By Harry Smith
Marquees can be seen in all kinds of events nowadays. From corporate events to family functions and weddings, marquees can seemingly house them all. For those who haven’t hired a marquee, or organised an event for that matter, it can all be pretty confounding; where to find a marquee supplier, how to select the right kind of marquee and how to heat a marquee are just some of the many questions that come to mind!
If you think it would be useful to invest in a small marquee for your event, then you’re not really pressed for time, but if you plan to hire a marquee it is better to book well in advance. It is always advisable to start searching for suppliers as soon as possible. Finding an experienced supplier with a proven track record, who is available on your chosen date and who is willing to cater at your chosen location, can be trickier than you think. Finding event suppliers in and around London may be easy, but finding good suppliers who are available is not.
A quick look online can help you find local marquee suppliers. Once you have shortlisted a few agencies, you will want to get quotes from them. This is an important part of the process as this is where there is room for confusion. Ask the supplier what the quote includes and what it doesn’t. Does the quote include only the rental charges for the marquee or transportation, dismantling etc. as well?
The supplier is generally in the best position to explain all the different options available and to help you select the correct marquee for your event. Since most suppliers also deal with other things like flooring and lighting, they can give advice on choosing the right add-ons. Many companies also have deals with sub-contractors for catering, event staff etc. This means that more often than not, a marquee hire company can be a one-stop-shop for planning the entire event.
The final quotes from a few different suppliers, and your customer service experience should help you select the right company. Personal references are always a good way to select suppliers, but online reviews and testimonials can also be useful while making the decision. The point is to find an experienced, reliable and competent agency.
Once you have zeroed in on what you want and who you want it from, comes the next part – making the booking. This is where you need to make sure that the deal is sealed and that there is no room for error. This means confirming everything and double checking all the details with the supplier. You don’t want the marquee to turn up a day after your event date! This may sound bizarre but it happens more often than we think.
Marquees are a quintessential part of any event planning agency’s kit so it is not difficult to find suppliers. However, it is always useful to compare a few different agencies before you make the final decision.
The writer of this article writes occasionally on subjects related to wedding services and wedding planning. For further details, please visit these resources marquee hire London and marquee hire Essex