Sunday, June 17th, 2018

How to Make Dad Feel Special on Your Wedding Day

We’ve previously written about making your mom feel special on your wedding day. It’s only right that on Father’s Day we celebrate the father and share some tips on making them feel loved on this important day. So, how can you show a little extra love to your father on the big day?


Here are some lovely gestures and ideas for helping your dad feel the love.


A special boutonniere to wear

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You want to ask the florist to create a special boutonniere for the fathers. This could be similar to the groom and bestman’s, but you can also create two special boutonnieres just for the fathers.


A personal note for the reception

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You can surprise your father with a handwritten note, waiting at the dinner table. If your father walked you down the aisle, your note can be a reminder of how important this was to you. The groom could simply write about the love he has for his dad on this special day.


A signature cocktail named after the dad

If your father is a bit of a drink connoisseur, you could come up with a custom drink named after him. This could be two separate drinks so both the groom and the bride’s dad get a cocktail – you could also ask them to work together and design a drink they’d like. This ensures the dads feel a bit more involved with the planning and your wedding day.


Father-daughter dance

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Father-daughter dances are a traditional addition to the wedding. You can ask your Hudson Valley wedding DJ for song suggestions and ideas for creating a beautiful moment between you and the father. But you also don’t want to forget your new father-in-law. It’s a lovely idea to also dance with him to make him feel special and part of the family.


Play his favorite song

You should also ask the wedding DJ to play your fathers’ favorite songs. The DJ could do a little introduction before the song, explaining its importance for the father and asking the father to take the floor with his wife, for example.


Take special photos

Of course, you’ll also want to make sure your wedding photos include special father-daughter and father-son photos. It’s important to share the moment and to capture the love and emotion of your wedding day. Make sure to also take father-in-law photos and a photo with you, your groom and the fathers.


Keep him with you even in spirit

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For those, whose fathers might have passed away, it’s important to find ways to include your father to the big day. You can add a photograph to the parent table of your deceased father or leave a symbolic empty seat to where he should be sitting. Your father might not be there but they are always with you in spirit.


With the above ideas, you can make the dad feel special on your wedding day!


What are some things you’d like to do just for your father on your wedding day? Let us know!

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Photo Booth Props Your Father Would Love

Photo booth props are the best way to add a bit of magic to your party photo booth. Since Father’s Day is just around the corner, it’s time to take a look at the props your father would love to see. These will be a lovely addition to your photo booth – whether you’re holding a big party for your father or just want to add a bit of magic to your wedding day photo booth.


A board to share your favorite dad jokes


Dads are famous for their jokes. To add that extra bit of fun to your photo booth, allow your guests to share their best dad jokes when snapping photos. All you need is a blackboard sign and chalk to write the joke.

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What makes this even funnier idea is to have the person hold the sign and read the joke just as the photos are taken! Others in the photo will laugh (or cringe!) and this creates plenty of fun photos.


Silly sunglasses


Just as dads love jokes, they also enjoy just goofing around. Simple photo booth props like silly sunglasses are often the best. You can have sunglasses with hearts, crazy colors, funny messages – there are all kinds of fun glasses to add. They are easy to find and your guests can use them if they want to add a bit of fun to the photos.

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Cutouts of different job hats


Fathers work so hard and you can celebrate this hard work by having little cutout hats as your photo booth props. You can have a miner, firefighter and police’s helmets. There are even cutouts for soldiers and captains.

You don’t just have to stick with hats either. Get cutouts such as tools for doctors, teachers, bankers and the like.


A special sign for your dad


You should also make your dad feel special with a specific photo booth prop just for him. If you’re going with a wedding photo booth, the sign could say “Father of the Bride” or “Father of the Groom”.

But you can have a sign for other occasions too. In fact, one fun way to include all the dads at your party is to have a big sign that says, “I love my dad”! Every daughter and son can use it when taking photos.


Digital photo booth props


Of course, the big party favorite is to have a digital photo booth. Hudson Valley’s photo booth providers have plenty of cool options, such as our Magic Mirror Me Photo Booth. This photo booth enables to use of digital photo booth props. You can theme your props around Father’s Day or just write or draw special messages to your dad. It’s a lovely way to show appreciation – and you can share it on social media!

So, if you want to add father-approved photo booth props to your big party, you should give these props a go. Your father and the rest of the party will love them!


What are some photo booth props your father would love? Let us know your ideas!

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

5 Things You Must Tell Your Wedding DJ

Your wedding DJ will play a major role on your wedding day. The music will set the scene and ensure everyone is enjoying the big day. But ensuring your wedding DJ gives his or her all also means you have to give them the right building blocks to do so – you have to talk to your wedding DJ and help them get the party popping!


So, what are those crucial things you must tell to your Hudson Valley wedding DJ? Here are five of the most important things to talk about.


The context of your song requests

It’s important to not just provide a list of songs you’d like to hear but tell about the context of your choices. It can help the wedding DJ set the scene to know if you chose the song because it played on your first date or because it reminds you of a deceased loved one.


The desired extent of MC chatter

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When you pick a professional wedding DJ, you’ll also get a quality MC to take care of things like the cake cutting and song introductions. However, you have to be open about how much you want the wedding DJ to talk in between songs, for instance. If you have another MC present, you should also be open about this to ensure the night goes without a problem.


The tricky family relations to look out for

We all know that family can be a tricky thing and your friends and relatives might have all sorts of family issues with each other. It’s essential to talk about any key sensitivities that might come up with your wedding DJ before the big day. For example, if you or your partner’s parents aren’t together any more, you want to mention this before the DJ might ask the proud parents to come and dance to a romantic love song!


The right pronunciation of key names

Since the wedding DJ might be doing some Master of Ceremony work as a part of the gig, they should be able to pronounce the names correctly. If you have an unusual name, then ensure you give your wedding DJ the phonetic spelling of it. This means no one feels embarrassed or offended on this most important of nights.


The timing of playing the specific songs

One of the most important things to tell is the wedding day schedule. A good wedding DJ will clear these with you but it doesn’t hurt to provide them with extra context and a printed timeline of the day. This guarantees the wedding DJ is ready to play the right songs at the right time from cake cutting to the garter toss.


In order to ensure your wedding day goes smoothly, you want to talk to your wedding DJ in detail about your hopes and dreams. This makes the DJ’s job much easier and ensures they can just focus on providing you and the wedding guests with the best party entertainment ever!


Do you think there’s something else you’d like to talk with your wedding DJ? Let us know your thoughts!

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Summer Photo Booth Must-Haves

Summer is the best season for parties. It’s famous for being one of the most popular wedding seasons, it hosts graduation parties, and families love to get together for barbecue and drinks – there is never a bad time for a party when it comes to summer.


When throwing a summer party, you will need entertainment to keep the guests as happy as the weather outside. Having a photo booth at your party is a great idea and it’ll add plenty of fun to your summer wedding or garden party. So, how to create the perfect summer photo booth? Here are the must-haves for your photo booth.


A bright and fun background

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Your summer photo booth needs to have a bright and fun background. The background could be a wall of metallic shine or a wall of summer flowers. You could also use a green screen to create the perfect beach background even if your summer party is not quite as lucky with the weather and location.


Confetti balloons

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You’ll also want to decorate your summer photo booth with confetti balloons. The clear balloons are filled with confetti and when you throw them around it looks fun, adding a bit of action to taking photos. You can also add a small pin next to the booth to allow the guests to pop a balloon for some confetti action!


A flower crown

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Your summer photo booth also needs flowers. The best flower-inspired prop is definitely a flower crown, which the guest can play with when taking photos. You should make a few flower crowns, preferably with wild flowers. These will look pretty and add a bit more fun to your photo booth.


A cooling prop

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Now, summer parties can get heated and Hudson Valley’s weather can offer plenty of sunshine and warmth. Make your summer photo booth the go-to place in the party by allowing your guests to use it for cooling! This means including beautiful handheld fans as a prop or even adding a wind machine right next to the booth. Not only are guests allowed to cool down, they’ll also have a lot more fun snapping the photos.


Quirky sunglasses

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For a super easy and fun summer photo booth prop, all you need is some humorous sunglasses. You can find them online and add a few different options to your party photo booth. Guests can goof around with the glasses and take entertaining, summer-themed photos.


A summer hashtag

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You should opt for a modern, digital photo booth that allows the guests to post the photos on social media. For this, you also need a party-themed, summer hashtag for the guests to use. Print out the hashtag and encourage guests to use it when they visit your summer photo booth!


Creating the perfect summer photo booth


With the above things, your summer photo booth is going to be a lot of fun! So, pick up these ideas and throw the best summer party ever.


What are your favorite summer photo booth must-haves? Let us know in the comments below!