If the last time you went in a large tent was for communal meals at Brownie camp, then you’ll be amazed - and delighted - at just how luxurious today’s range of wedding marquees can be made to look. A marquee wedding reception provides an excellent alternative to a large venue. If you are unsure as to where you should hire a marquee for your wedding from, there are now many suppliers available in your area, just search our supplier listings.
The possibilities for your marquee decoration are endless from drapes of coloured fabrics, fresh flowers, ribbons and fairy lights, a marquee can be the dream setting for an English summer wedding. Marquee weddings give that a cosy, at home, feel to your wedding and you have the flexibility to make it just the way you want it.
One of the advantages of a marquee wedding is being able to choose your own outside wedding caterer. Wedding catering can be a large cost at a wedding venue and you won't have much choice in which caterers you can use, however if you have a marquee wedding, the marquee catering options are endless.
They will set up a mobile kitchen on trestle tables in a catering tent - usually the end of the wedding marquee which has been partitioned off, and will usually also have a refrigerated van. Alternatively, go for a country theme with a wedding barbecue or hog roast, or provide your guests with picnic hampers and rugs.
Don't scrimp on mobile loos! For around £200 you can have a pair of tardis toilets - those awful ones you find at festivals and on building sites, or for £450-£550 you can have a proper trailer with separate ladies and gents flushing toilets with proper basins, towels, mirrors and even a vase of flowers. It is an easy choice and your guests will appreciate the extra space to touch up their make-up. There is a growing industry of wedding luxury mobile loos, so it is likely that there is a supplier near you, and you may find that your marquee company can recommend one they regularly work with.
What types of wedding marquee are there?
Wedding marquees come in all different shapes, sizes and styles, which are all much more luxurious than your average camping tent! Just a few examples include frame marquees, traditional marquees, chinese hat marquees, stretch tents, bell tents or tipis.
What size should my wedding marquee be?
This depends on how much space you have, guest numbers and marquee use. The size will vary, for example, from a standing buffet to a dinner seated at tables and will increase again if you require room for dancing.
How much does a marquee cost?
This depends on the size and type of marquee you go for, as prices range from about £400 to over £5,000. These prices will include all aspects of a marquee, such as canvas, matting, lighting, delivery and set up. Roughly, marquees typically cost between £15 and £50 per guest, with most falling within the £20 to £30 bracket.
How can I decorate my wedding marquee?
Having a marquee gives you the flexibility to decorate it in any style and fashion which is not necessarily feasible with other venues. The possibilities for your marquee decoration are endless from drapes of coloured fabrics, fresh flowers, ribbons and fairy lights, giving that cosy, personal feel to your wedding.
Can I get married in a wedding marquee?
Unfortunately, you can only get married under a fixed roof in the UK, so a marquee would have to purely for the reception.
How does marquee catering work?
One of the major advantages of a marquee wedding is being able to choose your own outside wedding caterer. Many will set up a mobile kitchen on trestle tables in a catering tent and will usually also have a refrigerated van. Alternatively, you could have a wedding barbecue or hog roast, or provide your guests with picnic hampers and rugs. All these options are available depending on your preference!