Here are a selection of photos taken throughout 2018. Please see our main gallery for more photos of our beautiful marquees.
The scorched grass and blue skies – evidence of the fabulous summer of 2018. (Flowers by Peony-Blue Floral Design).
You can choose the colour scheme, layout, style of chairs and special lighting effects. We liaise with your band or disco and caterer and with our extensive list of useful contacts, you will have many highly recommended suppliers to choose from.
No matter what time of the year, a marquee is perfect for a party at home! They can be opened up in the summer or supplied with roof only so that your guests can enjoy the balmy summer evenings and heated during winter months to keep you cosy and dry.
We have provided marquees for many successful parties over the years so have a huge amount of experience so if you are planning a party please give us a call!
2018 has certainly been a year that we can look back on as being one for the record books! We had spring weddings with temperatures warmer that an average summer, lawns scorched from the sun resembling golden wheat fields and umbrellas used as parasols.
We have been so lucky again this year to work in some beautiful venues including Stansted House, an Edwardian country house set within the South Downs National Park. As approved marquee suppliers, we have been providing marquees for weddings at Stansted House for over 20 years! This unique wedding (left) had a fairground theme with guests making the most of the fabulous weather in this stunning setting.
Hollybank House, a beautiful Georgian family home in a mature 10-acre garden in Emsworth was the perfect setting for this large wedding in late September with the hot weather showing no signs of waning. We loved the white feathers on the tables!
The award-winning West Dean Gardens near Chichester, West Sussex is a magnificent marquee location with two beautiful sites to choose from; You can nestle amongst the trees in the Picnic Lawn or the Front Lawn where the historical West Dean House makes a stunning backdrop. Wedding guests will have access to explore the gardens including the Walled Kitchen Garden, the Victorian Glasshouses, the Sunken Gardens and the stunning 300ft Edwardian Pergola. A truly charming marquee wedding venue!
West Hill Park’s lush green ‘Rose Lawn’ was scorched by the sun this summer but remains a favourite and with some amazing weddings there again this year!
Once again 2018 was a year with a lot of repeat bookings for family weddings and anniversaries or just an excuse for another party in one of our marquees!
You would not believe how diverse the events we provide marquees for and even though most of our marquees throughout the summer months are for weddings, we have provided marquees for lots of hugely successful parties, memorials and corporate events too!
The beauty of a marquee is that it gives you the freedom to put your own stamp on your event and this year once more shows why marquees make for unique wedding and party venues! Have a look at our 2018 gallery for more photos of our 2018 events.
Happy New Year and congratulations on all the newly engaged couples who are now starting out on the most amazing, fun, exciting journey of their lives!
First step is to give us a call at Southern Marquees! We are here to help you through the whole process and can assist in so many areas of your planning including venue finding, choosing caterers, finding florists, bands and discos – to name but a few.
Obviously our expertise is in the marquee area and having almost 30 years experience and two in-house weddings last year, we are very up to date with recent trends!
We still have some availability for 2018 so please do get in touch as soon as possible and get your date secured! Then the fun part of planning your event can be enjoyed including your colour scheme, flowers and marquee layout. Our Facebook Gallery is a great place to look for inspiration together with lots of information about hiring one of our marquees on our website.
Testament to the quality and service we provide, many of our bookings are repeat and this year is no exception. We are really looking forward to providing the marquee for the third daughter of a local family and anyone who has daughters or sisters will know how important it is that the marquee reflects their own tastes and style. Again look at our gallery to see how each wedding marquee is unique!
Weddings may be a huge part of our business but we love providing marquees for parties and there are lots of party people out there! We have great deals for parties in April and May before the wedding season kicks off but be warned – holding parties in marquees can get addictive and again we get lots of repeat bookings for party marquees! Our marquees are so pretty, they become a part of your garden and we sometimes have a fight on our hands when we come to take the marquee away! We always put in lots of windows that can be rolled up so the garden can be enjoyed whatever the weather!
As we start 2018 with the phones ringing, bookings coming in and Mark and Hugh travelling the Hampshire countryside meeting you and surveying your gardens, we look forward to all the events we are going to be involved in. We love catching up with all the talented Hampshire caterers and liaising with the bands and discos – not forgetting the owners of the beautiful venues we have the pleasure of visiting throughout the year but we especially look forward to playing a roll in your event and seeing how we can help make it a huge success and rewarding us with more unique photos for our gallery!
The majority of our marquee hire is for weddings but we do a fair amount of parties too and this year has been no exception. We have provided marquees for school proms and award ceremonies together with some amazing combined parties – one for a father and daughter celebrating significant birthdays and one for a christening which surprised everyone by turning into a wedding!
A party that really pulled out all the stops this year also gave us the opportunity to reunite with a very talented caterer who took us all down memory lane with her retro food to match the theme of this very colourful birthday celebration!
The weddings this year have been pretty unique. Our new multi span marquee has really come into it’s own allowing us to cater for much larger guest numbers and together with some of the best event caterers throughout Hampshire, these weddings were not just a chance bring together family and friends, it was also an opportunity to experience some exceptional fine dining!
We cannot forget all the musicians and dj’s who have done a brilliant job this year entertaining your guests – from silent disco’s to amazing tribute bands – our ‘useful contact’ booklet is now bursting with some brilliant local talent!”
We have had some significant events ourselves this year! First of all, Pippa – Mandy and Hugh’s daughter married Dan in Newquay, Cornwall! Unfortunately a little too far away to provide a marquee but great to be able to experience the whole wedding planning from the ”other side’!
Jane’s daughter, Ellie, married Chris in July. This was a local event and having worked at Southern Marquees for almost 17 years, there was no question that it would be held in anything other than one of our beautiful marquees!
Well it is now Autumn and we are busy sending out quotes and filling up the calendar with bookings for weddings and parties throughout 2018. Lets hope it is as fun and diverse at this year has been!
Thank you to everyone who used Southern Marquees for their special event throughout this year! Mandy, Hugh, Mark, Jane and Ben. x
I hope you have enjoyed reading our very first newsletter and as you nestle down for the long dark evenings recalling the events of the past year, if you used one of our marquees , we would love it if you could send over any photos – we especially love to see our marquees all dressed up and it would be great if we could use them on our website and Facebook page!
Maybe you are planning a spring wedding or party …
Photograph Courtesy of A knights Tale Photography
As well as offering the most beautiful marquees with excellent service, we do fabulous offers in April, May and early June and would love to hear from you! These months are often overlooked and yet there are so many benefits of having a wedding or party at this time of year!
A stunning wisteria in full bloom at the beautiful Hampshire venue of West Hill Park.
At Southern Marquees, we understand how important it is to have the right setting for your corporate event, whether it is a product launch or corporate hospitality. Our aim is to give you detailed help from day one and assist you from the start.
When Hiring a Marquee with Southern Marquees you will:
We have transformed empty warehouses, factory interiors and barns into welcoming and elegant venues.
Our reputation is based on our care and genuine interest to ensure that your day is a success.
A corporate hospitality event is a wonderful opportunity to create goodwill and establish your company as one that cares.
You may be considering a formal black tie evening in the grounds of a hotel, a themed evening in a stately home, a day at the races or have a marquee at a venue of your choice. What ever you choose for your corporate event it will enhance your brand and increase your sales.
Marquees are sometimes overlooked when it comes to staging corporate events but the incredible versatility of marquees mean that they are often the most appropriate location your company could choose.
The advantages include unlimited size that can be tailored to your exact requirements, total flexibility that means you can erect the marquee on a car park or warehouse and they can also be linked and joined to provide dedicated ‘zoned’ areas.
Southern Marquees can transform any workplace into a showplace. Companies who are promoting their name, brand or products prefer to run an event from their own premises. This allows them to show or display their products to their best advantage with sales personnel on hand to guide and assist. It will minimise the time away from site and the disruption to the work force is kept to a minimum while keeping everyone involved in the process.
After visiting the garden, we were able to position this marquee so that it nestled beautifully within its surroundings …
Yes, it is really important that we visit the site. Apart from giving us the opportunity of meeting you to discuss your ideas in more detail, it gives us a chance to survey the site for suitability – It’s too important a day to leave things to chance! Would you choose your wedding dress off the peg without trying it on?
After the site visit, we will provide you with a fully itemised quotation with scaled drawings to show you exactly what we can offer. These site visits are free and without obligation.
We send out a guide to capacity with our brochure but this is just a rough guide. It does not take into account the bar, buffet or dance floor areas so this is why the site visit is so important as we will advise you on the size of marquee best suited for your event.
We have a list of wonderful venues; please give us a call so that we can help you find a suitable one.
Yes we do. Even in the depths of winter we can ensure that your marquee will be snug and warm.
Because of our unique system, we will supply enough opening windows to ensure that even on the hottest day your marquee will be cool and shady. This is when our marquees come into their own as you will be able to open them up to allow your guests to spill out into the garden.
Due to our unique system our marquees can be linked and joined to form a variety of shapes and sizes and are particularly well designed to link up to buildings. We can create those intimate areas that are so popular for weddings – chill out areas, bar and lounging areas, separate dance floor areas, linked areas for gaming tables – the options are endless!
Usually we pitch the marquee two or three days prior to your event and take it down within a similar time scale. However, we would always liaise you with and try to fit in with any requests but to achieve this, the earlier we are notified the better.