VIDEO: Dirty Dancing Lift at Wedding

VIDEO: Dirty Dancing Lift at Wedding

Where:  Cousiac Manor – Lanexa, VA
When:  March 11, 2017

Rylie & Cody had already done their bubble departure, but as the last song was playing they decided to attempt the lift from Dirty Dancing!
They were almost successful….but Rylie accidentally stepped on her own dress!!!!!

 

Wedding Wire Review for Liz Daley Events

“Make it Grand Workshop” in Toronto, Canada!

Liz Daley & Peter Merry share their expertise with Canadian DJs

Liz Daley and Peter Merry joined forces and shared their expertise teaching their two-day, 16-hour marathon training session for DJs and Masters of Ceremonies called “Make it Grand Workshop” in Toronto, Canada.

 

Welcome to Canada!

Dave Hastings, President of the Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association picked Liz up at the airport along with Peter Merry who was already in town.  Liz was greeted with flowers!!!!  What a great way to be welcomed to another country!

Intense Training

The intimate class of six attendees got “lots of love” and “on their feet” training as Liz and Peter nurtured and guided each professional to improve their performance skills as Masters of Ceremonies.

Attendees practiced their “Opening Statements” to wedding guests:  getting constructive feedback from Liz, Peter and the rest of their peers.  They also wrote and delivered multiple variations of Wedding Party Grand Entrance Scripts.

The intense exercises gave all attendees immediately usable tools for their very next wedding!

Work Hard and Play Hard!

After working hard, everyone went out to eat at Yang’s Teppanyaki & Sushi in Concord, Ontario.

Bill James McElree even got to play with FIRE!!!!! (frightening, right?)

It’s not as easy as it looks! (to be a chef)

It’s not easy to flip food around on a hot grill. (as our chef so kindly allowed us to demonstrate with hilarious results)

It Takes Training!

A lot of training goes into the chef’s presentation.  First things first:  he must he be an expert at cooking food to everyone’s liking, but then begins the EXPERIENCE!  He must also engage, delight and entertain us!  We had an amazing experience!!!!  Why?  Because we had an EXPERT who was well-trained who clearly LOVED what he did and we all had a fantastic time because of our talented CHEF!

It’s not easy to be a Master of Ceremonies either!

It’s also not so easy to be a great Master of Ceremonies: guiding brides, grooms and their guests through an evening of formalities, fun and frivolity.  Just like the chef being able to cook, first things first:  we must be able to play music that everyone likes. Second, just like the chef, it is also our job to engage, delight and entertain our audiences. (and it’s the second part that really matters)

The best entertainers have talent, training and experience!

It was Peter’s and my pleasure to work with Bill James McElree, Dave Hastings, Leslie Tunnicliff, Ron Finlay, Gerald Hood and David Browne.  Each of these wonderful people truly love what they do and it shows at every wedding.

Click below to see what the folks in Canada had to say about the workshop!

 

 

Keep Learning!  Keep Growing! Share your Heart and Talent!

Liz DaleyThe Fun Wedding Gal

Liz Daley Events

The Fun Wedding Experts.com

Liz Daley is the owner of Liz Daley Events, a boutique entertainment company that promises dramatically different results.  She works with brides and grooms to create Classic, Fun and Memorable wedding receptions. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Boston Conservatory of Music, she is a Wedding Entertainment Director™ and the National President of the Wedding Entertainment Directors Guild™ and an Accredited Bridal Consultant™ with the Association of Bridal Consultants. She is currently co-teaching an educational workshop for Wedding DJs and Masters of Ceremonies entitled, “Make It GRAND!”

 

 

Do I Really NEED to hire a Professional Wedding Planner?

Do I really need to hire a professional “anybody”.

Answer:  NO…But it SURE does help!

 

Around the time that Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981… Weddings got a lot more lavish and an industry catapulted out of control.

The latest Royal Wedding had a budget of such magnitude that it easily could support  me as a woman of leisure for the rest of my life just sitting in a bank account collecting 1 percent interest.  Most of us have to work for a living.

 

Reality Check:

Catering:

Costco  and Sam’s Club have “Veggie Platters” and “Ready to Eat” Appetizers to die for.

Cakes

Your Local Grocer has fantastic cakes.

(Or perhaps you have someone in your family who can still BAKE?)

Photography & Videography

Everyone and their brother has a digital camera (both video and still) on their Smart Phones.

Entertainment/Music

Computers and software have made custom playlists ridiculously easy.

(Most people have huge music libraries stored in their Smart Phones)

Decor & Design

Mail Order and the Internet Warehouses have brought wholesale invitations, flowers, linens, chair covers and anything else you can imagine to the masses.

 

Everything today is “Do-It-Yourself” and for good reason.

 

Today’s weddings can cost a fortune!

 

Why not put a downpayment on your first home and elope?

 

Nothing about what you are hiring on your wedding day is rocket science……However… you don’t want to be a “working stiff” on your own wedding day!!!!

 

And while nothing is “rocket science”…..don’t fool yourself either.  The results can be catastrophic!

 

Don’t imagine yourself as Martha Stewart if you’ve NEVER been crafty in your life.

Don’t imagine yourself as Betty Crocker, if your idea of preparing a meal involves opening a pre-prepared package of anything.

Don’t believe that your friends will be able to focus their cameras on ANYTHING  after consuming a few adult beverages.

If you’ve NEVER been an organized person and never planned anything more than 24 hours in advance, don’t fool yourself into thinking you can do it alone.

And don’t even get me started on all the things that can go wrong with an iPod…..woof!!!!!  The only time that REALLY works is if you only want background music for 5 hours and you don’t really care about the ebb and flow of your event.

 

If you REALLY want the big party….

 

The secret is to prioritize your costs and spend your money on the items you value most.

If your wedding gown is your #1 priority…go and get that Vera Wang dress!

(Or the knock-off which is still quite pricy.)

 

If you want to get married at The Waldorf-Astoria because the location is important…put down the cash and wait 3 years to get married.

 

If having the most amazing food you and your guests have ever tasted is your priority…hire the very best chef! (Or go to the best venue who has the best chef.)

 

If you want your guests to walk into your ballroom amazed at the beauty…hire the best designers, florists and lighting designers to create the “WOW!”.

 

If wedding photography and videography that captures your memories for the next generation is most important…hire the best photographer and videographer!

 

If you are a very busy professional and don’t have time to handle all the little details…hire a professional wedding planner!  Even if you are just a crazy working woman who needs a little help…hire a professional wedding planner! (It’s not really fair to ask your mother or sister to do that…you want them to speak to you after the wedding.)

 

If you want an amazing party that friends and family will remember forever…hire a professional DJ or Band and a professional Master of Ceremonies!

 

Everyone has different priorities.  Decide what your priorities are…and make decisions accordingly.

Trust your own instincts and you WILL have the wedding and reception that is right for you!

 


Liz Daley, The Fun Wedding Gal

Liz Daley Events

Liz Daley is the owner of Liz Daley Events, a boutique entertainment company that promises dramatically different results.  She works with brides and grooms to create Classic, Fun and Memorable wedding receptions. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Boston Conservatory of Music, she is a Wedding Entertainment Director™ and the National President of the Wedding Entertainment Directors Guild™ and an Accredited Bridal Consultant™ with the Association of Bridal Consultants. She is currently co-teaching an educational workshop for Wedding DJs and Masters of Ceremonies entitled, “Make It GRAND!”

 

Ladies Night, “Relay for Life” Fundraiser at Two Rivers Country Club raises money for American Cancer Society.

Dancing Queens

Mary Ann Moxon and Kaye Vickerman helped organize a “Ladies Night” at Two Rivers Country Club at Governor’s Landwhere over 100 ladies came out to celebrate life and being a woman with the support of Master of Ceremonies, Liz Daley of Liz Daley Events spinning classic dance tunes from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s!

First up…..a special performance from “Kaye and the Club-ettes”…..and their rendition of “Dancing Queen”!

This set the tone for a fantastic evening of frivolity and fun!

 

Conga!!!

The dance floor stayed packed the entire night and the ladies created the BEST “Conga Line” I have seen in years!!!!!

It was completely impromptu and every lady in attendance joined in…and it was AMAZING!!!!

Ladies of all ages danced the night away and had a fantastic time!

Salsa!

All the Ladies Learned to SALSA!!!!!!

 

Here’s to the LADIES of Two Rivers Country Club!!!!!

 

Closing Down The Club!

Liz Daley

Liz Daley Events

Liz Daley is the owner of Liz Daley Events, a boutique entertainment company that promises dramatically different results. She works with brides and grooms to create Classic, Fun and Memorable wedding receptions. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Boston Conservatory of Music, she is a Wedding Entertainment Director™ and the National President of the Wedding Entertainment Directors Guild™ and an Accredited Bridal Consultant™ with the Association of Bridal Consultants. She is currently co-teaching an educational workshop for Wedding DJs and Masters of Ceremonies entitled, “Make It GRAND!”