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.
In event management, it’s all about creating an experience that will transport attendees to another realm. This has traditionally been achieved through a combination of things like décor, music, and lighting.
Today, thanks to advances in technology, the power of software, video, audio, projectors, and lighting can really take the whole experience to another level. In the past, projection mapping was limited to boring squares and rectangular projection screens. Thanks to this innovation, an entire room or wall, or even a boring building façade, can be transformed into a dramatic and exciting 3D delight through projection mapping.
Creative directors and event designers are making the most of projection mapping because it allows for curved video walls and 3D video structures. Any physical surface can become a canvas for video, making it possible to create a stimulating show for all the senses.
The best projection mapping is achieved using digital cinema projectors, much like those in high-end movie theatres. They can be mounted on rooftops, building facades, ceilings – anywhere, really. Another key to projection mapping is to make the most of the architecture that it is projected onto.
Event designers are able to create narratives with the synchronization of audio and video that look and feel as though they are actually happening right then and there – a total immersive experience that suspends the viewer's’ disbelief more easily than through the use projection on a flat monitor or static screen.
The burgeoning art of projection mapping is changing the landscape of the event design and planning industry. Just a few years ago it was a fledgling art form and today it is much more commonplace in all sorts of events from concerts and fashion shows to weddings/wedding cakes and corporate events – and even some bar and bat mitzvahs.
Setting the theme
Sometimes, coming up with a theme for an event can be a challenge. What color scheme should you use? Are there any hot trends this year? What best fits the tastes of the guests or hosts? In many cases, an event will have a special theme such as a ‘Vintage Wedding’, ‘Vegas Casino’ or ‘nightclub’. The possibilities are endless.
If you’re not sure what theme you may want for your event, don’t be afraid to discuss this with your Atlanta event design and production team. Let them know what your intentions, ambitions, and objectives are and they will be able to help you come up with a specific theme or tone for the event.
The theme can help deliver an unparalleled experience, so it’s a good idea to come up with a cohesive and creative one. Allow your event to tell a compelling story by filling it with details that really make an impact. Embellishments and décor that support the theme and convey the message typically go beyond the color palette, music, food, and venue. It just takes a few thoughtful details to make the event consistent and cohesive, leaving guests with an experience that stands the test of time.
There will always be themed décor at an event - place settings, centerpieces, and other small details that play a role in the look and feel of the experience. Take it a step further by using real objects – custom-made props – rather than decorations whenever possible. For example, if you’ve got a baseball theme, why not have a scaled version of the green monster as the focal point of the room?
Inspiration can come in many forms, so look for it everywhere. Always be open to consider new possibilities for your next event; doing so can help guests feel transported to another world during the occasion. To achieve this goal, it’s a good idea to work with an event planning and design company that’s up to the challenge and can help you create something different and spectacular.
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