How do I choose which marquee or tent I would like?
We have lot of experience at working in a range of tents from tipis, to sailcloths, petal to stretch, clearspan framed to traditional pole. We will show you pictures, explain about each structure and if you are still not quite 100% sure of which one to choose, we can organise site visits for you to experience a tent in full situ, first-hand.
When should we have our speeches at our wedding?
There is no right or wrong answer about this. Preferably I suggest grouping them up into two 'sections' rather than having each speech totally separately. The most important thing is that each one is not too long. Aim for 5 minutes max and if it runs to say +/-8 minutes it's not the end of the world. But definitely not 20 - 30 minutes each! And also no bad-taste, risqué jokes or stories!
Is it OK to have a marquee wedding in the winter!
Yes - of course. There are various factors to consider which is when an experienced planner will come into their own, guiding you. For example - think about car parking and do you need tracking. I would seriously recommend a solid floor to the tent rather than matting, and definitely try to build the loo unit into the tent structure - often framed marquees are best in the winter as it's so much easier to abut other tents up against them (with no guy ropes in the way). If the loos are built within then there will be no rain or mud for the guests to contend with, and it will keep the draughts to a minimum with no doors opening and closing to the outside.
How do I decide on the tent layout?
An experienced planner such as myself will help you with this and draw up sketches to show you the various options, making the most of the space you have and keeping the flow going throughout the whole event. It is important to allow 2' of space around each table for every chair, PLUS space between the tables and chairs for either guests to get in and out or go to the loo, plus for the waiting staff to serve guests!
I am nervous about the power at my wedding if I have it in a marquee....
We have organised many, many events in tents with generators. First of all, I always recommend that clients have a back up generator. It is so rare that one breaks down, but invariably even if it does and there is an emergency helpline, your could still find that your caterers are unable to continue cooking, and that your guests are plunged into darkness for a while. So definitely, if funds allow, book a second one and ideally with a switch overboard so that it will immediately click into action if the first one stops or runs out of fuel. That said, a good planner will keep an eye on the fuel gauge and will top it up every so often. Also - any good planner will collate all power requirements from all suppliers, and measure out the length of cables required between each point within the event, so that the power supplier can provide cables to each supplier from the distribution board. A planner, or you, if you're doing it yourself, need to know not just how many plugs the band or the DJ or the caterer needs, but what they will actually draw ie kW's.
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I wanted to say an enormous, heartfelt, huge thank you for everything you did in helping Jeremy and I plan our wedding. Whether coming up with creative ideas, producing names of suppliers from your impressive list of contacts, booking transport, advising on information to include in our invitation insert, or organising from start to finish the rehearsal dinner, you were utterly professional, calm and cheerful throughout.........Your negotiation skills were also superb, particularly on solving the issue around our marquee booking, and with some of the hotels we had booked, where you helped us to get a better deal.......Not only do I think you did a fantastic job professionally, you are also a really great person to be around and helped to calm my nerves in many a stressful situation! You really are an inspired events planner. But more than that through all the months of hard work I really feel that I gained a friend.
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