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How much is it to hire a Marquee?

Average Price

What’s the cost of Marquee Hire?

Need the perfect marquee for an upcoming occasion but not sure how much it’ll cost to hire one? Read our handy guide to find out how much your marquee hire will cost you depending on your requirements.

What’s the benefit of getting a Marquee? 

A marquee is a stylish alternative to a traditional venue. With a marquee, you can host your guests in a spacious and stunning environment. 

Marquees come in all shapes and sizes and can either have clear or opaque sides. Rather than just being a large tent, the inside of a marquee is intricately designed. It may feature everything from a dance floor to formal seating depending on the event type. The best thing about marquees is that they’re a blank canvas, which means you can customize them exactly how you want! 

What’s the average cost of Marquee Hire? 

The price of hiring a marquee can vary depending on several factors. The true figure will depend on the size of the marquee, whether the marquee is lined or not as well as any internal additions you require such as seating and lighting. To give you a rough idea, here’s the average cost of hiring a marquee in Canada: 

Average cost (in total)$1,575
Minimum cost (in total) $150
Maximum cost (in total) $3,000

Cost considerations 

Before you pitch that marquee (or in this case, pay someone to do that for you!), you’ll need to consider what you need out of your marquee and how this can influence costs: 

  • Size of the marquee 

  • Location

  • The number of guests

  • Seating type

  • Flooring

  • Lighting

  • Heating

  • Toilets

  • Internal decorations

Size of the Marquee 

Size of marqueeHighest average price Lowest average price
10' x 10' / 6 x 3 m$250$150
10' x 20' / 6 x 9 m$500$300
10' x 30' / 6 x 15 m$650$400
15' x 45' / 6 x 18 m$800$400
20' x 50' / 10 x 9 m$900$650
40' x 40' / 10 x 21 m$2,000$1,300

It’s perhaps no surprise that when it comes to marquee hire, the larger the marquee the more expensive it will be to rent. That being said if you are on a budget, the good news is that the smaller marquees start at a reasonable $150. Plus, there’s always the option of ditching the formal seating which will allow for more guests to fit into a smaller marquee size.

If you’re looking for a marquee to match a lavish affair, then larger marquees could cost you up to $2,000 or more to hire. This may not include all the fixtures and fittings. However, most marquee hire companies do offer packages that make the cost much more affordable.

Remember that the cost for a lined marquee will be more than an unlined marquee. The more features you add, the more expensive the cost will be.


Like most services, the cost of marquee hire will vary depending on where you live. Let's take a look at average marquee hire prices based on their location:

Average cost of Marquee Hire based on the location
LocationMarquee Hire average cost (20’ x 40’)
Calgary $695

The number of guests

The first step to choosing a marquee is knowing how many guests will need to fit in it. As a general guide, marquees can host between 24 and 200 guests depending on the seating type. A small 6m x 3m marquee would hold 20 guests, and a 10m x 21m marquee would hold 280 guests. 

Seating type

Another thing to consider is whether you’d like your guests to be seated on round tables or whether you’d prefer a more casual standing buffet. 

If you are having a standing buffet, you’ll be able to fit more guests into the marquee, versus formal seating with round tables. The type of event you are hosting will help you determine which would be more appropriate. 

Keep in mind that if you are having tables and chairs, you’ll also need to factor in the cost of hiring them too. These average at about $10 per item, not including any chair covers or sashes.


Not all events will require flooring for a marquee, especially if the event is more casual, such as a festival. However for formal occasions or if you require a dancefloor, then it’s an additional expense to keep in mind. After all, the newlyweds can’t have their first dance on a muddy patch of grass! 

Marquee flooring can include coir matting, carpet with a plastic underlay, a plastic hard floor or a dance floor. The cost will of course depend on the overall size of your marquee and the type of flooring you choose. On average, you should expect to pay between $1.50 per linear foot and anywhere up to $8 per linear foot for marquee flooring. 


If your event is likely to go on into the evening then marquee lighting is a must! Either it will be included in the marquee package or you might have to hire it separately. 

The lighting type can vary from uplights to chandeliers. It can also be a nice touch to add lighting above the dancefloor too, or even opt for special effect lighting. On average, lighting will cost between $45 and $200


Temperatures can drop even on the warmest of evenings, so it’s always a good idea to get heating for a marquee to ensure the comfort of your guests. 

Heaters cost between $65 for an electric fan or up to $85 for a fuel-powered heater. If you are having the event at home, it’s also good to keep in mind the cost of running your heaters too. 


Don’t allow your guests to get caught short! If the event is in a field in the middle of nowhere, then you’ll need to provide toilets. Portable toilets cost around $150 to hire, though it may work out cheaper to hire several as part of a package deal. It’s advisable to have as many toilets as you can afford/have room for, especially if you are expecting lots of guests and the event is in a remote location. 

Internal decorations

The finishing touches can make all the difference to your marquee. For example; table covers, flowers, drapes, balloons, fairy lights, etc. The cost of these will depend on what the item is and how much you require. If you’re on a budget you can always get creative with some DIY decorating to keep costs down! 

Hiring a Marquee - is it worth the cost? 

If you are planning a special occasion, a marquee can act as an extension of a building or provide shelter if the event will be held outdoors. It’s always a great option, especially as you can never guarantee the weather, even in summer. Marquees also offer a level of intimacy that can sometimes be lost in large buildings. With a marquee hire company, you can relax knowing that everything will be constructed and taken care of without you ever having to lift a finger! 

Protect your guests from the elements and wow them with stunning decor when you hire a marquee for your event. Check out marquee hire near you with Bark. Whether your event is a family celebration, a festival or even a corporate meeting, we’ll help you find the perfect professional for the job. 

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