The Average Cost of a Marquee Wedding
22nd February 2019
Cost can be a factor when it comes to making a decision on venue options for your wedding. You ponder whether to have a marquee wedding instead of one at a ‘regular wedding venue’ and weigh up the pros and cons of having one at either sites just to see which is the most viable option for your money.
Both have their merits, no doubt. I think there are some great reasons to have a marquee wedding and equally lots to consider when planning one and as you’re reading this, it is likely that you are considering having a marquee wedding. So, let’s look at the average cost of a marquee wedding which I hope will help you with your decision making.
There are lots of options of where you can have a marquee wedding as opposed to one at a regular wedding venue. There is the option to have a marquee wedding on the grounds of a country house estate or at the back of your parents garden or in an open field.
The costs for each option will vary slightly depending on the amount of structural work required to set up the marquee (each surface is different you see). With this in mind, the costs below are more of the base costs without any extras.
PS: If planning from abroad, this will also help you to have an idea of venue costs.
Average Marquee costs (based on 150 guests)
The following are costs for various marquee types. You can hire an empty shell marquee structure and hire your wedding furniture separately or you can hire an all inclusive one.
- Standard empty shell frame marquee structure (without any furniture) range from £3,000 to £6,000 (this covers rental and build)
- Structure frame marquee with furniture (table, chairs, dance floor etc.) range from £6,000 to £10,000
- Luxury marquee structures (some with sails, transparent PVC panels and all the trimmings including furniture) range from £12,000 to £20, 000
- A 3 course wedding breakfast including crockery and tableware but excludes drinks ranges from £50 – £85 per head.
Average cost of marquee
So, the average cost is a combination of the rental and catering costs for each level of marquee you want to hire. I have grouped them from lower to high end with the average costs for each (all based on guest numbers of 150)
- Lower end – from £13,000 (this does not include furniture)
- Mid range – from £19,000 (includes furniture)
- High end – from £27,000 (includes furniture)
As with everything, costs will vary depending on venue and the location for your marquee setup. (I once did a marquee wedding in a field in Dulwich village and we had to even out the flooring before setting up the main marquee which of course added to the overall cost of the marquee.)
You also need to factor in other aspects like lighting, decor, types of furniture and any special equipment, all the things you will need once the marquee is set up that will transform it into a bespoke wedding venue.
My top tip is to make a list of all the things you will need for your marquee wedding before approaching marquee companies for quotes, (and they will be happy to advise you further).
I hope this mini breakdown has given you some insight into the average cost of a marquee wedding. If you need help with planning the logistics of your marquee wedding then get in touch, I’d love to help!
This blog was recently updated on the 8th of January 2020