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 Suffolk. 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:
- You’re having a large wedding reception
- 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
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. If your chosen venue doesn't have their own marquee, they will often have recommended suppliers that you're required to use. Get in touch with them to ask about this before you research and find your own marquee supplier.
In other cases, your wedding venue in Suffolk 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.
Am I able to have my wedding in a marquee in winter?
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 Suffolk 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. 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!
If the weather's bad on my wedding day, what would I do?
Most marquees in Suffolk 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 Suffolk?
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. Alternatively, hold your wedding ceremony in another licensed part of your wedding venue before moving into your marquee for the reception.
I'm getting married in Suffolk. How can I decorate my wedding marquee?
Marquees are usually a completely blank canvas, which is great for couples who would like to add their personal touch. 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. You will want some decor for the tables. In a marquee, it's best to go for more extravegent centre pieces to fill up the large space available. You could go for a tall vase with flowers in to match your theme.