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No longer just a white tent, marquees are a
luxurious sanctuary, perfect for your next function.
It's a no-brainer that marquees are the ultimate
risk mitigator. Chance of a storm? A bit windy?
Marquees will certainly keep your guests safe and
warm. However, matters have progressed from the
days of a stark white PVC tent plonked on an oval:
these days, it's less about bare bones practicality, and
more about total luxury and comfort.
A marquee allows you to hold your party in just
about any location your heart desires, and it's not only
the sweeping river views that will take your guests'
With glistening light fittings, European design,
Baroque-style furniture and bar units to be hired, the
wow factor can really be laid on. Five-room canvas
villas available are really something else: a marquee
that is not just one large space, but a stunning canvas
construction including a 6m high roof, lobby area and
Consider a marquee not only as a roof over your
head, but a completely blank canvas that you can
mould entirely to your specifications. Where func-
tion rooms, and the like, have existing decor and
constraints to work within, marquees can actually be
custom built and outfitted precisely as you want them.
If you're using a marquee as an extension of your
house, it can be decorated to match the style of your
home. There's no compromise on comfort either -- not
only are the fittings deluxe, but they can be heated
and air conditioned. You'll probably want to move out
of your house and into the marquee.
Speaking of which, marquees as accommodation
is one of the latest burgeoning trends. Perfect for vis-
iting relatives, "glam-ping" can come fully furnished
with beds, side tables, chandeliers -- marquee provid-
ers can take care of everything down to the bed linen.
If you're keen for a marquee, give yourself about
four weeks' lead time in the peak season which runs
from about October through to April. If you're hold-
ing your function on public land, as opposed to the
privacy of your home, give yourself a little more time
again because you'll require council approval (fear not
-- it's usually quick and painless).
Don't forget to check whether transport and
delivery are included in the fee, as they're usually in
addition; construction and set up are usually part of
Otherwise, sit back and soak up your sumptuous
haven... nothing's going to rain on your parade.
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