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The AV Glossary

The jargon and fine details of the AV industry can be overwhelming, especially as you’re planning your next event and realize — you don’t know what anything means! Don’t struggle through your AV quote without grabbing this handy cheat sheet!

The Gear
Rigging Points: These are specific spots in the ceiling where things can be safely hung.

Rig Plot: This diagram shows where the rigging points are located. Ask your venue for this if it was not provided!

Truss: This is the framework of the structure. Motors are connected to the rigging points and the truss, as are the lighting, projectors, and speakers.

Motors: Attached to the rigging point and truss, the motor allows the truss to be brought down so you can attach any equipment.

The Microphones
Handheld: These are great for speeches, Q&A sessions, or presentations. Opt for a handheld mic when your entertainment is stationary and won’t get tangled in a cord!

Wireless: Wireless mics are popular with public speakers, interviewers, and stage performances. You’ll also see these referred to as lav mics, lavalier, or lapel mics.

DPA — Headset: Choose these when you prioritize superior voice reproduction, comfort, and easy setup over concealment.

Combo Kit: Your AV company might allow you to utilize both handheld and wireless mics!

The Lighting
Gobo: A pattern you can insert into a light to project that pattern through the light. These can be used to add texture effects on walls and scenery, or projected through haze as an aerial effect.

Spot Fixtures: These hard-edged lighting fixtures are versatile and flexible. They can project color, spinning lights, or gobos, and are great for spotlighting people or objects while leaving the rest of the stage in darkness.

LED: LEDs are significantly more energy efficient than other bulbs. They can transform a space by color washing walls or decorative elements with multi-colored light, and since they don’t require any warm-up time, they can be quickly turned on and off for different effects.

Beam: While these moving lights may look like lasers, they are actually just very tight beams of light! You often see this kind of light at big concerts.

The Projectors
Rear Projection: While this is a great option because there are no rigging costs — since the projector is on the ground — you need to make sure you’ll have enough space for the equipment and projectors behind the screen.

Front Projection: Placed in front of the audience, these take up floor space unless you choose to have it rigged (although it will cost you to do so). Consider if any people or objects will obstruct the projector at any time.

It’s vital that you sit down with your AV company and ask them to walk you through the contract, explaining each piece and answering all your questions. For more information on Orlando event management, give us a call at 407-955-4949.

How Storytelling Can Help Your Event Planning

The key to every great event is a great story. Every event manager wants their guests to feel welcome, to have a great time, and to never forget any aspect of the night. What’s one way to do that, you ask? Creating a great story to go along with your event.

Themes
We’ve all heard how important themes can be for an event. It sets the tone and the mood for the night ahead. Whether it’s a corporate event, birthday party, or anniversary, themes are detrimental to the success of your event. Is a holiday coming up, is there a trend sweeping the nation? These are all questions you should be asking yourself and your Orlando event management team.

Make it Relatable

One of the worst things you could do when planning an event is not listening to your audience. Your audience, at the end of the day, are the ones that will be snapping, sharing, and tweeting their experience. You want to make sure that everyone at the party knows the theme, feels accepted, and is there to have a great time. You can do this by sending out invites ahead of time, laying out the theme to employees and/ or volunteers and to make sure you stand out just as much as the guests!

Have the Right Equipment

With the right equipment, any event can make a splash. Whether it’s inflatables, pool tables, bouncy houses, or more, Fun Planners can help you take your event to the next level. Every event need games, activities, and entertainment to keep the audience paying attention. Opt for the more unique and interesting games, activities, and more that you can find in our catalog.

For more information on hosting your corporate event, birthday party, or anniversary, contact Fun Planners today. We are your one stop shop for all things Orlando event management. Contact us today at 407-955-4949.

How Volunteering Can Help You Start Event Planning

For any Orlando event management team, volunteering is the easiest and smartest way to help out in the community. As an added bonus, volunteering can catapult your company through brand awareness, acquired skill, and improved decision-making skills.

We all know how much expertise means in an industry like event planning, if you don’t have experience, skills, and the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment, clients are not afraid to look the other way. Volunteering in your community can be the freeway for networking, for growing relationships, and retaining work ethic. Most clients look for event planners with great reviews and an outstanding reputation. When you put all of these together, you have an event planning powerhouse.

If an organization hears about how great their last event was, they often ask “who planned it?” Chances are, they have an event coming up that needs to wow their boss. Word of mouth is a key marketing asset that can help your team get recognized, contacted, and eventually hired. Volunteering is not only about growing your own business, however. Every organization has a tie to their local community and a great way to team build, even for an event planning company, can be done through local volunteer opportunities.

We realize this isn’t always the easiest thing to do. With busy schedules, existing clients, and future events, sometimes it’s difficult to find time to give back or volunteer. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that it doesn’t have to be a huge volunteer event. Any opportunity counts and is a chance to get in front of the clients you’re looking for and to build your portfolio.

Whether you’re an organization looking for unique activities to help with team-building or an Orlando event management team needing to host an interactive, fun, and different event, we are here to help you. As your one-stop shop for every game, carnival ride, and activity out there, we can help bring new life to your volunteer or corporate event. To read more event planning tips and tricks, read our blog or get a quote today!

Ways to Stretch Your Event Budget

As an event planner, you may constantly ask yourself, “How can I make the most of my budget?” We all know that attendees have certain expectations that need to be met, and although smaller events can give you bang for your buck, sometimes as your events grow, so does your wallet. To better help you budget, your Orlando event planning experts at Fun Planners are here to provide you with some ways to supersize your event without supersizing your wallet.

Get Creative with Your Space

Although Florida can be hot, as we get into the fall and winter months, it’s the best time to be outside. Instead of immediately renting a hall or a convention center, opt for an outdoor area. They tend to be cheaper, and hey, nothing says Fall in Florida like a cool, crisp outdoor event.

Don’t Serve a Full Meal

Eliminating the traditional meal service can help you save some room in your wallet. There’s a trend going around across the country, and especially in corporate, sporting, and various other events: appetizers. Appetizers are an event planner’s best friend; they’re cheap, there is enough of them, and you don’t have to sit down to eat them. For networking events, these are a cheaper alternative and gives time to mingle and be merry. For sporting events, no fan cheers while sitting! Appetizers are a win-win for everyone.

Use Sponsors
Using sponsors is one way to keep your budget and your wallet happy. Sponsors not only offer a fun and unique way to market events, but it also leaves it open to networking, mingling, and an overall positive aspect for your attendees. Finding local sponsors is rarely difficult, as the small business and entrepreneurial industry are popular in the Central Florida area.

When in doubt, Fun Planners can be your one-stop shop for fun, interactive, and unique ways to host an event. From top-notch audio-visual equipment to custom branding, and the best of the best in games, you know you can trust us. As your Orlando event planning experts, we’ll be sure to turn your event from drab, to budget-friendly and fab!

Food Trends For Your Next Event

One easy way to spice up your fall events is with food. Paying close attention to food trends is the best way to integrate a fun twist for your attendees. As your Orlando event management experts, Fun Planners is your one-stop shop for creating and hosting the best corporate, networking, birthday, or team-building event in the Central Florida area. Here are some tips on how to make food trends a staple in your upcoming events.

Raw Vegetables

So long are the days of finger foods like french fries and chicken nuggets. Nowadays, conscientious-eating is a part of any household. Event attendees are paying close attention to what they’re eating and most of the time, they’d choose something fresh over something fried. To ensure that your event has food for everyone, opt for an equal balance of health-related foods and traditional snacks.

Restaurant-Worthy Foods

Along with health-conscious foods becoming popular among event goers, is the need for other quality meals. Attendees are looking for out-of-the-box delicious foods that make them feel like they’re at a top-notch restaurant. Opt for foods that are made locally while keeping an eye on farm-to-table restaurants that are looking to sponsor or market for varying events.

Moving Meals

A fun, interactive way to incorporate new food trends is to make it more interactive. Attendees often like to see how their meals are made. Try integrating cooking demonstrations or even “fresh food here” signs to let people know that what they’re eating was made fresh with quality in mind.

As your source for Orlando event management, Fun Planners is dedicated to giving you the best advice to creating and hosting interactive and unique events. If you’re wondering how we can help you set up and market your networking, team-building, or corporate events, contact us today at 407-955-4949 or read our blog for more information!

Fun Planners: The One-Stop Shop For Event Planning

If you’re looking to plan the coolest, most immersive event this year, look no further. Fun Planners is here to save the day. Our most innovative entertainment activities include human-sized foosball or boxing, arcade games every kid at heart remembers, and even bounce castles for any small, or big, birthday party. As experts in Orlando event planning, we’re here to highlight some of the ways Fun Planners is unique and off the charts.

Entertainment
Here at Fun Planners, we pride ourselves on having the most fun, interactive games for all occasions. We offer inflatable rentals, arcade games, DJs, game show hosts, and more! We specialize in all types of events. Whether it’s corporate, private, wedding, or just a Saturday afternoon, we have all you’ll need.

Audio/Visual
Our client testimonials boast about the audio and visual elements we can bring to any event. Some of our fan favorites include digital photo booths, live streaming services, projections, custom gobos, sound systems, intelligent lighting programs. Not only can we bring the above additions to your event, but we can also help market your event. Using our videography skills, we make it easy for you to promote your event. Videos can also be a great way to commemorate past events and gear up for upcoming ones.

Decor
Alongside our entertainment and audio/visual activities, we also offer special promotional products. These can go far with your audience because they can be customizable to your event with your brand image. At Fun Planners, we love themed events just as much as our customers do. From black-tie to holiday parties, from the beach to Vegas, anything and everything is possible for our team to help your team.

We understand the steps to event planning can seem like a massive feat. Fun Planners is your one stop shop for everything you need for every corporate party, every birthday party, or every wedding. We are happy to serve our customers as experts in Orlando event planning and we are always ready to step up the bar when it comes to curating the perfect event for you and your team. Feel free to contact us today for a free quote, or read our blog for more tips and tricks!

3 Ways to Make Your Event More Interactive

Creating the best event for your audience is sometimes a big feat. With varying people, personalities, and ages, events can sometimes be a daunting task. There are a few essential tips that help an event go from drab to fab although, and this means for all participants. The Orlando event planning experts at Fun Planners know exactly what every attendee wants and needs, here are a few tips to curating an event that’s worthwhile.

Encourage Creativity
Deciding what activities will be the most entertaining and interactive is the most important, and most fun part of the job. Begin by picturing what kind of event you want in your mind. Does your event include bouncy castles? Does it include karaoke? What is one way to make your attendees never want to leave? These questions will put you in a great position to curate the perfect event. Remember, it’s important to keep in mind that the key to every successful event, is a little bit of a creativity.

Focus on Memories
What’s going to be even better than being at the event, is remembering it for the years to come. Creating something worthwhile for your attendees is the biggest challenge when event planning. You want something that will stay in their mind. Sometimes, this includes the biggest and the showiest events. On the other hand, sometimes it can even include really beneficial team bonding with coworkers. The path you take is up to you in the end, and by keeping in mind your audience and the setting, you will be sure to create the best path for your future event!

Souvenirs
Although it’s important to make lasting memories, tangible souvenirs never hurt either. Think of what your audience will enjoy the most. Whether it’s a gift bag for everyone at the end full of candies, gift cards, and more or even a photobooth at your event for everyone to try out and print their pictures to keep forever. Choosing what lasting gifts your audience will receive mostly depends on the type of event you’re throwing.

Here at Fun Planners, we always reinforce the idea that knowing your audience is a critical step in creating the best and the biggest event. From creativity to memories, and souvenirs, our tips and tricks are sure to help your journey through Orlando event planning. If you want to learn more tips, feel free to read our blog. Are you planning an event this year? Contact us today for a free quote!

Are You Ready to Party Like a Rockstar?

Fun Planners gives you all the supplies for a get together that looks like a wild 1980’s hair metal concert after party.  Engage your guests without the safety hazards pyrotechnics and unsavory substances with our selection of great centerpieces, balloons, toy guitars, and even fun fake bling.  Friends will be singing their favorite rock ballads through glitter microphones while adorned with flashing black and purple boas, making for memorable yet slightly embarrassing photos you’ll be able to tease them about.

Among the other rock star supplies are tattoo sleeves and biker hats for a rough persona when ZZ Top gets going on the jukebox.  You can really immerse the party-goers with a truly electric event with our selection of LED and flashing party accessories, along with strobe lights.

To learn more about our huge selection of themed events and parties, contact the Orlando party planning experts at Fun Planners today.  Call us today at 407-880-3521.

Having the Ultimate Sporting Event

We in Orlando are not deterred by the 3-1 lead the Hawks have on the Magic right now.  In fact, it’s more the reason now to have an event for the next game, and every game after including the NBA finals, MLB finals, and the ever-approaching start of NCAAF and NFL.  Remove the boundaries from your beloved mancave and have an event where we supply projectors, plasma monitors, and audio systems to create a mantopia!   We supply the means of fully engaging you in a sporting event that would make the actual sports game attendees question if their front row seats are as exciting.

All you have to do is choose the venue.  FunPlanners can then go in and not only create audio and visual bliss for you, your friends, and family, but we can even go so far as making the environment provoke more of the senses.  Rooting for Superman will be more fun than you ever imagined.

Fun Planners can bring you the sporting event of a lifetime without you having to finagle with shady scalpers or cash out your 401k for travel costs.

Call us today at 866-511-4FUN to receive an quote

Light Up Your Next Event

Step up your next corporate event or party with custom sound systems, projectors, plasma monitors, dvd players and more.

Fun Planners can provide an array of audio visual services to accommodate any event! Some of our services include, but are not limited to:

• Projection screens (front or rear)
• Projectors
• Plasma monitors
• DVD players
• Sound systems
• Lighting
• Custom gobos
• Intelligent lighting programs
• Pipe and drape

To make your next corporate event, fundraiser or party a memorable one, call Fun Planners today! We are your source for professional party planning. 866-511-4FUN.