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Coins of McGuffin- An animated web series about Fandoms

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Ok, we all know I am a massive geek right? In fact some of you clients booked us specifically because of it! Well in between running around ensuring your wedding is a perfect day, I have also been running around creating an animation.

The Coins of McGuffin is an animated web series about 2 guys (one voiced by me) who is sent on a quest to retrieve the 25 Coins of McGuffin, 25 coins that were lost to the tribes of Fandoms.

Everything (including the first episode) can be seen here

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We are trying to raise funds via Indiegogo so we can make the first season. Any amount is appreciated but if you donate certain amounts as “Perks” you get some really cool stuff. You can donate by going to the website here Coins of McGuffin Indiegogo Page

So please donate and let’s make the Coins of McGuffin the best animation ever!:-)

Top 15 First Dance SALSA Songs (in English)- Komodo Music DJs

So you are your partner are wanting to do something a little different for your first dance? How about a Salsa! It’s sexy, its cool, and… damn it… I wish I could dance! But personal musing aside, finding the right music for a good Salsa can be difficult, especially if you don’t speak the language. So because of that, I have complied a list of:

 

Top 15 songs you can Salsa to (in English)

Bride and groom doing a salsa at a wedding with bride shaking her hips

Image courtesy of www.bestballroomdance.com

 

“Thinking of You” by Lenny Kravitz

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“Just the Way You Are” by Alex D’Castro

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“I’ll Always Love You” by Tito Nieves’

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One In A Million by Ne-Yo

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“Always be my baby” by Corrine

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“Killing me softly” by DOBLE R CURACAO

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“I will always love you” by Manny Pacheco

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“Good Lovin” by Miguel, Oscar y la Fantasia

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“Maria Maria” (Salsa Version) by Santana

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“You are my everything (Salsa Version) by Johnny Ray

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“I wish your Love in September” by Sonido Siboney

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“Aicha” (Salsa English Version) by- Galo Pacheco

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Crazy for you- Domingo Quiñones

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Dance with me- Jose Alberto El Canario

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Love is Forever- Tony Vega

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If you think you have found some more, leave a comment and link to the video below:-)

Also be sure to check out “Top 15 First Dance Jive/Swing Songs

 

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robert - July 28, 2016 - 4:32 am

Add “Remember Me” to your “best” for salsa in English. Th band was Eddie Torres and his Mambo Kings Orchestra. Same album also includes “To Be With You” in English — Check it out.

It was an orchestra pulled together by Tito Puente FOR Eddie Torres as an “homage” to Eddies terrific Salsa dancing!

Stresses from past brides and how it affected the wedding- Komodo Music DJs

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(image courtesy of ‘blog.americanspamag.com’)

Every bride has stresses when leading up to the big wedding day. Family, vendors, fears…you might think you are the only bride pulling her hair out and stressing out over these things, but you aren’t! In fact to prove it, I asked some of my past brides what was some of the biggest stresses leading up to the day, and were they justified?

 

 

Bride and Groom at teh Forrest CentreSteph and Steve

The Stress

Table arrangements – who sits where, was my biggest headache. I could only sit 10 at a table and I have a large family and didn’t want to split them up too much. And what friends to sit with others, who would clash, who would get along, etc.

How Did It Affect The Day?

On the day I didn’t care what everyone thought! But it seems they were all happy.

 

 

Kylee and RusselBride and Groom smiling as they do a bridal waltz

The Stress

Family members and where I was going to put them ie.who would get along with who. We did our tables over and over in the end we were like if people can’t be happy where we sit them then too bad! It was our day and they only had to sit there to eat as they could get up in between. End verdict

Also our photos – what if the photographer didn’t catch a special moment we wanted or missed taking a photo of someone or left too early.

How Did It Affect The Day?

No-one complained and everyone was very happy where they were seated. We also had a lot of special moments caught on camera including making it on our DJ’s own TV channel

 

Groom holding bride from behind with arms around waistMona and Gus

The Stress

The budget!! Where to spend the money….I was always thinking if something was important to buy/do/have and if it was worth spending the money or it would have been better spent elsewhere!!!! Biggest headache!!!

We also had our doubts about using a ‘friend’ as out photographer to try and get it cheaper.

How Did It Affect The Day?

In the end nobody noticed about the small stuff anyway such as table decorations but I should have followed my gut instincts regarding photos!! That’s one decision to this day I still regret!!

 

 

Rebecca and AaronBride and groom leaning into each other head to head

The Stress

I was scared of becoming a Bridezilla, and that I would melt down at the slightest thing going not to plan. I therefore made a list of everything that could or possibly go wrong (i.e. heel snapping, tripping down the stairs, stumbling my vowels, etc)

How Did It Affect The Day?

A few ‘Oopsies’ did occur, I felt less stressed as I put humor knowing what could of gone wrong. Although amongst my list I did not have my sister losing centimeters either side of her dress via excessive exercise and mum got caught sowing it on the day…meaning I only got formal photos of mum and I. I remember her laughing being impressed how much weight my sister had lost but I just stared blankly at her…mum & my bridesmaid saved me from dying within myself, but now I laugh about it.

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How to give a great speech at a wedding- Komodo Music DJs

Following on from my last blog “How to be an amazing MC”, sometimes you might not be incharge of running the night, but will still have to give a speech. This can be equally as nerve racking. While I suggest you all go back and read that one first, for your consideration:

 

HOW TO GIVE A GREAT SPEECH AT A WEDDING

Groom with jacket off holding a microphone giving a speech

Some of this advice is the same as that given in the past blog as it is still relevant, some of it is new.

Be yourself

The worst thing any speaker can do is try to be someone they are not. If you are an outgoing person, be that outgoing person. If you are quieter, be that. As soon as you start trying to be someone you are not you become fake and an audience can always see through that and it just makes the whole experience uncomfortable.

 

Confidence

This should be obvious, but how does one get confidence? By doing! I like the ‘tough love’ approach where I will berate someone until they get so sick of me that they just do it…and usually find it wasn’t that scary in the first place. Everyone will have different ways to find confidence, but just know you need it!

 

Humor

I always say using humor in a speech is like a handgun- if you are funny and know what you are doing you can kill the audience with laughter, if you aren’t funny you are more than likely to shoot yourself and die on stage. If you aren’t funny, don’t try to be funny. If you are funny, remember you are there to do a job, not be a standup comedian so keep it in moderation

 

Length and writing

Previously in the MC blog I used the acronym KISS- Keep It Simple Stupid.

However if you are the father of the bride and have just so much to say, or a best man who has the story of how the couple meet, that might not be so simple. So here are the steps when writing a speech

  1. Write down in point form exactly what you want to talk about. This is the skeleton of your speech so it is very important.
  2. Next is expand and write down each point so it sounds like a speech
  3. Third, is to revise it. Read it out loud and see if it make sense, does it address your points directly or do you waffle on about something funny but irrelevant?
  4. Now comes the hard part, get it down so it is only one (or one and a half) pages. This should mean your speech (at the most) goes no longer than 10 minutes. If you start going over that you will not only loose your audience, but you start putting the wedding schedule and the kitchen behind. This will really force you to look at what you have written and determine how much is really needed and how much is it you just wanting to say it.

 

Practice your speech

Practice in front of a mirror will you can say the words blind folded. Then practice with variations of it, then practice in front of family, friends, and roommates…just practice it lots!

 

Practice your body language, breathing, and speed

So once you have practiced the words, now it’s time to practice your presentation. Here are some of the most common problems:

  • Moving your hands- using your spare hand to gesture is fine, otherwise keep it in your pocket. What is NOT ok is using both hands to gesture as one will be holding your microphone
  • Ums and Ahs- try not to say these during the speech, it makes you seem like you are trying to remember what to say
  • Breath slowly- The temptation to say a page worth of speech in one breath; don’t! Breath normally and have pause where appropriate
  • Speak clearly but keep the pace even– when nervous you will rush through your speech, so remember it is not a race.
  • Smile– Speaking the same thing with a straight face and speaking it with a smile makes a world of difference.

 

What to say

Every speech is different, with different topics and personalised stories, but there is a universal structure to most wedding speeches:

Parent’s Speech

  • Welcome the other parent’s to the family
  • Relate funny or sincere story about the bride/groom OR
  • Relate funny or sincere story about the first time meeting the bride/groom
  • Toast to the couple

 

Best Man/ Bridesmaid speech

  • Relate funny or sincere story about the first time meeting the bride/groom
  • Say why you are friends with the bride/groom
  • Toast to the Bridesmaids/Groomsmen
  • Toast to the couple

 

Bride/Groom

  • Thank everyone for coming
  • Single out special people who made a difference (parents, best friend, etc)
  • Thank and toast your partner

 

Also be sure to close off once you have finished your speech otherwise people never know when it’s over.

 

Tips when writing speeches

  • Do not go to Google for jokes. Anyone who has been to more than one wedding knows them all

Examples:

“Wasn’t the wedding beautiful, it was so emotional even the cake is in tiers”

“(to the groom) When you are wrong say you are sorry, when you are right, shut up”

“(to the groom) Put your hand ontop of your wife’s, there you go, that is the last time you will ever have the upper hand!”

“I’ve been told to keep my speech as long as the groom can last on his wedding night…so thank you very much everyone”

  • Quotes for weddings are fine, but do not go overboard, and if you have heard it before, chances are others have as well. Instead find something that means something to the bride and groom (maybe a favorite author or singer) and find a quote from them
  • Depending on the crowd, audience participation can be either really good or really bad, so if you have not done a lot of speeches before, best air on the side of caution

 

Hopefully this has been informative on how to write a great speech:-)

 

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