Marcello Pedalino on ‘Today In New York’ with Gus Rosendale on WNBC 4 – How To Wake Up Happy

Marcello Pedalino, Author of Celebrate Life, on ‘Today In New York’ with Gus Rosendale on WNBC 4 from MMP Entertainment: Marcello on Vimeo.

1) Be mindful the night before:

a) If you want to wake up happy, the best thing you can do is go to bed happy.  Now, that’s not always possible so the next best thing is to go to bed with some peace of mind.  Take a few minutes to debrief and decompress.  Acknowledge the day’s challenges and write down a few foundation solutions on a piece of paper.  The next morning you can refer to the notes and start your day with a plan.

b) Prep for the day ahead and think about what I call “The Fab 4” for your bedroom.  You want it to be clean, cool, quiet, and dark.

c) You also want to remove all distractions.  Unless you’re a doctor who needs to be on call or something of that nature, put your phone in the kitchen.   If your excuse is that you need an alarm clock, buy an alarm clock.

2) Don’t Hit Snooze:

a) Like the saying goes, “you snooze- you lose.” Don’t bother wasting your time by hitting snooze.  You’re just avoiding the inevitable.

b) If you need to hit the snooze button when you wake up, you probably went to bed too late.  Either that, or you need to make some significant lifestyle adjustments.

3) Avoid picking up your phone when you wake up:

Don’t tempt the social media Gods in the morning.  Their job is to put stuff on Facebook and Instagram that will make you want to sit there and scroll mindlessly for 35 minutes.  FYI They are really good at their job!  This includes politics, too.  If you are more focused on who is running the White House rather than who is running your own house when you open your eyes, you’re not going be as productive as you could be in the morning.

4)  Don’t watch TV:

Unless of course you are tuning in to Today In New York or The Today Show.  Those are both legal and recommended viewing. 🙂 Otherwise, turning on your TV is just as bad as surfing your social sites on your phone if you’re still under the covers.

5) Be grateful and be present:

a) For the first few minutes of your new day, practice some gratitude and introspection.  Start by thinking about a few things in your life that you are grateful for.   Then, visualize all the things you want to accomplish before you get back into bed tonight.  See it.  Believe it.  Go make it happen.

b) If you are fortunate enough to be waking up next to your true companion, let them know how much you love and appreciate them.

6) Fuel up and go:

a) Start the day off with a workout, shower, and a healthy breakfast.  This will give you the energy you need to take on the rest of the day.

b) Eventually, waking up happy will evolve into making sleep, nutrition, and exercise a priority and soon you’ll start waking up to the realization that your future can be better than you ever thought possible.




Marcello Pedalino, CFT, is the author of the new inspirational book on personal growth and development, Celebrate Life. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle expert, and fitness trainer. He delivers dynamic keynote presentations to corporations and organizations across the country who need help making Energy Management and Work-Life balance a priority.

Heaven on Earth: Villa Calettas in Costa Rica

Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino & Marcello Pedalino at Villa Calettas, Costa Rica

Villa Calettas.   A place “heaven on earth” is more than words.
For a boutique hotel experience or just a pretty nice view while you enjoy a sunset smoothie, consider Hotel Villa Caletas Costa Rica to celebrate your next milestone event. 🙂


Marcello Rocks The Blue Ocean Music Hall for Andrew and Erin’s Wedding Reception

Celebrate Life, Marcello Pedalino. MMP Entertainment, Blue Ocean Music Hall

We’d like to thank Three Dog Night, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Rusted Root and Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes for warming up the dance floor for us this past weekend at the Blue Ocean Music Hall. 🙂

Congrats and best wishes to the stunning Bride, Erin, and the handsome Groom, Andrew! The weather reports were a “lil’ off so we ended up having sunny blue skies the entire weekend. Sometimes things just work out better than you could’ve planned.

With the help of seasoned pros like Stacy, Andrew, Jen, Doreen and the stellar Blue Ocean team, it was another exceptional DiGiacomo Wedding Celebration.

Thank you for your hospitality.


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Shipping Up To Boston: A Blue Ocean Music Hall Wedding Preview

This weekend we’re shipping up to Boston! 🙂

It’s been 2 years since we celebrated with the DiGiacomo family.

If Frank and Tina’s wedding reception here in Jersey was any indication, Andrew and Erin’s celebration at the Blue Ocean Music Hall will be another exceptional once-in-a-lifetime event.

Let’s go!

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Wedding Entertainment, Production, & Style Trends for Fall/Winter 2016 by Marcello Pedalino

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, Wedding Trends, Nate Nelson, LeForce Entertainment,

Photo Credit: Nate Nelson

The trend of “My Way” weddings continues into the Fall of 2016.  Brides and Grooms want to make a personal statement and ensure that their celebration is unique, fun, and visually delicious Couples are more in tune to guest convenience and hospitality.  They still want their family and friends to have an incredible experience, but if traditional pomp and circumstance gets in the way, it’s simply taken out of the equation.  Interactive technology like photo booths has gotten a facelift at wedding receptions for the sake of entertainment while the discouragement level for use of phones to capture candid moments has risen significantly.  So here’s what’s hot and what’s cooling down in the world of wedding decor, entertainment, and style.

All You Need Is LOVE – While many Brides and Grooms are focused on custom snapchat geofilters, there is a new wave of clients who prefer branding that you can see, touch, and feel at their reception.  One of the classiest I’ve seen is spelling out the word LOVE and using it as a romantic backdrop for the first dance.  For the rest of the night, it remains a prominent piece of unique and elegant decor.   Nate Nelson from LeForce Entertainment in Dallas had a big hand in bringing this trend to the East Coast.

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, Wedding Trends, Bobby Morganstein, Flare Event Group

Photo Credit: Bobby Morganstein

Dancing On The Stars – You’ve heard of dancing with the stars, now couples want to dance ON the stars!   Brides and Grooms still want more than the old wood floor dance floor that most hotels and banquet facilities offer.  A lot of clients are opting for white LED star-studded floors that are much more appealing to the eye.   When combined with the installation of gorgeous well-spaced chandeliers overhead, the combo makes for a  “wow!” reaction when guests enter the space. Bobby Morganstein, owner of Flare Event Group in Philadelphia, is one my “go to”  specialists for what’s hot in the world of wedding decor and making the guest experience more interactive.  We are seeing that 75% of clients are booking the star-studded dance floor for their events vs. 40% when compared to 2015.

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, Wedding Trends, Jason Jani, SCE Event Group

Photo Credit: Bobby Morganstein

Mirror Mirror  – The traditional photo booth continues to evolve.  Brides and Grooms have raised their selfie game once again.  The Selfie Photo Booth allows your guests to literally look into a mirror and wait a few seconds for the clicks of the camera to begin.  After multiple compliments from a mystery voice behind the mirror, guests have the option get a print out of their pics or for them to be sent directly to their social sites.

Savor Every Second –  Most Brides and Grooms are learning that time goes by very fast on their  wedding day.  Therefore, we’ve seen a lot of couples forego many of the traditional formalities like the garter and bouquet toss to leave more time for dancing the night away.

Celebrate with Style –   Not only do discerning Brides and Grooms want the DJ and live musicians to sound good and be able to play an eclectic mix of dance floor fillers, they need them to look sharp and sexy. Marquee mixologist DJ Jason Jani from the SCE Event Group, is highly sought-after for his distinctive staging and a “Fusion” style of hybrid entertainment.

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, Wedding Trends, Jason Jani, SCE Event Group

Photo Credit: SCE Event Group

Light It Up – Lighting design is no longer considered an “add on.”  Creating the right ambience in the event space via pin spotting for the florals, personalized motion monograms, perimeter uplighting, ceiling patterns, and dance floor eye candy is now expected.  Brides and Grooms who have seen the dramatically different results of a reception with professional lighting know that the return on investment is undeniable.

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, Wedding Trends, Jim Cerone,

Photo Credit: Jim Cerone

Location, Location, Location –  Brides and Grooms are thinking more about making things as convenient as possible for their guests.  We are seeing less and less ceremonies in churches, and more and more taking place onsite at the reception location.   It saves time and reduces the stress of 150 people having to move their cars more than once.  Wedding Entertainment Director, Jim Cerone, confirmed that this East Coast trend had made its way to Indianapolis and agrees that guest hospitality and logistics awareness have taken priority for couples in the beginning stages of planning.  Many wedding venues have made their properties “ceremony friendly” to accommodate this growing trend.

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, Wedding Trends, Jason Jani, SCE Event Group

Photo Credit: SCE Event Group

Around the World – This isn’t your grandfather’s wide angle or fisheye lens.  Brides and Grooms are using the latest in 360 degree technology to snap photos and videos that look very different from the captured content that everyone else has.  And that’s the whole point … to make your wedding unique.  Not only does 360 degree technology allow couples to retrospectively experience the entire feel of their event, it allows venues to create incredible virtual tours for newlyweds looking for the perfect place.

Unplugged – Brides and Grooms want their guests to put their phones away.  Reminder signs that basically say “turn off and look up” are now being put up in strategic locations at the event site.  It’s unfortunate that some of my clients are actually having nightmares about their family and friends playing Pokemon instead of being “present” at their once-in-a-lifetime celebration.  Mike Walter, from Elite Entertainment in New Jersey, confirmed that B&Gs “want their guests to focus on enjoying the moments and let the professionals focus on capturing the memories… especially, during the ceremony.”  Watching something through a 3″ x 5″ screen that is happening right in front of you instead of enjoying the full view in living color is just silly.

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Photo Credit: RTH Group

Dancing On The Clouds – The cost of this awesome special effect has come down quite a bit since it was introduced many years ago.  Brides and Grooms have taken advantage of this and are loving the ability to have an unforgettable first dance.   Imagine as you begin dancing to your wedding song, “oohs” and “ahhs” come from your guests as a gorgeous cloud emerges underneath you.

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, Wedding Trends, Jason Jani, SCE Event Group

Photo Credit: SCE Event Group

Fairytale Glamour –  For the Brides and Grooms who want a “fairytale” experience, we are seeing sweetheart table set ups that are more appropriate for a Prince and Princess.  We are seeing less linen and less standard half moon tables which usually come with the venue.  More custom furniture pieces with ornate personal touches are becoming the norm.

Trends are fun to watch and predict, but regardless of what everyone else is doing, it’s always a good idea to start by prioritizing your personal preferences. As you can see, there are plenty of bells and whistles available to accommodate just about every style and personality.  Make a little list of what’s most important to you and your fiancé, budget accordingly, and remember to enjoy every moment!

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, Wedding Planning, CelebrateLifeBook.comMarcello Pedalino is the Executive Director of MMP Entertainment & Event Production and author of the new inspirational book, “Celebrate Life: How to Live it Up, Discover Fulfillment, and Experience the Joy You Deserve.”  A three-time national DJ Entertainer of the Year, Marcello and his team help clients produce exceptional Wedding Receptions in the tri-state area and throughout the country.

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