You’ve found the perfect location for your temporary structure, you’ve covered the basics and the necessary extras now it’s time to get serious; you need to choose your supplier. Lisa from Just Bespoke offers advice on how to choose the supplier of your temporary structure. This is the fourth installment in Lisa’s guide to Temporary Structures, if you look back at Parts 1-3 this will also help with questions you may need to ask your potential supplier.
CHOOSING YOUR SUPPLIER
With companies offering temporary structures across the UK it can be a minefield trying to understand which structure to have, and as important, who will provide it. It goes without saying that you need to find a reputable supplier, so here are a few things to consider when choosing your provider.
Investigate suppliers operating nationwide, or in the area where you want to get married (if you choose a supplier based miles from you, expect to pay hefty transport costs) – make a list and then investigate further. Look at blogs, magazines, ask friends and family for recommendations, attend open days to see the structures for yourself, request brochures and price lists and definitely request testimonials from past clients. If you are marrying at a venue, the venue may have a preferred suppliers list, and if so, use this as a basis from which to start your research.
Get a shortlist of 2 – 3 suppliers who you are really interested in and get them along to the wedding venue to do a site visit. At this visit, you will be able to ask them additional questions regarding their product and talk through your day. Following this, the company will be able to provide you with a CAD drawing (a ‘to scale’ image of the proposed structure and layout) along with a quote for their services based on your requirements.
Pull together a list of questions for each supplier – everything from how long they take to set-up and when this usually takes place, to how old their structures are and how regularly they clean them. Be thorough from the outset and it will pay off in the long run.
As the saying goes, if it seems to be too good to be true, it usually is. Weddings are an expensive business and it is very tempting to base your decision on price alone but for such an important aspect of your day, it is worth considering your options carefully and assessing the quality of the goods and service which you are paying for.
Don’t opt for the cheapest company unless you are confident that they really can deliver the service you require. The physical structure is so important to the overall day.
Once you have chosen your temporary structure supplier, get wedding insurance and specify additional marquee cover. More often than not, you do not have to use it, but for a minimal sum, it is definitely worth purchasing for that extra peace of mind.
Introduction – Wedding Planning | Temporary Structures
Part 1 – Type of Structures
Part 2 – The Basics
Part 3 – The Necessary Extras