Amanda and Ryan - The Bridgewater Manor

Amanda and Ryan hired Hurricane Productions to film their spring wedding at The Bridgewater Manor. This elegant venue in Bridgewater, New Jersey boasts five ballrooms, gorgeous landscaping, and a top-notch event staff with nearly 25 combined years of hospitality experience.

Videographers Phil Shvartsman and Ashley Szymczyk spent the entire day with the couple, documenting each moment of their wedding events. Our video team arrived early to capture Amanda and Ryan getting ready with their wedding party. Then, they headed to Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville for a beautiful Catholic ceremony. Once Amanda and Ryan said their "I do's," they and their guests went to The Bridgewater Manor for the cocktail hour and reception.

As part of their full-day video package, the newlyweds received a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute cinematic edit of their wedding events, plus all their raw footage from the day. They also received a three to five-minute highlight video to share with family and friends on social media.

Looking for wedding videography, photography, or entertainment services? Hurricane Productions can help. Check out our pricing page to learn about our packages, or request a quote for more details and availability.

Tara and Gary - The Olde Mill Inn

Tara and Gary's Olde Mill Inn wedding was a day filled with love and happiness. The couple held their ceremony and reception at this historical Basking Ridge venue, which dates back to the 18th century. With its elegant ballroom, stone architecture, and gorgeous grounds, The Olde Mill Inn provided the perfect backdrop for the newlyweds' wedding photos.

Hurricane Productions photographer Corynn Egreczky documented every moment of Tara and Gary's wedding events. She provided full-day coverage and captured the wedding party preparations, the ceremony, the reception, and portraits of the couple and their loved ones.

The new Mr. and Mrs. also booked Hurricane's Spotlight Entertainment Package for their reception. DJ Alvin Gay and MC Robbie Padovano kept guests on the dance floor throughout the evening. Tara and Gary upgraded their package with a ceremony sound system, full ballroom uplighting, and LED screens with a photo montage and custom animation.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Check out our pricing page or request a quote for more details on our all-inclusive packages.

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Long Engagement? 4 Reasons to Take Your Time With Wedding Plans

One of the first decisions you'll have to make as a newly engaged couple is your wedding date. You can't start booking vendors without it, so you and your spouse-to-be have a big question to answer: Do you fast-track your wedding plans or go for a long engagement?

According to Brides.com, the average American couple is engaged for 12 to 18 months before they tie the knot. Some couples only wait a few months to get married, while others extend their engagement to two years or longer. There's no right or wrong answer; it all depends on what you and your fiance want for your big day.

The case for a long engagement

That being said, there are a few distinct advantages to a long engagement. After all, there's no need to rush the wedding -- you two will have the rest of your lives together! Even if you want to get legally married right away, you can still take your time planning the perfect reception for your family and friends. Here are some good reasons to consider stretching out your wedding plans.

1. You can take your time on the big, important decisions.

When you're on a time crunch, you may end up rushing big decisions and settling for a location, vendor, or dress you're not completely in love with. With a long engagement, you'll have plenty of time to research and visit venues, and interview vendors for your big day.

2. You can book your vendors early.

Popular wedding vendors, including venues, photographers, videographers, and DJs, often book up over a year in advance. If you have your heart set on a particular place or service provider, setting a date far in advance means there's a better chance your dream vendor is available for your wedding.

It's also important to note that wedding vendors and banquet halls may raise their prices year after year. Booking early means you'll lock in their current rates and get the best deal possible.

3. You'll have more control over your wedding budget.

Another financial advantage of a long engagement? You can better manage your wedding budget. All the little expenses, like decorations, wedding party gifts, and hotel gift bags, can add up quickly. The further in advance you set your wedding date, the more time you'll have to save up for the things you really want.

When you're able to spread out your payments, you may also find that you have room in the budget for those "nice to have" elements you weren't sure you could afford when you first got engaged. You can set aside money each month so that as your wedding gets closer, you can go back to your vendors and request that fancy dessert station, photo booth, or lighting upgrade.

4. You can take the time to truly enjoy your engagement.

There are so many exciting events that happen during a couple's engagement. Instead of trying to cram an engagement party, a bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette weekends, and the wedding day into a single year, you can spread them out and make the wedding excitement last all the way up to your big day. Perhaps more importantly, a long engagement means you and your fiance will have plenty of time to appreciate each other, strengthen your relationship, and figure out your plans for married life.

We're here to support you throughout your entire wedding planning process, no matter what your timeline is.

Couples have booked Hurricane Productions anywhere from a few weeks to a few years before their wedding day. Whether you choose a short or long engagement, we are here to make your wedding planning process as smooth as possible.

When you book one of our all-inclusive wedding packages, our full-time support staff can help you create the wedding you've always envisioned. You'll also receive access to our convenient online planning portal, where you can fill in your wedding details, plan your timeline, request music, and make payments on your own schedule.

Ready to book your wedding entertainment, photography, and videography? Fill out this short form or contact us directly to get a quote and confirm our availability for your date.

Top Greek Wedding Dance Songs

HASAPIKO

(TRADITIONAL)

Afti e nyhta menei
Agape mou, pios sou’pe tetia pragmata Armanaki
Dari, Dari
E Trata mas e kourelou
Eimai sta “high” mou
Fiye, fiye
Kapatan Andrea Zeppo
Komotries
Ksekina mia Psaropoula Maria me ta Kitrina
Matia mou, matia mou
Matia san kai ta dika sou Melahrinaki
Modistres kai komotries
Mpikan ta gidia sto mandri Ntiri-ntak-ntak, ntiri ntiri ntak-ntak
Pali ego tha erhoume
Pali Portes Ktipas
Pare to Trainaki
Pios moro mou, pios
Romios, Agapise Romia
Sala, sala, mes sti sala
Se psili rahoula
Siko horepse koukli mou
Siko pano, katse kato
Ta ‘ho hamena
Tha paro mia psaropoula
To louloudaki tou vounou
To moro, to moro, to moro
To Santonak

 

TSAMIKA

Aginara me ta ngathia Enas Aetos
Ilio
Itia

Itia (sta chondra, instrumental) Kano Petra tin kardia
Kovo Mia Klara
Na ‘san ta neiata dio fores Papalambrena

Poulaki xeno, xenihtemeno Poulia mou diavatari
Ton Amaranto

 

TSIFTETELIA

Belly dance in Dmi
Saleas tsifteteli
Stratos’ tsifteteli
To bouzouki mou ehei kaifi To santonaki

 

ZEMBEKIKA

Aliti M’eipes mia vradia Den Pao Pouthena
Enas Mangas sto Votaniko Evdokias

Kai Pao, pao, pao Mia Molivia Nyhta Kselogiastra O Aetos

Pare oti thelis, Paliatzi Stin Alana
Stin Elefsina
Ta angela ftera

Ti eimouna yia senane To Ayalma
To Vouno

SYRTO

(FAST HASAPICO)

Vasilis Karras - Astin na leei
Dakrizmeni zitas tin ayapi mou Eksonterthia
Leye oti thes, leye
Me lene Yioryo
Me xehnas
Moro mou
Mou ‘heis kanei Mayia Paranomia agape mou Phenomenon
Pitsirika
Pou Girnas
Pros kremos
Se youstaro poli
Tha tis Perasi
Then me katalaves pote
Ti sou Ftaiei
Tilefonise mou
Yia ta lefta ta kanies ola
Zilevo, zilevo

 

KALAMATIANA

Mantili Kalamatiano
Mou paringile t' aidoni
Ola ta poulakia
Kori pou pas ston potamo
Tin agapi mou tin apothimissa
Thalassaki mou
Dio Kardies
E manna mou me dernei Gerakina
I Thiva ehei omorfes Manousakia
Mantili Kalamatiano Mavra Matia sto potiri Mou Parigele Taidoni
Na Haris ta Matia Sou Orai pou einai I Nifi mas Palamakia, palamakia Samiotissa
Skali kale mou skali
To diko mou paplouma Tria Pedia Voliotika Vangelitsa Mou

Shannon and Greg - The Bridgewater Manor

The Bridgewater Manor is known for its elegance and sophistication. With five ballrooms, and a perfectly manicured outdoor patio for ceremonies, this Bridgewater, NJ event venue offers a romantic and traditional setting for beautiful weddings like Shannon and Greg's.

The couple hired Hurricane Productions to provide entertainment and videography services for their spring Bridgewater Manor wedding. As part of their Spotlight Entertainment package, Shannon and Greg received cocktail hour sound and reception entertainment by company founders Vincent Velasquez (MC) and Strato Doumanis (DJ), plus intelligent spotlighting for the dance floor.

The newlyweds added several package upgrades, including full ballroom uplighting and a custom Name in Lights monogram. They also had a custom Snapchat geofilter designed by our team so guests could show off their Snaps of the wedding in style.

Hurricane videographer Corynn Egreczky provided full-day video coverage for the couple's Bridgewater Manor wedding. She captured all of Shannon and Greg's special moments throughout the day, from morning preparations through the final dance of the evening. Corynn's footage was edited into a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute cinematic wedding film, and a three to five-minute highlight video.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Visit our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

Monica and Michael - Waterloo Village - Stanhope, NJ

New Jersey couples who want a rustic wedding often choose Waterloo Village, a 19th century canal town in Stanhope, NJ. This gorgeous venue is brimming with both history and charm, and provides the perfect backdrop for romantic photos and videos.

Monica and Michael experienced the magic of Waterloo Village firsthand during their spring wedding. The newlyweds hired Hurricane Productions to provide entertainment and videography services for their big day. They chose our Spotlight Entertainment Package, which included entertainment by DJ Alvin Gay and MC Robbie Padovano, and customized intelligent spotlighting. As an add-on to their package, Hurricane also set up a wireless sound system for the ceremony.

To create their Waterloo Village wedding video, Monica and Michael hired Hurricane's Phil Shvartsman and Tyler Ajamian for full-day videography coverage. Phil and Tyler worked together to capture all the couple's special moments, from pre-ceremony prep through the end of their reception. Their package included a 60 to 90-minute wedding film and a three to five-minute highlight video, plus the videographers' raw footage from their day.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Visit our pricing page to view our all-inclusive packages, or request a quote to learn more.

4 Historic Game of Thrones Inspired Wedding Venues

Forget winter -- Wedding Season is coming.

New Jersey is home to some impressive historic castles and mansions, so why not host your wedding at a venue that looks like it's straight out of Westeros?

Millions of Game of Thrones fans are currently following the eighth and final season of the popular HBO series.

If you and your fiance are among them, you might be thinking about how to incorporate elements of the show into your big day.

While you can certainly add other GoT details to your invitations, attire, and decor, the right location can create an atmosphere that truly brings the Seven Kingdoms to life. Check out a few of our favorite New Jersey Game of Thrones inspired venues perfect for any wedding.

 

Waterloo Village

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New Jersey state park or the Westeros countryside? Waterloo Village, a restored 19th century canal town in Stanhope, is a perennially popular wedding venue. This little slice of history is nestled in Allamuchy Mountain State Park along the Musconetong River.

Its gorgeous natural backdrops are reminiscent of some of GoT's filming locations in Iceland and Croatia. Waterloo also offers tons of amazing photo opps in front of its quaint historical mansions, stone buildings, and bridges.

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The Legacy Castle

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The Legacy Castle has a lot in common with Riverrun, the ancestral castle of House Tully. Surrounded by two lakes and the Pompton River, this Pompton Plains venue boasts beautiful water views and decor fit for royalty.

Beyond the castle's impressive entrance way and white stone exterior, you'll find exquisite details from a bygone era: wrought iron railings with gold leaf detailing, chandeliers with cascading crystals, multiple indoor and outdoor fountains, and a beautifully landscaped courtyard.

Epic Wedding Venues in New Jersey

Lambert's Castle

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The aptly named Red Keep in King's Landing is built of red stones and sits atop a hill, just like Lambert's Castle. This museum and library is located on Garret Mountain and overlooks the city of Paterson. Owned and maintained by the Passaic County Historical Society, the castle dates back to the 1890s, when it served as the residence of silk industry mogul Catholina Lambert.

Unfortunately, Lambert's Castle recently stopped renting out its facilities for private parties. However, if you're getting married nearby, you can still get a permit to take wedding photos and video inside the castle and on its gorgeous historical grounds.

Castle Weddings in NJ

Pleasantdale Chateau

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Like House Martell's Dorne region, Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange was, in part, inspired by the architecture of Seville, Spain. The entrance hall of the venue's magnificent Fountain Room is lined with colorful,17th-century Portuguese tiles imported directly from Seville.

The exterior of the Chateau was modeled after Norman architecture, a popular style of many 11th and 12th century European castles and cathedrals. Pleasantdale Chateau also features lush greenery and landscaping, not unlike the Water Gardens of Dorne.

NJ Castle Wedding Venue

Already found your wedding venue? Give Hurricane Productions a call to book your wedding entertainment and media services. Visit our pricing page or request a quote for more details on our all-inclusive packages.

Book Last Minute, Raw Footage and Edit Later

There's no way around it: Weddings can get very expensive, very quickly. After you've booked your venue, officiant, photographer, DJ, florist, and countless other vendors, you might not have a lot of money left over to spend on video. You might not even be sure you want a wedding videographer at all.

But Hurricane Productions isn't your average wedding videographer. We offer videography services and options you won't find at most other companies. Here are three things that make us a great choice for couples on the fence about video:

You can book us at the last minute.

Couples who know they want video typically book their wedding videographer early on in the planning process. But some couples aren't sure if they want to invest in video until a few months before the big day -- and they're often disappointed to learn that most local videographers have already been booked for their date.

Because Hurricane Productions works with nearly a dozen photo and video professionals, you can come to us 30 to 60 days before your wedding date, and we'll have someone available to shoot your event. Rachel and Steve Chassen hired Hurricane just three weeks before their wedding, and we were able to provide them with a videographer to capture raw footage of their day.

We offer raw footage packages for couples on a budget.

Our affordable wedding video editing packages start at just $1,295 for six hours of coverage and a three to five-minute highlight video. But if that's still outside your budget, you don't have to pay for edits at all.

We offer couples the option to just hire a wedding videographer to shoot and deliver raw footage of your day. This means you'll get the unedited clips of your wedding events -- ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception -- directly from the videographer's camera, delivered via our secure cloud server. From there, you can choose to keep the clips as they are or edit them together to make your own wedding video.

Not sure what raw footage entails? Learn more about it here.

We store your footage for up to a year (in case you change your mind).

A highlight edit of you raw footage can make a great holiday gift, or one year anniversary gift to each other!

Picture this : Your own private Dropbox folder. Access anytime for up to one year.

What happens if you get our raw footage from your wedding and now wish you'd gotten an edit package? It's not too late -- Hurricane Productions has worked with plenty of couples to incorporate video edits after their wedding day. We store your footage on our secure cloud server for up to one year after your event. That means you have a full 365 days to decide whether you want us to turn your clips into a beautiful, feature-length cinematic film, a short highlight video to share on social media, or both.

Jessica and Joe came back to us after their wedding to request both a highlight video and a feature-length edit:

Lisa and Jaime ordered their highlight video after their wedding day (and were absolutely thrilled with it!):

If you've already booked us to edit a highlight video for you, you can upgrade to a full cinematic edit up to year after after your wedding day, too.

So, it's OK if you want to just get raw footage. It's OK if you decide you want professional edits six months after your wedding. It's OK if you're not even sure you're ready to book a wedding videographer yet. With Hurricane's flexible options, we can accommodate any couple's needs, timeline, and budget. Get in touch and let's talk about your vision for your wedding video.

Visit our pricing page to view all of our wedding videography packages, or request a quote to discuss a custom package.

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Picturesque Spring Wedding Venues in New Jersey

It's not hard to see why springtime marks the beginning of wedding season. When you're surrounded by blooming flowers and lush greenery around every corner, spring wedding photos can be exceptionally gorgeous. Plus, outdoor photo shoots are much more pleasant before New Jersey's humid summer heat kicks in!

If you're planning a spring wedding in the Garden State, you've got a lot of options for gorgeous venues. No matter where in New Jersey you live, there's a nearby location with the perfect backdrop for your big day. Here are five of our favorite NJ spring wedding venues.

Rutgers Gardens (New Brunswick)

 

Many Hurricane staffers are Rutgers University alumni. As a result, we work with a lot of couples who met during their time at RU. If you and your sweetheart are Scarlet Knights, what better place to get married than the place you fell in love? Located on the Rutgers-New Brunswick Campus, Rutgers Gardens hosts wedding outdoor ceremonies and receptions throughout the year. Whether you choose the Roy DeBoer Evergreen Garden or the Art Rudolph Sun and Shade Garden, your wedding photos will be filled with stunning florals and greenery.

Shadowbrook (Shrewsbury, NJ)

 

Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury is an incredible venue for any time of year, but a spring wedding at this historical Monmouth County estate lets you take full advantage of its 18-plus acres of natural beauty. After you travel up the maple tree-lined drive to the property, you'll find an elegant, historical mansion, an outdoor ceremony space with rows of gorgeous flowers, and countless opportunities for photos and videos in front of the venue's flawless landscaping.

The Spring Lake Manor (Spring Lake, NJ)

This beautiful wedding venue dates back to 1901 and was recently renovated to "preserve its unique character." In addition to its elegant exterior, Spring Lake Manor features a private outdoor courtyard with a fountain and a brick waterfall out front. Want beach photos, too? The Manor is just a few short blocks from the shore.

Clarks Landing (Point Pleasant)

Clarks Landing is one of our favorite Jersey Shore wedding venues. You can have your outdoor ceremony overlooking the Manasquan River, and then head out to the docks for a romantic photo shoot. Even if the weather isn't ideal for outdoor photos, Clarks Landing offers some amazing indoor shots:. Its Grand Ballroom has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water.

The Water Witch Club (Highlands)

If you want the best of New Jersey's outdoor views in one location, look no further than the exclusive Water Witch Club. Situated on one of the highest points of the eastern seaboard, this one-of-a-kind venue is surrounded by the Sandy Hook bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the New York City skyline. The Water Witch Club's official event season runs from April through October, so if you want to book one of its limited spring wedding weekends, you won't want to delay.

Planning a New Jersey wedding? Let Hurricane Productions provide your entertainment, photography, and videography services. Check out our pricing page to view our packages, or request a quote for more details.

 

Wedding Lighting and Your Reception: Why Venue Lighting Design Matters

You've booked your wedding venue, chosen your color scheme, and picked out your centerpieces and floral arrangements. The look and feel of your reception is coming together – but have you considered wedding lighting?

Good lighting is the difference between an ordinary ballroom and your wedding reception. With uplighting to match your colors, spotlighting for your introductions and first dance, and customized visual displays, your venue will be elevated and transformed into a unique space designed just for you and your guests.

A lot of couples overlook wedding lighting when they're planning their big day, but you don't want to skip this important element of your reception. Here's why you should ask your venue and entertainment team about lighting options for your wedding.

Set the mood with the right wedding lighting

What kind of emotions do you want to evoke on your wedding day? Romance? Fun? Playfulness? Excitement? Intimacy? This is where well-placed uplighting and spotlighting come in.

Uplighting typically involves soft white or colored lighting to change the style of the room and set the tone for your wedding. For evening celebrations, it helps your guests transition from the brighter lights of the venue's lobby into the more romantic, intimate space that is your reception. For daytime receptions, uplighting can enhance or replace any natural daylight that may be coming into the ballroom.

Spotlighting can help keep your guests focused on the most important moments and elements of your reception. For instance, spotlights during your grand entrance, special dances, toasts, and cake-cutting will draw guests' eyes to the right place, while strategically placed lights can showcase your floral arrangements, wedding cake, and other décor elements. Intelligent spotlights, which can be programmed to move and adjust, can help create a club-like or "party" atmosphere when guests are out on the dance floor, too.

When you meet with your venue's event coordinator, you'll want to ask about the ballroom's existing lighting options (dimmers, zones, etc.) and where your focal points (head table, dance floor, cake table, food stations, etc.) will be placed during the reception. This will help your wedding lighting designer figure out the right strategy for uplighting and spotlight placement.

Wedding lighting helps your other vendors, too

You probably already know that photography and videography turn out best when you have the right lighting. Spotlighting and uplighting in your venue can greatly enhance your reception photos and video footage. Your first dance will look magical and ethereal with a spotlight shining on you. The colors of your decorations will pop in photos. Every detail and special moment will simply look better on camera when the room has well-designed lighting.

Our wedding lighting options

Hurricane Productions can do more than just get people on the dance floor at your wedding. Our talented lighting designers will ensure that the mood is perfect with the right visual elements. Here's a breakdown of the lighting design options we offer as part of our wedding services:

Intelligent Spotlighting

Our lighting designers will control an intelligent spotlighting system at your reception. It's perfect for introductions and toasts, and can double as lighting for your dance floor. This option is available as a free upgrade to our Request Entertainment Package, and comes standard with our Spotlight Entertainment Package.

Full Venue Uplighting Design

Our battery-powered, wireless uplighting can be placed anywhere in your reception venue. One of our lighting designers will fully customize the lighting in the color and style of your choice, ensuring that your lighting matches the overall décor and ambiance of your wedding. Uplighting design is available as an upgrade to any of our wedding packages.

Custom Visuals and Name-in-Lights Monogram 

These wedding day upgrades add another touch of personalization to your wedding reception. With our Visuals Package, our team will create a custom monogram animation, photo montage presentation, and social media streaming of your wedding hashtag, all displayed on two LED screens. Our Name-in-Lights option lets you display a highly detailed, customized design directly on the walls of your venue.

Projection Mapping

Want to kick off your reception in a spectacular and memorable way? We can create a custom projection mapping display synced with the music of your choice for your grand entrance into the ballroom.

No matter what kind of atmosphere you want to create at your reception, well-designed lighting can help you achieve it. Talk to us about your wedding day vision, and we'll help you turn it into a reality.

Ready to book media and entertainment services for your wedding day? Visit our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

What Is the Appropriate Amount to Tip My Wedding Vendors?

Your DJ has just played the final song of the evening at your wedding reception. Your guests are all getting ready to head home (or to the afterparty!), but before you follow them out, you decide to make the rounds and thank your vendors with a tip.

While wedding vendor tipping is never required, it is often customary in the service industry (and always appreciated). If you loved your DJ, photographer, videographer, or anyone else who helped coordinate your wedding, it's kind and classy to show your gratitude with a small bonus for a job well done.

With so many different wedding expenses, it can be tricky to determine the right amount to give each of your vendors. Follow this handy guide to help you figure out the appropriate tips for your various wedding service providers.

Wedding vendor tipping: What do most people give?

Most wedding vendor tipping standards are based on a percentage of your contract amount. If you decide to follow these guidelines, it's a good idea to have all the numbers in front of you a few weeks before your big day so you can calculate and prepare your tips ahead of time. You'll also want to review your wedding contracts carefully to see if a gratuity was already built into the final price. This is common for transportation services and wedding venues (a service charge is typically included to cover the tips for your wait staff), but not for other types of vendors.

Wedding reception staff

  • Amount: 15 to 20 percent of the contract, if gratuity was not included
  • When to tip: At the end of your reception, usually handed to the maître d'

Wedding officiant

  • Amount: $100, or a donation to their church (if applicable)
  • When to tip: At the rehearsal dinner (if present) or after the ceremony

DJ or band

  • Amount: $100 to $200 per entertainer, or 15 to 20 percent of the contract
  • When to tip: At the end of the reception

Photographer

  • Amount: $100 to $200 per photographer
  • When to tip: At the end of the reception

Videographer

  • Amount: $100 to $200 per videographer
  • When to tip: At the end of the reception

Limo/transportation

  • Amount: Around 15 percent of the contract, if gratuity was not included
  • When to tip: At the end of the evening when they drop you off

Other wedding vendors you may want to tip include your hair stylist, makeup artist, delivery drivers for your flowers or wedding cake, wedding planner, bartenders (if their tip wasn't included in your catering contract), and

How to present a tip to your wedding vendor

Traditionally, wedding vendor tips are given in cash, enclosed in an envelope. Often, one of the couple's parents or someone in the wedding party is responsible for delivering the tip, so the newlyweds don't have to worry about it at the end of the evening. However, some couples prefer to give the tip themselves so they can chat with their vendors and thank them personally.

Don't want to carry around envelopes of cash all night? Some vendors, including Hurricane Productions, will gladly go digital and accept tips through services like Venmo or PayPal. You'll definitely want to confirm that other vendor accept electronic tips, but if they do, it can be an excellent alternative to the awkward envelope hand-off. Sending a tip quickly and securely through your phone means you never have to worry about misplacing the tip envelopes or giving the wrong tip to the wrong vendor.

Your wedding day team takes pride in their work and wants to ensure that you and your guests have an amazing experience. If they've delivered that, let them know it and say thanks with a tip (and a smile!).

If your budget is tight and you can't afford a big tip, you can also express your appreciation through a handwritten or emailed thank-you note and/dor positive online review of the vendor. This can go a long way and even encourage new business, so feel free to tell the world if you loved your wedding staff.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of wedding day services, including DJ entertainment, photography, and videography. Visit our pricing page for package details, or request a quote for your event.

New Jersey Wedding Inspiration: 4 Gorgeous Waterloo Village Weddings

There's something truly magical about Waterloo Village weddings. Maybe it's the natural beauty of Allamuchy Mountain State Park. Maybe it's the quaint, historical charm. Either way, it's hard not to fall in love with this rustic and romantic wedding venue.

Located in Stanhope, New Jersey along the Musconetcong River, Waterloo Village transports you back to a simpler time. This perfectly preserved 19th-century canal town has a working mill, a general store, a blacksmith shop, an active church, and beautiful historic houses -- all of which can serve as gorgeous backdrops for wedding photos.

Hurricane Productions has worked countless Waterloo Village weddings over the years, and we're always thrilled for the opportunity to come back. There are countless indoor and outdoor photo opportunities around every corner of the village's nearly 70 acres, making Waterloo Village a photographer and videographer's dream location. Although it's particularly beautiful in the fall, this venue is the perfect choice for any season. No matter what the time of year, you're guaranteed to capture stunning wedding memories here.

If you're considering Waterloo Village for your big day, check out these videos from a few of our recent Waterloo Village weddings to get some inspiration. These highlight videos showcase the grounds and buildings on this historical site from all angles, including some breaktaking aerial shots.

Lara & Dustin

Brandon Perera and Tyler Ajamian shot Lara and Dustin's September wedding.

Jess & Matt

Jess and Matt's October wedding was filmed by Phil Shvartsman and Tyler Ajamian.

Allie & Richard

Corynn Egreczky and Tyler Ajamian captured Allie and Richard's November wedding.

JoAnna & Ron

JoAnna and Ron's December wedding was filmed by Markus Robinson and Phil Shvartsman. The couple opted for our Cinematic Angles Videography package.

Planning a wedding in the tri-state area? Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your big day. Learn about our all-inclusive packages on our pricing page, or request a quote for more details.

JoAnna and Ron - Waterloo Village

Waterloo Village is a perennially popular wedding spot for New Jersey couples. Located in Stanhope, NJ, this 19th century canal town is rich in American history, rustic charm, and scenic backdrops for photos and videos. JoAnna and Ron Branvall got to experience this firsthand during their winter Waterloo Village wedding.

The Branvalls hired Hurricane Productions to provide entertainment, photography, and videography services for their big day. They chose our Spotlight Entertainment Package, which included entertainment by DJ Nate Hawley and MC Robbie Padovano, and custom lighting design by Nick Nittoli. Hurricane also set up a wireless sound system for the couple's ceremony and an attended photo booth for their guests at the reception as add-ons to their package.

A four-person media team from Hurricane Productions captured all of JoAnna and Ron's wedding events. Photographers Dave Constantini and Ashley Szymczyk worked with videographers Markus Robinson and Phil Shvartsman to provide full-day coverage for the couple.

As part of their Cinematic Angles Videography Package, the newlyweds received a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute wedding film and a three to five-minute highlight video, all shot with high-end stabilization equipment.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Visit our pricing page to view our all-inclusive packages, or request a quote to learn more.

Hosting an Engagement Party? Here's Why You Should Hire a DJ

So you just got engaged. Before you and your fiance get into serious wedding planning mode, you decide you want to throw an engagement party to celebrate the happy news with your closest friends and family.

Although engagement parties are usually more low-key and informal than the wedding itself, there's still a lot of planning that goes into it. Depending on your budget, you may be thinking about what to do for entertainment to ensure your guests have a great time.

Hurricane Productions offers DJ and MC entertainment services for all special occasions, including engagement parties. If you're about to start planning yours, here are a few good reasons to consider booking a DJ for an engagement party.

Your guests will enjoy live entertainment.

If you're hosting your engagement party at a private venue or banquet hall, you'll probably want some background music while your guests enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner with you. Sure, you can make a Spotify playlist and hook up a speaker, but a DJ will be able to take requests and mix in real time, creating a unique experience for your guests. DJs are also generally more affordable than live musicians or bands, which are popular alternatives for engagement party entertainment.

It's a good chance to give your wedding DJ a test run.

Entertainment can make or break a wedding, and there's no better way to see how your DJ and MC interact with a crowd than watching them in action. By hiring the same DJ company for your engagement party and your wedding, you can give your DJ a "test run" for your wedding reception to confirm your decision and make sure they're a good fit for your guests.

You might be able to save money.

If you haven't already booked your wedding DJ, consider hiring Hurricane Productions for both your engagement party and your wedding day. We love bundling services for our clients, and for a limited time, we're offering a discount to clients who book entertainment for multiple wedding events.

Thinking about a photo booth for your engagement party? We can help you save money there, too: When you book an entertainment package, you'll receive a discounted rate on our attended open-air or enclosed photo booths. A photo booth is a great way to keep your guests entertained when they're not on the dance floor -- plus, they'll have a fun souvenir of your engagement party to take home!

Contact us or request a quote to check availability on your dates and learn more about our entertainment services and add-ons.

Last Minute 2019 Wedding Savings

It's not too late to book Photography, Videography, DJ Entertainment, or Photo Booth services for
your 2019 Wedding

It's not too late to book Photography, Videography, DJ Entertainment, or Photo Booth services for
your 2019 Wedding

You may feel like time is running out to find quality wedding services for your 2019 wedding.

Our full time, dedicated staff is here to help.

With over 30 wedding professionals on our staff we still have availability for over 30 dates.

Some dates limited to one service based on availability.

If you are getting married on one of these dates, we're offering 10% off all services.

Offers limited to specific dates in 2019

Discounts may be combined with other offers.

June: 29
July: 4, 5, 6, 12, 19, 26
August: 2, 9, 16

September: 6, 7, 14, 21
October: 4, 12, 25
November: 2, 15, 16, 23, 29, 30
December: 6, 13, 14, 20, 21

Fill out the form below or give us a call at (888) 393-7066. Use Promo Code: 2019

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Gorgeous Winter Wedding Venues in New Jersey

Spring and summer may be the most popular seasons for weddings, but some couples prefer a winter wonderland for their big day. Whether or not there's snow on the ground, celebrations held during the colder months can be just as beautiful as any other time of year. Winter weddings in New Jersey can be particularly gorgeous, especially when there's sparkling frost, evergreen trees, and warm lights in the background.

If you're getting married in or near New Jersey next winter, these local venues can provide the perfect setting for your wedding photos and videography.

The Graycliff

The Graycliff in Moonachie, NJ is an sophisticated venue with tons of photo opportunities. Here you'll find a stunning outdoor gazebo with sculptures and decorative wrought iron roof, a stone waterfall wall, and lush gardens. In addition to several well-decorated bars and ballrooms, The Graycliff also offers a bright, airy greenhouse with atrium-style windows. No matter where in this venue you hold your ceremony and reception, you're sure to get a picture-perfect backdrop.

Real Wedding: Samantha and Michael


James Ward Mansion

Known to some as the "best kept secret" in Union County, James Ward Mansion is the very essence of class and elegance. It has spectacular 24-foot ceilings, fireplaces, spiral staircases, and gold-gilded architectural detail, and its sky-lit garden atrium room includes a working fountain. For more wedding photo and video opportunities, step outside the mansion and take a walk around the charming town of Westfield.

Real Wedding: Brianna and Dan


Martell's Waters Edge

The Jersey Shore may not be your first thought for a winter wedding, but Martell's Waters Edge offers a breathtaking view of Barnegat Bay all year round. Located in Berkeley Township, this waterfront venue has a private garden for ceremonies and a pier for outdoor photos. In the Main Dining Room, you and your guests will enjoy panoramic views of the bay. Waters Edge only hosts one wedding at a time, so you'll be sure to get personalized attention and service on your big day.

Real Wedding: Alexa and Armando


Waterloo Village

One of the most popular wedding venues for all seasons (it's on our fall venue list, too), it's easy to see why so many New Jersey couples choose Waterloo Village. Located within Allamuchy Mountain State Park in Stanhope, NJ, this centuries-old canal town offers countless scenic views, including the Musconetcong River, an outdoor pavilion, and impressive historical buildings. The natural beauty of Waterloo Village is only enhanced by a fresh blanket of winter snow.

Real Wedding: Allison and Richard


The Arts Ballroom (Philadelphia)

Just a stone's throw from Southern New Jersey is the City of Brotherly Love. The Arts Ballroom is nestled in the heart of Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts District, giving couples the opportunity to explore the city for their wedding day photo and video shoots. Inside the venue is more than 10,000 square feet of customizable space that can accommodate up to 550 guests. The Arts Ballroom's granite staircase, Grand Ballroom, mirrored Sylvania Room, lounge, and mezzanine are all excellent backdrops for your wedding day memories.

Real Wedding: Erica and Michael

If you've booked your venue and are ready to hire your DJ, photographer, and videographer, get in touch with us! Hurricane Productions offers all-inclusive wedding service packages for your special day. Request a quote for more information and availability.

Erica and Michael - The Arts Ballroom, Philadelphia

We love working weddings in our home state of New Jersey, but because of our location, we're also able to serve couples in surrounding cities like Manhattan and Philly. One of those couples is Erica and Michael Willey, who held their winter wedding at The Arts Ballroom in Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts District.

The Willeys hired two full-day photographers from Hurricane Productions to capture their wedding events. Corynn Egrezcsky and Dave Constantini documented every special moment, from pre-ceremony preparations with their wedding party (which included our own Nick Nittoli!), to the final dance of the evening.

The Arts Ballroom itself offered plenty of gorgeous backdrops for portraits. Erica and Michael were able to take advantage of the 10,000 square-foot venue's signature granite staircase and elegant mezzanine, which overlooks the entire space.

The couple also coordinated with Corynn and Dave to plan a photoshoot around Philadelphia. The newlyweds were able to get daytime and evening photos throughout the city, making for a very special and unique set of wedding photos.

Looking for wedding entertainment, photography, or videography in the tri-state area? Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your big day. Check out our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

Alexa and Armando - Martell's Waters Edge

New Jersey couples who want a romantic beach wedding often choose to get married at the Jersey Shore. Alexa and Armando Pellot were no exception. They held their wedding at Martell's Waters Edge, a gorgeous waterfront wedding venue in Berkeley Township, NJ. Located on Barnegat Bay, Waters Edge provided a beautiful backdrop for the couple's day.

Alexa and Armando hired Hurricane Productions for their wedding entertainment, photography, and videography. The couple chose our Spotlight Package, which included entertainment by DJ Strato Doumanis and MC Robbie Padovano, as well as lighting design by Nick Nittoli. As an add-on service, Hurricane provided a wireless sound system for the ceremony.

 

Photographer Corynn Egreczky spent the entire day with the Pellots, capturing every special moment from their wedding party preparations through the reception. Videographer Markus Robinson also provided six hours of ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception coverage. Alexa and Armando received a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute cinematic wedding film as part of our Full-Feature Videography Package.

Getting married in the tri-state area? Hurricane Productions offers all-inclusive media and entertainment packages to suit your needs and budget. Request a quote to confirm our availability for your wedding day.

Why You Should Book Your Wedding DJ and Videographer As a Team

After you and your fiance choose your wedding date and venue, your next step is to start booking your other vendors. At the top of the list for many couples are selecting a DJ, a photographer, and a videographer -- and sometimes, this means dealing with up to three different companies.

At Hurricane Productions, you can book your DJ and MC, videographer, photographer, lighting designer, ceremony sound, and more, all under one roof. While you can certainly hire us for individual wedding day services, we highly recommend combining your entertainment and videography packages.

Why pairing up your wedding DJ and videographer makes sense

It might seem like your wedding DJ and videographer won't have much interaction throughout your day. The entertainment team operates from behind the DJ booth, while the videographer moves around capturing the most important moments of your wedding events. However, booking these two services together offers a huge advantage, both to you and your vendors.

They already know each other.

It takes a lot of different people and moving parts to make a wedding happen. All your vendors have to talk to each other to coordinate the day from set up to break down, and miscommunications can sometimes throw a wrench in the process. Hurricane Productions staff members know each other and are already comfortable working together. Chances are your entertainment team and media team have already done a wedding or two together, so they know how to communicate and make an event run smoothly and efficiently. Each side can plan ahead and stagger their breaks, so neither your DJ nor your videographer misses a single important moment of your wedding.

They both have access to the same wedding timeline.

Your entire Hurricane event team has access to the wedding timeline you create in our online planning portal. This means that, when the big day arrives, your wedding DJ and videographer will both be working from the exact same schedule. This becomes incredibly important if any last-minute changes to your timeline occur. Imagine if your DJ was about to start the music for your grand reception entrance, but didn't realize your video shoot outside the venue was running behind. Your Hurricane videographer can send a quick text to the DJ and MC to ensure they wait until everyone is ready and in place.

Your wedding video will have crystal-clear audio.

Poor quality audio can really detract from a beautifully shot, cinematic wedding video. That's why, whenever possible, we have our videographers plug into our DJ setup to record the microphone feed and music. Your wedding film will not only only look great, but it will have crisp, clear audio straight from the source. No need to worry about the videographer's camera mic cutting out parts of your vows or your best man's toast!

You'll save money by bundling services.

We understand that hosting a wedding is an enormous investment. That's why we offer a discount to couples who book multiple wedding day services through Hurricane Productions. The money you save by bundling your DJ and video packages can go toward another part of your wedding day budget, or give you a financial boost as you begin your life as newlyweds.

Ready to book your wedding media and entertainment services? Hurricane Productions offers a variety of packages and add-ons to suit your needs and budget. Learn more on our pricing page or request a quote for more information.

Allison and Richard - Waterloo Village

Allison and Richard Zemsky were married at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, New Jersey. This charming historical village is one of our favorite spots for fall weddings because of its natural beauty, gorgeous stone buildings, and other picture-perfect backdrops.

The Zemskys hired Hurricane Productions for full-day videography services. The couple originally booked our package that included one videographer and one assistant, but later upgraded to include Cinematic Angles in their final video.

Corynn Egreczky and Tyler Ajamian filmed all of the Zemskys' wedding events, from pre-ceremony preparations to the end of the reception. Having two dedicated videographers allowed Allison and Richard's day to be captured from each of their perspectives. This provider a greater variety of shots to choose from when our team created the 60 to 90-minute formal edit and the 3 to 5-minute highlight video for the couple.

Hurricane Productions provides a full suite of wedding day services, including entertainment, photography, and videography. Visit our pricing page or request a quote for more details. 

Brianna and Dan - James Ward Mansion

Brianna and Dan Hengst were married at the elegant James Ward Mansion in Westfield, New Jersey. Referred to as Union County's "best kept secret," this magnificent venue boasts 24-foot ceilings, spiral staircases, and fireplaces, along with a sky-lit garden atrium room. These gorgeous features provided a romantic atmosphere and the perfect backdrop for the couple's big day.

Battello Is Back! Check Out Our Favorite Jersey City Wedding Venue

Since it first opened in 2014, Battello has been one of Jersey City's most popular restaurants and event venues. Its convenient location, top-notch cuisine, and unparalleled views of the New York City skyline made it a go-to destination for couples seeking a scenic New Jersey wedding spot with an urban vibe.

Like many of those familiar with this Jersey City wedding venue, we were devastated when Battello abruptly shut down in September 2017 to make safety-related structural repairs. Hurricane Productions has worked several Battello weddings in the past, and we loved the unique, industrial atmosphere and incredible event staff.

A few weeks ago, we heard the news all Battello fans were waiting for: The venue has officially reopened its doors. According to its website, regular dinner service is now available, with lunch and brunch service resuming in mid-February. That means the first new-and-improved Battello wedding isn't far behind.

If you're among the many recently engaged couples who are planning a 2019 or 2020 New Jersey wedding, you may want to consider Battello as a venue option. Known for its nightlife and live entertainment, this waterfront establishment is easy to access from both New Jersey and Manhattan. It offers several unique spaces to host your special day, whether you want a small, intimate dinner reception or a cocktail-style party with hundreds of guests. Whatever you're looking for in a wedding venue, Battello is likely to offer it.

We wish Battello's owners and events team all the best as they make their grand re-entrance into the New Jersey wedding scene!

Yes, You Need to Plan Out Your Wedding Timeline

When you hire a wedding vendor, one of the first things they'll ask you about is your wedding timeline. A clear, detailed sequence of events allows everyone involved in your big day to understand exactly where they need to be and when.

But your wedding timeline involves more than just the start and end times for your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. You need to break down every step of your day -- from wedding party preparations to your final dance -- to keep everyone moving and on track. While your photographer, videographer, MC, and venue staff can help with this, you and your fiance need to work out a plan for each of these vendors to follow.

What does a wedding timeline look like?

Your wedding timeline is a list of specific time blocks set aside for each event throughout your day. The more detailed your timeline is, the more likely you are to stay on track.

Below is an example of a wedding timeline. Not every couple's timeline will look like this, as many modern brides and grooms choose to omit or reorder certain "traditions" during their reception. However, this list should give you an idea of what the average wedding day looks like:

  • 1:00 pm: Photographer and videographer arrive to capture wedding party preparations.
  • 3:00 pm: First look
  • 3:30 pm: Wedding party and family portraits
  • 4:30 pm: Couple portraits
  • 4:45 pm: Guests seated for ceremony
  • 5:00 pm: Ceremony
  • 5:30 pm: Ceremony ends / cocktail hour begins. Additional photo and video shots with couple.
  • 6:30 pm Cocktail hour ends / guests seated in reception room
  • 6:40 pm: Wedding party introductions
  • 6:50 pm: Newlywed grand entrance and introduction
  • 7:00 pm: Couple and parent dances
  • 7:15 pm: Toasts
  • 7:30 pm: Dinner served
  • 8:30 pm: Cake cut and served
  • 9:00 pm: Open dance floor
  • 11:00 pm: Final dance/couple's grand exit

A well-planned timeline is very important for keeping your vendors on schedule, but the biggest benefit is eliminating a huge source of stress for you on your wedding day. Your vendors are professionals, and with your plan in hand, they'll be able to facilitate seamless transitions from one event to the next, while you two enjoy your celebration.

Can our vendors help us with our wedding timeline?

Yes! When you book Hurricane Productions for your wedding, you'll have access to our easy-to-use online planning portal, which allows you to customize your wedding timeline exactly the way you want it. This will ensure that your Hurricane DJ, MC, photographer, and/or videographer all have access to the exact same information and can coordinate with each other ahead of time.

If you're struggling to plan your timeline and need some guidance, our full-time staff members are available to help you every step of the way. Our general manager, Chelsea, assists every single Hurricane client in their planning process, and can give you some insights on how other couples have structured their wedding day. You can also speak directly with your media and entertainment team to get their thoughts and come up with a plan that works well for everyone.

Your vendors can also help you with any day-of changes to your wedding timeline that may arise. Let's say you decide that morning that you really want to get a certain photo or video shot that you didn't plan for. You can discuss it with your media team to see where else during the day you can fit that shoot in. Similarly, if you realize right before the reception that you'd rather scrap the planned bouquet and garter toss, just let your MC and DJ know and they'll add a few extra tracks to the playlist.

Do we need to include every traditional wedding element in our timeline?

Your wedding timeline is your own. There's no rule saying you need to have a first look (although we highly recommend it!), nor do you need parent dances, a formal cake-cutting ceremony, or anything that doesn't feel like "you."

Your family, friends, and vendors can certainly make suggestions, but ultimately, it's up to you to decide what you do and don't want to include in your wedding day events. Just be sure that whatever you do want to happen, gets a spot on your final wedding timeline.

Haven't booked your wedding day entertainment, photography, or videography yet? Check out Hurricane Productions' all-inclusive wedding packages or request a quote to confirm our availability for your day.

Cannabis Wedding Trends to Incorporate Into Your NJ Wedding

Cannabis has been a hotly debated issue in recent years, and as more states vote to legalize recreational use, it's no surprise that so-called "weed weddings" are becoming hugely popular across the nation.

As of January 2019, more than half of the United States allows for medicinal marijuana use, and recreational use is fully legal in 10 states plus the District of Columbia. More states – including New Jersey – are expected to follow suit this year, so it's highly possible that some 2019 and 2020 weddings in the Garden State could incorporate cannabis.

In legal-use states, the annual Cannabis Wedding Expo has set the bar for industry vendors that want to help weed-friendly couples celebrate their big day. As more of the country says yes to recreational marijuana, here are a few cannabis wedding trends you're likely to see in the near future.

Cannabis Wedding Trends NJ Couples Can Jump On Now

Give a nod to cannabis on your big day with these subtle incorporations.

Cannabis Plant Bouquets and Décor

One of the easiest (and least controversial) ways to incorporate cannabis into your wedding is in your bridal bouquet, floral arrangements, and other décor. Get some fresh cuts of cannabis plant to add to your greenery for a bright, natural look. You can even add some cannabis leaves to your wedding cake to tie the theme together.

Wedding Party Gifts and Guest Favors

While you can't get high at your New Jersey wedding reception just yet, you can show your love of cannabis through your favors. Personalized pipes, match boxes, and even small packages of rolling paper are all thoughtful gifts for your cannabis-consuming guests. As an alternative, you might consider gifts that contain the non-intoxicating compound CBD, which can be found in cannabis lotions, oils, and edibles. CBD-infused products provide all the benefits of cannabis (including muscle relaxation and reduced anxiety) without the potent high you'll get from products containing THC.

Hemp Attire and Cannabis Leaf Accessories

For the cannabis-consuming couple who's looking for a much more understated approach, your best bet may be attire made of hemp (think dresses, ties, and anklets) or adding cannabis leaves to your wedding day accessories.

Trends for Future New Jersey Weddings

These next few trends might have to wait until New Jersey legalizes recreational cannabis use, but are good to keep in mind if your wedding happens post-legalization.

Infused Edibles

Cannabis-infused olive oil and butter are becoming more popular in the edibles market. If you're having your wedding reception catered by a third-party vendor, consider asking for an "infused" food station of dishes cooked or garnished with cannabis, such as flatbreads, pasta, and soup.

Cannabis Cocktails

Alcohol is already a staple at most wedding receptions, so why not add a little cannabis to the bar selection? Cannabis-infused mixers like tinctures, syrups, and creamers can make it the star of your signature wedding drink.

Open Cannabis Bars

Having an outdoor wedding reception? Consider hiring a "budtender" to serve 21+ guests a selection of gourmet cannabis strains, including low-dose edibles. Like a regular bartender, your budtender will be a knowledgeable professional who can help you and your guests achieve a safe, responsible high. If you or your guests are sensitive to THC, you can also consider strains that contain more CBD.

Dedicated Cannabis Consumption Areas

While some venues allow for cannabis use throughout the establishment, couples that can't find a cannabis-friendly location can set up a dedicated area near the reception for guests who want to discreetly consume or smoke during the wedding. Limos or party buses are also a viable option for this purpose.

Planning a New Jersey wedding? Check out Hurricane Productions' all-inclusive media and entertainment packages on our pricing page or contact us for a quote.

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