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Destination Wedding and Local Reception

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Destination weddings are increasing in popularity, so we thought it was time for us to dive into the topic ourselves.  From etiquette to inspiration, we have everything you need to know about planning a destination wedding and holding your reception back at home.

Planning Your Destination Wedding

Before you settle on the ‘perfect location’ you will want to do your research.  Find out everything about your hotel, resort or venue.

Here are some common questions you’ll want the answers to before choosing your location:

  • When is the hurricane or the rainy season?
  • Are there any health or safety issues guests will need to be concerned about?
  • Is your destination LGBTQ friendly?
  • Are children allowed at your venue?
  • Will there be discounts or special rates offered to your guests?
  • Is this an all-inclusive venue and if so, will your guests receive any of those benefits?
  • Are passports required to attend your wedding location?
  • Are there limitations as to what you can bring with you (drinks, flowers, gifts, etc.) for the event?
  • Does your venue offer any guarantees or money-back returns for you and your guests should the event be canceled and if so, what is the policy for cancellation? (Note: Guests might have to cancel or inclement weather could prevent the event from taking place as scheduled, so this is always good to know ahead of time.)

We also recommend that you visit your venue before booking your wedding.  Yes, photos and reviews can tell you a lot about a place; however, nothing will give you the best information like first-hand experience.  You’re about to ask your friends and family to shell out some cash to attend your destination wedding, so you want to make sure everything is in order and the place is all it says it is before inviting your guests.

When it comes to inviting your guests, be as clear and transparent as you can about any potential costs.  It’s also helpful to secure a travel agent as part of your wedding planning team and include their information in your invitation details.  Also, send your invitations out extra early in order to allow guests ample time for planning and purchasing tickets.

Planning for Your Reception at Home

You most likely won’t be inviting everyone to your destination wedding, so it will be time to celebrate with family and friends once you’re back!  You’ll want to plan this party before you head out for your wedding and send out the invitation out 5-6 weeks prior to the event.

A post-destination wedding local reception works very much like a traditional reception, except you will have been happily married for a few weeks.  If you want to redo your vows that’s absolutely acceptable.  If not, then do your best to allow your local guests to experience what the wedding was like by setting up a photo and/or video station by the sign-in book.  This way they can see everything that transpired and feel like they were a part of your big day as well.

When it comes to what you, your new spouse, and the bridal party should wear, you have optionsEveryone can wear their wedding attire or you can all opt for something more casual. If you do go for casual, consider displaying your wedding dress and tux just to show them both off, and keep with your wedding colors.

The rest of the event will run pretty much like a traditional wedding with food, drinks, music, and dancing. You can include as many or as few formalities as you would like – the most important thing is to celebrate!
Looking for assistance planning your destination wedding and local reception?  Contact our EBE Expert Wedding Planners and let them help to guide you through the entire process.

 

 

Spotlight: Dave Giorgio – Bandleader EBE Love 77

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Dave Papa Giorgio, born in Philadelphia, is an American singer/songwriter, professional musician, and Band Leader for EBE’s Love 77. He has been with EBE for 12 years.

Dave’s main instruments are Bass, Guitar, and Drums, though he also plays Piano and Cello. He majored in Jazz Improvisation as a music performance major at Temple University and worked for decades in the inner city. He also toured the country for 3 years, traveling as far north as Canada and as far south as the Florida Keys!

He has produced artists from diverse genres such as Indie rock, hardcore, pop, hip hop, r&b, and jazz. He’s also a top Audio Book Producer, and mainly writes and records indie rock as an original artist.

With more than 30 years in the industry, Dave Papa Giorgio has played over 2000 events all over the country and with many hundreds of different musicians.  He has 2 Gold records to date.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dave and interview him for this Q&A piece in an effort to get to know him better and discover what it is that makes him tick.

 

Q: What genre of music is your “specialty”?

A: Classics: Van Morrison, Sinatra, Springsteen

 

Q: Who is your hero?

A: My dad

 

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

Q: What is your zodiac sign?

A: Libra

 

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

A: Aside from being a vocalist, I am also an audiobook narrator.

 

Q: What is your go-to at karaoke?

A: Thunder Road

 

Q: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: My home-made meatballs!

 

Q: If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?

A: 1875 so I could party with Mozart!

 

Q: If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

A: The ability to calm any situation. To bring order to chaos. To make people happy. Oh, wait. I already do that! 😉

 

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

A: Bruce Willis

 

Q: What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love?

A: Proposed to my wife on Action News (search youtube: “dave and merri get engaged”) or go directly to: https:
//youtu.be/gultD-RTK8c

 

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

A: Led Zeppelin

 

Q: If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be and why?

A: A bear. I go into hibernation and sleep during the months, then wake up and rock the world during the
busy season, lol!

 

Q: What was the best event you ever worked?

A: The Mann Music Center

 

Q: What motivates you to work hard?

A: My work ethic was instilled in me when I went to work for my father (I was 9 years old). It’s just a natural thing for me.

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

A: I get to work with amazing people, brides, and grooms, who are about to begin the most wonderful journey of their lives. Also, my other work in book publishing involves reading top books. Books and music, two great passions.

 

ATTEND AN EBE BAND OR DJ WEDDING SHOWCASE

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Dave, come out and meet him and several of the other EBE Events & Entertainment band members, DJs, and MCs at an upcoming FREE wedding showcase!  You’ll be able to experience everything that EBE Events & Entertainment has to offer and enjoy a few hours of food, dancing, and fun!

Seats for each event are limited so register for one of our upcoming events today!

EBE Spotlight: MC Ava Michelle

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Ava Michelle, MC and Dancer at EBE, is the focus of our spotlight this week.  After almost a decade of dancing for the private event industry, her desire to host transcended her love for dance.  Ava brings her high energy, professionalism, and talent to the microphone, and has been part of Team EBE for over 3 years.

In addition to her MC work, she currently teaches Hip Hop, Jazz, and Tap throughout the Tri-State area, and has been doing so for almost 15 years! Ava is ecstatic to blend two passions together, as she keeps the dance floor moving while ensuring that the needs of every client are met.

She has not only danced for hundreds of parties to date but has worked behind the scenes as a lead dancer and assistant to the best emcees in the industry as well. Adults are often impressed by her eloquence and attention to detail, and kids are always drawn to her big smile and fresh dance moves! After an event with MC Ava Michele, you are sure to leave smiling, laughing…and STILL dancing!

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Ava and interview her for this Q&A piece in an effort to get to know her better and discover what it is that makes her tick.

Q & A with Ava Michelle

Q: What is your go-to at karaoke?

A: ANY and ALL Stevie Wonder songs!

 

Q: If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

A: Teleportation

 

Q: If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be and why?

A: A Scarlet Macaw! I would definitely be a bold, colorful bird who can’t stop singing or flying!

 

Q: How many years have you been in the music and/or event industry?

A:  10 years and counting!

 

ATTEND AN EBE BAND OR DJ SHOWCASE

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Ava, come out and meet her and several of the other EBE Events & Entertainment band members, DJs, and MCs at an upcoming FREE showcase!  You’ll be able to experience everything that EBE Events & Entertainment has to offer and enjoy a few hours of food, dancing, and fun!

Seats for each event are limited so register for one of our upcoming events today

Purple Wedding Theme Ideas

By | Blog, DIY

If purple is your favorite color, you’re in luck! Purple is one of the hottest colors for weddings this season.  Here are some of our favorite ideas to include in your purple wedding theme and decor.

Purple Wedding Theme Ideas

Obviously, wedding attire is the first place you’ll want to bring in your favorite color.  When it comes to your bridesmaids, have some fun and let them each wear varying shades of purple…the variations in color will add subtle depth to your wedding photos.  You can also tie in an accent color, like a sash, that will make their dresses pop even more.

Don’t forget your groom!  Now we’re not saying to deck out the groom’s party in purple tuxes, but purple pocket squares, ties, and cummerbunds would help to carry the theme through into the look of the groomsmen as well.

Amethysts would be the perfect goto jewelry for both you and your bridal party.  They will carry the theme through without being overpowering.

You don’t want to make it overwhelming so when it comes to the bouquets, make the base of the arrangement white and simply pepper in a variety of purple flowers and then tie everything together with a purple ribbon that is a different shade than the dresses.

When it comes to your decor, you can incorporate purple into almost anything.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Drapes, table clothes, and canopies
  • Candles, flowers, and centerpieces
  • Favors for your guests
  • Lighting and balloons
  • Confetti and bubbles for your exit

And then there is the  music…no really, the music!  There are tons of songs that include purple in the title somewhere, so do a quick search, find the ones you like, and share them with your wedding band or DJ.

Sending out the invitations that are purple or include purple ink, will let your guests know what your color choices will be and will give them the heads up on what colors to wear should they wish.

Looking for more inspiring ideas and wedding traditions for your big day?  Our wedding planners are some of the best in the business and know a thing or two about making weddings fun and unique.  Contact the EBE Event Planners today and let them help you create a day of magical memories.

EBE Spotlight: Joe Napoli – Bandleader EBE Amsterdam

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Joe Napoli is EBE’s Director of Business Development and the bandleader for EBE Amsterdam.  He has been a part of the EBE Events & Entertainment family for almost 6 1/2 years and a professional musician for 25 years.

As the Director of Business, Joe manages EBE’s relationships with our partnered
industry professionals and venues. He also leads EBE Amsterdam for an average of 50 events each year.

Over his career, Joe has performed in casinos, clubs, restaurants, aboard cruise ships for major cruise lines, in theme parks, on riverboat dinner cruises, for private and public events, musicals, and just about everything in between.  Joe has performed, written and recorded rock, Jazz, pop, R&B/hip-hop, country and many other styles during his career.

Joe received a bachelor’s degree in Jazz guitar performance from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1998.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Joe and interview him for this Q&A piece in an effort to get to know him better and discover what it is that makes him tick.

Q: Who is your hero?

As a musician, Eddie Van Halen

 

Q: What genre of music is your “specialty”?

Rock, Pop, and Jazz

 

Q: What is your zodiac sign?

Aries

 

Q: What instrument(s) do you play?

Guitar, bass, drums, and vocals

 

Q: What’s your favorite movie?

Back to the Future

 

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

I am a budding World War II history expert.

 

Q: If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

Flight

 

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Robert Downey Jr.

 

Q: If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?

Late 1960’s for the music and to shop for some awesome furniture!

 

Q: What was the best event you ever worked?

The Inaugural Ball for Governor Wolf (January 2015)

 

Q: What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love?

I gave up having Clams Casino (my favorite) because my wife hates seafood.

 

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

Van Halen, circa early 1980’s

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

Bringing people together through music!

Attend an EBE Band or DJ Showcase

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Joe, come out and meet him and several of the other EBE Events & Entertainment band members, DJs, and MCs at an upcoming FREE showcase!  You’ll be able to experience everything that EBE Events & Entertainment has to offer and enjoy a few hours of food, dancing, and fun!

Seats for each event are limited so register for one of our upcoming events today!

EBE Spotlight: MC Stephanie Fitzpatrick

By | Blog, Spotlights

Stephanie Fitzpatrick is EBE’s Talent Director and one of our top Emcees.  She has been a part of the EBE Events & Entertainment family for almost 8 years.

Stephanie has been in love with the private event industry since she started as a dancer 11 years ago!  As of today, she has emceed hundreds of events and prides herself on her attention to detail, fresh ideas and enthusiasm every time she performs.

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to meet Stephanie, then you know that her energy can definitely be contagious!  Her youthful vibe and genuine excitement, while hosting any event, makes it virtually impossible to not have a good time!

Stephanie believes that the most important part of her job is ensuring that every party is treated as important, special and one of a kind.  Needless to say, it has been an absolute pleasure to have Stephanie be part of the EBE family!

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Stephanie and interview her for this Q&A piece in an effort to get to know her better and discover what it is that makes her tick.

 

Q: Who is your hero?

Musically? Missy Elliot.  In Life? My Mom.

 

Q: What genre of music is your “specialty”?

Dance

 

Q: What is your zodiac sign?

Saggitarius, Fire!

 

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

I was a tap dance teacher for a few years.

 

Q: If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

I’d want to be a magical healer to rid the world of cancer and illness.  I’d also want to be able to fly because flying is cool. So a flying healer. Yep.

 

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Stone

 

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

The Foo Fighters, The Spice Girls or I’d be Missy Elliot’s Sidekick

 

Q: What was the best event you ever worked?

A Winter Wonderland Bat Mitzvah at Chubb Hotel and Conference Center with Planner Marc Uravic

https://www.facebook.com/marcuraviceventdesign/?ref=br_rs

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

I love planning and hosting in general. When I can use those skills to help create someone’s special day or to facilitate an important/complex event, it’s very fulfilling for me.
I enjoy teaching/training others in our line of work as well. I’m so proud to watch as their careers take off.

 

Attend an EBE Band or DJ Showcase

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Stephanie, come out and meet her and several of the other EBE Events & Entertainment band members, DJs, and MCs at an upcoming FREE showcase!  You’ll be able to experience everything that EBE Events & Entertainment has to offer and enjoy a few hours of food, dancing, and fun!

Seats for each event are limited so register for one of our upcoming events today!

Wedding Traditions: Creative Ideas for Something Blue

By | Blog, DIY

We’ve all heard the rhyme “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and A Sixpence in your Shoe.”  The Old English rhyme identifies the four objects a bride should add to her outfit or carry down the aisle with her on her big day for good luck.

Since this seemingly innocent tradition can send some brides into a superstitious-frenzy as they scramble to find all four elements at the last moment, we thought it would be fun to share a few ideas that might help you meet this wedding day custom head-on in a fun and modern way.

Wedding Traditions: Ways to Wear Blue

Wearing ‘something blue’ is one of the most traditional ways to meet the requirements of the rhyme.  For a new twist on this one, consider putting something on the inside of your dress.

Take a small scrap from one of your mom or grandmother’s old dresses and turn it into a small heart that you can sew into the inside of your corset.  This way, you’ll have ‘something old’ and ‘something blue’, and a little piece of the strong women that came before you, right next to your heart the entire way down the aisle.

 

One of the coolest trends we’ve seen is to have your wedding date embroidered on the inside hem of your dress.  If you do it in blue, you’ll have ‘something blue’ that also marks the date for you. Put a twist on this one by including your new Mr. & Mrs. names as well.

Want to have a little fun?  Then bring in your ‘something blue’ to the bottom of your shoes!  Using special paint, you can paint the soles of your shoes bright blue, dark blue or even sparkly blue.

You can also create a fun message on the soles of your shoes with blue stickers.  Put your name, your wedding date, or even the message of “I DO” that you can flash at your groom while cutting a rug on the dance floor during your reception.  You can find special paint and pre-cut stickers to help you create your own DIY version for your wedding slippers on Amazon.com or Michaels.com.

 

Ready to really think outside of the wedding gift box?  Then why not wear a flowing silk or chiffon pale blue wedding dress?  Or go a little more old school and simply choose a white or off-white fabric that has blue embroidery etched into the fabric design?

No one said your underskirt or petticoat has to match your dress exactly.  Why not bring in ‘something blue’ underneath your dress?  It will be your little secret until you hop on the dance floor and break into a can-can with your bridal party!

Modern wedding edict gives today’s brides more flexibility, so have some fun!  You can still maintain a more traditional or formal appearance while having fun with a unique wedding dress.

Wedding Traditions: Ways to Carry Blue

Another way to bring in ‘something blue’ is to simply carry it with you down the aisle.  Your options here are seemingly endless.  Here are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • a stunning floral arrangement full of blue flowers (or even just one blue flower that is hidden in the mix)
  • blue ribbons tied around your flowers
  • a blue handkerchief
  • a blue rosary (could also be counted as ‘something new’, ‘something borrowed’, or even ‘something old’ depending on where it comes from)
  • a blue card or note with wishes and hopes for your future spouse that you tie to your bouquet and carry down the aisle with you and deliver in a private moment later in the evening

Wedding Traditions: Ways to Share Blue

While the rhyme itself traditionally focuses on the bride, why not share the fun and include other members or your bridal party?

Write a special note on a blue card and include it with a blue piece of jewelry, like earrings or a necklace, for your bridesmaids.  You can also get stickers for the bottoms of their shoes or blue ribbons for them to add to their shoes.

Want to include your mom?  Give her an aquamarine necklace she can wear to the wedding or a beautiful blue piece of art she can display in her house to remember the day.

 

Bring the Old English tradition into the modern era by including your soon-to-be!  Fill a blue bag or blue box with gifts that will help them take part in the custom.  You can include a number of items such as:

  • blue socks, a tie, or a pocket square
  • a blue coin to put in their shoe
  • paint or stickers for the bottom of their shoes
  • a blue picture frame with a photo of just the two of you
  • a bag of blue Jolly Ranchers
  • a CD full of romantic blues music (see what we did there?)

 

Why not carry your ‘something blue’ with you off into the sunset?  Think about how much fun it would be for you and your new spouse to ride away from the reception on blue Vespas?  Not only would it make for a radically cool exit, you would also be left with a couple of amazingly unique souvenirs from your big day that you can ride around town together for years to come.

Looking for more inspiring ideas and wedding traditions for your big day?  Our wedding planners are some of the best in the business and know a thing or two about making weddings fun and unique.  Contact the EBE Event Planners today and let them help you create a day of magical memories.

EBE Spotlight: Pop Philly Bandleader Corey Bonser

By | Blog, About EBE, Spotlights

Corey Bonser is the Band Leader for EBE’s Pop Philly and has been part of the EBE Events & Entertainment family for almost 10 years.

Corey is an electric bassist, saxophonist, and vocalist residing in Philadelphia, PA. Originals or covers, Corey flawlessly moves from genre to genre, continuing to play tastefully with style and groove.

Over the course of his 19 years in the music industry, he has worked with a variety of original artists and specializes in the genres of Funk, Soul, and Groove.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Corey and interview him for this piece in an effort to get to know him better and find out what it is that makes him tick.

 

A Little Q&A with Corey Bonser – EBE Pop Philly

Here are just a few of the details he shared with us.

 

Q: Who is your hero?

Batman, obviously!

 

Q: What motivates you to work hard?

I love staying busy! I find it extremely satisfying to “make things perfect.”

 

Q: What’s your favorite movie?

The Blues Brothers

 

Q: What is your zodiac sign?

Leo

 

Q: What is your go-to for karaoke?

“Kiss” by Prince

 

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

Vulfpeck

 

Q: If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?

For me, I think the late 1960’s would have been pretty exciting!

 

Q: What was the best event you ever worked?

I can’t pick one! I love working at the Cescaphe venues but, as a band, we also really enjoy performing at the ACI holiday Party every year at the Hotel Monaco!  It’s always a great time to see everyone and ACI always takes everyone out for a cheesesteak after-party!

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

I love having the opportunity to continue making music with great musicians every week! It never gets stale, plus I LOVE seeing the band surpass my couples expectations! Nothing quite feels like knowing everything we could do for an event was perfect.

 

Attend an EBE Band or DJ Showcase

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about him, come out and meet Corey and several of the other EBE Events & Entertainment band members, DJs, and MCs at an upcoming FREE showcase!  You’ll be able to experience everything that EBE Events & Entertainment has to offer and enjoy a few hours of food, dancing, and fun!

Seats for each event are limited so register for one of our upcoming events today!

EBE’s Month of Love Promotion – Valid February 2018 Only

By | Blog, About EBE, Promotions

At EBE, we’re all about love so we’re kicking off February in style with a Month of Love promotion full of bonuses just for you!

When you book one of our amazing wedding and party bands between now and February 28th, we will give you up to three party enhancements for FREE!

That’s right — you’ll get the wedding band of your dreams, plus up to three of the following for your big day:
* Uplights
* Photo Booth
* Monogram
* Ceremony Sound
* String Duo
* After Party DJ
* Dance Floor Wash Lights
* Pinspots

It’s our way of saying thanks for making EBE Events and Entertainment one of the top party and wedding event companies in the area!

So what are you waiting for? Book your perfect band today and get up to three bonus enhancements to make your big day even more special!

http://bit.ly/2GyM76x

 

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Guide for Selecting Wedding Music

By | Blog, About EBE

When it comes to wedding music, the first dance is probably the one most of us think of first.  But every successful wedding is full of music, from start to finish.  It’s a subtle element that can make or break a wedding.

To help get your musical creative juices flowing, here is our guide for selecting music for your wedding.  Use it to prepare for your meeting with your EBE Events & Entertainment band leader or DJ.  Sharing your likes and dislikes, we’ll be able to put together the perfect musical accompaniment for your special day.