Archive for the ‘marquee hire advice’ Category

Stacks of chairs in marquees

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

There is one wedding marquee we did that sticks out for several reasons. It was the largest wedding we were doing that year and a lot of work had gone on beforehand – many many site visits and alterations but it did promise to be quite a special marquee.

Having been on site most of the week on Thursday afternoon we were just about there, just the chairs to carry in and some outdoor lighting to set up. Caterers usually set up on a Friday but in this instance they were there on the Thursday afternoon too to get a head start, I guess it was also their biggest wedding of the year.

Some caterers prefer you the marquee hire company to lay out all of the chairs. Others prefer the chairs left in piles by each table to make laying the table quicker and easier. This caterer was one such that preferred piles of chairs for them to put out later.

The banqueting chairs (of a very particular colour with certain shade of seat pad that had been changed many times!) were carried in in piles of 10 and left by each table.

I was on the phone outside when all of a sudden I heard “NOOO!!…CRASH!…CRASH! CRASH!…”

I ran in to find carnage, a pile of chairs had toppled over on to a table that also then set another couple of chairs over like dominoes. Fortunately no one was hurt except a load of broken glasses, chairs and crockery. The caterer was very practical and in an hour everything was resolved, I have my suspicions that if it had been one of our lads rather than one of theirs that had knocked the chairs over it might not have been dealt with quite so calmly.

We were very lucky but there’s lessons to be learned from this:

  • Never leave chairs in tall piles, they are simply too unstable. Leave them in maximum 5’s for plastic chairs or 3’s for banqueting chairs.
  • Check with the caterer if they want you to lay out the chairs or not. If you can’t speak to the caterer then lay the chairs out as standard.
  • Try and avoid other suppliers working in the marquee before you’re finished. If you aim to have wedding marquees finished by the Thursday evening then they have all day Friday to set up.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

The Showmans Show 2016 review

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Thank you to everyone who visited the DIY Marquee stand at the show, it was a fun couple of days chatting to customers new and old.

Our new Commercial Demi Marquee seemed to prove very popular whilst feedback from our long-time customers has given us plenty of food for thought regarding new product ideas for the future.

There’s always lots of have-a-go activities at the show and this year there was a really good one – Clayzer (laser clay shooting). We can highly recommend it, especially so as all 3 of us ended up on the leader board. If you think that’s competitive you should see it when we take all the warehouse lads go karting at Christmas!

Thanks for reading

Spencer

The marquees we will be exhibiting at The Showmans Show 2016

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

At this years showmans show we will have on our stand:

A 4x8m Commercial peaked roof marquee. The peaks add an attractive touch to what is one of the most durable and flexible 4m wide marquees in the industry. We are manufacturing an interior lining for half of the marquee so visitors can see the difference a lining makes.

A 3x4m Deluxe Demi Marquee and our new 3x4m Commercial Demi Marquee: We designed these marquees to butt up against buildings, they give a much larger entrance height and any water falls away from the building eliminating two of the largest issues marquee hire companies have when butting up against buildings. They have also proved popular as stand alone market stalls. The popularity of our Deluxe model has encouraged us to produce a similar structure in the slightly lighter Commercial design. Compare for yourself at the show.

A 4x4m pop-up marquee: We only supply the heaviest duty pop-up models (58mm dia. legs), at the show we are including our unique interior lining, compatible with just about any make of pop-up.

A 2x4m Walkway: Our walkways arrive as 2x6m but are modular so can be put up as 2x2m, 2x4m or 2x6m. At the show we’ll be putting it up as 2x4m and again include our interior lining.

We can’t display all of our marquees at the show but by exhibiting the above we are displaying a reasonable selection and illustrating many of the unique structures and accessories we provide suitable for marquee hire companies.

Thanks for reading, please come and say hello at the show (stand 263 Avenue E)

Spencer

The Showmans Show 2016

Monday, September 19th, 2016

It’s nearly The Showmans Show time again where we grab the slowest moving members of our staff and decamp down to the Newbury Showground for a few days.

We will be in our usual spot halfway down Avenue E on stand number 263 opposite the Arcotherm stand. Come out of the hall and turn right then first left for Avenue E.

For those unaware of The Showmans Show (with apologies to anyone who has read similar posts on here in previous years) it is the one trade show where all of the marquee hire industry have a presence. Any supplier serious about supplying the hire industry will have a stand and just about every existing or prospective marquee hirer will come to visit.

This is where you will see new innovations first and create contacts you may use for years.

It’s a nice well organised show and well worth a visit. It’s free to enter but to save filling out forms on the day it’s worth registering in advance: Showmans Show online registration

Thanks for reading, I hope to see you at the show.

Spencer.

The rain in Spain (and France) can be a pain

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

One of the joys of running DIY Marquees is I get to chat to people from geographical areas that I have no experience of. When I ran a marquee hire business the area we covered was as compact as we could make it (for obvious logistical reasons) so it’s great hearing about other peoples experiences especially if it’s something I can share to others on this blog.

It’s fair to say that France and other parts of Europe have had a bit of rain recently. Torrential rain is always a headache in the marquee industry, it’s a pain dealing with wet equipment and a party is always better in the sun than rain.

From a waterproofing point of view rain shouldn’t be an issue however the weakest point will always be a join -this is why nearly all DIY marquees use roofs that are all in one piece. Providing guttering has been fitted correctly and tested then it should cope with all but the most extremes of downfalls.

Something that has been highlighted in discussions with some customers in both France and Spain recently is what about the run off from other buildings? Whilst most houses in the UK have guttering that is often not the case in other parts of Europe or even on outbuildings or barns here in the UK.

If you are putting a marquee up against any building then it is always wise to look at what would happen if it rained – could the water run off the building? If so where will it go? Could it overload a guttering system (theirs or yours)? If you use roofs that come in sections (as I say, our main marquees don’t have this problem) then will this compromise the waterproof integrity of the join?

In relation to how often this situation may arise this is a minor issue, it is however something you as a professional marquee hirer should be aware of, it is much better to learn from our experience or those of our customers rather than make the same mistake yourself.

If in doubt then as always, take some photographs and email them to us – we’ll happily advise as best we can.

If you want to share good practice in the industry then there is an excellent facebook group of marquee hirer’s here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/themarqueeclub (note you must apply using a work/marquee related email).

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Marquee Heating information

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Nearly all professional marquee hirers use diesel or gas powered heaters. When using one of these to heat a marquee personally I would always put a carbon monoxide tester in the marquee too. They’re cheap, easy to fit and give peace of mind to both you and the customer. Not only that it makes you look (even more) thorough and professional. All fumes from a diesel heater should be kept outside from the chimney but what if the wind blows it straight back towards the marquee?

L B Whites have a very useful heating app that’s worth looking at and illustrates why electric heaters are just not man enough for any serious size marquee.

Inputting a 6x12m commercial (3m apex height) marquee with a rise of 30degrees C (they do metric, I can’t!) gives a requirement for approx 100,000BTU’s or 30KW of heating. Had we designed our marquees to have a higher apex not only would they be less wind resistant they would also require far more heating – the requirement goes up to 40KW.

The maximum an electric heater can supply is 3KW of heat. If you wanted to heat one of these marquees using electric heaters you would need a whopping 10-13 of them and a very large generator to power them all!

Stick to diesel (indirect) or gas (lbwhite) and fit a carbon monoxide detector.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Demo DIY Marquee going up 1st or 3rd March

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

We’ll be putting up one of our 6x12m DIY Commercial Marquees as a demonstration model next week – likely Tuesday 1st or Thursday 3rd March.

If you are considering buying one of our DIY Marquees or have bought one but not yet erected it you are more than welcome to come and see how it is done.

We at DIY Marquees have revolutionised the marquee sales industry in our ideas, designs and methods of construction. We’re more than happy to pass that knowledge on to existing or prospective buyers.

Alternatively the marquee will be staying up all summer for viewing.

A final decision on which day will be taken on Monday (29th), if you are interested in joining us then please get in touch and we will confirm timings on that Monday.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Marquee Hire website design

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Due to the continuing expansion of the company and increasing demands on all things online all of our web design is now handled by AJC Technology.

They also do marquee hire websites: Golden Dream Marquees

AJC made our new marquee planner so could potentially add that in to any new website you may want.

So if you need to update your website and want to talk it through with someone who actually understands marquees get in touch with AJC, we can highly recommend them.

Thank for reading.

Spencer

Can I use a DIY Marquee as a smoking shelter?

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Yes, you can use one of our DIY Marquees as a smoking shelter but only with some precautions/conditions:

Will the marquee smell? No, not really. The PVC will not absorb smells so as long as it well ventilated the marquee will not smell and could be used for alternative purposes at other times.

If you are building a smoking area at an event then it is best to erect a separate roof only marquee or create a porch at the front of the marquee.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Duracoretex PVC

Monday, January 25th, 2016

How do I know the quality of a PVC marquee cover? This problem arises as the only generic way of describing PVC is by weight – 380gsm, 500gsm, 650gsm.

The problem we have as a supplier is that there are many many different qualities of PVC within these weight bands. We could make our marquees cheaper by using a different quality (but same weight) PVC for example.

The problem you have as a hirer/user is how do you know what quality of PVC you are buying?

After many many years of supplying marquees using different versions of PVC we are now exclusively using Duracoretex PVC, this is because it has proved itself to be the most durable of all of the materials we have used across all weight categories.

Duracoretex PVC

The strength of the initial core material gives the fabric its strength with Duracoretex PVC often out performing heavier weight non-branded PVC.

So is all non-branded PVC unsuitable? Certainly not. But the quality of our marquees is how we have gained our excellent reputation and this is not something we wish to risk. Hence we use Duracoretex PVC.

Thanks for reading.

Spencer.