When hiring a stage for your event, there are undoubtedly plenty of options to choose from. But perhaps traditional options don't offer you the functionality you're looking for. In other cases, you might be looking to hire something extraordinary to add exclusivity and sophistication to your event.
No matter your reasons, clear staging can provide something magical for your occasion. It also has a number of advantages when it comes to functionality too. So let's take a look at why you might want to hire a glass or Perspex stage.
Why Might You Want to Hire a Glass or Perspex Stage?
Glass decks and staging panels are really something special to behold. There's something truly unique about being able to see through a stage structure. It many instances, it gives the impression that those on stage are floating on air! But it has several material advantages which make it a popular choice for all kinds of events and functions.
Firstly, these stages can help those looking to create an amazing staging effect, such as placing the transparent material over water. We are often tasked with constructing a glass or Perspex staging over swimming pools, and we have to say they do look pretty impressive once they're completed. Not that we are biased, of course!
Another tangible benefit of clear staging is that you can gain access to the underneath of the structure for filming purposes. It's popular in a variety of industries for this purpose alone. Unrestricted camera shots of people and items present on the stage from below are hugely advantageous for film shoots in the advertising and music business, for example.
Finally, with semi-transparent stages, and to some extent, clear stages, you've got plenty of options when it comes to lighting effects. Because they are semi-transparent, you can pair your clear staging with LED lighting technology (more on this later) to have your stage literally change colour during the course of an event, without being able to see any other lighting equipment. You can also customise the colour scheme to match your branding colours or the overall theme of your occasion.
So, given the advantages, for which industries and events are these stages in high demand?
Which Events and Occasions Benefit the Most from Clear Staging?
As we've already eluded to, there are plenty of events and occasions that continue to drive up the demand for these types of staging. If we were being pushed into telling you the most popular industry, we would probably say fashion events.
The reason is primarily filming. Those running fashion events love to film and broadcast via cameras placed below the stage. But the ability to pair glass staging panels with intelligent LED lighting is another draw as the stage can effectively undergo five or six "makeovers" in the space of one event, with colours chosen to match the outfits of each segment of the show.
Following closely behind is the advertising and film industries respectively. Clear stages once again give the type of unusual camera angles that creative directors crave. They are popular for the filming of adverts for products such as fragrances and perfumes, for example. In other cases, they can be hired as part of an actual Hollywood movie. Another popular request in this realm is for music videos.
Weddings is another big industry when it comes to Perspex and glass stages. We've erected clear stages over swimming pools over in warmer European destinations on several occasions. Some people have even chosen to have their ceremony over their swimming pool, which really does look magical.
But there's plenty of industries that invest in this unusual type of stage. For example, on several occasions now we've created car staging out of glass and Perspex, producing dramatic display ramps at leading national and international motor shows. Clear staging is also popular at several prominent annual awards ceremonies.
So if you're thinking about hiring a Perspex stage, what do you need to consider beforehand?
Factors to Think About Regarding Clear Stage Hire
While there's no question that these are extraordinary stage structures, they do give you plenty to think about as an event planner or organiser. First and foremost, most, if not all, of the clear staging we deliver requires the help of our custom stage design team. If you are a designer by trade, then fantastic, we can get to work on your designs right away. Otherwise, our experienced team will guide you through the process.
The other aspect to note is that these unique structures are obviously not exactly the cheapest. There's a great deal of work that goes into manufacturing and assembling them. For example, for clear or Perspex stages placed over water, you need the services of highly-skilled and experienced underwater welders!
Furthermore, after the event, glass staging panels are usually too scratched to reuse, which is one of the major selling points of our modular staging options such as conference stages and sets. For the vast majority of our clients, this isn't a deal-breaker since they are overseeing one-off events such as weddings, but we thought we should just be upfront with you and mention it all the same.
Finally, you'll also have to take into account the nature of your clear staging request concerning load-bearing capacity. What do we mean by that? Well, let's use a wedding with a Perspex stage over a swimming pool as an example.
With presumably dozens (if not over a hundred) attendees, we will have to supply you with a transparent stage capable of taking the weight of fifty-plus guests at one time. But a fashion catwalk or a product launch could get away with a lot less structural reinforcement, with just a few models on stage at any one time. Referring back to car ramps, supporting several vehicles that weigh more than a tonne each involves some serious calculations.
The good news is that we handle all of this for you, but we may have to advise you of what is and isn't feasible. Either way, we will always be available to advise you of the safest and most cost-effective option for your specific event.
Of course, beyond these considerations, you've got to think about your broader equipment hire requirements for your event. After all, as impressive as these stages are, you won't get very far without any of the associated equipment that breathes life into them!
Clear Stages and Associated Equipment Hire
Although we've tried, we can't think of any events or occasions whereby all you will require is glass staging panels or a Perspex stage. You need the associated event equipment to bring it (and your event) to life! So let's make a start with lighting, perhaps the most essential extra you could hire with your glass stage.
As highlighted above, the massive advantage of semi-transparent and transparent staging is you can experiment with LED lighting placed underneath the stage to transform it into all sort of colours. You can ask us to embed a static colour, or we can even run a program of dynamically-changing colours to really wow your audience. The choice is yours!
But whether you are running a fashion show, or helping to plan the wedding of a lifetime, a touch of lighting embedded into your staging isn't going to cut it. You're going to need a whole host of equipment to bring everything together. For instance, if you have hired a live band for the evening, then you will need to hire sound equipment such as PA speakers, stage monitors, subwoofers, and amps as a minimum.
Heading back to the lighting, you're like to need all kinds of standalone event lighting fixtures such as LED uplighters, moving heads, and spotlights regardless of whether it's a wedding event or an awards ceremony. For awards shows, hiring LED screens is also a must, as well as renting the truss structures from which to suspend them.
The good news? We can supply all of those piece of equipment for you, and much, much more!
Why Choose On Tour Events to Supply Clear Staging to Your Event
Whether you're hosting a glamorous catwalk film shoot or an awards show to remember, we can supply everything you could possibly need when it comes to event production equipment. We mean it when we say that we are a turn-key event production provider. There's genuinely nothing that we can't handle.
For custom-manufactured clear stages, what makes us unique is that we can make pretty much anything you need for your venue, no matter the size or shape. Whether you want a flat glass surface over a swimming pool or the most extravagant transparent car display ramp at your show, we've got you covered.
But perhaps the most significant reason you should choose us over another event contractor is that we can offer you the multiple benefits of handing off all technical event production requirements to one outfit. You benefit from one point of contact, while our team of engineers, technicians, and crew members are hard at work in the background.
Better yet, not only can we install everything you need but we can also run the technical aspects of your event on the day itself. In other words, but handing off your event production to us, you can stop worrying about it and focus your finite energy and resources on other vital aspects of your event.
Speak to On Tour Events About Hiring Class and Perspex Clear Stages
Be it a wedding on the continent, or a film shoot for a music video, we can supply the clear staging you need to elevate the occasion to the next level. Unlike most suppliers, we have decades of experience when it comes to building these very specialist stages, and we have the know-how to construct in even the most challenging environments.
But why stop there? We can also supply everything else you need for your event, from event lighting to state-of-the-art sound equipment and LED screens. Our all-encompassing event services are well-suited to any type of event.
So what are you waiting for? To find out how an events team with three-plus decades of experience operates, just pick up the phone today and have a chat with us. Even if it's just for some initial design advice regarding your glass staging panels, we are here to serve you.
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