British weather is often completely unpredictable and this year has been no different! We’ve had blistering heatwaves and heavy rain the next. With recent windy and rainy spells in July of all months, it’s clear you can’t even hazard a guess of the weather ahead of your event. When winter rolls around this year, we wouldn’t be too surprised to see heavy snowfall!
These weather conditions can play havoc with your plans for a marquee event unless you are prepared. You need to make sure that your event will be able to go ahead no matter what the weather. Of course, letting the event just go ahead isn’t enough. You need to make sure people have fun as well! That’s why it’s always best to hope for the best and prepare for the worst with our tips for marquee weather woes.
It’s always best to have a contingency plan in case of severe weather conditions. This may involve having a backup indoor venue available or setting up emergency shelters nearby.
Keep an eye on weather forecasts leading up to your event. Being informed about potential weather conditions will allow you to make any necessary preparations or adjustments in advance. If your location is out in the open, wind might be an issue. Whereas if it’s close to a building, you’d have cover. Marquees also shouldn’t be placed at the bottom of a hill or slope- as rainwater will collect and cause trouble.
Our expert installation team makes sure your marquee is securely staked into the ground. Choosing a flat area is best for this so the marquee doesn’t topple one way. The team also make sure the marquee’s weight is evenly distributed.
What can cause a marquee to be insecure?
Heavy winds can lift an improperly anchored marquee and cause damage not only to the structure but also to nearby objects and people. Use sturdy stakes or weights designed for marquee use.
Use roll-up walls
Roll-up walls in your marquee are a must. Just imagine having a wedding in a marquee during the middle of summer. The sun’s rays will be soaked up by the thick material all around you. In no time at all, guests will be getting hot and sweaty. Having roll-up walls will allow you to let in a light breeze to cool people down. If the weather turns, they can also be pulled down again to protect you from heavy winds. Hot or cold, wet or dry, this feature is an absolute must.
Add in a few fans
If the heat is stifling as it has been for the last few weeks, roll-up walls might not be enough. Instead, it would be best if you had a little more power with a few ceiling fans. These are easy to set up and will provide great air conditioning inside the tent. An extra precaution like this will ensure your guests don’t end up hot and bothered. That type of mood can certainly put a dampener on an outdoor party. Speaking of dampeners…
Come prepared for rain
If it starts to pour down, it can be quite a nuisance. Particularly if the rain has already drenched the ground to the point where it’s a muddy mess. Don’t worry; you can protect the inside of your marquee from this type of issue. For now, though, let’s think about the outside. Even if it’s raining your guests still won’t spend the entire time in the marquee. At the very least, they’ll have to pop out to the toilets. You don’t want them to come back looking like drenched rats! That’s why you should make sure you have enough wellies and umbrellas for everyone.
Avoid a wet dancefloor
You can avoid having a wet dance floor by spending a little extra for wooden flooring inside your marquee. This will allow rainwater to drain underneath rather than soaking the feet of your guests. You can also make sure your marquee is equipped with a gutter system to ensure water runs away from the tent.
A little too chilly
We often get requests for marquee hire in the middle of winter. Usually, this is by a couple who want a wedding in a winter wonderland without turning into their something blue. A marquee can still be a great choice for a winter celebration if you are prepared. Depending on the size of your marquee you might need at least two heaters and plenty of fuel. This will keep your guests warm even if the weather is frightful.
Holding a marquee in adverse wedding
By taking these precautions and being prepared for all weather scenarios, marquee events can proceed smoothly and be enjoyed by all attendees. Regardless of the weather conditions, with proper planning and arrangements, you can create a memorable and enjoyable experience for everyone. So, start planning your marquee event today with confidence, knowing you are prepared for whatever the weather may bring.