Hiring a Marquee – What you need to know

Opting to hire a marquee for your wedding might seem like a straightforward and thrifty option, but there can be a lot to consider in terms of logistics.
However, with the ability to create a bespoke and beautiful event space, marquees can provide a unique atmosphere in almost any weather conditions. Ensuring that you work alongside a reputable marquee hire company is vital. Marquee Hire Guide offers a superb online resource, with hire advice and whole host of suppliers listed within their directory from throughout the UK.

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  • Marquees are available in many designs but consider the space you have available to accommodate your event. Frame marquees do not require guy ropes and can therefore fit into a smaller space. Traditional marquees can offer a more visually appealing finish but will require more space that must be considered before committing to hire.
  • There are also more adventurous options available such as Yurts, Big Tops, and Tipis, to name but a few. It all depends on the overall aesthetic that you’re aiming for. These quirky styles have been extremely popular with festival inspired weddings.
  • You’ll be able to talk through your event requirements when you hire your marquee, which will indicate the size of marquee you will require. Consider the amount of guests you wish to accommodate, and the structure of the day; if you opt for a traditional sit down wedding breakfast, this is quite possible but will require more furniture and therefore more space.

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  • You may also need catering tents, additional space or a bar area, depending on your preference. Dance floors, décor, accessories and event lighting are also often available to hire as part of your marquee package.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions when you choose your marquee hire company. You should be able to obtain professional advice, along with ensuring the company have the relevant insurance and experienced staff in place. Also, try to source previous client recommendations independently for uninfluenced, honest feedback.
  • Seek quotes from multiple hirers to make sure you are receiving the most competitive quote which details all the necessary information, including erection/dismantle timescales, what’s included in the price, VAT etc. Don’t get caught out by that extra sneaky 20% that could ruin your wedding budgeting!
  • You also need to consider the logistics of heating, power and toilets when hiring a marquee, depending on your location. A marquee in the middle of nowhere might seem dreamy until you’re balanced in a portable loo in your bespoke wedding dress! Heating is a necessity, and might even be needed on a chilly summer evening. Powering your marquee, particularly with the inclusion of caterers and bands, can be costly and potentially dangerous if you try to cut corners. Always consider a contingency plan too – what happens if your power source fails?

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For more useful information on hiring a marquee, and to search for a company near you, pop over to the Marquee Hire Guide website for more information.
Image Sources: (1) The Pearl Tent Company (2) Before the Big Day (3) Festival Brides

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