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Wedding Wednesday: Games For Your Outdoor Wedding

June and July has brought with it so many corporate picnics and outdoor events. From small private gatherings to parties of 500+, outdoor events bring different challenges but also offer unique opportunities for entertainment. Since it is Wedding Wednesday we wanted to focus today on some fun entertainment ideas for those couples celebrating their nuptials in the great outdoors.

If you’re having your reception outside you may be faced with some questions about the types of entertainment you want to offer. Let’s say your guest list is small, maybe 50 or less. A 10 piece party band is probably just not the right choice for you. Unless your group is full of  people who just loooove to dance. Perhaps you really want live music as part of your event, and that’s great! We really encourage live music because it adds to the atmosphere and ensures your guests have a fantastic time. So maybe you keep your live music to a jazz trio for dinner, awesome! What other entertainment are you going to have on-hand?

Or perhaps you are having a big shindig with 300 of your friends and family! Whew – what a party! But you’ve opted to host your event midday and dancing isn’t going to be on the menu. Again, you’re faced with a decision about alternative entertainment for your guests.

We have a lot of ideas when it comes to outdoor entertainment and we’ll be sharing those over the coming weeks. Today, though, we want to give you 5 alternative entertainment options in the form of outdoor games! We’re not going to suggest that you have your heeled bridesmaids partake in a game of volleyball but there are some options for classy garden games that will have your guests interacting and enjoying themselves in no time.


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You don’t have to find yourself on a well-pruned English lawn in front of a sprawling cathedral to play this classic garden game. It does, however, help to be drinking champagne ūüôā

Bocce Ball

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Okay so you may not be Umberto Granaglia but, no matter! Bocce Ball is another family favorite and is easy to set up almost anywhere!

Bean Bag Toss

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This class back yard game is the ultimate wedding choice. Why? Because you can personalize it! You can diy the bean bags with your date transferred on to them or even paint the bride and groom’s silhouettes on to the box!


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Depending on your venue, you’ll have to get permission for this one before you hammer a stake in the ground. But if you can, horseshoes is a great entertainment option for rustic, barn weddings!

Tic Tac Toe

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It’s Tic Tac Toe, yes, but it’s also X’s and O’s! A great garden game, you could create your own with stones or build giant sized letters to be used on a rope grid. It’s as easy to play as it is to dream up fun variations!

What are some other fun outdoor games?

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross


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Wedding Wednesday: Luck of the Irish

St. Patrick’s Day is the luckiest day on which to get married in Ireland.¬†

While the rest of us celebrate this Irish holiday with green beer and shamrocks, love takes center stage on the Emerald Isle. Kiss Me, I’m Irish, takes on a whole new meaning! Here are a few other Irish wedding traditions that keep Irish eyes smiling on the big day.


The Irish Wedding Band

The Claddagh Ring is the traditional ring of choice for Irish brides. When engaged, the ring is worn on the right ring finger with the heart facing in, towards the knuckle. Once married, the Claddagh ring is worn on the left ring finger. If the bride opts for an engagement right, it is good luck to have your birthstone included, even if that stone is otherwise unlucky.

The Irish Wedding Dress

While contemporary wedding trends in Ireland closely replicate other Western countries, traditionally the Irish bride wore a blue dress. In ancient times, it was blue that represented purity. Modern brides can take advantage of the growing trend for colored wedding dresses and incorporate a blue wedding dress to celebrate their Irish heritage!

Another tradition is the addition of Irish lace. You may not want your entire dress to be made of the intricate fabric but consider incorporating it in to your veil or don it as a handkerchief.

And while you may not wish for your dress to accidentally be torn on your wedding day, maybe you should! It’s a sign of luck in Ireland!

The Irish Wedding Toast

Irish Toasts and Proverbs are plentiful! Here are just a few of our favorites…

May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
Slow to make enemies,
Quick to make friends,
But rich or poor,quick or slow,
May you know nothing but
Happiness from this day forward. 

May the roof over your heads be as well thatched
As those inside are well matched.

Here’s to health, peace and prosperity. May the flower of love never be nipped by the frost of disappointment, nor shadow of grief fall among your family and friends.

Irish Superstitions

If you want extra luck on your big day, be sure to 1. wake to the sound of birds signing, 2. see 3 magpie birds, 3. hear a cuckoo, 4. accidentally tear your wedding dress and 5. have the sun shine on you! Don’t worry if you miss a few of these… but be sure to have a happily married woman put the veil on you. It is bad luck to put your veil on yourself. After the ceremony, it’s important that a man be the first to greet the bride and wish her joy. And if you’re planning on having children with your new spouse, look at the sun as you’re leaving your wedding and your children will be beautiful!

The Irish Wedding Dance

Consider starting the night off right with an Irish set dance. This is a great way to enjoy some traditional Celtic music, music with a rhythm your guests won’t be able to ignore! If your guests are not familiar with Irish dance, consider having a few traditional dancers there to provide some fun and quick lessons. Here’s a great video example of some Irish wedding dance fun!

Getting married this Saturday? How are you celebrating?


Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Classic Wedding Songs: Music Makes a Lasting Impression

Why do some love songs turn up as wedding favorites again and again? There isn’t a Top 10 list out there that doesn’t include at least 1 lasting standard. I gathered up some of our band leaders to ask them what they thought about it.

Clearly, what makes a great love song is personal. It is part great melody and thought-felt lyrics but, for couples, it’s all about the setting. Perhaps Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers just happened to be playing when you first kissed or Home, from Edward Sharpe & The¬†Magnetic¬†Zeroes, was on in the pub when you¬†accidentally¬†tripped and bumped in to her, spilling her Herbal Sour all over the bar. (People meet in funny ways, okay?!).

As personal and sentimental as love songs can be, there must be other motivators behind the resurgence and staying power of classic love songs. For our band leaders, the consensus seems to be that popular culture has a pretty huge impact.

‘Take the movie, Father of the Bride, for instance. I remember shortly after that movie came out we were playing a wedding and some kids, maybe 10 or 11 years old, came up to request Build Me Up Buttercup. So we play it. And suddenly everyone is on the dance floor, and everyone is singing along. Kids, teenagers, grandparents. I mean everyone. Movie play a big part.’ Kim McKinney, L’USA

Think about all the great love songs featured in films! Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On was made famous by the movie Titanic. Everyone remembers the scene in Ghost that features The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody. But not every wedding scene translates to a big wedding hit. As great as this scene is, I’m not sure this song ¬†made any Top 10 lists.

Here are a couple of popular and long-standing wedding songs in their featured movie spotlight! Don’t you just love a good movie scene…

But here’s the thing… it isn’t just movies. Think for a moment about all the other avenues through which we’re exposed to music. How many times have you seen the latest Apple commercial and thought, ‘well that’s a catchy tune’. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes Home was featured in a Palm commercial and became an instant hit. And while Etta James’ At Last has been a go-to wedding choice for, well, ever! The President and First Lady certainly didn’t do any harm choosing it as the song for their¬†inaugural¬†ball dance.

What is your favorite love song from a movie?

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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First Dance Songs: Top Requests

First Dance SongsIt’s the ultimate quest. The search for the perfect song. A song that expresses exactly what you’re feeling in that moment. A melody that evokes emotion and lyrics that speak of love and anticipation. It’s the first time you’ll dance as husband and wife and you want a timeless song that reflects your history and your new life together. It’s your First Dance.

Sounds like a lot of pressure! Many couples know exactly which song reflects their relationship but if you’re looking for a little guidance, let us make some suggestions.

We book all sorts of wedding entertainment from 5 piece bands to 12 piece bands! We book DJs, too. Every day we talk with brides and grooms to discuss the details of their day. While some First Dance song request are mainstays, each year brings a bit of variety. We polled our consultants and here are some of the most frequently requested First Dance songs. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 where we’ll make some suggestions for lesser known music as well as some unique classic songs!

Some of our top requests:

What are you dancing to for your First Dance? Or what did you dance to?

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Group Pinning // The ‘Inception’ of Inspiration

Today Kathryn, over at Snippet & Ink, had this great idea to start a community pinboard. We happily handed over our Pinterest handle. And while we have just been too busy to contribute as yet, it hasn’t impacted the oodles of lovely wedding inspiration that’s piling up. Group pinning may become the Inception of the inspiration industry. It’s easy to get obsessed!


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Contact us if you want to contribute, too!


Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Wedding Wednesday // Centerpieces

When creating your wedding or event centerpieces, the web offers plenty of inspiration. The sky is the limit and creativity is key. You want the table decor to reflect the theme and ambiance of your event and you should, of course, take in to consideration the color scheme. But you really can create a center piece that is ‘just right’.

1. Don’t let yourself feel pressured to stick with the typical. Flowers are beautiful and offer the opportunity to experiment with color and scent. Sure, floral centerpieces may be considered a more traditional option but consider incorporating dried flowers, berries, exotic plants, herbs or other foliage to spice things up. We’re really loving the flower box idea in this inspiration board…

floral wedding centerpieces
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2. Consider the size (and shape!) of your table. ¬†If you’re working with long, sweeping tables, consider using a runner to tie the centerpieces together. You can also use the space to cascade your decor, playing with height and width of objects. If you’re going to be decorating round tables of say, 6 or 8, consider going with smaller, lower table arrangements. Tables that size offer more opportunity for conversation and the centerpieces should reflect that.

3. Centerpieces don’t have to be ‘on the table’. We’ve included a couple of examples of thinking outside the box in this way. Of course, your ability to do this is going to depend on your venue. Take note of the suspended flowers in the first board. It’s definitely more involved but what a dramatic effect… and it’s conversationally friendly. In the board below, we really love the hanging lights. For this you could use¬†light bulbs¬†or¬†terrarium¬†bulbs with tea light candles.

4. Avoid too much height. While it is dramatic, we’ve already mentioned that it may impact your guests ability to converse. Depending on the sort of environment you’re trying to create, decide if this is important. It’s easier to incorporate taller centerpieces on long rectangular tables but if you stick a tall, large centerpiece in the middle of a round table it will be nearly impossible for your guests to talk across the table.

Non-Floral Wedding Centerpieces
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5. Variety is the spice of life! Your centerpieces don’t have to be cookie-cutter replicas of one another. Consider picking a theme and creating 3 or 4 varieties of table decor. Maybe it’s travel? You can incorporate photographs of spots you’ve been or destinations you’d like to go to. Maybe it’s family? Again, you can add photographs of your parents and grandparents at their weddings, and incorporate sentimental trinkets

Whatever you decided to do, make it a reflection on who you are as a couple and what you want your day to represent!

What are some more alternatives to floral table decor?

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Wedding Reception Bands: Tips and Advice from an Expert (Part 2)

More worthy tips and advice from one of Lorio Ross Entertainment’s founders and agent and our resident wedding expert!

Why would you suggest booking a band through an agency?

When people call us, at Lorio Ross Entertainment, they’re looking for the cream of the crop – whether DJs or bands. The life blood of an agency is referrals. We can’t afford to book bands that are sub-par, they’ve got to be really good to get us those referrals. So couples should consider this, agencies represent and book only the very best.

You may hear a band at a bar or other venue and decide you really love them. They sound great, they have great personality but you have no idea of the background or history of the band. ¬†That band may always be using different people, or some of the members might be unreliable. I know some bands that are fantastic but they’ve never been on time in their lives!!! We know the bands that will work well with their client and follow instructions on the type of music to play and things like Do Not Play lists, and we know the bands that don’t like to take direction from anyone. If you book through an agency, you kind of have an edge. And, the best part, you have someone doing most of the work for you – the agent.

What sort of advice can you offer regarding song-lists?

Sometimes couples will book a band based strictly on their own personal taste, but this is not always the best decision. There are two goals when it comes to wedding music. Sure, the bride and groom want to enjoy themselves and part of that is having music they really love. But, they also need to make sure their guests have a good time. The couple should always consider their guests taste to ensure everyone has a good time. The secret is to choose a band that can pick tunes that everyone attending, regardless of age, can relate to and enjoy. This doesn’t¬†necessarily¬†mean you have to play oldies, there are plenty of crossover tunes that appeal to everyone. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – ‘Empire State of Mind‘ ¬†or The Black Eyed Peas – ‘I Gotta Feeling‘ are both superb examples of songs that everyone can enjoy.¬†

What is the most important piece of advice you would like to give couples looking to book a band for their reception?

One of the most important things when booking a band is making sure the band has done many, many weddings. It’s not different than ifyou’re going to have an operation – ¬†you want a doctor who is experienced and skilled. A lot of people make a mistake by hearing a band at a bar, they get really excited about that band, they book them for their wedding. But then at the reception, the band doesn’t sound very good or people aren’t dancing and the tune selections aren’t right. At a bar, tunes are usually catered to a narrow demographic where, at a wedding, the demographic varies from children to elderly.

Lisa @ Lorio Ross

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