TIPS & ADVICE ON BOOKING A MARQUEE
Marquees offer an exciting and attractive alternative to conventional venues, combining the beauty of outside venues with the all the comfort of being indoors. Suitable for all event types and budgets, they come in a huge range of sizes and designs, with all the optional extras you could possibly need.
Whether you’re organising a birthday party, anniversary, garden party, fundraising dinner, corporate event or other celebration, a marquee has the space for your guests to mingle and enjoy whatever entertainment or catering you have laid on, and for couples looking to create a relaxed and informal feel to their wedding, a marquee offers the ideal solution!
BENEFITS OF HIRING A MARQUEE
As long as you have a bit of space, with reasonably level ground, a marquee gives you endless opportunities to design your own venue with a layout that works perfectly for your event. You can choose the decor, fixtures and fittings, book your own caterer, and create a unique space for your guests, with stunning visual impact.
Marquees can be erected surprisingly quickly and with minimal disturbance to your property or venue. Depending on the size, tents usually take between one and three days to put up, and most take only a day to take down.
The marquee will not need power unless you’re having lights, a band or catering, and if needed this can be provided using cables or a generator. Your marquee hire company can advise and assist with this if necessary.
There are three main types of marquee. The clear span marquee is the most sophisticated and weatherproof structure, often installed for months or years at a time and used for weddings, corporate events, conferences and exhibitions.
Traditional style marquees are also popular for weddings as their clean, sweeping lines offer that perfect elegant, country, vintage look. Stretch tents are probably the most flexible. Unlike a traditional marquee tent with a roof canopy supported by centre poles, a stretch tent is a free form fabric structure.
With a marquee, you can choose the size you need for the number of guests coming to your event, from bell tents for small gatherings to large capacity marquees big enough for children’s birthdays, garden parties and BBQs. If you’re hiring a venue that’s not quite big enough, a marquee can also make a great extension.
When it comes your budget, not only can you choose a marquee that’s within your price range but you can also pick your own caterer. So whatever tickles your taste buds, from hog roast to pizza, it’s entirely up to you, and if you need any help finding just the right supplier, just take a look at our caterers here.
You can also choose your decor, and even decorate your marquee yourself, and without the usual curfew in place at most venues, you can finish your party as late as you want!
Design Your Own Venue
A marquee is quite literally a blank canvas. You can really enjoy designing your own unique venue, with your choice of colour scheme and decor, right down the the table linen and lighting. This is perfect if you have a style or a theme in mind, whether it’s modern, classic, or vintage. Or how about a beach or festival theme? Whatever kind of backdrop you choose, have fun with it. Friends and family will love all the special touches you add, and your event will feel truly personal to you!
Bring the Outside In
With a marquee, you and your guests can enjoy the benefits of being indoors and outdoors all at once! While being comfortable and protected from the elements, the outside is right there to enjoy, complete with fresh air and beautiful views. If you opt for a marquee with a clear roof and walls, you can even dance under a star-lit sky as evening falls. What could be more magical than that?
You might think a marquee will only work in sunny weather, but with options for thermostatically controlled heaters and sturdy wooden flooring, they are used for events all year round.
Equipment, Fixtures & Fittings
In addition to the marquee itself, hire companies can also provide a wide range of fixtures, fittings and furniture if required for your event. They’ve got the lot: tables, chairs, table linen, luxury loos, power generators, heaters (recommended for cooler months), mobile bars, catering tents, fridge trailers, walkways, staging units, sound systems, lighting, dance floors, matting, carpeting or wooden flooring, special effects and backdrops. They can even help with extras such as plants and drapes!
IS A CATERER RIGHT FOR MY EVENT?
If you’re having a garden party, birthday, christening or anniversary, a marquee can make your celebration extra special, giving it a wonderfully relaxed and summery vibe.
Whether you’re planning a scrumptious sit-down meal, a BBQ or a disco, your marquee can come with the specifications you need. From banqueting tables to trestle tables, from carpet to a wooden dance floor, just let your hire company representative know what you need, and if you’re hiring a band, they can also provide stage units and lighting, for the perfect live music set up!
Many hire companies can also recommend caterers, mobile bars, bands and DJs to suit your event, and budget, so it’s always worth asking them if you’re stuck.
From champagne and canapés, dinner seating and space for entertainers and dancing into the night, a marquee can provide everything you need for your wedding all under one roof, and if you want to get married in your back garden, no problem!
A marquees is a great choice if you want to break from tradition and do your own thing on your wedding day. Hiring a marquee also allows you to get married or have your reception in a location that’s special to you. Perhaps somewhere by the sea, with magnificent coastal views, a park where you’ve been for lots of walks together, or a favourite picnic spot that you enjoyed visiting in your childhood.
It can also be the perfect solution for large weddings, as you can tailor the size and shape to suit the number of guests attending, or use smaller modular tents as extensions to your main venue.
One of the reasons why marquees are so popular for weddings is that they allow you to create a truly unique wedding setting. Many hire companies enable you to choose the style, shape and size of your tent and add your own decor, from the colour scheme to the table decorations, to complement your special theme. From traditional ivory to starlight roofing, you can create your perfect wedding backdrop!
Using a professional corporate marquee hire company takes the stress out of organising events for employees, clients or partners. They will assist you in setting up a smart and stylish venue that can be adapted to suit the size of your party, so you can relax in the knowledge that guests will be comfortable and able to enjoy your networking event, conference or business fare to the full.
In addition, they can help you create a bespoke design that incorporates your branding and reflects well on your company, working with you to ensure the highest standards, so that you stand out amongst your competitors and make a lasting impression.
Marquees are also perfect for entertaining corporate clients and building business relationships. Whether you are launching a new product or looking to increase your customer base, a marquee will bring extra pizzazz to your event!
HOW MUCH DOES A MARQUEE COST TO HIRE?
Prices vary depending on the size and style of marquee. Extras such as flooring, lighting, furniture and fittings may or may not be included, and will vary from company to company. Clear Span Marquees will be more expensive than stretch tents and traditional vintage marquees. We advise asking your hire company for an individual quote. As a rough guide, here are some typical prices:
- Marquee - 40 seated / 50 or 60 standing: £200 - £350 in the UK ($200 - $350 in the U.S. and €230 - €400 in Europe)
- Marquee - 80 seated / 100 standing: £350 - £450 in the UK ($350 - $450 in the U.S. and €230 - €500 in Europe)
- Marquee - 100 seated / 120 standing: £500 - £600 in the UK ($500 - $650 in the U.S. and €570 - €680 in Europe)
- Marquee - 130 seated / 150 standing: £700+ in the UK ($700+ in the U.S. and €800+ in Europe)
- Flooring - wooden / plastic / carpet: £100 - £400 in the UK ($100 - $400 in the U.S. and €110 - €460 in Europe)
- Dance floor: £245 - £500 in the UK ($200 - $350 in the U.S. and €280 - €570 in Europe)
- Lighting: £10 each / £50 - £150 per marquee in the UK ($200 - $350 in the U.S. and €230 - €400 in Europe)
- Tables: £5 - £25 each in the UK ($5 - $25 in the U.S. and €5.70 - €28 in Europe)
- Chairs: £2 - £6 each in the UK ($2 - $6 in the U.S. and €2.30 - €6.80 in Europe)
- Bars: £100 - £200 in the UK ($200 - $350 in the U.S. and €230 - €400 in Europe)
- Staging Units: £50 in the UK ($50 in the U.S. and €60 in Europe)
- Toilets - Basic: £100 each, Luxury: £575 - £900 in the UK ($575 - $900 in the U.S. and €650 - €1030 in Europe)
- Heaters: £275 - £335 in the UK ($275 - $335 in the U.S. and €310 - €380 in Europe)
- Generators: £400+ ($400+ in the U.S. and €460+ in Europe)
- Refrigeration Trailers: £150+ £300 in the UK ($150 - $300 in the U.S. and €170 - €340 in Europe)
- Decorative plants and drapes - prices on request
HOW DO I MAKE MY SHORTLIST AND HOW DO I BOOK?
The quickest way to find reputable marquee hire in your area is to use our simple search function. Just add your location and click search. On our suppliers’ profile pages, you will find details of their experience plus those all-important testimonials from previous happy customers. You will also find web links and contact information.
Once you’ve found your ideal hire company, just contact them direct. Even better, if you would rather they came to you, you can request multiple quotes, and this service is completely free! You should also feel free to ask any company you contact whether they have hired out marquees for similar events to yours before, and if it’s possible to see testimonials from those clients. We know the ideal marquee company is on here waiting for you and we hope you enjoy your search, but do contact us if you need any help.
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