Fabulous offers available in April, May and June!

Are you getting married or celebrating a special event in 2018?

Maybe you are planning a spring wedding or party …

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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!

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Corporate Marquee Hire

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Corporate Events

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:

  • Get detailed help with your corporate event
  • Receive a tailor-made service
  • Be guided through our step-by-step process

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.

Corporate Hospitality

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 evehelicopter-landing-by-southern-marquee-hire-4nt 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.

Contact us for more information, visit our WEBSITE or give us a call on 01489 575372 – we would love to hear from you!

Marquee Hire FAQ’s

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions with our answers, but if you have a question not answered here, please call us on 01489 575372 or send us an email.

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After visiting the garden, we were able to position this marquee so that it nestled beautifully within its surroundings …

  • Do you need to see where I want my marquee sited for outdoor weddings?

    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.


  • How do I work out the size of the marquee I need?

    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.


  •  My garden may be unsuitable – could you suggest an alternative venue where I could have my wedding?

    We have a list of wonderful venues; please give us a call so that we can help you find a suitable one.


  • Do you supply heating in the marquee for outdoor weddings?

    Yes we do. Even in the depths of winter we can ensure that your marquee will be snug and warm.


  • How does the marquee work if the weather is really hot?

    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.


  • Can you supply marquees that attach to an existing building?

    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!


  • When do you erect the marquees?

    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.

I hope the above has helped but please visit our website for more information where you can contact us if you would like us to give you more information or a quote.

Jobs with Southern Marquees

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Meet the Southern Marquees Team!

Jobs with Southern Marquees

2019 Seasonal Employment.
Team members required to join our busy company
for summer season

We are looking for seasonal staff and students with a clean driving licence
to join our teams of Marquee erectors for the upcoming season.

Full and part time vacancies available;
April – October.

If you like working as part of a team and being outside in all-weather please get in touch!

Southern Marquees Ltd
22 Peters Road
Locks Heath
Southampton
Hampshire
SO31 6EQ

Please Phone Mandy, Jane or Hugh on 01489 575372

or Email Us

 Come and join the team and see what a day can create …

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How should I prepare for my marquee being built?

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Customer preparation for a marquee build is minimal. Where applicable space for vehicles should be left clear as previously would have been discussed, and for the best results any grass a marquee will be covering should be freshly cut. ( A little ask of anyone with dogs … Please can you make sure that the area is clear of any dog mess and that they are kept away during the build – we would hate it if your family pet escape through an open gate!).  Other than that provided you are happy with everything you don’t even necessarily have to be at the site for the majority of the build, although always being contactable is a great help.

Whilst working on site we always try to be as tidy as possible with minimal impact and encroachment on anyone else living or working in the area (although time taken out of your schedule to offer a cup of tea is always greatly appreciated!). Having said this, depending on the scale of the marquee being erected we may need to take up a little extra space at times where convenient and as non-invasive as possible. These details will be quickly discussed with you on site if required so that everyone is happy with how the work will proceed.

We always aim to cause as little disruption as possible and are more than happy to move any of our trucks or equipment during the day if required. If we are planning to spend more than one day on site we will of course inform you, and upon leaving the site to return the next day everything will be left as neat, tidy, secure and as self-contained as possible.

We had a fabulous evening, the marquee looked beautiful, we danced all night! The guys did a great job putting it up and dismantling and my lawn was still lovely when it was gone.

Can I change my marquee after booking?

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Closer to your big day your ultimate specification will need to be finalised. It is not uncommon for this to be a little different from your original quote and due to the flexible nature of marquees there are many smaller details that can still be changed up to the last minute.

Once many facets of your event have been decided upon it is a good idea to agree on options such as lining colours and table numbers and sizes as soon as possible so that everything can come together smoothly.

At Southern Marquees we always aim to offer as much assistance as possible, and the sooner we can sew up all the details the less you will have to worry about.

Most marquee suppliers will ask for the final payment up to several weeks in advance of your marquee being erected, although at Southern Marquees we don’t ask for final payment until you have the finished marquee.

How do I arrange other suppliers for my event?

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The Standards Band performing at a party in a marquee provided by Southern Marquees Ltd. This marquee would beat any Hampshire venue!

The next step is to choose the other elements of your occasion and who you would like to provide them. Southern Marquees have a useful contacts booklet that we send out with every quote that lists everything from caterers, bands, disco, florists, fireworks, vintage cars, loo hire, refrigerated vans and much more. Everyone listed has been highly recommended and as we take no money for listing them you can be sure that they are there on merit.

We will happily spend time talking you through the procedure and once you have chosen your wedding caterer, band and/or disco, we will then liaise with them to make sure that they have the space and electrical supply that is necessary. We will also organise the timing of delivery of each aspect in conjunction with the erecting of your marquee so that everything arrives in plenty of time when needed and not before.

If at any point you have any queries or new thoughts on your day we are always available on the phone and if for example your new ideas require another site visit to make sure they are viable we are more than happy to do that as well.

Southern Marquees is on hand to discuss any options or new requirements, call us now on 01489 575372.

 

I can’t picture the size of my marquee – how do I know it’s right for me?

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The correct size of your marquee is fundamental to the success and comfort of your day so it is very important to obtain a scale drawing of your marquee, with all the appropriate details, such as dance floor, tables etc, as soon as possible.

Your marquee company should offer a free and without obligation site visit so that they can take accurate measurements of the garden, check the access and go through your ideas in more detail with you. When you receive the detailed quote, with a scale drawing, you should have the confidence in knowing that what the company has quoted, will work for the space available and the size of marquee is appropriate.

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Party Tents

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The Standards Band performing at a party in a marquee provided by Southern Marquees Ltd. This marquee would beat any Hampshire venue!

Southern Marquees do amazing party tents!

If you have a special birthday or anniversary this year, give us a call and we can tell you how easy it is to transform your garden into the most amazing party venue!

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We can do illuminated furniture, juke box hire, bars and a great bunch of guys to rustle up the cocktails, various styles of dancefloor, starlight roof lights, festoon lighting, bunting, backdrops, outdoor games and pretty much any theme you can think of!

Another advantage – dare I say it – unlike a wedding, you can invite all your friends … and maybe not all your relatives!

We take care of everything – liaising with anyone else involved, leaving you to enjoy the process without feeling daunted.  You will soon realise that planning the party can be great fun too!

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A 50th birthday party and the conversation is flowing …

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.

Just a brief note to record our delight with the marquee you provided last weekend.  This contributed greatly to the success of the party to celebrate my mother in law’s 90th birthday, despite the weather.

The quality of the tent was ably matched by the friendly efficiency of the team pitching and subsequently dismantling it. Please convey my thanks to Hugh and your erection team.”

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Our marquee can be easily attached to your house to increase your party space.

No matter what time of the year, a marquee is perfect for a home and garden party as they can be opened up in the summer so that your guests can enjoy the balmy summer evenings and heated during winter months to keep you cosy and dry.

Contact us for more information, visit our WEBSITE or give us a call on 01489 575372 – we would love to hear from you!

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“Many thanks for your excellent service. It made the whole planning of the party so much easier.From the beginning to the end I had no worries that everything would be perfect, or would be put right if not. That is exactly how it was. Our friends & family thought the marquee was beautiful and just the right size. I did appreciate your humour & encouragement, & your son Mark & his team were most efficient & agreeable. I have already recommended your company to many of my friends for the future.  I am not planning a celebration for the foreseeable future – but you never know!”

How do I hire a marquee?

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This Beautiful wedding marquee was built in a very tight space – you’d be amazed what we can do in your garden! This stunning photograph was taken by Adam de-Ste-Croix. Arrange to meet with Adam to view wedding experiences and memories plus world leading fine art albums. http://www.saintecroix.co.uk/

Marquees are the perfect pop up venue that offer flexible options for almost any type of event. Once you’ve decided to hold your function in a marquee there are still a number of decisions to make on what can be a large range of important features, some of which you may not have considered.

Your first choices to make are the date of your event and then it’s location.  If you would like any assistance with finding a venue, Southern Marquees can offer advice and recommendations.  Once the date and venue are settled it is time to find the right marquee company for you. Any good marquee company will be able to offer advice on everything else you will need to consider.

At Southern Marquees we make it a priority for our customers to get exactly the finished product they desire with the absolute minimum amount of hassle and stress. Your big day is too important for us to leave anything to chance. From your initial contact with us we’ll use our more than 30 years of experience and invest a lot of time and effort into tailoring your day to your specific requirements to ensure that your marquee will exceed your expectations.

Can I hire a marquee over the phone?

When trying to choose a marquee company be wary of anyone who gives you a firm quote over the phone without seeing the venue or discussing each aspect of your event. The sheer scale of the customisation possibilities mean even marquees of the exact same design and size can have a large difference in price.

The best you could hope for solely over the phone is a very vague and imprecise estimate, and even then with all the options available making comparisons between companies based on price alone is a very difficult task as some like to quote for the bare minimum as standard, whereas more respectable companies will give a more realistic valuation.

Southern Marquees is on hand to discuss the options. Call us Now on 01489 575372 or use our Contact Page to send an enquiry.

Should I meet marquee suppliers?

The only way to get a true idea of what sort of marquee you need and who is best to provide it is by meeting somebody in person, ideally at your prospective site, and having a full discussion including as many details of your event as possible. This allows for the highest degree of accuracy within a quote as well as highlighting any practical issues you may not be aware of but that an experienced marquee company would have overcome thousands of times over.

It is also a very good idea to meet with your marquee supplier in person to build up a relationship with them. Working closely on what is potentially a very personal occasion requires a good, trusting relationship and complimentary personalities.

At Southern Marquees from the beginning of our busy season (May-September) we also offer you the opportunity to meet us at a marquee which we would recently have erected to get a first-hand close up view of the quality of our final product, as well as give you a chance to view real examples of the sort of options that are available.

The marquees to view are at selected venues and by appointment only.  We would never take anyone into a private garden!

Will my marquee supplier want to see my site?

Due to its importance we at Southern Marquees always insist upon a free, no obligation site visit before giving a quote (unless you are using a site recommended by us on which we have built before).

One of our friendly team will visit you and gather as much information as possible, both in terms of the facts and logistics of the event, but also to help try to gauge the less tangible aspects such as the required mood and feel of your function and offer practical ideas and solutions to accomplish your aims.

We are also very realistic in our dealings with our customers. For example, if your site is not big enough for the size of tent required to hold the number of guests you foresee we will tell you. Part of our service is to give honest answers and thorough advice.

What should I look for in a marquee hire quote?

After opening discussions and once an initial brief has been decided upon a more realistic quote can be provided. It is worth bearing in mind that due to the flexible nature of a marquee if you do have changes you’d like to make (for example the number of guests changes or your plans for entertainment or dining escalate) then more often than not changes can be made quite simply, and as long as you are provided with an itemised breakdown of costs these changes can be clearly reflected in the final price.

Getting an itemised breakdown assures you that there will be no hidden costs so your figures can be reasonably precise when trying to plan ahead and budget.

For experience you can depend on, call Southern Marquees Ltd now on

01489 575372

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Another shot of this fabulous wedding marquee in Portchester taken by Adam de-Ste-Croix; http://www.saintecroix.co.uk/