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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.