BEWARE celebrity wedding crashers!

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celebrity wedding crashers

BEWARE celebrity wedding crashers!

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If you are planning your Chicagoland wedding, you may want to put security arrangements in place to keep out celebrity wedding crashers. They are everywhere!

The list is shockingly long. These celebrities crave the spotlight. They lurk in the wings ready to leap into the spotlight and deflect attention on to themselves and away from the poor, unsuspecting bride.

TAYLOR SWIFT: celebrity wedding crasher!

Who, you may ask, are these dastardly celebs? Can you believe Taylor Swift?

I know, I know, everyone thinks Ms. Swift is this sweet, young thing. But at the first sound of wedding bells, who knows, she may show up at YOUR wedding, turning your entire celebration upside down. You’ll be the one in need of bodyguards!

JASON DERULO: celebrity wedding crasher!

And then there is Jason Derulo. Any singer with a hit song called “Marry Me” is a high risk celebrity wedding crasher, as this couple found out!

ANDREA BOCELLI: celebrity wedding crasher!

Even a legendary singer like Andrea Bocelli got in the act! He came all the way from Italy to crash a New Jersey wedding! Really, Andrea!

And the list goes on: Tim McGraw. Justin Timberlake. Bill Murray. Tom Hanks. Bill Clinton. Kevin Hart. Josh Gad. Jennifer Hudson. Even Queen Elizabeth! ALL have been caught in the act of celebrity wedding crashing!

Celebrities are coming out of the woodwork at weddings everywhere! I know you probably don’t have a security detail as a budget item for your wedding, but with the risk of celebrity wedding crashers at peak levels, perhaps you should bite the bullet, even if you have to take out a loan.

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Okay, I’ve had a little fun with you. EVERYONE wants a celebrity to crash their wedding. However, in case Taylor Swift doesn’t crash your wedding, I have good news: Crestline Entertainment has a ridiculous library of music that we will bring to your wedding.

We can play any song you’d ever want to hear from Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, or Andrea Bocelli. You name the artist, we probably have the song that means so much to you, or we’ll get it.

It’s the next best thing to having a celebrity there. Besides, you don’t need celebrities to make your wedding magical. Your marriage is all the magic you’ll require. We’ll provide the DJ entertainment, fairy tale lighting, and photo booth to make it a celebration for the ages.


 


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best wedding movies

Best wedding movies ever made

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The best wedding movies are so fun. They unite an audience because everyone has wedding experience, either as an attendee or a participant. So when various antics, disasters, and human foibles are projected on the big screen, well, it can be delightfully entertaining.

Crestline Entertainment gets a big kick out of the best wedding movies, because we’ve seen it all in real life! When you entertain at wedding celebrations on a weekly basis, you can’t help but encounter some zany escapades that fall into the ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ category!

I couldn’t help but laugh at a recent wedding ceremony that was held on a Sunday afternoon. The poor priest officiating the service kept referring to it as a funeral instead of a wedding. That got a ton of laughs. He explained that he almost never performs weddings on a Sunday, and that funerals are more typical on Sundays, so it was tough for him get his mind out of funeral mode and into wedding mode. (For the record, Sunday weddings can often times save you money, since most couples prefer Saturdays. Some wedding vendors offer more favorable pricing on these “off” days.)

Entertainment Tonight’s list of best wedding movies

Entertainment Tonight compiled a list of their favorite wedding movies in the video above. Here’s their list of their top seven, along with their respective box office receipts:

7. My Best Friend’s Wedding | $299 Million

6. 27 Dresses | $160 Million

5. Bridesmaids | $288 Million

4. The Wedding Planner | $95 Million

3. The Wedding Crashers | $285 Million

2. The Wedding Singer | $123 Million

1. My Big Fat Greek Wedding | $368 Million

There’s money in wedding movies!

The risk of watching movies like these is that most brides don’t have Hollywood budgets! Some brides get a little overwhelmed and fret that their wedding celebration will pale by comparison.

Your wedding can be better than a Hollywood movie!

Don’t worry, your wedding can easily exceed any you see on movie screens, even if your wedding budget is on the ‘normal’ side, which is most of us. Everything depends on the entertainment. If your guests are having fun, they aren’t even going to notice if your reception is a buffet or a sit down dinner.

Crestline Entertainment offers a rich selection of entertainment options with attractive package pricing.

Crestlne DJ uplighting

Uplighting transforms a plain hall into a palace

Check out our wedding DJ entertainment services, uplighting, and the always popular Crestline Entertainment photo booths. Entertainment provides 90% of the fun at wedding receptions, but only costs 10% of the typical budget.

Just as a good Hollywood wedding movie provides you with great entertainment on the silver screen, Crestline Entertainment will provide you with fabulous wedding entertainment, defined by packed dance floors, flawless MCing, and a spirit of fun.

It’s your turn. Your wedding CAN be better than a movie. Start planning your dream today.


 

 


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Photo Booth wedding fun

Why Photo Booth is perfect for weddings

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There are two types of wedding receptions:  regular ones and Photo Booth ones.  Photo Booth wedding fun always transforms a reception from a regular affair into something very special.

As a Chicagoland DJ company that specializes in wedding receptions, we marvel at the almost magical pull Photo Booth has on your guests.  They won’t stay away from it.  They CAN’T stay away because Photo Booth wedding fun is so darn irresistible!

Photo Booth wedding fun!

You’ll have guests at your reception who are extremely shy when it comes to getting up on the dance floor.  They’re just not comfortable dancing for a variety of reasons.  And yet ultimately they’ll have more fun if they get out of their chairs during the course of your party.  Well, Photo Booth is the perfect antidote to shy guests

It’s fun.  Inhibitions melt away in an instant as they get caught up in the goofy fun Crestline Entertainment’s Photo Booth offers.

Chicagoland Photo Booth company

Our fun props are guaranteed to create delightful photo ops.  Memories will be created in an instant and preserved forever by this Chicagoland Photo Booth company.  These are the pics that will flood social media in honor of your wedding celebration.

There’s another reason Photo Booth wedding fun will transform your wedding reception from a regular affair into something very special:  it helps to keep the dance floor packed!  When shy guests aren’t in the Photo Booth, they’re on the dance floor since Photo Booth has melted away their inhibitions.

It is truly a beautiful thing to behold.

Crestline Entertainment creates the perfect “organic” party by the fusion of  DJ wedding entertainment and Photo Booth wedding fun.  When your guests aren’t dancing, they’re at the Photo Booth.  When they’re not at the Photo Booth, they’re on the dance floor.  It all happens so naturally, so organically, so to speak, in the hands of our professional entertainment team.

Be honest, your wedding reception IS special, and you should strive to realize your dreams with the proven entertainment potential of Photo Booth.  Let Crestline Entertainment transform your wedding dreams into an evening of magic!


 


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Marriage is good for your health

Marriage is good for your health

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We live to celebrate. No celebration is more special than a wedding.  Crestline Entertainment knows, because we specialize in wedding entertainment. But did you also know marriage is good for your health?

It’s true!  Another wonderful reason to celebrate weddings.

Comedians who like to poke fun at their spouses love to make marriage the butt of their jokes. For example:

In the first year of marriage, the man speaks and the woman listens.

In the second year, the woman speaks and the man listens.

But by the third year, they both speak and the neighbors listen.

The longterm beauty of marriage

When you set aside the foibles of each of us and look at the longterm beauty of marriage objectively, you’re faced with a shocking realization: marriage is good for your health!  According to research, you will actually live a longer, healthier life if you’re married.

Marriage is good for your healthThis research was conducted by Scott Haltzman, MD, who is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University in Rhode Island. He is the author of The Secrets of Happy Families: Eight Keys to Building a Lifetime of Connection and Contentment.

Marriage health benefits

Check out these amazing facts.  Married people:

√ Live longer than single people.

√ Experience fewer strokes and heart attacks.

√  Have a lower risk of depression.

√ Have a lower risk for advanced cancer.

√ Survive longer when cancer does strike.

√ Are better able to survive major operations.

He looked at mortality rates for married women at age 45 years of age.  They have a 90 percent chance of living to age 65 verses unmarried women who only have an 80% chance of living that long.

The difference for men is even more dramatic.  Married men live on average 17 years longer than single men!

Marriage IS good for your health!

Marriage is so therapeutic to men, that a married man with heart disease will live an average of four years longer than a single man with a healthy heart.

And did you know that unmarried people spend twice as much time in hospitals as married people?

Both unmarried women and men have much higher rates of depression than their married counterparts, but with men, the differential is glaring.  Unmarried men are nine times as likely as married men to suffer from depression.

Former late night talk show host and funny man, David Letterman, even admitted that divorce is harmful to your health, but he had to insert a punchline, of course:

“According to a new survey, people who get divorced die early. People who stay married live longer. The difference is they just wish they were dead.”

Now, now Dave!  Let’s remain positive!  The research is in:  marriage leads to happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Marriage is worth celebrating!

Let’s celebrate!  As you plan your wedding celebration, check out our wedding entertainment services, our fabulous event lighting, Chicagoland’s favorite Photo Booth, and our handy, online planning tools.  Crestline Entertainment is the wedding celebration specialists you’ve been hearing about!

Congratulations on your upcoming marriage.


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passionate spaghetti and meatball recipe

Here’s a passionate spaghetti and meatball recipe for newlyweds!

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Italians know how to love life, beginning with their spaghetti and meatballs.  This blog commends their panache for living, and goes even further with this philosophy:  great food enhances marriage.  So here’s a passionate spaghetti and meatball recipe for newlyweds which will enhance your marriage!

Italian cuisine offers endless possibilities on the creative use of pasta.  In this recipe, the meatball is king.  You’re going to savor them.  At the same time, the pasta gives you something fun to do with your fork.

To enhance the sensuality of this recipe, immediately lower the lights.  Then open a nice bottle of cabernet and pour a glass for each of you.  Furthermore, select some nice music with an Italian flair.  You can’t go wrong with Andre Bocelli.

Okay, get ready to live life to the hilt with this passionate spaghetti and meatball recipe for newlyweds!

Ingredients make the difference in this passionate spaghetti and meatball recipe!

Meatballs:

4 slices hearty white sandwich bread, crusts removed, torn into small pieces

8 ounces (1 cup) whole-milk ricotta cheese

2 pounds ground pork

1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 cup), plus extra for serving

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 large eggs

2 shallots, minced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons pepper

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Sauce:

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

10 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Ready for the passion? Here are your easy-to-follow instructions:

  1. FOR THE MEATBALLS: Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Then set wire rack in aluminum foil–lined rimmed baking sheet and spray evenly with vegetable oil spray. Next, combine bread and ricotta in large bowl and let sit, mashing occasionally with fork, until smooth paste forms, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add pork, Parmesan, parsley, eggs, shallots, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon zest to bread mixture and mix with your hands until thoroughly combined. Then divide meat mixture into 24 portions (about 1/4 cup each) and place on platter. Roll meat between your wet hands to form meatballs and space evenly on prepared wire rack. Roast meatballs until browned, 30 to 35 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through roasting. Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  3. FOR THE SAUCE: Meanwhile, combine oil and garlic in Dutch oven set over low heat and cook until garlic is soft and golden on all sides, 12 to 14 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover, with lid slightly ajar, and bring to simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until sauce has thickened slightly, about 30 minutes. Also, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4.  Nestle meatballs into sauce, cover, and transfer pot to oven. Bake until meatballs are tender and sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes. Transfer meatballs and sauce to serving platter. Sprinkle with basil and serve, passing extra Parmesan separately.
  5. Finally, serve over pasta that has been lightly oiled with olive oil.

Bon appétit!

Planning a wedding? Then check out this recipe for great entertainment!


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how to tie a tie

How to tie a tie

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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!

Crestline Entertainment 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

Crestline Entertainment 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.

If you found this blogpost helpful, please share it. Thank-you.


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celebrity wedding

10 ugliest celebrity wedding dresses EVER!

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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 your Chicagoland wedding like a celebrity without spending buckets of money. In fact, you’ve probably got more taste than a whole lot of celebrities.

Nowhere is your taste more on display than with the entertainment. Entertainment makes the event. Crestline Entertainment can taylor the entertainment to suit your personality, your sense of style, and your taste, and packages can be customized to fit your budget.

Forget about a celebrity wedding!

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 Crestline Entertainment. Check out our wedding planning tools to get started now.


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Chicago photo booth

Photo Booth completes a party

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Chicago weddings attain legendary status with a Chicago Photo Booth.

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

Crestline Entertainment 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.

Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago photo booth, specialists Crestline Entertainment.

We love questions! Call me with yours at 630-766-9898.

Or use our handy online contact form.

It is really true: Photo Booth completes a party.


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fairy tale wedding

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

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Be honest: do you imagine your upcoming Chicagoland 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 below 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.

Crestline Entertainment 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.

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

Crestlne DJ uplighting

Uplighting can transform ordinary space 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. Crestline Entertainment 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 Chicagoland, 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 Crestline Entertainment: 1-630-766-9898. Let’s start planning your fairy tale today.


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Top classical songs for walking down the aisle

Top classical songs for walking down the aisle

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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. You can preview them on the video above.

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.

Crestline Entertainment not only provides dance floor-packing music and entertainment for your Chicagoland 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. Crestline Entertainment offers the top classical songs for walking down the aisle that will create that magic moment you always dreamed of.


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