The two essential wedding toast ingredients

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two essential wedding toast ingredients

The two essential wedding toast ingredients

People attend movies to laugh and cry. In a way, they look for some of the same things in a wedding toast, but in a couple of minutes instead of a couple of hours. So the two essential wedding toast ingredients? Sentiment and humor.

Leave out either and your toast is incomplete. Load up on too much of on one or the other and your toast will be lopsided, and may ignominiously crash and burn in uncomfortable snickering … or silence.

Too many toasters don’t know where they’re going in their toast. A nice technique is to begin with a little silly humor. For example:

“I just saw two nuclear technicians getting married. The bride was radiant and the groom was glowing.”

Then “marry” the quip to a little sentiment:

“And you know, [bride’s name], you truly are radiant today. And as for my friend, [groom’s name], we don’t typically use the word “glowing” to describe a groom. But I’ve noticed something about him. Every time your name comes up, his eyes light up. Every time you walk into the room, his eyes light up. Yes, it’s safe to say you’re glowing today, [groom’s name].”

Here’s a good use of wedding humor, compliments of stand-up comedienne, Rita Rudner:

“I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They’ve experience pain and bought jewelry.

Then link the humor to a little sentiment.

“[Groom’s name] never got his ear pierced, but I know he’s experienced some pain in his life. And it simply made him stronger. [Bride’s name], you’re marrying a man of character. When life knocked him down, he dusted himself off and got right back up. That’s the kind of guy I like having as a friend. That’s the kind of man who knows how to love, honor, and cherish a wife, through good times and bad. Get ready for a great life.”

Humor and sentiment make a nice one/two punch when delivering a wedding toast.

How long does it take to make a great toast?

How about 65 seconds? That’s all it took for Bill Nighy to knock his toast out of the ballpark in the movie, “About Time,” as you can see in the video clip above.

Nighy uses subtle humor when he references B.B. King, as if everyone in the world should know that’s one of the three men he honors most. And then he links it to his son with quiet tenderness.

The two essential wedding toast ingredients? Humor and sentiment, dispensed in perfect proportions.

Can your Chicagoland wedding toast be more than 65 seconds? Sure, but keep it down to a few minutes at most. After listening to several toasts, your guests will be itching to get onto the dance floor. That’s where we come in. Crestline Entertainment provides the perfect balance of wedding entertainment that knows how to pack a dance floor. And you’ll love the high quality and fabulous value of our package pricing. Learn more without obligation.

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wedding spend

Who should pay for your wedding?

As you plan your wedding spend, you need the answer to a key question: who is going to pay for your Chicagoland wedding?

If it’s your deep-pocketed parents, your wedding spend may be higher than what you and your betrothed  could afford if you’re paying for it alone.

On the other hand, if the two of you are older with well-established careers, you may be comfortable enough to enjoy a wedding spend without scrimping much.

The Knot surveyed 13,000 couples who got married last year to determine who paid for their weddings. Here is what they found out:

√ The bride’s parents paid for 44.5% of the weddings.

√ The bride and groom paid for the wedding themselves 41.1% of the time.

√ The groom’s parents paid the wedding 12.7% of the time.

√ Other persons paid for their wedding in 1.79% of these weddings.

Pros & Cons

There are pros and cons to having parents handle the wedding spend. On the pro side, they may have deeper pockets which allows you to more fully indulge your wedding dreams.

On the other hand, parents can then exercise more control over who gets invited. You’ve heard about these conflicts dozens of times. The daughter has to cut some of her friends from the guest list to accommodate Mom and Dad’s old friends and business associates.

As you plan your wedding spend, keep this in mind.

Traditional wedding protocols have evolved over the years as to whom should pay for your wedding.  For example, here are items and services the bride and her family typically pay for:

  • church/synagogue/ceremony location
  • organist and musicians
  • wedding gown, veil, accessories, trousseau
  • flowers, bouquets, corsages for attendants
  • photography and videography
  • engagement party
  • professional wedding services
  • groom’s ring
  • stationary
  • transportation

Here are the items and services the groom and his family typically pay for:

  • marriage license and officiant fee
  • groom’s attire
  • bride’s bouquet
  • boutonnieres for men
  • corsages for mothers and grandmothers
  • honeymoon
  • rehearsal dinner
  • DJ and/or band
  • liquor
  • bride’s rings

Miscellaneous expenses

And then there are some miscellaneous expenses others pay for such as:

√ your attendants pay for their own clothing and shoes

√ your maid or matron of honor hosts the bridal shower and bachelorette party

√ by the same token, the best man and groomsmen host the bachelor party

Who is responsible for your wedding spend? As you can see above, tradition and reality don’t always align. Your situation is unique, except for one single factor: entertainment makes the event. Don’t ever scrimp there!

And for dance floor-packing entertainment, Crestline Entertainment is your go-to Chicagoland DJ entertainment company specializing in weddings. Learn more without obligation. Or give us a call at 630-766-9898. We love questions!

[Popular wedding dates book fast, so don’t mess around! Call to check on availability today at 630-766-9898! Thank-you.]

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joy of dancing

The sheer joy of dancing

Have you ever thought about why people dance? Don’t you think dancing is all about joy? Sure, it’s good exercise. Sure, it is artistic. But dancing is much more. Dancing unites people in a joyful expression of celebratory exuberance, especially at weddings. That’s why most Chicagoland wedding celebrations build towards a wedding dance.

But there’s a catch. You’ve got to get your guests to the dance floor first. That’s why a great DJ who specializes in weddings (like us) is vital to the success of a wedding dance. Crestline Entertainment has the entertainment and people skills to get people out of their seats and onto the dance floor.

The dance video that captivated the world

There’s a video that went viral a number of years ago called “Where the hell is Matt?” I’m sure you saw it. This guy, Matt Harding, did something totally crazy when he travelled across the entire world and simply danced, as you can see in the video above.

He danced in Mumbai, India and Paro Bhutan.

He danced in Northern Ireland and Zanzibar.

And he danced in Lancelin, Australia and Lisse, the Netherlands.

In all, he danced across the word, doing his hokey jig in 42 different countries. He even danced in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. Wow!

People around the world came out in droves to dance with this guy. The unbridled exuberance of this union of cultures, united simply by dance, captivated the world. Fifty-one million people have viewed his video to date.

It’s one of those videos that is hard to stop watching, even if you’ve seen it dozens of times (like I have!). 

Look at the faces of every single one of the dancers: sheer joy animates them. As for Matt, his dancing isn’t exactly Fred Astaire or Michael Jackson, which makes it all the more endearing to viewers.

Crestline Entertainment liberates your shy guests from their seats!

You’ll have a whole bunch of people at your wedding like Matt who may not be polished dancers. But all it takes is a little coaxing, done without the least pressure, to liberate these shy dancers from their seats. That’s what Crestline Entertainment knows how to do.

Have you ever been to a wedding where a small group of younger people get up on the dance floor while the more “mature” guests remain glued to their seats? Your wedding dance will be so much better if you can get ALL of your guests united on the dance floor.

That’s the gold standard for a legendary wedding dance, and that’s what we specialize in.

Unleash the sheer joy of dancing at YOUR wedding dance, like Matt Harding does in his video above. Call the wedding dance specialists: Crestline Entertainment at 630-766-9898. You can check our availability online.

[Be sure to check out an earlier blogpost, “Your first dance song done exactly the way you want it.”]

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perfect first dance song

At last! A perfect first dance song for you

Everybody loves the song, “At Last.” Based on the number of times it is requested at Chicagoland weddings, it may be the perfect first dance song for you.

We put together a list of the top ten perfect first dance songs a while back, and so did The Knot. We both ranked this great song by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren high up on the list.

It’s hard to believe it was written 77 years ago for a movie called “Sun Valley Serenade.” The movie may not have been that memorable, but the song sure was.

A sign of a good song

A sign of a good song is one that the top singers of the day are still singing it. This creates wonderful opportunities for you at your wedding reception, because you have rich choices. If you are as enthralled by these lyrics as so many other couples are …

At Last my love has come along

My lonely days are over

And life is like a song

Ohh yeah, yeah

At Last the skies above are blue

My heart was wrapped up in clover

The night I looked at you.

I found a dream, that I could speak to

A dream that I can call my own

I found a thrill to rest my cheek to

A thrill that I have never known

Ohh yeah, yeah

You smile

You smile

And then the spell was cast

And here we are in heaven

For you are mine

At Last

… then “At Last” may be the perfect first dance song for you.

Select the version you like

With Crestline Entertainment, you can select the version you like.

Is it Cyndi Lauper’s version?

How about Celine’s?

How about Nat’s?

Aretha sure knows how to put passion into this great song:

Beyoncé hits it out of the park:

But if any singer defined the power of this song, it was surely the late, great Etta James. Her earthy, soulful rendition is still the one most couples request. But, that’s the beauty of DJ entertainment: we can provide you with the perfect first dance song, whether it’s Etta, Beyonce, or Celine’s version.

Do you know what else is great about this song? It’s short. That takes the pressure off you, and allows us to get your guests onto the dance floor all the faster.

Crestline Entertainment offers you simply exquisite sound equipment that presents these timeless songs with clarity and controlled volume. Our MCs know how to set up your first dance with perfect timing. And when your first dance is through, watch our DJ pack your dance floor.

Looking for the perfect first dance song? We’ve got everything you need!

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fun wedding reception

Super simple ways to create a fun wedding reception

It’s not hard to create a fun reception for your Chicagoland wedding, but it’s also easy to blow it and create a boring affair you’ll lament for years to come. You need to put some irresistible, positive elements in place at the same time that you eliminate the possibility of potential monkey wrenches.

These ideas are presented in no particular order.

Create a smart seating arrangement

You know your guests. Nothing launches a reception better than comfort and compatibility. By seating people next to others with whom they’re compatible, you enhance their enjoyment of your celebration. Shy guests in particular love having seating arrangements pre-established so they don’t have to worry about finding someone with whom to sit.

Carefully manage the toasts

You don’t want too many toasts, and you don’t want any of them to ramble on too long. That’s why Crestline Entertainment has written on this subject in previous blogposts [“Read this wedding toast script“]. Your rehearsal dinner is the time for longer anecdotes. Your wedding reception is the time for short, sweet toasts.

Anticipate children

If you allow children at your wedding reception, you might consider making arrangements for a side room with baby sitters to entertain the kids. The kids will have more fun with coloring books, games, or movies, and their parents will have more fun on the dance floor than keeping the kids out of mischief. [Check out our earlier blogpost on a similar subject, “The definitive guide to babies at weddings.”]

Find a great DJ

Music makes the event, and a great DJ knows how to make the music work! Find a DJ company you like and trust (like us!). It really helps if you connect personally with a company before you decide on your DJ. A phone call or personal consultation is worth its weight in gold.

Play danceable music

Don’t fall into a trap where you load up your DJ with a list of your favorite, obscure Indie songs your guests may not appreciate as much as you do.

Trust your DJ. Crestline Entertainment knows how to read your guests and play the familiar, danceable tunes that pack dance floors. Of course we’ll play the tunes you like, and we’ll take requests, too. But balance is the key. We’ll make your celebration rock with customized entertainment tailored to your style.

Hire a wedding coordinator for the day of your event

If your budget can handle it, a wedding coordinator takes a lot of heat off of you on your wedding day. But even without a wedding coordinator, Crestline Entertainment provides the pre-planning tools for our clients that eliminates so much of the stress of your big day. We’ll coordinate with other wedding vendors to be sure everything is in place so you can relax and simply have fun!

Serve great food that complements your budget

People love to eat at weddings! But it’s your biggest budget item, so plan a menu that you can afford. There is nothing wrong with a nice buffet if that fits your budget best. Besides, people won’t even remember the food once we pack the dance floor with our guest-pleasing entertainment. We specialize in wedding receptions. It is the entertainment that makes the difference at your wedding reception, not the food. Your friends and family are going to remember the fun they had, not the vegetable served by your caterer!

Decorate with lights

Crestlne DJ uplighting

Uplighting transforms a plain hall into a palace

Decor lighting simply creates a wonderland regardless of the size of your budget. This is such an easy and affordable way for you to create a fun environment for your wedding reception guests. We offer quite a selection of creative lighting options. We can customize the look to match your style.

Provide guests with food and drink while you’re getting photographs taken

Hungry, thirsty guests are not happy guests. If you’re having photographs taken between the ceremony and reception, provide for your guests. Open up the bar. Provide snacks or appetizers. Prime the pump for the greatest party of your life!

Are you planning your wedding right now? Check us out. It’s easy, just go to our contact page. Or give us a quick call at 630-766-9898. Personal contact is always the best way for discriminating couples.

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marriage benefits

Marriage benefits you may not have thought of

The marriage rate in the U.S. began a steady decline in the early 1970s before leveling off around 2009 at much lower levels. Keep reading if you’re not married. Younger Americans have lost sight of the reality that marriage benefits are amazing. A lot of Millennials don’t realize the positive impact getting married can have on your finances, your longterm health, and your future children.

Financial marriage benefits

Forbes Magazine ran a nice piece on the financial benefits of marriage. Forbes contributor, Kate Ashford, spelled some amazing financial marriage benefits you need to be aware of, including:

• Married spouses qualify for an estate tax marital deduction. Not so for domestic partners.

• Married spouses qualify for the gift tax marital deduction. Not so for domestic partners.

• Ms. Ashford goes on to reveal other significant benefits for spouses when it comes to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), Social Security benefits, and health insurance savings. If your spouse dies, you have more protection if you’re married than not.

Some of you reading this view these benefits as an abstraction, something you can deal with way down the road. Perhaps. But when that day comes, you may have wished you had gotten married.

Health benefits of marriage

If the financial marriage benefits are significant, the health benefits are even more significant. As we pointed out in an earlier blogpost [“Marriage is good for your health”], married people:

√ Live longer than single people.

√ Experience fewer strokes and heart attacks.

√ Have a lower risk of depression.

√ Have a lower risk for advanced cancer.

√ Survive longer when cancer does strike.

√ Are better able to survive major operations.

The health benefits for men are especially profound. Both unmarried women and men have much higher rates of depression than their married counterparts, but with men, the differential is glaring.  Unmarried men are nine times as likely as married men to suffer from depression.

Marriage is so therapeutic to men, that a married man with heart disease will live an average of four years longer than a single man with a healthy heart.

And did you know that unmarried people spend twice as much time in hospitals as married people?

Okay, you’re going to be happier, richer, and healthier if you get married. Anything else. Actually, yes. I save the best for last.

Marriage benefits to your children are amazing

If you’re ever blessed with children, data shows that kids fare better in families where mom and dad are married. These children are more likely to enjoy longterm health and prosperity than their peers being raised by cohabiting parents. Even more, they are far more likely to avoid the social pathology that afflicts so many of our youth, such as addiction, dropping out of school, and crime.

What’s interesting is that studies from 13 other countries all had similar results: the marriage benefits for children are incalculable.

Marriage benefits begin with a wedding. If you’re planning your Chicagoland wedding, Crestline Entertainment provides world class entertainment that will propel you into your new healthier and happier lifestyle with flair.

Learn more without obligation today.

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wedding Bible verses

The changing role of religion in modern weddings

God is still part of contemporary weddings, but formal religion less so in Chicagoland. Nonetheless, wedding Bible verses are still a staple in wedding ceremonies whether the ceremony is in a church or elsewhere.

A majority of Millennials believe in God

Although a majority of Millennials believe in God, they are less likely to marry in a church than their predecessors. According to The Knot, 41% of weddings occurred in a church in 2009, but that number had dropped to 26% by 2016.

Many marriages involve couples with mixed religious beliefs. It can be challenging for them to agree on which church should host their ceremony: his or hers?

Many Millennials simply don’t have a church

Even more, only 27% of Millennials attend a religious service at least once a week, so many, even most couples, don’t have a church they call their own.

Churches don’t make it easy for couples to tie the knot in a church. Catholic churches in particular typically have a Saturday afternoon Mass which can throw a monkey wrench into wedding logistics.

But even though we’re seeing fewer church weddings, we’re still hearing God and the Bible invoked at most wedding ceremonies, whether vows are being exchanged at a winery, park, or at the beach.

Popular wedding Bible verses

Even couples who are not particularly religious respect the timeless wisdom of a verse such as this gem, which is perhaps the king of wedding Bible verses:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-5:

St. Paul offers up another gem in another verse from 1 Corinthians:

“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2:

Insights this deep on the mysteries of love will always have a place in wedding ceremonies, even with couples who are not particularly religious.

The most passionate book in the Bible

The Old Testament contains the most passionate book in the Bible, Song of Songs, also known as Song of Solomon. Wedding Bible verses don’t get more dramatic than this:

“Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.” Song of Solomon 8:7.

The Gospel of John offers one of the most searing wedding Bible verses from the lips of Jesus:

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12.

And how did Jesus love? Sacrificially. He died so others might live, says sacred scripture. Are you willing to die for the love of your life? Think about it. Even if you’re not very religious, you can see the power of Bible verses from these examples and why the Bible is a treasure trove for engaged couples planning their weddings.

Though fewer couples are getting married in churches, the timelessness of wedding Bible verses never grows old.

The Old Testament’s most beloved of all wedding Bible verses

Let me leave you with one more example, which is perhaps the most popular wedding Bible verse from the Old Testament:

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24:

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. As your plans unfold, remember that Crestline Entertainment offers beautiful music for your wedding ceremony. Our equipment is state of the art, which is especially critical for outdoor ceremonies and non-church venues with inadequate audio capability.

Your guests will hear your vows and these great wedding Bible verses with crystal clarity in our hands, regardless of the location of your ceremony.

And when it comes time for your reception, watch out! We offer dance-floor packing DJ entertainment, beautiful decor lighting, and sensational photo booths. This is Chicagoland wedding entertainment at its finest!

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Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

One of the most popular wedding entrance songs has got to be Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by JS Bach. If you’re in the process of selecting wedding ceremony music, consider the rich possibilities of Bach’s Masterpiece.

Bach composed the piece between 1716 and 1723 as part of a larger piece. Interestingly, he conceived the composition as being driven by trumpet, oboes, and strings. But modern weddings have slowed the melody down and showcased the ethereal melody using a wide variety of instruments.

Here’s the solo piano version you know and love

One of its most common manifestations is solo piano, as performed here by Israeli classical pianist, Alon Goldstein:

Simply beautiful. Note the clarity and expressiveness of Mr. Goldstein’s performance.

Listen to this arrangement with classical guitar and cello

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring also lends itself to classical guitar. Here’s a beautiful presentation by a group called Duo Rosanna featuring cello and classical guitar:

The text upon which the hymn was based was written by German poet, Martin Janus, in 1661. It expresses his close relationship with Christ, singing his praise for the source of his joy, Jesus. That is why the composition was originally performed at a lively tempo.

The Celtic Women know how to perform Bach!

If your religious tradition appreciates the text, here is a beautiful presentation sung by the Celtic Women (in English!):

As mentioned earlier, Mr. Bach really wanted a trumpet for this piece. Check out this regal performance by The Gateway Brass Quintet, complete with not one, but two trumpets, trombone, horn, and tuba! 

Trumpet player, Timothy Moke, speeds up the tempo to Bach levels and adds an organ, which I believe even makes the piece sound more regal than the previous version, if that’s possible! Take a listen:

And if you would like to experience the ultimate heavenly sound when you walk down the aisle, consider Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring performed by full orchestra. This is extraordinary:

What’s your style? Do you like a small, intimate sound, or a magnificent full sound? There’s no right or wrong answer, because your wedding day is all about you.

Crestline Entertainment offers ceremony music

If you don’t have access to polished, professional musicians for your ceremony, or if your budget won’t accommodate a full orchestra, Crestline Entertainment can help. We’re more than the dance-floor packing wedding DJs you’ve heard about for years. We can provide you with your favorite music for your wedding ceremony.

Our sound is clear and controlled, perfect for either indoor or outdoor ceremonies.

Whether you want us to play Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring or something else, you’ll enjoy customized, memorable ceremony music that elevates your wedding. Be sure to check out a previous blogpost, “Top classical songs for walking down the aisle,” for even more great ideas.

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co-worker wedding etiquette

Co-Worker Wedding Etiquette

Co-worker wedding etiquette can get pretty dicey. Who do you invite, and more critically, who do you NOT invite?

Wedding trends ramp up your challenges, as a survey of 13,000 brides by The Knot shows the size of guests guest lists is dropping. In 2009, the average size of a guest list was 149, but that has dropped to 136 as of  2017. If you are agonizing over the size of your guest list, co-worker wedding etiquette becomes especially critical.

The challenge of co-worker wedding etiquette

What compounds your challenge is that you may not even be working the same job five years from now, maybe even a year from now. Do you want to waste a precious invite on someone with whom you may no relationship in a few short years?

On the other hand, office politics factor into your decision. You may very well be working with the same people for years to come. If you snub them today, your working relationship with them may be compromised tomorrow.

Are there easy answers?

So, are there easy answers  to co-worker wedding etiquette? No. However, some situations are easier than others. If you work for a large company, you are liberated to reduce invitees to only those co-workers you really like and would like to have at your wedding celebration.

By contrast, if you work for a small company or with a small team in a larger organization, it is really hard to skip over some workers, while inviting others. Here are some ideas that may help.

Co-worker wedding strategy #1

Don’t talk about your wedding at work. Don’t plan your wedding during work hours. Be discreet. If the subject comes up with co-workers, emphasize that your wedding is going to be a family affair.

Co-worker wedding strategy #2

Minimize social media postings on your wedding plans. Although this is a difficult strategy for excited brides-to-be to implement, it makes good sense. Social media is so in-your-face. Everyone reading your posts, whether a co-worker or not, may feel rejected when an invitation doesn’t arrive.

Co-worker wedding strategy #3

Go ahead and invite your boss and co-workers if you believe it is a good career move, or if you genuinely like these people, especially if you socialize with them after hours. But limit invitations to just them, not everyone with whom you work but don’t socialize. You do NOT have to invite everyone. But be prepared for the fall out.

Co-worker wedding strategy #4

When you don’t invite every co-worker, be prepared for some sour grapes from someone who didn’t make the cut. You know how it can go:

“I can’t believe you invited Mary Sue and not me to your wedding!”

Have your response prepared and rehearsed. Here are a few approaches you can consider:

“I am so delighted that you would have liked to have come! That really means a lot to me. Sadly, our venue only accommodated a very limited guest list, and I had to leave off several dozen others whom I would have loved to have invited, like you. If you’ve ever been involved planning a wedding, you’ll know what I mean!”

Or …

“I am so touched that you would have liked to have attended my wedding! But since my folks were paying for the wedding, they pretty much dictated the size of my guest list. They really laid down the law on all the family members I had to invite, and it was a lot. I was forced to cut back on a whole bunch of my friends and co-workers I really wanted to invite. Like you. It killed me that they wouldn’t let me invite all my friends, but I’m sure you understand the complexity of family dynamics … and budgets!”

Co-worker wedding strategy #5

Simply be up front with your co-workers about your wedding plans. Let them know that your budget or family necessitates a limited guest list, and that you’ll only be able to invite a very limited number of co-workers. This way, you don’t have to hide anything. By the same token, don’t flaunt your wedding plans, but move forward using common sense and sensitivity towards those with whom you work. In the overwhelming majority of circumstances, people understand and move on.

Once you get your guest list set, it’s time to think about the entertainment. Crestline Entertainment knows how to pack a dance floor and show your guests a good time! You’ll have a hard time getting your co-workers NOT to talk about your celebration back at the office. They’ll have that great a time!

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engagement ring spending

Engagement ring spending

How much does the average engagement ring cost?  $6351. It seems that engagement ring spending is on the rise according to The Knot’s Jewelry & Engagement Study.

The average engagement ring went for $5095 in 2011. So why has the price seemingly gone up? Brides and grooms have changed more than the prices of the ring have. The Knot reveals that couples today have been living together longer than their counterparts in 2011. That means they’re more established, older, and have higher incomes. The average age of a bride is now 29 and the groom is 31.

Your most important jewelry purchase ever

With a little more discretionary income, these couples are more interested in selecting a ring that is distinctive rather than cheap. They consider it a purchase of a lifetime, the single most important piece of jewelry a woman will ever wear. In that light, the extra dollars today’s couples are investing in their engagement ring averages out to a mere $24 over the next fifty years of marriage compared to 2011 couples.

The survey revealed quite of bit of interesting info. Guys look at an average of 26 rings when shopping for engagement rings, but 70% of their fiancee’s are involved in the process to some extent. On average, it takes three and a half months to find the engagement ring of a lifetime.

The most popular metal is white gold; the most popular setting is a prong; and sapphire is the most popular non-diamond gem.

The difference between brides and grooms

Is there any difference between men and women when it comes to engagement ring spending? The Knot says yes. Overwhelmingly, grooms prefer to buy a smaller, but higher quality diamond, while brides simply like a larger rock.

Speaking of rock, if you want your wedding reception to rock, check out our customized wedding entertainment. We will customize our entertainment packages to fit your style and budget, complete with dazzling lighting and photo booth!

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