Another lousy wedding toast

October 22, 2018

lousy wedding toastDJ Brian Anderson has heard more wedding toasts than Elton John has eye glasses.  We’ve heard some good ones, and boy, we’ve heard some bad ones.  I heard another lousy wedding toast recently and found myself muttering,

“It doesn’t have to be this way.”

Wedding couples DESERVE a scintillating wedding toast.  They are ENTITLED to a heartfelt toast that simply sparkles.  That’s why we blog on the subject frequently.

The most recent lousy wedding toast came from a best man to the groom.  He was quite young and lacking in experience, and it showed.  He immediately told us he had written down his remarks so he wouldn’t forget them.

I thought, “excellent!”

But then he proceeded to prowl the wedding party’s platform blathering about nothing much as his hands fumbled through his pockets looking for his cheat sheet, which leads to wedding toast tip #1.

Wedding Toast Tip #1

Write out your remarks and KNOW where you put them.

After several minutes of discombobulated mutterings and misdirected quips, he turned his back to the gathered guests and fumbled through his suit coat, which he had earlier tossed on the floor behind him, giving us all an unwelcome view of his posterior.

Wedding Toast Tip #2

Don’t give your guests an unwelcome view of your posterior.

Once he found his elusive cheat sheet, he resumed stalking the wedding party platform with his crumpled cheat sheet clenched in his left hand and the microphone in his right hand.  And then something weird happened:  He. Never. Looked. At. It.

Wedding Toast Tip #3

If you have a cheat sheet, use it.

After all that fussing, he didn’t use his precious notes, but instead returned to lengthy ramblings on why he didn’t like the groom when he first met him in eighth grade.  As I gazed around the banquet hall, I could see eyes glazing over.

All faces sent the same message: Please, wrap this thing up, like fast!

Wedding Toast Tip #4

Read your audience.

It really helps to look out at the guests to be sure you’re connecting with them.  If our young toaster had done so, the blank visage adorning the face of each audience member would have been a useful motivation to him to bring his toast to a succinct, heartfelt conclusion, instead of continuing with the meandering mess into which it had devolved.

So how do you give a good toast?

Wedding Toast Tip #5

Make ‘em laugh and make ‘em cry.  And do it quickly.

The longer the toast, the more likely it’s going to crash and burn in wedding reception ignominy.  The shorter the toast, the more likely it’s going to be remembered, especially if the toast makes the audience laugh and cry.

Our young toaster would have been better served if he had said something like this:

Sample wedding toast

“Johnny may be my best friend today, but let me tell you, I didn’t like the guy at all when I first met him in 8th grade.

Now my reasons were not particularly good.  He’s better looking than I am. He’s smarter than I am.  And he’s got a better personality to boot.  Maybe that’s why he always dated the best looking girls in our class.

I was kind of jealous.

But then he fixed me up with this gorgeous redhead, and the rest was history!  How could I not love this guy?

You know what else I grew to love about this guy?  He saw something in me that I didn’t see.  He embraced me as a friend, and frankly, made me into a better person.

He’d give me the shirt off his back, and he has in a variety of ways.

Jenny Sue, I’m not telling you anything you don’t know, but you just married one heckuva human being.  And so did he.  You two deserve each other.  You are special, the perfect complement to a very special guy.

I can honestly say that I am delighted that I am no longer Johnny’s best friend.  That honor belongs to you, Mrs. Smith.  You make my best friend so very happy.

I’d like to invite all your guests to raise their glass in a toast to the very special friendship that has blossomed into a beautiful love affair … a toast to Johnny and Jenny Sue Smith!”

A minute-and-a-half.  You don’t have to be long-winded to make a beautiful wedding toast.

Be sure to forward this blog to your best man and maid of honor.  And as you plan your wedding celebration, remember entertainment makes the event.  Be sure to check out all of our wedding entertainment services: DJlightingphoto booth. You’re going to fall in love with them!

How to tie a tie

By brianandersondeejay | August 7, 2017

 

It’s true: a lot of men can’t be bothered to dress up for weddings or funerals. I see guys in cargo shorts and Hawaiian shirts at weddings and even their Aunt Mabel’s funeral! What gives? Maybe it’s because they simply don’t know how to tie a tie!

DJ Brian Anderson provides a simple tutorial on how to tie a tie in the handy video above.

Don’t be embarrassed if you never mastered the art. You’re not alone, but it’s not hard, especially with the assist of this video. Watch it. Practice. You’ll have it mastered by the third knot!

Look impressive!

No matter what anyone says, a man wearing a tie is an impressive site.

Peyton & Eli Manning

Football greats, Peyton and Eli Manning wear ties talking to each other on the phone! If it’s good enough for a couple of guys with four Super Bowl rings between them and a combined net worth of $300 million, isn’t it good enough for you? And here’s the deal, you don’t have to be able to throw a football sixty yards to look like a hall of famer in a tie!

Michael Jordan

Basketball great, Michael Jordan, wears a tie just walking into Starbucks! If it’s good enough for a guy with six NBA titles and a net worth of more than one billion (with a B) dollars, isn’t it good enough for you? Don’t worry if you can’t slam dunk a basketball, your coolness factor will skyrocket if you simply dress like Mike!

Zac Efron

Speaking of cool, Zac Efron wears a tie with sun glasses just to look cool! Now if a Hollywood heart throb and star of High School Musical flits about town in broad daylight wearing a tie, well, maybe you should sit up and take notice! If the only thing holding you back is lack of confidence on how to tie a tie, stop what you’re doing right now. Invest 107 seconds and watch the video above.

You need a tie for formal and semi-formal occasions

DJ Brian Anderson doesn’t suggest that a guy can’t knock around in a t-shirt and a ball cap with the bill facing backward. But there is a time and a place for a suit, don’t you think? For example, if you get a wedding invitation that says formal or semi-formal, you’ll need to wear a coat and tie.

If you’re planning a wedding and you want to go the formal or semi-formal route, I encourage you to share this blogpost with your friends who may need a refresher course on how to tie a tie! With so many well-dressed guys in attendance, you’ll be sure to want a Photo Booth on hand to capture these fashion plates in action!

Don’t forget that we offer helpful wedding planning tools right here on our website.

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10 ugliest celebrity wedding dresses EVER!

By brianandersondeejay | July 31, 2017

 

Would you like to have a celebrity wedding?

Think twice about that. Just because celebrities have money doesn’t mean that they have any taste. As evidence, just watch the video above which showcases the 10 ugliest celebrity wedding dresses EVER!

What a waste of money!

The typical bride has to deal with reality, a limited budget. Here’s the good news. You can celebrate like a celebrity without spending buckets of money. In fact, you’ve probably got more taste than a whole lot of celebrities.

No where is your taste more on display than with the entertainment. Entertainment makes the event. We can taylor the entertainment to suit your personality, your sense of style, and your taste. And packages can be customized to fit your budget.

Throw a great party you CAN afford

When you think about it, weddings are really about families and friends who love you and want to share in your celebration. There’s no need to try to impress people who really care about you with a wedding dress you can’t afford.

Instead, throw a great party you CAN afford, and entertainment makes the party.

Forget about a celebrity wedding. Make your celebration distinctly you with customized entertainment from DJ Brian Anderson. Check out our wedding planning tools to get started now.

You don’t have to be royalty to feel like royalty on your wedding day

By brianandersondeejay | July 24, 2017

Be honest: do you imagine your upcoming wedding day as a fairy tale wedding? A dream-come-true? Your day to feel like a princess?

I hope the answer is yes, because dreams can … and SHOULD … come true on your wedding day. Take a few minutes and watch the video above as Prince William and Kate Middleton exchange their wedding vows in the resplendent West Minster Abbey.

Your fairy tale wedding awaits

You don’t have to become the Duchess of Cambridge to feel like a Royal Highness on your wedding day. Even more, you don’t need to hold your wedding reception in the Buckingham Palace to feel like royalty. There are more affordable solutions.

DJ Brian Anderson offers a way to level the playing field between your limited budget and the Royal Family’s bulging coffers. It begins with the power of fun. If people are having fun, they’re not focused on how much you spent on the flowers or the food, they’re focused on how great you have made them feel.

The power of fun unites wedding guests to be fully engaged in the true meaning of the day, which is the cherished union of two lives which has just taken place before their very eyes.

DJ Brian Anderson knows how to create the fun that keeps a dance floor packed and your guests united in celebration of your glorious wedding day.

Alabama Uplighting

Uplighting transforms a plain hall into a palace

Our wedding DJs are the ‘aristocracy’ of our profession, total pros, who know how to entertain without ever taking the focus off of YOU. But we offer even more affordable solutions to create a ‘regal’ feel at your reception: uplighting.

Uplighting is so very elegant. DJ Brian Anderson can transform even the plainest hall into a palace. You may not be able to afford Buckingham Palace, but you won’t care, because you’ll be partying in your own dazzling palace right here in Alabama, or so it will seem.

If you want to feel like a princess on your wedding day, it really can happen. It begins with a phone call to DJ Brian Anderson: 256-638-3535. Let’s start planning your fairy tale today.

Top classical songs for walking down the aisle

By brianandersondeejay | July 17, 2017

Classical music has been the gold standard for wedding royalty for centuries. Every bride is special.  One of these top classical songs for walking down the aisle will make you feel like royalty on YOUR wedding day.

Here are the top classical songs for walking down the aisle. Which is right for you?

  1. Air on the G String | JS Bach
  2. Suite for Solo Cello | JS Bach
  3. Clair de Lune | Debussy
  4. Arioso | JS Bach
  5. Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring | JS Bach
  6. Air from Water Music | Handel
  7. Canon in D (aka ‘Pachelbel’s Canon) | Pachelbel
  8. Bridal Chorus | Richard Wagner
  9. Prince of Denmark’s March Trumpet Voluntary | Clarke
  10. Trumpet Tune | Clarke Purcell
  11. Wedding March | Mendelssohn
  12. Ode to Joy | Beethoven
  13. Rondeau | Mouret
  14. Hornpipe – Water Music | Handel
  15. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 | JS Bach
  16. Spring from Four Seasons | Vilvaldi

A word of warning on these top classical songs for walking down the aisle!

Do you have access to good local musicians? Do they have the ‘chops’ to play Bach or Beethoven with bravura? Can your budget afford a string or trumpet section that truly honors the majesty of the moment? If the answer is ‘no,’ we can help.

DJ Brian Anderson not only provides dance floor-packing music and entertainment for your Alabama wedding reception, we also provide a complete repertoire of the top classical songs for walking down the aisle.

Our sound systems provide beautiful, controlled music whether your ceremony is in a church or outdoors.

When you walk down the aisle, the music should be regal and beautiful, just like you. DJ Brian Anderson offers the top classical songs for walking down the aisle that will create that magic moment you always dreamed of.

[Are you new to this blog? Be sure to check out a previous post on the top songs for a first dance. See if one of your favorite songs is on the list. Be sure to subscribe now!]


 

DJ integrity is everything

By brianandersondeejay | July 10, 2017

DJ integrity

Do you like the owner of  the DJ company you’re considering for your wedding? If not, move on. DJ integrity is paramount to a successful wedding. The first vibe you pick up from a company is often telling.

Trust your instincts.

Don’t look back. Wedding celebrations are special. And entertainment makes the event. If there is something about the personality of the owner of a DJ company company that just doesn’t sit right with you, find someone else.

For the record, that includes me!

Get to know your DJ company

Chemistry is important at weddings. Your DJ company has a disproportionate impact on the success of your event. Choose carefully, beginning with an assessment of how well you LIKE and TRUST the owner.

Now how do you do that? You need to make some sort of personal contact.

You can’t do that if you’re merely filling out a form on a website and hitting send. Yes, we’ve got awesome forms right here on our own website.  They’re a start. But better yet, pick up the phone and call.

Do you get a real, live person on the phone?

If not,  how quickly do you get a call back?

And here is the key: how well do they come across on the phone? Are they warm and friendly? Do they listen? Do they come across like they care about your event? Even more, are they excited about your event? Or do you get the sense that they look at you merely as a paycheck?

Weddings are personal

As wonderful as modern technology is, it does you no favors by de-personalizing the wedding planning process. Don’t let that happen to you. Pick up the phone and call us at 865-789-3535 . We’d love to talk to you about your event, listen to your ideas, and explore the ways DJ entertainment, decor lighting, and Alabama’s finest photo booths can transform your reception from the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Better yet, set up a time to meet in person. This is the ultimate way for you to get to know the person who can make or break your event. This is the ultimate way for you to gauge their integrity. And DJ integrity is everything.

Photo Booth completes a party

By brianandersondeejay | July 3, 2017

Alabama photo booth

Alabama weddings attain legendary status with an Alabama Photo Booth.

Here’s what I mean: legendary parties really come down to just two things, interaction and memories.

DJ Brian Anderson offers the world class wedding DJs you’ve been hearing about who know all about audience interaction. Our DJs know how to interact tastefully and in a low pressure way to get your guests out of their seats and on to the dance floor.

People have more fun at celebrations when they are engaged in the fun. Interaction is the key. That’s what we do. It works.

Alabama Photo Booth

But the second component of a legendary party are memories. Memories are automatic at a legendary party. People just don’t forget the fun. But the details DO begin to fade. That’s where our Alabama Photo Booth services come in.

Photo Booth captures the fun, the silliness, the rowdiness, the delight, the sheer joy of being alive like no party innovation in history. I’m not exaggerating when I say that Photo Booth makes our  human experience better, because life’s celebrations so very often define our joy.

Photo Booth captures this spontaneous joy to keep the memories of your wedding celebration alive for decades for the benefit of this, and future, generations.

Photo Booth does something else that is amazing: it keeps people out of their seats. Parties die when people are tethered to their chairs, hunkered down until the moment they think they can make a graceful exit.

Photo Booth creates a synergy with our DJs to not only get your guests out of their seats, but keep them engaged in celebrating. When they’re not dancing, they’re at the Photo Booth.

When they’re not at the Photo Booth, they’re dancing.

Your wedding reception deserves legendary status. That’s why you need to check out the Alabama Photo Booth specialists, DJ Brian Anderson.

We love questions! Call me with yours at 256-638-3535.

Or use our handy online contact form.

It is really true: Photo Booth completes a party.

This great American meatloaf recipe is astonishing!

By brianandersondeejay | June 26, 2017

great American meatloaf

The ‘great American meatloaf’ just got even greater.  Want to start your new marriage with a bang?  Then add this recipe to your mealtime repertoire.

Okay, okay, I know meatloaf is considered to be too ‘lowbrow’ for many delicate palates.  But in your heart of hearts, you know you love it, even if you won’t admit it in polite company.

This blog maintains that every household needs a good, solid meatloaf recipe.  Well, we’ve gone further.  We created a recipe that isn’t just good, it is astonishing.

The great American meatloaf is the ultimate ‘comfort food’.

Here is the great American meatloaf recipe:

Ingredients make the difference!

√ 1/2 pound lean ground beef

√ 1/2 pound ground pork

√ 1/4 pound sausage

√ 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs

√ 1/4 cup milk

√ 1 egg slightly beaten

√ 1 small onion finely chopped

√ 1/2 cup finely chopped red pepper

√ 1 small celery stalk finally chopped

√ 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

√ small pinch of red pepper flakes

√ 1/2 teaspoon salt

√ 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Put on relaxing music.  Then combine ingredients until just mixed. Don’t overwork it.  Mold into a loaf of about 8 by 4 inches and place in a shallow pan.  Bake for 1 hour.  Allow to stand 5 minutes before slicing.

This may not be gourmet, but it sure is comfort food!

If you’re looking for a great recipe for wedding entertainment, look no further than DJ Brian Anderson.

But in the meantime, the great American meatloaf is a staple in great American marriages from coast to coast.  Enjoy!

Celebrity marriage advice. Beware!

By brianandersondeejay | June 19, 2017

celebrity marriage adviceCelebrity marriages don’t always work out so well. So celebrity marriage advice is always a little suspect. But it can be so much fun!

For us ‘little people,’ there are still some nuggets of wisdom worth considering from these larger than life figures. Or at the very least, we’ll get a good laugh.

The notorious actress and sex symbol, Mae West, offered profound advice to future wives:

“Don’t marry a man to reform him – that’s what reform schools are for.”

Comedienne Phyllis Diller’s advice was totally practical:

“Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age – as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.”

The 18th century German satirist, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, provides ‘snarky’ advice, to use a 21st century word:

“Love is blind, but marriage restores its sight.”

Which leads us to Marilyn Monroe’s advice posted above. Everyone is flawed. Everyone is going to have their moments with their spouse. That’s when love actually flourishes, for love isn’t a just feeling. If it were merely a feeling, it could never last.

Love is a choice.

It’s a choice to mend fences, even when the love of your life is difficult to handle and you don’t feel like mending fences.

When you hit a rough patch in your relationship like everyone else in recorded history has, you might take some advice from the wisest man who ever lived, according to the Old Testament of the Bible, King Solomon. Writing in the The Book of Proverbs, his advice still resonates three thousand years later:

“He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”

“He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.”

“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

In other words, guard your relationship by controlling your tongue! Now that’s a celebrity worth listening to!

Ready for more advice? Check out our event planning tools. They make wedding planning so easy.


 

How to know if you’re in love

By brianandersondeejay | June 12, 2017

Alabama's finest wedding DJ

That’s a great quote from the timeless Dr. Seuss. The same sentiment is at work when you hire Alabama’s finest wedding DJ: DJ Brian Anderson.

With us, your wedding reception will exceed your dreams. You won’t want your celebration to end, because it will be so much more than you ever dreamed possible.

Let’s be clear about something:  you don’t have to spend a fortune on your wedding day to experience the party you wish would never end. But you DO need to invest your limited resources wisely in one key area:  the entertainment.

Alabama’s finest wedding DJ

Alabama's finest wedding DJ

Reality is about to exceed your dreams with Alabama’s finest wedding DJ!

Entertainment makes the event.  DJ Brian Anderson knows how to bring people together and fill a dance floor in celebration of your special day.  Our uplighting will transform a plain hall into a palace, so don’t worry if your decorating budget is modest.  We will make you feel like royalty.

It’s really true, like Dr. Seuss says.  You’ll have trouble falling asleep that night, because at last, reality has become better than your dreams.