Our unrivalled range of quality sailcloth marquees & stretch tents make the perfect backdrop for any event. We take pride in what we do and understand the importance of getting it right every time.


What size wedding marquee do I need?

This usually depends on the style of marquee you are choosing, and what you’d like to fit into it in terms of reception space, dining area and dancefloor. We usually find that a 14m x 20m Sailcloth Tent is perfect for up to 100 guests. For similar numbers, you’d look to have a 20m octagon Nomad Hybrid marquee (the equivalent of 4 tipis).

How much does a marquee cost?

As with any wedding, this is the $50 million dollar question! Obviously our marquees aren’t $50 million dollars, but essentially, it very much depends on what you’d like your wedding to cost. We have some detailed pricing guides on our website, but typically a marquee for 80-120 guests will be somewhere in the region of £5,000-8,000 depending on the final specifics you choose. Whereas initially a marquee can seem like a more expensive option when comparing it with hiring a fixed venue, in the long run (after corkage savings, the ability to choose your own suppliers in most cases etc), there is often very little difference between the options.

Where can I site a marquee?

When we look at marquee sites, we’re looking to check how flat the ground is and what the access is like for large vehicles. The flatter the ground the better for obvious reasons, but a very gentle slope is acceptable. If you take a look at our Venues page, we’ve listed some of our favourite marquee wedding venues across Yorkshire and the UK. It’s a great starting point for inspiration and if you have your own back garden or can borrow a friend’s field all the better!

What if it rains?

If it rains, your day becomes cosier instantly! There’s something quite lovely about the sound of rain when you’re in a tent – but even if you’ve planned your day to include the outdoor space, it’s very rare that it rains all day. For events in either spring or autumn we sometimes recommend allowing for trackway within your budget just in case, which we then make a call on usually 1 week out.

Why choose Shades?

We have been established for over 10 years, have a 100% delivery record for our events, and are renowned for our attention to detail and quality of our tents. We understand the time and effort you'll put into making your day perfect, and we will do the same. We take the time to work with you creating floor plans & layouts, talk you through the options during planning and we also keep a member of our team on site with you during your Wedding Day. This means we can put windows up/down/sort lighting, loos or anything else on the day without you even realising we're doing it, allowing you peace of mind to enjoy your day.


“The service from Shades is brilliant – their sailcloth tents are the perfect venue to hold your wedding in. The guys who put the tent up were fab- efficient and friendly. I would recommend Shades to anyone, they provide an exceptional service and quality tent with lots of options to design your day how you want it. Thank you!”

The Burgoynes

Wow......this was the words of the majority of our guests when they walked into such an amazing marquee! Shades offered a marquee with a difference which is why we decided to book them and we don't have one regret! The team offer such an amazing service and we can't begin to thank them enough! We had a very heavy downpour on our wedding day and David was truly amazing, he made sure everything was as it should be and we were oblivious of the whole thing. The Marquees are just perfect and we would 100% recommend Shades for all your marquee needs! Thanks so much guys!

Jess & Alex Ross

Myself and Jason have nothing but praise for everybody we came in contact with from the initial phone call, where I must have fired a thousand questions at Dave! Right up to the final hour. Nothing was ever too much hassle and emails and phone calls were answered very quickly. It was so reassuring having someone on hand all day knowing there would be that support. Nothing was ever too much trouble! We shopped around for a long time to find the perfect set up and as soon as I had decided on an aurora tent, I started researching companies who provided them. I had a great feeling about shades from the get go and they certainly made our day perfect. Thank you guys, for helping us to create a day we will always remember!

Sara & Jason Deane

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