Hosting an anniversary party for multiple couples sounds tricky, especially when it involves 100 couples and a whole state. You are probably thinking - an anniversary party for 100 couples, how could anyone pull that off? Well, one local radio station did it, creating an anniversary celebration of statewide proportions. To pull off an event of this magnitude, you have to work with the best - which is why they turned to GigMasters for their entertainment needs. When we heard about this creative event, we had to find out just how they made it happen. This past Valentine’s Day, the state of Arizona turned 100 - (Happy belated birthday Arizona). To celebrate the state's birthday, Phoenix’s top-rated radio station MIX 96.9 hosted a “100 Years of Love” event which included a vow-renewal ceremony for 100 couples. That's right, 100 couples! A wedding/birthday party - pretty creative right? 

Kiss

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Tea,

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Nearly 200 people attended the event at Desert Ridge Marketplace where an outdoor stage was set-up with high-top tables, and plenty of room for people to dance. The attire for the wedding/birthday party was semi-formal, but some listeners in the wedding spirit went all out in bridal dresses and tuxedos. Guests enjoyed an open bar, catered buffet, and wedding/birthday cake. Morning-show host Mathew Blades led the vow-renewal ceremony and attendees also sang happy birthday to Arizona. 

Wedding Singer Brian Burtless

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GigMasters member and professional singer/rock piano player, Brian Burtless was the main entertainment for the night. Throughout the party, he played upbeat pop music from the mid 80’s to today. As the night progressed, the music slowed it down for the romantic couples. “Brian's slow songs were the biggest hits, but he also killed it with songs like "What I Got" (Sublime) and "Zoot Suit Riot" (Cherry Poppin' Daddies)” said Joshua Chilton, Events Manager. Brian said some crowd favorites were “Faithfully” by Journey and “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith. He also did a rendition of the popular Adele song “Rolling in the Deep”. “Brian was definitely the hit of the party,” said Joshua. 

Dance

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In addition to the vow ceremony guests also had the opportunity to take a wedding picture next to the cake and participate in various contests. Prizes included everything from gift certificates for the shops at Desert Ridge Marketplace to a 2-Night Stay at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. “I think the event was just amazing!  There was a huge turnout and we all had a great time,” said Brian. “I was honored that they chose me to entertain”.

What do you think of this creative party? Have you ever celebrated a “birthday” for your state or town? Let us know in the comments below.