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Do I need to hire a Marquee?

Organising an event can be tricky enough – and that’s without the stress of picking the perfect venue.

Regardless of the kind of party you’re throwing, one of the best options you can opt for is marquee hire. A marquee or gazebo enables you to cater to almost any kind of celebration while providing plenty of options for layout and your own style of decoration.

When hiring a venue for a party, meeting or even a wedding, the capacity for guests can be limited (depending on how big the venue is). Large event tents afford you some flexibility with the number of guests you can house at any one time.

Marquees can also be set up in a variety of locations, allowing you the freedom to have your party in a more picturesque setting. Holding events on farms or beaches can make the whole experience that more exciting for you and your guests.

As well as customising the location where you’re having your event, you are also able to specify the design or look and feel of your gazebo. Even with minimal customisation, gazebos make for an arresting sight. They often come with flooring and windows and can make for a welcome change to a typical function room.

Setting up your event tent wherever you like also enables you to have added privacy – a marquee in a unique place lets you do away with disruptions that may occur when renting a room in a busy hotel or pub. Many marquees also come with a variety of additional services – these can be anything from customised interiors or lighting to themed decorations and services to enhance your event.

How will the Marquee be set up?

The company that you hire your marquee from will visit the site you’ve chosen and take measurements. After they know the dimensions of the area, they will suggest the best marquees and layouts for your event.

Once you’ve decided on the type of event tent you want to hire, your chosen company will send you a quote. They will also suggest dates and times to put up and take down the marquee.

Marquees are usually erected a couple of days before the event and taken down a few days after the event is done. Your company should be able to accommodate dates and times that work for you.

What types of Marquee are there?

With the variety of marquees available, there is bound to be something to match whatever event you’re throwing. Below are some of the types of marquee you can expect to pick from.

  • Trapeze marquees are an impressive type of marquee that is held up with ‘tension rods.’ Because of their design, trapeze marquees are very wind resistant, while being stylish at the same time.
  • Framed marquees are held up by an external frame, meaning they do not need support on the inside. As there is no need for supporting poles, the layout of these marquees can be whatever you desire.
  • Regular marquees are constructed using ropes and poles. Their vintage style is good for garden parties. They have an elegant appearance and can be styled on the inside to look particularly modern.
  • Chinese hat marquees have the appearance of traditional Chinese hats. They typically lack any sides but can have these added if needed. They are a good type of marquee for a wide range of events.
  • A stretch-10 marquee has an eye-catching design that makes them very desirable for festivals or similar occasions. They can be set up in any location and are well-fortified against the weather.

How much does Marquee Hire cost?

Due to the number of variables, the cost of marquee hire is not particularly straightforward. The actual price of the marquee hire will depend on flooring, delivery, lighting, lining and costs for setting up. To get an accurate idea of how much it would cost for you to hire a marquee, you should measure the site you wish to set up the marquee in (although this is often done for you).

You should also consider a few other factors to help you work out how big the marquee is that you need, too. Things to think about are how many people are attending the event, whether you will need a dancefloor (or tables for food) and if additional spaces are required.

How do I select the best Marquee Hire company?

So, what should you keep an eye out for when searching for a marquee hire company? Bark makes it easy to look at different professionals and get quotes quickly. You can start the hiring process by narrowing down your choices to a few favourites, but you should ask a few questions before you do so. Here’s a list of things to ask:

  • Can you show me some examples of past work?
  • Do you have Public Liability Insurance?
  • What does the hire price include?
  • Does the marquee come dressed?
  • Do you also do furniture and lighting hire?
  • Can I change my order after booking?
  • What are your payment terms?

Consider these points and go from here. This will enable you to pick the right marquee hire the first time around.
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Established in 2004 Devon Party Marquees provide a unique and stylish marquee hire service across the South West. From your initial enquiry to setup and collection we pride ourselves on offering a step by step friendly and personal service. We are great at adapting to change and offer a flexible business designed to meet the expectations of modern event planning. Our marquees are used for a variety of events including weddings, parties, festivals, county shows and corporate days. We can also supply dance floors, furniture, lighting, power, toilets and any number of accessories from catering tents to rattan furniture, bars and bell tents. Devon Party Marquees not only covers Devon, we now operate throughout the West Country, which includes marquee hire in Cornwall, marquee hire in Dorset and marquee hire in Somerset. If you are planning a marquee event, please give Devon Party Marquees a call… we’ve got it covered!

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What do you love most about your job?

Working outdoors and travelling to beautiful locations is certainly at the top of the list! I enjoy the whole process from dealing with enquiries to setup day. Being responsible for training and running a crew that work well together is very rewarding, and finally having happy customers makes it all worth it!

What inspired you to start your own business?

During university I worked for a local marquee company. It was rewarding physical work and I enjoyed being part of a crew that helped to set up marquees for all types of events. Both my parents were self employed and it seemed natural to start a business, one that allowed me to work outdoors. Having gained valuable experience at university It wasn't long before I set up Devon Party Marquees.

Why should our clients choose you?

Established since 2004 we are an independent and family run business who offer a wide range of marquee styles and accessories. We are competitively priced and strive to provide a personal and flexible service. If you are planning a marquee event, please give Adrian at Devon Party Marquees a call… we’ve got it covered!

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What type of event is it?

Temporary storage in garden

Approximately how many guests is this for?

No guests

Which date do you need the Marquee hire to start on?

Friday 24th April 2020

Do guests need to be seated?

No guests

Which type(s) of marquee would you consider?

Cheapest as long as it is weatherproof

Which other marquee services do you need?

Flooring? Nothing special

How long do you need the marquee for?

Multiple Days

What time do you need the marquee from?

Flexible but probably asap as build due to start on 7/8th April and we need to temporarily store loft contents

Do you have any additional details


What type of event is it?

Additional outdoor space

Approximately how many guests is this for?

20 - 49 guests

Which date do you need the Marquee hire to start on?

Not Sure

Do guests need to be seated?

Individually spaced chairs

How long do you need the marquee for?

Possibly 3-6 months

Do you have any additional details

We need a semi permanent structure 21m x 6m to give us extra space outside to allow for social distancing for our employees

What type of event is it?

Works Party

Approximately how many guests is this for?

100 - 199 guests

Which date do you need the Marquee hire to start on?

Not Sure

Do guests need to be seated?

Yes - guests will be seated at tables

Which type(s) of marquee would you consider?

Open to suggestions

Which other marquee services do you need?

Bunting, Dance Floor, Lighting, Heating, Marquee lining/flooring, Tables and chairs, Again need to chat

How long do you need the marquee for?

??? 2 days ? Day to set up then down the next day?

What time do you need the marquee from?


Do you have any additional details

This is an inquiry for the possibility of a Christmas or even before that ( COVID permitting) Staff celebration.

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