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,

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.

Josh’s Bar Mitzvah at Garelick & Herb’s Mora Mora Nightclub

(This was Jason's view of the party from behind the DJ booth)

Even though we had to pump our own gas and the local diner told us that they didn’t have Taylor Ham, The Celebrate Life Team still enjoyed taking the show on the road to Norwalk, Connecticut for Josh’s Bar Mitzvah. 🙂

It was a pleasure to serve the Horowitz family yet again! Congrats and best wishes Josh!

Special thanks to Paola and Jason Garelick for their hospitality and professionalism this past weekend.

The dynamic duo, owners of Mora Mora, caters to an upscale clientele at that appreciates culinary mastery and exceptional service.

Thank you for helping us provide Josh and his family with a stellar once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

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.



Encore Gallery:

Fun for the ladies at the photo booth. -mThe one and only Jason Jani teaching Josh how to bring the fire to the fiesta. -m - MMP Entertainment, Marcello PedalinoThese are pretty cool party favors from our friends at Sherman Party. Little flashlights that shine mustaches on other people. I guess this is what I'd look like if I could actually grow some facial hair. -Marcello Pedalino, MMP EntertainmentI love it when all ages have a great time at our events. -mJosh's good friend (named Josh also) was ready to party as soon as he walked into the club. His tie was around his head within 10 minutes. Rock on Mr. Birkowski! Marcello PedalinoJosh is super smart, talented and quite the ladies man too. Because he's from Jersey originally, he was a pro at the fist pump. The lovely Melissa couldn't resist his charm. -Marcello Pedalino   Kudos to Darryl Jacobsen AGAIN. His award-winning game, Picasso, is still being enjoyed by kids and adults every weekend! -Marcello PedalnoOne of my favorite party animals from Josh's event was his cousin, Sam. He was serious about celebrating with style! -Marcello Pedalino




“The Night Was Amazing” – Frank & Tina’s Wedding Reception at Perona Farms

Mother Nature definitely smiled down on Frank and Tina this past summer at Perona Farms in Sussex County NJ.  After nearly 10 straight days of rain, and only 5 minutes before their ceremony was about to begin, the skies finally cleared up and the sun came out just in time for their nuptials!

We quickly re-set up our equipment outside and helped dry off all of the chairs.  It was on!!     Frank and Tina wanted to have The Best Wedding Reception…Ever!  And now, thanks to some good karma that they totally earned for being such awesome people…. the reception of their dreams was taking place right before their eyes!

As you’ll see in the extended highlight reel and live video clips, Frank and Tina’s family and friends helped to make this an unforgettable day.  They brought a ton of  positive energy to the occasion and made sure that their dancing shoes were ready for the dance floor from start to finish!

A few times each year, we have clients that want to take their once-in-a-lifetime celebration to the next level.  They know that the entertainment and event production are key components.  Frank and Tina wanted a their reception to be a Signature Level Event Collaboration

With the help of my good friend, creative partner and one of the country’s premier mixologists, Jason Jani, it was a pleasure to make that happen!

Congratulations and best wishes to Frank and Tina!

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.

The Celebrate Life Series presents: How to Make an Entrance at Your Wedding Reception with Jason Jani


The Celebrate Life Series continues with a segment on how to make the beginning of your Wedding Reception more fun, unique and memorable for both you and your guests.

This episode features my good friend and industry rock star from the SCE Event Group, Jason Jani.

Over the past few years, Jason has not only transformed his body with a lifestyle intervention, he has transformed the private events scene across the country by doing some really cool things for some really cool people.
Whether it’s the use of technology, lighting and special fx or blazing a hard-to-replicate trail of fiery mixology; Jason’s way of doing business and performing has attracted a lot of respect and appreciation.

His clients are big fans too.   Especially Kate and Brian.

Kate and Brian knew that how a wedding reception starts is a good indication of how it will end.  So, they hired SCE and the ultra-talented cinematographer Gregg Lassik, from Endless Wave Studios, to make sure that their guests would experience the Best Wedding Reception Ever from start to finish.   An ordinary bridal party introduction might be alright for some couples, but Kate and Brian wanted to start off their celebration with style.  So, they enlisted the expertise of the Jersey Shore dynamic duo and created a brilliant introduction video that showed off their wicked-awesome sense of humor and uber-fun mojo.  

Check out this clip to see how it all came together and the final product.

Best wishes to Kate and Brian!

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.











Jani’s SCE Premier: Make It Happen

"Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves. Those who work hard and play hard." ~ Colin Powell (At the new SCE Event Group Headquarters: Mike Walter, Neen James, Jason Jani & Marcello Pedalino)

Jason Jani and the SCE Event Group revealed their firm’s new corporate headquarters to a select group of entertainment industry A-listers and social media glitterati.  (and being the awesome person that Jason is, he invited his mom and dad to be a part of the festivities too.)

View the full event recap from the SCE Blog here.

As a friend, I couldn’t be happier for Jason.  He has a saying that we always refer to… “Make It Happen.

JJ has been working on the new diggs while simultaneously dazzling  his clients and the Mobile Entertainment and Event Production industry for a few years now.   His hard work and perseverance has paid off handsomely.  Indeed, he made it happen.  No shortcuts.

As a colleague and co-collaborator in his Signature Events Division, I’m honored to be a part of the synergy that he consistently produces.

Kudos and Congrats Mr. Jani.  Continued success!,




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