By Harry Smith
A marquee is like a portable venue. Where your marquee goes, your party goes! These flexible structures tend to be very versatile in terms of style as well as functionality. They can cater to any kind of event, including weddings, birthdays and other family functions, as well as corporate events, markets and fairs.
There are a number of advantages to hiring a marquee. It is a flexible structure, so can be placed absolutely anywhere. It is a venue that you can dress up as you like, so you are free to create any interior design you require. No matter what the theme of the event, you can create the appropriate atmosphere inside a marquee. They are available not just in a choice of sizes and shapes, but also a variety of styles as well, from exotic Bedouin tents to modern wireframe structures.
Before hiring a marquee, it is important to know exactly what is needed. Two factors are integral to what type of marquee you will need. Firstly, the number of people it needs to accommodate, and secondly, the site where it will be place. The reasons for this are that people need to fit inside the marquee and that marquee needs to fit on the site!
Traditional marquees, the ones that are pitched using guy ropes, tend to require some leeway around the actual structure to pitch. Frame marquees, however, do not need any more space, as there are no ropes involved – a frame made of poles is what holds the structure up. Apart from these, more stylised marquees such as Bedouin tends, Tepees and exotic Arabic tents are also widely available and becoming more and more popular.
A marquee is like a blank slate, or should we say a canvas, upon which one is free to create anything by way of interiors and other embellishments. Many suppliers combine marquees with other services, providing options for flooring and furniture, as well as lighting and soft furnishings, which is very convenient.
It is advisable to book early, as marquees are quite popular. Many good suppliers have bookings for up to a year in advance, so it’s best to start searching as soon as the date for your event is finalised. Like with most things today, a good place to start looking is online. Local event planning companies may also have a useful database of suppliers. Suppliers should be able to offer useful advice about the interior layout, size of the marquee etc.
Also, before you hire, it is useful to know exactly what it is you’re paying for. For example, would the cost of hire include heating services, transportation fees, as well as service to erect and dismantle the marquee? This can avoid last minute glitches, which are usually caused due to simple misunderstandings.
Events can be great fun to plan, but they can also quickly turn into a nightmare, especially if things start snowballing out of control. While some things are out of our control, more often than not, the root cause of the problem is poor research. So lastly, make sure all your suppliers, whether it is for the marquee or anything else, are reliable and have good track records!
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