Expert advice about wedding marquees & tents

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Q. We want to get married in a marquee, but there's so much to plan! Can you give us a checklist of things to remember?

A. Hayley Horsfall says: Here are our top tips for organising al fresco nuptials:

- Location. A marquee can be installed just about anywhere, but it does require adequate space. Bear in mind the positioning and what it will be overlooking.

- Guest numbers. The beauty of this type of wedding is that it can accommodate as many or as few people as you'd like. Just remember that the more guests you have, the bigger the structure you'll need, which can bring the cost up.

- Style. Decide on the overall look and feel you'd like to create when making your choice.
Would you prefer a classic frame marquee or a more traditional pole marquee? Tipis and stretch tents look great for a relaxed festival theme.

- Surface. A flat surface is best, but sloped terrains are manageable with cassette or hard flooring. If the tent is on grass, make sure it's cut before installation. Always think about walkways and access for your loved ones – especially those in heels!

- Catering. Ask your caterers what facilities they need. This could be a separate tent, water supply, electricity, etc.

- Power. There are lots of aspects that'll require power, such as lighting, music and caterers. You may need to bring in a generator.

- Toilets. If you've chosen a secluded spot in a field, then a toilet trailer will be an essential.

- The extras. You may like to look into extra cover to shelter from the rain or sun. Depending on your day, you may need a dancefloor, stage, bar area, chill-out zone or exterior lighting.

Hayley Horsfall




Q. We're considering having a marquee wedding, but there seems to be so much planning involved. What do we need to remember?

A. Barny Lee says: The most important thing is selecting a reputable company that offers the marquee as well as planning advice and all the elements required to make it a truly fabulous occasion.

A marquee is a totally blank canvas, which gives you the opportunity to personalise the day and make it perfect for you. Another huge bonus is that you're not restricted with guest numbers and timings, so you can continue partying until the early hours. How about using the marquee again the next day for breakfast or lunch with your loved ones?

If you don't have a location in mind, marquee suppliers will have lots of great suggestions. As a company, we also supply furniture, fittings, lighting and décor, so you just need to decide on the theme. Start off by booking a consultation to help guide you through the planning process stress-free so you can simply enjoy your special day.

Barny Lee

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