How to style your wedding marquee

11 Jun 2014

How to style your wedding marquee

Styling a wedding venue can be a nightmare for some brides, especially when styling a marquee.  Lindsey Hunter of Get Knotted shares some of her tips for styling a marquee.

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You have chosen a colour scheme or theme for your wedding, but how do you put it all together when styling your wedding reception?  Each wedding venue is different and decorating a marquee can be a challenge.

Marquees will look empty and a bit flat until the tables are laid, flowers and props are perfectly placed, the candles are lit and everyone is present in their finery.  Lindsey

Hunter of Get Knotted weddings, is here to share her top tips for styling a marquee.


1. Make a timeline of everything that has to be done after the marquee is erected to ensure you don’t have a last minute panic trying to get everything done.  Allow enough time to make changes if you need to.


2. Most marquees are white and need breaking up with colour and texture.  Start a Pinterest board at the start of your wedding planning to collate all of your ideas.  It is a great way to show your florist, dress shop and bridesmaids what you want so they can understand and help to put it together with you.


3. As marquees can be quite high, think about creating height and drama with table decorations to give the illusion of a lower ceiling.  Combine high and low table arrangements to add interest to your tables.


4. Some marquees come with a floor, some don’t.  Depending on the time of year, a grass floor can help to add texture.  However, adding a carpet will not only add colour, it will also add a touch of luxury to your reception.


5. Lighting is really important.  Most marquees provide uplighters, however to create the atmosphere you desire adding your own lighting is key.  Fairy lights can add some romance when placed over a dance floor or added to the whole ceiling, creating a delicate twinkle.


6. Adding candlelight will enhance the ambiance.  Floating candles in simple vases of differing heights and tea lights dotted around can be a cost effective option of dressing dining tables. 


7. Placing unusual centrepieces on tables will create definition and a talking point amongst your guests. 


8. Decorate the ceiling with ceiling circles (available on made of driftwood and willow can be decorated with large colourful flowers such as hydrangeas, finished with greenery and lots of small fairy lights.  For something more unique, create unusual, rustic candelabras, which can be suspended from a marquee ceiling at different heights.  


9. If you are having a band, think about different types of backdrop for behind them.  Fairy lights ran vertically down the walls is a popular backdrop. However, with the trend for rustic and natural weddings, a quirky backdrop made from driftwood and other up cycled items interwoven with fairy lights will look stunning.


10. Lighting flares outside the entrance to your marquee will create a special warmth for when guests depart.  Lanterns work great when creating pathways from your marquee to other buildings or car parks.  If you want to add some softer lighting outside for your guests to enjoy some fresh air, place tea lights into jam jars and hang from tree branches.


11. Add a chill out area to your marquee for your guests to go and relax.  This is where you can put your own stamp on the styling.  Contemporary sofas and chars illuminated with tiny lights can look great.  For a vintage look, select some mismatched furniture from local auctions.  These can be sold after the wedding.


12. Personalise your bar area by making it yourself.  Customise it with your wedding colours and stamp your names and wedding date on the bar to really make it your own.


13. If chair covers aren’t your thing; hire some plain white chairs and customise them yourself with ribbons, handmade cushions or bunting to match your wedding theme.



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