Unlike how many marquees used to be - these days, marquees are a seriously stylish wedding venue option. Marquee weddings are a great choice, whether you're having a huge wedding celebration or a small, intimate reception.
Venues who have marquee space in the grounds are perfect for couples who would like a small marriage ceremony but would like to invite more guests in the evening. It may be that your venue has a permanent marquee on their grounds, or there’s simply space for you to choose your own to hire. In this case, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from in Cambridgeshire. Will you hire a classic English marquee with roll up sides, or maybe a festival-style yurt or tipi? Often, you will be able to personalise the marquee with your choice of floor, colour themed decor and dance floor.
A marquee wedding in venue grounds is the ideal place to get married if:
- Space for lots of guests is needed
- You want to marry in a outdoor space, such as a garden or woodland
- You require a venue where you can add your personality and decorated it how you wish
- You'd like to have a small ceremony but a large celebration for your wedding reception
Marquee Weddings in Cambridgeshire FAQ
Will my wedding venue put up my marquee for me?
Please speak to your chosen venue about what they include in the price of hiring their 'marquee wedding venue.' In some cases, the venue will only charge you for the hire of the grounds, and then you’ll have to arrange the marquee separately with a marquee hire company. Your wedding venue may have recommended marquee suppliers for this, so be sure to check with them.
In other cases, your wedding venue in Cambridgeshire may have a permanent marquee in the grounds, or one that is in use throughout the summer month, for example. This may be a simpler choice if you don’t want to arrange your wedding marquee directly.
You may want to double check with your venue what the cost will be for setting up the marquee if they have their own one.
Can I have a marquee wedding in winter?
Definitely! If you provide a little extra heating and don't mind not being able to roll up the sides, a marquee is perfect for a winter wedding! The difference is that you won’t be able to roll the sides of the tent up (which is generally an option in the warmer months), and that you’ll have to provide extra heating for your guests to keep your marquee warm. However, with space for sparkling decoration and hanging fairy lights, a winter marquee wedding can be a magical thing!
If the weather's bad on my wedding day, what would I do?
Most marquees in Cambridgeshire should be able to withstand wind and rain. If the weather is forecast to be too bad for a marquee wedding (could be a storm), you will want to have a backup plan, which could be an indoor space to get married. Discuss your wet weather plan with your wedding venue to ensure you’re prepared for any poor weather conditions.
Can we have a civil ceremony in a marquee in Cambridgeshire?
If you're wanting to get married in a marquee, you are unable to hold the physical legal civil ceremony in the marquee itself according to the law. One way to get around this is to have your ceremony over the threshold of a doorway. This way, your guests can be seated in the marquee while you are technically indoors. A popular option is to have the ceremony in the main building of the venue, or even a church nearby and then just have the wedding reception in the marquee.
Inspiration on venue decorations for a marquee wedding in Cambridgeshire.
The great thing about marquees is that they’re a blank canvas to add your own wedding theme to. Hanging decorations such as are a fantastic choice, which could include paper lanterns, bunting or other types of lights. Lighting options such as fairy lights and chandeliers can also help set the mood for your evening reception. On the tables, consider taller arrangements - they can help fill the space and look fantastic spread across your dining space.