Wedding Wednesday Tips- What to know before hiring your musicians or DJ

Happy Wedding Wednesday loves! 

Did you know that before I entered the world of Wedding Planning, I was a dancer?! I was a professional dancer for YEARS so music is in my blood! I am known to break out at a dance party at any given moment so this is one of my favorite posts to write. 

Events With Ambiance- Amber K. Sanders- Chicago Wedding Planner

 

The first thing to think about, do you want a DJ or live band? Both are great options, so let's talk about the differences between the two: 

DJ vs. Live Musicians

Hire a DJ because: 

  • DJ's can provide a greater variety of music than live musicians
  • You want to make sure that your favorite songs sound the way you are used to hearing them 
  • You want almost continuous music; live musicians will need breaks
  • There is a limited amount of floor space at your reception venue
  • You are on a limited budget

Hire live musicians because: 

  • Live music is more exciting, and more people are likely to dance
  • All of the music will follow the same style ( jazz, reggae, blues, rock), which is essential if you are hosting a theme wedding
  • You aren't likely to hear a style of music that you don't like

Here are some things you may want to know before hiring a DJ or live musician that may make your decision easier: 

  • Do you want to hire them for the ceremony? If so, and you are using a place of worship, have you gotten clearance for them to perform there? 
  • What type of music do you want during your ceremony? 
  • Will the DJ or musicians need to accompany any vocalists during the ceremony? 
  • What mood do you want at your reception? Subdued and romantic or Dance Dance Revolution?
  • What songs do you want to be played?
  •  What songs do you NOT want to be played? 
  • When do you want music played, and do you have special songs you want to hear during special moments ( ie. cake cutting, toasts, bouquet and garter toss)
  • Do you want the DJ or band leader to be the master of ceremonies? 

 

I know this is a lot to think about, but if you know what type of wedding you want your guests to enjoy, the choice is easy! 

Until Next Time, 

XOXO, Amber 

 

 

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amber sanders

My journey to becoming an Event Planner dates back to my childhood, assisting my mother with planning and executing parties at our home and for my dad’s fraternity. I was training to be a professional dancer at the time, so I never thought about being a “Party Planner”, it was just fun for me to help her. After a fabulous and exciting dance career that spanned 20 plus years, I began working as a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in downtown Chicago. Because of my excitement for our studio events and knack for organizing parties, I was soon promoted to Guest Director. This position allowed me to see that Marketing and Event Management was something I enjoyed, and it was then I realized this could be my next career move! I spent the next two years learning as much as I could about the Event Industry, including an internship with Desiree Moore Dent, Owner of Dejanae Events,as well as studying and becoming a Certified Wedding & Event Planner/Designer through Lovegevity’s Wedding Planning Institute. This is how I learned more about the business side of running your own business, which was invaluable information! During this time, I offered my services to family and friends for any event they may have been having to gain as much "real world" experience as possible. In May of 2013, I decided to get my business license and launch Events with Ambiance. It has truly been eye opening that I am now an entrepreneur, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am grateful to have family and friends support me, my company has truly become a Family Business!! I am blessed to surround myself with people who are just as passionate about my business as I am; for me, Event Planning is about more than just throwing a great party, it's about creating an unforgettable experience for my clients and their guests!

Wedding Wednesday Tips- What to Know before hiring your photographer

Happy Wedding Wednesday loves! 

One of the biggest regrets I see couples make is not investing in their wedding photography. One of the most important investments ( besides hiring a Wedding Planner) is hiring a photographer who not only is professional but who also creates images that will reflect the style that you and your fiance will love and enjoy for years to come. 

Today, I want to give you some important questions to ask a photographer before hiring them to ensure you're getting your monies worth! 

Events With Ambiance- Amber K. Sanders- Chicago Wedding Planner

 

 

First things first, you need to know what YOU want in your images. SO ask yourself: 

  •  What kind of photographs do you want?
    • Portraits- posed images, taken in a studio
    • Formal- traditional and posed images
    • Candid- informal and not posed images
    • Photojournalistic/ Documentary- images that are taken to create a journal of the day, not posed
    • Creative/Editorial- images taken in a particular style to look like they came from a celebrity or fashion magazine
    • Black and White or Sepia tone
    • When do you want the photographer to be present? Would you like to have the entire day captured, from getting dressed until the last dance, or just ceremony and reception?
    • How do you plan to use the photographs? In traditional or digital photo frames? In albums or given out on cds/dvds? 

With all of the stress and excitement of your wedding day, you want to make sure you hire a photographer who will be able to capture the special moments to help you remember your special day and share it with others. When hiring your photographer, it's important to feel at ease with them, and comfortable that they get who you and your fiance are a couple and will produce the images and look you desire. 

Next post, it's all about the dance party! I'll be giving you tips for hiring musicians and/or DJ's for your wedding. 

As always, make sure you like, comment and share this post with family and friends, because......Friends don't let friends plan tacky weddings! 

xoxo,

Amber 

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amber sanders

My journey to becoming an Event Planner dates back to my childhood, assisting my mother with planning and executing parties at our home and for my dad’s fraternity. I was training to be a professional dancer at the time, so I never thought about being a “Party Planner”, it was just fun for me to help her. After a fabulous and exciting dance career that spanned 20 plus years, I began working as a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in downtown Chicago. Because of my excitement for our studio events and knack for organizing parties, I was soon promoted to Guest Director. This position allowed me to see that Marketing and Event Management was something I enjoyed, and it was then I realized this could be my next career move! I spent the next two years learning as much as I could about the Event Industry, including an internship with Desiree Moore Dent, Owner of Dejanae Events,as well as studying and becoming a Certified Wedding & Event Planner/Designer through Lovegevity’s Wedding Planning Institute. This is how I learned more about the business side of running your own business, which was invaluable information! During this time, I offered my services to family and friends for any event they may have been having to gain as much "real world" experience as possible. In May of 2013, I decided to get my business license and launch Events with Ambiance. It has truly been eye opening that I am now an entrepreneur, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am grateful to have family and friends support me, my company has truly become a Family Business!! I am blessed to surround myself with people who are just as passionate about my business as I am; for me, Event Planning is about more than just throwing a great party, it's about creating an unforgettable experience for my clients and their guests!

Top 10 Wedding Blogs

Happy Wedding Wednesday loves! 

I'm sure you've seen by now that planning a wedding can be overwhelming! So many choices to make, so much inspiration and not enough time to get through it all! When you're planning a wedding, you need all the help you can get, and that's why I am sharing some of my favorite wedding inspiration blogs with you. Now, there are 100's of fabulous wedding blogs out there, each with their own niche. These are the Top 10 wedding blogs I love! 

Amber Sanders of Events With Ambiance| Chicago Wedding Planner

Take a minute to check these out and let me know which one is your favorite! 

 

Find a blog you like? Comment below and tell which one. Make sure to like and share with family or friends looking for wedding inspiration! 

Until Next Time, 

xoxo, 

Amber 

 

  1. Munaluchi Bridal
  2. Style Me Pretty

  3. Burnett's Boards

  4. Borrowed and Blue

  5. Modern Luxury Weddings

  6. Chicago Style Weddings

  7. Aisle Perfect

  8. Artfully Wed

  9. Martha Stewart Weddings

  10. Grey Likes Weddings

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amber sanders

My journey to becoming an Event Planner dates back to my childhood, assisting my mother with planning and executing parties at our home and for my dad’s fraternity. I was training to be a professional dancer at the time, so I never thought about being a “Party Planner”, it was just fun for me to help her. After a fabulous and exciting dance career that spanned 20 plus years, I began working as a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in downtown Chicago. Because of my excitement for our studio events and knack for organizing parties, I was soon promoted to Guest Director. This position allowed me to see that Marketing and Event Management was something I enjoyed, and it was then I realized this could be my next career move! I spent the next two years learning as much as I could about the Event Industry, including an internship with Desiree Moore Dent, Owner of Dejanae Events,as well as studying and becoming a Certified Wedding & Event Planner/Designer through Lovegevity’s Wedding Planning Institute. This is how I learned more about the business side of running your own business, which was invaluable information! During this time, I offered my services to family and friends for any event they may have been having to gain as much "real world" experience as possible. In May of 2013, I decided to get my business license and launch Events with Ambiance. It has truly been eye opening that I am now an entrepreneur, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am grateful to have family and friends support me, my company has truly become a Family Business!! I am blessed to surround myself with people who are just as passionate about my business as I am; for me, Event Planning is about more than just throwing a great party, it's about creating an unforgettable experience for my clients and their guests!

This is not your mama's wedding......

Hey loves! I can't believe it's been so long since I wrote a post, but I have a great reason. I have recently gone through a re brand of my business and that meant taking time to update my website, get new marketing materials and creating new content that inspires you to host the wedding of your dreams! 

While we are on the subject, let's have a heart to heart about Wedding Planners and why hiring one is super important over allowing your friends and/or family to "handle it". 

Now, I'm sure your sister is a fantastic organizer and your aunt hosts the BEST family reunions.... but your wedding, the ONE day you choose to say I Do to the love of your life before all your loved ones, is NOT the time for them to try out their wedding planning skills! As much as they may have wonderfully heartfelt intentions, I have seen first hand that when you allow other people to insert their opinions, before you know it, your wedding looks NOTHING like you intended. 

Another reason you REALLY don't want to trust your wedding day to a non professional is: your family and friends don't want to spend your wedding day working! This is the one time you will probably be able to get your entire family in one room ( and meet your in laws for the first time). This isn't the day your cousin should be handling catering issues or have your sister running the day of logistics. 

Lastly, you should REALLY hire a professional to work for YOUR best interests; not your mom, your brother, ESPECIALLY not your jealous cousin who's mad you're getting married first because you made a  blood oath when you were five to have a double wedding, or your co workers  who probably weren't getting invited to the wedding anyway! 

I am here to work for you and your fiance, to create the wedding YOU dreamed of. To be objective, a compassionate ear and give you a day to remember! 

Are you planning a wedding and it looks like everyone has an opinion that doesn't match your vision? Contact Me today, and I'll help get you back on track! 

Until Next Week,

XOXO, Amber 

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amber sanders

My journey to becoming an Event Planner dates back to my childhood, assisting my mother with planning and executing parties at our home and for my dad’s fraternity. I was training to be a professional dancer at the time, so I never thought about being a “Party Planner”, it was just fun for me to help her. After a fabulous and exciting dance career that spanned 20 plus years, I began working as a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in downtown Chicago. Because of my excitement for our studio events and knack for organizing parties, I was soon promoted to Guest Director. This position allowed me to see that Marketing and Event Management was something I enjoyed, and it was then I realized this could be my next career move! I spent the next two years learning as much as I could about the Event Industry, including an internship with Desiree Moore Dent, Owner of Dejanae Events,as well as studying and becoming a Certified Wedding & Event Planner/Designer through Lovegevity’s Wedding Planning Institute. This is how I learned more about the business side of running your own business, which was invaluable information! During this time, I offered my services to family and friends for any event they may have been having to gain as much "real world" experience as possible. In May of 2013, I decided to get my business license and launch Events with Ambiance. It has truly been eye opening that I am now an entrepreneur, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am grateful to have family and friends support me, my company has truly become a Family Business!! I am blessed to surround myself with people who are just as passionate about my business as I am; for me, Event Planning is about more than just throwing a great party, it's about creating an unforgettable experience for my clients and their guests!

So.....Where's the Wedding?! (Top 3 tips for choosing the perfect venue)

Happy #WeddingWednesday loves! 

Alright, we have discussed the importance of a wedding budget, why you REALLY need a Wedding Planner, and How to create a Wedding Theme

Today, let's talk venue! Here in Chicago, there are SO MANY beautiful and different venues that can accomodate your specific needs, and I want to give you some tips on choosing the best one for your Wedding Day! 

1. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!! Now this may seem like an obvious one, however, you'd be surprised at how many couples don't take this into account. I get it, it's "your" day, but you do need to make sure that your guests are going to be comfortable as well. For example:

Are you inviting elderly or handicapped guests? You may want to make sure your venue is accessible to them. 

How's the parking? If the venue doesn't have a private parking lot, do they have easily accessible street parking or do they offer valet parking to their guests? 

2. COST. I'm sure you have had your heart set on that one specific venue since the day you met your soulmate, and now that you've said yes, you can't wait to host your dream wedding to your dream man in your dream venue.

Have you factored in all of the costs associated- Site Fee, Rentals, Valet, Staffing, etc. are some additional fees that brides and grooms don't think about when looking into venues. 

3. PREFERRED VENDOR LIST. Some venues have a preferred list of professionals they only work with, and you must choose from that list and only that list. This can be a great thing, unless you had your heart set on using a particular vendor, so double check before you start committing to other vendor services. 

Now that I've given you a few things to think about, and you want to know more, reach out today and let's chat! As always, don't forget to like, comment and share this post with your friends and family, because FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS HAVE HORRIBLE WEDDINGS! 

Over the next few weeks, I'll give you some helpful tips on asking the right questions before you hire your vendors. Next week, we'll start with Caterers!! 

 

Until Next Week, 

XOXO, Amber 

 

 

 

 

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amber sanders

My journey to becoming an Event Planner dates back to my childhood, assisting my mother with planning and executing parties at our home and for my dad’s fraternity. I was training to be a professional dancer at the time, so I never thought about being a “Party Planner”, it was just fun for me to help her. After a fabulous and exciting dance career that spanned 20 plus years, I began working as a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in downtown Chicago. Because of my excitement for our studio events and knack for organizing parties, I was soon promoted to Guest Director. This position allowed me to see that Marketing and Event Management was something I enjoyed, and it was then I realized this could be my next career move! I spent the next two years learning as much as I could about the Event Industry, including an internship with Desiree Moore Dent, Owner of Dejanae Events,as well as studying and becoming a Certified Wedding & Event Planner/Designer through Lovegevity’s Wedding Planning Institute. This is how I learned more about the business side of running your own business, which was invaluable information! During this time, I offered my services to family and friends for any event they may have been having to gain as much "real world" experience as possible. In May of 2013, I decided to get my business license and launch Events with Ambiance. It has truly been eye opening that I am now an entrepreneur, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am grateful to have family and friends support me, my company has truly become a Family Business!! I am blessed to surround myself with people who are just as passionate about my business as I am; for me, Event Planning is about more than just throwing a great party, it's about creating an unforgettable experience for my clients and their guests!

How to create a Wedding theme with AMBIANCE!

Happy #WeddingWednesday loves!

 

 

Today, I want to talk wedding themes; how to choose one, why you should have one and some fun ideas of themes if you are having trouble choosing one!

 

 

First things first: Why should you choose a wedding theme? When I say theme, don’t instantly think I’m talking about “Disney” or “Circus” ( although these are totally doable and FUN!) or having all of your guests dress up in costume; I’m talking about creating an ambiance for your wedding that goes beyond “We Ate, We Drank, We Danced”.

 

 

Because your wedding is the first time you and your partner will host an event as a married couple, this is a great way to show your guests what your couple style is. Your theme can also carry through the entire wedding or simply be sprinkled into specific elements of your special day.

 

 

An adventurous couple may want to host a travel theme wedding and include passports as the invitations, globes and suitcases in the decor and specific foods they have enjoyed together while traveling abroad.

 

 

 

A couple who love the circus can choose bright colors for their reception, hire special entertainment for their cocktail hour and have their guests enjoy corn dogs, popcorn and cotton candy as an after party snack.

 

 

A couple who love tradition can recreate all of the elements used in their parents and /or grandparents weddings as a way to honor them.

 

Now, if you’re reading this and thinking, “ Amber, I have NO CLUE on where to even start in my wedding planning, let alone create a theme” don’t worry. Everyone has something special to them and when going through your ideas and vision with your wedding planner, He or She can pull those ideas together for you and create a wedding day that is reflective of you and your new husband’s taste!

 

 

Next Week, I’m going to give you some tips on picking out the perfect venue for your Wedding Day!

 

 

Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you never miss out on these valuable tips and tricks to planning the perfect wedding!

 

 

Until Next Time! 

 

XOXO, Amber

 

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amber sanders

My journey to becoming an Event Planner dates back to my childhood, assisting my mother with planning and executing parties at our home and for my dad’s fraternity. I was training to be a professional dancer at the time, so I never thought about being a “Party Planner”, it was just fun for me to help her. After a fabulous and exciting dance career that spanned 20 plus years, I began working as a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in downtown Chicago. Because of my excitement for our studio events and knack for organizing parties, I was soon promoted to Guest Director. This position allowed me to see that Marketing and Event Management was something I enjoyed, and it was then I realized this could be my next career move! I spent the next two years learning as much as I could about the Event Industry, including an internship with Desiree Moore Dent, Owner of Dejanae Events,as well as studying and becoming a Certified Wedding & Event Planner/Designer through Lovegevity’s Wedding Planning Institute. This is how I learned more about the business side of running your own business, which was invaluable information! During this time, I offered my services to family and friends for any event they may have been having to gain as much "real world" experience as possible. In May of 2013, I decided to get my business license and launch Events with Ambiance. It has truly been eye opening that I am now an entrepreneur, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am grateful to have family and friends support me, my company has truly become a Family Business!! I am blessed to surround myself with people who are just as passionate about my business as I am; for me, Event Planning is about more than just throwing a great party, it's about creating an unforgettable experience for my clients and their guests!

Creating your "wed"site!

Happy Wedding Wednesday everyone!

Creating a wedding website or "wedsite" is an excellent way to provide information to your family, friends and guests about your upcoming nuptials. You definitely include:

  • Your Love Story: To share how you met and fell in love
  • A Who's Who of the Bridal Party: Because who doesn't want to know!
  • The Fine Details: Where and when you'll wed
  • Gift Guidance: The shops and sites you've registered at
  • Guest Book: So friends and family can write how cute you two look in your engagement photos

While there are so many sites to choose from, some of my favorite "wedsite" templates are on 

The Knot

Wedding Wire

, and 

Wedding Paper Divas

. They all offer free wedsites so you and your groom can share your love and wedding plans all in one convenient place! 

Happy Wedding Planning!

xoxo,

Amber 

Congratulations, You're engaged....Now what?!

The holidays brought about a lot of newly engaged couples, and to that I say CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is such an exciting and overwhelming time for you, so here a few tips of what you should do first:

Share your news with friends and family!
   While shouting your new news from a rooftop would be ideal, it may not be the most effective way to share your good news! Make sure you call and email those closest to you first, and then, if you wish, update your Facebook status to share the news! 

Think about the vision for your wedding!
   Take some time and discuss an ideal vision for your wedding with your fiance. This will help you both figure out a budget and style for your special day.

Hire a Wedding Planner! 
    With so many decisions that need to be made, hiring a Wedding Planner will be one of the best investments you can make. They can help keep you on task, maintain your budget, and pull your vision together!

Have an engagement party! 
      An engagement party can be as small as hosting a few friends and family in your home to hosting a lavish bash at a venue. Whatever you and fiance choose, a gathering is a great way to celebrate with your loved ones and show off your bling! And speaking of bling....

Get your ring sized and insured! 
    This is a very important step that not all brides remember to take. Since you are now sporting a very important accessory, you should make sure it will be protected. 

I hope this helps ease some of the initial anxiety of the engagement process! As always, Events with Ambiance is here to assist you with all your Wedding Planning needs! Contact us today at 708.476.0300 for a complementary consultation!

xoxo,

Amber 




 

Color me BLUE!!

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today, we are looking at the color BLUE as a wedding color palette.

Blue is seen as a tranquil color, it's the color of the sky and the sea, and every bride includes it as a special something to carry on her wedding day!

 

These are just a few inspirational images, and as always check out my Pinterest Page for more wedding color inspirations! 
Until Next Time.....
xoxo,
Amber 

Color Me GREEN!!!

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

Today's blog is all about the color green as your Wedding color! I think green works very well for spring weddings, especially when used with a soft pink or lavender. If you are looking for a bolder use, I like green when used in a peacock inspired wedding!

 

 

 

As always, make sure you check out my Pinterest Page for this and more color inspired boards!
Happy Wedding Planning!

xoxo,
Amber