Tips for hiring a marquee for your event

The marquee is a suitable alternative for all events and social gatherings because they are available in all shapes and sizes. You will have to account for several elements to decide which type of marquee is appropriate for your event. Let’s explore what you need to take into account before renting a marquee.

Booking a Marquee

The first thing that needs to be said is that booking in advance is crucial for your marquee. A lot of people don’t realise that marquee companies can, in fact, run out of marquees as they don’t have endless supplies of any size you may want. Booking in advance is key because if you leave it too late, there is a possibility you might miss out.

Consider the size

Marquees are not all the same size and shape, and this is reflected by their many uses. What’s right for a birthday party might not be right for a wedding. There are different sizes and shapes of marquees. Knowing what you need from your marquee company before you call to make your booking takes away a lot of the work and time you might have to put in trying to adjust it later if you hadn’t planned properly.


Where you will host your event is key when reserving your marquee, because different geographical locations require different support solutions for the top. A muddy locale will likely need a floating wooden floor installed, the uneven ground might call for some inventive placement of your marquee, and a completely flat, stable surface could save you some money on either of the above.


Remember to include all of your costs in your budget, including the marquee and any and all extras you might want to hire. So many times people have gotten to the stage where they need to pay before they realise they didn’t account for a major ticket item like the marquee, and that can put a real dampener on the special occasion. Allow some wiggle room in your budget for any potential mishaps and you’ll more likely than not come away with a little extra.

Number of Guests

Your marquee company will want to know how many people are coming, as they have a fair idea of the size of marquee you’ll need based on your head count. It’s always best to overestimate a little on the final headcount, because if it’s a wedding there’s bound to be a couple of plus ones that were accidentally forgotten in all the rush of planning. It’s good to have a bit of extra room for your event.