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Frequently asked questions

Can you get married in a marquee?

No. Marquees are not licensed to hold your marriage ceremony.

You can hold the official ceremony in a licensed venue, such as a registry office and use a celebrant to host a ceremony elsewhere.

This could be in a marquee.

UK Government provide a list of approved premises here:

Do I need planning permission to erect a marquee in my garden?

No. A marquee is classed as a temporary structure that will be standing for no longer than 28 days in a calendar year.

Marquees and pop-up gazebos that will be used for parties, events, and other short-term uses do not require planning approval.

How much space is required for access by the marquee erection team?

The access for the marquee erection team will depend on the type of marquee being erected.

We will always carry out a no-obligation free site survey before any marquee is installed. Contact us to discuss or arrange a free site visit.

What size marquee will I need?

We will build a marquee to fit your exact requirements.

Please call us to discuss your event and we will give you an indication of size.

What area do Sovereign Marquees cover?

Our main service is providing marquee hire in Essex & Hertfordshire.

We are happy to quote and provide our services outside of this area.

How will the electrical supply be provided to the marquee?

Usually, all we will need for the lighting is a 13-amp socket. Most lights are LED, so they draw very little power.

I usually recommend that a DJ, for example, runs their supply to a separate 13 amp socket.

This will be discussed and reviewed during our site visit.

Is VAT included in your prices?

We are not VAT registered and this means VAT will not be added to prices.

This will be clearly shown on any quotations we provide.

Will delivery and collection be included in your price?

This will depend on your location, we try to keep the prices low as possible.

This will be clearly shown on any quotations we provide.

What is the smallest marquee you hire?

Our modular system starts as small as 3 meters by 3 meters.

Our marquees can increase in width up to 9m in 3m increments.

The length can be as long as needed on all widths, incrementing in 3m bays.

When would you set up the marquee?

In all instances, we make arrangements with the client to establish the best time to erect the marquee.

It’s common for wedding marquees to be erected early to allow you time to decorate.

How much does a marquee cost to hire?

Although we have individual prices for each marquee size, few clients hire just the plain marquee shell.

Depending on other products you may wish to hire, prices vary.

Prices are therefore calculated individually after a thorough consultation at your venue.

How long is the hire period?

A standard hire period is three days.

This will include one day for the installation, your event day and one day for dismantling.

We are flexible and can accommodate variations to the hire period, this will be discussed at the time of booking.

Can you put a marquee on my patio?

Yes, we often pitch our structures on hard surfaces.

Just tell us when you are booking, and we will offer solutions.

Can you join the marquee to my house?

One of the most common questions and something we regularly do.

As our marquees are framed, with no external ropes, they lend themselves to butting up to buildings.

We also have options to erect marquees over doorways, including bifold doors.

A good seal between the marquee and the house is usually possible.

Will my lawn be ruined?

Over a three-day hire period, the grass often looks untouched once the marquee is removed.

Grass is very resilient and in our experience, recovers quickly.

Are marquees rain proof?

All our Marquees are made from PVC and are designed to be water and windproof.

Please call for more details.

Are marquees warm enough in winter?

Quite simply, yes!

We use modern equipment and a state-of-the-art marquee heating system, guaranteed to keep you and your guests toasty!


If you have more questions

Our friendly team will be pleased to answer them.

We are a family-run business with over 20 years of experience successfully planning and facilitating event marquee hire together with accessories.

Phone: 01279 817676

Mobile: 07752 039667

Bespoke pricing for every occasion.

Call us to discuss your requirements or to book a free, no-obligation site visit.

“Brilliant service from start to finish. Marquee was great and the team had measured beforehand so it fitted perfectly. Would highly recommend.”

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