Newsletter No 1

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A stunning shot of one of our marquees taken by http://lemonadepictures.co.uk

2017 – What a year!

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!

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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!

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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’!

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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!

FullSizeRender (3)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!

If you are planning a special event throughout 2019/20, give us a call us on 01489 575372. Alternatively visit our website and complete our Contact Us form.  We look forward to hearing 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.

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/