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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Weddings: Do You Dare?

Marta Block

Certain wedding arguments just never seem to get solved. Should you have children at your wedding? Are destination weddings rude or fun? Will the black wedding dress ever really take off? You can add, should you have your wedding on a holiday to the list.... MORE

Posted November 30, 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

Top Wedding Songs for Teachers

Marta Block

If you're a teacher who would like to add a little schoolhouse fun into your wedding day soundtrack, you've come to the right place. For all of those brids and grooms who are also our talented and dedicated teachers, we present the best and worst school inspired wedding songs.... 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

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

Wedding Tip, Surviving the Father-Daughter Dance

Marta Block

With Father's Day this weekend, a lot of brides are thinking about the other important guy in their life, their dads. The Father/Daughter dance is supposed to be bittersweet and beautiful, but, here's a secret, a lot of dads don't really like to dance. So, how can you and your dad survive the big dance with feet and egos intact? Here are some tips.... 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

Silver Bells, Meet Wedding Bells: Holiday Wedding Music

Chelsea Pellegrino

With it's joy and excitement, it's no surprise why so many couples opt for a wedding during the holiday season. But while you may be having a winter wedding, chances are you don't want a playlist solely dedicated to holiday tunes. We've created this quick playlist full of seasonal selections. Here are songs that encompass the holiday spirit, without talking about dancing snowmen:... MORE

Posted December 17, 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

How to Make Your Guests Hate Your Wedding

Marta Block

Everyone knows it's a losing proposition to try and please everyone with your wedding. People who are determined to find fault, will find fault no matter what. If you read one article that says how much people hate buffets, you'll read another that says how much people hate sit down dinners. As a general rule, brides and grooms are encouraged to do what makes sense for them on their wedding day. But there are certain categories of wedding complaints that it makes sense to think about when you're making your plans.... MORE

Posted November 25, 2014

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

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

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

Holiday Stress and Your Wedding

Marta Block

Family issues, money issues, scheduling issues, planning issues, shopping issues - does this sound like a list of wedding issues? It is, but it's also a list of winter holiday issues. Some of the biggest stressors of the holiday season coincide with some of the biggest engagement stressors. So, it's no surprise that even couples who generally make it through the wedding process with limited stress wind up a little stressed around the holidays. Three big issues tend to come up for engaged couples in November and December. We present them now to give you a little time to prepare.... MORE

Posted October 21, 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

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

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

Should You Have a Brother Sister Dance (The Experts Weigh In)

Marta Block

A few years ago we started hearing of more and more brides and grooms looking for song choices for a "brother sister dance." We offered some suggestions. The trend kept growing and so, did the backlash.... MORE

Posted September 26, 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

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

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

Modern Country Wedding Songs

Marta Block

Country music is skyrocketing in popularity. As music crosses boundaries and defies genres, more and more people consider themselves at least a "little bit" country. ... 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

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

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