Envision a gorgeous, floral entrance, alongside ambient, sparkling lighting and glistening decorations… Hiring a marquee for your wedding is a great way to utilize your venue space to its maximum potential, whilst creating a magical and memorable sight for you and your beloved guests. However, styling a marquee doesn’t come without its trials and tribulations. We’ve come up with our top 5 tips for how to perfectly style a marquee wedding.
1. Hire the facilities that go with the marquee
Hiring a marquee also means that you and your partner will have to hire all the facilities that go with it. Your list may include tables and chairs, tableware, a dance floor, a stage, a sound system, lighting, a power supply, and guest toilets. Often, marquee hire companies will have all these products and more available for you to hire, so you only need to contact one company. Ensure you enquire about the other facilities you will need to hire when researching your ideal marquee.
2. An exciting entrance
This is your big day, so emphasise this by creating a grand entrance for you and your guests. This also gives the space some structure and direction. Treat the space as you would your home, and create a personalised, homely entrance. Have one opening of the marquee decorated with flowers and lights, so guests feel a warm welcome as they enter the space.
Lighting is an essential part of styling a marquee wedding. Most marquees come with uplighters, but it’s common practice to add your own personal touch of lighting to create the atmosphere you desire. Fairy lights placed over the dancefloor, or even the entire ceiling, give off a beautiful, delicate twinkling effect that is sure to enhance the magic of your special day.
4. Create specific areas
Because a marquee is a blank canvas of a space you can work with, it’s important to signify and section off certain areas. For example, a great way to personalize the bar area is to create hand made signs in your wedding colours, stamping your names and wedding date on the signs to make the space your own.
5. Hanging decorations
The huge space that marquees have is just crying out to be decorated. There are many ways you can decorate your marquee ceiling to add ambience and atmosphere to the space. Large, colourful flower arrangements offset by greenery are a gorgeous way to emphasize the space. For something a little unique, you can choose to create rustic candelabra, which can be suspended from a marquee ceiling at different heights
Some marquee hire companies offer flooring as an option. Depending on the season, grass floors can add texture and enhance the space. However, in cooler months you may want to consider hiring some carpet to warm up the area and add an air of luxury.
A current trend in wedding venues is a return to backyard weddings, and many couples are choosing to hire a marquee and hold their reception in the garden of their home, or perhaps their parent’s or family friend’s home. Whether you’re hiring a marquee for a backup plan or it’s your first preference, it’s important you know how to utilise the space to its full potential. If you stick to these 5 marquee wedding tips, you can be sure that your wedding will be the most magical it can be.