Earls Court London & NEC Birmingham, October 2006
CBD created three Feature Stages for the Autumn National Wedding Show
After picking up the National Wedding show earlier this year, the autumn season kept us very busy again! The show consists of three feature stages – built on day one, with rehearsals on day two, the show then opens to the public for three days, with thousands of brides to be over-enthusiastically trying on every dress in the show!
The first feature stage is a catwalk occupying over 80 square metres of floorspace, covered in dance floor vinyl with a shiny white PVC set to match! Above it a flown box truss and roof canopy supports a lighting rig of 48 Source Four par cans and 8 moving heads; a PA; and a pair of front projected video screens.
The second stage featured ‘Make Overs’ hosted by TV’s Caryn Franklin. Technically a simpler set up, this stage was finished with 3.6m tall PVC flats and a ground supported truss for the technical facilities. These provided a challenge for our operator James, who had to simultaneously control the lighting, half-a-dozen radio mics, a live camera feed, DVD playback, music cues – and oh yes – a PowerPoint presentation.
Finally, for those more interested in cakes and flowers, the ‘Inspiration Zone’ was our third feature stage - an area where expert presentations took place three times a day. A simple set housing two 42” Plasma screens and a small vocal PA was again finished to an exhibition standard for our clients.
So after a week of doing all this in Earls Court, we took it apart, moved it 100 miles to the NEC and did it all over again!