Post # 1
So fh and I are debating having a marquee and have been looking at quotes online, firstly, have any of you been to a wedding (ours will be at the end of March) in the winter or colder months and did the heating work effectively? I have been assured by the company that the marquee will be lovely and toasty but I would love to hear from peoples first hand experiance!
Secondly, did it rain and did the inside of the marquee get wet? We are having it fully carpeted and again been reassured it will stay dry inside.
Thirdly, how many toilets were there? The land we would like to have it on has a small bungalow with one toilet, is this enough for between 60-75 people? I know some people have garden receptions and I am just wondering how you got on with the guests if you only had the one toilet? I am trying to keep my budget down as it will be an extra £500 to hire some but obviously if one is not enough I will do so.
The reception is going to be from around 5pm to 11pm.
I really appreciate any advice you all have to give!
Post # 3
one toilet for 60-75 people isn’t going to be enough, especially if you are serving cocktails. The heating and keeping the wet out is really going to depend on the venue or the marquee provider (fyi for USA Bees, a Marquee is a more elegant tented area) and their methods of heating and waterproofing, so you probably want to talk to some of their former clients, or have them explain in great detail how they are going to do things, so you can get some level of confidence, as the UK in March can be a pretty awful time to spend more than a short time outside, depending on where you live… so that I can’t help you with… but I can absolutely say that you are not going to have enough toilet facilities, and to me, that would be a deal breaker.
Personally– and this is just me– the thought of a nighttime wedding in the UK (guessing you’re in the UK from your use of the GBP symbol) in March under a Marquee does not appeal to me at all. I froze my tail off at a daytime wedding in Wales in May on a sunny, clear day, and I’m shivering already thinking of a March evening in a Marquee. Not to be a downer. Just saying your tenting company has its work cut out for it in a very big way.
Post # 4
@fishbone: We are having it at the end of march so won’t be as bitterly cold as it is over christmas and febuary time but still not suitable to be left outside for any period but I do know of some people who have had events in the snow over new years in a marquee and apparantly it was lovely and warm, I just personally haven’t been to one. I don’t know if you are confusing what kind of marquee as it is actually quite popular to have events outside in winter in a fully lined and heated one? All the companies I have spoken to have said the marquee itself is fully waterproof but I was just wondering about the floor becoming wet, they said if it is heavy rain wooden floor is put down under the carpet to ensure it stays dry. I think you are thinking of the plastic marquees that people use in the summer for shade and that is a totally different thing, no wonder you froze 🙁
Post # 5
@fishbone: Oh and on the toliets front I will hire some if necesary 🙂