Buying a party and event hire business, shortly before the Covid-19 crisis struck might seem like extraordinarily bad luck, but Andrew and Kelly Hamilton-Wallace have no regrets.
Kelly says Utterly Marquee and Event Hire, formerly Warkworth Party Hire, has plenty of bookings for next summer already, and the couple is ready to help party organisers to put together events that comply with tighter regulations on gatherings, while still enabling everyone to have a great time.
Kelly says it’s no problem if events necessarily must be much smaller and Utterly Marquee is just as happy to handle an event for 10 people as it is for one of 500.
The business offers a one-stop shop for everything a host could need to throw a party, including cutlery, crockery, glasses, tables, chairs, flooring, chiller trailers and bars. It also has a wide selection of marquees that can seat anywhere between 10 to 360 people.
Andrew also happens to be a carpenter. That means should, say, a bride see something that catches her eye on Pinterest, Andrew will very likely be able to make it for her wedding.
“A lot of people want a certain kind of look for their event – perhaps rustic or bohemian and we are happy to do that for them,” Kelly says.
“We don’t want people to feel constricted to a standard party package. We want to help put on an event that the host envisages and give them lots of happy memories.”
The other thing the couple is committed to is great service. Kelly says people don’t plan events during working hours, and she is happy to meet people in the evening to go over important details.
She says it’s a real joy to participate in significant events in customers’ lives.
“I love it when people send me photos of their event after it’s all over. To get something like that after a long day makes it all worthwhile.”