FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are the marquees insured?
One of our most common FAQ is regarding insurance. We carry full Public and Employers Liability insurance. So if there is a problem with the structure collapsing or blowing away then we are liable. However we are not covered for security once we have left the site. If there is any vandalism, fire damage or theft of a marquee or equipment during the hire period then the liability will rest with the hirer. Some of our clients take out an insurance policy independently, others use security guards. We can also offer a damage waiver fee (terms apply)
What are the lighting options?
Chandelier lighting: the most popular form of marquee lighting. They can be controlled with a dimmer to create a more ambient effect later in the evening
Globe lanterns: a popular choice is to use globe lanterns, either plain white or coloured globes available in a range of sizes, we can also supply exterior globe lanterns to create a magical night-time atmosphere
Ambient colour wash: to create an atmospheric effect set to static colour, slow change colour or sound active. The lights are LED so do not get hot and so we can conceal them behind the marquee linings so the whole marquee can glow in as much or as little colour as you wish. Can produce either a subtle or dramatic effect which is controlled via a simple controller
Exterior colour wash: use exterior floodlights to illuminate outside features such as trees, buildings or simply colour wash the outside of the marquee
Star-light linings: black out and star light linings will produce an amazing effect to any event, completely transforming the marquee into a sophisticated nightclub atmosphere
Mirror ball and spot: we can supply a 20″ mirror ball with motor and spot light to add a sparkle to the occasion
Special effects: a range of effects are available including flame effects, haze, snow, low level fog, strobe, UV, lasers, colour changers, retro effect oil projector, projector and disco lighting
What linings are available?
Our standard lining is pleated ivory. You can personalise your marquee with coloured swags, which come in a variety of colours to match your colour scheme: red, black, gold, silver, purple, lilac or ivory. Other colours can be ordered in.
Window drapes and overlays are available in a full range of colours
Flat linings are also available in ivory or white
Themed backdrops and star cloths can be also be supplied at extra cost. Please enquire for more details
We can also supply fabric bunting in both bright or pastel colours and patterns
Can we open the marquee sides if it is a hot day?
Yes, the sides can either be fully removed or unzipped and rolled up depending on the type of marquee sides we are using. Window sides are also available at no extra cost. We also supply max clear window sides which are completely clear for a panoramic view
Can you heat a marquee in cold weather?
Yes, we use powerful blow heaters that stand outside the marquee and blow hot air into the marquee through a vent. They can heat a large tent in around 15 minutes and are then controlled thermostatically
What if the marquee site is sloping / uneven?
This all depends on the degree of the slope. Wooden ring beam flooring can be used to create a flat; level surface where ground is uneven. We can also build up a raised wooden floor using packing blocks to level a slope. A site visit will be necessary to assess the work involved prior to final quotation
Can you put a marquee on a hard standing surface?
Yes, although we still need to secure it to the ground. Some hard surfaces will still enable us to use stakes or in certain cases we can use guys ropes and drill holes to secure the structure using 10mm bolts, this causes minimal damage to the surface. In cases where absolutely no drilling or staking can take place we can use water butts depending upon site and structure size
How long is the marquee left up for?
Most events happen at the weekend, and so we would normally install by the Thursday and remove on the Monday. If necessary we can allow an extra day or so at no extra cost if it fits in with our schedule. We are also willing to work within stricter time limits where necessary as long as prior notice has been given and agreed on
Do you provide Toilets?
Yes. We can arrange for toilets to be delivered to the site, from a basic portable toilet or wedding portable toilet, to a luxury executive toilet block for a party of 500 people. We have excellent relationships with several local portable toilet companies from whom we sub-contract, so we can advise you on the best option to suit your event and budget, and we will work with them to arrange the best location and delivery time
We recommend approx. 1x portable toilet per 50 guests
How many guests can be seated at the tables?
3ft round tables seat 4
4ft round tables seat between 4-6
5ft round tables seat between 8-10
6ft round tables seat between 10-12
6ft trestle tables seat 6 (3 either side)
How big should I have the marquee?
One of the most important aspects when planning a function in a temporary structure is getting the correct size. If the marquee is too large, it can feel as if not enough people have attended, too small and people are cramped for space. Through our many years of experience, we can recommend the amount of space you will require. For functions such as weddings etc, we advise 15 square feet per person. For functions where the guests are standing or seated in a theatre style, we recommend 6 square feet per person. Additional area may be required for dance floors etc. We recommend 2½ square feet per person for dance floors. The addition of smaller reception tents can be a good addition to a function allowing guests to meet each other and socialize before the main event proceeds. If your event is catered, you may require an area for the caterers to work in. The size of this would depend on what type of meal is served and how it is to be prepared. The best way to gauge the size required would be ask the caterer how much space they need
Can you advise on electricity?
Yes. Firstly we will advise you on the safest and most cost effective method of providing power to the marquee – either from 13A sockets in a nearby building, via a distribution board wired into your central fuse box or from a generator.
We will always ensure that there is more than enough overall supply such that there is not an overload in the middle of your event, and it goes without saying that all our equipment is regularly safety tested
What safety issues should I consider?
Major considerations when organizing an event, particularly for the general public, is safety. Our temporary structures and linings are all BS standard. The aluminium framework and stage decking have had structural calculations performed on them by a leading structural engineer and easily conform to British Building Standards. The PVC and material used for the covers and linings, conform to the latest British Standards for fire retardancy. Where required we can supply Risk Assessments and Method Statements
What are your payment terms?
We ask that our clients pay 25% of the total price to secure any booking. The full cleared balance is then due by delivery date
Are site visits free of charge?
Yes, and we are available on evenings or at weekends if that suits you better