Weddings

Blowing Your Own Horn

Posted on: July 27th, 2016 by Mbenson

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You know things are going right for your wedding ceremony, when JUST as your bridal entry music is to start, the Washington State Ferry Captain blows his horn for you to commence walking.  This happened.  I was at the piano dropping fingers to begin when suddenly, HOOOONK!

Image at Seattle’s Waterfront Aquarium – 7.16.16

My MC vs. his

Posted on: July 4th, 2016 by Mbenson

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I attended a wedding in L.A. with a d.j. and got to sample his emcee style. Why is it so many d.j’s use the “game show host” voice?  I’m just sayin – it’s gotta be classy, not schtick. I do my emcee work respectfully and with style.  Folks are pleased. No game show hosts on my gigs.

Image by Azzura Photography, Seattle http://www.azzuraphotography.com

HONORED AGAIN

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016 by Mbenson

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To all our colleagues, clients, and friends – we THANK YOU for your continuing support in this great honor by Seattle Bride Magazine readers and vendors. Congratulations to all Best Of Bride winners and finalists! See you soon on wedding trail – )

Staff love

Posted on: June 19th, 2016 by Mbenson

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“You are the best band we’ve ever heard here.  Our staff just loves you!”

– Gerding Theater events manager, 6.18.16

Weight off of our shoulders

Posted on: June 10th, 2016 by Mbenson

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We just got back from our honeymoon and I wanted to thank you again for everything. I must say how awesome the music was. I initially was worried about how much effort it would be to have a live band at the reception but after contacting many bands and getting poor responses, your professionalism let me know I could just trust you to handle the music. It took a huge weight off of our shoulders for the planning. I especially appreciated how you handled my mistake dialing up our first dance song on the iPhone – again, extremely professional. The music selection was perfect and you made sure we were happy throughout the night without being overbearing. So many people came up to me throughout the night and next day to say how awesome the band was. Thank you so much for playing at our wedding.   –  Spring, 2016 groom.

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Jean-Marcus Photography  http://www.jean-marcus.com

In their own words (staff, May ’16):

Posted on: May 27th, 2016 by Mbenson

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I don’t often give recommendations, but in your case…may I have your card?  – Fremont Foundry staff

Best. Band. EVER. – Roche Harbor staff

You put out the same energy of guys half your age – Alderbrook Resort staff.

Image by:  Lightworks 360  http://lightworks360.com/about/about

What dj’s can’t do

Posted on: May 16th, 2016 by Mbenson

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So you’re watching as a new couple JUST walks onto the dance floor fresh from the bar – at the very end of a slammin song, and they’re lovin it. They want this vibe to keep going, NOT to change. Cuz they’re ready to groove together on it. How do you extend the song for them and not kill the vibe? If you’re a dj, the song is gonna end. You can’t hit rewind cuz that’s the beginning of the song and that’s lame. You can only hope the new song coming up will work out. But, if you’re a live band, and you’re the MBB, you repeat the final out chorus OR, revert to another verse OR, add solo jams OR, add more choruses, etc. etc. as needed. You have real-time OPTIONS to re-arrange the song, and so you do! The couple stays, connects, and commits to the floor. We did this twice last night at Alderbrook Resort. Voila! Success! Done! #whyyouhirethemichaelbensonband

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Can you be our MC?

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016 by Mbenson

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Will you be our MC they ask? But of course! This is a natural part of my work. I deliver any/all announcements clearly and graciously throughout the night as needed, to keep the flow going at our events. It amazes me how many people wonder if they’ll need to hire someone else to make the necessary announcements for them – like a dj?  For that, seriously?  Mais oui! Cest si bon! We have you covered!

Image by Cory Parris – Seattle Wedding Photographer!

 

Where do I begin?

Posted on: February 18th, 2016 by Mbenson

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Where do I even begin? It has been an absolute pleasure working with you! You were so kind and helpful with all the announcements, the guests absolutely loved you, and you did an amazing job with the dance. I can’t say thank you enough. I hope to work with you again in the future and best of luck as we head into the 2016 season! – Jocelyn, with The Invisible Hostess  http://www.theinvisiblehostess.com

Image by Jean-Marcus Strole Photography http://www.jean-marcus.com

 

Bride-To-Be Donates Wedding Party

Posted on: February 6th, 2016 by Mbenson

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The Mary’s Place event http://www.marysplaceseattle.org at Herban Feast SODO Park Seattle.  http://www.herbanfeast.com/venues/sodo-park/

We were HONORED to perform for this heartwarming event – a beautiful example of making “lemonade from lemons” and paying forward with kindness and generosity. Read Monique Ming Laven‘s story below, then copy the YouTube link to discover the magic created by this family. 1675543592702760.webloc http://youtu.be/wVA6GRe7XAA https://www.facebook.com/marysplacedaycenter/

HAVE THE BEST NIGHT OF YOUR LIFE.