Traditionally, a bridal shower (officially known as a wedding shower) has served as the preceding event to the big wedding day. Generally, it’s a get-together for the female friends of the bride-to-be, with a strict “no-men-allowed” policy. The bridal shower is the perfect opportunity to shower the bride with pamper products and plenty of playful ones, too — not the kind typically given as proper wedding gifts.
But as the times change, so do wedding these once timeless traditions. This millennial generation has seen a rise in...
DIY weddings, same-sex marriages, non-traditional formats, while drawing wedding day inspiration from the internet like Pinterest boards and Etsy. All of which has greatly influenced the way wedding couples aapproach their wedding planning journey. One notable shift in the bridal and wedding industry, has been the rising popularity of hosting a couple-focused engagement party. More and more, couples are electing to plan this event in place of (or sometimes in addition to) a bridal shower.
Kathleen Murray from The Knot’s article “Engagement Party Planning 101” comments that an engagement party is usually scheduled sometime between 1-3 months after the couple has made their big announcement. She cites that one of the reasons why these couple-focused events are so well-received is quite obvious: brides or grooms get to share the news with their future invited wedding guests in an intimate setting. While delivering the initial engagement news via phone calls, social media posts, or word-of-mouth will spreads the news quickly, having the opportunity as a couple to share your joy is an experience worth having. Not to mention that it’s just a good ole’ excuse to throw a pressure-free party before the months of wedding day planning stress settles in.
Lastly, an engagement party sets the scene where certain family members will be introduced to one another for the first time, that otherwise would have waited until the wedding day. For some family dynamics, this can be a great way for the couple to meet and greet everyone, make some casual introductions and build family ties — something that is difficult for them to do on the wedding day.
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Many of our brides and grooms-to-be reach out to us to provide entertainment for these intimate affairs. The biggest tip we offer them is (and you): is try to create a different mood for the engagement party that differs slightly from the wedding day vision, while still staying true to you and your partner’s style. We suggest that couples consider what both respective families are comfortable with in terms of venue and approach. One family might prefer a casual out-door bbq, while another prefers a formal fine dining experience — or there might even be a specific cultural tradition activity that can be performed or participated in; to add that extra sense of familiarity. Whatever direction you take, it’s important to find a middle ground that keeps both families and the you (the couple) happy. Once you establish the tone of the engagement party, then the right type of entertainment will lend itself to it.
Jeron Music Entertainment offers a wide variety of entertainment options to engage as little table conversation or as much physical action you want to get out of your guests.
Hire our engagement party classy DJ: who can play music at a conversational volume, creating a pleasant background ambience that will encourage conversation. Alternatively, at the couples request, they can book our fun and interactive DJ: who will raise the volume at the right time and encourage guests to dance.
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Live Musicians offer a classic feel, harking back to the days prior to the advent of a disc jockey. There’s a unique energy that fills the venue when a guitarist, pianist, or singer performs renditions of popular Top 40 tunes, classical pieces, or jazz standards. This works well for outdoor and indoor gatherings.
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Book a Karaoke DJ Host if you want to get your guests out of their seats and create some movement, without the pressure of feeling the need to dance. If your crowd is the sing-a-long type, then let them take the microphone and sing their best renditions of popular karaoke songs. It’s a great ice-breaker and will incite laughter, guaranteed.
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Lastly, our Photo Booth Rental is an experience that has taken the Tri-state area by storm! From Westchester, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York City, Manhattan, Staten Island and to Long Island - our Fun & Classy Jeron Music Video/ Photo Booth is hands down the perfect party favor. If they’re too shy to sing or dance, then the Photo Booth is the perfect complement to an engagement party looking to entertain guests. Have them go home with a tangible memory by way of unlimited prints: with pictures of them wearing fun props, as they pose in front of our open air or enclosed photo booth.
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So if you’re planning an engagement party and/or a bridal shower, then don’t hesitate to contact us to help you celebrate your upcoming wedding.
At Jeron Music Entertainment (@jeronmusic) www.jeronmusic.com - we offer this entire interactive fun and classy kids party entertainment. Call us at 201-755-6006 or email: email@example.com to learn more.
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Jeron (IG: @jeronmusic), based in Hoboken, NJ, is an energetic DJ/PhotoBooth provider; also a wedding/event coordinator sharing party planning tips to help couples/clients elevate their events.