Fair Trivia

Hey Friends! I hope you are having a good week. Mine is crazy with different things going on. This past weekend was week two of trivia at Broheim’s Indoor Golf and Pub. We had another good turnout, but you can still join us every Sunday afternoon at 4. I have many friends that making their way to the Iowa State Fair. I was there last week to see For King and Country with Matt Mahr with Life 107.1. I always love meeting listeners and hearing their stories. Thursday was also the annual Des Moines East South Chamber gathering at Jalapeno Pete’s.

Friday was also another good day at the fair as well as preparing for Sunday Trivia. Monday I was hanging out at the KIX 101.1 booth on the triangle, I will be there this Sunday also. This weekend is a full weekend with trivia on Saturday at Snus Winery in Madrid, KIX 101.1 booth Sunday morning from 9-1 at the Iowa State Fair, then trivia Sunday afternoon at Broheim’s Indoor Golf and Pub.

I am thankful for all that are coming out to support the different events I am a part of. I am also working on something special for the Iowa State Fair next year. As many of you know me I am not stopping there either as my role with CISN grows, restarting my podcast with Rooster, and planning a weekly Pub Theology meeting.

I know God has a purpose for me and I am doing my best to make sure I am doing what he wants me to do. I appreciate all the prayers and support from you.


Downtown Council 02052013

Yesterday I attended the downtown council. We met at the Temple for Performing Arts. It was another great meeting with so many things coming to Des Moines. It’s going to be busy the next few weeks.

The Greater Des Moines Convention and visitors Bureau shared some big events coming over the next month. Including the state wrestling tournament, boys and girls basketball, which are always great events for Des Moines. Also the NCAA wrestling will be here in March. It’s sold out so downtown retailers are excited for the influx of people. This will be great for our local economy.

Kevin Crowley and Peter Brown also shared with us the plan for Walnut Street which includes more downtown living and retail space. They are still reviving downtown by bringing more to downtown with living, shopping, and playing.

The Des Moines Social Club even gave us a sneak peak at “The Last Five Years”. It opens tomorrow and runs through the 17th. You can find more of their events at desmoinessocialclub.org.

We were reminded of the Iowa Cubs opening day April 12th. The attendees were very excited. Brenton Skating Plaza is also still open through March, depending on weather since Phil called for an early spring by not seeing his shadow.

The downtown council meets the first Tuesday of the month. Checkout their events onlinedesmoinesdowntownchamber.com.

Tomorrow afternoon the Des Moines West Side Chamber is having a business after hours networking event from 4 to 6:30 at Pignott, INC, 3815 Ingersoll.

The Unity Candle Ceremony

The Unity Candle Ceremony
by Vanessa Kasal Kunze

The Unity Candle Ceremony has become a very popular and symbolic aspect of weddings within the last 10 years. The lighting of the Unity Candle symbolizes the new union of a husband and wife, two individuals who are becoming one through marriage.

A unity candle is actually a set of candles: a large single candle in the center, with two slim taper candles on either side. The candles are placed in holders, either a special unity candleholder or individual bases. The unity candle is often placed off to the side of the area where the wedding ceremony will be performed. Some time during the ceremony, the couple will each take a lighted taper, and together will light the big center candle, symbolizing their unity and commitment to each other.

There is no “standard” way to perform the Unity Candle ceremony, nor is there a specific place where it will occur within the ceremony. It is very common to have the Unity Candle ceremony after the exchange of rings and before the pronouncement of husband and wife. But one very nice thing about this ceremony is that it can be customized and the individual details are completely up to you.

Here are some ideas to help you with the planning of your Unity Candle Ceremony:

  • Prior to the ceremony: The unity candle area is set up. It is often a good idea to light the wicks ahead of time then blow them out. A pre-burned wick is easier to light (many couples have been in the middle of their ceremony and couldn’t get the wick to light!)
  • Lighting the tapers: There are many different variations on lighting the side tapers.
    • Some people have them already burning before the ceremony starts, to symbolize the bride and the groom as individuals.
    • You can opt to have the mother of the bride and groom each light one candle with special music playing while this is going on. The mother of the groom is escorted in by either an usher or a male member of the brides family, where she will then light a taper then is ushered to her seat. The mother of the bride is escorted in by the groom himself, an usher or a male member of the grooms family, where she will light the other taper, then gets escorted to her seat. At this time the bridesmaids music begins and the ceremony starts.
    • The groom will light a taper before the ceremony, and after the bride is escorted in, she will light her taper.
    • If the couple are bringing children into the marriage, you can opt to have the children light the tapers.
  • Lighting the center candle: The couple will move to the area where the Unity Candle is displayed. Each will take a taper, and together they will light the large center candle. Some people choose to blow out their tapers, to symbolize their commitment to each other and as a show of their unity. Other couples leave their tapers lit, to symbolize that they are still individuals even though they have been united in marriage. No matter if you plan to keep your tapers lit or not, the choice is totally up to you.

Some couples choose to have a special song played while they are lighting the unity candle. Any song you wish can be used; popular Unity Candle songs include “Here and Now” by Luther Vandross, “Ava Maria”, “ Grow Old With Me” by John Lennon or Mary Chapin Carpenter, and “To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks. You can also choose to have a special poem read or you can choose to have a moment of silence.

If you are having an outdoor ceremony, you may want to consider not only pre-lighting the wicks of the candles, but also putting them inside glass hurricane lamps to protect them from the wind. There is nothing more frustrating than being outside and the wind prevents you from lighting your candles! You can find hurricane lamps in a variety of sizes and shapes at most craft, department or discount stores.

The Unity Candle Ceremony is non-denominational, which means it has no religious significance. This makes it a popular choice for both religious and non-religious ceremonies alike. One thing to keep in mind; many houses of worship may not allow this ceremony, so if you have your heart set on it, you may need to check with the appropriate people to see if this is allowed.

5 tips to choosing your photographer


Selecting the right wedding photographer is one of the toughest and most important decisions to make when planning your wedding.   Here are some questions to consider when researching possible candidates that will help find the right photographer for you.


  • Did your photographer complete formal education in photography or train with another professional to learn their profession?
  • Do they run their photography business full-time?
  • Are they an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, the professional body which governs the photographic industry AIPP?
  • Do they have backup equipment & insurance?
  • Do they have a professional contract/client agreement?


  • Is their pricing clear and precise?
  • Do you have an idea of true market value for the type of photography you want? (Try comparing the same set of items with lots of different photographers.)
  • Does your photographer use real dollars not “credit” towards items?
  • Are you aware of how much can you expect to spend after the wedding?


  • Do you see your professional photographer making your day enjoyable & relaxed, not “take over” and be too pushy?
  • Have you checked online to read their blog and about their work & reputation?


  • Are they a local photographer to you and/or your venue?
  • Will they plan your timing with you to make sure the best use of daylight and make sure all of your expectations are met?


  • Do you have any special requirements for yourself or your partner, and does your photographer care & understand about them? (e.g: blinking, height differences, family politics)
  • Are you absolutely sure you want this person following you around all day?

If the answer is YES to most of the above questions…congratulations!!

You have found your photographer!!

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Let me help!

It’s the beginning of 2013 and I am already getting inquiries for holiday parties. If you are making your plans let me be part of your plan. There are many corporate events, weddings, and parties. I can help you with those plans.


Today has been a fantastic day for networking. It started this morning at a business before breakfast with the Waukee Chamber. I had many good conversations and shared ideas that have blossomed into follow-up meetings.

I had received emails for a service I signed up for called thumbtack.com. They forward leads for possible clients with basic information of what they are looking for. Well today I signed up for a month of the service to see what happens. What got me to thinking about it was because I received a message on facebook a friend form high school asking if I received their message.

Well I found the message but we had already started talking about what she needed for a party next year. I decided to try the service and within 5 minutes or so my phone rang. I had answered her lead request and she called me back. As we were talking she realized she had listened to me on KIOA. I felt very confident about the call and she had to share my information with her son and his fiancé.

In one day I received and inquiry about two possible gigs next year. Those are always good days 🙂

Thumbtack.com not only had dj services, but they have other ones to no matter what you are looking for. You put in the information about your event or need then you get a list of vendors to ask for quotes and move forward from there.

There is still time if you are planning a holiday party, New Year’s Eve party, wedding, class reunion, whatever the event I would like to talk to you about my services and what I can do for you.

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How do I choose the right DJ?…

How do I choose the right DJ?….

Beware of Cheap & Non-Professional Companies

SHOPPING FOR THE RIGHT DJ – EDUCATION 101 Please read this very important information if you are hiring a DJ for your next event. This very valuable information will help you to make the right choice for entertainment at your next event.

Beware of so called “Professional Companies” with seemingly low cost packaged deals. These companies claim they have many years of experience when in fact, most are probably just starting off, or have very little to no experience.  Some claim they have 20+ years experience which may be true, but is the person with the experience the same one that will show up to play your music?

SOUND Most so called “Professional Companies” who offer these cheap packages can afford to do so because they have poor quality equipment – including their speakers.  Some even bring their home stereo speakers to your event! They simply cannot afford to buy high-end or good quality speakers.  Also, they do not use speaker stands and instead, put the speakers on chairs or even the floor.  This does not allow proper sound for your guests enjoyment.  Speakers on a chair or on the floor means the sound will be directed below their heads when dancing – very poor sound quality. Also placing speakers on the ground or on chairs looks very tacky for events, especially your wedding reception.

LIGHTS They do not use light stands.  Instead, they place the lights on the tables.  This means people on the dance floor will be blinded by the light due to their placement.  Again, this is a tacky look for events your wedding reception.

MUSIC A DJ is not simply somebody that can play a mixed music CD.  Most of those so called “DJ’s” will claim they have years of experience, or claim they have been spinning in clubs. Can you check that out?  Can you listen to them in advance?  We have seen companies play music that was recorded straight from the radio.  We have also seen the same so called “DJ’s” play someone else’s mixed music CD while pretending they are doing it live.  This means you will not be able to request music during your event.  Think about that song you forgot to ask about in advance but really wanted your best man to dance to – he’s always the hit of a party and now you won’t get to see it.  Think about your guests.  You need a little tamer music until Aunt Ethel leaves – THEN you break out the stuff you want to hear. 

CONCLUSION Now that you have read some of the important details on hiring the right entertainment company, you can go out and shop for your entertainment knowing what to ask. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when looking for a DJ. You can never ask too many questions!  You will find the best entertainment company within a reasonable budget.  To see more about my services, please see the ABOUT tab.