February 2018

February 25, 2018

Let me start this blog by saying that as I type this at my desk, I am in my old softball team t-shirt, a pair of Reebok warm up pants, and a pair of gym shoes. Comfort is key today. I also have no appointments coming into the office, and I don’t have anywhere to be tonight so it should be a nice easy day.

The reason I prefaced this is because I am writing this blog about how disappointed I have become with the way that some wedding professionals dress at events. Timothy Whaley Photography was the first photography studio that I knew of to offer photo journalistic photography in Chicago. I remember when Tim told me that he would send a main photographer in formal attire to capture the wedding as well as second photographer dressed as a guest to be “under cover” and blend in with the guests to capture the emotions of the wedding day, I thought this was brilliant. This was the first time I had known of a company breaking the industry standard of a tuxedo at weddings. In the past 5-10 years however the overall industry has stepped away from wearing a classic tuxedo to just dressing in black.

This past Friday, I worked with a photographer dressed in khaki slacks and a polo golf shirt at a wedding reception held in a beautiful Double Tree hotel. In the past year, both myself and my staff have worked with photographers dressed in shorts and either gym shoes or flip flops at traditional wedding receptions. There is a difference in being dressed in black and looking sharp and being dressed in black looking under-dressed like you just rolled out of bed.

A lot of wedding vendors have explained to me that dressing formally simply isn’t realistic yet every weekend I see very hard working wait staff at these same weddings dressed in a tuxedo shirt, tie, vest, and dress pants carrying hot trays of food and moving tables and chairs while also serving hundreds of people so I am not sure how much I believe that explanation. Even my mail man dresses in a uniform.

I find it rather interesting that what some wedding professionals wear to a wedding wouldn’t be formal enough to get them into a downtown nightclub.

It is both my personal and professional opinion that a wedding professional should dress both comfortably enough to do their job as well as formal enough to be at a dress code that is at least equal to that of a guest at the event.

If you are a planning a wedding or party and you are reading this blog, please make sure that you discuss dress code in detail with your wedding vendors before your wedding day so that you are not stuck with shorts and flip flops on your wedding day.

Written by Keith “K.C.” KoKoruz Owner of the Windy City Wedding Show and the Badger State Bridal Expo.

February 18, 2018

We are coming into wedding season and it is time to start putting on those dancing shoes. Good, bad, or indifferent here are the 200 most popular songs played at wedding receptions today across America. This list is based on songs chosen by brides through a dj related planning software progam called Dj Intelligence.  

1 Ronson, Mark Feat. Bruno Mars Uptown Funk
2 Journey Don’t Stop Believin’
3 Timberlake, Justin Can’t Stop The Feeling!
4 Houston, Whitney I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
5 Cupid Cupid Shuffle
6 Walk The Moon Shut Up And Dance
7 Diamond, Neil Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)
8 Mars, Bruno 24k Magic
9 V.I.C. Wobble
10 Usher Feat. Ludacris & Lil’ Jon Yeah
11 Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling
12 AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long
13 DJ Casper Cha Cha Slide
14 Bon Jovi Livin’ On A Prayer
15 Sheeran, Ed Thinking Out Loud
16 Mars, Bruno Marry You
17 Brooks, Garth Friends In Low Places
18 Swift, Taylor Shake It Off
19 Outkast Hey Ya!
20 Earth, Wind & Fire September
21 Morrison, Van Brown Eyed Girl
22 Isley Brothers Shout
23 Fonsi, Luis & Daddy Yankee Feat. Justin Bieber Despacito
24 B-52’s Love Shack
25 Williams, Pharrell Happy
26 Spice Girls Wannabe
27 Backstreet Boys Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
28 Loggins, Kenny Footloose
29 Sir Mix-A-Lot Baby Got Back
30 Maroon 5 Sugar
31 Beatles Twist And Shout
32 Legend, John All Of Me
33 Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar On Me
34 Jordan, Montell This Is How We Do It
35 Jackson, Michael Billie Jean
36 Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris We Found Love
37 Beyonce Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
38 Temptations My Girl
39 Kelly, R. Ignition
40 Pitbull Feat. Kesha Timber
41 Sinatra, Frank The Way You Look Tonight
42 Rhett, Thomas Die A Happy Man
43 Cyrus, Miley Party In The U.S.A.
44 Sister Sledge We Are Family
45 DJ Snake Feat. Lil Jon Turn Down For What
46 Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama
47 Lmfao Feat. Lauren Bennett And Goon Rock Party Rock Anthem
48 Gaye, Marvin & Tammi Terrell Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
49 Jackson, Michael P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
50 ‘N Sync Bye Bye Bye
51 Timberlake, Justin Sexyback
52 Nelly Hot In Herre
53 ABBA Dancing Queen
54 Kool & The Gang Celebration
55 Mars, Bruno That’s What I Like
56 Sheeran, Ed Shape Of You
57 Presley, Elvis Can’t Help Falling In Love
58 Bryan, Luke Country Girl (Shake It For Me)
59 Dnce Cake By The Ocean
60 House Of Pain Jump Around
61 Chainsmokers Feat. Halsey Closer
62 Wild Cherry Play That Funky Music
63 Flo Rida My House
64 Wonder, Stevie Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours
65 Jackson, Michael Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
66 Flo Rida Feat. T-Pain Low
67 Vanilla Ice Ice Ice Baby
68 Lady Gaga Feat. Colby O’donis Just Dance
69 Seger, Bob & The Silver Bullet Band Old Time Rock & Roll
70 Foundations Build Me Up Buttercup
71 Clapton, Eric Wonderful Tonight
72 Dexy’s Midnight Runners Come On Eileen
73 Pitbull Feat. John Ryan Fireball
74 Brown Band, Zac Chicken Fried
75 Jackson, Michael The Way You Make Me Feel
76 Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera Moves Like Jagger
77 Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive
78 Jackson, Michael Thriller
79 Weeknd Can’t Feel My Face
80 Beyonce Feat. Jay-Z Crazy In Love
81 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
82 James, Etta At Last
83 Pink Raise Your Glass
84 Salt-N-Pepa Push It
85 Blackstreet Feat. Dr. Dre No Diggity
86 Backstreet Boys I Want It That Way
87 Train Marry Me
88 Adams, Bryan Summer Of ’69
89 Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams Get Lucky
90 Hall, Daryl & John Oates You Make My Dreams Come True
91 Springfield, Rick Jessie’s Girl
92 Don Omar Feat. Lucenzo Danza Kuduro
93 Village People Y.M.C.A.
94 Stapleton, Chris Tennessee Whiskey
95 Brown, Chris Forever
96 Commodores Brick House
97 Lmfao Feat. Lil Jon Shots
98 Rednex Cotton Eye Joe
99 Old Crow Medicine Show Wagon Wheel
100 Hunt, Sam Body Like A Back Road
101 Lauper, Cyndi Girls Just Want To Have Fun
102 Los Del Rio Macarena
103 Griffiths, Marcia Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)
104 Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer Give Me Everything
105 Aerosmith I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
106 Lmfao Sexy And I Know It
107 Medley, Bill & Jennifer Warnes (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
108 Big & Rich Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)
109 Beyonce Love On Top
110 Perri, Christina A Thousand Years
111 Harris, Calvin Feat. Rihanna This Is What You Came For
112 Mars, Bruno Just The Way You Are
113 Thicke, Robin Feat. Pharrell & T.I. Blurred Lines
114 Ginuwine Pony
115 Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love
116 Jepsen, Carly Rae Call Me Maybe
117 Armstrong, Louis What A Wonderful World
118 King, Ben E. Stand By Me
119 50 Cent In Da Club
120 Brooks & Dunn Boot Scootin’ Boogie
121 Smith, Will Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It
122 West, Kanye Feat. Jamie Foxx Gold Digger
123 Jackson, Michael Beat It
124 Hammer, M.C. U Can’t Touch This
125 Mars, Bruno Treasure
126 Drake Feat. Wizkid & Kyla One Dance
127 Lamontagne, Ray You Are The Best Thing
128 Trainor, Meghan All About That Bass
129 Lonestar Amazed
130 Shelton, Blake God Gave Me You
131 Guns N’ Roses Sweet Child O’ Mine
132 Cruz, Taio Dynamite
133 Lumineers Ho Hey
134 Bega, Lou Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…)
135 Chainsmokers & Coldplay Something Just Like This
136 Daft Punk One More Time
137 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Wanz Thrift Shop
138 Prince Kiss
139 Omi Cheerleader
140 Dan + Shay From The Ground Up
141 Jackson 5 I Want You Back
142 Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody
143 Mraz, Jason I’m Yours
144 Silento Watch Me
145 Sinatra, Frank Fly Me To The Moon
146 Jackson 5 ABC
147 Arthur, James Say You Won’t Let Go
148 Sheeran, Ed Perfect
149 Toto Africa
150 Florida-Georgia Line H.O.L.Y.
151 Taylor, James How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
152 Sia Feat. Sean Paul Cheap Thrills
153 Black Eyed Peas Let’s Get It Started
154 Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo Time Of Our Lives
155 Lil’ Jon & The East Side Boyz Feat. Ying Yang Twins Get Low
156 Young M.C. Bust A Move
157 Rihanna Don’t Stop The Music
158 Buble, Michael Everything
159 Johnson, Jack Better Together
160 Fetty Wap Trap Queen
161 A-Ha Take On Me
162 Young, Brett In Case You Didn’t Know
163 Franklin, Aretha Respect
164 Lady Gaga Poker Face
165 Harris, Calvin Feel So Close
166 Psy Gangnam Style
167 Checker, Chubby The Twist
168 Flo Rida Feat. David Guetta Club Can’t Handle Me
169 Drake Hotline Bling
170 California Swag District Teach Me How To Dougie
171 Florida-Georgia Line Feat. Nelly Cruise
172 Journey Faithfully
173 K-Ci & Jojo All My Life
174 Green, Al Let’s Stay Together
175 Rascal Flatts Bless The Broken Road
176 KC & The Sunshine Band Get Down Tonight
177 Perry, Katy Firework
178 Fitz & The Tantrums Handclap
179 Mcgraw, Tim My Best Friend
180 Flo Rida Feat. Sia Wild Ones
181 American Authors Best Day Of My Life
182 Adele Make You Feel My Love
183 Brice, Lee I Don’t Dance
184 Romantics What I Like About You
185 Usher DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love
186 Minaj, Nicki Starships
187 Rihanna Feat. Drake Work
188 DJ Khaled Feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Way I’m The One
189 Lopez, Jennifer Feat. Pitbull On The Floor
190 Grammer, Andy Honey, I’m Good
191 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Ray Dalton Can’t Hold Us
192 Flo Rida Good Feeling
193 Derulo, Jason Want To Want Me
194 Icona Pop Feat. Charli XCX I Love It
195 Crespo, Elvis Suavemente
196 Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj Bang Bang
197 Paisley, Brad She’s Everything
198 Minaj, Nicki Super Bass
199 Beyonce Feat. Jay-Z Drunk In Love
200 Usher Feat. Will.I.Am Omg

February 11, 2018

Let’s face it, people love sweets. Everyone has a sweet tooth. One of the biggest trends in weddings this year is the alternative sweet table. A lot of wedding couples are thinking outside of the box and are bringing in non-traditional sweets.

The choices today are endless. The trend started about 15 years ago with chocolate fountains and has since shifted to live crepe stations, live banana foster stations, liquid nitrogen ice cream stations, cupcakes, and one of our favorite national franchises Nothing Bundt Cakes. Their cakes are so delicious.

Even wedding favors have gone sweeter. Gone are the candy coated almonds and a piece of take home cake that our parents and grandparents had at their weddings, they have been replaced by the towering wall of donuts. Statistics show that over 10 billion donuts are made per year in the U.S. alone so there is no question that people love donuts.

Photo credit Party Slate

February 4, 2018

I really enjoy looking at my parent’s wedding album. They will be married 50 years this October. I enjoy flipping through the album and looking at my parents so young with their whole lives still in front of them.  I am not even a thought to them yet on their wedding day. I see family members and dear close family friends that are no longer with us. I see memories that were made that day. What I don’t see is 100 people holding up their phones or in those days a camera with a flash cube on it trying to capture a moment. That is why they hired a professional photographer.

As a guy who has his I phone in his hands 24-7, I understand the convenience of wanting to grab a quick pic from time to time. I also understand wanting to post the interesting part or the good news of the photograph on social media to share. I don’t understand the obsession with needing to do it 24-7. In addition to owning Keith Christopher Entertainment, I also own Fred Fox Studios. I can’t begin to tell you how many pictures we have that are just not great today because during the service or first dance while trying to get a shot of the wedding couple, a guest stands up with their phone and now becomes a part of that picture. Wedding couples pay their photographers and cinematographers a lot of money to be there the day of their wedding. They also want you there, but they want you to be a guest, so be a guest.

A few weeks ago I posted a blog about being a good wedding guest. One the things that I pointed out was the use or should I say misuse of camera phones at a wedding. I think you can see by the photograph used for this blog that it can indeed and does get a bit out of control. No matter how good the phone is on your camera, it will never be as good as the photographer’s so let him/her take the picture. Please be aware of your presence while being a guest at a wedding. You want to be in the couple’s wedding video or pictures enjoying yourself. You don’t want to be in the couple’s wedding video or pictures in the background ruining a beautiful moment by accidently photo bombing it.

It is ok to put your camera in your pocket or purse and enjoy the ceremony, the first dance, the parent dances etc. and let the professionals take those pictures. You will still have a ton of pictures of good times with friends and family to post on social media still all night.

Written by Keith “K.C.” KoKoruz Owner of the Windy City Wedding Show and the Badger State Bridal Expo.

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