Marquee wedding venues are a wonderful option on your wedding day, and there are plenty of benefits to picking this type of setting for your special day. These impressive structures work as a perfect blank canvas so they will work with a range of colour schemes and styles, while they also often come with incredible surroundings, set next to impressive country houses and idyllic gardens which you can enjoy as you celebrate. Keep reading to find out our top tips for styling your marquee wedding venue to get it looking the best you can!
Choosing The Right Place
Before you go planning out colours and themes for your big day, you've got to make sure you find the right venue to suit your tastes. You don't want to make the inside of your venue all pretty if you're not going to be able to enjoy what's outside too!
A venue like Slaugham Place in West Sussex will provide you with somewhere truly unique to celebrate your big day, set in the spectacular ruins of an Elizabethan manor house and surrounded by an impressive moat. The marquee is versatile and flexible, meaning you can make sure it meets your requirements on the day.
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Mapperton in Dorset is a romantic Jacobean manor house that boasts some of the most beautiful grounds and gardens that you'll come across. Exchange your vows in the delightful Orangery or striking Garden Pavilion, before soaking your exquisite surroundings with a marquee reception on the lawn.
The semi-permanent marquee at Braxted Park provides a remarkable setting for your wedding reception and evening celebrations, set within idyllic walled gardens overlooking the magnificent manor house. You can say ‘I do' in the elegant Orangery or al fresco under the summerhouse and continue the festivities in luxury and style.
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Finding A Style
Marquee venues are often white or neutral coloured and have a minimal approach to décor and furnishings. This is perfect for working with a whole load of styles but might leave you with too much choice on your hands! Here are a few themes which we think look great for a marquee wedding!
Country Chic – If your wedding day is taking place in the heart of the countryside then a relaxed country style might be just the thing. Think flowers and greenery, wooden decorations and bunting to help you achieve the look!
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Boho – A beautiful boho wedding is hard to beat, and a marquee venue is perfect for that chic festival style. Imaginative lighting, flower chains and plenty of colours are great ideas for a boho bash!
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Elegant – The neutral colour scheme of most marquees makes them perfect for an elegant wedding theme, and you can easily add in touches of gold or silver with soft tones like blush to create a classy and stylish setting. This is probably your more traditional wedding style, but by no means less amazing looking!
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The way you light your venue can make all the difference so think carefully about your options. Fairy lights are amazing for that twinkling, romantic look and look just as good inside as they do decorating trees and gardens outside. Candles in jam or mason jars are great for that rustic look while towering candelabras will provide elegance and grandeur. Uplighters are really good for pops of colour to match your scheme.
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The type of floral decorations you choose can have a big impact on how your wedding setting will look. This summer, plenty of colour is proving to be popular and will fill your marquee with brightness and fun. Alternatively, soft pastel tones will provide a gentler colour palette and create a relaxing and pretty space for you to enjoy. Think about what your flowers are held in too as this can make a big difference! Elegant vases and glass containers are ideal for a more traditional approach while mismatched jars and even flowers hanging from the ceiling are excellent for a rustic or boho style.
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With most marquees usually offering very little in the way of furnishings, your table decorations are guaranteed to take centre stage. Create a show-stopping look with towering vases and candleholders combined with white flowers and gold touches, or keep it simple with natural elements for a more relaxed style. When it comes to dressing your tables, exposed wood will work well with a rustic-themed day, while fine table cloths and runners are a beautiful additional nod to your colour scheme.
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There are plenty of ways you can make your marquee wedding venue look even more amazing, just by making sure that you keep to a strong and clear theme. Your table plan, wedding stationery and any additional decorations should all work with your chosen style for maximum effect!
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We know you'll have an incredible time styling your marquee wedding venue so that it's just how you want it and remember, as long as it's true to you you're guaranteed to love it!
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