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The Magic Wedding Toast Formula

Wedding Toast Mastery
15 tips from a Wedding DJ that will make your speech rock!

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Raise your hand if you’ve found yourself  interested, intrigued, and/or excited to listen to a wedding speech (ok, we've got some hands...not everyone...but a lot).

Keep your hands up if, by the end of the speech...a speech you were once interested, intrigued, and/or excited for...you felt a little cheated  (all of the hands...a few tears...one guy in the back is weeping uncontrollably...but it's confirmed that every one of you reading this currently have at least 1 if not both hands stretched up in the air).

Listen, speaking in front of a large group of people is really tough. Few can just “wing it,” and most times even those who have prepped for months crash and burn.  (I know from experience.  I tried winging it at my brother's wedding, and I failed miserably)

Below are 15 tips for all toast and speech givers…parents, best mans, maid of honors, brides/grooms, ushers, drunk ex-girlfriends who just by sheer coincidence happened to be “in the area” and decided to stop by and share some thoughts…that will make your toasts be memorable, heartwarming, and engaging.

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Pre Wedding Preperation

So there’s only going to be like 150 or more people watching you. And you're only toasting two of the closest people that you have in your life. And it’s only like the most important day of their lives.  So yeah…wing it. WORST IDEA EVER! You gotta prep!!

• 1. Brainstorm: Sit down with a pen and a piece of paper and write down ideas, stories, main points, jokes, and any other main points that you want to share.

• 2. Outline: You got to create a good flow here people. This will help you stay on point and not get into long tangents about wild animals, religious beliefs, or that one time when you and the groom got wasted in college. Like any good story or movie there needs to be a beginning, middle and end.  E-mail me at joe@openbarentertainment.com and I will forward you a wedding toast outline that rocks.

• 3. Practice: Now that you have your ideas down in an organized manner, get on your feet and practice. Yes, literally stand up and say it outloud. Over, and over, and over. When you’re driving to work, shut off the radio and practice. Over and over and over.  When you're in the shower...practice (rinse and repeat!) Over and over and over. This may be the single most important piece to it all. Get the speech in your bones. This way, when the mic breaks out, or the baby cries, or the emotions run high, you can easily get back on track and not be thrown for a loop.

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Delivery
You’ve prepped, you’ve practiced, the night is here, and now you are ready to deliver. Follow these steps to and you’ll  knock it out of the park!

• 4. Attention: Ask for this. Sounds like a no brainer, but you wouldn’t believe how many people start their toast and few people, if any, are listening.  Sometimes I have to shush the crowd, and that's always awkward.

5. Be Confident: Stand up tall, smile, and act as if you’ve done this 1,000 times (even if you feel like you’re about to pee your pants).

• 6. Volume: Obviously you’re not looking to blow people’s ears out, but you’re not in a library either. Put the mic up to your mouth and talk a bit louder then you would in a normal conversation. You can even ask “can you guys hear me?”

• 7. Speed: When we’re nervous, we tend to rush. People can’t understand what they can’t hear. This isn’t an auction. Slow down. Take some breaths and enjoy the moment.

• 8. Eye Contact: This might be the scariest part of it all. If looking at people in the eyes seems freakier then a Justin Beiber song, then look at the tops of their heads. Also, look around to different sections of the room as well. This helps people stay engaged.

• 9. Notecards: Totally, 100%, acceptable. Mandatory? No, but for some they will be an essential safety net. The key is to make sure that you don’t bury your face in them, and never look up. This goes back to eye contact, and practice. If you’re going to have them, the fewer words on each of them the better. Look at your outline (see above) and jot down just a few words that will jog your memory if you get lost. Also, if you know that you are going to use them the night of, use them in your preparation. Practice how you play.

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Things to Avoid

• 10. Inside Jokes: “Hey man…you’re a great guy, but all I got to say is….pop tarts.” WTF? This may be my single biggest pet peeve, and it’s insulting to people’s time when you waste it by talking in code. If you’re going to go into that space, please have the courtesy to let everyone else in on the joke.

• 11. Being Wasted: I’m not a fun hater, but we all know what can happen when the drunk guy picks up a microphone. If you’re a fan of alcoholoic libations,(including but not limited to:  Old Milwaukee, Shiltz, Blatz, Hamms, or any amazing beer that my Grandma Cutie-Pie had fully stocked in her basement)  and you know you’re going to be speaking later…pace yourself. You don’t want to be remembered as the guy who swore, rambled on for an hour, or got into a fight with his/her partner as you aired out on old grudge on the mic in front of everyone.

• 12. Offending the Young, the Old, and Anyone In-Between: This isn’t a roast…it’s a toast. If anything in your speech borders on “edgy” ask yourself this question “would I be comfortable saying this in front of my grandma?” If the answer is “no,” figure out a different way of saying it.

• 13. Self-Deprication: It’s easy to make fun of yourself, and when done sporatically it can even be endearing. However, if your entire speech refers back to how bad you are at speaking in front of crowds or how lame that last joke was, it becomes awkward and uncomfortable.

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In General

• 14. Speak from the Heart: If I were to boil it down to one thing, (besides practice…have I gotten that across yet?) it would be to speak to the bride and groom as if no one else were in the room. If you can have the mentality of “this might be one of the last times I see you, and before you go, I just need you to know how much you mean to me,” you will be golden. Your words will be authentic, heartfelt, touching, and most importantly add value to overall experience of everyone in the room.

• 15. Brevity is the Soul of Wit: In this case size does matter, and believe it or not, short is better then long.  Many times you are 1 of several people that are going to be talking, and although I’m not telling you to speed through it, don’t be that guy/gal who talks, and talks, and talks, and talks…. General rule of thumb is 2-4 minutes. If you’re a super engaging speaker, you might extend that to 5, but if you were, you probably wouldn’t be needing to read this post.

 

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These are just my thoughts!  Anyone with experience on the subject is more then welcome to fill in the missing pieces.   I think the bottom line is put yourself in the shoes of someone listening.  As you practice (yes...practice!!!) ask yourself "if I was hearing this, would I raise my glass out of triumph or rather raise it because I'm happy that it's over?"   Good luck, and please let us know how it goes!

Peace, Joe

Michael Beckman and Emily Wallin Dec. 29th, 2012

Hey everyone!  Thanks for checking out Mike and Emily's blog page.

What an awesome night!!!

Scotty and I, along with about 200 of Mike and Emily's family and friends had the honor of being part of an amazing night filled with love, energy, positivity, loyalty, and respect.

Truth be told, (for those who didn't know) Mike is my cousin...so selfishly this was a very fun night for me.  It's been too long since Mike and I have connected and it was awesome to see the outstanding young man that he has become.  Mike you are dedicating your life to our country, you are following your dreams and passions, and you just one hell of a guy.  Proud to call you family.

Emily, you may have one of the biggest hearts of anyone I've ever met.  You too are dedicating your life to making our world better and living a life that serves others.   Thank you for all the goodness you have already given to our world.

All right...enough with he mushy stuff.   Here are some highlights from the night (please share yours too!)

The Kissing Couples

All of the couple who kissed were great, but my favorite had to be Nate and Brittney!

 

Cake Cutting

Mike cutting the cake with the amazing sword will be something I won't forget for a while

 

Dancing

Mike wrapping the tie around his head to "I'm Too Sexy"

Emily and her family (and friends) surrounding her to "I Knew the Bride When She Used to Rock n Roll"

YMCA...Connie, Lynette, Mike and Emily leading some of the sweetest dance moves this side of the Mississippi.

 

There's a lot more we could share, but we want to hear from you...what will you remember?

 

 

 

Engagement Story... (from their perspective)

How we got engaged

After spending the day paintballing with friends for Mike's Brithday we finished the day by going to dinner at the Rawls (our favorite date night resturant). As we finished up our dinner Mike asked me to take out 2 pennies so we could make a wish at the fountain outside the Rawls. While preparing to make my wish at the fountain Mike told me I had to share my wish once I tossed my penny and he would do the same.

....In my mind I was wishing he would propose soon...but not wanting to be overwhelming I wished he would do well during his month long SERE training. And with that he pulled out the ring, got down on one knee and wished that I would be his wife. And of course I said....YES!

Jennifer Bondy and Luke Vreeland!

What's up friends!!

Wow!  Last night was a blast.

Thank you so much for dancing, drinking, jumping, laughing, and doing everything in your power to give Luke and Jen a night they will remember for the rest of their lives.

So many highlights!  Here's a few...

~Grandma Joanne's prayer
~Kevin's speech that he literally wrote on his hand
~ The Jerry O'Hagan band.
~ Kevin as guest drummer in the Jerry O'Hagan band
~Josh Thompson...the whole night.
~ The YMCA with Drew and Doreen
~Luke slow dancing to Kokomo with his mama
~ So many more... (in fact add yours by commenting below!)

 Also keep checking back as we will be adding pictures in the upcoming days.

Know someone getting married?  We would be eternally grateful if you would mention our name.

Got feedback? Let us know the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Congrats again Luke and Jen!

 Peace,
Joe Beckman and Scotty Kollmann
CPR's (Chief Party Rockers)
Open Bar Entertainment

4 Tips to be a Wedding Reception Rockstar!

True or False?

The perfect wedding guest is the one that buys the bride and groom
the most expensive item on their registry...?

FALSE!!!!!

100% False!

Falser then a baseball record set
by Barry Bonds

If you are looking to be the Perfect Wedding Guest, then you must
do the following…

 

 

 

Disclaimer...It's not about YOU!

Before we get into the tips to be the Perfect Wedding Guest, please remember who the night is truly about.  The bride and groom.   Not only are they paying for your dinner,  your entertainment, and in many cases. your alcohol, but they are also celebrating their lifelong commitment.   That's no ordinary feat..and therefore it shouldn't be just an ordinary night.

A great way for you to honor their commitment, and quite honestly, to say “thank you” is by doing your part to help create an unforgettable evening.  This may push you in areas in which you were not ready to be pushed, but you will be better for it, and more importantly, their night will be better because of you!

 

Tip #1:  Dance Like Everyone's Watching

“I’m a horrible dancer....”

“I’ll be out there in a little bit..."

“No thanks, dancing’s not my thing...”

Bogus!

Listen you don’t need to have Beyonce skillz in order to make your dance floor presence known at a wedding.  In fact, sometimes the worst dancers are the ones having the most fun.

Do you have to be out there  for every song?  Of course not, but push yourself a little.  Dancing is infectious.  Once other guests see you out there, they are much more likely to get out their themselves.   Soon after that, ties are wrapped around foreheads, and grandma’s doing the worm.  All because you took a risk, pushed yourself a little, and stopped caring what people thought for a night.

 
Hint:   Rock Out with your…Air Instrument Out
 
Air instruments (doesn’t just have to be guitar) are a stellar choice for most songs.
I.E. There's a mad saxophone solo in  "Edge of Glory", by Lady Gaga
   

Tip #2. "Hi, My Name is..."

I know introducing yourself and talking to people you don't know may not be for everyone.  Even an extrovert like myself might get sweaty arm pits from talking to a random stranger.  And besides, why should you invest into a conversation with someone that you will most likely never see again?   Here’s why…

  • If you are close to the couple, there’s actually a decent chance that you will see that random stranger again. So if nothing else, do your future self a favor and get to know the people now.  Believe me it will be more awkward when you're standing by yourself at the b-day party for the couple’s 1-year old in the short future.
  • Remember, the night is about…the couple.  These people are obviously somewhat important to them, so it would be cool if you made the effort to make them important to you.

Hint:  Buy a drink

Easiest way to get a conversation going is to buy someone a beer/glass of wine/soda/ etc….  And do it early on into the night.  A $4 investment during social hour will pay great dividends later when you run into that person during the Cha Cha Slide.

 

 

Tip #3.  Hold your Liquor

Don’t be that guy (or gal)….

Remember the bride and groom want to remember
the love in the room...not you trying to make love to the bridesmaid.

Don’t be remembered as the creeper! Enough said.

Hint: Have a buddy

Have a “buddy” and make a deal with them that they can cut you off at anytime in the night, and vice versa.  Just make sure your “buddy” doesn’t have a history of being that guy (or gal) themselves. 

 

Tip #4.  Party till Six in the Mornin'!

There are so many excuses to leave early, all of which are valid in some way, shape, or form.  But what if everyone did that?  The party would be over before it could even get started.  Because the day is such a blur, the bride and groom will not remember everything, but I promise you, they’ll remember the people who stuck it out to the end and watched them dance their final song.

Hint:  Train your brain

If you tell yourself that will be there until the bitter end, then you’ll make it to the bitter end.  However, if you make it a game time decision, your brain will find numerous ways to convince you to go.  Make it official in your head and you will be one of the few remaining at the end of it all.

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You are Now Equipped to be a Wedding Reception ROCKSTAR!

We could go on and on and on.  Point being, this is an epic night for 2 people that are most likely pretty close in your life.  The choices you make, whether it be to dance, talk to people you don’t know very well, or stay till the very end,  will have a direct impact on the overall feel of the night!  You have to ask yourself, what are the bride and groom going to remember more?  The pizza cutter you bought from their registry, or the fact that you rocked it at their wedding?

You know the answer to that.

What say you?  Please share your thoughts/insights/advice on this topic as well.   Looking forward to hearing them!

Lily’s 50th Birthday!!!

WOW!  Lily’s 50th birthday party at Sweeny’s in St. Paul was a blast!   Beautiful venue, beautiful food, beautiful people!

  Here’s a woman who has been helping young people and their families for over 20 years!   We live in a day and age where the word “hero” gets thrown around pretty freely.   To me Lily is the embodiment of this word. People arrived early and stayed late!  Some highlights from the night (please add your own at the end of this post)

   

The People:

So it’s been said that you are the sum equal of the 3 people you surround yourself the most with.  Meaning…if you surround yourself with rockstars in your work, family, and daily life, then you can’t help but be a rockstar yourself.  Lily has some ROCKSTARS surrounding her.   A loving family, dedicated co-workers, and insanely fun neighbors.   Very cool.

The Dancing:

Honestly the dance floor was packed pretty much the entire night.

The Duet:

When Joe and Lily sang Islands in the Stream, I thought someone channeled Kenny and Dolly.   Magical.

The Surprise:

Lily nearly fell back down the stairs she was so surprised.  Check out the clip for yourself  by clicking here

 

Stay in touch with Open Bar!  You can do so by…

#1. “Liking” us on Facebook

 

#2.  Replying below with a comment (we’ll have your e-mail at that point)

  

#3.  Booking us (or referring us to someone you know) for your next event.  We specialize in weddings but we can take on pretty much anything you throw our way.

Thanks to everyone for coming out and being part of the night!  Please share your favorite moment with Lily by replying below!  She’ll  be happy you did!

     

The Wedding of Mitch and Kim Bliven

 

Friday  July 20th~

Mitch and Kim Bliven

The Valley House, Hudson, Wisconsin

(sorry for the formatting issues…we are working on it as we speak!)

  Open Bar Entertainment was honored to be a part of Mitch and Kim’s wedding reception!! We were at The Valley House in Hudson, WI, and after a beautiful ceremony and dinner the wedding party and their guests were ready to rock.  AND ROCK WE DID!    Here are a few highlights (but you need to add your own at the end of this!)

Introductions:  

We started the night by introducing the wedding party and the parents of Mitch and Kim.  At the end of the night Scotty informed me that I read ALL of the couples in the wrong order!  OOPS.  Way to roll with the punches wedding party.

The other highlight was when Kim stumbled when trying to land her dramatic pose at the front of the stage.  But we won’t even mention that…wait we just did.  Ooops again.

Speeches:  

We had two delivered at the reception.  One by Charolette, and the other by Nathan.  Nathan’s was hilarious as he rehashed the story of Mitch (as a kid)  telling Nathan’s mom that although he would like to dance with her at his wedding when he grew up he was certain she wouldn’t still be living at that point.

Dancing:

There is so many here…where do I even begin.   Ummm…Shelly the “Thriller Queen” for starters.  Trenton the mohawk master.   The wonderfully long lines for the dollar dance (all money going to Mitch and Kim’s honeymoon in Breezy Point).  Swing dancing mania.    So many more.   Share yours by commenting below.

All in all it was a wonderful night, and Scotty and I felt proud that we were able to help create a wedding reception that will be remembered for a long time to come.

Stay in Touch with Open Bar Entertainment

Lots of people came up to us asking how they can stay in touch… Here are my thoughts on that. #1.  Facebook.  Click here to go directly to our fan page.  We just started this, and could use some love to boost our numbers!   #2. Get on our mailing list.  Simply e-mail me at joe@openbarentertainment.com and I’ll make sure you get on the list.  Every month or so we blog on different topics, and you will be sent an e-mail when there’s an update.   #3.  Make sure we are at the next wedding you attend.  Do you know there’s a referral bonus for anyone who helps connect us with future couples?   It’s true.  Alex Wakefield is the happy recipient for this wedding as she started the conversation with us many months back!  

DVD of the Reception!!

If you are interested in having your own DVD of the reception including pictures, music, and video…you can purchase one for $20.  Let us know, and once it’s created, will ship it out to and you can send us a check or go through Paypal.    A great gift for parents, relatives, or anyone else who would like to relive the night for years to come.  

#1 Secret to a Happy Marriage Revealed!

Wanna know the secret to fostering healthy relationships?

Relationships with your kids, your co-wokers
your family, your MARRIAGE?

Ummm…yes please!

Every year around Valentine’s Day, magazines,
newspapers, radio shows etc… run stories that highlight married couples who have endured the test of time.

In each piece the question is asked…

What’s your secret?

Most couples give the standard answers that stem around communication, trust, respect, love and all of that goodness.

However, and maybe this is just the “guy” in me,

I always finish these articles wanting more.

Give me something specific, something tangible.
I want to know the how behind all of these.

Here’s the how… (more…)

The “MUST READ” for Engaged Couples

 

I’ll start this post off by admitting that in general, I’m not very good at reading.  Technically speaking I’m proficient in the hobby, but I have a tough time staying awake when I attempt to take it on.  With a 5 and a 1 year old running around the house “daddy just needs about 45 min. to do nothing but read” doesn’t translate very well.  In fact, the only time I feel I have to actually pick up a book and dive into it is after the kids go down.  Unfortunately I’m so damn tired at that point of the night, after about 2 paragraphs I’m out cold, face plastered against the pages, my drool blurring the ink that formed the words on it.

 

However, before the kiddos, my wife (fiancé at the time) and I were asked to read the The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman.   We were given 2 copies so that we could read it simultaneously and were told that after each chapter that we should discuss what we read.   Although it felt a little cheesy, we agreed, and I’m SO glad we did.   The best word/phrase I can use to describe it is…GAME-CHANGING

 

Chapman does an magnificient job of breaking down rather complicated subjects (love, relationships, communication) in a way that is digestible, and more importantly, universal. In the first few chapters alone I had several “ohhhh….that’s why we’ve been struggling with that,” and “ahhh…that’s why we totally connect there” moments.

 

The premise is basic.  People feel loved in different ways.  The way you feel loved is what Chapman calls your “love language.”   Generally speaking there are 5 main languages (Acts of Service, Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, and Gifts) and when your partner is “speaking” to you in a way that is in line with your language, you are much more likely to be in tune with each other.

 Note: Most couples speak different love languages.  Don’t just show love in the way that you understand it. Learn your partner’s’!!!

 

If I think I’m showing love to my partner by purchasing material items week in and week out (gifts) yet she feels much more fulfilled when we spend an entire day together walking through the woods and/or grabbing some food and a movie (quality time), the whole gift thing is going to fall flat.

 

My wife Jess’s love language is a combo of Quality Time, and Acts of Service.  Mine of the other hand is Physical Touch (imagine that).   Early on in our relationship we worked opposite hours, and in turn spent very little time together.  Because ‘quality time’ wasn’t as important to me, it didn’t register as something that might be important to her.  I couldn’t have been more wrong, and because of it we struggled.  Frustratingly,  we couldn’t figure out why.   It’s obvious now…it was as if we were talking to each other in 2 different languages.  We understood our own, but we couldn’t understand the other’s.

And that might be the magic of this book.  The most effective way for your partner to speak your love language is by you speaking theirs.  If making-out is important to me…then I better start carving out more time during the day to spend with Jess.  Vice versa…if she wants more long walks on the beach, then she’s going to have to kiss my face a little bit more.   It sounds a little crude, (maybe even down right selfish) but at the end of the day it works because each person’s needs are getting met.

 

This book is great because…

~it forces you to do some self reflection and name your language.

~it challenges you to learn and speak the language of your partner

~the topics are easy to understand, and easy to remember

~it will make your relationship better  (i.e. “happy wife = happy life”) 

~being in harmony with your partner, is soooo much better then the opposite. 

 

I say read it now, and read it together.  I’m confident that you’ll agree that it’s a game-changer.

 

What are your thoughts?  Any other “must reads” for an engaged or newly married couple?  Please share!

 

Interviewing the DJ…Always a Good Idea.

Most couples that are planning a wedding have never hired a wedding DJ before.  Do your homework peeps!  No one wants there night to be known for the “wedding with the lame ass DJ!”
  • When beginning the process of hiring your wedding entertainment, we suggest interviewing a few different companies to see who fits into your wedding day vision.  However, this meeting can almost be uncomfortable for the couple if they don’t know what types of questions to ask.  A great wedding DJ should provide you with enough information that would answer the most important questions before the couple even has to ask, however this isn’t always the case.  This article is meant to give you a strong foundation of what information you should be looking for during the interview process.
First, it’s a good idea to discuss with your fiance what you see for your wedding entertainment.  Do you want a low key event with not much interaction from your wedding DJ, just great music?  Do you want your wedding DJ to be highly involved in guest interaction – leading line dances, encouraging singing for kisses, starting a conga line, leading an interactive centerpiece give-a-way, etc.?  Or do you want your wedding DJ to fall somewhere in the middle?  Once you have an idea of what you are looking for, it will make the interview and decision making process much easier.

The next step is to meet with several different wedding DJ companies.  We advise couples to interview DJ’s that are wedding specific, as this type of DJ has many different responsibilities than a club or party DJ. Once you have your meeting(s) scheduled, jot down these questions and bring them with you to make sure they are answered during your meeting.   Be sure to include any other questions to ask your prospective wedding DJ that may be a little more personal or custom to your wedding day. Here are several important questions to ask:
  • Do you specialize in weddings?
  • How long have you been a wedding DJ? How many weddings have you done?
  • What are the responsibilities of a wedding DJ?
  • What is your style – conservative, interactive, etc?
  • Can I provide a requested song list and a do not play list?
  • Do you take requests from guests?
  • Do you have dance floor lights?  Are they included in your price?
  • Are your microphones wireless?
  • Do you have a back up in case of an emergency?
  • Do you have videos from weddings and testimonials/references that I can check out?
  • What happens if you are sick on my wedding day?
  • What are your packages and prices? Will you do overtime on the spot and what is the rate?
  • How far will you travel?
  • Do you provide a written contract?
  • What will you wear?
  • Are you insured?
  • Will we meet face-to-face prior to the wedding?
  • Do you have any planning materials for us?
  • If I book with your company, am I guaranteed to get the specific DJ we choose?
Now that you have asked these questions of several different wedding DJ companies, you can compare notes and personalities to determine which company best suits your wedding day vision!
  •  At the end of the day you should feel great about your choice.  There should be a connection…you should feel confident that one of the most important aspects on one of the most important nights of your life is being handled by someone who “gets” you.  You are paying a lot of money for their services and you want to be confident going into one of the biggest nights of your life that you guys are on the same page.
Good luck, and as always, if you are interested in chatting with someone from Open Bar, we would be happy to find some time! Peace!  

John and Jess Neumann April 6th, 2012

 

John and Jess Nuemann…what can we say about this couple?  Young, fun, and totally in love.  If you are unsure of that last one, become Facebook friends, see their interactions with each other, and you’ll be as convinced of it as I am.  One post said something to the effect that Jess was already missing John (who was out of town for work) and he had only been away for a few hours!   Hell, my wife does a jig when I have to go out of town.  She gets the whole bed to herself,  the toilet seat will remain down, and knows that the house is going to stay clean.

First Dance

Scotty and I were so pumped to be a part of this wedding reception.    A month or so before we sat down with them at Broadway Pizza and got to know Karen, Carol, Henry, Shanna, and of coure Marshall.  We walked out of that meeting knowing that it if we got booked, it was going to be a blast.   We did, and it was!

Scotty and I arrived at the Riverwood National Golf Course, and found the staff to be friendly and helpful.  Braden (I believe I got that right) the Bartender was extremely gracious, down to earth, and hospitable.   Chelsea, Linda, and the rest of the staff were as well.  We set up, assumed our positions, and watched as family and friends started arriving one by one.

Every wedding has it’s curveballs, and this was no exception.  I realized early on that it was going to be a long night for my voice.  Even during the first few announcements I could feel it going, and I knew that I was working on borrowed time.  Even though I sounded like a teenage boy in the throws of puberty, I pushed through, and everyone was gracious enough to not call me names (atleast not in front of my face)

                The second curveball was…ELVIS!

 

Yes, you heard me right…Elvis.  John and Jess officially got married a few months prior in Vegas and Carlo found a way to bring a little Sin City  to the reception in Monticello.   He sang 4 songs, had back up dancers, and stuck around long after for pictures, drinks, and dancing.   Elvis you were in the building, and you were a true rockstar!

 

The dance followed, and it was beyond fun.  The young, the old, and everyone in between were out of the floor, and by the end Jess and John’s closest friends stuck around and we brought the house down with some crowd favorites including Fishin’ in the Dark, Paradise by the Dashboard Light, and Party Rock Anthem.

Thank you Jess and John for allowing Open Bar Entertainment to be part of your night.  We wish you the best in this journey that is marriage.  May your love inspire peace and hope in this world.  Our hope is that when you are 80 years old, and your sitting on your rocking chairs, you can look back at this night and remember the highlights.    Here’s to a life full of love, happiness, and fulfillment.

~ Joe and Scotty

P.S.  If you’re reading this and you have a message to share to John and Jess, or if you want to share a highlight for you from the night, hit the “comment” box and reply.  John and Jess would love to hear from you!

P.S.S.  Scotty and I created a short DVD of the night (pics and video), and if you are interested in purchasing it for the price of $19.99  shoot us an e-mail at joe@openbarentertainment.com, and we’ll take care of it for you.