Posts Tagged ‘wedding bands

30
Jan
13

Official Opinions: Getting Your Groom to Dance

I get strange looks from my friends when I tell them that I am a terrible dancer. They respond, “but you were just GREAT in West Side Story when we saw it – and those are complicated dance moves.” I usually just chuckle and then go on to explain that, yes, with 6 months of intense training with a choreographer busting my hump, I can dance like in the movie West Side Story – I also tell them that when you go to a wedding or a club that people DO NOT dance like the Jets and Sharks. I mean, people would think I’m crazy if I started doing THIS in the middle of the dance floor. So how do I dance at parties, clubs and weddings… a little something like this

Yup, I flail around like a fish out of water… and I KNOW I’m not the only guy out there who is somewhat less than enthused about someday dancing in front of a room of family and friends only to been seen as a fool. Naturally of course I will do it for two reasons: 1) Because I will undoubtedly love my bride and nothing will stop us from having a good time (even if it is at my expense) and 2) Liquid courage.

Brides, if you have a groom that is like me then listen up because you’re about to get some rare insight into the male mind: guys like me need some encouragement. Essentially, to get me (and others like me) to dance and have fun doing it you need to do a few things:

  1. Gentle Reminders – Remind us every once and awhile how important it is to you that you look great dancing together. Don’t go the “you’ll look like an idiot if you don’t learn how to dance” route. It scares us off more. If it is important to you, it is important to us.
  2. Teach – Teach us a few steps we can use. We might groan and say we’d rather watch the game, but we’ll be thanking you after the reception. It could be fun!
  3. Laugh WITH me, not AT me – Again, I don’t like feeling like a fool, so if I mess up or am doing some ridiculous dance move don’t laugh at me – let me know that it’s goofy and laugh with me. Heck, join in so we look like fools together. Just don’t leave me hanging!

Basically, it just takes a lot for guys like me to get the cojones to get up and dance the night away, even at my wedding. So please, be encouraging above all else – who knows, with a little help, your groom may even find out he likes dancing!

Have fun!

-Derek

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02
Jul
12

Official Opinions: The Beach Boys “Do You Wanna Dance?”

The Stitely office went retro today while watching a 1967 black and white video of The Beach Boys singing, “Do You Wanna Dance?” This hit came off of their album Today and is considered a “Sound of the Summer.” Peaking at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 list in the 60’s, it’s THE hit in the office today! Thanks Carly (The Event Planning Coordinator) for choosing this week’s Music Monday Official Opinion. It definitely sounds like summer!

14
Feb
11

Official Opinions: Thanks and happy Valentine’s Day!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Valentine’s Day Dance this past Saturday night! And thanks again to our fantastic host, The Mid-America Club!  We had so much fun and it was great to join all of you dancers who packed the floor. We even managed to capture a picture of some of the Stitely staff & interns…

What a good looking group!

We’ll be posting more fun party photos and videos so don’t hesitate to check back later in the week. Also, if you have any great pictures of your own, we’d love for you to share them with us! You can email them to Emily@stitely.com or post them to our Facebook page.

To continue with our Valentine’s Day celebrations, here’s one of Rachel’s favorite love songs, Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

04
Feb
11

Official Opinions: indie wed is for lovers

For those of you who have never been to a bridal show, they can be overwhelming. Tons of vendors, lots of noise and so much to see that you don’t even know where to begin. But this weekend a couple of us Stitely gals went to Indie Wed to check out the scene, and what we found was a lot fun!

Indie Wed is not your average bridal show.  It caters to couples who are taking “a more modern, edgy, or eco-friendly approach to their special day,” as well as more traditional couples who are looking for unique or hand-made special touches such as custom stationery on recycled paper or crocheted ring pillows.  It was hosted on three separate floors at the Ravenswood Event Center, which is a totally cool space, btw.  If you have never been there, you should definitely check it out!  A converted factory, the space is big with high ceilings and the Showroom has antique cars and old neon signs lining the walls.  It definitely fit the independent, funky, crafty, boutique-like vibe of the show.  They had a ton of different types of wedding vendors ranging from photographers, bakeries and caterers, to fashion, stationery and floral designers.

Rachel at Indie Wed

As the resident bride-to-be, I found a lot of inspiration for my wedding! These are a few of my favorite things from Indie Wed (insert Sound of Music Reference here): I think the item(s) that I enjoyed  the most, the one I will probably incorporate into my wedding, are these incredible button bouquets.  I just love how quirky and interesting these are, and since you can get them by the wire I’m thinking about adding them to my flower bouquets.  At least they’ll last longer than the real flowers. I also really liked these beaded flowers by Ododo Originals. Hmmm, these would look great on my bridesmaids… And this peony pendant by Moira K. Lime would look pretty good with my dress. In fact, it was difficult for me to keep from buying everything in the place!

The Button Bouquet

Carly liked the sassy hair pieces from Lulu Mae and the Bario-Neal rough cut diamond engagement rings. And the amazing dishes offered by Fig Catering, like the succulent braised pork.  A combined favorite was Vavoom Pinups, a vintage style photography studio that specializes in dolling girls up in sweet 50’s vixen outfits with glamorous hair and makeup. This looks like so much fun, I can’t even stand it!

Even though by this point next year my wedding will have passed, you will still find me at Indie Wed.  Not just for the delicious food and incredibly artistic products, but for the awesome ambiance as well. Check it out.

Cheers,
Rachel and Carly

22
Dec
10

Stitely Soundboard: We Cater To You

One highlight of the year for Stitely Entertainment was preparing for Tina LeDinh and Bang Trinh’s wedding at the Trump Hotel. It was a magnificent Chicago wedding where everything was done with the utmost amount of class. Laura Patterson from “The Ideal Day” lived up to her name by pulling all the pieces together and running the evening flawlessly.

In our preparation meeting I learned that the bride’s parents, the bride & groom, and many of their friends loved to ballroom dance so we prepared a few Salsa tunes, Cha Chas, Tangos, Rhumbas, Waltzes and of course Michael Buble and Sinatra were their faves. The Michael Buble version of “Quando, Quando, Quando” was their first dance and “Save the Last Dance for Me” was the last dance of the evening.  It was an East Coast Style wedding so we played most of the ballroom dancing earlier in the evening before moving on to the wide variety of music we do: Motown, Classic Rock, 80’s and contemporary songs. At their request we stayed away from Funk and Country.

One of the highlights for me was speaking Vietnamese to welcome everyone. The dance floor was packed with every song we played which makes our job so much fun! The other contributors to the evening were: Flowers by Heffernan Morgan, Amanda Sudimack at Artisan Events did the photos and videography was provided by Fig Media.

It’s very rewarding to me when a parent takes the time to write a letter to us after the event. Tony LeDinh wrote, “Thank you. It was a wonderful evening with great music…Your band gave “first class” entertainment.  We loved it.”

Sweet! I love my job.

Jeff

14
Jul
10

Wedding Wednesday: Getting Your Groom to Dance

I get strange looks from my friends when I tell them that I am a terrible dancer. They respond, “but you were just GREAT in West Side Story when we saw it – and those are complicated dance moves.” I usually just chuckle and then go on to explain that, yes, with 6 months of intense training with a choreographer busting my hump, I can dance like in the movie West Side Story – I also tell them that when you go to a wedding or a club that people DO NOT dance like the Jets and Sharks. I mean, people would think I’m crazy if I started doing THIS in the middle of the dance floor. So how do I dance at parties, clubs and weddings… a little something like this

Yup, I flail around like a fish out of water… and I KNOW I’m not the only guy out there who is somewhat less than enthused about someday dancing in front of a room of family and friends only to been seen as a fool. Naturally of course I will do it for two reasons: 1) Because I will undoubtedly love my bride and nothing will stop us from having a good time (even if it is at my expense) and 2) Liquid courage.

Brides, if you have a groom that is like me then listen up because you’re about to get some rare insight into the male mind: guys like me need some encouragement. Essentially, to get me (and others like me) to dance and have fun doing it you need to do a few things:

  1. Gentle Reminders – Remind us every once and awhile how important it is to you that you look great dancing together. Don’t go the “you’ll look like an idiot if you don’t learn how to dance” route. It scares us off more. If it is important to you, it is important to us.
  2. Teach – Teach us a few steps we can use. We might groan and say we’d rather watch the game, but we’ll be thanking you after the reception. It could be fun!
  3. Laugh WITH me, not AT me – Again, I don’t like feeling like a fool, so if I mess up or am doing some ridiculous dance move don’t laugh at me – let me know that it’s goofy and laugh with me. Heck, join in so we look like fools together. Just don’t leave me hanging!

Basically, it just takes a lot for guys like me to get the cojones to get up and dance the night away. So please, be encouraging above all else – who knows, with a little help, your groom may even find out he likes dancing!

Have fun!

-Derek, Marketing

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07
Jul
10

Wedding Wednesdays: Have Fun With It All!

My sister is going to the maid of honor at one of her friend’s weddings this autumn, and I’ve learned something important from watching her help with preparations for the big day: HAVE FUN DOING IT! My sister has been doing a pretty good job of keeping it fun for the bride-to-be and for herself. You should be enjoying more than just the end result – enjoy the journey of getting there!

In the spirit of keeping the planning lighthearted for you, I encourage you to take a short break and enjoy a two websites that can give you a good chuckle and remember that this is supposed to be fun. Check out Wedinator and Tacky Weddings to take a look at some funny wedding photos and videos. Hopefully a browse around those sites can help you relax a little – you’re working hard, so you’ve earned a break!

I also came across this blog post at The Offbeat Bride about letting go of perfect and remembering what the day is all about!

So take a deep breath and remember that this CAN be fun!

Happy Wednesday,

Derek, Marketing Intern

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