Loo Hire – What you need to know

Hiring portable toilets may not be the most exciting part of planning an event but it is more important than ever that you are providing adequate washroom facilities and if you get it wrong, it could have a negative impact so make sure you read this blog to get some tips to getting it right before making a booking. 

There are two main situations where you would be required to hire portable toilets, these are events such as parties and weddings, and construction sites, either industrial or domestic building works taking place at your home.  Both would require you to provide adequate facilities for either workers or guests. 

Making sure you have a suitable number of loos for the number of people at your event is essential.  Guests will not be happy having to queue for too long!  A good rule of thumb to follow is to have at least one restroom available for every 50 guests and most companies would advise to get more restrooms for women than for men.

On construction sites, there should beat least one toilet per 7 people working a 40 hour week.

Questions to consider

These are some of the questions to ask yourself before requesting quotes

  1. How many people will you be providing toilet facilities for?
  2. How long do you want to hire the facilities for?
  3. Do you want to have basic or luxury toilet facilities at your event?
  4. Where will you want the toilets to be positioned on site?

By considering these questions, the suppliers will be able to offer good advice on the number of toilets you will need and what type would be most suitable for your event.  If you event is taking place over a longer period, your supplier should service the facilities regularly, this will need to be arranged at the time of booking.  Make sure you agree in advance on the frequency, time and days you will want this doing. 

Toilet options

There are several portable toilet types available to hire, starting from the very basic box unit you would see on a construction site, all the way up to a luxury trailer. 

Even the most basic portable loo must include a flushing system, hand washing facilities and toilet paper.  The top of the range luxury loos may include a range of extra special touches, such as mirrors, electric hand dryers, lights, flowers gold taps, hand towels, air fresheners, coat hooks, liquid soap, perfumes and could even come complete with its own attendant if required.

Many companies also supply a range of additional facilities such as baby changing, mobile urinals, disabled toilets, or showers. If you are likely to require these for your event, then make sure you ask if they are available from the suppliers you contact.

Portable toilets can also be connected directly to the side of a venue or marquee by a walkway or you can put them within a marquee of their own, to ensure that your guests don’t have to face the elements.

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Top tips to brighten a wet and rainy wedding day!

You really can’t predict what the weather will be during the British ‘Summertime’, one minute we are sweltering in the hottest temperatures on record and then next we are seeing a months’ worth of rain falling in one day…  So when planning an outdoor wedding in the UK, you really do need to have contingency plans in place and plan for all eventualities.   Here are our Top 5 Tips to brighten a wet wedding day…

  1. Shelter – Adequate shelter is a MUST.  Your idyllic outdoor wedding does not need to be ruined by a bit of rain.  There are some really beautiful options available now which provide shelter from rain but will not obscure the views and will still give the feeling of being outside. If the party or wedding is being held in a beautiful setting, Stretch Tents, Capri Marquees or Tipis are all ideal ways of bringing the garden undercover.  Stretch tents are not only striking to look at, they are flexible and can fit any area, cover uneven ground and can even be attached to part of a building.  Capri Marquees have a modern and spacious feel with sweeping lines creating a dramatic statement. They are available in a variety of sizes and have the added advantage of being able to be joined together giving flexibility in numbers and helping to make larger events feel more intimate. Tipis can offer an extraordinary setting for your event, they also come in a range of sizes and can in some cases, be co-joined together to form a larger space.  Check out our Alternative Tent Hire Section www.marqueehireguide.com/alternative-tent-hire-c1367.html for loads more ideas and to contact companies in your local area. 

  1. Photos – You will need to discuss this with your photographer in advance and come up with a backup plan if it is too wet to have the outdoor photos taken that you had planned.  If it is a more scattered showers situation than all day rain, you might be able to rework some of the timings to delay the photographs by an hour or so and try again.   If you do have a beautiful stretch tent or capri marquee providing shelter, you could hire some props such as a flower wall or giant display letters to create an attractive undercover area where your photos could be taken.  For Giant Display Letter Hire in your area checkout out www.marqueehireguide.com/giant-display-letters-c2509.html

  1. Appropriate Footwear  – Spare shoes are always a good idea, especially if it has been raining for a few days in the leadup to the big day – this could make the ground very muddy underfoot. The bride will need some wedding wellies if she has to stomp through a muddy field, she will not want to ruin her wedding shoes!  It is also an idea to advise guests of the ground condition in advance and suggest they bring some wellies…

  1. Umbrellas – It rained on my wedding day and I did not have an umbrella… luckily my kind and thoughtful wedding car driver had a supply of huge white umbrellas in the boot of the car! He literally saved the day (not to mention my hair) so I would advise all brides, whatever month you are getting married, to buy some big white umbrellas just in case!  There are companies you can hire these from, we love these beautiful brightly coloured ones from Brolly Bucket www.brollybucket.co.uk

  1. Finally – relax and enjoy your special day, believe me when I say you wont remember the rain when you look back on it and it will not put a damper on yours or any of your guests days at all.    If there is one thing we should be used to living in the UK, it is rainy summer days and we never let them spoil our fun!
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Don’t let the rain stop the party!

The sun has not made much of an appearance so far this summer but what does that mean for all the garden parties, BBQ’s and outdoor events we’ve got planned?

Picture of event shelter

With the British summer being as unreliable as it is, you need a solution and we have just the thing… Marquees are not only for large gatherings and big occasions such as weddings, most marquee companies also do small pop up tents, gazebos or smaller capris style tents which are perfect for those more intimate, informal gatherings right in your garden!

Some companies actually specialise in garden parties and will add that all important shelter from the rain (or shade from the sun – wishful thinking!) so that the parties can go ahead.

Check out our website for loads of ideas and to contact a number of marquee companies in your area and get a quote for your garden party or event today www.marqueehireguide.com

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