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When to Hire Wedding Vendors

Brittany Anderson

Planning a wedding includes a lot of moving parts and for most people, hiring a lot of different vendors. It can be confusing to know who to hire when. What follows below is a rough timeline, assuming a one year engagement. If you have less time, don't panic! You may be a little busier the first few months of your engagement than some people, but it will all work out in the end.... MORE

Posted January 10, 2019

Ask the Experts: When to Hire Wedding Entertainment

Marta Block

Question: When do I hire the entertainment for my wedding? A: Ideally, you'll begin researching your wedding entertainment options nine months to a year or more before your wedding. It's not that you need to choose someone at that point, but you want to start getting an idea of costs and possibilities. Most people hire their wedding entertainment four to nine months before the wedding. ... MORE

Posted January 10, 2019

Wedding Entertainment That Will Shock Your Guests

Drew Stoga

When you help book as much wedding entertainment as we do, you start to pick up on some interesting trends. Still we were somewhat surprised when, in recent years, 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 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

Ask the Experts: Negotiating with the Band

Marta Block

Question: Should I try to negotiate with your band? A: Yes. We recommend thinking of this as starting a conversation, as opposed to demanding a certain price. Try and find out a little bit more from the band about why their costs are what they are and what those costs include (travel, parking, set up and tear down?). Be polite, and ask if they have any room to negotiate in their price. ... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

Ask the Experts: Band or DJ?

Marta Block

Question: Should I hire a DJ or a band for my wedding? A: Here at GigMasters we love bands and DJs equally! A lot of sites will tell you that the decision comes down to cost, but while DJs do cost less than bands, we don't think that should be the only factor for choosing your wedding entertainment.... MORE

Posted June 20, 2018

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

Top Father Daughter Songs ABOUT Dad!

Marta Block

There's nothing as tear jerking as the father/daughter dance at a wedding. But have you ever noticed how almost all the songs are not actually about Dear Old Dad, but about the bride? In honor of Father's Day this weekend we thought we'd give you 5 Father/Daughter songs that are actually about Dad. Of course, we also give you five father/daughter songs you should probably avoid.... MORE

Posted June 11, 2015

Father-Daughter Dance Playlist

Chelsea Pellegrino

Watching his little girl get married can be one of the most impactful days in a father's life. Though it's a small gesture, the father-daughter dance can be a touching way to show Dad how much he does still, and always will, mean to you! ... MORE

Posted June 11, 2015

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

Indian Wedding Ideas You Can Steal

Marta Block

Photo Credit: Pearl Moon Photography Thanks to movies, music, and a growing South Asian population in the U.S., Indian weddings have entered the U.S. mainstream when it comes to wedding planning. If you’ve been to an Indian wedding, or seen one depicted in a movie, it’s hard not to covet the bright colors, extravagant entertainment, and general sense of fun and excitement that accompanies the wedding. One of the best things about living in a multicultural society like ours is that ideas pass back and forth between groups. But, you also want to be careful that you aren’t accidentally insulting a culture by taking pieces of it without fully understanding their meaning.... MORE

Posted March 17, 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

Wedding Dates, How Couples Really Feel

Marta Block

We often talk about picking the right wedding date as being one of the most important steps in wedding planning. The date you choose can affect everything from attendance to cost, but in the long run, how important is it? How do people who chose wedding dates that others thought weren't such a great idea feel about those dates later on?... MORE

Posted December 09, 2014

Wedding Dates 2015 and 2016

Marta Block

Are you one of the 70% of couples who get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentines' Day? Your first step of course is to pick some possible dates. So, we present our annual list of good, bad, and just plain weird dates for your wedding (the list is also good for other party planning).... MORE

Posted December 02, 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

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

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

Choosing Your Wedding Music

Marta Block

When my husband and I got engaged we did not have "a song." In fact, we didn't even really like the same types of music. We struggled to find appropriate music for various parts of the ceremony and reception. Some things came together nicely, we walked down the aisle to the Beatles' In My Life, it just fit for us. Some things were a little stranger, our first dance was Stephen Foster's Swanee River, because that was the first song we ever danced to together. I was curious, how do other people decide what makes a great wedding song?... MORE

Posted September 30, 2014

Boho Chic: Bohemian Wedding Playlist

Chelsea Pellegrino

It might be an oxymoron, but vintage bohemian is definitely trending in the wedding world. If you’re incorporating the beautiful boho chic look into your big day, you’ll need an eclectic playlist to match. That's where we come in! Take a look (and listen) below for both wedding ceremony and reception tunes to fit the bohemian vibe.... MORE

Posted September 18, 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

Now on GigMasters: Jen Glantz, Bridesmaid for Hire

Terri Zimmer

On GigMasters, you can find pretty much everything you need to plan a dream wedding: photographers, DJs, bartenders…and now you can even hire a bridesmaid!... MORE

Posted August 04, 2014

Ask the Experts: Small Reception Entertainment Suggestions

Marta Block

Question: I'm having a small cocktail reception for 60 people. What sort of entertainment do you suggest?... MORE

Posted July 30, 2014

Ask the Experts: Wedding Speeches

Marta Block

Question: I was wondering, is it okay to give a speech at a wedding if you're the bride?  A: Absolutely! Giving a speech at your wedding is a great way to express your joy and your gratitude for everyone who has helped you with your wedding day. One thing to remember, there will already be a lot of focus on you on your wedding day, so you want to use this time to bring attention to others. Make sure you talk to your DJ or band leader and let him know of your plans, when you'd like to talk, and if you plan on letting others give toasts or speeches. ... MORE

Posted July 30, 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

Ask the Experts: Wedding Officiant

Marta Block

Question: How do I know who to hire as my wedding officiant? What makes a good one?  A: Hiring someone to officiate at your wedding is a fairly new idea. In the past, most people got married in their house of worship. If they didn't have a family church, synagogue or mosque, then they got married by a judge. Today though, there are so many options. Many people choose to have a friend "ordained" on line and perform the ceremony. While this is perfectly legal, it is not always the best idea. A friend might know you, but that doesn't mean he or she knows how to put together a wedding ceremony. ... MORE

Posted July 30, 2014

Ask the Experts: Fall Wedding Colors

Marta Block

Question: What are the best wedding colors for a fall wedding? A: Certain colors just seem to indicate certain seasons. Usually when we think Fall we think jewel colors, rich greens, purples, reds and browns. But just because you're having a fall wedding doesn't mean you have to pick any particular color scheme. I always recommend that instead of picking colors and then trying to match everything to that color, couples start with the florist. ... 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

Ask the Experts: Wedding Vendors

Marta Block

Question: Which wedding vendors should sign contacts?... MORE

Posted July 28, 2014

Ask the Experts: Wedding Programs

Marta Block

Maybe. If you're having a wedding with religious, or cultural traditions that won't be familiar to a lot of your guests, then having a wedding program is thoughtful. You don't want your guests to feel lost or out of touch. ... MORE

Posted July 27, 2014

Ask the Experts: Multi-Cultural Wedding Entertainment

Marta Block

Question: What do you suggest as entertainment for a multi-cultural wedding?  A: Even though these cultures all have different traditions and music, the good news is that they are all "island cultures" so any sort of island related band (steel band, calypso, reggae) should have the appropriate instruments to be able to play songs from all of the cultures, as well as more standard wedding fare. ... MORE

Posted July 27, 2014

Ask the Experts: Cocktail Hour

Marta Block

The cocktail hour is usually meant to provide a break in between the ceremony and the rest of the reception. This gives you and your groom some time to either go off by yourselves, have photos taken, or mingle with your guests. It gives your guests time to mingle and chat before dinner. Most importantly, it gives your caterer and entertainment time to set up. ... MORE

Posted July 26, 2014

Ask the Experts: Who Pays the Wedding Vendor

Marta Block

Question: If you hire a wedding planner does she then pay the vendors for you? Answer: You are financially responsible for paying the vendors, but one of the benefits of hiring a planner is that she can help coordinate that for you. ... MORE

Posted July 26, 2014

Ask the Experts: Dancing on a Budget

Marta Block

Question: I'm planning a wedding on a tight budget, but I want lots of dancing. What type of entertainment should I book?... MORE

Posted July 26, 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

Brides of Summer: The Ultimate Summer Wedding Playlist

Emily Anderson

Summer weddings are known for bright colors, warm weather and gorgeous florals. But your wedding isn’t complete without a sunny playlist to match. Choose a blend of romantic, fun, and dance-worthy songs to keep your wedding guests on their feet.  ... MORE

Posted July 23, 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

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

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

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

How to Book a Solo Guitarist: Pricing Tips from Guitarists

Marta Block

Whether they’re performing classic oldies or the newest bops, there’s no denying that a solo guitarist is a great entertainment option for any event. If you’re looking to book a solo guitarist, there are a few things to keep in mind. Prices vary depending on the region, the type of event, the type of guitarist and the experience level of the guitarist. Getting the live performance, favorite songs and great customer service comes at a cost, but the real question is: What is that cost? How much does a solo guitarist typically charge? In order to get the best bang for your buck, here’s the inside scoop from two solo guitarists. First up, here’s Jim Perona. Jim is a Chicago-based experienced classical guitarist but fairly new to event performance. From Jim: “For most one-time gigs, be it a wedding ceremony or private dinner party, I have a base rate of $150 for the first hour. Everything after that is $100/hour with at least a 5 minute break at the top of each hour. I'll usually tack on a travel charge as well if the drive is over 25 miles. “My rates can differ if the gig is recurring. For example, I was offered to play a Sunday afternoon at Oakbrook Mall here in the Chicago suburbs, and they asked what I charge for 2 hours. I requested $250 (base rate + additional hour) and they asked if I could bring that number down a bit. So, I offered to bring it down to $200 if we could do 5 Sundays in a row instead, thus making it a recurring gig instead of a one-time gig. That way, after the contract is drawn up, I have multitudes of $200 guaranteed paydays instead of just one $250 payday. Win-win!” Next, we asked Matthew Cutillo, one of our highest-ranking solo guitarists based in the New York area. Here’s how he sees it: From Matthew: “This is a very tough question, because a wedding ceremony carries with it so much more work than meets the eye. Prices will vary greatly from entertainer to entertainer. For a celebration other than a wedding, the cost is typically $100 - $150 per hour for a good professional. Weddings vary greatly in detail, length and intricacy so they also vary in pricing. A wedding ceremony typically costs $175 - $400 depending on who you hire and what they are asked to do (i.e. arrange and practice your favorite songs over a 6 month period) and how far they must travel to play.” Before you sign any checks, do your research and request a quote. Always remember to carefully interview any entertainer, and if they have that star-quality, expect to pay a bit more. Rock on and good luck!... MORE

Posted July 09, 2014

Ask the Experts: Finding Cater Waiters

Marta Block

Question: My wedding is "semi-catered" we are having barbecue, but we need to pick it up ourselves. How do I find people to set it up and serve it?... MORE

Posted July 09, 2014

Ask the Experts: Small Wedding Venue

Marta Block

Question:I'm having my wedding at a small venue but I still want my guests to be able to dance. What can I do?  A: Not knowing the exact layout of your room, I can't give specific advice, but I can offer some general suggestions. For starters, make sure to talk to the venue manager and see if she has any ideas. You'll want to double check to make sure they don't require that a portable dance floor be put down, or if they do, that you can afford it. You'll also want to ask about any space in the building that you haven't seen. ... MORE

Posted July 09, 2014

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