One post won’t be enough to enumerate all the qualities of my dream wedding venue, but every time I work a wedding, I think of one more thing that I would add to the list.
Today that thing is rigging points. With today’s more sophisticated brides and grooms, the decor and lighting needs have become more creative and complex. Often, I am bringing in specialty lighting, whether it’s pinspots to highlight each table centerpiece, or a custom treatment to hide an ugly airwall in a ballroom. Or sometimes it’s a certain prop, such as a crystal chandelier, or luxuriant drapery to transform a room completely or create a divider where there was none before.
This lighting or decor has to attach to something, and that’s where rigging points come in. These often exist in the ceiling, and can be built in, or can be brought in by the event services company. My dream wedding venue would have existing rigging points and offer diagrams showing their exact locations and how much weight they can hold…so I can pinspot, hang chandeliers, and drape to my heart’s content!
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Rigging points are commonly found in concerts, TV studios and built-in outdoor stages. Nowadays they can be brought in for weddings even those in an open field. Although those installations may cost thousands more, compared to the hotel venues where they are already in place. (edited for clarity by blog owner 5/3/2012)