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Lord Hill Farms Weddings – Wedding DJ Lord Hill Farms

Here we are again @ Lord Hill Farms in Snohomish for a beautiful Wedding for such a fun couple. Based out of Seattle, all of us @ PRO DJs will work with you to give you the wedding of your dreams. A collection of wedding music, created by wedding DJs and Wedding Emcees experienced setting up @ Lord Hill Farms for both indoor and outdoor Weddings.

 

Snohomish, WA is truly a beautiful location for a farm wedding venue. Lord Hill Farms is one of Puget Sound’s most sought-after wedding venues and what better place to have a wedding DJ from PRO DJs than a venue located comfortably in Snohomish.

 

Lord hill farms is also home to a beautiful indoor facility which may be reserved for holiday parties, weddings, receptions, meetings and more…

 

Apart from hosting beautiful wedding ceremonies, Lord Hills Farm is an ideal location for other wedding-related events.

2018 Newlywed Report

2018 Newlywed Report

The most comprehensive snapshot of modern wedding journeys in the U.S. based on data from the largest, most inclusive report of its kind, with insights from nearly 18,000 newlyweds married in 2017.

No two weddings are alike, which is what keeps the wedding industry so fascinating year after year. From celebratory hashtags and social media announcements to mixed-gender wedding parties and the inclusion of local food, it’s no surprise that personalization is the one constant theme. In this year’s Newlywed Report, you’ll notice a continued shift in the traditional wedding season and how couples are relying on technology from the engagement through their wedding day. Planning is also starting earlier than ever before. Based on the largest survey of its kind, WeddingWire gives you the truest look into modern day engagements, ?planning, average cost and more.

Engagement

‘Tis the season for proposals, as nearly 40% of all engagements happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. While 52% of individuals are surprised by the ring, 1 in 3 show their partner photos of the ring and/or style they like. Though the average couple is engaged for 13 months; couples are quick to pick a date – the majority now setting their sights on a Saturday in the fall.

$5000 average cost

 

Popular Female Ring Styles

74% diamond  53% halo setting   50% 1-2 carats

 

Top Engagement Dates

Christmas day is the most popular day of the year to pop the question; with Christmas Eve rounding out the top 3.

86% of couples announce their engagement on social media

 

 

Where Couples Post the News

  • 76% Facebook
  • 35% Instagram
  • 12% Twitter

Fall is now the most popular season to get married, with roughly 40% of all weddings taking place during these months.

Top 5 Wedding Dates

  1. 1 October 7
  2. 2 October 14
  3. 3 September 30
  4. 4 October 21
  5. 5 November 11

Wedding Month Distribution

Planning

Setting budgets, finding vendors and knowing you’re on the right track are some of the biggest challenges couples face while planning for their wedding. In fact, 3 out of 4 millennials are doing some type of wedding planning before they’re even engaged. The majority of today’s planning is done online where couples utilize planning tools (think: checklists and budget trackers) and a broad array of technology to help manage the process.

83% of planning is done online

 

The Planning Process

42% on mobile/tablet

41% on desktop

 

The Role of Technology in Weddings

Couples rely on technology throughout the entire wedding journey, from mobile apps to wedding websites. However, when it comes to the big day, 1 in 4 couples ask guests to ‘unplug’.

  • 36% send online save-the-dates
  • 52% use a wedding planning app
  • 62% create a wedding website
  • 19% set up a group chat
  • 54% generate a wedding hashtag

Top Sources for Finding Vendors

Couples largely utilize wedding-related websites to help find potential vendors, then rely on recommendations and online reviews to make their hiring decision.

  1. 1 Wedding-related websites
  2. 2 Online searches
  3. 3 Pinterest
  4. 4 Wedding shows/expo
  5. 5 Facebook

Social Media Used During Planning (Used weekly or more)

While Pinterest and Facebook are the top two social media sites most frequently used for wedding planning, couples utilize Pinterest 2X more than any other social channel for inspiration.

  • Pinterest 69%
  • Facebook 60%
  • Instagram 44%
  • YouTube 42%
  • Twitter 29%
  • Snapchat 27%

Top Vendors Hired

13 on average hired

86% photographer

80% venue

75% hair + makeup

74% wedding dress

71% florist

70% cake

Couples

The average age of today’s marrying couple is 32. With a new generation redefining cultural and societal norms, we’re seeing new behaviors grow in popularity – such as couples meeting online, a 16% increase in interracial marriage and an increase in mixed gender wedding parties.

  • 33 average age of grooms
  • 31 average age of brides
  • 56% plan to buy a home within next 2 years
  • 70% change name to partner’s
  • 1 in 4 meet online
  • 54% dated less than 2 years

Interracial Newlyweds

According to PEW Research Center, there has been a 5X increase since the legalization of interracial marriage 50 years ago.1 Today, 19% of all WeddingWire couples identify as having an interracial marriage.

Although no two couples are alike, there are unique nuances to be found amid newlyweds of similar backgrounds. For instance, when compared to all couples, Asian couples tend to invite more guests to their weddings, LGBTQ couples are more likely to live with their partner prior to getting married and Gen X are least likely to spend the night apart before the wedding.

Today’s Couples by the Numbers

  • 32 average age of couple
  • 127 average number of guests
  • 9 number of wedding party members
  • 79% lived with partner prior to marriage
  • 67% asked for parent’s blessing
  • 71% spent night apart before wedding

Calculations based on partners with equal identifiers (i.e., same reported race).

 

Wedding Traditions

While certain traditions, like having a first-dance, have been embraced by couples for generations – others like walking down the aisle to non-classical music are on the rise. Regardless of the exact details couples decide on incorporating into their wedding day, couples are focused on finding way to make their big day a direct reflection of their personal style.

Follow the timeline below to see when couples hire their vendor team and the role each one plays in bringing the couple’s personalized wedding day details to life.

12 Months

CEREMONY/RECEPTION VENUE

77%of wedding receptions are indoors

CATERER

54%have food served buffet-style

68%have an open-bar

PHOTOGRAPHER

42%of couples do a “first-look”

SELECT DRESS/ATTIRE

80%of brides wear white

63%of grooms dress in something more casual than a tuxedo

BAND/DJ

52%of couples say they’ve seen their band/DJ perform in person prior to booking them

6 Months

FLORIST

50%of couples do a bouquet toss

CAKE

82%have a cake-cutting ceremony

37%weddings include a dessert bar/table

CREATE REGISTRY

2 in 3millennials create a traditional registry

CREATE WEDDING WEBSITE

62%of couples create a wedding website

1 in 2 add accommodations into their website

ROOM BLOCKS

63%of couples book at least one hotel room block for their guests

3 Months

BEAUTY AND HEALTH

31%started a new exercise routine or diet to prepare for the wedding

1 in 2bridesmaids pay to have their hair done by a professional for the wedding

DISCUSS REHEARSAL DINNER

43%of the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner

OFFICIANT

39%of couples create their own vows

Wedding Day

MOST POPULAR

87% of couples perform a first dance

Gaining Momentum

(% vs. 2 years ago)

63% groom(s) dressing more casual than tuxedo (7%)

61% walking down aisle to non-classical music (7%)

59% wedding party: females wearing different dresses (14%)

54% creating a wedding hashtag (10%)

40% wedding party: including mixed genders (14%)

Cooling Down

(% vs. 2 years ago)

75% order of day: ceremony, cocktail hour, reception (-10%)

74% father-daughter and/or mother-son dances (-9%)

70% changing to partner’s last name (-12%)

45% begin honeymoon 1-2 days after reception (-12%)

 

Adding a Personal Touch

Now more than ever, couples are steering clear of the cookie cutter wedding and adding unique elements that highlight their relationship and impress guests.

40% had unique musical choices during ceremony (ex. bagpipes)

21% Added local elements based on city where couple met or grew up (ex. food or decor)

18% Included ceremonial customs related to race/religion (ex. jumping the broom)

17% hired special entertainment for guests (ex. fortune teller, caricature)

 

Cost

On average, couples budget nearly $16K for their wedding ceremony/reception but spend approximately 40% more once they begin to understand the true cost of each element. Varying attributes like age, region and marriage number also play a significant role in the fluctuation of spend – as Millennials spend nearly $10K more than Gen X on their wedding and those getting married for the first time spend 2X more than those on their 2nd+ marriage ($30K vs. $15K).

 

All-in Average Wedding Cost

$5,000 Engagement Ring

+

$27,000 Ceremony/Reception

+

$4,000 Honeymoon

=

$36,000 Total Wedding Cost

 

Budget vs. Reality

Couples underestimate how much they’ll spend on their wedding by roughly 40%.

 

Percent Contributed to Total Wedding Cost

On average, millennials (who account for approximately 80% of today’s marrying couples) are paying for roughly 40% of their wedding, while their parents and other family members are contributing the remaining 60%. In fact, 20% of millennial couples don’t spend a dime of their own money and get their wedding fully paid for. The majority (56%) of parents pull money out of their savings account to help pay for the wedding and nearly 1 in 10 dip into their retirement!

All Millennials Gen X LGBTQ
Couples 45% 39% 66% 59%
Parents 46% 51% 29% 36%
Other 9% 10% 5% 5%

 

Most Expensive Cities to Get Married Including surrounding metro areas

  1. New York
  2. Boston
  3. San Francisco
  4. Washington, DC
  5. Chicago

Average Wedding Cost by Category

Ceremony/Reception

Venue

$9,000

Catering

$6,600

Band

$3,800

Photography

$2,400

Rehearsal dinner +
additional meals

$2,000

Videography

$1,800

Wedding rings

$1,800

Event rentals and photobooths

$1,700

Wedding planner

$1,700

Dress

$1,700

Flowers

$1,700

Lighting and Décor

$1,300

DJ

$1,200

Transportation

$1,000

Guest accommodations

$800

Wedding party attire

$750

Ceremony music/musician

$600

Wedding party gifts

$600

Invitations/stationary

$560

Cake/desserts

$550

Hair and makeup

$550

Beauty and Health

$500

Favors and gifts

$450

Groom’s attire

$350

Jewelry

$350

Officiant

$300

Engagement

Engagement Rings

$5,000

Honeymoon

Honeymoon

$4,000

Average Wedding Cost in 25 Largest Metro Area Markets

City
New York + surrounding
metro area, NY
$45,000
Boston, MA $37,000
San Francisco – Oakland, CA $36,000
Washington, DC $34,000
Chicago, IL $34,000
Hartford – New Haven, CT $34,000
Los Angeles, CA $33,000
Baltimore, MD $33,000
Philadelphia, PA $32,000
Miami – Ft. Lauderdale, FL $31,000
San Diego, CA $29,000
Houston, TX $28,000
Detroit, MI $26,000
Pittsburg, PA $26,000
Atlanta, GA $26,000
Raleigh-Durham, NC $26,000
Sacramento – Stockton, CA $25,000
Orlando – Daytona Beach, FL $25,000
Tampa – St. Petersburg, FL $25,000
Dallas – Ft. Worth, TX $25,000
Charlotte, NC $24,000
Denver, CO $23,000
Cleveland, OH $23,000
Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN $22,000
St. Louis, MO $21,000

 

View the full report from WeddingWire.com at http://publications.weddingwire.com/i/953286-weddingwire-2018-newlywed-report

Wedding DJ Thornewood Castle Lakewood, WA

What a fun wedding this was! Rob Martin has been and still is a long time and well trusted DJ for PRO DJs here in Seattle. This wedding was a little different for him though. Instead of being behind the DJ booth it was his turn to get married!

 

It all started in the Thornewood Castle Gardens standing on the steps for the ceremony. A surprise came half way through with an owl carrying the grooms rings! They said their vows, signed the marriage license and it was official, Leo & Rob were married!

 

Cocktail hour commenced right after on the Castle patio and lawn overlooking the water where guests ate, drank and could even play life sized chess.

 

Soon everyone gathered in the main ballroom where Leo, Rob and their wedding party walked down the grand staircase to be introduced to their pumped up and excited guests.

 

Leo and Rob thanked everyone and then it was time to eat, drink and party! They even had a live performance after their first dance for all the lovers. After that we couldn’t get people off the dance floor even if we tried. Of coarse we would never try that 🙂

 

Congratulations Rob & Leo Coronado, it was such a treat to be part of your wedding!

 

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12/31/12 Anderson Wedding promotional video

For a couple years now we’ve had the pleasure of working with Judi Bloom and her wonderful team of planning experts at Quackers. It was only a matter of time before one of them personally knew a bride, and that bride was none other than Carol Upton’s daughter! Carol has worked closely with Judi at Quckers for a long time, including many weddings we’ve worked together. So who’d they call when they needed a DJ? PRO DJ’s of coarse 🙂

Katie Upton and her fiancee Eric Anderson wanted something a little extra special, such as a New Years Eve wedding. Nothing spells p-a-r-t-y like a reception on the biggest party night of the year!

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