One of my mentors...Bill Hermann and I at Buca Di Beppo's in Las Vegas
What a whirlwind of a trip. I recently got back from my Mobile Beat Las Vegas trip and it was exhausting but worth it. I flew out on Sunday morning out of Marquette and after a 4 hour layover in Chicago boarded the plane that would take me to Vegas. I arrived at McCarran Airport at about 4pm local time and was greeted by a friend of a friend who is a dealer at the Venetian. From there we checked into the Riviera hotel, the site of the Mobile Beat Las Vegas convention. The Riviera is starting to show its age as a hotel but their rooms are newly remodeled and are quite nice.
Our first day of education started on Monday as I attended one seminar and then it was off to a Think Tank group for the WED Guild. Here I learned A LOT of new and helpful information about uplighting from fellow WED Michael Anderson from Sacramento California. Then it was off to a client meeting with Jennifer and Chad who I get the honor of performing for in July of this year. They both live in Vegas yet are having their reception in the UP. It was a pleasure meeting the two of them again and working on their wedding together. Then it was off to a yearly tradition at Buca Di Beppo’s, where fellow DJA members get together to share Italian food and good times.
Peter Merry broke his glass during his toast to Richard Mills, a good friend who traveled all the way from New Zealand to join us in Vegas
Tuesday was the real start of the conference and fellow WED Jim Cerone of Indianapolis, IN was one of our feature presenters with his Perfect Host seminars along with Andy Ebon, who did some very informative seminars on blogging and new social media. Tuesday evening started out with Otis Day and the Knights rocking the top of the Riv followed by Vanilla Ice. After about the third song I had had enough of Rob throwing out obscenities mixed with water he had half drank being spit into the crowd so we left. From there we made out way to our annual DJA get-together known as Hugfest. Hugfest this year was held at the Riviera and included karaoke. DJA is short for a forum I belong to called Discjockeyamerica.com. DJA has helped me tremendously and is a great brother/sisterhood of DJ’s nationwide who all want to succeed in their business but first and foremost have their clients best interests at heart and are always looking to improve.
Mitch with "The Hat" from Colorado's finest, Mr. Robert Krueger
Wednesday was more seminars as well as the opening of the show floor, where we got to check out the latest in gear from national manufacturers. Wednesday night was our 2nd annual WED Guild dinner, which was held this year at Gallagher’s Steakhouse at the New York, New York Hotel and Casino. Memories were made again this year at that event. Thursday wrapped up our seminars and provided some unwind time before the flight home on Friday. I thoroughly enjoy the trip but do feel since it is over that the five nights out there is a bit too long. It’s really hard to cram that much education into the timeframe we have but we seem to do it every year.
Can’t tell you where I’ll be next week as it’s a surprise. Have more pics to show later….as well as more posts with tips for your party. Talk with you soon.
Mitch with Andy Ebon, owner of the Wedding Marketing Blog
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Today is Friday the 13th! Some say it’s unlucky but I say it’s not as from my childhood, I recall this to be one of my Dad’s favorite days. I was reminded today (the 14th) why the 13th was one of my Dad’s favorite days. It was the date of his father’s birth, and yesterday my Aunt willed herself to live until the 14th so she didn’t die on her father’s favorite day. She passed away this morning. I’m sad as I write this…but this is the circle of life. My brother was just blessed with a new baby girl in his life, and I am so proud of him and his family.
It’s Valentine’s Day today and I was able to go out today after a client meeting and see the movie “The International” with my wife. Quite violent in parts but overall a pretty good suspense thriller. We then enjoyed dinner at Pacino’s before picking up the kids and bringing them home. I am off tomorrow morning at 5am for my annual trip to Vegas for the Mobile Beat Convention. A show like this really gives me the opportunity to network with fellow Wedding Entertainment Directors and DJ’s and get to share ideas and learn new concepts to share with you to help make your reception unique and fun!
Hold your family tighter tonight…life truly is precious. Thanks for reading.
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I am proud to announce that Taylored Weddings was just recently awarded this honor from Weddingwire.com.
From their website ” In its inaugural year, the Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes vendors from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellent quality of service, responsiveness, professionalism, value of cost and flexibility. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the company, the Bride’s Choice Awards are determined exclusively by recent newlyweds (brides and grooms) through surveys and reviews. Our winning vendors have set the bar high for this competition, demonstrating excellent service and expertise in their industry. Congratulations to the 2009 winners!”
The ironic thing is that Wedding Wire, like several other national wedding sites, doesn’t even have a category for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I was one of only three dj’s who won in the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing area. I’d like to take this moment to thank the people who made this happen, and that would be you….my valued client who give me the privilege of working hand in hand with you on one of the most loved, personal and emotional days of your life…your wedding day.
Next up is Love Affair 2009 at the Terrace Bay Inn, put on by the Delta County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has graciously asked me again to be a part of this wonderful night to raise funds for our local Chamber and give back to our community. After that, it’s a business trip to Vegas to learn and bring back lots of ideas for your wedding day in the future. Thanks for reading.
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