The Benefits of a Marquee Wedding
A marquee wedding has been a popular choice for couples for as long as I can remember. Marquee weddings can cater for any number of guests, and whether you put up a marquee in a family garden, the grounds of a wedding venue or an empty field, you’ll be able to take advantage of the glorious weather (or use the marquee for protection if it starts to downpour).
As wedding planners, we gets asked all the time by our clients for advice on how to choose the right wedding venue. Having done so many marquee weddings, our team favours a marquee, and here are our top tips as to why!
Location ~ you can choose where you want to site the marquee, within reason! It gives you the opportunity of holding the event in your (or a friend’s/family members’) garden which doesn't have to be big; you can be clever with any use of space.
Flexibility ~ you have the flexibility of layout and size, so the only restrictions on numbers will be based on what you choose and how the space is laid out.
External Style ~ you can choose the style to suit your theme, from a traditional canvas pole marquee to a contemporary clear span/frame tent or even a tipi…..the options are endless whatever the season.
Interior ~ a marquee can be your very own blank canvas; after choosing the structure, you can really put your stamp on it, from an array of different linings, floorings, furniture, and lighting, so no less attractive venue carpets, fixtures or fittings to worry about! It is totally your design from floor to ceiling.
Entertainment ~ create the perfect ambience and atmosphere, with no venue sound and time restrictions; you can party until you drop (but it might be polite to warn your neighbours in advance)!
Catering ~ you have total control over what you eat as well as when and where you dine, and you are not restricted to the venue’s menu options; create the perfect food and beverage package to suit, from a formal traditional seated breakfast through to the more relaxed summer hog roast!
Alcohol ~ again this is a big win over venues; sourcing wine yourself can not only result in a more interesting selection but the price you pay will be considerably less than buying from their wine list.
Even hiring local bar staff, such as the EBR team, to help topping up drinks and keeping tables clean and tidy.
Accommodation ~ you can also save on accommodation for family and friends travelling if there is enough room to camp onsite. Why not add some Glamping Tents for a touch of luxury accommodation for your 'bridal suite' on the night of the wedding, or for guests. See our list of event creatives to find out local businesses that offer glamping packages for your wedding!
Budget ~ last but certainly not least, taking all the above into consideration you can have the big day you've always dreamt of without the high venues costs, with saving across the board from venue hire though to catering packages allowing you to spend a little extra on the finer detail (or that dress you've always wanted!).
Are you planning a marquee wedding? A list of local Marquee hire suppliers can be found here.
And to ensure you have everything down to the last fork and knife, we have created an
Outdoor Wedding Checklist to help you along the way.