Monday, June 18, 2012

Karaoke Wedding Tips

Okay, Spiderman once said, "with great power comes resposibility." If you are considering karaoke at your wedding, realize that you have to set some guidelines or things could get ugly real quick.

 Handing a microphone over to anyone is giving someone the power, and if you lose power at your own wedding, it may not turn out in the end exactly as you had hoped for.

If you are going the karaoke route for your wedding, just keep in mind that you need to control it, or it could spin out of hand and become, "Uncle Jimmy's Drunken Karaoke Concert," rather than your wedding night.

To avoid giving away your entire wedding reception to people who want to sing "Love Shack" and " "Paradise By The Dashboard Light," create a few simple rules and everything should be alright.

1) SET A TIME LIMIT - Let the DJ know you only want karaoke at the very end, perhaps, so that it doesn't scare away guests who do not like it, and it doesn;t overpower the whole night.

2) ONE SONG ONLY - If you have a load of people who want to sing but only limited time, to control karaoke from taking over the whole night, maybe make a rule that a person can only sing once.

3) NO DIRTY SONGS -  Don't allow DJ to accept songs with suggestive yrics, as to not upset certain people at your party. Grandma my not want to hear, "Shake That @$$!"

4) BANNING CERTAIN GUESTS - This idea would be good, but it usually doesn;t work without hurting someone's feelings. Keep in mind that if you really don't want certain people to sing, you may not want to do karaoke at your wedding. It is very difficult and seemingly unfair to turn someone down who would like to join in on the fun.

5) FLIP THE KILL SWTCH -  Limit young children, or drunk people who drone on and make it not fun by having the DJ switch right back to dancing at the end of a terrible track. This will keep the guests around who put in earplugs.

Following a few simple rules like these could allow for just enough karaoke flavor to your wedding to actually add something to your special night, rather than to take away from it. Good luck!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

2012 & 2013 Wedding Dates To Avoid

Planning a special "Holiday Weekend Wedding" or a party that falls on a special day, for that matter, can have many many unforeseen pros and cons across the board, whether it is in or around Albany, NY, or not.

There are many things to think about when picking a day that has something else other than your special day associated to it. Here are sone things to think about:

THE PROS ON A HOLIDAY WEDDING -One good thing is that your guests will have that extra day for recovery and travel, and also a Sunday wedding is often more affordable that a Saturday wedding works out to be.

1) TRAVELING SPIKE - Traveling costs more on holidays. Your costs, and the the cost for your guests' airfare traveling and/or hotels are often higher on holiday weekends.

having a holiday wedding might hurt your wedding guest attendance. People are creatures of habit. Some families have regular commitments and traditions for on-going standing holiday weekend and quite often these are traditions that they would not to change, no matter what the cause.

3) RELIGIOUS DAYS - While you may or may not recognize a number of religious holidays, your guests might. Think about religious holidays when choosing your wedding date. There may even be church restrictions on if you are allowed to marry at these times, so you may have to make some calls if you go against this one.

4) COSTLY HOLIDAYS - Valentine's Day will make your floral bill shyrocket, and New Year's will make your venue more too!

January 16, 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday)
January 21, 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday)
February 5, 2012 Superbowl Sunday
February 3, 2013 Superbowl Sunday
February 20, 2012 Presidents' Day (Monday)
February 18, 2013 Presidents' Day (Monday)
April 1, 2012 April Fool's Day (Sunday)
Monday, April 1, 2013 April Fool's Day (Monday)
May 13, 2012 Mother's Day (Sunday)
May 12, 2013 Mother's Day (Sunday)
May 28, 2012 Memorial Day (Monday)
May 27, 2013 Memorial Day (Monday)
June 17, 2012 Father's Day (Sunday)
June 16, 2013 Father's Day (Sunday)
July 4, 2012 Independence Day (Wednesday)
July 4, 2013 Independence Day (Thursday)
September 3, 2012 Labor Day (Monday)
September 2, 2013 Labor Day (Monday)
October 8, 2012 Columbus Day (Monday)
October 14, 2013 Columbus Day (Monday)
November 22, 2012 Thanksgiving (Thursday)
November 28, 2013 Thanksgiving (Thursday)
December 31, 2012 New Year's Eve (Monday)
December 31, 2013 New Year's Eve (Tuesday)

April 1, 2012 Palm Sunday
March 24, 2013 Palm Sunday
April 8, 2012 Easter Sunday
March 31, 2013 Easter Sunday
April 7, 2012 Passover (Saturday)
March 26, 2013 Passover (Tuesday)
July 29, 2012 Tisha B’Av Saturday,
July 16, 2013 Tisha B’Av (Tuesday)
September 17 - 18, 2012 Rosh Hashanah (Monday & Tues)
September 4-6, 2013 Rosh Hashanah (Thursday - Sat)
September 26, 2012 Yom Kippur (Wednesday)
September 14, 2013 Yom Kippur (Saturday)
December 10 - 16, 2012 Hanukkah (Sat -Sun)
November 27, - December 5, 2013 Hanukkah (Sat -Sun)
December 25, 2012 Christmas (Tuesday)
December 25, 2013 Christmas (Wednesday)
December 26, 2012 - Tuesday, January 1, 2013 Kwanzaa
December 26, 2012 - Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Kwanzaa

Any questions about date selection for your wedding of party? Drop us a line at Albany NY Wedding DJ