What is your most memorable wedding?
The brides mum told us that it rained heavily on her daughter's wedding but being under the stretch tent doing the first dance was an incredibly cosy and romantic moment and all the guests felt comfortable and cosy despite being outdoors.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Sleek, unfussy, al fresco, adaptable, contemporary
What about your business are you most proud of?
We are most proud of the range of stretch tent sizes we have in stock, meaning there's something for everyone.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Some wedding items are nice-to-have, but a marquee (stretch tent, tipi etc) is non negotiable if any part of your wedding is outdoors, regardless of the weather. If its too sunny your guests will get sunstroke, raining and you'll get soaked. A marquee (stretch tent etc) provides a zone for your guests to congregate and shows that you genuinely care about your guests. Do away with sugared almonds and the like and spend that money on essential elements.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
We rarely see the wedding in action unless couples send us photos.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
We receive your enquiry, we make sure we know enough details about your wedding, number of seated guests, space for dance floor, type of seating? then look at all the information and choose a suitable sized stretch tent. If you can send us photos and measurements of your potential stretch tent area that helps a lot to look for potential intrusions. If its a particular tricky area a site visit will be necessary, but a field on farm won't really warrant a site visit. A quote is emailed across and we are on hand at any time by phone or email to answer any questions. We check the availability of your date and if you are happy with the quote we ask for a 50% deposit to secure your booking. Final payment is then made 2 weeks before your event date. We tend to install stretch tents one or two days before your event to give you time to decorate. On the week of your event we will confirm set up dates and times. On set up day we pitch the stretch tent and you are usually on site with us to confirm exact location etc. The stretch tent is then your for the duration of the hire period, usually a long weekend. We will then coordinate with you when to de-rig the stretch tent. We de-rig one or two days after your event to give you time to clear the tent after your wedding and only leave items that belong to us underneath. And that's how it goes.
How do you create an ambiance in a marquee?
Lighting has a big impact. We offer fairy lighting, festoon lighting and LED uplights with a DMX controller to really get the party started.
Where is the most exciting place that you have put a marquee?
Stretch tents can go almost anywhere, they are slightly better suited to soft ground like grass. We have installed stretch tents on rooftops, over amphitheatres on man made beaches, on car parks, in beautiful residential gardens, on castle grounds, the list goes on.
What is your record time for putting up your marquee?
This depends on the size. small stretch tents take 1 hour. Large ones up to 4 hours. But don't forget lighting and furniture set up takes time too!
What is your favourite design of marquee and why?
The bets thing about stretch tents is that no 2 installations are the same, you can stretch and pull them into loads of different shapes. The beauty of a stretch tent is that it lets the beautiful outdoors be a part of your wedding too, who needs windows when you can simply open the sides?