Sweeping the special event décor world is neon. The summertime boasts vibrant colors making neon hues a no-brainer when it comes to designing events like weddings, bat mitzvahs, and warm-weather galas. Bright greens, pinks, yellows, and oranges are often found naturally in flowers, but floral arrangements aren't what we're talking about.
If a client asks you for a fun and colorful celebration, you may immediately think of using bright, neon colors. But how do you accomplish this without having the event turn out like a cheesy rave or a 1960s Day-Glo smorgasbord? In the past, event designers would reach for bright flowers to give an event that little bump of brightness. But today, using neon colors means so much more than throwing a bunch of flowers together.
Event planners are now using neon colors in many aspects of event design. These colors are featured in everything from light fixtures to decorative props. The best event designers really know how to incorporate neon colors and lighting into the event’s décor by contrasting them against crisp white or black elements throughout the venue space.
It is important to work with the client to figure out what their favorite colors are and then really work to have those as part of the main color scheme. For example, you could use neon tape to create a look reminiscent of laser lights along the dance floor – and really get things going with a UV black light to make those colors pop! Continue the theme with neon rod centerpieces, glow-in-the-dark bar and food stations, and neon signs.
Many event designers choose to invest in moving light fixtures and black lights, which can be used at a variety of events – paying for themselves over time. Using moving light fixtures with neon color really helps to create a unique and festive feel.
Here are some other ways to make your event pop with neon:
· Glowing centerpieces, either illuminated spheres or LED wires
· Oversized neon or glow-in-the-dark games like chess or checkers
· Neon paint splattering for a unique backdrop to the event space
· Metallic tubing filled with fluorescent or neon lights that change color
· LED-lit clothing and neon colors for event staff
· Glow sticks
· Neon bar signage and menus
And remember, your neon props aren’t ‘one-and-done’ ventures. Most of these materials can be re-used at other events, making them a great investment for your event planning business.
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