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Ultimate Must-Have Wedding Photo Guide

The Bride Getting Into Her Dress Cutting of the Wedding Cake  Bridal Bouquet  Mother / Son Dance  When it comes to moments you want your wedding photographer to capture throughout your wedding day and include in your wedding album — that list list barely scratches the surface, but we’re headed in the right direction! You’ve […]

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6 Engagement Photo Prop Ideas

YAY! You’ve got your ring, let the engagement fun begin… A good place to start: Engagement Photo Shoot! You might be asking yourself, why take engagement photos? It’s a great opportunity to work with your wedding photographer for the first time and get comfortable in front of their lens and with their style. Use the […]

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The Checklist Before The Wedding Checklist: 6 Things To Do After You Get Engaged

You’re engaged! (Congratulations!) Now what?! (We’ve got you covered!) Once the initial shock of the proposal wears off, you will need to start making a few decisions early on but they may be not the ones you’d think. Don’t worry! With a little help from WeddingWire, Mike Staff Productions has brought you the ‘The Checklist Before The Wedding Checklist’…” […]

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Keep it Quaint: Best Venues for an Intimate Wedding

Many couples agree: size matters when it comes to wedding planning! BUT…there can be something very sweet and beautiful about having a small, intimate gathering at your ceremony and reception, celebrating your love. With that being said, Mike Staff Productions put together a list of our favorite wedding venues that proves bigger isn’t always better! […]

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We Are Pleased to Invite You… To Get a Tax Break on Your Wedding!

FACT: Average cost of a wedding, roughly $30,000 (Gulp!) FACT: With a bit of planning, you can deduct some wedding expenses (No way! Yes, way!) What we try to do at Mike Staff Productions (besides provide awesome DJ, Photography & Videography services) is offer up reliable wedding advice you can put to good use — […]

Wedding Cake Experts Talk 2017 Trends

Metalic. Fun-Fetti. Naked = All ways to describe wedding cakes these days! 2017 brought new trends to bakeries. Couples are moving away from traditional tiered cakes, and opting for more high-end, art-like designs for their wedding cake – don’t even get me started on flavors, nothing is off limits! Mike Staff Productions tapped some of […]

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7 Ways Brides Overspend On Their Wedding

Spending more than anticipated (or budgeted) on a wedding can be pretty easy. In fact, Wedding Wire conducted a study, showing that 74 percent of couples go over their budget, expecting to spend an average of $17,000 and actually spend an average of $29,000.  Yikes! How can you avoid being a part of that statistic?  Read on as […]

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A Modern Bride’s Guide To Traditional Wedding Photos

While many modern brides prefer fun and stylish wedding photos, you might still want more traditional family images (or at least know you have to do them for mom).  Your wedding day family formal images are the ones that mom will proudly display, the photos that document the family that attended – and the images that truly gain more importance with every anniversary you celebrate.

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