Australia’s sensational weather means that having your wedding reception in a marquee can be a wonderful choice. There are a few things to keep in mind when making your plans, otherwise the whole process can become unpleasantly complicated.
1. All-Inclusive is Best
Marquee hire for a wedding might seem like the most cost-effective option when it comes to accommodating a large crowd. This is not necessarily the case. In addition to hiring the marquee, you need to fill it. Consider the cost of tables, chairs, crockery, cutlery, decorations, lighting, a sound system, and the cost of supplying electricity to the marquee. Electricity costs can vary significantly depending on whether there is an available mains supply or whether a generator is needed. These costs can quickly add up. Some hire firms will only offer the marquee and will leave everything else up to you to source. It’s better to opt for an all-inclusive hire, where everything you will need for the marquee is included. The price might seem higher at face value, but once you become aware of the costs of hiring everything you need on an individual basis, that price will suddenly become very reasonable.
2. The Venue’s Requirements
You need to check the requirements of the venue where the marquee will be erected before you actually book the marquee. Some venues have restrictions as to where the marquee can be erected on their property, which means you might need to rethink the intended size of your marquee. Some venues might also require a very speedy turnaround time when it comes to putting up and taking down the marquee. Is the marquee hire firm able to work to this schedule? It’s vital to be aware of the venue’s requirements before booking a marquee.
What sort of insurance is available? While marquees are certainly sturdy, you need to consider a worst case scenario. Someone might injure themselves by walking into a support pole, or something of that nature. Does the marquee hire firm or the venue provide liability insurance for such an eventuality, or is this something you need to arrange separately?
4. Book Ahead
While the concept of a marquee wedding might seem to be a more casual affair, you cannot be casual with your planning. Once you’ve confirmed that the venue can accommodate a marquee of the required size, you will need to book the marquee as soon as possible. There will be other people who will making similar plans to you (particularly during the warmer months), so if the booking is left too late, you might have trouble sourcing a marquee of an appropriate size and style.
By being mindful of these critical aspects of marquee hire you will ensure that your special day will go off without any hitches.