October 12, 2015
A marquee makes a great venue as it is a blank canvas that allows you to experiment with your own taste and be inspired by colours, countries, flowers, food, nature, and anything else you may fall in love with on a daily basis; there are no limits.
A blank marquee means that you have the freedom of using any colour palette and design you like, if you know what colour you want the carpet and linings to be then that’s a great starting point; from there you can decide on the sort of theme you want for the rest of the décor.
If using your lanterns as a form of lighting then simply ask for festoon lighting, the cable can be weaved through the hook on either your paper or nylon lanterns. LED lights can be used in a wider variety of lanterns for a more contemporary look and if you are having a house extension then add Chinese lanterns to any existing ceiling lights.
For outdoor lanterns the weather needs to be taken into consideration, if it is raining it is likely the wire will rust and the paper lantern will fall apart, so opt for nylon lanterns, as they are the most durable.
Flowers / flower beds
A wedding wouldn’t be complete without flowers! Especially in a blank space it is a great way to experiment with colours, you may want the flowers to blend in or stand out – it is completely up to you. A marquee allows you to incorporate parts of your garden too, for example if you have a flower bed that you want as décor the structure can be built around it, with carpet cut specifically to fit it in.
Floral table decoration is always a great way to liven up a cream table setting, you can also hang beautiful bunches from the ceiling with the lights or drape them round the poles in a pole tent for a delicate touch.
As with flower beds, trees can be incorporated into the marquee, they make for a fantastic centre piece or table plan. If you are having coconut matting then the addition of trees adds to the natural, rustic look while in keeping with your garden.
Palm trees are great for a more exotic theme; add in bright colours and serve fruit cocktails for a summer vibe. Christmas trees make a great addition for winter weddings, hang lights and decorations off them with the marquee decorated in a winter wonderland theme including pine cones and seasonal food.
This is also great if you are having coconut matting, as you can re-create a festival look or a classic English styled theme. Bunting looks great along the lines of the marquee ceiling or above long tables, also placed outside along the guy ropes or across the entrance of a Chinese Hat. Again, the design and colours are limitless. If you choose a pastel theme then pick colours to compliment it, or have bright, random contrasting flags to achieve a shabby chic look.
From up lighting the exterior of the marquee to candles on the table, lighting is what makes a marquee such a versatile, atmospheric venue. An amazing visual effect can be created from lighting, depending on what time of year you are having your event our experts will judge where the best position for the Chinese Hats, clear window walls and entrance is based on factors such where the sun sets, at what time and what direction the sun or moon will be shining in.
Lighting can create anything from the classic white wedding with chandeliers, to a more contemporary theme with colour change LED lights. Dance floors can also create a fantastic visual; a mirrored one reflects from the ceiling to create a real wow factor, or the LED Starlit with tiny spot lights in the floor is popular for first dances at weddings.
The external view of a marquee can be just as beautiful as the inside;
Outdoor lanterns look great when it’s dark in the evenings, the tent can be illuminated using string fairy lights and well lit pathways with up lit trees make the outside a beautiful place to be. Lighting is great in the darker winter months, take a look at our marquee winter wedding guide.
To see more pictures and unique ideas, from umbrellas to lamp shades, have a look at our
Pinterest Marquee Décor moodboard. Or if you’re planning a New years eve party then read our New years eve party inspiration blog.