Lighting 101 for Grad Night!

As summer quickly approaches, the first wave of Class of 2017 graduates will be celebrating the big day with food, festivities, family and friends! We are INSPIRED by all the unique touches our clients have added to their graduation parties!

Uplighting truly changes the ambiance of a room, and it creates a double “wow” effect when combined with gobo monogram lighting. Adding a custom design touch to the gobo, such as a grad cap, the graduate’s silhouette, or a cartoon of the graduate, makes all the difference in making the party especially memorable to the new alumni and guests alike. Even the combination of one accent uplight and gobo lighting creates a world’s difference!

 

Upgrade Your DJ Lighting, Today!

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As a DJ, one thing is for sure: you have to always invest in your business! You can’t simply buy your DJ setup and then be done. Things wear out over time and you have to have backup equipment, new cords/cables, and lighting! It seems like new and better DJ lighting comes out every few months! It’s hard to keep up and get the latest, greatest new lights every time they come out. Luckily, there’s a solution!

You can find several different types of lights, available for rent, that won’t break the bank. You can get water effect lighting, pin spots (spot lights), moving head dance floor lighting (party spotlight), black lighting, texture lighting, uplighting, monogram lighting, and many more! You can rent your entire lighting package, if needed! This works great if you don’t have the money to buy all these lights, which can literally add up to thousands of dollars. Rent My Wedding, a leading event lighting rental company, has pretty reasonable pricing on all their lights and you get free shipping, both ways. It couldn’t be any easier.

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All of these lights can be an optional upgrade that you add to your DJ packages. Simply price them on RMW and then add however much you want to charge for your time, to build in your profit! Uplighting and monogram lighting can really change the atmosphere at any event! Many weddings have a theme color. Talk to your client and let them know about all of your optional upgrades. Be sure to have some pictures and/or video of what each light looks like. Brides always picture themselves on how their wedding day will look. The more upgrades you offer, the more money you’ll make!

The best thing about renting lighting is that you can always rent lighting as needed. For bar/club DJs, this is perfect! Club DJs may never need lighting at their bar events, but when you do the occasional private event, you’ll need lighting. There’s no need to invest a ton of money for the occasional use. Now, you can offer the professional lighting and look just as good as the other guys out there, for a fraction of the price! RMW is the perfect solution for these DJs and for private event DJs who want to still offer many upgrades and also don’t want to invest thousands of dollars at one time!

head-shotJason Rubio is the co-owner and founder of Austin’s Best DJs, a professional DJ & photo booth company that provides music and entertainment for events in the Austin and central Texas area. Jason started his DJ career as a mobile DJ, at age 13, in 1991, and has since DJ’ed thousands of events, providing music and entertainment for clubs, bars, radio, concerts, festivals and various other events.

Jason is also a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education, as well as a Master’s of Public Administration, from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Though Jason worked in the education field since 2003, he continued to DJ public and private events, and later founded Austin’s Best DJs & Photo Booths, with his wife, Diana, who also DJs, in 2012. Today, Austin’s Best DJs provides music and entertainment for approximately 250 public and private events per year, in the Austin and central Texas area.

Planning Your Uplighting Placement

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If you’re having a wedding, party or event, and you want to change up the venue’s atmosphere, consider uplighting! Uplighting can really change an entire room’s atmosphere! If you have a theme or color for your event, think about adding the same colors, or colors that go well with your theme. Placing a few lights around the room can really do wonders for the look of your event! So just where should you place the lights? Let’s discuss the ideal placement and details!

Before placing your lighting in the room, remember to consider power outlets, if you’re using wired uplights. This is where wireless uplights really come in handy! You’re not restricted to a certain area and don’t have to mess with the hassle of extension cords! So if it’s in your budget, add wireless uplights! Now, let’s get to the placement.

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First, consider the size of the room and where your guests will be seated, as well as where your head table will be and where the dance floor will be. Some venues have larger rooms with everything taking place in one area. Other venues have different rooms for dinner, cocktail hour, and the reception/dance. Regardless of the venue, uplighting is sure to add to the atmosphere. In my opinion, uplighting looks great anywhere, but it’s best in key areas and corners.

Always place even numbered lights on the wall you’re accenting. It looks better to have pairs of lights, rather than an odd number. The first place to accent is the head table area. Place at least two, but feel free to add as many as you’d like, near the head table. We recommend 2-4 lights in this area. This is the focal point of the room, so highlight this with lighting. Next, place lighting near other important areas, such as the cake table, dessert bar, sign-in table, etc. Once you’ve highlighted these areas, there should be much more color throughout the room! If you still wish to add color and lighting, feel free to now place them along each wall of the room, in even numbers. The lights also look great in corners, too! If you’re outdoors, try lighting the trees, too! It looks great at night!

This placement info is what we use for our events, all year long. Most brides and grooms ask us to decide where to place the lighting, but some have had their own ideas, as well. There’s no standard placement, so feel free to use this as a guide, and add or change what best fits your venue and event!

 

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Jason Rubio is the co-owner and founder of Austin’s Best DJs, a professional DJ & photo booth company that provides music and entertainment for events in the Austin and central Texas area. Jason started his DJ career as a mobile DJ, at age 13, in 1991, and has since DJ’ed thousands of events, providing music and entertainment for clubs, bars, radio, concerts, festivals and various other events.

Jason is also a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education, as well as a Master’s of Public Administration, from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Though Jason worked in the education field since 2003, he continued to DJ public and private events, and later founded Austin’s Best DJs & Photo Booths, with his wife, Diana, who also DJs, in 2012. Today, Austin’s Best DJs provides music and entertainment for approximately 250 public and private events per year, in the Austin and central Texas area.

DJ Survey Results Are In!

Here at Rent My Wedding, we did a quick survey with DJs from across the nation on music, dance, and originality. At last, the results are in! As a DJ, you may even feel a strong connection to some of these answers. For all of our survey questions, here are the top three answers the surveyed DJs had to give.

 
I. What is the most popular first dance song?

  • “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeren
  • “All of Me” by John Legend
  • “At Last” by Etta James

II. Favorite reception songs right now?

  • “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars
  • “Can’t Stop This Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
  • “24k Magic” by Bruno Mars

III. Song that you wish would never be played again?

  • “Chicken Dance”
  • “Cotton Eye Joe”
  • “Gagnam Style”

IV. Favorite dance you’ve seen at a wedding?

  • Cupid shuffle
  • Father & Daughter Mash Ups
  • Wobble

VI. What sets you apart as a DJ?

  • Experience
  • Attention to detail
  • Client-DJ communication

 

And there you have it! Hope you enjoyed and connected with your fellow DJs’ answers. Thank you to all the DJs who participated in this survey, and for sharing a part of the DJ experience.

Create a New Package With Black Lighting!

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In the DJ business, there are many lighting options to consider adding to your packages. There are numerous lights to consider, such as: dance floor lighting, disco balls, moving heads, uplighting, lasers, spot lights, monogram lighting, water and effect lighting, etc. I can go on and on with the numerous types of lighting that is available for DJs. Overall, how much lighting you offer is totally up to you, but having lighting for events is definitely a must! One type of lighting you may have not considered is black lighting. More and more, we’re seeing black light parties happening for bar and club events, college parties and other events. We’re also seeing a rise in popularity with black lighting and glow parties happening with school events, quinceaneras and sweet 15s/16s.

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You can certainly add black lighting to your packages and create a new “black light party package.” Simply add neon balloons, glow sticks, necklaces, glasses or anything else that looks great with black lighting. Sure, most weddings will not want to add black lighting, but many of the quinceaneras and teen events absolutely love the idea! We recently added this to our quince/sweet packages and it’s been a huge hit! Teens love the club-like atmosphere and it’s different from all the other events they’ve attended! This is a great way to set yourself apart from your competition!

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Now, you may be asking, how many lights do I need, or how much is it going to cost me? The number of lights depends on how large the venue is. For smaller venues, we use about 4 lights. Simply add more lights around the room for larger venues. The lights come in different sizes and the prices can vary, depending on the length of the bulbs and the maker, of course. You can certainly rent some black lights from Rent My Wedding and simply build in your costs into your package price. They’ll ship the lights to you, free, and provide free return shipping, too! It couldn’t be any easier. You can find most of the lighting that I listed, above, on Rent My Wedding, too!

So if you’re looking to add a new package or want to try something different with your services, try black lighting! If you’re the only one in your area offering this, this is certainly great for you and your business! Offer something different from the rest of your competitors and stand out among the competition!

 

head-shotJason Rubio is the co-owner and founder of Austin’s Best DJs, a professional DJ & photo booth company that provides music and entertainment for events in the Austin and central Texas area. Jason started his DJ career as a mobile DJ, at age 13, in 1991, and has since DJ’ed thousands of events, providing music and entertainment for clubs, bars, radio, concerts, festivals and various other events.

Jason is also a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education, as well as a Master’s of Public Administration, from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Though Jason worked in the education field since 2003, he continued to DJ public and private events, and later founded Austin’s Best DJs & Photo Booths, with his wife, Diana, who also DJs, in 2012. Today, Austin’s Best DJs provides music and entertainment for approximately 250 public and private events per year, in the Austin and central Texas area.

Offer Clients a Photo Booth Option!

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As a professional in the wedding and event services business, you can see trends as they happen each year, with weddings, quinceañeras, or other events. About three years ago, we noticed that people started adding photo booths to their weddings and events. Three years ago, it was just starting in our area (Austin and central Texas), and we’d see a photo booth at about 1 out of every 10 weddings or so. We didn’t offer it at the time, and we were not aware of any businesses, such as Rent My Wedding, that offered photo booth rentals. Since it was only at about 10% of the weddings that we did, we left it alone.

Photo Credit: Bethanne Arthur Photography. Thanks for the fantastic photos of the Rent My Wedding’s Photo Booth!

In 2015, we noticed that the trend started increasing, and so we started to research photo booth costs and the market prices for photo booth services in our area. Around summer of 2015, we decided to invest in one photo booth. It was expensive, but the investment certainly paid off. Today, we own and operate 3 photo booths, in addition to having 6 DJs, for events. If I would have known that I could simply rent a photo booth, I would have definitely offered it much sooner!

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Now, you can do exactly that! You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to have a photo booth! You can simply rent one from Rent My Wedding, for a mere fraction of the cost! If you see the demand increase, rent more! All you have to do is add the cost into your price and build your profit margin in. The set-up is very easy and your clients will love it! Photo booths are always a hit at every event! Today, we see photo booths at about 75% of our events. Now, if we have a need for a fourth photo booth, we’ll definitely rent one! You should, too! Contact Rent My Wedding, today!

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The Photo Booth kit includes everything you need: Photo Booth machine, unlimited digital photos, live photo sharing via Email and Social Media, and 15 standard props. Plus, clients and guests can keep the photos they take at the event with an add-on printer kit!

 

head-shotJason Rubio is the co-owner and founder of Austin’s Best DJs, a professional DJ & photo booth company that provides music and entertainment for events in the Austin and central Texas area. Jason started his DJ career as a mobile DJ, at age 13, in 1991, and has since DJ’ed thousands of events, providing music and entertainment for clubs, bars, radio, concerts, festivals and various other events.

Jason is also a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education, as well as a Master’s of Public Administration, from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Though Jason worked in the education field since 2003, he continued to DJ public and private events, and later founded Austin’s Best DJs & Photo Booths, with his wife, Diana, who also DJs, in 2012. Today, Austin’s Best DJs provides music and entertainment for approximately 250 public and private events per year, in the Austin and central Texas area.

Save Cash, Rent a Gobo!

If you’re a DJ, or even an event lighting company, then chances are, you’ve been asked by your clients about a monogram light, or “gobo light” as some of us call it. These lights are a great addition to any package. They can be used for just about any event, but we’ve mainly seen them used for weddings, quinceaneras, sweet 15s and 16s, and company parties. Adding a monogram light is the perfect way to give your clients that personal touch!

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Today’s couples are all about doing things that are unique. When you add a monogram light, it allows your couple to add their names or initials, as well as the date, which makes it more personal for them. If you’re providing it for a quinceanera, sweet 15 or 16, or birthday party, the guest of honor can have his/her initials or name, and the date, created, just the way they want it, which gives that personal touch. This allows your client(s) to have their input on how their personal monogram will look. Giving your clients the ability to have input on every aspect of their event is the best way to ensure that they’ll be happy with your services! What better way to please your client, than by letting them have as much input as they want, on their event?

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Now, the technical details. Yes, the gobo projectors are expensive, and making custom gobos from steel or glass are also expensive, and adding color to their monogram, is more expensive! Steel gobos cost about $55. Glass gobos are about $90, and multicolor gobos can be $300 and up! The projector prices vary, depending on the brightness of the light, or wattage, as well as the “throw” distance, or how far away it will project the image, clearly. The good news is, there are some cheaper alternatives!

First, you can always rent a gobo projector, from a local DJ/equipment rental company, or you can even rent them from Rent My Wedding, as well. Rent My Wedding makes it super easy and convenient to rent a gobo projector, lighting, a photo booth, or anything you may need! They even offer free shipping, both ways! It can’t get any easier! Simply add the rental fee into your cost and you now have a gobo projector for your clients! It’s a great way to add value to your packages and make your clients’ experience more personal! When your clients are happy, your business wins!

 

head-shotJason Rubio is the co-owner and founder of Austin’s Best DJs, a professional DJ & photo booth company that provides music and entertainment for events in the Austin and central Texas area. Jason started his DJ career as a mobile DJ, at age 13, in 1991, and has since DJ’ed thousands of events, providing music and entertainment for clubs, bars, radio, concerts, festivals and various other events.

Jason is also a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education, as well as a Master’s of Public Administration, from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Though Jason worked in the education field since 2003, he continued to DJ public and private events, and later founded Austin’s Best DJs & Photo Booths, with his wife, Diana, who also DJs, in 2012. Today, Austin’s Best DJs provides music and entertainment for approximately 250 public and private events per year, in the Austin and central Texas area.

Enchanted Forest Theme Prom

We just LOVE the enchanted forest theme for prom. Here’s a look at how you can create this theme in any room using lighting.

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Our clients used uplighting, blisslights and gobos to create this amazing look. To create the forest scene on the wall, they used gobo lighting with a moon and tree shadows. Blisslights were used to create a starry night sky on the ceiling and wall. They also used a gobo to put the prom theme message in lights. Guests were amazed at how the lighting really made it feel like they were stepping into an enchanted forest! As a finishing touch, our clients used yellow and blue uplighting to add a glow of color to ice sculptures. It was definitely a night to remember!

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Up-selling With Uplighting

One thing that can really take a wedding to the next level is uplighting. Our friends at Austin’s Best DJs have some great tips on how DJs can use uplighting to earn extra profits. Read on to learn more!

In the DJ business, DJs and DJ companies should always strive to find new ways to increase sales and profits. There are a number of ways to increase sales, such as having packages, offering optional upgrades, adding extra time for your clients, and many other ways. One of the easiest ways to up-sell and increase your profits is to add uplighting to your packages or options.
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Uplighting looks great and is easy to set up, too. A room’s atmosphere can be completely changed by simply adding great uplighting. For weddings and Quinceaneras, allow your couples to choose which color(s) they want. They’ll most likely want a color that matches their theme. For other events, you can inform your clients of which colors will look the best. Most clients choose one color, but we’ve had other clients choose two or three different colors to match their theme. You definitely want to have a few great examples to show your clients, while offering the uplighting. As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” so be sure to have several pictures on your website, social media, or at least in your phone, so they can see exactly how great their event will look! Everyone wants to “wow” their guests, and this is another easy way to do it!

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There are a variety of uplights that you can purchase, from different companies. You also have the option to buy wired or wireless uplights. If you want to minimize setup time, use the LED uplights that do not need a DMX controller to change the colors. Many uplights will not hold the particular color you set, if the DMX controller is unplugged, so it’s best to get the uplights that do not need to be plugged into a DMX controller. To further minimize set-up time, use wireless uplights, so you avoid having to find enough power outlets, bringing multiple extension cords, DMX cables, etc. Wireless uplights are great and are a huge time-saver!
If you can’t decide on which lights to purchase, or you’re not quite ready to take the plunge and buy eight or more uplights, there is a solution! You can always simply rent uplights! RentMyWedding offers a great deal on uplights. It’s very convenient and cost-effective to rent them as it gives you a chance to add-on uplighting without a worry about storage. You can rent wired or wireless uplights, without having to spend a lot. You can easily build the cost of your rental and time, into your price, so you still make a profit. Overall, having the option to up-sell and add uplighting to your packages will definitely increase your profits!

Photo credits: Jason Rubio – Austin’s Best DJs

head-shotJason Rubio is the co-owner and founder of Austin’s Best DJs, a professional DJ & photo booth company that provides music and entertainment for events in the Austin and central Texas area. Jason started his DJ career as a mobile DJ, at age 13, in 1991, and has since DJ’ed thousands of events, providing music and entertainment for clubs, bars, radio, concerts, festivals and various other events.

Jason is also a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education, as well as a Master’s of Public Administration, from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Though Jason worked in the education field since 2003, he continued to DJ public and private events, and later founded Austin’s Best DJs & Photo Booths, with his wife, Diana, who also DJs, in 2012. Today, Austin’s Best DJs provides music and entertainment for approximately 250 public and private events per year, in the Austin and central Texas area.

Real Event: Throwback Anniversary Gala!

For the 50th Anniversary Metropolitan Anniversary Gala in Washington, D.C., the hosts brainstormed quite a fun idea for this years theme – a trip through time. This was the perfect way to commemorate their 50 years, and the theme was brought to life with exquisite lighting and unique prop decorations!

The gala took place at the Metropolitan Nursery School. The school was completely transformed with turquoise uplighting. The gallery was creatively decorated with items from different decades, ranging from the 1960s to the 2000s. Near the gallery, a corkboard was covered with a collage of personal images.

From the gala to the reception hall, guests savored a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres and dessert treats. Inside the reception hall, there was a large floral centerpiece highlighted with centerpiece spotlights. This was really the show-stopper and created such a dramatic focal point! Guests chatted around the tables, enjoyed a few treats, and watched a live jazz performance by The Conservation Class Jazz Band.

At the end of the night, take-home chocolate bars commemorating the celebration were also available for those sweet tooth guests. It was definitely a stunning and wonderful anniversary!

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