Archive for May, 2011

“Do We Really Need It?” ~ Choosing Reception Entertainment in Alaska ~

Posted on: May 24th, 2011 by admin No Comments

Of all the things a bride budgets and plans for, many don’t even consider a DJ.  Now, a fabulous party is exactly what a bride wants, but often seeking a professional’s advice is pushed to the wayside.  Is there a good reason why you should hire a professional DJ?

Biggest Reasons a Bride Doesn’t Hire a Professional DJ:

  • “I’m a DIY bride and I cannot afford to hire a professional DJ”
  • “Good parties just happen”
  • “A DJ will take over my wedding reception”

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These are valid concerns, however, one of Wedding Guide Alaska‘s favorite DJ’s, Martin of Alaska Professional Entertainment, has a statistic for you:78% of Brides have regrets regarding their choice to not include professional entertainment at their reception within one week of their wedding.

Here’s another: 81% of wedding guests say they remember the entertainment at the reception the most.  (check out page 145 of the Alaska Wedding Workbook)

WGA‘s goal is to help you make an educated decision regarding your reception entertainment, so click here to read our very own Alaskan Bride-to-Be’s decision to hire a professional DJ.

After making a decision, you need recommendations!  Here are Wedding Guide Alaska‘s suggestions for local, professional entertainment:

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Best-of-the-Best Alaska ~ Alaskan Events & Catering, LLC

Posted on: May 6th, 2011 by admin No Comments

As summer approaches and wedding plans continue to fall into place, Wedding Guide Alaska is again here to help!  This time we want to show you how you can make your wedding day perfect…beginning with your summer wedding catering!

Our focus for this topic is to help you create a menu to suit your wedding theme as well as your budget.  Here are a few of our recommendations:

1)  Consult your budget.  The more options you offer your guests, the more expensive your reception catering will be.  If your budget is tight, you might consider a cocktail reception, afternoon tea, or dessert reception.

2)  Talk to your caterer.  Are there particular dishes your caterer is known for or could recommend?  Don’t forget to let your caterer know what your budget is so that they can help you create a custom and affordable menu.  If you’re catering your own wedding (please note that Wedding Guide Alaska strongly recommends you consider the level of stress catering your own wedding will add to your wedding day), stick with crowd-pleasing recipes.

3)  Time of your reception.  First things first…decide the time of year you will be married.  This will help you determine the time of your reception, especially in Alaska.  For example, a summer meal should start earlier in the day than a winter reception.  Also, winter wedding dinners are typically more formal than summer dinners.

Keep your budget while you get the best of Alaska’s caterers, Alaskan Events & Catering, LLC, one of Wedding Guide Alaska‘s top picks for catering.  AE&CLLC is a perfect choice for local seafood, produce, unique presentation, eclectic style, innovative menus, and catering throughout Alaska. Plus, Alaskan Events & Catering, LLC has a special Wedding Workbook offer for Alaska’s Brides-To-Be!

Also, you won’t want to forget to ask the most important questions of your caterer (as well as a worksheet to write the answers and your menus).  Check out page 65 of your Alaska Wedding Workbook, or email me for a free .pdf version of the “Top 10 Questions to Ask Wedding Caterers”.  Cheers!

~ Photographs courtesy of Nathaniel Wilder Photography.