So the big day is set! Hooray and congratulations!!
Now for the all important venue! Finding the perfect wedding reception space can be hard work; does it seat enough people? Is the room too big?
Are there different spaces for socialising and can the space be made to look as stunning as you visualise? A really good solution to all of these issues is using a good sized garden and transforming it into an amazing and versatile space. Whatever the weather, a marquee can provide a magical backdrop to a perfect wedding.
For example, on a lovely summer’s day a marquee with open sides can provide sufficient shelter that is decorated perfectly, whilst granting views of the garden and allowing the glorious sunshine into your day. In effect it is the perfect solution for a summer wedding, why be stuck indoors on a glorious day?!
And marquees are not just for summer! Imagine a perfect winter wonderland with mulled wine and fake snow, all heated and snug. The transformation can be quite visually stunning and provide an awe inspiring venue that will have your guests amazed. Wedding marquees really do provide that blank canvas that will allow you to express your creativity and design the ideal theme and colour scheme for you. Whether you and your bridal party wish to decorate yourselves is completely up to you. The marquee company will quite happy to take the lead and create an amazing space with your all important input.
Rebecca Barker at Casablanca Hire says that the bride always tends to know what she wants and is ‘the most important person in the room’ during the design process. Rebecca has been helping create amazing spaces for many years and take pride in the seeing the finished space. ‘A lot of the reactions are quite overwhelming’ she says. ‘It is already an emotional day and the unveiling of the marquee can often send the tears flowing once more, it’s quite an amazing feeling to be part of that’.
Not only do marquees provide a practical and creative answer they can also be cost effective. Marquee hire tends to be quite reasonable in comparison to venue hire which can run into many thousands, purely for the venue itself, without the wedding breakfast and other hidden extras such as corkage. It is worth researching and noting how much can be saved in this area, after all, there are many other costs to think about. What better way to have that dream honeymoon?! With a marquee you can make your day as simple or as extravagant as you like and it really is your special day after all!
(Landscaping works by Garden Fencing London )
Every wedding is original’. This statement is most certainly true, but if we are honest some are more original than others! When hiring a wedding reception venue it is useful to understand straight away if they provide in-house decoration. If so, beware that there may a limited choice on offer and that your original ideas may not be catered for.
Increasingly, many wedding venues including hotels and stately homes have preferred external partners that have been sourced carefully and have provided a previously good service. As the customers / married couple to be your ideas need to take precedence. The decorators will most certainly have their own ideas and are likely to show you their previous creations. Follow your ideas and themes but it is useful to spend some time thinking about your vision for the venue. The key things to think about are:
- Colour scheme
- Table centre pieces
- Wedding favours
Colour scheme is extremely important. Many brides like to use their own dress and those of their bridesmaids as a colour palette to work from. For example, and ivory wedding dress and plum bridesmaids dresses can equate to ivory linen and chair with a plum sash or plum chair covers with an ivory sash. Obviously you must have decided upon the dresses beforehand! Hire companies tend to charge a fee per seat cover / sash which includes the dry cleaning and delivery and collection.
A recent idea that has become increasingly popular is that of a chocolate fountain or sweet cart. These are certainly Create a great focal point and will have your guests smiling. Sweet trees as centre pieces or retro sweet bags as favours make for a fun idea. There is so much choice out there that it really pays to research as much as possible.
Lighting is a really key feature of any wedding reception décor and fairy lights especially add that extra sparkle to your day. There are numerous companies which hire fairy light ‘curtains’ which can provide a feature backdrop behind the top table. These can range in price but really do add the ‘wow’ factor and can really help to transform any venue. Tea lights, lanterns or candelabras also light up the tables and there are so many ways to create the perfect wedding atmosphere. I would suggest making lighting a priority in your conversations with the decorating team.
Quite obviously there is a lot to take into consideration when considering the perfect décor for your venue, but with a lot of research one can really make the finished product really perfect and very original indeed!