Over the last few years we’ve seen a strong trend in outdoor and marquee inspired weddings and they remain a firm favourite for many couples. Providing bride and grooms with a completely blank canvas to ‘splash’ onto it all of their own ideas and individuality. Choose to have your own festival in a middle of a field or a countryside setting over looking the lake. It certainly doesn’t have to be a casual affair, the grounds of an elegant stately home make the perfect location or keep it much closer to home with a wedding in your own back garden.
Traditions have certainly changed and this is reflected in the choice of marquee that is now available to hire. Once you start your search you’ll find everything from rustic Tipi’s, glamorous Arabian and Raj tents to the pretty Pole Tent. There’s something out there for all tastes and guest numbers. Whilst most caterers are perfectly set up to rustle up a four course meal onsite in a kitchen tent why not incorporate the outside into your food choices. This can take the form of a BBQ or hog roast or even a picnic. Whether you choose to serve your favourite curry or fish n chips, anything goes!
To really make the most of the space outside and keep your guests busy why not consider hiring a Photo Booth (horse box’s and camper vans spring to mind).
Serve ice-cream for desert from a vintage bicycle or how about a wood fire Pizza van serving late night snacks.
When it comes to decorating and dressing your marquee this is the chance to really let your ideas and vision come to life. Brighten up any marquee with colourful bunting and hanging paper lanterns. Festoon lighting and fairy lights always create some wonderful magic after dark. For some exciting extras there are a variety of prop hire companies offering lots of items:-whisky barrels (great for flowers or somewhere for guests to stand their drinks on) giant light up letters, wheelbarrows and metal tubs to store the beers. Sign’s, blankets and baskets, lawn games and quirky outside furniture (the list goes on).
As the big day draws closer and the finishing touches are taking priority there’s little time to consider who is going to actually look after all those supplier’s on the day. Whilst it may not initially be at the top of your list when planning a marquee wedding it can certainly help to have an addition to the ‘team’ who is dedicated to make sure your day runs seamlessly from start to finish. Hiring an On the Day Co-ordinator can really save the day.
Here’s just a few of the reasons why:-
- It leaves you with nothing to worry about so you can just enjoy your wedding.
- You don’t have to allocate jobs to your family or friends so they can sit back and relax
- Takes away the stress of worrying about timings
- There is someone to be your eyes and ears for the day
- You have a main point of contact for all your suppliers throughout the day
- You have a professional on hand to advise and help with those last minute decisions in the final weeks before the wedding day
So don’t forget if you decide on a marquee wedding its worth booking a professional that can manage your day particularly one who has first hand experience of co-ordinating outdoor weddings but most of all have lots of fun creating a day that really is all about you.