VENUE ADDITIONS

Binders Gardens has so many photography opportunities for Brides they have to make sure they set shooting time at least an hour to walk around and get all the favorite spots; has now added new additions.


Last year at this time we finished the Open Barn Roof, since then we added a frontage wall to block parking lot view.  Then we put up the wall to block the Grooms Studio.  


Instead of adding the Barn Doors, we replaced the French drains around the open Barn and added a Dry Rock River Bed that travels like a snake all the way past the Lake Side Wedding Location to the Lake.


We will put in a small Rustic Bridge to go over the Dry Rock RiverBed to get to other locations behind the Grooms Studio.

Also we will add one more Garden to our collections.

We did wait til we had a few weekend that didn’t have Wedding to do this construction and of course wanted to make sure it was 90 degrees everyday.  LoL 

Ya’ll come see us now.

Interview Blog of DarKer Side DJ’s

Here is an amazing Wedding Professionals DJ that works in the Houston Area …


DarKer Side DJ’s was founded in 2000 by David & Kathy Raciti (Dar & Ker). YEESSS!….. We always get asked the big question… “Why did we choose DarKer Side DJ’s as our company name?” Well, we were shooting for something a little more creative than the usual “DJDAVE” or “NewWave DJ” and Dar & Ker are our initials. That is why the “D” and the “K” are both capitalized inside our company name.


We also wanted to tie our name into the world of music. We both had plenty of old memories of playing those old “45” records when we were kids. With a little research we found that second side or backside always consisted of a song which was rarely played or seen and was referred to in the music industry as the “DARKER SIDE”! The name made sense to us and we went with it!!!


With customer service as a first priority, and incorporating 40 years of musical experience into the mix, we have grown leaps and bounds over our 17 years in business to become one of the leading DJ/KJ shows in Southeast Texas boasting a song list of over 45 million music tracks & more than 150,000 different karaoke titles As technology continues to change our industry, we have furthered our services with all new Photo Booths, BOSE speaker systems, over 35,000 HD music videos, big screen projectors, LED up-lighting and DJ style light shows, as well as customized Monograms to help us create a professional performance which is personalized and suited for each of our customers needs and requirements.


“Quality Entertainment for Any Occasion” is the motto we live by. We will set up indoors & outdoors for any occasion, including clubs, private parties, birthdays, anniversary’s, weddings, barn dances, beach parties, benefits and more…!!!


All questions, requests or inquiries concerning booking or company information can be directed to:

DarkerSideDJs@DarKerSideDJs.com

or by

Calling Dave or Kathy @ (281) 542-DJKJ

or by mail at:

DarKer Side DJ’s & Karaoke

                 Attn: Dave                

         506 S. Brooks St. 

Brazoria TX 77422 


 

5 Big Mistakes Wedding Professionals Make on Facebook

How to use Facebook for your wedding business


When I asked the wedding professionals on our email list for their biggest questions about using social media for their wedding businesses, the response was overwhelming! And most of the questions that came in had to do with Facebook.
My Confession
I’m on Facebook. I use it personally and professionally. But I have to confess…
I haven’t done everything on Facebook for our wedding business that I know I should be doing.
So this was a wake up call for me, too. I may not know everything there is to know about Facebook, but I’m really, really good at figuring stuff out.
Before we can get into exactly what to put on your Page and how to get brides on it, we’ve got to make sure we’re avoiding the most common…and sometimes disastrous…Facebook mistakes.
5 Facebook Business Mistakes
Mistake #1 – Using a Personal Profile For Your Wedding Business.
If you set up a new Facebook profile using your business name, you are in direct violation of Facebook’s terms of service.
Facebook only allows ONE profile for each individual. You are not permitted to use it, “for your own commercial gain.” If you want to promote your business, you need to create a Facebook Page.
If Facebook finds a profile used for a business, that account will be deleted and will lose all its friends and account information.
I know, it sucks. One of my wedding professional Facebook friends set up a profile using the name of their business and had over 1,500 friends. When Facebook found out, her account was deleted and she lost all those connections.
Yes, you will find people out there who are violating this rule, but it simply isn’t worth the risk. Use a Facebook Page for your business and save your profile for the “real” you.
Mistake #2 – Not Using Keywords in the Page Title and Description.
The cool thing about Facebook pages is that they get indexed in the search engines. If you set it up right, this means that your Facebook page could end up on Page 1 of Google.
However, this will only happen if you set up the page properly.
Use your targeted keywords (“san francisco wedding planner,” “dallas wedding photographer”) in your Page’s title and description. This will give you more visibility and get more brides to your Page and your website.
Mistake #3 – Not Including a Link to Your Website.
This seems like a no-brainer, but so many wedding professionals FORGET to put an easy to find link to their website on their business Page.
All your efforts are wasted if you don’t make it easy for brides to contact you and learn more about your business.
Make sure you add a link in the About section under your image as well as on your information tab. Use the full url…that means http://www.YourWebsite Dot com…

Then click it to make sure it works when you’re done!
Mistake #4 – Promoting, Promoting and Only Promoting.
If you want brides to “like” your page, pay attention to your status updates, and come back for more, you’ve got to make your updates interesting and valuable to them.
Many wedding vendors promote their own services, products and sales with every update. It’s like a never-ending sales pitch and it drives brides away! If all you do is tell them how great you are, they’ll hit that little “ignore” button and you’ll disappear from their Facebook world forever.
Make sure your updates are fun, interesting and helpful for brides. Then you can sparingly sprinkle in a promotion now and then.
Mistake #5 – Spamming the Walls of Friends With Ads.
Plastering your advertisement on every one of your friend’s Walls WILL NOT get you business. It will earn you a reputation as a “spammer,” your friends will un-friend you or make you invisible, and brides will be completely turned off.
People hang out on Facebook to connect with other people. That doesn’t mean you can’t use it to make money for your business…you sure can!…but you do it by building a relationship first.
If you want to advertise, buy a Facebook ad. Don’t use your friends’ profiles. 


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WEDDING VENUE QUESTIONS TO ASK


Not all wedding Venues are the same, so when comparing Venues; don’t just look at price. Compare Apples to Apple and not Oranges to Apples when looking for a Venue.  

Selecting a wedding venue is one of the earliest, and most important tasks on your to-do list. If you’ve never planned a wedding before, how can you be sure of the questions you’ll need to ask to find the perfect venue?

There are specific questions to ask when looking for a venue.

*What is not included in my rental of the venue, what extra charges or deposits are needed for their wedding package?

Ask if Chairs, tables, linen will be included in your rental package.  It’s not always provided.  Ask if any other items will be require to rent to have a wedding ceremony and reception.  Ask what details are extras perks sort of their package.


*What if something happens?

All weddings need a plan B and what if plan.  Outdoor wedding venues know that it could rain and they will tell you want they do or you should do.  Do you need insurance?  What if the Electricity goes out?  No one ever thinks to ask this.  If you have insurance what is covered to protect you if that would if happens. If the venue has plan Bs in place, and they have the answers for the would if; then you are in good hands.


*Should I tip anyone or this also a hidden cost?

The norm is to tip servers and come prepared to tip them. Bartenders usually have a tip jar but they also hire extra servers to help if the event is large. It’s best to ask your vendors if the tips are included in their cost. You need to know these things in advance.


*Ask for Exclusive price?

If your Venue only gives a price for Tables and Chairs, ask if they will give you an exclusive price on everything from cake, photos, Flowers, DJ and Catering. Sometime they can get the price better.


*Ask if there is a separate cost for a Cake?

In my experience, no one has a plan for who is responsible in cutting the cake. If you want the venue to be responsible to cutting the cake, serving it, providing cake plates and forks; their might be an extra fee. If not, then make sure you prepare in advance if Aunt June is cutting the cake and if she knows how correctly. Then make sure you have cake plates and extra forks. Don’t forget the Cake Cutter Knife and Cake Server.

*Ask how long you can Dance?

If you have hopes of drinking and dancing from dawn til dusk at your wedding you might want to ask if you can do that. Some venues only allow on an average four hours of Reception time. Some let you go over for an extra fee. Vendors and Venues basis their fees on four hours of Reception time and that is what they pay their staff for. So if you go over that basis set time frame, you might get sent an extra bill. Some will let you stay without the bar and music. Find out for your records. Even the Photographer is only expecting a certain time frame to be there and they might extra for the longer party.


*Ask about rules on decorating?

If you have big plans of having a hundred candles, fireworks, balloon, lanterns, hanging chandeliers and hanging material from the ceiling, they might get tarnished with a pop of a balloon. Many venues have strict policies against nails, tape, staplers, fire, and open flames. Find out in advance and if there is a fee to have them. A garden that has regular beauty may need no extra decorating to set the tone of your wedding. You can ask if there is a small fee to use any centerpieces and plants or arbors they have available for your event.


*Ask for the fee of the next day and if they schedule other events on the same day?

Large Venue may have several small weddings at the same venue to meet the demand. Find out if you can block off the night before to have your rehearsal and dinner at the same location. Sometimes they offer it for a small fee. It’s best not to have your wedding at the same time to not get parties confused to where to attend. Ask if you can schedule cocktail hour and what is the extra fee in between your ceremony and reception. 


*Ask if there is bathrooms and parking for your guests.

Many sites have a fee for parking and many times you can arrange for valet parking for an additional expense. This does help things run smoother than if people have to struggle to park and walk to the event. You could have a party bus pick up your out of town guest and shuttle them to the event in one pickup.


There are many factors and fees to consider when booking a venue, contact us at info@BindersGardens.com to get started with a tour.
 

WEDDING COORDINATOR/PLANNER .. VS .. VENUE COORDINATOR

All Coordinators are not equal and you should know the difference before thinking you don’t need a wedding Coordinator.  


We’ve heard it SO many times- “Oh the venue coordinator will handle everything, I don’t need a wedding planner/coordinator.”


We might need to clarify what they will do and what is not expected from them.

What most brides don’t quite understand is that the venue coordinator is just there for the Venue standpoint and manage help where needed. 


Nothing against venue coordinators, but they are there to facilitate who and what comes in and out.  If they tell you they can handle things on the day of your wedding, it’s true- they can, but it’s only within a certain scope.


A venue coordinator is looking out for the best interest of the venue. A wedding coordinator looks out for the best interest of YOU, the bride. The venue coordinator deals with everything having to do with the venue- food, setup, etc. A wedding coordinator will deal with aspects of the venue, such as setup, and will make sure everything is to your specifications. 


If your ceremony is at a location other than the venue, your wedding coordinator will be there with you. A venue coordinator will not be at that offsite ceremony. If the ceremony is at the venue, the venue coordinator will be there to help with the coordination of the ceremony.


 A wedding coordinator stays by your side throughout the day and night. They are there to tell you when things will be occurring throughout the night, such as the cake cutting, bouquet toss, toasts, etc. When I was planning, I stayed until the very end of the wedding, until all of the guests were gone. A venue coordinator stays until the meal is served, and the majority of the time, leaves after. Some may stay until the cake is cut and served. He or she will not be by your side throughout the day or night. Although the venue coordinator will do their best to keep you happy, he or she likely will not be involved if your bustle breaks, when it comes time to load up your gifts, or tracking down your lipgloss. 


 A wedding coordinator contacts your vendors before your wedding to make sure everyone is confirmed and knows what time they will be arriving. A venue coordinator may contact vendors that have to do with setup of the reception, but it’s not common. Other vendors, like your photographer or hair and makeup, would not be contacted by your venue coordinator.

 Venues are known to have a high turnover rate among the coordinator/sales positions. The person that you book your wedding with may or may not still be there when it comes time for your wedding a year, year and a half later. Your wedding coordinator is hired by YOU, hand selected by YOU, and won’t be going anywhere (unless, God forbid, something horrible happens!).  

These are just a few things to inspire some thinking when it comes to deciding whether or not you need a wedding coordinator. This is in no way meant to be bad towards venue coordinators… as I said before, I LOVE venue coordinators- it’s always awesome to work with them! I just want you all to be aware of the differences between the two so you can make the best decision!

Best tips to get Engagement Photos

  
Once you find a photographer and a budget you can agree on, you need to meet with them to discuss a few things to make it a memorable day.

Plan on attire with solid colors.  To make the images fun and different poses you both want taken.

  
Plan on your location and sometimes the location is meaningful with you both.  Like the first place you kisses.  Try to tell a story to capture your live for each other and your hobbies.

 
Making your engagement photos fun is easy.  Many find ideas on Pinterest to see what is the trend with everyone else.

  
 One of the most important things with engagement images is the time of day.  Know when the lighting is good, morning or afternoon.  Knowing will give you some amazing images to treasure.

  

Houston Wedding Vendor A Team

Thank you to all that have sent us the welcomes and Congrats on becoming a Wedding Vendor.  We are humbled to have our new location to offer Brides an amazing location to get married.

  
As a new Wedding Venue, we are looking for vendors established close to West or SW area of Houston that will team up with us and network and create our A Team.

  

  
We can only offer a location but as many brides have been contacting us.  Not all of them want to do it yourself.  Aka DYI are not for everyone.  So, we are on the hunt fast and furious on an A Team to join us so, we can package a price for those in need.

  
Someone told us this week that over 40,000 marriages happened last year in Houston alone.  So it will just grow more ever year.  We hope to help fill that need.

Please if you are a wedding vendor and want to come talk to us at our location.  Come on out!  Call us and tell us when you can come.  We are Binders Gardens at 16630 Hwy 36, Needville, TX 77461.

  
We are the same drive as Jays Cafe in Needville, across from the high school.  We will soon post our date in April for our open house and we will start with a bang on our marketing plan.  Join our A Team now.

Emails are welcomed at Info@BindersGardens or check out our web site at BindersGardens.com.

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The Binders