You said YES! Now what?!

You're freshly engaged and there's no doubt that this is one of the most exciting times in your life! Celebrate and jumpstart planning with these top 10 things to do after you say yes! 

1. Call your parents! 

They deserve the honor of hearing the news first! A phone call is great, but if you can celebrate in person, it's an excuse for some champagne and the start of making awesome memories!

2. Call friends & family

Before you post to Instagram, make sure that those closest to you hear the news from you rather than your profile! Their reactions will be priceless and you'll definitely want to hear them firsthand. ...Then you can immediately share photos of your new bling ;)

3. Treat yourself to a manicure

EVERYONE is going to be staring at your ring. Feel extra confident showing it off with beautiful nails. 

4. Visit your jeweler

Get your ring sized, appraised, and insured to keep it protected. 

5. Set a date

You might not want to get your hearts set on a specific day since your venue's availability might dictate that for you. Still, you'll definitely want to talk about and agree on the time of year and/or the month for your big day.

6. Come up with a guest count

This rough estimate will help you determine A LOT going forward in your wedding planning. The number of guests will be an important element in choosing a venue and setting a budget.

7. Set a budget

And allocate how much you might want to spend on each vendor. This will help you narrow down where to shop around. 

8. Consult magazines and Pinterest

Maybe you've had your dream wedding pin board created for years, or maybe you've never even given your wedding a thought! No matter where you fall on the spectrum, check out wedding magazines and search online resources like WeddingWireThe Knot, and Pinterest for "wedspiration." With a time of year, a number of guests, and a budget in mind, you can have a better idea of what you want your big day to look like and what will be logistically possible. 

9. Begin your venue tour

Deciding where your wedding will be located should be fun! A big question you'll have to answer before you go is where you want your ceremony to be. Your venue will need to know if they'll be hosting your ceremony or only the reception. Make sure you take LOTS of notes about their offerings, what you like, and what you don't. Keep a rough timeline in your head as you do so; you'll want to leave plenty of time for transportation and photo-taking. 

10. Set regular date nights

We love this idea and cannot stress the importance enough! Your lives will seem consumed with wedding planning as an engaged couple, but you'll want to set aside time where it can be just the two of you enjoying each other and conversation away from all wedding topics! 



Wedding Trailer Song Selections

Wedding trailers are revolutionizing wedding cinematography. They're essentially a highlight reel of moments from your wedding day edited to a song or two of your choosing. Captured by skillful cinematographers, the video quality is high definition and creative; featuring new perspectives, style, and movement only attainable with industry-leading camera equipment.

When complete, a wedding trailer should make you laugh and make you cry as you relive everything from the little details to the big ticket moments all in a matter of minutes. Gone are the days of sitting down at the TV and fast forwarding to the good parts. Wedding trailers are comprised of the good parts! They're sharable, downloadable, and by far one of the BEST things to happen to the wedding industry.

Since a huge part of creating a wedding trailer relies on the musical selections, we thought we'd start a playlist on Spotify exclusively for wedding trailer picks! Check them out and comment below if you have an idea for a great wedding trailer song! 

P.S. check out some Silverfox Cinematography trailers for even more wedspiration! 

#TBT Real Wedding Style

Here at Silverfox, we love seeing the finished products of our brides and grooms having a blast! In the spirit of Throwback Thursday-or #tbt as it's formally known ;) enjoy some of our select real Silverfox Wedding moments. 

Robert & Christina - The Inn at New Hyde Park

Gorgeous hues of soft pink and purple uplighting and Silverfox DJs spinning a mix of Top 40 set the tone for celebration! Robert and Christina's darling personalities really shine through in every captured moment of this party-rocking event, while delicate cherry blossom branches loan a breathtaking finish to this springtime modern Long Island Wedding. 

Candice & Brodie - Oheka Castle

Crisp whites, hardwood floors, and the incandescent flicker of candles made this classic Long Island wedding a living fairytale. Silverfox DJs curated a fabulous mix of classic standards and tasteful modern dance grooves that delighted and excited Candice and Brodie's guests, who happened to travel all the way from down under. That's right, Oheka Castle was a destination wedding for these two Australian love birds. Silverfox Photography captured some beautiful  joy-filled moments! 

Stephanie & Chris - Woodbury Country Club

This Wedding Reception was bursting with fun, playful energy! Woodbury Country Club boasts a gorgeous natural wood dance floor, offsetting the delicately dressed windows, and dazzling wall treatments of this room. You can truly see the love radiating from this bride and groom, surrounded by the warmth of their beautiful  family and friends!

Janis & Charles - Westbury Manor

What a crowd! The Wedding Reception of Janis and Charles had incredible photo-ops. We love Westbury Manor's intimate and elegant setting, and with our loungey purple uplighting, it was a pumping  party to remember. These folks got down until the very last dance, had incredible, emotionally charged speeches, and exploded with excitement on the dance floor.

 

 

Ceremony Sound Tips

A couple weeks ago we gave you a lesson on selecting songs for each section of a ceremony. Today, we want to add to the knowledge with some tips to use when choosing songs for you own wedding ceremony!

Brides have been walking down the aisle to Richard Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” for almost 200 years in the Western world. It's a true classic, but what began as a church standard two centuries ago is being phased out with more contemporary music being phased in. While we respect and honor the tradition of "Here Comes the Bride," we also understand and appreciate when couples want to choose songs that reflect their personalities a little better. 

With so many options, it can be a challenge to pick the perfect song for each point in your ceremony. Having played just about everything imaginable, here are a few useful tips for selecting ceremony music:

  1. Like what you pick – It's your day, so let the music reflect that! A song that speaks to your hearts as a couple will set the tone for the ceremony and dictate the emotions you and your guests feel. Any genre is welcomed as long as it has a positive vibe.
  2. Consider a cover – Maybe an original track you love is waaay over played. Search if any other artists have recorded a cover version. Chances are that it has been done! For example, "Make You Feel My Love" is covered by Adele, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, and ortoPilot. Groups like Vitamin String Quartet and The Piano Guys offer classic instrumental renditions of modern music, too. 
  3. Edit till it's yours – It's possible to customize songs that you choose with editing tools. Intros can be trimmed and songs can be mixed or looped to suit the length of your processional. 
  4. Don’t sweat the timing – It's nearly impossible to match the length of your processional or recessional to the music. Let the DJ start and fade out the music at the appropriate time. Just make sure that the melody is suitable for a natural walking pace and enjoy the moment worry free! 
  5. Make the recessional fun – This is really a grand entrance and exit all rolled into one. You've just kissed for the first time as husband and wife, and now the party can begin! The more upbeat the song, the better.

    Make your musical choices a representation of your love and this special celebration. Now is the time to be original and create a personalized experience that's 100% you. 

Check out our hand-picked playlists for some 'wedspiration' on SPOTIFY!

"You're Everything"

Michael Bublé has the smooth voice and lyrical ingenuity to reduce us to a puddle. Although "Everything" was released back in 2007, the sweet words and sway-worthy melody is definitely worth a revival. Highlighted below is the chorus and if your click through, you'll be able to watch the full music video and listen to each precious and relatable lyric. We suggest you do and consider "Everything" as a pick for your first dance as husband and wife! 

Photo booth remix!

Find out what it means to remix your photo booth for a guaranteed better experience at your next event in this week's edition of "1 Minute Wedding Tips!"

A Silverfox Studios original Foxblog video series hosted by owner and founder John Salkowsky.

This week's tip:

Category: Photo booths

Tip: Remix your photo booth

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