Archive for June, 2013

Marquee Electrics

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Running the electrics usually comes under the marquee mans umbrella. It can be as simple as running an extension lead from the house, it can be complicated enough to justify getting an electrician in to look after the whole project.

The possible power requirements are:

  • Lighting (probably you organising this)
  • Music (DJ or band)
  • Bar (fridges etc)
  • Catering equipment (electrical tea urns and ovens can take a LOT of power)

It is always best practice to find out what electrical requirements there are before you turn up on site, personally I would mention it either at the site visit or in the quotation or both. Something along the lines of :

we will supply the electrical leads from the house for our lighting, if you require any other power in the marquee please notify us before the day of erection (additional charge may apply)

Whether you actually charge for additional power leads is up to you. It can seem a little petty but then running another couple of leads neatly can add another hour or so on to a job.

I strongly strongly recommend that you only tackle electrical tasks that you are confident in. I would also recommend going on an Essential Supplies marquee electrics course that they run out of season to learn best practice.

Running the electrical lead across to the house for our lighting is easy and straight forward. Running another power lead to the house (plug in to a different room) for a band or DJ is easy. If you start to need power for catering then it’s usually a job for a generator or electrician as they require so much power.

If in doubt then drop us a line and we’ll recommend what to do.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Cheap Marquee for sale

Monday, June 17th, 2013

We have one of our deluxe marquees listed on an ebay auction with a starting price of 99p (no reserve).

Grab a bargain: 6x12m Deluxe DIY Marquee on ebay

The marquee itself is new and unused but the packaging is a bit scuffed up.

We’re also including a 6x10m second PVC roof. It was returned to us apparently with a small hole which we can’t find so we’re including it in this listing along with some repair PVC just to give flexibility.

Our commercial range exceed the standards of most marquees and party tents available, our deluxe marquees are a step up again in quality so there’s a lot of marquee available for potentially not much money!

Happy bidding

Spencer

Example site visit: Golden Wedding Anniversary part ii

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

My solution as hinted at in the original post would be to incorporate some of the trees in to the marquee. You have to be very careful they are small enough to do this and be very aware of where the trees would be inside (clearance is much lower at the sides than the middle).

In a clear garden seating for 100 would probably be in two 6x10m marquees or similar. Because of the loss of space to trees you have to go up a size to two 6x12m marquees. Whilst on site you should also measure how big a marquee can fit in without trees inside, a customer may not like the idea of putting a marquee up over their tree and would rather have a smaller party.

In the main trees give a lot of character to a marquee, theming companies often spend a fortune importing such things so why not use what is free and available.

  • Putting fairy lights in trees is very effective, remember to allow for running extension leads (often under the flooring)
  • Flooring around trees is a nightmare, the best option we found is to use marquee carpet so you can cut neatly round with a stanley knife
  • If the tree is slightly too tall then cut the tree back as you’re putting the marquee up so it is cut back only the minimum amount
  • Keep in mind these points on putting marquees up over obstacles

This is a good example of the above:

Marquees over trees

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Happy anniversary us

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

To the sound of a single party popper, the hurried scoffing of a jam doughnut and cries of ‘get back to work!’ we’re celebrating our anniversary.

Although I’d written about marquees in a few other places previously it was 5 years ago that we decided to put everything in one place and add this blog to our website. It was hoped that amongst all of the marquee drivel that spouted forth people may sieve their own nugget of useful information. It has generally proved very successful and as a result of this and our other advice there are now hundreds more members of the marquee hire community.

30 years ago my parents (the ‘C’ and ‘D’) decided they had best formalise the business they’d been running for the last few years in to a limited company before it grew completely out of control. To give you an idea of my status at this point I knew the ‘D’ stood for Dad but couldn’t work out what the ‘C’ stood for..

Thank you to all of our customers over that time, thank you to all of the staff we’ve had the pleasure of working alongside and especially thank you to the ladies who have been with us throughout the life of the business. These are the ladies who were in charge of me as a kid but who (technically if not practically) I’m in charge of now in one of those strange relationships you get in a second generation family business.

As always thank you for reading, my suggested solution to the previous post will be next week at which point normal service will be resumed.

Spencer