Winter Weddings

When planning your Wedding, consider a Winter Wedding. There’s some great reasons to plan your Wedding in Winter and here’s six of them!
 

1. The price is right
 Wedding venues quickly become booked solid through summer months, which means your dream venue may be unavailable for a year or more. By planning a winter wedding, you’re far more likely to secure the venue you want, when you want, without peak season prices.

2. Colour comes to life
 Winter’s bare boughs and frosty carpets provide an ideal canvas for splashes of colour. Bold accent hues pop while soft pastels such as aquamarine look ethereal when juxtaposed against a snowy landscape. Incorporate nature’s best in your theme. Consider a chocolate brown pinecone motif, or weave winter wonderland symbolism throughout the event.

3. Embrace layers of love 
Gorgeous fabrics deemed too weighty for summer – such as sophisticated silk satins and heavy lace – become luxurious possibilities in winter. Look beautiful, but stay warm by wearing a dress with sleeves, or a donning a decorative coat or jacket. 
‘A winter wedding is a fabulous opportunity to not only wear a stunning dress but to consider layering,’ says designer Anna Schimmel. ‘Adding a bridal jacket to your ensemble essentially gives you two looks [wear your jacket outdoors and remove it for your reception]. I also advise winter brides to have fun with a cover-up. They can pair a simple gown with a shrug embellished with ruffles or strong detailing.’

4. Picture this
 The New Zealand winter sets the stage for stunning wedding photos. From Mount Ruapheu to Mount Cook many of our mountain ranges are snow-covered, and the South Island’s magnificent glaciers also make particularly breathtaking backdrops. Winter’s overcast weather creates flattering, ambient lighting. Plus, you don’t have to worry about squinting into the sun during the portrait session. 
The North Island experiences more rainfall in winter than any other season so if you’re planning outdoor photos, have an indoor back-up plan.

5. They’re all yours
 There are fewer public holidays during the cold months – which is ideal if you’re planning a multi-day event, as your guests’ accommodation options are likely to be plentiful and more budget-friendly. Furthermore, your wedding is unlikely to clash with your guests’ own holiday-weekend plans. Even boutique luxury accommodation, such as Auckland’s Mollies and the South Island’s Blanket Bay have reduced room rates, so you can get luxe for less. However, if you’re planning a ski resort destination wedding, you’ll be competing for space with thousands of snow-goers, so you’ll need to book accommodation well in advance.

6. Pamper party 
If hitting the bars in town seems a little ‘been there, done that’ for your hen party, suggest to your bridesmaids that they make the most of winter by embracing the season.
Why not pack up and head off to the mountains for a ski/snowboard weekend? By organising a group lesson for newbies even the most timid snow bunnies can enjoy hitting the slopes. If pampering is more your thing, what better place to kick back in winter than the hot pools? Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa has been voted one of the top 10 day spa resorts in the world. In addition to featuring a variety of massage therapies on the menu, it offers private thermal pools, perfect for a girls’ gathering. 
On the shores of the South Island’s Lake Tekapo, Alpine Springs Spa & Winter Park is all about celebrating the winter season. As well as hot pools and a spa, they have an ice hockey rink and state-of-the-art snow slope, dedicated entirely to snow tubing.
 

Credit: As seen on New Zealand Weddings

iPod or Spotify For Wedding or Live DJ

A Wedding is a very special event but can often come with high costs. Trimming these costs is quite high on the priority list of many couples and often, the one thing that suffers the most is the entertainment. Entertainment plays a huge part in your day and if done correctly, can ensure you and your guests have a night to remember. So, iPod or Spotify For Wedding or Live DJ to get the job done?

You might think that because I’m a DJ myself I’m biased… and I am, but for a number of good reasons.
 

iPod or Spotify For Wedding or Live DJ


 

iPod or Spotify

An iPod or Spotify is basically the 21st Century version of a jukebox; however, with the former, you need to spend time picking all of the music you want to listen to whereas a Jukebox usually comes with it’s own playlist.

Chances are you won’t have a selection of songs on your iPod to easily fill the whole night, so you’ll need to spend plenty of time before the wedding purchasing songs from iTunes and then organising them into an appropriate playlist. If you’re considering Spotify, you’ll need to purchase Spotify Premium to avoid obnoxious ads playing after every couple of songs (and you’ll need to spend time creating a playlist as well).

If you decide on an iPod, I would suggest keeping it hidden away from guests. As the night goes by, guests decide what music they want to hear and continually skip songs (sometimes half way through!) until their jam comes on. It also results in songs being repeated, sometimes numerous times, because people may have missed their favourite song earlier but are now ready to dance. If you do decide to go for an iPod, you will need to hire a decent sound system to play your music which will set you back a couple of hundred dollars, especially if the venue doesn’t already have one installed.
 

First Dance

Live DJ

One of the benefits of hiring a professional DJ is that they will turn up with all the music ready to go, plus you can suggest any particular songs you want played prior to your event so you can still listen and dance to your favourites. No need to download songs or spend hours putting together playlists! The DJ will provide background music during dinner right through to the first dance and onwards, making one less thing for you to worry about. The DJ should come with all their own sound equipment and if you want some elegant or ‘party’ lighting, then this can easily be provided too. They will have experience at gauging what music works for you and your guests on the night. Atmosphere, mood and the age group of those on the dance floor will all depend on what songs are played and when.
 

If your budget can’t quite stretch to hiring a DJ for the whole day, consider creating a playlist of music for the reception dinner (just don’t forget the iPod on the day), then arrange for a DJ to come in for the first dance and the partying.
 

A few things to remember about your wedding entertainment…
• Although it may appear that you are only paying for the “4 hours” you see of a professional wedding entertainment company at your wedding, normally they will invest between 12 and 30 hours of time to your special event.
• Shop around to get quotes but remember, the cheapest price is not always the best. Take into consideration the experience, professionalism, and equipment provided.
• During wedding planning, brides say their highest priority is their wedding dress, followed by the reception site and caterer. Often, reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities! Within one week after their reception however, a large proportion of brides say they should have made the entertainment a higher priority!
• Finally, the majority of wedding guests say one of the things they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment (Band/DJ). Good wedding entertainment = a great time. It’s worth getting right!
 

This was a blog topic created for and featured on AucklandWeddings.co.nz

 

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Wedding DJ for the 2015 Wedding Season

Summer in New Zealand is Wedding season. For The Ridler Mobile DJ, Wedding season has already started and goes right through to the end of April/beginning of May. Early 2015 is our busiest time and you really want to get in as early as possible when thinking about booking your Wedding entertainment and securing your Wedding DJ.

 
For over 15 years we’ve been providing the best and most professional Wedding DJ service possible. Weddings aren’t just another day or another party…it’s the most important day of your life. You want to make sure you have a professional Wedding DJ who knows what they they are doing, has years of experience to call upon and understands exactly what you are after. That’s where we can help make your day one to remember.

 
We’re able to provide the sound for your Ceremony right through to the end of the night. We can even be your MC if you need! There’s a range of options you can have to make your Wedding a success from custom lighting to additional sound or just roll with something more basic. If you’d like to know more about booking a Wedding DJ with The Ridler Mobile DJ then don’t hesitate to get in contact. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Top 20 Garter Toss Wedding Songs

Top 20 Garter Toss Wedding Songs: Choosing a song for the Garter Toss at your Wedding (one of the traditional parts of the night) can be hard and choosing the right song can make it perfect. With any Wedding there’s a number of elements requiring a special song and choosing a garter toss song is also one of those…yet choosing the right song can be a lot harder than any one may think.

Garter toss songs don’t tend to be a song that is very serious or romantic (like the other songs you have at a Wedding) but getting one that fits the mood and the tradition of a garter toss is also quite important.

We’ve put together a list of the most popular top 20 Garter Toss Wedding Songs to help make that decision a little easier. Any of these your favourite?

Top 20 Garter Toss Wedding Songs:

1) Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
2) Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
3) ZZ Top – Legs
4) Nelly – Hot In Herre
5) Yello – Oh Yeah
6) Jimmy Hendrix – Foxy Lady
7) Clayton, Adam & Larry Mullen – Theme From Mission: Impossible
8) Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
9) Joe Cocker – You Can Leave Your Hat On
10) Warrant – Cherry Pie
11) Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
12) M.C. Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
13) Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing
14) Van Halen – Hot For Teacher
15) AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long
16) Justin Timberlake – Sexyback
17) Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy
18) Flo Rida – Right Round
19) Salt-N-Peppa – Whatta Man
20) Jay-Z Feat. Ugk – Big Pimpin’