by Showtime on 01/14/14
Showtime Events does about 30-40 Sweet Sixteens a year. Though they are all different there are some common elements associated with each one. It doesn't matter what the theme is, where it's located or the personality of the guest of honer. These factors will certainly make for a great night to remember.
Uplighting or lighting is the first detail that guest will notice when they walk in the room. It's what sets the mood and brings out that first initial "Wow!".
When it comes to a spectacular lighting atmosphere, uplighting is your foundation. Uplighting can transform the room and be implemented in so many different ways.
Primarily it is used to add color which there are hundreds of options to choose from. Uplighting can be utilized in conjunction with sound to change colors or flash with the beat of the music. Others uses include designating a focal point in the room or transitioning colors to signify a change in the evening's itinerary.
If your sweet sixteen will involve dancing, which most do, then moving heads are essential. Not sure what moving heads are? For all intensive purposes, they are modern day party lights. You might have seen them in a high in club, a live concert or watching a television show such as "X Faxtor". Moving heads project different colors and shapes that move around the room and change to the beat of the music.
Much like moving heads, lasers make for a great dance environment. Lasers have an effect similar to votive candles on a banquet table. They make the room "pop!". Lasers come in different shapes, sizes and effects. I won't get to in-depth but don't discount the role they can play in making for a fabulous party.There are even lasers that can write text on a wall or project moving animation. If you have a venue that allows haze, "get ready for a great laser light show!"
When it comes to personalizing a sweet sixteen, gobos are by far the most effect way to do so. Gobos, with with the assistance of a stage lighting fixture, project words and shapes using shadows. They can be customized to read short messages or project logos. There also standard patterns called "breakups" that can be projected to add texture on walls and ceilings.