Wedding Guru David Tutera Sued for $200K

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David Tutera

Wedding planner David Tutera, current host of the TV show My Fair Wedding on WeTV, is apparently being sued for $200,000 by a very angry couple.  Couple Melissa Chin and Steve Choi got married in Singapore and agreed to pay David $200,000 to appear at their wedding and make their day at the super extravagant Shangri-La Hotel as memorable as possible.

The couple not only agreed to pay him $200K to appear,  but also gave David $100,000 as a deposit, four round trip tickets from New York to Paris, paid for 6 nights at the Shangri-La, and even pledged to commission an orchid in Singapore and name it after him.

Tutera is a party and wedding planner whose clients have included Jennifer Lopez, Elton John and many more.  Tutera tried to reach the bride regarding the final payment deadlines and wasn’t able to contact the bride and decided to contact the father of the bride.  He was then instructed by the father not to come.  Representatives say that the father scoffed at the skyrocketing price of the affair and told Tutera not to bother getting on the plane because there was no more money to pay for the wedding.  So Tutera did as he was instructed.

Things got even uglier when Tutera reportedly began “sabotaging” their wedding and not only failed to appear, but also instructed sub-contractors in Singapore not to show up either.   See, the way this works is that you pay Tutera and then Tutera pays the subcontractors.  But if you don’t pay Tutera, then he can’t pay the subcontractors and therefore it’s his obligation to contact the subcontractors and tell them not to come because he won’t be able to pay them.  Isn’t that funny how that works?

Any-who, before the fiasco, Tutera had told the couple “This is your wedding, not mine, and I promise to make it about you and Steve – that is very important to me.”  Tutera was to provide the bride’s bouquet, the dance floor, the decor of the floor, decorate the VIP table, provide linens, and a white roll out carpet for their arrival.  None of which happened.

Regardless, the suit was filed in Manhattan and is seeking damages for the couple’s “severe emotional distress,” because of his “blatant and malicious actions”. It also claims that they had to go through their wedding trying to figure out what to do about dance floors, bouquets, and make a host of last minute arrangements. Wedding photos show the couple with bouquet, dance floor and insanely huge, extravagant table centerpieces.

While I’m not clear as to what Tutera commands for an appearance, if you had an all expense paid trip for 6 days to Singapore and were paid $100,000, would you not go?  Even if it was $100K short of what was discussed? Trust me. This is at least $100K worth of bad press.

As for the couple, what exactly were you thinking? 90% of people have no idea who David Tutera even is and you were planning on paying him almost a quarter of a million dollars, paying expenses for his entire visit and commissioning to have an orhcid named after him?

Assuming that all of the details are accurate, whose side are you on?

10 Questions To Ask Your Wedding Planner

Bride-stressedChoosing a wedding planner is one of the most important decisions to make on your checklist of things to do for your big day. They can be invaluable, and make your event more amazing than you could have imagined (and most importantly, more stress free!).  So when selecting your second most important partner in the wedding, know the answers to ten important questions. Ask before hiring and feel that much more confident that this is a marriage made in heaven.

1. What do you get for your price?

Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting for your money: what is included; different package options; how they bill (hourly, deposits, payment plans, billing, etc). This will help to ensure that there are no surprising costs that will pop up unexpectedly during or after the wedding planning process. Perhaps you don’t need help with every little element, or you have an hour cap that you need to keep in mind. Does the fee include the cost of assistants on the wedding day, and how many? Know what you are paying for.

2. Do you understand my vision?

A planner could have done every celebrity and high-end wedding in the world, but if they don’t share your understanding of the style and vision, you might be unhappy with the final outcome. Some planners can create one fabulous look, but if that look isn’t you, then be sure their portfolio reflects many styles – look for the personality of the couple to shine through in the events, not the same likes of the planner over and over again. Talk with your planner and bounce ideas off each other to make sure you’re on the same page before you begin.

3. Referrals

As obvious as it may seem, make sure to ask for and check your planner’s references. Know their experience level, how long they have been in business, the size, scope, and budgets of the weddings they have done to make sure they have enough experience in the type of wedding you want and can afford. Check with past clients they refer you to, but also do your web and chat room research. Make sure there are no outstanding issues out there.

4. Are they familiar with your venue and vendors?

Most wedding planners are well connected with other professionals in the wedding industry, and can help give you reliable options that they know of or have worked with before. If, however, you chose some of your own vendors, make sure they are willing and able to work together so that everything goes smoothly on the day of and egos stay out of the way. Ask if the event planner takes a referral fee from vendors and if so, be sure you’re seeing the selection you want. If one company is heavily pushed on you over all others, that can be a sign of a backend financial agreement. This is very common and often industry standard, so don’t be too put off by it, just be smart about your selection.

5. How involved will you both be?

Find out how often you will meet, if they will come to your vendor meetings, how much planning you will do on your own. Think of things that you really would want to do on your own, if any. Make sure both of your jobs are clearly discussed and understood.

6. How busy are they?

See how often your planner has a wedding on a calendar, especially for the month, week, and even your same day. If you feel like they are trying to overbook there is a good chance that you won’t get the personal attention that you need and deserve. You want to be the only bride she or he tends to that day. You might also ask if wedding planning is their full time job or if it is a side hobby as that can also lead to scheduling conflicts.

7. Emergency situations

Although hopefully you won’t have any last minute emergencies to deal with, such things do happen and you need to be prepared. Ask what would happen if your wedding planner was suddenly not able to make the wedding, if someone in the wedding party got sick, bad weather affecting out of town arrivals and the event itself, etc. Find out if they have had any situations like this in the past, and how they did, or would, deal with them – in case of an unforeseen occurrence, does the planner have staff and/or a backup plan if they cannot make the day.

8. Budget?

This may be an assumed task for the wedding planner to oversee, but you can never be too cautious. A wedding can quickly go over budget, so make sure you find a planner who makes your budget limit their top priority.

9. Is it a real business?

Ask your planner if they have a business license, insurance, education. See if they belong to a professional organization like the ABC, ACPWC, Weddings Beautiful, June Weddings, WIPA and ISES, all of which are respectable bridal consultant groups. Also ask if the group they belong to requires them to have training every year or simply pay an annual fee.

Happy-Bride10. Honeymoon!

Don’t forget that after the party is over, you want to have an amazing relaxing honeymoon with your new spouse! Ask if your wedding planner has travel contacts or resources for you to use. Perhaps they can even help to plan your special vacation or destination wedding.

But above all the rules, paperwork, and fine print, most of all, make sure you really like your wedding planner, because you will be spending a lot of time together in the coming months!

10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Planner

wedding-planningChoosing a wedding planner is one of the most important decisions to make on your wedding checklist of things to do for your big day.  They can be invaluable, and make your event more amazing than you could have imagined (and most importantly, more stress free!)  So when selecting your second most important partner in the wedding, know the answers to ten important questions.  Ask before hiring and feel that much more confident that this is a marriage made in heaven.

1. What do you get for your price?
Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting for your money: what is included; different package options; how they bill (hourly, deposits, payment plans, billing, etc).  This will help to ensure that there are no surprising costs that will pop up unexpectedly during or after the planning process.  Perhaps you don’t need help with every little element, or you have an hour cap that you need to keep in mind.  Does the fee include the cost of assistants on the wedding day, and how many?  Know what you are paying for.

2. Do you understand my vision?
A planner could have done every celebrity and high-end wedding in the world, but if they don’t share your understanding of the style and vision, you might be unhappy with the final outcome.  Some planners can create one fabulous look, but if that look isn’t you, then be sure their portfolio reflects many styles – look for the personality of the couple to shine through in the events, not the same likes of the planner over and over again.  Talk with your planner and bounce ideas off each other to make sure you’re on the same page before you begin.

3. Referrals
As obvious as it may seem, make sure to ask for and check your planner’s references.  Know their experience level, how long they have been in business, the size, scope, and budgets of the weddings they have done to make sure they have enough experience in the type of wedding you want and can afford.  Check with past clients they refer you to, but also do your web and chat room research.  Make sure there are no outstanding issues out there.

4. Are they familiar with your venue and vendors?
Most wedding planners are well connected with other professionals in the wedding industry, and can help give you reliable options that they know of or have worked with before.  If, however, you chose some of your own vendors, make sure they are willing and able to work together so that everything goes smoothly on the day of and egos stay out of the way.  Ask if the event planner takes a referral fee from vendors and if so, be sure you’re seeing the selection you want.  If one company is heavily pushed on you over all others, that can be a sign of a back end financial agreement.  This is very common and often industry standard, so don’t be too put off by it, just be smart about your selection.

5. How involved will you both be?
Find out how often you will meet, if they will come to your vendor meetings, how much planning you will do on your own.  Think of things that you really would want to do on your own, if any.  Make sure both of your jobs are clearly discussed and understood.

6. How busy are they?
See how often your planner has a wedding on a calendar, especially for the month, week, and even your same day.  If you feel like they are trying to overbook there is a good chance that you won’t get the personal attention that you need and deserve.  You want to be the only bride she or he tends to that day.  You might also ask if wedding planning is their full time job or if it is a side hobby as that can also lead to scheduling conflicts.

7. Emergency situations
Although hopefully you won’t have any last minute emergencies to deal with, such things do happen and you need to be prepared.  Ask what would happen if your wedding planner was suddenly not able to make the wedding, if someone in the wedding party got sick, bad weather affecting out of town arrivals and the event itself, etc.  Find out if they have had any situations like this in the past, and how they did, or would, deal with them – in case of an unforeseen occurrence, does the planner have staff and/or a backup plan if they cannot make the day.

8. Budget?
This may be an assumed task for the wedding planner to oversee, but you can never be too cautious.  A wedding can quickly go over budget, so make sure you find a planner who makes your budget limit their top priority.

9. Is it a real business?
Ask your planner if they have a business license, insurance, education.  See if they belong to a professional organization like the ABC, ACPWC, Weddings Beautiful, June Weddings, WIPA and ISES, all of which are respectable bridal consultant groups.  Also ask if the group they belong to requires them to have training every year or simply pay an annual fee.

10. Honeymoon!
Don’t forget that after the party is over, you want to have an amazing relaxing honeymoon vacation with your new spouse!  Ask if your wedding planner has travel contacts or resources for you to use.  Perhaps they can even help to plan your special vacation.

But above all the rules, paperwork, and fine print, most of all, make sure you really like your wedding planner, because you will be spending a lot of time together in the coming months!

7 Tips for the Budget Minded Bride

budget-weddings1The economy got you down?  Or perhaps got your guest count is what’s down?  Your wedding is still one of the most important days of your life, regardless of market status.  So how do you have that fairytale ending but do it on a budget?  Get Married’s host Colin Cowie shares with us some insider trading secrets to creating an extraordinary and cost-conscience event to make your wedding planning a lot easier.

1. Dream big
Small ideas get small results, so put budget aside while envisioning your dream wedding, then figure out what you can afford.

2. Cut your coat according to the cloth

It’s better to do 5 things correctly than 10 things on the skinny.

3. Consider a destination wedding
Weddings can take place anywhere, so think beyond the exotic beach and think about a bed-and-breakfast or country inn.

wedding-dj4. Opt for a fantastic DJ
Instead of a big orchestra band, find a great DJ who can create great background music and just as easily keep the guests moving on the dance floor.

5. Invest in a trusted wedding planner
A professional is there to ease some of the pressure while bringing your vision to a reality.

6. Design a signature drink
Rather than serving an open bar, offer guests a specialty beverage that is as delicious as it is memorable.

7. Create monochromatic flower arrangements using one type of flower
When bundled en masse in short ceramic vases, whether roses or carnations, tulips of spider mums; these flowers are beautiful and impactful

5 Free Wedding Planning Tools

Yeah, baby.  Who doesn’t love free?  Thankfully Get Married offers 5 great FREE wedding planning tools that the bride-to-be can use.  Not only do they offer nice wedding blogs for brides and their daily TV show on Lifetime at 7:30am EST Monday through Friday, but these wedding planning tools are must have starting with;

expensive-weddingWedding Budget Manager – This indispensable online tool keeps track of your finances and even lists things you may not have figured in.  The biggest issue with wedding budgets since the dawn of man is that there are always unexpected expenses.  While this tool may not alleviate any surprise expenses like when your drunk uncle stumbles on stage and breaks a stack of guitar amps at the reception, it will help you consider some things you may not have even thought of.  Use it and budget your wedding the right way.

Guest List Manager – Want to make sure that you have enough seating?  Enter your guests and track it all with Get Married’s Guest List Manager.  It lets you view how to properly lay everything out and track who you invited, who RSVP’d and much more.  It also will help you get an idea about planning out how many wedding favors and gifts to purchase.  No need to buy a gift for Bobby’s trampy girlfriend if she’s not even going to bother coming.

Reception Seating Planner – The My Seating Planner tool will make sure that the right people don’t sit with the wrong people at your wedding reception.  If you need to make sure that Aunt Bernice doesn’t sit next to Uncle Todd because they always fist fight when he starts drinking, this tool will save your life.  And Uncle Todd’s.

wedding-fight

My Favorite Things – You can browse through literally thousands of local resources on wedding cake decorators, florists, wedding photographers, wedding videos and many other wedding vendors on Get Married’s site.  But then you can use the My Favorite Things tool to keep track of it all.

bride-pantiesMy wedding checklist – Have no idea how you’re going to do it all?  Use this ingenious wedding checklist tool and you can even keep a timeline as to when to call them so that everything gets planned (and delivered) correctly. Make sure that you don’t miss anything with the last of these 5 great tools.

Make sure you use these 5 wedding planning tools and you’ll have a smooth ride from proposal to the honeymoon night.  But once you get there you’re all on your own.  Well, you could visit the intimate apparel area of the Get Married store, but really, after that, it’s all you.

Top 500 Wedding Songs

Mr. Christopher back again to make your wedding planning easier.  I’ve seen lots of lists online for wedding songs, so I decided to redistribute this list from Ambassador of the Top 500 songs that are requested at weddings. And we’re not referring to current songs that come and go like Cupid Shuffle. We’re talking about the 500 wedding songs that never go away and are requested over and over.

And don’t forget to check out the updated version of this list of the Top 150 Wedding Songs of 2010 that was compiled from dozens of lists and then filtered out.

Song Title

A Day in the Life,

A Hard Day’s Night,

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Ain’t No Sunshine

All Along the Watchtower,

All I Have to Do Is Dream

All I Wanna Do

All My Life

All of Me

All Out of Love

All Shook Up,

All Star

All the Things You Are

Almost Like Being in Love

Always

Always & Forever

Always On My Mind

Amazed

American Pie

And I Love Her

Another Brick in the Wall

Another One Bites The Dust

As Time Goes By

At the Hop

Atomic Dog

Babe

Baby Got Back

Baby Love

Baby, I Need Your Loving

Back At One

Back That Thing Up

Bad Girls

Bad To The Bone

Band on the Run

Be My Lover

Beat It,

Beautiful Day

Beautiful In My Eyes

Because You Loved Me

Begin the Beguine

Bent

Best I Can

Best of My Love

Best Of My Love

Better Off Alone

Billy Jean

Blue

Blue Bayou

Blue Suede Shoes,

Blueberry Hill

Bohemian Rhapsody,

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom

Boom! Shake the Room!

Boot Scootin’ Boogie

Born to Be Wild,

Born To Run

Brandy

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Breathe

Breathless

Brick House

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Brown Eyed Girl

Brown Sugar,

Build Me Up Buttercup

Burning Down The House

Butterfly Kisses

Buy Me A Rose

Bye, Bye, Bye

California Dreamin’,

California Girls

Call Me

Can I Get A..

Can You Feel the Love Tonight

Can’t Help Falling in Love

Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You

Cara Mia

Celebration

Cha Cha Slide

Chances Are

Chances Are

Chattahoochee

Cherish

Chicken Dance

Closing Time

C’mon & Ride It (the train)

Color My World

Come On Eileen

Come Rain or Come Shine

Come Sail Away

Come Together

Conga

Copa Cabana

Cotton Eyed Joe

Could I Have This Dance

Could I Have This Kiss Forever

Could It Be Magic

Country Grammar

Cowboy

Cowboy Take Me Away

Crash And Burn

Crazy

Crazy for You

Crocadile Rock

Crystal Blue Persuasion

Da’ Butt

Dance With Me

Dancing Queen

Daniel

Daydream Believer

De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da

December 1963 ( Oh! What a night)

Desert Rose

Devil with a Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly

Dizzy

Do You Love Me

Don’t Be Cruel

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Downtown

Dream On,

Dreams

Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)

Endless Love

Evergreen

Everlasting Love

Every Breath You Take

Everything I Do, I Do It for You

Faithfully

Fame

Feeling Groovy

Fire and Rain

First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)

Footloose

Free Bird,

Friends in Low Places

From This Moment On

Funky Town

Georgia on My Mind,

Get Down Tonight

Gettin’ Jiggy With It

Gimmie Some Lovin’

Girl From Ipanema

God Only Knows,

Gonna Make You Sweat

Good Golly, Miss Molly,

Good Lovin’

Good Vibration

Good Vibrations

Goodbye Earl

Graduation

Grazing In The Grass

Grease Megamix

Great Balls of Fire,

Happy Together

Have I Told You Lately

Heart of Glass

Heartbreak Hotel,

Help

Here & Now

Here With Me

Hey Jude,

Hip Hop Hooray

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Honesty

Honkey Tonk Woman

Hooked on a Feeling,

Hot, Hot, Hot

Hot Stuff

Hotel California,

Hound Dog,

How Deep Is Your Love

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You

Hungry Heart

I Belong To You

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction

I Can’t Smile Without You

I Cross My Heart

I Do (Cherish You)

I Got You (I Feel Good),

I Heard It Through the Grapevine

I Heard it Through the Grapevine,

I Honestly Love You

I Hope You Dance

I Just Called To Say I Love You

I Just Want to Be Your Everything

I Knew I Loved You

I Like It, I Love It

I Love Rock & Roll

I Made It Through The Rain

I Melt with You

I Need To Know

I Need You

I Still Believe in You

I Swear

I Try

I Turn To You

I Want to Hold Your Hand

I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

I Will Always Love You

I Will Survive

I Write The Songs

If

If I Fell

If Tomorrow Never Comes

If You’re Gone

I’ll Be There for You

I’ll Make Love to You

Imagine

In the Ghetto

In the Midnight Hour,

In The Mood

In the Still of the Night

In Your Eyes

It Had to Be You

It’s My Life

It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me

It’s Your Love

Jailhouse Rock,

Jammin

Jock Jam

Johnny B. Goode,

Jump (for My Love)

Jump, Jive & Wail

Jump,

Jumpin’ Jack Flash,

Jumpin’ Jumpin’

Just the Way You Are

Kashmir,

Killing Me Softly with His Song

Kryptonite

La Bamba,

Lady

Last Dance

Layla

Le Freak

Legs

Let It Be

Let’s Get Married

Let’s Hang On

Let’s Stay Together,

Let’s Talk About Sex

Light My Fire

Limbo Rock

Listen to the Music

Locomotion

London Calling,

Longer

Looks Like We Made It

Lost In Love

Louie, Louie

Love Me Do

Love Me Tender

Love on the Rocks

Love Shack

Love Will Keep Us Together

Love You Inside Out

Lucky

Macarena

Mack the Knife

Maggie May

Magic Man

Mambo # 5

Man, I Feel Like A Woman

Mandy

Margaritaville

Maria Maria

Maybe I’m Amazed

McArthur Park

Me and Mrs Jones

Midnight Train to Georgia

Mircales

Miss You

Mmm Bop

Mony, Mony

Moon River

Moonlight Serenade

More Than a Feeling,

Morning Train

Mrs. Robinson

Music

Mustang Sally

My Cherie Amour

My Eyes Adored You

My Eyes Don’t Cry ( The Hustle )

My Generation,

My Girl

My Heart Will Go On

My Life

My Love

My Sharona

My Thanksgiving

My Way

New York, New York

Night Fever

Nights in White Satin

No More Tears

No Woman No Cry,

Off The Wall

Oh Girl

Oh, Pretty Woman

Old Time Rock & Roll

On Broadway

On The Radio

Only God Knows Why

Only the Good Die Young

Only Wanna Be With You

Only You

Oops! I Did It Again

Papa Was a Rolling Stone,

Party (Up In Here)

Piano Man

Pinch Me

Play that Funky Music

Please Don’t Go

Pop Muzik

Power Of Love

Proud Mary,

Pump Up the Jam

Purple Haze,

Push It

Rag Doll

Rapper’s Delight

Rapture

Ready To Take a Chance Again

Recipe For Making Love

Red, Red Wine

Return to Sender

Revolution

Rhiannon

Rhythm Is A Dancer

Rock & Roll All Nite

Rock & Roll,

Rock Around the Clock,

Rock This Town

Rock With You

Rockin’ Robin

Roxanne,

Run Around Sue

Sailing

Satisfaction

Scarborough Fair

September Morn

Sexual

Sexual Healing,

She Bangs

She Loves You,

She’s Always a Woman to Me

She’s Not There

Ships

Shout

Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely

Simple Kind of Life

Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay,

Sloop John B

Smells Like Teen Spirit,

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Smooth

Somebody to Love,

Someone Like You

Something

Sometimes a Fantasy

Soul Man

Sounds of Silence

Space Oddity,

Spanish Eyes

Stairway to Heaven

Stand By Me,

Start Me Up,

Stayin’ Alive

Staying Alive

Steal Away

Steal My Kisses

Still

Stop In The Name of Love

Strangers in the Night

Strawberry Fields

Strike It Up

Strokin’

Summertime Blues,

Sunshine of Your Love,

Super Freak

Superstition,

Surfin’ USA

Suspicious Minds

Sweet Caroline

Sweet Home Alabama

Swing the Mood Jive

Sympathy for the Devil,

T.R.O.U.B.L.E.

Take It Easy

Taking You Home

Tears of a Clown

Tequila

Thank God I’m A Country Boy

Thank You

That Old Black Magic

That’ll Be the Day,

That’s Life

That’s The Beat Of A Heart

That’s The Way It Is

The Dance

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

The Gambler

The Letter

The Long and Winding Road

The Most Beautiful Girl

The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

The Real Slim Shady

The Rose

The Thong Song

The Tide Is High

The Twist

The Way You Look Tonight

The Way You Love Me

The Winner Takes It All

Then The Morning Comes

There You Go

This Is Your Night

This Magic Moment

This One’s For You

Three Times a Lady

Thriller

Through the Years

Thunder Road,

Tie a Yellow Ribbon

Time In A Bottle

Time of My Life (I’ve Had)

To Be Real

To Love Somebody

Tonight, I Celebrate My Love

Truckin’

Truly

Try A Little Tenderness

Tubthumper

Turn Turn Turn

Twilight Time

Twist & Shout

U Can’t Touch This

Unchained Melody

Unforgettable

Up Where We Belong

Upside Down

Vision of Love

Vivir Sin Aire

Vogue

Voodoo

Walk This Way,

Walking in Rhythm

Wanderer

Watermelon Crawl

We Are Family

We Are the Champions,

We Like To Party

We’ve Got Tonight

What A Girl Wants

What a Wonderful World

What I Like About You

What’s Going On,

Whatta Man

When a Man Loves a Woman

When Doves Cry,

Whip It

Who Let The Dogs Out

Whole Lotta Love,

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On,

Whoomp! (there it is)

Wild Thing

Wild Thing,

Wind Beneath My Wings

Windy

With Arms Wide Open

Wonderful Tonight

Wooly Bully

Words

Working My Way Back To You

Wouldn’t It Be Nice

Yesterday

YMCA

You and I

You Are So Beautiful

You Are The Sunshine of My Life

You Can’t Hurry Love

You Dropped A Bomb On Me

You Light Up My Life

You Needed Me

You Really Got Me,

You Sang To Me/ Muy Dentro de Mi

You Send Me

You Shook Me All Night Long,

You Should Be Dancing

Your Mama Don’t Dance

Your Song

Your Still The One

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

You’ve Made Me So Very Happy

Artist

The Beatles

The Beatles

Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell

The Supremes

Bill Withers

Jimi Hendrix & The Experience.

Everly Brothers

Sheryl Crow

K-CI & JOJO

Frank Sinatra

Air Supply

Elvis Presley.

Smash Mouth

Tommy Dorsey

Frank Sinatra

Atlantic Starr

Heatwave / Luther Vandross

Willie Nelson

Lonestar

Don McLean

The Beatles

Pink Floyd

Queen

Tony Bennett/Dexter Gordon

Danny & the Juniors

George Clinton

Styx

Sir-Mix-A-Lot

The Supremes

The Four Tops

Bryan McNight

Juvenile

Donna Summer

George Thorogood & Destroyers

Paul McCartney and Wings

La Bouche

Michael Jackson.

U2

Joshua Kadison

Celine Dion

Traditional Jazz

Matchbox 20

Chris Perez Band

The Eagles

Emotion (Disco)

Alice Dee Jay

Michael Jackson

Eiffel 65

Linda Ronstadt

Carl Perkins / Elvis

Fats Domino

Queen.

The Andrews Sister

The Venga Boys

Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

Brooks & Dunn

Steppenwolf.

Bruce Springsteen

Looking Glass

Neil Sedaka

Faith Hill

Corrs

Commodores

Simon and Garfunkel

Van Morrison

The Rolling Stones.

The Foundations

Talking Heads

Bob Carlisle

Kenny Rogers

N’Sync

The Mamas and the Papas.

The Beach Boys

Blondie

Jay-Z

Elton John

Elvis Presley

Frankie Valli

Jay and The Americans

Kool & the Gang

DJ Casper

Bob Seger & Martina McBride

Johnny Mathis

Alan Jackson

The Association

Various

Semi Sonic

Quad City DJs

Chicago

Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Tony Bennet

Styx

The Beatles

Gloria Estefan

Barry Manilow

Rednex

Anne Murray

Whitney Houston with Enrique Iglesias

Barry Manilow

Nelly

Kid Rock

Dixie Chicks

Savage Garden

Patsy Cline

Madonna

Elton John

Tommy James and the Shondells

E.U.

Debelah Morgan

ABBA

Elton John

The Monkees

The Police

Four Seasons

Sting with Cheb Mami

Mitch Ryder/ Detroit Wheels

Tommy Roe

The Contours

Elvis Presley

George Michael

Bobby McFerrin

Petula Clark

Aerosmith.

Fleetwood Mac

Marica Griffiths

Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

Barbra Streisand

Carl Carlton

The Police

Bryan Adams

Journey

Irene Cara

Harper’s Bazarre

James Taylor

Roberta Flack

Frank Sinatra

Kenny Loggins

Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Garth Brooks

Shania Twain & Brian White

Lipps Inc

Ray Charles

KC & The Sunshine Band

Will Smith

Spencer Davis Group

Antonio Carlos Jobim

The Beach Boys.

C+C Music Factory

Little Richard.

The Rascals

Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

The Beach Boys

Dixie Chicks

Vitamin C

The Friends of Distinction

John Travolta & Olivia Newton

Jerry Lee Lewis.

Turtles

Van Morrison/Rod Stewart

Blondie

Elvis Presley.

The Beatles

Luther Vandross

Dido: Sarah Brightman

The Beatles.

Naughty By Nature

Pat Benatar

Billy Joel

Rolling Stones

Carl Carlton

Buster Poindexter

Donna Summer

The Eagles.

Elvis Presley.

The Bee Gees

James Taylor

Marvin Gaye

Bruce Springsteen

Lenny Kravitz

Rolling Stones

Barry Manilow

George Strait

98 Degrees

James Brown.

The Temptations

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Olivia Newton-John

Lee Ann Womack

Stevie Wonder

Andy Gibb

Savage Garden

Tim McGraw

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Barry Manilow

Modern English

Marc Anthony

Lee Ann Rimes

Vince Gill,

John Michael Montgomery

Macy Gray

Christina Aguilara

The Beatles

Elvis Presley

Whitney Houston

Gloria Gaynor

Barry Manilow

Bread

The Beatles

Garth Brooks

Matchbox twenty

Rembrandts

Boys II Men

John Lennon

Elvis Presley

Wilson Pickett.

Glen Miller & His Orchestra

The Five Satins

Peter Gabriel

Harry Connick, Jr.

Bon Jovi

Billy Joel

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Elvis Presley.

Bob Marley & the Wailers

ESPN Presents

Chuck Berry.

The Pointer Sisters

Brian Setzer

Van Halen.

The Rolling Stones.

Destiny’s Child

Billy Joel

Led Zeppelin.

Roberta Flack

Three Doors Down

Ritchie Valens.

Kenny Rogers

Donna Summer

Eric Clapton

Chic

ZZ Top

The Beatles

Jagged Edge

Four Seasons

Al Green.

Salt ‘n Pepa

The Doors

Chubby Checker

The Doobie Brothers

Kyile Minogue

The Clash.

Dan Fogelberg

Barry Manilow

Air Supply

Kingsmen

The Beatles

Elvis Presley

Neil Diamond

The B-52’s

Captain and Tennille

The Bee Gees

Britney Spears

Los Del Rio

Bobby Darin

Rod Stewart

Heart

Lou Bega

Shania Twain

Barry Manilow

Jimmy Buffett

Santana

Paul McCartney

Donna Summer

Billy Paul

Gladys Knight and the Pips

Jefferson Starship

The Rolling Stones

Hanson

Billy Idol

Henry Mancini

Glenn Miller and his Orchestra

Boston.

Sheena Easton

Robinson, Paul Simon

Madonna

The Commitments/Wilson Pickett

Stevie Wonder

Frankie Valli

Stevie Wonder

The Who.

The Temptations

Celine Dion

Billy Joel

Paul McCartney & Wings

The Knack

Don Henley

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

Bee Gees

Moody Blues

Streisand/Summer

Bob Marley & the Wailers.

Michael Jackson

The Chi-lites

Roy Orbison

Bob Seger

The Platters

Donna Summer

Kid Rock

Billy Joel

Hootie & The Blowfish

The Platters

Britney Spears

The Temptations.

DMX

Billy Joel

Barenaked Ladies

Wild Cherry

KC and the Sunshine Band

M

Celine Dion/Jennifer Rush

Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Technotronics

Jimi Hendrix.

Salt N’ Peppa

Four Seasons

Sugar Hill Gang

Blondie

Barry Manilow

Harry Connick Jr.

UB40

Elvis Presley

The Beatles

Fleetwood Mac

Snap

Kiss

Led Zeppelin.

Bill Haley & His Comets.

Stray Cats

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson & the Jackson 5

The Police.

Dion & The Belmonts

Christopher Cross

Rolling Stones

Simon & Garfunkel

Neil Diamond

Amber

Marvin Gaye.

Ricky Martin

The Beatles.

Billy Joel

The Zombies

Barry Manilow

Isley Brothers

Backstreet Boys

No Doubt

Otis Redding.

The Beach Boys

Nirvana.

The Platters

Santana featuring Rob Thomas

Jefferson Airplane.

Van Morrison

The Beatles

Billy Joel

Blues Brothers

Simon and Garfunkel

David Bowie.

Elvis

Led Zeppelin

Ben E. King.

The Rolling Stones.

N-Trance

The Bee Gees

Robbie Dupree

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals

The Commodores

The Supremes

Frank Sinatra

John Lennon

Black Box

Clarence Carter

Eddie Cochran.

Cream.

Rick James

Stevie Wonder.

Beach Boys

Elvis Presley

Neil Diamond

Lynard Skynard

Bunny & the Mixmasters

The Rolling Stones.

Travis Tritt

The Eagles

Don Henley

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

Champs

John Denver

Dido

Glenn Miller

Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

Frank Sinatra

Warren Brothers with Sara Evans

Celine Dion

Garth Brooks

Roberta Flack

Kenny Rogers

The Boxx Tops

The Beatles

Charlie Rich

Prince

Eminem

Bette Midler

Sisqo

Blondie

Chubby Checker

Frank Sinatra / Tony Bennett

Faith Hill

Abba

Smash Mouth

Pink

Amber

Jay and The Americans

Barry Manilow

Commodores

Michael Jackson

Kenny Rogers

Bruce Springsteen.

Tony Orlando and Dawn

Jim Croce

Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Cheryl Lynn

The Bee Gees

Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack

Grateful Dead

Lionel Richie

Otis Redding

Chumbawamba

Byrds

The Platters

The Beatles

M.C. Hammer

The Righteous Brothers

Nat “King” & Natalie Cole

Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

Diana Ross

Mariah Carey

Ruben Ramos

Madonna

Godsmack

Aerosmith.

The Blackbyrds

Dion

Tracy Byrd

Sister Sledge

Queen.

The Venga Boys

Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton

Christina Aguilera

Louie Armstong

Romantics

Marvin Gaye.

Salt’N’Pepa

Percy Sledge

Prince & the Revolution.

Devo

Baha Men

Led Zeppelin.

Jerry Lee Lewis.

Tag Team

Tone Loc

The Troggs.

Bette Midler

The Association

Creed

Eric Clapton

Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs

The Bee Gees

The Four Seasons

Beach Boys

The Beatles

Village People

Eddie Rabbit & Crystal Gayle

Joe Cocker

Stevie Wonder

The Supremes

The Gap Band

Debby Boone

Anne Murray

The Kinks.

Marc Anthony

Sam Cooke

AC/DC.

The Bee Gees

Loggins and Messina

Elton John

Shania Twain

Righteous Brothers

Blood, Sweat & Tears

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10 Tips For Weddings on a Budget

Mr. Christopher hitting the web waves with some great wedding advice to help with your wedding planning.  I’ve perused the web for you and dug up all of the lists that I could find on budget weddings.  Nowadays the wallet is tight and as a father of not one, not two, but THREE girls, I can tell you, I’ll be trying to find ways to cut corners in every way possible.  So I scraped together the 10 best tips out of all gazillion that were out there.  Here are the most common money saving ideas.

1. wedding-flowersHome Grown – Almost all of the lists made reference to picking a local florist.  Not only picking a local florist, but to be wary of what types of flowers you’re picking.  Getting a dark orchid at under a dollar piece instead of that Egyptian Tiger Lilly kissed by the pharaoh’s daughter at $10 a stem is a big way to save money on something that unfortunately is going to die within a week.

Cool tip: Pick up a bag of white play sand for about $10 at your hardware store and bury any arrangements that you want to keep in the sand for a few days which will naturally dry the bouquets.  They maintain their color, never die,  and you can then use them in art projects, frame them, put in a baggie for memories, or whatever you’d like to do with them.

2. Play That Funky Music – Another popular tip referred to bands and DJ’s.  Most of the lists suggested that you ditch the DJ or band and just make some mix CD’s to play.  The truth about this is that you can really kill the vibe of the reception if your mix CD is cranking Michael Bolton when your guests are ready to rock.  So ditching the DJ is fine, but if you can have that tech savvy music lover in your family (and there’s always one) manning the CD player, you can alleviate some of that awkwardness that comes from bad music placement.

Cool Tip: You can buy a CD mixer for dirt cheap on Ebay (under $50 and super easy to use) that will connect two CD players so that your family member running the CD’s can fade from one song on one CD player to the other so that there’s no awkwardness while they take one CD out of the player to replace it with another.  Dead air sucks.

3. wedding-cupcakeLet Them Eat Cake (or not) – Bakeries that specialize in wedding cakes will drain your wallet dry depending on how big you’d like your cake to be.  Independent bakeries might even be able to make nice two tiered cake for a fraction of the cost.  Many brides refuse to cut this corner, but shop around and especially small local bakeries.

Cool Tip: Great cake ideas like tiered cupcakes or Twinkies is also extremely memorable and very popular. Tres chic.  Whatever that means.

4. Do Me a FavorWedding favors don’t have to be expensive. There are great places online that offer inexpensive wedding favors like GetMarried.com.  Some people also make their own if your artistically inclined and if you have the time.

5. Invitations – While a lot of brides are even willing to print out their own wedding invitations, you might want to look at some of the online companies out there that offer printing services.  A lot of them do not have the overhead that some of larger brick and mortar companies and they can print massive amounts of invitations for dirt cheap.  Once you figure in the cost of paper, ink, and envelopes, you might as well have someone else do the work.

6. Friday Night Lights – This was listed on a few lists.  Most weddings are on Saturdays and that’s why churches and venues charge extremely higher rates.  They know that it may be easier to get your friends in relatives in town on a weekend then say, a Friday.  But you’d be shocked at just how drastic the price difference is if you were to book your wedding on a weekday instead.   If your attendees know about it with good advance notice, you’ll not only save tons of cash, but also greatly open up your options for venues.  The time of day also has a big impact on what you’ll spend. Plan it around dinner and you’re feeding your guests dinner.  If that’s the plan, then…

7. bbqMini Menu – If dinner is on your plan of events for your guests, keep the menu limited.  This applies to rehearsal dinners as well.  Keeping the selection simple will normally keep your catering costs down.  Some lists even suggested a friendly backyard barbecue for the rehearsal dinner which is an excellent idea. Being able to just relax and let the guys do the cooking is inexpensive and relaxing because you’re home.  Just make sure you get some relatives to commit to helping you clean up afterward.

8. Drinky Drinky – Open bars guarantee that people will come.  It will also guarantee that you will get slammed with a hefty bill at the end of the night.   Alcohol makes the costs skyrocket, so doing without will make a huge difference.  You can get inventive with non-alcoholic specialty drinks like the “sprite/sherbet punch in a bowl” phenomenon.  You can also make sure that your guests aren’t driving their children home while under the influence.  If you simply must have alcohol at your wedding, keep it beer and wine.  Decorate large bins filled with ice offering a selection of brew, red wine, white wine, etc.   Hard liquor is a definite no unless they bring their own.

9. Dress for Success
For the Bride: Wedding dresses are so ridiculously expensive and especially ones that are custom made.  Many brides find great deals on the clearance rack and some are even finding their dress for the big day at department stores.  With stores like Target getting into the wedding dress business, finding that beautiful wedding gown may be only a hundred bucks away and nobody will be the wiser.   If everyone thinks you look gorgeous and like a million bucks, what in the world does it matter?  Especially when it will end up in a box in the attic and stored for years after only being worn once.

For the Groom – Let’s face it. 95% of grooms go to a tux rental store to get there tuxes for the big day. Make sure you prowl the online coupon sites for huge deep discounts on tux deals.  They are all clamoring for your business and will undercut their competition by leaps and bounds to get your dollar.

10. Involve the Family – You probably have multiple family members that can help in some form or fashion and save you hundreds if not thousands.  Got a uncle who drives a taxi?  Have him do the chauffeur duties.  Paying him $100 for the night will save you tons of cash.  Got a teen who’s an MP3 player junkie?  You got your DJ!  Just like you, your family members are cutting corners too.  Instead of requesting wedding gifts, ask for their help in whatever their specialty may be.  You may be surprised if you send out an email to ask them how they can help and find hidden talents that you never knew existed.

wedding-planningAs always, some brides just refuse to cut corners and have dreamed of their wedding day since they were children and they have a vision as to how to plan their wedding.   Hopefully these tips will save you big bucks and also help with your wedding planning.  If you’d like more great wedding advice, be sure to tune into WeTV on Saturdays to watch Get Married  or visit their website online at http://www.getmarried.com for everything from wedding planning tips, wedding invitations, wedding favors and gifts, real wedding videos from couples just like you for inspiration and so much more!