If you are having your wedding reception outside, you almost certainly need to contact a wedding hire company to rent a marquee. If this is your first wedding, you may be surprised at all the different marquee options available. To help you narrow in on the right marquee for your wedding, here are some points to keep in mind:
First, you need to decide on the size. You may know which size of marquee fits into your space, but you should also talk with the wedding hire company about your needs. These specialists can often tell you what size of marquee you need based on your anticipated number of guests, whether you plan to set up a dance floor, and other factors.
The classic wedding marquee from most wedding hire companies is white. However, that's certainly not the only option. Want a marquee that matches the colours of your centrepieces or the dresses your bridesmaids are wearing? That's usually not a problem. Just talk with the hire company about what you need.
When you think of hiring a wedding marquee, you may think of a tent with open sides that allows your guests to move freely between the inside and the outside of the marquee. This can be great in a lot of cases. For instance, if you know the weather is going to be beautiful and you just want a space for shade, you may want an open-sided marquee.
However, if you are having your wedding in a cold place and you plan to run some heating in there, you may want a marquee with sides. Similarly, you may also want sides if you are worried about driving snow or rain.
4. Clear Roof
Most marquees have a roof that matches the side of the marquee. However, some wedding hire places offer marquees with clear roofs that feel open. With a clear roof, your guests can see the stars overhead, or for a daytime reception, a clear roof can let sunlight in. This is especially important if you are opting for side walls, and you need to maximise natural lighting.
5. Set Up
Also, consider how you are going to set up the marquee. Will the wedding hire company drop off the marquee, set it up and take it down when you are down? If not, is the design easy enough that you can set it up yourself? That's something else you need to consider when making your choice.