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Must-Have Photos to Take at Your Weddings Advice from Philly DJs

Must-Have Photos to Take at Your Weddings: Advice from Philly DJs

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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!

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Philadelphia Wedding Planning: Outdoor Wedding Checklist for Couples

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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

Philadelphia Wedding Planning: Best Locations for Engagement Photos

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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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Philadelphia Wedding Planning: How to Plan a Safe Wedding at Home

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This year will no doubt go down as one of the strangest and most challenging in living memory. For couples who hoped to tie the knot, many have chosen to cancel, postpone or change their existing plans.

While the destination wedding or large-scale even might be off the cards, it’s still possible for two people to come together to celebrate their love. For example, we are seeing more couples host smaller, more intimate weddings, and put their plans for the reception on ice for now.

To get you feeling inspired, we have spoken to Blue Nile<>, the world’s leading online retailers of diamond jewelry, to share our best tips for hosting a small wedding at home<>.

There are quite a few additional considerations to address when planning a home reception in today’s COVID world. Here are some pro tips:

Size matters

Given the current situation with rapidly changing restrictions on gatherings, we are seeing many couples host small, intimate ceremonies at home, followed by “micro wedding” receptions in their backyards with their immediate families and closest friends.

Creating a wedding venue in your backyard requires a lot of planning. We recommend keeping it small so it doesn’t become overwhelming and everyone stays safe. Small doesn’t have to mean lacklustre, it can still be an elegant, fun, memorable day.

Postpone your reception

Many couples are rescheduling their full wedding receptions to be held one year after the wedding day, marking their one year anniversary.

This allows the couple to move forward with their timeline as they’ve planned it while keeping everyone safe. Plus, they get to have the wedding reception they’ve always envisioned at a safer time.

This approach really offers the best of both worlds and even gives couples more time to plan and enjoy their time as newlyweds.

Plan your space

Count your guests by household groups to determine how many guests you can seat together and the size tables you will need to accommodate them. Then make sure you have enough space to spread each table 6-feet apart.

Consider a served meal

Things like food trucks or grab-and-go dining will be safer. It’s best to avoid buffet-style food service at this time. Also, utilize disposable flatware. There are some cute options online!

Keep it clean

Make sure you thoroughly clean and sanitize restrooms, doorknobs, and any surface your guests will touch before and after your event. Also, offer masks for guests to utilize when they are not seated at their own table and individual hand sanitizer bottles.

Prepare for the weather

Bring in a tent for shade or day-of rain, but also have a rain date. If it rains the morning of or the night before your celebration, the ground will likely be too soft and muddy for an event. Make sure you have a backup plan. It’s also wise to consider having your lawn treated for ticks and mosquitos before the event.

Get creative!

Social distancing won’t stop you from having to-die-for centerpieces or amazing live music in your own backyard — get creative with your decor and entertainment.

Inspiration for Your Micro Wedding

Couples have come up with some very sweet ideas to tie their micro-wedding and their full reception together such as:

*   Putting aside a special bottle of wine at the micro wedding to open at their full reception a year later.
*   Planning socially-distant photos or video and displaying them at their full reception a year later.
*   Planning to freeze their cake and try it a year later in front of their guests at the full reception rather than cutting a new one.
*   Preserving their flowers by drying them or having them cast in resin to display at the full reception.
*   Asking their DJ or live musicians for a copy of their playlist or setlist and incorporating the music into their cocktail hour at the full reception.
*   Wearing their wedding dresses and suits twice! It’s so amazing to see couples get more use out of their wedding day ensembles.
*   Ask guests to leave advice notes and read them to see if they came true a year later.

Whether you plan to tie the knot in your city apartment or in the garden of your home, there are plenty of beautiful and creative ways to mark this special occasion and seal your love for a lifetime.

Wedding Planning Services in Philly: Avoid These Mistakes While Planning The Ultimate Bachelorette Party

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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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Wedding Planning in Philadelphia: Creating a Nostalgic ’90s Bridal Shower Your Guests Will Love

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A good theme can elevate a bridal shower from ordinary to incredible. Perfect for just about any event, the nostalgic 1990s is always a win. We’ve put together a list of our favorite ideas that celebrate the bride and the best decade ever! 

Lisa Frank Neon Colors & Holograms

Did you have iconic Lisa Frank notebooks, pencil cases, trapper keepers, or folders to keep your school work organized? What about holographic sneakers, jewelry, or purses? These items scream ‘90s and are perfect for using as decor for a bridal shower. Lisa Frank has made a come back in recent years and party decor can be found at many online retailers. 


Create a candy table where guests will be able to satisfy their nostalgic sweet tooth. Include treats like Airheads, Gushers, WarHeads, Pop Rocks, and Fruit Stripe gum. Don’t forget to include a Ring Pop for every guest so they can enjoy some sweet bling! 


Remember puffy paint? It is now known as 3D fabric paint and you can find it at your local craft stores. Pick up white t-shirts in various sizes so guests can have fun creating shirts that celebrate the bride-to-be. 

Fun Games

Guests will have a blast taking turns at smacking a pinata until prizes break free. Have a custom piñata made in the shape of an iconic ‘90s symbol like a cassette tape, the MTV logo, or a smiley face. Mad-Libs were all the rage in the ‘90s, so have guests fill in the blanks using a feather-tipped pen that the cast of Clueless will approve of.

Party Favors

Send guests home with a goodie bag full of nostalgia. Include items such as a Pez Dispenser, mood rings, yoyos, wax lips, Lisa Frank stickers, pogs, sticker earrings, and slap bracelets. 

To get more inspiration for your ’90s themed shower, head over to Kara’s Party Ideas to check out this rad ’90s Birthday Party she planned!

Did you plan a totally tubular ‘90s themed bridal shower? If so, we would love to get the low-down on it! Contact us today!

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For most couples, their wedding is one of the most important days of their lives. Weddings require a lot of planning and are usually a one day event, so waste is inevitable. If you want to make an ecological impact on your wedding by planning a sustainable green wedding, look no further. We’ve put together ideas to help you plan an earth-friendly wedding. 

Choose A Central Eco-Friendly Location

One of the biggest impacts that a wedding can make on Mother Earth is the travel involved for guests. Choose a central location that is as close to as many guests as possible. Guests will appreciate a shortened travel time and reduced costs that may have otherwise needed an overnight stay at a hotel. Choosing a sustainable venue not only helps the environment, but it also supports local businesses. Consider reciting your vows and holding your reception at a local farm or garden. For our favorite Philadelphia-area venues to partner with, check out our EBE Venue Spotlights!

Buy Thrifted or Borrow A Wedding Dress

The sticker shock alone of a brand new wedding dress can be totally avoided by choosing to wear a dress that a friend or family member wore when they walked down the aisle. Thrifting a beautiful vintage dress and having it altered to fit is another sustainable option that helps save the environment and the green in your wallet. 

Choose Flowers Sustainably 

Finding flowers for your wedding can be equal parts sustainable and beautiful. If you live in an area where you can forage flowers, consider making a DIY flower crown or headpiece with your floral finds. If foraging isn’t an option, work with your florist to choose flowers that are in season and locally grown. A sustainable alternative to flowers is to use potted plants or lanterns that double as decor or favors.

Shop Small For Your Wedding Food

Supporting caterers that choose locally-sourced food that is grown and raised by local farmers helps keep your dollars within the local community, AND supports sustainable farming practices. Choose local brews crafted by your favorite brewery instead of buying commercially made beers.

Recycled Paper Products

Mailed invitations are considered the norm when it comes to notifying your guests of the wedding event. More supplies are moving toward using sustainable products to craft their invitations with recycled materials or tree-free paper. If you want to skip paper invites totally, there are websites available to help you build beautiful electronic invitations, such as Paperless Post.

Did these tips help you create a greener wedding event? If so, we would love to hear all about it! Contact us today!

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Wedding Planning Services: Building a Bridesmaid Survival Kit Your Bridal Party Will Love

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There’s a famous phrase that applies to nearly every aspect of life: “Sh!t happens.” Sometimes that “sh!t” is out of our control, and weddings are no exception to this phrase. Being prepared for those setbacks as best as possible can turn a wedding from a near disaster to smooth sailing. Your bridesmaids will thank you if you give them a survival kit to keep those little disasters at bay during your big day! 

Two Words… Fabric. Tape.

If hem decides to loosen, a bra strap keeps slipping, or a flower applique falls off of the flower girl’s dress, don’t fret. Fabric tape will fix things right up. You can find fabric tape at your local sewing and craft store or at online retailers

Handle the Aches & Pains.

Headaches and heartburn don’t care if you’re relaxing at home or about to watch your best friend marry the love of her life. Popping a few single-serving packers of Tylenol, Advil, and antacid tablets in the bridesmaid survival kit will keep discomfort at bay. [While you’re at it, throw in a few Electrolyte Replenishers to help with the inevitable alcohol-induced dehydration.]

Bobby Pins Can Save The ‘Do.

If your bridesmaids are all rocking beautiful hairstyles for your wedding, stock their kits with bobby pins just in case a hair emergency arises. 

Avoid the Mess.

Like fabric tape, Stain Removal Sticks can be a life saver. Some sauce from that appetizer landed on the flower girl’s dress? No problem! A little dab of the stain removal stick will have her cleaned up in no time.

Don’t Skip The Food & Drink.

With so much going on throughout the wedding day, it can be easy to forget to eat and drink. Include a tasty energy bar and a bottle of water for your bridesmaids to keep their energy high all day long. 

Did these tips help you build a bridesmaid survival kit for your bridal party? We’d love to hear about it! Contact us today!

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Philadelphia Wedding Planning: EBE Wedding Venue Spotlight on Cairnwood Estate

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Finding a great venue for each step of your wedding weekend can be an overwhelming task. To make it even more difficult, Philadelphia is filled with hundreds of incredible venues where couples choose to get married every year. We’ve done the legwork for you and highlighted some of our favorite venues to partner with in our EBE Venue Spotlight. This month, we’re featuring Cairnwood Estate.

Located 40 minutes outside of Philadelphia, you will find the beautiful Huntingdon Valley – home to Cairnwood Estate. This Beaux-Arts style estate was designed by Carrère and Hastings, and is filled with incredible decorative elements from classical Greek and Roman architecture with French Renaissance influence. This historical estate, built in 1895, is one of the Philadelphia area’s best places to celebrate your wedding.

Although Cairnwood Estate does not host ceremonies, it is perfect for hosting unforgettable wedding receptions. Prior to the start of cocktail hour, brides are invited to take advantage of the bridal suite, which features 2 rooms and several bathrooms to relax and be pampered in. Grooms can kick back with a cocktail and relax in the groom’s suite.

The Garden House is a charming building located on the estate property, and it is perfect for hosting your wedding rehearsal dinner. The space can comfortably hold up to 40 guests and is convenient for guests to access, especially if they are staying nearby for the wedding day. 

Weather permitting, your guests can enjoy the cocktail hour outside in the breathtaking gardens. Beautifully manicured lawns with walking paths are surrounded by immaculately maintained gardens, which is the perfect spot on the property to begin celebrating life as newlyweds. 

If you choose to get married at Cairnwood Estate, you will be granted private access to the estate, as only one wedding is held at the estate per day. Receptions are held on the first floor of the estate with access to six historic rooms that include the Great Hall, Music Room, Music Room, Library, Billiards Room, and Dining Room with a maximum capacity of 275 guests. The estate allows couples to utilize as many of these spaces as they would like during the celebration. Most receptions held at Cairnwood last 5 hours, but additional time is available as needed. 

Cairnwood Estate offers weekly wedding tours from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday evenings. If this conflicts with your schedule, private tours are also available by appointment on the weekends and during the week.

Did you host your wedding at Cairnwood Estate? If so, contact us! We would love to hear all about it.

Photos: Anastasia Romanova – To see more images of Michelle & Anthony’s Wedding with DJ Everett, click here!

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Wedding Planning: 5 Creative “Save The Date” Ideas

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The date is set. The venue is booked. What’s the next step? Spread the word about your upcoming wedding by sending out “Save the Dates”! If you want your Save the Dates to match the theme of the wedding invitations and decor, plan out those details as soon as possible! 

Save the dates are generally sent via mail about 8 to 12 months prior to the wedding event and the formal invitations are sent about 8 weeks before the wedding. If you’re looking for some fun and unique ideas for your save the dates, look no further. We’ve put together a list of some creative save the date ideas for you!

Infographic Save The Date

Tell the story of your love from the first date to when your love popped the question with these unique infographic Save the Dates. The “fun fact” section is particularly adorable on these save the dates from Zazzle!

Magnet Save The Date

Most people keep reminders stuck to their refrigerator, so it makes sense to create Save the Dates that double as magnets! You can easily make your own magnet Save the Dates with this DIY tutorial from Something Turquoise.

Vintage Library Card Save The Date

Although a thing of the past, paper library cards were used for decades to keep track of books that were borrowed. Keep your love of books alive by spreading the word of your upcoming nuptials with vintage library card Save the Dates. We love the vintage paper look of these found on Etsy.

Puzzle Piece Save The Date

Add a touch of playfulness to your wedding event celebration with puzzle piece Save the Dates. Step it up a notch by opting to use wood instead of paper to create a more rustic appeal that will set the tone for your wedding event. These puzzle Save the Date Wood Magnets are perfect.

Pet Save The Date

If you and yours have a pet, allow it to take center stage in your Save the Dates! These cute oversized dog tags from Etsy are the perfect way to spread the news about your wedding. You could make this a fun DIY project, or enlist the help of a professional photographer.

If you sent out creative Save the Dates, we’d love to hear about them! Contact us today!

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