We’re kicking off more of our IYN Spotlight Series with a BANG! If you are looking to add some spark, or bring the fire to your wedding, Pyrotex is the vendor for you! Pyrotex is the leading Dallas/Fort Worth fireworks company, and for good reason – they are always bringing a “wow” factor to every event! We wanted to hear from Pyrotex themselves and will share with you what they had to say to some of our questions for the IYN Spotlight!
Can you give us a quick bio of who you are and what makes Pyrotex such a unique wedding vendor?
Paige Mejia is a Co-Owner and the Chief Marketing Officer for Pyrotex, the oldest Texas-based professional firework company. Pyrotex offers aerial fireworks, indoor pyrotechnics, and special effects. The original founder of Pyrotex helped write the Texas State Fire Code and was on the legislation committee to bring indoor pyrotechnics to Texas, so we are most known for our expertise and experience, in addition to our artistic approach to custom displays and focus on safety and regulations.
How and when did you get started in this business?
Pyrotex started in 1979 as a concert pyro firm with the BeeGees being our first client. Paige joined Pyrotex in 2011 as their Sales Person and became co-owner of the company in 2017, following the death of our original founder, Randy Beckham.
What is your favorite feature/fun fact about Pyrotex?
My favorite fun fact about Pyrotex is that we provided the pyro in the movies, “Pure Country” and “Leap of Faith.” In fact, you can get a glimpse of founder, Randy Beckham, pulling wires at the feet of Steve Martin in “Leap of Faith.”
What is your secret for staying calm under pressure when something doesn’t go as planned at a wedding?
The secret to staying calm under pressure is our over 40 years of experience and the self-confidence that myself and my crew are fully trained each year to handle any situation. I know that my crew will all be ready, if things don’t go as planned, to get the situation resolved quickly and produce an amazing display that our clients dreamed of.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of our job is the cheers we hear from the audience after the big finale.
Can you share a fun/funny/unique/memorable event/instance that has happened at an event?
I had a Mother-of-the-Bride contact me far in advance of her daughter’s wedding date and was very anxious to get the contract and invoice quickly. I wasn’t sure why they were in such a hurry until I learned that the show was being planned and paid for by the Bride’s Grandfather who had a terminal illness. He wanted to ensure he signed the contract and paid for the show himself as a gift to the Bride. He unfortunately passed before the wedding, but wrote a note to the Bride that the DJ read right before the Grandfather’s surprise firework show to his Granddaughter began….there was not a dry eye in the place and it was such a beautiful way for her to feel his love even though he couldn’t be there to celebrate her.
What trends are you seeing and loving right now in the industry?
Trends I enjoy seeing is when the couple thinks outside of the box to do something unique to them and doesn’t have the traditional Pinterest wedding. We just had a wedding that took place at a Haunted House and another couple that asked us to recreate the Disney firework show because those elements were important to the couple.
If you could give your couples just 1 important piece of advice while planning, what would that be?
My one piece of advice for couples planning a wedding is — HIRE A PLANNER/COORDINATOR! When I was married in 2004, I did not think I needed a planner and then I turned out to be the poster child for “why you need to hire a planner”! Everything that could go wrong, did, and I had to deal with all the issues myself which created a lot of stress. Being a vendor, I now see the other side of why a planner is so important to coordinate all of the moving pieces of the wedding day and the weeks leading up to it to make sure everything runs smoothly.
What do you like to do for fun when not working?
I have 2 teenage children, so when I am not working, I am usually playing Mom Taxi to take them to extra-curricular activities or binging Netflix!
What is the best way to get in touch with you?
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us or potential clients?
If fireworks are an important element for your wedding, please choose a venue that is firework-friendly and has the space required to shoot the display. If you need referrals for venues, please reach out to me!
Thank you, Paige! Connect with the team at Pyrotex through their contact form here! Be sure to browse their website, too!