As the 2020 season approached, my colleagues and I at Four Seasons Marquees were getting set for a “Marquee Season to end all” but none of us had anticipated that it would be for all the wrong reasons due to parties and weddings being interrupted through Covid-19. As we sit here almost a year later approaching Spring 2021 we are very hopeful that by summer this year we will be able to celebrate with friends again.

Our marquees can help you organise large or small events with friends and family whatever the weather – outside gatherings dramatically reduce transmission of the virus plus we hold all different size tents in stock ranging from 2m-20m widths. We also supply a range of flooring options, lighting, heating, doors and furniture to complete your party or event.

On a ‘normal’ day to day basis, I would take enquiries, complete site visits, liaise with suppliers and be heading to site to check in before the event day. As I am sure you can imagine, this day to day routine changed quite dramatically over the last year.

In the virtual office we have adapted and changed the way we function. We have been working alongside the NHS, supermarkets and businesses, providing temporary structures to support the current crisis. This was most certainly not the type of work we were expecting or hoping to be doing.

The majority of the weddings we had booked for 2020 postponed to 2021 – most of our clients moved their wedding date forward by exactly 12 months.

We have had quite a lot of customers seek advice from us with regards to postponing their events. No one knows what to expect or even when the industry will be fully back up and running. For those getting married this spring and summer and debating whether to postpone their event, I think it’s really important to take your time with these decisions. Weigh up all of the pros and cons, whilst bearing in mind that there is a big difference in ‘can it happen’ and ‘will it be the wedding we want’.

In what would usually be a busy time, I have had the opportunity to consider new products and styling in the wedding arena. Scouring through our Instagram & Pinterest pages trying to predict where the trends are going to take us! The ‘rustic’ theme is still very popular and our canvas & wood pole tents certainly set the scene here. Also clear roof panel and panoramic windows & adding festoon lighting with warm white LED’s in the ceiling space. We love the wooden cross back chairs and rustic trestle tables which look superb in both traditional and contemporary marquees. We have new (and still unwrapped for this year) outdoor wooden dance floors and a wooden Rustic bar, plus fire pits and oak barrels as tables. If there is more unlocking as we are sure there will be for the larger outdoor gatherings this summer then these products may well get to see some action this year after all!

We are looking forward to getting back to normal and helping our clients as soon as possible.

Guy Cregeen
Events Team
Four Seasons Marquee Ltd