What type of wedding marquee will suit your big day? We team up with a marquee expert and delve deep inside the tent to uncover all the answers…
There’s nothing more glorious than a summer wedding under a (not-so-blank) canvas… the wedding marquee. Eternally traditional and quintessentially British, it’s the first image that springs to mind when a summer wedding invite comes your way: the wedding marquee. And what could be more simple? ‘We’ll just hire a giant tent!’ the adorably sweet and innocent groom will say… Well, it’s teensy bit more complicated than that, love. Wedding marquees, like all things wedding, require some thought. But never fear! The wonderfully expert good people at Marquee Bookings have made all of our lives a little easier with their top ten tips to getting it right…
1) Location Location Location
“Flat ground with great access for the marquee company & their vans is a must if you’re planning on having a marquee. If the marquee chaps can’t drive up to your site this can lead to added costs so do your research at your venue in advance. Also, check with the venue if they have toilets, power and running water (you’ll need all three!). If the venue is a field in the middle of nowhere, don’t panic: generator toilets and water tanks are very easy to hire.”
2) The Marquee itself
“This depends on your desired theme and most importantly, the budget. For a rustic look, Tipis work beautifully but they are expensive; a Frame Marquee works well with a monochrome theme and is more affordable. Marquees are not cheap: you pay for quality and professionalism. Be wary of companies offering ridiculously cheap quotes; this often means poorly made marquees, inexperience and unreliability.”
3) What Size Is Best?
“This depends on the number of guests coming. I always prefer to add extra length to a marquee in case of rain. Our rainy summers often mean all 100+ guests will spend the day inside the marquee and the last thing you want is cramped guests.”
4) The Decor
“This is where your creativity and personality can really come alive. From a rustic theme to a Harry Potter theme, anything is possible with some imagination. Find inspiration for your marquee’s decor through all the amazing content on the web (we love, ahem, Love Our Wedding for example!). If you’re on a tight budget, you can find some amazing DIY tutorials to create stunning space. Alternatively, you can hire a wedding stylist.”
5) The Bar
“Consider running it yourself to keep costs low – you will need all of your own equipment (gas, bar, taps, bar itself, ice, fridges, glassware, dishwashers etc). Don’t forget the alcohol, plus friends (staff) to man it on the day. Be aware you need to get a license before you serve alcohol. Alternatively, consider phoning up some local pubs – they will often run the bar free of cost. They make their money by selling the drinks to your guests.”
Catering can get complicated. Make sure you shop around and read reviews. If your friends have good recommendations, trust them. Depending on the company, you might need to hire cutlery, crockery and glassware. They should give you a list of items you need to hire. Be aware that you can hire catering tents from the marquee companies so double check what’s available.The catering company will often provide the staff, this is usually billed separately so ask for the cost to be broken down to the hourly rate for each staff member.”
7) The 7 Don’t Forgets
1) Loos – If there aren’t any on-site you will need to hire them.
2) Power or Generator – you will 100% need electricity for the band, Dj and catering equipment.
3) Heating – especially in winter.
4) Insurance – Marquee companies offer inexpensive cover.
5) Alcohol – your guests will be very merry and will drink more than expected.
6) Time – give yourself lots of time to decorate and make last-minute layout changes.
7) Disabled access – make sure there are ramps and rails in place for disabled guests
8) Floor plans – think about the layout of the marquee. Do you want separate dining area, chill out area, and dance floor space? A good marquee company such as Marquee Bookings will create custom floor plans for everyone who enquiries, whether they book or not.
9) Don’t leave it too late
“The majority of our clients book two years in advance. The best marquees and the best companies get booked up fast. We have spoken to 100s of couples who have lost out on their dream marquee by leaving it to late so…
10) Make sure you visit…
The wonderful people and top-tip providers here at marqueebookings.co.uk!