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23 March, 2016

A Ballast Guide

Definition: `Heavy material, such as gravel, sand, iron or lead, placed low on a structure to improve its stability. Something that gives stability or substance’.

For safe use, any environmentally susceptible structure should be anchored to the surface on which it has been installed. Variables such as environmental aggressors (wind and rain), engineering criteria (mainstay horizontal and vertical position, angle and ballast type) and surface types (dry or wet tar-surface, dry or wet concrete, smooth or rough surfaces, grass, dirt or gravel) are all taken into consideration. Written specifications for anchoring are conveyed via installation instructions from on-site engineers. Elements taken into consideration: * site wind exposure * Terrain category * Wind Region * 5 day forecast * duration of tent on site * soil density for staking (holding power) * soil water saturation (drought or muddy) * nearby structures (buildings, trees) * size of the tent (surface area) Ballasts should be placed on all four corners of a marquee (for example) however, if requested, additional smaller-sized anchor points can also be used, giving extra support for side walls. Every leg should have a ballast point, or the leg becomes a ‘floating’ leg and if exposed to high winds, becomes a danger. There are several anchoring options available for all surface types.

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11 February, 2016

Events with Attitude in 2016

Be Bold in 2016

Happy New Year!

Yes, we know we’re a little late, but happy 2016! Now, we won’t start asking the usual questions: Set any goals for the year? Turning over a new leaf? And you don’t even want to know what we think of New Years Resolutions! Suffice to say that we are more the esoteric-type when it comes to our goals for a new year (we keep our cards close to our chest), that, and the fact that we like helping others achieve their annual aim, a little magnanimity goes a long way in this day and age. So - What To Do In 2016? Here’s a few fresh ideas and some novel approaches to all of our busy lives! ‘Fill Your Boots’ as they say, and don’t be shy to give us a shout - we’re a very handy bunch and we’re here to help.

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06 November, 2015

Summer events filled with colour and inspiration


Photo credit image: Cliff Brunk

Those lucky enough to find themselves in the southern hemisphere right about now are being treated to a whole lot of warmth and sunshine. Find inspiration in the season and think ‘outside the box’ to please your guests and make a lasting impression, whether it be a summer wedding or a sun-drenched corporate event.

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23 September, 2015

How to survive planning an event.

We have 4 easy ways to help you survive planning even the biggest of events: 

1. Organise and have a clear plan

Failing to plan is planning to fail.” -Alan Lakein

Planning, checklists, and great organising is the holy grail for event planners. And with good reason! It’s well worth spending your time organising and planning to prepare for your event before you begin implementing. This allows you to have a clear timeline for when things need to be completed, gives you a list of tasks you can delegate to others, and provides a great overall blueprint for the event that can be handed over to someone else in case of emergency.

Having a clear plan also ensures you’re driving the event, rather than setting yourself up to be constantly reacting to things that come your way. Being in constant reaction mode is exhausting and a quick way to lose precious mental energy.

The type of event will dictate your timeline and to-dos, but you can start with this generic checklist and these scheduling tips.

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08 May, 2015

Our 4 Tips to Generate Creative Ideas for Events.


Here at Stretch Structures, we always say that your imagination is your only limitation. We love providing our customers with exciting products that are a result of their creativity and vision. It’s always fun to deliver a product that simply started as a seed of an idea!

Of course we know that creativity can be a funny thing. We’ve all been victims to creative block from time to time where we are searching for something new, but it seems to elude us. We like to work with our customers to create products that are cutting edge and leading the way in fabric architecture.

So let’s have some fun with different ways to brainstorm creative ideas for your next event!

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01 April, 2015

17 February, 2015

17 February, 2015

Events in Communities


Feeling like you keep putting on the same event, over and over again?

Have the urge to create something bigger and better?
Want to keep up with the latest marketing movements?
Leveraging the community aspect of events is your answer!
There’s a growing desire of consumers to feel a part of something beyond one or two-day events. It’s human nature to love being part of a movement, connecting with others, and getting involved.

Why not serve your audience and your brand better by leveraging your event and expanding it out into a true community?
Event planners are beginning to see how events extend beyond the actual event, starting before the event begins and continuing long after the event has passed.
The event lifecycle has extended as social media, new marketing strategies, and more conscious consumers have flooded the marketplace and encouraged companies to step up their game.
The new marketing landscape is all about storytelling, connection, and relationship building! “Events as communities” is a great way to put these ideas into practice and increase the impact of your event.
You have the ability to capture audience attention on a much deeper level than ever before, encouraging consumer engagement outside of the limited time you have available to host an event.
There are three main things to consider when utilizing this strategy:

   1. Management
Who will manage the community? This strategy requires other marketing experts past the event planner in charge of the event. It takes brand ambassadors to truly nurture a community and ensure the community stays focused. Be prepared to invest the personnel to make this strategy effective. 

  2. Vision
What is truly the point of the community? What is the bigger movement that your audience relates to and can get behind? It could be environmental issues, conscious consumerism, buying local, or other big vision causes that your brand supports and believes in. Ensure the vision is aligned with your brand and is related to your event. 

   3. Goals
What is really the goal with creating the community outside of the event? Perhaps it’s increasing attendance at the event, fostering connections between attendees, building customers for life, continuing the community yearly, or changing perceptions. There are a lot of reasons communities exist, but if you aren’t clear on the purpose of your community, then your lack of true connection will show and it will be confusing why it exists in the first place. 

Consumers are intelligent and picky about how they spend their time and where they spend their money. If you want your event to truly stand out, link it to a larger community that serves a true purpose for your audience and your brand.
Connection is currency and your event community can prove to be well worth the effort. 

13 November, 2014

Let's talk safety at events.

Check out our tips on considering safety at events.
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In all of the fun planning around things like ambiance, it can feel burdensome to worry about something like safety. But it’s important to properly plan for such measures when you’re in charge of an event and the people attending.
When people attend events, they don’t think about things like safety – they expect that the organisers already have.  So that if they do find themselves in an emergency situation, you will take care of them.
It’s an important part of your responsibility in hosting an event. We’ve put together this starting guide to the basics of safety at events, in case you don’t know where to start. 

  • IDENTIFY POSSIBLE RISKS at your event so that you can then control those risks in an appropriate manner. In order to do this you must think about what might cause harm to the attendees at your event and determine if you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm. The goal with risk management is not to entirely remove risks, but to identify sensible measures to control the risks and ensure measures are in place that are reasonable if a situation arises.
  •  STEP INTO THEIR SHOES....stepping into the shoes of a worker or attendee and seeing the day from their vantage point. What will they see, where will they be, how will they get from place to place. A good place to start is to think about the safety of structures above their heads and what’s at their feet. 
Identify the hazards at your event, the potential of harm, what can be done to lessen the risk, and what will be done if something happens.
These findings will create your risk management and safety plans. 

  • IDENTIFY EVENT NEEDS - identify the products you’re using at your event and the potential for harm.  Have you chosen products that help alleviate safety concerns? Do your structures meet safety standards and have they got engineering certificates?  What wind load and ballasts are required to keep structures steady and in place in high winds/ rain? For instance, Stretch Structures use the best material designed to meet most global fire, structural, and safety standards. The strong fabric contains built in fire retardant, adding an additional level of prevention to your risk management plans.   They also come with engineering certificates and wind guidelines.
  • AREAS OUT OF BOUNDS - Similar prevention methods should also include considering the best people to install electrical equipment and highlighting areas attendees should stay away from throughout your event.  
Choose products that will protect those at your event.  Its always good to prepare an emergency plan just in case something does go wrong. It’s worth the extra level of protection and peace of mind. 

  • SAFETY FOR WORKERS AND ATTENDEES -The people at your event will fall into two categories – those working and those attending. You’ll want to ensure that those working your event have safe working conditions for themselves, plus the ability to help attendees in emergency situations.
  •  HELPING HAND -Structures and equipment can sometimes be very heavy so the more hands to help, the lighter the workload and the safer of workers.   If you need installation staff, its worth investing in the cost to ensure that you look after your workers and ensure the installation is done correctly. 
  • OLD, YOUNG AND FRAIL- It’s also important to note the wide range of people you could have both working and attending your event and the individual needs they could have. People who could need more attention include those who are very young or old, those with severe allergies, expectant mothers, and people with disabilities. Responsible planning for your event will include taking these populations into consideration.
 Additionally, those working the event will be expected to be leaders in the case of an emergency. Go over safety protocol so workers are well prepared to help patrons with anything that arises, from sending someone to first aid to a full-scale evacuation.  

It’s imperative that you consider safety at your event and understand you are responsible for ensuring measures are in place in the case of emergency.
This guide just covers the basics of event planning safety and just touches on these important topics. It is by all means not an extensive list but a starting point to consider safety at your events.  Check your local environmental and health safety laws to ensure you are considering all the safety elements at your events  and to receive additional guidance to make your event a success.
Nothing can ruin the fun and an exciting event like someone getting harmed.  Add this very important component to your event planning process and make sure to take steps to alleviate possibilities of issues at your events.
If you are using Stretch Structures and are concerned about safety at your event, contact us to discuss how we can help ensure the safety of our structures and your patrons. We take safety very seriously and have our own safety practices to ensure we are helping you plan for the best event possible. 


23 October, 2014

7 reasons to choose inflatables at your next event.

for using Inflatable Structures
There are a lot of decisions to be made when planning your event. Luckily we take the guesswork out of one big decision that can make or break your event. This one thing can set the tone for your entire function and create just the right environment for your needs. The structures! And not just any structure, but one that draws attention to your event, is inviting to our customers and creates an ambiance that is remembered!
The venue, setting, and environment are the biggest decision to be made and it all starts here. The decision you make here sets the tone for everything else. Inflatable structures made my StretchStructures make it easy to plan your event and create just the right setting. The decision is easy with these top seven reasons for using inflatable structures.
Highly customizable
As we like to say, your imagination is your only limitation. Inflatable structures give you more choices and control over the look and feel of your space than any other options available. From size to color to branding to shape – our design team are sure to create the perfect customized creation for you.

Easy installation and dismantle
They're portable and easy to assemble, which means you can save time and manpower. Some structures only require one person and 10 minutes to set up. The inflatable nature of the structure is meant to provide fast and easy set up that allows you to set the stage for your entire event faster. And get home at the end of the day.

Variety of shapes and sizes
Accommodate up to 500 people in our variety of structures. Shells, domes, arches, or cubes – the choice is yours. The variety of sizes and shapes ensures you find the perfect one to set the tone for your event and take care of all your guests.

Advertising made easy
The ability to print on these structures means you can save on other brand recognition efforts. No need for buying extra signage or figuring out how to attach banners to your structure to ensure they stay put and don't blow away. With inflatable structures, your logo and brand is represented right on the structure. You design your own logo placement with mockups and a graphic designer to assist.

Use anywhere
Inflatable structures are engineered tough to withstand the outdoor temperament, but can also be used to make indoor spaces pop. The modular nature of the structures, along with the variety of shapes and sizes, means you can use them anywhere you need that special extra something. Protecting guests from the weather or creating a pop of color indoors, these structures are fun to play with and are useable anywhere you need to go.

High quality fabrics and structurally sound
Because the safety of your guests and the life of your products are important, inflatable structures are made with standard or fire retardant fabric, plus are built to withstand strong winds and other elements. Mother Nature shouldn't crash your event and with a sturdy inflatable structure, your guests stay safe while your product does all the work and lives to see many more events.

Unique and fun
All of the above provide excellent reasons for choosing an inflatable structure for your next event, but we also believe you should play with your imagination and create products that allow you to stand out from the crowd. These structures are fun and unique because they give you the opportunity to let your imagination run wild. Where will it take you today?

Distinct and practical, inflatable structures give you choices and peace of mind like no other product available on the market.

Contact us today to begin your journey to your imagination and the perfect event.

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