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Marquees vs inflatable marquees comparison

Updated: Dec 19, 2022

Marquees and inflatable marquees are both types of temporary structures that can be used for events and gatherings. However, there are some key differences between the two.


Marquees are typically made of canvas or other durable fabrics such a sPVC, and are supported by a framework of either aluminium extrusion or poles and ropes. Clear span and traditional marquees typically give a slightly larger interior space than inflatable marquees, and can be outfitted with features such as interior lining, lighting, heating, and air conditioning to create a comfortable and functional space.


However, marquees can take longer to set up and take down, and require more labour and materials to construct than inflatable structures.



Marquees that inflate


Inflatable marquees, or marquees that inflate on the other hand, are made of durable materials such as PVC or rip-stop technical fabrics, and are supported by air pressure. They are typically smaller and more compact than marquees when packed away, and can be set up and taken down quickly and easily. Inflatable marquees are also versatile and can be customised to meet the specific needs of each event. Inflatable marquees are fantastic to light and can be enhanced with essential accessories such as trussing, audio visual equipment and graphics.


Overall, both marquees and inflatable structures have their own unique advantages and disadvantages, and the best option will depend on the specific needs and requirements of each event.



Traditionally marquees are the common choice for weddings, fetes and even corporate entertainment when used in a brand new fashion.


Inflatable marquees can be used for all of the above events but also, due to their eye-catching and stunning design are used for when you need the next level of creativity and style to stand out. This is why inflatable marquees are used a lot for brand and product launches, sports structures and university days in outdoor environments.


Inflatable marquees are also fantastic and some say more popular with indoor events. All that we require to create a fast and creative space is simply a plug socket (and enough space/room height). The twin skin of the inflatable marquee design allows for great sound acoustic properties. It also helps with reducing the noise transfer of sound to the outside environment.


For years we have been installing inflatable marquees to outdoor and indoor events and still we have remarks made that they look so stylish and impressive. Audio Visual companies like to work inside them due to the sound results achieved with the air cavity wall providing a sound insulated space within a busy conference, exhibition or show.



Price comparison


A common question we get asked is how our inflatable marquees stack up against traditional or clear space marquees in relation to costs. Well, it is fair to say that there are a lot of marquee companies in operation and therefore there is a lot of competition. This being said, there is, like all industries differences in pricing between marquee companies. The amount of companies that provide inflatable marquees are far less than that of traditional styles.


Due to the fast installation and impressive impeccable nature of our inflatables we believe that we offer great value, especially when wanting to create a memorable experience.



Talk to our experienced team to see how we can feature our impressive inflatable marquees at your next show or event.


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