Tuesday, October 14, 2014
1. Assigned tables for seating.....get a ticket as a souvenir!! Check out the below picture, how cool is this? 60-70% of the weddings that Top Notch works requires assigned seating for the guests during the reception. The majority of the times, these "assigned tables" are simply labeled numerically, (ie: table 1, table 2, etc.) The Carbone's wedding differs from most in that Frank & Elizabeth labeled each table by a specific music artists name. They took the idea a step further by actually printing physical tickets of the artists tables. As guests entered the reception hall, each was required to find their ticket which they could tear off of a designed board, upon finding their ticket they discovered the artists name of the table where they would sit. I'm assuming the same concept could be applied to Movies, such as movie tickets for "The Fast & Furious" table, "Titanic" table, etc, but Top Notch has yet to see a wedding where actual physical tickets as souvenirs were given to guests
2. Shoe Game with Ducks- Before the dancing, before the cutting of the cake, yet immediately after dinner, Frank and Elizabeth played the "Shoe Question" game, however, instead of removing their shoes, the bride and groom had rubber duckies, 1 painted wearing a tuxedo, while the other was wearing a wedding gown. I for one got a great kick out of their prop and have to agree with the bride and groom that using a comical, and unique toy prop for the game is more appealing, more convenient, and simply more classy than having the bride and groom remove their shoes to play
3. Bouquet Toss- I cannot tell you how many weddings Top Notch has played "Single Ladies" as the official song for the Bouquet Toss during the reception. Don't get me wrong, I personally love the song. It's a great dance jam, it's upbeat, and of course is appropriately fitting for the Bouquet Toss. Elizabeth however, chose for Top Notch to play "Girl Fight" by Brooke Valentine (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhBM7H-ggvY) as her song for this particular part of the reception. I found her song selection unique as I personally have never had a bride choose this song and like "Single Ladies" but in a more humorous way, it certainly is appropriate for the Bouquet Toss point of the reception.
Pictures by Your Still Life Photography should be be available on the website in a matter of weeks. Thanks again Frank and Elizabeth for letting Top Notch take part in your special day, it was a privilege and a blast!!
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Last night was truly a great time at Alexis’ Surprise Sweet 16 Party. All of her friends arrived, a great banner for pictures to monument the occasion hung from the ceiling and Top Notch was able to provide music for the slideshow that Alexis’ parents had prepared for the party. However, upon arriving and setting up for the event, I noticed many decorated tables and chairs which brings me to the first blog article and thought of the day. 1 Tip to POTENTIALLY avoid for your Sweet 16 party or event which is - LESS CHAIRS. It is a great idea to have horderves and snack food and even nice appetizers at the party for guests, however, unless you are planning for the guests to actually have a sit down dinner, many tables and chairs aren’t necessary. They’re inviting for guests to come in and SIT. 80-90% of teenage boys will arrive at a party, find a seat at a chair and table, break out their cell phone to check up on their social media, text messages, etc and will try to remain in this position throughout the party or event. The less chairs, naturally the less sitting will occur. Furthermore, guests will get the impression, that your event is not a sit down, hang out kind of affair, it’s a dance party. Top Notch certainly has many strategies to get those that may be seated up and moving on the dance floor,however, that chair is now their “safety spot”, and if ever a song is played that your guests may feel awkward dancing to, personally do not like, or are perhaps unfamiliar with, they will retreat to that chair. One can avoid this situation by simply not placing numerous tables and chairs in or around the party room. Often times, more tables and chairs equals less dance space as well. By considering this tip, you may eliminate the major 1 obstacle for your DJ at a Sweet 16 party.