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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

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

The Perfect Wedding Cocktail, 5 Tips to Create Yours

Marta Block

Special to GigMasters from mixologist H. Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir in San Francisco At GigMasters we know it takes two things to make a great party, great entertainment and great refreshments. Unfortunately, it can often seem like your budget makes you choose between the two. That's why one standard piece of wedding advice is to forgo a full bar in favor of a few specialty drinks. Mixologist H. Joseph Ehrmann can help you do just that with these tips.... MORE

Posted June 22, 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

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

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

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

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: 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

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

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

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

Ask the Experts: Solo Guitarist

Marta Block

Question: How much does a solo guitarist typically charge? A: This is a very difficult question to answer. As you might imagine, prices vary a lot depending on the region, the type of event, the type of guitarist and the experience level of the guitarist. We asked two GigMasters solo guitarists for their thoughts on the subject. Jim Perona is a very experienced classical guitarist, but fairly new at doing certain kinds of events. He's based in the Chicago area and here's his answer:... 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

Ask the Experts: Renaissance Wedding Entertainment

Marta Block

Question: How do I find minstrels with a lyre and flute for a renaissance wedding? ... MORE

Posted July 09, 2014

Reception Seating How-Tos

Marta Block

If you're having 50 guests and a buffet, you may or may not want to give people specific seating assignments. But if you're having 100 guests or more and serving a seated meal, you'll want to make sure everyone's got a specific place to sit. ... MORE

Posted July 08, 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

Your Outdoor Wedding Checklist

Marta Block

Outdoor weddings are definitely having their moment in the sun! Getting married outside can add a romantic, relaxed feeling to your wedding, but that doesn't mean outdoor weddings are without their challenges. As relaxed as an outdoor wedding may feel, it actually requires careful planning. This checklist is designed to make sure you don't miss any of the details. We loved this Custer State Park wedding from Cadey Reisner Weddings so much, we used it to illustrate what you should do for an outdoor wedding!... MORE

Posted July 03, 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

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

Father Daughter Wedding Dilemmas

Marta Block

The Father of the Bride is usually portrayed like the clueless Steve Martin in Father of the Bride or the frightening Robert Deniro in Meet the Parents. But, with Father's Day approaching we thought we'd look at some of the bigger and more difficult problems that come up between fathers and their marrying daughters and give some advice on how to solve them.... MORE

Posted June 04, 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

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

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

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

8 Easy Ways to Avoid Wedding Insanity

Marta Block

Special to GigMasters from the Editors at The Knot.com 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

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

Destination Wedding Planning

Drew Stoga

Planning a destination wedding can be intimidating. We have heard from dozens of couples who tell us they love the idea but have no idea how to even begin destination wedding planning. Naturally, most destination weddings take place thousands of miles away from home. So how on Earth do you find the right location, not to mention the right florist, caterer or band? The idea of planning a destination wedding may send shivers down the spines of many couples, but planning your nuptials from afar really does not have to be as hard as it may seem. ... MORE

Posted March 31, 2014

Wedding Day Vendor Contracts

Marta Block

GigMasters ALWAYS recommends the use of vendor contracts -both for performers and clients.  While (fingers crossed) your wedding should go as planned, anything can happen and you want to be covered.  You don't want any unpleasant surprises leading up to, or on your big day. Below are a few of the questions about your wedding that you should ask your vendor BEFORE you sign a contract.  The answers to these questions will likely form the basis of your contract:... MORE

Posted March 31, 2014

Wedding Day Entertainment Guide

Marta Block

You know that dream you used to have in high school and college? The one where you found yourself at the end of the school year and you'd forgotten to study for an important test, or even forgotten to go to the class? Well, a lot of brides find themselves having that same nightmare the closer it gets to their wedding. If you're worried that you've forgotten to do something important for your wedding day, fret no more. We've got a checklist for all the places you might want to have wedding day entertainment.... MORE

Posted March 31, 2014

Most Popular Wedding Songs

Marissa Latshaw

Stuck on which tune to select for the special first dance as husband and wife? Look no further! Here are 49 timeless first dance wedding song standards:... 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

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