Happy Saturday bloggers! It’s time to get back in the swing of regular posts, I know. Today I thought it would be fun to discuss event lighting. When planning an event, this often is a topic that is forgotten, but the truth is: lighting can be the transforming aspect of your event. I could try to explain to you the reasons, but it would be so much easier to show you! Take a look at the lighting transformations below to get an idea of what I mean:
As you can see in the above before/after photos, lighting makes a HUMONGOUS difference. All of these examples lead us to your next question – How do you get your event to look like the above? The answer to that is simple, hire an event planner or lighting consultant to create a lighting plot that will accent your event to your personal needs and theme. Want to save some money? Rather than hire a lighting consultant, check with your DJ (if you’re getting one); often DJ’s have the equipment and ability to create event lighting schemes as well. Here in Rhode Island, if you are looking for lighting service, skill and immense creativity – then look no further than Ormonde Productions. They do BEAUTIFUL work that can transform the most bland looking space into a fantasy land. Check out some of their work below:
Last, I’d like to talk about one of my favorite aspects of lighting – GOBOS! It’s pronounced exactly how it looks (“go-bo-s”). These tools are actually small metal circles with patterns, messages, or pictures etched into them. They are then inserted into a special type of light where they are then projected onto the floor, ceiling, wall, etc. to reveal the pattern/message/picture. You can order customized disks and you can project them in whatever color lighting you have available. The patterned disks are great to break up a space with something other than just straight light or just colored light and the message disks can be used to project logos, names or whatever else you desire. Check out some examples of gobo projections below and the disks that make it happen.
As you can see above, lighting is very important for setting the atmosphere of your event. Whether you want gobos, simple uplighting, or an entire lighting color scheme utilizing all of the above – make sure you consider what lighting can do for your event before you complete the planning process! Have any of you used gobos or special lighting schemes for your events? What did you use and how did it turn out? Please share your experiences with us in the comment section, we’d love to hear what you’ve done!