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Dani Ostroff Bat Mitzvah – The First of our Hall of Fame Series

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Our brand new Bar/Bat Mitzvah Hall of Fame series spotlights families of Bar/Bat Mitzvahs who have thrown some of the most AMAZING events we have ever seen and gives you a behind the scenes look at how they made it all happen. All of the information and photos were submitted directly from each family, so we are sharing their first-hand experience. We hope this helps you find inspiration and ideas to make your own event Hall of Fame worthy!

Dani’s Bat Mitzvah was an easy choice for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Hall of Fame (her Dad is an industry pro after all). What really made her tropical colored, survivor themed, event stand out was the level of detail and thoughtfulness they used to plan each and every aspect of the day. Dani and her family’s genuine excitement and appreciation for all of their guests created a warm, welcoming atmosphere and of course, they had a dance floor that NEVER stopped! Mazel Tov, Dani, on being inducted to the EBE Bar/Bat Mitzvah Hall of Fame!

Dani’s Bat Mitzvah Details

Parent: Ben Ostroff

Bat Mitzvah: Danielle (Dani)

Event Date: 11/16/19

Bat Mitzvah Project: Making custom blankets for dogs in dog shelters

Service Location: Temple Brith Achim – King of Prussia, PA –  https://www.brithachim.org/

Reception Location: Radnor Valley Country Club – Villanova, PA – https://radnorvalleycc.com/special-events/

Afternoon or Evening Affair: Evening 

Guest Count: 100 Adults, 100 Young Adults

Theme and/or décor color palette: Survivor/Tropical Island

Who/What did you hire from EBE? What didn’t we have?! Dreamtime, MC Josh Smilk, DJ, 3 Dancers, 2 photo booths, Lighting, A/V screens, Videography and more. www.ebetalent.com

I cannot say enough great things about everyone! From top to bottom, everyone made an effort to understand our needs, learn our vision, and then did everything they could to turn that vision into a reality. This could be as simple as the bandleader Andriana playing the perfect pop versions of songs on violin for our cocktail hour, Josh and the DJ keeping the kids entertained and the evening on schedule throughout, the band learning a few new songs for us, etc. Who really stood out was EBE’s Lighting and Production Director, Tara Buchanan. She coordinated all of EBE’s lighting and production. She even met me onsite the day before the party as she oversaw all the installation of everything, met many of the venues quirky challenges (such as a low roof), and made sure everything was setup as I expected. The band was on fire throughout the party, and the dancers made every effort to keep kids and adults alike active and involved all night long. Cannot say enough great things about everyone involved. Thanks again for everything!

Who was your Planner? Planned everything myself

Who was your Caterer? Radnor Valley CC provided the food

Who was your Photographer? Jordan Cassway Photography – http://casswayphoto.com/mitzvah/. 

He was amazing! Danielle’s was actually our second Mitzvah. For our first (for our twins) we actually hired a different photographer. That’s photographer’s photos were OK at best. Nothing bad, but not one photo that made me say, “Wow!” Was the total opposite experience with Jordan. He took the time to learn what specific photos we wanted and made sure that he captured them all. I had even mentioned to him offhand one time how that first photographer didn’t get a single picture of my older daughter with her friends at her Mitzvah. Jordan went out of his way to make sure to get these shots as well, and it wasn’t even her party! We literally just last week printed and framed some of Jordan’s pictures, so I get to appreciate his work every time I’m in my living room.

Who was your Videographer? EBE Talent – www.ebetalent.com

For videography we actually used EBE (as we did for both of our parties). Was a perfect capture of the day. Was wonderful getting to not only relive all of the great moments of the night, but also to experience all of the things that we missed. Plus, his drone shots were amazing!

Who was your Decorator?  Vito Russo. www.xtraordinaryevents.net

At the time he was with another company, but he has since opened Xtraordinary Events. Cannot recommend him highly enough. Everything looked beautiful, and he went above and beyond to come up with ideas to match the theme that we had in mind. He gave us that wow moment that we were hoping for when all of our guests entered the ballroom. Cannot recommend Vito highly enough!

Did you include any fun extras?

We gave hoodies to the kids (OK, I have one too and actually wore it just yesterday!), gift cards for prizes, dance floor hand outs, and had two photo booths (one for green screen and one traditional enclosed booth).

Where did you find your family’s formal wear?

Ben (Dad) wore a custom suit from haberdasher Tom McKendry – https://www.tomjames.com/shop/

Allison (Mom) wore a black, beaded knee-length dress from Berta Sawyer –  https://bertasawyer.com/

Dani’s pink knee-length dress was from Party Girls – http://www.partygirlsnewtown.com/

Who were your hair and makeup artists? Angelic Hair + Makeup Designs (Angel Simpkins) – https://www.facebook.com/Angelic-Hair-Makeup-Designs-318721998578934/.

 Have never seen my wife and daughters look so beautiful!

Who made your cake? Sweet Jazmine’s Bakery – www.sweetjazmines.com

Who created your invitations? Invitations of Distinction: Invitations of Distinction | Facebook 

What was the most meaningful/memorable part of the whole thing to you and your family?

You only get a handful of moments like this throughout your lifetime. Particularly coming just a few months before COVID hit, you really just appreciate celebrating life’s moments with family and friends. So thankful to everyone involved for doing so much for my family.

What was your favorite part of the event?

It’s a family tradition where we jump on stage and sing Springsteen with the band. My curse in life is that I LOVE singing, but am so bad at it! Despite how bad we were though, LOL, you could really see how much the band enjoyed celebrating with us in this way. Watching the video you could see that they were having just as much fun as we were!

What was your least favorite part of planning?

I love planning, so my least favorite part was when the party ended. You put so much time and effort into planning the night, and then at the snap of a finger it’s all over. Need another occasion so that I can plan something else!

What is the best advice you received during the planning process?

Don’t wait until the last minute. The best vendors always get booked quickly, so make sure to procure your entertainment, etc. right away. If there’s anything you cannot envision your event without, grab it before someone else does.

What tip or advice you would give to anyone else planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

More than anything else, see how hard a vendor is willing to work to earn your business. If it takes days and days and multiple attempts to get a hold of somebody, no matter how good their product is, they aren’t worth your time. If that’s how hard they’re willing to work to earn your business, expect that they will work even less hard for you once they have it. One of the best things about EBE was that I never went more than one business day for someone to reply to me.

Top Wedding Songs of 2020

Top Wedding Songs of 2020

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This year, the wedding industry was entirely disrupted by COVID-19. There were cancellations, postponements, and downsized receptions. However, those who did have the chance to celebrate were able to use music to keep some of the best wedding traditions alive. From the couple’s first dance to the reception entrance and last song of the night, our Philadelphia wedding bands and DJs have compiled a list of the top wedding songs of 2020.

Top 10 Couple’s First Dance Song 2020

1. You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
2. At Last – Etta James
3. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
4. All of Me – John Legend
5. Speechless – Dan + Shay
6. Beautiful Crazy – Luke Combs
7. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
8. Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
9. Yours – Russel Dickerson
10. Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Top 10 Last Dance Songs for a Wedding 2020

1. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
2. Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
3. Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
4. Ho Hey – Lumineers
5. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
6. History – One Direction
7. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
8. Rain On Me – Lady Gaga
9. Love On Top – Beyonce
10. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore

Top 10 Bridal Party Entrance Songs 2020

1. Good as Hell – Lizzo
2. Higher Love – Kygo, Whitney Houston
3. This What You Came For – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
4. You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
5. Crazy in Love – Beyonce ft. Jay Z
6. I Don’t Care – Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber
7. Sucker – Jonas Brothers
8. Timber – Pitbull ft. Kesha
9. Cake by the Ocean – DNCE
10. Raise Your Glass – Pink

Couples chose everything from classic ballads to timeless party songs, new country, and top 40 hits for their first dance, last dance, and bridal party entrance songs this year. If you’ve moved your 2020 wedding to 2021 or later, take a look at this list and see if any of your favorites made the cut. Although these hits may not be from the year of your wedding, they’ll still resonate with your family, friends, and guests and put a smile on their faces.

When you are ready to make decisions about the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, EBE is here to help. Contact us today to find out more information about our DJs and live bands!

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How to Choose a DJ for Your Wedding

How to Choose a DJ for Your Wedding

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4 Ways to Celebrate Your Original Wedding Date During COVID

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has postponed events for many people. If you were planning a 2020 wedding that had to be delayed because of the pandemic, fear not — there are still plenty of ways to celebrate! Gather your family and friends in a fun and safe way to celebrate your original wedding date with these unique ideas.

Dress for the occasion. Wear your wedding attire on your original wedding day. Dressing to the nines can help make the day feel just as special and memorable as it would have initially. Whether you invested in an elegant wedding dress or thrifted classy suits, putting on whatever you were supposed to wear to your wedding will get you into the spirit of the day.

Hire a vendor or two for an at-home gathering. Were you really excited about the band you booked for your wedding? Perhaps you couldn’t wait to devour the food being served at the reception. Many vendors are willing to go above and beyond for their clients during these unprecedented times, so contact yours to see if they’d be ready to help you celebrate the original day in any way they can. Maybe your band will send a virtual recording of your wedding song or your caterer will send you a tray of food. Then, reach out to friends and family who feel comfortable gathering in your home to celebrate.

Set up a Zoom call. If you want to see the friends and family who would have attended your original wedding day, you can still do that! For those who are more comfortable staying home and social distancing, organize a Zoom call on your special day. Encourage your guests to set up drinks and snacks to enjoy while you toast to your nuptials. To keep everyone entertained, carve out some time to play games — wedding-related optional.

Plan a date. If you’re unable to gather family and friends on your original wedding day, you and your significant other can still make plans to celebrate each other. If the weather allows, head to your favorite restaurant for some outdoor dining. Book a weekend getaway or a couple’s spa trip to spend some quality time together. Regardless of what your date entails, as long as you’re doing something you both enjoy together, your original wedding day will still feel special.

Whether you pushed your wedding into 2021 or opted for a smaller, more intimate ceremony at home, there are still plenty of ways you can celebrate your original wedding date.

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How to Choose Your Virtual Wedding Playlist

By | Wedding DJs, Ask The Experts

Are you a 2020 or 2021 bride? If so, listen up! You can still plan and execute the wedding of your dreams, despite the restrictions that may be imposed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. From backyard weddings to small, intimate gatherings indoors and even virtual ceremonies, there are plenty of ways to tie the knot during these unprecedented times.

If you’re one of the brides who have chosen to make it work and are hosting a virtual or micro wedding instead, you’re going to need an amazing playlist! Coronavirus can’t stop you from safely getting married! So you’ll want to add songs to your playlist that remind your friends and family that nothing can stop you from celebrating your love!

How to Pick Songs for Your 2020 Wedding

You may not be hosting a typical cocktail hour or reception at a micro or virtual wedding, but you should still incorporate some classic, slow songs that transport your friends and family back to their own wedding days. Additionally, you want your guests to get up, move around, and dance as they would have at your venue. Aside from classic wedding songs, think about songs that became popular during the quarantine. Did the kids in your family memorize TikTok dances while at home? Give them a chance to show off their skills!

Here are some of the best wedding songs for your virtual wedding.

  1. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake.
  2. Happy by Pharrell Williams.
  3. Can’t Help Falling In Love by Various Artists.
  4. Twist and Shout by The Beatles.
  5. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life by Bill Medley.
  6. Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen.
  7. Intentions by Justin Bieber.
  8. You Make My Dreams by Hall and Oates.
  9. Sucker by Jonas Brothers.
  10. 1999 by Prince.

Having your loved ones with you on your wedding day is important, no matter how they attend. Choose songs that are meaningful to you and your significant other, connecting you to your virtual guests through your phones and computers. Overall, remember to curate a group of upbeat songs to keep the mood light, fun, and festive.

Incorporate these songs on your virtual wedding playlist to get your wedding guests excited, even though you may not have everyone together for your special day. If you’re a bride in 2020 — we’re here for you! Want to learn more about our EBE Team Members? Micro Bands and Ensembles? Industry Professionals We Love? New Products? Contact us today!

Finding a Wedding Band During the Pandemic

By | Bands, Ask The Experts, EBE Real Weddings

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By | Wedding DJs

What is the Cost to Hire a Wedding Band?

By | Blog, Ask The Experts, About EBE, EBE News

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By | Blog, Ask The Experts, EBE News

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