Difference between a tent and a marquee

How much does a marquee cost in Ireland?

If you rent a tent for your wedding, there are several options.

How many people are attending your event? Do you want to fill a small outdoor space or cover the entirety of a field? Are you planning a summer garden party for 20 or a wedding for 200? The number of guests will determine the size and type of tent required.

Do you need lighting? Seating and tables for the guests? A hard flooring option, or will grass work? If it’s an outdoor wedding in the middle of summer, do you have room for an air conditioning unit and generator to keep everyone cool from the heat outside?

Marquees are expensive—the price increases with size, lighting, flooring options, and other needs. Tents are also costly but usually cheaper than marquees.

The style of the tent.

The style of the tent can make all the difference. While marquees are usually associated with frame and pole tents, even these will vary in look, feel and structure.

  • Pole tents have several poles supporting the fabric.
  • Frame tents do not require center poles for support and instead have a metal frame supported by side poles.
  • Clear-top tents stick to traditional marquee styles but are made from a transparent material.
  • Sailcloth tents are more reminiscent of sails on a boat than marquees or tents and are made with sailcloth fabric to create this unique look.
  • Tension tents use ropes to raise the tent’s sides, creating a high peak shape. They can also be referred to as stretch tents or “pole-less” tents.
  • Sperry Tents have peaked ceilings and clear walls that flush against their wooden frame bases, creating an airy environment for any event space year round.

Marquees have a fabric roof as opposed to canvas.

  • Fabric roof: As with the canvas roof, this is a permanent structure. The material is more water resistant than canvas, so your guests won’t get wet if it rains during your event. Tents are airier and allow breezes to pass through them but can leak in windy or rainy conditions.
  • Insulation: Canvas roofs are colder in the winter and hotter in the summer—but don’t worry! There are ways to combat that. If you want a tent with a canvas roof, you can look into lining options like dew drop linings—a waterproof lining dotted to absorb moisture without leaking—or blackout linings, which block out light (and heat).

Fabric roofs keep their temperature better than canvas roofs while allowing bright light without letting in heat. However, they tend to be more expensive than tents with canvas roofs.

A marquee is a permanent structure left in place after the event.

Marquees are permanent structures. They can be built on-site and then left in place after the event. They have a more powerful framework than tents, and their roof is made of fabric instead of canvas.

For this reason, marquees are great for events that require electricity, water, or other utilities. Marquees can be constructed on a durable foundation to support modern amenities while still giving your guests the feeling outdoors.

If you’re considering a marquee for your next big shindig, there’s some good news: they typically take less time to set up than tents and are easier to clean up after the party is over!

A marquee has a wooden floor, while tents generally do not.

You may be wondering what makes a marquee different from a tent when they appear so similar.

One of the biggest differences between tents and marquees is that marquees are generally only found in grassy areas. In contrast, tents can be erected anywhere, even on hard surfaces like concrete, wood, or tile.

Another key difference between a marquee and a tent is that marquees are considered luxury tents. They are often larger than tents and provide more space for guests to walk around in (and dance!). The extra space inside a marquee also allows you to set up anything from long tables to multiple stages. Marquees are most commonly used for weddings or parties but can still be utilized in many other situations.

Marquees can come with extras, like hard floors and carpet.

But marquees offer more than extra space and an instant “wow factor.” They often come with some extras that make them the perfect choice for hosting events in your garden.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a hard floor? Marquees can have one installed, so you don’t have to worry about standing on wet grass or mud. You might also want to think about whether you’d like carpeting: some marquee companies offer fitted carpets or loose rugs that can be laid out, depending on what atmosphere you’re trying to create.

These alternatives are worth considering, but remember that every addition will add to your cost—so before you go ordering a marquee with all the extras, make sure it’s something you need rather than something that sounds nice on paper!

Make sure to get the right tent for your event. Know what you want and the budget you have to work with.

Don’t be afraid to stretch and try something new. Do your research, figure out what you’re looking for, and find the best option. Make sure you know what a tent is and what a marquee is. Many different types of tents and marquees cater to other specific needs, so make sure to test them out before making any choices. You can find all sorts of tents perfect for all your festival needs online!

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