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!

 

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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.

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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Vendor Credits

Featured Photo: 80’s Party Uplighting!

Our featured client photo of the month is from Sun-Maid.  (Who would have guessed that a raisin company could throw such an epic party?!)  We love how they got creative with uplighting, alternating all different colors to give the entire room an 80’s glow of color.  And check out those mix tape centerpieces!

Photo Credit: Sun-Maid

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To get the look, check out our uplighting rentals for $19/each + free shipping both ways.  Stay tuned for next month’s photo!  Want to be featured?  Submit your photos to Marketing@rentmywedding.com.