Planning the decoration for wedding marquees varies from decorating traditional wedding reception venues in that a marquee offers a blank canvas as oppose to an already (and often highly) decorated function room. Assuming you hire a clear-span framed structure (without interior structural poles) you also have an even, uncluttered space which provides limitless decoration possibilities.
If you start to plan your wedding decoration as soon as you know which type of tent you are hiring, you can ensure that it looks spectacular and accommodates all your wedding venue needs.
Wedding Marquee Budget
Your budget should include consideration for the marquee hire, table decorations, chairs, lighting, table cloths and flowers etc. You may also want to hire outdoor heaters depending on what time of year you are getting married, so ensure to include those in your budget.
Wedding Marquee Size
Ideally you should draw up a floor plan on a small piece of graph paper showing a scaled down version of your marquees floor space. Pencil in where you plan to have tables and chairs, the DJ or band and any other large items which will be fairly fixed in terms of their location inside the wedding tent. You will need to know how many guests you will be seating in order to ensure you order the correct sized tent, chairs and tables etc.
Wedding Marquee Location
If the wedding marquee is situated in large open grounds you might want guests to enjoy both the indoor space offered by the marquee as well as the outdoor space. If that is the case, the outside area might be just as important in terms of visual appeal and can be made to look especially enchanting with outdoor lights attached to the outside frame. If however, you are unlikely to be using the outdoor space, you could limit your decoration of the outside of the marquee to a few balloons, flowers and a banner to welcome guests via the main entrance.
Wedding Marquee Theme
Given that you have this beautiful blank canvas to work with in terms of decorating your wedding you could be quite adventurous and theme your decorations.
Wedding Theme ideas:
• Medieval banquet
• Hawaiian nights
• Turkish delights
• 60’s – 80’s theme
• Hollywood (or Bollywood) theme
If you are planning a themed wedding marquee, do some research on the Internet or in magazines for ideas of colours, fabrics, decorations and floorings. You may also want to let your guests know there is a dress code!
I.e.: For Hollywood themed marquee:
• Red carpet flooring up the centre isle
• Gold and silver style decorations on tables
• White table cloths with perhaps gold sequins scattered sparingly on tables
• Golden lanterns and glitzy wall decorations
• Posters of Hollywood stars on the walls
• Guests advised to dress to impress ‘Hollywood style’
Decorating the Walls of the Marquee
Some wedding marquees are already lined or draped with a silky type of fabric. They can be coloured, patterned or plain. Unlined tents are plainer and less expensive. Lanterns, hanging decorations and sari fabrics can be used to liven up plain walls and ceilings.
Decorating the Floor of the Wedding Marquee
Carpet can warm up what might appear to be a colder wedding venue option, though it can be impractical and expensive. Matting is a more familiar marquee flooring option while a hardwood floor offers luxury, weather proofing and a dent in the wallet! If the floor below your marquee is hard, i.e. patio or concrete etc, you can manage without extra flooring and if it is sited on grass, as long as the ground is dry going without flooring can be an adequate an inexpensive option.
Decorating the Poles of a Wedding Marquee
Most marquees don’t have supporting poles, but if they do you can decorate them by winding artificial leaves and flowers around them or a nice transparent, floaty fabric tied up with a giant bow.
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