Marquees often used to be a cheap venue option whereas 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 Tyne and Wear 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 Tyne and Wear. 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:
- 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 to add your own stamp to the venue you're getting married in
Marquee Weddings Frequently Asked Questions
Will my wedding venue put up my marquee for me?
Please speak to your chosen venue about what they include in the price of hiring their 'marquee wedding venue.' 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. Check with your wedding venue to see if they have any recommended marquee suppliers that you have to use before looking into your own.
In other cases, your wedding venue in Tyne and Wear 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?
Yes! Many people may think that marquee weddings are suitable for spring or summer only, but marquees can work very well for autumn and winter weddings too! 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 options do I have if the weather's bad on the day?
Most marquees in Tyne and Wear should be able to withstand wind and rain. If the weather does get too bad for the wedding day, it's possible you will need a plan B. 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 Tyne and Wear?
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. 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 Tyne and Wear.
Marquees are usually a completely blank canvas, which is great for couples who would like to add their personal touch. Hanging decorations such as are a fantastic choice, which could include paper lanterns, bunting or other types of lights. 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.