After over 26 years of MCing and DJing weddings it’s pretty rare for me to say “I’ve never done this before.” I had that chance at Jay and Suzanne’s wedding and it was a thrill!
When I met with Jay and Suzanne a month or so before their wedding they informed me that when I introduced them for the the first time as husband and wife they wanted to walk in to The KISS song “Detroit Rock City.” Except I was going to be playing it – a band would!
That got me pretty pumped up. Just months early I had MCed a fundraiser that my younger brother had organized. There were a number of bands there and besides begging people for money (it was a fundraiser) my main role was to intro and outro the bands. It was fun working with live musicians that day and I felt like Jay and Suzanne’s wedding would be the same opportunity. It was. Even more so.
When we got set up and sound checked at The DoubleTree in Tinton Falls, the band rehearsed with me so we had the timing of the song down perfectly. When it came time to introduce Jay and Suzanne the combination of the band playing and my MCing was unique and energetic. I loved it and I could tell everyone in the room, all of Jay and Suzanne’s closest family members and friends, did too.
And as often happens, a great, high energy introduction set the stage for an amazing night. Jay is a big 80s fan, and so I got to play some of his favorite “Power Ballads” like “When I Look into Her Eyes” by Firehouse and “Love Is On The Way” by Saigon Kick.
I also had a couple approach me that night and say, “you did our wedding 15 years ago!”
What a treat it was to catch up with Mariann and Alan and even get a picture with them. Amazing that they remembered me after all these years!
As always, when the party was over, I am thrilled when a a couple compliments me, especially when they praise me on Wedding Wire. Here’s is their review: