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Dreaming of a marquee wedding? Here is a how to guide on choosing a wedding marquee

A marquee wedding offers you an alternative venue to the more traditional wedding venues available. Marquee hire gives you a blank canvas meaning you don’t have to follow tradition, you can decide when the party finishes, and create a space to suit you!

But marquee hire can be a bit of a minefield. So, our sister company South Coast Marquees have created a quick guide to choosing the right marquee for your wedding day…

The Size…

How many people would you like at your wedding? Firstly, you must decide how many people you would like to invite to your wedding before you can choose your marquee. Remember at this stage your budget will also come into play. The more people you invite inevitably means more space, more mouths to feed and more tables to seat everyone! Wonderful thing about a marquee wedding? You can adapt all these things to meet your budget whilst accommodating your requirements so don’t panic.

What size marquee do I need? Here’s a handy starter guide to the sort of size and style marquee you might require for example numbers…

Up to 100 guests

Capri Marquee


Up to 120 guests

Trapeze Marquee


Up to 200 guests

Celeste Pole Tent


40 seated / 60 standing

– 28ft x 28ft (8.5m x 8.5m)


80 seated / 100 standing

– 28ft x 38ft (8.5m x 11.5m)


100 seated / 120 standing

– 30ft x 40ft (9.1m x 12.1m)


150 seated / 200 standing

– 40ft x 60ft (12.1m x 18.3m)


The Budget…

Roxanne Holland Photography

Once you know how many people you would like to invite you can start to build a budget. Like most things marquee hire prices vary and be aware of added costs that providers may sneak in along the way. Our pricing list is totally transparent, you can find the details on each marquee and each individual marquee hire price on our website. We offer a complete wedding festival package this package incorporates everything you need for your marquee wedding.

The Venue…

Boho wedding

You have a budget and a guest list but where will you place your marquee? Will you be having a garden party on your own land? Or will you be using a venue that offers a space for your marquee? For some inspo read our recent boho wedding venues across Hampshire blog or visit our recommended venues website page. Alternatively, try a search engine like which offers a brilliant venue finder.

The Style…

Would you like a traditional, modern or more bohemian style marquee? What style of marquee will suit your tastes. For a modern look why not try a Capri Style Marquee. These can be perfect for smaller spaces and can be installed on a variety of surfaces.

On the other hand, if you prefer a romantic circus style marquee with a high ceiling we recommend our stunning Celeste Marquee. With an inner pole it offers an elegant backdrop to your wedding day.

Want to create a unique edge to your wedding day? Then add a chill out bell tent and a glamping village as wedding guest accommodation.

The Décor…

Celeste Marquee

You have the venue, decided a style of marquee and now you need to finish the look! South Coast Marquees offer all the extras you will need for the day from tables to toilets, matting to festoon lighting. We offer full event management and work with wedding décor experts Linen and Lace who can transform your marquee to bring your vision to life. If however you want to style the marquee yourself we recommend scouring wedding blogs for ideas and tips.

**For the month of May we’re running a special offer – book your marquee and bell tents for an event in 2018 or 2019 and we’ll give you your 6m Bridal Suite or 6m Chill Out Bell Tent for FREE! **

Ask us for more detail on the above offer as we would love to help you with your marquee hire and work out a hire cost to suit your budget. To find out more on how to choose the right wedding marquee for your wedding then…

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