MARQUEES THE FACTS….
CLEAR SPAN MARQUEES
They are the most widely used marquee structures for one reason alone – they’re without any internal or external obstructions and due to that you may create virtually any design from such a blank canvass. A clear span marquee consists of an aluminium frame, with white PVC walls and roofs. They have no internal poles or external guy ropes so when fully dressed no section of the frame can be viewed. Also, it is especially simple to add more details on the main marquee like a porch, a catering marquee, and covered toilets. The popular white clear span frame marquee have no guy ropes or centre poles and offer greater flexibility for hard standing sites such as car parks or tennis courts.
TRADITIONAL CANVASS POLE MARQUEES
Similar to circus marquees traditional canvass pole marquees are constructed in the same way with wooden central and side supporting poles and external guy ropes, and so are made of canvas. Before clear span marquees became popular this is actually the style of marquee which had been used universally. They make a very upmarket and stylish alternative to the clear span marquee when adorned with bunting, fairy lights or custom roof drapes. Perfect for the big occasion & manufactured to the highest standards our traditional marquees are the ideal setting for wedding celebrations, large parties, anniversaries etc. Reaching a height of 18′ in the centre, traditional marquees create a lasting impression and a stunning spacious environment.
We can tailor both types of marquees completely to your taste with a huge range of accessories. You can have anything from a bare shell and hay bales for seating up to a professionally themed, fully lined marquee with luxurious lighting, solid, levelled flooring and a carpet colour of your choice.
How long does it take to put up your marquee?
This is dependent on the size and style you go for and what you wish inside of the marquee. Needless to say the full works: flooring, carpet, lining, lighting, tables, chairs etc. will take longer to set up than a 6m x 6m basic marquee structure. We usually arrive on site for 7am the day before the event (dependent on bookings) and do not leave until your marquee is up to our high standards.
What size of marquee is best suited to your event?
This is very important. Many people want to cram as many of their guests into as little space as possible however, this does not provide a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for any party or wedding. On the other hand, too big a space can make your event seem isolated and empty. Please see our size guide for more details.
How long is the marquee hire period?
The hire period is by arrangement and can be suited to your needs from long term lease for 5 months to 2 weeks for a corporate event to one day for a small party, however most bookings are based on a weekend or one-two day hire.
Can the sides of your marquees be opened during warm weather?
Absolutely, the walls of our Clear Span marquees work in a similar way to your curtains at home and are very easy to open and close. Our Traditional style marquees are hooked on and off and are very simple. We can demonstrate this on the day of erection.
Do you need heaters or are the marquees warm enough?
Even in the height of summer evenings can be a little chilly, especially in Scotland so it is a good idea to budget for one, we supply ducted marquee heaters which are thermostatically controlled. On the other hand, the more bodies up and dancing fairly warms up the marquee.
Are the marquees suitable for winter events?
Absolutely!! Central-Structures recently coordinated the Helensburgh Winter Festival – this was a true test of our equipment – and everything was fantastic! Marquees are suitable throughout the year, and a ducted heater works a treat.
Will the marquees damage the grass?
There will be no permanent damage. The grass that is covered may fade in colour – if left up for a great deal of time, but should quickly recover. The stakes used by Traditional marquees are small and barely noticeable. If you wish not to use stakes we supply water ballasts which means the grass will endure no damage what so ever.
What is the difference between lined and unlined marquees?
Lined marquees are suited to most events and where an aesthetic finish is required – our ivory lining transforms any marquee. With an unlined marquee, the framework is visible from the inside.
Will you come and look at the site for the marquee?
Of course, and we encourage it! Prior to erection the site will be surveyed to ensure that all the unique site requirements and constraints have been identified – and most importantly so we can sit down and have a chat with you to see what YOUR wants and needs are.
How far in advance should I book my marquee?
If you are concerned about availability please give our office a call or an email as soon as you can. Please note marquees tend to be reserved early for the peak Summer period. It is not unusual for people to book a marquee two years in advance.
WHAT ELSE CAN CENTRAL-MARQUEES DO FOR MY EVENT?
MARQUEE HIRE BOTH TRADITIONAL STYLE AND CLEAR SPAN MARQUEES – DRAPED LINING, FLOORING, CARPETING, DIFFERENT LIGHTING, DANCE FLOOR, VERANDA STYLE DOORS, WALKWAYS, RED CARPET WALKWAYS, OUTSIDE LIGHTING, RECEPTION TENTS AND CATERING TENTS, HEATING, FULLY EQUIPPED BAR HIRE, STAFF HIRE, CATERING FOR BBQ’S, HOG ROASTS, CANAPÉS AND FINGER BUFFETS, CUTLERY, CROCKERY, GLASSWARE HIRE, TABLES, CHAIRS, LINEN, HEATING, GENERATORS AND POWER SUPPLY, WATER BALLASTS, PA SYSTEM WITH MICROPHONES, SPEAKERS, DJ AND MIXING DECKS, PATIO HEATERS, EVENT MANAGEMENT AND MUCH, MUCH MORE…WE WANT TO BE A ‘ONE STOP SHOP’ TO MAKE YOUR EVENT PLANNING LESS STRESSFUL.