Same-Sex Weddings

What to Know Before Hiring A Band

Bands are a time-honored tradition that have been partying down with us since we learned to bang two sticks together. There are a few things you should know about finding and hiring the right band.

What type of band is right for your event?

We’ve broken down musical acts into 3 types of bands that you can hire for an event. The type of event you’re having would necessitate the type of band that would work well for you.

Traditional Party Band

Let’s say you’re having a traditional event like a wedding, anniversary or birthday, where you want a nice mix of music to satisfy everyone from 8 to 80 musically. For that, you would want a traditional party or dance band.

Strings/Orchestra (Soloists, Duos, Trios, Quartets)

If you’re having a more conservative event, you may not want the music in the forefront, but rather to sit behind and create a soft, pretty background while guests enjoy the event. For that, you would want an orchestra band (flutes, clarinets, strings, winds) to create a classical mix.

Novelty Act

Maybe you’re having a themed event around a particular time in history, a specific genre of music, or a certain artist. For that, you would want a novelty act. A great example of a novelty act would be an 80’s band or a Beatles tribute act.

What’s New in Bands?

There’s a new type of musical act hitting the scene in a big way. It’s called a hybrid (or fusion) band. It’s the combination of a band and DJ playing simultaneously. It’s hot, it’s new, but not everybody can pull it off. It’s on the forefront of entertainment! To learn more and see video of NYX Live in action, click here.

Question:

“We hired an awesome band that we absolutely love. However, the band leader has indicated to me that they can’t meet all of our musical requests. What are our options?”
A: You really have two…

  • Ask the band leader if you can tie into their sound system with your iPod or MP3 player. When they take a break, you can pop on your iPod and play all your favorite requests!
  • Hire a DJ to supplement those breaks who can spin all your favorite requests live.

Thanks for your questions and, as always, we want to hear from you! Email us at info@nyxevents.com.

The Night of Your Dreams (on a budget)!

Since you’ve been anticipating this event for many years, you likely already know your total budget. But once you start reserving services for your party, it’s easy to get caught up in the creative and artistic side of planning. That might leave you getting carried away with one aspect of your event and finding yourself in a bind when you have to take money from another. To avoid that situation, here are some ways to make sure your budget turns into the night of your dreams!

1 – Budget Your Budget!
Be sure to have your total properly allocated to the appropriate vendors before you go to meet them. All vendors will need to have some idea of your budget in order to give you the most for your money. Top industry vendors will also want to clearly communicate what they will deliver for that price so that your expectations are met.

Be prepared with your expected guest count and allocated funds for their particular area of expertise when they ask. Much of your allocation will be defined by what is most important to you. But if you would like some advice on what a typical allocation looks like, feel free to give us a call and we’ll gladly walk you through some case studies with similar budgets to yours.

Traditional wisdom says you will not get as good a deal if you disclose your budget. But reputable event professionals already have pricing established for their services. Discussing your budget will allow them to put the best package together for you knowing the guidelines with which you’re comfortable.

2 – Deal or No Deal!
To quote the old adage, “If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.” Sometimes in an attempt to be cost-conscious, certain aspects of your party can suffer. It’s important to educate yourself so you know where that line is. There’s nothing wrong with getting a good deal, but the good deal has no value if the service you hire ruins that aspect of your party.

A true professional that can deliver quality results consistently, and has the reviews and reputation to back it up, will only discount so far. They know the value of their service. You will find that if you compare several high-level vendors, their prices will be similar. Once you’re convinced that the vendors you’re considering will definitely provide great performance and value, then your selection of a vendor becomes a matter of personality and service.

3 – Packages Provide Prudent Pricing!
Check with your vendors to see if they specialize in multiple areas of need for your event. It is good for your bottom line to minimize the total number of vendors for your event, because each vendor will have delivery and setup fees associated with the items or activities they provide. For example, if your DJ is already bringing sound, video, and lighting equipment, it is likely cheaper for them to supply your lounge than securing a separate company, as they already have labor and trucking reserved for your date. Ask your vendors about package deals!

More info…
If these quick budget tips were helpful, let us offer advice in other aspects of your Mitzvah celebration. If you have any questions or need help with any part of your party, we’d be glad to assist. Email info@nyxevents.com or drop us a line at 301.984.0500 anytime.

LGBT Weddings: Forms and Formalities

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Our Experience

As a company that embraces our amazing friends and clients in the LGBT community, we’ve been honored to be a part of many elegant same-sex weddings. As part of our evolving communication with engaged couples, we’ve invested the time into creating some forms which take into account the feedback they’ve given. We offer them here as a gift to the community, wedding planners, wedding venues, officiants, and other DJs. Feel free to use them and/or change them to suit your company or your clients.

So What Has Changed?

Language. We’ve asked our same-sex couples how they’d like to be formally presented to their family and friends, and the response has been “newlyweds”.

Formalities/Activities. Most of our same-sex couples aren’t interested in activities like the garter removal and bouquet toss, so we’ve changed those sections of our document so that they can write in these kinds of activities if they would like them.

Besties. Traditionally, most of our grooms have had a best man, and most of our brides have had a maid or matron of honor. However, one of the greatest toasts I’ve heard in my 24 years as a DJ was by the female best friend of one of the grooms at a recent wedding. This client asked for her to be presented as his “Best Person”.

Special Dances. The father/daughter and mother/son dances still play a very important role in paying homage to loving relationships with our clients’ parents. Recently, we’ve hosted some partners who have chosen formal dances with special people other than the opposite sex parent. Our planning tools now reflect those wishes.

How can we help?

More work is still needed to address same-sex couples with the level of dignity and respect they deserve on the most important day of their lives. NYX Entertainment & Events is working toward that goal and if these documents can assist you, it is our honor to present them. We’re open to your feedback on how they can be improved, and what other considerations we can make to produce for all of our couples their #BestDayEver.

Download:

http://bit.ly/NYX-Events-Same-Sex-Wedding-Docs – zip file contents are virus-free .pdf files.