Monday, January 30, 2012


(Pt. VI)

Today's theme:

It’s amazing what I’ve seen throughout 30 years of working in the wedding business. The celebrations to which I’ve been connected all have possessed a degree of personalized charm. Some affairs, however, 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 do, 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 Biff from the village of Fort Lauderdale 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 100+ guests all seemed to have a marvelous time as they danced and partied the night away to the authentic medieval sounds of “The Macarena,” “Gettin’ Jiggy with It” and “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.”

Who doesn't love flappers?
Another such wedding I DJ’d occurred in 2005. It had a 1920s-style gangster theme. Women wore flapper-type out- fits and the 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!"

These types of theme parties can be fun. Hey, I’m no party pooper! But 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 theme wedding thoughts and experiences.

To be continued...

-Christopher Long
(January 2012)

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

THRIFT STORE ADVENTURES (Pt. V) - The Valentine Edition

(Pt. V)
The Valentine Edition

My girlfriend and I often
disagree on a variety of
topics. (She's still thinks
"Man in the Box" is cool.)
Ugh! However, there is
ONE issue on which we
are in total agreement...
Valentine's Day sucks!

It's a made-up holiday that places stress and anxieties back on the shoulders of poor schlubs who only recently dodged the Christmas gift-giving bullet. If you REALLY love me, shower me AGAIN with MORE expensive gifts. And they'd BETTER be goodSo I was less than enthusiastic when we ventured out on our first thrifting excursion of 2012 and discovered that our fave destination, was decked out in all sorts of Valentine's-related crap. But we made the best of an unpleasant situation and managed to still make some amazing discoveries and score some cool new swag...

Oh, if I only had a nickel for every
time I've heard this line, I could have
bought a dozen of these figurines!
FYI, only in the supernatural thrift
store realm are The Oak Ridge Boys
and Foreigner still considered cool.
Had this "Little Thinker" cassette case
come with an 8-Track converter, I
gleefully would have ponied up the $1.50.

I'm such a "renegade!"

I occasionally will photograph certain wackier finds simply to share with my readers. However, the hot pink Styx shirt had to be mine! C'mon, what would you have done? 

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, many more incredible discoveries in the upcoming weeks.

-Christopher Long
(January 2012)



C'MON! -