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5 Reasons Why You Need a Photo Booth at Your LGBT Wedding

Your wedding is only one day of the many that will make up your marriage, but it’s the day that all your loved ones gather together to celebrate you and your long awaited union. If you’re looking to throw the party of the year, we know just the thing that will guarantee a good time – a photo booth!

Who hasn’t struck a pose for the photo booths in malls and arcades? These instant printing picture machines have been reinvented to make sure your wedding is anything but boring. Here are five reasons why your guests will be thanking you for hiring a photo booth:

Break the Ice

Consider this – you’re bringing together a group of people who don’t have anything in common other than their love for you. There will be plenty of awkward small talk but a photo booth breaks the ice and creates a relaxed atmosphere. Before you know it, complete strangers will be posing for silly pictures together.

Fun for all

When it comes to photo booths, age ain’t nothing but a number. Everyone from toddlers to grandparents will be lining up to smile for the camera. Photo booths strike the perfect balance between novelty and nostalgia that appeals to every generation.

Show off your personality

Silly hats and glasses are a no-brainer but the photo booth is also an opportunity for you to infuse your pride and personality into your wedding day. Are you a booklover? Create a backdrop out of books! Love to sail? Let your guests play dress up with themed props! Get creative with your props, photo strip logo, and backdrop to add flavor where it’s least expected.

Share the love

Welcome to the twenty-first century where photo booths can post your pictures to social media on the spot! If you have guests who can’t attend your wedding, they can follow along on Facebook as your pictures post in real-time. Capture POD Photo Booths in Miami also has technology that lets you text and email photos to yourself or others!

Favors

Wedding favors get a bad wrap, and we understand why. No one finds a bag of coated almonds very appealing. Most often, they’re left behind on tables and your money ends up wasted! Luckily you can skip traditional favors when you hire a photo booth. Your guests will leave with handfuls of photo strips that they’ll treasure forever. Be sure to work with your photo booth vendor to customize your prints with text and graphics!

Carlos Pacheco | Photo Booth Innovator 

Capture POD Professional Photo Booths 

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www.capturepod.com

 

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The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Wedding Planner

At some point in everyone’s life, the thought of getting married has come across their mind. Within the LGBT community the thought of having a wedding presents unchartered challenges in this new age of acceptance. Some thought it would never be a possibility, but there were those who have fought long and hard for marriage equality. I myself have always believed that this right should be afforded to everyone. As the mother of two gay children myself I have witnessed the strides that we have been taking towards true equality where marriage is in question, and we’ve certainly come a long way. I’m impatiently looking forward to planning my own children’s weddings in what I hope to be the near future. (Grandkids soon to follow).

Weddings are a great opportunity to bring families together and to express the love and joy of a committed couple. Gay, straight, bisexual or transgender a wedding is a lot of work from day one of planning to the moment vows are exchanged. Taking on the challenge of planning your own wedding is not an easy task. Therefore, hiring a wedding planner will save you from a lot headaches and heartbreaks.

Here are some of the benefits of hiring a planner.

  • Wedding Planners are trained professionals who are available to help you with all of your planning needs from beginning to end.  They are experienced and have the knowledge to make your day come together so that you and your guest can sit back and enjoy.
  • Planners do all the legwork for you, from finding your venues to choosing the vendors that best fit your needs and budget.
  • Planners help you score the best rates available therefore saving you money.
  • Planners schedule all of your appointments and act as the liaison between you, your vendors and venue, all you have to do is show up for the appointments.
  • Planners are there to provide a wealth of ideas, designs and information which in turn will save you time.
  • Planners help create and design your day, deal with all of the back end details on the day of to make sure your day is flawless.

When hiring a Planner –

Make sure your planner is involved with a professional organization and has professional credentials. Here are a few organizations you may want to research when choosing a planner:

  • National Association of Wedding Professionals (NAWP) There are various chapters nationwide, so search the chapter in your city or city you will be getting married in.
  • Association of Bridal Consultants also a national organization where you can find reputable consultants.

Having good chemistry with your planner and feeling comfortable is key, since you’ll be spending a lot of time together, and they will basically become your best friend for the length of your planning, so feeling at ease is definitely a must.

I highly recommend hiring a wedding planner for your special day, whether it’s full, partial or day of planning. A planner will save you money, time, and reduce stress so that you are able to truly enjoy your day. “We bring your visions to life!

Bobbie Outerino
Fortuna Event Management & Promotions
FortunaEventsMiami.com
786.479.3220

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How do we choose a caterer?

Marriage equality is finally here! My sister just walked down the aisle with her partner of 27 years. Although long overdue, the sense of joy and meaning will be forever cherished by all of us who shared in their very special day. Every couple deserves a very personal and inspired wedding celebration that reflects their love and tells their unique story. The processes, the planning, the research and the expenses can be daunting at first, but if you take a deep breath and break down the process into digestible segments, you will be just fine. Couples have been successfully planning their weddings for hundreds of years, now it’s your turn.

Hiring the right caterer for your special day is one of the most important aspects of your planning process. After all, the venue, food, drink, service staff and table settings will consume the largest portion of your wedding budget. Your first step is to determine what you want out of a catered meal and what you want your guests to experience – level of formality; plated, buffet or stations; type of menu and food; and level of creativity and innovation. Once you have determined what you want out of the catering program, the next step is to determine your budget.

Budgeting can be one of the most challenging aspects of planning a wedding. Decide how much you’re willing to spend upfront and clearly communicate this when vetting potential caterers. It is important to understand that there are many other aspects beyond the food that contribute to a successful catering experience, and it is important to have a handle on what services and items are integral but not necessarily included in a caterer’s price. Don’t waste your time looking at pricey caterers who are clearly outside of your budget range. Be certain to have a clear understanding of what the quoted price covers to ensure you are comparing apples to apples. If you have to add the cost of cake-cutting and coffee service or set up and breakdown to the least expensive caterer’s quote, it may end up being comparable in price to the most expensive! This can feel overwhelming. Look for a caterer who will assist you early in the education process.  Potential costs should be laid out upfront.

In order to avoid costly surprises, find out exactly what is included; for example,

  • Tables, chairs, tableware and linens
  • Service and culinary staff and bartenders
  • Cutting and serving the cake
  • Pouring champagne for the toast
  • Providing coffee service
  • Set up and breakdown of reception
  • Transportation, trucking and equipment
  • Liability insurance

Do your research! Look at their menus and their photo galleries. Check out their Facebook page, where professional photographers may have tagged them in photos. Read their reviews – WeddingWire, The Knot and even Yelp are great resources to find out what other couples have shared about their experience with the caterer.

The most important questions are those you ask before you select your caterer. Make sure they are not only gay-friendly but sensitive to the needs of the LGBT community. Some qualities to look for and questions to ask:

  • Flexibility with menu and presentation requests
  • Ability to accommodate special diets and needs such as      vegetarian, vegan and children’s menu options
  • Dessert and wedding cake options
  • How and where the food is prepared – ideally on location so     it is fresh and maintains the highest standard of quality
  • Staff-to-guest ratio
  • Ability to assist with other aspects of the wedding like     providing wedding cakes, floral arrangements and décor or a   photographer. Is their wait staff able to help with some of the    day-of details like setting out place cards and party favors?
  • Good communication, organization and response time
  • Longevity and reputation

Check to see if the caterer offers a tasting experience. A tasting will allow you to fully experience the quality, style and presentation of their food.  Caterers usually require a small fee to cover a tasting that occurs in the discovery phase, but they should give you a credit towards the total cost of your event catering should you book their services for your wedding.

Expect a lot from your caterer. Remember, this is your wedding day so do not hesitate to ask lots of questions! A good caterer should understand your overall vision for the day and listen to your ideas. They should be able to use their wealth of experience and talent and build upon your ideas to go above and beyond your expectations for your special day. So do your research, communicate your budget and your vision and your particular needs, and most importantly, have fun in the process! Happy planning!

Eggwhites Special Event Catering
305-892-2066
EggWhitesCatering.com

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Do We Need Entertainment?

Do we need an event planner?

What would you like to achieve with your wedding? The answer should be to entertain my guest and ensure they have an awesome experience. Most importantly, a wedding or event planner will allow the couple to enjoy the planning process without the “headaches.”

All events, whether a wedding, birthday, anniversary, corporate function, bar-mitzvah – the  goal  is to make sure your guest feel taken care of,  special and entertained. You can provide your guests with spectacular menu items, while offering them elements of surprise that keep them visually excited. All of these can occur with or without music and entertainment – but music no matter how subtle, makes the difference. An enchanting string quartet can enhance the flavor of the mood and add so much. A mime can place a smile on your guests face. A live band guarantees that your guests have just attended the best event ever.

We need to save money on our wedding – why not cut the entertainment?

Absolutely not. Your wedding won’t be the way you have dreamed it would be. An experienced DJ can take care of making sure everyone has a good time. It is essential that there is music. Your guests need to be engaged with you and your wedding. If they were entertained -your event will be talked about for a lifetime. You will have unforgettable pictures, one of a kind memories and ensure smiles that speak for themselves and show everyone’s joy.

Choosing the right entertainment for each event is crucial. Asking the right questions to make sure that a Drag Diva is for you or A Spanish Flamenco dancer will take your dinner guest on an international journey, is where the professional planner’s experience comes into play. Creating the right package and matching it to the right guests sets the tone of your special day.

This is your day and a lot of planning and detail goes into making it flawless. Leave it to the professional to achieve what you have dreamed of.

UME Productions
954-243-3751
UniversalMusicEvents.com