AJH & Holy Communion Events

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May is the month of Holy Communions, and AJH Entertainment has spent many Sundays with families who are ready to party! Like…we mean REALLY party! These afternoon events have evolved over the years, now consisting of more than just a family dinner. The DJ is not at your communion to simply play background music, he is there to interact with your kids, friends, AND even the adults. From dancing to interactive games, these 3-4 hours celebrations put a smile on everyone’s face.

We told you…parents join in on the fun too!

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Take a look at all the smiling faces with Neverland Balloons!

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 Emcee Alex rocked Samantha’s Communion at Courtyard on Main in Freehold

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From follow along dance sets, to prizes and giveaways, to magicians, and balloon artists, you can combine extra entertainment with your DJ, to ensure that the guests of honor has the Communion he or she deserves. AJH doesn’t miss a beat!

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RSVP Bridal Seminar

13076814_624736297695467_441962389605186548_nThe Bride to be can be a woman of any age. She can be a mom. She can be planning a same-sex wedding. She can be expecting. She can be very practical. She can be very over the top. The one thing all of these Brides to be have in common is that they are planning a wedding. With that being said, no wedding is ever the same, and it’s up to the Bride to find vendors who meet their requests that fit their lifestyle and budget.

Bride in Charge event planning specializes in stress-free wedding planning, where we organize pop-up Bridal Seminars & Showcases for the Bride to experience a unique way of wedding planning. Our preferred vendors vary in Entertainment, Floral, Personalization, and Health & Wellness.

Our first Seminar & Showcase will be held at Maggiano’s of Bridgwater, NJ on Tuesday, July 12th from 6-9pm. This is an RSVP, where everyone will be planning a Wedding.

Upon arrival, Brides will be greeted with their Bride in Charge information packet and itinerary for the evening. Within the 3 hours, the Bride will have the opportunity to hear from the vendors themselves, taste a light family style Italian cuisine of Maggiano’s, and enjoy a DJ and live musicians performance with AJH Entertainment.

If you are wondering how to begin your planning, trying to understand the sequence in when to reserve each vendor, or in search of one-stop shopping, our Seminar & Showcase is just what you need to get started. Be sure to register, and bring the hubs, because even if he’s not a planner, he doesn’t want to miss out on the food!

RSVP using the link which directs you to our Showcase details:  http://www.brideincharge.com/#!showcases/rwhr6

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Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury

sbWhile searching for your wedding venue, it may be beneficial to know how venues are related, as far as ownership and or partnerships. It’s exciting for us as AJH Entertainment to see the changes that venues go through to keep the wedding industry fresh, and continue to deliver exquisite service to your guests. In the Hospitality industry, no event is ever the same, so it is so essential for your event host to be aware of the changes a venue may have foreseen, when entering their doors. This is what makes your clients comfortable in knowing you keep venue relationships wherever you host an event.

Today, we are filling you in on The Shadowbrook, located in Shrewsbury, NJ which has undergone some amazing renovations which give this Georgian Mansion even more charm!  The Estate is now owned by the same owners of The Venetian, located in Garfield, NJ and Seasons, located in Washington Township. Owners, Jim Kourgelis, Mark Spinelli, Geroge Kourgelis, Mike Kourgelis, Carl Carfello and Chris Gourmos. Two amazing venues, operated by true professionals. Now they are operating three prestige venues! Their general manager at Shadowbrook, Dan Gasalberti provides the Bride and Groom with top notch service. His relationship with vendors is very personable, where he goes over and beyond to ensure that our services mesh with his staff and style of entertaining.

The upstairs ballroom, “The Oak Room”, has upgrades included marble floors, chivari chairs, installed room uplighting, and crystal chandeliers. Take a look at this room before renovations took place.

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…and check out the transformations.

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NEW “Floating Stairs” located in the main lobby, leading to the Bridal Suite

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A Ceremony held in “The North Garden“, one of many gardens to admire!

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Coordinate the DJ setup with your centerpieces

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Here are some samples of AJH Entertainment at the beautiful Shadowbrook. This is one of our #1 recommendations for bride and grooms to explore when choosing a venue!


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Light Up Your Event!

We commonly are asked by our client “How can we transform our banquet room into something different?”

Here are some ways to make the room POP! Take lighting to another level with our lighting options and designs.

 

What is Intelligent Lighting?

Intelligent lighting is a term used for an innovative type of party or stage light. Their automated mechanism allows the lights to move and create complicated and colorful effects. For celebrations, intelligent lighting can create lighting arrangements of your desired color to match your theme. This lighting is put on something called trussing. These typically go next or beside our DJ setup or can be placed remotely  on the other side of the dance floor. We will transform your room with these lighting fixtures and create an amazing atmosphere.

How many lights are used?

When we create an event design with intelligent lighting we start with 2 lights. You can add as many fixtures based on your vision. You have the vision, we will make it a reality.

Some of Our Intelligent Lighting Designs

 

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What is UpLighting?

Uplighting is the hottest trend for Weddings, Mitzvahs and  special events to set the mood or transform a venue. “Uplights” are small lighting units that are placed on the floor around the perimeter of your venue. The lights will illuminate the walls from floor to ceiling with colored light. We can program the lights to your specific color theme. Our lights are wireless and battery operated making it easy to set up and also blend in with your venue.

 

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Wifey Wednesday- Bride in Charge Q&A

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Today’s Wifey Wednesday Spotlight goes to a local Jersey Shore Bride, who had her wedding at The “Sunset Ballroom“, of Jack Baker’s Lobster Shanty, and purchased her flower arrangements at ShopRite. Yes, the food store. While you as the busy Bride are out getting groceries, you can meet with a ShopRite Floral Consultant and plan away! This is getting a lot done, even before you put dinner on the table. Check out this Q &A, it may save you BIG money!

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What made you choose ShopRite? My mom had worked with a woman who had her florals for her wedding done by ShopRite and when I saw pictures you could not tell the difference. Since flowers were not a big deal to me, I decided to get some quotes and then take that info to ShopRite and price out the exact same thing through them to see if it would be cost effective.

Did you get quotes anywhere else? Yes, I went to a florist in Point Pleasant and had a sit down consultation with the owner.

If yes, what were your savings by using ShopRite instead (estimated)? I saved about $700, which was more than 50% by using ShopRite.

Did you just use ShopRite for your bridal party flower arrangements, or also your centerpieces? Just bridal party, groomsmen, parents and grandparents flowers. Centerpieces were included at our venue.

What location ShopRite did you use? Brick, NJ.

Why pay less on floral? I am not a huge fan of flowers and when I received the first quote from the florist in Point Pleasant I figured I would rather cut corners here and have it go unnoticed than skimp elsewhere and have it look imperfect.

Did you get opinions from others because you chose ShopRite over a “fancy” vendor? I actually referred a few friends to ShopRite who were trying to save money in an efficient way.

photo 2They say floral can cost the most when planning your wedding, where did you spend your savings instead? We ended up changing our menu at our venue to the highest option available since we found extra ways to save money.

Did you have to pick your bouquets up at ShopRite, or did they deliver to you day of? They delivered the morning of the wedding.

How did you come up with your flower colors and flower style? I wanted my bouquet to “pop” against my white dress. So I chose a bouquet that was pink and yellow with a little bit of white thrown in. The bridesmaid bouquets were basically the same, just more white and less color so they contrasted with their fuchsia dresses. The florist at ShopRite was actually able to spray paint some of the flowers in my bouquet to match the girls dresses perfectly.

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If you have a Wedding planning experience you would like to share, email Denise@ajhentertainment.com, and we will feature you on our  “WIFEY” Wednesday Spotlight. It does not matter if your planning has just begun, or is in the past. Let’s face it, we all love to talk about our wedding regardless of when it was, or will be. Just a reminder, our  BIC consultant will be at The Sunset Ballroom at Jack Baker’s Lobster Shanty on March 8th!

 

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Bride in Charge, an AJH Brand

12108165_542428309259600_2918741209824396064_nBride in Charge is a Brand of AJH Entertainment Weddings, which offers an event planning service for more than just your DJ.

Our Bride in Charge service guarantees that all of our vendors eat, sleep, and dream about events. After all of the time and cost it takes to have the dream wedding you deserve, you want to know your in good hands. The Bride in Charge event planning service is a vendor relationship program, which provides you with your own vendor appointment setter whom will structure, and organize a stress-free wedding planning process.

Our Mission: Vendor relationship & appointment setting for the Bride to have a structured and stress-free wedding planning process from start to finish.

Our Objective: To ensure that the Bride is surrounded by talented vendor professionals, whom work together, and share the same passion in doing awesome events.

Our Motto: “She stands tall, for she is in charge of it all. She confidently sits, she never loses her wits!”.

Be sure to visit us at the following showcases, and learn how to become a BIC!

  • Buona Sera Palazzo 2/6
  • Monmouth University 2/21
  • PineBelt Arena, Toms River 2/28
  • Sunset Ballroom, Pt. Pleasant 3/8

We understand you may not need us for everything, because it is YOUR day! First consultation is FREE. Depending on where you are in your planning, we customize a timeline to keep you on track. No Venue? No Date? No stress! We are here to get you started.

Call today 732.908.0936 OR Denise@ajhentertainment.com

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Vendor Spotlight- Bridal Hair

photoWe are very excited to share our first vendor spotlight, Ariana’s Hair Creations. This Q&A  answers some very common questions that you as a Bride may be wondering. It may have been awhile since the last time you had your hair styled or put in an “updo”, and we all know that when it was our Prom days, mom helped us out A LOT! Now, you are planning for your Wedding, and all of your Bridesmaids, it’s important to get all the details before you sit in the chair and find yourself feeling uncomfortable. Your hair is a big deal! Here’s what we found out from one of our vendor professionals.

1. Does my hair salon have to be close to my venue’s location?

If you prefer being in a salon atmosphere on the morning of your wedding, then yes. If you want stylists to come to you, we travel so it doesn’t matter where the venue is. Let us come to you!

2. Can my hairdresser also be my makeup artist? 

Yes! Depending on the amount of girls that need services.

3. Along with the bride, how many maids should your hairdresser be able to “updo” or style?

At least 1-2 girls an hour.

4. What was the largest size bridal party you styled and how long did it take?

10 girls, 4-5 hours

5. Should the Bride and her maids come to the salon, or get ready wherever they prefer?

Wherever they feel comfortable. Most prefer to be set at home, or at the venue.

6. Do your hairstylists look the part? Your team may be on camera too, what do you wear the morning of my wedding? 

Stylists are neat and professionally styled in all black for the morning of the wedding.

7. Do you suggest having a stylist ONLY for the Bride and no one else? 

If you want everyone to look uniform, we recommend everyone getting services done.

8. Why should a Bride do a trial BEFORE her wedding?

The goal is to have the bride feeling confident about her look on her special day. A trial allows unlimited time to work on her hair, so we can make sure it’s perfect. Most take advantage of the trial for engagement photos, or the engagement party.

9. Why do you, or don’t you charge the Bride for the trial? 

There is a small fee for a trial because it does take time, and labor.

10. Do you attend bridal showcases? If so, where can we see you next? 

I am very active in bridal showcases. Come see me at Monmouth University on Feb 21st.

Ariana DiFiore
Salon offers all color services, and free blow outs for new clients. Ask for Ariana.
Hudson & Canal located in Red Bank. 732.212.1990
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Be sure to follow Bride in Charge for more vendors that ROCK! We will also be at Monmouth University on Feb. 21st.

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Reviewing your Vendor

Reviews and ratings of event companies are very helpful tools for a potential customer or client. You would assume that a good standing company would have reviews on their site, however that is not always the case. Frankly, that is often the greatest assumption about this topic.

Many companies actually pay for a service that enables the company to inform their clients about where they can leave a review. This service helps the company create a buzz and boost their rankings. Incentives are provided to companies who are competitive with this testimonial service, and that is why you would see indications of awards on their marketing pieces.
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Wedding Wire & The Knot are today’s most popular sites that encourage event companies to partner with them, and develop a stronger social media backing, along with client interaction. If you as the guest of honor have researched for vendors on either of these sites, you would see what companies gain the most search traffic, and what past clients have to say about their experiences.
What made you want to research the company?
You may be researching a specific event company for a different reason than some one else. Besides online testimonials, word of mouth advice, and being a guest of a friends event can tell you all you really need to know. It’s important to know that every event is actually a showcase. That’s why we love to do amazing events, every event! It’s important to research the structure of a vendor’s website to see how client friendly it is, OR, is not. While some websites are very straight forward, others are too busy for the eye.
Why are there reviews for more than just the event type your planning?
To keep an open mind on the services the event companies offers, it’s best to let clients of ALL event types review the vendor. Many event types are seasonal, meaning they don’t occur at any given month out of the year. For example, there are certain months for graduation parties, communions, and Holiday corporate events. A well rounded company will see all event type testimonials as a way to distinguish their diversity among their talent and business. Event industry professionals do not have the average full time 5 day a week profession, and they often prefer to not have that routine. They need to fill in their calendar dates with events that happen all year round.
Does a bad review mean the company stinks?
A review that is negative can mean many things to the client who left it, as well as the event professional. As a potential client reading the horror of this backlash review, you will certainly sense doubt. However, if there was no form of criticism on the companies website, would you feel like it’s too good to be true? There is such a thing of feeling this way.
The irony of the review service is that MOST clients will leave a negative review before they remember to leave a positive one. Once your event has ended, if all has gone well, and your relieved that you can now breath from all that planning, the last thing your thinking about is reviewing your vendor. This is why companies generate automated follow up emails to remind you to take a minute, and leave some words of praise.
As an event professional, you must be able to take criticism, and also offer the client your expertise when it comes to the operation side of event planning. There must be a good standing between you and the client, after all…if a client doesn’t trust a vendor, they will not reserve that vendor. It’s that simple.
12108165_542428309259600_2918741209824396064_nIf you are not feeling confident about what vendor information you come across online, Bride in Charge is just the right event planning tool for you!
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What do discounts mean to a Bride?

imagesBudget is very important when it comes to wedding planning, and unfortunately it entails strain on deciding where you can save or splurge. The word “discount” is really enticing to us because it’s simple to find out who offers promotions when you decide to add yourself to those torturous email threads. Go to one showcase, you will have emails for LIFE! (Hint: create a wedding email (separate from your personal account), and let them pile up in there. With everything on your mind, you cannot review emails from various vendors all at one time, you will literally drive yourself mad.

Here’s what we know about our Brides: This is probably the first time most of you, as newly engaged couples have come across pricing. What it costs to have your average wedding these days is CRAY! Yes, you may know that your sister, cousin, or friend went through it all before you, but when it comes to YOU, it’s different. This is why you are planning a wedding, and why would you do everything that someone you know did? Every wedding should be personalized to be exactly what you want.

So, what do discounts mean to a Bride?

Quite frankly, NOTHING! If the bride has no clue what pricing for services cost in general, and nothing to compare it to, how could she tell that the discount is actually a “savings”?

A discount under $500 could mean various things when it comes to Entertainment services. Here’s a list of what could be for FREE under this price point: Cocktail Hour Music, Ceremony Music (on or off site of your venue), Monogram/GOBO, 1 Live Musician (depending on instrument), 1-2 extra hours of music, or a picture montage.

It’s important to know that there is always a starting rate to reserve your DJ & Emcee, and many of the “most discounted” services above are added to the starting rate by client request. It is not safe to assume that every Bride and Groom would like all of these services clumped together in one package (even if a discount is being offered), there needs to be a way to distinguish where the savings is being applied. Is it discounted JUST to reach your desired budget, or ACTUALLY covering an entire service fee? This is not mean’t to feel like a car dealership scenario, but it often can be.

Moreover, packaging entertainment with novelty such as a photo booth is another common way to entice, yet confuse you. It’s in your best interest to stay focused on one vendor at a time, for what that vendor specializes in. The photo booth industry is EXTREMELY competitive, yet the return on the service is not comparable across the board.

Discounts on photo booth novelty to consider can become deal breaking without thorough research. Packages can be based anywhere from 1-4 hours, and by reserving the least amount of hours, you could be getting charged way more than the average 4 hour price. What’s almost always included in these packages is a prop box. There is almost always an additional charge for a scrapbook, or photo frames.

What are you getting for a discount under $500 from a photo booth? A free scrapbook, (a free prop box)-this may or may not be an actual savings, a limit on the amount of photos taken within your reserved time frame, a USB of all your photos, or a small savings on frames to use as your favors.

When it comes to price shopping, don’t jump for the discount unless you know how it fits into your contract. Shop around, compare prices, and see what you have learned from your initial vendor meetings. Ask questions. Always be a Bride in charge.

 

 

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Because your the Bride!

Bride bagHappy New Year to our Brides & Grooms recently engaged! What a way to start off 2016! Whether you are totally prepared to start wedding planning, or totally clueless on where to begin, we have just the right planning tools to help you start, and keep you on track.

Bride in Charge is an event planning service that helps you understand what vendors you need to reserve, in what order, at what time frames, and according to your budget. If you are a busy Bride, trying to plan everything while working a full time job is not easy. Many vendors can only meet with you during the weekdays (after work hours), because they host events on the weekends, AND your weekends are also cherish-able, because you need to relax after that 40 hour work week.

It’s time to learn how to be a BIC, “Bride in Charge, that is!  “B” is never for Bridezilla, we are all beautiful brides! 

Planning your wedding is the most exciting and overwhelming time of your life. You as the Bride want to feel as if you are in charge of it all, and you can in fact do so, when YOU do your research. If the hubs to be is the type who enjoys this kind of stuff, bring him along, because it’s about the BOTH of you. If he wants to watch Football, let him, we got this, he will love it!

So, how do you as the Bride start researching?

Most commonly, the Bride would visit Bridal Showcases. As these are the perfect weeknight or Sunday afternoon event, it becomes difficult to focus on what you are looking for. So many vendors, and so much information, you do not know what to review first. That bag they give you when you check in, what do you even do with it? Seriously…do you have the time to cycle through it all? No!

Putting information in a bag is like cleaning out your refrigerator, throwing away all those veggies you wanted to cook, but don’t have time to, and now their spoiled. In the garbage bag they go! There is nothing about a bag that is enticing to a Bride, we just collect more and more information and throw it in there and it becomes dead to us. One hand has our bag and the other has our wine, we are here at the showcase for the wine! Right? Right! (Don’t forget about the Door Prizes!!!)

We have no idea what the heck we are looking at or listening to all of these people tell us! We are possibly drunk, or maybe just buzzed. Then we go home with our “baaaaggg” and we throw it on the floor. This is not how a Bride finds her confidence in feeling in charge, but the wine helps us sleep well! Back to work we go, head spinning, looking at Pinterest bugging out all day.

The truth is, a working Bride has no time to waste, and if these showcase events are not sparking any ideas, you are becoming stressed. Do you know that “Desserts” spelt backwards actually spells “stressed”? You are at these showcases surrounded by chocolate fountains and you wonder why you are stressed?! Now you know. Don’t let your precious weekends feel unfulfilling, instead it’s time to take charge! It’s time to do so now, okay?

What should the Bride get from a showcase?

The only FREE opportunity you should indulge in at any point of your wedding planning is the free honeymoon giveaway. Vacationing is never cheap and it’s good for the soul! We just think “I want to be tan now!”. A showcase is also a great opportunity to find your venue, because a venue that showcases goes over and beyond to satisfy their future brides and grooms. With that being said, you as the Bride MUST try the food at EVERY single bridal show you attend, all of it…so wear leggings.

How do you as the Bride take charge?

Organize your life now, okay? Make a list of what you do and don’t like and bring it with you every time you are trying to make a decision. Keep it in your purse at every friends wedding you attend and update it often. You will find ideas at other people’s events, and it will get your mind thinking. It is easier to realize what you do not like, then think of what you do like. Organize your mind.

Being a BIC is having control of your vendor sequence. For instance, you cannot select DJ services before selecting a venue and wedding date. How do you know if the DJ is available? Moreover, attending bridal showcases without a venue and date will make your head spin! You definitely don’t feel in charge during these moments, and that results in more wine and you only have two hands, but you can’t have two glasses of wine at one time while at these shows, because your one hand is still holding that bag of information, remember?  That is not control, that is just chaos!

What is Bride in Charge?

  • Consultations with you via phone/email.
  • Assistance in budget determination and breakdown as needed
  • Discussion of theme/color, style, and complete event design
  • Research of event professionals in each category that fit your event style and budget and to provide you with suggestions and guidance in making final decisions.
  • Attendance at 5-8 vendor appointments of your choice
  • Up to 10 hours of professional in-person consultation time throughout planning.

Reserve BIC within the months of January-March 20th, to receive Winter pricing. (Valid on Weddings for 2016 and on).

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