How do I determine what size marquee I will require?
As a standard rule, for a cocktail event you would need to allow approximately 0.75m2 per person and for a sit-down event, about 1-1.5m2 per person.
However, in order for us to really assist you with this question, your best bet is to just give us a call! We know the right questions to ask to identify the right size marquee for your event. Marquee size can depend on variables such as the number of people, and space required for drink access, drink stations, food service, or whether or not you have a band, dance floor, bar, etc.
How soon can I expect the marquee to be installed before my function?
We prefer to have your marquee installed several days before your function in order to give you plenty of time to finalise an essential ingredient to your event – décor! At the very minimum, your marquee will be in place the day before your event.
How do I know if my site is suitable for installing a marquee?
Our marquees are rectangular in shape and as a general rule require a level surface to be assembled.
When you contact us to arrange a site visit, we’ll measure the space you have available to determine if the location where you would like the marquee installed is suitable.
One crucial factor to consider when deciding where to install your marquee is better understanding how the site will handle heavy rainfall. Grass is usually the best surface to reduce water runoff, whereas pavement and cement surfaces aren’t as effective. You will also want to know how the excess water will drain and what marquee walls are most suited in the case of rain.
Are there different types of marquees?
In short, yes! There are 3 major types of marquees.
1. Clearspan or Structured Marquees
From small 6m x 3m backyard covers to largely structured covers, these marquees are the latest industry favourite and a premium option for your event.
For assembly, the gabled frames are built on the ground and lifted upright one section at a time to build the base structure. Using an incorporated track system, roof materials are then pulled over each section. To anchor the structure to grass, each leg of the marquee has a weighted base plate that is stabilised using large pegs that are hammered through the plates. Heavy weights or water drums are used to keep the structure in place on a hard surface like cement or pavement. There are no interior poles or ropes, which make these marquees an attractive option for many.
2. Framed or Free-standing Marquees
These marquees usually have a gable roof and do not require centre poles. Using either rope and pegs or rope and weighted drum systems on harder surfaces where pegs aren’t an option, the Marquee is stabilised.
For assembly, the roof is placed over the frame whilst on the ground. They are then lifted into the air at the same time to build the base structure. While the roof and frame are being lifted, the marquee legs are placed underneath to support the roof.
3. Pop Top Marquee
This marquee is smaller compared to the size of the clearspan or framed marquees. It is installed in a similar manner to the framed marquee; however, the main point of difference is the roof shape and structure. It is pyramid shaped (vs. gabled) and lifted upright using a single pole that is placed under the apex of the pyramid and pushed up to sit on tensioned cross wires in the roof.