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All about Wedding, Event & Party Marquees

Marquees are typically made of a combination of several materials. The specific materials used can vary based on the marquee’s design, intended purpose, and quality. Here are some commonly used materials:

Frame: The frame of a marquee is typically made of aluminium or steel. Aluminium frames are lightweight, durable, and rust-resistant, making them ideal for portable and temporary structures. Steel frames are more robust and suitable for more significant or permanent marquees.

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Roof and walls: The ceiling and walls of a marquee are usually made of fabric or PVC (polyvinyl chloride). These materials provide flexibility, are relatively lightweight, and can be waterproof or water-resistant. The choice of material depends on factors such as the intended use, climate conditions, and budget.

PVC: PVC is a synthetic material that is durable, easy to clean, and highly resistant to weather conditions. It is often used for commercial-grade marquees or structures that require more robust protection against rain, wind, or sunlight.

Fabric: Common fabrics used for marquees include polyester or polyethene. These materials are lightweight, easy to handle, and can be treated to make them water-resistant or flame-retardant. They are suitable for smaller or medium-sized marquees for parties or weddings.

Flooring: Marquees may also require flooring, primarily if the event is on uneven or soft ground. The flooring can be made of wooden panels, plastic tiles, or carpeting. The flooring choice depends on factors like the event type, budget, and desired aesthetic.

Additional components: Marquees may incorporate other materials, such as transparent PVC windows or sidewalls, which allow natural light to enter while still protecting from the elements. Additionally, accessories like zippers, Velcro, ropes, and fasteners are commonly used to join and secure the marquee structure’s various parts.


It’s worth noting that high-quality marquees meet safety standards and regulations, such as fire safety standards and structural stability requirements. When renting a marquee, it’s essential to consider the specific materials used, their quality, suitability for the intended use and environmental conditions.

Here is our thought process when planning a marquee rental:

Site selection: Choose a suitable location for the marquee, taking into consideration factors such as ground condition, access to utilities (electricity, water), and any legal requirements or permits that may be necessary.

Measurements and planning: Measure the dimensions of the marquee and determine the layout according to the available space. Consider factors such as the number of guests, seating arrangements, stage or dance floor placement, and additional structures like catering tents or portable toilets.

Clearing the area: Prepare the site by removing any obstacles, debris, or vegetation that could interfere with the marquee setup.

Marking the ground: Use stakes or markers to indicate the positions of the marquee’s corners and anchor points. This will help ensure accurate placement during the setup process.

Frame assembly: Most modern marquees have a frame structure made of aluminium or steel poles and connectors. Start by assembling the frame components according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This typically involves fitting the poles together and securing them with locking mechanisms or fasteners.

Roof installation: Attach the roof panels or canopy material to the framework once the frame is assembled. This may involve sliding the roof fabric into channels or using straps, hooks, or clips to secure it. Ensure that the roof is taut and properly aligned.

Wall installation (optional): Depending on the design of the marquee and the weather conditions, you may need to install sidewalls or curtains. These can be made of fabric, plastic, or other materials. Attach the walls to the frame using hooks, zippers, or Velcro.

Anchoring the marquee: Marquees must be securely anchored to the ground to ensure stability, especially in windy conditions. Standard anchoring methods include using stakes or pegs driven into the ground, weights or ballasts, or tie-down straps secured to nearby structures or heavy objects.

Interior setup: Once the marquee structure is in place, you can set up the interior. This may involve installing flooring, lighting, furniture, decorations, sound systems, and any other equipment or amenities required for the event.

It’s important to note that the specific steps and procedures may vary depending on the type and design of the marquee, as well as any detailed instructions provided by the manufacturer. Following the guidelines and safety instructions the marquee supplier offers is always recommended to ensure a safe and successful setup.


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“Steve and his team at Sovereign Marquee Hire gave us the most amazing marquee. They were able to provide us with everything thing we needed for a nightclub themed party. This is the second time we have used them, for very different parties, and their service and help has been fantastic. Thanks Steve.”