How To Heat Your Marquee

DIY Marquees are so passionate about the Marquees they sell and the additional services they offer. With so with the many years’ experience in event planning they offer some professional sound advice on all aspects of purchasing a marquee and starting your own marquee company.

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When wanting to start my own marquee hire business they were by far the most experienced company we dealt with and after we decided to go with their large product range and brilliant after sales service I am pleased to say we now have a successful marquee hire business. If it wasn’t for their assistance from start to finish we would not have exceeded.

Many people assume it’s easy to start a marquee company with the misconception it’s a simple to go and choose the marquees they want to use for hiring out. It’s not as simple as that. There are hundreds of different options and things to think about for example: weather, durability, marquee designs, what size marquee do I need? Etc. etc.

DIY Marquees have a fantastic blog whereby they share ideas and marquee planning advice.

I found this informative article on Marquee Heating, these are all things to think about and DIY Marquee will make sure they are covered.

During Spring and summer months heating is generally only required to take the chill off later in the evening. During autumn and especially winter you should heat the marquee for a reasonable time before guests arrive to ensure a successful event.

Do:

Use a heater with a powerful fan

Test the heating several days before the event (at the same time of day) to make sure it works and is sufficient for the space

In the winter have the heating on for at least an hour before people arrive. On arrival guests should walk in to a wall of warmth, if they walk in to a cold marquee they will not warm up for the whole function

If possible use several smaller heaters rather than one large one to create a consistent temperature in your marquee

Aim one heater towards the entrance, think of a high street shop – they have a heater above the door to ensure the temperature inside stays at a constant level

Don’t:

Use a halogen heater, cabinet heater or any other kind of infra-red heater without a fan. They are not powerful enough for larger marquees

Have anything close to or touching a heater (sounds obvious but still worth mentioning)

DIY Marquees not only sell marquees they also provide lighting, heating and flooring options.

Marquee Hire is an award-winning, full-service marquee hire company

Trafalgar and JF Marquees is an award-winning, full-service marquee and event management company, founded by James Morris in 2007.

Like all great entrepreneurial ideas, JF began on the back of a beer mat, eventually building into one of the largest businesses of its kind in London and south-west England.

Part of this growth includes the merging with Trafalgar Marquees, founded by Stephen Shiner, who, as the current Operations Director, is the man behind the day-to-day runnings. Indeed, the joint venture has diversified the event company’s capabilities in size, scope and service.

This was just the first of two additional acquisitions, with Morris and Shiner, who have sites in Cobham, Marquee Hire Surrey, and Petworth,Marquee Hire Sussex, adding event furniture and Marquee Hire to their holdings.

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We’re delighted to be featured in the Surrey Advertiser Business news pages in a story headlined:

Such an Honour for James Morris to win this prestigious award.

Top marquees: Young entrepreneur scoops leading business award.

The article reports our Business Excellence Award as Best Marquee Hire, South East and names some of our blue chip clients such as The Royal Society, English Heritage and BP.

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Best Marquee Hire Company, South East 2016

We are extremely proud (and just a little bit excited), to announce our membership of Surrey Chambers of Commerce.

In becoming members of this dynamic business group, we not only join a number of our suppliers and clients but also reaffirm our commitment to doing business in Surrey.

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A visit to the United Kingdom offers so many opportunities for sightseeing that it can be a real challenge to work them all in! To make the task a little easier, many London based companies offer comprehensive tour packages that give you a chance to explore such historic sites as the royal Windsor Castle estate, roam the bonnie hills of Scotland, ponder the mysteries of Stonehenge and be back at your hotel room by the end of the day.

Charming buses with experienced tour guides bring the world of Shakespeare to life and give you time to savor the wonders of choice destinations like Bathand Cotswolds by including walking tours and special viewings. Day long trips on air-conditioned coaches explore the beautiful north country from the rustic Highlands to the bustling modern city of Edinburg.

Many popular tours center around the locations for blockbuster movies like Harry Potter, James Bond and Braveheart. Quite often the tours are the first group allowed into historic sites each day, so their guests are always at the front of the queue. Some packages even include insider passes to packed hot spots like the Eye of London Ferris Wheel or Madame Tussaud’s world-famous hot-spot where you can rub elbows with London’s hip crowd. Bus tours allow you to truly enjoy the wonders of England.

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Ancient architecture still relevant today

Ancient architecture is characterized by this tension between the divine and mortal world. Cities would mark a contained sacred space over the wilderness of nature outside, and the temple or palace continued this order by acting as a house for the gods. The architect, be he priest or king, was not the sole important figure; he was merely part of a continuing tradition.

dblo Associates architects Kensington are a team of innovative and forward thinking architects who are passionate about the history of architecture and how this influences modern day design.

  

There is nothing more beautiful than architecture, some of which shapes the world we live in and formed our history. Many architecture buildings or pyramids tell us much about the people who went before us and the history in those times. For instance ancient Egyptian architecture is the architecture of Ancient Egypt, one of the most influential civilizations throughout history, which developed a vast array of diverse structures and great architectural monuments along the Nile, including pyramids and temples. Much of our modern day architecture is based on history.

The well preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu is an example of Egyptian architecture and architectural sculpture.

In Ancient Egypt and other early societies, people believed in the omnipotence of Gods, with many aspects of daily life carried out with respect to the idea of the divine or supernatural and the way it was manifest in the mortal cycles of generations, years, seasons, days and nights.

Due to the scarcity of wood, the two predominant building materials used in ancient Egypt were sun-baked mud brick and stone, mainly limestone, but also sandstone and granite in considerable quantities.

The core of the pyramids consisted of locally quarried stone, mudbricks, sand or gravel. For the casing stones were used that had to be transported from father away, predominantly white limestone from Tura and red granite from upper Egypt.

Ancient Egyptian houses were made out of mud collected from the Nile river. It was placed in molds and left to dry in the hot sun to harden for use in construction.

Many Egyptian towns have disappeared because they were situated near the cultivated area of the Nile Valley and were flooded as the river bed slowly rose during the millennia, or the mud bricks of which they were built were used by peasants as fertilizer.

Thus, our understanding of ancient Egyptian architecture is based mainly on religious monuments, massive structures characterized by thick, sloping walls with few openings, possibly echoing a method of construction used to obtain stability in mud walls.

dblo associates studio brings together a team of architects with a wide experience and knowledge across a variety of project and contract types. dblo associates work covers architecture, interior design and development. working as a studio, allows us the flexibility to expand and contract to suit work loads and to draw on the wider expertise of our associate studios across London. we believe that the quality of our surrounding have a direct influence on the quality of our lives, whether in public, the work place, or the home. dblo associates is an organisation dedicated to creating and enhancing value through design.

The Pyramids of Giza is just one of the many pyramids that have fascinated people for hundreds of centuries. If you are looking to enhance your living though design, look no further than dblo Associates architects Holland Park to help achieve this.

Tips for Wedding Marquees

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This is in addition to marquee wedding articles written by us for confetti.co.uk

Furniture:

  • Unlike marquees furniture is usually too expensive to buy so hiring is the usual solution
  • Use 5ft 6inch round tables to seat 10 people not 5ft ones (which can be cramped with 10 guests)
  • Use a mixture of smaller tables to create an informal atmosphere (see this article on seating)
  • Use a long top table for a traditional feel. It would normally be positioned against one side of the marquee.
  • Use a round top table for a more social and informal atmosphere. It would normally be positioned in the middle of the marquees with other guests all around.
  • Use an oval top table for a more sociable option to a long top table. It would normally be positioned against one side of the marquee with seating on three sides leaving the front clear for guests to see the happy couple.
  • Remember an easel for table plans (or two for larger functions)
  • Allow somewhere for ladies to put their hats, either a table or clips around the side of the marquee
  • Allow somewhere to put wedding presents (a table in the marquee or in the house)
      

Dance Floors:

  • Like furniture dance floors can be prohibitively expensive to purchase to hiring or making yourself (18mm plywood screwed to battens and stained) are the most common solutions
  • Alternatively if your marquee is to cover part of a patio or decking area that can be used as a dance floor
  • Do you want dancing to be the centre of attention after the meal (in which case have it in the middle of the marquee) or do you want to have an area for people to sit away from the dancing? (in which case have the dance floor at one end)
  • If the dance floor is in the middle it is often sensible to position the top table on the dance floor and then clear after using (top tables are rarely used after the meal as everyone is circulating)
  • A dance floor (without top table on) makes an ideal emergency greeting area in poor weather

Other:

  • Set the marquee up several days in advance and test the lighting and heating (if applicable) at the time of your function just to make sure both are sufficient.
  • People (mainly blokes) will always congregate around the bar. For this reason always position it near the evenings entertainment to avoid having two parties. Always aim to keep everyone in one place to maintain the atmosphere so avoid putting the bar in the house or a separate marquee
  • Always have lighting on a dimmer, this gives you the flexibility to supply lighting to eat by and mood lighting to dance by
  • In October to April you will need to heat the marquee (see this article on heating your marquee)- have the heating on for an hour before people arrive to ensure they walk in to a wall of warmth
  • In May to September you might need a heater just to take the chill off in the seating area later in the evening
  • Think of how your guests will arrive – a simple path of carpet with flower pots makes an attractive and inviting entrance to the marquee
  • Think of how your guests will leave – it’s likely to be dark so some form of lighting will be needed to guide people back to their cars
  • You would normally allow one toilet per 40-50 guests. If you don’t have enough available then consider hiring in a luxury toilet unit
  • Give neighbours plenty of notice especially if you plan on partying until the early hours
  • Notify the police, it may sound extreme but it allows them to give informed responses (such as finishing time) to any complaint rather than come knocking on your doors.

We are always happy to offer more customised advice especially Tips for evening party marquees events, please contact us giving a few details of the event you are planning (type of event, space available, number of guests and diagrams/photographs of the site if possible) and we will be more than happy to advise on your options.

If you would like to use or quote any part of this article please contact us for permission or licencing.

Knowall IT Your Trusted IT Partner

Knowall IT Support London pride themselves as market leaders in the IT Industry, they are an innovative company recognised for their large product offering, leading edge technology, highly responsive and excellent client satisfaction. Having won the West London Innovation in Business award at the West London Business Awards 2015 they have been set apart from the industry.

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We pride ourselves on long lasting client relationships. We offer quarterly onsite reviews to ensure we are always moving forward.

They have a team who are dedicated, committed with excellent technical expertise offering a high level of service in order to deliver top performance.

Knowall IT offer a large range of hosted applications such as Hosted Sage in the cloud with a large range of benefits

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Speak to Knowall IT today about how they can help your business flow more efficiently so you can concentrate on your core business whilst they take care of your IT systems.

Funeral Director Services Englefield Green

Lodge Brothers are an amazing company by supporting their local community as far as possible. They never miss an opportunity to get involved and assist where they are most needed. They are an integral part of the community either raising funds, supporting worthy causes, running competitions or visiting the local schools or aged homes. Be it Lodge Brothers funeral directors Ashford or any of the other Lodge Brothers branches they are always happy to give a helping hand.

    

Read what they have been doing recently in their community –

Toys Donated to Bellfields “Little Fishes” Play Group by J.Monk & Sons

J.Monk & Sons of Guildford have always been very supportive of local community projects, so when we were approached by St Peters Shared Church, Bellfields to help out with the “Little Fishes” toddler group, we were only too pleased.

We began by sending out an appeal to our staff for the donation of toys suitable for 1-4 year olds. The response was overwhelming and the toys come tumbling in!

Bellfields is one of the most deprived areas in Surrey, so having somewhere safe for children to play and learn is a great community asset.

Beverley Lodge and Paul Bye spent a few hours with the children handing over prams, ride-on toys, dolls, a trampoline, building blocks and aprons for painting and crafting, amongst other items, and had a great time. The children were delighted to be able to help unpack the boxes and see what was inside.

Karen Collins who assists with the running of Little Fishes said, “It was really kind of J Monk & Sons to support our toddler group. We keep our attendance fees very low at just £1 per family, in order that children from underprivileged families are still able to come. Many of the toys that we have are old, and it’s hard for us to keep up with replacing broken ones because funds are very limited. To have new toys donated is brilliant and it really helps us keep things fun for the children.”

Lodge Brothers serving the community for over 200 years, providing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to funeral arranging giving the best advice possible. They have a large range of floral tributes, bespoke memorials, coffins & urns and Headstones. Click here for more information on how Lodge Brothers funeral directors Englefield Green can assist you in your time of grief.