Dec 8 2014

Read some excellent advice from DIY Marquees

DIY Marquees for sale give fantastic advice to ensure their customers’ requirements are taken into consideration and often on a tight budget. They will give the best possible advice ensuring your party or function is a complete success. Whether you would like a garden party, wedding, Christmas party you will be sure to get the help you require. DIY Marquees have some affordable pop up marquees for sale.

Case study: Mr Jones wants to cover as much of his garden with marquees as possible

We recently had a visit by a Mr Jones, he was planning a party and wanted to extend his house in to the garden using marquees. This is a pretty common scenario for marquee hire companies especially during the winter months.

Mr Jones came in with a diagram of his garden with the marquees he thought he need, two 4x6m marquees, one 3.6×3.6m pagoda and one walkway:

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The garden is not easy as it’s a very funny shape and on the surface this looks to do the job. My concerns were:

  • Weathering to the house would be difficult. The 4x6m marquee against the house should at least be a 6x4m one for ease of weathering. A pagoda is sloped on all 4 sides and so difficult to weather against a house.
  • There would be many joins. This is not a problem regarding weatherproofing with our guttering kits but it can be a hindrance to party atmosphere and circulation. The risk is the end 4x6m marquee would feel cut-off and under-used (note if this layout went ahead a good suggestion would be to put the food and/or drink in this 4x6m to ensure it is used).
  • Walkways are ideal for connecting marquees together but in this scenario you aren’t really gaining any useable space by having the walkway in the middle there. It’s a bit like a sideways corridor.

So having explained all of this I suggested an alternative approach, a 4x12m marquee and a 4x4m marquee on the side:

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  • This is much easier to weather against the house (both marquees would have their flat gables towards the house)
  • There is only one join and it is much easier to weather the two marquees side by side
  • You have a larger main area for the guests to circulate.

Note that in this example Mr Jones is actually ending up with slightly less of his garden covered and my alternative option is cheaper than his original suggestion. I can however guarantee that this second idea will be an improvement on the atmosphere and circulation of the party.

As mentioned in other articles I would still recommend having the food and drink out in the marquee (maybe at the far end). People (especially blokes) linger by the bar, having the food and drink outside guarantees the marquees are used fully and everyone doesn’t end up in the kitchen.


Oct 14 2014

Lead by example with DIY Marquees

the diy party tent range

Different styles of management on site with marquees

Different people have different styles of management, most (certainly in the marquee industry) fall in to one of two categories: Leading by example or leading by delegation.

Some will be proficient in both but most people naturally use one or the other and it is well worth learning both how your own management style works and those you work with to prevent conflict.

 

Leading by example:

In a small group this is a good way of getting the job done. The person in charge sets the pace and does the work and everyone else is there as an assistant. This is how most people in small businesses work, if you’ve ever worked with a self-employed electrician, plumber or similar this is their only way of working.

  • With a small group of people this is often the fastest way of getting the job done
  • The quality of the work will always be high, after all it is the best person/most qualified that would be doing all of the work
  • Everyone has to work at the same pace as the leader which prevents people dragging their heels
  • This does place a lot of work/pressure on the leader who becomes irreplaceable
  • It’s difficult to scale up – a person can only work with so many assistants

Leading by delegation:

This is ideal for larger groups where tasks are delegated to different people. This is obviously how larger businesses work

  • The only way of working with large numbers of people
  • The quality of work can be more varied as you are relying on different peoples finishes
  • You can have different speeds of work which can breed resentment if one team is significantly slower than another

What does this mean in marquee hire? Whether it’s a DIY Party Tent or a Commercial DIY Marquee this can apply.

In my experience small groups are the most efficient way of working, within this small group should be a leader who leads by example (as above) otherwise it all becomes a bit aimless and drags on. The leader is the one who will set the pace, get the job done and maintain the standard.

On larger sites where you need more people the leader needs to be able to split the people and tasks in to smaller groups so they need to lead by delegation and have a leader by example in each smaller group.

Once the frame of a marquee is up you can split people up accordingly – some do the flooring, some do electrics, some could start another marquee if required. It is simply not efficient to have everyone doing the same job, if you have enough potential leaders working in 2’s and 3’s is by far the most effective and efficient way of working on site.

It is never a healthy thing having only one person capable of doing a certain job. If you run a small business and always work in a small group take the time to train those working with you as you work. It means your business will be easier to scale up (your assistant becomes a new leader) and less pressure on your shoulders.


Aug 21 2014

Have the wedding of your dreams

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Have you ever dreamt of a fairyland, Winter Wonderland Wedding, you don’t have to go abroad for a Winter Wonderland Wedding, DIY Marquees have some great affordable wedding packages that will soon make your dreams a reality.

Choose from marquee lighting different lighting options to give the occasion an extra special touch to beautiful wedding décor.  Share this special day with hundreds of guests and dance away into the early morning.

Cherish your special day and capture each moment making memories by having the wedding of your dreams. Chat to DIY Marquees about their marquees for sale  many more affordable options to making your dreams come true.

 


May 17 2014

DIY Marquees have a fabulous range of marquees for sale

DIY Marquees have a fabulous range of marquees for sale, the largest ranges in the UK. They are a professional team of people who pride themselves in being the leaders in marquee sales, they will give you advice on Marquee Flooring, décor and size of the marquee. Read some useful information on BUYERS GUIDE when making a decision on what marquee to purchase.

What size of marquee do I need?
 
When looking to buy a marquee the first thing to do is decide what size(s) of marquee you need, only then can you decide which range of marquee is most suitable for you.

There are several ways of calculating this:

  • Measure your garden. If space is limited your guest list may be restricted by the maximum size of marquee able to fit in the space.
  • If your garden is an awkward size then consider using more than one marquee connected together to cover the space. Multiple marquees can take a little more thought in planning a successful party but please contact us; we’re marquee specialists and are here to help.
  • If you need help in picturing the layout of a marquee then check out our interactive marquee planner and experiment with different layouts.

the classic diy marquee range

The following size guide shows the capacity (seated or standing) or each size of marquee. Size guides can vary greatly; this is due to the variety of ways a marquee can be used. For example a 6x12m marquee can seat 70-80 people at round tables but if you allow for buffet tables and/or a dance floor then the capacity is reduced.

Click on the size marquee you require and you will then be taken to the ranges we offer in that size of marquee.

If you are in any doubt over the size marquee you require please contact us with your requirements and we would be more than happy to put together some sample layouts for you.

 

Size of Party Tent/Marquee (width first) Capacity seated Capacity standing
3m x 2m 4-8 4-12
3m x 3m 6-10 7-15
3m x 4m 6-12 9-18
3m x 6m 12-20 15-30
3m x 8m 12-24 18-35
3m x 10m 15-30 20-45
3m x 12m 18-40 27-60
4m x 4m 8-15 10-22
4m x 6m 12-24 18-35
4m x 8m 12-30 18-45
4m x 10m 15-35 18-55
4m x 12m 20-48 25-70
6m x 4m 12-24 18-35
6m x 6m 15-40 20-60
6m x 8m 20-50 30-75
6m x 10m 30-65 40-100
6m x 12m 30-80 40-120
6m x 14m 30-100 60-140
6m x 16m 40-110 70-160
6m x 18m 40-120 70-180
6m x 20m 50-130 80-200
6m x 24m 60-160 80-240
9m x 12m 60-160 80-240