I hope this website helps you to find the right marquee company for you it's always wise to go by the saying "recommendation will always be king". Looking on the world wide web, you may get lucky and find a good company and personally I hope you do. // If your guests see a nice marquee they would consider a marquee for their celebrations.
When I entered in to this industry in 1995 it was difficult for rogue hire companies to set up business as everything was based on reputation and if you didn't have reputation, the company would have to be set up on quality of kit and money invested into that equipment .The lesson:"Look for a company that has been established somewhere in the 1990's. Or a company that has no end of quality recommendations."
However now-a-days with the invention of the internet, a bit of time on a computer, some "borrowed" pictures from anyone elses website and some cheap gazebos from ebay - it seems that anyone can set up and "rent-a-tent"... This means you could end up embracing marquee companies which are no good for you or the hard working quality companies out there and there are a few good companies out there - credit where credit is due! So hopefully my guide will help you find the right company for you.
To summarise; I would recommend Chelmsford And Maldon Marquees for smaller events and parties that have less than 150 people or so as they aren't charging VAT.
I would also like to recommend Castle Marquees for splendor, bigger parties, corporate events and elegant weddings.
A good start is where a company works from:- so a business address and how long they have been trading with company references as well as private references and ask to see pictures of what your marquee will look like and are all the pictures on their website their own, it is always good to see sign written lorries and vans with men in company t-shirts. I personally like to see an itemised quote and CAD drawing.
This surely shows a certain amount of dedication to the craft of installing, erecting and constructing a textile structure. Or in short - a marquee.
P.L.I.. and E.L.I.. are legal requirements if a marquee company is working on your land - be it a large open field or your home garden.
Fig 1: Stakes deep with all bars pinned.
Figure 1 shows that the stake is deep into the ground - this is to prevent the marquee from being pulled up and blown over! It's important that the stakes are around 3 foot deep.
Notice how the bars meet in a single point. it's essential that these are pinned with the appropriate clip so that the skirts of the marquee stay firm to the ground and do not flap in the wind, injuring people!
This is why companies that carry E.L.I. and P.L.I. are the way forward. Say "NO" to cowboys.
The average size for seated guests with top table bar and dance floor; it's recommended that each person be given 18 sq.ft. in a marquee.
So for 100 guests the marquee would be 1800sq.ft. This would equate to 30ft x 60ft or if you measure in metric: 9m x 18m. This would be something like this:
Modern marquees can have entrances or windows anywhere maybe by the bar or dance floor so you could have a receiving line.
Reception marquees could have a Chinese hat roof extension. We in the trade call this a canopy or you could have a second marquee with the bar setup in or it could be a main reception area.
Most caterers will need a service tent for storing & cooking food and the size will depend on:
wood flooring is a quality product and it is recommended if your site (where you plan to place the marquee) is uneven or very wet. I have been to many sites where a thin carpet has been used with no wooden or rubber backing, which leads to trip hazards and the carpet absorbing the water from the ground.
Because wood flooring can be expensive, I personally keep very high quality rubber backed charcoal colour carpet which most of our clientelle would be more than happy to atest to.
If you are going to have a colour coordinated carpet, a contact is used. This is made for one hire only and I only recommend a solid wood floor is used with this type of carpet. But the effect under the marquee is amazing.
The list is endless and the sky is the limit with dance floors under the marquee.
But I'll have a go;
Staging/stages can be supplied with just a wooden top or can be carpeted with a valence.
Some of the bars we can supply
-=bar pics: contact bar, led bar, colour changing bar, hired in bar =- My personal contract bar is a simple dark stain with hardwood top and is good value for money.
I have written a small guide as to how big your tables should be, in order to seat a given number of guests. If you are using round tables:
Above: Table for Ten people!Trestle tables are long rectangular tables and come in three sizes:
Tables are usually sturdy things, however a few problems may arise - here are a couple and what can be done:
The legs break. Answer: The company you hired the table from can replace the table (hopefully in time) Alternatively - order a couple of tables more than you need, so that you can have spares on site it it's possible.
always ask the condition of the chairs and do ask to see pictures of the type of chairs that can be supplied. The last thing you want is to be presented on the big day with chairs you're embarrassed to look at, much less have your guests sit in.
Chairs go through rigorous use every day - because they are so heavily used, you may find varying faults; let's look at some of those
The chair isn't broken but looks like it has bene through the wars. A: Why not have the chairs delivered before the event so that you can look them over and make sure you are happy with their quality. The chair is broken with either fractured legs or the back is coming away from the seat, etcetera. A: Again, order the furniture before the event and give them a look over. Check the legs and back for splits or pieces missing. In the event that a chair is not up to scratch, request that it be replaced with a decent chair. In the event that a chair breaks during your event or party A: If your party is in full swing - it is unlikely (and unfeasible) that the chair cannot be replaced by the supplier immediately. However - it would be wise to order more chairs than is actually needed for the event.
Power and lighting: Generators super silent for obvious reasons and pure wave if supping. Power for music the KVA or size of the generator will depend on the power requirements of the caterer, band and dj. refrigerated vans, bars outside lighting etc.
bnw dance floor
Bars we have a large selection of bars from our contract bar which can be covered with a pleated lighting stainless top down lighting colour changing bars this is very popular. selection of bars
Lighting is the easiest way to light a marquee would be with chandeliers with a dimmer switch and a separate light for the bar the rest of the lighting can be very creative starlight cloth and parcan lights which could be colour changing and will have an amazing effect add this to pea lighting with good food and drink and music, you will have an amazing day for all to remember.
starlight roof and colour changing lights
Heating all should be indirect that means only hot air is blown into the marquee gas blow heaters fumes can be very dangerous and should not be accepted. Indirect heater - Generators super silent is always a good idea run time can vary.