How to Create a Fantastic Marquee Wedding Experience

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Creating a beautiful wedding experience with a custom marquee

Hello to the wonderfully inspiring newly engaged couples of the world!

We’d like to congratulate you on your engagement and help you on your journey to finding the perfect venue for your special day. We want to expand your option and talk to you about the potential of having a marquee wedding with this cool guide on creating a beautiful marquee wedding experience.

Below you can find information, inspiration and ideas that we hope will help you to make an informed choice on how a marquee wedding can make your special day one you and your guests will never forget.

The ultimate custom wedding experience

Nothing says personal touch on your special day like an intricately designed personalized marquee…

However, it might have crossed your mind that a lot of wedding customization is likely to be costly. Afterall, aren’t weddings really expensive anyway?

Don’t worry…

With millennial couples spending a massive 45% more of their combined annual income on their wedding than couples getting married at 40 or older according, you can see why slightly more alternative solutions to traditional venues is becoming increasingly popular.

A marquee is a great way to get the venue or location that you want without as much cost and just as much class. Let us explain…

How can you use a marquee at your wedding?

Having a marquee at your wedding opens up a lot of different set up options for your wedding, here are just a few of them. Some of these options will work out cheaper, others could be a beautifully classic addition to your special day, just remember to consider your choices carefully:


A Full Marquee Wedding Experience

Enjoy your entire wedding in a classic custom marquee and you could potentially pay less. A lot of venue with grounds have special packages for couples who want this style of special day and they are often cheaper!

So, instead of paying for that expensive venue, you get to enjoy the majestic views and the big venue experience, but only have to pay for your spot in the grounds.

Your event staff will have time to transform your marquee from a romantic ceremony room to a glamourous reception venue while you’re enjoying a few well-deserved beverages, soaking up the atmosphere and catching up with your nearest and dearest.


A Marquee Drinks Reception to Break Up Your Wedding Day

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You could have your drinks reception in a smaller marquee to help you make the most of the grounds of your wedding venue and admire the magical exterior of your chosen building.

This will also break up your day nicely and provide somewhere beautiful to relax between photos. Having a mini marquee can also protect your outdoor wedding activities by giving you a nearby sanctuary to run to in case the weather takes a turn for the worst!

Everyone know that a soggy bride is a sad bride.

If you are planning your wedding with a venue that rents function rooms per day, then this could also help you to save money on your wedding by enabling you to empty and transform your event space so you only have to pay for one room.


A Marquee Wedding Ceremony for Those Who Love the Outdoors

There are a lot of couples that are brought together through their love of the outdoors. Many have a special place that they frequent, a beautiful location where they got engaged, or a place where they have special memories.

A lot of outdoor locations can give you permission to hold your wedding ceremony within their grounds. Of course, you need to see if your venue of choice is licensed first, but even if they’re not, you could always hold a ceremony there anyway, then officiate the whole thing afterwards.

A marquee is a great way of safeguarding an outdoor ceremony to ensure that the weather doesn’t destroy all of your beautician’s hard work and make uncle Jeffry’s toupee look like a dead cat. There are many marquee options with open or detachable sides that you can take advantage of to utilize your perfect dream wedding ceremony location.

Where can you use a wedding marquee?

The simple answer to this question is: Anywhere you can get permission!

You could put one in your best friends back garden if it was big enough… However, you need to be mindful of the previously mentioned licensing laws for “officiating your marriage”, so if you are unsure if a venue has a license you should ask their events team.

To give you a little bit of inspiration on your wedding location, here’s a couple of suggestions for where you could have your marquee wedding that might help you to narrow down your options:

  • Country parks
  • Hotels with grounds
  • Country houses
  • Nature reserves
  • Local farms
  • Points of interest
  • Sports clubs
  • Your local duck pond?

The possibilities are endless, so be creative, do your research and find the perfect location for your marquee wedding, then start making enquiries to ensure your venue of choice is both achievable and available to avoid disappointment.

We suggest that you narrow your options down to three venues, weigh up all of the costs and features of each, visit the locations, then make your choice. This level of careful deliberation will help your event planning to progress more smoothly so that you can enjoy the experience without the pressure.


Can Marquees be Cheaper than Alternative Venues?

Choosing a marquee can result in your wedding costing a little less as you will not have to fork out as much for a customized venue. A lot of venues are willing to negotiate venue sharing agreements with multiple couples for the same day if you use a marquee.

This benefits the venue as they bring in more revenue through holding more events and it benefits you, as this should result in a better price for your selected dates.

If you choose to have a rural wedding venue like a farm or country park, you can also keep your costs down by being able to choose your own caterer and bring your own beer without having to splash out on corkage fees.

Your guests will like this too, as they can have a fantastic night on fairly priced beer from the local store instead of paying top dollar for premium fizz! Weddings can be expensive for guests too, so if you know a few family members are struggling, this could be the ideal solution to ensure that everyone has a night to remember!


What is the Capacity of a Marquee?

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The capacity of your marquee entirely depends on which design you pick. The great thing about marquees is that they come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, so it’s pretty easy to find the perfect floorspace for your wedding day requirements.

Are there different marquee style options to choose from?

Customization is a marquees middle name. You will be spoiled for choice at the range of colors, designs, structures, fixtures and fittings that you have to choose from.

Want an extra window, entrance, corridor, bathroom, bar space, dancefloor or more? Speak to our team to learn about your options so that together, we can capture your vision and create the perfect wedding venue to your exact specification. Alternatively, you can learn more about wedding marquees here.


Inspiration for Decorating your Marquee

You’d be right to get excited about the diverse range of options that you have when you pick a marquee for your wedding, but this also means that you have a lot to think about.

Let us help you to make the design process easier by breaking it down into manageable pieces that will make the job of finding a venue fun, not stressful.

To get you started, here are just a couple of the things that you can customize:

  • Your flooring system
  • Your walls
  • Your windows
  • Your roof
  • Your ceiling
  • Your interior design
  • Your doors
  • Your entrances and exits

Taking on a marquee wedding is no small feat, but if you want to spend less, get the venue of your dreams and have a truly personal experience, then this is a great option for you!

A pop up canopy tent can also be a great option for weddings and events. Canopy Tents are light weight, affordable and easy to effect.


We hope that this guide has helped you to think a little bit more about the option of a marquee wedding and whether you and your fiancée want to accept the challenge. You can learn more about our services by sending us your venue ideas.

Congratulations again on your engagement! Our team wish you the best of luck on finding the perfect wedding venue for your special day, if you need a marquee, get in touch and we will be happy to help you. Good luck!