Everything you need to know, and more….
Please give our full address to your guests – our postcode alone on some older satellite navigation devices that haven’t been updated have been known to take guest on a wild goose chase!
Lattenbury Hill Weddings
Our old postcode (Shared with our neighbours) is PE28 9PA.
Storage and Back of House
You may need space for a sound/lighting desk behind the scenes, and/or perhaps a small area to be used for band changing facilities and suppliers to eat. A Chiller may also be required for your caterers and to keep all your drinks cooler on a hot day – we certainly don’t want your guests to be sipping warm champagne!!
We have a chiller on site available for hire - this is not included in our ‘Hire Fee’
You have a blank canvas to go wild with! Coloured up-lighting is so very effective, to add warmth and later on a party atmosphere. Garden solar lights or battery operated tea lights in jam jars work really well to guide your guests to the toilets or carpark.
Using a combination of spotlights, star cloth, chandeliers & up-lighters there’s quite a few options for lighting your Sperry/Tipi/Marquee.
Your Sperry/Tipi/Marquee is usually handed over ready to be decorated, how do you want to decorate, are you allowed candles, can you attach things to the linings and how do the doors and panels open?
Pathways and parking
Think about the guests' journeys from their cars to the different areas of the choice of structure. Even in dry weather we request that matting is used to mark out pathways from our carpark/toilets to your Sperry/Tipi/Marquee. Certainly in rainy conditions you need to think carefully about covering grassy areas, other than pathways were guests may gather with matting.
Book a generator for your power requirements. Most weddings require a fair amount of power. Whether it’s the kitchen requirements, lighting and sound, or the band and DJ. Check power requirements from all the relevant suppliers and make sure the generator ordered is large enough – most require a 60KVA. Also make sure there enough power points for everything that will need to be plugged in i.e. PA system for speeches, caterers, band, iPod etc
Look closely at all the furniture requirements you need for your Sperry/Tipi/Marquee wedding. You’re bound to remember your dining tables, but don’t forget you’ll need tables for a buffet, gifts, guest book, your cake, the DJ to use, and possibly a whole range of other uses, depending on your choices. Unlike in a venue where there will often be some spare furniture around, you need to ensure it’s all there and ordered, with appropriate linen too.
Do you need a bar area? Are you doing your own bar or are you getting someone in to do your bar? You may need power for fridges and possibly fridges to be supplied?
So, it’s fair to say the weather in the UK isn’t always the warmest or most reliable, do you need a heater? (YES!!!)
Do you want to book outside suppliers? I.e. Horse Box Photo Booth, Bouncy Castle, Garden Games, ice cream vans?
The boring stuff
You are responsible for clearing away decorations and rubbish. This can be done the following day. Most caterers will tidy up the majority of glasses, cutlery etc. They should also take the catering waste away with them. Bins may be needed, especially if you’re supplying bottles of beer or doing ‘take away’ food in the evening.
If the idea of getting married in a field with no event management scares you a little, help is always at hand. You can employ the help of a Wedding Planner who can offer on the day management. Although it is called on the day, realistically you will want them there one or two days before the day, this way they can be the ones to communicate with suppliers, be there to accept deliveries etc.
Finally, don’t forget, good communication is the key to it all. Consult with your suppliers and get their advice in pulling together your plans. We are happy to liaise with your suppliers and we will be present to ensure it all runs smoothly on the day from a venue point of view, but we are not event management.