We hope that the below guide is useful for any brides, grooms or party planners who are considering hiring a marquee.
Marquees are fantastic structures and we firmly believe that there isn’t a more special and personal wedding reception venue than a marquee. Particularly when positioned at one of our gorgeous venues or the most unique venue of them all; your family home. However, a marquee has to be done correctly…
We stock only the finest quality clear span framed marquees and when you are creating a space for a wedding or a party it’s vital that these marquees are used. All our marquees and everything that goes with them (furniture, dance floors, heaters etc) are new in the past few years and they are the most premium items available to buy which should give you peace of mind.
We are proud of our reputation and work very hard to stock only the finest quality equipment. We have a ‘happy to help’ attitude so if you need any advice then please do contact us and we will share our experience and advice freely and with no pressure at all. Marquees are truly amazing spaces for weddings and events but they need to be ‘done correctly’ – a phrase that sums up exactly how we work.
Where possible and where budget allows we always recommend a marquee feature the following:
- Raised wooden flooring with brand new carpet. This is vital to ensure that the marquee and your guests are protected and comfortable no matter what the weather. New carpeting is something we do for every single job – it gives the customer flexibility in colour scheme but also ensures the marquee looks immaculate.
- Quality furniture – cheap tables and chairs look cheap and can be unsafe. As such we stock chairs which cost twice as much as many others. The fact that we hire them out for the same price or even less than other companies surely makes us good value. A very popular offer we are currently running is Limewashed Camelot banqueting chairs for the same price as standard gilt or silver chairs. We are continuing this for the 2015 and 2016 season.
- Quality dance floor – our dance floors are top of the range and British made, as such they look fantastic. We also have some variety, offering them in black, black and white or plain white.
- Linings to the roof, walls, window drapes and swags. In the grand scheme of it all these add little to the cost but ensure a high standard of finish.
- Lastly and most importantly – the marquee be wind tested. There are almost as many makes and models of marquee as there are cars on the road and just like these some are new, some old, some tested and approved and some unfortunately not tested and approved. We get a lot of confidence from our Roder HTS wind tested marquees and our experience has known them stand up in all conditions, unlike many of our competitors marquees.
As a simple guide to hiring a marquee, there are a few things that we think it is vital that you ask/ensure is in your quote:
- Raised wooden flooring and carpeting. Beware of quotes that say ‘Flooring’ – it’s dishonest of companies to call it this when actually what they mean is material matting/rugs/carpet straight onto grass but despite this they still call it flooring.
- Check that it’s a framed clear span marquee provided by Roder HTS – the world’s leader in marquee construction.
- Check how modern the marquee that they are providing is – we look after our equipment incredibly well and replace it every few years.
- Suss out the type of company that is providing it and the people that run it; Are they genuine? Will they turn up when they say they will? Do they respond to your questions in a timely manner? Do you trust them to provide a gorgeous looking marquee that works as it should?
- Testimonials – ask to see them. We can show you lots from members of the general public to corporate customers such as local councils.
- Where do they work? – We work at most of the stately homes in the local area – this is a massive compliment to our services as they have seen lots of marquees and marquee companies over the years, yet they use and recommend us.
- At least once a year we hold an open day at a wedding fair where you can see our marquees up and look around. This shows our confidence in our marquees. At the other end of the scale to this are other companies out there who don’t want you to see their marquees until it’s too late to do anything about it – a scary thought.
- Are they trustworthy individuals? You are placing a great amount of trust on a company to turn up to provide a structure from scratch that looks and performs perfectly for one of the biggest days of your life.
Please have a look through the gallery section on our website to see our stunning marquees. If we can be of further assistance then please do get in touch – we are happy to help.
We look forward to hearing from you.
The Your Marquee team