Month: June 2012

The Real Reality

Most people think they have an idea of what an event planner does. They see the TV shows with million dollar weddings and celebrity planners and think most of the day is filled with glitz and glamour.

The truth is planning and producing events is not an easy task. In tough economic times the parties stop, everyone is a bit more cautious and it’s tough for everyone.

Some out there are trying to project the image of the “celebrity event planner” but the truth is many of them are struggling the same as so many other Americans.

I wanted to share with you one of the most honest pieces of information I’ve seen in a long time. Suzi Tozer is an event professional in the St. Louis area. She runs on online group with over 25,000 members representing the best event talent from all over the world. Here is what she shared:

Many of you know that I’m a widow with 3 kids. The US government pays widows social security until the youngest child graduates from high school.  My youngest, Angie, graduated this month and with social security ending, I was left with a gaping hole in my monthly income.  I have a full-time job that I love as an event planner, but I needed that social security to make ends meet. So I took a deep breath, I swallowed my pride, and took a second job, waiting tables.  Remember, I’ve owned an event company & restaurant, am an author of a book, work for a fortune 500 company, but when it comes to paying the bills and sending a child to college, we do what we need to do to keep food on the table and the electric bill paid. 

I don’t mind. It’s sort of fun, and I’m counting it as exercise class.  Ok, I will admit that at the end of the day, my 55 year old feet hurt much more than they did when I was 20. If you too find the money isn’t stretching as far as it needs to, I hope you are able to put your egos aside, and do what you have to do, with a smile on your face.  It will turn around and things will get better.

I’m wishing each of you a successful and productive month.    A month that keeps your company strong, salaries paid and your suppliers bills current.  A month that means you don’t have to supplement your income with a second job.

What struck me is Suzi is like millions if Americans. We are working hard, not complaining or asking for someone to hand us something. We do what we need to do to provide for our family. Many times people don’t understand how hard we work or why we charge what we charge. It’s important to try to change that and realize that no matter what you do, each one of us is working for our family and our future.

Times are tough. There is no doubt about that, but I think if we all look out for one another and help each other when we can things will change and we will be better for it.

My thanks to Suzi for that reminder….

 

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Request Denied: Why Popular Songs Make Our Do Not Play List

One unique part of our DJ entertainment division at Pierce Events is a program designed for schools, proms, dances, churches, family and community events called “Clean Beats”. Each and every time we do a “Clean Beats” show the response is incredible.

Clean Beats” is a fun interactive program that excludes any songs with offensive lyrics, subjects or suggestive content. Turn on top 40 radio and chances are most of those songs will reference sex, drugs, drinking or violence.  Just because a song is edited for radio play does not make it acceptable to our program.

The requests we get from children as young as kindergarten mirror the pop charts and often times kids and even parents are surprised when we reject a song request based on content. What we have found is often times parents don’t really know what lyrics are in popular songs of today, even though they may have heard a song multiple times.

So we thought we would highlight a few songs that we get several requests for but will not play and explain why. We must warn you, some of the lyrics we highlight are offensive.

“Party Rock Anthem” LMFAO – Just the band acronym is a bit off color. It stands for Laugh My F&#*ing A$$ Off. If you can excuse the band name then lyrics on this popular song are hard to excuse. It glorifies drinking and is demeaning to women. Example: “Yo, I’m runnin’ through these hoes like Drano I got that devilish flow, rock ‘n’ roll, no halo”

“We are Young”  FUN – This song with a catchy hook could be about a celebration of youth. Instead it talks about drug use and beating a woman so bad it left a scar. Example: “Give me a second I, I need to get my story straight My friends are in the bathroom getting higher than the Empire State “

“Starships” Nicki Minaj – She is all over the charts but Nicki Minaj sings about stuff we want kids to stay away from. Her pop hit is all about drinking and getting high and is filled with foul language. Several time she repeats “We are Higher than an MFer”

So how do you produce a party with songs kids will like and avoid the objectionable songs? That’s where Pierce Events comes in. Each month we comb through the latest songs, create exclusive edits and bring our fun and upbeat show to all kinds of events. It has been met with rave reviews from kids, parents and school officials because we make it a good time. We don’t just play music, we put on a show.

“Clean Beats” is an affordable alternative to other DJ services and is custom created to fit any age group.  From school parties and family events to homecoming and prom dances, we provide the no worry entertainment. Packages start at just $300. If you would like more information or to book your event contact Pierce Events 724-986-6939.

Making Your Wedding Day, YOUR Wedding Day

Ahh the moment a newly married couple walks into the reception for the first time. All eyes are on them, family and friends cheer as they greet the world as husband and wife.

Over the years we have done all sorts of weddings. Formal, traditional and elegant to fun, unique and wild. A reception is so much more than just a party. It should be a celebration of two special personalities and styles being combined.

We always encourage couples to make the moment unique to them. It should be as fun and funky or as timeless and classic as the couple.

Incorporate special things into your centerpieces. You don’t have to have just flowers. Books, colorful fruits, feathers and other items can be used. 

Wedding Logo :  wedding details invitations monograms wedding logo Wedding LogoConsider a logo. Brand you day! A design of initials or even a short phrase that is special can be projected, printed on invitations, napkins and even furniture. Make it all your own.

Custom lighting can dramatically change any rooms and bring in a color you love.

Unique places & spaces. Couples more and more are getting married and celebrating in non-traditional places. From ballparks to vineyards. Even an amusement park wedding if you want.

Get creative & have fun. If you want to get married on a beach plan a smaller destination wedding with invitations on sand dollars. Getting married on the slopes? Wedding scarves or gloves.

Go Online. Create your own wedding website. Include photos, you story, information and directions. You will keep friends  and relatives in the loop and build excitement for the big day.

Cheers to you! Create a signature drink or drinks and name them after yourselves or your favorite places or things. Check out stirrings.com to find drinks that match your wedding’s theme and colors. You can even use the site to print custom labels and drink menus. 

Theme weddings, which have become popular in recent years, are limited only by your imagination. Western, beach, butterflies, medieval, Harley Davidson—any of these can be the focal point of your celebration from start to finish, and there are plenty of specialty websites and event planners to help you out.

Your Soundtrack Pick songs that are meaningful to you to play at certain times. Keep your guests musical tastes in mind as well and work with your DJ or Band to include something for everyone.

Pierce Events can help you create the perfect wedding celebration to match your own style. Contact them to learn more.