You've made a great choice to get married in Hampshire. Long gone are the days of flimsy party tents and tacky decorations - these days, marquees are a seriously stylish wedding venue option. Whether you're having an intimate gathering or a large, lavish wedding reception, a marquee is the perfect choice. They can also be decorated to suit any style or budget of wedding.
If you're hoping to have a small, intimate ceremony in your chosen venue in Hampshire but wish to invite lots more guests for the reception, marquee venues are ideal for you, as lots of smaller venues tend to offer space for a marquee reception outside. 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 Hampshire. Will you hire a classic English marquee with roll up sides, or maybe a festival-style yurt or tipi? Many venues or marquee companies allow you to add your own personal touch to your chosen marquee to put your own stamp on it.
Having your wedding reception in a marquee venue is the perfect choice if:
- A large area to fit lots of seated guests is required
- You want to marry in a outdoor space, such as a garden or woodland
- You want a blank canvas wedding venue where you can add your own personal touch
- If the weather is too cold, wet or windy, you have a back up plan to get married inside
FAQ's - Marquee Weddings Hampshire
Will my wedding venue put up my marquee for me?
Every wedding venue differs when it comes to what's included in the price. Some venues will just offer a space for the marquee to go and others will provide the tent itself. 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 Hampshire 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.
Are marquees still suitable for getting married in the winter months?
If you're getting married in one of the winter months, this is still an option! 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. Once you cover the ceiling in fairy lights and add sparking venue decoration, your marquee will fit a winter wedding perfectly
What will I do if it rains or is too windy?
Most marquees in Hampshire should be able to withstand wind and rain. However, you will want a second plan for if there's storms on your wedding day. It's likely most venues will have an indoor area for you to have your wedding reception. 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 Hampshire?
No. According to the law, you have to hold your civil ceremony in a permanent fixed structure, which doesn't include marquees. 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. Another option you have is to have the wedding reception in the marquee after having your main ceremony in a nearby church or a room in the main venue.
Inspiration on venue decorations for a marquee wedding in Hampshire.
Marquees are usually a completely blank canvas, which is great for couples who would like to add their personal touch. Hanging decorations such as bunting, paper lanterns and pom poms are very visually effective in marquees. 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.