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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.

Party Tents or Marquees

What’s the difference between party tents and marquees?

In a word, nothing. Well that was a short blog..

One of our customers met a rival recently who tried to tell him he wasn’t hiring marquees he was hiring party tents in what was obviously meant as an insult. This leads to two points of discussion:

1. When you meet a competitor there’s generally one of two reactions – either comraderie (we’re both in the same game) or one upmanship (we’re faster than you, our marquees are bigger than yours, our van’s shinier than your van..)

2. Is calling a commercial grade marquee a party tent an insult? Not really, most of the rest of the world don’t use the term ‘marquee’ they refer to all structures as party tents including ones 30m wide. The only countries that regularly use the term ‘marquee’ are the UK, Ireland, Australia and NZ to my knowledge.

You imagine that the rival in question above uses the over-engineered aluminium frame marquees for his 6m, so what’s your response?

You could try explaining the business sense of using our marquees, you could ask him as he pays over the odds for his 6m marquees does he also use a diamond-encrusted hammer to do his matting? Personally I wouldn’t do either, what’s the point in educating him? All he’s then going to do is copy you and buy our marquees -let him use the more expensive ones while you have the higher return on investment.

Thanks for reading


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  • Mal

    The Definition of Marquee:

    1 chiefly British : a large tent set up for an outdoor party, reception, or exhibition:

    That's why I named us Premier Party Tent. We have had quite a few American customers. Guess because when they google Party Tent Hampshire I pop up. Also I bet if you look at this guys big posh web page, I bet you will find in his Keywords the phrase ” Party Tent “

    2 years in this trade and still learning and loving every day. (Untill my back gives in) lol.

  • Stu

    Comradary? Up our way they're all tossers who slag each other off.
    Call them marquees and get more money 🙂

  • Yeh be careful of your back, I wondered about writing a blog on how to look after your back but there's only so many ways of saying bend your knees!
    I know people who have been putting up marquees for 25 years so it's not inevitable, apparently my back is out of balance so my injury would have happened no matter what I did for a living.

  • I'm sure they think equally highly of you Stu!

  • Thanks, I think..

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