June 21, 2016
Weddings are no longer just considered a summer occasion. Winter weddings have become increasingly popular over the years, and there really is something very romantic about getting married with snow on the ground and a roaring fire to warm guests during the wedding breakfast. So why on earth would anyone think it sensible to host a wedding reception in a marquee during the winter – especially when the weather is likely to be unpredictable at best.
Emily Jones of Two Many Cooks, one of the fabulous catering companies that Inside Outside often works with, has plenty of experience of working in marquees throughout the year. So when it came to planning her own wedding she had no hesitation in opting for a marquee in her parents’ garden as the venue for the reception – it would be big enough to accommodate all her guests and a space in which everyone could enjoy a really good party. The fact that it was impossible to marry in the summer – as a caterer, Emily’s summers are busy working on other people’s weddings – was a minor issue.
A perfect winter venue
Inside Outside’s marquees are built to withstand winds of up to 80 miles an hour, they won’t leak in a storm and they don’t collapse under the weight of snow. For Emily’s November wedding, we experienced just about every element going and the team had quite a challenge to erect the main marquee during a gale, as well as setting up a micro village for the catering team and enclosing the portable loos for the comfort of guests! Discreet heating units ensured that the marquee would be warm despite the freezing temperatures outside, and boarded flooring with carpet and lined walls provided further insulation.
Extreme weather, extreme party!
We often bang on about the blank canvas that a marquee provides for anyone who has a theme for their wedding. In Emily’s case, she didn’t aim for anything more than natural and elegant – and the space did look quite spectacular. We prepared the marquee with a black and starcloth ceiling with ivory-coloured lined walls. The tables were dressed with simple but very effective seasonal bouquets of English flowers, and moss and figs adorned the table runners for a subtle touch of winter. The real magic was birch trees interspersed between tables, their branches entwined with tiny twinkling fairy lights – complemented by our hanging lights, candles and tealights the impact was amazing! They certainly created the all-important wow factor for guests – chilled from a cold and biting wind as they crossed the village green to reach Emily’s family home, they entered a cosy, welcoming and twinkly environment that was less marquee and more enchanted grotto. The party went with a bang and, as Emily said: “The marquee had to be pretty hardcore to cope with both the extreme weather conditions and the sheer amount of people that were about to have a rather good shindig – and Inside Outside’s marquee certainly lived up to expectations.”
We should also add that Emily’s killer heels, a sparkly pair of Jimmy Choo shoes, remained spotless throughout the night – she didn’t have to swap them for wellies at any point! Absolute proof that marquees work well, even in winter.
Many thanks to Emily Jones of Two Many Cooks. Images courtesy of James Darling Photography.
Are you planning a winter wedding? If you’d like to find out more about hiring one of our marquees for your wedding reception please give us a call on 01372 459485 or send us an email