When you’re planning your special wedding day, how to choose the perfect wedding venue is one of the first and most important questions to ask yourself. The options are seemingly endless, and with so many fantastic venues to choose from it can seem like a big challenge! Marquee weddings are a great way to experience a beautiful location, while still having creative control over the details. With that freedom comes a few factors that you need to consider. It can definitely be helpful to have a Wedding Manager or Wedding Planner to help guide you through, but for starters here’s a checklist of the 5 top tips for planning your marquee wedding.
Marquee weddings are so versatile! Having an idea of what style of reception you’d like is a great place to start. Whether you’re looking for a traditional marquee, a giant tipi or something else entirely, you can find something to fit your needs. Most marquees are neutral by design, so you’ll be able to inject your own flare onto a blank canvas without having to be concerned about clashing colour schemes or fighting with existing decoration. On our Trusted Suppliers page you’ll find some great examples of Marquee suppliers who can help you achieve your desired outcome.
When the evening comes around and the drinks are flowing, it’s important that your wedding guests can find their way to the bar. You can go the purely practical route and keep pathways, exits and car parks illuminated, but you can also have some fun with it. Mood lighting for inside the marquee are a fantastic idea, and at The Orchard at Chesfield, our apple trees look magical when draped in fairy lights.
No matter the occasion, great food helps make a great event. For a marquee wedding, your venue likely won’t have permanent kitchen staff to call on. Thankfully, it’s never been easier to make sure your guests are well fed with the huge array of talented caterers on offer. Staying true to your chosen wedding style and catering for your guests dietary requirements shouldn’t be a problem, just make sure you fully brief your chosen caterers in plenty of time.
This might sound like it goes without saying, but it’s easy to overlook! When you’re holding a marquee wedding, it’s very unlikely that there will be permanent toilets in place. There are a wide range of portaloos and WC services available now for all budgets; that means there’s no reason for you or your guests to miss out on the all of those home comforts when nature calls.
Choosing a venue with the right parking is essential to a having a successful Marquee Wedding. Make sure that not only is there enough space for all the guests, but also that it’s the right distance from the grounds where you’ll be holding your reception. If it’s too far it can be a struggle for some guests to navigate, but ideally it should also be out of sight, so that your views and photos aren’t obstructed by a sea of cars!
There can be a lot to think about when organising your perfect marquee wedding, but nowhere else will you find the same freedom and versatility. Our Trusted Suppliers page is a great resource, and if you opt for our Golden Delicious package we’ll help you through the process. Not only will your luxury toilets be taken care of, you’ll have a Wedding Manager giving you ongoing support. To find out more, visit our Packages page or don’t hesitate to get in touch via our Contact page.
The Orchard at Chesfield,
An English Country Garden Wedding Venue.