You've made a great choice to get married in Yorkshire. Long gone are the days of flimsy party tents and tacky decorations - 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 Yorkshire. 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.
If you're thinking about having your wedding at a venue with a marquee in Yorkshire, 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 require a venue where you can add your personality and decorated it how you wish
- You have a back up plan if the weather is inclement
Marquee Weddings in Yorkshire FAQ
Will my wedding venue put up my marquee for me?
If you’re choosing a wedding venue that offers marquee weddings as an option, you’ll need to ask them directly whether the hire cost includes the marquee itself. 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 Yorkshire 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. However, with space for sparkling decoration and hanging fairy lights, a winter marquee wedding can be a magical thing!
What will I do if it rains or is too windy?
Most marquees in Yorkshire 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 Yorkshire?
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. Alternatively, hold your wedding ceremony in another licensed part of your wedding venue before moving into your marquee for the reception.
Inspiration on venue decorations for a marquee wedding in Yorkshire.
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. 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 Yorkshire and you'll find the top ones on Guides for Brides.