For couples who aren’t keen on taking the church-then-hotel route, a marquee offers a fun alternative, with endless possibilities to put your own stamp on it.
Here’s how you plan your marquee wedding in Scotland, according to the pros…
1. Know your costs
Like any other aspect of wedding planning, budgeting for a venue is key. A marquee can seem like an expensive pursuit, but it doesn’t have to be.
William Duncan, Director of Queensberry Event Hire, indicates a marquee can cost anything from £2,000 to £20,000, depending on size and specifications.
Having a marquee can actually save you money in the long term. As everything can be customised, you can shop around for things that would typically account for a sizeable chunk of the traditional venue bill, such as food and drink.
2. Estimate your guest numbers
Before you start ringing companies for quotes, you should have an idea of the number of guests attending your wedding, as well as where you’d like to pitch your marquee.
3. Choose your location
Most companies will meet you at their office, the wedding site, or even in your home. It pays to meet at your wedding location, as this removes the guesswork from the marquee measurements and gives your hire company an idea not only of the size of the area, but of the terrain.
Unlike a traditional church wedding, you can get married in your back garden. If the land is bumpy, no need to worry, you can use suspended wooden flooring.
4. Think about your layout
From the number of tents to their shape, you will be given a choice of how you’d like your marquee set up. However, there are also templates to work from. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel – maybe you’ve been at a friend or family member’s marquee wedding and liked the basic layout?
Don’t worry if your weather app forecasts rain for the big day; modern marquees are solid constructs, built to withstand the worst of weather.
5. Consider the practicalities
As you able to design your space from scratch, there’s a number of essentials to think about. Unlike an all-inclusive venue, you will need:
- A generator to power the event (companies will often offer this service included)
- A bar and catering (you’ll need to set this up, bearing in mind staff and supplies)
- Toilets, furniture, flooring and lighting, but most reputable marquee companies can hire these out to you.
No other venue option offers quite this level of flexibility so it’s a great option if you have a strong idea of the style of wedding you’d like to have.