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Today I am a featured contributor on GigMasters Wedding Blog, titled Wedding Day Pranks and Practical Jokes. I have included the entire article below, my contribution is bold-faced for you to find easily.
MARCH 31, 2014 | BY MARTA 6
Practical jokes at a wedding are risky business. Tension is high, nerves are strained and you never know what hornet’s nest you might be stepping in to. On the other hand, a really great joke can help calm tensions and make for a memorable day. In honor of April Fool’s Day we asked some wedding professionals to share their stories of wedding day practical jokes.
Wedding planner Stephanie Eckweiler of The Finishing Touch tells of a couple who won a wedding from a contest, the catch being that it had to be planned in eight weeks. The groom took advantage of this rushed time frame to pull a prank on the officiant. He told the officiant that he had been too rushed and he wasn’t sure if they should go through with the wedding.
Pranking your officiant about cold feet is one thing, but planner Tracie Domino tells of a bride who had herself “checked in” at an airport on Facebook with the message, “I’m out of here” right before the wedding. Sandy Malone of Weddings in Vieques had a client who went one step farther. The bride did not show up at the altar, only to arrive via helicopter a few minutes later. The prank was especially effective because the groom was well known as being the more adventurous of the two.
Domino tells of another couple who decided to shock guests by having “She’s Having My Baby” as their first dance song (the bride was not pregnant).
DJ Mystical Michael (DJ Michael Swerdloff) helped a couple prank one of their groomsmen. The man apparently had a fear of public speaking and Swerdloff was instructed to hand him the mic after the Best Man and Maid of Honor toasts. Once he realized that it was a joke, he took it well.
Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer of Pure Luxe Bride remembers during the height of the “icing” craze a bride hiding a Smirnoff Ice in her garter. When the groom went to remove the garter he was “iced” forcing him to down the drink at the moment.
Several pros mentioned a wedding trend gaining in popularity that is almost a prank itself, the surprise wedding. A couple invite guests to what they assume is a normal party only to have it turn out to be a wedding.
One of the keys to pulling of a successful wedding day prank is to have the help of a wedding planner or other professional. Not only will the professional be able to make sure things go smoothly, he or she can give you a gentle heads up if what you’re suggesting is a really bad idea.
What do you think? Would you take well to a prank at a wedding? What if you were the bride or groom?
What did you think about Wedding Day Pranks and Practical Jokes?
DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & Boston DJ
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It’s late September and Wedding season is in its final swing. This year has been a particularly awesome summer of Weddings with amazing Brides and Grooms as a fun Rhode Island Wedding DJ. I know all vendors like to brag about their Brides and Grooms but I really enjoy working with mine. I do not know why but I get hired as Rhode Island Wedding DJ for couples that want something more than just following what every other Wedding does. This is not what we do together, we create something that includes standard traditions but not afraid to make some special.
I seem to attract Brides and Grooms looking to put their stamp on the Wedding. They want to include their parents, family and friends too. They want my professional input but to make the decisions themselves, as it should be. They want a really Fun Rhode Island Wedding DJ that totally gets that the Bride and Groom are the highlight and it’s their day, not the Wedding DJ’s. We are your catalyst and sometimes inspiration but it’s your Wedding and a good Fun Rhode Island Wedding DJ knows how to MC and facilitate an extraordinary wedding but not need to get attention or be in the spotlight.
As the weather begins to cool, I know I’ll miss Wedding season. I’m not afraid to say that I am a fun Rhode Island Wedding DJ and I leave each Wedding knowing everybody had a great time and the Bride and Groom are happy. The season is not completed yet. I’m looking forward to next week’s Wedding with a Bride and Groom that hired me about a year and a half ago. I have really enjoyed working with them over that time.
Yay for the fun Rhode Island Wedding DJ!
DJ Mystical Michael – Fun Rhode Island DJ
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Time to choose your wedding entrance music! Your ceremony is over and it is time for the celebration to begin. After you have had your photographs taken and your guests have mingled and had a drink during cocktail hour, it is time to sit down for the reception.
On your way over to the reception venue, give your MC or best man a call so that they can get all your guests to move to their seats.
Alternatively, arrive quietly during the cocktail hour, mingle a little, have a drink and do the formal grand entrance once your guests have taken their seats.
Or you could also enter while the guests are still having cocktail hour. It depends on how much of a grand entrance you plan to make.
Your wedding entrance music or grand entrance song (as it is also known) is a tradition meant to announce you for first time as husband and wife. It is also tradition to announce the rest of the bridal party, but it is not always necessary with smaller weddings where everyone will know one another or with less formal events.
The wedding entrance music you choose should reflect that the fun and celebration is about to start. You can of course choose something more epic if you wish, but generally it should be an upbeat, well-known song to get your guests enthusiastically clapping and welcoming you.
Here are a few questions to ask yourselves to help you decide on the perfect wedding entrance song to use for your grand entrance, and to decide how you want this important event to play out:
1. Will your guests and wedding party recognize the song, or is it too new or obscure to be appreciated?
2. Does it reflect your personalities as a couple and your wedding party?
3. Is this wedding entrance music appropriate for the wedding reception? – even with the most formal of occasions it is appropriate to have a fun and upbeat song for this occasion, but it is never appropriate, no matter how informal the reception is, to play an offensive song with explicit lyrics.
4. Do you want to use an instrumental song or version of a song, or one with lyrics too?
5. Is your wedding party to be announced too, or will it just be the bride and groom?
6. How would you like to be announced – as Mr & Mrs Jones, the Bride and Groom or simply John and Mary?
7. Keep in mind that you will only use a small part of the song (the first minute or so), so choose something that has impact in the first 30 seconds.
8. Enhance your grand entrance further with some special effects – ask your dj or band if they can provide a bubble machine or a smoke machine, or hire one in from an audio visual company.
Once your best man or MC has asked all your guests to be seated, he will gather up the two of you and your wedding party (if they are to be announced as well) outside of the reception area. He must make sure that the DJ or band leader is aware that you are about to do the grand entrance and should have the appropriate music ready.
Choose an entrance song for your wedding party. The grandparents can be acknowledged and introduced where they are seated in the reception area. The bride’s parents will then be introduced followed by the groom’s parents, the bridesmaids and groomsmen, the flower girls and ring bearer, the maid/matron of honor and the best man.
Choose a second wedding entrance song for yourselves, the Bride and Groom.
Good Times – Owl City ft. Carly Rae Jepsen
Pound The Alarm – Nicki Minaj
Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Dynamite – Taio Cruz
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Yeah (3x) – Chris Brown
Firework – Katy Perry
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Say Hey – Michael Franti
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
Raise Your Glass – Pink
Get Up Off Of That Thing – James Brown
Get Ready For This – 2 Unlimited
Sandstorm – (Originally by Darude)
Rock and Roll Part 2 – Gary Glitter
St Elmo’s Fire – David Foster
Peter Gunn Theme – Henry Mancini
Love Walks In (Intro) – Van Halen
Praise You – Fatboy Slim
Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer
It Had to Be You – Various Artists
Gonna Fly Now – Original Rocky Movie Soundtrack
Lets Get Ready To Rumble – Jock Jams
Austin Powers Theme Song – Austin Powers Soundtrack
Walk This Way – Aerosmith
Ain’t That A Kick In The Head – Dean Martin
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men
I Feel Good (I Got You) – James Brown
Groove Is In The Heart – Deee Lite
Let’s Get Loud – Jennifer Lopez
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Celebration – Kool and the Gang
Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen or Michael Buble
Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
Tequila – The Champs
Puttin’ on the Ritz – various artists, including Frank Sinatra or Benny Goodman
Joy To The World – Three Dog Night
I’m A Believer – The Monkees or Smashmouth
Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas
Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung
Breezin – George Benson
Wipeout – Surfaris
Banana Wind – Jimmy Buffett
Top Of The World – Van Halen (cued up to chorus)
1999 – Prince
The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Various
Beautiful Day – U2
Here Comes The Hot Stepper – Ini Kamozie
All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
20th Century Fox Studio Theme
Love Train – The O’Jays
Party Like A Rock Star – Shop Boyz
Batter Up – Nelly
Shake Your Booty – KC & The Sunshine Band
Do Your Thing – Basement Jaxx
Right Here, Right Now – Fatboy Slim
Battle Without Honor or Humanity – Tomoyasu Hotei
Breathe Your Name – Sixpence None The Richer
Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder
via Wedding Music Help.
Here are other posts that may be helpful to you Top 50 DJ Wedding Last Dance Songs, How To Hire The Best Wedding DJ, Popular Garter Toss Songs, Wedding DJ Father-Daughter Dance Songs, Wedding DJ Mother Son Dance Songs, Top 50 Wedding Cake Cutting Songs, Popular Bridal Party Introduction Songs for Wedding DJs and Popular Bouquet Toss Songs.
What is your favorite Wedding Entrance Music or Bridal Party Introduction Song?
DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & Boston DJ
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I was updating my listing on Gigmasters tonight, and noticed this helpful piece of information on hiring your Wedding DJ:
“Booking the right wedding DJ can make a huge difference in your wedding reception. The right wedding DJ service can make the difference between a boring wedding reception and one that your wedding guests talk about for years.
Not all wedding DJs are created equal. Just because a DJ has a great collection of wedding DJ music does not mean the he or she is the perfect fit for your wedding entertainment. Talk to potential wedding DJs about what you need and want for your wedding reception and make sure to find a wedding DJ with a style you enjoy.
Your wedding DJ is a big part of the mood and feel of your wedding reception. You’ll want to make sure you research your options and find a wedding DJ that will work well with you and your party.”Gigmasters
This is the essential fact I wanted to draw attention to. Your Wedding DJ is who sets the mood and ‘vibe’ of your Wedding. It appears from the outside that the Wedding DJ that scratched and make cool sounds is the one that will give you the best value and entertainment for your Wedding. This is not always so, in fact, I would say that a Wedding DJ that focuses on ‘WOWing’ you and your guests has forgotten that you are the spotlight and should be, not the Wedding DJ
An exceptional Wedding DJ has mastered the art of providing the music and entertainer but still not take the shine from The Bride or Groom. It is your Wedding and you are the what and why everybody is gathered. An exceptional Wedding DJ knows how to stay out of the way while keeping the pulse on what music, genre and vibe is next for the unique and fun Wedding you are expecting. A good Wedding DJs are not cheap like we were years ago. Many top notch Rhode Island Wedding DJs, and even more so for New York Wedding DJs, cost anywhere from $850-$2700 today. Even more if you are into all the bells and whistles that can at times take the focus off you and your Wedding.
Find a Wedding DJ that is excited about working with you to co-create an exceptional Wedding together. If you are looking for a simple and elegant Wedding that expresses you and your fiancé, talk with your Wedding DJ and make sure they are right for you. I invite you to follow your gut and not let price differences one way or the other of 10-15% distort your decision. You will know when you have the right Wedding DJ for you. Trust yourself.
Your Party, Your Music, Your DJ
From the first time I heard Macklemore Thrift Shop, I knew this was a song I would play again and again, and it would be a hit. I did not know how much of a hit Macklemore Thrift Shop would be though. As someone who enjoys shopping at thrift shops and vintage clothing stores, I am so happy there is a Pop Culture song that honors this fun, creative and well, thrifty way to shop.
I typically try my best to not review songs that have graphic language but in this case I made an exception because the video is hysterical and the curses actually add the song, not just make it ‘cool’.
“Macklemore Thrift Shop illustrates the speaker’s interest in buying cheap clothing from thrift shops, disdaining designer labels and trends. He claims to enjoy donning “your grandad’s clothes” and impulsively buying something just because “it was 99 cents”. Macklemore spoke to MTV News about the meaning of the song: “Rappers talk about, oh I buy this and I buy that, and I spend this much money and I make it rain, and this type of champagne and painting the club, and this is the kind of record that’s the exact opposite,” he explained. “It’s the polar opposite of it. It’s kind of standing for like let’s save some money, let’s keep some money away, let’s spend as little as possible and look as fresh as possible at the same time.” Upon asked why he thought the track was so successful, Macklemore replied: “I think hip-hop goes in waves, and it’s something that’s different. It’s a concept. It’s obviously against the status quo of what people normally rap about. This is a song that goes against all of that. How much can you save? How fresh can you look by not looking like anybody else? And on top of that, you have an infectious beat and a hook that gets stuck in people’s heads.” The song has been called a critique of the product placement common in modern hip hop.”
Macklemore Thrift Shop is a song by Seattle-based American rapper Macklemore and his producer Ryan Lewis. It was released as the fifth and final single from their collaborative debut studio album The Heist (2012) on October 8, 2012 and features vocals from Wanz. Despite being released on Macklemore’s independent label, with distribution by ADA, the single was met with unexpected commercial success, also a sleeper hit, peaking on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 1 while selling over 3 million copies in total, also reaching number 1 in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, France, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand. The song is the first independently-distributed title to top the Billboard Digital Songs since “We Are the World 25 for Haiti” in February 2010. It is also the second independent song in history to achieve the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, nearly 20 years after Lisa Loeb‘s “Stay (I Missed You)” in 1994. A music video was released to accompany the song’s release.
What could make me happier as a DJ than a song that reaches Billboard #1 about a thrift shop, being unique on an independent label! Thank you Macklemore Thrift Shop for providing some hope to the American record industry.
The DJ Doo Wop Mix was created to meet the needs of music lovers of young and old. The Doo Wop era of music was a fun and love-filled style of music. Doo Wop transcended race and social class, as well time and genre. Today, the Doo Wop songs are perfect for professional DJs at Weddings, Parties and Events, since they blend nicely with other genre like Oldies, Motown, Soul, R&B and Old Skool Hip Hop.Enjoy The Doo Wop Plus Mix!
DJ 80’s Dance Party Mix was created due to receiving more requests for 80’s Music than usual. I am getting the feeling that 80’s Music is becoming the choice of music for folks who want to find a happy medium between music of today for younger people and music that those who were born earlier will still appreciate and be able to party and have fun with.
I have to say, there were many songs I wanted to include in this mix that just didn’t make it. Maybe there will be a DJ 80’s Dance Party Mix II…