1) Location Location Location
Flat ground with great access for the marquee company & their vans is a must if you’re planning on having a marquee wedding. If the marquee riggers can’t drive up to your site an extra labour charge will be added onto the final invoices. Also, check with the venue if they have toilets, power and running water (you’ll need all three!). If the venue is a field in the middle of nowhere, don’t panic, generators, toilets and water tanks are very easy to hire.
2) The Marquee itself
This depends on your desired theme and most importantly, the budget. There are many marquee styles and it's important to get the right marquee for your theme or event style, for free advice contact one of our friendly experts on 01626 245056.
Marquees are not cheap: you pay for quality and professionalism. Be wary of companies offering ridiculously cheap quotes; this often means poorly made marquees, inexperience and unreliability.
3) What size is best?
This depends on the number of guests coming. I always prefer to add extra length to a marquee in case of rain. Unforuntantley, because of our rainy summers it often means all guests will spend the day inside the marquee, the last thing you want is your guests cramped inside the marquee.
4) The Decor
This is where your creativity and personality can come alive. From rustic weddings to Harry Potter themes, anything is possible with some imagination. Find inspiration for your marquee’s decor by checking out our Pinterest or Instagram.
5) The Bar
Consider running it yourself to keep costs down – you will need all of your own equipment (gas, bar taps, the bar itself, ice, fridges, glassware, dishwashers etc). Don’t forget the alcohol! Use friends or hire staff to man it on the day. Be aware you need to get a license before you serve alcohol. Alternatively, consider phoning up some local pubs – they will often run the bar free of cost. They cover their costs by selling the drinks to your guests. Or, ask your caterers to run the bar
Catering can get complicated. Make sure you shop around and read reviews. If your friends have good recommendations, trust them. Depending on the company, you might need to hire cutlery, crockery and glassware. They should give you a list of items you need to hire. Be aware that you can hire catering tents from the marquee companies so double check what’s available. The catering company will often provide the staff, this is usually billed separately so ask for the cost to be broken down to the hourly rate for each staff member.