Regular readers (thanks Mum) will have noticed that I described the thinking behind planning my brothers wedding marquee a few months ago but then haven’t really mentioned it since. Anyone who tried to get in touch with me over the last couple of weeks will have realised that the wedding did indeed go ahead so why the lack of descriptions/photos?
Well the answer’s a little embarrassing.
The guy who bought our old marquee hire business wanted to supply a marquee -I think he felt guilty as we sold it to him too cheaply! I on the other hand wanted to make it a show setting to display everything you can do with DIY Marquees.
In the end common sense prevailed and we accepted his generous offer. We still used our marquees for entrances, catering areas, drinks, steel band cover as well as a mountain of carpet (this will be going on eBay shortly) which kept us busy. So here are a couple of photos of my brothers wedding marquee. I realise those of you just 6 months ago I was helping set up their business are now half way through your first season so are effectively seasoned experts but try to keep your criticism of our carpet laying and marquee erecting skills to a minimum 😉
This shows one of our experimental 6m x 6m entrance marquees with red carpet (the green went across to the toilet unit). We’ll probably put this 6×6 on eBay this week as I don’t think we’ll make it a standard stock item -it uses 50mm dia powder coated poles and I’m not a fan of either (50mm’s too heavy and powder coating doesn’t age well).
This shot shows one of our marquees with the 12m wide marquee in the background.
We used my brothers wedding to experiment a little with our marquees in preparation for some improvements next year that will continue to set us apart from our (clearly inferior!) rivals. Increasing numbers of them are copying our designs and material, some even try and ‘improve’ on our designs by making them thicker -have they never run a hire business? Do they not realise we choose to make our marquees out of 38mm frame and 500gsm because it’s very strong but can be erected by only 2 people? If you’re going thicker why not use steel girders and a tiled roof? (sorry, rant over)
Anyway, make sure you hirers come along to our stand at the Showmans Show in October and we should have some interesting stuff for you to look at.
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