Success

Top Tips for the Perfect Party

A lifelong entertainer and certified event planner with over 25 years experience, NYX Entertainment & Events CEO and Creative Director Howard Teger knows a thing or two about throwing a great celebration! Here are his Top Tips for the Perfect Party.

1 – Timing Is Everything!
Spacing out food, formalities, and dancing is the key to a party that flows naturally for the best guest experience. It is essential to balance these three main elements of your party. Fight the urge to have all of your formalities at the beginning. While these moments are critically important to you, making sure all your guests have fun should be important as well.

2 – Meet and Greet!
You absolutely need to go meet your vendors at their offices! There is invaluable peace of mind in shaking hands with the people you’re counting on for one of the most precious days of your life. Referrals from your friends and reviews from websites like Yelp! are valuable, but they are only part of the equation. Friends and reviewers may not know which parts of your big day are the most important to YOU.

In addition to being able to see the professionalism of the environment in which they work to prepare for your event, you should get a feel for whether a vendor’s personality is compatible with yours. You will be spending a lot of time working on event details with these people. Meeting them at their headquarters will reveal crucial insight on the scale and scope of their operation as well as the level of time and attention they will devote to making your event a resounding success!

3 – For A Good Time, Call… A Professional!
Just as you wouldn’t go to a part-time doctor if you needed surgery, you shouldn’t go to a part-time vendor for your once-in-a-lifetime event. Full-time professionals often have years more practice and experience under their belt, which helps them deal with the inevitable curve balls so smoothly that your guests never even knew there was an issue! And should your part-time vendor strike out, you may have very little legal recourse.

When someone’s livelihood depends on making sure your event is flawless, you will get a much higher standard of performance and customer service. This applies to florists, caterers, photographers, entertainment, party planners, and decorators. We would be happy to point you in the direction of the industry’s finest professionals in all of those areas (and we recommend you go meet them! – see #2).

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So there you have some quick tips that will help for your first interactions with potential vendors. If you have any questions or need help getting started, we’d be glad to help you. Email info@nyxevents.com or drop us a line at 301.984.0500 anytime.

Team NYX at Tour de Cure

As this year’s Tour de Cure approaches, we’d like to call attention to this great cause. While team NYX on bicycles would be entertaining in and of itself, the American Diabetes Association brought us on-board for their 2013 event to do what we do best:rock the crowd! We wish them continued success with their fundraising goals again this year.

Thanks for letting us be a part of your team in the best way possible, American Diabetes Association! We’re looking forward to our continued partnership, and many more successful events!

The Best Playlist Ever Made!

One of the most important aspects of any great party is the music. With guests ranging in age from 8 to 80, multiple cultures, religions, and personalities, the best playlist ever made must not leave anyone out.

No one understands this better than the DJs at NYX. When you combine the talent and experience of our seasoned professional DJs with your personal favorite songs, the result is your perfect playlist.

Our state-of-the-art online music portal allows you to engage with your NYX DJ 24/7. In addition to the ability to manage all the details of your event, you’ll be able to browse our library of hundreds of thousands of songs and create the dream musical landscape for your occasion using the following categories:

1. The “Must Play” List
These are the important songs that must be played. They’re the songs that we’ll use for special introductions and any other formalities you may have planned. They’re the songs that aren’t negotiable. Think about the anthems of your generation that you’ll adore hearing throughout the night or maybe songs that take you back to a specific, happy time of your life that you want to share with your guests.

2. The “Do Not Play” List
We like to keep you and your guests happy. We know your NYX DJ will only play the best tracks, but we want YOU to know that, too. Just to be sure we’re on the same page, we offer you the “do-not-play” list.

3. The “Play Only if Requested” List
These aren’t your favorite songs, but you wouldn’t mind hearing them if your guests would like to. Often what makes this list are songs that have choreographed line dances. Your DJ will only visit this list when your guests ask for something, it’s clear that they will have fun dancing to it, and it fits appropriately into the schedule and flow for your event.

4. The “Dedications” List
These are the songs for which you would like your DJ or MC to make an announcement. Is someone at your party celebrating a birthday or anniversary? Perhaps you’d like to have a special dance for someone that has traveled particularly far. Maybe you’d like to rile up your rowdy college friends or sing along to your team’s fight song. Let’s be sure we note it in this section so we don’t miss that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Make It Memorable
Our goal is to deliver a happy mix of music ensuring that every guest leaves your party having heard their favorite song. Our experienced DJs can read the crowd and will intuitively know what to play to keep your dance floor moving. The best playlist ever made is the one you will make with us… The one that will make your #BestDayEver memorable for years to come.

Need Suggestions?
The soundtrack to your event is a huge part of what makes it memorable for your family and friends. Need help getting started? Call us today so that we can begin creating the best playlist ever made.

What Happens When Entertainment Designers Collaborate with Graphic Designers: Our New Brochure

We’ve been waiting to show you these brochures for what feels like forever! We teamed up with the creative mind of Mareta Creations to create our new, elevated “brochure,” which you can get a sneak peek of below:

The Box
One of our “brochures” takes on the box-invite form. Check it out:

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The Invite
Our other “brochure” takes on the classic invitation-look. After all, who wouldn’t want to be invited to the entertainment experience of a lifetime?

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WeddingWire World 2013 Recap: 3 Things We Learned

As professionals, it’s important to understand that yes, we’re good at what we do. But, it’s also important to understand that there’s always room for improvement. Yesterday, team NYX attended WeddingWire World 2013 at The Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., in efforts to learn more and improve our business.NYX Entertainment & Events WeddingWireWorld

We had the pleasure of sitting in on a few of Alan Berg‘s lectures; the following are three of our favorite tips that Alan shared yesterday about how to improve your company’s website.

Enjoy!

1. Create a blank album
Take your photo album section to the next level with a call-to-action element. Creating a blank photo album with the title “Your Event Here” is a subtle means of getting your potential client to envision their event with your company’s services.

2. Create an “About You” section
Your website is about your company and your client. Show off your expert knowledge while building your credibility by showing that you know your client right from the start in an “About You” page.

3. Have a short contact form
Make it easy for a potential client to contact you. Make your contact form short. Even better: make it so your client can contact you directly at a personal e-account rather than sending them to an “info@” generic account.

Ted Talk Tuesday: Richard St. John

Everyone has his or her own definition of success. For some, success means earning money, buying a big house or maybe a fancy car. Perhaps for others, success is levitating to a higher social standing or winning an award.

For our team at NYX, success is nearly impossible to define as a single item or ideal. Instead, we’ve created our own definition by drawing from approximately eight components, as outlined by Richard St. John’s Ted Talk, “Eight Secrets of Success.”

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While we haven’t taken the past 7 years to interview approximately 500 people about their personal definitions and secrets of success, we have taken the past 20 to design and produce entertainment for more than 15,000 events. Our alternate route to discovering the secret and definition of success led us to the same enlightenment.

Be Successful Every Day
Every day, the team at NYX Entertainment & Events acknowledges following elements to be sure that the day is, in our opinion, successful:

  • Passion
  • Work
  • Focus
  • Persistence
  • Creativity
  • Professionalism
  • Drive
  • Customer Service

The Perfect Recipe
The eight elements highlighted by Richard St. John, and adapted by NYX, are the best ingredients for a successful business day. We’ve used the recipe for countless days, weeks and years to produce award-winning events and entertainment, most notably:

We’d like to thank Richard St. John for fleshing-out his discoveries in such an eloquent fashion, and we’re proud to say that NYX Entertainment & Events is a passionate, hard-working, focused, persistent, creative, driven and professional team that focuses on customer service and delivering the highest level of entertainment for every client.