Because – meatballs and brown sugar. Perfect little mouthfuls of Brown Sugar-Glazed Turkey Meatballs! If you decide not to have these at your reception, save the recipe and serve them up at the next game event because Football season is coming – I think.
This dish would be a perfect side dish to the mini tacos below. Serve with tortilla chips and you’ve got a southwest theme in the making. Screen ‘Blazing Saddles’ in the background of the dance floor and you’ll have the most talked about wedding in town – along with the Grilled Corn Salsa.
“Hello, handsome. Is that a 10-gallon hat, or are you just enjoying the show?” – Madeline Kahn
Feeling a little chili? – Warm things up with this perfect fall appetizer, or favor, at your reception. Food Network’s Jeff Mauro’s Maple Chili Popcorn is perfect for filling cellophane favor bags that guests can enjoy later or have on the tables for guests to grab and munch between spicy dance moves.
First of all, these Ropa Vieja Mini Tacosare the cutest little appetizer out there – I mean, COME ON! With two types of chiles, these junior spicy mouthfuls are sure to keep the guests warmed up for the dance floor.
6. Bruschetta With Caramelized Dates, Walnuts and Goat Cheese
Whipping yourself up a Bruschetta With Caramelized Dates, Walnuts and Goat Cheese appetizers is a snap. Just toast a fresh baguette, then top the slices with a soft cheese — like chèvre — plus any combination of savory ingredients — like caramelized dates — and finely chopped pistachios or delicious crumbled bacon. See, it’s a snap. SNAP!
These Taleggio Crostini With Apple, Thyme and Honey can be prepared with only a few simple ingredients and thyme – see what I did there? Spread cheese on toasted baguette slices, top with 1 or 2 apple slices, drizzle with a little honey and done!
Jeremy Constantine Lucido + John Constantine Lucido were married on May 2nd, 2015 at Sacred Sands in Joshua Tree, California.
Who proposed to whom? I proposed to John.
How did you get engaged? After 9 months of falling in love, new experiences, meeting friends and family, and planning the names of our future children, I asked John to marry me. I took John to Joshua Tree, CA to “take photos” for my magazine. After the photo shoot, I handed John my camera to take a look at the photos and as John scrolled through, he found a photo with the question and ring:
I googled “questions to ask a DJ” and up popped a free ebook with the anxiety provoking title of Don’t Hire That DJ, by the owners of MyDeeJay, Inc. And though I really had thought the hard decisions were over now that we had a the date, venue, guest list and caterer, my curiosity kicked in.
After reading the book, I decided to offer my fellow (and weary) wedding planning travelers a few minutes of reclaimed time and provide my summary as this week’s post. If you’ve got the time, absolutely read the book — it’s free, about 30 pages in length, and has a helpful, not snarky, tone.
Otherwise, after reading their book and too many blog posts, this is my 5-step process for hiring a wedding DJ:
1. First determine the DJ’s role. Though it is primarily about the music, the DJ will also be “the voice” of our event. So, I want to know that our DJ will be a good match for our personalities, theme and needs. For some people this might include cultural and generational similarities. For me, what makes a DJ “good” is the same as what makes any other good pro — passion for their work. You know it when you see it because you can feel it.
2. Create the short list. I am asking for a couple of suggestions from our caterer and venue manager. I also will scan weddingwire.com and gayweddings.com for reviews and comments. As I have done with all other selections – I’ll start with my top 3. I’ll look at their websites, I’ll make contact via email and see if they respond, how they respond and what information is provided up front. We’ll then go meet at least 2 of them.
3. Interview. The DJ has to want to meet us. If he/she does not have time for that, I will move on. I want to know that the person I interview is the person who will be there. A conference call or FaceTime meeting is not going to work. I need to have an opportunity to connect (or not…) with this person, see how they present themselves, and how comfortable they are with us and with themselves.
Are they more of an entertainer or a behind-the-scenes type — do they have “a style”?
Experience – with Santa Margarita Ranch, with same-sex couples, with music that was popular when there were cassette tapes and Walkmans.
Willingness to work with us, our particular musical interests and our vision while also bringing their knowledge and professional opinions — into the mix — so to speak!
4. Cost. The average cost is reported to be $100/hour with a minimum number of hours. Since we haven’t signed a contract yet, I will let you know how accurate this estimate is.