Marquees as a wedding venue are becoming increasingly popular, particularly during the summer months. They offer a most versatile space which allows you to create a wedding to match your individual style and personalities.
To help you plan the most perfect summer marquee wedding, we wanted to share with you a few things to think about when planning your event.
First to consider is the location. Marquees can be built in your back garden, grounds of a manor house or in a field. In fact, pretty much anywhere there is enough space. If you have a site in mind you need to make sure there is vehicle access, so your marquee can be set up. You’ll also need to think about parking for your visitors on the day.
Next are the practicalities. Is there water, power and toilets? No power is no issue, as we can provide your venue with a generator. If there is no water supply, you should discuss this with your caterer, so they can make arrangements. Toilets can be set up with no water supply. Whilst your wedding is planned for the summer, do you want to make arrangements for additional heating should it turn cooler in the evening.
Then you can move onto the design. When it comes to size and shape you can have pretty much whatever you like due to the bespoke nature of marquees. Consider how many people it needs to comfortably hold. Do you want a separate area for dancing, eating, greeting, chilling, or an open plan area that fits all needs. What’s your budget? This will also affect the size and scale of your plans.
Once you have your design agreed, you can decide on decorations. As marquees offer a blank canvas, the sky really is the limit to what you can achieve. But remember you’ll have to think about every detail. A good place to start is to get the foundations in place first. This includes everything from the layout of the tables and the chairs, to floor coverings and ceiling drapes. Then you can have fun with adding the finishing touches with your choice of tableware and glasses, floral arrangements and the thoughtful little extras that make all the difference.
And don’t forget the lighting. Here the opportunities are endless whether you go for extravagant chandeliers, strings of fairy lights, to flickering candlelight, it can make a real difference to the end result. Be sure to think about the exterior lighting as well, particularly as the views from the marquee are just as important as the interior. On a more practical note, lighting the route to the toilets and the car park is extremely helpful for guests.
Cost is another consideration when planning your day. To help with preparing and budgeting for yours, we’ve also provided an outline of estimated costs of hire packages for a range of different sized marquees we provide.
When you use a marquee hire company like ourselves, we provide everything you need to give you a temporary venue for your event. Our service includes a site suitability survey, bespoke marquee design and supply and build of the structure, complete with flooring, linings and drapes, lighting and heating, electrical distribution and power supply. We also supply dining furniture, outdoor furniture, lounge furniture, dance floors, stages and bar. If you need event loos, we can do that too. We can also provide help and guidance with choosing your suppliers and can recommend local wedding planners, caterers and photographers.
Whilst we’ve endeavoured to provide as much of a guide as possible, each event is unique and will require a more detailed site visit and quote (a service we offer free of charge).
Should you wish to receive a more accurate quote for the price of a marquee, we’d be more than happy to help. Please feel free to contact us on 01844 208 371 to arrange your visit, or simply to talk through any questions you might have.
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