Kiskiack Golf Club Wedding

Kiskiack Golf Club Wedding

Mark & Kerry Celebrate their wedding at Kiskiack Golf Club in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Petersburg Virginia Wedding

Petersburg Virginia Wedding

Petersburg Virginia Wedding:

Congratulations to “Webb” and “Wood” who celebrated their marriage at The Union Train Station in Petersburg, VA!!!!

First Dance

For their first dance as husband and wife at their Petersburg Virginia Wedding, Jennifer and Wood chose “Tangled up in You” by Aaron Lewis.  And yes, Wood is wearing a kilt….and evidently, he was wearing it, shall we say…in the traditional manner.

Petersburg Virginia Wedding: First Dance

 

Petersburg Virginia Wedding: Simple and Elegant

Parent Dances:
Jennifer chose “My Girl” to dance with her father, and Wood chose “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney to dance with his mother.

Petersburg Virginia Wedding: Dancing!

 

Petersburg Virginia Wedding

Jennifer and Wood wanted their reception to be laid back without many of the tired traditions.  Mission Accomplished. The afternoon was a complete success!

Petersburg Virginia Wedding: Happy Couple

 

Richmond Wedding DJs

Music Requests

Stevie Wonder- Isn’t She Lovely
Fleetwood Mac – you make loving fun
Sir Mix-A-Lot – Baby Got Back
Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
Toby Keith – Red Solo Cup
Cheap Trick – I Want you to Want Me
Unchained melody
A Thousand Years
Could I Have This Dance

Do Not Play
Chicken Dance
No Line Dances

Northern Virginia Weddings at Potomac Point Winery in Stafford, VA

Northern Virginia Weddings at Potomac Point Winery in Stafford, VA

Gabrielle and Ryan celebrate their Northern Virginia wedding at Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

Sunshine and perfect weather made the day even more wonderful for our newlyweds.
Northern Virginia Wedding at Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

 

Northern Virginia Wedding at Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

 

Northern Virginia Wedding at Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

Beautiful Northern Virginia Views

Northern Virginia Wedding at Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

 

Northern Virginia Wedding at Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

 

Gorgeous Ballroom at Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

Northern Virginia Wedding at Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

Wedding Cake

Gabrielle and Ryan chose the throwback classic “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies, as the musical underscore when they cut the cake.

Northern Virginia Wedding at Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

Table Settings

Many brides today are choosing simple and elegant table designs.  Muted color palates and understated flowers.

Northern Virginia Wedding at Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

 

Northern Virginia Wedding at Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

TOASTS

Gabrielle’s sisters, Julianne and Charlotte brought down the house with their thoughtful and fun Wedding Toast

Northern Virginia Wedding at Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

Dancing

Gabrielle and Ryan enjoy dancing with their friends and family!

 

Northern Virginia Wedding at Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

After handling all the details of her daughter’s wedding, Mother-of-the-Bride Elizabeth enjoys herself on the dance floor!

Northern Virginia Wedding at Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

You know it’s a great party in Northern Virginia and pretty much anywhere else when EVERYONE stays until the end of the night!

Northern Virginia Wedding at Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

Wedding Details:

Venue:  Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard in Stafford, VA
Photography:  Samantha Smith Photography
Wedding DJ:  Liz Daley Events
Accommodations:  Courtyard by Marriott (Stafford-Quantico)

Formal Dances:

Bride & Groom’s Entrance Song:  “Will You be There” by Michael Jackson
First Dance:
“I Wanna Grow Old With You” (extended version)
Father/Daughter Dance: “God Only Knows” by Beach Boys
Mother/Son Dance: “You are my Sunshine” by Bing Crosby

Fun Ideas

Anniversary Dance for all the married couples.

Last Minute DJ Saves the Day!!!!

As a business owner, incoming phone calls are always potential business and I am always thrilled to hear the phone ring!!!!! (it keeps me in business and pays my mortgage) HOWEVER…. I really, REALLY  hate to get this PARTICULAR  kind of  phone call.

 

Hi.  My name is XXX.  My Disc Jockey just called and cancelled on me. My wedding is Saturday.

( or my wedding is in two weeks, three weeks…..you get the idea.  It sucks and it breaks my heart.)


At least this guy has the “cajones” to cancel (via phone message) early enough for the bride and groom to secure alternate entertainment.

 

It is MUCH worse when they don’t even bother to call and the bride and groom are  left wondering where the DJ is right about the time of their “first dance”.  Ouch!!!!

 

Unfortunately I get at least one or two calls like this every wedding season.

 

My latest call came today.

 

The wedding is June 18, 2011.

The “gentleman” who CANCELLED via phone message was hired 10 months ago!

Disclaimer:  Evidently, this gentlemen who  cancelled had the seemingly forgivable reason of  a surprise deployment.  However… a DJ really shouldn’t promise to personally appear for someone’s wedding IF there is even the REMOTEST chance of deployment!!!!!! ( my current clients didn’t even know this guy was in the military!)

 

Ladies and Gentlemen….. check your written contracts ( and yes you should have a written contract!!!!)

Does the contract guarantee the services of the DJ you expect?  What happens if they cancel?  What are their liabilities?  What are your guarantees?

 

I don’t know, but my “BS” detector just went off!!!!

 

Maybe this guy was actually deployed?????         Maybe…..  Yes….Maybe…No……

 

But…..Maybe he got a better offer? We’ll never know.


I’m just happy I had someone available to cover this wedding.


One more reason to get an iron clad contract that absolutely guarantees the entertainer you expect and have paid for on your wedding day.

Post Event Feedback from Wedding Wire

Wedding:06/18/2011
Quality of Service: (5.0/5.0)
Responsiveness: (5.0/5.0)
Professionalism: (5.0/5.0)
Value: (5.0/5.0)
Flexibility: (5.0/5.0)
Services Used:  DJ, Ceremony Music

I really can’t say enough about Liz and her partner Charles. Three weeks before my daughters wedding our scheduled DJ cancelled. I find Liz Daley Events on the website, and after talking with her on the phone, she came to our rescue. Had appointment to meet her and Charles the following Wed, and just loved the professionalism and ideas they came up with to make the song selections for the bridal party so much fun during the reception. Was blessed to get Charles, he helped make my daughter’s day very special. I would not hesitate to use their services again and send to referral busniess.

 


Liz DaleyThe Fun Wedding Gal

Liz Daley Events

Liz Daley is the owner of Liz Daley Events, a boutique entertainment company that promises dramatically different results.  She works with brides and grooms to create Classic, Fun and Memorable wedding receptions. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Boston Conservatory of Music, she is a Wedding Entertainment Director™ and the National President of the Wedding Entertainment Directors Guild™ and an Accredited Bridal Consultant™ with the Association of Bridal Consultants. She is currently co-teaching an educational workshop for Wedding DJs and Masters of Ceremonies entitled, “Make It GRAND!”



 

Do I Really NEED to hire a Professional Wedding Planner?

Do I really need to hire a professional “anybody”.

Answer:  NO…But it SURE does help!

 

Around the time that Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981… Weddings got a lot more lavish and an industry catapulted out of control.

The latest Royal Wedding had a budget of such magnitude that it easily could support  me as a woman of leisure for the rest of my life just sitting in a bank account collecting 1 percent interest.  Most of us have to work for a living.

 

Reality Check:

Catering:

Costco  and Sam’s Club have “Veggie Platters” and “Ready to Eat” Appetizers to die for.

Cakes

Your Local Grocer has fantastic cakes.

(Or perhaps you have someone in your family who can still BAKE?)

Photography & Videography

Everyone and their brother has a digital camera (both video and still) on their Smart Phones.

Entertainment/Music

Computers and software have made custom playlists ridiculously easy.

(Most people have huge music libraries stored in their Smart Phones)

Decor & Design

Mail Order and the Internet Warehouses have brought wholesale invitations, flowers, linens, chair covers and anything else you can imagine to the masses.

 

Everything today is “Do-It-Yourself” and for good reason.

 

Today’s weddings can cost a fortune!

 

Why not put a downpayment on your first home and elope?

 

Nothing about what you are hiring on your wedding day is rocket science……However… you don’t want to be a “working stiff” on your own wedding day!!!!

 

And while nothing is “rocket science”…..don’t fool yourself either.  The results can be catastrophic!

 

Don’t imagine yourself as Martha Stewart if you’ve NEVER been crafty in your life.

Don’t imagine yourself as Betty Crocker, if your idea of preparing a meal involves opening a pre-prepared package of anything.

Don’t believe that your friends will be able to focus their cameras on ANYTHING  after consuming a few adult beverages.

If you’ve NEVER been an organized person and never planned anything more than 24 hours in advance, don’t fool yourself into thinking you can do it alone.

And don’t even get me started on all the things that can go wrong with an iPod…..woof!!!!!  The only time that REALLY works is if you only want background music for 5 hours and you don’t really care about the ebb and flow of your event.

 

If you REALLY want the big party….

 

The secret is to prioritize your costs and spend your money on the items you value most.

If your wedding gown is your #1 priority…go and get that Vera Wang dress!

(Or the knock-off which is still quite pricy.)

 

If you want to get married at The Waldorf-Astoria because the location is important…put down the cash and wait 3 years to get married.

 

If having the most amazing food you and your guests have ever tasted is your priority…hire the very best chef! (Or go to the best venue who has the best chef.)

 

If you want your guests to walk into your ballroom amazed at the beauty…hire the best designers, florists and lighting designers to create the “WOW!”.

 

If wedding photography and videography that captures your memories for the next generation is most important…hire the best photographer and videographer!

 

If you are a very busy professional and don’t have time to handle all the little details…hire a professional wedding planner!  Even if you are just a crazy working woman who needs a little help…hire a professional wedding planner! (It’s not really fair to ask your mother or sister to do that…you want them to speak to you after the wedding.)

 

If you want an amazing party that friends and family will remember forever…hire a professional DJ or Band and a professional Master of Ceremonies!

 

Everyone has different priorities.  Decide what your priorities are…and make decisions accordingly.

Trust your own instincts and you WILL have the wedding and reception that is right for you!

 


Liz Daley, The Fun Wedding Gal

Liz Daley Events

Liz Daley is the owner of Liz Daley Events, a boutique entertainment company that promises dramatically different results.  She works with brides and grooms to create Classic, Fun and Memorable wedding receptions. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Boston Conservatory of Music, she is a Wedding Entertainment Director™ and the National President of the Wedding Entertainment Directors Guild™ and an Accredited Bridal Consultant™ with the Association of Bridal Consultants. She is currently co-teaching an educational workshop for Wedding DJs and Masters of Ceremonies entitled, “Make It GRAND!”