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The do’s and don’ts of marquee weddings

The do’s and don’ts of marquee weddings

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Have you chosen a marquee wedding for your big day? Marquee weddings have become increasingly popular in recent years, providing couples with a unique and customisable option for their big day. They can be set up almost anywhere and lets you enjoy the outside surroundings while protecting guests from the elements. 

However, planning a marquee wedding can also present its own set of challenges. With so many options and decisions to make, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and make mistakes. At South Coast Party Hire, we’ve helped thousands of couples with marquee wedding hire, so we know how to ensure your marquee wedding goes off without a hitch.

Here are the dos and don’ts of marquee weddings to help you plan your perfect day. By following these guidelines, you can avoid common mistakes and create a wedding that is not only beautiful and memorable but also comfortable and enjoyable for you and your guests. 

Don’t assume a marquee wedding is cheaper

A marquee wedding is almost always going to cost more due to the fact that you need to hire everything from the floor to the ceiling right through to cutlery and crockery. It can still be done on a budget without making too many sacrifices but don’t just choose it because you think it will be cheaper – choose it because you really want it!

Don’t skimp on seating

Because a marquee is a clean slate, you’ll need to hire chairs and seating. If you don’t, your guests will have nowhere to rest and recharge. Our friendly team can advise on the best number of seats to have, whether your wedding is a sit-down or cocktail.

Don’t forget a backup plan

Failure to plan is planning to fail; unfortunately, the weather is something we can’t control. Although marquees are completely water and windproof, You still need to remember a marquee is a temporary structure. Often marquees are placed in large isolated areas not close to amenities or a walk from buildings or permanent structures, meaning guests will have to walk some distance for toilets and other services. Consider having a backup plan to place the marquee a distance closer to amenities should there be an inclement weather forecast for the day.

The best solution is to have a backup plan in place. You can agree with your wedding hire company to access a larger marquee should the weather forecast be unfavourable leading up to the wedding. If it is a busy time, you may need to book the larger marquee in advance or take a chance and hope it is available in the weeks leading up to the event. 

Don’t let the weather dampen your big day, be prepared with a backup plan and a larger marquee that can accommodate your guests and keep them comfortable, no matter the weather.

Now, here’s what to do if you’re having a marquee wedding!

Do choose a marquee that is big enough for your guest list

This will ensure everyone has enough space to move around and enjoy the celebration. If you make it too big, your space will seem empty, and if it’s too small, your guests won’t fit, and you might have to downsize your wedding decor to accommodate everyone!

Do provide adequate heating or cooling, depending on the season

You want your guests to be comfortable throughout the event. View our range of heating & cooling equipment to hire.

Do use lighting to create a warm and inviting atmosphere

Still want to party once the sun goes down? As you’re outside, you’ll need to hire lighting. String lights, lanterns, and chandeliers can all help create a magical ambience and light up the dance floor when it gets dark.

Do rent generators to ensure a reliable power supply

You don’t want your lights, music, or other equipment to go out during the reception.

Do decorate your marquee

Marquees are great on their own, but they become absolutely magical when decorated with floral arrangements, lights and furniture. Hiring a wedding stylist will take the stress of decorating off your hands and create your dream atmosphere that will look great in photos and even better in person!

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Do hire a trusted marquee hire company on the NSW South Coast & Southern Highlands

When planning a marquee wedding, it is crucial to find suppliers who are honest, reliable, and willing to go the extra mile in case of any last-minute emergencies. As this type of wedding usually involves dealing with more suppliers than a regular venue wedding, it’s recommended to source providers who can alleviate your workload as much as possible. Look for suppliers who meet your criteria and can provide the necessary support and assistance leading up to your big day, ensuring that everything runs smoothly.

South Coast Party Hire is here to bring your dream wedding to life. Learn more about our wedding hire services or contact our friendly team today!

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