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Marquee Hire Prices

Marquee Hire Prices

One of the first questions we are asked when someone is enquiring about marquee hire is the price. We thought we would put together an article to give some insight for some of the factors which effects the price. Please see below some factors to consider:


The location of the marquee you are hiring is a big factor to consider. The distance from the hirer’s depot and the access once on site are crucial factors to consider when organising your marquee. Factors such as tolls, staff travel costs are all costs which are passed onto the client and usually calculated in the delivery charges.


Most marquees for hire in Melbourne are based on a square meter rate. This usually includes the installation and the delivery is usually separate depending on the location where the marquee is being installed. There are inherent costs associated with larger marquees and this intern is more labour with installation and cleaning costs.

Please see below a list of sizes are available:

A Frame Marquee Style:

The lengths increases in 3 meter increments (ie: 3m, 6m, 9m long etc)

  • 3 meter wide
  • 6 meter wide
  • 10 meter wide

The lengths increases in 5 meter increments (ie: 5m, 10m, 15m long etc)

  • 10 meter wide
  • 12 meter wide
  • 15 meter wide
  • 20 meter wide
  • 25 meter wide

Curve Roof Style:

The lengths increases in 5 meter increments (ie: 5m, 10m, 15m long etc)

  • 10 meter wide
  • 12 meter wide
  • 15 meter wide
  • 20 meter wide
  • 25 meter wide

Roof Colour & Shape

There are options such as white and clear roof sheets which can be decided upon when you’re booking in your marquee rental. The clear roof options usually carry’s a slightly higher price as it is harder to maintain and keep clean. Traditionally, white roof marquees were common however we have seen a recent trend of company’s renting clear roof options as a point of difference.


Another factor which will depend on the size of the marquee and inevitably price is the furniture style you decide upon for inside the marquee. In a cocktail style layouts whereby clients utilise high bar tables instead of formal dining sit down tables & chairs you do not require as much space as a sit down formal dining arrangement. Due to the space the tables & chairs take we can comfortably fit more guests in a marquee with less furniture installed.

Please contact one of our team members today to obtain some accurate pricing on your upcoming marquee hire!

Wedding Marquee Installation – Private Location.

Alex & Dennis – Lower Plenty – March 2017

We were approached by the awesome Nat from Harper & Co on behalf of Alex and Dennis for their special wedding day late 2016. Open Air Events was engaged to supply a clear roof marquee large enough to cater for 250 guests seated as well as a large dance floor and featured bridal tables. The solution; a massive 15m x 40m clear roof structure with 33 rustic tables and 250 white americanas amongst other bits and pieces. The marquee roof line was covered with more than 300 metres of LED festoon lights that were controlled with an adjustable dimmer box. Over the feature bridal table we installed a cluster of pendant lights with Edison globes at varying heights which were mixed in with a huge 6 meter long floral hanging arrangement which exceeded 200kg. Our expert rigging team facilitated the appropriate trussing which was lowered on the day of the event for the florists (Ivy & Eve) to do their magic. To finish off what was already a spectacular set up, they capped it off by utilising Mega Deck to install more 100 square metres of a clear (acrylic) pool cover which was the dance floor area.

See here for a snippet of some of the drone footage on our YouTube Channel:   Watch in HD

Get in touch with one of our team to find out what new products we are launching in the 2018 wedding season!

Clear Roof Marquee Hire vs. White Roof with Liner for Marquee Weddings in Melbourne

Working in the event hire industry day-to-day we often get asked the cost difference between a clear roof marquee and white roof marquee with a liner for a lot of wedding marquee hire enquiries in Melbourne. There are many benefits of a clear roof marquee compared to a marquee with a liner; the clear roof option offers a ‘WOW’ factor for your event creating a magnificent space in the evening once the sun has set, opening up the night’s sky and stars whilst still being protected from the elements. The clear roof marquee option works out more cost effective compared to the liner option as it is less labour intensive, the money saved by going with the clear option can be invested in floral hanging arrangements or additional lighting (see pictured) to create a spectacular space for your wedding.


There are some downsides to the clear roof option and there is two main factors which should be considered while deciding which option is best for your event; the time of day the marquee is being used and the time of year the marquee is being used are 2 very important factor when deciding on the options for a marquee wedding in Melbourne. As there is no UV protection in a clear roof marquee it can tend to get quite hot if used during the day in the height of summer. Naturally, most weddings in and around Melbourne are held around the summer months due to the unpredictable weather patterns, if the marquee is being used towards the end of the day and in the evenings it is usually a comfortable temperature inside the marquee even during the hotter months. We offer a number of preventative methods to minimize the heat inside a clear roof marquee; we can tarp the marquee with an opaque material which blocks out the UV minimizing the heat furthermore cooling options such as misting fans and air-conditioning is available however come at a greater cost.


In recent years, there has been an attraction towards the clear roof marquee in comparison to lining mainly due to brides and grooms wanting to impress there guests and add a point of difference to their wedding. Although it is slightly more expensive than the plain white roof marquee option a wedding is such a significant life event that all option should be considered to make the day as memorable as possible. Contact one of our friendly team today to discuss your event requirements.

4 Golden Rules For An Ultimate Marquee Wedding

You’ve got engaged, celebrated with friends and family, you fixed the date, but now it is time to plan the big day. You would love to arrange a marquee wedding but you are wondering if marquee is for you? Then let us guide you!

Here at Open Air Events, we really love marquee wedding, because marquee enables you to create the wedding what you really want and you can be sure that your wedding will be unique.  However, we all know that planning a wedding can be stressful but marquee wedding doesn’t necessarily mean more work if you choose the right company. At Open Air Events, we are the one- stop shop for all your wedding hire needs. We are available to help you anywhere and anytime to make this special day unforgettable. Here are our four golden rules for an ultimate marquee wedding:

Find your perfect marquee

Depending on your style, you can choose between a draped or a transparent marquee. A draped marquee is romantic while transparent marquee incorporates the outside landscape into your decor. You should think also about the proper size of your marquee, following the number of your guests

Lighting is the key to bringing out the magic

Lighting immediately adds ambience and mood to your wedding. Contact us today so that we can advise you with the best very lighting options.

Set your dining & Seating requirements

Once you have set your guest list, you should think about the dining & seating requirements. Here at Open Air Events, we provide high equipment at affordable prices. Whether you need to hire chairs, tables, table ware, let’s discuss it with us, we are committed to providing dedicated and personalised service to ensure that wedding will be spectacular.

Think about Flooring

Event Flooring can be very useful. For this big day, most of your lady guests will be wearing their most beautiful heels and flooring some space to create a dancefloor can be a good idea to create a safe party tone. At Open Air Events, we offer a wide range of flooring hire options, such as pro floor, timber floor or even synthetic grass.

Whatever you are planning to do, we will be very pleased to help you to arrange you dream marquee wedding!




A Guide to Hosting an Elegant Backyard Wedding

Lately, there has been a huge trend with DIY and backyard weddings. From holding it in your own backyard, to a friend’s farm, to a clearing in your favourite forest, there is a wide range of options that you can choose from to make your wedding suit you and your loved one. We’ve put together a guide that will help you host the perfect backyard wedding or engagement party.

The theme is entirely up to you

Choose a theme that fits the couple and complements their personalities and lifestyle. A backyard barbecue is casual, relaxed and fun! But if that isn’t your couple’s style, a wine and cheese tasting, a cooking class or even a formal cocktail party are all great alternatives.

Customise a creative menu

The beauty about a backyard wedding is that you don’t have to conform to the rigidity of booking a venue. When you book a venue, they usually have their own vendors with which you will have to book everything through: from food, to equipment hire, to staff, to music. Take advantage of this freedom and customise a creative wedding feast that is quintessentially you and your partner’s tastes.

Make your own rustic decorations

Depending on what sort of space you have to host your wedding in, you will have a wide array of DIY decorations that you can employ. Save some cash and collect driftwood and shells for a beach-themed casual wedding. If antique is more your flavour, why not style the wedding with mason jars, all things wood and eclectic pieces of furniture from thrift shops.

Marquee hire

A great way to jazz up your backyard wedding is to hire a marquee. Not only do marquees provide much needed protection from the elements, but they symbolise a classy, elegant feel. As well as this, they can cordon of a section of your wedding, for example where your guests will be eating, or where they will be dancing!

Extend your pool for extra floor space

If you’re short of space, never fear. There are ways that you can extend the space you already have. For example, you can hire a solid pool cover, that will act as flooring over your pool. Where there once was water, there now will be land!

Portable flooring

Other types of portable flooring are also available for hire. If you don’t want guests’ high heels to get stuck in dirt or lawn, you can hire flooring to cover these areas, to make it easier and safer for your guests to walk on.

So whether you’re celebrating your love via an engagement party, a wedding, or you’re hosting another type of party altogether, these 6 handy tips will help you make the most of your backyard. For all your event hire needs, speak to our friendly team at Open Air Events on 1300 558 770. We can’t wait to bring your event to life.

7 Magical Ideas For A Fairytale Wedding This Spring

Spring is by far the most romantic season of the year, and what better a time to tie the knot than when the flowers are at full bloom and the gentle sun is shining in abundance. Spring holds a lot of promise, which is why we think it is the perfect season to get married. Here are 7 magical ideas for a fairytale wedding this spring.

Go Flower Crazy

Since spring is when all the beautiful flowers bloom, a flower studded wedding a guaranteed must have. Flowers on your hair, flowers on your wedding cake, flowers on aisles and flowers on your tables are the perfect way of capturing the essence and magic of spring on your special day. If you are at a loss as to what kind of flowers to use, work alongside a florist as they will help you make the best decision on which blooms to pick for the big day.

Hire a Marquee

Having an indoor spring wedding would be an awful shame when the weather outside is, in our opinion, absolutely perfect for an outdoor celebration. If you have dreamt of a garden wedding party all your life, spring is the time to make your dreams come true. Hiring a marquee to shelter your guests throughout the event is the perfect idea for your outdoor fairytale.

Fruit Stand Appetisers

Fresh fruit is an absolute treat in spring and setting up an adorable farmer’s market style fruit stand is a nifty idea for a spring wedding. You can use inexpensive crates from thrift stores and make chalkboard signs for each fruit, letting your guests know that they can eat some right there or take a few home.

Fun Lawn Games for All

Having fun lawn games that all can take part in and enjoy at your reception is a great way to get everyone involved in the spring time festivities. Get creative with the games you offer; from giant Jenga, to lawn checkers, croquet, ladder golf, ring toss and even lawn bowling – pick the games that you and your fiancé enjoy and you’ll be all set!

Parasols for the Bridesmaids

Nothing screams magical more than a bevy of beautiful women carrying parasols at your wedding. Parasols are inexpensive and make for fantastic photos. They can also provide some shade for your lovely bridesmaids and is a fantastic souvenir for them to bring home. You can even provide parasols for the young ones at the wedding if you are feeling generous!

Ditch the Traditional Wedding Cake

Gone are the days where people look forward to stodgy, heavy wedding fruit cake covered in thick marzipan and icing. Celebrate spring with a funky Ombre wedding cake in pastel shades, and pick light flavours such as Vanilla, Lemon or even Lavender for your wedding centrepiece. Not only will an Ombre Buttercream cake look good – it will taste it as well!

Seed Packet Door Gifts

Everyone loves a cute gift to bring home from a wedding, and what better gift to give out than seed packets this spring. People can bring them home and plant them in their garden this is a perfect way to make sure everyone remembers your magical fairytale wedding for years to come.

With these 7 magical ideas in mind, we are sure that you will have the fairytale wedding that you have been dreaming about since you were little.

How To Create A Winter Wonderland Wedding

The frosty weather is giving the surrounds a magical sparkle. A warm, crackling fire accompanies warm, chuckling conversation. Mulled wine, slow-cooked roasted food and hearty embraces. Why wouldn’t you want a winter wedding? Winter is one of the most beautiful seasons, and with a little bit of planning and logic, you can make your wedding as convenient and comfortable as a balmy summer’s day. We’ve put together our top 5 tips to ensure your winter wonderland wedding is as wonderful as can be.

Embrace the season

One of the things that will truly make your wedding unique is to embrace this less-than-popular wedding season. Instead of serving champagne upon arrival at your reception, think about serving winter warmers like hot chocolate or mulled wine.

Think about a coat or jumper with your outfits

Blazers, high collared coats, pashmina shawls, and wraparounds will be your best friend for a winter wonderland wedding. More and more commonly, however, these practical styles are being incorporated into wedding dresses and groomsmen’s suits. When designing your wedding dress or thinking about the groom’s suit, don’t forget to consider the cold!

Check the weather

Holding a winter wedding outdoors means you’re going to be checking the weather like it’s your daily religion. Although having your wedding in an off-peak seasons means you will save time and money organising your wedding, it also means you will be subject to the weather much more than in the milder months. If you’re a winter bride or groom, you may find yourself taking it a step further and researching how many times in the past five years it has snowed on your chosen date. However, this will make you feel really smart when it’s chilly yet sunny on your wedding day — you can tell people you did your research!

Use winter as your theme

Embrace the festive theme with snow, pine cones, foliage and lots of white. A plain white colour scheme can be both striking and stylish, as well as matching the season surrounding you. A cute idea can be to extend this theme to your save the date, invitations, and RSVP cards.

Have a backup plan

Because the weather has the chance of being more severe during a winter wedding, it’s always a good idea – and an insurance policy – to have a solid backup plan in place. If a particularly cold front comes on, it can be a great idea to have sorted out a wedding marquee, so you’re not left out in the cold! The simple hiring of a marquee can shield you from the harsh elements and keep in that desired warmth.

So there you have it; it’s as simple as that! Keep these 5 helpful tips close to your chest when you’re planning your perfect, winter wonderland wedding.