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!

gobo monogram - uplighting - blisslightPhoto Credit: Sepeta Photography. Thanks for capturing this stunning photo!

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.

Javed Chowdry12-1-15Photo Credit: Javed Chowdry. Thanks for the amazing photo of our products!

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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.

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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Theme Backdrops with Gobo Lighting

Gobo lighting is a staple for any wedding, whether to put a couple’s names in lights, or to project a pattern on the dance floor. But for a new twist, try experimenting with themes and patterns! We recently had a couple request props to create a backdrop with the Eiffel Tower and city skyline. We figured, why not just do it with lighting? Here’s a sneak peak:

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To create this look, we used 3 gobo lighting projectors. There is one projector with the moon, one with the Eiffel Tower, and 2 with the city skyline. The night sky effect was created using 2 starry night projectors by Blisslights.

By using the 5 separate gobo projectors, we created a super large backdrop that covered a wall about 40 feet long by 20 feet tall. If you have a client on a budget, you could create a smaller version of the skyline and put the entire design on 1 gobo projector.

To get this look, rent a Pro Gobo Projector! Our $149 package includes the custom design, gobo disc, projector, and free shipping both ways.

Here are a few other shots from our project!

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