Your guide to marquee hire

The marquee is a glorious invention. It’s a convenient, affordable and a versatile solution that can turn any space into an event-ready venue. The marquee doesn’t only add a distinct style to an event, but it’s also highly practical for unpredictable weather conditions. So, without further ado, here’s the MPR Hiring guide to getting marquee rental right:

Location, location, location

In the process of searching for a suitable location for your event, it’s important to keep in mind that different tent and marquee types have different location requirements and specifications.

The peg and pole tent is designed for soft surfaces like grass and earth. This is why it’s a favourite for weddings at wine farms, school events, festivals and locations with spectacular views. These tents are incredibly versatile, just pick the right width (6m, 9m, 12m, 15m or 21m) for the space and the length can be adjusted as you need it.

The aluminium frame tent is adaptable and suitable for all kinds of surfaces. It can be erected on both soft and hard surfaces as the structure is anchored with weights. You can put up this marquee on tarred and tiled areas. It’s also a favourite for events needing a little more space leading off a venue for overflow, and for suppliers such as caterers. Again, just pick your width (3m, 6m, 9m, 10m, 12m, 15m, 20m and 25m) and the length is unrestricted.

Season and time of day

Once you’ve picked the location it’s important to take note of the time of day and time of year, you’ll be hiring the marquee for. If it’s an autumn or winter event, you’ll want to keep the heat in, so an aluminium frame tent is the best choice.

Summer and spring events give you freedom of choice when it comes to marquee options, but there is the risk of unpredictable downpours. When rain is a possibility, you’ll need to pay attention to water drainage when choosing where to set up the marquee – and how to keep your guests’ feet dry.

Light it up

No matter the time of day, be sure to hire enough lighting. Lighting creates the right ambiance. It’s not a case of ‘any lights will do’ – each type of bulb gives off a different type of light that can change the mood of the event. Even when it comes to day time events, the right lights can really elevate a space and enhance natural lighting in an open marquee.

The look

The peg and pole tent is the latest retro trend for outdoor events. It creates a whimsical feel and a more relaxed yet stylish look. You can fill the space with comfortable furniture or keep it free and open for a dance floor and entertainment space.