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wedding guest entertainment

The Evolution of the Wedding Reception

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Cake and punch wedding receptions are a thing of the past. Today’s brides and grooms want their reception to pack a punch. Wedding guest entertainment is the name of the game.

The Knot conducts an annual survey on the trends in the wedding industry. Their most recent survey revealed that 41% of couples include wedding guest entertainment (beyond music) as part of their wedding reception festivities, up from 11% as recently as 2009.

The #1 form of wedding guest entertainment

Photo BoothWhat is the #1 form of guest entertainment at wedding receptions? Photo booth.

Photo booth keeps growing in popularity because it offers the perfect complement to DJ entertainment. Back in the days of the cake and punch receptions, guests chatted with their fellow guests, sipped their punch, ate their cake, checked their watches and bided their time until they could leave.

In this exciting era of wedding guest entertainment, photo booth and DJ entertainment create celebrations where no one wants to leave. Our DJ/MC gets your guests out onto the dance floor for one song after another. When they get tired, they take a break and head over to the photo booth, opening up dance floor space for your guests at the photo booth.

We call this the “cycle of fun.”

Crestline Entertainment offers the dynamic DJ entertainment and state-of-the art photo booths to create a cycle of fun that will thrill your guests. This is wedding guest entertainment at its finest!

Join the evolution!


 


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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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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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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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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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wedding toast disasters

How to nip wedding toast disasters in the bud

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Let me guess:  you’ve got a well-intentioned best man and maid of honor for your Chicagoland wedding.

They know you.  They love you, and wedding etiquette calls on them to stand up and toast you at your wedding reception.

Beware

These beloved friends or family can morph into your worst nightmare.  Don’t let them hijack your wedding reception with an embarrassing, meandering, or never-ending toast.

In fairness, your best man or maid of honor doesn’t want to embarrass you or scandalize your family, but beer and a microphone can be a dangerous combination.  A nice, warm three minute toast can quickly devolve into a dozen minutes of booze-drenched awkwardness if you’re not prepared.

Be prepared

Rather, provide your event’s toasters with the following guidelines as provided by Toastmasters International:

  1. Keep it short and sweet.  It is important to get to the point and make people smile.  A few minutes is all you need.
  2. Be careful with humor.  Avoid the risque.  Under no circumstances should you embarrass the person being toasted.
  3. Practice.  At the very least, jot down a brief outline of what you want to say.  If you’re prone to nervousness, you might want to script your toast and time it.

This is what you need to say to avoid wedding toast disasters:

As the bride and groom, this is your party.  So I encourage you to say something like this to your toasters:

“Thank-you for being my [best man/maid of honor].  I am so honored to have you share this day with me in such a meaningful way.  I wanted to be sure you knew that we’d like you to make a brief toast after dinner.  You okay with that?  We’d like you to keep it fairly brief, 3 minutes … 4 max.  Share something special you see in our relationship and wish us well.  I know I don’t need to say this, but please, nothing off color or embarrassing.”

Be direct.

Really say something like this to be sure everyone’s on the same page.  Or simply print this page off and hand it to your toasters (or share the link with them).

Now, let us all raise a glass to honor this beautiful couple.  May God richly bless your marriage!

[Check back next week for an actual script for a nice wedding toast.  Your best man and maid of honor will love it! In the meantime, check out our wedding services here!]


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