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Riverview Wedding for Andrew and Liz


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On July 2, 2017, Andrew and Liz Selig exchanged vows and became husband and wife. The had their wedding at The Riverview in Simsbury, CT. Creating and planning their wedding was an amazing experience. There were so many memorable moments throughout the celebration. One that comes to mind was Liz’s dance with her father. She chose “Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)” by Billy Joel for the first half of her dance. She took the microphone and the two of them sang a duet to Billy Joel’s “You May Be Right.”

The team of vendors were Jodie at The Riverview, Tim Brown from TAB Photographic and Jim Collins and Mike Klosowski from Collins Entertainment. Photos all captured by Tim Brown from TAB Photographic.bride dress

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Andrew & Liz’s Music for their reception

Heartbeat The Fray
You Found Me The Fray
Anything Could Happen (Mid-tempo) Ellie Goulding
Faster Matt Nathanson
Young Dumb And In Love Mat Kearney
Make Me Wanna Thomas Rhett
Gone, Gone, Gone Phillip Phillips
Hold My Hand Jess Glynne
Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival
Scenes From An Italian Restaurant Billy Joel
Here (In Your Arms) Hellogoodbye
Feel Again OneRepublic
Crazy Love Michael Bublé
Stolen Dashboard Confessional
She’s Out Of Her Mind Blink-182
Stay With You Goo Goo Dolls
Up Around The Bend Creedence Clearwater Revival
Shake It Metro Station
Ho Hey The Lumineers
Yoü and I Lada GaGa
Bennie And The Jets Elton John
Fine By Me Andy Grammer
Don’t Ed Sheeran
Ain’t It Fun Paramore
Me and Julio Down by the Schoo Paul Simon
Only The Good Die Young Billy Joel
This Is How We Do It Montell Jordan  Wedding Party Introductions
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough Michael Jackson  Wedding Party Introductions 
All I Do Is Win (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross) DJ Khaled   Wedding Party Introductions
Make You Feel My Love Adele  First Dance
Crazy Little Thing Called Love Michael Bublé
Better Together Jack Johnson
I Want You To Want Me Letters To Cleo
Smile Like You Mean It The Killers
Never Let You Go Third Eye Blind
You’re My Best Friend Queen
Crush Dave Matthews Band
Don’t Ask Me Why Billy Joel
Virginia Moon Foo Fighters
Fields Of Gold Sting
The Luckiest Ben Folds
Only Wanna Be With You Hootie & The Blowfish
The Longest Time Billy Joel
Shameless Garth Brooks
Island In The Sun Weezer
Bad Liar Selena Gomes
Moondance Michael Bublé
L-O-V-E Nat King Cole
Jump In The Line Harry Belafonte  Centerpiece Giveaway
The River Of Dreams Billy Joel
Jump Right In Zac Brown Band
Body Like A Back Road Sam Hunt
Somebody To Love Queen
You Can Call Me Al Paul Simon
At Last Etta James
I Can’t Help Myself Four Tops  Cake Cutting
Don’t Blink Kenny Chesney  Mother/Son Dance
Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) Billy Joel Father/Daughter Dance
You May Be Right Billy Joel Father/Daughter Dance
Uptown Funk Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars
Billie Jean Michael Jackson
Can’t Stop The Feeling! Justin Timberlake
Cake By The Ocean DNCE
Cheerleader OMI
Bad Romance Lady Gaga
Runaround Sue Dion
The Twist (Re-Recorded) Chubby Checker
Shake It Off Taylor Swift
Yeah! (feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris) Usher
Vivir Mi Vida Marc Anthony
Love On Top Beyoncé
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) (Radio Edit) Backstreet Boys
Wannabe Spice Girls
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) C+C Music Factory
I Wanna Dance With Somebody Whitney Houston
Eenie Meenie Justin Bieber & Sean Kingston
Raise Your Glass (Clean Version) P!nk
Thinking Out Loud [Radio Edit] Ed Sheeran
Friends in Low Places Garth Brooks
Despacito [Remix] Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Feat. Justin Bieber
Bailando Enrique Iglesias Feat. Sean Paul
Hips Don’t Lie (Featuring Wyclef Jean) Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean
Party In the U.S.A. Miley Cyrus
Crazy In Love ( Feat. Jay-Z) Beyoncé
Cupid Shuffle Cupid
September Earth Wind & Fire
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) Michael Jackson
I Love It Icona Pop & Charli Xcx
Danza Kuduro (feat. Lucenzo) Don Omar & Lucenzo
On the Floor (feat. Pitbull) Jennifer Lopez FT. Pitbull
Shout Lloyd Williams
We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae) Fun.
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La Cupola Ristorante and Inn Wedding for Sarah and David


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Sarah and David Boisvert exchanged vows and became husband and wife on June 2, 2017. They had their wedding reception at La Cupola Ristorante and Inn in Litchfield, Connecticut. Their vendor team was Frank Rosa from La Cupola Ristorante and Inn, Richard Ijeh from Chike Photography, Josephine Baah from Blissful Royal Creations, Randy Kessler, and Greg Kessler from GKess Films. 

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Sarah and David’s first dance – “The Story” by Brandi Carlile

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Cake Cutting Ceremony – “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie. Honey Bunch) ” by The Four Tops

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Sarah and David’s Playlist

Song Title Artist
Work from Home Fifth Harmony
Valerie Amy Winehouse
Mom Meghan Trainor
Perfect Ed Sheeran
Galway Girl Ed Sheeran
The Story Brandi Carlile
Castle on the Hill Ed Sheeran
Dear Future Husband Meghan Trainor
X Gon’ Give it to Ya DMX
Danza Kuduro Don Omar & Lucenzo
Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede
Church Bells Carrie Underwood
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) Natalie Cole
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Webb Barn Wedding for Taylor and Kenneth


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Kenneth and Taylor Florence exchanged vows and became husband and wife on May 12, 2017. They met six years ago through friends. Kenneth proposed to Taylor on a Horse Drawn Carriage in Stowe, Vermont.  Collins Entertainment was there to ensure a smooth flowing day and provided the entertainment, DJ and MC services. Taylor and Kenneth had a great team of vendors to work with. Emma Thurgood from Emma Thurgood Photography was there to capture beautiful pictures throughout the day.  The team at Village Catering did an amazing job serving dinner to friends and family.

Processional Music for parents and the wedding party | “A Thousand Years by The Piano Guys

Processional Music for Taylor | “Canon In D” by Johann Pachelbel

Recessional Music | “I Do” by Colbie Caillet

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Taylor and Kenneth’s first dance | “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele

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Taylor’s dance with dad | “Always Be My Baby” by Sarah Evans

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Kenneth’s dance with mom | “(They Long To Be) Close To You” by The Carpenters

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Taylor and Kenneth’s Cake Cutting Ceremony | “Her Eyes” by Pat Monahan

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Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth and Taylor Florence!

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Tower Ridge Country Club Wedding for Alyssa and Charlie


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On January 14, 2017, Alyssa Katherine Standish and Charles Albert Johnson exchanged vows and became husband and wife. Collins Entertainment was there to celebrate with their friends and family along with Marissa Barletta from Wonderland Photography. Their ceremony and reception was held at The Tower Ridge Country Club. Fran, Amanda and the team there did an amazing job! Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Charles and Alyssa Johnson!

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Alyssa & Charlie’s Grand Entrance – Put it on me by Ja Rule 

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Charlie & Alyssa’s First Dance – January Wedding by The Avett Brothers

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Charlie & Alyssa’a Love Story Presentation

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Sugar – Maroon 5 

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Alyssa & Dad’s special dance – In My Life by The Beatles

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Charlie and his three sister’s special dance – Annie’s Song by John Denver

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Fun, fun, FUN!!

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Charlie & Alyssa’s family and friends

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Saint Clement’s Castle Wedding for Kellsie and Paul


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Kellsie Reimondo & Paul Carone exchanged vows on Friday, August 12, 2016 at Saint Clement’s Castle  located in Portland, CT. Collins Entertainment along with Lynn Dimarie from Lyn DiMare Photography worked closely with Kellsie and Paul throughout their day. Judy and her team at Saint Clement’s Castle did a fantastic job catering to their family and friends. Everything flowed very smoothly with the team!

Kellsie and Paul wanted a club feel for their celebration. Our uplighting created a beautiful ambience for the evening and they guests enjoyed our photo booth and props to go along with the dancing! Each introduction for each member of the wedding party was personalized with their very own tribute song! Kellsie and Paul’s vision for their wedding was a fun dance party that was stress-free and smooth flowing. Collins Entertainment spent over 40 hours in advance with the production, planning and preparation for their very special day.  Paul and Kellsie wanted music from the 2000’s or later. Some of their favorites included The Nights by Avicii, Forever by Chris Brown, Beautiful People by Chris Brown Feat. Benny Benassi, Don’t Let Me Down by Chainsmokers Feat. Daya, One Dance by Drake, 679 by Fetty Wap Feat. Remy Boyz, We Found Love by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, and Shake It Off by Taylor Swift to name a few.

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Kellsie & Paul’s First Dance – “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice

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A packed dance floor right after the first dance!

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One of many great memories!

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Kellsie’s Dance With Her Father – “To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks

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Paul’s Dance With His Mother – “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles

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Kellsie’s younger brother in the center tearing up the dance floor!

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Congratulations Kellsie & Paul!

  Jim was the DJ at my wedding on 8/12/16 he was awesome! He was very helpful before the wedding making me feel 100% confident that my wedding would be the best! He listened to exactly what we wanted and everyone was dancing the entire time! I received so many compliments from the guests on Jim and how much fun they had dancing! Leading up to the wedding he was always there to answer questions, and he had ideas that I did not even think of for the ceremony and reception. I had nothing but a positive experience and I am going to recommend Jim in the future.
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Simsbury Inn Wedding for Caroline and Garrett


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On Saturday July 23, 2016, Garrett and Caroline became husband and wife. Their reception was held at the beautiful Simsbury Inn in Weatogue, CT. Collins Entertainment was there to run a smooth flowing celebration. Pattie Candels and her team at The Simsbury Inn were a pleasure to work with! We also worked closely with Erica Hartwig from Organic Moments Photography. ­ The reception was filled with all the emotions that make a wedding “unforgettable.” There was laughter, tears, dancing, great food and drinks and most of all love! Here are just a few moments of a their amazing celebration captured by Erika Hartwig.

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Caroline and Garrett’s First Dance – “We Intertwine” – Larkin Poe

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Caroline’s Dance with her Father – “Unforgettable”  – Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

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Garrett’s Dance with his Mother – Beatles – “In My Life

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Anniversary Dance – “Through The Years” – Kenny Rogers

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Cake Cutting – “Stacey’s Mom” – Fountains of Wayne

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Candlelight Farms Inn Wedding for Pablo and Carolyn


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collinsIt was an honor to emcee and witness Carolyn Arida and Pablo Vela exchange vows and share in the first kiss as a married couple at The Candlelight Farms Inn on July 16th, 2016. The grounds are spread out where guests can mingle for the social hour, play games and enjoy the beautiful farm location. Nancy is the facility’s contact and she is wonderful to work with! We worked closely with Bryan from Halay McGuiness Studios as well Event Caterers. Guests traveled from California, Virginia, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and South Carolina to share their special day with them.

For the processional during the ceremony, Carolyn walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys.

For their social hour music, Carolyn and Pablo chose:

Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
Guys Like Me – Eric Church
T-Shirt – Thomas Rhett
It Goes Like This – Thomas Rhett
Barefoot Bluejean Night – Jake Owen
Play It Again – Luke Bryan
Drunk on You – Luke Bryan
I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Home – Blake Shelton/Michael Buble

Other artists that they enjoy and that were played during the social hour included:

Ellie Goulding, Bruno Mars, Jason Mras, Darius Rucker and Ed Sheeran

For their grand entrance song, Pablo and Carolyn chose “Ain’t Going Down Til the Sun Goes Up” by Garth Brooks

They shared in their first dance together to “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor and John Legend

For their cake cutting ceremony, they chose “Sugar” by Maroon 5.

Carolyn and her father chose a very special song for the father/daughter dance: “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw.

Bouquet Toss song : “Man I Feel Like A Woman” by Shania Twain

Garter Removal/Toss: “Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO

Last Dance: “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett

To end their perfect night, Carolyn and Pablo had a sparkler send off!  Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Pablo and Carolyn Vela!

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Wedding Grand Entrances That Don’t Suck!


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Laura_Will-23You are a guest at your friend’s wedding at a well known venue. You look over at the DJ booth where the DJ is looking around, nervously pacing back in forth. A large banner with the name ROCK PARTY DJs covers the DJ booth. The DJ starts off the evening saying “Um, and at this time, if you could please give me your full attention for a moment. The bridal party is about to be introduced so, if you could please just listen to me so we can get started.”

The DJ’s voice suddenly changes as if he is a talk show host. The music starts and it is blasting at a decibel loud enough to blow everyone’s eardrums. He begins by introducing the wedding party in a phony way and says “Hi everyone, my name is Ray from Rock Party DJs, your number one DJ company and I would like to introduce the bridal party at this time. Let’s hear a round of applause for the wedding party! Here comes the first bride’s maid and groomsman Sue Caroli and Jonathan uhhh….Webber.” He mispronounces both of their names. After the first couple of the wedding party is introduced, there is an awkward silence and the music stops. Everyone turns their heads to look at the DJ behind the booth, waiting for him to do something, anything to fix this! The next couple is introduced. The DJ gives the wrong names when the couple walks out. They are good sports, but most of the people at the wedding know that is not their names. At last, the bride and groom are introduced and the DJ says “at this time, let’s give a round of applause to our bride and groom…let’s hear it for them!” The song being played throughout the introductions is not recognizable and doesn’t fit for wedding introductions or a bride and groom’s grand entrance. Sound like a party you want to attend? I’m betting it’s not!

What did this DJ do wrong and how can we create wedding introductions that don’t suck? There are MANY ways!

First, the Master of Ceremonies failed to connect with the guests at the beginning of the celebration. He sounded awkward, and lacked confidence on the microphone. He didn’t believe what he was saying, so no one else did either! A great Master of Ceremonies will immediately engage your family and friends from the very start of the celebration and set the tone for the reception. He or she will get people excited and ready to greet the bride and groom as they enter the room to have the time of their life!

Secondly, he addressed the wedding party as the bridal party and spoke in a fake talk show voice. He simply was not sincere. Choosing the right entertainment is very important. Your confident MC should have a natural voice and smoothly guide friends and family and the entire wedding party through the introductions.

Third, the music was far too loud. A skilled MC shows up early at a venue prior to the celebration and performs a sound check to ensure the perfect volume level for the music.

Forth, the DJ self-promoted his DJ company at the beginning of his introductions along with the banner covering his booth. A talented MC does not need to attract attention to his company. Is is after all, all about the bride and groom, right?

Next, he doesn’t verify the correct pronunciations of the wedding party in advance OR line them up in the correct order! Your MC should verify all of the members of the wedding party prior to the wedding and then double check again when lining up the wedding party. These missed opportunities could have easily been corrected had the DJ cared enough!

The DJ was not able to use his equipment properly. The music stopped abruptly and everyone noticed! Your skilled MC is educated and trained to use the equipment he or she is operating.

Ray from Rock Party DJs played an unrecognizable song and didn’t even announce the new married couple by their married names!!! He clearly didn’t even know who the couple were!

Choose a Master of Ceremonies who share creative ideas with you and cares about the success of your wedding celebration.

Here are a few ideas that will make your celebration unique and fun:

Choose a different song for each member of the wedding party that suites their personality! If your best friend from college is a peanut butter junkie, maybe the appropriate song would be Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” where the lyrics say ” Smoother than a fresh dry skippy.”

Work together with your MC to create personalized introductions for each member of the wedding party. Sharing little tidbits about each couple can be really fun and your friends and family will learn something about them. Your MC can say something as simple as “best friend from college” or “claims to have been the first person to invent the selfie.” The possibilities are endless!

You can have each member of the wedding party walk in separately or together.

You may decide to choose one song for you and the wedding party. It’s up to you! One thing is for sure, speak with your MC about all of your ideas and trust their expertise. Contact me at Collins Entertainment today to begin the planning of your wedding celebration. I can’t wait to hear about all of your ideas and help bring them to life on your wedding day!

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