Archive for January, 2012

Positioning windows in a marquee

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The good thing about a quality marquee with interchangeable side panels is your customer can decide where they want the windows when you erect the marquee.
The bad thing about a quality marquee with interchangeable side panels is your customer can decide where they want the windows when you erect the marquee!

Your customers views on where the windows should go might not be in line with where you believe they should go so a diplomatic discussion should take place, at the end of the day they should have the final say all you can do is make recommendations and give reasons why.

Generally windows should be pointing to the view and any side facing a barrier (ie a wall or a fence) should be covered with walls.

Often customers believe that windows should face the sun, this isn’t ideal as people can have it shining straight at them while eating but it’s not the end of the world.

Windows always look best when they are symmetrical so if a customer wants 4 windows on a side of a marquee that has 6 panels put the 4 windows in the middle with a wall either side. This is probably the most important point so worth emphasising, the outside of a marquee always looks best when the windows are symmetrical, it’s less important from the inside so don’t worry if a catering partition disrupts the symmetry from the inside.

Lastly, windows make a marquee more inviting no matter what view they have so always position some near the entrance.


Avoid using heaters when erecting a marquee

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

If you’re out erecting marquees at the moment then it’s a bit cold but you should avoid using heaters to warm you up, at least until the flooring is down.

Putting marquees up in bad weather isn’t the greatest but we do work in an industry that means once the marquee’s up we’re effectively working indoors for the rest of the time whilst finishing off the interior of the marquee.

If you put the marquee up on frozen ground and then put the heater on you risk working in a bit of a quagmire as the ground thaws out and the mud gets spread around the marquee.

Simple solution -don’t put the heaters on until the flooring is down, that waterproof barrier under the flooring will keep the flooring sound as the ground thaws out.

Thanks for reading.


Where’s the bar?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

As part of being a marquee hirer you become a bit of an event planner. Positioning of the bar is surprisingly important. Remember the last house party you went to? The most crowded room was probably the kitchen. The last hotel wedding? Most guests were probably lingering by the bar, that’s what happens (especially blokes it has to be said).

This can also be turned in to a selling point for holding a marquee wedding compared to one in a hotel. Most hotels have a bar in one room and the meal in another, you then file back out to the bar while they clear the tables and lay the dance floor but most people will stick near the bar rather than go back in the dance floor room. You end up with something that all events want to avoid – 2 parties.

So the key to positioning a bar is to have it where you want people to linger.

If people are paying you to extend their house using a marquee then tell them to put the bar (and food if poss) out in the marquee to ensure it gets well used.

If you’re putting several marquees up for an event then try and have the bar in the same marquee as the dance floor (maybe at the opposite end though). This will keep people lingering in one area.

If the bar needs to be closed off until evening or needs to have access for people arriving for drinks outside consider putting it inside a small marquee (one of our pagodas for example) connected to the main marquee so it can easily open or close in different directions.

A normal size bar will take up around a 3x3m (10x10ft) area.

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Tip for weddings

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

If you supply wedding marquees then it’s useful to have a few wedding tips to pass on. They aren’t going to win you any jobs (as you’re probably already there with the marquee by this stage) but it does help to project a professional appearance and reassure the customer that you know what you’re talking about (which can then lead to recommendations for future jobs)

The best tip that I passed on was for emotional bride/grooms who struggle to look in to each others eyes without bursting in to tears/laughter. Just tell them to focus on a point on the wall slightly to one side of their other half, as far as everyone else in the church can see they’re still looking in to each others eyes but it makes a world of difference to their emotions.

Weddings are emotional occasions that can make people nervous and slightly unpredictable (just ask my mate who in his words at the alter is married ‘in dogs holy law’!) so any advice you can give to help is usually well received.

As you may have noticed the design of our website has changed recently, there’s still work to do on it but if you find anything wrong or that could do with improving please let me know. There will be a new event planning advice section where I will be writing articles and case studies on particular aspects of planning an event, for experienced marquee hirers it will just seem common sense but for anyone new hopefully there will be some interesting reading there.

Thanks for reading