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Outdoor Wedding Checklist for Couples in Philadelphia

By | Ask The Experts, EBE Real Weddings

Outdoor weddings are ideal for adventurous couples who love to be outside. But with COVID-19 restrictions still in place in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas, many brides may need to shift their 2021 wedding plans to an outdoor venue. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, here are six things you need to remember.

  1. Reconsider your guest list. Ultimately, your venue will determine how many guests you have at your wedding. After all, backyard weddings are often a lot smaller than those held in catering facilities. If your guest list is substantial, consider booking an outdoor wedding ceremony in Philadelphia that will be able to accommodate that number of people.
  1. Provide the right accommodations. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding ceremony, you’ll want accommodations in place to keep your guests comfortable. From tables and chairs to tents, lighting, decorations, and restrooms, there are several things you’ll need to consider renting for the big day. And don’t forget the dance floor! In some cases, you may need to rent an outdoor flooring option.
  1. Consider your catering. Outdoor weddings can be fun and beautiful — until it’s time to sit down and eat. For the sake of your guests, think about the food you’re planning to serve. Is it easy to eat? Are most items hand-held? Make sure you have a mix of high-top tables and lower tables so that your guests have plenty of places to post up and enjoy their hors d’oeuvres or meal.
  1. Obtain permits if you have to. In some areas, permits might be required for your outdoor wedding. If you’re planning on a restroom trailer or need a generator for your event, a permit could be necessary. Conduct research on the types of events that require permits in your area ahead of time, so you’re prepared. In most cases, vendors are more than willing to obtain the necessary permits for an additional fee.
  1. Think about parking. When booking your outdoor wedding, don’t forget to ensure there’s a place for your guests to park. The parking area should be easily accessible for guests of all abilities and relatively close to your venue. If you’re booking an outdoor wedding in an urban area, don’t forget to check for restrictions regarding street parking.
  1. Check with your vendors. While most vendors are willing to accommodate outdoor weddings, there are some that aren’t. Be as straightforward as possible with your vendors and communicate the exact location of your outdoor wedding. This will give them a better idea of whether or not they can provide their services.

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

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Where to Take Engagement Photos in the Philadelphia Area

Where to Take Engagement Photos in the Philadelphia Area

By | Uncategorized, Ask The Experts

Are you one of the lucky couples who got engaged over the holidays? Congratulations! Even though we’ve entered the new year, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic still leaves wedding planning up in the air. Forget thinking about the guest list and venue for now. Instead, soak up the joy of being engaged. If you’re planning to have engagement photos taken to share your big news with friends, there are plenty of beautiful places in and surrounding Philadelphia that will make for some great engagement shots.

These are the top five locations to take engagement photos in the Philadelphia area.

Old City. If you and your significant other were born and raised in Philadelphia or frequent downtown, Old City is an ideal location for your engagement photos. Get candid outside of your favorite Old City bars, restaurants, and hot spots. Then, take a few posed shots in some of the area’s more iconic locations. From the old cobblestone paths of Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street, to the Merchant’s Exchange Building and the 18th Century Garden, there’s a location for every couple hidden within Old City.

The Navy Yard. Are you an adventurous couple? Have your engagement photoshoot in Philadelphia’s bustling Navy Yard. Several businesses operate out of this location, including the very contemporary Urban Outfitters. As such, there are a wealth of landscapes and backgrounds to choose from, including historical buildings and, of course, Urban’s photogenic campus.

Longwood Gardens. If you consider yourself an outdoorsy couple, Longwood Gardens is the perfect location for your engagement photoshoot. The botanical gardens are beautiful all year round, but you may be able to get some extra special shots depending on the time of year you schedule your shoot.

Covered Bridges. For a romantic engagement photoshoot, visit one of Bucks County’s 12 covered bridges. They’re the perfect location for the couple that enjoys the farmhouse style vibe. With locations in New Britain, Erwinna, and Tinicum, and Springfield townships, you have plenty of options to get the perfect shot. Choose the destination that speaks to your relationship or the one that’s closest to where you live.

Lambertville. While Lambertville is technically in New Jersey, it sits right on Pennsylvania’s border and offers some pretty amazing views of the Delaware River. Pro tip: have your engagement photos taken near the bridge to New Hope — this way, you can have a few shots taken in each quaint town! From railroad tracks to antique shops and canal waterways, there are a ton of unique locations to have engagement photos taken in Lambertville.

Choose any of these Philadelphia engagement photo locations for some beautiful shots! And 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 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

EBE Vendor Feature: Mark McCool from Talamore Country Club

By | Venues We Love, Blog, Ask The Experts, Spotlights, EBE News, Vendor Features

In our industry, it’s impossible to execute an incredible event without the help of other dynamic vendors. In our Vendor Features, we learn more about the people who we love to work with event after event, and year after year. Next up is Mark McCool, Event Specialist at Talamore Country Club.

Mark McCool has been in the events and entertainment industry for 32 years, and has spent those years as an Event Specialist at Talamore Country Club. Talamore is located in Ambler, PA, and has always looked to be on the cutting edge. For larger functions, they offer the Conservatory Ballroom, which features a two-story Mezzanine Ballroom with a Grand Staircase, 30-foot waterfall, and a 1500 square foot marble dance floor with seating for up to 350 guests!

For smaller events, Talamore’s Magnolia Room features vaulted and cathedral ceilings, and accommodates up to 150 guests. They also offer the Monet Garden Room, which opens out onto their lush tropical gardens and flagstone patios with breathtaking views of the golf course and swan-appointed lakes. This climate-controlled space is perfect for your ceremony or cocktail hour.

I was able to sit down with Mark to ask him a few questions… check it out!

What makes Talamore Country Club stand out next to companies like it?

We’re ALWAYS striving to be better.

Favorite Wedding Month?


Favorite Spot in Philadelphia?

Constitution Center

Favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

Base Jumping

What is your Best Advice for Potential Clients?

Ask what will make your partner really really happy

Do you play any instruments?


What wedding trends are you loving?

Food Trucks

What wedding trends are you ready to see go away?

Karaoke with bad singers

What motivates you to work hard?


What is your zodiac sign?


Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I am ambidextrous

What is your go-to at karaoke?

Don’t Stop Me Now

If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join?

The Who

What is your favorite thing in your career?

Watching the bride walk down the aisle

Let’s see some of your work!

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Top 10 Last Dance Songs: Spring 2020

By | Blog, Ask The Experts, EBE News

Top 20 Last Dance Songs: Fall 2019

By | Blog, Ask The Experts, EBE News

Top 10 Wedding Entrance Songs: Fall 2019

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Avoid These Mistakes While Planning The Ultimate Bachelorette Party

By | EBE News, Blog, Ask The Experts

A bachelorette party is intended to create the ultimate send off for the bride-to-be’s unmarried life. Wedding planning is stressful and the bachelorette party is a great way to unwind before the big day. Before you plan this fun-filled event, check out these tips for planning a fun-filled bachelorette party with the bride-to-be.

The Guest List

Keep stress at bay by knowing who to invite and who to skip over when creating the bachelorette party guest list. Ladies who attend the bachelorette party should be invited to the wedding and also should be very close to the bride. Sit down with the bride-to-be and ask her who she would like invited to this pre-wedding celebration. If you’re planning a surprise party, do your best to pay attention to the people that the bride holds nearest and dearest to her heart.  

Budget Appropriately

Although discussing money may seem a bit uncomfortable, it is a conversation that needs to be had pretty early into planning. Don’t max out your credit cards – discuss how the celebration will be paid for and who will be paying for it. Apps are available to help track spending such as Pro Party Planner or Travefy, and the budget details can be shared with multiple people. This makes it easy to ensure everyone involved with planning is on the same page.

Celebrate The Bride – Not You

The bachelorette party is to give the bride-to-be a send off celebration before she gets married. The event should be centered around her and the type of party that she would like to have. Be sure to have a conversation with the bride to find out what she would like to experience during her party. If you are planning a surprise, do some critical thinking and investigation to make sure it’s the most “her” celebration ever!

Keep The Drama Away

The last thing a bride wants to experience at her bachelorette party is unnecessary drama. The mood should remain happy and festive during the celebration, so keep personal issues aside to the bride’s sake. If something doesn’t go as planned, remain calm and resolve the issue accordingly. 

Did these tips help you plan an incredible bachelorette party? If so, we would love to hear all about it!

Contact us today!

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Romantic Vacation Spots Within Driving Distance From Philly

By | Blog, Ask The Experts, EBE News

Many couples these days are choosing to go on their honeymoon a few months after their wedding. Whether it be to catch the right vacation season, to take some time off to chill after the stressful planning, or any other reason – we support it!

That said, we do think that it’s important to take some time together after your nuptials, and there are a few romantic destinations within driving distance that we think you’ll love!

Block Island, Rhode Island

Located just south of Rhode Island and about a 6 hour drive from Philly, Block Island is a picturesque location that is perfect for celebrating a new marriage. With access only by ferry, Block Island is just far enough away to offer privacy and romance but close to the mainland. A gorgeous brick lighthouse that dates to the 1800s sits on the southeast shore atop dramatic cliffs. History buffs will love the oldest hotel on the island, The Spring House Hotel, which housed Ulysses S. Grant and Mark Twain. We recommend spending the day in the nature preserves or exploring the island via bicycle. Sunset cruises featuring wine and cheese are also available to celebrate your new life as newlyweds.

Erin McGinn Photography

Mohonk Mountain, New Paltz, New York

If you’re looking for an all-inclusive romantic locale within driving distance of Philly, Mohonk Mountain is just the place for you. A short two and a half hour drive outside of Philadelphia and just north of New York City, Mohonk Mountain delivers class, history, and fun to all of its guests. Enjoy access to 85 miles of hiking trails, the gorgeous lake on the property, golf and tennis courts, and stables. Kick it up by staying in one of the beautiful Victorian rooms that feature luxurious decor and wood burning fireplace.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

The largest city in the state of Virginia, Virginia Beach offers 14 miles of sandy beaches that are available for public use and free. Shoot down Interstate-95 and you will arrive in Virginia Beach in roughly 5 hours. Newlyweds can take a romantic bicycle ride on the boardwalk and then enjoy the delicious fresh seafood from the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. Art lovers will swoon over the The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art or The Sandler Center For the Performing Arts.

Ross Costanza Photography

Hershey, Pennsylvania

Bask in the sweet life with your sweetheart by visiting Hershey, Pennsylvania. Visit the world famous Hershey Park, where you can have fun riding on amusement park rides and making a splash in the water park. Stop into Hershey’s Chocolate World where you can ride through a tour of a simulated chocolate factory and enjoy free samples of candy. Lodging is ample and varied in Hershey with your choice of hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and more.

New Chapters Photography

Did you choose to spend a romantic getaway at one of these destinations? If so, we would love to hear all about it. Contact us today!

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