Archive for September, 2010

Three Reasons to Hire a Stage for Your Wedding

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Have your fiancé and you decided to have an outdoor wedding rather than one in an all-inclusive banquet hall? Indeed, weather permitting, this is a lovely way to express your personalities as you commit to becoming partners for life.

When considering this option, depending how rustic your chosen venue is, you’ll indeed want to consider hiring a stage for your big day.

Floors Aren’t Just For Dancing

Although many people hire a stage to serve as their dance floor, there are many uses for one. Perhaps the two of you have chosen your parents’ estate to get married. Beautiful as this may be, you don’t want to hold your ceremony whilst standing on the lawn.

This is impractical for several reasons. It can be uncomfortable when standing in a pair of 2-3” heels on grass, which can by nature be uneven. You are creating a potentially hazardous situation as you could lose your balance just as you are about to say, “I do”. If said shoes can sink into the ground, even if you manage to avoid harming yourself, your groom and maid of honour, your shoes will have grass stains that will be impossible to launder.

If your ceremony is small enough or if you’ve hired a stage that’s quite large, you can spare your guests the embarrassment of creating the same blunder you wish to avoid, by putting their seats on the stage during your ceremony.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, because you have had the forethought to hire a few coordinators to now arrange the chairs around tables for people to eat their meal on, your stage has gone from being part of the theme to now part of the dining room.

As David Bowie Said, “Let’s Dance!”

Once your best man, father-of-the-bride and slightly tipsy uncle have all toasted the newly married couple with speeches that you wished you’d prepared in advance, your coordinators can now move the tables and chairs and make room for the real party. Now having joined your uncle in forgetting the words of his unintelligible send off, get out the ballet slippers your feet have been begging to slide into all day and kick up your heels!

As you can see, hiring a stage can serve many purposes and turn your outdoor ceremony into a party you’ll remember for years to come – uncle not withstanding, of course!

Stage Hire

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Planning a wedding is no small feat is it? There are so many details, both large and small, to consider before the two of you can say, “I do” before all of your friends and family.

Having now resolved the bigger planning issues with respect to your upcoming nuptials, including the venue, the food, the entertainment, your dress, the dresses of the bridesmaids and your wedding theme, you can now safely begin concentrating your efforts on some of the smaller but equally important details.

For several reasons, one item you won’t want to leave off the list is a stage. Whether your intention is to have a theme wedding – for example a fusion of both your fiancé and your cultures or religions – or you just want to “dance till the break of dawn”, a stage will convey both class and prevent you from ruining your new bridal shoes.

Hiring a stage is not only easy, but it’s far less expensive than you might imagine. Measured by the square foot, if your space allocated is 20×20 or smaller, no problem. Buying in 12” squares allows you to determine the size of your stage and adhere to your budget at the same time.

Are you having concerns that the parquet dance floor at your cousin’s wedding last month won’t compliment your Choupah or the bright pastel theme you’ve chosen? From stark white to ecru to antique grey to black and beyond, most rental companies offer a variety of colours, including parquet, to choose from.

Often included in the price to hire a stage is the cost to assemble and dissemble after you’ve kicked up your heels one last time as husband and wife.

How do you know a rental company is reputable? When you’ve located a floor that you’d like to hire for your wedding, one easy way to determine the legitimacy of a company is to browse their site and see if they have photos of actual weddings they’ve supplied stages for. Indeed another way to calm any concerns you might have is to see if they offer testimonials. Brides, like other shoppers, if they’re satisfied with a company’s product or service, are happy to share their experience with anyone who is considering the company for a future purchase or hire.