DJ Your Own Wedding With These 5 Easy Tips
Every bride and groom will voice the same complaint: It’s super hard to stay on budget while planning a wedding. Between the flowers, dress, cake, venue and honeymoon, wedding bills quickly pile up. Luckily, in the age of DIY weddings, there are ways to cut corners without sacrificing any fun. Case in point? Be your own DJ! Take these five simple tips into consideration, and you’re on the fast track to throwing a party that no one will forget… with the help of your iPod!
1. Ask Your Guests for Requests: Why guess what people want to hear? Ask them! Include a song request card with your invitation for guests to mail back with their RSVP or add a section to your wedding website for suggestions. (via Wedding Dash)
3. Make Playlists for Important Moments: No need to scramble to find the perfect song for cutting the cake. Make specific playlists for the each section of the night so all you have to do is press play. In fact, WeddingDJ app makes setting up playlists foolproof… and it’s only $4.99, which is at least 1/200 of what you would spend on a DJ. (via Apartment Therapy, image via iTunes)
4. Cross-Fade Like a Pro: Nothing is worse than a long pause between songs. Protip! By using an app like WeddingDJ or changing the duration between songs on your player settings, the transition between songs will be seamless. (via Wedding Republic, image via Davis Event Group)
5. Invest in Quality Speakers: The last thing you want is to spend all this time planning out the music for your big day to have no one hear it. For a few hundred dollars, you can rent a professional amplification system so that the all the chatting at the reception — no doubt about how kick-ass your wedding is — won’t drown out the tunes. (via A Practical Wedding, image via Studio Care)
Did you DJ your wedding? How else did you save money while planning your big day? Tell us in the comments below!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!