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Wedding marquee hire cost in 2021.

Budgeting for your wedding marquee reception? - So what's changed in 2021

by: Acacia

2021 March 08

2020 was an interesting year, to put it lightly.

As events are staged to return, and couples can begin to plan weddings for the coming year, we thought it might help to cover what costs have and haven’t changed, and what should be considered when budgeting for a wedding in 2021.

Budgeting for your wedding reception marquee with saving coins in a jar

We covered the basics of budgeting in last year's Pricing guide.

Essentially this advice is still the same, the number of guests will determine the size of the marquee and the amount of furniture needed.

However, as it stands the amount of space required for guests and staff has increased, and there may be restrictions on the total number of guests allowed.

A newly wed couple with face masks stood in front of a tree

Due to these new regulations we would recommend allowing £25 - £40 per seated guest, with an additional £15 - £20 for each evening guest.

These figures should be considered as very loose estimates, each supplier will have different restrictions that they have to adhere to, and prices will likely fluctuate greatly this year, as situations change.

lime-washed chivari chairs in rows set out for a wedding reception

You may need to consider planning safety measures for your guests, such as providing extra masks, disposal bins, and sanitiser stations (your suppliers may be able to help with these).

Remember to keep your guests up-to-date with what is expected of them, perhaps send them a link to the NHS or GOV.UK advice pages or create a wedding website or social media page.

The specific restrictions will vary greatly depending on the date and location of the event. This will make planning ahead challenging to say the least but If possible, try to keep plans flexible.

Ask your suppliers if you will be able to increase guest numbers if regulations lift, and how much notice they will need. Perhaps consider organising your guests into groups, so that a second group can be invited later if numbers allow.

Each of your suppliers should be able to advise you on the current restrictions and how they apply to your event – though we recommend checking with your local authorities regularly, since regulations may be updated frequently.