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November 26, 2018
It’s no secret that good music brings people together – why do you think so many brides and grooms celebrate their big day with a huge party centered around it? So why limit those good vibes to just the wedding reception? With a little creativity, you can incorporate everyone’s favorite songs into the night before.
Through bold and classic colors of black, white and gold, we created an atmosphere that made it almost impossible to refuse a turn on stage with the microphone. A dessert station as the star and few savory bites passed throughout the evening, plus a signature cocktail to toast the couple, this modern-day karaoke competition using the family’s favorite playlist was the perfect way to break the ice and kick off a fun and whimsical wedding weekend. The best part? Hosting a dessert party is a great way to invite more of your guests to the rehearsal dinner without going over budget.
The real question to ask is how to pull off a cool karaoke party. Stick to these five key elements and your guests will be talking about – not to mention raving about – your rehearsal dinner for years to come.
#1: Pick the right venue. Find a space that makes it easy to host an event by requiring minimal effort when it comes to execution. We threw this party at Elevate inside the W Midtown Atlanta hotel, which was an ideal set up with its sleek bar, prominent DJ booth and beautiful patio.
#2: Choose décor to complement your theme. As with any party, the goal is to keep it comfy but fun. At Elevate, I used soft seating, low lighting, a few highboy tables and balloons to keep this party design luxe, but relatable, with fun, whimsical details.
#3: Feed your guests what they want! Do you crave a late night snack as much as I do? If so, this dessert party is a perfect choice for a fun party with lots of high-energy activity. To keep the night balanced, I worked in a few savory bites to complement the sweets.
#4: Consider a signature cocktail. This is a great way to cut down on the money you spend on the bar tab, especially if offering your guests a full bar is too expensive for your overall budget. A signature cocktail keeps the party festive and your guests satisfied.
#5: Create an awesome playlist. Curating a lists of songs ahead of time will make it easier for guests pick their favorites when it’s time to perform – you can even send the playlist to your guests after the party as a memento of all your karaoke memories.
No matter what kind of party you host to kick off your wedding weekend, remember to include your own personality in the details of the celebration – your own creativity is the foundation to having fun with your family and friends!
Venue & Catering – W Atlanta Midtown
Design + Planning – Michelle Gainey, Lemiga Events
Balloons – Mom’s Kloset Balloon Boutique
Floral – C.Wayman Floral & Events
Linen – BBJ Linen
Stationery – Tiger Lily Invitations
Desserts – Sweet Details
Photography – Janet Howard Studio
Video – Joel Adrian
Makeup – Erica Bogart
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