Unlike how many marquees used to be - these days, marquees are a seriously stylish wedding venue option. They can hold any sized wedding, from a small family gathering to huge receptions of over 500 guests.
If you're hoping to have a small, intimate ceremony in your chosen venue in Shropshire 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 Shropshire. Will you hire a classic English marquee with roll up sides, or maybe a festival-style yurt or tipi? Most marquees are a blank canvas so you are able to add your own personal touches to it, including the flooring, colour scheme and choice of 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 want to add your own stamp to the venue you're getting married in
Marquee Weddings in Shropshire FAQ
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 Shropshire 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.
If I'm having a winter wedding, can I still have it in a marquee?
Of course - lots of people think you can only have a marquee wedding in the summer months, but they're still perfect for winter weddings, just with added heating! There's so many gorgeous marquee wedding venues in Shropshire for you to choose from. 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. Getting married at a marquee wedding venue in winter gives you the option to decorate it how you wish and make it as wintery as possible. Adding fair lights and lanterns is one of many ideas.
What will I do if it rains or is too windy?
Most marquees in Shropshire should be able to withstand wind and rain. However, if heavy storms are forecast for your wedding day you may need a backup. 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 Shropshire?
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. 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 Shropshire.
The great thing about marquees is that they’re a blank canvas to add your own wedding theme to. Hanging decorations such as pom poms, lanting, fairy lights and seasonal bunting are a great choice. Lighting options such as fairy lights and chandeliers can also help set the mood for your evening reception. To fill up the space in a marquee, you should opt for taller centre pieces to fill up the empty space as the ceiling in marquees are very high.
There's lots of marquee wedding venues to choose from in Shropshire and you'll find the top ones on Guides for Brides.