Those chaps at 3 Men and a Marquee know a whole lot about marquees. So we asked them to give us their top tips to consider if you're thinking of a marquee wedding.
A lot of newly engaged couples dream of having a marquee wedding, to give them the freedom to create a day that is unique to them. But there are lots of things to consider when booking a marquee for a wedding, so here are some of our top tips.
First things first…
Decide on your vision for the day, what do you see happening, what does the day look like. Think about the venue – Do you have an idea of where you want to put the marquee already or do need to look for somewhere? Where do you put it? Back garden, Vineyard, Venue or go on the hunt together for that perfect view – you never know if that farmer with the prefect view will let you use their field unless you ask! Ask your marquee company for their suggestions too…they’ll have worked at lots of different venues they could recommend.
Once you’ve found your venue, think about where at your venue do you want your marquee, where do you want to approach from, what view do you want to look at whilst eating?
Find out what is included in the price of your marquee. We do three different packages that include everything you could need for your day, to make sure everything goes smoothly and you can get on with enjoying your day. We can also add in extras, and put you in touch with some great suppliers.
Food and drink
Whose doing the catering? Once you have a caterer booked, find out if they have any specific requirements (do they need a catering area? Running water?), and be sure to let your marquee company know. Similarly with a bar, if you are using a bar company find out what their requirements are, or if you are providing your own bar, have a think about any tables, or fridges you need.
Power and toilets
They may sound like boring things to have to discuss, but they’re really important. Power is usually supplied by a generator for a complete marquee set up (Plugging everything for a full venue set up into a mains plug could be a bit much) and there are plenty of “posh loo” companies to hire nice loos from. Your marquee company will be able to point you in the direction of some great suppliers they are used to working with.
Tables & Chairs
Once you’ve got your guest list sorted, it’s easy to work out the number of table and chairs you need, but make sure you give some thought to how you want your guests seated – on long tables, or on traditional round ones? Where will the wedding party sit? Will you be having a cake table?
You can read more of our top tips on the 3 Men and a Marquee blog.
Image credits: Anna Hardy, Farm 3, La Belle Bride, Amy Antoinette, The Pearl Tent Company, Whimsical Wonderland, The Wed Magazine