What to look for when choosing a marquee supplier
Choosing a marquee supplier or marquee provider can be a daunting task. With so many marquee companies out there offering similar products and services, where do you begin? Here are a few tips to consider when seeking a marquee supplier to help with your next event.
Firstly, think about what type of event you’re planning and what your requirements are. For example: How many guests? (daytime/evening), (approximate is fine). Do you have a preferred date? Location/venue? What would be your ideal marquee?
It’s really helpful to have some idea before contacting a marquee supplier, although not essential as a good reputable, marquee company like Marquees.com will be able to discuss things with you and advise accordingly in order to gather the necessary detail required to help compile that initial quotation.
Secondly, decide whether you are going to plan your event yourself or employ an event planner.
It’s also useful to have an idea of the types of marquee available and which event/s they are best suited for.
Types of Marquee
Traditional – suitable for most events for guests up to 250, not ideal on hard standing
Clearspan – suitable for all types of event
Pagoda – suitable for small garden parties
Tipi – suitable for `rustic’ weddings, generally suits up to 200 guests.
Stretch – ideal for a bar canopy in the garden
You will no doubt gather lots of quotations from many companies to compare, but are there any hidden costs?
We are proud to offer fully itemised quotations so you can see all the individual costs up front and will be able to pick and choose items/accessories you wish or not to include. We will design your marquee bespoke to suit your needs.
Site Visit Service
If you are unsure of whether the site you are considering for your event is suitable for a marquee, ask if the marquee company offers a no obligation site visit service. Not only is it the best way for a potential supplier to accurately assess the site and discuss your requirements with you face to face, it can help build up trust and a good working relationship which is highly important. Do you get on with the marquee contact?
If you haven’t found the perfect location yet, ask if the marquee company can recommend anywhere. They will have experience and links with venues and landowners which is a great start and can help narrow down your site search.
Are the marquees clean and of a high quality? Marquees are used for lots of different events throughout the year and some companies may only clean their equipment fully at the end of each season. We are proud to offer our own in – house maintenance programme ensuring that all our equipment is regularly checked and kept in good working order. Our marquees are manufactured to the highest standards and meet the necessary fire resistance guidelines and health and safety requirements. Our professional team is highly trained and adheres to our health and safety policy.
Does the marquee company hold the necessary business insurance? Some companies will include an additional insurance cost as part of the marquee hire price. It is advisable to check what you are covered for in this instance. If this isn’t included, it is recommended that you take out separate insurance to cover your event and costs in the event of any damage caused to the marquee/accessories whilst in situ on your site/being used for your event.
What do their customers say?
Ask to see any testimonials from customers who have worked with the marquee company. You can find a selection of testimonials from our clients here on our website and in our case studies section, where we are delighted to share with you some examples of what can be achieved.
Some companies may require full payment upon booking. Others will accept a deposit to secure a booking, with the remaining balance due prior to the event. We will not take any payment (deposit) from you until you’re happy and wish to proceed. Once a client has booked with us, things are flexible, so if your requirements change (guest numbers for example, carpet colour or style of chair) it’s not a problem, as long as we have sufficient notice to ensure that the items you would like are still available.