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2018 Newlywed Report Provides Insight on Engagement Behaviors, Financial Habits, Planning and Trends from Nearly 18,000 Americans

CHEVY CHASE, MD--March 14, 2018--WeddingWire, Inc., the global online leader connecting engaged couples with wedding professionals, released today results from its 2018 Newlywed Report, the largest and most comprehensive current industry report. The report looks at behaviors of 17,862 newlyweds and provides insight into real, modern-day couples and their journeys through getting engaged, searching for and selecting their vendors, and spending money planning for their big day.

“By having the largest current report of its kind, WeddingWire is in the unique position to provide the most comprehensive insights about modern wedding journeys in the U.S. -- including engagement habits, planning and spending patterns, vendor decisions, and trends and traditions,” said Lauren Goodson, Director of Insights, WeddingWire. “We are excited to see that while many wedding fundamentals have stayed consistent, there are a number of noteworthy progressions and evolutions, including more prominent celebrations for LGBTQ couples (with an increase in guest size and parents’ financial contributions) since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide, and the increased reliance on technology to pull off a unique and personalized wedding celebration.”

The 2018 Newlywed Report sheds light on couples’ entire wedding processes. Some of the most notable findings from this year’s report include:

Expect bold wedding trends in 2018, like asking for cash, passed cake bites and the revival of a seriously budget-friendly flower.

When it comes to finding wedding inspiration, the options are truly endless—so let our top wedding trends for 2018 lead the way for making your day unique and a reflection of you both.

"Personalization has made its way into every aspect of weddings, as couples proudly show their unique personalities and styles throughout the food, entertainment, escort cards and florals," says Kristen Maxwell Cooper, editor in chief of The Knot. "Couples are also making a personal statement with their registries. Long gone are the days of registering just for the sake of tradition. Today's couples are asking for what they truly want, be it a KitchenAid mixer for the baking obsessed, a couples massage for their beach honeymoon or IVF treatments to help start a family."

Below, check out the 12 hottest wedding trends of 2018 and how make them your own.

It’s somehow that time of year again, when we round up the best wedding songs 2018. These songs didn’t come out in 2018 of course, since sadly I cannot read the future. But we have done a deep dive into the most popular wedding songs of recent years, with special attention to stuff that came out over the last twelve months. Some of these wedding songs we’ve heard on a million wedding dance floors already. Some of them we want to hear at every wedding we go to this year.

So without further ado, we bring you the best wedding songs of 2018, or at least what we want to hear played.


This was our sound equipment setup for the Salt River High School Graduation on their football field in Scottsdale, Arizona. We received plenty of positive feedback regarding the quality and volume of the sound, as well as the clean look of the equipment. We can't wait to be back next year - Go Eagles!

Equipment used:

In April of 2018, Big Deal Entertainment provided sound for the 2018 RedForEd Rally at the Arizona State Capitol. Over 50,000 protesters were in attendance.

Participants are fighting for more education funding and teacher raises.

Equipment used:

Professional Wireless Systems selected Axient® Digital, Axient® analog, and PSM® 1000 as primary elements for on-field RF systems

NILES, IL., February 20, 2018—For this year’s Super Bowl at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the game’s primary audio supplier, ATK Audiotek, partnered with Orlando-based Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) for the formidable task of handling the wireless aspects of on-field audio. PWS handled system design and management for all wireless systems deployed on the field. Once again, PWS and ATK selected Shure wireless microphones and in-ear monitors as its primary RF systems.

“When we specify wireless, it’s all about results. The Super Bowl is a globally broadcast live feed under some of the most crowded RF spectrum conditions you can imagine,” notes PWS General Manager Jim Van Winkle. “Just about everything we did with Shure wireless, our antenna system, and RF over fiber system worked flawlessly from start to finish.”

Using a mix of the new Axient Digital and Axient analog systems, plus Shure PSM 1000 in-ear monitors, PWS managed on-field wireless needs from the pregame Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award through the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy to the Philadelphia Eagles, plus the critical referee’s microphone and all musical acts, including the halftime show.

PWS designed the RF system and provided Axient analog, the antenna system, and RF over fiber system. Axient Digital and PSM 1000 were supplied by ATK Audiotek, primary audio supplier for the Super Bowl. Frequency coordination was handled by an NFL team led by Game Day Frequency Coordinator Karl Voss.

Women’s March Arizona State Capitol Protest March Phoenix AZ Sound System Stage

In January of 2018, Big Deal Entertainment provided staging and sound for the 2018 Women's March at the Arizona State Capitol. Over 22,000 marchers were in attendance.

"An array of women addressed the expansive crowd from a stage in front of the state Capitol before the march began. The sound system boomed to the edge of the crowds on the north and south ends of the capitol lawn."

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Permits Rules Regulations Political Rallies Protests Phoenix Arizona State Capitol


Who must apply? Anyone who wants to host an assembly, demonstration, display, festival, parade, or rally that will be held on State property managed by Arizona Department of Administration General Services pision (ADOAGSD), must file a Solicitation and Special Events Permit Application with the Office of Special Events.

Contact the following for applications and information, and submit applications and fees to:

Arizona Department of Administration – General Services Division
Office of Special Events
100 North 15th Avenue – Suite 202
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.542.0692
Fax: 602.542.1926
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What is a Special Event? A Special Event is an assembly, demonstration, display, festival, parade, or rally conducted by a person other than a ceremony, gathering, or press conference conducted by a person authorized by the head of a state agency using the agency's own office space. (A.A.C. R2-11-401)


An Applicant who wants to host an event that will involve closing a public right-of-way or a state- maintained right-of-way (street, sidewalk, or alley) must request permission from the applicable City’s Transportation office. In addition, ADOT will require an application for an Encroachment Permit if freeway ramps or right-of ways are closed. City of Phoenix: www.phoenix.gov/specialevents

ADOT: https://azdot.gov/business/Permits/encroachment-permits Street closings and placement of barricades/signage on public streets and right-of-ways must be coordinated with and approved by the appropriate City. If an event requires closure of streets or public right-of-ways, proper barricades and signage are required. All signage and barricades must comply with the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. To ensure that Applicants are in compliance, the approved barricade company will be responsible for placement and removal of all barricades and signage before and after an event. Should a private barricade company do the barricading, the company must submit a traffic control plan.


Sign Requirements Applicants wanting to advertise their event by displaying signage prior and/or during their event must follow the guidelines listed below:

1. Signage can only be displayed on-site during the time frames established in the Permit;

2. Signage must be displayed within the boundaries of the event;

3. Signage must be free-standing (no staking is permissible);

4. Signage content must be non-discriminatory and is subject to ADOA GSD approval; and

5. All signage must be removed from the venue immediately after event is over.

What We Provide for Political Protest Rallies in the Phoenix, Arizona Area

Professional Sound Systems: Prices range from $150 for a system that can handle a gathering of 200, to $200 for one than can handle a political protest or rally of 400. Larger systems and additional speakers are also available on request. Each system includes two speakers, a mixer/power amp, a microphone, and all the cables and stands needed. Click here for sound system packages.

Easy Instructions: If you know how to run your iPod, CD Player, or laptop, then you already know most of what you have to do. The ability to turn the volume up is the second most complicated thing -- but it's no different than the one on your car radio.

Optional Delivery and Setup: For an additional fee, we can deliver, set up, and pick up the equipment at the end of the night. If you need to save even more money, you can do this yourself. It's EASY to set up and I'll show you how in minutes!

What You Provide

The Music: Music can be run from your iPod, iPad, CD Player, laptop, or just about any other music device you have. Each system has the ability to run one or several different music devices at the same time.

Your Voice!

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Permits Rules Regulations Political Rallies Protests Phoenix Arizona State Capitol

Here's a short video of a sound and light job we did in November, 2017 for the Keller Williams Southwest Regional Inspirational Breakfast. This was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Tempe, AZ.

For this event, we used four QSC KLA12 line array speakers, a Presonus StudioLive 16 channel mixer, three QSC K12 Monitors, two Countryman lavalier wireless microphones, three Shure SM58 wireless handhelds, six LED uplights, two Chauvet Intimidator moving spots, and two Chauvet 75ST follow spots.

Theatrical lighting designers have never had more power to choose colors, even to the point of subtly changing hues on the fly during a show. However, with this capability comes a responsibility says Cory Pattak, the host of the popular design focused podcast “in 1: the podcast.”

Now that they are freed from the task of choosing gels long in advance of a production and can dial up a rainbow anytime on their LED fixtures, say Pattak, designers must be careful, not to overthink their color choices or paint the stage with an overabundance of hues, just because it’s possible.

Speaking to us from his New York office, Pattak, whose recent credits include colorful musicals like Singin in the Rain in São Paulo Brazil, In the Heights at the Olney Theatre, the national tour of Flashdance and multiple productions of Newsies, spoke to us about the complexities of color in theatrical lighting.”

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