Modern Era Weddings Presents: La Hora Loca Wedding!

When we came upon the La Hora Loca wedding in 2016 at a bridal show in Florida we knew this was a wedding package our brides-to-be back home could no longer do without. For a year we strove to perfect this experience by creating the Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative with the goal in mind to turn future weddings into masquerade masterpieces of Samba dancers, stilt-walkers, juggling and drums! Confetti cannons, glow wands and masks! It is with great appreciation to The Pittsburgh Samba Group, to Josh Mariana for his fantastic photography and congratulations to newlyweds Melissa and Anthony Caruso that I present to you our finished product. Our collaborative La Hora Loca wedding was a spectacular success!

La Hora Loca (The Crazy Hour) is the South American tradition reminiscent of Brazilian Carnaval and Mardi Gras. Only more condensed, personal. A miniature elaborate celebration – within your celebration…

We here at Modern Era Weddings with The Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative offer La Hora Loca Wedding packages in traditional Latin Carnival style, Neon, Romani Circus and Traditional Circus style!

Interested in seeing if La Hora Loca is right for your wedding? Head over to our contact-us section and let us know that you want circus arts performers for your wedding!

La Hora Loca is what you call a moveable feast or a floating holiday making it perfect for any event you can think of! Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, corporate events, holiday parties, Quinceañeras, wakes, birthdays, anniversaries or, honestly, just about any celebration you can imagine is destined to become a La Hora Loca!

Imagine your celebration! Halfway through the dancing you hear the pounding of rhythmic drums as in storms a gaggle of Samba dancers, stilt walkers, drummers and jugglers. Masquerade Masks are passed out amongst the guests and confetti cannons fill the air with cascading colors!

Congratulations again to our newlyweds Melissa and Anthony Caruso and thank you again to Josh Mariana, The Pittsburgh Samba Group and our entire La Hora Loca team!

Book your La Hora Loca wedding today with Modern Era Weddings and The Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative!

Lately I have been obsessed with lighting decor…

Lately I have been obsessed with lighting. Lighting for the wedding, lighting for the reception. I am, overall, simply illuminated with joy at the spectacle that has become what can almost be labeled as an archaic revival.

Many couples have chosen beautifully vibrant outdoor receptions with flowing and pouring streams of floating globes filled with specks of candle lit fires.

Some have made a spectacle from strings of Edison bulbs while others are trickling tapestries of Christmas lights mixed among the accentuating floral colors of their wedding.

Well, I have been tracking down pins for my Ceremony and Reception Lighting Board for several weeks now. Here are a few that stand out as they are indeed the most delightful of the bunch.


We here at Modern Era Weddings do strive to be the most up to date on wedding trends and often find ourselves talking to a bride that asks us, “Do you have those old fashioned lights? You know, the old timey ones that look like their from a hundred years ago?

These are the lights known as Edison Bulbs and they are the epitome of perfect ambient reception lighting. Whether strung as individuals from wires, wrapped as a bunch in a make shift chandelier or cascading across the canopy above – Edison Bulbs are what you’re looking for.

Now I’m going to head back over to Pinterest and take a look at other forms of unique and eccentric lighting for weddings. Specifically I think I’ll take a stroll through the skies, as we offer here at Modern Era Weddings the very novel product of dancing on the clouds – perhaps for the next wedding, perhaps even yours, we’ll be ready to also offer clouds lit from above for your dance floor.

Do you have any special lighting features that you would like to share with us? What have you come across that has been illuminating?

Sept. Behind The Veil – Free Mimosas, Free Brunch, Free Bridal Show!


September is upon us an what better way to celebrate the coming days than with a fall themed Behind The Veil?

An event for brides-to-be, couples, parents of the bride/groom, maids-of-honor and the family.

At Behind The Veil you have the opportunity to meet others vendors in the intimate setting of our office at The Pittsburgh Wedding Factory, located on the South Side just off of Carson Street. This is also an opportunity for you to be able to chat one-on-one with people in the industry who will be able to help you every step of the way!!

Enjoy a delicious brunch while in the company of some of the best local wedding industry insiders and experts while they provide their personal tips and tricks to book your best wedding.

While this event is free space is limited and we need to know how many to cater for so please RSVP at our event page.

Each Ticket Includes:

– Access to a Delicious Brunch spread
– Complimentary fall themed cocktails, by The Cocktail Chef Steven Kowalczuk
– Live Entertainment from Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative
– Live DJ Sets from The Best DJs and Modern Era Weddings
– Amazing prizes and discounts towards your special day. We will be giving away a DJ to play your wedding compliments of Modern Era Weddings and The Best DJs.
– Access to Rusty Dog Studio for all your invitations, thank you cards and printing needs.
– Access to Chap. Mark DeNuzzio from A Simple Vow

Join us! September 24th from 11am-2pm at the Pittsburgh Wedding Factory to see how we can best make your wedding the memorable one.

Behind The Veil – A “Pop-Up” Bridal Showcase

Hello and happy wedding planning!

My name is Jason and I am here invite you to Behind The Veil a free meet and greet pop-up style mini bridal show for couples, maids of honor, mothers or even your whole bridal party at The Wedding Factory at 2402 Sidney Ave Pittsburgh, Pa. 15203.

This will be our second Behind The Veil event and as such will be twice as charming and twice as informative. Our motivation is to be your leading resource in wedding entertainment and event planning. Like our first Behind The Veil this event is completely free, the catered brunch is free, the mimosas are free, the entertainment, the DJs, the conversations and the learning is all free.

This is your chance to meet our vendors in the intimate setting of our office, located on the South Side just off of Carson Street. At Behind The Veil you will be able to chat one-on-one with people in the industry who will be able to help you every step of the way!!

Enjoy the brunch and mimosas while spending time learning about these great local vendors –

Furthermore we will be passing out amazing prizes and discounts towards your special day. We will also be giving away a DJ to play your wedding compliments of Modern Era Weddings and The Best DJs.

Please let us know that you are coming to this event so we know how many people to get ready for.

RSVP at – Behind the Veil – A “Pop-Up” Bridal Showcase and make sure to check out our Facebook event page as well.

We look forward to seeing you on August 27th from 11am-2pm at The Wedding Factory at 2402 Sidney Ave Pittsburgh, Pa. 15203.

Until then, congratulations and happy wedding planning.

So You Just Got Engaged

He asked. You said “Yes”…now what?

First of all, let us say, “Congratulations!”  on your engagement!

Secondly, and this is important, “Stay Calm.” Seriously, it’s true. The Biggest Day of Your Life™ doesn’t have to be the biggest headache!  The Wedding Factory and Modern Era Weddings are here for you.  

Couple holding hands showing that they just got engaged

The Checklist

Organization is crucial to planning a successful event – and that is what Your Day™ is – your most personally special event. Now that you’re officially engaged, you have a lot to do over the next several months to a year or more.  (Time will fly.) The Wedding Factory and Modern Era Weddings offer differing levels of consultation services that can help you along the way, relieving you of much of your wedding planning stress.  You can also à la carte our services in conjunction with a Do-It-Yourself attitude.

The Venue (Also known as the “Do You Have a Date Yet?”)

Generally speaking, even the most extravagant weddings should only take about a year to plan. However, the venue location has the greatest impact on your actual wedding date (for obvious reasons.) Depending on where you would actually like your ceremony to take place, you may want to start calling around immediately for booking a venue.  Highly popular sites can be booked YEARS in advance.  As you are perusing pretty places, consider overall how b-i-g you want your wedding to be.  The guest list can only be as big as your venue. And vice versa.

The Budget

Once you have your venue and a date (and before you start pinning dresses!), let’s discuss your budget.  I know, it’s boring, but there’s no need to panic.  This is where your wedding planner, consultant, or online tools can save the day.  Remember, the “One Year™” rule-of-thumb isn’t just about giving the venue, vendors, and guests time to prepare for your wedding.  It is also about giving you and your fiancé(e) the ability to distribute your or your family’s resources evenly.  Almost every contract will require a deposit upfront to hold your date. 

*Stay tuned for a future blog post specifically dedicated to this particular topic.

Next up: Engagement Parties – Do’s and Don’ts!