The music skipped a beat.

Here is a really great first dance bit of mis-direction.

The groom is Mike Anderson of  Creative Memories Entertainment in Antelope, California. (I think that is near Sacramento)

Mike – Congrats and well done!


The Mystery is Solved

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

They were on Ellen today.

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.

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.

Where was the Youtube?

I went to the OK-Go / Fray show in Indy.

I felt sorry for the Fray. As soon as the sun set, a biblical plague of mayflies descended the lead singer caught one in the eye. The whole band must have dined on mayflies.

But back to my point.

OK GO is absolutely famous for their Youtube videos and people imitating OK GO. So I expected some impromptu choreography when they played “Here It Goes Again” and “A Million Ways“. I was sorely disappointed.

Wedding Crashers…

I have mixed feelings about “Wedding Crashers” the TV show on NBC. Pushing the envelope and challenging social norms candid camera style can be pretty entertaining.

Last week, they crossed MY line. They had a buxom, attractive “crasher” flirting with a 29 year old socially inept, single guy. I don’t think the bride and groom were being very good hosts allowing that to go down.

In improv, the first rule is make everyone else on stage look good. Humiliating a friend, a guest, anyone, especially publicly is bad form. The same rule should be obvious at a wedding including the DJ, the bride and groom, and the guests.

Think about the last time you got call out in a meeting or in the office anywhere. Not very pleasant.

Youtube your wedding!

I have always been a student of pop culture. This has to be my favorite new trend. It’s the ultimate personalization.

One of my friends just posted this video of a customized Father/Daughter Dance.
It has already been featured on Myspace.

Lest you think this is a one off. There are a ton to consider.

Will this become the “chicken dance” of the future? I don’t think so. So long as you make it great. and most important make it personal. I read a story the other day about a groomsman getting cut from the production because he missed two rehearsals for another “Youtube” moment.
If you want a moment like this at your wedding, please call me ahead of time. Music and choreography need to start E-A-R-L-Y. Remixing can take minutes or days, but it can be done ahead of time all the time.

If you want personal, but less choreography I have a ton of ideas that you can make your own.