Hints and Tips Blog Post
A good beginning makes a good ending…!
We’ve compiled 10 top tips on hiring a marquee to help you consider key aspects into your hire.
This can be a new and daunting experience, so where do you start?
1. The early bird catches the worm.
Although we hire throughout the year the most popular season is the summer. We advise that you make your enquiries as early as possible to get suppliers availability.
Get your Marquee Quote Here to find out our availability and prices.
2. Old and Dated or New and Clean?
Always look into the quality of the marquee and equipment you are hiring as they can differ greatly from:
Brand new to worn-down walls and lining.
Heavy weight to light weight structures.
British and European standard to unknown marquee standards.
3. Size and Numbers do matter.
Always consider the space available at your site:
A large marquee can make your guests feel isolated.
Too small will have your guests feeling crowded.
Speak to one of our specialised team members, who will talk you through the process and make sure your marquee is the perfect size.
4. Your venue – Location, Location, Location!
Take a look below at our top tips on deciding your location:
No underground pipes or cables.
No ground obstruction or restricted space.
No overhead cables, trees, etc.
Your ground is fairly level and not sloping.
Your structure will fit between shrubs and trees.
If your unsure get our no obligation free marquee quote and we’ll arrange your site survey.
6. Tips on marquee Quote Comparison
When comparing quotes many customers make the mistake of just comparing the overall hire price if you get a “cheap quote” are you getting value for money?
Don’t just compare the price, look at other aspects and ask your supplier these questions:
Is the structure and equipment new or decades old?
Is the carpet hire being supplied in new or re-used?
As part of our business policy North Down Marquees will only supply a new carpet to our customers. We strongly recommend against having re-used carpets as they accumulate smells and stains.
By making simple changes to the quote you can obtain a different look which impacts on the hire price for example upgrade plastic chairs with banqueting chairs or our new Sophia chairs to get an elegant feel.
7. Don’t forget to book it
It is easily assumed that a quotation is an offer of availability but this is not the case. Stock levels change on a daily and hourly basis and to avoid disappointment we strongly recommend securing your items, the process is simple:
Request a FREE marquee quote to get your site assessment visit.
Call us to confirm availability and book your marquee. You will then receive an order confirmation.
One of our team members will come and join you for a site visit to help you finalise plans and layout.
8. Forget me not
Don’t forget to consider other aspects of your occasion such as:
Party planners and Event organisers.
Outdoor caterers and catering equipment such as cutlery, crockery and glassware.
Entertainment such as Mobile DJ’s, Discos, Bands and Live music and Fireworks.
Photographers and Videographers.
Florists and centre displays.
A little consideration goes a long way, there’s nothing like a great party but don’t forget to inform your neighbour of the noise!
9. Worrying never did anyone any good
Have peace of mind by ensuring that your supplier has the ability to fulfil their promises and duties. Testimonials are a good way to make sure you have picked the right supplier.
Better safe than sorry! – Damage waivers cover your indemnity against the cost of any repairs if equipment is accidentally damaged during the hire period. Always check your terms and conditions of hire as theft, loss, deliberate abuse, neglect are often excluded from the indemnity insurance.
10. Tomorrow never comes
Don’t leave it until the last minute! Peak season bookings can reduce our stock availability and you may not be able to source all the items for your event. Get in touch now!
Lastly…. have fun!!
Holding an event, whether it be your wedding day, a corporate event or a private party, should be a memorable experience for all the right reasons.
So let us help you make your event a success!