Kirkbrides Wedding Published on Style me Pretty!

Friday, February 27, 2009 No comments

We just found out that our wedding from August 31 was posted on Style me Pretty's Little Black Book blog! This is a very popular national website and we are so proud that they have taken notice of this wedding. Check it out!

Music Choices for your Wedding: First Dance

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 No comments
The first dance should reflect your relationship and your new marriage. This can be a song that has special meaning tied to it within your relationship. You can have your band learn and play this song, or just have them play the CD.

If you have learned a choreographed dance to a specific song, I definitely recommend using the CD. Bands may switch around the song a bit and that could really get confusing when you're out on the dance floor in front of everyone!

Here are a few of my favorites that I've seen at weddings:
The Book of Love - Peter Gabriel
Someone to Watch over Me – Billie Holiday
Time After Time (acoustic version) – Cyndi Lauper with Sarah McLaughlin
Collide - Howie Day
Forever Love - Anna Nalick
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen (choreographed dance)
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Somewhere Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin (guests ahhed as this started playing! Classic.)

Note from our guest blogger, Scott Jones:
I think this is the one part of a wedding reception where I try to provide the least amount of input on. I truly believe that a 1st dance song should be 100% special and unique to each bride & groom. It's a personal thing, so I try to steer clear from making suggestions about the all important and sentimental 1st dance! :)

Scott's top 5 favorites:
1. Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney
2. I Wanna Know - Joe
3. Better Together - Jack Johnson
4. Home - Michael Buble
5. Sweet Pea - Amos Lee

Any comments on YOUR favorite first dance songs are welcome!

Music Choices for your Wedding Day: Announcements

Friday, February 13, 2009 2 comments
I am really big into music and always have been. I started with my 45's and my Fisher Price record player, then graduated into tapes, then CDs and Itunes. I still remember the day that I first burned a music CD - it was such an amazing feeling!

I think that personal music choices are extremely important for a wedding. All of my clients know this because when they book, I mail them out a packet that contains, among other information,
Kirkbrides Wedding Song Guide (it's 9 pages long, in 10 pt font).

I remember when I was training on weddings in Los Angeles in 2002, the wedding planner I was working under didn't go through music choices with the couple beforehand. Here we are, at this amazing mansion in Malibu, doing a cake cutting ceremony with no music. What a waste! I wrote that down first on my things NOT to do.

I am going to post a series of write-ups on great song choices for each element of the reception. Scott Jones, renowned Cleveland DJ and office manager at Jerry Bruno is going to be my guest contributor for this series of posts! I'm going to start with my favorite part of the whole day: the announcements!

Whether you announce your whole family, bridal party and bride and groom, or just keep it to a sophisticated parents stand-up introduction and then bride and groom only, you need to figure out what song or songs will include your personalities and wedding style.

You can pick 1 song for the whole thing, pick 1 song for the bridal party and a different one for the bride and groom (dramatic entrance!), or even a 20 second clip of different songs for each couple in the bridal party. Believe it or not, I once did this for a wedding at a private mansion in Bel Air (side note: it is all PINK and the reception was on the tennis court in the backyard. It's across Sunset Blvd. from the playboy mansion and was built as a replica of Marie Antoinette's summer house in Versailles) with a DJ who regularly played clubs in Hollywood while the bridal party entered our makeshift ballroom on separate staircases and it was magical.

Here is a picture that I took as the bride waited with her MOH to enter with her groom, and another of half of our outdoor ballroom.

Here is Scott's input on the music:
Planning your wedding can be difficult, but when you have an experienced wedding planner on your side like Valarie Kirkbride you will never go wrong. It's hard to make a reception unique and different, yet still being classy and fun. Your wedding music selections are one of the best and easiest ways to put a "stamp" on YOUR reception and personal style.

As one of Cleveland’s many fine DJ's I have seen and done it all. Most of my favorite wedding receptions have included a detailed introduction music plan. It's always great fun to pick individual songs for each bridesmaid or groomsmen that are introduced at the start of your reception. Sometimes the individual songs can be used for each "couple" introduced. - By doing this you are creating excitement for your bridal party and guests. It really livens up the party and gets the party started, plus it's a great way to personally-musically distinguish the different personalities of your friends & family included in the intros. For instance, if you have a couple of friends that went to Ohio State you can have them introduced to 20 seconds of "Hang on Sloopy". Or maybe one of your groomsmen is a great Michael Jackson dancer and he can be introduced to "Thiller". Maybe one of your bridesmaids is obsessed with Britney Spears, you can have her introduced to "Toxic". - Right now Beyonce's "Single Ladies" is perfect for any of the single girls in your line up. I have many great suggestions and would always be willing to provide some helping in picking your wedding music.

Good luck with your plans and remember....Music Makes The Party!

Without further adieu, here are some of our FAVORITES for announcement music:


All I Want is You/Barry Louis Polisar (from the Juno soundtrack)
All you Need is Love/The Beatles
Get Ready/The Temptations
Somebody to Love/Queen
Crazy in Love/Beyonce
Everybody needs Somebody to Love/Wilson Pickett

"I'm Shipping Up To Boston" by the Drop Kick Murphys
"Let It Rock" by Kevin Rudolf

You can see Scott's blog here.

Annie Weds JP: February 7

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 No comments

Way back when VHS tapes were first introduced, Bruce Springsteen released Born to Run, and gas was only 44 cents/gallon, a blonde haired, green eyed girl named Andrea was born in Akron, Ohio. Three months later and more than 8,000 miles away, when India was in the grips of an emergency, an adorable baby boy named Jayaprakash (JP) was born in Mumbai, India. They may have grown up halfway around the world from each other, but shared many similarities like going to Catholic school, a love of reading, rocking out to Bon Jovi, and watching videos on MTV. As fate would have it, they both got jobs at the same company a few years after graduating from college - Annie in Cincinnati, Ohio and JP in Hyderabad, India.

They ended up working together a couple of years ago on a project in Jacksonville, Florida. After one very long day at work, Annie invited JP out to dinner with a group of team members. JP slung his backpack over his shoulder, said “no thanks”, and strolled nonchalantly out of the conference room. Annie didn't know that he was heading home to work the rest of the night, so all she could think was what a nerd JP must be to pass up a fun evening out with friends! Annie never invited him out again after that. Six months later, they both happened to attend a co-worker’s birthday dinner and had a great time together. Soon, they were inseparable…

JP wooed Annie with homemade tea after work and dinners cooked from scratch. Soon, they fell in love! They spent a whirlwind week in Paris last Summer, JP met Annie’s family last Fall. They traveled to India this past Spring to work for a few weeks, see the sights, and to most importantly meet JP's family.

Towards the end of their trip in India, they went to a romantic little resort in Kumarakom. On April 19, 2008 JP chartered a speed boat so they could explore the surrounding lakes and the famous Kumarakom backwaters. Just before heading back to the resort, JP proposed! And of course, Annie said yes!!!

Shortly after that, Annie got in touch with ME to start planning her wedding! We found an amazing venue, developed out a theme and booked awesome vendors very suited to their personality. Halfway through the planning, JP came into town to help us! Annie, JP and Pat (Annie's mom) were just some of the nicest clients I have ever worked with! Annie is such an endearing person because she is so real, she's funny and very loving with everyone in her life.
Many thanks goes to Scott and Julie at Easywind Studio for these awesome and colorful pictures!

This winter wonderland, indian influenced and romance wedding was one of THE most BEAUTIFUL weddings I have ever seen. Congratulations Annie & JP! I hope to keep in touch and see you sometime when you're back in Ohio!

Andrea & JP....coming soon

Monday, February 2, 2009 No comments
Andrea and JP are getting married on Saturday and the Kirkbrides team could not be more excited! They have such an amazing love story and this wedding has turned out to be quite the affair. We have touches of winter wonderland, romance and India. That is where JP has moved from to be with Andrea!

Andrea has picked out the color "Kirkbrides magenta" :-) as her main accent color, along with steel gray/silver and black. Here is a picture of the menu we have custom created just for them. Pictures will most definitely be posted next week after the big day. You won't want to miss pictures on the horse and carriage we have rented either! I can't wait to show you all of the fabulous details we have planned. Stay tuned...