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The beginners guide to wedding marquees


What better way to celebrate a wedding than in a marquee? You can personalise everything to your own taste, you can leave it up as long as you like and best of all - you keep the marquee afterwards!

The following pieces of advice are drawn from our years of hiring out and organising wedding marquees. We are always happy to discuss your requirements in more detail in person or by phone/email.



oval top table

  • For a formal atmosphere use large round tables of 8 or 10. For an informal atmosphere use a variety of smaller tables of 4,6 & 8
  • Top tables can be long (traditional), round (more social) or oval (compromise between the two)
  • guest tables are usually in a horse shoe or circle around the top table
  • Remember to include tables for hats and presents
  • At least one easel is required for formal seating plans

Dance floors

dance floor

  • Decide how much emphasis you wish to place on the evening dancing and position the dance floor accordingly:
    • at one end to have dancing as 'an option'
    • in the middle for greater emphasis
  • Top tables are often positioned on the dance floor and lifted off for the evening (so that guests are centred firstly around the top table, then around the dance floor)
  • Dance floor areas make ideal emergency greeting areas in poor weather



People (mainly blokes) will always congregate around the bar. For this reason always position it near the evenings entertainment to avoid having two parties.
Your aim should always be to keep everyone in one place to maintain the atmosphere so avoid having the bar in a separate marquee or in the house.


Other tips

  • Always have lighting on a dimmer system to help create atmosphere
  • Heating will always be required in October to April. In May and September heaters are used to take the chill off later in the evening
  • Think of how your guests will arrive - some red carpet and flower pots are an easy way to create an attractive entrance
  • Think of how your guests will leave - it will probably be dark so lanterns or lights may be required
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