Wedding & Lighting Design at Jumer’s Casino & Hotel

This past weekend our staff was very busy. One of our events was a large wedding at Jumer’s Hotel and Casino in Rock Island, Illinois. We provided disc jockey, lighting, and photo booth services for the wedding. Here are several pictures of our work teamed up with Tamara Wendt Design at this event. Enjoy!

Dance on Clouds at Your Wedding

Click here for some pictures of our Dancing on Clouds effect for your wedding first dance. We don’t often talk about this offering but it is one of the most unique effects we offer. Interested in learning more or have more questions? Call the Master Entertainment office at 877-504-0186. Special thanks to ericandi photography for these pictures from a recent wedding we worked with them. Enjoy…

Bridal Shower Advice

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The bridal shower is the prewedding party organized by the bridesmaids or close female friends. Its purpose is to shower the bride with good wishes. Obviously, the bride is the center of attention at the bridal shower. Although it should not matter who is hosting organizing the event, traditionally, family was discouraged from hosting bridal showers, because it may look like they are digging for gifts.

There is no rule on who is to host the shower. The bridesmaids, friends, or family usually hosts it. The place of the party is usually someone’s house, but bridal showers can be held at restaurants. One of the most important aspect of planning a successful bridal shower is to only invite guest who will be invited to the wedding too. Anyone invited to the shower would have every right to be expecting an invitation to the wedding. To avoid embarrassing mistakes, always consult the bride and key decision makers about the guest list.

The bridal shower, just like your wedding, should be on a day that is easy to attend. Therefore, Saturday is probably the best day to have the party. It enables your guests to attend. The bridal shower should be close to the wedding day but not less than a couple of weeks before.

Bridal shower favors are an important part of the event. Some of the most popular bridal shower favors are personalized chocolates, or personalized bath gels. If you have a beach theme bridal shower, your favors can compliment it. For example, dolphin wine stoppers, or seashell candles are very popular beach bridal shower favor ideas.

Written invitations are not mandatory. Most people have an e-mail address, so einvitations may be the most cost effective option.

If the party is at someone’s home, usually finger food is served. Pizza is another popular choice of food. Bridal showers are informal event, and you don’t need to make a big fuss about the food.

Beautiful Wedding on a Budget

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Few people realize that having a beautiful wedding does not require spending their entire savings.

If you’re planning a wedding, learning where to cut costs and how to budget will leave you with money to spare.

“There are many ways to have the wedding of your dreams without the nightmare of huge bills,” said Anna Griffin, wedding industry expert and designer of the Wedding Studio line of wedding products. “You just have to be resourceful.”

Here are some tips from Griffin on how to create a designer wedding on a budget.

* For something old, wear a vintage wedding dress. You can save hundreds on a wedding gown by shopping in consignment or vintage shops, in newspaper classifieds and on the Internet. You also can update your mother’s, grandmother’s or aunt’s wedding dress with a new neckline or hemline, beading or lace.

* Print your own invitations. There are many wedding accessories that can be made instead of bought – the veil, the centerpieces and even the invitations. Do-it-yourself kits are available to help you create designer looks without the designer price tags.

The Wedding Studio, for example, is an entire line of paper-related wedding accessories – from invitations to menu cards to guest books and photo albums – designed for brides who want original and elegant paper goods. The invitation kit comes in four styles in three color options and includes envelopes, reply cards and printing instructions.

* Use an antique or classic car instead of a limousine. Contact a local antique or classic car club to rent a luxury vehicle, such as a 1939 Rolls-Royce or a 1952 Cadillac DeVille. Most of the owners will be thrilled to loan out their cars and you’ll have more than enough room for the married couple at a much lower price. And, whereas a limousine is rented for a couple of hours, you have the benefit of keeping the antique vehicle for 24 hours or longer.

* Keep the flowers simple. Instead of hiring a florist, contact a floral-design school and hire students to provide you with flower arrangements. You also can create your own flower arrangements. Buy one color of flower in bulk. It creates a visual impact while saving money. Contact a wholesale florist; many will sell flowers directly to the consumer.

Unique Wedding Gift Ideas

 

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Are you looking for a non-traditional wedding gift? Do you want to elicit the oohs and ahhs of everyone?

 

Of course, you could go to the couple’s gift registry and pick something from there, but then your gift wouldn’t be unique.

 

Here are some tips to help you come up with some great unique wedding gift ideas, but first you must ask yourself these questions:

 

-what do you know about the couple?

-what do they like?

-where are they planning their honeymoon?

-what is their lifestyle?

-what’s their personality?

 

Here are some gift ideas to ponder:

 

1) Gift certificates to a spa for the bride and groom are great before or after the wedding. The wedding day is often stressful, so you could offer a day at the spa to prepare them for the wedding day or they could use it just after the honeymoon as they prepare to resume their daily activities.

 

2) Keepsake Box- As time goes by, memories begin to fade and what better and more unique gift than a special box where they can safely store all those precious mementos that become more cherished as the years go by? This box is perfect for things like: the marriage license, special photos, vows and all those other special keepsakes that often get lost as time passes.

 

3) Etched Glass Wedding Invitation- Have their wedding invitation or special verse engraved on a glass sculpture. This will be treasured for years to come and definitely unique. Or, for a little variation, get the actual invitation and make a homemade project out of it; mounting it on a glass plate and finishing it with a matching colored paint.

 

4) Name A Star For The Couple- The Universal Star Registry offers “couple stars” as part of their many Star Packages. You can choose from over twenty constellations you would like the star to be in including all twelve zodiac signs, Ursa Major (Big Dipper) or Ursa Minor (Little Dipper), Orion and many more. This gift package also has maps, a certificate of ownership, a fact sheet and helpful hints for viewing the stars. This is truly a marvelous gift for the special couple on their special day!

 

These are just a few suggestions and tips to help you pick some unique wedding gifts. Try to remember and take these into consideration the next time you want to give the perfect wedding gift to your friends or family.

Giving A Toast Like Famous People Do

While wedding toasts are very common, it can be difficult to give a great toast if you’ve never done it before. Sure, you see the movies where toasts are spoken as if they are poetry, seemingly with no forethought or effort. You might find it difficult to do this, which is why you should give a toast like the famous.

 

Be prepared! Even mega stars such as George Clooney when he found out he will be hosting Brad and Angelina’s wedding come prepared. Sure, he is the typical alpha male that seems relaxed and ready for anything, but do not kid yourself into believing that he will be able to host the wedding and give a toast without some planning! There will be plenty of people at Brad and Angelina’s wedding as well as any other upcoming celebrity wedding that will have had some help in writing their toast for the famous couple!

 

Do Some Research

 

Search your library or even the Internet for some great quotes on weddings to sort of incorporate into your speech. You don’t have to do something overly tacky or sentimental if that is not your personality, but there are some great sentiments that can help you express your thoughts, feelings, and happiness for the new couple. Most famous people have toasts and speeches prepared for them, and when you do some research you are basically using something old or something you’ve found elsewhere to really help you say what you need to say in an elegant way! Unfortunately, most of us do not have script writers on hand to help us write a toast, so the best thing you can do is look up some great toasts that have been used in history.

 

Use What You Know

 

If you know that the couple really likes a certain poet, look at some of the poems by the poet, and see if you can’t somehow incorporate a line or a thought of the poet. This is what many famous people do because it shows that they really thought about the couple when planning their toast, instead of just writing something really generic. Using what you know is always the best idea, and if you don’t know much, well then you just have to sort of wing it, but using sayings from history or from famous authors or other celebrities is a great idea. It’s very hard to find actual celebrity wedding toasts that have been used in the past because these things are usually kept private, but look for sayings on love, marriage, and living a happy, healthy life.

 

Some Ideas

 

A couple of ideas are written below to help you start thinking in the right direction. Remember that toasts usually are a bit silly, so get in the right frame of mind, and start planning how you will give your celebrity-esque toast! Below are two commonly used toasts that have undoubtedly been used for celebrities past and present.

 

Idea #1: Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

 

Idea #2: Seek a happy marriage with wholeness of heart, but do not expect to reach the Promised Land without going through some wilderness together.

 

These ideas should give you some idea of what you are aiming for. Remember that even the most practiced celebrity plans for any and all public appearances and speaking, so plan for yours to make sure that your thoughts come out as well thought out as they should be!

Planning Your Wedding Flowers And Decorations

When it comes to wedding flowers and decorations, the key to pulling off a look that works really lies in the planning. Since there are no rules when it comes to wedding flowers, it really is all about what the couple, well mainly the bride, wants and can afford. Decorating options are limited only by the imagination and even the most outrageous floral images can be made to fit practically any budget, if you’re willing to research the many options and ideas that are out there.

 

From do-it-yourself arrangements to using silk floral arrangements that can even be rented for the occasion, planning your wedding flowers can be a lot of fun. Involving your bridal party will help generate ideas you might not have thought about and besides, helping the bride is one of their responsibilities so why not? But forget about the groom, though. The most he’ll probably care about is that you stick within the amount that has been budgeted.

 

You want to give yourself plenty of time so begin planning the wedding flowers at least 6 to 12 months prior to the wedding date. The flowers are one of those things you’ll want to consider while you are choosing the wedding attire because most brides want the floral arrangements to complement the overall color scheme and theme of the wedding. Bridal magazines are full of pictures of bouquets so that’s a good place to go for ideas. Also think about the types of flowers that will be in season at the time of your wedding. Choosing flowers that are readily available is one way to keep costs under control.

 

Besides boutonnières and bouquets for the wedding party, you can also make flowers and decorations part of the wedding ceremony and reception. Pew bows, arrangements for the altar, head table, cake table and gift table, as well as centerpieces for all the guest tables should be considered. These will definitely add to your costs, but they’re also areas where you can really get creative.

 

If cost-control is an issue, why not have the bridal bouquets do double-duty as head table decorations or perhaps the gift or cake table? Once the formal photographs are over, no one will be carrying their bouquets around anyway. Or why not use less expensive balloons or candles as centerpieces? Pew bows are very easy to make, even for ‘craft-challenged’ brides. Another idea is to add more ‘filler’ to your floral arrangements by using more greenery, baby’s breath and tulle.

 

As you can see, it really is all in the planning. Once you’ve got the wedding flowers and decorations figured out, you just need to find a florist capable of turning your thoughts into reality. It’s important to select a florist early on because there’s a limit to how much even the best florist can handcraft. Go over the contract with a fine-toothed comb before signing to make sure the number and type of arrangements, including the flowers being used, are clearly specified along with delivery details. Record the deposit amount and delineate the payment schedule.

Bridal Hairstyle Tips for Choosing Wedding Updos

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For many brides the hairstyle they choose for their wedding day is almost as important as the dress they choose. While every bride wants her hair to look great on her wedding day, there are also many factors to consider in choosing a style. Women with longer hair often have an especially difficult time deciding on a hairstyle.

Designing wedding updos takes a great deal of planning. An updo is essentially a hairstyle that involves pinning the hair up so that is off the neck. There are many different styles of updos available and the bride may find choosing the perfect one to be a challenging task. The bride has a lot of factors to consider when choosing a hairstyle. This article will outline some of the factors to consider when deciding on wedding updos.

The shape of the face is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing wedding updos. This is important because certain styles of updos are more appealing on faces of a particular shape while other styles may create an unappealing look. For example some hairstyles may make a round face appear even rounder while other hairstyles may create a slenderizing illusion.

The veil or headpiece which will be worn should also be considered when choosing wedding updos. While the shape of the face is very important, the headpiece is equally important because it will influence the types of styles which can be used. Once the headpiece is chosen, the bride to be can start choosing a hairstyle.

The process of choosing wedding updos usually begins with paging through wedding magazines or scrolling through websites. Most soon to be brides get their inspiration from magazines and websites which focus on weddings. Seeing models with hairstyles you like can give you the general idea of what type of hairstyle you will choose.

When looking through these magazines and websites it is important to consider the shaper of the face of the models in the hairstyles you like. If they have face shapes which are similar to your own, these styles will likely be flattering. However, if the models have faces which are shaped drastically different from your own, you may find the style to be unflattering.

The next step in the process of choosing wedding updos is to visit a salon to experiment with different styles. If you already have a hairstylist you trust or have recommendations from other friends you can choose this stylist to complete your wedding day look. Otherwise you might need to visit a few salons to see pictures of their previous work before deciding on a stylist. Once you have chosen a stylist you can do a trial run to see how the hairstyle looks with the headpiece.

Preferably the trial run to experiment with different wedding updos should take place close to the date of the wedding. This will ensure the hair is relatively similar to how it will be on the wedding day. You may experiment with different hairstyles a few months in advance only to find that the weather or other factors have changed to texture of your hair making the style that was so appealing a few months ago to not be as attractive. The trial run is very important because it is when the bride to be will really see how the updo will look on her and with her headpiece.

Cuff-Links Give Style And Class To Men

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Cuff-links come in various varieties and are they are made of precious or semi precious stones, made of different metals like gold, silver, platinum etc., made with various designs like pins, flowers and more with modernized designs that suits the modern society and cuff-links also available in different materials.

Cuff-links do not come not only in these varieties but are available in any other conceivable material and we can be assured that some one made cuff-link out of it.

The past centuries cuff-links style exposed a model of one medallion connected with the back post. In The bottom position the post has a stem raised in one end. In the upper position this stem fits exactly in the hollow cavity of the post. In the down position the stem bends perpendicular to the post to create a perfect T-shape.

So when the stem is in up position it slips the post in to the back and front buttonholes. When the post was made to rotate to the whole way it makes a perfect T with the stem to keep the cuff-link in perfect fit.

During those times cuff-links were made with different colors and in different designs, which started from the pretty golden squares to the simple plastic dice.

Though we list all good things about those previous models one decrement also comes in count that those cuff-links have only pretty styles in front and the back was a plain one.

However using the button style cuff-link is the simple thing. There are nothing but two identical ornamental buttons usually comes in cabochon shape join together by way of short lengthy chain. To use this cuff-link model you can simply slip the front and back buttons in their respective slits.

The button style not only comes in regular cabochon style, but also offers us the ocean of designs in it. Adding to this when we use this button style cuff-link the two buttons are identical to give an elegant look to that apparel.

In the silk knot cuff-link the process is the same as that of the button style one. The variation remains only in the buttons replaced by two silk knots. Here two silk knots acts as buttons and also a silk cord acts as short lengthy ornamental chain. These are also gives the same glossy appearance as they are made of two matching silk knots both in front and back.
As they are made of fine silk wires they are smooth and feel heaven when wear. In additional to this they are cost effective, gives a great appearance to us and as well as comes in wide range of colors.

There is one more style of cuff-links known as Clip cuff-links. It also uses the same procedure like previous two types of button cuff-links and Silk cuff-links. But in addition to that it not only clips the button holes but clips them together from front to back.

These clips can be made of gold, silver or any other imitation metals and are placed with semi-precious or precious stones to give a glittering appearance.

Hiring The Right Wedding Photographer

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Hiring the best possible photographer is an important aspect of your wedding planning strategy. Be sure to choose an experienced photographer, preferably specializing in weddings. It is not crucial that the photographer is an experienced wedding photographer, but it helps. An experienced photographer, not specializing in weddings, may be much less expensive than a wedding photographer specialist. Regardless of their experience, the photographer has to be excited about working with you.

A lot rides on the wedding photographer. The pictures in your wedding album should contain some of your most memorable moments of your big day. A photographer should have the ability to artfully capture the most special moments of your wedding day. It is these unexpected and emotional moments that will help create a wonderful wedding album. Your wedding album is one piece of memorabilia you want to feel proud of when you show it to family and friends. It is an important part of your history, and treat it accordingly.

Your photographs should artfully tell the story of your wedding day. Only a good photographer can fill your wedding album with unforgettable pictures. One important aspect of hiring a photographer is personal style and preference. You should view photographs in the photographer’s portfolio to be sure the style is in line with your taste. It is possible that you and the photographer have incompatible tastes and opinion on what your wedding album should look like. Remember, that photography is art and it is highly subjective. For this reason, it is crucial you find a professional who you feel comfortable with, and whose work stands out from any other photographer you are meeting with.

Don’t hire the first photographer you come across. Even if he or she is highly recommended make sure you evaluate several photographers. Don’t take anyone’s word for it, check the photographer’s portfolio. Compare quality and price of each candidates. Most of the time your reception site will have a few preferred photographer’s to choose from, but it should not stop you from doing your own research.

Get everything in writing, and look for guarantees. Many photographers offer their wedding albums with lifetime guarantee, but be sure to look into the details. Lifetime guarantee doesn’t always promise a guarantee forever.

Buying a Tungsten Carbide Wedding Band Ring

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When you decide to marry, one of the most important decisions will be about your ring. Traditionally, gold, white gold, silver and platinum have been used in wedding bands. But today, the selection of metals is broader, reflecting the change in our tastes and lifestyle. Tungsten carbide is one of the new metals from which jewelry designers have begun to craft wedding band rings, offering a wide variety of styles and designs that fit every taste and budget.

What is Tungsten Carbide?

On its own, tungsten is a very hard and dense metal, with the highest melting point of all metals – 6,100 degrees Fahrenheit. Alone, tungsten is vulnerable to scratches and damage just like any other metal, it gains its extreme hardness by being combined with a carbon alloy, transforming it into tungsten carbide, with a hardness between 8.5 and 9.5 on the Mohs hardness scale. The strength of tungsten carbide has made it widely used for decades in industrial applications – it is four times harder than titanium, twice as hard as steel and almost impossible to scratch. The resulting metal can be designed into wedding band rings that are both visually stunning to please the eye and durable enough to withstand everyday use. These rings can only be damaged through extreme measures, such as abrasion from diamonds or being struck with a hammer.

Choosing Your Tungsten Carbide Wedding Band Ring

Make sure you ask your jeweler which metal was used in the finishing or binding process. Many manufacturers of tungsten carbide wedding band rings use cobalt as a binder, mostly because it is cheaper to produce. The problem with cobalt is that it bonds with oils in the skin and leeches out of the ring resulting in oxidation. The oxidation appears similar to tarnished sliver, but cannot be removed by polishing or grinding. The better choice is nickel-binder tungsten carbide which is chemically inert, will not oxidize and because it is hypoallergenic, there is no danger of irritation to the skin. Be careful about dealing with a jeweler that doesn’t specify that their tungsten wedding bands are made with the nickel binder alloy. Many jewelry stores do not know which alloy they are selling, and if they don’t know, it is most likely cobalt alloy or pure tungsten, which lacks the hardness of tungsten carbide and are easily scratched.

Because of tungsten carbide’s extreme hardness, wedding bands made from this metal cannot be sized like gold, silver or platinum rings. When you are ready to purchase, make sure that you take extra care in determining the proper size. In regards to engraving a tungsten carbide ring, it is possible, but the results will be very faint and difficult to read.

Finally, since your tungsten carbide wedding band ring is not indestructible, it makes sense to get a warranty, especially against breakage. Under normal usage there should be little or no wear on both the polish and the textures of your tungsten carbide wedding band ring and you will never need to use your warranty.