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After the Vows- What would they have done? * Click to view Single Page Version

Wedding Budget Statistics

Brides express their feelings regarding their wedding disc jockey and entertainment


72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.

Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.

During wedding planning, Brides say their highest priority is there attire, followed by the reception site and caterer - reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities. Within one week after their reception, 78% of Brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!

When asked 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.

We asked a local wedding entertainment service about how they help make each wedding a success, www.TulsaWeddingDJ.Com stated "we ensure that each bride and grooms get our full attention, we know that this is a once in a lifetime event and we want to make it extra special. Instead of trying to have 10-20 DJ's, we want to keep it small and intimate, ensuring exact quality and service each time, that is why we just have 2 DJ's and both are owners of the company. So you know you are getting a higher quality of service That is why we feel www.TulsaWeddingDJ.Com offers superior wedding entertainment."

65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding, said, if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen a disc jockey.

It has been reported that 80% of a wedding reception's success lies in the hands of the disc jockey. Your DJ will offer ideas to help you create the reception of your dreams. Remember to listen carefully before you choose your disc jockey and follow your instincts.

At www.TulsaWeddingDJ.Com they have 10 items they say they live each event by:

1) We are Flexible - We always work to be the most flexible person in the room. Our agenda should not ever go against the big picture

2) We have Zero Ego - There is never a need to think that everything is about us

3) We Never take anything personally - "Personal importance or taking things personally is the maximum expression of selfishness because we make the assumption that everything is about "me." - Don Miguel Ruiz.

4) Partnerships - The ability to partner with a client, venue or vendor  is the critical element to overall success.

5) We Never lose sight of the big picture – Which is our client (you)!

6) We do what I say we will. – Each and every time.

7) Control the focus - In our events this is an awesome way to change the flow of the room.

8) This is fun! – DUH! Always! If we have fun your guests have fun!

9) People matter! - It can never be about the money.

10) Our self confidence is created from self control - In other words, we know that we are fully in control of ourselves. We choose how we feel about any given situation, and this gives us the confidence we need!


These should be items you ask any entertainer before you hire them.

*These statistics were published in St Louis Bride and Grooms Magazine in 2003. Sources include: Simmons, 2001; USA Today, 2002; National Bridal Service, 2001; The Knot, 2002; Brides Magazine, 2001.

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At Home Bachelorette Party Tips * Click to view Single Page Version

The At Home Bachelorette Party is a fun way to gather the bachelorette and her friends together to celebrate her pending wedding. Just because you aren't planning to go out on the town doesn't mean you can't have a great time at home. 

Themes & Idea's

It is important to choose a theme and/or activity that match the personality of the bride.  This party is a celebration of her friendships as much as her wedding so you don't want to embarrass her to the point of humiliation. 

- For the bachelorette who is a little more reserved, it would be best to choose a non-sexual themed party.  Some great ideas include a Tea Party or Slumber Party (complete with at home facials, movies, etc). For the tea party, consider sending individually wrapped teabags with the invitations and asking each guest to bring their own tea cup & saucer. Serve finger sandwiches, petit fours, scones & jam, or other light fare. Encourage your guests to dress up and perhaps wear hats!  For the slumber party, decorate pillowcases and send as invitations.  Rent lots of movies that are fun and romantic: My Best Friends Wedding, Four Weddings & A Funeral, Father of the Bride, and so on. Set up stations where people can do their own pedicures, manicures, and facials or invite local aestheticians to attend to the guests' wishes.

The wilder bachelorette is likely to hope for a little sizzle at her party.  Most people assume that means a stripper, which can certainly be a lot of fun.  There are other elements you can incorporate into the party in addition to or instead of the traditional stripper though too.

Party Games

Aside from hiring a stripper, Bachelorette Parties are best known for their funny games. Once again, you need to select games that are appropriate for the bride and her guests. Don't be too conservative though, this is a Bachelorette party after all! Having the party at someone's house gives you numerous options for games to play. Some of our favorites include: Pin the Macho, "Sex, Lies & Rumors", Nudie Doodle Pads, and "Twisted Minds."

Gifts For The Event

The Bachelorette Party gift should be in-line with the tone of the party. Is the bachelorette grandmother sipping tea next to you? In which case, some of our other favorite items include Para-dice and Furry Handcuffs.  Hopefully this sparks some ideas for the bride and groom on their wedding night. If not, there are some great books that can show them the way.

Gifts don't have to be just for the bachelorette. It is fun to put together party favor bag for the guests.

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Booking DJ services * Click to view Single Page Version

The flowers have to be just right, the décor must fit their personality and most importantly everyone has to have a good time. Unfortunately, 6 months after the reception is over nobody is going to remember what colors the flowers were or what kind of Champaign they had, but they are going to remember if they had fun! If you have been to a wedding or party where the entertainment was awesome, find out who the DJ was and book them.

It is true that the music and food makes for a good P A R T Y !

We have all heard the nightmare stories about the DJ being late or not showing up, never speaking to the audience, playing inappropriate music or having equipment failure, ending the party prematurely. Obviously, you want to avoid these problems.

Remember, you want to choose the entertainment that offers the specific package that matches what you desire; be careful not to become a victim of a "swap meet" price war in which you become the casualty by not getting what you wanted.

Most professional companies rely on referral business and maintain a certain pricing standard. Many times it is worth those extra hundred bucks or so to insure you have a successful event.

TulsaWeddingDJ.Com- Feature Vendor/DJ:

TulsaWeddingDJ.Com is a local Tulsa based company who prides itself on serving its clients with the best service and equipment. We talked with Zach Downing and Paul Reedy who are the owners of the company. The main point that they stressed is that you need to find a company you are comfortable with. "There are some companies who have 15 or more DJ's who work part-time, for some clients they do not mind this." we asked them to elaborate on that. They said that with www.TulsaWeddingDJ.Com there are only Two DJ's who concentrate on one wedding a night each.

They feel this can improve the quality of the event and also offer a more personal service as you know who you will be dealing with at your wedding. They also stressed that the "overall comfort level should be established on that first phone call or meeting". Another good point is how well do they service your event after it is booked?

It is important to create a rapport with the DJ over the phone. Pay attention to their manner of speaking and attitude, their personality tends to spill over into their DJ style. How are they at returning phone calls? Were they prompt in sending the information you requested? What does their promotional materials look like? If you have that "feeling" in your gut someone is wrong for you, trust your instincts and move on. If you like them ... go on, book 'em.

Learn more about their company:


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Bride & groom contacts * Click to view Single Page Version








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Buying Your First Home? * Click to view Single Page Version

Look for a new article about buying your first home. We interview industry professionals, homebuilders and more.
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Choosing Your Wedding Vendors * Click to view Single Page Version

Tip Of the Month - June 2007:

By: Billie's Wedding Style

As photographers, we're often one of the first wedding vendors chosen to participate in a wedding. There are MANY wonderful florists, cake bakers, venues, catering companies, etc. that we work with on a consistent basis and recommend to our brides.

But one of the most important considerations for a smooth and fun reception is the DJ. A good DJ is responsible for ensuring everyone has a great time. . .gets the party off the ground and keeps the energy level up so that there are LOTS of people on the dance floor enjoying themselves. We've had the opportunity to meet DOZENS of DJ's in Oklahoma. I can honestly say Zach Downing with Tulsa Wedding DJ does this better than any DJ in Oklahoma.

If you're still in the market for a good DJ for your wedding, visit with Zach. Your wedding deserves the personal touch Zach provides each and every one of his wedding couples.

Most recently we worked with Zach at the wedding of Staci & Arrick at the Golf Club of Oklahoma. He just did an outstanding job of keeping the flow of the wedding moving and high energy. For most of the guests who attended . . .I don't think many ever sat down the entire evening.

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Decimated By Dastardly Dead Ipod Battery * Click to view Single Page Version

Once In A Lifetime Day Decimated By Dastardly Dead Ipod Battery.

It was about Nine o'clock P.M. on Saturday June 28th. Zohan and Dalia had just shared a succulent piece of their wedding cake, while also enjoying a sensuous bottle of chablis, 1982's finest! They had been married just over six hours now and were preparing for their first dance together as husband and wife. Their once in a lifetime adventure in Camelot, had been seemingly perfect. The groom's cousin Ike, whom was an experienced Shakespearian actor, was about to announce the happy newlyweds onto the dance floor for their first dance. This a moment that Dalia had been dreaming about for many years. She had always had envisioned this day exactly as it was, perfect! She took Zohan's hand, as they walked to the dance floor. They embraced, as Ike pushed play on the bride's Ipod. Dalia fully, and Zohan to some extent, looked breathless as they danced to Ingrid Michaelson's "The Way I Am". It was the perfect song for the perfect moment in time. When all of a sudden the music stopped.

Looking puzzled the bride looked at the groom, who intern looked at his cousin Ike, as Ike looked back at him. What had happened to their perfect day. Yesterday they had rehearsed this, ten times over without a glitch! Nothing was supposed to go wrong, nothing could go wrong, they had this all down to a tee! Well you see, apparently the bride had forgotten to charge Ipod that night, and while it continued to play through cocktails and all the way through dinner, it was a dastardly dead Ipod battery, that would decimate their once in a lifetime day. To Zohan & Dalia, it would become the day the music died!

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Do not settle for ordinary wedding favors! * Click to view Single Page Version

When you can have something extraordinary! Your wedding guests will definitely remember your special day with chocolate dipped and decorated Oreo® Cookies or Fortune Cookies. Order your cookies with our popular "Love" messages inside or personalize them with your own fortune.

For more information visit their site!


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Fashion 101 for 2008 * Click to view Single Page Version

Looking for the hottest trends in 2008, our staff will be attending MAGIC 2008 in Las Vegas to bring you the hottest trends in fashion for those last nights out on the town. Stay tuned for the update in March.

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Father Of The Bride.... * Click to view Single Page Version

Father Of The Bride
By Brian McGrory, | June 23, 2006

Everyone has a dream. Some people dream of climbing mountains, others of writing classic novels, still others of making millions on Wall Street.

Erin Burns had a dream, as well, one that was simpler but not for a second any less profound: She dreamed of her father giving her away on her wedding day, and what she did to fulfill it was something to behold.

Her father is Tom Burns, longtime state Highway Department worker, famously quick wit, a guy's guy who was devoted to his wife and three wonderful kids. ``His friends were all friends for life," said Maureen Burns, sitting yesterday in the living room of the couple's modest Colonial in Burlington.

Tom was diagnosed right after Thanksgiving last year with advanced lung cancer. Every day of every other week, he'd leave his state job, drive himself to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge for debilitating chemotherapy, then head back to work for the afternoon. If he was miserable, he didn't show it.

``He was trying to save up his vacation time, so he and my mom could go to Florida," Erin was saying yesterday. ``He never stopped living. That's the thing about my dad."

In late April, Erin, 27, a reading teacher in Cambridge, became engaged to a Watertown firefighter named Tim Fitzgerald. Her father's health was improving, so Erin planned an autumn wedding, giving her time to tend to the 2 million details that go into the day.

But the cancer spread into her father's spine by early this month. Erin, the oldest of the three Burns kids and the first to be married, called his oncologist and asked how soon she should set a date.

``He told me sooner rather than later," she said. The date was set for July 1.

It wasn't soon enough. Tom Burns checked into Mount Auburn on June 11 with crippling headaches. He was having such a tough time swallowing that he couldn't even drink his beloved frappes.

An MRI was taken last Tuesday. On Wednesday, doctors delivered the news that the tumors had spread to the area around his brain. Erin called her fiancé in a panic, but with a plan.

``I promised him he'd be there for the wedding," she said of her father. ``If we had to do it in the hospital room, that's what we'd do."

Last Thursday morning, Erin and Tim secured a marriage license. They got dispensation from the Catholic Church. She spent the day at the hospital with her father, and at about 5 o'clock excused herself to go to the Burlington Mall.

``Don't worry," Tom Burns told her. ``I'll be here when you get back."

She bought a simple white dress at Macy's. She found matching shoes, got her hair done, looked in vain for wedding bands, and didn't leave until the mall was locking its doors.

When Erin arrived at Mount Auburn Friday morning, her father was waiting in his room, sitting in a wheelchair, proudly turned out in a suit and tie. His intravenous tubes were all unhooked.

Hospital officials decorated the conference room with flowers they had pulled from the lobby florist and balloons.

A local restaurant, Tommy Doyle's, sent up hors d'oeuvres, wine, and champagne. Erin's' school, the Fletcher Maynard Academy, hired a photographer and a videographer and bought a cake.

At 1 p.m., Luke Burns wheeled his father down the aisle. Tom Burns held tightly onto his daughter's hand.

At the front of the room, Tom struggled to his feet, kissed and hugged Erin, and gave her away.

There are often tears at a wedding, but rarely, as happened here, is it the bride who cries the most.

Afterward, Tom and his wife quietly slipped back to his room. Just 60 years old, he told his doctor he was ready for a morphine drip -- ready, in fact, for the outcome of his life.

In the middle of the night Saturday, he slipped into a coma. Just before 1 a.m. Sunday, his family around him, he opened his eyes briefly, and he died.

Tom Burns's life might have been far too short, but right up until the final moments was it ever full.
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Guy and Girl Permission Slips Gag! * Click to view Single Page Version

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Harweldon Mansion - Tulsa Wedding Venue * Click to view Single Page Version


Harwelden will accommodate approximately 50 people for a "sit-down" meal in one common room. However, if you don't mind having your guests scattered into other areas of the house, you are welcome to seat more...
Available for your use are six round tables (60 inches in diameter, each one seats 8-9) and approximately 80 stacking chairs at no charge.
Linens or dishes are not supplied; those can usually be taken care of by your caterer or by a party rental store.
The main room can seat approximately 70 people for a program (such as a concert, wedding, or seminar) with chairs placed in rows and with space for a lectern or altar area...
Seating may be increased to approximately 90 by arranging the chairs facing the north wall of the living room, which allows the sunroom, sun porch, and entryway to serve as overflow seating.

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Head table seating * Click to view Single Page Version

Bride and groom in the centre, (with the bride on the groom's left.)

Maid-of-honour sits next to the groom.

Best man sits next to the bride.

The attendants are alternated on either side of the maid-of-honour and the best man.

Small children in the wedding party should not be seated at the head table.

They should be seated with their own parents or other relatives.

If the minister and his wife are attending, they should be seated at the parent's table.

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Hilton Southern Hills- First Rate Wedding Venue * Click to view Single Page Version

Hilton Banquet Facilities in Tulsa Oklahoma

With over 13,000 square feet of new, flexible meeting room space, the Hilton Tulsa Southern Hills has the perfect environment for your next business meeting or social gathering.

First rate banquet facility features include:

  • State-of-the-art audio visual equipment
  • World-class cuisine and exquisite banquet facilities
  • Complimentary airport shuttle and parking
  • An experienced staff of sales professionals who will assist you in all aspects of your event planning
Hilton Tulsa Southern Hills has 293 oversized guest rooms offering an array of distinctive features for Tulsa weddings and other events, including:
  • The Tulsa Hilton is located in the exclusive, Southern Hills area of Tulsa. Next door to the Tulsa Hilton is Oral Roberts University and the Citiplex Office Complex. Across the street are several specialty restaurants and family style dining establishments.
  • With over 13,000 square feet of new, flexible function space, the Hilton Tulsa Southern Hills provides a wonderful environment for your next reunion, Tulsa weddings, reunions, business or social gatherings.
  • Spacious guest rooms are equipped for preperations for weddings or events : two phone lines with data ports, coffee maker, hair dryers, voice mail, irons/boards, On Command © movies and Sony Playstation © games.
  • The Hilton also provide free parking and complimentary shuttle service to Tulsa International Airport, perfect to assist with Tulsa weddings.
  • 24 hour Business Center
  • Outdoor pool and health club with cardiovascular equipment
  • Legend's Restaurant is a great place to enjoy American, regional style cuisine. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner. Also available is Room Service.
  • Falls Lounge with its dramatic lobby waterfall, features specialty drinks and light menu fare.

The Hilton staff the experience and knowledge in accomodating Tulsa weddings. If you are planning Tulsa weddings or reunions in Tulsa, OK and will require a hotel and or banquet facilities contact the Hilton Tulsa.

 For additional assistance call 918-492-5000

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Hiring Your Wedding DJ * Click to view Single Page Version



You've Spend Countless hours developing you style for your wedding. Your Wedding DJ should be able to show you how to implement your own style into your wedding. We asked the professionals at TulsaWeddingDJ.Com what some of the important points were to making a reception a success.  They gave us a few good points to consider when hiring your wedding DJ.



When your guest are enjoying themselves from the beginning of the reception. Dancing will be the natural destination. Using your requests, your wedding DJ should create an atmosphere that creates the perfect mix between fun and class.


The first was the connection to the guests…when your guests feel involved in your special day…determines how long they stay and how any memories they take with them. Brining each guest into your reception with you both is the key to a successful reception. Other DJ companies will sell you on other aspects. But this is the #1 way to have a reception that you will remember forever.



The staff said that the direction is also a key….as your director TulsaWeddingDJ.Com will ensure that your reception will flow just as smooth as a Broadway play or Hollywood movie. Each person with their job, and each person flowing into the role….



Because planning a wedding can create enough stress on its own and create a blur your wedding DJ should create prevent problems from occurring and create calm to prevent anything from going wrong. Remember your wedding DJ should do more than just play the muisic..they are your party planner, music director, lighting technician and master of ceremonies.



The fidelity….while your favorite songs are playing in the background. Your guests will be able to talk and socialize without having to should. Your DJ should have the experience and professional equipment to create this atmosphere. Equipment wont make your event..but it can break your event. At Tulsa Wedding DJ we belive in using the BEST in Tulsa for audio equipment. From wireless microphones to BOSE speaker systems. When you book with a professional you do get the best.



Because experience counts, your DJ should be considered your spokesperson…you should have someone who knows you, has met with you and can trust. The meetings that are done before your wedding should be the times when everything is set to music…and everything at the reception will flow without any flaws….



It should be an honor for whoever you choose to be chosen to use unique talents, and give complete and undivided attention to the direction of your wedding. Ensuring your wedding is the BEST ever should be the number one goal of your wedding emcee.



Is hiring the DJ company who is the biggest or gives you a "free CD with MUSIC" for your wedding the best? That is a matter of opinion. We think that for those that are really particular about the wedding and how the direction and everything else above will affect the outcome of the wedding, that you should choose the company that is best for your needs as well as the company that best can give you what you need. In the Wedding DJ business the cheapest price is NEVER the best price and you should spend a little more on your entertainment as that is the #1 thing that everyone will remember…they are representing YOU.


TulsaWeddingDJ.Com can be reached at their website or by calling 918-284-4933 anytime. With three professional DJ's ready to take on your wedding and make it perfect you can't go wrong with hiring the VERY BEST in Tulsa for one of the biggest jobs of your reception.

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Installing A Husband - Joke of the Month * Click to view Single Page Version


Dear Tech Support,

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance -- particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5 and then installed undesirable prog rams such as NFL 5.0, NBA 3.0, and Golf Clubs 4.1.

Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system. I've tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.

What can I do?
Signed, Desperate

Dear Desperate:
First keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an Operating System. Please enter the command: 'I Thought You Loved Me.exe' and try to download Tears 6.2 and don't forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update.

If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.

But remember, over use of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0 or Beer 6.1. Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will download the Snoring Loudly Beta.

Whatever you do, DO NOT install Mother-in-law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources).

Also, do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend 5.0 program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend Food 3.0 and Hot Lingerie 7.7.

Good Luck, Tech Support
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Integrity Party Rentals- The Company To Call * Click to view Single Page Version

If you are looking for a party rental company in Tulsa, be sure to call Integrity Party Rentals at 111th and Memorial.

They have a beautiful showroom, are very organized and ready to service  brides and grooms.

We spoke with the owner Jeri Brill this week and she has the motivation as well as the determination to make your wedding or special event a success. This is a company of integrity and will be here for your wedding day.

They can be reached at 918-369-9494 be sure to tell Jeri you saw them at


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Kathleen P. Westby Pavilion- Wedding Venue * Click to view Single Page Version

One of the most prestigious venues for any gathering, the beautiful Westby Pavilion hosts a range of events: wedding receptions, parties, luncheons, dinners, meetings, lectures, press conferences, fundraisers, and cabaret-style performances. Dedicated to arts patron Kathleen P. Westby in June 2000, this highly functional room can be transformed easily to complement any party theme or meeting plan. Approximately 3,000 sq. ft., the 49' x 64' hall features three full-length windows overlooking the lush Williams Green. The high, coffered ceilings are enhanced by 12 chandeliers. The room is carpeted, but large enough to accommodate tables and a dance floor. A corner bar connects to a catering area that opens into the LaFortune Studio next door. Depending on the size and scope of an event, clients (permitees) may wish to rent the LaFortune Studio in conjunction with their plans for Westby Pavilion. Permitees may use the PAC caterer, or the caterer of their choice. The Westby Pavilion can seat 200 comfortably at tables and 300 lecture-style

Westby Pavilion

For questions about any of the rental terms, please call the PAC at 596-7122, or e-mail

This is a city of Tulsa property so be prepared to deal with the city on details, insurance and other items you might not have to deal with on a private venue grounds.


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Kennedy Mansion - Tulsa Oklahoma * Click to view Single Page Version

Coming Soon..
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Lane Bryant Wedding Gowns * Click to view Single Page Version

With Spring approaching, plus-size brides looking for the ideal wedding dress for their special day may find what they are looking for now at Lane Bryant. The clothing retailer is unveiling a new line of affordable wedding gowns.

The new bridal dress collection features styles created specifically for the plus-size woman.

The retailer offers three gown silhouettes including: a floor-length satin gown; a satin bodice gown with a flowing chiffon skirt; and a cocktail-length lace bodice dress. Each of these gowns is available for $149.50.

Lorna Nagler, president of Lane Bryant says, "Every bride deserves a dress that reflects her inner radiance and elegance."

She continues, "The new Lane Bryant bridal collection offers our plus-size brides a selection of figure-flattering styles designed with them in mind at prices that fit their budget."

Lane Bryant, is the nation's largest women's plus-size specialty apparel retailer, providing stylish, high-quality fashion for plus-size women in sizes 14-28.

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Name Change List * Click to view Single Page Version


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Oklahoma Marriage Law * Click to view Single Page Version


Marriage license Laws in the state of Oklahoma, here is what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the Oklahoma marriage laws before filling out the Oklahoma marriage license form.

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document in your state that allows you to officially tie the knot under the law. The rules for acquiring your marriage license varies from state to state, so you should check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

You'll typically need to apply for your marriage license at least one month before your wedding ceremony. You'll traditionally need to send in your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents. You don't, however, want to apply for your marriage license too early. In some states, the licenses do expire, if you don't get married within a few months.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, but you'll need to apply for the certificate together, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

And, believe it or not, just because you have your marriage license sent to you in the mail does not mean you are officially married. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your chaplain your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

ID Requirement: Drivers License or certified birth certificate or passport and his or her Social Security number.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Oklahoma.

If previously married: Bring certified copy of divorce decree
or a copy of deceased spouse's death certificate.

Application Requirement: Both parties to a marriage should appear in person to obtain the license.

Fees: $25 - cash or money order only. Couples who take a premarital counseling course "conducted by a health professional or an official representative of a religious institution" will be charged only $5 for a marriage license.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Thanks to: for the information.

Oklahoma Clerk's Office

Adair County
Stilwell, OK

Alfalfa County
Cherokee, OK

Atoka County
Atoka, OK

Beaver County
Beaver, OK

Beckham County
Sayre, OK

Blaine County
Watonga, OK

Bryan County
Durant, OK

Caddo County
Anadarko, OK

Canadian County
El Reno, OK

Carter County
Ardmore, OK

Cherokee County
Tahlequah, OK

Choctaw County
Hugo, OK

Cimarron County
Boise City, OK

Cleveland County
Norman, OK

Coal County
Coalgate, OK

Comanche County
Lawton, OK

Cotton County
Walters, OK

Craig County
Vinita, OK

Creek County
Sapulpa, OK

Custer County
Arapaho, OK

Delaware County
Jay, OK

Dewey County
Taloga, OK

Garfield County
Enid, OK

Garvin County
Pauls Valley, OK

Grady County
Chickasha, OK


Grant County
Medford, OK

Greer County
Mangum, OK

Harmon County
Hollis, OK

Harper County
Buffalo, OK

Haskell County
Stigler, OK

Hughes County
Holdenville, OK

Jackson County
Altus, OK

Johnston County
Tishomingo, OK

Kay County
New Kirk, OK

Kingfisher County
Kingfisher, OK

Kiowa County
Hobart, OK

Latimer County
Wilburton, OK

Le Flore County
Poteau, OK

Lincoln County
Chandler, OK

Logan County
Guthrie, OK

Love County
Marietta, OK

Major County
Major, OK

Marshall County
Madill, OK

Mayes County
Pryor, OK

Mc Clain County
Purcell, OK

Mc Intosh County
Eufaula, OK

McCurtain County
Idabel, OK

Murray County
Sulphur, OK

Muskogee County
Muskogee, OK

Noble County
Perry, OK

Nowata County
Nowata, OK

Okfuskee County
Okemah, OK

Oklahoma County
Oklahoma City, OK

Okmulgee County
Okmulgee, OK

Osage County
Pawhuska, OK

Ottawa County
Miami, OK

Pawnee County
Pawnee, OK

Payne County
Stillwater, OK

Pittsburgh County
McAlester, OK

Pontotoc County
Ada, OK

Pottawatomie County
Shawnee, OK

Pushmataha County
Antlers, OK

Rogers County
Claremore, OK

Seminole County
Wenoka, OK

Sequoyah County
Sallisaw, OK

Stephens County
Duncan, OK

Texas County
Guymon, OK

Tillman County
Frederick, OK

Tulsa County
Tulsa, OK

Wagoner County
Wagoner, OK

Washington County
Bartlesville, OK

Washita County
Cordell, OK

Woodward County
Woodward, OK

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Out on the Town Bachelorette Party Tips * Click to view Single Page Version

The Out on the Town Bachelorette Party is a fun way to gather the bachelorette and her friends together to celebrate her pending wedding. Here are some great tips on how to make sure your event is a great success:


The beauty of going out on the town for a bachelorette party is that you basically ARE a theme party.  The bride is the centerpiece, so it's important to make sure she stands out from the rest of the guests.

If you are going for a more classic look, the bride may prefer to wear a feather or a sporty bride might prefer a white baseball cap decorated with glitter and a veil. If not, have her wear a baseball cap with BRIDE painted on the front, leaving the rest blank for party guests' signatures & words of advice.

Bar hopping may not be your idea of an ideal party for the bride-to-be. Don't fret as there are plenty of other places that would make for a fun bachelorette experience. Get tickets for all the girls to attend a sporting event.  Go to a comedy club, visit a vineyard/brewery, paint pottery at a local studio, visit a fortune teller or palm reader. Why not rent a room at a nice hotel in the area to take advantage of their pool & sauna, not to mention room service! Ask the management of whichever venue you choose whether you can decorate for the occasion, as some have restricted policies on this.


It can sometimes be a challenge to play bachelorette party games if you aren't at home, but some of the best known games include innocent bystanders! One of our favorites is "That Guy Game." This card game puts your people-watching skills to use. Scope out someone with a fake tan or a guy who is obviously looking for a booty call. This game is fun for everyone at the party.

The bride has to get some individual attention though too so put her in the spotlight by providing tasks to complete throughout the evening. For this scavenger hunt, have her wear a Naughty Bachelorette Dare Tee and spend the night checking off the tasks she has completed along the way. You can let the guests get in on their own version of the game with some Girls Night Out Party Scratchers; just like lottery scratch tickets but instead of winning money, you may have to complete a fun task. 

Perhaps you want to try something a little bit different. We would suggest "Autographs":  all you need is a copy of Playgirl's Special Edition publication and a venue filled with attractive men. Isn't that guy in the tight jeans by the bar from page 13? What about the man playing pool? I swear he's the centerfold this month. Don't be shy – ask for their autographs. Whether it's them or not, they'll surely be flattered.

A game that might be more familiar is "Suck for a Buck." Again, be sure to choose how daring the game is based on the bride's comfort level.  A more innocent bride might wear candy necklaces around her wrist and neck.  A wilder bachelorette might put the candy necklaces around her thigh (as a garter) and/or waist! Each guy that wants to take a bite of the candy necklace pays a dollar – or more for the riskier areas.  An alternative version is the lifesaver t-shirt. Attach roll candy to a t-shirt either by sewing individually wrapped life saver packaging to the shirt or sticking wet lifesavers directly to the cotton fabric of the shirt. Careful where you place the candy! (You'll be surprised how much cash the bachelorette can go home with…)


There are a variety of options when it comes to gifts for the bachelorette at an On the Town party.  For example, you can treat the bachelorette to extra treatments or a bathrobe and slippers to make a spa experience even more luxurious

The cost of the bachelorette party, bridal shower, bridal shower gifts, wedding gift, etc. can start to take a toll on many of us. This might be a nice time to come together with other guests to purchase one gift as a group. We particularly like the Make Her Blush Package. It has a little of everything to make sure her bachelorette needs are met; it's more bang for you buck!

The idea behind most bachelorette gifts is something fun. Generally it's best to see that it has a playful, sexual nature. As Bachelorette parties become more mainstream and wild, the gifts do as well. After all, this is your chance to make the bride blush. Where do you think the term "blushing bride" came from?

As a last hint, the presentation of gifts at an on-the-town party is sometimes challenging. Something might get left behind at a bar or restaurant, and no one wants to be carrying the presents around all night. So, if you are presenting the bachelorette with packaged gifts, consider meeting at someone's house (or in a hotel room for a traveling party) prior to going out. This would also be an ideal time to provide the bachelorette with the items you have selected for her to wear out for the occasion too (e.g. Bachelorette dare tee, Pecker Veil, sash made from Nauthy Bachelorette Caution Tape. Etc.)!

Also be sure to check out Tulsa's Hottest Dance Club - Great VIP room for all your PRE wedding needs! Plus one of the only clubs in Tulsa serving mixed drinks and dancing! 21+


Last but not least, have a great time and don't forget to take photos. We would love to see them!  And if you have new and inventive ideas for bachelorette at-home or on-the-town party themes, games or gifts, please let us know.  We'd love to share your experiences or ideas with future bachelorettes and their friends.

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Photographers In Tulsa - A few of note. * Click to view Single Page Version

We want to do a guide to some local Tulsa Wedding Photographers. Here are the best of the best in the area. Don't call anyone else until you call the companies below.

jessie reich photography tulsa wedding photography

Jessie Reich Photography

After searching hours, days and weeks for that perfect dress, make sure you have memorable Bridal Portraits that show off your wedding dress in all of its glory. Your dress is special, shouldn't your Bridal Portraits be special too?

Jesse began expanding his creativity while attending Louisiana Tech University through graphic design. His desire to understand people lead to a BA in Sociology. It wasn't until several years later that he found corporate America lacking the intimate connection he shares with people.
To help foster the intimacy he began Take 5 Video, a high-end wedding videography company. Take 5 quickly became know for its cutting-edge modern music video style wedding video coverage. Through this modern approach Jesse and his wife Natalie have become sought after by brides across the United States for their exciting approach to weddings.
Jesse began to expand his creativity through the use of a still film camera. Now fully digital, the blank canvas provided through weddings allows Jesse to create a truly unique treasures that his clients desire.

"Photojournalistic style with a flair for Romance, Fun, and Imagination" is how Jesse Reich has been described by his clients. Those who commission Jesse desire a unique vision, a different way of looking at the world. By providing modern portraiture, Jesse is able to perserve the most intimate details of life for his clients. Jesse prides himself of creating unique and captivating imagery. From Children to Commerical photography, Jesse utilizes every ounce of creativity to continue to push the limits of his imagination.

With his wife Natalie, now the driving force behind Take 5 Video, Jesse strives to join both still and motion photography into a memorable documentary of the event. By understanding the details that will make your special day truly unique, Jesse finds his inspiration. Focusing on these details, Jesse and Natalie capture the essence of the day with an exuberance of romance and imagination.
Walking through life with cameras in hand, Jesse and Natalie are always excited to see what's around the corner.

Contact Jessie Reich Photography


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Planning That Royal Getaway? How about a Limo! * Click to view Single Page Version

Coming January 2009 - Your Guide To Booking A Tulsa Limo
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Real Tulsa Weddings - Dresser Mansion * Click to view Single Page Version

Dresser Mansion Tulsa- June 11th 2006

We visited with the dresser mansion last week and put a great video presentation together for our TulsaWeddingZone.Com Viewers.

Feel free to watch the video and contact the dresser mansion. To read our full review go to www.TulsaWeddingBlog.Com

To view some photos of a recent real Tulsa Wedding at the Dresser click here! Thanks to Jessie Reich for the photos.


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Receiving line order * Click to view Single Page Version


    • Bride's mother
    • Groom's father
    • Groom's mother
    • Bride's father
    • Bride
    • Groom
    • Maid-of-honor
    • Best man (if he wishes to be included)

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Save Big On Hotels for Wedding Guests * Click to view Single Page Version

TulsaWeddingZone was recently contacted by Intercontinental Hotels to offer a great promotion for guests of your wedding!

Sample savings :

$199.00  USD 

This is a limited time promotion so click the link below!

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Stokely Event Center - Tulsa Oklahoma * Click to view Single Page Version

Stokely Event Center is Tulsa's most unique venue. Appealing to both young and old, Stokely Event Center has the atmosphere and fun you and your guests want. From social parties to business and association meetings, this event center will enhance any gathering. Enjoy pinball, ski ball, and shuffle board amidst vintage Route 66 memorabilia, old oil and gas signs, neon galore, and even old advertising prints. Stokely Event Center is Tulsa's choice for a casual setting, or an important meeting that demands a stress-free atmosphere. Up to 200 people inside and more using the outdoor space, Stokely Event Center has something for everyone to enjoy!

Banquet Room ~ Banquet Amenities

  • Table & Chairs
  • Audio & Visual Equipment
  • Vintage Games for Entertainment
  • Over 5,000 "pillar-less" square feet
  • Additional Outdoor Area for larger &
    tented events
  • Plentiful Complimentary Parking
  • Chrome bar stools surround spacious bar, perfect for soda fountain or extra seating
  • Banquet seating to 150, reception to 200, and additional space in outdoor area
  • 2 Overhead garage doors for easy move-in

Outside Caterers & Vendors ~ Welcome

Bring your own caterer, bartender and other vendors as needed. Choose your own DJ, Photographer, Decorator, and Party Supplier.
We are happy to help you find the right resources for your event.

Birthday Parties ~ Private Parties

Feel secure in receiving genuine personalized service. Whether a Birthday Party, Retirement Event, or Reunion, we'll help you turn your vision into reality.

Business Meetings ~ Corporate Events

Mix business with pleasure for a productive day away from the office. Stokely Event Center is an ideal location where creativity and team building soar when employees can come together in a stress free and enjoyable atmosphere. 

Rental Includes ~

  • Vintage Pinball Games
  • Shuffleboard
  • Ski-ball
  • Juke Box
  • LCD Projector
  • CD / DVD Player
  • Cable TV
  • Microphone & House Sound
  • Large Drop Down Electronic Screen
  • Wireless Internet
  • Large Inventory of 6' & Round Tables & Chairs

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Tarp Chapel & Gardens- Broken Arrow Oklahoma * Click to view Single Page Version

Editorial Rating:

Tarp chapel

 The Scene
A light and airy venue to have your Oklahoma wedding. Located in the city limits of broken arrow located in the south end of central broken arrow.. A cement path leads you to the Y. Which to your right is the "glass chapel" and if you go strait you will head to the reception room and offices. The Tarp chapel is, a mix of modern and contemporary architecture. The infamous walls of glass surround the chapel walls and deep foliage of trees surround the exterior of the glass. Smartly attired staffs for events are professional but could be a little friendlier. The venue is stricter then needed about times and working with vendors.

The Food
When choosing your venue some brides often ask about catering. At tarp chapel you will get your catering done on-site. This site allows you to bring in your own dessert or wedding cake. Some brides find this is a downfall when they are in love with a catering company such as Orr or Tim's AFAB catering from a previous event. The wedding I attended served Skewed Teriyaki Chicken, Queseillas, Side Salad, mini sandwiches and some vegetables. Although it was a hodgepodge and didn't mix well it was a light buffet. The chicken was good, the questdillias were creamy with some sort of cheese/cream cheese combo and salad was…well a salad. There was also tea, water and soft drinks served. No alcohol was served. Definitely nothing over exciting in the meal.

Know Before You

The tarp is synonymous for its strict policy on times. Be prepared to be hammered with what time you can, can't or WONT be allowed to come in and your vendors setup times are even more strict. As a DJ who was performing at the wedding we usually like to have and hour and a half to setup, change and prepare for the reception. We were allowed to setup at 6pm for a 7pm wedding, which would have put the start time for the reception around 7:30. This worked out well, as the equipment needed for the venue is minimal as it is a small room with a capacity of 125.

Also for the ceremony you can use the house sound system but must provide your own person to run the music, mics etc. It is recommended to ask your DJ to help you with this. If there is a extra fee for them to do this they most likely have the experience to know what to do and will help your family and friends enjoy the ceremony.


The Extras
At the Tarp chapel you will be offered business cards from vendors who have left them, samples of photo books etc. I do not believe the tarp refers people but does offer a few cards to hand out. They can sell you bubbles, or other knick-knacks but it is really priced up to what you can get online or at a store such as erles party supply or Mardels.


Good service overall – nice staff, The venue did not rush the reception, I would go back. – the seats that were complimentary are a little uncomfortable, and the tables were very large and round for the room giving little room to re arrange. It was crowded with the maximum allowed and if you can I would suggest renting your own tables and chairs which are smaller or using less tables and letting people mingle or sit. The venue isn't a new one and has the signs of age, some peeling paint and the one thing that was noticeable was the air conditioner during the ceremony was extremely loud.

Pros: Great place if you want your ceremony and reception in one location and don't want to have it at a church or don't have a church you belong to.
Cons: Rushed setup for vendors, small reception area, noisy ceremony (A/C)
Overall Editor rating:  Recommended

Tulsa / Broken Arrow
1401 W Washington St, Broken Arrow, 74012 (918) 455-0888
Go To Web Site >> No Website At this Time


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Ti Amo Italiano Ristorate For Your Reception * Click to view Single Page Version

6024 A S. Sheridan Tulsa, Ok 74135
Phone: 918.499.1919 Fax: 918.499.1934

Banquet Hall/Restaurant Review
By Zach Downing - Managing Editor

Mehdi Keeps The Tradition

At Ti Amo, Owner Mehdi Khezri makes his triumphant stand with food and service. The atmosphere is romantic and food is the best in Tulsa.

We would like to be the first wedding planning website anywhere to introduce you to Tia Amo Italian Restaurant! When you are planning your wedding reception and need a great venue for the reception you should give Peggy Calrow Banquet Director a call. Peggy was very gracious and invited TulsaWeddingZone and our group of advertisers to come and take a look at the restaurant. The first thing I noticed when I entered the restaurant is the warm feel of the décor. I was greeted by a friendly staff member and was showed back into the restaurant.


When you first come into the main seating area it is almost as if you are transported back in time and place. You feel as if you are in a authentic Italian house. The décor is sheik modern with a eclectic touch. I really liked the way the bar is showcased and there is ample light but not to much. Directly to the north of the bar is a lounge area with giant leather couches and tables which would be great for those that want to sit and talk during a reception or catch up outside of the party!


When you enter into the banquet room you notice that this isn't your ordinary banquet room. The closest venue that I can compare this room to is the renaissance hotel with its Italian lighting and warm colors. The food was excellent beautifully conceived, elegantly presented and as varied as the colors of the rainbow. The staff were never more then a wave away if they were not already seeing what you needed. They were very friendly and helpful. I would recommend calling Peggy or owner Mehdi for details on how to make this the place where you can get the banquet room and food you need to make your wedding reception perfect! We give it 5 stars!

Ample Seating for upto 200 guests. Also china, glass's and linens can be provided, ask for details on a complete reception package.

The layout and presentation was excellent.

From italian veggie wraps to italian hot wings they can cater to your taste and prepare anything you want.

Dance floor is available on-site for dancing. There is also a video projector and screen available for photo montoge slideshows!

Excellent atmosphere for enjoying great times and having fun all night!

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Top 10 Tulsa Wedding Songs for 2008 * Click to view Single Page Version

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Tulsa Banquet Facility - Weddings & Parties * Click to view Single Page Version

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Tulsa Bridal Shop - The Perfect Dress * Click to view Single Page Version

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Tulsa Photo Booth - Oklahoma Photobooth - Review * Click to view Single Page Version

When you want something unique for your wedding an all digital photo booths give your guests a fun party favor they will always treasure. Wedding receptions often have a photographer but your photographer isn't going to be able to capture each guest and add them to your book of memories. A nostalgic photo booth is sure to offer a unique way to capture the memories of the event and give your guests something to remember as well. Forget disposable cameras, there's no better way to get your guests involved.

Unlike "traditional LARGE photo booth, Tulsa Photo Booth requires very little setup time, does not require much space and also is light weight. This means that the Tulsa Photo Booth can be setup quick and not take much space.

We recently attended an event and the photo booth was one item that was busy all night, we would highly recommend it for your wedding.

We would recommend a Oklahoma Photo Booth from

In under a minute the booth takes 4 poses and processes your strip with lighting fast 8 second strip development. It just doesn't get any faster then! Also your theme can be embossed on each photo for a small one time fee, the delivery and setup is included and also includes a professional attendant to be with the booth and greet your guests the entire evening.

For more information on the Oklahoma Tulsa Photo Booth call 806-2754

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Tulsa Wedding Florist - Your Style * Click to view Single Page Version

Assigned - Due August 7th
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Tulsa Wedding Show * Click to view Single Page Version

The Tulsa Wedding Show is happening soon, be sure to check back here for more details and information.
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Tulsa Wedding Show - Your Guide * Click to view Single Page Version

Tulsa Summer Wedding Show - Review

Bridal shows are a great tool that you can use as a busy bride to plan your wedding. Exciting, festive, rewarding with great planning ideas. You get to talk directly with the professionals and see samples of work they have done at past weddings.

Bridal shows can also be crowded, overwhelming and confusing. However, if you put a little time into planning ahead, you will get more out of and even enjoy your bridal show experience. We visited "The Tulsa Wedding Show- hum along now…"Plan your Day in a Day" show this weekend at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa on Sunday.

The show is very well organized with a variety of vendors, great space to walk and mingle and a good selection of vendors. There were prize giveaways, free samples and a grand prize wedding package. We have put together some tips that some brides talked to us about while at the show.

Leanne Sonja is getting married in October and gave us a tip to "prioritize based on how far you think a certain company needs to be booked", she said that she had found the better facilities in town are booked for the following fall months of September-January well in advance.

We also talked to some wedding professionals who stated that they can only do one or two weddings a day and will be booked more quickly than others. Jessie Reich with Jesse Reich with  said that "he is the company" and that he books up quickly after brides look at his work and see his unique style that some say is much different than other Photographers. He also introduced a unique new approach to the "candid wedding" or "table top" camera technique.


We walked out into the hall and saw what he was talking about. A line of giggling, mothers were just walking out of a classy, sleek photo booth! He explained to us that this is something he had been thinking about for some time and he just decided that there was a market for it.  How it works is that a guest or two or three will walk into the photo booth, push a button the screen tells them to "say cheese" and it takes four poses and prints them out in 30 seconds, the bride and groom keep one in a custom photo album that the booth attendant puts together along with a "special message from the guest" and the picture makers also keep a copy with the bride and grooms name, wedding date and anything else the couple has selected to have embossed into the photo. It's a very classy touch to a old tradition and very hip! Visit it at


A new addition to the 2007 Tulsa Wedding Show is a great company- Tulsa Wedding DJ's - www.TulsaWeddingDJ.Com is Tulsa's Most Respected Wedding Entertainment company, they focus on weddings and making each wedding special and unique. Many wedding planners and venues recommend Tulsa Wedding DJ to brides because of their "unique style" and the staff that is dedicated to making each wedding "special, relaxing and fun."

We spoke with the staff at Tulsa Wedding DJ and Randy Lundy who is a DJ said that he really likes working for Tulsa Wedding DJ over other companies, he said "the owners really focus on quality, not quantity and that is what really makes each wedding fun, unique and different, other companies in Tulsa send out a guy who has never talked with the bride, plays the wrong song or really has no duty to the bride" he also stated that everytime he does a wedding, he sits down with each bride and groom and talks with her about what they want or don't want. Making it perfect each time is the goal of www.TulsaWeddingDJ.Com - 918-284-4933

Another tip is to bring major decision makers with you, even if you don't book a vendor at the show its good to have a few more eyes and ears open to remember what was said and seen. If your the major decision maker, bring a trusted friend with you, for a different perspective. Plus, you need someone to help you carry all the goodies with you! Magazines, brochures and that fun picture you both took in the photo booth!

The Tulsa Wedding Show is a great place to plan your wedding and really is one of the few shows that puts on a quality performance of style, sophistication and elegance. Vicki Taylor has been doing weddings for many years and really knows what brides want to see. If you are a bride and have a wedding coming up in 2007 the next show will be in January 2007. If you don't attend another show this year be sure to attend the Tulsa Wedding Show and plan your day in a day!

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Tulsa Wedding Video - Videography Links * Click to view Single Page Version

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VENUE REVIEW: Tulsa Homebuilders * Click to view Single Page Version

11545 E 43rd St, Tulsa, 74146 - (918) 663-5820


Venue Review: Damien Garza


I stopped in this weekend to visit the venue, located in East Tulsa; the building is an unassuming, basic building in the middle of a former soccer field. The lobby is more or less geared for the home builders association which is clear by the plaques and more of an "office feel" nothing really romantic or elegant at all. There are men's and woman's restrooms which were clean and well maintained. There was a upstairs but it was not used during events. Both back that lead into the building from the back parking lot had a sign "do not open" on them which seemed odd as this is really the only way in from the back parking lot unless you walk all the way around the building from the outside.


When you enter the reception area you first notice a large room. The couple for the wedding on Saturday did a great job on making the room appear more elegant then it was before they arrived I can assume. There is a bar area which is basic, has a lot of flexible uses to it and was fairly clean. The kitchenette (not a full size commercial kitchen by any means) was also aged, had a few stoves but all were very outdated. The full size refrigerator was a good size but was packed full and there were coolers for the wedding full of food that would not fit in the refrigerator.


I tested the lighting in the room. There was florescent lighting, as well as par can lighting. The florescent lights were turned off for this event and I did turn on all the lights. The lighting controls were very confusing and took a few minutes to get right and set the mood again, there could be a few more labels to tell one how to operate them.


There was a DJ setting up and we asked him about the venue, the comment was made that the only complaint he had was that the electric outlets were much worn and the plugs needed to be re-done. The stage was being used for the setup of the DJ and the head table out front and tables arranged nicely in a "V" shape on both sides. We did notice it was rather warm in the building and checked on the air conditioner and it was not working on this day.


Overall we give this facility a 5 out of 10 rating.

The Good:

Great capacity – 400 seated and standing

Great Location

Great Parking, not sure about 400 cars though.


The Downs:

Vendors complained of electrical problems

Dirty Bar Area and kitchen was not cleaned

Floor could use a refinish

Lighting needed to be updated.

Could use a repaint and some updates.


Overall this is a nice venue, not the best in Tulsa but it is rented for a fairly decent rate and the venue stays out of your way.


When we called to talk with the venue Marlana at the homebuilders to comment on the story, she didn't really seem interested in our questions but was nice and basically said more or less…"if brides want to rent this they can come see it, but we have no plans to remodel as the building is here and if they use it great if not great".  She also did state that the building used a "boiler" system to heat and cool the venue and that if the weather was hot and the A/C was not turned out (which can't be done immediately) that the air conditioner did not work. So if you are having a "Oklahoma wedding" be sure to check the weather and call them to either turn on the A/C or HEAT that week depending on your date.


Conclusion: You make the call. You won't pay for customer service at the Home Builders but you do get a cheap big building to have your reception in.

Also updated March 2008 the Tulsa HBA no longer allows alcohol on site.


11545 E 43rd St, Tulsa, 74146 - (918) 663-5820

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Wedding budget spreadsheet * Click to view Single Page Version



Dinner per person: $ ____________ $ ____________

(including appetizers, beverages, sweet table and bar)

Dinner only: $ ____________ $ ____________
Bar : $ ____________ $ ____________
Sweet table: $ ____________ $ ____________
Wedding cake: $ ____________ $ ____________
Cake top: $ ____________ $ ____________
Appetizers: $ ____________ $ ____________

Cake table:

$ ____________ $ ____________
Cake knife & server: $ ____________ $ ____________
Toasting glasses: $ ____________ $ ____________
Decorations: $ ____________ $ ____________
Balloons: $ ____________ $ ____________
Guest favours: $ ____________ $ ____________
Centerpieces: $ ____________ $ ____________
Guest book: $ ____________ $ ____________
Special services: $ ____________ $ ____________
Flowers: $ ____________ $ ____________
Gratuity & sales tax: $ ____________ $ ____________

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Wedding day checklist * Click to view Single Page Version

Be prepared
Have these items prepared to take with you on your wedding day:

  • Rings
  • Marriage license
  • Makeup
  • Comp, extra hair pins
  • Hair spray
  • Hand Mirror
  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Nail File
  • Scissors
  • Hand lotion
  • Tissue
  • Deodorant
  • Extra pair of nylons
  • Safety Pins
  • Masking Tape
  • Stapler
  • Aspirin
  • Extra Pair of Shoes

  • Engagement portrait
  • Easel for engagement portrait
  • Some blank checks, cash
  • Speeches (if written)
  • Favors

Gifts for:

  • Groom
  • Bride
  • Parents
  • Bridal Party
  • Maid of Honor
  • Best Man

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Wedding day timesheet * Click to view Single Page Version








Attendant gowns




Bridal consultant




Bridal gown




Maid's gowns




Mothers attire




















Music / D.J.








Gift registry




Gown preservation




Hair / Make-up












Marriage license




Soloist or reader












Reception hall




Rehearsal dinner




Rental company








Travel agency








Wedding cake








Wedding rings




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Wedding Parties 101 - Crown Plaze Tulsa * Click to view Single Page Version

Tulsa - Spring means weddings. But, buyer beware. Studies show the average wedding costs 26-thousand dollars. And, that 'kaching' can add a lot of stress to an already overwhelming situation. 8 On Your Side investigator Cindy Morrison has a very timely consumer alert.

We received a frantic call from a mother of the bride. The hotel hosting the wedding reception was bumping them for a bigger party. The hotel offered another room -- one they didn't want. And, that left us thinking, can a hotel do that?

The Crown Plaza never called us back. But, we got our hands on the hotel contract with the bride and groom. And yes, it does say the hotel reserves the right to reassign the space. Yikes! How many brides-to-be out there could be facing the same kind of issue?

"When you're planning a wedding, it's always buyer beware," says Rick Brinkley with the Tulsa Better Business Bureau. He says don't let emotion override your business savvy.

"Whatever is the most important to you needs to be very specific, laid out in writing in the contract at the time you sign that contract," Brinkley says.

If you find yourself in a pickle and needing help, don't be afraid to call the experts.

"I've had a lot of emergencies happen before," says Bridal Consultant Jennifer Thompson. "So, you can call me and say do you know of another place? I have lists of all the places in town for weddings."

The mother of the bride eventually found another place to have the reception. But, with wedding invitations already printed, it's no wonder she called 8 On Your Side furious.

"What every business owner needs to understand is that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. But hell really hath no fury like the mother of the bride scorned."

One way to take the pressure off the bride and her mom is to hire a wedding planner at the beginning. But, that price isn't included in that 26-thousand dollar wedding average we told you about. A wedding planner is another ten percent.

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