The most popular type and the Marquee everyone pictures in their minds eye when you mention the word “Marquee”
All Frame Marquees are Modular in 3m or 5m units or bays
Widths are 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18m and so on
Length is unlimited but in units of 3 or 5m. These units of length are referred to as bays
Most smaller structures below 18m in width are built out of 3m bays of length. Above 18m most are on 5m bays of length.
So if your space for the marquee is divisible by 3m units then the marquee should fit easily. For example 12m wide by 21m long. (note all lengths are able to divide by 3m)
Although it is technically possible to have 3m and 5m bays in the same marquee this is really a custom made order, in practice marquee companies don’t mix and match the bay sizes.
There is a leg every 3m on a 3m bay structure (by far the most common structures)
So on a 9m x 9m structure there would be 12 legs. 4 down each side and 2 at each end. This gives 1 leg every 3m around the edge of the frame.
Each leg needs a 1m stake to hold it down or a weight or direct bolting (if there is absolutely no way of staking)
Frame Marquee Hire Prices:-
With Marquee Pricing, everything is charged per SqM – and the price per SqM is dependant on the width. So 9m is less than 12m which is less than 15m and so on. (So if you have a 9m Marquee it will be cheaper per SqM than a 12m wide Marquee)
The size of the Marquee and therefore the SqM is decided mainly on how many guests you are hoping to have and what you are planning on doing inside the Marquee.
For example if you were having a 40th Birthday Party then you would be asked how many guests and are you planning on having a sit down meal, or more of a drinks reception. Then do you need space for a Band or Disco with dancing and a Bar and a catering preparation area, etc
From all this information, the marquee company will then calculate the size that you might need.
This is how WE would do it:
If you are having a sit down meal, Band / Disco with dancing and a Bar area with a Catering prep area (a standard wedding or 40th birthday party) then you will need 2 SqM per person. So based on 100 guests you will need a 200 SqM structure. (2 SqM per person is generous, but it’s better to have slightly too much space than not enough)
We will now look at what we have available on your date from our stock. We would probably recommend a 9m x 21m Marquee for this event.
Why do some companies suggest a 12m wide Marquee when a 9m would do? Well usually because they only have 12m in stock for your date.
If you were not having a sit down meal then the space needed would be 1 SqM per person. So in this case of 100 guests and dancing you would need a 9 x 12m.
You can easily see that a 9 x 12m is considerably smaller than a 9 x 21m so by not having the sit down the meal you are halving the size needed.
Or go back to our main Marquee Hire page to check out all our other party venue possibilities.
In the three years I’ve been doing this event Friday was undoubtedly the most successful thanks to your hard work, planning and organisation. All the elements came together extremely well: bar, music, marquees, lighting, fireworks, organisation and the overall smooth running of everything. Thank you all very much indeed once again, it was a really superb night – Mat, Malvern College