I work as a DJ and often an event planner, so I am used to managing every detail of big events myself. If you choose to book the Franklin Plaza, hopefully you will agree that they do think about everything, as they did for the recent prom that I did there in June.
One thing I wanted to highlight now, is that they have their own in-house dance lights now at the Plaza. The hall manager, Greg Cushman, told me that they put their custom light show up only a few months ago, and spared no expense in components and installation. The LED lights with programmable DMX technology are a great extra bonus for booking the hall, with no charge to the customer and they are up high in the corners of the dance floor, out of sight.
I would give the place 4 and a half stars out of 5, subtracting only a half a star for the homeless guy that I think spit on my car in the parking lot, because I didn’t have time to listen to his sob story setting up. (If you see him, shoot me an email so I can knock the last two teeth out of his head.)
Saturday was a busy day for me as I had three different gigs at three very different venues; all with different set ups. I had a mid-day wedding at The Edison Club in Rexford, a 30th karaoke/birthday party at Patroon Inn, and a music video dance party in Wynantskill. Incidentally Maria DJ also had a birthday party at Villa Valenti Pub. Busy as usual for TheDJservice.com and everything turned out really well, in the end.
Of course, the most important gig was the wedding. A real nice military guy named Dustin married a girl from the Philippines in a Champagne and Appetizer celebration reception. (There was no real meal, but a lot of fancy finger foods to graze on.)
The Edison Club is a well-kept wedding secret in Rexford. I guess, however, anybody one could argue that most everything that is any good in Rexford is kept quiet, due to it’s low key profile. (I few years ago, I had no idea where Rexford even was. Neither, by the way, does google maps.)
The Edison Club of Rexford New York is in fact a nice golf course, with a great backdrop of a lot of green. (Green is always great for outdoor wedding pictures. It brightens everything up much better than inside wedding church shots. Keep this in mind when planning!) It is not near any other businesses and inside the club house, it has a sizable layout for weddings.
The Edison has a giant space that is sectioned of into three different sections. One area becomes the ceremony, the other is a cocktail hour bar setting and the third is the dinning space for the reception. The dinning area actually has a stage with a very large square dance floor, with tables all around the outside edges. Recently remodeled, it is a pretty good place to have a wedding ceremony without having to go very far for the reception.
My complaint is really only a wiring issue that probably nobody notices, anyhow. (The stage doesn’t have outlets. Therefore as the DJ, you have to run a cord off the stage and out where it can potentially be seen. Besides this, it really is a nice hall.) If your disc jockey knows what he is doing, this shouldn’t be a concern.
If you are planning a smaller wedding, they do have means for you, perhaps, if you are not looking for much of any dancing. There is also a smaller room in the back of the building utilized for banquets that do not involve dancing, as there is no dance floor. It is a nice round room with a lot of windows and an ambient fireplace. (This facility does not provide a lot of access for guests or wedding professionals to move their bigger packages or gear into, but then again, it probably isn’t used for weddings much anyhow, due to the lack of dance floors.)
If you are looking for a decent place to have your reception, it’s worth giving a call.