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Managing director Barny Lee has a wealth of experience in the wedding and event industry so we caught up with him to see what impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the company and how they are determined to help and support their clients as much as they can.
How has COVID-19 affected weddings and other large events in 2020?
COVID-19 is affecting everyone involved in the event industry as mass gatherings have been prohibited and social distancing rules need to be adhered to. At Barny Lee Marquees we are working closely with our clients and suppliers to find a solution for those affected by these measures.
As a marquee and events company, how are you helping your customers?
It's incredibly hard for engaged couples not being able to celebrate their marriage on the dates they have chosen. We are staying in touch by phone and email to allow them to postpone their wedding marquees and equipment hire to later in the year, or to help them then secure a suitable date for 2021 - the diary for next year is certainly looking busy!
What's the best advice you can give to someone wanting to plan an event or wedding after the lockdown?
We are encouraging clients that have postponed their date or enquiries that have not yet booked to confirm a date as soon as possible. We do have a lot of marquee and event equipment, but as our clients are rescheduling their bookings for autumn 2020 or spring 2021, the diary is starting to fill up. Site visits can now take place with social distancing measures in place, however any images or video footage of a site can be useful when helping to put quotations together and we can also use conference calling if required to come up with the right solution.
If you're planning a wedding or event, where can you go for inspiration?
Our website is a good starting point. We have recently set up our Pinterest page which gives couples plenty of ideas and pictures from weddings and events that we have recently done, along with some of our own inspo! You can also check out our social media pages, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
One last word from Barny, "the team and I are always on the end of the phone or email to answer any of your questions and we will make sure that no matter what is thrown our way over the next few months, we will help you create an event to remember, so drop us a line on 01392 590 032 to start planning. We'd love to help you with your party marquee for 2021 or beyond. We cover all areas of South West, South Wales, Southern England and London too. Please contact us today, we offer free advice and consultations over the phone https://barnyleemarquees.co.uk
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