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How to decorate your wedding marquee

How to decorate your wedding marquee

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A marquee is an excellent option for couples who want a flexible and customisable space to celebrate their wedding day. Marquees provide a blank canvas, allowing you to create your dream wedding space, but it can also be overwhelming to know where to start when it comes to styling them.

We understand that planning a wedding can be challenging, but decorating your marquee should be an enjoyable and exciting part of the process. Our goal is to provide you with practical advice and creative ideas that will help you transform your marquee into a beautiful and unforgettable space for your special day. We’ve helped thousands of couples with their marquee weddings on the NSW South Coast and Southern Highlands so we know our stuff!

Choose a wedding theme

The first step to decorating your wedding marquee is to decide on a theme. Your theme will dictate the colours, fabrics, and décor items you use in your marquee. Some popular wedding themes include rustic, vintage, bohemian, and modern. Once you have chosen a theme, you can begin to gather inspiration and ideas for your décor. Check out our wedding theme lookbook for more inspiration.


Lighting can make a big impact on the overall look and feel of your marquee. Consider using fairy lights or festoon lighting to create a romantic atmosphere. You could also incorporate lanterns or candles to add a soft glow to your space. If you want to make a statement, you could hang a chandelier, rattan lampshade or use uplighting to highlight specific areas of your marquee.

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Flowers and greenery

Flowers and greenery are a beautiful way to add colour and texture to your wedding marquee. You can add floral arrangements for your tables or use garlands to decorate the walls or ceiling. Incorporating greenery, such as eucalyptus or ivy, can add a natural and organic feel to your space. If you want to create a focal point, consider creating a flower arch or wall using one of our wedding backdrops for hire.

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Furniture and seating

The furniture and seating in your marquee will not only add to the décor but will also provide comfort for your guests. If you are having a modern wedding, sleek furniture like our Zed collection is the perfect choice. While our Hamptons collection is perfect for boho weddings.

When it comes to seating, you could opt for long banquet-style tables or mix and match chairs and benches to create a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Cocktail weddings may not require lots of tables and chairs for eating, but it’s still important to have areas where guests can sit and relax. We recommend seating for about 70% of the guests for a cocktail style wedding.

Tableware and decor

The tableware and décor you choose for your wedding marquee can tie everything together. And you don’t just have to stick with classic silver cutlery and white crockery. Consider using linen napkins, crystal glassware, coloured plates or gold cutlery to dress up your table.


There’s a big chance your marquee will need flooring, not just for the visual aspect but so that your furniture and guests don’t sink into the ground – especially important for marquees in fields and gardens.

Hire wedding decor for your marquee wedding from South Coast Party Hire

Decorating your wedding marquee can be an exciting and enjoyable process. By choosing a theme, incorporating lighting, flowers and greenery, furniture and seating, tableware and décor, and flooring, you can create a stunning and memorable space for your special day. Remember to stay true to your style and preferences, and don’t be afraid to add personal touches to make your wedding marquee truly unique.

If you want more advice on your wedding decor, get in touch with our friendly team or read wedding styling tips from our favourite NSW wedding stylists.

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