Are you planning a marquee event? Before choosing your marquee hire company, there are several things to consider. Start by asking yourself some questions so you know what your marquee needs are.
Does your venue allow marquees?
One of the first steps in hosting an event is to choose your venue. It is important to check right from the start that your venue will allow a marquee to be erected on site. If a marquee is approved by the venue, the next step is to find a company to provide the marquee.
How much marquee space do I need?
This will be dependent on guests. Our traditional marquees are great for maximising space whereas our frame marquees can add just a small amount of extra space. Pagoda marquee can add shelter for bars or outdoor chillout areas which could be perfect for your event. Also, make a note of how you’d like the marquee laid out. Do you need a dancefloor? A space for people to sit and chill or long dining tables to seat guests. You’ll be able to provide our office team with these details so we can set you up with the best marquee.
Does the company use quality marquees?
The company you go for should be using the very best material and retiring old, worn-out marquees.
What furniture do I need for my marquee?
Jot down how much seating you’ll need, do you need a bar or tables for guests to leave stuff? We have great furniture options to suit your event.
Does the marquee hire company offer lighting hire?
Lighting is important inside a marquee and it’s much easier to hire from the same company. Check out the company’s lighting options before you enquire!
Does the company offer flooring hire?
Another important feature for marquees is flooring. Double check the company you’d like to go with have great flooring options.
What is the time frame for your marquee event?
Think about the time frame when choosing a marquee company. Is your event taking place soon, or do you have a year to plan? If the date of the event is very close, set-up time must be taken into account along with the time required for a site visit. The site visit is particularly important if the marquee hire company is based a distance away or if the desired destination presents a challenging environment for marquee erection (such as a steep slope).
How far in advance do I need to book a marquee?
To avoid any unforeseen delays, allow plenty of time before the event is due. Booking at the earliest convenience is the best way to avoid disappointment. We suggest you confirm all your requirements at least one month before your event to avoid disappointment. If you’re booking for busy times (the height of summer or Christmas) make sure to give plenty of time, this could be between 6-12months. The strike (dismantlement) time is also important to consider.
Will you require long-term marquee hire?
A major first step is to work out how long you need to hire a marquee. At Lewis Marquees we offer a competitive rate for extended marquee hires. The longer you hire it for, the better the rates. This is the perfect solution for when you might be holding a recurring event or one that is spread over a fortnight.
Do you need to customise your marquee?
It is worthwhile familiarising yourself with the additional features offered by a marquee company. Different companies will offer different equipment such as furniture, lighting, a bar or a dance floor, for example, all of which we offer at Lewis Marquees. We also offer linings to hire with our marquees these can give texture to the marquee walls with the pleated style or bring colour with roof overlays & drapes.
Do they have the correct marquee style?
As with the additional features a company has to offer, the types of marquee also vary between different companies. The size, shape and style of the marquee are important. These are dependent on the number of guests, the area the marquee will be erected in and the vision you want to recreate. Make sure to check out the differences between frame, traditional and pagoda marquees that we offer.
Does the marquee hire company have a good reputation?
The reputation of a marquee company gives valuable insight into the reliability, experience and level of service which they offer. A bad reputation may put the success of your event at risk! When you choose Lewis Marquees, rest assured you are in safe hands. We have 180 years of experience, providing high-quality MUTA-accredited canvas tents.
Are they MUTA-accredited?
MUTA only take on the very best marquee hirers. These are companies that follow the code of practice and are legal, decent, honest and truthful. Their high standard ensures potential marquee hirers get the very best services and marquees. We are, of course, MUTA members and love extending the high-quality marquee standard across the south of the UK.
Contact us today to discuss your marquee hire needs.