So you’ve got a wedding coming up and you’re planning on getting a marquee to host the event but what happens next? You might be puzzled with how to decorate, what kind of lighting to use, the floor, food and drink and many other important factors that make an event special. It’s important to remember that a marquee is quite literally a blank canvas for you to work with, so don’t think that you have to stick to the laws of a typical wedding day all the time. In fact, it’s often the personal touches that make an event unique and meaningful to a specific couple. With that in mind, here’s a list of things to consider when planning a unique marquee event for a wedding.
The way in which you decide to illuminate the marquee is entirely down to you. The vast majority of people tend to sway towards the usual party lights that build an atmosphere during the later hours, yet there is so much more to consider especially if you want have a marquee that resembles the interests of the couple. From dramatic disco and strobe lighting for the really big events to the soft glow of traditional lamps, there are all sorts of different lighting opportunities available out there to consider.
Food & Drink
Illustrating a specific theme through food and drink is a great idea for any event, including weddings. Consider the cuisine that you prefer or possibly something that promotes the surroundings. If you’re doing something with a Mediterranean flavour then dishes native to Northern Africa, Asia or Southern Europe could be the way to go. You might be hosting a marquee at your local country farmyard, in which case food and drink could be served that is fresh from the farm itself.
Don’t simply jump to conclusions with regards to flooring. Whilst wooden flooring equipped with a dance floor seems the safe bet, consider the seasons and whether or not you could get away without having a floor at all. Having a natural grass floor for your marquee during the summer is ideal as it promotes the warm seasons and gives the event an outdoor feel. On the contrary, consider a well insulated marquee during the winter with a wooden floor as this helps to retain heat.
This is where you get to show off your personal tastes and preferences that match your dream wedding event. Don’t feel pressured to stick the usual expectations of wedding themes and consider how you could use cloths, napkins, images etc. to portray your preferred style. You might want something traditional with an antique feel or you may be looking to promote an atmosphere that resembles the beaches of the Caribbean. Overall, the colours you use will really illustrate your chosen theme, so consider some of the best colour schemes for your chosen style.
Inspiration can come from anywhere, whether you’ve got a full theme in mind or you’d like to create something truly unique with a hotch potch of styles. For further information why not visit Stylist Magazine who have some great tips available.
Casey Purnell is a blushing bride to be who can’t stop blogging about weddings! She has contributed this post on behalf of Style Marquee, providers of luxury marquees for events of all sizes across the south east of the UK