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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  • 7/29

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewAs if it even needs mentioning, we’re suckers for some yummy food and delish beverages. I mean, #duh, right? Natch, we like to spread the wealth and share our fave goodies with our friends, family and even wedding guests (we’ve been known to espouse the concept that favors should be skipped unless they can be eaten or drank). So, for this Five for Friday, we’re sharing five of our fave food and drink related gift ideas — perfect for your wedding brigade, your spouse-to-be, parents in-law or even as favors for your guests!

    Dark Chocolate Bourbon Sauce from Matthews 1812 House

    Dark Chocolate Bourbon Sauce, $14.50 for 9 oz. jar from Matthews 1812 House

    Guys, can we just agree to frost every cake for the rest of forever with this stuff? Chocolate + bourbon + sauce = forever love, amirite? Oh, chocolate not your jam? How about caramel bourbon sauce? Yeah, I didn’t think you’d be offended. Give this to your bourbon-loving best lady or your dad with the sweet tooth and revel in the thank-yous for the rest of forever.

     Snake River Farms American Wagyu Steak Flight

    American Wagyu Steak Flight, $169 from Snake River Farms

    I’m a huge fan of good steak, and growing up in the northwest has given me a solid taste for high quality USDA prime cut beef product. Snake River Farms ranks way high with me (go ahead, drool over my Instagrams). This steak flight consisting of two of each American Wagyu Filet Mignon, American Wagyu Sirloin Filet and American Waygu Ribeye Filet plus Espresso Brava Salt, a Snake River Farms hat and a cooking guide all come in a neatly packaged gift box. Perfect for any ardent meat lovers — whether that’s dad, future hubs or the culinary queen in your crew.

    Mouth Rose Colored Glasses Taster

    Rosè-Colored Glasses Taster, $86 from Mouth

    For the rosè lover in your crew (there’s always one), this taster gift set is the perfect way to pop the cork and celebrate your friendship! With a bottle each of Matthiasson Rosé from Napa, Billsboro Rosé of Pinot Noir made in the Finger Lakes of New York and Pom Pomme sparkling cider by Descendant Cider Company in Queens and four stemless wine glasses, there’s no excuse not to be party-ready. Everything’s coming up rosè!

    Dylan's Candy Bar Belgain Chocolage Covered Indulgence

    Belgian Chocolate Covered Indulgence, $80 from Dylan’s Candy Bar

    Whether it’s a late-night indulgence for your crew after partying hard with you or a little somethin’-somethin’ for your sweet-tooth-totin’ mother-in-law, it’s hard to go wrong with chocolate. The Belgian Chocolate Covered Indulgence gift set comes packed with eight gourmet Oreos dipped in chocolate and candies, four chocolate dipped gourmet brownies, four chocolate dipped pretzel sticks and six gourmet chocolate dipped graham crackers. Go on, give a little.

    Carry On Cocktail Kit in Old Fashioned from Amazon

    Carry On Cocktail Kit in Old Fashioned, $15.99 from Amazon

    Traveling these days can be a little hectic and far from luxurious, and if your crew is coming from afar for your nuptials, you might want to treat them with this kit for the journey back (or pre-stock them for the trip to you). The Carry On Cocktail Kit comes with all the makings necessary to whip up two stellar Old Fashioneds, while still leaving your seatbelt buckled (though the tray table may not be in the upright position). Make your homies’ flights a little more enjoyable, and they’ll remember your wedding as the best ever.

    What kind of food or drink related items would you love to get as a gift? Holler in the comments!

    christen
  • 7/15

    It's been a hot second since we've done a good Five for Friday around here, and I'm switching it up a little this week. Mixbook recently gave me the opportunity to put together my own hardcover photo book (because I got married, y'all) and I thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you my top five reasons why I'm super stoked I went this route…

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    5/27

    Clutches are one of my very favorite wedding day accessories for a few reasons -- I think they're super cute, they're totally versatile (like, use it for all the pre-wedding parties and events well after the day) and look amazingly chic with your wedding day ensemble. Not to mention they carry the shit you'll find yourself wanting -- lipstick, tissues, vows, bobby pins, mints ...…

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    5/13

    Cake toppers are a fun way to add a personalized touch to your wedding reception without spending a billion bucks. Whether you're going all out with a multi-tier cake, are doing a fun twist with individual cupcakes or are turning the whole cake tradition on its head and opting for pie, donuts or some other kind of awesome treat, a cake topper gives your sweet…

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    4/29

    I've had the idea of carnival weddings on my mind ever since Rachel revealed that would be the theme for her Ohio nuptials. I've seen a few weddings with the theme before and have always loved the fun, colorful, eclectic vibes and gorgeous blend of whimsy and romance. It's kind of impossible not to feel like a kid at heart when attending an event with…

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    4/15

    Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! How's your wedding planning going? You know you can always holler at us if you need some advice, right? OK. Good. Just making sure you know we've got your backs. Now that we have that out of the way, let's mention your unmentionables -- specifically the sexy little somethings to turn up the heat for your first night as newlyweds or while…

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    4/8

    Whether you're a foodie or not, there are some definite kitchen staples you need. And if you're swingin' solo until your I Dos and don't entertain much as is, you might be uber surprised by how much you're gonna want to entertain once you're all hitched and shacked up together (plus, as broke-asses, it's cheaper to holler at some peeps to come over than have…

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