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Charleston AV setup for the 2015 Citadel Republican Society Dinner

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We thought we would bring you a look into our Charleston AV setup for a very special gala dinner event. And we’ll spoil the surprise now: this post involves a might cast of characters! None other than Donald Trump, Rick Santorum, and Tim Scott among so many notable others. What?  You ask?

Yes. We had some very weighty Republican personalities on our Charleston AV setup this month. We were pleased to be the AV and lighting vendor for the 2015 Citadel Republican Society Dinner Above you have our large fast fold projection screen rentals set up for Rick Santorum’s address. The same was the case for Donald Trump. Political opinions aside – like good bartenders, we never get mired down in political opinions – it was a glittering evening of lovely people assembled to make a difference for youth. The Citadel Republican Society scholarships make a huge difference to many lives as evidenced by the opening video for this dinner. You can see it here.

Finally Donald Trump was honored and not only was it easy to be star struck, this whole event was noted and captured on the national news by Good Morning America. We are so happy to see this. We just love great public relations attention on the work of the Citadel Society and are so pleased thte star power of the guests, recipients, and attendees garnered national attention. Well deserved.

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Some of the Charleston AV rental equipment we provided for this banquet was:

7’x12′ HD fast fold projection screens

Sanyo LCD projectors

JBL powered speakers

Shure wireless microphones

Yamaha mixers

Sony HD Camcorders

LCD flat screen monitors

 

As well as our event lighting rentals for the stage set up:

Leko/ Source 4 lighting fixtures

Light dimming rental package

Par 38 lighting fixture

 

And the equipment for staging the speakers:

Pipe and drape backdrop set ups

 

It was a pleasure to be the Charleston AV setup and lighting provider for this gala dinner event. We look forward to 2016.

 

One of our favorite conference venues: AV rentals at Charleston Harbor Resort

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We cannot say enough good things about the conference space or the team here, we frequently provide AV rentals at Charleston Harbor Resort. We are grateful to work with a team as professional, organized, and polished as Charleston Harbor Resort’s. And we admit the view from this incredible conference venue is incredible to start and end our day of AV and lighting work. It is a great client call to get every time.

Charleston Harbor Resort is a popular conference destination on Charleston SC’s harbor. The benefits of holding a conference here are endless; Tons of parking, first class service, modern and upscale conference rooms with plenty of space for break out rooms, and a great catering team to feed the attendees well. The Charleston Harbor Resort enjoys launch service across the water to downtown Charleston, a world-class golf course at Patriots Point directly behind it, and a resort pool which command a view of all of Charleston and lower Cooper River Basin. Rooms facing the water will give conference attendees an memorable stay in Charleston.

Whether you are bringing a handful of meeting attendees or planning a conference for hundreds in Charleston, we recommend you review Charleston Harbor Resort. The teams there will hold a flawless seamless conference or meeting for you. And we will be there with your AV rentals at Charleston Harbor Resort.

2015 AHA Heart Gala & our AV and event lighting in Charleston

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Charleston’s 2015 AHA Heart Gala was another incredible showcase for our AV and event lighting in Charleston SC and we were pleased to be presenting sponsors. This year’s gala dinner was held at the Memminger Auditorium in downtown Charleston, SC.

We work at the Memminger Auditorium for conference AV and lighting frequently and we are always pleased to light a happy party there. The auditorium recently had a complete renovation making it a perfect venue for a charity or conference dinner event. For this gala, the room was split into two areas by a floor to ceiling curtain. On one side was the bar and cocktail hour where the silent auction took place. On the other side, the room was set for a gold-touched deco dinner party for 300 people.

Our AV and event lighting in Charleston consisted of the fast fold projection screens you see above both the dining room and cocktail room in the photos. We hung cafe bulb lighting to twinkle above the bar. The dining received the royal treatment with five huge staggered crystal chandelier rentals set of by long strands of cafe bulb lighting across the top of the ballroom. It made for a stunning sight! The guests were thrilled when they stepped into the dining area of the evening.

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End of the evening: Tearing down AV and lighting rentals in Charleston SC

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One questions we are frequently asked by new clients on AV and lighting rentals in Charleston SC is when and how we break down the rentals after a conference, gala dinner, or wedding. The answer is carefully and under cloak of darkness, usually. AV and lighting rentals in Charleston SC require an around the clock presence – we get in early we get out late. There is no other way.

When it comes to conferences, often we are dealing with hotels whose house is open all night anyway, but the idea is to get the equipment broken down and out immediately. There is usually set up for something else following close behind so efficiency and organization are the name of the game on AV and lighting work.

Occasionally, brides and grooms and wedding planners can get together regarding their back-to-back events at some of Charleston’s most popular venues and the lighting will stay overnight to be set for more than one wedding. But this is infrequent, wedding planners pride themselves on designing something individual for each client. With the pressure for each wedding to be published, it is less like to make it into the pages of a magazine if all the weddings being submitted have similar details. And so, while it may be ideal to set up lighting once on Friday morning for the weekend, it is more likely that the AV and lighting rentals in Charleston SC breakdown happens Friday after one wedding, starts again on Saturday morning – and, because Charleston is the number one city in the US for destination weddings, it is likely we will be setting up AV and lighting rentals again on Sunday morning. These days, it is  not uncommon to also be putting up wedding lighting on Mondays too.

Our clients don’t want to worry about how the lights get there or how they get down, so it is a little night magic that goes on at our job sites. We take it down with precision even in pitch darkness. And it is all gone and swept away like Brigadoon before morning. Here is a little photo insight into thwat breaking down a job at midnight looks like in our beautiful Charleston, SC.

 

 

 

 

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How to manage budget AV rentals Charleston SC?

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We get a lot of questions regarding how to deal with budget AV rentals Charleston SC and we are always prepared with solutions and suggestions. the concern is one we understand. There is a great deal of pressure on conference and meeting planners to manage their budgets carefully and scrape more savings out of their events. It can be an exhausting, sometimes futile, process. We actively pursue methods to reduce your costs and keep you in a productive effective position, both with your company and your conference attendees.

Some things you might consider to reduce costs in your AV rentals and conference staging:

– Conference contracts are always negotiable with the conference center; it can often be a great savings to use an outside, independent AV rentals company rather than just agree to use the in-house hotel AV vendor. Fully explore these possibilities. We are here to help you, all we need is an RFP to give you a competitive estimate.

– Call us and we’ll come out to the site and look it over. Often, there are cost saving measure to be considered which our experience AV and lighting technicians can suggest. After all, we want the business, we want to help you make it work.

– Partner with us. If you are considering a great deal of lighting for atmosphere at a sales meeting, we will likely be able to suggest a scenario of maximum lighting and AV rental impact for the least cost.

The first step is just to get us involved. We have a thirty year history of happy customers who trust us with their conferences every year and in many cases, several times a year. We travel with them around the country and we’re on their team. we are in it for the long term partnership, not to get one conference and be done. So, let’s work it out together.