Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 , Filed in:

What Kinds of Lights Should You Rent for a Party In A Marquee?

Want to make your marquee look like a fairy exploded in it? If you are looking to rent lights for a party, here are our tips for lighting up your marquee.

Choose white or clear cables.

Subtle cables are definitely the way to go. Coloured, silver or black cables detract from the lights. The lights themselves are the main event and clear or white cables will be far less visible, therefore letting the lights take centre stage.

Festoon lights.

Festoon lights are a long string of bulbs that can be used in a variety of ways. They can be strung up across your marquee or arranged into freestanding letters or words for a personal touch. Festoon lights can be found with coloured bulbs as well as white; both create a lovely vintage feel.

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Fairy lights/ connectable lights.

Nothing says magical like fairy lights. They are delicate, subtle and a guaranteed crowd pleaser. They are also very versatile due to their bendable cables so you can string them up, wind them around furniture or tangle them up in jars to create whimsical lamps.

Always use LED lights.

If you want to rent lights for a party, safety has to come first. Traditional filament bulbs (the sort that get hot) aren't ideal for marquees for obvious reasons. Be sure to check whether your lights are definitely LED before hiring them, and read some reviews if you can.

Consider additional sources of lighting.

It’s worth thinking about where you can add additional sources of lighting, for example on tables, chairs or other surfaces. Candles are a classic way to light dinner tables, but fairy lights can also be draped over furniture and festoon lights arranged to create shapes or word displays.

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Logistics.

Make sure someone has measured the space of the marquee and thought about the logistics of getting power to all the lights. To make the process simpler, it is advisable to hire a professional AV company to do this for you.

Now you have these tips under your belt, you’re now ready to light your marquee to perfection. If you want to rent lights for a party or have any ideas or questions, Stage Engage will be more than happy to answer your questions. Get in touch with us today!


Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 , Filed in:

Combined Christmas Events - Bringing Offices Together

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Have you run out of office Christmas party ideas for your small team to enjoy? Of course, it can be lovely to sit down for a quiet roast with your close colleagues and share a bottle of wine. But if you don’t want to miss out on a big Christmas celebration and you dream of a huge festive blowout in an exciting venue with all the trimmings, there’s no reason why this can’t happen! Your solution is to join forces with other offices. Bringing offices together for a Christmas party is the perfect way to make a big festive event happen.

There are many benefits of combined Christmas events, particularly if you work in a small company. Not only do smaller offices tend to have less spare cash to throw at a huge Christmas party, but they also simply have fewer people to fill a big venue, even if you invite plus ones and families. Fortunately, there are venues that specifically cater for situations like this, from hotels, sports clubs and conference centres to dockyards and stadiums.

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Combined events have many advantages. In general, having more people at your Christmas party creates an exciting atmosphere with a distinct buzz that makes the party unmissable. Bringing offices together also gives guests the chance to meet new people, build new friendships and maybe even discover a holiday romance under the mistletoe! Hotels can provide a luxurious, sparkling venue for guests to enjoy and the novelty of stadium venues is irresistible. Stadiums also hold great potential for big group photographs.

There are also plenty of themed shared Christmas events, from the roaring twenties to Circus, masquerade and Burlesque themed events. Themes can be a great way of uniting a group. Costumes provide natural conversation starters and novelties such as live music and dance help everyone to relax into the evening. It can be difficult to think up original office Christmas party ideas, so attending a themed event certainly takes the pressure off.

There are shared Christmas events welcoming smaller offices all across the country and now is the perfect time to start researching your options. If you have any questions about the practicalities of shared Christmas events or want to find out about any other office Christmas party ideas, Stage Engage will be more than happy to answer your queries.


Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 , Filed in:

The Best Platforms To Live Stream Your Event

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Planning on live streaming your event but unsure of what platform to use? As an experienced live streaming company, we are able to tailor our live stream services - including the live stream platform - to your individual event. To give you a head start on deciding which platform is right for you, we’ve rounded up the best options out there for you to compare.

Facebook Live

Facebook Live has only been around for a year and a half, but it packs a punch. You can stream from any device, including drones, and it’s really simple to use. The main advantage of using Facebook Live is that Facebook is already an established platform. If you have a thriving Facebook page, it makes sense to utilise this platform for your live stream.

YouTube Streaming

It was only a matter of time before this global video platform jumped on the live streaming bandwagon. Returning to the idea of reach, streaming on YouTube is best if you already have an active YouTube channel. But if you do then the searchability of YouTube videos will make it well worth your while. Because YouTube is owned by Google, YouTube videos rank highly in Google searches as well as other popular search engines. To live stream your event via this platform, you must have a verified YouTube channel - another factor to bear in mind.

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Ustream

Now a large online video platform, Ustream began as a simple live stream provider. Like Facebook and YouTube, Ustream’s ordinary services are free of charge, and have been utilised by big names, from Plain White T’s to Barrack Obama himself. If this isn’t an advert for Ustream, we don’t know what is!

Periscope

Periscope launched in 2016 and like Facebook Live, it quickly became popular due to its user-friendly interface. An emphasis on audience interaction is a key feature of Periscope, with a comment stream running alongside every live stream to facilitate discussion (although viewers must have an account to comment). This instant feedback means that it is easy to track your audience’s immediate response to your event. This year an analytics dashboard was also added to the site, allowing users to track their reach in the same way you can on YouTube.

Livestream

This platform allows you to control your live stream, customising and modifying it as you please. Livestream also sells hardware tools, including cameras and encoders that can work with their streaming service natively. The basic Livestream plan costs $42 a month and can be upgraded to unlock more features, such as analytics, brand control and RTMP input.

If you have any questions about Stage Engage’s live stream services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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