Searching for a wedding venue is one of the first decisions you have to make when planning a wedding, and over the years we have worked at every type of venue – from stately homes through to marquees.
One of our main areas of expertise is luxury weddings in temporary structures – pop-up venues which are erected just before your wedding day, solely for your wedding day, and taken down once the celebrations are over.
They can be situated anywhere, but most commonly in the grounds of a venue (e.g. hotel, stately home), in the grounds of a private residence (e.g. the couple’s home), or in a field.
Nowadays there are a number of options for temporary structure and so we’ve provided a quick breakdown of what’s available to help guide you in choosing the type which is best for you and your wedding day.
These are the most well known of all the structures available and tend to be the most versatile. There are two main types of marquee:
These are traditional structures which have poles inside to hold them up and are held upright with guy ropes and pegs.
These offer a more modern take on the traditional marquee and use an aluminum structure to create the walls.
These are identified by their peaked roofs which look great when lit up at night to create a visually appealing feature.
They are very rarely used on their own in the UK as you are quite limited by their size – the biggest size tends to be 6m x 6m.
Tipis are large canvas pyramid tents which can be joined together to create one large space depending on requirements. Generally, for a wedding of around 100 guests, you would be looking to have 3 giant hat tipis all joined together, with perhaps a smaller tipi – a Kungsornen – attached to the end which could serve as the bar / chill out area.
These tend to be a lot smaller than Big Tops but look relatively similar in the sense that they have round edges. The great thing about yurts is that you can join them together to create a larger event space with the possibility of different zones throughout the day.
Big Tops are usually associated with circuses, but you can hire them for weddings also and they are essentially traditional canvas pole tents with round ends. Very similar to yurts, they can be customized depending on your requirements and the overall look and feel of you celebration. They are great for larger wedding parties or smart festival style weddings.
There are a number of tent options available:
These are essentially pole marquees with canvas walls and a more stylised exterior. They are great if you are looking to create a pretty English country garden style wedding.
These are good value, flexible, waterproof and very versatile unstructured structures made from a stretchy fabric. They are perfect for any occasion and style of wedding and offer a minimalistic look.
These small, cone-shaped tents, supported by a central pole and guy ropes are perfect for guest accommodation at a festival style wedding. You can create amazing bell tent villages for guests to retire to at the end of the wedding!
Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing more of our knowledge on marquees and other temporary structures to help you if you are planning this type of wedding for your own celebrations.
Marquees: Fews Marquees // Mahood Marquees
Chinese Hats: Mahood Marquees
Tipis: Stunning Tents Company // Tipis 4 Hire
Yurts: Wedding Yurts
Big Top: LPM Bohemia
Tents: Raj Tent Club (Indian Style) // Pearl Tent Company (Indian Style) // 10 x 15 (Stretch Tent) // Cariad Canvas (Bell Tents)
Until next time…
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