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How to have a marquee wedding venue

By Andrea Petrou on May 6th, 2010 0 comments yet. Be the First

With many brides opting for venues with great big country gardens, or the credit crunch forcing some brides to have a wedding at home, marquees are becoming a very popular option. However, they do need alot of preparation.

We therefore spoke to wedding planner Aimee Dunne, who gave us a huge range of hints and tips to help you get that perfect marquee wedding.

She told us: “If you’re anything like , you’ll love the idea of a marquee wedding. Visions come to mind of a beautiful big white marquee laid out on a glorious lawn; a bright summers day and wedding guests sipping champagne and pimms.

“Unfortunately being a Wedding Planner I’m more than aware of the reality of marquee weddings. Indeed they can be absolutely stunning and have the flexibility and blank space to create a truly individual and breathtaking wedding; however the blank canvas that they are also means they involve a great deal of hard work. To help create the perfect marquee wedding and avoid some of the common pitfalls, here are a few hints and tips. ”

Finding the Right Marquee
There are a number of different marquees on offer. From elegant traditional marquees with inner poles which can be decorated, to frame marquees which can offer more flexibility and space. Chinese hat marquees can be used alongside larger marquees as chill our areas, and if you really want to stand out why not consider a more contemporary mughal-style marquee or Indian tent. A good marquee hire company should be able to advise you on what will suit your requirements.

Time of Year
Marquees are traditionally used for summer weddings however as we all know, especially at the moment, we’re not guaranteed warm weather during the wonderful UK summer. You may want to consider having some heaters on hand which can be turned on when needed, especially if your wedding is during spring or autumn. Good marquee hire companies should be able to advise you on this and provide heating equipment.


Consider whether your caterer has experience of marquee weddings. Catering is a hugely important aspect of any wedding and you need to ensure your caterer has the correct experience, staff, and equipment to provide the level of catering you need. Also expect that you are likely to need a separate catering tent aswell as supplying table linen, cutlery, glassware, crockery, table and chairs.

You may want to consider hiring security to keep an eye on your marquee and any equipment you have stored in it, especially if you have set it up the night before the wedding and stored any hired items in there. This could save you a lot of added expense; and trauma on the morning of the wedding.

Marquees can be a wonderful blank canvas, although this also means there can be a very large blank space to fill. Flowers can be a wonderful way to do this, but make sure you work closely with your florist so that the flowers are suitable for the space and make the most of it; from the size of arrangements to the colour and organisation of them. Also remember that marquees are temporary structures and may have uneven floors which can make tall arrangements unstable, especially in windy weather.

Never under estimate the use of lighting. Lighting can completely transform a space and can be a really effective way of adding a wow factor to marquees and for creating seperate spaces within the same marquee.


Ok so there’s no glamorous way of talking about toilets but never the less, you’ll need them! Forget about smelly old blue porta loos, there are now all types of luxury toilets you can hire and many toilet hire companies can easily be found on the internet. Ensure you have enough toilets for your guests; you don’t want them standing around in the cold queuing for toilets when they should be dancing the night away at your wedding.

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