Marquees often used to be a cheap venue option whereas these days, marquees are a seriously stylish wedding venue option. They can be decorated to match your wedding theme perfectly, and can accommodate everything from intimate weddings to huge reception parties.
Many wedding venues include a marquee option for their outdoor space, so if you’re dreaming of a smaller ceremony with a larger reception, this could be the ideal option for you. 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 Highlands and Islands. 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.
If you're thinking about having your wedding at a venue with a marquee in Highlands and Islands, they're perfect for you if:
- You’re having a large wedding reception
- You want to marry in a outdoor space, such as a garden or woodland
- You'd love to add your own personality to your venue
- If the weather is too cold, wet or windy, you have a back up plan to get married inside
Frequently Asked Questions - Marquee Weddings
Will my wedding venue put up my marquee for me?
When it comes to what's included in the price when booking a marquee wedding venue, you will need to speak with the wedding coordinator at that venue. This is because they all differ in what they offer. 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 Highlands and Islands 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.
Some venues that offer their own marquee will charge extra for the use and setup of it. Please make sure you check with them beforehand if they will add an extra cost for this.
Am I able to have my wedding in a marquee 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. To make your marquee feel magical in the winter months, you can add fairy lights and sparkling decor. That's one of the perks of having a blank canvas!
What options do I have if the weather's bad on the day?
Most marquees in Highlands and Islands 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 Highlands and Islands?
Even in marquees that are permanent throughout the whole year, it's law that you can't have your civil ceremony in a marquee as it needs to be in a permanent and fixed structure to be legal. 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.
How can I use venue decor to make the most out of my marquee wedding in Highlands and Islands?
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.