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Santino and Marissa wedding reception at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ

Marissa and Santino hire M.E. as their wedding Djs
This is one you'll definitely want to watch ladies and gentlemen. Today we take you to the Grand Ballroom at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ. Mystical Entertainment Group's L.E.D. Video wall in display once again...20 feet by 8 feet of amazing video content!! Indoor pyrotechnics, dance on clouds, intelligent lighting, our Hollywood Photo Booth, Marissa and Santino had it all. The maid of honor even surprised her sister with a special performance by Lucas Prata!! He sang his hit song, And she said!! 

The passion from our team members shows and boy does that translate into an amazing wedding. We are so lucky to love what we do and each night, each crowd, gives us a chance to show it. Team members, Justyn Cruz, John Macaluso, Xavier and Gary come together to throw this epic wedding for our amazing clients. 

Watch the video!!

Wedding first dance selection and other special wedding songs
First Dance: Franki Valli: Can't take my eyes off you

Bride dance with Dad: Bob Carlisle-Butterly Kisses (M.E. short wedding version)

Groom dance with Mom: Jackson 5-I'll be there 

Cake Cutting Song: Michael Buble-Everything


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Joseph and Desiree get married at the Palace in Somerset Park

Joseph and Desiree's wedding reception at the Palace in Somerset
Watch as Joe and Desiree get hitched at the beautiful Palace in Somerset Park. With an outdoor ceremony on the beautiful grounds of the Palace, the reception followed and brought together two diverse cultures together as one. With the Philippine culture loving line dances to many popular songs, a flair of latin music and top hits from today, we worked our wedding dj magic in joining these families together as one. See M.E.'s light scaping create texture on the walls behind the head table, our LOVE L.E.D. letters, our indoor safe pyrotechnics, and Premier DJ package in action. Joe and Desiree also opted for our Hollywood Photobooth which is always a hit.


Wedding Music Selections
First Dance: Dan and Shay- From the Ground Up (Pyrotechnics blast at 3:20)

Dance with Dad- Heartland- I loved her first

Dance with Grandma- Beatles- In my life 

Cake Cutting Song: Nathan Sykes-Over and Over

Bouquet toss song: Mi Gente

Garter Removal: ACDC-Highway to Hell

Garter Toss: Nirvana-Smells like teen spirit

Garter Replacing: R. Kelly-Bump and Grind

Other Wedding Vendors
Photo and Video: MPW Media

Florist: A touch of Elegance Floral 




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Angelo and Tracey get married at the Season's in Washington Township, NJ

New Jersey Weddin DJs host wedding at Season's in Washington Township, NJ
One of our favorite wedding venues in New Jersey, the Season's offers top notch service, amazing cuisine and a beautiful ballroom. This VLOG series brings you Angelo and Tracey. On display is one of M.E.'s top wedding dj package, the Stellar Package. Adding to an already amazing show, Angelo and Tracey added our live percussionist, Crystal and our Hollywood Photobooth. As if that wasn't enough, our indoor firework system added excitement during their first dance on clouds. PERFECTION!! 

Photo and video services: Brian Delia Photography 

Floral Arrangements: Dahlia Floral 

Here's the music they chose!! 

Bridal Party entrance: DaRude-Sandstorm, Mike Macaluso-Final Chapter

Bride and groom entrance: Steve Angello and Laid Back Luke-Show me love

First dance: Vasquez Sounds-Over and over again

Bride and father dance: Robert David, Jeff Bohannon-Kayla's wedding song

Groom and mother dance: Boyz II Men-A song for Mama 

Cake cutting song: Dan and Shay-From the Ground up 

Photo and video services: Brian Delia Photography 

Floral Arrangements: Dahlia Floral 


Watch our Vlog and enjoy!! 



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Steve and Cristina get married at the Manor in West Orange, NJ

Mystical Entertainment Group at the Manor in West Orange, NJ 
Watch as Cristina and Steve host their wedding reception at the Manor in West Orange, NJ. Mystical Entertainment Group's wedding djs John Macaluso and Justyn Cruz host as DJ and MC. On display is the Mystical Cosmic Package  with the addition of our uplighting package  and our Deluxe Lounge Photobooth Rental. Kicking off the spring during this April wedding, Mystical Entertainment Group promised to deliver a party and we think we hit the nail on the head. 

Song selection:

Bridal party entrance music: 

Calvin Harris-Let's Go

Bride and Groom Entrance:

Rihanna-We Found Love

First dance: 

Ray LaMontagne-You are the best thing

Bride-Father Dance:

Celine Dion-Because You loved me

Groom-Mother Dance

Backstreet Boys-The Perfect Fan

Groom-Grandmother Dance

Frank Sinatra-Always 

Watch the highlight video and enjoy dancing in your seat. 




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New Podcast is LIVE "Music is the Answer Episode 001"

Since you are a kickass M.E. app user, you're the first to know...enjoy the new podcast!! DJ Justyn Cruz of Mystical Entertainment Group brings you Moombathon, Pop, and House. If you have any requests for a new podcast, email us and suggest away: 

Enjoy and have an amazing week!! 

Mystical Entertainment Group

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Your Ex at Your Wedding?


Your Ex at Your Wedding?

Your Ex at Your Wedding?
Your wedding day is all about celebrating you and your partner's love for each other-so does an ex fit into that situation?
When you think about your wedding day, you likely envision floating down the aisle to your other half, gorgeous blush peony centerpieces, your photographer taking photos of you in your dream dress-but wait, who is that? Oh, just your ex dancing to "Uptown Funk" on the dance floor with your family members. If this scenario is already giving you heart palpitations, read no farther. But if this sounds like it could be a reality, take a moment to think about how adding your ex to your guest list could affect your wedding day. Your wedding is a celebration of the love that you and your partner have for one another. The day is focused on just the two of you-a blast from the past may not be the best addition to your joyful, drama-free affair. 


Invite the Ex If: 
It was more of a childhood/middle school/high school relationship and it's 100 percent laughable, done with and drama-free now.

Pretty much everyone has had a 'juvenile' relationship-like a fifth grade boyfriend or a prom date they had a crush on-that's so far removed from actual present life that the idea of it is totally laughable and cute. If that person is still in your life and you're good friends, we think it's okay to invite them to your wedding-ONLY IF...

...everyone is 100 percent comfortable with it.

An easy way to judge this is to think about how all key players will react to this person being at your nuptials-you, your partner, your parents, your partner's parents, your wedding party and closest friends and family members. Put yourself in all of their shoes and imagine any negative feelings they could have. If you have even the tiniest fear they'll upset someone or that a guest (or your fiancĂ©) may be distracted by their presence, cut them from the guest list-they'll likely understand why. 

Your ex is a former spouse and you have children together who will be at the wedding.

This is a tricky one-on one hand, the day is about embracing you and your partner as a newlyweds. But on the other hand, if your children are still feeling nervous about the wedding, and you and your ex are on extremely good terms and you both feel it's good to have both parents there to reaffirm and support that this is a good thing, go ahead. But again-make sure everyone is totally comfortable with it. Will both sets of parents be okay celebrating a new relationship in front of this person?

Don't Invite Your Ex If:
Everyone is not 100 percent comfortable with it.

This is because of said reasons above, and because the day is all about you and your partner-so if you don't want your guests' eyebrows to be raised the whole evening as to why your former boyfriend/girlfriend is present, don't invite them. You may be in a good, friendly spot with your ex now, but chances are, the ones who know them will only focus on that time they cheated on you, yelled at you drunkenly outside of a bar, made you cry-the list could go on and on. 

You're worried about how they might act.

Ask yourself these questions: Can your ex be trusted to politely and respectfully enjoy the evening without any supervision? Is your ex delightful as can be sober, but a totally different person drunk? Absolutely avoid any potential sad, nostalgic tears, or even worse, aggressive parking lot fights at the after-party. 

You're worried about how their date might act.

If you invite your ex, you'll need to give them a plus-one for obvious reasons (you don't want them asking to dance with you, do you?). But as their ex, you can't exactly dictate who they'll bring-so if they have a new girlfriend or boyfriend you've never met or you're not crazy about, err on the side of caution and scratch them both. 

You'll have trouble introducing them. 

If the thought of saying, "This is my friend Mike," to your grandmother feels weird and unnatural, don't invite your ex. If the only way you think of them is as your ex, it's going to be awkward for everyone involved-and definitely not the day to do it. 

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Beauty Appointments You Need to Make Before Your Wedding

Beauty Appointments You Need to Make Before Your Wedding
The months before your wedding are already a whirlwind of appointments and meetings, but don't forget to book the below!
1. Dermatologist
Visiting your dermatologist will help get your skin on track before your wedding. If adult acne is a big concern, your doctor can work with you to determine the best skincare routine for your skin type. They can also be the ones you call to zap the zit with a cortisone shot if an unexpected blemish pops up the day before your wedding.

2. Laser Hair Removal
If you think never having to shave again is worth the splurge, then you should consider buying a laser hair removal package a few months before your wedding. It takes about 4-6 treatments for the procedures to be effective so plan accordingly if you want to be hair-free on your honeymoon.

3. Dentist
It sounds cliche, but your smile really is your best accessory on your wedding. Schedule an appointment with your dentist for a quick teeth whitening and smile deep-clean.

4. Hair Colorist
If you're highlighting or coloring your hair before your wedding, it's important to start early. Book a hair consultation three to six months before your wedding to talk to your colorist about your vision. It's also a good idea to bring any examples of hair accessories you plan on wearing so your colorist can determine the best spot to place highlights.

5. Hair Stylist
Up? Down? Half-up/half-down? There are tons of options when it comes to your day-of hairstyle and your stylist can walk you through all of them. It's customary to visit your stylist for a hair trial a few month before your wedding, but for even better results take it a step further. Visit your stylist twice, once for a cut and once for a style. It will give your stylist the chance to familiarize themselves with your hair type and help you brainstorm the best style for you.

6. Esthetician 
This one may not be a beauty necessity, but a nice facial is a pre-wedding ritual (and treat!) we think no bride should go without. Schedule an appointment for two or three weeks before your wedding if you plan on getting something harsh like microdermabrasion-it tends to leave your face red for a few days. If you're just planning on a soothing treatment, the week-of is fine.

7. Makeup Trial
It usually takes a few tries before your makeup artist nails your ideal beauty look, so don't be discouraged! Make sure you set aside a few hours with your makeup artist and bring lots and lots of beauty inspiration for the two of you to look at together. It's also important that you're specific: matte or dewy? bronzy eye or smoky eye? Don't leave anything out, and if it doesn't look right, speak up! They'd rather you be honest so they can fix it.

8. Hair Extensions
Want to give your updo a little bit of extra lovin' on your wedding day? Then you should seriously consider hair extensions. First, do your research to determine which type you want-clip-ins, tape or keratin bonds. Then call your salon to see if they offer extension services and actual extensions or if you have to provide your own. If you do have to provide your own, it's a good idea to bring them to your other hair appointments so your stylist or colorist can get familiar with them.

9. Tanning Salon
The big debate: To tan or not to tan? We understand the idea of walking down the aisle in a white dress while pasty and pale is enough to make anyone shudder, but what makes us cringe even more is the idea of anyone fake baking-don't do it! Instead, make an appointment at a salon for a spray tan with an aesthetician. They will give your body the perfect coat of bornze, and can even contour on a few abs for that honeymoon bikini.

10. Manicurist
Save this particular salon visit for the day before your wedding. Even if you plan on getting a gel manicure that will last for a few weeks, getting your nails done the day before will ensure they are still fresh and shiny for up-close ring shots.

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Wedding Expenses Couples Don't Regret


Wedding Expenses Couples Don't Regret

Wedding Expenses Couples Don't Regret

When it comes to planning your nuptials, there is no shortage of wedding expenses. This is true for attendees and participants, but especially true for the couple who are tasked with making the bulk, if not all. These decisions are often fraught with an uncomfortable amount of dollar signs. The one question almost every couple has when going through the planning process is "Where should I spend my money?" and "Is this really worth the price?"

"We kept going back and forth about whether we could afford one in our budget, but I took the advice of other brides and went for it. So glad we did. They captured the liveliness of the day that photos just can't (even though our photographer was 1,000 percent amazing). Plus, we crack open a bottle of champagne on our anniversary, use our toasting flutes, and watch our wedding vid so it truly doesn't go to waste." -Samantha L.

"We wanted the perfect fairytale, which sounded semi-impossible, but the first time we saw our wedding venue, we knew it was it. All the details-big and small-just felt right. From where our ceremony took place to our reception hall, it fit our theme in every capacity and made each and every wedding decision we made after selecting the venue that much easier." -Sandra H.

"My husband and I met at a concert, so when we were deciding between a DJ and a live band, it was a no-brainer that we'd go with the live band. For our engagement party, we gave out headphones as party favors to give a small nod to our special connection to music. A friend of mine works in event planning and catering and connected me with a contact that her A-list clients use. We set up a meeting, heard demos and it was an easy yes! We ended up booking a 9-person band and is the one wedding expense we splurged on besides the venue itself." -Audrey O.

Hair and makeup
"As anyone who's been a bridesmaid before knows, it's an expensive and exhausting process. You're pretty much 'on call' the entire year prior to the big day to help the bride with planning and panic attacks, attend events like the shower and bachelorette party and purchase all the necessary bridesmaid gear like the dress, shoes and anything else the bride requests. That's why I was more than willing to gift hair and makeup treatments to my girls. They all looked beautiful and felt confident and it allowed us to spend more time together being pampered."-Lytania Mackey Knowles

Cocktail hour
"Our wedding wasn't until 7 p.m. and we didn't want people to be bored waiting around (since it was a destination wedding in Vegas), so we had two cocktail hours-one immediately prior to the ceremony and one immediately after. It gave everyone a chance to let loose and truly enjoy themselves throughout the whole evening. To this day, everyone says how much fun they had and how thankful they were for a such a fun, non-stuffy atmosphere."-Katrina T.

"We rented out a small restaurant for the reception, which was so much better than the standard banquet or catering food at most weddings. We chose a curated, four-course menu with a lot of options you wouldn't normally see at weddings-it wasn't your typical chicken, beef, fish or vegetarian. We also had an open bar throughout the entire dinner. Everybody still raves about the dinner at our wedding. It was a wedding expense worth every single penny."-Anthony T.

Wedding bands
"We were super careful where we spent our money and did really well! I would say we splurged probably the most on our wedding bands (even though we still got 20 percent off!) and don't regret it at all. They will forever be a symbol of our covenant relationship, something that will last a lifetime rather than a day."-Karissa J.


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New Podcast is live!!


New Podcast is live!!

Happy Friday everyone!! We decided to give you some old school flavor with a new school vibe for this wonderful weekend. Head on over to our Podcast section and listen to the smooth sounds of Mystical Entertainment Group's Justyn Cruz, Cruzcontrol. Enjoy and have a great weekend!! 

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You're Annoying Your Bridesmaids


You're Annoying Your Bridesmaids

You're Annoying Your Bridesmaids...
Are you worried that you'll go into total bridezilla mode at some point during your engagement? Or even've already reached that point (if you have, it's okay - relax with these tips), your bridesmaids' behavior can be one of the first telltale signs that something has gone awry. Even without meaning to, you could be getting on their nerves or making them feel unappreciated, causing them to run for cover. Yes, it's your wedding and your bridesmaids should go along with your wishes, but they're also real people, and pushing their buttons is no way to thank them for being part of your special day.

Are you annoying your bridesmaids? Look for these warning signs and find out how to fix the situation.

They've gone M.I.A.

Your bridesmaids take forever to respond to your texts, and at least one person has left the group chat. When you tag your 'maids in funny wedding memes, they don't seem to appreciate your sense of humor (a.k.a. they barely acknowledge anything you share). You expected this to bring all of you closer together, but instead, you feel a little forgotten. What gives?

The fix: Of course your bridesmaids are happy that you've found the love of your life (they agreed to stand by your side, after all!), but it's important to remember that this is your wedding, not theirs. Maybe your bridesmaids are experiencing wedding overload or engagement envy, and as a result, they're not interested in discussing the details of your big day 24/7. In order to avoid constant wedding talk, they're distancing themselves from you and possibly the other bridesmaids - intentionally or unintentionally. Give them a break by shifting your wedding conversations to someone who isn't a bridesmaid, like your mom, a close relative, or someone who has shown genuine interest in the planning.

They don't ask you how wedding planning is going

The only time your wedding comes up in a conversation with your bridesmaids is when you mention it. Even when you reach major planning milestones, like booking a venue or sending your invitations, they don't share the joy of your OMG moment. Sometimes it feels like they're practically ignoring the fact that, helloooo, this is one of the most exciting times of your life!

The fix: If one or more bridesmaid is giving you anti-wedding vibes, a possible reason for her behavior is that she isn't feeling valued. While you probably aren't doing this intentionally, it can sometimes happen if you have a large wedding party, or if a particular bridesmaid doesn't have a super-close relationship with you like the other bridesmaids. This could cause her to detach from the situation by only discussing your wedding when necessary (i.e. thinking logically vs. emotionally).

Another possible reason for her disinterest is jealousy. Maybe a bridesmaid is envious of your wedding or engagement, for whatever reason, and her coping method is to avoid talking about it as much as possible. Either way, you can't force a bridesmaid to show constant interest in your wedding plans - that will only create drama that you definitely DON'T need. Do your best to keep conversations light and positive, with a balance of wedding and non-wedding talk. Focus on her life for a while and ask her how she's doing to re-strengthen your bond. Eventually, she should come around on her own terms.

They're doing the bare minimum

You thought everyone was just as excited about planning the wedding as you are, but now it's difficult to get your group to go above and beyond their basic bridesmaid duties. Your 'maids are supposed to be your besties who celebrate your engagement at every turn and help you plan even the smallest wedding details - or are they?

The fix: Your bridesmaids are not your personal wedding minions (but it's not like you really needed us to tell you that), so as long as they're continuing to be upbeat and following basic bridesmaid etiquette, there isn't any true reason for alarm. If you're constantly guilting your bridesmaids to help with miscellaneous wedding tasks, especially if it's something you could easily do yourself, it could be turning them off to the idea of helping out at all.

Keep your requests simple and intermittent. The bridesmaids who can help you will speak up, trust us! And remember that just because a bridesmaid isn't stepping up to the plate as much as you'd like doesn't always mean that she doesn't want to. There could be other factors coming into play, such as her work schedule, budget, or personal life.

Getting your gals together is challenging

You want your bridesmaids to be one big happy family, but your attempts to plan Father of the Bride marathons, wedding decor crafting sessions, and a destination bachelorette party have all flopped so far. It seems like the harder you try to arrange a get-together, the less willing your #squad becomes.

The fix: Forgetting that your bridesmaids have other time commitments and responsibilities outside of your wedding will only push them away. It's normal to want your bridesmaids to be best friends (if they aren't already), but you can't force it. If you definitely want to plan a bridesmaid bonding activity or two, give your 'maids plenty of notice, ask for everyone's input, and don't make it feel like a huge obligation. Lastly, look for the silver lining: you already have several built-in opportunities, such as your bachelorette party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and the morning of the wedding. Allowing your bridesmaids' bonds to grow naturally will be so much more satisfying

They're talking behind your back

A little birdie told you that your bridesmaids have been chatting amongst themselves and with other people about your wedding planning antics. Even though it's human nature to gossip, it's upsetting to hear that people you're close with are talking about you behind your back.

The fix: Repeat after us: remain calm. Your bridesmaids probably aren't trying to rock the boat here, but if they're feeling stressed out, it's likely that they are looking for a way to vent about it. If a bridesmaid is concerned about something, she's likely checking in with another bridesmaid or two to see if they're on the same page. If she's out of line, rest assured that your other 'maids will put her in her place. Whatever you do, don't confront your gossiping bridesmaids out of anger. Approach them with a level mindset and avoid bridesmaid drama by taking the time to listen to their concerns and working to reach a compromise.

Their opinions become negative or disappear altogether

Your once-upbeat bridesmaid has suddenly become a Debbie Downer or is totally apathetic whenever you ask for her opinion on something. Her go-to response lately is something along the lines of "Just do whatever you want!"

The fix: You might feel like you should be counting your blessings in this case, since dealing with an outspoken or opinionated bridesmaid can sometimes be tricky. But if a bridesmaid has no opinion at all or only has bad things to say about your wedding choices, it's usually a warning sign of a deeper problem. Have you been asking for her input on things this whole time, only to ignore everything she says? If so, she might have had the last straw and is removing herself, and her opinions, from the equation. Don't ask her to weigh in on something again unless you're genuinely going to consider what she says, and remember that changing your tone or putting a positive spin on things when you don't like her suggestions will go a long way.

If it seems like a bridesmaid is genuinely shutting down every decision you make for no reason, she may be trying to steal your spotlight. When this happens, it's best to give her something specific to focus on while you put your energy into other matters.

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