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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 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



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!

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...?


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...”


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.


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!

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!)


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.


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.


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 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.  

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, and we’ll take care of it for you.