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. 🙂

Cheers,

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.

Cheers,

Marcello Pedalino, MMP Entertainment, How To Be a Standout Wedding Guest, Celebrate Life Book, CelebrateLifeBook.com

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!

Marcello Pedalino, MMP Entertainment, How To Be a Standout Wedding Guest, Celebrate Life Book, CelebrateLifeBook.com

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.

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, Wedding Trends, http://www.mmpentertainment.com/articles/7ways.pdf

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.

The Fairytale Philosophy for Healthy Wedding Planning: How To Manage Your Energy Before, During, and Happily Ever After

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, FairyTale Wedding Planning, Talk Space, CelebrateLifeBook.comYou’ve probably seen the movies that make fun of wedding planners for being too over the top.  You’ve most likely watched t.v. shows about Bridezillas who have lost touch with reality.  And there’s a good chance that you’ve read a few articles that said you can easily reduce stress if you just follow “10 steps” while planning your wedding reception.

While most of the aforementioned are well-intended, the majority miss the big picture of successful wedding planning and fail to acknowledge the long-term wellness benefits of prioritizing  and being disciplined during this incredible experience.

Energy and expectation management along with work and life integration extends far beyond just the days leading up to the wedding, the wedding reception itself, and the honeymoon as individual occurrences.  Consider the following guidance if you are interested in achieving fulfillment on a consistent basis… not just for a single chapter of your life. 

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, FairyTale Wedding Planning, Talk Space, CelebrateLifeBook.com 2Take Care of Yourself:   If you can’t take of yourself, you can’t take care of your partner and the people who depend on you.    Imagine meticulously planning the “perfect” wedding reception only to show up at the altar that day sleep-deprived, stressed-out, and saying to yourself, “I just want this to be over so I can relax.”  Unfortunately,  as a professional in the live events and entertainment production industry for twenty five years,  I’ve heard this verbatim from brides more often than you’d think.

Can it be avoided? Yes. 

How?  Make sleep, nutrition, and daily exercise a priority.  Do this every day during the planning process so you are firing on all cylinders on your wedding day.  You’ll be the ultimate host and be able to enjoy your once-in-a-lifetime occasion as much as your guests.  Bonus- you’ll look and feel fabulous on your honeymoon!   And when you come back, continue with your active and healthy lifestyle.  It makes no sense to spend upwards of a year to get in the best shape of your life for one day and then let yourself go for the next 60 years.   By all means, enjoy the deliciousness of your dream wedding and a fairytale  honeymoon, but be careful not to over-indulge.  This slippery and habit-forming slope can easily carry over to the months and years that follow if a commitment to wellness isn’t made part of your daily routine.  Don’t be that recent newlywed who just waits for the next January 1st to arrive on the calendar each year so they can say, “I’m finally going to get back into shape again.”  The “honeymoon phase” is a misnomer.  The rest of your life can feel like a honeymoon if you are with the right person, travel whenever possible, do fun things, live in the present, and continue to support each other’s dreams. 

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, FairyTale Wedding Planning, Talk Space, CelebrateLifeBook.com 3Delegate or Suffocate:  The months leading up to the wedding will set the tone for the rest of your life.  I get it… you have a type- A personality like me and you think that regardless of whatever anybody else says, you can do everything yourself.  Well, in some cases, this is true. And good for you for being so independent, hardworking and reliable.  However, when it comes to the wedding day, if you try to do more than you should, your partner and guests will suffer.  

You’ll be the one sweating profusely as the guests are seated for the ceremony because you are trying to adjust a broken centerpiece inside the ballroom that was accidentally knocked over by the service staff.  You’ll be the one missing the arrival of your friends who flew across the country to see you because you are re-cueing up music that won’t play on your iPad even though you tested it twice the day before.  You’ll be that awkward bride fumbling with your macbook  because the montage you made to play while you danced with your dad isn’t playing on the venue’s screen even though they assured you “we’ll take care of it.”  Instead, to significantly reduce the chances of things going wrong and increase the chances that your event can be “The Best Wedding Reception… Ever,” invest in a Wedding Entertainment Director, a highly referred Wedding Planner, or a prominent “day of” coordinator as your budget permits.

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, FairyTale Wedding Planning, Talk Space, CelebrateLifeBook.com 4These professionals will enable you to put your signature on every detail while still allowing  you to be in the moment when it counts.  They’ll help you anticipate things that you didn’t even know could be an issue and proactively execute solutions.   The really good ones do all of this without you even realizing it.  The really-really good ones not only have a huge impact on the over-all success of your milestone event, they help you maintain a desirable quality of life leading up to it as well because they save you precious time and energy.

Granted, there are some wedding preparations you can do as a solo project or together as a date night activity that are fun and can save you money, but there are a lot things that should be delegated so you don’t carry any unnecessary regrets of irreplaceable quality time with loved ones.

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life, FairyTale Wedding Planning, Talk Space, CelebrateLifeBook.com 5As you plan your wedding and go through the rest of your life, you’ll start appreciating that always taking care of yourself and delegating when possible are paramount if you want to experience the best that life has to offer.   Whether it’s inclement weather on your wedding day, a personal crisis, a family illness, or a career snafu-  unforeseen issues are going to pop up whether you like them or not.  Because that’s how the universe works sometimes.  However, if you are in the best shape possible- mentally, physically, and spiritually , you’ll be able to handle anything that comes your way.  And if you put your ego aside and enlist the help of others , you can star in your own fairytale story and write your own happy ending.

Cheers!

The MMP Entertainment and Event Production Team helps the world Celebrate Life! MMP is led by Executive Director, 3-Time National DJ Entertainer of the Year and ADJA Leadership Award recipient, Marcello Pedalino.

 

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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.” (www.CelebrateLifeBook.com)

A three-time national DJ Entertainer of the Year, Marcello and his company help clients have the time of their lives at Weddings, Bat Mitzvahs, and countless other milestone occasions.

 

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