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Why You Should Hire a Wedding Videographer

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Once your wedding is over, that’s it — all you have to look back on are your memories! Preserve them with a wedding video captured by a professional videographer. And if having your special day preserved forever isn’t enough, here are five more reasons to hire a wedding videographer in Philadelphia.

  1. You’re creating a family heirloom. Whether it’s for your future kids or to pass down to another loved one someday, your wedding video instantly becomes something special for your family to treasure forever. Plus, you’ll have something to share with the people who may not have been able to make it that day.
  2. You’ll instantly have a wedding anniversary tradition. Flipping through a photo album of your wedding pictures is one way to celebrate your anniversary. But having a video to playback all of the special moments from that day is even better! This tradition can help you remember the little details of your day and may even inspire you to get up and recreate your first dance.
  3. You give your guests a chance to unplug. More couples have been asking their guests not to use cell phones during the wedding ceremony. If this is something you’d like to enforce, having a professional photographer and videographer at your wedding can alleviate the stress of trying to capture and preserve every moment. These professionals are trained to capture the moments every couple wants to look back on, like the first look and first kiss. Plus, you’ll be able to request certain shots to ensure nothing gets missed. Give your guests the freedom to relax and enjoy your wedding with you by hiring a professional videographer.
  4. You’ll get to see everything you might have missed. Your wedding day is a bustling affair with a lot going on. Sure, you’re present for the big things like walking down the aisle, saying your vows, and cutting the cake. But plenty is going on with your guests that you won’t get to see on the big day. Having a professional videographer capture those moments helps cement them in time and gives you something totally unique to look back on whenever you want to. Wedding videos are entirely customizable, so you can have the videographer capture any special moment you know you’re going to miss.
  5. Video captures more than photos ever could. Movement and sound — which there is a lot of at a wedding — are best captured in video. From the walk down to the aisle to significant speeches and important dances, you’ll want more than photos of those moments. Help preserve them forever with a wedding videographer.

Hiring a videographer for your wedding in Philadelphia is an investment worth making. You’ll be able to look back on your memories whenever you want to and get a look at the moments you weren’t present for, like your significant other getting ready for the day.

When you’re ready to decide on all the aspects of your wedding, EBE is here to help. Contact us today to find out how we can make your wedding day unforgettable!

Guide to Spring Wedding Trends 2022

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Planning a wedding can be a little chaotic if you don’t have any sense of direction. If you’re planning a spring 2022 wedding and are looking to be on-trend, we’re here to help! These are five of the most popular wedding trends for spring 2022, with tips on how you can incorporate them into your big day.

Use shades of green to dress your bridal party or decorate your reception hall. Spring has sprung, which means flowers are in bloom, and the trees are starting to grow back their leaves. Celebrate the renewal of greenery that comes with spring by incorporating shades of green into your big day. Some of the most popular shades of green for spring 2022 include seafoam, sage, eucalyptus, mint, and emerald.

Skip the buffet for your spring wedding. We’re certainly in a better place with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But out of an abundance of caution for your guests, keep everyone’s health and safety a priority and opt for individualized, plated meals. Check with your venue to see if you can do the same for your cocktail hour. Eliminating the buffet will help prevent people from crowding and create less of an opportunity to pass germs.

Formulate a wedding playlist with help from TikTok. TikTok is one of the most popular apps right now and can be helpful when planning your wedding, too! This app is a great place to discover new music and can help soon-to-be-married couples choose popular songs to add to a playlist for their wedding DJ or wedding band. Incorporating songs from TikTok into your wedding reception will help get all of your guests onto the dance floor, including the younger generations!

Incorporate crisp, clean style into your spring wedding. Despite what the HBO series Euphoria implies is popular, it’s not all about body crystals and jewel tones. Spring weddings are all about fresh, clean styles. Think neutral makeup palettes for brides and navy or canvas-colored suits for grooms. When it comes to flowers, ask your florist for seasonal suggestions like sweet peas and pansies.

Add some sparkle to your cocktail bar or dessert station. Weddings call for sparkles any time of the year, but especially in the spring. While we don’t suggest body glitter, edible glitter is a growing wedding trend that can quickly dress up the food and beverages served on your big day. Use it to rim your champagne glasses or sprinkle on your cake.

Allowing the season to dictate some of your wedding elements will make planning your special day that much easier! When you are ready to decide the entertainment that will perform at your spring wedding in Philadelphia, EBE is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our DJs and live bands!

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Unique Wedding Venues in Philadelphia

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Are you a big music fan looking for the perfect unique wedding venue in Philadelphia? You’re in luck! Philly is home to some of the most incredible music venues in the world, most of which can be transformed for your big day! Tying the knot at a music venue is especially ideal for those couples looking to have wedding bands perform. It’ll feel like you and your guests are at a special concert dedicated to you and your partner.

Discover four unique music venues in the city where you can host your wedding.

The Fillmore. Located in the Fishtown neighborhood, The Fillmore is modeled after the venue of the same name in San Francisco, a focal point of psychedelic music in the ’60s and ’70s. Philadelphia’s Fillmore is the perfect wedding location for the couple looking to capture the essence of early rock and roll. Because it’s a concert hall, the Fillmore can accommodate weddings of all sizes, ranging from 50 to 3,000 guests. Plus, it’s the perfect space for wedding bands and DJs to set up so you can throw the ultimate reception.

City Winery. For those couples looking for a more rustic, urban vibe, City Winery is the perfect wedding venue. The best part about City Winery is that floor plans are highly customizable, so the team there can adjust to the needs of your big day. You’ll be able to plan a wedding that showcases you and your partner’s personalities, and you’ll be able to have a full band or ensemble of your choice for your music needs.

The Kimmel Center. If you’re looking to get married in the heart of the city, the Kimmel Center is the perfect reception hall. What’s more, there are four venues to choose from! Hamilton Rooftop Garden is one of the most popular venues for weddings, boasting a glass rooftop atrium with spectacular views. The Academy of Music Ballroom is a popular option for couples looking for a more elegant vibe. Meanwhile, Commonwealth Plaza is a dramatic indoor space with a stunning vaulted glass roof. Finally, the Perelman Theater features a turntable stage perfect for those theater-loving couples. No matter which Kimmel Center venue you choose, Garces Events is their exclusive caterer, which means your reception will feature a menu curated by Iron Chef Jose Garces.

The Met Philadelphia. Another gorgeous and historic wedding venue in Philadelphia is The Met, a historic opera house built in 1908. This property once hosted theater performances, but today is a popular concert venue that could become your reception space! With an open-plan lobby and ample seating for up to 3,500 people, The Met is the ideal venue option for those couples who have booked wedding bands, DJs, and other forms of entertainment.

Although Philadelphia has many beautiful wedding venues if you’re a couple whose first date was at a concert or you bonded over a particular band or music artist, getting married at one of the city’s music venues is a no-brainer. Each space comes with its own vibe—edgy, rustic, artsy, and historical—so you can choose the one that speaks most to your relationship.

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

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Your Guide to Choosing Wedding Ceremony Music

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When it comes to wedding music, most couples spend their time focused on what will play at the reception. But the music that plays at your ceremony is equally as important! From the prelude (while guests are entering) to the processional songs, interludes, and recessional (after you’re married), you’ll want to choose music that speaks to you and sets the tone for your special day.

Here are three things to consider when selecting your wedding ceremony music.

  1. Choose between live or recorded music.If you’re having a DJ or Philadelphia wedding band play at your reception, there’s a good chance they’ll be available to perform during your ceremony, too. Typically, couples opt for a DJ to play the reception, which is more of a party vibe, and live musicians are a better fit to play the ceremony portion of your wedding. Plus, live musicians can adapt as events transpire — think the flower girl or ring bearer delaying your walk down the aisle — whereas recorded music has a specific cadence.
  1. Estimate your budget. If you hire someone to play music at your ceremony, it will be an additional cost to whoever will play your reception. With that in mind, know that the price can vary for live musicians depending on what they play, the size of the group, the location of your ceremony, and the time of year. Having a realistic budget in mind can help when you start researching musicians to play your wedding ceremony.
  1. Think about your interests. Sticking to what you like is the most important aspect of any wedding planning you do! The type of music you want to hear at your wedding ceremony should have the most significant influence on who you hire to play it. For example, you may love acoustic guitar sets and want someone to perform the song of your choice as you walk down the aisle. Or, maybe you want a pianist to play an instrumental version of your favorite love song during the wedding party processional. Go with what you love.

Hire a Live Band for Your Wedding Ceremony

If you decide you want a live band to play at your wedding ceremony, here are some more specific considerations to think about:

  • Venue — the size of your venue will help you determine whether you can fit a single guitarist or an entire string quartet at your wedding ceremony.
  • Guest list — if you’re only having 50 people at your wedding, a full band might be a bit much, but for a wedding of 300 people, a full band would be appropriate.
  • Style — the kind of wedding band or musicians you hire should fit the vibe of your wedding, so string ensembles pair well with formal events, whereas guitarists or keyboardists are appropriate for more casual weddings.

When you are ready to decide the entertainment that will perform at your wedding ceremony in Philadelphia, EBE is here to help. Learn more about our upcoming showcases.

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What to Do Between Your Wedding Ceremony and Reception

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Are you planning a wedding with some downtime between the nuptials and the reception? On average, there’s usually a block of 60 to 90-minutes between a wedding ceremony and the party. While this is extremely common, it’s essential to have something for your guests to do so they’re not worrying about how they’re going to spend that gap of time.

Even if you don’t provide the entertainment for them, you should at least point your guests in the right direction of how to keep themselves busy in between your ceremony and reception.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Set up a group activity. If your wedding budget allows, look into setting up a group activity for your wedding guests to keep them busy between your ceremony and reception. From local trolley tours of the city to museum tickets, plan entertainment that speaks to you as a couple and the location of your wedding.

Book a music act in between ceremony and reception. If you’re booking a band or DJ to play your wedding, they may be able to provide entertainment in the hour or so leading up to your reception. Or you can opt for an ensemble performance, like a soloist playing an acoustic guitar, piano, or harp to keep your guests entertained and tease the entertainment that’s to come. Hiring additional entertainment is a fun way to keep guests engaged and kick-start the party vibe you’re looking to capture for the rest of the night.

Create a local hotspot guide. If you’re not planning to have entertainment set up before the reception, or you can’t get into your venue until a specific time, tell your guests about popular (or hidden gem) local bars and restaurants so they can hang out there in the meantime. Make sure the locations you recommend are close in proximity to your reception hall to prevent your guests from getting lost—and preventing them from having to rush back to the venue or getting stuck in traffic. This guide will be especially useful to those who are traveling from out of town.

Include your wedding guests in your photo opp. Typically, the time gap between a ceremony and a reception allows the newlyweds to get their photos taken. If your wedding party is small enough or you have the space to accommodate a large group, include all of your guests in your formal wedding photos. This idea is an excellent way to kill time and prevents you from getting held up taking pictures with your guests during the reception.

Don’t stress about the amount of time in between your wedding ceremony and reception. Most guests expect there to be some kind of lull and will plan accordingly. Guiding them in the right direction or providing entertainment will only enhance their experience attending your special day.

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!

Must-Have Photos to Take at Your Weddings

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Photos are one of the most important components of any wedding. After the day is over, the pictures from your wedding are some of the only keepsakes you’ll have to look back and remember the big day! As such, you’ll want to hire a professional photographer to capture the momentous occasion. But more importantly, you’ll want to provide your photographer with a list of must-have photos to take on your big day. Consider this must-have shot list for your wedding.

Close friends and family. Keep a running list of friends and family you want to have photos taken with on your big day. At a minimum, provide your photographer with their names so they can ensure they’re capturing pictures of you with the right people. If you happen to know what colors your friends and family are planning to wear to your wedding, even better! Providing your photographer with as much detail about the people on your must-have photos list will help them do their job with ease.

Small group shots. Aside from solo shots with your mom, dad, and best friend, group photos are also something to be considered. Do you want to get a picture with your extended family on your mom’s side? How about a photo with all of your college friends? Maybe you even reunited with a group of friends you took a vacation with and want to capture the reunion at your wedding. Whatever small group photos you want, make sure you tell the photographer and possibly even your wedding DJ. Your DJ can make an announcement when and where everyone from that crew needs to gather.

Your colleagues. If you’re inviting your co-workers to your wedding and want to mark the occasion, make sure to include a “colleagues shot” on your list of must-have photos. Have your photographer pull the people you work with to a designated area for a quick group photo at some point throughout the wedding reception to capture this memento.

The minute details. After months of planning, the minute details of your wedding tend to get lost in the sauce. Make sure you don’t forget any of the attention to detail you put into making your wedding special by having your photographer capture photos of every little accent! From the table centerpieces to the details in the wedding dress, bridesmaid gowns, groomsmen’s suits, flowers, and beyond, having photos of these details will help you feel like you’re reliving the big day when you look back on them.

Reception moments. These photos are going to be part of your photographer’s game plan. But make sure they’re capturing the moments you’ll want to look back on! Must-have reception photos include your grand entrance, reactions from your guests during the speeches and toasts, and shots of your wedding cake details. But don’t forget little moments like your guests mingling and interacting with each other — those often make for some of the best wedding memories.

We hope this wedding photo shot list inspires you to start your own list for your upcoming nuptials! Want to learn more about our EBE Team Members? Vendors We Love? New Products? Contact us today!

How to Light Up Your Wedding Reception

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Lighting can instantly transform the look and feel of a space. In fact, the right lighting can set the tone at your wedding and make your guests feel welcomed into your big day and ready to party. Here are five ways to use lighting at your wedding reception.

Colored lighting amplifies your wedding theme. Perhaps one of the most important details at any wedding is the theme or color scheme you choose. Lighting can help boost that theme or scheme! Plus, EBE offers pattern lighting that can illuminate a personalized design on your wedding venue’s ceilings, dance floors, or walls. From leaf patterns to stars and even custom designs, patterned colored lighting can instantly make the appearance of your wedding venue feel more elaborate and modern.

Lighting can draw attention to the most essential parts of your wedding. Couples spend hours choosing the intricate details of their special day. From the wedding cake to the gift table, sign-in book, and wedding party table, pinspotting can help draw attention to the most important aspects of your wedding reception. Pinspots focus a pin-sized ray of light onto the vital elements of your choice to make them really pop! You won’t have to worry about guests looking over any of these items or tables.

Uplighting can draw attention to the beauty of your wedding venue. If you’re hosting your wedding reception at a historic venue or a location with intricate architecture, the proper lighting can magnify those features. Don’t pay all of that money to have your guests miss out on the beauty of the space! With uplighting, you can use light to illuminate your venue’s architecture or, if your wedding is outdoors, the entryways and other areas your guests need to see.

Lighting can amp up the party at your wedding. Think back to the last time you were at a concert or club. There’s typically a light show involved that elevates the performance and energizes the space. The same goes for your wedding reception! The right lighting can make or break the vibe on the dance floor. Our lighting experts can use controlled LED fixtures to highlight the dance floor and draw in your guests for a night they won’t soon forget.

Downlighting can amplify the romance. Typically, wedding venues turn down the general lighting during dinner. Often, those lights are left down for the remainder of the reception until your event is over. Downlighting can help combat the otherwise dim lighting at your wedding venue! EBE offers professional wedding reception lighting in Philadelphia that can help you re-light or enhance certain areas to bring attention to them.

For the best in wedding reception lighting in Philadelphia, trust EBE. When you are ready to decide the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, EBE is here to help. Learn more about our upcoming showcases.

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Party Enhancements for Different Occasions

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Special events like weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, birthdays, and corporate events can often feel typical. Generally, the same things happen at these events, whether it’s a cake cutting or a celebratory toast. But with party enhancements, you can make your next event the talk of the town! If you’re looking for party enhancements in Philadelphia, these extra additions will make any event more memorable.

Wedding. The right DJ or musical act can instantly make any wedding feel different than the last one a guest attended. But you can make the event even more memorable by incorporating unique entertainment like magicians and caricature artists into your special day. Let guests commemorate the occasion with a customized caricature in their best wedding attire. At EBE, we also offer airbrush T-shirt artists who can hand-create your wedding favors on-site!

Bar/Bat Mitzvah. If you’re looking to entertain the kids at the next bar or bat mitzvah celebration, there are plenty of party enhancements that can keep the fun going. A video game package including an X-Box 360 Kinect and 42″ HD Monitor will keep any gaming crowd entertained, just like our Rock Band Experience and various other games, including Skeeball and Dome Hockey. If you’re looking for party enhancements to keep the adults entertained, we’ve got those as well! From horse racing to fortune tellers, game show hosts, and karaoke, there are plenty of party enhancements that will make any bar or bat mitzvah exciting for every guest.

Milestone Celebration. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, retirement, or notable birthday, milestone events can also benefit from party enhancements. If you’re feeling nostalgic, consider adding an arcade featuring classic floor games like Mrs. Pacman to pinball and everything beyond. Arcade games are the perfect way to transport guests back to any era. Additionally, air hockey and giant board games are great for crowds of all ages. But if you’re looking for entertainment for an older group, casino games are the perfect solution. Transform the room into a life-like casino floor with authentic gaming tables for Blackjack, Roulette, and more.

Corporate event. Turn your next corporate event into something all of your employees will want to relive with enhancements like an Escape the Room Challenge. We also offer other activities that will encourage team building like musical aptitude tests, karaoke, trivia, and Scene It? Specialty actors are also available to bring life to your next corporate event. From historical figures to celebrity impersonators, our talented pool of performers is ready to amp up your next event.

Elevate your next big event with these party enhancements. And when you are ready to make decisions about the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, EBE is here to help. Learn more about our upcoming showcases.

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How to Keep Your Wedding Guests Entertained During Cocktail Hour

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Your wedding day is all about you and your significant other. But the big day should also be about your guests! Many people invite friends and family from near and far to their weddings, so the occasion needs to be as memorable as possible from beginning to end. That includes your cocktail hour. These are four of the best ways to keep guests entertained during the cocktail hour portion of your wedding.

Include interactive elements. Whether it’s tailgating games, a photo booth, or a donut wall, including interactive features into your cocktail hour can keep your guests busy while you take photos behind the scenes. Most venues offer interactive food stations you can work into your cocktail hour. Consider a make-your-own drink station or a mashed potato bar. These small touches give your guests something to talk about, and they’re activities that help pass the time before the real party starts.

Offer plenty of food and drink options. For your guests, one of the most critical elements of any cocktail hour is the food and drink available to them. Be sure your cocktail hour offers hot and cold appetizer stations as well as butlered hors d’oeuvres, so your guests feel welcomed and well-fed. Consider having at least one or two specialty cocktails as well as plenty of soft drinks for those guests who don’t consume alcohol or aren’t of age.

Hire an ensemble. There’s nothing worse than a cocktail hour without entertainment. Whether it’s a DJ playing music or a live performance from talented artists, music is a must-have for any wedding cocktail hour. EBE offers the highest quality cocktail hour entertainment in Philadelphia. From solo guitarists to harpists, string trios and quartets, jazz trios, and more, there’s entertainment for weddings of all tastes at EBE. Plus, you can schedule a showcase before you book, so you know exactly what kind of entertainment you’ll be providing your guests during cocktail hour.

Join your cocktail hour. You can still have a special entrance to your wedding, even if you participate in cocktail hour. Taking part in your cocktail hour is one of the best and most significant ways to make this time entertaining for your guests. If you and your bride or groom can get photos out of the way quickly, aim to be part of your cocktail hour. After all, your guests have come to celebrate this momentous occasion with you. As such, you should aim to spend as much time as possible with them.

When you are ready to make decisions about the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, EBE is here to help. Learn more about our upcoming showcases.

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Why You Should Attend a Showcase Before Booking Your Wedding Entertainment

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If you’re planning a big event like a wedding or bar/bat mitzvah, entertainment is a must. Whether you want to book a band, DJ, or both, it’s vital to see the entertainer you’re considering before you hire them. Getting a sneak peek gives you the best idea of what you’re paying for and what to expect the day of your event! Here are three other reasons you should attend a showcase before you book your wedding entertainment.

You get to see multiple performers at once. Are you still trying to decide what kind of entertainer you want to book for your wedding? Attending a showcase is the perfect way to figure out if you want a DJ to play music or the energy that a live performance evokes. You may even discover new entertainment options, like a DJ accompanied by a drummer.

Showcases are free to attend. EBE is the premier place to find the best entertainment for weddings in Philadelphia. We have an eclectic group of entertainers, so you’ll be able to find something for every music lover, from rock to R&B and Top 40. Our showcases make it easy to find talented musicians, bands, and DJs — and the best part is that these showcases are free to attend! All you need to do is register for the showcase of your choosing on our website.

Showcases can inspire other fun party elements. Attending a showcase isn’t only about the music. They can also help inspire you with new ideas to make your celebration as memorable as possible for you and your guests. From MCs to event lighting, party favors, photo booths, and more, there are so many ways you can elevate your event to make it as interactive as possible. live band showcase

Listen before you book! Join EBE for one of our live or virtual showcases where you can listen and see the available entertainment. Whether you’re booking a wedding, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, or another exciting event, selecting the perfect entertainment doesn’t have to be time-consuming. In one evening with EBE, you can see all of the best MCs, musicians, and bands in the area in a relaxed, comfortable setting.

You’ll get the whole experience, including lighting, DJs, and more. Our dynamic talent is super fun, interactive, and ready to show you what they’ve got! Remember that our entertainment packages can be tailored to the needs of your event. Experience one of our Philadelphia wedding showcases!

When you are ready to decide about the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, EBE is here to help. Learn more about our upcoming showcases.

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