5/26

Music isn’t always a priority for couples, and that’s totally cool. Why pay someone big dollars to do something that doesn’t really mean a whole lot to you? There’s no need (and yes, we know that DJs often act as emcee, but if you have a coordinator or a friend who would be rockin’ at that role, ask them to step up). Especially not when you can just as easily put together a bumpin’ playlist yourself and hook up a killer speaker (or two) to keep the tunes going without sacrificing cash — then keep the speaker to use for your own entertainment needs as newleyweds. We partnered with Libratone to create this easy five-step guide to DJ your own wedding with a Libratone ZIPP.

1. Pick your Poison

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I mean, you don’t have to actually play Poison … unless that’s your jam. But do sit down and figure out exactly what kind of music you do want to play for the different aspects of your wedding day. You’ll want to create different playlists for the different moments, i.e.: Pre-Ceremony, Wedding Party Processional, Bride or Groom Entrance, Recessional, Cocktail Hour, Dinner, Cake-Cutting, Special Dances, Party Dances, Last Dance and Exit (of course, you could have more or less, depending on your own wedding plans).

2. Figure Out Your Dos and Don’ts

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Gaga over Gaga? Meh for Menudo? Are you likely to stab someone with the cake knife if Kidd Rock comes on? Make sure you discuss with your partner who’s in and who’s out as far as musicians go. If you have super opposite tastes, make sure you can come to a compromise (maybe he gets that Whitesnake song if you get that Britney song).

3. Buff it out

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It’s kind of a rule of thumb that wedding time runs on its own clock. Schedules get bumped, nudged and all kinds of bungled. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to create a buffer for your playlists — songs that you don’t necessarily *need* to hear during your celebration, but ones that you wouldn’t mind swaying along to. I like to recommend couples add in about 15-20 of extra music for each playlist.

4. Back it up

Got it on your iPad? Good, now add it to your laptop and your cellphone. Or your partner’s tablet. Or both your cellphones. Whatever combination of devices you please, just make sure your playlists are on at least two of them — and they work when played. Murphy and his stupid law can try to get his grimy hands on your wedding all he wants, but you can come prepared to fight his bullsh by being ultra prepared.

5. Hook it up


Whether you’re having a super intimate gathering or are planning for lots of booties on the dance floor, you’re gonna need to make sure your tunes are heard. Libratone ZIPP speakers can connect to your device, and one another to make sure that your party of 10 or 100 gets their groove on to the same kicking’ beat. The minimalist-style speakers can keep the party going for up to 10+ hours on battery life, and have a killer “hush” feature, perfect for your dad’s tear-jerking toast, and they look super sleek doing so.

Are you planning to DJ your own wedding? Get your own Libratone ZIPP speaker and get the party started!

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  • 5/24

    There’s a growing trend to purchase a faux wedding cake and because I am not opposed to any tactic that may help with our budget, I am exploring if faux is the way to go.

    In addition to the cost savings, I’m open to my options after we’ve had not one but three subpar cake tasting experiences. It all started with a cake baker referral that was slow to respond to my emails — like over a month slow and once she did reply, she shared that we would need to pay $50 for a tasting … say what?!?! The second encounter was an underwhelming tasting with a very nice baker who instructed us to meet her at a sushi restaurant near her job to try out her cakes … huh?!?! Third, we made an appointment to taste cakes while we were in the town that we are getting married in (an hour away from where we live) and when we arrived they had no record of us being scheduled.

    We did manage to have one successful cake tasting! The options were delicious and I am about 60% sold on moving forward with the baker. The 40% of doubt is based on the fact that she has not yet sent over a quote and we last met with her over a month ago.

    Is it just me or are all of these signs pointing me in the faux direction?

    We LOVED each and every option…just waiting on the quote!

    My experience with faux cake designers has been drastically different.

     I identified three on Etsy and promptly received a reply after I inquired about each of their services and sent a picture example of the design of my wedding cake. I narrowed down the search to one potential vendor and she has been patient as I sent over a series of questions about how this faux cake process works: Will I need to assemble it when it arrives? What if it breaks during shipping? Does it have a knife slit so that we can stage our pictures? … and the list goes on and on.

    As with all of my decisions, the most economical and seamless decision will be my solution.

    What cake options are you exploring? Have you considered a fake cake?

  • 5/23

    Gift-giving is perhaps one of my favorite pastimes. Michael thinks I’m insane for getting the amount of sheer joy I get from purchasing/making, wrapping and giving gifts to others. I also love getting gifts, too. Yes, I have come to terms with the fact that I’m a small child trapped in a grown person’s body. That being said, I have known, even before we got…

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    5/22

    So, after my slight breakdown , I'm back on track. Chris, the girls and I had a wonderful Mother's Day, we went to Busch Gardens and had a really fun, relaxing day, which I think helped my overall mood a lot. My mother came down today to help me with the kids, which is always great. I have a race on Sunday, but their dad is…

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    5/19

    Hello gals & gents. I'm back to recant a bit of my experiences in the Twin Cities with my partner, Kristofer. He's spent a lot of time there, being a Minnesota native himself, but it was my first time. Below are just a few of the places we hit. Wise Acre Eatery is a great place for lunch — they're known for their INSANELY amazing…

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  • 5/18

      Hi BABs!  This week’s request comes from reader Stephanie, who wrote to us on this post and is inspired by several Hayley Paige gowns: I'm a broke-ass-bride and I love Hayley Paige! I am trying to find a style with her signature layered, flowy skirt look, spaghetti straps with a v-neck, and some kind of shimmer or fun detail! My favorites of hers are the…

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    5/16

    As someone who has only seen episodes of Say Yes to the Dress in the time it takes for the channel to load and me to flip to the next channel, I was completely unprepared for wedding dress hunting. I was a "good" bride/friend and invited my mom and two besties to Charleston for the process.  I made appointments at 3 different bridal shops (Bridals by…

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    5/15

    To do notepad available from Etsy seller marrygrams Here's the thing: I've been gifted with a degree of creativity and innovation, however, I'm really, really bad at delegating. With a project as colossal as a wedding, this is not a good thing. I'm pretty sure if I try to micromanage every little thing, I'll be so busy that I wont have time to enjoy one…

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  • 5/10

    Pinterest is a wonderful wedding planning tool. There are so many options, suggestions and design ideas that quite possibly anyone, even without a "crafting thumb" could follow the instructions and make something wonderful. For months, I have collected these ideas on my special secret wedding planning board and I even shared with others that my planning progress was right on track, primarily because I had…

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