The Mystery is Solved

The bride and groom from the Best First Dance Ever have been found!

They were on Ellen today. http://ellen.warnerbros.com/2007/12/newlyweds_got_back.php

There names? Michelle and John Brubaker!

How much easier would this have been if the MC had said. “John and Michelle’s first Dance” or “Mr. and Mrs. Brubaker’s first dance”?

Not that hard… Much easier to remember in a once in a lifetime moment.

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Best First Dance Ever

I can’t believe how much traction this video is getting. If you don’t know what I am talking about click here.

The first dance mis-direction magic.

With the right tools, putting together the music is pretty simple, but doing it poorly will ruin it for everyone who comes after you. Get a good DJ who can mix the music.

Even Better –

Get a great DJ who knows your name when he introduces you. I swear this is the first thing I heard. “Ladies and Gentleman, our bride and groom and their very special first dance as husband and wife.”

This is the Master of Ceremonies equivalent of “And um, yeah well, um, you see, uhhhhhhh”.

I am guessing the DJ came from his day job. “Your order comes to $5.30, please pull to the first window.” It’s all words you say when you don’t know what to really say.

Maybe that is a little harsh, but seriously this bride and groom (whose are unknown at present, the search continues) have real names. Think about how much easier it would be if the DJ had bothered to learn their names and used them.

Just me, my love and my microphone.

Finally caught “My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding” on VH1. I was amazed.

Total bill $550,000

$17,000 for flowers.

Band and DJ. Monogram lighting. Ice Bar.

They started with an outdoor ceremony with 445 guests. The only microphone they had for the bride, the groom and the officiant was a corded microphone on a stand. Sure it is super reliable. But it is going to show up in EVERY SINGLE PICTURE of the ceremony.

Imagine for a moment… 50 years from now, showing pictures of your wedding day to the grandkids.

Just me, my love and my microphone.

The wedding planner should have caught it. The sound guy or DJ should have never let it happen. If you read it here, you heard it from me…

WARNING – It might have been the “standard ceremony package” the venue offered. There are several venues and DJs in town that offer something similar. If you don’t believe me, talk to a photographer or a videographer. This is one of the reasons I love attending and helping out with rehearsals. You can see the problems before the big day.

It should have been better. Take some time and think how the event is going to flow. Go to the location if you must. Talk to someone who has done it before.

Joe & Lindsay got married!

Joe and Lindsay had a doozy of a wedding. The sheer level of musical talent in the room was awe inspiring. (I did a little quaking in my boots).

Joe, Lindsay and I created custom introductions for the wedding party. Joe picked out an intelligent, slightly eclectic mix of jazz both classical and modern. The dancing part was fun, informed and kicking.

The Downtown Marriott put on quite a show too! The Indiana Ballroom was aglow with architectural lighting matched to the wedding colors and dance floor was set like a diamond in the middle of the room.

I love it when a plan comes together.

The ER wedding.

I really enjoyed the wedding on ER. I have been watching this show for way too long. I loved the vows. The Spontaeity.

How did ER manage to include a non-horrible DJ?

How did they swing playing real music by popular artists? This was a break through.

None of the wedding shows on NBC, ABC, CBS, TLC, Lifetime, etc, etc, etc ever use the soundtrack to the actual event. Even “The Wedding Crashers” totally avoids the subject of music. They actually remove the dinner music soundtrack for the show.

The same goes for wedding magazines. How much ink gets devoted to making things pretty? How much to making sure everyone has a great time? You get to vote on this one… Does Pretty equal Fun?