From Etsy to Pinterest, old, new, borrowed and blue, the signature touches you add to your day will be remembered forever. And what could be more personal than a venue uniquely your own?
In recent years the popularity of Marquee weddings has soared as couples increasingly look for a “special place” all of their own to celebrate. From beachside parks, to manicured gardens, childhood backyards, paddocks with country vistas, and verdant vineyards, the location options for Marquee weddings are limitless.
But perhaps it’s the blank canvas that a Marquee represents that is most appealing. Literally from floor to ceiling the options for personalisation are limitless. And in a time where many couples choose their suppliers for their signature style – florists especially – what could be nicer than giving them an open brief, to work with you, to create a scene all of your own?
French Provincial, Bohemian Rhapsody, Urban Chic, it’s your wedding day and you should style it your way. There are few options that give you quite the level of creative control than when you celebrate in a marquee.
For many people it’s the logistics of having to source and manage all the suppliers needed to pull off a spectacular ‘marquee wedding’ that is the most daunting. From power to plumbing, bathrooms to buses, cleaners, caterers and staff, it can be overwhelming to think about doing it all yourself. It’s like building a venue from scratch! And who wants to turn up the day after their wedding to help pack it all down?
What’s needed is a one-stop-shop with all the convenience of a full-service wedding venue that can come to you and take the hard work out of managing it. All you’re responsible for is your imagination. Domayn Events are the Marquee event creation and hire experts. Founder Michelle Rhodes and her team, have answered the call to streamline the planning, management and set-up of Marquee weddings by collaborating with engaged couples to bring even the most elaborate fantasy to life.
A family owned and operated business, founded almost ten years ago, with just 50 cutlery settings to hire, Domayn Events has grown to a renowned and respected wedding management company. Michelle notes “our business grew organically by responding to what each individual couple wanted, one wedding at a time”. They now have over 1,000 products to hire but it is clear it’s also their can-be-done management style that gets couples most excited.
“We’ve found that this gives people peace of mind because rather than having to manage multiple businesses with expertise in one area, they get Domayn Events who are experienced in all. We build trust with our clients, who then often turn to us for recommendations and better rates from suppliers, which ultimately also helps their bottom line”.
Many people assume that Marquee weddings are prohibitively expensive and are surprised to find out the true cost, especially in regional areas, which are around two thirds cheaper than in Sydney. “Our expertise is in the Central West and we’re based in Mudgee, although we happily service all of NSW and ACT, and a typical Marquee wedding here usually costs between $10,000 and $15,000” says Michelle. “When you think you receive a fully managed and styled marquee wedding service that can hire decorations, furnishings, catering or bar equipment, linen, floors, staging, audio visual equipment, lighting, furniture, tableware, port-a-loos, and heating and cooling equipment, it’s a very attractive price”.
Personalisation is easy. Once you’ve decided on the location and size of your marquee you can start to customise it to your vision. Will you line your roof with draped silk or vintage-style muslin? Do you prefer the magic of fairy lights, or the elegance of chandeliers? Do you love the softness of grass underfoot or the stability of floorboards? Will you have an outside dance floor? Perhaps you’ll opt for a self-service cocktail station... the options are endless.
In deciding the finishing touches, Domayn Events work with some couples who prefer to have a lot of input, and others who prefer to rely on their styling service, but all want a setting that is personal and a team that is professional.
Excitingly, Domayn Events are not just limited to Marquees, having often been called in to turn a humble shearing shed into an exquisite venue. It’s this sort of challenge they love, “If something doesn’t exist, the team are often happy to build it” says Michelle, whose husband Geoff is the resident handyman (and fully licensed builder). “We’ve done custom décor pieces including bespoke bars, hanging installations and recently a faux-tree ceremony arch that was a true work of art”. If there’s a specific idea you want made to personalise your venue Michelle, Geoff, their daughters Kristen and Haley, and husbands Lukas and Adam, can make it happen.
To start planning your very own venue visit www.domaynevents.com.au and you can peruse their marquees, planning tools, suggested locations, and previous work. For further inspiration follow @domaynevents on social media. Because nothing could be more personal on your wedding day than a Marquee styled just for you!
“We work out a brief with our couples starting with an ideation and chemistry session where budget is agreed. As we approach the wedding we share inspiration – Pinterest boards, emails, phone calls and picture texts. And as the wedding evolves couples can add ideas they like, looks they’ve seen, and colours they’ve chosen. Closer to the day we do a mock-up in our showroom so everyone is agreed on exactly how the marquee will be set-up. And 3 days out from the wedding we take over all management of external suppliers so our couples can relax and peacefully prepare for their wedding day without the stress of last minute logistics”.
“Michelle and her team at Domayn Events not only exceeded our expectations for creating our dream wedding, they also took away all of the stress in the lead-up and on our big day. Like any bride and groom, our dream was for a perfect wedding, and thanks to Michelle’s experience and professional standards we felt our day exceeded perfection. Above all, Michelle was a pleasure to deal with, and we will continue to recommend Michelle’s services to anyone wanting their wedding day to be perfect.”
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