How to choose the right marquee for your wedding.

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At One Curious Dream, our team of expert marquee wedding planners have been sharing some top tips this week for couples hoping to plan a marquee wedding.

How to choose the right marquee for your wedding

In this mini-series, we’ve already shared when to consider holding your marquee wedding, how to choose a marquee wedding venue and how to incorporate your wedding ceremony. Today, we’re going to look at the different styles and type of marquees available to help you pick the perfect fit for your marquee wedding.

Wedding marquee types

Traditional pole marquee
This beautifully classic marquee is perfect for couples who wish to plan a stunning countryside marquee wedding. Built with internal supporting poles and best erected on a grass surface, you’ll need to ensure there is at least 6 feet around the perimeter of the marquee to ensure the guy ropes can be pegged in. One benefit of hiring a traditional pole marquee is that the sides can be removed in unusually warm weather, guaranteeing plenty of airflow for your wedding guests.

Clearspan marquee
A huge benefit of hiring a clearspan marquee for your UK wedding is that it can be installed on most surfaces, including hard ground such as concrete. With no internal poles, you can make the most of all interior space, so it’s a particularly good option if you have a large wedding guest list. Most clearspan marquees will come in white, but there are entirely transparent options available too, this means you can maximise the views from the marquee and even keep on an eye on the stars twinkling at night!

Sailcloth or Sperry tents
Perfect options for summer weddings, sailcloth marquees (aka Sperry tents) are beautifully airy with high ceilings, which makes them a great blank canvas for large floral installations. We’re incredibly lucky to work with the most amazing wedding florists in the UK who have lots of experience of creating wow-factor floral installations and are comfortable working at height, so do get in touch if you need some recommendations! This style of marquee will also have sides that can be removed, so again, it’s a beautifully open option for those scorching summer days!

Capri marquees
These curvy marquees are completely open-sided, so whilst they are perfect for giving a little shelter during a drinks reception or even your wedding ceremony, they’re less suited to hosting your entire wedding breakfast. However, they look fab and can be a lifesaver on a hot or rainy day!

Tipi’s aka teepees
It won’t have escaped your notice that our marquee wedding planners also love planning tipi weddings! These are the perfect option for couples hoping to plan a relaxed, festival feel wedding, and because the canvas is that bit thicker and darker, it’s much easier to create a party atmosphere when the sun sets!

Consult a marquee wedding planner

No matter which type of marquee you choose for your wedding, do ensure that you speak with your wedding planner or marquee supplier to ensure you hire the right size! As a minimum, your marquee will need to be large enough to host your wedding breakfast, dancefloor and bar and also have plenty of space to host reception drinks in case the weather doesn’t run to plan!

If you need help choosing the perfect marquee type for your wedding or would like to find out more about our wedding planning services, why not reach out to our team of wedding planners to book in your free, no-obligation consultation? We’d love to hear from you!

You can reach us on 0800 772 0765 or or book your wedding consultation here.

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