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The Beginner's Guide to Hiring a Marquee: Everything You Need to Know

If you're planning an event and considering a marquee as your venue, there are a few things you should know before making your decision. In this beginner's guide to hiring a marquee, we'll cover everything you need to know to make the process smooth and stress-free.

  1. Choosing the Right Size: Before you start searching for marquee hire companies, you need to determine the size of the marquee you'll need. Consider the number of guests, the type of event, and any additional features like a dance floor, bar area, seating or a dance floor area?

  2. Understand the Setup Process: Hiring a marquee involves more than just renting the structure itself. You'll need to factor in the cost of setup and take-down, as well as any additional equipment like lighting, heating, or flooring which does come at an additional cost but can be included in packages.

  3. Shape of your garden: It's always a point to consider when looking to hire a marquee. This is something you should inform the marquee company of as it may affect how the marquee is installed and the way it may change the layout of the marquee. For example if your garden is on multiple levels, this may change the way a marquee is installed. Most marquee companies offer site visits or will ask for pictures of the garden to ensure they can go ahead with your booking.

  4. Consider the Weather: One of the advantages of a marquee is its versatility in different weather conditions, but you still need to be prepared. Think about whether you'll need heating or lining and plan for inclement weather with additional coverings or flooring. If it's an option to butt a marquee up to your house, this will allow your patio doors to open into the marquee creating a seam-less flow from your house into the marquee without getting wet.

  5. Don't Forget about decorations: A marquee is a blank canvas that can be transformed to fit any event theme or style. Think about your color scheme, lighting options, and any decorative elements to customize the marquee to your theme.

  6. Research Rental Companies: Take the time to research different marquee hire companies to find the one that best fits your needs and budget. Ask about their experience, equipment, and any additional services they offer, and remember that the cheapest isn't always the best!

By following these tips, you can ensure that your marquee hire experience is a success. With the right preparation and planning, a marquee can be the perfect venue for your next event.


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