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Platinum Productions supports veterans

On any given day there are almost 60,000 homeless veterans out on the streets, and while a lot of people know that’s 60,000 too many, few realize that almost 5000 of those veterans are women. Here in Central Massachusetts, their cause is being taken up by a truly wonderful organization, The Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center (MVoC), a private non-profit organization headquartered in Gardner, which has been providing readjustment support services and housing to veterans since 1981. Currently, however, there are no dedicated services in this region designed to assist with the specific challenges that women veterans face today.  The MVOC is stepping up by introducing a comprehensive women’s initiative, which will focus on providing appropriate services and living environments specifically meant for women veterans, helping them to overcome challenges and re-establish a healthy, balanced, and productive way of life.

Part of that helping hand comes in the form of safe, comfortable, temporary housing at a residential center called Cathy’s House in Winchendon, which opened in September. Cathy’s House is a clean, sober, and safe community living environment where residents live and work towards regaining individual personal wellness and an independent and responsible lifestyle.   Each resident will live and maintain her own room setting but share common living areas and responsibilities as part of the program under the oversight of a staff case manager and resident house manager or management team.

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Platinum Productions Reinforces Relay for Life

Relay for life 2015At Platinum Productions, we’re happy to support our community and great causes, such as the Relay for Life of Greater Gardner. That’s why we’re proud to have been selected to supply live sound, lighting, and visual displays for the event, which was the #1 Relay in New England last year and 15th in the world! Last year, the Greater Gardner Relay for Life raised more than half a million dollars in an area that’s been hard hit by the recent economic downturn – that speaks volumes about the people around here.

Relay for Life is a fundraising walk to end cancer. Teams of participants camp out around a track and take turns walking around the track in a family-friendly event to raise money through sponsors. To help boost spirits and keep non-walking team members occupied, entertainment, food, and games are provided. The money raised by the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life goes to help people affected by cancer, providing funding for several different programs, such as Road to Recovery and Reach to Recovery, as well as for lodging during treatment at one of ACS’s Hope Lodge facilities.

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Proud to be part of “Celebrating Women – An Evening with Rita Moreno”

Rita MorenoWhen Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and Oscar winner Rita Moreno came to Fitchburg recently with her one-woman show, “Celebrating Women – An Evening with Rita Moreno” to benefit Gardner’s House of Peace & Education, Inc. (HOPE), Platinum Productions was proud to be chosen to provide production services for the big event.

Moreno — whose career has spanned six decades and countless movies, TV shows, and stage productions – came to town to tell stories from her illustrious career, punctuated with musical numbers performed with a piano accompanist. Moreno won an Oscar for her supporting role in 1962’s hit musical “West Side Story,” after which she went on to perform in a variety of productions, including major motion pictures such as “Carnal Knowledge” and ”The Four Seasons”, as well as  a wide range of television shows including The Rockford Files and even “The Muppet Show.”

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Platinum Productions, Incorporated Wins a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2015

CCA'15-BadgeJanuary 20, 2015 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named Platinum Productions, Incorporated as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 for Entertainment!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Platinum Productions, Incorporated. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“It’s always exciting to start the year by honoring the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who represent more than two million reviews on our website,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Each of the businesses recognized are committed to quality, professionalism and all around top-notch service. We applaud Platinum Productions, Incorporated for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Platinum Productions, Incorporated is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals throughout North America and abroad.

Platinum Productions, Incorporated is proud to be one of the top entertainment services in the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015.

For more information about Platinum Productions, Incorporated, please visit our website today at PlatinumProductionsMA.com.

To learn more about the Couple’s Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

About WeddingWire
WeddingWire, the leading technology company serving the $100 billion wedding and events industry, is the largest online vertical marketplace connecting engaged couples with event professionals. With more than two million consumer reviews, it is the industry leader in consumer reviews. The site enables engaged couples to search, compare and book from an extensive database of more than 200,000 recently reviewed event professionals, from venues to photographers. WeddingWire provides event professionals with the technology they need to serve their clients, including a SaaS platform, which powers advertising, marketing, and CRM needs of local wedding and events businesses nationwide.

Get a Jump on Next Year’s Events

Even though the holidays are in full swing and everyone’s preoccupied with school, office, and family parties and events, it’s never too early to start thinking about next year. Before you know it, it’ll be time to start planning weddings, graduations, retirements, and other major celebrations that require great music and great entertainment.

By starting now, you can be assured of having time to think about how you’d like your party or event to look and sound. At Platinum Productions, we have the industry’s widest array of digital sound and lighting systems, special effects equipment, and complementary services to make your event the one everyone talks about and remembers for years. Our unique and dynamic laser and computerized intelligent light show is like nothing else in the region – our computer-controlled Class IIIB and IV professional lasers use the same software used by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Concert Tours.

New Year CalendarIn addition to our pro sound and lighting systems and DJ services, we can provide your party with a professional master-of-ceremony and an amazing professional magic performance custom designed to fit your event and audience.

Have a wedding or recital coming up in the spring or summer? Book NOW to have your pick of the best dates available. Proms, homecomings, corporate parties and other events also require advance planning to be assured of the very best systems, music, and entertainment so it helps to start thinking and planning now.

Need some assistance planning and coordinating your event? Our event planners and designers are available to help you plan the perfect event with the right lighting effects, music, games, dancing and more. Our online event planner software and dashboard makes it easy for you and your guests to request music, coordinate activities, and post event scripts to ensure your event runs smoothly.

So while you enjoy the holidays and get ready to start an exciting New Year, don’t forget to start planning early for your next event and be sure to make us a part of it – we’d love to make your celebration the best ever!

Get ready for your holiday party!

The holidays will be here before you know it – are you ready to get the party started? The right professional DJ service and production company can make all the difference in the world and turn your neighborhood, office, school, or club holiday party into an event everyone will remember and talk about.

Here’s a checklist to help you select the right party production service for your holiday party:

Music Everyone knows music can make or break a party. Be sure that your DJ service carries the widest selection of hits from today and yesterday (especially holiday favorites to set the mood!) and can take requests of all types. A DJ service with the latest digital technology will have your music right at their fingertips – no searching around for the disk or file. Nothing makes guests happier than to have a DJ say “yes, I have that and I’ll get it right on for you.”

Sound System All the best music in the world won’t mean a thing if your DJ service doesn’t have the right professional sound reinforcement system to reproduce the tunes in all their glory. Be sure the DJ service can provide you with a system that fits the room. Nothing’s worse than trying to fill a large dance hall with big sound using a system better suited to someone’s living room. Wireless speakers and microphones eliminate the wiring mess of an old-fashioned system while providing flexibility and versatility to place the equipment in just the right spots to create the sound you need.

Lights Nothing sets the mood quite like the right lights. Look for a DJ service that can do more than just throw up some colored lights and a mirror ball. The best party production companies provide sophisticated laser shows that can truly bring the music to life (it so happens we’re the area’s only FDA-certified professional with Class IIIB and IV computer-controlled, full-color professional grade lasers). A new lighting technology known as “up-lighting” can paint the room in changeable color to quickly create a fun or dramatic room atmosphere that can change with the music or during the course of the party.

Visuals A top-notch production company will have the ability to show dance videos and photo montages that can add an exciting visual element to your holiday party using a variety of display methods, from flat panel monitors to full wall, ceiling, and even floor projection. At Platinum Productions, we offer a unique lighting effect called monogramming that enables us to create custom graphics that can be projected on a wall, ceiling, or floor – perfect for displaying a company or organization logo, name, holiday graphics, or other graphical image.

For more information on professional DJ and sound reinforcement services for your holiday party and to get a quote, call Platinum Productions at 888-YOUR1DJ (888-968-7135) or contact us today!

Back to school – need a DJ?

Going back to school is exciting, and nothing helps build excitement and enthusiasm more than a school dance or homecoming event featuring state-of-the-art professional sound and lights and a dynamic DJ to pump it up and get everyone out on the dance floor.

Sure there are lots of DJ services available, in all price ranges, so how do you pick the best one for your school dance, homecoming, or fall festival? Start by asking about the equipment they’ll use for your event. Many DJs are just part-timers with day jobs and offer minimal sound and light systems that may be no better than a really good home audio system and some lights with color gels that may spin around.

IMG_9168-WA truly professional, experienced, and well-equipped DJ service can offer a system that will dazzle and excite the audience, including equipment such as:

  • Commercial grade sound reinforcement amplifiers, equalizers, and music systems
  • Concert-level loudspeakers to fit and fill the dance hall
  • Computerized, intelligent lighting
  • High-powered, full-color animation lasers

Just as important as the equipment are the people behind it all. Unlike part-time DJ services, a full-service professional company such as Platinum Productions offers event planners to help plan your dance and professional MCs and DJs to engage the crowd with energy and imagination guaranteed to make everyone and get up and in on the fun.

A professional DJ service can turn a school dance into a light, sound, and special effects extravaganza that can easily rival a live concert. A commercial sound reinforcement system like those provided by Platinum Productions produces floor-shaking bass and crystal-clear highs that make recorded music sound live. To make it even better, an online music request system enables students to request favorite songs before the dance so you can be assured that dancers will hear the music they love.

For more information on professional DJ and sound reinforcement services and to get a quote for your next dance, call Platinum Productions at 888-YOUR1DJ (888-968-7135) or contact us today!

And The Wedding Color Of This Year Is…

Pantone® announced that radiant orchid is the official color of the year for 2014, and we’re predicting it’s going to be a hot color for weddings too! Radiant orchid is a cross between purple and pink (which makes it perfect if you love both colors and just can’t decide). Like emerald, which was last year’s color of the year, this saturated hue is a rich jewel tone, but that doesn’t mean it’s only for fall and winter weddings. If you love bright colors then pair radiant orchid with teal or go simple and combine it with white for a fresh spring or summer palette! Moth and dendrobium orchids grow naturally in this modern color, so use them in your centerpieces and bouquet layered with other shades of purple and pink for eye-catching floral arrangements. See our style board below to find radiant orchid wedding inspiration!

Radiant Orchid

 

Photos clockwise from right: Raw Photo Design | Janae Shields Photography | Choco Studio | The Nichols Photography | Wedding Photojournalism by Ron Solimon | Caitlin Maloney Photography |Edenhurst Studio | Janae Shields Photography | Maggie Austin Cake | The Nichols Photography

PANTONE® Reveals Color of the Year for 2013: Emerald

Have you heard the news? Pantone, the world-renowned color experts, recently announced that they’ve chosen Emerald as the 2013 Color of the Year! The experts themselves describe Emerald as “lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” What’s not to love about that? In today’s world, the importance of going green cannot be stressed enough. Taking better care of the environment is no longer just a social fad, but a global responsibility that many now take seriously. It’s no surprise, then, that PANTONE’s Color of the Year resonates with such an important issue.

The past couple years have given us warmer hues, such as the bold and vibrant Tangerine Tango, which is a slightly orange shade of red, and the more subdued but still bright Honeysuckle pink. By contrast, this year’s choice strays to the opposite side of the color Emerald is the new Pantone Color of the Year in 2013wheel with bright Emerald green. In nature just as in our fabricated man-made world, green is easily paired with almost anything – bright flowery colors, darker subdued shades, and pale pastels are all compatible in the right designs. Green has the unique ability to work with any eye color, so your dolled-up bridesmaids’ eyes will be sure to dazzle whether green, blue, brown, or hazel.  Emerald green will also be able to enhance any choice of flowers in your decor. All in all, it’s a very easy color to work with.

What comes to mind when you think of the color green? Chances are, you feel relaxed and unworried. Luminous and energizing, any shade of verdant green can inspire feelings of peace and balance. On a totally uncontrollable, subconscious level, our inner cavemen associate an abundance of green with a plentiful water supply and a slim chance of starvation. Surrounding yourself with an environment full of positive vibes is a great strategy, especially for weddings. Who says you have to be stressed out on your wedding day?

When used properly, the Emerald effect can be breathtaking. Just imagine those beautiful jewel tones dressing up your invitations and sparkling in your centerpieces. We want to know what you think – would you use Emerald green in your wedding? Share your thoughts, please!

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