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Tips To Hire The Perfect Marquee For Your Event
Hiring a Marquee is not something that you tend to do very often. So here are some simple tips to help you get the best from your marquee supplier and make your special event a resounding success!
Leave yourself plenty of time
Many people make the mistake of leaving too little time to plan an event. Leaving things until the last minute is a prime reason why events can become stressful for many people and stress is one of the last things you need to be worrying about. Be sure to book your marquee and other hire equipment well in advance of your event, especially if your event is planned during the summer as popular suppliers can be booked out anything from a year in advance. Many marquee companies may offer discounts for weddings outside the peak summer months.
Ask for Advice and Ideas
A quality marquee supplier will be able to provide you with ideas and suggestions when planning your event and will also have numerous contacts in related services to pass across to you. You may be looking for an unusual location or wish to theme your marquee, find caterers or florists. However unusual the request you have nothing to lose by asking. If you have a friend who is a flower arranger then why not ask if they can help you out for a small fee. You never know if you don't ask! Some people like to do things for free for big events as it advertises their work and business free of charge.
Know your budget
If you are on a tight budget, keeping the number of guests down is the simplest way to make the biggest savings on the marquee, furniture and catering costs. Friends can always be invited for the evening drinks & buffet later in the day, when some of the close family will often be leaving. Why not have a look online and try and get some ideas for the internal decoration so you can think about decorating the marquee yourself. This is a good place to save money as a marquee can be decorated nicely yourself for little expense. (A beautiful tent and lining will need less dressing up and expense to create an impact)
Independently sourcing furniture and generators locally will keep delivery costs down and give you a bit of extra cash to spend elsewhere.
Getting the Location Right
Choosing the location of your event is very important. It is always good to think outside the box with your marquee hire as you can erect a marquee wherever you wish. The flexibility of a marquee means that you are not restricted to buildings and hire halls and so use this to your advantage and get creative. Many customers contact local farmers or speak to neighbors and ask them about hiring their land so why not take a drive and see where the best spots are.
Always check for additional costs
A good supplier will always provide details of transport and insurance costs from the out-set (if it applies). However, on many occasions some specifications will not be covered in the standard pricing. These costs are not always able to be assessed at the first quotation and when you are just looking for ideas. If you are happy with what the marquee company have suggested and would like to talk things through face to face, booking in a site visit is a good idea (even if you just have a totally flat lawn) Common issues that may affect the pricing are, if the ground is slightly uneven and requires scaffold flooring to level it out, there are objects obstructing the area (rockery, trees, steps) or the marquee is to be erected is on patio or other hard standing.
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