Jul 022013
 

Wedding Planner to the Stars, Mindy Weiss, gives E! the scoop on what’s hot for 2013 celebrity weddings on E!online.

Celebrity Wedding Planner - Mindy Weiss dishes on the hottest wedding trends for 2013

Celebrity Wedding Planner – Mindy Weiss

A few of the highlights:

  1. Love and Protect
  2. Light Up
  3. Mix It Up
  4. Stun in Sleeves
  5. Give Back

Head on over to E!online to check out the video and article.

Jun 182013
 

HuffPostWeddings has a great article titled The Truth About Planning a Wedding. The article lists 5 Truths regarding wedding planning and what to expect. For first time brides, this should be a must read.

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The article mentions the great wealth of wedding planning info out there on the internet. The tricky part for couples planning their wedding though, is sifting through all of the websites, blogs, pins, tweets, and #hashtags to find what is appropriate for them and what is appropriate for somebody else. Just because a celebrity had fire dancers performing during cocktail hour doesn’t mean it would be a good idea for your wedding.

Out of the 5 Truths About Planning Your Wedding, the one truth that I think is most important is: Truth #1: You get what you pay for.

Just like in everyday life, this applies to weddings and your wedding budget. You really do get what you pay for. The biggest challenge for all brides is knowing what to trim from the budget and what to gladly pay a little extra for. Of course,  your Wedding DJ Entertainment should be a top priority ;)   but that’s just me…

Jun 062013
 

One of the best parts of my job as a wedding DJ is that I get to meet all kinds of great people, from all walks of life, at different stages in their journey to getting married. I met with Michelle & Bobby in the summer of 2012 to discuss their vision for their wedding and how The Masters Group works to make it fun, easy to plan, and memorable. I knew when I met the young couple that this would be a fantastic event and I was right!

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The color theme was black and white with pink accents to match the bridesmaids. It looked classy and elegant.

The Wedding Ceremony and Reception was held at The Brandywine Manor House Inn in Honeybrook, PA. A beautiful open setting with multiple outdoor and indoor ceremony sites, the spacious main ballroom, and the new Manor House Barn circa 1794. The Masters Group provided music for the ceremony which was held at The Lakeview site. Once the ceremony was over everyone headed indoors to the main ballroom to enjoy butlered hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from the event’s caterer, Sage Catering. I have been lucky enough to work with the team at Sage at many events and I can truly say, they are the best of the best!

After cocktail hour, the large bridal party was introduced and the bride & groom made their entrance. They danced to Bryan Adams – All For Love for their first dance. The toasts followed by the Maid of Honor (sister of the bride who is a wedding planner and helped plan the event) and Best Man (brother of the groom). Both were entertaining, touching, and from the heart. After dinner the dancing begun as I played a mix of great music selected by the bride & groom along with some dance floor faves that I felt would work after reading the crowd. The group was energetic, fun, and everyone had a great time on the dance floor!

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The pink uplighting really added a magical touch to the dance floor as the bride & groom and guests danced the night away.

I want to thank Michelle & Bobby for letting me be a part of their wedding. It was an honor and a lot of fun working with them. Also, thanks to Nancy, Gordon, and Dan at BMHI for a wonderful evening. And last, but not least, to Sage Catering for another fantastic event. We love working with Dana, Ed, Greg, Liz and the team at Sage!

Wedding Ceremony and Reception Music: The Masters Group DJ Entertainment

Wedding Caterer: Sage Catering

Wedding Venue: Brandywine Manor House Inn

Wedding Flowers: Domenic Graziano Flowers

Wedding Cake: The Master’s Baker

May 312013
 

TODAY has a very informative article covering one of the latest style trends in dress codes. Instead of the normal black tie or semi-formal attire, brides and grooms are requesting very specific wardrobe styles.

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings via Nico Events


Depending on the type of event, guests are being asked to dress in styles ranging from all white for a beach wedding, to bohemian chic for a rustic barn wedding, or the latest hot trend – the Gatsby era style for a high society wedding. Guests normally embrace this opportunity to feel like they are a part of the big day and get to play dress up.

So the next time you are invited to a wedding with a specific dress code request, go for it and enjoy the experience.

May 132013
 



Here are the Top 50 Bride and Father Dance songs as of May 1, 2013. This list is compiled from weddings across the USA and is updated every month and can be found in our Online Music Database.

What song are you dancing to with your Father? If you’re already married, what was your Bride and Father Dance song?

Click to hear song samples.

# ARTIST SONG
1 Heartland I Loved Her First
2 Mcgraw, Tim My Little Girl
3 Temptations My Girl
4 Carlisle, Bob Butterfly Kisses
5 Armstrong, Louis What A Wonderful World
6 Rascal Flatts My Wish
7 Chapman, Steven Curtis Cinderella
8 Sinatra, Frank The Way You Look Tonight
9 Simon, Paul Father And Daughter
10 Beatles In My Life
11 Wonder, Stevie Isn’t She Lovely
12 Mccain, Edwin Walk With You
13 Kamakawiwo’ole, Israel ‘Iz’ Over The Rainbow
14 Dion, Celine Because You Loved Me
15 Natalie Cole, Nat King Cole Unforgettable
16 Adkins, Trace Just Fishin’
17 Fleetwood Mac Landslide
18 Vandross, Luther Dance With My Father
19 Morrison, Van Brown Eyed Girl
20 Mayer, John Daughters
21 Rucker, Darius It Won’t Be Like This For Long
22 Wicks, Chuck Stealing Cinderella
23 Joel, Billy Lullabye
24 Womack, Lee Ann I Hope You Dance
25 Clapton, Eric Wonderful Tonight
26 Hill, Faith There You’ll Be
27 Wainwright Iii, Loudon Daughter
28 King, Ben E. Stand By Me
29 Stewart, Rod Forever Young
30 Stewart, Rod Have I Told You Lately
31 Cocker, Joe You Are So Beautiful
32 Grant, Natalie I’ll Always Be Your Baby
33 Joel, Billy Just The Way You Are
34 Mcbride, Martina In My Daughter’s Eyes
35 Martino, Al Daddy’s Little Girl
36 Taylor, James How Sweet It Is
37 Tyrell, Steve The Way You Look Tonight
38 Chesney, Kenny There Goes My Life
39 Petty, Tom Wildflowers
40 Beach Boys God Only Knows
41 Paisley, Brad He Didn’t Have To Be
42 Adkins, Trace You’re Gonna Miss This
43 Morrison, Van Tupelo Honey
44 Adkins, Trace Then They Do
45 Carey, Mariah Hero
46 Rogers, Kenny Through The Years
47 Allan, Gary Tough Little Boys
48 Dunn, Holly Daddy’s Hands
49 Groban, Josh You Raise Me Up
50 John, Elton Your Song

 

Apr 302013
 

Geeks come in all shapes and sizes and when it comes to “popping the question” to your geek-lovin’ lady, have no fear, we have the lowdown on the how, what, where, and when.

eHarmony UK has a “geek-tastic” infographic titled The Geek’s Guide to Proposing.

It has some great info laid out in a very entertaining way. It’s filled with “geek-speak” and QR codes but explained so that everyone from the mild-mannered geek to the cool, hip, techno-geek can understand it. My favorite is the History of Geeky Proposals. Check it out below…

Geek's Guide to Proposing

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The Geek’s Guide to Proposing [Infographic] by the dating experts eHarmony

Apr 242013
 

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Apr 172013
 

Bride and Groom First Dance

Rachel Clare Photo

Here are the Top 50 Bride and Groom First Dance songs as of April 2013. This list is compiled from weddings across the USA and is updated every month and can be found in our Online Music Database.

What are you dancing to for your First Dance?

If you’re already married, what was your First Dance song?

# ARTIST SONG
1 Mraz, Jason I Won’t Give Up
2 James, Etta At Last
3 Paisley, Brad Then
4 Shelton, Blake God Gave Me You
5 Perri, Christina A Thousand Years
6 Lamontagne, Ray You Are The Best Thing
7 Rascal Flatts Bless The Broken Road
8 Train Marry Me
9 Hayes, Hunter Wanted
10 Lonestar Amazed
11 Adele Make You Feel My Love
12 Mcgraw, Tim My Best Friend
13 Presley, Elvis Can’t Help Falling In Love
14 Mraz, Jason & Colbie Caillat Lucky
15 Buble, Michael Everything
16 Johnson, Jack Better Together
17 Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling
18 Strait, George I Cross My Heart
19 Matthews Band, Dave You And Me
20 Aerosmith I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
21 Green, Al Let’s Stay Together
22 Chesney, Kenny Me And You
23 Clapton, Eric Wonderful Tonight
24 Sinatra, Frank The Way You Look Tonight
25 King, Ben E. Stand By Me
26 Urban, Keith Making Memories Of Us
27 Paisley, Brad She’s Everything
28 Adams, Bryan (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
29 Mcgraw, Tim With Faith Hill It’s Your Love
30 Buble, Michael Hold On
31 Urban, Keith Only You Can Love Me This Way
32 Young Band, Eli Crazy Girl
33 Mccain, Edwin I’ll Be
34 Morrison, Van Crazy Love
35 Bright Eyes First Day Of My Life
36 Jones, Norah Come Away With Me
37 Krauss, Alison When You Say Nothing At All
38 Mccain, Edwin I Could Not Ask For More
39 Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody
40 Snow Patrol Chasing Cars
41 Lynch, Dustin Cowboys And Angels
42 Morrison, Van Someone Like You
43 Gray, David This Years Love
44 Journey Faithfully
45 Morrison, Van Into The Mystic
46 Armstrong, Louis What A Wonderful World
47 Big & Rich Lost In This Moment
48 John, Elton Your Song
49 Thompson Square Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not
50 Newsong Duet With Natalie Grant When God Made You

 

Mar 252013
 

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since that magical performance of “Billie Jean” introducing “The Moonwalk”on Motown’s 25th Anniversary special.

I can still remember watching it on TV as a 13 year old kid who was raised in a musical household. With a father who was a multi-talented musician, singer, and songwriter, who played in a wedding band for many years, along with my older brothers and sisters musical influences, I was well versed in many genres and styles of music.

My earliest musical memories were of my sister Diane’s 8-track player that she had with “The Beatles” cartridge blairing away. Being the oldest of the bunch, she was the go-to person for what was happening in music, and not just what was on the radio either.

It was the “Off the Wall” album released in 1979 that she had that introduced me to Michael Jackson as a solo artist. With it playing in heavy rotation, I would first hear “Don’t Stop til You Get Enough“, “Rock With You“, and “Off the Wall“… all future Top 10 singles.

In 1982, the “Thriller” album came out around Christmas and was a must have for the holidays. “Billie Jean” was the second single released and the album just exploded. Followed by “Beat It” and “Thriller“, the album became and still remains the best selling album of all time. At that time, music videos became the biggest thing for the music industry. Those three videos were seen everywhere… on TV, in stores, at the mall, skating rinks, etc.

On March 25, 1983 I was watching Michael perform with his brothers, The Jackson 5, on the Motown special and thought that it was good. But then he uttered “Those were some good songs, I love those songs a lot. But I especially… like the new songs”. The beat from “Billie Jean” kicks in and he begins. I’m watching in disbelief as it comes to the part where he magically glides backwards across the stage… and the “Moonwalk” is born.

So, my brothers and I, along with the rest of the world, would try to figure out how he did it and practice it. Even today, there isn’t an event that I’m DJ-ing where I’m playing “Billie Jean” that somebody, whether they’re 7 or 70, is trying to do the “Moonwalk”.

Watch the full clip below of that memorable night via YouTube:

Mar 242013
 

New York Weddings has an interesting Infographic , detailed on HuffPost Weddings, about what Brides would change or not change about their wedding after the big day.

New York Weddings

New York Weddings Magazine

100 Brides were surveyed and survey questions include:

  • What Do You Regret Splurging On
  • What Did You Do With Your Dress
  • How Long it Took to Pay Off Your Wedding
  • Did You Have a Wedding Registry

It’s easy to look back and second guess every decision that was made, but as long as you were happy with everything, that’s all that should really matter. You could drive yourself crazy if you went back and really reviewed all of the wedding planning that took many months to do.

If you got married recently, what would you go back and change if you could do it over?

Let us know on Twitter… Tweet to @MastersGroupDJ using hashtag #WeddingDoOver