Engagement ring spending

By brianandersondeejay | May 21, 2018

engagement ring spendingHow much does the average engagement ring cost?  $6351. It seems that engagement ring spending is on the rise according to The Knot’s Jewelry & Engagement Study.

The average engagement ring went for $5095 in 2011. So why has the price seemingly gone up? Brides and grooms have changed more than the prices of the ring have. The Knot reveals that couples today have been living together longer than their counterparts in 2011. That means they’re more established, older, and have higher incomes. The average age of a bride is now 29 and the groom is 31.

Your most important jewelry purchase ever

With a little more discretionary income, these couples are more interested in selecting a ring that is distinctive rather than cheap. They consider it a purchase of a lifetime, the single most important piece of jewelry a woman will ever wear. In that light, the extra dollars today’s couples are investing in their engagement ring averages out to a mere $24 over the next fifty years of marriage compared to 2011 couples.

The survey revealed quite of bit of interesting info. Guys look at an average of 26 rings when shopping for engagement rings, but 70% of their fiancee’s are involved in the process to some extent. On average, it takes three and a half months to find the engagement ring of a lifetime.

The most popular metal is white gold; the most popular setting is a prong; and sapphire is the most popular non-diamond gem.

The difference between brides and grooms

Is there any difference between men and women when it comes to engagement ring spending? The Knot says yes. Overwhelmingly, grooms prefer to buy a smaller, but higher quality diamond, while brides simply like a larger rock.

Speaking of rock, if you want your wedding reception to rock, check out our customized wedding entertainment. We will customize our entertainment packages to fit your style and budget, complete with dazzling lighting and photo booth!

Pros & Cons of a Wedding Party Bus

By brianandersondeejay | May 14, 2018

wedding party busThere’s a couple you may know whose Catholic wedding ceremony was scheduled early afternoon. But the wedding reception didn’t begin until 5:30 PM. What should the wedding party do to kill time between the ceremony and reception? Hire a wedding party bus!

This scenario often comes up with couples planning a wedding ceremony in a church, especially Catholic Churches which have Saturday Masses scheduled. And when the reception is scheduled at another location, as it usually is, your venue may not be available at the time you’re ready to party.

Enter the wedding party bus.

The wedding party bus allows you to maintain the momentum of your celebration and keep your wedding party together until the reception begins. There are pros and cons to this idea.

Pros of a Wedding Party Bus

  1. As mentioned above, it keeps your wedding party together. These are your closest friends and family members. With whom would you rather party? Probably no one.
  2. It honors your wedding party. It tells them that they are special, and it thanks them for standing up with you on the biggest day of your life.
  3. Wedding Party busses are spacious. Some can hold up to 40 people, so you can comfortably fit an entire wedding party onboard. There is even room for them to bring their spouse or significant other if that is your desire.
  4. It is ridiculously fun. Watch the reaction you get with every entrance you make at one watering hole after another, leading right up to your reception venue. People will gawk, wave, and clap like you’re VIPs. On this day, you are.
  5. It’s safe. No need to worry about drinking and driving on a wedding party bus.
  6. Most party busses are equipped with nice amenities, like bars, stereo sound, and plasma TVs. At some point in life, you deserve to indulge a little. If not your wedding day, when? A wedding party bus is an indulgence you’ll talk about for years to come.
  7. It allows your wedding photographer to get some great candid and posed pics all over town. Is there an iconic landmark in town? Your party bus will deliver you and your wedding party and wait as long as you’d like while your photographer clicks away. And your party never has to stop!

Cons of a Wedding Party Bus

  1. It is an extra expense. Your budget just may not be able to accommodate an indulgence like this one.
  2. Beware of over-imbibing. The bride and groom in particular have to be cautious that they don’t overdo the alcohol. But so does the rest of the wedding party. We were at one wedding where the brides maids were wasted, one got sick, and the others made a spectacle of themselves at the reception. This is a major risk you’ll face if you decide to go with a wedding party bus.

Ultimately, most couples with whom we work prefer a more seamless wedding celebration, with wedding ceremony immediately followed by the wedding reception. However, if scheduling issues don’t allow your wedding ceremony and reception to flow together, then a party bus is a fun option.

If you’re having trouble finding  a venue whose availability meshes with your schedule, give us a call at 256-638-3535. We can pass on the names of some venues that are real gems, but off-the-radar for most brides and grooms. And when it comes to time to plan your wedding entertainment, be sure to think of DJ Brian Anderson!


 

Top wedding regrets

By brianandersondeejay | May 7, 2018

wedding regretsAre you engaged? If you scan online wedding literature and social media, you’ll discover some pretty common wedding regrets keep popping up.

For example, at a wedding website called “Woman Getting Married,”  the author, Lindsay Goldenberg Jones, said a good DJ company is one of three places worth splurging on:

“If I had to spend money on only three things at a wedding, it would be the wedding venue, wedding photographer, and wedding DJs. All the open bars in the world will not save your party from a terrible DJ or singer, so plan on picking a DJ or band that is HIGHLY recommended.”

Over at brides.com, they reported on a study of 750 brides and grooms conducted by Zola, the wedding registry website. First Zola surveyed the couples BEFORE the wedding to see what was most important to them when planning their wedding.

Then they surveyed AFTER their wedding to determine what was actually the most important, and if they had any regrets. This is interesting:

Top Five Wedding Elements Couples Wish They’d Spent LESS Money On:

1. Flowers & Decor (22 percent felt they spent too much)

2. Hair & Makeup (20 percent felt they spent too much)

3. Catering (19 percent felt they spent too much)

4. Day-of Wedding Attire (Dress, Suit, Accessories, Etc.) (19 percent felt they spent too much)

5. Invitations (17 percent felt they spent too much)

Top Five Wedding Elements Couples Wish They’d Spent MORE Money On:

1. Videographer (25 percent wish they’d spent more)

2. Photographer (22 percent wish they’d spent more)

3. Wedding Planner/Coordinator (20 percent wish they’d spent more)

4. Flowers & Decor (12 percent wish they’d spent more)

5. Band/DJ (10 percent wish they’d spent more)

Top 10 Wedding Elements that Engaged Couples Deemed “Most Important” During the Planning Process

1. Venue

2. Photographer

3. Day-of-Wedding Attire (Dress, Suit, Accessories, etc.)

4. Catering

5. Band/DJ

6. Flowers & Decor

7. After Party

8. Hair and Makeup

9. Wedding Officiant

10. Invitations

Top 10 Wedding Elements That Newlyweds Say Actually Made Their Wedding “Truly Unforgettable”

1. Venue

2. Photographer

3. Band/DJ

4. Day-of-Wedding Attire (Dress, Suit, Accessories, etc.)

5. Flowers & Decor

6. Wedding Officiant

7. Catering

8. Wedding Planner or Coordinator

9. After Party

10. Wedding Cake

In other words, three elements are at play: the LOOK & STYLE of your event vs. the EXPERIENCE of your event vs. the MEMORIES retained from your event.

Broadly speaking, post-wedding couples have more wedding regrets spending too much on the look and style of their event vs. creating an incredible experience, which is so driven by DJ entertainment.

By the same token, when the experience exceeds your expectations, which is exactly what DJ Brian Anderson will do every time, wedding couples really wish they had spent a little more on photography and videography so they can properly relive this wonderful experience.

As readers of this blog have heard us say: entertainment makes the event. Although it only costs 10% of a typical wedding budget, it creates 90% of the fun.

There’s no need for wedding regrets when you go with DJ Brian Anderson. Check our wedding services and then check on our availability.


 

Embarrassing wedding guest etiquette blunders

By brianandersondeejay | April 30, 2018

wedding guest etiquette blundersMost people have enough common sense not to pull the shenanigans I’m about to reveal. However, one person reading this (okay, maybe two) need to have their eyes opened to some real embarrassing wedding guest etiquette blunders that can irritate, incense, and even infuriate your wedding hosts.

RSVP!

Embarrassing wedding guest etiquette blunders begin with a failure to RSVP. Your wedding hosts need a head count. Don’t keep them hanging. RSVP quickly, or at least RSVP by the deadline they give you.

Don’t complain

Okay, let’s say your friend decides to get married during the Super Bowl. Stupid, but don’t make it worse by complaining about it. Most brides and grooms select their wedding dated based on the availability of their church and reception venue. If this date conflicts with another big date on your calendar, suck it up or decline the invitation. But don’t you dare complain about it in an attempt to make the couple feel guilty.

Don’t push your own guests on the bride

Your wedding invitation arrives. Your name is on the invitation, and that’s it. That means you’re attending alone. Again, suck it up and don’t call the bride to pressure her to let you bring a date. Budgets matter to most brides, and she is probably already stretched thin. Unless your invitation adds the words “and guest”, or some variation, accept or decline the invitation graciously.

Don’t get drunk

Nothing more needs to be said.

Don’t grab the mic and make a toast

Unless you were expressly asked to be a part of the program, remember that you’re not.

Don’t wear white

This is the bride’s day. White is reserved for her.

Dress appropriately

One of the most embarrassing wedding guest wedding blunders is to underdress for an evening wedding celebration. If you can’t dress up for a wedding, like the folks in the photo above didn’t, then why put yourself out?  Some weddings are more casual than others, but when it is scheduled for evening, or when the invitation says semi-formal, dress appropriately.

Put your phones away!

Have you ever sat at a table with people you didn’t know and everyone had their faces buried in their smartphones, like the one above? It’s horrible for you, and the bride and groom can’t help but be disappointed that their guests are so disengaged.

The solution to wedding guest etiquette blunders

Of course, the solution to this last blunder is great entertainment, which is exactly what DJ Brian Anderson provides. If people are having fun, they don’t feel a need to entertain themselves by keeping up on social media during your wedding celebration.

We know how to pull them out of their seats and on to the dance floor with top notch DJ wedding entertainment. We know how to keep them on their feet with our sensational photo booths for Alabama weddings.

If you’re attending a wedding, follow these simple tips to avoid embarrassing wedding guest etiquette blunders. If you’re planning a wedding, call us at 256-638-3535 for the dance floor-packing entertainment that will help your guests’ gaffes be quickly forgotten.


 

The joy of an under budget wedding

By brianandersondeejay | April 23, 2018

under budget weddingMost brides and grooms are shell-shocked when all the bills come due from their wedding. Most spent far more than they budgeted. It doesn’t have to be that way. The joy of an under budget wedding can be yours.

DJ Brian Anderson has worked with countless brides and grooms (and their parents) throughout Alabama. Many had regrets when they added up all they spent, because inevitably several thousand dollars of certain expenditures just weren’t worth it.

Be careful with your flower budget

One area that comes up frequently are the flowers. Flowers ARE important to your wedding celebration, because wedding celebrations should be beautiful. Flowers add to the beauty of your day. The rub is simply how many flowers do you need?

For example, some brides lament how much they spent on their centerpieces. Simplify and save if your budget is limited (as are most brides’). Some feel they went way overboard on how many flowers they used to decorate. Flowers add up, so simply think through how many you actually need to complement your style and budget.

Reception food and drink may be half of your budget

However, the key to experiencing an under budget wedding is more likely to be realized if you exercise discretion in the food and drink category. After all, The Knot tells us the reception eats up about half of your wedding budget.

Again, food and drink ARE wonderful ingredients to any wedding celebration in any culture. But, here’s where so many brides tell us they busted their budgets. We especially hear it when they talk about alcohol.

Open bars are budget killers

Open bars can get real expensive and can even lead to problems later in the evening with guests who over-imbibe. Brides have told us time and time again that they wish they had put a cap on their open bar. And many wish they had simply gone with a cash bar. You’ll save a bundle with the latter.

In the food department, think through whether you need a sit down dinner vs.

under budget wedding

Do you need a wedding cake as fancy as the Duchess of Cambridge’s?

a buffet. Think through if you really need those fancy appetizers. Think through if you really need a cake as elegant as the Duchess of Cambridge’s.

All of these things are really, really nice. But all of these things are potential obstacles to experiencing the joy of an under budget wedding.

There’s another easy way to come in under budget: select a DJ instead of a band.

DJ Brian Anderson can save you money vs. a band

DJ Brian Anderson is friends with many excellent bands in the area, and can recommend one if that’s the way you want to go. DJ entertainment will typically save you at least $2000 over a band, and DJ entertainment allows your guests to enjoy their favorite songs by the original artists, which really matters to a whole lot of folks.  With DJ Brian Anderson, your entertainment is in great hands!  DJ Brian Anderson is a consummate professional and a talented MC. Don’t forget our beautiful lighting options which can transform even a plain space into a palace. Another great way to enjoy an under budget wedding!

Entertainment may only comprise 10% of a typical wedding budget, but it accounts for 90% of the fun. Your guests won’t even notice if you cut back on the flowers, the bar, or the food when they’re having fun, and that’s exactly what wedding entertainment by DJ Brian Anderson delivers: affordable wedding entertainment for brides on a budget.


 

Beautiful wedding vows from literature

By brianandersondeejay | April 16, 2018

beautiful wedding vowsBeautiful wedding vows touch our very essence. They express the reality that mankind is wired to embrace commitment in relationships, bound together by love.

Your marriage ceremony builds to the vows. Talk about drama. The rest of your life is defined by these few moments. That’s why the words you say are worth considering carefully. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can find the most exquisite expressions of love ever uttered in literary classics. These examples are not vows per se, but perhaps they’ll arouse your creative juices as you craft your own.

You may recognize these words from your childhood

What better place to start than with these touching sentiments  expressed by that most lovable of literary characters, Winnie the Pooh, and authored by A.A. Milne:

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together…there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…I’ll always be with you.”

A more passionate approach

Okay, here’s a more passionate approach by the great Victor Hugo as it appeared in his watershed novel, “Les Miserables:”

“Love participates of the soul itself. It is of the same nature. Like it, it is the divine spark; like it, it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable. It is a point of fire that exists within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can confine, and which nothing can extinguish. We feel it burning even to the very marrow of our bones, and we see it beaming in the very depths of heaven…”

This one one smolders

Check out this smoldering passage from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë:

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same…my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger. I should not seem a part of it.”

Here are a couple of beauties from The Princess Bride

Do you remember the movie, “The Princess Bride?” It was written by William Goldman who wrote this gem:

“Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.”

Here’s another from Princess Bride:

“I have not known a night when your visage did not accompany me to sleep. There has not been a morning when you did not flutter behind my waking eyelids…”

“Love is not breathlessness…”

Here’s a beauty from the novel, “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis de Bernieres:

“Love is a temporary madness; it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision: You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement. It is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being ‘in love,’ which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being ‘in love’ has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those who truly love have roots that grow toward each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.”

Let’s end with this beauty by the great Russian writer, Boris Pasternak, and the romantic sentiments expressed in Dr. Zhivago:

“You and I, it’s as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.”

Whether these speak to you or not, use them to help you think outside the box as you consider the most important words you’ll ever speak.

Don’t forget that DJ Brian Anderson can provide beautiful ceremony music. And when the vows are done, and it’s time to party, DJ Brian Anderson specializes in packing your dance floor with the finest, customized wedding entertainment around.

Learn more without obligation. Don’t forget, we love phone calls: 256-638-3535.


 

Does photo booth work for upscale weddings?

By brianandersondeejay | April 9, 2018

upscale weddingsHere is a very practical question: is photo booth a good fit for your upscale wedding? The very practical answer is “absolutely yes!” Photo booth is PERFECT for upscale weddings, especially when you use DJ Brian Anderson’s photo booth.

Photo booth looks upscale

For starters, our photo booth looks elegant and upscale. And is staffed by a professional who knows how to handle your guests with finesse.

Ultimately, though, upscale weddings are similar to those of more modest means in this respect: your guests want to have fun. Even more, upscale wedding guests really know how to dress to the nines! That means they love to show off their finery, and they want pics, lots of them!

Photo booth provides your upscale guests exactly what they love at a fine affair. When they’re not mingling, they’re on the dance floor. When they’re not on the dance floor, they’re at the photo booth.

Create a cycle of fun

As DJ Brian Anderson has pointed out in earlier blogposts, photo booth creates a cycle of fun that keeps your guests entertained for your entire wedding celebration.

We’ve noticed that some of the wealthiest guests at these affairs get the silliest in the photo booth. Photo booth provides an awesome opportunity for people in high-powered careers to simply “let their hair down.” Photo booth brings out the kid in them, whether they’re worth a million bucks … or simply a buck!

At the end of the party, your guests will go home with a treasure trove of beautiful, fun, silly, outlandish, and super memorable photo booth pics.

Planning an upscale wedding? You can’t afford NOT to have photo booth! Popular dates book extremely quickly. Call now to check on availability: 256-638-3535or complete our contact form today.


 

Wedding venue tips

By brianandersondeejay | April 2, 2018
wedding venue tips

Super practical wedding venue tips to help your vision align with your reality

Your wedding venue can make or break the quality of your wedding celebration in ways you may not realize. Having worked with wedding couples for so many years, we offer some super practical wedding venue tips to help your vision align with your reality.

This video is a good starting point. We offer more tips below:

Wedding venue tip #1

Your wedding venue is your biggest budget consideration. Most wedding planners suggest you set aside 45% to 50% of your total wedding budget for your venue.

By contrast, entertainment accounts for only 10% of your budget, but (and it’s a big BUT), entertainment accounts for 90% of the fun. Great wedding entertainment and a great venue are a great complement to each other. So watch your budget carefully when you’re selecting your venue so you don’t run out of money by the time you get to your entertainment.

Wedding venue tip #2

The main tip for selecting your venue is to lock in your guest list FIRST. No venue is a good venue if it doesn’t have room for all of your guests. Be aware that just because a venue says they have a capacity of, let’s say 200 guests, doesn’t mean 200 guests fit comfortably in the space.

You don’t want to feel cramped, that’s for sure. With DJ Brian Anderson providing the entertainment, your dance floor gets a real workout. A cramped venue makes it harder for guests to join in the fun, especially if you add in a photo booth (which is fun on steroids!).

Think ahead. How many people do you really, really want at your reception, and what type of entertainment options fulfill your wedding dreams?

Wedding venue tip #3

When you meet with venues, have a clear vision of what is and what is NOT included in their package price. The biggies are obvious: is catering and the bar included? How about linens? Chairs, candles, parking.

Wedding venue tip #4

The video above offers helpful tips. One helpful tip is to ask what type of lighting and sound comes with your venue. That is a lesser issue if you use DJ Brian Anderson for the entertainment. We provide state of the art sound equipment that surpasses any venue around. Even more, we provide a rich array of dazzling lighting options and shockingly affordable prices.

Wedding venue tip #5

Here’s another tip: contact us BEFORE you select your venue. We have worked at every venue imaginable, including some real gems that aren’t as well known as they should be. We may be able to point you to some of these gems once you tell us a little about your wedding dreams. Give us a call without obligation to pick our brain: 256-638-3535.

DJ Brian Anderson is here to help your wedding celebration exceed your expectations. Happy planning!


 

Can’t take that song off of you

By brianandersondeejay | March 26, 2018

DJ Brian Anderson plays your first dance song according to your music style. With some couples, style trumps the song itself.

The Knot compiled a nice list of first dance songs, and a few overlapped with our list, including the timeless classic, “Can’t take my eyes off of you.” The song was written in 1967 by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio and performed by Frankie Valli, one of his biggest hits ever.

Your music style

The song is so good that hundreds of artists have recorded it in a variety of styles. That means it has probably been recorded to mesh with your music style.

Lauryn Hill won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her hip hoppy rendition of the song. Check it out. Is this your music style?

39 million people have listened to Hill’s version on Youtube. Now you’re one of them!

The timeless British chanteuse, Petula Clark, had a jazzier take on the song:

Speaking of timeless, Nancy Wilson has a dreamy, soulful take on “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You.” Can’t you picture yourself dancing to her beautiful rendition of this classic?

Is this your music style, or do you need something even more romantic? How about the late, great Andy Williams?

Then again, maybe tradition defines you. You may prefer the original version of the song that is forever etched in everyone’s memory, the one sung by the legendary Frankie Valli:

Let us MC and DJ your event

A great song lends itself to many interpretations by great singing artists down through the ages. DJ Brian Anderson will flawlessly MC your celebration and make announcements at the right time and introduce your first dance with flair and style.

We’ll play the version of your first dance song that complements YOUR music style. Get ready for a celebration characterized by customized entertainment built around you.


 

Future Mother-in-law advice

By brianandersondeejay | March 19, 2018

mother-in-law-adviceMother-in-laws have been the butt of jokes down through the ages. Let’s face it, though, sometimes a mother can be kind of touchy when she marries off her son. You know how it can go, she views her new daughter-in-law as a rival for her son’s affections. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here is some simple mother-in-law advice for engaged women.

Jealousy can be the problem

In other other words, the root cause of friction is often jealousy. Mom thinks her son still belongs to her. Wifey think he belongs to her. Wifey is right that marriage becomes a man’s primary relationship.

Great future mother-in-law advice

The key to a sound relationship is to make your mother-in-law your friend. Here are some ideas how:

  1. Communicate. Involve her in your wedding planning where appropriate. Don’t shut her out. Don’t treat her as an interloper. Let her know you value her role in her son’s life and in your marriage.
  2. Ask for her advice. This lets her know you value her and helps to reduce and eliminate potential jealousy issues.
  3. Keep a sense of humor. For example, if she criticizes your cooking, you might simply deflect it with a little levity, “You know, though, I’m getting better. Now the dog will even eat it.”
  4. Embrace her good points. She has them. Don’t dwell on the negative, because that’s a loser for everyone.
  5. Thank her at the wedding. You can do it privately, of course, but for maximum impact, make a toast where you can publicly thank her. Some readers may retort that the bride doesn’t make a toast at the wedding. Why not? It’s your wedding! Here’s what you might say:

“David and I have so many people to thank. And over the weeks to come, we’ll do that in a more personal way than I’m able to tonight. For now, I can only say that people are built for joy, to experience profound happiness in their life. That’s why we come together at an event like our wedding: to celebrate. We’re celebrating the best life has to offer: love. I am so grateful to my parents for all they’ve given me which has led me to this turning point in my life. And I am especially grateful to my new in-laws, Linda and Fred, for giving me the greatest gift of my life: David. I will be eternally grateful for the two of you for the rest of my life. I love you both. Thank-you.”

Mother-in-law jokes like the one Jeff Foxworthy tells in the video above will never go away. But if you cultivate a good relationship with your future mother-in-law, you can both laugh at his joke together.

Have fun together!

Here’s some final mother-in-law advice: Another way to forge a good relationship is to have fun together, starting at your wedding! DJ Brian Anderson is a wedding reception specialist who will pack your dance floor and unite your party in a spirit of fun. Learn more today without obligation.