by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 06, 2011

To save on labor and rigging costs, ask your venue contact if an event is happening in your space directly before yours. If so, you may be able to “piggyback” on the departing show by using the same vendors and keeping the same setup. Depending on how much of the pre-existing set you can use (e.g., lighting, décor, staging, audiovisual), you may only have to pay for minor adjustments, such as adding custom gobos and lighting colors. Compared to setting up your event from scratch, this tactic can save a bundle in labor, shipping and drayage. Thanks to Boston-based JCALPRO (, a full-service production firm that specializes in labor and rigging, for the tip.