Wedding Guest Chokes Grandma!

As a groom, I don’t know if this is a bad sign of things to come when during the wedding reception your cousin gets hit in the head with a brick, all mayhem breaks loose, your father is curled up on the ground guarding his face and someone has got your grandmother in a chokehold.  Maybe your first thought is, “I better never forget our anniversary.”  After you rescue your grandma, of course.

The details of this outright brawl is even more confusing, so leave it to us to sort it all out for you. On November 8th, 2009,  Tasha Johnson and Markeith Brown exchanged nuptials at the Rusty Pelican restaurant in Tampa, FL.  That should be a red flag right there, but this is where the story begins.  The reception took place at the same location and during the reception, the groom was throwing money onto the dance floor and letting the children scurry to get the cash.  The bride’s family didn’t like that at all.   A few stiff comments than turned into a physical altercation with about 30 to 40 people involved which then spilled from the restaurant out into the parking lot where a man was hit in the head with a brick.  Police were called in and they broke up the altercation and sent everyone on their way which at this point was the Residence Inn where most of the guests were staying and that is where the fun begins.

Enter Sandra Felicia Dean, a woman with 4 previous felony convictions and the cousin of the man who was hit with the brick.  She was at her house babysitting when she heard about her cousin and immediately came out to the scene at the hotel to get more info.  Nothing was said about who was watching the kids once she left, but doesn’t matter.  When she arrived, she heard the groom mouthing off about the situation and she took to remedying the scenario by charging him.  In her path was the 78 year old grandma who was greeted with a shove and a, “Get out of the way, old lady.”  Once she reached Thompson (that’s the groom. stay with me folks), she hit him in the nose with her car keys.

The grandmother than said her peace about the situation chatting about how barbaric this had become and was met with a choke hold from Dean as she yelled in her ear, “Momma, I’m a choke you out.”  Police arrived shortly thereafter when Dean finally let go.  Dean and the person who arrived with her were both arrested.  The groom was not arrested even though there was the brick incident that apparently no one would admit happened, but that some mumble was the groom’s doing.

Fast forward to April 2010 and Dean’s trial just finished.  It took the jury less than 16 minutes to convict Dean of her 5th felony of assault on a person over 65.  The judge is aiming for a stiffer sentence since Dean is obviously a career felon.  As for grandma, she’s just happy about the conviction and that Dean never got a chance to choke her out.  Yeah, we agree.  No one should choke a granny out.  It affects what’s referred to as cookie karma and it’s not pretty.

Exclusive Free Edwin McCain Mp3

Edwin McCain MP3 Download

Edwin McCain

So, Get Married did something really cool and has somehow arranged to get an exclusive MP3 download called Walk With You from Edwin McCain’s upcoming The Best of Edwin McCain album.  And you can’t get it anywhere else until April 22nd.  Edwin’s song I’ll Be is already a wedding staple, but now he’s released this tune for his “best of” collection that I’m sure will end up being the standard for daddy/daughter dances everywhere.

For those looking for that perfect song for the father-daughter dance, Walk With You would be it.  And you can get it for free from here at http://www.getmarried.com/edwin-mccain-download/ before it’s even available to the public.  The album doesn’t even drop until April 22nd, so this is pretty cool. And free is even more cool.

Carrie Underwood Releases Wedding Details

Carrie Underwood to Serve cupcakesWord is that pop superstar Carrie Underwood is way too busy to do the whole beautiful wedding cake shtick and so she does what all brides in her position would do. No, dont buy the wedding cake from Publix, you do something that’s even MORE time consuming than a cake.  Cupcakes!  Where you have to make dozens of little cakes instead of one big one. Yes, that makes sense. Much more time efficient.  However, some are saying it has nothing to do with time.  It’s just what she wants to do.

Carrie has been with her fiance, hockey player Mike Fisher,  since 2008.  She initially shared some details about the wedding when she stated, “I‘m Southern. I like big hair and eyeliner. I want my wedding to be me, so I’ll probably be rocking some big hair and eyeliner… I want the dress to be pretty traditional. I think I want flowers on it – not real flowers.  The designer will probably be someone I’ve worked with before.”

We know that the wedding will most likely be Fall or Winter themed since Carrie is currently on tour until the end of July.  So, we have cupcakes for the reception, a wedding dress from a designer she’s worked with before that will have fake flowers on it, and that will most likely take place in Fall or Winter.  We’re going to call Fall, because as a Georgian, there isn’t any place more beautiful in the fall than the Georgia mountains.

5 Funny Wedding Disasters – Volume 1

5 Funny Wedding Disasters – Volume 1

So I’ve been seeing a lot of sad stuff like the Tiger Woods debacle, scary stuff like Simon Cowell’s planned nuptials and just plain stupid things to numerous to remember or care about.  So I figured I would make a small collection of the funniest wedding disasters that have happened that I’ve read about where no one died.   And there will be more to follow…

Click on the photos on each one for the story or video.

1) Care For a Swim?
The Telegraph UK shared the story and some photos of a wedding party of about 80 taking an unexpected dip.  The photographer wanted to capture the group on film with scenic mountains in the background.  The group joked about the deck giving way as it creaked and little did they know they were actually foreseeing the future as all 80 of them including children and even the bride’s wheelchair bound mother splashed into the water.  Yeah, I know. Not funny, but once you know that everyone was okay, it becomes funny. So you now have permission to giggle.

Photo from Telegraph UK

2) Groomsman Passes Out
Better known as the thump heard round the world, this groomsman was supposedly okay, but just ouch. The service was a tad solemn and apparently the groomsman was very tired from the bachelor party and simply passed out.  Backwards.  Down a flight of steps.  You have to cringe when you realize that the thud you hear was his head on the ground that sounds like someone dropping a bowling ball.  What’s even more humorous is the pastor being more concerned about losing his place in the reading. Watch it once for the fall and another for the pastor.  Funny, but just, sensitive folks should keep the sound off.

Groomsman Passes Out

3) Keyboardist Eats It
German weddings are funny anyway, but this one has a hint of scary if just for a moment.  While it doesn’t show the end result of this occurrence, you see more than you probably want to anyway.  Essentially they have a Barry Manilow looking keyboardist that isn’t set up properly and has his mike stand pointing out into the crowd. Add in drunk German dancers and you get a wedding disaster!

4) Choppers
Then there’s this one of the bride losing her teeth during the communion part of the ceremony.  Most have already seen this video, but there are parts of this video that people miss.  The funniest part of the video is the brides expression when it initially happens.  The looks that say, “Do I pretend like that didn’t happen? Will he notice when it’s his turn? Yeah, I better get that.” The fact that the groom holds it together is just great. It’s probably why he married her anyway.

Bride Loses Teeth

5) Lady in Red
This one is also pretty funny. A drunk guest, a pretty woman in red, is having a great time dancing to one of the most annoying songs you’ll ever hear in your life.  Thing to watch in the video: the brides expression as the lady in red dances with groom, and as the guest brings down the house. Literally.  Props to the groom for keeping his eyes on his bride, but by the time this video is done, the guest won’t be the only one wearing red.

So there you have it.  Volume 1 of the 5 funniest wedding disasters.  I’ll dig up about 5 every week or so, but this should add a year to your life. Happy chuckling.  Send me some other funny ones you’ve seen and maybe they’ll be in volume 2 coming soon!

The Top 150 Wedding Songs of 2010

So how does this list differ from others you’ve seen?  For this list, we scoured the web and pulled multiple lists from tons of sources of top wedding songs (DJ’s, wedding planners, wedding bands) and then smashed them all together and see which ones were on multiple lists.  Then we repeated the process until we found the 150 most popular wedding songs as of 2010!

Some songs are a tad strange (Boom Boom Pow? Atomic Dog?), but these were the most requested songs at weddings and there are more folks at a wedding than just the bride and groom, so I imagine that’s why those are there.  As a bride or DJ, this list will serve you well and probably has a majority of what your guests probably want to hear.  And to make it even easier for you, we linked every single song title for easy buying power!  That was a huge pain by the way.  But, here it is!

The Top 150 Wedding Songs (as of 2010)

1999 Prince
Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme)
Peabo Bryson
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg Temptations
All Shook Up Elvis Presley
All Summer Long
Kid Rock
Always
Atlantic Starr
Always & Forever
Heatwave
Amazed
Lonestar
At Last
Etta James
Atomic Dog
George Clinton
Baby Got Back
Sir Mixalot
Billie Jean
MichaelJackson
Boom Boom Pow
Black Eyed Peas
Boot Scootin’ Boogie
Brooks & Dunn
Breathe
Faith Hill
Brick House
Commodores
Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison
Bust A Move
Young MC
Cant Get Enough Of Your Love Baby
Barry White
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Elvis Presley
Celebration
Kool& The Gang
Cha-Cha Slide
Casper
Chicken Dance
Various
C’mon N’ Ride It
Quad City DJ’s
Come Fly With Me
Frank Sinatra
Come On Eileen
Dexys Midnight Runners
Copacabana (At The Copa)
Barry Manilow
Cotton Eye Joe
Rednex
Crank Dat
Soulja Boy
Crazy
Patsy Cline
Cupid Shuffle
Cupid
Da Butt
EU
Dancing Queen
Abba
Don’t Stop Believin’
Journey
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Michael Jackson
Electric Slide
Marcia Griffiths
Endless Love
Lionel Richie
Faithfully
Journey
Fly Me To The Moon
Frank Sinatra
Footloose
Kenny Loggins
Forever And Ever, Amen
Randy Travis
Friends In Low Places
Garth Brooks
Funky Cold Medina
Tone Loc
Funkytown
Lipps, Inc.
Get Down Tonight
KC & The Sunshine Band
Get Low
Lil John & The East Side Boyz
Get The Party Started
Pink
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It
Will Smith
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
C & C Music Factory
The Grease Megamix
John Travolta & Olivia Newton John
Here And Now
Luther Vandross
Hey Ya!
Outkast
Holiday
Madonna
Hot In Herre
Nelly
Hot, Hot, Hot
Buster Poindexter
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
James Taylor
I Feel Good
James Brown
I Gotta Feeling
Black Eyed Peas
I Like It, I Love It
Tim McGraw
I Saw Her Standing There
The Beatles
I Want You To Want Me
Cheap Trick
I Will Survive
Gloria Gaynor
Ice Ice Baby (Exclusive Version)
Vanilla Ice
I’m Yours
Jason Mraz
In Da Club
50 Cent
In the Mood
Glenn Miller Orchestra
It Had To Be You
Harry Connick Jr.
It Takes Two
Rob Base & DJ Easy Rock
It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere
Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffet
It`s Raining Men
Weather Girls
It’s Your Love (with Faith Hill)
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Jump Around
House of Pain
Jump, Jive, An’ Wail
Brian Setzer Orchestra
Keep Your Hands To Yourself
Georgia Satellites
Kiss
Prince
Kiss Kiss (Main Version) Chris Brown
Last Dance
Donna Summer
Let’s Get It On
Marvin Gaye
Let’s Stay Together
Al Green
Livin On A Prayer
Bon Jovi
Louie Louie
Kingsmen
Love Me Tender
Elvis Presley
Love Shack
B-52’s
Macarena
Los Del Rio
Margaritaville
Jimmy Buffet
Melt With You
Modern English
Mony Mony
Billy Idol
Moondance
Van Morrison
Mustang Sally
The Commitments
My Girl
The Temptations
Oh, Pretty Woman
Roy Orbison
Old Time Rock N Roll
Bob Seger
Open Arms
Journey
Paradise By The Dashboard Light
Meatloaf
Play That Funky Music
Wild Cherry
Poker Face
Lady Gaga
Pour Some Sugar On Me
Def Leppard
Pride And Joy
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Pump Up The Jam
Technotronics
Push It
Salt n Pepa
Red, Red Wine
UB40
Respect
Aretha Franklin
Right Round
Flo Rida
Rock & Roll All Night
KISS
Rock Around The Clock
Bill Haley & The Comets
Rock This Town
Stray Cats
September
Earth, Wind & Fire
SexyBack
Justin Timberlake
(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty KC & The Sunshine Band
Shout (Part 1 & 2)
Isley Brothers
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Beyonce
Soul Man (Live Version)
The Blue Brothers
Stand By Me
Ben E. King
Stayin Alive
Bee Gees
Strokin’
Clarence Carter
Super Freak
Rick James
Sweet Caroline
Niel Diamond
Sweet Home Alabama
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Tainted Love
Soft Cell
Take My Breath Away
Berlin
Take On Me
A-Ha
That’s The Way I Like It
KC & The Sunshine Band
The Twist
Chubby Checker
The Way You Look Tonight
Frank Sinatra
Thriller
Michael Jackson
(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
T-R-O-U-B-L-E
Travis Tritt
Twist & Shout
Kingsmen
U Can’t Touch This
MC Hammer
Unchained Melody
The Righteous Brothers
Unforgettable
Nat King Cole
Up Where We Belong
Joe Cocker
Vogue
Madonna
Walk Like An Egyptian
The Bangles
Walk This Way
Aerosmith
Watermelon Crawl
Tracy Byrd
We Are Family
Sister Sledge
What A Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong
What I Like About You
The Romantics
When A Man Loves A Woman
Percy Sledge
Wild Thing
Tone Loc
Wonderful Tonight
Eric Clapton
Wooly Bully
Sam the Sham
YMCA
The Village People
Yeah!
Usher w/ Lil John & Ludacris
You Are So Beautiful
Joe Cocker
You Dropped A Bomb On Me
The Gap Band
You Sexy Thing
Hot Chocolate
You Shook Me All Night Long
AC/DC
You’re The Inspiration
Chicago

Weddings and Ipods Don’t Mix

ipod-weddingsOk, I’m about over it.  I’ve heard multiple suggestions on multiple budget wedding tip articles (even including ones posted here) about various ways to cut corners during the wedding ceremony.  And ALL of them, not just some of them, but ALL of them put the wedding music on the list as things you should cut corners on.  And ALL of them threw out the suggestion of using an Ipod instead of a band or DJ.  Let me tell you how bad of an idea that is on all accounts.

While I’m sure there are some stories of success using this method, they are few and far between and their expectations were very low to start with.   As a professional vocalist and also the owner of a Georgia DJ company, you probably would guess that I’m very biased and shouldn’t even be allowed to talk about it, but let’s get real.  Nothing can match the personal touch of a wedding band or wedding DJ when it comes to managing the flow and feel of the wedding reception.

There’s a great video posted on Youtube that is the perfect reason as to why this is a bad idea.  You can watch it here.  Now granted, this wedding is primarily a disaster from the beginning because there was apparently no rehearsal or planning with a dash of total disorganization. But the use of the Ipod run by friends and family as your MC’s/sound/videographers, etc is just a bad idea.  Bands and DJ’s handle most of the announcing, music, and everything is thought out in advance.

Do you really want to take the chance of your cousin starting up “Shook Me All Night Long” during the Daddy/Daughter dance?  If you want memories that last a lifetime, that’s definitely the way to do it.   You can find affordable DJ’s (and even bands) for under a grand without even looking hard.   Now granted, you take a chance if you get too low on your pricing, but doing your homework and using directories of wedding vendors will give you multiple options. I’m sure there are dozens of horror stories from Ipod weddings and I can insure you that you do not want to be one of them.

Please share your disaster (or even success stories) here for all to see.

Wedding Bouquet Toss Causes Plane Crash

wedding-flowersAh, the bridal bouquet toss.  A sweet gesture from a bride to her bridesmaids that sometimes turns out plain ugly.  We’ve all heard about people getting bloody noses, broken bones, getting knocked out, etc.  But now for the first time ever, a bride’s bouquet has caused a plane crash.  No, it wasn’t because it was tossed too high.  The exact opposite actually.  What started as a good idea discussed during the wedding planning actually became the idea that made it the wedding to remember.

An Italian couple had just gotten married and thought that it would be a neat idea to have a light plane fly overhead and drop the bouquet instead of the normal over the shoulder toss.  A 44 year old man named Isidoro Pensieri simply had to open the door and toss out the bouquet at the right time. Isidoro couldn’t handle that task and instead failed to throw it far enough away from the plane.  The result?  The bouquet was sucked into the plane’s engine causing the engine to catch fire and then explode.  The pilot Luciano Nannelli then  lost control of the plane as the plane went into a steep plummet to earth and then slammed into a busy hostel near Montioni Park.

The pilot and all 50 of the hostel residents got away unscathed, but Isidoro (the bouquet tosser) was hospitalized with a head injury and multiple fractures.  Talk about a wedding to talk about.

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