While there's no question that our bread and butter as an outdoor stage hire company is local events and festivals, we occasionally get the chance to work with more private occasions. This was the case for a wedding we did recently at Cottesmore Hotel Golf & Country Club.
For those of you who don't already know, this venue is incredibly picturesque. With its manicured grounds and gorgeous views, it's easy to see why it was chosen as the setting for this very special day.
As technical event production partners for the day, our remit was to provide outdoor staging, lighting, and sound equipment. This was no easy feat, given the size of the event, the time restrictions placed on us, and the limited outdoor space we had to work with, but we pulled it off!
So, let's tell you a little more about this wedding and our involvement.
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The day started with a civil ceremony within the hotel's grounds, on their dedicated ceremony lawn. It's a beautiful spot, surrounded by trees and with views of the golf course.
With the ceremony out of the way, guests made their way inside the venue for the cocktail hour and wedding breakfast while we hurriedly got to work on our stage. We were setting up in the same enclosed outdoor space as the ceremony (although at the opposite end), so we only had three hours to get everything ready and working before the wedding reception started in earnest.
Thankfully, we boast one of the best teams in the business, and that was no problem for us! We had the stage built, the lighting and sound equipment all set up and tested, and everything was good to go well before the guests started to arrive for the evening's festivities.
So what exactly did we supply in terms of technical event equipment?
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For the stage, we provided our 6m x 4m arc roof stage, which was the perfect fit considering we didn't have a huge amount of room to work with (compared to, say, a festival stage). The structure was then dressed with black backlit starcloth to give it a luxurious feel and look great in photos.
We then rigged the stage with the necessary sound and lighting equipment. On the sound side, we had spoken to both the live band and wedding DJ about their requirements and settled on the d&b audiotechnik Q series PA system, running everything through one of our digital mixing desks. We also supplied all of the wired microphones.
Regarding lighting, we rigged some LED PAR cans to wash the stage before adding uplights, moving heads, and strip lights to give the stage some pizzazz. We topped up the ensemble with a laser machine and fogger to give the stage an otherworldly feel for the first dance.
Lastly, we supplied one of our technicians to oversee the running of the equipment throughout the day, ensuring that everything went according to plan.
All in all, it was a great day, and we were thrilled to be a part of it.
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If you're planning a private event and are in need of outdoor stage production, then please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. We have a wealth of experience in supplying stages for all kinds of occasions, both big and small, and can provide everything you need to make your event a success.
From private events such as weddings and anniversary celebrations to large-scale festivals and corporate functions, we have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to make your event one to remember.
So please don't hesitate to get in touch using the details listed on this site and chat with us about your event requirements. We would be more than happy to discuss your options and help you put together an amazing event.