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 Staffordshire 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 Staffordshire. Will you hire a classic English marquee with roll up sides, or maybe a festival-style yurt or tipi? You may even be able to customise your marquee with patterned linings, different flooring and a bespoke dance floor!
Having your wedding reception in a marquee venue is the perfect choice if:
- You want a big space for lots of wedding guests
- 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 Staffordshire 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 Staffordshire 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.
If I'm having a winter wedding, can I still have it in a marquee?
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. 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 if the weather is bad?
Most marquees in Staffordshire 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 Staffordshire?
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. However, what many couples choose to do is have their civil ceremony in the venue itself before heading to the marquee for the reception.
I'm getting married in Staffordshire. How can I decorate my wedding marquee?
One of the benefits about having a marquee wedding is that you can put your own stamp on it. Hanging decorations such as lanterns and bunting are a great option. 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.