marquees, pagodas,party tents, gazebos, canopies, all names for outdoor structures but what are the comparative differences and what do I need?

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In the US, the word “tent” is not commonly used to describe temporary outdoor structures, ranging from scout tents to huge two-story temporary structures, eg: if used for a party, it’s a party tent.

Most of the world follows the US except in the UK and other parts of Europe there has developed a distinction between the two terms:

Party tents are used for low-end market structures, usually made of PE fabric.

marquee is used for the higher end structures suitable for weddings and larger functions.

There are also heavy-duty tents and less expensive tents, making the distinction difficult to manage.

Gazebos and canopies are universally smaller often folding structures designed primarily at the domestic consumer. These are designed with convenience prioritized over durability, they can be erected in a matter of seconds and due to the clever folding design are put away with the roof in place.

pagoda tent
pagoda tent

Pagodas can be of variable quality but are distinguished by the pointed shape of the roof. Often used to make dramatic entrance areas into larger party tents or marquees these can be seen as the commercial equivalent of gazebos and canopies.

If you are planning a large formal function with an attractive entrance then in the US ask for a large party tent with pagoda entrance but in the UK ask for a large marquee with pagoda entrance!

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