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Top 200 Most Requested Songs in 2016

January 4, 2017
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The Top 200 Most Requested Songs In 2016 – THIS IS AN OLD LIST FROM 2014 – THE NEW LIST WILL BE UP IN A COUPLE DAYS!
Here are the Top 200 requested songs played at weddings and private events in 2016.  This list is compiled
based on over 2 million song requests made using the DJ Event Planner song request system.  To use this
online planning system, please contact Amos Productions by phone or email.  You can also visit our
Get A Quote” page and you will be assigned an online planning account – no purchase necessary.
Rank Song Song Title
1 Journey Don’t Stop Believin’
2 Robin Thicke Blurred Lines
3 Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling
4 Cupid Cupid Shuffle
5 Bon Jovi Livin’ On A Prayer
6 Neil Diamond Sweet Caroline
7 Pharrell Williams Happy
8 Whitney Houston I Wanna Dance With Somebody
9 LMFAO Party Rock Anthem
10 Bruno Mars Marry You
11 Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl
12 DJ Casper Cha Cha Slide
13 B-52’s Love Shack
14 Daft Punk Get Lucky
15 Beyonce Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
16 Maroon 5 Moves Like Jagger
17 Usher Yeah!
18 Beatles Twist And Shout
19 Michael Jackson Billie Jean
20 Rihanna We Found Love
21 AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long
22 V.I.C. Wobble
23 LMFAO Sexy And I Know It
24 Pitbull featuring Kesha Timber
25 Kenny Loggins Footloose
26 OutKast Hey Ya!
27 Psy Gangam Style
28 Animal House Shout
29 Pitbull Give Me Everything
30 Justin Timberlake Sexyback
31 John Legend All Of Me
32 Frank Sinatra The Way You Look Tonight
33 Sir Mix-A-Lot Baby Got Back
34 Garth Brooks Friends In Low Places
35 Bryan Adams Summer Of ’69
36 Elvis Presley Can’t Help Falling In Love
37 ABBA Dancing Queen
38 Pink Raise Your Glass
39 Foundations Build Me Up Buttercup
40 Beyonce Crazy In Love
41 Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe
42 Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama
43 Sister Sledge We Are Family
44 Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar On Me
45 Eric Clapton Wonderful Tonight
46 Etta James At Last
47 Train Marry Me
48 Michael Jackson Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
49 Lumineers Ho Hey
50 Temptations My Girl
51 Killers Mr. Brightside
52 Old Crow Medicine Show Wagon Wheel
53 Dexys Midnight Runners Come On Eileen
54 Macklemore & Ryan Can’t Hold Us
55 Cobra Starship You Make Me Feel
56 Macklemore & Ryan Thrift Shop
57 Flo Rida Low
58 Kool & The Gang Celebration
59 Avicii Wake Me Up!
60 House Of Pain Jump Around
61 Michael Jackson Thriller
62 Village People Y.M.C.A.
63 Florida Georgia Line Cruise
64 Rednex Cotton Eye Joe
65 Kings Of Leon Sex On Fire
66 Earth, Wind and Fire September
67 Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want To Have Fun
68 DJ Snake and Lil’ Jon Turn Down For What
69 Vanilla Ice Ice Ice Baby
70 Montell Jordan This Is How We Do It
71 Katy Perry Firework
72 LMFAO Shots
73 Chris Brown Forever
74 Lady GaGa Just Dance
75 Taio Cruz Dynamite
76 Billy Joel Just The Way You Are
77 Louis Armstrong What A Wonderful World
78 Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
79 Jason Mraz I’m Yours
80 Salt ‘N Pepa Push It
81 Bruno Mars Treasure
82 Don Omar Danza Kuduro
83 Miley Cyrus Party In The U.S.A.
84 Christina Perri A Thousand Years
85 Usher Dj Got Us Fallin’ In Love
86 Bob Seger Old Time Rock N Roll
87 Zac Brown Band Chicken Fried
88 Michael Buble Everything
89 Drake Fancy
90 Bruno Mars Locked Out Of Heaven
91 Wild Cherry Play That Funky Music
92 M.C. Hammer U Can’t Touch This
93 Ben E. King Stand By Me
94 Luke Bryan Country Girl (Shake It For Me)
95 Guns N’ Roses Sweet Child O’ Mine
96 Aerosmith I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
97 Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive
98 Cali Swag District Teach Me How To Dougie
99 Nelly Hot In Herre
100 Rick Springfield Jessie’s Girl
101 Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love
102 Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody
103 Icona Pop I Love It
104 Jason Derulo Talk Dirty
105 Marcia Griffiths Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)
106 Justin Timberlake Suit & Tie
107 Chubby Checker The Twist
108 Frank Sinatra Fly Me To The Moon
109 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
110 Los Del Mar Macarena
111 John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John Grease Megamix
112 Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz Get Low
113 David Guetta Titanium
114 Jack Johnson Better Together
115 Eddie Money Take Me Home Tonight
116 Rihanna Don’t Stop The Music
117 Oasis Wonderwall
118 Proclaimers I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
119 James Taylor How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
120 One Direction What Makes You Beautiful
121 Al Green Let’s Stay Together
122 Lonestar Amazed
123 Calvin Harris Feel So Close
124 George Harrison Dark Horse
125 Commodores Brick House
126 Jennifer Lopez On The Floor
127 Taylor Swift Shake It Off
128 Jason Mraz I Won’t Give Up
129 Michael Buble Save The Last Dance For Me
130 Michael Jackson Beat It
131 Big & Rich Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)
132 Queen Don’t Stop Me Now
133 Rihanna Only Girl (In The World)
134 Blake Shelton God Gave Me You
135 Blake Shelton Home
136 Flo Rida Club Can’t Handle Me
137 Billy Joel Piano Man
138 Spice Girls Wannabe
139 Mumford & Songs I Will Wait
140 Kanye West Gold Digger
141 Swedish House Mafia Don’t You Worry Child
142 Clean Bandit Rather Be
143 Nat King Cole Unforgettable
144 Fun We Are Young
145 Usher OMG
146 Katy Perry Roar
147 K-Ci & JoJo All My Life
148 Lady GaGa Poker Face
149 Aretha Franklin Respect
150 Young M.C. Bust A Move
151 Jackson 5 ABC
152 A-Ha Take On Me
153 Nicki Minaj Starships
154 Justin Timberlake Rock Your Body
155 Frank Sinatra New York, New York
156 Pitbul & Christina Aguilera Feel This Moment
157 Haddaway What Is Love
158 Meghan Trainor All About That Bass
159 Shakira Hips Don’t Lie
160 Norah Jones Come Away With Me
161 Stevie Wonder Superstition
162 Madonna Like A Prayer
163 Prince Kiss
164 Jason Mraz Lucky
165 Ike & Tina Turner Proud Mary
166 Bell Biv DeVoe Poison
167 Backstreet Boys Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
168 Black Eyed Peas Let’s Get It Started
169 Justin Timberlake Mirrors
170 American Authors Best Day Of My Life
171 BLACKstreet No Diggity
172 OneRepublic Counting Stars
173 Journey Faithfully
174 Jay-Z Empire State Of Mind
175 Elton John Your Song
176 Avicii Levels
177 Nicki Minaj Super Bass
178 Lifehouse You And Me
179 Billy Idol White Wedding
180 Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive
181 Ke$ha Tik Tok
182 Nickelback Animals
183 Black Eyed Peas Don’t Stop The Party
184 Black Eyed Peas The Time (Dirty Bit)
185 Dion Runaround Sue
186 Rascal Flatts Bless The Broken Road
187 Johnny Cash Ring Of Fire
188 David Sanborn Bang Bang
189 Amy Winehouse Valerie
190 Bastille Pompeii
191 50 Cent In Da Club
192 Marvin Gaye Let’s Get It On
193 Flo Rida Good Feeling
194 Weather Girls It’s Raining Men
195 K.C and the Sunshine Band Get Down Tonight
196 Supremes You Can’t Hurry Love
197 Flo Rida Right Round
198 Frankie Valli Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
199 Daft Punk One More Time
200 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal
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Planning The Perfect Proposal

August 10, 2016
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Planning the Perfect Proposal

The day has come and you are ready to embark on your journey of “happily ever after”. You and your love have been together for a while and things are going great … and you’ve decided it’s time to pop the big question. So exciting! The only problem is you can’t decide how to propose. A wedding proposal is an unforgettable event that marks the initiation of engagement and commits to a mutual promise of marriage and lifelong commitment to one another. It may be important to you to make your proposal perfect and create a memory that will never be forgotten. Here are a few ideas to help make your proposal extraordinary.

Setting
Are you interested in proposing in an intimate or public setting? What would your soon to be fiancé want? Keep in mind that not everyone likes to be the center of attention and a public proposal may seem overwhelming to a person who prefers a more intimate moment. Would your love want family and friends around during this noteworthy moment? If so, you could plan a family and friends dinner or you could wait for a holiday that you share with these special people. If the two of you prefer to do things alone, you can always plan a romantic, more intimate proposal, with family and friends nearby to share in the exciting new right after.

Special Place
Do you and your love have a place that is special and sentimental to the two of you? If so, it may be fun to select that location for your proposal. It might be the park where you first kissed, the restaurant you had your first date, or the place where “I love you” was first expressed. These unforgettable places are now part of your relationship’s history and, when incorporated into a marriage proposal, can signify how far your relationship has come and how much you have to look forward to.

Special Song
When the two of you hear a certain song, do you stop for a second, smile, and reminisce about special memories that the song invokes? Perhaps it was the first song you danced together to, or a song that played in the background of the car when you reached over and kissed each other. It may be fun to incorporate this song or the lyrics into your proposal.

Professional Photographer / Videographer
A professional photographer or videographer can capture the magic of your proposal, including the scenery and emotions that will create a piece of your story to be shared with family and friends. Capturing the priceless look on your love’s face when she or he realizes a proposal is really happening, will be something to treasure for years to come.

Flowers, Candy, Special Meals
Creative flower bouquets can add a touch of beauty and sentimentality to a proposal. Ideas include creating a proposal bouquet that includes a number of flowers representative of the number of months/years that you have been together or a bouquet of local flowers from the location where you will honeymoon. Including flowers in your proposal scenario can also lead to a special tradition where an additional flower is added to an anniversary bouquet each year. Candy or a special meal at your proposal can also commemorate a special first dinner date or any especially fun or romantic moment you shared.

New Memory
Creating new memories especially for your proposal will be exciting for both of you. A dream vacation, a special day planned just for your love, a favorite holiday, or an elaborate surprise will all take on additional meaning when a proposal for marriage is included. At this point in your relationship you know important to your future spouse and what types of things you enjoy as a couple. It will be easy to incorporate some or all of those things into your proposal scenario.

Surprise!
Will your proposal be a surprise or will your love be included in all the details? Does your future spouse hate surprises but love romantic gestures? These are all things to consider when planning the proposal. If you want the proposal to be a surprise but also want help selecting the ring, you could plan a dinner date near your jeweler, stop in to look at rings “for fun” before or after dinner, and then return to purchase the ring. At a later date, you can then plan your surprise proposal with the perfect ring that you know she or he will love.

It’s important to stay true to yourself during your proposal, making sure your words are heartfelt and not over-rehearsed (no notecards!). A proposal can include thoughts about how much she or he means to you, when you realized she or he was “the one” and the moment you knew you were in love. Your proposal might include fun facts about the two of you and your excitement about your future together. Perhaps you told your family and friends about being in love before you told your love, or maybe those same family and friends knew you were in love before you told them. Include such things as you express your feelings to your one and only.

Congratulations to you and your loved one. We are excited that you have found the person you want to spend your life with. We would love to hear your proposal story! Please share with us your special moment and if you need help during the planning process, give us a call! Amos Productions is here for you!!!

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Writing Your Wedding Vows

June 14, 2015
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Writing Your Own Vows

Writing Your Wedding Vows

Writing your own wedding vows can be an amazing way to express your love and commitment in your own words. It’s a perfect way to personalize your wedding and to show guests exactly what you love about each other. Why settle for words that most other couples have used when you can be unique and create an atmosphere that is yours in its entirety. Finding the words to express exactly how you feel may indeed seem daunting, but when you do, it will surely be a special touch for both you as a couple and for your wedding guests.

Traditional wedding vows are historically the foundation of most marriages.
I, ______, take you, ______, to be my husband/wife, to have and to
hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness
and health, to love and to cherish, until death do us part.

The promises and commitments these vows express are meaningful and universal. However, for some couples, traditional wedding vows do not embrace their emotion and vision of the future as a married couple.
Non-traditional vows can encompass whatever you choose, from memories about the past to visions of the future together. Some couples enjoy writing original vows together, reminiscing about the origin of their relationship and their commitment to the future. Others prefer the suspense of writing vows separately and hearing them for the first time at their wedding. Whether you choose to write your vows separately or together, you may want to think about mirroring them in terms of tone, style and length, in order to maintain flow and consistency throughout the ceremony.
Getting started can often be the hardest part of writing vows. Here are a few ideas to discuss with your fiancé that may help both of you focus your writing.

• How long should the vows be?
• Should mutual phrases begin and/or end both sets of vows?
o Example: I promise or I can’t wait to begin my life with you
• Will your vows will be serious, or humorous, or both?
• Will you include special memories from your relationship?
• Will you include promises and parts of your relationship/personality you will work on?
o Example: Strengths and weaknesses
• What is the greatest thing about the person you are about to marry?
• When did you know you were in love and know you were ready for marriage?
• What does marriage mean to you; why do you want to be married?
• What is the most important promise you will make?
• What will marriage change and what will stay the same?
• How will you support each other during difficult times, how has your life improved since you met, and what can you accomplish together?
• What do you respect most about your partner? What inspires you most? What do you miss when apart?

Most importantly, when you write your own vows you can craft phrases that represent you, your relationship and your personalities, as well as reflect your commitment to each other. The words you write should be words that you are comfortable expressing in front of all of your family and guests. They should sound like you and be an expression of who you are and who you hope to be as a married couple. It’s OK to borrow from poetry, books, and spiritual books, but be careful not to let those words overpower your own. Allow plenty of time to reflect, write and edit and don’t forget to practice, practice, practice!

At Amos Productions we have the opportunity to work with so many engaged couples. One of these couples, Rachel and Kevin Batstone, shared their thoughts on why writing their own vows was so important to them. While Kevin’s concern was more about making his vows interesting and interactive, Rachel’s primary goal was to create something that felt right to her and that exemplified what love meant to her and to them as a couple.

We felt more strongly about what we didn’t want it to be, than what it “should” be…we knew we didn’t want ours to look or feel or be anything other than who we are as a couple. As we planned our wedding and worked on the ceremony script and vows, we focused on what made our relationship uniquely “us”. We both felt that this was an opportunity to create something that reflected who we are, what we believe in and to share that with the people who we love and mean the most to us in our lives.
– Rachel & Kevin Batstone

Whether you are inspired to write your own personal statement of love and commitment or you decide to take a more traditional approach, make sure your promises are meaningful to your relationship and will be something you treasure forever.

Did you write your own vows? Do you have any input for future couples? We would like to hear from you?! Please leave a message for us below!

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Videography: Capturing Every Moment Of Your Wedding Day

March 19, 2015
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Capturing Every Moment Of Your Wedding Day

Creating the perfect wedding can take months of planning, organization, and coordination, while the actual day of your wedding often seems to fly by in an instant. Professional videography can capture every moment and detail of your special day, ensuring you have memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Why hire a professional videographer?

• Time Capsule
A videographer records all the special moments of your day and creates a treasured memory for you, your family, and future generations to enjoy for years to come. Professional videographers are trained to see “the big picture”, to record not only the bride and groom but also the myriad of other people and details that make your wedding day noteworthy. Your crazy uncle doing the Funky Chicken on the dance floor, your flower girls playing hide and seek behind the draping, the sound of your father’s laugh, and candid conversations wishing you well in your marriage are just a few examples of funny or special moments that may have been missed and will be surely treasured forever. While memories fade and loved ones grow old, videography captures moments, emotions, and people as they are on your wedding day for you to enjoy and cherish forever.

• Moments You Missed
No matter how hard you try to be everywhere and see everything on your wedding day, many noteworthy moments will be missed. A videographer captures the bride and bridesmaids getting ready in one area and the typical shenanigans of the groom and groomsmen dressing in another area. He will capture the intimate moments of the bride and groom waiting for their grand entrance into the reception as well as the wedding guests enjoying cocktail hour. With professional videography, every moment and every part of your wedding day can be relived over and over again.

• Motion Picture
The responsibility of a videographer is to create a motion picture of your wedding day. Their role is essential in capturing the sights, sounds, mood, and emotions that can transport you back to that special time every time you view the video.

Why cinematic vs. traditional video?

Cinematic video is the art of storytelling. It does that through images, speech, and music, shot in short clips rather than the traditional, consecutive documentation of every minute of your wedding day. The ultimate goal of cinematic video is to capture the mood and emotion of your wedding day, to tell a great story, your story, from beginning to end.

Why Amos Productions Video?

Our goal at Amos Productions is to capture your special day using the latest technology, equipment, and training by our professional videographers. While Smartphones can certainly record fun, impromptu videos of the day, they cannot compare to the quality recording, editing, and experienced videography that will ensure a professional result. Our top of the line video cameras allow our videographers to work with all types of lighting and audio scenarios. The Amos Production staff ensures that camera settings are correct and are experienced to both anticipate events and be ready for the unexpected, while keeping shots steady and avoiding bad angles or backdrops.

Amos Productions offers years of videography experience in both wedding and corporate video production. We are excited to tell your story in a non-intrusive, artistic, and professional way.

Be sure to click the green link above to request a quote, or feel free to contact our office by phone or email. 925-449-3847 or [email protected]

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Tips for Hiring the Right Wedding DJ

October 9, 2014
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AMOSPRO DJ Rob Mutzl (center) pictured with 4 couples he DJ’ed weddings for.

QUICK LINKS:

View our Wedding Page: http://amospro.com/weddings/
Meet our DJs: http://amospro.com/meet-our-staff/
Attend Our Monthly Open House: http://amospro.com/open-house/
Get a Quote: http://amospro.com/get-a-quote/

Tips for Hiring the Right DJ for Your Wedding

While there are many important decisions to make when planning your wedding or special event, none may be as crucial to its success as the selection of a DJ. The role of a professional DJ is to not only play music that sets the mood, but to also take charge of the event timeline, ensuring all vendors are working together and all your requests are met. The DJ acts as the Master of Ceremony, gracefully guiding your guests from one spotlight moment to the next using both announcements and music. With just the right combination of both, your event will be memorable for both you and your guests.

Undoubtedly you’ve been to weddings or other events where guests pack the dance floor, clapping, singing, and dancing to popular music from every era that everyone knows. The mood is fun, exciting, and carefree. You’ve likely also been to events that are not quite so lively, where a canned list of “reception” music has cleared the dance floor and most guests watch from the sidelines or leave early. Instead of fun and entertaining, the DJ has created a not-so-special mood that encourages disengagement from the event.

So what should you look for and what questions should you ask when hiring a DJ? Amos Productions has compiled the following list of important things to consider when making your DJ decision.

REFERRALS
Referrals from family and friends are a great way to start gathering a list of prospective DJs, as are referrals from your other vendors, such as photographer, event coordinator, and florist. Online sources, including Wedding Wire, The Knot, and Yelp are popular sites with honest opinions and first-hand experience with many different professional DJ services. Pay particular attention to DJs who have won recognition from The Knot or the Bride’s Choice Awards, as awards are given based on votes by actual clients. A word of caution however, about considering a DJ recommendation from your chosen venue, as some venues have commission relationships with specific DJs and you may not always get the best recommendation.

WEBSITE AND EQUIPMENT
Most often, reputable, professional DJs have updated websites that offer a description of services, insight into their style, and contact options for requesting pricing and/or additional information. Many DJs do not post prices on their website because they prefer to learn more about your special event in order to customize services and pricing to best meet your needs.

The equipment used by the DJ is also important to the success of your event. Be sure their equipment is up-to-date, that their equipment meets your needs (i.e., wireless microphone, number of speakers suits your venue size, special electrical needs can be accommodated), and that back-up equipment is available if needed.

MEET THE DJ
Always plan to meet with prospective DJs in order to assess personality and style, discuss what is most important to you, ask questions, and make connections. Base your DJ selection on the best personality fit for you as well as the style you hope to evoke at your special event. Listed below are some questions you may want to consider when making your DJ decision.

· Is the DJ you are considering well-qualified? How many weddings or other events has the DJ worked and do they have client testimonials they can share with you? Go online and read reviews about the DJ and the company to ensure you are hiring a reliable expert in the industry.

· Is the DJ you choose available on your event date? Make sure that DJ is the one who will be at your event and not one selected and sent by the company in general.

· What is the cost of DJ services and what exactly is included? If services other than the DJ are offered, does the company offer a multiple service discount? Does the fee include planning meetings, setup and strike fees, ceremony and reception music, microphones, and lighting? Are the fees quoted comparable to other local DJ services? Higher prices may be an indication of more professional service, better equipment, and other higher-end services, but if this is the case, the company should be able to justify the costs to their clients.

· Professional DJ companies offer clients written contracts that include the terms of the agreement and the cancellation policy. A signed contract is important to ensure the DJ will be at your event on-time and with all the right equipment, and that there is a back-up plan in place should the DJ not be able to make it or in the event of an equipment failure. A contract will confirm costs and payments, as well as indicate whether a retainer fee is required and if the retainer is refundable should your event be canceled or postponed. Be sure the DJ has full liability insurance, which protects you as well as the event venue in the unlikely event that something unexpected happens.

· Has the DJ worked other events at your venue? If so, the DJ will likely know the room configuration, the staff, electrical requirements, any unique challenges, and will therefore be well-prepared on the day of your event.

· Will the DJ act as the Emcee for your event and what is the DJ’s style on the microphone? What will he/she do if no one is dancing? Energize the crowd with the microphone or with careful song selection? How does music selection work? It is important that the music reflects you, that special song selections and requests are allowed, and the DJ is able to accommodate last-minute changes. These questions will help you decide if the DJ is a good fit for you.

Finally, the debate between hiring a DJ or a band may be a decision you make as well. A live band provides a much different experience than a DJ. A band typically has a larger sound system, requires more space and set-up coordination, interacts differently with the crowd, and is usually more expensive. Your DJ versus band decision may come down to what type of feel and experience you want for your wedding or event.

Jody Amos, owner of Amos Productions, has been in the wedding and event industry for over 20 years, has worked with many different vendors, knows what works and what doesn’t, and wants you to know why Amos Productions is the right choice for your event. “Amos Productions has many professional DJs with 10 or more years of experience. We continually train our staff on new technologies and innovative ideas in the industry as well as network with other professionals that help execute a perfect wedding or event. At Amos Productions, equipment is constantly upgraded and we provide our customers with a variety of planning tools to help customize your special wedding or event.”

QUICK LINKS:

View our Wedding Page: http://amospro.com/weddings/
Meet our DJs: http://amospro.com/meet-our-staff/
Attend Our Monthly Open House: http://amospro.com/open-house/
Get a Quote: http://amospro.com/get-a-quote/

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Saying Yes To The Dress – In The East Bay

July 23, 2014
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Saying Yes To The Dress – In The East Bay

By Nicole Duffin / Amos Productions

The proposal day has come and gone. You are ENGAGED! Now what? For many brides-to-be shopping for the perfect wedding dress is on top of the “to do” list. However, finding your dream gown can be more stressful than fun when considering all the details that can factor into your dress selection. Perhaps you’ve dreamed of your wedding day since you were little, dressing up in princess dresses, tiaras and mommy’s jewelry, and pretending to walk down the aisle. Or perhaps you pore over images of multi-million dollar celebrity weddings, wishing you could duplicate such extraordinary affairs. Maybe you rely on social media sites such as Pinterest to inundate you with wedding photos, DIY projects, and color and theme options. Do you want your dress to reflect cultural or religious traditions? What about the season of your wedding, the venue, the theme, the style, fabric, and fit? Wedding dress selection can easily be the best and worst part of wedding planning.

Most importantly, your wedding gown should be a reflection of YOU, whether it’s flashy or conservative, haute couture or classic, satin or lace. Finding the right bridal shop that can not only provide your perfect dress within your budget, but can also satisfy all the additional “gown factors” can prove to be a challenge. Do you prefer to shop at larger chain stores, like David’s Bridal, where scores of gowns can be found in every price range, but often at the cost of one-on-one customer service? Or do you prefer smaller boutiques known for personal service, but where the selection of gowns may be limited and higher priced? Finally, do you prefer the privacy of your home where online shopping offers a convenient, yet risky option for your wedding dress selection? A huge array of gowns at every price range awaits the online bridal gown shopper, and on the surface, this appears to be a convenient, viable option. However, wedding dress sizing is not comparable to normal clothing sizes, can vary greatly between designers, and poses a definite problem for anyone ordering online. Likewise, the quality of fabric and craftsmanship, as well as fabric color may cause brides to “best guess” which gown will fit, have the right feel, and be the perfect color.

Wherever you decide to embark on the hunt for your perfect gown, be sure to schedule an appointment and allow plenty of time. Be open to trying on different styles, fits, and fabrics. Your dream dress may end up being one that you never would have imagined loving. The East Bay boasts a number of bridal shops which are unique in their inventory as well as their approach to serving brides-to-be. Highlighted here is an interview with Jamie, the owner of J’aime Bridal in Pleasanton, as well as a list of other special East Bay bridal stores and boutiques.

We would love to hear about your wedding gown shopping experience and how you decide on the dress of your dreams. Please post your story below and share your experience!

INTERVIEW with Jaime Zile of J’amie Bridal in Downtown Pleasanton, CA
Nicole / AP: When is the best time to shop for a wedding gown?
Jamie: I always suggest weekday appointments whenever possible. Weekdays are quiet and often brides that come in onweekdays have unlimited time and the entire salon and staff to themselves.

Nicole / AP: How much time should a bride allow to order a gown?
Jamie: Dresses can take up to six months to arrive in the store, so plan early to make sure the dress you love can be yours by your wedding day. Several designers try to keep styles in stock for immediate delivery, but that is never guaranteed.

Nicole / AP: What is your advice about who to bring to the bridal gown appointment?
Jamie: I recommend no more than two to three people, those who are most important to the bride. Too many opinions can be overwhelming to the bride.

Nicole / AP: How do brides typically find the perfect gown?
Jamie: Don’t eliminate anything at first glance. I can’t tell you how many brides have not wanted to try on the gown they ultimately selected. Most of our brides know within a few minutes if they like a gown or not and sometimes it takes trying on a gown several times to be sure it’s the one.

J’aime Bridal, Pleasanton
Bridal gowns priced under $2000, including a large selection ofplus sizes and bridal party dresses. http://www.jaimebridal.com | 925-846-8459

Kinsley James, Walnut Creek
Couture bridal salon with frequent trunk shows and a sample sale collection.

La Soie Bridal, Walnut Creek
Gowns priced under $5000 and selection of bridal accessories such as headpieces, belts, and jewelry.

Gesinee’s Bridal, Concord
One-stop shopping for bride, bridal party, mother-of-the-bride, and bridal accessories.

David’s Bridal, Milpitas
Large retail and online store with gowns starting at $100.

Blossom’s Bridal & Formal, Dublin
Large selection of stock wedding gowns and bridal party dresses at budget prices.

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