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How to Create a Custom Huppah (Wedding Canopy)

 

Our friends at MMD Events in Tampa, Florida have shared with us an explanation of how they created the perfect, custom made Huppah for a client's wedding.  

 

“We were contacted by a florist that needed our help, and he needed it fast. We had just three weeks to design, create, and make a custom Huppah.  This Huppah was a custom, one of a kind design that the bride wanted and was set on having. We knew exactly what products we needed, and we knew we could get all of them at Rose Brand.

 

We ordered the Tendo Box Truss Covers to cover the truss structure.  So when we added our up-lighting  into the Huppah, the truss would be covered but  would still glow. At the base of the truss, we constructed four custom boxes to put the lighting into. We also ordered Voile sheer fabric that we custom cut and sewed together. The four layers of this fabric were connected at the top of the Huppah for covering. Once this Huppah was all put together the final result was remarkable. The bride and florist were both blown away by what we created." 

 

MMD Events is a design and décor company located in Tampa, Florida. They are usually hired directly by clients for wedding or events, but can also be hired directly by other vendors. When it comes to custom creations, vendors contact them because of their outstanding reputation. Owner Amanda Allen was named a finalist for Event Designer of the Year for both the 2011 Event Solutions Spotlight Awards and 2011 BizBash Florida Reader’s Choice Awards. 

 

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How To Choose Your Flame Retardant For Wood and Paper Products

Updated: April 2016

Here is a guide to choosing flame retardants for wood and paper products that you may use on your next gig.  Remember, since FR laws and codes are instituted on a local level, and your local fire marshals or building inspector has the final authority to approve your use of products, invite them into the discussion early. We recommend that you treat and pre-test samples of all of your substrates and then have them approved by the relevant fire safety authority in your area prior to installation. Click on any 'X" in the following chart to get more information about each FR product. Of course, satisfactory fire resistance depends on proper identification of substrates and proper application of the chemical according to the manufacturer's directions.


Wood Flame Retardant Guide

'A' = Approved for Use by Laboratory Testing
'E' = Effective Treatment Based on Field Testing

Wood Products

 FF3 

FF4
(L&P)

 FF6 

MG
702 

 RF-PC 

 RF-WD 

 MG790 

 Xmas 
Tree
Spray

 Jaxsan 

Aqua
Resin

Bamboo

 

 

 

E

 

 

 

E

 

 

Branches          

E

 

E

 

 

Cardboard  

E

A

E

A

E

A

 

 

 

Cellulose Boards        

A

E

A

 

 

 

Evergreens

 

 

         

A

 

 

Hemp Rope

 

E

 

E

 

E

 

 

 

 

Lumber (Raw Wood)  

A

 

A

 

A

A

 

E

E

Plywood

 

A

 

A

 

A

A

 

E

E

Raffia

E

E

E

E

 

E

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Choose Your Flame Retardant For Fabrics

Updated: April 2016

One of our priorities at Rose Brand is to help you maintain an appropriate level of soft goods fire safety and to guide you in your choice of fabric products and FR chemicals. Since FR laws and codes are instituted on a local level, and your local fire marshals or building inspector has the final authority to approve your use of products, invite them into the discussion early. We recommend that you treat and pre-test samples of all of your substrates and then have them approved by the relevant fire safety authority in your area prior to installation.

We've prepared the following chart that is intended to be a starting point for FR product selection. We've matched some of our most popular fabric substrates with their appropriate FR solution treatment. Just click on the "A" or the "E" to get more information about each FR product.  Of course, satisfactory fire resistance depends on proper identification of substrates and proper application of the chemical according to the manufacturer's directions.

Fabric Flame Retardant Guide

'A' = Approved for Use by Laboratory Testing
'E' = Effective Treatment Based on Field Testing

FABRIC

 FF2 

 FF3 

 FF4
(L&P)

 FF6 

 MG702 

 RF-NF 

 RF-SF 

 RF-DF 

 RF-WD 

Acrylic

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

 

 

Burlap

A

A

A

A

E

A

 

 

A

Cotton

A

A

A

A

A

A

 

 

 

Duvetyn

A

A

A

A

A

A

 

 

 

Erosion Cloth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E

Felt (Wool)

E

E

E

E

E

E

E

 

 

Jute

E

E

A

E

 

E

 

 

A

Linen

E

E

E

A

 

A

A

E

 

Metallic

 

A

A

 

 

 

E

E

 

Muslin (1 side painted)

E

E

E

E

E

A

 

 

 

Muslin (unfinished)

A

A

A

A

A

A

 

 

 

 More...

How One Event Designer Got Gotham Glam With A Sensational Digitally Printed Backdrop

When we introduced Matthew David of 360 Design Events LTD. to our digital printing on specialty fabrics, he knew he had found the perfect way to produce his vision for a grand format backdrop at a Lincoln Center gala event. As explained to Matthew, our Lightbox fabric is made to be lit from behind. When the fabric is direct-dye printed and backlit, it produces a brilliantly luminescent effect that’s similar to viewing film on a light box. Having viewed a backlit fabric sample, Matthew said, “I didn’t know you could do that with fabric!”

                      

Comparison of "unlit" sample of digitally printed lightbox fabric (left), vs. "backlit" sample (right).

Matthew utilized the virtues of the fabric perfectly. His brilliant design for the Lincoln Center gala featured a 30’ high x 60’ wide, stylized image of NYC’s iconic skyline and East River. When backlit, the skyline and river appeared to glow from the very lights depicted within the image itself. The effect was simultaneously realistic and fantastical (see skyline image below). More...

How To Be Hassle-Free On Soft Goods Flame Retardancy Issues

Our industry has stringent fire safety regulations pertaining to soft goods flame retardancy. As a result of the good work of our stage technicians, fire officials and suppliers of flame retardant products, our industry also has an excellent record of fire safety. The following checklist describes best practices for implementing fire safety standards for your soft goods in your stage or event production.               

Rule #1: Get to know your local fire marshal
Discover and contact the authority that will have judgment over the acceptance of your scenery. This person may be the facility manager or house manager, an officer at the local firehouse, or a prevention officer from Fire Department Headquarters. Public Life Safety weighs heavily on their shoulders and they do not like surprises. Rather, they will be thrilled and most cooperative since you approached them in advance to discover the local requirements and to arrange pre-approvals.More...

A Light, Airy and Aesthetic Alternative to an Event Tent

California Canopy

Photo Provided by Austin Johnston for AK Johnston Production Design 

While preparing for an outdoor summer wine and art festival event at a luxury country club in California, A K Johnston Production Design created a wonderful new concept that became the perfect alternative to a standard event tent. Their vision took advantage of the venue's gorgeous panoramic views, which would've been obscured by the walls of a traditional outdoor enclosure. With the help of Rose Brand they created "The California Canopy," a structure that emphasizes the airiness, beauty and organic nature of any outdoor venue.

Rose Brand manufactured the custom-sewn canopy from white Poly Muslin; a cloth that drapes and swags beautifully. Rose Brand also developed matching truss covers from white Tendo stretch-fabric to soften the look of the supports and help them blend-in beautifully with the canopy.More...