Planning a marquee wedding can be great. It is like having an open book, you are free to do what you want. There are some things that you need to think about though…
Today I am going to give you 5 not so great things you need to think about when planning a marquee wedding. Some things may seem obvious, others you may not have even thought about.
1. Not Always Budget Friendly
Planning a marquee wedding isn’t always the best option, especially if you have a tight budget. Don’t forget you have to arrange everything. Here is a very brief list of what you will need if you are planning a marquee wedding
- Marquee, including flooring, lighting, power, heating (Dependent on when you are having your wedding)
- Chairs, tables, cutlery, glassware
- Food and drink
- Car parking facilities
As I said that is a very brief list. Some of it you can do more economically, for example instead of hiring in an expensive band, you could hire some speakers and produce your own play list. Don’t think cheap…think rustic when it comes to decor and furnishings – sitting on a hay bale could be quite comfortable for example!
2. You have to organise everything yourself
Again, it depends on your budget, but if you are planning a marquee wedding, you have to organise everything yourself, from arranging when the Caterer’s will be arriving through to clearing up the day after. Alternatively, you could always hire an On The Day wedding coordinator like myself!
3. You need a contingency plan
If you are planning a marquee wedding in the UK, chances are you won’t be able to guarantee the weather, so you need to make sure you have plans in place. If it is going to be wet, think about having some umbrella’s for your Guests. If it is going to be cold, have blankets available. Also if you are thinking of having any outdoor activities such as garden games, think about where you will do these if the weather is wet.
4. Lack of accommodation for your Guests on-site
Most marquee wedding venues have no accommodation at all. Some may have the facilities to provide camping provision, but will your Great Auntie of 91 thank you for sleeping under canvas? Take a look around the area for accommodation for your Guests, and let them know what is close by. You could always look at hiring a mini bus to ferry your Guests at the end of the night.
5. Setting up the day before can be stressful
Again, if you are planning a marquee wedding, DIY style, then there is a lot of work to do the day before. You will need to put all of the tables and chairs out, sort out all of the decoration, dress the tables. All of this takes time. On the plus side, you can have fun with your wedding party. Just remember to allocate tasks to people, it makes it a lot easier when everyone knows what they have to do. It is also easier for you because you wont have to think of things on the day. One important thing to remember though, is to ensure that you have a cut off time on the evening so that you can allow yourself some chill out time.
Ok so planning a marquee wedding seems a very gloomy thing to have organise from what I have said here, but it can also be a fantastic way to add a personal touch to your wedding day. Next weeks blog post is all about planning a marquee wedding the positives!