Wedding Planning – What’s First

Yes, I’m going to start this blog with one assumption, you already have a forever partner selected so the first step is already solved.

There are so many things to think about when planning your wedding. The first actual step is to create a plan or outline of what needs to be considered and when. Many factors could affect your plan. For example, if one or both of you is in the military or a career that limits your flexibility on wedding dates ,that will be a major influence. Do you have a very specific venue that is important to you for your wedding? Perhaps you admire the work of a photographer that fills his or her available dates quickly. Or maybe you want to be married on a specific date that means something special to the two of you.

Step 1

What could/will affect our plans?

Step 2

What items need to go in our plan or outline?

In no particular order (yet):

What location for ceremony?

Location for reception?


Who will be invited?

Who will be wedding attendants?

Food and Beverage Choices?

What services will be important to us; decor, photography, cake, entertainment, flowers, videography?

Get your creative juices flowing and think also about how important each aspect will be. What is the focus behind your decision to have the ceremony and the reception? A quite celebration for the two of you or a celebration that you want to share with everyone? How you feel and what you want are equally important. Be true to your natures and you will enjoy your wedding day much more than trying to please other people with what they think is important.

More next week.

Diana McKinney has been involved in the event planning industry for over 35 years. Her goal is for you to have the wedding you want without breaking your bank or losing your sanity.

Hiring a DJ – Questions they don’t tell you to ask

Read just about any bridal magazine and it will give you a list of questions to ask a disc jockey company when looking to hire entertainment for your event. Here are some questions they usually don’t mention that I really think you should ask about.

1. What is your policy on volume?
You see, most parties and weddings are not raves. If you have a lot of older guests they really won’t appreciate ear drum shattering music levels. And imagine trying to carry on a conversation while shouting because it is the only way you can be heard.

2. What is your policy if I have to postpone or cancel my event?
There are no right or wrong answers to this question. What is important is that you know, understand, and accept the policy. Mother Nature sometimes is not as nice as we would like. From hurricanes to harsh winter storms, from fires to floods, things happen and you will want to have a plan B.

3. Will you be my actual DJ?
There are two basic type of entertainment companies; the solo operator and the multi-operator. The solo is a single owner or couple and they are the DJ(s). A multi-operator has several DJs on staff. One is not necessarily better than the other. With the smaller company you will usually receive more personalized attention and know exactly who your DJ will be. With a larger company you may be working with a sales person and not know who your DJ is until he/she shows up the day of your wedding. Either way, you want a DJ who cares about you, is trained in coordinating your type of event, and isn’t there just to earn beer money.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have questions give me a call at 970-667-0646. Best Wishes, Diana
Questions to ask when hiring a DJ


With over 25 years in the wedding industry I’ve seen and experienced quite a few things. You can watch all sorts of TV shows about bridezillas; but, you don’t hear much about momzillas. Thankfully they are a small percentage of the mothers out there.

What makes a momzilla? There are a variety of reasons. A mother who couldn’t afford the wedding she wanted so now your wedding is her chance. The “I’m paying for it so you have to do what I want” mother. Or she might be the mother who really wants her son or daughter to have the wedding of his or her dreams and just doesn’t realize that she has taken over.

The saddest case I’ve seen was actually a momzilla-in-law. The bride was gazing out her three tiered cake which had cute little bridges going to three satellite cakes. It was very pretty, but I could tell she was on the verge of tears. I asked her if something was wrong and she replied, “They’re all white.” I glanced at the cake knowing that they all had white frosting and asked her if they were supposed to be a different color. “No,” she said. “I love chocolate cake, but they are all white. My mother-in-law says wedding cake has to be white cake.” My heart broke for this poor bride. In the grand scheme of things what difference does it make if a cake is white, chocolate, or even if it’s a blueberry pie? What do you think? Does it matter what the cake is like under the frosting? Does it matter if the cake is actually cheesecake or a pie or cupcakes or if there is cake at all? Some weddings actually have dessert bars with mousse, puddings, fruit cups, and ice cream.

Here’s an observation I’ve made over the years. If you offer a selection of white, chocolate, marbled, carrot, or any other flavored cake, the chocolate ALWAYS disappears the fastest.