How do I hire a marquee?

019_69_Sophie and John wedding at Portchester Castle Hampshire by Adam de-Ste-Croix of Sainte Croix photography_LR4000_LR

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

005_13_Sophie and John wedding at Portchester Castle Hampshire by Adam de-Ste-Croix of Sainte Croix photography_LR4000_LR

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

Testimonials – Here’s what our customers have to say;

The service has been exceptional! The marquee is good value for money and team who put the marquee up were polite and professional. We would recommend this company to everyone considering a party in their own home. I am already planning the next event! Thank you so much!!!

Sarisbury Green – 50th Birthday Party – January 2017


Some might avoid planning a party in the winter but this family were determined not to let a very special 90th birthday pass without a celebration and this lovely letter proves that you should not let the damp November days prevent you from holding a party;

Just a brief note to record our delight with the marquee you provided last weekend. This contributed greatly to the success of the party to celebrate my mother in law’s 90th birthday, despite the weather.
The quality of the tent was ably matched by the friendly efficiency of the team pitching and subsequently dismantling it. Please convey my thanks to Hugh and your erection team.

Hamble – November 2016


Thank you Southern Marquees for providing such a professional and helpful service. The marquee was perfect for our big day, it provided the perfect venue for our DJ and dancefloor (which our guests made great use of). We were extremely impressed with the service the guys who erected the marquee provided. They really went above and beyond to help us out with fixing our gazebo onto the side, when we came across issues. We will definitely recommend you to anyone who needs a marquee in the future.

Wedding – September 2016


Duncan and I were married at Bossington House on Saturday 6th August. We had the most perfect day and a huge part of that was down to the time, energy and attention that we received from both Mandy and Hugh at Southern Marquees throughout the whole build up to the wedding. For me personally, they were true gems, always on hand to answer questions, offer advice, and not only about the marquee, but with all areas of the wedding. Nothing was too much trouble, even inviting my Mum and I for tea. They were an absolute pleasure to deal with during what was sometimes a stressful time, and I literally cannot recommend their products and service highly enough. I will talk about Southern Marquees far and wide, and send heartfelt thanks to Mandy, Hugh and all their team.

Wedding – Bossington House – August 2016


Thank you for everything! The recommendations were fab, the marquee looked
fab and the party was a great success! It was a total pleasure and I’m just trying to think of another excuse for a party!

Party – West Hill Park – August 2016


Just pausing for breath after last weekend!
Just a note to say thank you so much to you and all your team for making Saturday and Sunday such special days – everything went beautifully thanks to all your preparation and knowledge and the Marquee was beautiful.
We would highly recommend you without hesitation to anyone needing a marquee.
Maybe the next family wedding although we have told them both to elope!!!

Portchester – August 2016


We are hoping it will be a good day and that the weather will be kind to us. We’ve had so many conflicting reports regarding the weather, so fingers crossed.

I have to say the young men who came to put up the marquee were excellent, and a credit to your company, especially the supervisor (sorry I didn’t get his name). Nothing was too much trouble and they went about their work with pride and efficiency. Please pass on my sincere thanks for a job well done.

I will certainly try and get some photos for you.

Emsworth – June 2016


Thank you for providing a brilliant wedding reception venue – everyone had a fabulous time and the marquee just looked sensational. Thank you all for your very kind and helpful service – I shall certainly always be recommending you to everyone in the future!

Hollybank House – May 2016


Many thanks for all your help and calming comments during the preparations for Andy’s 50th birthday party. Your great organisational skills and sense of humour have proved invaluable.  We are delighted with the marquee and looking forward to the party!

50th Birthday Party – Romsey – September 2015


Thank you very much for everything you have done for us again. The wedding went very well thank you and the marquee was just perfect.  We are pleased you are happy with how the marquee was left. Will most definitely send you some photos.Thanks again to you and your team.

Wedding – Timsbury Manor – August 2015


Thank You for going above and beyond to make our day exactly as we wanted and so much more!  Everyone loved the marquee and how the bunting was set up.  Thank you so much for all your help and recommendations.  Hope to cross paths again in the future!

Wedding – New Forest – August 2015 


We found Southern Marquees to be friendly, hard working, assisted with queries outside of their remit! Mandy hung our lanterns for us as we struggled for time! The marquee was clean and looked wonderful once up at Hollybank House. Could not have been happier! Thanks Southern! You really helped make our day and weekend WONDERFUL x

Wedding – Hollybank House – July 2015


It was a fantastic day and the marquee looked beautiful, thanks for everything you did for us to make it go so smoothly. The band were also brilliant so thank you for recommending them to us. We’re off on our honeymoon to Barbados on Thursday so looking forward to that! Thanks to you both again and I’ll be recommending you to everyone.

Wedding – Hollybank House – May 2015


We had a fabulous evening ,the marquee looked beautiful, we danced all night ! The guys did a great job putting it up and dismantling and my lawn was still lovely when it was gone.

Party – Warsash New Years Eve – 2014


With the addition of Rosies homegrown flowers, the marquee looked amazing! Thank you Southern Marquees!

Superb service and very pleasant and helpful people to work with. Could not have asked for more when I hired them for my son’s wedding recently. Simply the best!

Wedding – Wickham Vineyard, Hampshire Sept 14


Thank you for all your help in the creation of our beautiful day! It was simply perfect!

Wedding – Farleigh Mortimer, Basingstoke, Hampshire – Sept 14


Hi Mandy! Proper thank yous to follow but we just thought you may like to see this one photo of our marquee with the flowers in. A HUGE thank you to you and the team for providing us with our dream marquee, it couldn’t have been more perfect and it completely made our reception – we had so many comments on how beautiful it looked! Love Alice and Chris xxx

Wedding – Stansted, Rowlands Castle – Sept 14


Many thanks for your excellent service. It made the whole planning of the
party so much easier.
From the beginning to the end I had no worries that everything would be
perfect, or would be put right if not. That is exactly how it was.
Our friends & family thought the marquee was beautiful and just the right
size. I did appreciate your humour & encouragement, & your son Mark & his
team were most efficient & agreeable. I have already recommended your
company to many of my friends for the future.
Many thanks – I am not planning a celebration for the foreseeable future –
but you never know!
Very best wishes

Party – Chidham, West Sussex – Sept 14


We just hired a marquee from Southern Marquees and they were just fantastic. From the overall booking process to update emails and the instillation it was just so professional – no hassle, no dramas just perfect! Thank you so much Southern Marquees for making our party such a massive success!
After working in the events arena for over 10 years I could not recommend Southern Marquees highly enough.

Party – Bursledon, Hampshire – July 14


Thank you so much for all your help with the wedding planning and for providing us with such a beautiful marquee! It was so kind of you to erect it slightly earlier and to help string up all the bunting – apologies if I was a bit demanding! The end result looked so much better than I’d ever envisaged and the whole day just blew my expectations. It really was the happiest day of our lives and thank you for helping make it possible. Love Fi & Rory

Wedding – West Hill Park School, Titchfield – July 14


Once again a huge thank you for your contribution to making Jo & Chris’s wedding so special.
The new marquee looked amazing and the band were very grateful for the gazebo!!
No more weddings! I need another excuse for a party….

Wedding – West Hill Park School, Titchfield – July 14


Thank you to everyone at Southern Marquees! Your help and service was amazing! Having the marquee was amazing faultless beautiful and made our day extra special so thank you all so much especially Mandy for all your advice and help to choose the right marquee, even a few last minute changes weren’t a problem thank you !

Wedding – Hollybank House, Emsworth – June 14


We’re back from honeymoon now and just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for everything that you did to help us have the most perfect and amazing wedding. The marquee was just beautiful and you were amazing from start to finish! As soon as we have our pics – I will send you some of the marquee and just how beautiful it really was!

Wedding – Houghton Lodge, Stockbridge, Hampshire -May 2014


If you could have been a fly on the wall you would have been grinning ear to ear – everyone was mightily impressed with how nice the marquee was!

Wedding – Southampton – May 2014


We approached Southern Marquees firstly for our Golden Wedding celebrations and more recently for a family wedding reception.
From the outset they produced plans and suggestions and then put it all into practice exactly as we wanted. Nothing was too much trouble and continued liaison with the caterers resulted in a smoothly run and faultless occasion.
It was fascinating to see the speed with which the marquees were assembled by a team of young men and when they were later removed and packed away the garden looked quite bereft without them.
I cannot recommend Southern Marquees, with Hugh and Mandy and their team highly enough. Their professionalism, hard work and cheerfulness ensured we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves without a care in the world!

Wedding – Titchfield, Hampshire – May 2104


 

Wedding Guest Guide

So much has been written for the bride and groom about the do’s and don’ts for their weddings that I feel it is time for some suggestions on how to be a good guest…

Over the last few years there has been a definite decline in the guests approach to being invited to a wedding.  They are expecting and demanding more and I feel this should now be addressed.  The following might sound a bit brutal but believe me, I have had to deal with some extremely stressed brides who have been driven to distraction because of the thoughtlessness of their guests.

First of all, every guest should realise they are lucky to be invited!  The individual cost will work out somewhere in the region of £60.00 per head min.

When receiving the invitation, it is good manners to reply as quickly as possible with a yes please or not able to attend.  Do not leave it until the week prior to the wedding – firstly, it looks as if you were waiting to see if you get a better offer and at its worst, it just shows lack of concern for your friend.  The anxiety of not knowing how many people will be attending is one of the most stressful things our brides are coping with.  Table plans have to be drawn up and done again as people announce they are coming at the last minute or cancelling.  Caterers will want final numbers a minimum of two weeks prior to the date so it is essential everyone has replied in good time.  Don’t assume you will be expected – a written reply, either by email or the old way of a note, is essential. Once you have agreed to attend;

Don’t think you have any right to expect a say in what the menu will be.  No one in this day and age will die of hunger if presented with a plate of food that is not to their liking.  Either make an effort and eat what you can, or if you happen to be one of the minority with a major allergy to a certain type of food – bring your own.  Do not expect the bride to have to cater for your fads, or dietary problems.  It is just bad manners to expect an individual meal to be prepared especially for you.  We had an example of this problem taken to the extreme.  A wedding with 70 guests and 56 of them had notified the bride of allergies!

Children.  It must be awful for small ones to be expected to be on their best behaviour throughout a long day at a wedding.  It might be worth thinking about asking a grandparent or trusted adult to look after the little gems, while you have a day for yourselves.  Not many weddings are geared up for small children but if you do need to bring them along, if they need high chairs or special seats, you should consider taking your own.  Don’t expect high chairs to be supplied! Again, this is just another worry for the bride, which is what we are trying to avoid!

Photographs after the wedding ceremony can take a long time to take so be prepared to hang around and don’t whinge!  You might consider having a more comfortable pair of shoes to wear for this moment.

Follow the simple suggestions above and you will be everyone’s dream guest!  It’s not rocket science but it is surprising how many brides are being sent into a complete spin because their guests are being a nightmare!