Marquees are the perfect pop up venue that offer flexible options for almost any type of event. Once you’ve decided to hold your function in a marquee there are still a number of decisions to make on what can be a large range of important features, some of which you may not have considered.
Your first choices to make are the date of your event and then its location. If you would like any assistance with finding a venue we at Southern Marquees can offer advice and recommendations. Once the date and venue are settled it is time to find the right marquee company for you. Any good marquee company will be able to offer advice on everything else you will need to consider.
Here at Southern Marquees we make it a priority for our customers to get exactly the finished product they desire with the absolute minimum amount of hassle and stress. Your big day is too important for us to leave anything to chance. From your initial contact with us we’ll use our more than 25 years of experience and invest a lot of time and effort into tailoring your day to your specific requirements to ensure that your marquee will exceed your expectations.
Can I hire a marquee over the phone?
When trying to choose a marquee company be wary of anyone who gives you a firm quote over the phone without seeing the venue or discussing each aspect of your event. The sheer scale of the customisation possibilities mean even marquees of the exact same design and size can have a large difference in price.
The best you could hope for solely over the phone is a very vague and imprecise estimate, and even then with all the options available making comparisons between companies based on price alone is a very difficult task as some like to quote for the bare minimum as standard, whereas more respectable companies will give a more realistic valuation.
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Should I meet marquee suppliers?
The only way to get a true idea of what sort of marquee you need and who is best to provide it is by meeting somebody in person, ideally at your prospective site, and having a full discussion including as many details of your event as possible. This allows for the highest degree of accuracy within a quote as well as highlighting any practical issues you may not be aware of but that an experienced marquee company would have overcome thousands of times over.
It is also a very good idea to meet with your marquee supplier in person to build up a relationship with them. Working closely on what is potentially a very personal occasion requires a good, trusting relationship and complimentary personalities.
At Southern Marquees from the beginning of our busy season (May-September) we also offer you the opportunity to meet us at a marquee which we would recently have erected to get a first-hand close up view of the quality of our final product, as well as give you a chance to view real examples of the sort of options that are available.
The marquees to view are at selected venues and by appointment only. We would never take anyone into a private garden!
Will my marquee supplier want to see my site?
Due to its importance we at Southern Marquees always insist upon a free, no obligation site visit before giving a quote (unless you are using a site recommended by us on which we have built before).
One of our friendly team will visit you and gather as much information as possible, both in terms of the facts and logistics of the event, but also to help try to gauge the less tangible aspects such as the required mood and feel of your function and offer practical ideas and solutions to accomplish your aims.
We are also very realistic in our dealings with our customers. For example, if your site is not big enough for the size of tent required to hold the number of guests you foresee we will tell you. Part of our service is to give honest answers and thorough advice.
What should I look for in a marquee hire quote?
After opening discussions and once an initial brief has been decided upon a more realistic quote can be provided. It is worth bearing in mind that due to the flexible nature of a marquee if you do have changes you’d like to make (for example the number of guests changes or your plans for entertainment or dining escalate) then more often than not changes can be made quite simply, and as long as you are provided with an itemised breakdown of costs these changes can be clearly reflected in the final price.
Getting an itemised breakdown assures you that there will be no hidden costs so your figures can be reasonably precise when trying to plan ahead and budget.