Choosing a wedding marquee isn’t easy. After all, you no doubt want to wow your guests with the look of your venue and there are plenty of practical issues to bear in mind too.
When you’re selecting your venue, bear in mind that size really does matter. Even if you fall in love with a particular marquee, don’t book it unless it’s right for the number of guests you’re inviting. You don’t want people to be crammed into the space. At the other end of the scale, there’s no point in selecting a venue that’s too big for your party. This can put a real downer on the atmosphere.
As well as thinking about your guest numbers, consider any extras you want to have, such as dance floors or food service areas.
Traditional or modern?
You’ll also need to think about whether you’d prefer a contemporary design or a more traditional marquee. For the modern look, go for frame marquees. These rectangular shaped tents do not feature any inner poles and they do not require ropes for support. Instead, they are held up by an aluminium skeleton around their perimeters.
Because they don’t require any room around the edges, they are perfect for smaller spaces and as extensions to buildings. They can also be installed on any surface, including sand and concrete, and they can withstand higher wind speeds and snow loadings, meaning they’re great for winter use.
On the other hand, perhaps the romance of traditional marquees will win you over. These attractive tents with inner poles and curved tops have a timeless elegance. As an added bonus, you can decorate the poles to add to the visual impact of your venue.
Of course, you could kick convention to the curb and opt for an altogether more eccentric tent, such as a yurt or a tipi. This will certainly make an impression on your guests!
To find out more about the different types of tent available, you can check out websites such as Marquee Hire Guide.
When it comes to weddings, the devil is in the detail. It’s not enough to choose a marquee that’s the right size and style. In addition, you have to pull out all the stops to make sure it looks fabulous inside.
One great way to add a feel of luxury to your marquee is to use linings. For added impact, you can opt for linings with prints, such as butterflies. To complement this look, you can include swags in a colour of your choosing.
For a dramatic look, you can arrange for blackout linings to be added to your venue. These can be partial or complete and they are typically used in combination with a starlight ceiling. If you’re after a taste of Hollywood glamour, this could be the perfect look for you.
Alternatively, perhaps you’d rather look out to your surroundings. The walls of certain marquees can be rolled up, which is great for summer weddings in picturesque locations. For a more weather-proof approach, check out marquees with windows. It’s even possible to get tents that are entirely transparent, including their roofs.
As long as you get the basics right when perusing your options, you should end up with a marquee to be proud of on your big day.