Before meeting the marquee company

Written by    Last updated: February 19, 2007

To allow the designer to tailor the marquee to your requirements and to save time it is worth considering the following prior to the initial meeting:

  • Have an approximate idea of numbers
  • Small wedding marquees (20‐100) are often more economical to buy rather than hire.
    ‐ Lightweight ‘party tents’ that use 230g/m2 roof material are the cheapest option.
    ‐ Marquees that use at least 480g/m2 roof material are better quality and will last longer.
    ‐ Linings are starting to become available for these tents and marquees
    ‐ Tents and Marquees with flame retardant material are advisable
  • For large weddings (300+) consider a wedding planner:
    ‐ Large scale organising can become a full time job
    ‐ Wedding planners have contacts for other services
  • Ask around for personal recommendations of marquee hirers.
  • Try to keep it local
    ‐ To avoid paying a premium for travelling time
    ‐ To ensure a quick response in the event of a problem (very rare!)
  • Get at least 3 quotations for differing designs and ideas as well as costs. You can always return to your preferred hirer with an alternative design.
  • If you have previously seen a theme or style you like, obtain pictures for the hirer to view.
  • Would you prefer a traditional canvas marquee with centre poles and guy ropes, or a modern frame marquee?
  • Find out if there are any underground pipes or cables in the desired location.
The “Complete Confetti Guide to Marquees” was written and submitted by Spencer King.

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