What is your perception of a "Rustic" wedding?
I see a lot of couple getting caught up in the idealism of a rustic wedding but their perception changes when they find out what a real rustic wedding is.
A rustic wedding is one that is unsophisticated and is located in a country or rural setting, I've seen many people who like the idea of a "Rustic" wedding but only choose elements to give the impression that it's a rustic event.
Simply having your wedding in a lavish hotel with rustic trimmings really isn't a truly rustic wedding.
One particular venue in my market of Ballarat that I define as truly rustic is Donegan's Farm, located between Wallace and Gordon. Below is a link to their website.
Why I have posted this link is because it is a venue located on real farm setting because rustic actually means "From the country".
So when you choose to have a rustic wedding make sure you choose a location that suits the type of wedding you want, this means booking your venue early.
Just remember that rustic isn't white table clothes and chair covers, it's wooden furniture and simplicity also a little rough around the edges.
I hope this article will help you understand the true meaning of what it is to have a "Rustic" wedding.
Let's make this an easy question to answer.
On average I spend at least 20 hours preparing and entertaining at any function, sometimes I spend as much as 30 hours working towards achieving my client's entertainment requirements, this is a good reason that I charge a reasonable amount for my services.
The planning meetings I have with my clients can take me to plan and conduct the meeting as much as 3 hours per meeting, this is time spent away from my family, this is the time I need to charge for. The meetings are in most cases during the evening and on weekends.
When you make an inquiry from any type of service based business consider the time they spend before your event as well as the time spend at your event.
The best way to find out the best service providers for your event is to meet them before you book.
I hope this helps you make an informed decision for your next celebration.
Over my twenty plus years of doing DJ entertainment I've sadly come across people who have said a lie in regards to the event they are having to get a cheaper price, I've never booked these inquiries, here is why. Have you ever lied to someone and they later found out that you lied to them? It's not very nice, is it.
Telling a supplier the wrong type of event could lead to you not getting the supplier you want as they may choose not to take you as a client.
The hours spent by a DJ for example for Wedding or Corporate Function will be greater than the planning involved in planning a party, the reason is there are lots of formal moments scheduled throughout the event that has to either be scripted or planned with other suppliers and venue staff. These are planned in advance, not on the spur of the moment.
Don't lie, be honest and you'll be rewarded with better service
Many people are terrified by the notion of having to do public speaking, the reason for this is they fear the sound of their own voice, whilst this is quite natural a few things can be done stop this fear.
The first thing not to do is to worry about the number of people you'll be speaking to, just focus on one person in the middle of the room, don't gaze at them but use them as your main focal point.
Secondly, make sure that you type out your notes for the speech, don't hand write them. The reason for this is so you can see them easily, make them clear and concise.
Please take some time to write your speech, make the words mean something and don't forget to make the speech memorable.
Most people who are organizing a function tend to look at the cost first even before looking at the standard of fun they want to have for the special occasion.
In this day and age, people focus on the retail side of the preparation such as table centers and decor when the most memorable part of the occasion is more centered around things such as entertainment and great food.
Let me give you an example; a client of ours spent around $1,000 on our services and spent very little on table and chair decor however still had a memorable event. This client spent more on the emotional benefits rather than material benefits such as chair covers.
Sit down and write down five words that make you happy, think about these same words when planning your next celebration, you'll be surprised what words you come up with.
Music preferences are an individuals choice, however, some people choose the wrong song for a special moment that just doesn't suit the appropriate moments meaning such as a first dance.
Every song selection should be carefully thought about not just a rushed judgment, take the time to listen to a song in full and during a time when you're not in a hurry or stressed.
The chorus of a song might have the right meaning but the rest of the lyrics may be completely out of step to the moment you're creating.
Below is my video on the topic.
A wedding can be an enjoyable experience for all those who attend but to make it that way it pays to have some fun created to make it a memorable occasion.
The secrete is to have a great MC, a person build anticipation right from the time the guests arrive in the reception for pre-dinner drinks. Always ask your MC to meet all the guests before introducing the bridal party into the room.
Your MC should introduce the bridal party in the room in a fun and exciting way, if that's the type of introduction you want. If you're after a more laid back introduction you should inform your MC of your wishes before the day of your wedding.
Music can also be part of your introductions but make sure the music you choose suits the MC's voice and matches the mood you want to start your reception.
Turn those moments into great memories.