister blog, Life of the Party, talked to some caricature artists to get tips on how to hire one for your wedding. We thought the advice was worth repeating!... MORE

Posted August 14, 2012

Writing Your Own Vows

Marta Block

Writing your own vows is one of those DIY projects that seems like a great idea at the beginning of your engagement but can feel more like a never ending essay exam by the end. If you like the idea, but aren't sure how to go about doing it, the editors of The Knot have some ways to help you prepare for writing your own vows. They shared them in our Wedding Resource Guide, and we have a preview for you here.... MORE

Posted August 02, 2012

5 Ways to Make Your Wedding Vendors HATE You

Marta Block

If you haven't heard about Bitchless Bride yet, you are in for a treat. Bitchless Bride is an anonymous wedding planner full of jaw dropping stories of brides behaving badly. More importantly though, she's full of helpful information that will let you plan a wedding without turning in to a, well you know! Today she shares some of those tips with us. Be warned, she's a straight talker.... MORE

Posted June 26, 2012