Thursday, July 30, 2009

Maid of Honor Wedding Toast

It is traditional for the best man and the father-of-the-bride to give a toast—but as the Maid of Honor, you have the right to say a few words too, should you choose to. So, don’t be shy, stand up, grab the microphone and give the happy couple some inspiring words! Here are some tips:

Take It Seriously: When you toast the bride and groom at their wedding, you're not just speaking for all the guests—you are saying what everyone at the reception would like to say, well-wishes, advice, and congratulations. This is a huge responsibility. Embrace this obligation with grace and maturity.

Don't Procrastinate: Write your toast early. The worst thing to do would be to be writing it during the hors d’oeuvres! Carefully think about the message you would like to give, and remember to give it the time it deserves.

Be Personal: While you are speaking for the whole group, you should also personalize the toast. Be sure to include:

· Express how happy and honored you are to be at the wedding and thank the bride and groom (and their parents, if appropriate) for inviting everyone to be a part of their special day.

· Include a personal touch (a favorite memory, story, quote, or joke), but be sure to make it something everyone will enjoy.

· Offer encouraging, poignant and moving words of advice for their future together. (A quote will usually work its way in here).

· Offer heart-felt well wishes.

· Raid raising of the glass, saying "To Jess and Shane"

You don’t have to be funny: Best man speeches are often goofy, sometimes awkward stories meant to poke fun at the groom. Don’t feel you have to follow this with digs on the bride! (She may not appreciate it!) But don’t feel that you have to get overly sentimental either. If hilarity is comfortable and appropriate for you, then be funny, if you are sentimental-great, but most of all speak from the heart.

Keep it short: Public speaking is not for everyone, and if it is something that makes you uncomfortable, all the more reason to keep it short and sweet. Your toast can just be two quick lines, (perhaps up to 2 minutes). As you prepare your toast, keep it simple and don't try to add in hard to pronounce vocabulary words you wouldn’t normally use.

Practice, Practice, Practice: Once the toast has been written, practice reading it out loud. Ask for feedback from your family. If possible, memorize the toast, but also be sure to write out the complete speech (or good notes) and take it with you to the microphone. That day, in the moment, you could forget the toast, so have a back-up plan ready.

Know When: Toasting traditionally happens once everyone has been seated and served champagne, but the bride and groom may request something different…so know what their wishes are. If they don't have a preference, the timing is up to you and the best man. If there is a mic stand, walk up together, and if a microphone is being passed make sure you have coordinated who will go first and how you will get the mic.

Call the guests to attention by clinking a glass with a utensil (or have the DJ announce to guests that toasting is about to begin).

Don't Have The Time Or Energy To Write The Speech Yourself?
A properly planned Toast/Speech is important to the success of any Wedding. One that is not prepared, delivered improperly, or drags on too long can lose the impact and interest of the guests - however one which is professionally written can keep them laughing and really raise the success level of the Wedding another 10%. Here are some professionally done, relatively inexpensive toast ideas.

Click Here To See Some Toast & Speeches

Giving a great toast is a fun opportunity to share a little bit of you and celebrate the happy couple. Relax, enjoy and Cheers!

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Tips for a Wonderful Wedding Shower

Planning a bridal shower can sometimes seem like a daunting task, it is not only something that the bride is often looking forward too, it is an event she will cherish her whole life—no stress on you, right?! But, with a little planning and some creative and fun ideas, both she and the guests will have a great time, and so will you!

Get away: If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional bridal shower, a favorite idea is a shower get-away! Take the bride-to-be and friends on spa day, take dance lessons, go to the beach, on a wine tasting… there are so many fun ideas once you are no longer restricted to a traditional house party, that will not only lessen the stress, but increase the fun!

Invites: Be sure to send guests a formal invitation, or even an evite. This will set the tone and theme—and be a nice memento for the bride afterward. Include any special requests, such as asking the guests to include a change of clothes, photograph of them with the bride, or favorite recipe.

Gifts: Set up a place to put the gifts ahead of time, so that they can be saved until the end of the party, but be sure to secure the cards with tape, (sometimes they fall off, causing confusion later on) to help keep things straight. When gifts are opened, Be sure to put someone in charge of writing down who gave what, so that the bride can easily write her thank-yous later, and snap photos of the bride with the presents and the guests as well, to include in the note, and as a reminder to the bride, which mixing bowl came from whom!

You can create a fabulous shower for the bride-to-be by just remembering these key aspects of the event. But most of all- have fun!

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Party Tips: Red Carpet

If you are planning a big event, consider this: make the guests feel unique and special upon arrival – with a red carpet!

Here’s how you do it: set up a long narrow entrance to the party room or hall. Get a long red carpet, a row of rope stands or even rose petals strewn on either side. The trick is to get the guests to go down this pathway to enter the venue.

You can ask the event or location staff to line up on either side of the entry-path – their job is to cheer as each guest arrives and begin their walk to the doorway. If you want to go the extra step, hire celebrity impersonators to “interview” guests as they arrive, and make sure there are plenty of people “in the crowd” with cameras, (you can even get these photos developed at a 1-hour photo place and have them put in frames to be given as favors at the end of the party!)

The “red carpet treatment’ is great for fundraising galas, corporate parties, and even wedding receptions, but it always works best when you take the idea, and can personalize it to the event and the honorees.

Have a great party!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Planning a Jammin' Pool Party

Summer is here and it is time for that awesome summer celebration! Want to do something a little different? Create a stylish outdoor party that everyone will be talking about! Your first step is to start the planning, but remember when it comes to summer parties, keep it simple! The sunshine, the pool, and the great company are what matters.

Invitations: Set the stage with your invitations. Print your invitations on water-blue paper stock and for fun, toss in some tropical confetti. Don’t forget to remind people to bring their bathing suits and towels!

Music: Choose a selection of your favorite beach or tropical songs to play at the party—or hire a DJ to spin some summer beach party songs pool-side. Music can make a party, so keep it fun and up-beat.

D├ęcor: Summer is about bright happy colors! Decorate with sunny yellow table cloths, blue plate and cups, and in-season flowers as centerpieces. Put up some shade umbrellas and chairs and throw a bunch of beach balls in the pool and you are all set!

Party Favors: Everyone loves to get party favors! Your pool party favors can be something as simple as sample-size sunscreen and aloe in a clear plastic bag and tie with ribbon, or as elaborate as custom-printed beach towels!

Your next fun-in-the-sun Pool Party will be a blast if you keep it simple, fun and take the time to think about just a few key things.

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

Aren't you glad to live in America where we are free? It is so nice every July to experience another year in a wonderful land that we call home. Where else can you follow your dreams? If you didn't get an opportunity to watch a fireworks display this year, please enjoy the following video with Fireworks from Disneyland where dreams always come true!

Happy Fourth of July from all of us here at Audio To Go!

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Your DJ: WHAT YOU GET Audio To Go

Wonder what Charlotte’s number one team of DJs can provide you? Ask no more! Here are a few things you should look for in ANY DJ, and that Audio To Go always promises and delivers.

1. Your DJ and/MC will be dressed to the 9’s in their finest professional wardrobe. Every member of the Audio To Go team is always dressed in formalwear and will maintain a clean and well-groomed appearance at all times. You spend hours on your appearance before a special event; and your DJ should look their best too.

2. Your DJ will be responsive to all of your needs and will guarantee that you will have a fantastic experience. Your DJ will also work with all service personnel incorporated with the event, like photographer, videographer, wedding consultant, venue, etc.

3. We don't like paperwork either, but it is necessary. You will receive a written agreement clearly stating all charges, services, products and other essential information. You’ll also be provided with a written cancellation policy. You will also be protected with our liability insurance policy.

4. G-rated fun! Your DJ will not use profanity on or off the microphone, and will maintain a family-friendly show by only playing music that has edited lyrics and/or content. Your nieces and nephews will not learn any “new” words because of Audio To Go!

5. Your DJ will be sober, (we don’t believe in drinking on the job)…Your DJ will not drink any alcohol during your event nor will they take smoke breaks. He or she will maintain a professional, positive, and friendly attitude throughout the performance, regardless of any occurrences.

6. Your total experience us will be incredibly fun, innovatively fresh, and completely unique. Audio To Go always strives to stay up on the latest trends in the industry. You won’t catch us doing stale routines or using old school technology.

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