Are you planning on hosting your wedding outside? If so, then it is important to hire a marquee. But how do you know which company to hire?

Avoid these 10 mistakes when looking for the perfect marquee company for your special day:

1. Hiring A Company Without References

You might think that hiring a company without any references will save you money on the event or marquee hire, but in reality – an inexperienced company may end up costing more in the long run, if things aren’t done properly. It is worth noting, that not all companies without references are bad, it could just be that they are brand new companies and haven’t had a chance to make a name for themselves yet, so be sure to ask around and hear other people’s experiences with them and check online reviews.

You should always consider looking into professional companies with a good reputation rather than relying solely on price. A professional company with a good reputation might cost a little extra, but at least you know the job will be done right the first time, and you are more likely to be covered in the event of an accident or any damages done to the equipment.

2. Failing To Ask About The Turnaround Time

You need to work with a company that can set up your event on the day you want it. You need to know how long it will take for the company to set up all of your chairs and tables so that other suppliers can also have a time schedule to set their equipment up if using someone else.

3. Ask If They Provide Other Services As Well As The Marquee Rental

The best way to make your event more successful is by providing great service and ensuring that all of the needs for an enjoyable experience are met for your guests.

This includes not just food, but a variety of other services such as catering, audiovisual equipment rental, etc. Marquees are hired for many different types of events including weddings, corporate functions, birthday parties, anniversaries, graduations, reunions, etc. So it is important to ask what services are on offer as you may be able to save yourself a lot of hassle and time and money in the long run by getting everything that you need all in one place.

4. Choosing A Company That Doesn’t Have An Office In Close Proximity

If you are looking for a company that does not have an office in close proximity, then you need to be careful. Because they’re so busy, it may be hard for them to find some free time to talk to you. If they need you to go out there and see something, you might not have enough time to get there. Especially if it’s far from where you live.

So, if you are searching for a company that has no offices in close proximity, then this may be something to consider. However, if you want to be able to reach someone quickly, then you should look at companies that have offices in close proximity.

5. Getting Price Quotes From Companies With Different Styles Of Marquees

If you are looking for price quotes from companies with different styles of marquees, then you should be aware of the fact that there are some differences between them. For example, if you want to get price quotes from companies with round or square marquees, then you have to make sure that the company you choose has these types of marquees. This way, you can easily compare their prices and see which one is more affordable for you.

The same goes for other things as well. If you want to get price quotations from companies with different sizes of marquees, then make sure that they also have these sizes. This way, you will know how much space you need to reserve in order to place your marquee in a certain area.

This is just an example of what you can do to find out about the various types of marquees available and their prices.

6. Not Ensuring The Event Site Has Electricity Available To Plug In Their Generators

It is a sign of a bad marquee hiring company that they do not ensure the event site has electricity available to plug in their generators. If an event site does not have electricity, then it will be very difficult for them to run their generators and provide power to all the equipment needed at the event. This could cause problems with lighting, sound systems, etc.

The following are some examples of things you can expect from a good marquee hire company:

  • They make sure there is enough electrical supply so that your event can go ahead as planned.
  • They check if the venue is suitable for the type of events you want to hold.
  • They take care of any special requirements like stage size or lighting needs.
  • They also make sure that the venue is safe and secure before you use it.
  • They make sure the electrical wiring is up to date.

7. Forgetting To Ask About Rules And Regulations Regarding Marquee Size

Forgetting to ask about rules and regulations regarding the marquee sizes required before an event is a common mistake that can cost you money. Make sure to look out for things like this when hiring a marquee company to avoid costly mistakes.

The right size of marquee should be able to fit your needs, but also leave room for people to move around in. If you’re planning on having a lot of guests at your wedding then it may not make sense to hire a smaller marquee; however, if you only have a few close friends or family members attending then a smaller marquee will work just fine.

If you are unsure of what size to go with, there are some general guidelines that you can follow:

  • A small marquee is about 12 feet by 8 feet and holds up to 50 people comfortably.
  • A medium-sized marquee is about 20 feet by 10 feet and holds up to 100 people comfortably.
  • Large marquees are usually between 30 and 40 feet long and hold up to 150 people comfortably.

8. Not Asking About Their Policy On Alcohol

It’s important to make sure you know the rules of your intended venue before booking it. For example, is alcohol allowed and what kind of liquor license does it have? Do I need a bartender or will they provide one? These are all important things that your marquee provider should provide you with, so make sure to ask about this if you aren’t provided with this information when enquiring about the hire of your marquee.

9. Failing To Ask How Water Resistant The Tents Are

For an event to be successful, it is important that the fabric used for your marquee can handle water. If we’re going outdoors and there’s rain or snow on our forecasted weather conditions-you’ll need a high protection rating!

The best way to ensure the safety and longevity of our outdoor spaces at events like weddings (or any type) is using materials with excellent durability properties such as those found in marquees which have been specifically designed by experts who know how heavy rainfall might affect certain types of fabrics more than others.

10. Failing To Talk About Deposits and Refunds

A good marquee company will also provide you with information about deposits and refunds so that you can be sure to get your money back if the event is cancelled or the venue is unable to supply a suitable stage for your event. If they don’t do this, it could cost you thousands of pounds in lost revenue.


Planning a wedding is an exciting, but stressful process. It’s easy to make mistakes when you are too busy thinking about all the details that need to get done. Avoid these common pitfalls by asking questions of your prospective tent rental company before booking them for your big day.

There are many things to consider and it may seem overwhelming at first, but with some careful planning ahead of time, you can save yourself time, money and stress on the day itself!

Give us a call if you have any last-minute questions or concerns. We’re here to help so don’t hesitate!