Marquees are great spaces to host a wedding. They offer a lot of freedom and flexibility and in most cases, they provide a totally blank canvas for you to work with. As great as this, it does mean the styling requires some serious thought. Whether you opt for a traditional marquee, a clear span marquee or a sailcloth tent, there’s a lot to consider. Here’s how to style a marquee wedding….
Soften the Edges
Lined marquees like the one pictured here are a fantastic choice as the style of the lining often provides some colour or pattern inspiration. If your marquee is plain, think about softening the edges with plants, floral arrangements or screens. This will ensure your guests aren’t faced with masses of plain white canvas.
Zone the Space
Zoning your marquee can transform the look and feel of the space. Just as you might zone a large open-plan room in your house by breaking it up into different areas, think about how you can use the different parts of your marquee. As well as a space for dining tables, you can create a dedicated bar and seating area, food stations, a cake table, the dancefloor and an evening chillout area.
Marquees do a wonderful job of blurring the lines between inside and outside. If the weather co-operates, your guests won’t be able to resist spilling out on to the surrounding grass, so it’s important to consider this area as well. In my experience, it’s a great opportunity for garden games or comfy outdoor seating.
Don’t Forget to Look Up
Marquees are often tall, vast spaces. Think about filling the space above the tables up to the ceiling as well. This will help ground the space. If you concentrate on tables alone, the space will look flat and uninspiring when guests walk in. If it’s feasible, hanging things from the poles in the ceiling looks great. Lanterns, shades, lighting and floral arrangements all work well.
Styling, Knots & Kisses // Photographer, Summit Imagery // Venue, Hareston Manor // Florist, Thorn Flowers // Marquees, LPM Bohemia // Cake, Daisy Molly & Me // Plants, Fuss Pots // Linen, 88 Events // Hair, The Up Do Girl // Makeup, Laura Le Page // Models, Han Fisher and Adam Watson// Tableware and Props, Keeping It Vintage // Furniture, Virginias Vintage Hire