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Custom Staging for Corporate Events

Most large companies find themselves hosting a live event at least once a year. This may be a brand activation, a business roundtable, a public address, etc. These events generally require space for a crowd, risers for hosts, guests, or press; and at the center of everything, a stage.  The stage ends up taking a substantial portion of every shot, and is the one thing you can guarantee will be visible to everyone in attendance. This presents an opportunity for branding, as well as design. By incorporating the right elements of design into branded stage construction, you can maximize the effect of your branded event. The experienced event producer knows: if the stage ain’t branded, it ain’t doing its job. Branding A stage properly positioned

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MC Who? How to Decide if I Need an MC for my Event

“Mic check, mic check….is this thing on?” Anyone who occasionally finds themself engaged in public speaking has experienced the awkwardness involved with it. Not knowing how to handle a microphone, forgetting a line, or getting thrown off by a lack of attention from the audience – these are all hazards one faces in the art of presentation. In many cases, these faults can severely undermine the credibility of the speakers and the hosting organization. Thankfully, the role of the MC is designed to address these issues.  An MC is, by trade, adept at enthusiastic and charismatic presentation, refined public speaking, and engaging the audience. Public Speaking Pro   The role of the MC necessitates speaking confidently and clearly. This person needs to be the center

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Headshot or Portrait: How to Choose 

Aren’t headshots the same as portraits? If you are in search of an answer to this mind-boggling question, you are in the right place! In this article, we will explain the differences between headshots and portraits. We will also cover how to choose between the two. Headshots Headshots are close-up photos of your face—shoulders and up—with the subject gazing straight into the camera. Headshots are used on business cards, websites, marketing materials, or online profiles that require a professional appearance.  Headshots are for introducing yourself to clients and communicating with them about your approachability, experience, and trustworthiness. Besides that, they are great for a LinkedIn profile, CV, company website, or an audition if you’re a musician, model, etc. Portraits A portrait is a distinct image

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Producing the Perfect Brand Activation

Experiential Marketing in any major city requires careful attention to detail and a commitment to quality. Consider these elements as being of the utmost importance as you begin piecing together the perfect brand activation for your company and prospective consumers: Branded messaging   Perhaps the most important element of experiential marketing is branded messaging. If a potential client or consumer leaves the event without the name and slogan of the host company in the back of their mind, the whole thing will have been a waste.  This should be done in a consistent and comprehensive way, with attention paid to everything from signs, banners and GOBOs to name tags, pens and lanyards.  Anything that increases your chance of having a lasting impact on the consumer

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Holiday Party 101

Sometimes, this planning is forced to execution at the very last second (especially this year!). For those in such a position, let this article be a checklist for your essential holiday party needs.  Just because it was approved at the last second doesn’t mean the production of your company’s ultimate holiday party has to suffer! Here are the most essential items that your ultimate holiday party needs to succeed. Holiday Decor. We all know it’s not a holiday party without some holiday decorations.  While the holiday itself may vary, or more likely, may remain ambiguous, some decorating is in order to define the party as festive and seasonal. Some easy and effective treatments include faux snow, bistro and bokeh lighting, and GOBOs! Color choices may

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Teambuilding at Corporate Events in 2021

As companies come back from a year of virtual events and work-from-home growing pains, morale is likely to be a little lower than it was pre-pandemic.  As such, many are looking to provide the comforting experience of company holiday parties to remind employees of what makes their company a special place to work. Teambuilding plays a crucial role in company morale and that can’t be underestimated in a time of hybrid and virtual event hosting. Whichever way you choose to approach it, this is the time to put your employees first and charm them with some end-of-year merrymaking and a celebration of the success you all brought in together. Here are a few ways you can shake off the dust and host a special teambuilding

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Great Ideas For Your DIY Photo Booth

Great Ideas For Your DIY Photo Booth   In recent years, photo booths have become an essential fixture for any event. Be it a wedding, birthday, or any party at all, a photo booth is key for amping up the party from the start!  Photo booths have the potential to instantly take your party from a 6 to a 10, adding a fun, interactive element and ensuring your guests have pictures as keepsakes. The only problem with photo booths is that they can be expensive. For that reason, only professional photographers generally invest in photo booths and the necessary materials. The cost of hiring a photo booth shouldn’t stop you, though! Here are some great ideas for making a DIY photo booth to use at

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Seating and Design Ideas for Small Wedding Venues

There are few events as special as a Wedding, and a tremendous amount of planning is required to pull off a “perfect” one. While we advise not to let the stress get to you and to let the little things go there are a few arrangements that need to be made to ensure that your guests have fun and are not inconvenienced. Among the most important of them is the design of the floor plan and arrangement of seating. Planning your seating and decor arrangement in a bigger venue is easier, although it has its own set of challenges; this process becomes all the more important and challenging if your wedding venue is small. That said, there is still so much you can do within

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3 Ways that Extraordinary musicians are contributing to the musical landscape of Washington, DC

Our roster of talented musicians for weddings and private events features some that are heavily active in the music scene of Washington DC, working to produce art and events that put a focus on the vibrant culture and community of the area.  Here are some of the more recent examples of our artists’ work in the area: Elijah has been fronting jazz ensembles and recording in the DC area, as well touring the world on his original music since graduating from Howard University’s jazz program.  His productions and performances have garnered the attention of international jazz publications and critics, and he has numerous titles as finalist and semi-finalist in competitions, both in DC production company Gaithersburg and abroad. Most recently, Elijah has taken to public

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Hiring A DJ For Weddings in Washington

You want уоur wеdding day tо be as реrfесt аѕ you could possibly imаginе it. This is a special dау and it is imроrtаnt tо find a DJ who iѕ professional and еxреriеnсеd, giving your wеdding thе аttеntiоn it dеѕеrvеѕ. Thе DJ iѕ еntruѕtеd with thе imроrtаnt rоlе of еntеrtаining your guеѕtѕ. Because most new wedding couples lack experience working with DJs, here we address sоmе оf thе factors that nееd tо bе considered to reduce thе likelihood of рrоblеmѕ. Rеliаbilitу and Communication Before саlling potential DJѕ, decide on thе dаtе, time and lосаtiоn. Rates mау bе vаriаblе for еасh of thеѕе factors. A Sаturdау night function may bе more expensive than a day-time еvеnt. Thе time аnd durаtiоn iѕ аlѕо nесеѕѕаrу to рlаn in

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Covid Questions When Booking Entertainment

Depending on what state or even county you are in, venue regulations due to COVID-19 can be very different. As more wedding venues open and couples become more creative with their venue options, there will be an increase in weddings. One of the most important parts to any wedding is the entertainment which can be a band, DJ, photo booth rental, light shows and more. All of these forms of entertainment are unique but have to operate similar when it comes to provide a service for your wedding. Weddings were known superspreader events early on in the pandemic but there are some measures to help protect you, your guests, and your vendors. For the most part, vendors are at the mercy of the venue rules.

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Which DJ is Right For Us?

Picking the right entertainment for your wedding is not always an easy task. Even if you and your fiance have a favorite DJ from nights out on the town, there are several things to consider before committing to one of the most important parts of your wedding. Most couples want a wedding DJs who will pack a dance floor, but you also will need someone to make announcements and host your wedding. You’ll need a DJ who knows their way around sound, not just the turntables. You will have some of the most important words spoken through a microphone on your wedding day and you want to make sure it sounds crystal clear and doesn’t have any annoying feedback. You will want a DJ with

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360 Booth – Urban One Honors Awards at MGM National Harbor 

360 Video Booth – Urban One Honors Awards 2019 MGM National Harbor December 5th, 2019   What an incredible experience it was to be a part of the 2019 Urban Honors Awards celebrating their 40th Anniversary.  In the presence of some of the best in the entertainment industry, including phenomenal performances by Anita Baker, Ne-Yo, Chris Tucker, Chance the Rapper, Bobby Valentino, and more. It was one of the best shows we’ve ever attended! Our 360 booth was in full rotation and the guests couldn’t get enough of it. In partnership with Urban One, we provided our 360 video booth experience for attendees to enjoy during the show. Through branded overlays, social sharing, and a live slide show monitor, we gained thousands of impressions, shares

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Macey & Joshua’s Oxon Hill Manor Wedding – Maryland DJ Jeff Lang

A rainy day on a Sunday in June at Oxon Hill Manor set the stage for Macey and Joshua’s wedding celebration. Featured in Style Me Pretty, this European wedding was one to remember after the rain passed and a rainbow emerged. The ceremony began on the back terrace accompanied by musical cues from Maryland wedding DJ Jeff Lang of Extraordinary Entertainment. After some classic songs, the couple said their vowels and was pronounced husband and wife as they departed to This Will Be (An Everlasting Love). Following the ceremony, guests shifted to the cocktail hour for delicious appetizers, hand-crafted drinks and diverse musical selections by DJ Jeff. As guests made their way into the reception space to be seated, DJ Jeff Lang coordinated to get

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Tips For Booking A Photo Booth Rental For Your Event

Are you considering a photo booth rental for your special event? A photo booth can be a fantastic way to add excitement and entertainment while capturing all the memories you will have for a life time. There are lots of available styles from open-air and enclosed units, to live photo stations, digital booths, multi camera arrays, magic mirror and even the 360 booth. Let’s take a deeper dive into it all! Open Air Photo Booth The open-air photo booth is one of the most popular styles there is special events. Its open format allows for larger group shots of up to 10+ people at a time. This is great for weddings, mitzvahs, birthdays and corporate events where lots of friends and family are present. Classic

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Rocio & Todd’s Glen Ellen Farm Wedding – Maryland DJ Andrew Robinson

Love was in the air on a perfect day in October at Glen Ellen Farm in Frederick, MD. It was cool and sunny as guests began arriving to a beautiful ceremony overlooking the pond. As guests took their seats, Maryland Wedding DJ Andrew Robinson played a backing soundtrack to set the mood. The vowels were said, a kiss exchanged, and the new Mr. and Mrs. Patton were departed! As guests made their way to the cocktail, sounds of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Shawn Mendes, and other hit songwriters filled the air. The rustic style, barn-ruins area at the venue was the perfect setting for good conversations, tasty hors-d’Oeuvres, and plenty of cocktails. As the sunset, the bell chimed and we were off to the reception. As

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Booking A 360 Photo Booth Rental For Your Event

What Is The 360 Photo Booth? You might have heard of it, but are probably wondering just what exactly is the 360 photo booth? The 360 photo booth is one of the hottest entertainment and event experiences currently on the market. Widely called a 360 photo booth, it is actually a video booth that captures 120 frames a second. Users step on the platform, while a revolving video camera spins 360 degrees around to capture slow-motion video. It is one of the most creative content captures there is, and the perfect experience for client’s looking to add excitement to their live event or brand experience. There are a few videos in this article to help you get a better sense for how it works and

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Tips For Socially-Distanced Event Planning

  The current state of the event planning world has left many wondering how best to celebrate momentous occasions that demand festivity without risking the safety of attendees.  While this is new territory for most of us, we can thankfully turn to the wonders of modern technology and the ingenuity of event planning professionals to make our visions come to fruition, despite the constraints of pandemic safety protocols.     Below we have outlined some strategies for event planning while reducing risks to public health. 1). Safe and spacious settings One of the primary rules that has guided all public gatherings for the last year has been social distancing.  Maintaining over six feet of space between guests is the absolute   minimum that can be done

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360 Booth at 2020 NAACP Image Awards with BET

360 Booth Takes The Red Carpet At 2020 NAACP Image Awards With BET  – Pasadena Civic Center – 2.22.20   To the West Coast we go! The Extraordinary Entertainment team recently packed up and headed out West to bring our 360 Video Booth to the red carpet. The 2020 Images Awards were only days away, in beautiful Pasadena, California.  In partnership with BET, NAACP and Walmart, we curated a one of a kind 360 slow-motion video experience for some of America’s biggest celebrities!     One flight and a few Ubers later, we arrived on the red carpet and got to work. After weeks of planning, design swaps, travel and numerous manufacturing delays in China due to the virus, it was amazing to finally bring

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Tips for Couples When Choosing a Wedding DJ

If you’re in full-swing preparation for your wedding, you might still need to find a DJ. Don’t worry if the process feels overwhelming. Plenty of couples have been right where you are before! Finding a wedding DJ doesn’t have to be difficult. Just follow the tips below and you’ll be well on your way! 1.    SET UP A MEETING This meeting will allow you to get a feel for your wedding DJ’s personality and the atmosphere that he or she will bring to your reception. If you stick to communicating via email, you may end up with a budget-friendly option but not actually what you want. Wedding planning gets busy, and between wedding cake tasting, picking a dress, choosing a caterer, selecting a venue, and

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