Weddings and other special one-off events demand perfection, with no opportunity for a re-run should something go wrong. Any bride or groom will tell you that there is an overabundance of things that warrant attention in the build-up to their big day, with themes, guest numbers, catering and music choice already giving organisers plenty to think about.
One of the most common mistakes people make when planning their wedding is to completely overlook the impact that temperature and humidity have on the ambience of your venue. And while summer weddings are understandably popular, there are of course a number of pitfalls associated with hosting events during the warm season.
Sometimes, a changing weather forecast can necessitate that last-minute action is taken in order to preserve desirable conditions for those in attendance.
In the days leading up to the August Bank Holiday weekend, we were contacted by a customer who was looking for some air conditioning equipment to ensure guests remained cool during a large wedding reception. The event was hosted inside a substantially sized temporary marquee, with approximately 600 guests present.
Despite the remote location of the marquee, a power supply had been made available courtesy of the client owning their own generators. Our response was to install four HPAC90 high performance air conditioners outside the application and use multiple lengths of ducting to help circulate cool air inside.
For efficiency purposes, recirculation ducting was used which helped stabilise internal temperatures more quickly while also consuming less power.
In addition, we supplied approximately 15 ventilation fans to help ensure cool air was evenly distributed throughout the marquee and simultaneously generate several air changer per hour.
At the request of the customer, we also arranged for an engineer to be on standby at the site just in case an issue developed unexpectedly. This did, however, prove unnecessary, with all kit effectively fulfilling the required task by operating continuously to keep temperatures at a comfortable level.