Monday, January 30, 2012


It’s amazing what I’ve seen throughout twenty-eight years of working in the wedding business. The ceremonies and receptions to which I’ve been connected have all possessed a degree of personalized charm. However, some affairs have been a bit more unique. In Florida, that typically means variations of casual outdoor beach-type themes. But I also have been involved with a few weddings over the years that have taken the theme concept to a whole new dimension.

I’ve mentioned previously, examples of these types of celebrations, such as the full-on Disney theme wedding in the ‘90s and the Star Wars theme wedding in the early 2000s. I recently DJ’d a 1950s theme reception, and this one was a lot fun. From the era-appropriate attire of the guests (poodle skirts with bobby socks and pompadours with black leather jackets) to the wall-to-wall decorations to the very specific playlist, I felt as if I was on the set of a taping of the TV show, Happy Days. It was well-planned, well-executed and most importantly, the dance floor was packed ALL night. In short, it was one of my all-time favorite gigs! 

"I certainly
my lord!"
About ten years ago I was hired to DJ a medieval theme wedding and reception. At first, I wasn’t quite sure what that would entail. Initially, I thought that there would be theme-related decorations and that perhaps the wait staff would be appropriately attired. And that certainly was the case. However, I quickly discovered that the bride and groom took this particular theme very seriously. I noticed guests dressed as maidens and peasants arriving at the ceremony, which was held in a grand Catholic church with an Elizabethan feel. During the nuptials, the priest spoke as if he too were from the era, posing such questions as, “Doth thou taketh thy Lady Ashley of Palm Beach to be-est thou-est Princess,” or something to that effect, to which the groom replied, “Yes. I certainly do, my lord.” At the reception, knives, forks and spoons were non-existent. Guests all devoured the legs of various roasted animals with their bare hands. I don’t recall that a jousting took place, however, nearly every other detail was extremely theme-oriented. And the one hundred-plus guests all seemed to have a marvelous time as they danced and partied the night away to the sounds of “The Macarena,” “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” and “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.”
Gotta love
Another such wedding I DJ’d occurred in 2005. It had a 1920s-style gangster theme. Women wore flapper-type outfits and men came dressed as gangsters – with pinstriped suits, fedoras and all. A couple of guys even carried toy machine guns inside of violin cases. This one was truly a lot of fun. In fact, the bride and groom cautioned guests in the invitations that they had better RSVP, ASAP, or else they’d be, “swimming with the fishes!"

Are these types of theme parties fun? Sure. Hey, I’m no party pooper! But truth be told, after all these years, I’ve experienced relatively few wedding gigs that weren’t positive, fun-filled events. And I encourage readers to leave comments below and share their own personal theme wedding thoughts and experiences.
To be continued...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

THRIFT STORE ADVENTURES - Pt. V (Valentine Edition)

(Cupid threw up all over our fave thrift store.)
My girlfriend and I often disagree on a variety of topics. In short, she's a registered "D" who still thinks "Man In the Box" is cool. Yikes! After a year, I clearly still have much work to do. However, there is ONE issue on which we're in total agreement — VALENTINE'S DAY SUCKS!


It's a moronic, made-up holiday intended to place unwarranted stress and anxieties squarely back on the shoulders of poor schlubs who only recently dodged the Christmas gift-giving bullet. ("If you really love me, you'll prove it by showering me again with more expensive gifts — and they'd better be good -- honey!") So imagine our less than enthusiastic reaction when we ventured out today on our first thrifting excursion of the new year and discovered that our favorite destination, The Holy Name of Jesus Thrift Store was decked out completely with Valentine's-related crap. YUCK!

But as always, we made the best of an unpleasant situation like good little campers and still managed to make some amazing discoveries and score some cool new swag...

Oh, if I only had a nickel for every time I've heard that line,
I could have actually bought a dozen of these figurines!

Only in the supernatural thrift store realm are
The Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers and Foreigner
still considered cool.

I occasionally will photograph certain
wackier finds simply to share with my readers.
However, this hot pink Styx T-shirt
simply had to be mine.

Had this "Little Thinker" cassette case
only come with an 8-Track converter, I
gleefully would have ponied up the $1.50.

Stand by, kids. Springtime is right around the corner — which is THE prime shopping season in the thrift world. And I look forward to sharing many more incredible experiences and discoveries in the upcoming weeks.

-Christopher Long
(January 2012)

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