Are You Planning A Post-Lockdown Party?

The government’s recent announcement of its roadmap out of the lockdown will have many people excited for the reopening of shops, bars, hair and beauty salons, and most of all, being able to socialise and see our friends and family.

It feels like it has been a long time coming and with a few false starts, but from 29 March, we can return to the ‘rule of six’, and gather with friends in our gardens again, reports the Mirror, and soon after that we will be able open to more people.

If you’re thinking about having a post-pandemic party, once we have the all-clear from the authorities, of course, then we have some ideas for you here!

Summer holiday-themed party

Summer holidays on a beach still might not be available just yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the summer holiday to you instead.

Choose your favourite destination, and make that the theme for your party. Maybe you want to go for ‘Club Tropicana’, Ibiza club nights, fancy French cuisine, or a safari, the options of limitless!

Summer music festival themed party

Some of the UK’s festivals will return later in the year, but you can create your own if you’re missing out. Why not have one main marquee and a variety of smaller ones to host different musical acts and/or activities.  Dig out those festival essentials – wellies and glitter – and enjoy your own crowd-free festival!

Post lockdown garden party

If themes are not your style, then all you need is sunshine, fresh air, friends and family for a post-lockdown garden party. Sandwiches, Pimms, and a general air of relaxing with your nearest and dearest.

If you’re looking for marquee hire in Bromley for your garden party, then talk to us today.

Are You Planning A Post-Lockdown Party?

The government’s recent announcement of its roadmap out of the lockdown will have many people excited for the reopening of shops, bars, hair and beauty salons, and most of all, being able to socialise and see our friends and family.

It feels like it has been a long time coming and with a few false starts, but from 29 March, we can return to the ‘rule of six’, and gather with friends in our gardens again, reports the Mirror, and soon after that we will be able open to more people.

If you’re thinking about having a post-pandemic party, once we have the all-clear from the authorities, of course, then we have some ideas for you here!

Summer holiday-themed party

Summer holidays on a beach still might not be available just yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the summer holiday to you instead.

Choose your favourite destination, and make that the theme for your party. Maybe you want to go for ‘Club Tropicana’, Ibiza club nights, fancy French cuisine, or a safari, the options of limitless!

Summer music festival themed party

Some of the UK’s festivals will return later in the year, but you can create your own if you’re missing out. Why not have one main marquee and a variety of smaller ones to host different musical acts and/or activities.  Dig out those festival essentials – wellies and glitter – and enjoy your own crowd-free festival!

Post lockdown garden party

If themes are not your style, then all you need is sunshine, fresh air, friends and family for a post-lockdown garden party. Sandwiches, Pimms, and a general air of relaxing with your nearest and dearest.

If you’re looking for marquee hire in Bromley for your garden party, then talk to us today.

When Will Weddings Be Allowed Again?

The recent announcement of the government’s roadmap out of the lockdown will have brought welcome news to everyone, particularly for those who have had to cancel or postpone their weddings over the past year.

As of 8 March, people will be allowed to meet others from a different household outdoors, and we can expect a return to the Rule of Six from 29 March. For many couples, the most exciting news is that they will be able to start planning their weddings again. But when exactly will weddings return to normal?

Step one of the roadmap, which begins on 8 March, states that weddings will continue to be limited to a maximum of six attendees, and the current rules that weddings will only be allowed under exceptional circumstances will be removed.

In step two, which follows no earlier than Monday 12 April, weddings will then be able to take place with up to 15 attendees but will be limited to premises that are permitted to open at this point. Hospitality businesses such as pubs and restaurants will only be allowed to open outdoors at this point.

No earlier than 17 May, step three means that weddings will be allowed 30 attendees, reflecting the wider expansion of the limit on all outdoor groups to 30 people.

This happens alongside the reopening of indoor hospitality venues, and the requirement for a substantial mean to be served with alcohol will also be removed, as will the curfew. However, there will still be restrictions on table service.

If all goes to plan, step four, which will start no earlier than 21 June, will see the lockdown completely lifted, and the lifting on all social restrictions will mean that weddings will be able to go ahead as usual.

If you’re looking for marquee hire in Bromley for your dream wedding, talk to us today.

What Is The Largest Ever Board Game?

Turning fun board games into giant lawn games changes how a game is enjoyed and makes what can be a fairly quiet, dextrous encounter into an amazingly fun outdoor experience.

However, what if you were to try and make a game even bigger? Some designers have created games with boards kilometres long and as tall as bungalows.

Here are some of the largest board games ever constructed.

 

Jenga With Construction Vehicles

Caterpillar, the makers of bright yellow diggers, loaders and drills, came up with a pretty interesting test for their fleet of vehicles.

They built a version of Jenga 32 times the size of a regular set and used it to play a 28 hour game of Jenga, with pieces that weigh nearly four times the weight of an average person each.

 

Largest Board Game Ever

The largest board game ever has a board that measures a kilometre across on each side and is a gigantic version of the board game DKT: an Austrian version of Monopoly.

It was made in November 2019 and was made to raise money to help people struggling with major financial difficulties, known as Steierer Helfen Steiren.

It is 100 square metres larger than the largest version of Monopoly, which was made in November 2016 by a team of students at Wageningen University And Research with the help of board game maker Hasbro.

Both games even made oversized playing pieces, markers and dice for the games, although it appears neither of them took the extra step of making a giant deck of Community Chest and Chance cards.

Hope For Summer As South Leads Way In Falling Covid Rates

For many people, a dream idea for the summer months would be to hold an event that would involve party tent hire, bringing a large gathering of people under canvas who can enjoy a gathering in the warm sunshine.

Such a dream may be moving rapidly nearer after the latest survey data on the Coronavirus showed that London and the south-east have seen by far the fastest rate of fall in infection numbers.

The React Study by Imperial College London revealed that the overall fall in infections across England since lockdown began in the new year was two thirds, but in London it was down 80 per cent.

Study author Prof Steven Riley called the drop in London “dramatic”, explaining that it represented a halving of infections every 15 days.

A key reason for the fall being greater in London and the south east is that these regions faced tougher restrictions than the rest of the country when the tier system was in place before Christmas, due to the emergence of a new and more infectious variant in Kent.

If the south-east is able to move to a lower tier than other areas post-lockdown, this could bring normality much closer and make those summer parties a more realistic prospect.

Another crucial factor in such a development will be the speed of the vaccine roll-out and a continued high take-up, as well as keeping any vaccine-resistant variants at bay.

The UK continues to perform better than any country in the world bar Israel and the UAE in terms of the rate at which people are being vaccinated, with every adult expected to have a jab by June.

While some summer events in Britain requiring extensive planning – such as Glastonbury – have been planned, many others have been provisionally scheduled to go ahead with crowds present, such as England’s international cricket fixtures.

Extra Funding To Support Scottish Wedding Industry

A £25 million funding package to support the wedding sector and supply chain has been welcomed by Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin.

According to the Daily Record, the fund, which had an extra £10 million added to the original £15 million at the end of January, went live on 28 January in recognition of the continuing challenges being faced by all areas of the wedding industry.

The fund will provide one-off grants of up to £25,000 for eligible businesses in the sector impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes wedding venues, photographers, caterers and suppliers, as well as many other businesses.

The funding is being managed regionally by Scotland’s three enterprise agencies – Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and South of Scotland Enterprise.

Ms Martin said: “This is a very welcome cash boost to the wedding sector and its supply chain in the north-east and across Scotland. The pandemic has substantially changed what the wedding sector is allowed to offer with the many restrictions which have been put in place during the pandemic.”

She added that the funding will help mitigate the unprecedented effects of the pandemic on the wedding industry in the last 10 months, and urged any businesses that think they might be eligible to apply.

“It is important this funding reaches many of the relevant firms as possible,” she added.

Businesses must be in one of the following sectors: venues; videographers; photographers; marquee hire (includes tipi); wedding attire; florists and event stylists; caterers; cakes; transport (not including taxis); event supplies (cater hire, decorative items); hairdressers and make-up artists (non-mobile); entertainment (band, DJ, piper, string quartet); jewellery designers/makers/sellers; wedding exhibitions/events; wedding publications or listing sites; celebrants; wedding stationery; and other specialist niche suppliers (photo booth, event nannies and event planners).

If you’re looking for party marquee hire in Surrey, talk to us today.

Intimate Ceremony Ideas for Smaller Weddings

Since 4 July, weddings of up to 30 people have been permitted, and from 1 August, post-ceremony receptions with up to 30 guests have been given the go-ahead once more. For those who had their hearts set on a grand, lavish affair, this could mean making some serious sacrifices, or holding on until we have returned to a ‘new normal’.

But smaller weddings should not be ruled out, as there are so many benefits to having an intimate wedding day, surrounded by your very nearest and dearest. Everyone from venues to registrars are adapting and making COVID-secure changes to ensure your wedding can go ahead, and there are more options than you might think for keeping that special day special!

Here are some intimate ceremony ideas that prove you don’t have to go all-out to have a beautiful wedding.

Affordability

Without having to spend as much money on larger venues, more wedding favours, catering, and accommodation for more people, an intimate wedding can cost you a lot less. Or perhaps with the money you save, you can lavish your guests with luxurious entertainment or catering, or simply set it aside for a day when an extravagant honeymoon abroad is feasible.

The Guest List

Not everyone has an endless list of friends and family to invite to their wedding, so smaller ceremonies and receptions can prove the ideal solution. A thinner guest list means the bride and groom can spend more time talking to the guests, and for the guests to be able to all talk to each other, which is perfect for families that maybe don’t know each other that well.

A large wedding can also be intimidating, having all those eyes on you, especially if you struggle with anxiety. You’re more likely to be able to remain calm and comfortable if you’re only surrounded by those that mean the most to you.

Readings

The intimacy of a smaller wedding provides a more casual atmosphere, which makes it easier for those having to perform readings or give speeches. Public speaking can be difficult for those unaccustomed to it.

The Venue

In many cases, a smaller wedding means couples have a wider choice of venues, and unusual settings in alternative, non-traditional locations.

Smaller wedding venues mean couples don’t have to go all out decorating a huge space unless they want to, which is much less time-consuming and less to have to consider and worry about. Also, should you be taking the DIY route in creating centrepieces and decor, it won’t take nearly as long.

Catering

A limited number of guests means there could be a wider option for catering to everyone. Perhaps your favourite restaurant would be open to providing for you, or for something really unique, Deliveroo provide a wedding catering service, which would definitely be something to look forward to!

You will still need to keep your guests entertained, and everyone will still want to dance the night away, so don’t forget your dance floor hire in Bromley!

No Lockdown Answers For Large Weddings Yet

The new government guidance means that smaller weddings with up to 30 guests can now go ahead, and the first ceremonies have already recently taken place. For some couples, this means they can go and tie the knot, and possibly save having a larger reception for another time.

But according to This Is Money, couples who had their heart’s set on a larger celebration will still have to wait, and if they had already paid for venues and suppliers if may become harder to get their money back, or
reschedule.

While most venues and suppliers have worked with couples to help find a new date for their nuptials, some have been caught withholding thousands of pounds in deposits, adding extortionate administrative fees, or refusing to cooperate or allowing couples to reschedule.

For those able to reschedule, they could be stuck with cheaper options, for example, a Tuesday in March instead of the booked Saturday in July. It is then down to the venue to decide whether to refund the difference.

According to wedding planning website Bridebook, it is estimated that 80 per cent of wedding venues have already been reserved for key summer dates in 2021. Some couples have found they are being charged thousands of pounds more for 2021 dates, as venues are charging next year’s prices.

Deposits made to photographers and florists could also be lost if the vendor is unable to make the new date. Many couples have already lost hundreds after needing to change date engravings on rings, wedding favours, and gifts.

A simple and elegant solution is to hold the reception at home in the garden with marquee and garden party equipment hire in Croydon, so why not talk to us today!

When Will Weddings Be Allowed In The UK?

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted many couples’ plans for their nuptials and, although the UK is starting to relax its lockdown restrictions and life is returning to something closer to normal, we’re not likely to be allowed to host large gatherings in the near future.

However, there is a glimmer of hope for any couples who plan to tie the knot later in the summer.

The government is currently looking at how to allow small ceremonies to take place by the end of June, and at present churches and other places of worship are set to reopen on 4 July, the Metro reported.

Northern Ireland has already announced that weddings with up to ten attendees that are held outdoors can take place in June, and it’s expected that the likes of England and Wales will follow a similar kind of system, Woman and Home noted.

The publication suggested that, not only will weddings be much smaller for the time being, but there are also likely to be more weddings hosted on weekdays as couples look to tie the knot as soon as they can, rather than having to wait for a weekend slot to open up next year, many of which are already booked.

Bridal dress designer Holly Winter told the news provider that lockdown has given some couples a chance to think about what they really want from their wedding day and that she has found many are re-evaluating their choices for their big day.

One factor that seems certain, however, is that outdoor weddings will be given the go-ahead before any indoor ceremonies. If you’re still intending to say ‘I do’ later this year, contact us to find out about party furniture hire so that you can make your outdoor ceremony as comfortable and stylish as possible. 

Post-Lockdown Big Birthday Party Ideas

While we’re in the middle of a pandemic, everyone has had to put their lives on hold, and for some that has meant having to cancel or postpone milestone celebrations, such as engagements, weddings, and birthdays

Should your birthday happen to be in the middle of lockdown, there are still plenty of options to make sure you have the best day, but no matter whether you are postponing the celebrations for after the lockdown, or if you’re planning a special event for next year or beyond, everyone loves a party!

If you’re planning a special birthday party for an 18th, 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th, 70th or even 100th birthday, finding a venue will high on your to-do list. Taking advantage of marquee hire in Bromley means you have a fantastic celebration right in your back garden!

18th and 21st birthday parties

Parents will understand all too well the challenges of finding exciting party ideas every year, and as they reach adulthood, you’ll want to make sure you have that covered.

Having the party in your back garden means you can be involved in the boisterous fun (and maybe keep an eye on proceedings), but you can escape to the safety of your sofa. A marquee is a perfect idea, whatever the British weather decides to do that day!

There will be options such as adding a dance floor and disco lighting, and it’s easy to decorate with fairy lights, plants, flowers, beanbags, deckchairs, balloons, Mexican-inspired pom-pom bunting, retro neon lights – and maybe even a piñata.

30th, 40th, 50th

By the time you find you’ve become a proper grown-up, you’ll realise that you can have whatever kind of party you want! A theme is light-hearted and breaks the ice if you’re inviting a mixture of friends old and new, work colleagues, family and neighbours. Your theme can be anything you like, from your favourite decade, film, book, whatever sparks your imagination.

You might be less inclined to use fairy lights and piñatas for a more grown-up party, but there are always ways to dress up a marquee, such as chandeliers, and spotlighting for speeches. But no matter your age, everyone will still want disco lights for the dancefloor!

70th to 100th

You might want to focus more on a seated lunch, dinner, or afternoon tea, for a more sedate celebration, but that’s not to say no-one will want a dance floor and disco lights!

What it all comes down to is that it’s your party, so you can do whatever you choose! There’s so much scope for how to utilise a marquee to suit the personality of the birthday girl or boy.

If you are planning a party, for whatever reason, and need party equipment hire in London, then visit us today to see how we can help you throw a party everyone will remember.

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