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Marquees can provide a great space, with a little imagination they can be transformed into a gorgeous setting for your wedding. Follow our top ten tips for turning your marquee wedding into the beautiful wedding of your dreams.

More than a tent

Marquees today are available in a wide array of shapes, styles and colours, so take the time to explore what’s available and find a marquee style that fits into your overall wedding theme.

Choose quality

There’s no need to choose a cheap, plastic tent! Choose a high-quality marquee made with fine linen and other materials. Many also have a range of linings and feature decorations such as tassels, embroidery, even the use of mirrors!

Add colour

If there’s already a marquee at your venue that you need to utilise, or if you just want to spice up your rented marquee, consider adding a customised lining. Many marquees are unlined, so adding some coloured fabric can really make the place pop as well as tie your wedding together visually.


One of the best things about marquee weddings is that the space is completely flexible and customisable to your wants and needs. Unlike a traditional venue, with a marquee you get to choose where you’d like the bar, the tables, even the dance floor. Take advantage of this opportunity to put your own spin on the layout, creating a unique wedding that meets your needs exactly.

Add accessories

Spice up the decor with unusual furniture and even props. Depending on your theme these might be leather pouffes, origami birds, decorative fringing, chaise lounges or any number of items – it’s only limited by your imagination. Accessorising will create a delightful atmosphere for your guests to remember.


Lighting is one off the most important element of your marquee wedding as it creates the entire mood of the event. Lighting can equally be used to create a dramatic entrance or a romantic atmosphere, and can range from twinkling fairy lights to votive candles to elegant chandeliers. Consider hiring a professional lighting technician who is experienced with marquee wedding.

The great outdoors

Consider how you want to decorate the area around your marquee. If you’re having a summer wedding, you’ll want to have umbrellas and outdoor seating for your guests so they can enjoy the sunshine and the natural beauty of your location.

Smaller guests

If there will be children at your wedding, consider providing a play area or some activities – such as games or face painting – to occupy them while the adults socialise. You’ll also want to ensure there are plenty of kid-friendly finger food and drinks.

Don’t lose sight of what’s important

The most important thing of all is to remember that your wedding is about your love, and should be fun! Relax and enjoy creating the wedding of your dreams.