Tips For Planning A Summer Marquee Wedding

Organising a marquee wedding can be a challenge, but the best thing about it is that you can choose any location you like and the space is a blank canvas that allows you to design your event exactly the way you want.

The style of your event

Renting a marquee is the perfect option for a summer wedding if you picked a fabulous outdoor location but want to have a shelter from the rain. You can rent a big one and decorate it in a classical style for a fabulous traditional wedding, or simply pick a smaller one and make it chic and quirky for a less formal event. Depending on the style and the size of your budget, you can furnish your marquee with decadent furniture and lush decorations, or opt for simple, affordable design with plenty of DIY details you can make at home.

The choice of location will also influence the style of your event and summer provides plenty of options from sandy beaches to picturesque countryside, or even private gardens. Think whether your marquee should have big windows or be open on one side so that the scenery can play an important role in your celebration. You should also decide if you want a long banqueting table or smaller round or square tables.

Decorating your marquee

Decorating a marquee for a summer wedding can be a lot of fun, especially if you are a creative bride who has a vision of her big day. Whether you want a traditional design with opulent ivory and gold or silver décor, a trendy vintage theme or a colourful, whimsical design, a marquee can be styled any way you like.

You can decorate your ceiling with a pretty lining to add romantic flair to your venue. Think retro floral prints if you are planning a vintage themed reception, or simply use bright shades from your colour palette. Lighting plays an important role at a summer wedding, so pick an open marquee that looks bright during daytime and create ambience with fairy lights, paper lanterns or light bulbs scattered across the ceiling if you are planning an evening event.

If you want to decorate your wedding marquee with beautiful DIY ornaments, why not add splashes of colour with hand-made bunting, pompoms or paper tassels! These decorations are easy to make and you can ask your bridesmaids to help you, or purchase ready-made pieces and add DIY touch to your marquee wedding.

If you hire a big marquee, you can divide it in two separate spaces and have both a dining room and a lounge. These two rooms can have completely different themes which is great if you want traditional style at your dinner reception and a fun theme for the cocktail hour.

Food and drink

A marquee wedding gives you the opportunity to choose any type of food you like as you are not limited with restaurant menus. You need to find a renowned catering company that makes delicious meals, so do your research well. Check with the company how big the catering marquee should be so that they can service your event properly. Make sure that there is access to fresh water because it is essential for preparing food onsite. You can also have a buffet style reception, which is much easier to organise. Don’t forget that you will need to serve cooled drinks at a summer wedding, so get some ice buckets for lemonade and champagne!

Practical issues

If you think organising a marquee wedding is too challenging for you, you can hire a professional wedding planner to help you. From the food and cake, to lighting and décor, there will be lot of things to think about and every detail matters. Experienced professionals can lift the weight off your shoulders, and make sure that everything is planned to the last detail.

There are many practical issues you need to consider when planning a summer marquee wedding. Don't forget that you will need to mark the path to the venue with lights and directional signs so that your guests can easily find it. You also need a nearby parking field that has enough space for all the guests with cars and comfortable toilets, which can be rented.

Even though a marquee wedding gives you the freedom to choose any location you like, finding the perfect spot can be a bit daunting. You need to obtain necessary permits on time and make sure that you provide your guests with clear instructions on how to get there.

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