Fabulous offers available in April, May and June!

Are you getting married or celebrating a special event in 2018?

Maybe you are planning a spring wedding or party …

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As well as offering the most beautiful marquees with excellent service, we do fabulous offers in April, May and early June and would love to hear from you!  These months are often overlooked and yet we there is so many benefits of having a wedding or party at this time of year!

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Corporate Marquee Hire

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Corporate Events

At Southern Marquees, we understand how important it is to have the right setting for your corporate event, whether it is a product launch or corporate hospitality. Our aim is to give you detailed help from day one and assist you from the start.

When Hiring a Marquee with Southern Marquees you will:

  • Get detailed help with your corporate event
  • Receive a tailor-made service
  • Be guided through our step-by-step process

We have transformed empty warehouses, factory interiors and barns into welcoming and elegant venues.

Our reputation is based on our care and genuine interest to ensure that your day is a success.

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Jobs with Southern Marquees

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Jobs with Southern Marquees

2018 Seasonal Employment
Team members required to join busy company
for summer season

We are looking for seasonal staff and students with a clean driving licence
to join our teams of Marquee erectors.

Full and part time vacancies during
April – October.

If you like working as part of a team and being outside in all-weather please get in touch!

Southern Marquees Postal Address

Southern Marquees Ltd
22 Peters Road
Locks Heath
Southampton
Hampshire
SO31 6EQ

Call Southern Marquees
Please Phone Mandy, Jane or Hugh on 01489 575372

or Email Us

 Come and join the team and see what a day can create …

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How should I prepare for my marquee being built?

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Customer preparation for a marquee build is minimal. Where applicable space for vehicles should be left clear as previously would have been discussed, and for the best results any grass a marquee will be covering should be freshly cut. Other than that provided you are happy with everything you don’t even necessarily have to be at the site for the majority of the build, although always being contactable is a great help.

Whilst working on site we always try to be as tidy as possible with minimal impact and encroachment on anyone else living or working in the area (although time taken out of your schedule to offer a cup of tea is always greatly appreciated!). Having said this, depending on the scale of the marquee being erected we may need to take up a little extra space at times where convenient and as non-invasive as possible. These details will be quickly discussed with you on site if required so that everyone is happy with how the work will proceed.

We always aim to cause as little disruption as possible and are more than happy to move any of our trucks or equipment during the day if required. If we are planning to spend more than one day on site we will of course inform you, and upon leaving the site to return the next day everything will be left as neat, tidy, secure and as self-contained as possible.

Can I change my marquee after booking?

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Closer to your big day your ultimate specification will need to be finalised. It is not uncommon for this to be a little different from your original quote and due to the flexible nature of marquees there are many smaller details that can still be changed up to the last minute.

Once many facets of your event have been decided upon it is a good idea to agree on options such as lining colours and table numbers and sizes as soon as possible so that everything can come together smoothly.

At Southern Marquees we always aim to offer as much assistance as possible, and the sooner we can sew up all the details the less you will have to worry about.

Most marquee suppliers will ask for the final payment up to several weeks in advance of your marquee being erected, although at Southern Marquees we don’t ask for final payment until you have the finished marquee.

How do I arrange other suppliers for my event?

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The Standards Band performing at a party in a marquee provided by Southern Marquees Ltd. This marquee would beat any Hampshire venue!

The next step is to choose the other elements of your occasion and who you would like to provide them. Southern Marquees have a useful contacts booklet that we send out with every quote that lists everything from caterers, bands, disco, florists, fireworks, vintage cars, loo hire, refrigerated vans and much more. Everyone listed has been highly recommended and as we take no money for listing them you can be sure that they are there on merit.

We will happily spend time talking you through the procedure and once you have chosen your wedding caterer, band and/or disco, we will then liaise with them to make sure that they have the space and electrical supply that is necessary. We will also organise the timing of delivery of each aspect in conjunction with the erecting of your marquee so that everything arrives in plenty of time when needed and not before.

If at any point you have any queries or new thoughts on your day we are always available on the phone and if for example your new ideas require another site visit to make sure they are viable we are more than happy to do that as well.

Southern Marquees is on hand to discuss any options or new requirements, call us now on 01489 575372.

 

I can’t picture the size of my marquee – how do I know it’s right for me?

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The correct size of your marquee is fundamental to the success and comfort of your day so it is very important to obtain a scale drawing of your marquee, with all the appropriate details, such as dance floor, tables etc, as soon as possible.

Your marquee company should offer a free and without obligation site visit so that they can take accurate measurements of the garden, check the access and go through your ideas in more detail with you. When you receive the detailed quote, with a scale drawing, you should have the confidence in knowing that what the company has quoted, will work for the space available and the size of marquee is appropriate.

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Party Tents

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The Standards Band performing at a party in a marquee provided by Southern Marquees Ltd. This marquee would beat any Hampshire venue!

Southern Marquees do amazing party tents!

If you have a special birthday or anniversary this year, give us a call and we can tell you how easy it is to transform your garden into the most amazing party venue!

We can do illuminated furniture, juke box hire, bars and a great bunch of guys to rustle up the cocktails, various styles of dancefloor, starlight roof lights, festoon lighting, bunting, backdrops, outdoor games and pretty much any theme you can think of!

Another advantage – dare I say it – unlike a wedding, you can invite all your friends … and maybe not all your relatives!

We take care of everything – liaising with anyone else involved, leaving you to enjoy the process without feeling daunted.  You will soon realise that planning the party can be great fun too!

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A 50th birthday party and the conversation is flowing …

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How do I hire a marquee?

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This Beautiful wedding marquee was built in a very tight space – you’d be amazed what we can do in your garden! This stunning photograph was taken by Adam de-Ste-Croix. Arrange to meet with Adam to view wedding experiences and memories plus world leading fine art albums. http://www.saintecroix.co.uk/

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.

Southern Marquees is on hand to discuss the options. Call us Now on 01489 575372

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.

For experience you can depend on, call Southern Marquees Ltd now on

01489 575372

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Another shot of this fabulous wedding marquee in Portchester taken by Adam de-Ste-Croix; http://www.saintecroix.co.uk/