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Information you need to know about hiring a marquee.

Hiring A Marquee

How do I book a marquee?

To make a booking a site visit has to be carried out. This is not only to prevent disappointment on the day of erection if the marquee does not fit but to carry out a risk assessment. Risk assessments are very important as incorrect installation or positioning of the marquee can be dangerous. For this reason we will only agree to a booking after the site has been assessed by us. When we have seen the site we will send a written quotation for the marquee. To confirm a booking a deposit must be paid.

How and when do i pay a deposit?

Deposits are payable by cash, cheque, paypal or postal order. As soon as you are sure which marquee you require then a deposit should be paid. 20% of the total is required to hold all of the equipment for your chosen date. If a deposit is not paid your chosen equipment may be hired by another customer, all marquees are available at the time of quotation but marquees are booked on a first deposit first served basis. No verbal or email conformation of booking will be taken. Please be aware some dates book up a year in advance and we quite often carry out more than one quotation per event date so a site visit is not a guarantee to a marquee.


Deposits are non refundable if you cancel. However if you decide to pay more than the 20% when you pay tour deposit and you cancel then anything payed over the 20% will be refunded. Cancellation on Bees Knees Marquees behalf due to force majeure will be return of the hirers deposit in full.

Comparing Quotations

Where do i start?

When comparing quotations you have to be sure you are comparing the same items to make the correct decision for your event. Below are some examples.

Types of Marquees

As marquee companies use different styles of marquees and widths it can be hard to be sure you are comparing the same size. Different size marquees can be used for the same number of guests, so its advisable to ask for the square foot and scale drawings for floor space/layout but remember even if marquees are the same size marquees with higher roofs will always feel bigger inside. Please be aware gazebos and party tents are not the same quality as marquees and cannot withstand all weathers so cannot be compared to marquees.

Flooring differences

Dandy dura Matting- Fireproof, snag proof (heels are no problem), rot proof and most importantly washable, this ensures there are no stains or bad smells from the matting.(The only matting used by Bees Knees Marquees)


Coconut Matting(coir matting)- Made from natural coconut husk, this matting is not as tightly woven as dura, it also comes in natural shades so stains show easily and is not as washable. (This matting is NEVER used by Bees Knees Marquees) 


Carpet- If laid directly onto grass is very bumpy and doesn't give a good finish and can be a problem with heels piercing through, carpet is best when laid directly onto wood flooring and comes in many colours.(Bees Knees Marquees only supplies carpet on wood flooring)


Wood flooring- Wood boarded panels on battens allow rain to run between the batten voids, this is good for ground without natural drainage such as concrete as it will keep the carpet dry. Wood flooring can also be laid on grass and will even out small holes. With aluminium ramped edging at doorways allows wheelchair access.


Wood flooring although levels small holes it follows the contours of the land so will not level a slope or if you have a split level garden will not make the marquee on all one level. In these cases a scaffold base will have to be constructed to erect the marquee on.

Marquee Decorations

Drapes- Custom made by Bees Knees Marquees to fit our marquees, drapes add colour to the marquee interior as well as hiding all poles and clips on the interior of the marquee leaving walls and roof visible.
Linings- Pleated ivory interior which covers all poles, clips, walls and roof on the inside of the marquee. These come with swags (pelmet) along the top of walls in colour of choice, to add extra colour add roof overlays.
When choosing decoration the choices are between drapes or linings you do not need both.

Do you do packages?

We do not do packages as our prices work out lower than other companies package prices if you compare like for like. The question you really have to ask is do i want or need items the packages offer? We often find customers comparing other companies packages to our prices will make more savings by choosing items for their needs or vision for the event. On average for a winter hire for a 6x6 metre marquee the saving from us just from heater and chandelier is £200!

Installing A Marquee

How Long will the marquee be up for?

Usually your marquee will be installed the day before your event, this is to ensure that if you make any changes there is plenty of time to adjust (weddings two days before). For example if you want a marquee for a Saturday we will install on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and remove it on the Monday, during busy months marquees may be put up earlier in the week.

Can the marquee be installed on the day of the event?

Marquees can be installed on the day of the event depending on the size, area it is to be installed and marquee interior required.

How long will it take to install a marquee?

This is all dependent upon size, interior and site access, for example if a marquee is to be installed in a garden with access only by bringing the equipment through the house this will take longer than a marquee of the same size or bigger in a field.

Can a marquee be erected on a hard surface?

Marquees can be erected on most surfaces including hard standing such as tarmac, paving and concrete with the use of weights (subject to availability). 

Can you attach the marquee to my house?

Where possible we will attach the marquee directly to your house or use a walkway section.

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