Archive for August, 2011

Different types of top table

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

As a marquee hire company you need to offer your customers choice. One particular decision is what type of top table to use. Not only do you need to offer different options but you also need to be able to discuss the pros and cons of each:

Traditional long table:

Usually made up of 3 6ft trestles with seating on one side and positioned on one side of the marquee.

  • Gives a traditional/formal feel to the seating layout
  • Easy for speeches
  • Easy for you to set up
  • Good for photographs with a marquee wall behind
  • Can be difficult to talk to best man/bridesmaid on the ends
  • Difficult to change the seating arrangements from gridge, groom, parents, best man and bridesmaid(s)
  • People on the table are facing guests backs if the remaining seating is round tables
  • Space required in marquee: 3x6m

Round table:

Usually a 5ft, 5ft6in or 6ft round table in the middle of all the other round tables

  • Gives a very informal feel to the layout
  • Very social with other guests in all directions
  • Easy to change seating arrangements if circumstances require it (for eg no need to have parents/in-laws on the same table)
  • Not ideal for photographs
  • Not ideal for speeches (often having to walk to one side to make them)
  • Space required in marquee: 3x3m

Oval Table

Usually constructed of several trestle tables with a ‘D’ shape table at each end and positioned at one side of the marquee. Seating is usually in a horse-shoe on 3 sides leaving the front clear

  • more sociable option than a traditional top table (people at the ends are now facing towards the bride & groom)
  • can be formal or informal
  • leaving the front clear makes for good photographs
  • Surface can be uneven with so many tables next to each other on uneven ground
  • Space required in marquee: 3x6m

Remember a popular option is to have the top table on the dance floor. This means that all guests are positioned around the top table and when it is lifted away after the meal everyone is then automatically positioned around the dance floor. It’s best to use the top table for this as the idea is that everyone on it will spend the rest of the evening socialising.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Space required in a marquee

Monday, August 15th, 2011

When you plan a marquee event you need to know how much space to allow for furniture and other features. As a rough guide use 3x3m boxes:

  • For a 5ft round table seating 8-10 or a 5ft6in round table seating 9-11 guests allow one 3x3m square box
  • For a set of buffet tables (usually three 6ft trestles) allow 3x6m (ie two 3x3m boxes)
  • For a top table (tradition long table or an oval) allow 3x6m
  • DJ’s: 3x3m
  • Band: At least 3x6m depending on how many people are involved
  • Bar: 3x3m (often with another 3x3m for a sofa or spare seats)

Dance floors can vary in size depending on the type of event and number of guests so they’re a bit tricky.

Also consider leaving some space clear when people first walk in and in front of any catering entrance if you have the space to do so.

Of course you can just use our marquee planner or email us and one of us will put something together for you.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

The Showmans Show 2011

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Most readers will have heard of the Showmans Show, some will not – it’s the one show of the year to visit as a marquee hire company.  Every supplier you could possibly need will have a stand there including the wonderful DIY Marquees 🙂

We’re always in the same spot every year:

Register for free at The Showmans Directory. It’s on the 19th & 20th October at The Newbury Showground.

Everyone on our stand has had first hand experience of running a marquee hire company so we’d love to sit down with you and talk through any plans or ideas you may have.

As always I’m working on some new products that we hope to show there.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Marquee repairs, change of policy

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Not advice this week, just an announcement of a change in policy for us regarding the repair of marquees.

1. We will now only repair our own marquees. If it’s not a DIY Marquee then I’m afraid we’re not going to be able to repair it. Our marquees are pretty tough to damage but it appears some others are not. Frankly we’ve had enough of making up for other manufacturers poor workmanship.

2. If you send something back you would like us to repair then it must be clean. Clean as in suitable for a marquee to be used by the fussiest mother-of-the bride around. If I pass on any more dirty panels to be repaired we’re likely to have a mutiny on our hands! Bear in mind most of these ladies have watched me grow up for the last 25+ years and you’ll realise who’s actually in charge round here 🙂

We will still offer our usual high quality service with a fast turnaround, after all we’ve been there and know what disruption a damaged panel can cause.

So if something sharp cuts one of your DIY marquee panels (the main cause of damage seemingly) then please make sure it’s clean before sending it back to us.

Thanks for your understanding.

Spencer