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Special Moments at The World’s Fair Pavilion

The big day for Brenley and Todd began at Trinity Lutheran Church, where a beautiful ceremony took place, and included Brenley’s little ‘boy’, Mr. Lewis (a hyperthyroid & alcoholic Pomeranian!) as the ring bearer. From there, the couple went with the wedding party to grab some pictures in the park, and cool off from the 99-degree heat before the reception  at the World’s Fair Pavilion.

The Pavilion was decorated by Millennium’s design division with coral-colored up-lighting, stars on the ceiling, and Tuscan garden bulb lighting in the cocktail area. After a scrumptious meal from Vikki and the staff from the Pasta House, the party moved to the dance floor with music supplied by DJ Jason M Clyde from Millennium Productions. Later in the evening, dessert was supplied by Ted Drewes, which served as a nice cool treat on this warm summer night.  After a while Brenley changed from her fantastic wedding dress into a lighter, cooler party dress, while the guys shed their jackets (and in some cases, shirts) to stay cool while they danced through the night.

Capturing all of the magic was Bobbi from Bobbi Brinkman Photography, along with her assistant from Park Avenue Photographers, Jeremy (thank you for the photos!). All of the action was captured on video thanks to Dan Martinez from Millennium’s video division.

Booking A Live Band For Your Wedding? Some Things To Keep In Mind …

As wedding professionals we here at Millennium Productions have picked up a few things over the years. We’ve decided to pass some of that knowledge on to you via our quick tips series.

Here’s some quick tips about booking live bands for your wedding:

Millennium Quick Tips:Choosing a Band from Millennium Productions on Vimeo.

Flash Mob breaks out at St Louis Wedding Reception!

There’s nothing like a good disco Flash Mob to kick off a great night of dancing at a wedding reception!

Full credit is to be given to Anna and Brandon’s parents (read Anna and Brandon’s “behind the scenes” wedding blog post here) for constructing the idea and with a little help from Millennium Productions’ own DJ Alex in coordinating this huge moment, it was truly an amazing thing. It was presented as a fun presentation to the bride and groom shortly after the bridal dances at the reception. However, about 30 seconds into their shuffle, the dance floor was suddenly packed with just about every one of the 275 guests that were in attendance and they were all doing the same “Saturday Night Fever” Dance!

The choreographed flash mob continued until the end of the song and really set the tone for the rest of the night. The dance floor was packed until the lights came on!

Can’t see the video above? Watch it here: http://vimeo.com/26648604

Getting Hitched – Goes Off “Without A Hitch”

We had the pleasure of being a part of Jen and Matt’s entire day, handling aspects of both the beautiful Jewel Box ceremony, and the awesome Piper Palm House reception! And although the couple lived out of town, by using our online planning forms and through many phone calls and emails, we were able to put everything together easily and give Matt and Jen a flawless day.

With the afternoon sun glinting through the glass and greenery of the Jewel Box in Forest Park, soft classical music from the Rosewood Ensemble trio floated in the air – provided through Millennium Productions’ live music division. Additional audio in the form of wireless mics and wireless remote speakers guaranteed every guest could enjoy the special moments happening in front of them.

After some fun photography surrounding the reflecting ponds in front of the Jewel Box, the guests were off to the Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park, were they entered to the jazzy sounds of the Soulard Blues Band playing under a fabulous clear-topped tent complete with chandeliers. Shortly afterward, Jen and Matt arrived via horse-drawn carriage to the applause of the guests. The Soulard Blues Band continued rocking the crowd through the wonderful dinner – provided by Butler’s Pantry – and dancing, until about 2 hours before the end of the night, when the party was ramped up into a full club-style event. The lights came down, and the party DJ beats came up, courtesy of DJ Jason M. Clyde of Millennium Productions. For the rest of the evening, the dancing continued non-stop underneath the stars, with Jen and Matt rarely leaving the center of the party!

Putting this entire day together was a challenge handled by Shayna Laiderman from St Louis Wedding Consultants, whose team kept everything flowing from before the ceremony, to the very last dance. And Sarah Corbett from Soulscapes Photography was on hand to capture all of the beauty and special moments. (note from Jason: “thanks for helping with the tear down and load out. YOU ROCK!”)

By Jason M. Clyde

Carrie and Dan Kistnor – 6/18/11

The setting: St Charles Convention Center

The players: Carrie and Dan Kistner, as well as almost 300 of their families and friends.

The plot: To celebrate the marriage of Carrie and Dan with food, good company, and dancing!!

Jason M. Clyde, of Millennium Productions, was the host for the evenings events, and had a wonderful time with Carrie, Dan, the fun bridal party that included Carrie’s sisters, and Dan’s brother, and all of the parents.

From the upbeat, dance-party styled intro, to the surprise groom’s cake, the event flowed seamlessly from toasts, through dinner, and into the dancing portion of the night. Guests were encouraged to shed their footwear, and grab ‘dancing shoes’ provided by the newlyweds.

For the partygoers taking a break from the dancing, there was a photobooth – provided by Gateway Photobooth – for guests to get souvenir pictures, as well as create a photo guestbook. Also, a candy bar was open throughout the evening to handle guests’ sweet tooth.

The dancing portion of the night was held under a magical uplight draped canopy dance floor. It was a last minute addition, provided by Millennium Productions, and it looked fantastic! By using a couple different fabrics, and some beautiful light magenta interior uplighting, we were able to transform the dance floor completely. And it coordinated well with the rest of the St. St Charles Convention Center‘s wonderful ballroom. Guests stayed to the very end to enjoy the last dances, with Dan and Carrie as the center of attention, and to send the couple off with a Bang!!

On hand to capture all of the special moments were Dorinda and Jen from Dorinda Peyton Photography, and Eric Habert from Lifetime Media shooting video. And coordinating everything at the venue, was Gretchen Reineke-Smith – the catering manager at St Charles Convention Center.

By Jason M. Clyde

Behind The Scenes: A Gorgeous St Louis Wedding Couple!

It was truly an honor to be a part of the wedding celebration for Anna and Brandon Moritz on Saturday, May 7th. Just being around this couple, it was clear how madly in love these two people are for one another, and filming them hardly seemed like “work”.

From start to finish, we had a film crew document their special occasion, which began as the gorgeous couple got ready the morning of their wedding at the elegant Hyatt Regency downtown. The ceremony was held at the Old Cathedral downtown and the natural lighting that poured in amongst the historic walls of the building, created some memorable and elegant footage for our video crew. After the ceremony, we followed the wedding party to The Arch grounds for a “behind the scenes” look as Kathie and her amazing team of photographers at Memories Are Forever worked their magic. Afterwards, our entourage headed back to the Hyatt for some celebratory cocktails as we presented a video slide show compilation which displayed images of Anna and Brandon starting from childhood to their life as adults.

The reception that evening was hosted by Millennium’s own master of ceremonies, Alex Oliver, who delivered a perfect combination of professional hosting expertise, and superior DJ mixing abilities. After all of the evening’s festivities, Alex coordinated a huge “flash mob” which opened the dance floor up to the guests, and it remained packed until the end of the night! The reception ended on a high note as we surprised the newly-married couple and their guests with a presentation of a “Same Day Edit” video – Incorporating footage from earlier in the day to remind everyone of the purpose of the celebration, tying all of the events from the day together.

A huge thank you to Kathie and her expert crew of photographers at Memories Are Forever, who has allowed us to display her amazing work. It’s always a pleasant and fun experience to work alongside a great team of professionals – Thanks again!

Indian / American Wedding Celebration!!

We were very excited for Rina and Carl’s wedding this past weekend. We were with them for a 2-day celebration as they had the American wedding on Saturday and the Indian celebration on Sunday. We prayed for clear skies in the days before the wedding as the forecast was rain all weekend, and to everyone’s surprise, it was sunny and beautiful all day on Saturday and most of the day on Sunday! In fact, it didn’t start raining until the end of the Indian ceremony on Sunday, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

Millennium was heavily involved in the excellent planning and execution of both events this weekend. Our design team helped create a beautiful setting for the reception on Saturday night, and then later transformed the space into something amazing, fit for a traditional Indian ceremony on Sunday. DJ Tom hosted the American reception on Saturday night and our Film crew was there all weekend long to capture the memories as they happened.

This wedding weekend was full of surprises and special moments, including a video message to Carl & Rina from Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys (Rina’s favorite of all time!), a special surprise Indian dance performed by Rina’s friends and family, and so much more…we even went as far as surprising Rina and Carl with a “Same Day Edit” video (below) that we presented after dinner on Saturday night.

Thank you Carl and Rina, we loved being a part of your AWESOME wedding celebration!

Rick Dilly, Video Dept. Manager | Millennium Productions

Nervous About Your Wedding Toast? Here’s Some Helpful Tips You Can Use…

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”
– Jerry Seinfeld

For most of people, it would be nice if we could go through life without ever having to worry about public speaking. Unfortunately there are times in everyone’s lives where we are forced to step into the spotlight, pick up that microphone as it makes that shrieking feedback sound (that’s not how it really happens by the way), and stare out into the sea of faces who are locked on to your every word. Weddings are one of the most common situations where ordinary people who do not normally speak in public are forced to get up in front of hundreds of people and make a very personal toast to a close friend or family member.

Being in the wedding industry, we see many different types of toasts – the good, to the bad, and the ugly. When people have a microphone in their hand, they feel like they are expected to give the best speech anyone has ever heard. It can be very overwhelming and uncomfortable. The truth is that most people will forget the majority of your speech by the time the night is over. The people in the audience are not expecting you to be a stand-up comic or a motivational speaker. They are simply wanting you to keep their attention for a few minutes, say something good about the bride and groom, and wrap it up with a good toast so they can all cling their glasses. More importantly though, they don’t want to feel awkward because of something you said on a microphone in front of the bride and groom’s closest family members and friends. Therefore, I have decided to put together some general rules to follow for those needing some assistance in giving a wedding toast:

Rule 1: Prepare
Very few people have the natural ability to “wing it”. Those that do probably have had a lot of practice on a microphone. If you are uncertain about what kind of person you are, you are probably the type that needs to prepare yourself before giving a speech. Public speaking is like anything else, practice makes perfect, and proper preparation prevents poor performance. Write down what you are going to say and recite it many times before the big day, otherwise you may find yourself fumbling around with a lot of “umm’s” and “aaaa’s”, letting everyone know you did not care about this moment enough to prepare a speech.

Rule 2: Be Yourself
If you are a serious person, DO NOT try to be funny. Too often, people feel obligated to make jokes even though they normally do not tell them. Moreover, people often think they are funny when they are not. If you are unsure, take the safe route and stay away from the jokes. If you think of a great joke, but are still unsure about telling it, ask an honest friend or family member. If you ARE a funny person, and you are very confident that you can pull off some jokes, then go for it. A good speech that makes people laugh can elevate it from good to great. Otherwise, if you are an emotional person, tell an emotional story. If you are a nice or sweet person, flatter them with compliments. You may be a little of all of these things, so go ahead and mix it up, just make sure it is true to you.

Rule 3: Be Tasteful
It is extremely important that you realize the audience you are speaking to and what this moment is really about. You are speaking to children, grandparents, and family members, not just friends. These people have gathered together to celebrate the love between two people they care about, so make sure the toast is about them, not you. Make sure your toast is in very good nature and is directed at building the couple up, not tearing them down. In this same category, I will list several DO NOTS:

DO NOT tell embarrassing stories of their childhood if it has nothing to do with the couple

DO NOT tell stories about heavy alcohol consumption (or obviously drugs)

DO NOT talk about past problems or issues the bride or groom may have had

DO NOT bring up any of their past relationships.

Many of these suggestions seem obvious, but you would be very surprised how often they are not followed.

Rule 4: Be Short and Sweet
Weddings are on a very tight time schedule, and there are a lot of things that need to happen within a short amount of time. The planner or couple did not budget 15 minutes for your speech, so keep it short and sweet. Also, especially in today’s society, people get easily distracted and bored if you are speaking for more than 5 minutes. 3-4 minutes is a good target goal. After writing your speech, practice it several times and time yourself. If you are over 5 minutes, cut out the fluff. By going back over your speech and eliminating the parts that aren’t as necessary, your content will be much more meaningful and interesting, and you will hold people’s attention better.

Rule 5: Be Toastful
DON’T FORGET TO TOAST – It seems simple, but often times people give a great speech and forget to toast. Everyone is holding their glass in anticipation of your final wrap up, so “Come on and come on and Raise Your Glass!”

– Kris Yust, Owner | Millennium Productions

 

According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” – Jerry Seinfeld

For most of people, it would be nice if we could go through life without ever having to worry about public speaking.  Unfortunately there are times in everyone’s lives where we are forced to step into the spotlight, pick up that microphone as it makes that shrieking feedback sound (that’s not how it really happens by the way), and stare out into the sea of faces who are locked on to your every word.  Weddings are one of the most common situations where ordinary people who do not normally speak in public are forced to get up in front of hundreds of people and make a very personal toast to a close friend or family member.

Being in the wedding industry, we see many different types of toasts, from the good, to the bad, and the ugly.  When people have a microphone in their hand, they feel like they are expected to give the best speech anyone has ever heard.  It can be very overwhelming and uncomfortable.  The truth is that most people will forget the majority of your speech by the time the night is over.  The people in the audience are not expecting you to be a stand-up comic or a motivational speaker.  They are simply wanting you to keep their attention for a few minutes, say something good about the bride and groom, and wrap it up with a good toast so they can all cling their glasses.  More importantly though, they don’t want to feel awkward because of something you said on a microphone in front of the bride and groom’s closest family members and friends.  Therefore, I have decided to put together some general rules to follow for those needing some assistance in giving a wedding toast:

Prepare – Very few people have the natural ability to “wing it”.  Those that do probably have had a lot of practice on a microphone.  If you are uncertain about what kind of person you are, you are probably the type that needs to prepare yourself before giving a speech.  Public speaking is like anything else, practice makes perfect, and proper preparation prevents poor performance.  Write down what you are going to say and recite it many times before the big day, otherwise you may find yourself fumbling around with a lot of umms and aaaas, letting everyone know you did not care about this moment enough to prepare a speech.

Be Yourself – If you are a serious person, DO NOT try to be funny.  Too often, people feel obligated to make jokes even though they normally do not tell them.  Moreover, people often think they are funny when they are not.  If you are unsure, take the safe route and stay away from the jokes.  If you think of a great joke, but are still unsure about telling it, ask an honest friend or family member.  If you ARE a funny person, and you are very confident that you can pull off some jokes, then go for it.  A good speech that makes people laugh can elevate it from good to great.  Otherwise, if you are an emotional person, tell an emotional story.  If you are a nice or sweet person, flatter them with compliments.  You may be a little of all of these things, so go ahead and mix it up, just make sure it is true to you.

Be Tasteful – It is extremely important that you realize the audience you are speaking to and what this moment is really about.  You are speaking to children, grandparents, and family members, not just friends.  These people have gathered together to celebrate the love between two people they care about, so make sure the toast is about them, not you.  Make sure your toast is in very good nature and is directed at building the couple up, not tearing them down.  In this same category, I will list several DO NOTS: DO NOT tell embarrassing stories of their childhood if it has nothing to do with the couple, DO NOT tell stories about heavy alcohol consumption (or obviously drugs), DO NOT talk about past problems or issues the bride or groom may have had, and finally DO NOT bring up any of their past relationships.  Many of these suggestions seem obvious, but you would be very surprised how often they are not followed.

Be Short and Sweet – Weddings are on a very tight time schedule, and there are a lot of things that need to happen within a short amount of time.  The planner or couple did not budget 15 minutes for your speech, so keep it short and sweet.  Also, especially in today’s society, people get easily distracted and bored if you are speaking for more than 5 minutes.  3-4 minutes is a good target goal.  After writing your speech, practice it several times and time yourself.  If you are over 5 minutes, cut out the fluff.  By going back over your speech and eliminating the parts that aren’t as necessary, your content will be much more meaningful and interesting, and you will hold people’s attention better.

Be Toastful – DON’T FORGET TO TOAST!  It seems simple, but often times people give a great speech and forget to toast.  Everyone is holding their glass in anticipation of your final wrap up, so “Come on and come on and Raise Your Glass!

Goodbye Winter!! Spring is here – Let’s get it started!!

As the weather warms up, so do the happenings here in St. Louis. And one of the most anticipated openings is St Louis Cardinals OPENING DAY at Busch Stadium. Millennium was excited to be a part, as DJ Jason M Clyde celebrated on KMOV’s morning show – Great Day St Louis – along side Carol, Matt, Virginia, and Kent outside Gio’s downtown. Even Fredbird showed up – on Opening Day, no less – to get the crowd pumped and ready for game-time!

Another big opening was happening the very next evening, down on the famous Delmar Loop. The 5-star Moonrise Hotel opened up it’s popular open-air rooftop bar, and again Millennium was there to provide the late-night guests with some pumping tunes and sexy lights! And the next night at the Moonrise, the 2nd Annual Green Ball benefiting MOBOT’s Earthways Center took place, with live tunes, a fashion contest, and décor lighting and draping supplied by Millennium.

Millennium will also be a part of one other popular St Louis party tradition – Parties in the Park!! The NEW parties will actually take place in the heart of Clayton, as they’ll be shutting down an entire street (or two!) to party, and Millennium will be there, partnered with Portabella Restaurant, to keep Clayton rocking into the evening! See dates below:

April 13th
(“Pre” Parties in the Park Pub Crawl! See flyer at left)
May 11th
June 8th
July 13th
Aug 10th
Sept 14th

Parties in the Park moves to downtown Clayton on Meramec Avenue between Forsyth and Maryland. This street party is the perfect outdoor setting for an evening of music, friends and relaxation under the stars.

So get out St Louis!! And keep an eye out for us at Millennium – we’ll be getting it started – and keeping it awesome!!