Newsletter No 1


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2017 – What a year!

The majority of our marquee hire is for weddings but we do a fair amount of parties too and this year has been no exception. We have provided marquees for school proms and award ceremonies together with some amazing combined parties – one for a father and daughter celebrating significant birthdays and one for a christening which surprised everyone by turning into a wedding!

A party that really pulled out all the stops this year also gave us the opportunity to reunite with a very talented caterer who took us all down memory lane with her retro food to match the theme of this very colourful birthday celebration!

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The weddings this year have been pretty unique.  Our new multi span marquee has really come into it’s own allowing us to cater for much larger guest numbers and together with some of the best event caterers throughout Hampshire, these weddings were not just a chance bring together family and friends, it was also an opportunity to experience some exceptional fine dining!
We cannot forget all the musicians and dj’s who have done a brilliant job this year entertaining your guests – from silent disco’s to amazing tribute bands – our ‘useful contact’ booklet is now bursting with some brilliant local talent!”

We have had some significant events ourselves this year!  First of all, Pippa – Mandy and Hugh’s daughter married Dan in Newquay, Cornwall!  Unfortunately a little too far away to provide a marquee but great to be able to experience the whole wedding planning from the ”other side’!

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Jane’s daughter, Ellie, married Chris in July. This was a local event and having worked at Southern Marquees for almost 17 years, there was no question that it would be held in anything other than one of our beautiful marquees!

FullSizeRender (3)Well it is now Autumn and we are busy sending out quotes and filling up the calendar with bookings for weddings and parties throughout 2018.  Lets hope it is as fun and diverse at this year has been!
Thank you to everyone who used Southern Marquees for their special event throughout this year! Mandy, Hugh, Mark, Jane and Ben. x
I hope you have enjoyed reading our very first newsletter and as you nestle down for the long dark evenings recalling the events of the past year, if you used one of our marquees , we would love it if you could send over any photos – we especially love to see our marquees all dressed up and it would be great if we could use them on our website and Facebook page!

If you are planning a special event throughout 2019/20, give us a call us on 01489 575372. Alternatively visit our website and complete our Contact Us form.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Wedding Guest Guide

So much has been written for the bride and groom about the do’s and don’ts for their weddings that I feel it is time for some suggestions on how to be a good guest…

Over the last few years there has been a definite decline in the guests approach to being invited to a wedding.  They are expecting and demanding more and I feel this should now be addressed.  The following might sound a bit brutal but believe me, I have had to deal with some extremely stressed brides who have been driven to distraction because of the thoughtlessness of their guests.

First of all, every guest should realise they are lucky to be invited!  The individual cost will work out somewhere in the region of £60.00 per head min.

When receiving the invitation, it is good manners to reply as quickly as possible with a yes please or not able to attend.  Do not leave it until the week prior to the wedding – firstly, it looks as if you were waiting to see if you get a better offer and at its worst, it just shows lack of concern for your friend.  The anxiety of not knowing how many people will be attending is one of the most stressful things our brides are coping with.  Table plans have to be drawn up and done again as people announce they are coming at the last minute or cancelling.  Caterers will want final numbers a minimum of two weeks prior to the date so it is essential everyone has replied in good time.  Don’t assume you will be expected – a written reply, either by email or the old way of a note, is essential. Once you have agreed to attend;

Don’t think you have any right to expect a say in what the menu will be.  No one in this day and age will die of hunger if presented with a plate of food that is not to their liking.  Either make an effort and eat what you can, or if you happen to be one of the minority with a major allergy to a certain type of food – bring your own.  Do not expect the bride to have to cater for your fads, or dietary problems.  It is just bad manners to expect an individual meal to be prepared especially for you.  We had an example of this problem taken to the extreme.  A wedding with 70 guests and 56 of them had notified the bride of allergies!

Children.  It must be awful for small ones to be expected to be on their best behaviour throughout a long day at a wedding.  It might be worth thinking about asking a grandparent or trusted adult to look after the little gems, while you have a day for yourselves.  Not many weddings are geared up for small children but if you do need to bring them along, if they need high chairs or special seats, you should consider taking your own.  Don’t expect high chairs to be supplied! Again, this is just another worry for the bride, which is what we are trying to avoid!

Photographs after the wedding ceremony can take a long time to take so be prepared to hang around and don’t whinge!  You might consider having a more comfortable pair of shoes to wear for this moment.

Follow the simple suggestions above and you will be everyone’s dream guest!  It’s not rocket science but it is surprising how many brides are being sent into a complete spin because their guests are being a nightmare!

Contact us for more information, visit our WEBSITE or give us a call on 01489 575372 – we would love to hear from you!