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I'm Spencer King, an ex-marquee erector. This blog is designed to help those running a hire business or thinking of starting. I don't claim to know everything, I'm just trying to help people avoid the mistakes I made! Check out our event planning section for advice on planning your own marquee event. Please contact us if we can help or offer advice in any way.


Marquee catering partitions

Larger marquees need specific catering areas where caterers can prepare all the food away from the prying eyes of Joe public. You wonder exactly what gets covered up back there then you realise that actually, you’d rather just not know!

Okay, so as the marquee erector/designer/whatever you call yourself you need to allow an area for the caterer. Keep in mind:

  • In an ideal world the caterers will be able to drive to the back of their area
  • The caterers access in to the main marquee shouln’t be straight on to the dance floor or in to a table
  • The catering tent itself should be around the back of the main marquee so people don’t see too much of it before going in
  • Try to position the catering tent access coming in to¬† a corner of the main marquee rather than the middle to prevent people seeing in (described further below)

Once you’ve decided where the catering tent is going you then need to sort out a partition to prevent people pearing in to see their duck a l’orange being peeled off the floor. As mentioned in the last point above it’s a lot easier having the access in the corner of a marquee:

Catering Partition

Catering Partition

For very large functions you might have to create an in and an out to the catering tent.

How do you make a catering partition in a marquee?

It’s easy, just tie a rope across where you want it to be, then tie another rope down supporting the middle of the first rope to prevent it drooping when weight’s applied. Cable tie a solid wall or lining wall along this rope as far as required, hold the bottom in place using nails or weights.

Gutter/Catering Partition rope

Gutter/Catering Partition rope

This is also the method used when you have to gutter the end of a marquee to the side of another (as there’s no bar to attach the gutter to on a gable).

Thanks for reading

Spencer

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