If you’re wedding planning and are thinking of hosting a marquee wedding, this wedding blog mini-series is perfect for you! Yesterday, we looked at when you should consider hosting your marquee wedding, and today, we’re going to be looking at where you could host your marquee wedding.
Country house marquee wedding venues
Now, I won’t share specific marquee wedding venues today, but needless to say, we’re spoilt for choice in the UK. Firstly, there is a wide range of country house wedding venues across the UK who have a fixed, permanent marquee erected in their grounds for you to use. The joy of this is that much of the infrastructure will already be in place (power, water, lighting, for example) which make planning your marquee wedding much more straightforward.
Do be aware that there are often restrictions that come with this style of marquee structure, in particular around the styling and decorating the marquee. The note here is to check with the marquee wedding venue about any specific requirements that they have.
Land for hire to host your marquee wedding
Lots of country house wedding venues and independent spaces (land for hire) throughout the UK also have acres of land where you can erect a marquee. The joy of this is that you will be able to choose the specific marquee type that you would like, though again, do check with the marquee wedding venue as some will only allow you to use particular marquee providers.
If you opt for this style of marquee wedding venue, it’s essential to check what infrastructure is in place as hiring in power, loos (etc.) can make a large dent in your budget.
Working with your UK marquee provider
You’ll need to work closely with your chosen marquee provider to select an appropriate location to erect the marquee. As marquee experts, they’ll be able to guide you through the process and help you consider all of the critical factors.
Planning a marquee wedding at home
Many One Curious Dream wedding planning clients choose to host their marquee wedding at home or on private land. The joy here is that opting for a marquee wedding at home offers so much flexibility! Many of our wedding planning clients who choose a garden wedding love the freedom that this style of wedding provides. If you’re hosting a marquee wedding at home, you’ll be able to project manage the lead-up to your wedding carefully, but as a warning, this isn’t for the faint-hearted!
In the final few days before your wedding, your home will be descended upon by a whole host of wedding suppliers who need to set up for your big day. There will be lots of traffic, lorries, vans and people! Setting up for a marquee wedding is a very delicate process with lots of moving parts that all need to work together in harmony to ensure your wedding is professionally prepared.
It’s crucial that if you’re hosting your marquee wedding at home, that you’re prepared for the disruption and if you’re using the land of a family member or friend, it’s critical to keep them fully included in the preparations.
Marquee wedding considerations
Wherever you choose to hold your marquee wedding, there will need to be suitable access for suppliers, vehicles and of course your guests!
As beautiful and idyllic as a remote location might seem, your guests won’t want to walk for miles across fields to get to the wedding marquee, so keep this in mind when selecting the location. It’s essential you also consider guests who may have mobility issues and make arrangements for them to access the site if the journey is incredibly bumpy or lengthy.
Don’t forget, it’s likely that taxi’s or coaches will need to access the site to collect your guests in the evening (always pre-book these), so make sure they know exactly where to collect from at the marquee site.
Next time, we’ll be looking at how to tackle your wedding ceremony when combining this with a marquee wedding. In the meantime, if you’re hoping to plan a marquee wedding in in the UK, our wedding planners would love to hear from you!
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